HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!! The END is here! Triumph (The Bellator Saga #6) by Cecilia London

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Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love.

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BUSINESS CARD FRONTCecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

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SURPRISE SALE!!! Dissident by Cecilia London is only $.99! Audiobook NEWS!!!!

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Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard hasn’t had an easy year. After losing her husband, she is raising two small children alone while trying to navigate the tricky and sometimes shallow halls on Capitol Hill. A string of nasty speeches has her scrambling to apologize to any number of candidates, including newly elected Republican Jack McIntyre. Falling in love again is the last thing on her mind.

Jack McIntyre might have a reputation as a playboy, but he has his sights set solely on his new colleague. Can he break through Caroline’s grief and capture her heart?

Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate contemporary romance, and undying love.

For readers 18+. Ends in a cliffhanger. The first part in a six book saga.

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BUSINESS CARD FRONTCecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

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5++++ REVIEW: Rhapsody (Bellator Saga #5) by Cecilia London

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“I’m never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It’s just not possible.” 

Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality.

Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He’s desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.

In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.

Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.

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I’ve been devoted to this series since early 2015 when Dissident grabbed me, sucked me and wouldn’t let go. The Bellator Saga was one of my TOP favorite reads of 2015, and now with the fifth installment of Rhapsody – it might just hit my #1 Favorite read of 2016.

In Phoenix – the fourth book in the series, Jack & Caroline were finally reunited – though it was not the reunion we had hoped for. Caroline has suffered more physically and emotionally than any human being should have to. And all because she was standing up for what she believes in – the democracy that has kept our country and it’s people free. But as she and Jack navigated through a country that no longer resembles that – Caroline lost more than just her friends…. more than just her family…. more than just the beautiful life she and Jack had built together; she lost herself.

Even now, in Rhapsody – Caroline is safe – she’s physically safe, yet her toughest challenge is ahead of her; facing everything that has happened to her and the immeasurable amount of guilt and loss she’s suffered through fighting this revolution. I was desperate through this entire novel – desperate for Caroline to snap out of the pain and finally see what’s in front of her – everything we’ve loved about this series has surrounded these two – Jack and Caroline. But if Caroline can’t see what’s in front of her? Is there any hope?

The soul of this story – these two…. to see them be so close once again, only to be so far apart was fucking agonizing. I felt real pain for these two – my heart broke for them. I felt Caroline’s fear, and i felt Jack’s hope…. and also his frustrations. I ached with him – I felt the pull.

Jack is holding on so hard to the past and the memories of Caroline while he tries to get the woman before him to open up – to feel her pain – to acknowledge it and allow him to help her. But Caroline is drowning…. not sure how to break to the surface again.

But a person can only take so much…

Rhapsody is a significant piece in the Bellator Saga – a series that has captivated me from the very beginning. Caroline & Jack aren’t just characters – they’re living… breathing….tangible things for me. When they hurt – I hurt. I’ve felt every single sentence Cecilia London has written in this series. Rhapsody is no different – it’s an emotionally consuming novel that will leave you breathless with anticipation with each page.

The Bellator Saga is an all-consuming love affair full of suspense, humor and the kind of love and passion that keeps hope alive.

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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website. 

REVIEW: It Ends With Us by, Colleen Hoover

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Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. when Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart – wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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This book went up for pre-order and I bought it without even a synopsis, or a cover. Because that’s what Colleen Hoover is for me. She’s a one-click – doesn’t matter to me what the story is about, I’ll find out when I crack it open. I never read early reviews because I don’t want the ideas of other people to influence my read. Picking up this book I knew a few things. It was making people cry. It was being praised as Colleen Hoover’s best novel  yet – and it would break me.

Now, that’s saying a lot, considering Hopeless, Losing Hope and Maybe Someday are three of my Top Favorite Books of all time. These books matter to me – and not in the way most people think of a book, “Oh yeah I really enjoyed that.” Or “Sure, it was good.” These.Books.Matter. They’re living breathing things to me –

I didn’t even read the synopsis for this book. I stopped myself from reading anything and everything that was out there – I wanted to dive in head first and experience it all first hand – but I wasn’t prepared for the affect it would have on me. Or the fact that I literally couldn’t concentrate on anything but this story while I read it – work, husband, anniversary…. All went out the window while I lived this story. I met Lily and Ryle – on a rooftop in Boston; where their personalities leaped off the page, like only two strangers meeting for the first time can. Both of them suffering in their own way from the events of their day, ultimately bringing them to this very spot. This rooftop. This time. This conversation that will cement in their minds possibilities neither one of them really wants to admit to themselves. It was just one night. It was just one conversation. But …. it was full of naked truths.

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”

I can’t properly describe the emotions I felt reading this novel. I can’t properly describe the emotions I have at this moment writing this review. I had to step away – I had to take a few days to get my mind wrapped around this book. The words – the stages of experiences these characters have, evoked something inside me in a way I was not prepared for. I’ve been emotionally invested in Colleen’s characters in the past, but when I read It Ends With Us?  I have never experienced that level of emotional involvement – In.My.Life.

“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”

We get to experience Lily & Ryle’s relationship from the beginning – we also get a glimpse into her past and the relationship she and Atlas cultivate at an age when everything is so new and intense. Everything you experience at fifteen feels like the beginning of the best thing in your world – or the most devastating thing you ever thought could happen. There is no balance at fifteen. But Lily & Atlas’s lives aren’t necessarily ordinary – their relationship built on the misery of their day to day lives. These two share a bond you can tell, still very much affects Lily – even now in the present.

“Sometimes – not very often at all, actually – a voice will penetrate past my ears and reverberate straight down through my body.” 

It Ends With Us is told through a multitude of layers – from the very beginning. This is one of the hardest reviews I have ever written in the three years I’ve been blogging, because I don’t want to give away anything. This isn’t a second chance romance – this isn’t just a romance book – this isn’t a love triangle. This is a book that will blow your perspective away – leaving you questioning a lot of your own ideals. I felt this book on a whole other level because of my own experiences and once you read the book, you’ll understand that even more. It made me see things from a whole different perspective and I allowed myself to quit second guessing – and to quit making excuses not only for other people, but for myself.

I can’t tell you the amount of people I’ve told to read this – bought this for – talked about this story with. Colleen’s not just given us a novel – she’s given us a part of herself.

It was beautiful – it was ugly – it was funny – and it was real.

“There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just people who do bad things.”

REVIEW: Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2) by, Alice Clayton

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance int eh brand-new Hudson Valley Series!

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is… cheese. 

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can. 

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be…. love? 

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I have been in the worlds WORST book funk for months – blame it on the 55hr work weeks, blame it on whatever…. I’ve completely cheated on my Kindle with Netflix, movies and painting my damn nails. But there is nothing and I mean NOTHING like a new Alice Clayton book to break you out of that funk!

Her humor – and snarky heroine’s are some of my absolute favorite things. The innuendo, the HUMOR! And of course, the little tidbits of 90’s pop culture she throws in there to make a girl my age totally fucking swoon. Like in Nuts – when Roxy is all about the blonde hunky farmer Leo ala Almanzo Wilder – Little House on the Prairie. Or Caroline in Wallbanger trying to get her “O” back by diving into her spank bank and bring out a little Jordan Catalano action in the boiler room. This is why I love this woman.

Cream of the Crop is no different – but hit home a lot harder for a lot of different reasons. Natalie, one of Roxy’s best friends we were introduced to in Nuts – is crushing on her own Bailey Falls Farmer – The creator of the most amazing cheese this side of the Hudson River… Oscar Mendoza, who by shear coincidence is selling his amazing cheese at her favorite farmer’s market in the city every Saturday – to which of course, Natalie is there to have a two syllable conversation and ogle the hell out of his brie – taking her cheese and scurrying away like a little mouse. Where is the loud – no-fucks-given – hip swaying girl we caught a glimpse of in Nuts? Well apparently when Oscar is around – Natalie turns into all of us at 14 – a nervous ball of pent up energy.

There are many things I loved about Natalie – she is for sure your classic Clayton heroine – but there’s something else. She’s a size 18 and unapologetic about it – which I adore. She’s brazen – she’s loud – and she knows that her hips, thighs and chest are larger in proportion but also in charge. But as we dive deeper into the story we find out this confidence wasn’t always there and I may have shed a tear or two of her back story – of the pain she felt, the humiliation – the sheer hatred of your own body is something most women experience at some point in their life. It’s  just time – growth and realization that makes us finally comfortable in our own skin. Hell i’m 38 and still struggle with this, so reading this book…. it cut me more than once.

Natalie and Oscar … good god, Clayton has basically given us Jason Momoa & Christina Hendricks, down to her hip swaying curves and his sexy-as-hell scar thru his eyebrow. Oscar is a block of man – doesn’t talk much and holds that quiet mysterious thing we all kind of love…. Natalie is hilarious trying to work out how to be around him with out acting like a fool – running away – scarring his cows and finally just taking what she wants; as she would in any other situation with a man.  But as the relationship between these two evolve, there is the ever present back story – with both of them and as things come together – things start to fall apart and we have to wonder, can the Dairy Farmer give this City girl everything she needs? Or is Natalie a little too high maintenance for Oscar’s life on the farm? Are their lives just too different to mesh together?

I love all things Alice Clayton – if you haven’t read any of her books, stop whatever you’re doing and grab one – any one – and you will fall in love with the snark – the humor – and yes,  definitely the smut.

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Alice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop). She enjoys gardening bt not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

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ARC REVIEW: The Confessions by, Tiffany Reisz

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Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire… 

Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Sterns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: ‘I met Eleanor.”

So begins the 40-page “The Confession of Marcus Sterns,” a moving coda to the RITA®  Award-Winning Original Sinners series. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers’ Convention, and available worldwide for the first time.

This collection also includes “The Confessions of Eleanor Scheriber,” a companion 36-page story written exclusively for The Confessions.

And, finally, all secrets are revealed in “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz,” an exclusive, in-depth interview.

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Be aware – if you haven’t read The Original Sinners series yet? (and why the hell haven’t you???) there may be spoilers ahead… 

I was more than a little excited when I received an ARC of The Confessions. I was walking into my yoga class, scrolling through my emails and literally squealed, embarrassing myself and scaring some older woman. I turned around – walked out – and sat in my car for nearly twenty minutes, diving in head first.

I’m fairly new to the Original Sinners, I just picked them up last year and I’m still recovering from The Queen. I’ve been so enthralled with this series the last couple of months, reading all eight books and then going through each little story in-between, now indulging yet again with The White Years on Audible.

So when Tiffany Reisz said she was actually releasing a novella – The Confessions….an updated version of the 40-page limited edition? I was a tad bit excited…. just a tad.

In this short novella we’re given Confessions from both Soren and Eleanore. And then, god bless her, we’re treated to an indulgent Q&A with the Queen herself, Ms. Tiffany Reisz.

Be warned, if you haven’t finished the complete eight book series? The Confessions does contain spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Marcus Sterns sits down with Father Stuart Ballard, probably one of the funnest priests I’ve ever read. A priest that would prefer listening to Guns & Roses than to his own congregations choir sing. The man has the best sense of humor – one that will help him with Marcus’s (Soren’s) confession. Because it takes a brave and understanding soul…. no less a priest to handle the amount of burden bestowed to them with Marcus. Father Ballard is aware of Soren’s predilections…. he’s aware of the time he’s spent with Kingsley… he knows Soren’s deepest and darkest secrets. And deep down, you can tell he cares greatly for him…. from the angry fearsome boy he met, to the man and faithful priest he is now… there is great affection between these two.

To witness Soren being so open was…. quite jarring. You know he has fierce emotions when it comes to Eleanor & Kingsley, but to witness his vulnerability with Father Ballard… well, it was something I wasn’t quite prepared for. It was quite something to see, witness even as his confession flows out of him… honestly… brutally and strangely sanguine.

I fell for Soren all over again…. and perhaps even more. If that was at all possible.

But just when you think this story can’t get any better? Eleanor takes lead … and my favorite smartass switch is at her best in this short. She’s vulnerable – only to Father Ballard, because Eleanor is stubborn, questioning her own feelings and finding every little flaw within them. But her feelings are real…. true and something I had wondered about for a very long time. Eleanor’s Confessions were beautifully satisfying…

And just wait until the Q&A with Tiffany Reisz – you will not be disappointed.

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About the Author, Tiffany Reisz

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Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. 

She lives in Oregon. If she couldn’t write, she would die. (via the author’s website)

5++++ REVIEW: The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy Boxset (Books 1-3) by Cecilia London

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Two souls intertwined. One epic love story.

Get swept away in the passionate romance between political opposites Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre in the first half of The Bellator Saga.

This set contains the first three books in the series, Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn.


“If you only read one series in 2016, make it The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London!” – Irene, The Literary Gossip

“I can’t recommend this series enough. It’s one for any contemporary romance reader, any Hunger Games lover, any dystopian lover, any fans of erotica. I IMPLORE you to read this series. You don’t want to miss it.” – TeriLyn Reviews


“…One of the most unforgettable reads of my life. This riveting and compelling story gripped me. Stole my heart. And I don’t think I will ever get it back.” – Bianca, Biblio Belles

“This series is unique, poignant, and unforgettable. Readers will be irreversibly captivated by London’s writing and intensely invested in the exquisite creativity that her mind has to offer.” – Vivian, Beauté De Livres

“An unforgettable saga unlike anything I’ve ever read before…I can’t recommend this series enough!” -Suzanne, Tied Up In Romance

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Dissident:

Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.

Conscience:

Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?

Sojourn:

Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that’s hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?

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This series is very different from what I typically read, and I was in a major reading funk when I picked it up but after reading the synopsis of Dissident my curiosity was definitely peeked. Dissidents prologue is action packed, full of suspense and cultivates questions left and right as the heroine, Caroline is on the run with Jack…. but from who? This is just one question you’ll have as you dive into The Bellator Saga, a series that grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go – as the story begins we’re sent back five years, the story developing through both past/present tense slowly unveiling secrets …. dark secrets that are lurking throughout every.single.chapter. Cecilia London warns us this is a six book series, ending with a cliffhanger ….and I’m not sure I’ve ever been as affected by a series before – to the point where I’m emailing the author pictures of my face covered in tears….. hating her – loving the characters and having real fear for what is going to happen next. Again though… Dissident is only the beginning. 
As the story continues in Conscience we pickup right where we left off in Dissident, Caroline is slowly recovering… only to wake up in a nightmare I’m not sure I could handle…. reading this book, Cecilia London broke me – and broke me hard. I’ve felt for characters in the past – I mean who hasn’t? But when you’re sobbing to the point you can’t even continue reading? Just one sentence…. and the image of a stuffed hippo. Even thinking about it breaks my heart – months later. Read.This.Series. You will understand. The Bellator Saga is a series I have told endless people about and one that’s soooooo hard to explain without spoiling the entire story for you. But trust me, you will fall in love with Caroline. She’s a quick witted smart mouthed politician who stands up for herself, and the people that mean most to her. The friendships she holds dear, you will find yourself feeling the same – you’ll want to be a part of their conversations, their inside jokes. Throw Jack McIntyer into the mix and you have some of  the hottest scenes I’ve read in a very long time. 
The Bellator Saga is very much a genre crossing series that will stick with you for a very long time. You will laugh with Caroline, you will fall hard for Jack, you will have hope in your heart that there is a light at the end of this tunnel …. you will feel every single piece of this series.
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When they reached the ballroom he locked the door behind him. Jack walked over to one of the decorative side tables and produced a box wrapped with red paper.

“Merry Christmas,” he said, handing it to her.

“Why didn’t you give this to me earlier?”

“I needed us to be in private when I gave it to you. Open it.”

It had to be jewelry. “I told you not to get me anything outlandish.”

“I don’t have to listen to you. Even if we are married.”

Caroline ripped the paper away. She opened the box and was greeted with an exquisite emerald necklace. Fringe design, with each individual green stone framed by tiny sparkling diamonds. The necklace was dripping with jewels from end to end. It looked like a prop from an eighties soap opera except it was stunningly, gorgeously real. She wouldn’t even want to speculate about the cost. “Jack-”

“Do you like it?” he asked.

She was convinced he only gave her presents just to gauge her reaction. To see how long she’d gawk at them before starting to gush. Caroline wasn’t refined when it came to her spontaneous responses to him. Did she like the necklace? A rather silly question since it was one of the most amazing things she’d ever seen.

“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.

He took the box from her. “I didn’t recall seeing you with anything other than sapphires or diamonds. We’re going to have to do something about that.”

She could only imagine the media attention they’d get if she paraded around wearing a necklace that cost more than what the average household made in a year, several times over. Sometimes her husband forgot that he was running for governor, not auditioning for the cast of Falcon Crest. “It’s too much, Jack. It’s so…elaborate. I can’t wear that in public.”

He smiled. “Then don’t. Wear it just for me.”

“Just around the house? Like, when I’m watching baseball and stuff?”

He laughed. “‘And stuff’?”

Her language was less polished than usual. “I’ve had a ton to drink today. I can’t always be articulate.”

Jack pulled her to him, leaning toward her ear. “How about you wear the necklace and nothing else, and grant your husband a dance?”

Now she saw where he was going. “A nice Christmas waltz?” Caroline suggested. “Fully clothed, of course. We must always be proper.”

He tugged at her sweater. “Try again.”

His romantic and seductive gestures were sweet, but impractical. “It’s cold in here.”

“I’ll turn the heat up.”

“What about you?”

“We don’t need to worry about me.”

Caroline sighed. “I meant your clothes.”

He unbuttoned her pants. “They’re staying on.”

That seemed unfair. “I’m not sure I like this power differential.”

Jack ran a finger under the waistband of her panties. “I think you do,” he whispered.

She shivered when he pulled her pants and underwear down. “Will there be music? Or are you going to parade my naked self around the ballroom in silence?”

“I picked a special song for the two of us.” He grinned. “And you won’t be naked. You’ll be wearing the necklace.”

She ran her hands down the front of his shirt, imagining how it would feel for her bare chest to rub against it while they danced. “You will undress at some point, right?”

He kissed her again. “Upstairs. Let me do this,” he said softly, stripping off the rest of her clothes, even her bra and panties. He laughed when he reached her socks. “Are those dinosaurs?”

Caroline liked wearing fun socks. She didn’t care if they were juvenile. She’d get away with it for as long as she could. “They’re wearing little Santa hats.”

Though he’d started to yank them down, he hastily pulled them back up to below her knees. “These can stay on. But only because they make you look so damn adorable.”

She tried not to think of what she’d look like wearing nothing but whimsical dinosaur knee socks and an emerald necklace, but the expression on his face indicated that Jack didn’t particularly care. He kissed her deeply before retrieving the necklace. He took his time placing it around her neck, then stepped back to look at her. It took all her effort not to blush. She hadn’t anticipated the night ending this way.

Jack tipped her chin up. “You look fucking marvelous.”

Her face had to be as red as a cherry. “Even with the socks?”
He brushed a stray hair out of her face. “There are few things sexier than a woman wearing an emerald necklace and dinosaur socks…and nothing else.”
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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on                                             Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.


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