Book Review & Trailer ~ Under His Protection by Stacy Von Haegert 

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What really happened to the two young princes of York, who were held prisoner in the tower of London by their ambitious uncle following the death of their father, King Edward of York? Some think one son escaped and was later executed by King Henry VII when he returned to claim his rightful throne. But not before he sired a child. In, Under His Protection, the first in a new trilogy, Stacy Von Haegert artfully combines history, action, humor, and sizzling passion to provide a theory for one of England’s greatest mysteries. The bloodline continues… LONDON 1838,

Present day…Title-hungry matrons of the upper class throw their daughters in Alexander’s path. But the Duke of Ravenswood has no desire to give up his rakish, gaming lifestyle to get hitched. When the Kingston family from New Orleans enters London, however, Alex quickly finds himself unwittingly entangled. With her spirited personality and innocent aversion to all things proper. Greyland Kingston completely knocks him off his game. The gossip fans flutter when Queen Victoria asks Greyland and her eldest brother, Perkin, to dance the scandalous Viennese Waltz at the Royal ball. Who is this family? How do they know the Queen? Why do they bear such a strong resemblence to the late King of York? Trouble ensues in the form of jealous women, ambitious men, and a vengeful Irish clan. Alexander quickly finds that having Greyland for his own will come at a steep price. He must risk everything to keep her protected.

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review by sue 2

This historical romance debut novel Under His Protection by Stacy Von Haegert is by far one of the better ones I have read. When I was asked to review this book I immediately fell in love with the cover and also the story line off the blurb. However, this was not the kicker for me. The author did an awesome job by giving you just enough details in the prologue to get you started and follows with the present day story. You are able to tell that she has done research for some of the history aspects that are entailed in this novel, but she even went further and gave you some action and mystery mixed in with the blazing romance. It is hilarious, romantic, mysterious, and plain fun!!! My interest was very high throughout the whole book and when I came to the end I wanted it to keep going on. Each of the characters brought their own special appeal to the novel, I especially loved Greyland’s brothers.

Greyland Kingston is a force to be reckoned with and have all the men of the ton wanting to fall at her feet, but she only has eyes for one. She is independent, high spirited, and does what she will; definitely not what your true lady should be but made me laugh all through the book. Absolutely loved her character.

Alexander, the Duke of Ravenswood, is a known rake until he sees the Kingston girl. Oh boy, does she drive him insanely crazy and in love. I almost feel sorry for this poor guy at some spots, lol.

However, the good news is it will be a Trilogy and I will be excited when the other two come out. This is a stand-alone novel but trust me when you meet Greyland and Alexander you will want to continue the story when the other books are released. THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT AND AMAZINGLY WRITTEN DEBUT NOVEL BY STACY VON HAEGERT! You will not want to miss it.

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Biography

Author Stacy Von Haegert is a professional ballroom dancer and instructor of 17 years. She also holds two degrees from Nashville, Tennessee’s Watkins College of Art, Design & Film–one for directing and one for cinematography. Stacy grew up riding her mother’s prize-winning Arabian horses and following her musician father through the doors of every music studio in Music City. She now lives in historic Franklin with her husband, young son, two unruly cats and a 100-pound collie (by far, the best behaved of the house). Her humorous, exciting, and super-sexy first historical romance, Under His Protection, will debut this summer. Stacy is currently plugging away at a steamy Part Two.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Second Nature by D.L Roan

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Title: Second Nature (When Seconds Count #2)

Author: D.L. Roan

Release date: October 15, 2013

Genre: Erotic Suspense Thriller

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Synopsis

Grant Kendal has spent his life hunting the shadows of evil. He can feel it changing him; twisting him into the very thing he despises; a mindless killer.

Thalia Brezlin is a marked woman, hell-bent on revenge. She is haunted by the nightmares of her past. A past that lies in wait to destroy her. When she washes ashore Grant’s desolate island of exile, beaten, stabbed and clinging to life, their worlds collide.

Follow them across Africa, Madagascar and India into the underworld of human trafficking. Where innocence isn’t lost, it’s stolen.

Passion will rage, rules will be broken, lives will be shattered and the truth will be revealed. Survival is Second Nature.

WARNING: Second Nature is a contemporary erotic romance and contains explicit sexual content, adult language and graphic violence. Recommended for the adult reader only. While Grant’s story can certainly be enjoyed on its own, the author recommends becoming better acquainted with him and his journey by experiencing his debut in Second Chances (When Seconds Count, #1)

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Excerpt

Grant meets Thalia

He re-covered her bare leg and reached for the top of the sheet. Ignoring her wordless protests, he peeled down the white cotton sheet, sparing only a quick glance at her plump, bare breasts as he examined the cut over her ribs. “The good news is the swelling above your eye has gone down enough so that you no longer look like a science fiction experiment. The bad news is your leg is infected. You need a doctor.”

“No. No doctors. I can…”

“Yeah, I figured as much.” Grant watched her struggle against her bonds. She froze when he pressed his hand to her bare chest. “I said relax. Do you want me to untie you?”

Her eyes darted up to the cord around her wrists in another wordless plea. “Well, see, I only have one problem with that.” Grant smirked and pointed to the cut on his cheekbone. “Seems you have one hell of a right hook.”

At least she had the decency to look contrite as she studied his face. He knew it was an act. She would fight balls to the wall as soon as he released her. He counted on it, in fact. “That’s okay, I don’t need an apology. I know you didn’t mean it. You were pretty out of it last night.” He reached for the knot above her head but stilled, searching out her gaze. “You won’t do it again, will you?”

He almost laughed at the puppy dog eyes she gave him as she silently shook her head. Well, here goes the neighborhood. He took a little longer than necessary to work the knot free, watching as her muscles bunched and coiled. He could almost feel the energy rolling off her body as she prepared to strike. It was one of the things he missed about his job. Reading the people he was hunting, feeling the energy around him shift and move as the final fatal scene unfolded.

One last tug and the cord fell free. She pulled her hands down to her chest and calmly worked at the strands until they slid from her wrists. Almost teasingly, Grant shifted and turned his back to her. She certainly didn’t disappoint. Striking like a cobra, she jackknifed from the mattress, looping the cord over his head and wrapping it around his throat.

With a knee in his back, she pulled hard against the cord. Grant had to admit, he’d underestimated her strength a bit. The hand he’d slipped between his neck and the cord began to lose feeling as the cord cut into his palm. He was beginning to think twice about playing games with this chick. With a twist and a shove he was out of her snare and had his hands wrapped around both her wrists. He dodged her knee as she shoved it at his groin, but he couldn’t hold back the curse when she bit down on the back of his hand.

“Goddammit!” She was like a damn fossa mongoose; lean, mean, and quick as hell! Grunted curses filled the air as he hoisted her from the cot and then pushed her back into the mattress. No more games with the rabid carnivore. Her arms pinned beside her head, he straddled her hips and hooked his ankles over her shins to keep her from kneeing him in the back. “Enough,” he growled as he hovered above her.

Her nostrils flared as she dragged in a series of frantic breaths. Her skin, which had been so pale and gray, was now flushed pink with excitement. He watched as her silver eyes flared with heat, her pupils dilating to encompass the hypnotizing swirls of gray. Grant was astonished. Every misconception he’d had of her being a broken victim flew right out the window. Christ, she was playing him. And she was enjoying it every bit as much as he was.

His cock, hard and aching, pressed against her pelvis as the heat from her naked body washed over him. He was suddenly aware of her bare breasts pressed against his chest and found himself wishing he’d decided to go shirtless that morning. Her pink lips parted, her warm breath washing over him as their eyes locked. He fought hard against the need to kiss those lips, to slide his tongue into her hot, wet mouth and devour the taste of pure wildness that radiated from her soul. She didn’t need a snare to capture him. He felt himself being drawn in like a bee to an exotic wildflower.

His body warred with his mind as his head dipped a fraction closer. His instincts screamed for him to back away from the edge of the cliff. He knew what she was doing. It wouldn’t work, but damn if he wasn’t tempted to call her bluff.

review by sue 2

Author D.L Roan has outdone herself again in this book. She brings in romance, action, and also a very special message that many people turn and decide to believe is still happening “Human Trafficking”.  In this one you read about Thalia and Grant. I will have to say that even though you first read about Grant in her first book Second Chances, this one can definitely be a stand alone if you decided to read it by itself. They are definitely different and have their own story line, so with this being said the author definitely has the ability to show she is very talented and can change up. I love this about authors, it keeps me wanting to read more and following them. My words to the author after I read this was “OMG when is the next book”. Also,  you can not forget our Winston!!! He is this cute and adorable.. Well you will have to read what he is but he brings humor into the book. Love him.

Thalia has been through a lot of unfortunate incidents in her life but due to the human mind has managed to block it out (definitely a known fact that this can happen to us). However, from what she is able to obtain she decides to fight back and decides to seek revenge on those that have done her and the ones she loved wrong. I always love a strong women character because in real life I don’t think all women are helpless and should be able to defend themselves.

Grant has decided to take an early retirement but faith apparently has other plans for him. Go figure right, lol, everytime you plan on doing something it never works the way you want to. He ends up meeting Thalia in a very unique way (you must read this because the author has shown a soft side to Grant compared to what he is known to, and it is said that a women can bring a softer side out lol). However, after she starts to open up he puts two and two together and starts to realize that his so called happiness may be in the terrible danger as soon as they find out and clarify on what Thalia has blocked out.

When I say that the author has managed to bring you into her spiderweb of words, I mean it. I was entrapped in this book and wanted nothing to do but keep reading it. She has done her research on current affairs in this book so she is knowledgeable on the unfortunate parts of human trafficking which others should be made aware of. I loved this book and highly recommend this book to you as a reader!

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About the Author

D.L. Roan lives and writes in her “beautifully wild and southern” home state of Florida with her “perfectly flawed hero” husband and two 80lb lap dogs.

Completely addicted to the written word, she’s had a brood of characters residing inside her imagination for as long as she could remember. Being able to bring them to life and let them out to play has been a life’s dream fulfilled.

Romance has always been her favored genre. While erotica is her favored spicy flavor, she also enjoys paranormal fantasy and has been known to stalk the work of certain historical romance writers.

In addition to exorcizing her characters’ lusts, D.L. enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and sitting by a bonfire on a starry night. She loves to hear from her fans so check her out on Facebook or send her a tweet.

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