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Release Day! Touch (The Complete Series) by Cara Dee

 

TOUCH (The Little Black Book of Kink)

 

 

– SYNOPSIS – 

 

A touch can take many forms. It can be hard, soft, cold, hot, pleasurable, sadistic…much like kink. In Touch, several kinks take their turn in the spotlight, exhibited by men and women trying to find their way in life.

Meet Nicholas Ford, club owner and Dominant, and explore the world of Daddy Doms and Littles when he meets Kayla, a little submissive he’s inexplicably drawn to but isn’t allowed to touch. Mark Cooper works the bar in his friend’s fetish club, and one night he gets the challenge he’s been waiting for served up on a mouthwatering platter. He’s to introduce newbies Brayden and Evangeline to BDSM, quickly discovering they’re both submissive—quickly getting himself attached, too. Only a couple issues: he’s a tad emotionally jaded from his recent divorce, and Brayden struggles with his sexuality.

Rio Kelly all but abandoned the lifestyle when a brief encounter with a runaway girl changed everything. Ten years later, he sees Chelsea again, and the high-protocol sub is looking for a strict Owner. While navigating unchartered waters with a Master who’s grown cynical and resigned, Chelsea befriends Dylan, a young guy going through his own relationship problems. Dylan’s Daddy Dom isn’t like most others. Cade Kingsley is rough around the edges but wears his heart on his sleeve. Together with Dylan and Gabriella, they try to patch something together that’s just for them. By any means necessary, a few kinky hearts need to be mended.


Touch originally consisted of six novellas and novels. Look but Don’t Touch, Twice the Touch, A Touch to Surrender, A Touch of Trouble, Comforting Touch, and Touching Ink have now been reworked and prettied up for the relaunch, but not without some brand spankin’ new material. Along with the original stories, a dozen outtakes, future takes, and epilogue have been added, including demos, a new novella, and more kinky fun.
All to make the complete Touch your not-so-little black book of kink.

 


 

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– EXCERPT –

 

Nicholas from Look but Don’t Touch

The girl turns in my direction, smiles shyly, and gives me a small curtsy. “Thank you for the drink, Sir.”

“You’re very welcome.” I incline my head and smile. Happy and bubbly have been replaced by demure and coy, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t attracted to her. As long as I’m only looking…

“Um.” She fidgets with her glass. “Are you here alone?”

“I am.” It’s technically true.

“Oh.” Her head bobs in a small nod, eyes focused on her drink. “I see.”

Leaning closer, I ask, “Hasn’t Daddy told you not to speak to strangers, little one?”

“I’m here alone, too. I have no rules.” She meets my gaze and juts out her chin. How cute. I think this one has a stubborn streak in her. That makes me yearn even more. “There aren’t only couples here, you know.”

“I’m aware,” I concede with a laugh. Of course unattached people come here. “You’re a sassy one, aren’t you?” And she doesn’t have a Daddy to take care of her or keep her in line? Christ.

“Shit, sorry.” In the faint glow of the spotlights behind the bar, her cheeks flush scarlet. She looks down again and shuffles her feet. “The Daddy I had in Texas told me I was a brat sometimes. I’m really sorry, Sir.”

When she once again meets my gaze, it feels like she could make Bambi look evil. Because this girl’s doe eyes have to be the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen. I also realize she has to be very young. Age difference has never bothered me, but I’ve never had a Little Girl more than five or six years younger than I.

“No reason to apologize, sweet girl. I happen to enjoy brats.” Taking a step closer, I set down my drink and silently ask for her hand. She offers it straightaway, and I hold it in both of mine. “I’m Nicholas Ford.”

Her eyes grow wide. “K-Kayla Brandon,” she stutters. “Did you—I mean…Nicholas Ford, as in—this is your c-club?”

I nod, a bit amused to see her so flustered. “That’s correct.”

 


 

– ABOUT CARA DEE –


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I’m often stoically silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex. There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly. Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve. Additionally, I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect.


Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing.

I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and cupcakes, too. But mostly, I just love to write.

 

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Freebies and Kinky Release from Cara Dee!

A note from Cara Dee —

Freebies + Kinky Release!

 

Hi, everyone!

Many of you have heard I’ve reworked my kinky Touch Series, and ’tis true. The six original novellas are being published as one work along with a dozen outtakes, epilogue, and a brand spankin’ new novella! Touch, in all its kinky glory, goes live on June 19. (June 17 for those who will see me at RARE in Berlin!)

It’s available for pre-order all over the place for just $0.99. That’s approximately 750 pages under a buck! Make sure you get your copy before it goes back to $4.99 a few days after the release day.

 

Touch: The Complete Series

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iBooks: https://itun.es/us/DbQyjb.l 

 

I’m about to order home a bunch of books, so if you’re interested in a signed paperback of Touch, you can purchase one right here. (International shipping included in the price.)

As of a couple hours ago, it’s Friday where I am, and that’s always a reason to celebrate.

 

Breaking Free and Northbound are two of the books I’m bringing to RARE in Berlin in a month, and if you won’t be there, you can still grab a free e-copy 🙂 The giveaways are unlimited but will expire in a week, so don’t wait too long! You can download Breaking Free here and Northbound here.

 

Please share with your friends!

xoxo,

Cara

Release Day Review: Cara Dee’s Inappropriately Yours

I’m always on the lookout for new words from author Cara Dee. Her stories are full of the raw realities of life — the complexities of relationships, the need for comfort, the power of attraction. Cara’s writing is concise, her storytelling mesmerizing, and always, contains an underlying message about acceptance. Here’s a look at Cara Dee’s latest offering, Inappropriately Yours

 


 

 

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This was a mistake. Flying all the way to Washington to see Dad’s old college friend, who has reluctantly offered to help me with my writing after the world tore my first novel to shreds…big, big mistake. One, Jack Grady is lethally handsome. Two, he doesn’t mince words, and he absolutely hates my novel. But here I am, and I’m his for the weekend. Maybe in more ways than one, which would be totally inappropriate. —Isla Roe.

…two love stories.

Shock can be good or bad. It can be a good shock to discover you’re going to be a father at eighteen. This isn’t that kind of shock. This is bad. Several weeks after she was supposed to return home, one justifiably infuriated father makes his way to northern Washington. That would be me. Checking in at Cedar Inn, I think of ways to confront Jack and Isla—until I spot a familiar face from my childhood on the other side of the desk. But it can’t be her, can it? My God, she’s beautiful. I wonder how she’d react if she knew I’ve written a book about her. —Aiden Roe.

(All Camassia Cove novels are standalone.)

 

– REVIEW –

 

“So Little Miss LA ventures up to Camassia. Girl must really wanna learn to be better.”

Jameson Grady to his brother, Jack Grady

Inappropriately Yours

Pg. 17

 

Part I

Isla Roe, daughter of celebrated novelist, Aiden Roe, is headed to Camassia Cove, Washington. Isla, trying to follow in her father’s footsteps, crashed and burned with her first publication. Devoted dad Aiden comes up with an idea — send Isla to be mentored by his old friend, Jack Grady. A noted freelance editor, Jack should be able to give Isla some valuable pointers.

Jack’s not too happy about having to tutor Aiden’s daughter — he has some memories of her as a child, but he owes Aiden so he agrees to host Isla for a weekend. The lovely Isla arrives and she is not what Jack expected. Isla’s grown up into a delectable young woman, having a charm all her own. Jack manages to tamp down his guilt-ridden fantasies regarding his old friend’s daughter, but Isla, with moves worthy of Nabokov’s Lolita, soon has Jack eating out of her, er, hand. Naughty things happen and when Isla doesn’t return to LA after a few weeks, suspicious father, Aiden, heads up to Camassia Cove to kick some ass.

Part II

Upon arriving in Camassia Cove, Aiden doesn’t immediately head to rescue his daughter from Jack — Isla is, after all, an adult, free to make her own choices. Instead, Aiden opts to hunker down at the Cedar Inn and do some reconnaissance before the big showdown. Aiden, a widower of many years, is stunned when he recognizes the Inn’s proprietor, Chloe Nolan. It seems fate has plans to rock Aiden Roe’s world in more ways than one.

Inappropriately Yours is the fourth offering in Cara Dee’s Camassia Cove series. It is a standalone book, and you absolutely do not have to have read any of the other novels in the series to appreciate this story. Told in two parts, each with alternating POV’s, author Dee serves up an endearing and entertaining story about love and lust — past, present and future. All four protagonists are easily relatable to the reader and are well crafted. Part I of Inappropriately Yours seamlessly flows into Part II, yet each part could stand on its own as a complete story.

The appeal of Cara Dee’s writing is in her talent to craft flawed characters who heroically face down the raw fears that we all harbor — awakening in us all the desire to thrive rather than survive. While maybe not as gritty as her other works, Inappropriately Yours sends the same message: love comes in many forms, and it’s all good.

 

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

*ARC received from the author via Instafreebie in exchange for an honest review.*

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OTHER RELEASES IN THE CAMASSIA COVE SERIES 

 

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.

It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.

The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.

A home.

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fullsizeoutput_153dAt ten years old, Kelly and I were two rambunctious boys who carved our initials into a tree in the forest. We promised to be best friends forever and bumped our fists to seal the deal. I never should’ve kissed him that summer before college. It was a day that buried me in shame, a day I spent the next twenty-four years regretting, a day I never told anyone about.

At forty-three, depression was suffocating me. Not even my wife and two children could lift the heavy fog. I was riddled with guilt and self-hatred, and I was starting to realize that I would slowly fade away until nothing remained. Then one day, Kelly was back in town.

10% of the proceeds will be donated to Hope For Depression.

 

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51eKzz-QQMLThe first time Adeline Ivey danced into my life, high on ecstasy instead of life, was at the party before the kickoff of our seventh tour. I spotted her out on the lawn, a gorgeous girl spinning around in circles with her arms wide and a big smile directed at the Los Angeles sky.

We shared an insane summer on the road, surrounded by sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll—a combination that could only end in disaster.

That was ten years ago. The world has forgotten Lincoln Hayes, rock god and guitarist in Path of Destruction. As the date of my parole hearing approaches, I’m nothing but a number in the system of the Michigan Department of Corrections. And as much as I want to forget the events of that summer and move on, the girl I can’t get out of my head is trying to make an encore appearance in my life.

 

(A prequel to the Camassia Cove series)

 

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– ABOUT CARA DEE –

 

51gJUNy4M+L._UX250_There aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils down to relatable characters.

As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.

Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.

~Cara

 

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Coming Soon from Cara Dee — Home (A Camassia Cove Novel)

New from CARA DEE June 1st —

 

HOME

by

CARA DEE

 

IMG_4278For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.

It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.

The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.

A home.

(All novels taking place in Camassia Cove are standalone.)

 

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Cara’s Unforgettable Novel – NOAH

 

FullSizeRenderHave you ever woken up and expected to see destruction everywhere?

In 48 hours, I lost everything. I came home to find my girlfriend of four years with another man. The next day a plane crash ripped my family away from me, shattering me in the process. In many ways, I died that day, too. The fun-loving man who’d lived in the fast lane and loved his career in the film industry was gone. Left was a forty-year-old shell that dwelled at the bottom of a bottle.

Only one person knew what I was going through. My sister’s stepson, who hadn’t been on the plane. Julian knew what it was like to lose everyone he loved, too. He’d stopped showing up at reunions when he was a teenager, so I didn’t know him very well. But I told him at the memorial service he could come out and visit me in LA whenever. One day he did, and I guessed it was as good a day as any to start picking up the pieces and see what was left of us.

 

AMAZON

 

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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –

 

CARA DEE

 

There aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils XnM0mwWT_400x400down to relatable characters.

As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.

Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.

When I’m not writing, researching, or brainstorming, I’m either planning my next trip (never-ending bucket list!), reading, watching hockey, or spending time with family and friends.

 

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Release Day Blitz and Review: Noah by Cara Dee

NOAH

by

CARA DEE

 

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– SYNOPSIS –

 

51gg7n93gbL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Have you ever woken up and expected to see destruction everywhere?

In 48 hours, I lost everything. I came home to find my girlfriend of four years with another man. The next day a plane crash ripped my family away from me, shattering me in the process. In many ways, I died that day, too. The fun-loving man who’d lived in the fast lane and loved his career in the film industry was gone. Left was a forty-year-old shell that dwelled at the bottom of a bottle.

Only one person knew what I was going through. My sister’s stepson, who hadn’t been on the plane. Julian knew what it was like to lose everyone he loved, too. He’d stopped showing up at reunions when he was a teenager, so I didn’t know him very well. But I told him at the memorial service he could come out and visit me in LA whenever. One day he did, and I guessed it was as good a day as any to start picking up the pieces and see what was left of us.

 

– REVIEW –

 

“ . . . Does love conquer all?” . . . “No,” he answered . . . “but I believe it gives us what we need in order to fight.”

– Julian Hartley

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By the age of forty, Noah Collins seemed to have it all — looks, success, the love of family, the love of a woman. But life is fragile and the truth is not always what it seems. Within a matter of days, Noah suffers stunning betrayal: he discovers his longtime girlfriend, Emma, in the act with another man. Reeling from this discovery, Noah is then hit with the staggering loss of his entire family in an airplane crash. Seeming alone in his grief, Noah comes to the realization he’s not the only one devastated by the loss of his family. He reaches out to the one surviving person distantly related to him — his sister’s step-son, Julian.

Julian Hartley, twenty-three, is in his family’s home in Berlin when he receives word of the plane crash. Distraught and fragile, Julian attends the memorial service in Pittsburgh, and it is there that Noah offers Julian his support. Recognizing that he may be the only family that remains for the young man, Noah extends Julian an open invitation to come and live with him in Los Angeles.  It’s a sincere offer made by Noah, who considers himself to be a poor excuse for a half-uncle. So when Julian shows up at Noah’s door, looking for shelter and the chance for a fresh start, Noah welcomes him into his life. Noah needs a fresh start, too.

Grieving their shared loss, both Julian and Noah find comfort in one another — the simple act of holding each other gives them relief from their emotional pain. It’s gentle, beautiful and healing. When Noah begins to realize his feelings for Julian are beyond familial in nature, he’s horrified at his thoughts. It’s not the idea he finds himself attracted to a man — Noah is a person who puts gender aside — it’s the thought that he may be preying on someone who looks upon him as family. Julian thinks of Noah as family, doesn’t he?

Given this scenario, the reader might think that Cara Dee’s Noah is about breaking taboos and predatory behavior. Disabuse yourself of any notions in that regard, because Noah is at its core a beautiful and emotionally charged love story.

Set in the entertainment industry and populated with the characters we first met in author Dee’s Breaking Free, Noah and Julian find themselves deeply attracted to one another. Written entirely from Noah’s POV, the reader struggles along with Noah as he tries to wrap his mind around a relationship with the much-younger man. Credit Cara Dee with writing a character who is oblivious to gender when it comes to need, whether it be sexual or regarding matters of the heart. Her characterization of Noah’s sexual fluidity is flawless and absolutely masterful.  Julian has been attracted to Noah for years, so when Noah finally gives in to his desire for Julian, they combust into some of the most torrid sex this reader has encountered. Again, give credit to author Cara Dee — the passion between these two, while raw and demanding, is fueled by the underlying deep emotion Noah and Julian have for one another.

Noah is unequivocally Cara Dee’s best work to date.  The development of the main characters are well crafted, and their growth throughout the story is another testament to the talent of this author. The plot moves quickly, and the sub-plots are woven into the story seamlessly. On particular sub-plot, highlighting the making of a movie whose main character suffers from a mental illness, is especially poignant and is written with great care and compassion.

The ancillary characters are solidly written, and, as noted above, old friends to those who have read author Dee’s Breaking Free or With Brave Wings.  But note: one does not need to have read Breaking Free or With Brave Wings to fully enjoy Noah — it is a standalone novel, complete with epilogue.

Brilliantly written, Cara Dee’s Noah is a compelling, romantic love story — a reminder to us all that love, as Julian stated, gives us what we need in order to fight.

Note: Noah contains explicit sexual M/M scenes, as well as a sexual relationship between two members of a blended family that are not blood relations.

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –

 

 

CARA DEE

 

There aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils XnM0mwWT_400x400down to relatable characters.

As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.

Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.

When I’m not writing, researching, or brainstorming, I’m either planning my next trip (never-ending bucket list!), reading, watching hockey, or spending time with family and friends.

 

 – AUTHOR LINKS –

 

TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS | AMAZON

The prologue of Noah, Julian’s POV

Exclusive Teaser! Noah by Cara Dee

NOAH

by

CARA DEE

 

We are SO EXCITED to share with you this exclusive teaser that is Julian’s prologue which is not included in Cara Dee’s newest release, Noah 

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Please join Cara Dee’s release party for her newest novel, Noah, so you make
sure you don’t miss when the prologue is posted!

RELEASE DAY EVENT FOR NOAH

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

CARA DEE

 

There aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils XnM0mwWT_400x400down to relatable characters.

As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.

Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.

When I’m not writing, researching, or brainstorming, I’m either planning my next trip (never-ending bucket list!), reading, watching hockey, or spending time with family and friends.

 

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TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS | AMAZON

 

 

Release Day Blitz: With Brave Wings by Cara Dee

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WITH BRAVE WINGS

by

CARA DEE

 

– SYNOPSIS –

Sequel to Breaking Free – Book II of II.

51keQp5jHwL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_What happens once you’ve broken free?

Sophie Pierce has shed every part of her old life. She has said goodbye to her father, the friends she once partied with, and even the man she may have lost her heart to. Now, it’s time for her to spread her wings and become the person she wants to be, and she’s more than ready to work for it. But much like the paparazzi Sophie has come to despise, the past will sneak up on her—much sooner than she could’ve imagined. It’s only a matter of months before she learns that her final night in Vancouver was never the end at all. It was the beginning.

When Tennyson Wright lets Sophie go, he knows something has to change. He’s lost sight of who he is, and the wakeup call isn’t pretty. Deciding to take a page from Sophie’s book, he begins a journey of self-discovery, though everything comes to a screeching halt when he learns through the tabloids that the girl he can’t stop thinking about is pregnant.

Their romantic relationship may have ended, but soon their co-parenting responsibilities bring them together to play the Hollywood game by their own rules.

 

– EXCERPT –

 

Noah hummed, pausing at some action movie that had recently started. “Throwing up, gaining weight, moody…”

“I haven’t been moody.” Sophie got defensive.

He chuckled. “Uh-huh. That’s what my sister said before she found out she was pregnant.”

That was funny. “How did I not know you have a sister?”

It was Noah’s turn to shrug a little, which made him drop a spring roll on the floor. “Where’s Cujo? Shit.” He licked some sauce from his T-shirt. “Shit, shit, sorry about that.”

Men.

“Pick it up,” Sophie laughed. “Max isn’t eating that crap. Now, about your sister?”

“Oh, right.” He picked up the roll and shoved it into his mouth. “She lives in Berlin, so we don’t see each other often. We text and Skype and stuff. She’s got two cute kids, but I hate when they visit our parents in Pittsburgh. Makes my folks wonder when I’m gonna settle down.”

“Poor you,” Sophie mocked. “So you don’t want kids of your own?”

“Fuck no, I’d ruin them.” Noah went back to flipping channels. “Unless they pop out as hockey fans. Then we’re good.”

She snorted a giggle and ate some more.

“Seriously, though.” He pointed his fork at her. “You sure you’re not pregnant?”

“Oh my God, yes.” Sophie rolled her eyes. “I think I’d know if I was growing a person. Besides, I haven’t had sex since July—whatever date the wrap party was.”

It was mid-November now.

“The twenty-fifth,” he murmured, pensive. “So…that would make Tennyson the dad.”

She ignored the pregnancy crap and stared intently at her food. She’d never said anything out loud to Noah about her and Tennyson, though most people had their suspicions.

“I’m not pregnant, Noah.”

*

“You’re pregnant, Ms. Pierce.”

Sophie sat in her doctor’s office and stared, waiting for the punch line.

The doctor went on with a nod. “That’s what’s been causing your body to change so quickly. You are pregnant.”

Sophie waited some more, and then she let out a nervous laugh. “Be serious, please. What’s wrong with me?”

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with you,” he told her patiently. “You are simply pregnant. Now, since I know you have a demanding schedule, I took the liberty and made you an appointment with a colleague for an ultrasound—right after we’re done here.”

She pursed her lips. Her brain was completely blank aside from the word “pregnant” going on a loop.

There was no way.

She was only twenty-one. She hadn’t had sex in…almost four months. Four fucking months.

“I imagine this is coming as a surprise for you.” The doctor went through a stack of papers that sat on his desk. “I have the records here from your doctor in Vancouver, and you’ve said your period’s been irregular?” With every word the doctor spoke, more color drained from Sophie’s face. “Due to your previous condition with undernourishment, that can obviously affect your ability to get pregnant, but it’s far from impossible—”

“I’m on the pill!” she blurted out.

All of a sudden, her breaths came out fast and shallow.

Holy shit, this couldn’t be happening.

She and Tennyson had been protected, goddammit. They’d used condoms until they’d spoken about safety. They’d both been clean, and she was on the pill.

“Did you ever miss taking one?” the doctor asked gently. “Remember, birth control is never one hundred percent.”

“Oh my God,” Sophie whimpered.

*

Coming out of the bathroom after his shower, Tennyson fastened his watch and tapped it pointedly for Asher to get off the damn phone. Tennyson would’ve been more patient if it weren’t for the fact that this was his vacation and he was hungry as fuck.

Asher nodded and held up a finger. “Okay, that’s great,” he told whomever he was on the phone with. “No, I was only surprised because she’s worked so hard. But it’s good that she’s not canceling.” There was a pause, and Tennyson wondered if they were discussing Sophie. “Rescheduling is fine, and have the interviewer fly out if she wants to stay in LA for whatever reason.”

By the time he wrapped up the call, Tennyson had dressed in a pair of jeans and a hoodie, and he sat down on the edge of his bed to find his eye drops in his toiletry bag.

“What’s up?” he asked.

Asher’s brow furrowed and he scrolled down on his phone. “Sophie. I need to call her tomorrow. Remember I thought she was canceling a bunch of appointments?” Tennyson frowned and nodded, and Ash went on. “She’s not—but she’s rescheduling, and I don’t know why.”

Tennyson didn’t know what to say, other than he was worried. Ever since she’d put her diva antics and princess behavior behind her, she’d been nothing but accommodating. She always pushed herself to be her absolute best.

“You ready to go eat?” Ash asked.

“Yeah.” Tennyson ducked into the bathroom real quick to insert some drops into his eyes, and then he grabbed his wallet before they left.

On the way to the restaurant, he made a mental note to call Sophie when he got back to the hotel. If something was wrong, he wanted to be there for her.

The desert town was lit up for Christmas, but it didn’t really feel like the holiday had arrived.

“Hold on.” Asher grabbed Tennyson’s shoulder as they were passing a bodega. “What the fuck is this?” He walked over to a newsstand and snatched up a magazine.

Upon seeing it was a tabloid, Tennyson rolled his eyes. “Since when do you read gossip?”

Asher turned and slapped the magazine to Tennyson’s chest. “Since I learned your ex is pregnant.”

What?

Tennyson held up the magazine and saw the headline.

“The Party Princess is Pregnant!”

Having lived and breathed the industry for years, Tennyson was ready to brush it off as bullshit, but then he saw the grainy photos. Three of them on the cover, one with a circle around Sophie’s belly. Then a centerfold that was all about her. Several photos of Sophie, Max, Brooklyn, and Maliah on the beach.

Sophie was wearing what looked like cotton shorts and a bulky sweatshirt, but at some point, she had unzipped it. And it was clear as day. Her snug top underneath the hoodie hugged a small, yet very distinct baby bump.

Photo after photo. Sophie and Maliah were tossing a tennis ball for Max to chase, and the wind blew the shirt aside. So many angles of proof. She was pregnant.

 

 

– REVIEW –

 

When last we left Sophie Pierce and Tennyson Wright in Cara Dee’s Breaking Free, the young starlet and the jaded director had reluctantly ended their on set affair. But in With Brave Wings, Fate has other things in mind for the couple, among them, parenthood.  As Sophie’s acting career begins to take off, and Tennyson’s directorial career is once again on the rise, both Sophie and Tennyson reroute their lives to make way for their baby.  Through movie production, promotional tours —  despite all the demands entailed in the entertainment industry — both Sophie and Tennyson come together for the welfare of their child, Kayden.  They are doting and loving parents.  Eventually both Sophie and Tennyson recognize that it’s not only their commitment to Kayden that keeps them together, but that their feelings for one another have run deep from the start of their romance.  While Sophie has been bravely finding herself through her own personal journey, Tennyson has rediscovered that there is much to be celebrated in his own life.  Both have learned that, at any age, one can always spread their wings and soar. As Sophie says:

“I think I found peace when I stopped running,” she answered pensively. “Goals are amazing to have, but for a long time, I was always chasing something, and I didn’t even know what it was. Answers, maybe. But I realized I will never be finished. I’m a work in progress until the day I die. So I stopped running. I stopped trying to understand life and just live it instead.”

In With Brave Wings, author Cara Dee has written a delicious conclusion to Breaking Free. Sophie and Tennyson have great chemistry, and along with that, a healthy respect for one another.  Tennyson stands back as he watches Sophie grow — these two are so good for one another — it puts a smile on the reader’s face. We wait for Sophie and Tennyson to wake up and admit their feelings for one another and when they do, the fireworks (i.e., oh-so-hot sex) light up the night sky. Throughout both books, Dee has written this relationship as a study of healthy growth, one of patience, one without toxicity.  Not completely without some bumps in the road, what exists between Sophie and Tennyson is both believable and refreshing.

Backing up her protagonists, author Dee generously gifts us with well-fleshed out secondary characters. Surely Sophie’s best bud, Brooklyn, and Tennyson’s brother, Asher, deserve a book of their own as we’ve become invested in their story, too.  And least we forget, Cara even gives us a cameo appearance of her Public Display of Everything couple, Flynn and Cory (it’s up to you to read and discover their connection to With Brave Wings).

Cara Dee is such a gifted writer  —  her use of chapters being titled by a location gives a real sense of the chaotic life of her characters. These people have busy lives and Dee effectively uses locales and events, combined with jumps in time, to move the story along at a rapid pace.  This reader’s only complaint is that the conclusion of With Brave Wings comes much too soon. Greedy readers everywhere want more!

A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary adult story, take some time to read both Breaking Free and With Brave Wings – it’s time well spent.

* I was gifted an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

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– BUY THE BOOK –

 

 

 

Book 1, Breaking Free

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Book I of II.

The Hollywood scene has always fit Tennyson Wright like a too-tight sweater. A highly respected director, he has managed to avoid the games and power plays of Tinseltown. Until now. To gain more publicity for the film he’s shooting, the studio has decided a PR relationship is in order, and soon Tennyson finds himself pushed into the spotlight with one of the actresses on set. Rich, spoiled, much younger, party princess Sophie Pierce.

Sophie, famous for being infamous, got her part in the film due to her daddy, the studio chairman. But there’s more to her than wild nights and drunken tabloid photos, and she’s aching to prove it. Under Tennyson’s protective wing, she begins to navigate the uncharted territory of responsible adulthood and takes the first steps toward a legitimate, lasting fame based on her talent, not her reputation.

But in order for Sophie to truly soar on her own, she’s going to have to shed every part of her life.

Freedom has a price.   

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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –

 

CARA DEE

 

There aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils XnM0mwWT_400x400down to relatable characters.

As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.

Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.

When I’m not writing, researching, or brainstorming, I’m either planning my next trip (never-ending bucket list!), reading, watching hockey, or spending time with family and friends.

 

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Review: Breaking Free by Cara Dee

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Take a hot-shot, hunky but reclusive, jaded thirty-eight year old film director and toss in a twenty-one year old party girl/actress born of Hollywood royalty, put them together on a film set a watch what happens. This is exactly what prolific writer Cara Dee has done in her newest romance novel, Breaking Free.
First of a two-part series (its concluding sequel, With Brave Wings, arrives August 2015), Breaking Free lays the foundation for a story that sneaks up on you. At first read, it’s seemingly clichéd — a powerful, talented director v. misunderstood woman/child yearning for independence — it could be taken right from celebrity rags. But put this scenario in the masterful hands of Cara Dee and this becomes a story about introspection, self-truths, and growth.
The author fleshes out her characters, Tennyson Wright and Sophie Pierce, in such a subtle manner that the reader’s interest is captured by surprise. We want these two people to succeed, both professionally and privately — we root for them, we want them to win.
A perfect hot, sexy, summer romance read, Breaking Free, stands alone without the epilogue; with the epilogue, the reader is left with a cliffhanger. Cara Dee leaves it up to you, and for that action alone, the respect shown the reader by this author, this reader will come back for more. You should, too.

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*I was gifted the ARC of this novel for an honest review.*

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