Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Product Review: Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)

From steel sheets to museum quality 3D models. Simply pop out the pieces and connect using tabs and holes. No glue or solder needed! Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets, tweezers make an ideal tool for bending or twisting the connection tabs. Packaging contains: 2 metal sheets and illustrated instructions

GRINGOTT'S DRAGON
GRINGOTT'S DRAGON: Also known as the Ukrainian Ironbelly species. Gringott's Dragon is used to guard several high-security vaults, including the Lestrange Vault, at Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Item#:MMS443
Number Of Sheets: 2 Sheets
Difficulty: Moderate
Assembled Size: 7.48" x 5.39" x 2.36"

Visit the Metal Earth website for more information

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

Review:
I've never made a model like this before but I'm a huge HP fan and I collect dragons so I couldn't resist this kit! The kit contains 2 sheets of metal with all the pieces you'll need to make the model, and a full instruction sheet. It recommends using proper tools like needle nose pliers and clippers to help remove the pieces from the metal sheets they come in but to be honest I didn't want to pay out the extra money when I wasn't sure the tools would be used again in the future.


It could possibly have made my life easier if I'd had the correct tools but I managed to build this kit using a couple of pairs of tweezers and a sharp crafting blade to cut the metal (please be very, VERY careful if you do the same thing as it would be incredibly easy to slice your finger open!). To be honest you need to be a little careful anyway because the tiny pieces of metal do have quite sharp edges and my fingers ended up with loads of tiny little cuts from building this dragon. I also used a variety of sized pens, pencils and even a metal kebab stick to bend the metal around to get the curved edges I needed.


Like I said I've never made anything like this before so I had no idea where to start but the instructions were clear and easy to follow. It was quite fiddly at first but once I'd got used to how to bend the metal it got much easier and, apart from the legs (I never did manage to get all the tabs in place for the knee joints!), I found it fairly easy to work out how to slot everything together.


It was great to see the dragon slowly come to life as I built it and I'm really pleased with the finished results too, the dragon looks great on my Harry Potter shelf!



Source: Purchased

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Most Anticipated Reads: Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi

One of the 2018 debut novels I'm most excited about has got to be Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This book has been all over Twitter and Goodreads recently so I'm sure you already have it on your wish lists but I thought I'd share a few of the videos I found with you anyway.

First we have this introduction from the author:



Now that I've caught your attention heres the blurb (& that stunning cover in all it's glory!):

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The movie of Children of Blood and Bone is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.

Doesn't it sound incredible?! There is definitely a reason why this is getting so much hype!

I also found this brilliant video of Tomi talking about the importance of diversity



and I'm sure most of you already saw this last video doing the rounds on Twitter but Tomi's reaction to receiving her first copies of Children of Blood and Bone was priceless and brought tears to my eyes so I had to include it here!



Who else is excited about this book? Check out the Children of Blood and Bone website or Tomi Adeyemi's website.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Review: On His Knees - Laura Kaye

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees...

Hard Ink Series:
Hard as It Gets
Hard as You Can
Hard to Hold on to (Novella)
Hard to Come By
Hard to Be Good (Novella)
Hard to Let Go
Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Raven Riders MC crossover novella)
Hard Ever After (Novella)
Hard to Serve (Novella) (This is a Blasphemy crossover novella)

Raven Riders MC Series:
(This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Hard Ink crossover novella)
Ride Hard
Ride Rough
Ride Wild
Ride Dirty (March 2018)

Blasphemy Series:
(This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
Hard to Serve (Novella) (This is a Hard Ink crossover novella)
Bound to Submit
Mastering Her Senses
Eyes on You (Novella)
Theirs to Take (Crossover with Reveal Me by Jennifer Probst)
On His Knees
Switching for Her (April 2018)

Visit Laura Kaye's website for more information

Review:
I've been a fan of Laura Kaye's writing for years now and I'm pretty sure I've read & loved everything she's ever published but I have to say her Blasphemy series is probably my favourite. She manages to create such intense emotional connections between her characters and they always have such fantastic chemistry. Throw in the BDSM elements and these stories just get hotter and hotter so even when the kinks the characters take part in aren't necessarily ones I'd be into myself I never fail to enjoy their stories anyway.

Jamie and Alex are both fantastic characters and apart from a misunderstanding towards the end that I felt was dragged out a bit more than needed I really enjoyed their story. Jamie desperately wants to find love and settle down but no matter how great the women he meets are he's never found himself completely satisfied in a relationship, especially in the bedroom. He never considered himself either bisexual or a masochist until a friend makes a chance comment but as soon as he starts to think things through he starts to understand exactly what has been missing all these years. His character goes on quite a journey of sexual awakening but it came across as totally natural and I loved the way he was so willing to explore his fantasies and how he was brave enough to go for what he wanted.

Alex is one of the twelve owners and Masters of Blaspheme, he's a Dominant and a sadist who loves to play but is also looking for a long term relationship. He's always made it a rule never to play with inexperienced submissives, especially ones as completely new to the BDSM scene as Jamie, but when he is giving Jamie his introduction to the club their kinks are so closely aligned that it's pretty much impossible to resist. Alex loves being the one to introduce Jamie to the heights of the lifestyle but that isn't all their relationship is about and I appreciated getting to see them spending time together away from the club just talking and getting to know each other better. They fitted together in so many ways which made it incredibly easy to root for them as a couple.

On His Knees is another scorching hot instalment to the series and it's one I'd highly recommend. You don't have to be familiar with the previous books as they all work as standalone stories but they're all so good that you really don't want to miss out. If you happen to be a fan of the author's Hard Ink series then you might appreciate a bonus appearance from a certain tattoo artist and his husband too!

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Blog Tour: On His Knees - Laura Kaye (Excerpt & Giveaway)


Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…


ABOUT ON HIS KNEES (Blasphemy #5):

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees...


ORDER ON HIS KNEES:



Excerpt:

Jamie was done holding back. He was done questioning. He was done feeling like he was on the outside looking in.

Now that Master Alex had demonstrated exactly what Jamie required to fully connect with another human being, he needed this to go all the way. More than that, he wanted Alex to be the one to take him there.

So he held his breath, held the Dom's gaze, and held on to the hope that the man would agree.

"You want your first time to be non-consensual role-playing," Master Alex finally said, his voice like it'd been scoured with sandpaper.

The tone of it gave Jamie hope. Because he was affected. Jamie wasn't the only one who needed this, he would've put money on it.

Nodding, Jamie summoned the courage to say what he wanted, while the Dom was still open to hearing it. Even though, Jesus, the words on the tip of his tongue were seriously twisted. He let them fly anyway. "I want you to force me, use me, hurt me. To show me what it really means to be taken by a…a-"

"Say it."

"By a sadist."

Master Alex's dark eyes flared, and his expression went a little mean. Jamie's cock hardened, a reaction he couldn't hide when he knelt there naked. The Dom's gaze swept downward and settled on his growing erection, and Jamie felt the directness of that perusal as a physical caress.

Slowly, Alex rose to his full height, and then his expression went absolutely unforgiving. "Beg."



Don’t miss the previous standalone books in the Blaspheme Series!








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Booked All Night - Review & Excerpt
East Coast Book Chicks - Review & Excerpt
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Only One More Page - Review & Excerpt
Reads All the Books - Review & Excerpt
Wicked Reads - Review & Excerpt
February 16th
Bookaliciousbabes blog - Review & Excerpt
Feeling Fictional - Review & Excerpt
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JordansBookReviews - Excerpt
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February 18th
All Things Dark & Dirty - Review & Excerpt
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I Love Books - Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads - Review & Excerpt
Renee Entress's Blog - Review & Excerpt
February 19th
Literary Gossip - Excerpt
Novel Addiction - Review
Obsessive Reading Disorder - Review & Excerpt
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The Book Hammock - Review & Excerpt
February 20th
Msquared Book Blog - Review & Excerpt
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Romance Reviews and More - Review & Excerpt
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February 21st
Evermore Books - Review & Excerpt
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February 22nd
Girls With Books - Excerpt
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Treat Yourself with Books - Review & Excerpt
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February 23rd
Jax's Book Magic - Excerpt
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RentasticReads - Review
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The Book Avenue - Review

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Review: The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

I very much need to be dead.

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what.

People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important so terrifying that they will exterminate anyone in their way.

But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.

Jane Hawk Series:
The Silent Corner
The Whispering Room
The Crooked Staircase

Visit Dean Koontz's website for more information

Review:
I've been a huge fan of Dean Koontz since I was a teenager but I've not really been reading thrillers and suspense for the last few years so I have to confess it's been a while since I read one of his books. Then The Silent Corner cropped up on Netgalley and I just couldn't resist requesting it. You know that feeling you get when you rediscover an old favourite author and start kicking yourself for missing out on a few years of their stories? That's totally how I felt pretty much as soon as I started reading this but the best thing is that I now have plenty of new books to binge read!

When her husband commits suicide leaving a chilling note that just says "I very much need to be dead" Jane Hawk is convinced that there is more to his death than meets the eye. As a member of the FBI she has the means to investigate and she quickly discovers a disturbing pattern of suicides under strange circumstances. When her family is threatened she is forced to go into hiding, quitting her job, selling her home and leaving her young daughter with distant friends she focuses all her energy into uncovering what could be a major conspiracy.

The Silent Corner was a totally addictive read, short snappy chapters swiftly built momentum and I found myself devouring the story at a record pace. Ever increasing rates of suicides and now murder suicides. Human programming. Nanotechnology. Multibillionaires who think they can do whatever they like with absolutely no consequences. This is seriously creepy and scarily easy to imagine actually happening in the not too distant future. Who says technology is always a good thing?

Jane can come across as a little cold and unemotional at times but it's quite easy to see that she is so devastated by everything thats happened that she has to lock it up tight just to keep going. She focuses all of her energy into figuring out what happened to her husband so that she can try to stop it happening to anyone else but it's very hard to investigate when you don't know who you can trust. I loved the strength she shows and the fierce determination she has to stop the bad guys no matter how much it costs her. She's a very easy character to root for and I can't wait to carry on with the series to see how things unfold. This was a fantastic start to the series and I think things are only going to get better from here!

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Release Day Launch: On His Knees - Laura Kaye (Excerpt & Giveaway)


Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…


ABOUT ON HIS KNEES (Blasphemy #5):

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees...


ORDER ON HIS KNEES:



Excerpt:

Master Alex heaved a breath and peered down at Jamie with a stern, narrowed gaze. "What am I going to do with you, my little masochist?"

"Anything you want, Sir." The response had come right from the gut. Out of his mouth before he'd even debated whether Alex had meant the question rhetorically.

"Anything I want. Indeed." He tilted his head. "Except you're new to all of this. So I worry-"

"No, please," Jamie blurted out, his hands going to Alex's knees. "Don't worry. Don't be easy. I want to try everything. Do everything. And I want to do it with you."

A storm erupted across Master Alex's face and settled into those dark eyes, which raked downward to where Jamie still touched him. And then the next thing Jamie knew, Alex launched himself at him, grabbed him by the neck and shoulder, and took him down flat to his back on the floor.

With one hand tight around Jamie's throat and his knees pinning his shoulders and upper body, Master Alex loomed over him, his expression mean. "Let me make clear how this works, little boy. I make the decisions. I set the scene. You telling me what to do is called topping from the bottom. And I won't have it. Do it again and it'll earn you a red ass you won't be able to sit on for days."

Jesus fucking Christ. Yes. Yes. Fucking yes.

That was probably not the reaction he was supposed to have. And a little voice in the back of his head whispered that there was something seriously wrong with him for feeling sheer exhilaration instead of fear-to say nothing of the way his pulse throbbed in his rock-hard cock. And Jamie certainly didn't want to have made Alex feel disrespected.

But Jesus fucking yes.

He swallowed hard, his throat having to work against the tight grip of Master Alex's hand. "I'm sorry, Sir."

Master Alex barreled on. "You're so goddamned sure you can handle this. You don't even know. I'm going to use you and abuse you. I'm going to hurt you. And I'm going to get off on it."

Jamie's cock jerked at the decadent words, and Jesus how the dark promise in them reached out to some secret, hidden place inside him. "I don't know…but I want to."

"Why? Why are you here? What do you want out of this? Why the fuck do you want the pain I'm capable of causing?" That grip tightened, cutting off more of Jamie's air.

He grimaced and choked. "My…my whole life. I can't-I haven't been able to…feel. And I…want to finally feel something, Sir. I need it. And I want to please…you," he managed.

Master Alex leaned in, that handsome face so fucking harsh. "Oh, I'll make you feel something, boy. I'll light you up good."

God, if Alex was capable of turning his mind and body on so strongly with just two sentences, Jamie almost couldn't imagine what it might feel like for the man to actually make good on the promises. What if I can't handle it?

But what if I can?


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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Blog Tour: Close to You - Ana Jolene

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour today to celebrate the release of Close to You by Ana Jolene.

Close to You
Book One, Moonrise Beach series

Release Date: February 13, 2018
Contemporary Romance


About Close to You:

Dacey Happa-Hewitt had no idea that traveling to India with her fiancé would end in their break-up. Worst of all, her scumbag ex left her while she was suffering from a serious illness. Now recovered and back in Moonrise Beach, Dacey needs to muster up the courage to not only face her ex again but to also explain her newly single status to her overprotective father. Just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, her childhood crush, Greyson Blackbourn, comes back into her life, stirring up all kinds of emotions and desires she thought she'd long outgrown.

Tasked with rebuilding the deck at the Happa-Hewitt's beach house, Greyson can't seem to help his sidelong glances at Dacey. It's obvious that he still holds a flame for her, but given their family pasts and her broken heart, he worries acting on his desires will damage their friendship forever.

A quick romp in the sheets might just be what Dacey needs to get over her heartbreak. But will a hot night in the arms of her childhood best friend be a mistake? Or will everlasting love finally be within reach?


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Excerpt:

Dacey lifted her head. Or at least she tried to. A sharp pain lanced through her temples as she tried to get up. Her skin was hot and tight, and her arms felt like they were made out of Jell-O. Hell, her entire body felt like her skeleton had melted away. She was as boneless as the jellyfish she'd encountered on the beaches back home, and for a moment, Dacey just allowed herself a moment to feel sorry for herself. How did she get herself in this position?

As she lay there helplessly, she tried thinking about her home and the California sun in Moonrise Beach to lift her spirits, but her brain just wasn't working at full speed. Her head felt like it had been submerged into water, weighed down and soggy.

The door suddenly opened and a nurse stepped through. In her arms, she carried a tray filled with food. Again? she thought. She'd just eaten an hour ago.

As the nurse walked over to her, Dacey stopped herself from groaning out loud. She had no appetite to eat. In fact, her mouth felt like it had been sealed shut with tacky glue. The last thing she wanted to do was to start shoveling food into her mouth. As the nurse placed the tray of food before her, Dacey looked down at the plates and felt her stomach turn over in revolt.

She knew she needed the food. It would give her the strength she needed to fight this illness off, but right now she just wanted to lie in bed and not focus on this horrible feeling in her body.

When she had first started feeling ill, Adam had assured her that it was probably the heat getting to her. At first, she believed it and they went on, pretending as if nothing had happened. But when the fever set in and reached a dangerous height, Dacey knew it wasn't just the heat anymore. Something was wrong.

Very wrong.

Concerned for her health, Adam finally brought her to the hospital where she was asked to run some tests. From the results, the doctors were able to diagnose what the problem was.

She had typhoid fever.

Somehow, she had contracted the bacteria and Adam hadn't and now she had no choice but to stay trapped in this hospital for who knew how long! All she knew was that she had to stay until the fever subsided and the antibiotics she was taking could knock out the bacteria that was inside of her.

Dacey's lips thinned into a line. Adam wouldn't be happy about staying here any longer than he was supposed to. They had tickets to return home to Moonrise Beach in just a few days and she knew he'd already been looking forward to returning home. But there was no way she was going to be able to walk out of this hospital with this fever still burning through her let alone be able to board a plane for a seventeen-hour flight. They'd just have to stay here a little bit longer until she got better.

The nurse came forward and glanced down at her untouched food. "Aren't you going to eat?" It took so much of Dacey's energy to shake her head but she really didn't want it. Just thinking about eating made her stomach curl. "But you have to eat something," the nurse argued. "You're weak."

As if to prove the nurse's point, a wave of fatigue hit Dacey then. She groaned even as she shook her head. "I . . . I don't want it."

"I know you're tired, but this food will help you gain some energy back. It will also help you fight the illness."

No. It will only make me throw up, Dacey thought.

At her stubborn expression, the nurse introduced herself. "My name is Preeti and I'm a nurse, okay? I'm not in the business of making people feel worse. Trust me, you need to eat."

Dacey managed a strained smile. "I'd say it's nice to meet you, Preeti, but I'd rather not be here at all."

"And that's why you need to eat," Preeti shot back. "Or you'll never get out of here." The nurse picked up a slice of bread from the plate and held it up to her mouth. But Dacey turned away, shaking her head.

As the nurse frowned, the door opened again. "Oh, Adam," Dacey breathed as she caught sight of her lover. Everything is going to be okay now. Adam is here.

Her fiancé looked as handsome as ever in a navy-blue T-shirt and shorts. Smiling, Adam dropped down to kiss her on her sweaty forehead before sitting in the chair beside her. "How are you feeling today?" he asked her. A soft hand closed over hers, squeezing tightly. His other hand came to touch her sticky forehead. Could he feel the heat come off her in waves?

When she didn't answer, Adam shot the nurse a look. With a roll of her eyes, Preeti left, closing the door behind her.

"I'm tired," Dacey said once they were alone.

"Have you eaten something?" At the look of disgust she made, Adam laughed. A part of her heart melted. She'd always loved his laugh. It was so carefree and beautiful. She would've been a puddle on the floor if she weren't already so boneless.

A small chime sounded and when Adam released her hand to check his phone, Dacey felt her smile disappear. Adam's own smile waned as he read the words on the screen. "What's wrong, Adam?" she asked.

Instead of answering, Adam tucked his phone away. He schooled his expression into one of nonchalance before he asked, "How much longer do you think it'll be until you get better?"

"Uh . . . I don't know." If it were her choice, she wouldn't have fallen ill in the first place. But according to the doctors, she would have to stay at least a week until she was sure her body had recovered.

Adam pursed his lips together. It looked like he wanted to say something but the nurse came in again, looking more determined to get her to eat than ever. Before Dacey could tell her to leave, Adam turned to her. "What's her condition? Is she getting better?"

"Well, as you can see, she's still very weak. If she would eat something, maybe-"

"So she wouldn't be able to travel in this condition?"

"Of course not!" The nurse looked utterly mortified by the suggestion. "Look at her, she can barely hold herself up!"

The sigh Adam made had her turning her head in his direction. "Adam, what's going on? Are you okay?" Something was clearly bothering him.

Adam let out a long sigh. "No, Dacey. I'm not okay."

"What's wrong?"

"I have to go."

"What? Why?" Dacey shook her head, not understanding. "Are you sick?" Was that why he was acting strange? The more she looked at him, the more she realized he was a little on the pale side. "Why don't you go back to the hotel and come back tomorrow when you're feeling better."

"No, Dacey. That's not what I mean. I'm not sick but-" His fingers brushed through his hair in worry. Or was it frustration? What was going on?

"What's wrong then?"

Her concern grew when he wouldn't look at her in the eye. Someone please tell me what's happening! "I'm leaving," Adam finally said.

Dacey blinked. Wait a minute. Was it possible for her fever to make her hear things too? "I . . . I don't understand." How could he want to leave? He had to know that she wasn't well enough to travel.

Adam let out a long sigh. "I can't stay here, Dacey. I understand that you're sick and can't travel in your condition, but I can't stay here any longer than I already have." Pulling away, he rose to stand. "I'm sorry, Dacey, but I'm leaving here tomorrow."

"Tomorrow?" What the hell? How could he do that? They'd come to this foreign country together and he thought to leave her here? Alone?

"Yeah, I booked a flight out of here."

The words were a blow to Dacey's already aching body.

What the hell? Was he messing with her? Was this some cruel joke?

"Why?" was all Dacey could manage in her state of shock. Her cheeks flared with heat, but it wasn't because of the fever. She suddenly remembered that they weren't alone.

Adam went on as if the nurse wasn't there. "I hate this place. Coming here was a bad idea. I thought that maybe I could do it for you, but this isn't me, Dacey. I'm not like you. This spiritual journey to find my"-he made air quotations with his fingers-"'true essence' is not me at all. I need to get back to Moonrise Beach. Back to my real life."

Okay, so maybe she had already known that about him, but Dacey never expected that Adam would leave her while she was battling a serious illness.

They both worked for her father's company and when she'd first decided to date him, she knew it would be a risk. But he'd just been so fun and caring that she felt that she could overlook their differences.

Dacey looked up at him now, searching for the man she fell in love with. Just a moment ago, she'd been so happy to see him. Now, she could hardly look at him in the eye. The Adam she loved would never even contemplate doing something like this. What had changed? "If you're afraid that you'll get sick too-"

"It's not that," he said over her, which pissed her off even more.

"Then what is it?" Her voice grew louder despite her weakened state. She was upset now, and the fever threatening to take over her life seemed so inconsequential to her now as her world fell apart.

"Being here has shown me how different our lifestyles actually are." His voice sounded so callous and cold. "I'm not a yoga person. I hate eating organic all the time. And I don't think I can stand another moment of this kumbaya shit."

"Kumbaya shit?" Dacey frowned further.

"Sorry," Adam said, but the smile he shot her didn't look like he was sorry at all. "I know you can't change who you are, but I'm starting to wonder if what all my friends say is true about us."

"What do you mean? What have your friends been saying about us?"

"Never mind. Forget I said anything."

"It's too late for that. Tell me what they said." She wanted answers. And she wanted them now.

The level of command in her voice had Adam crumbling. "That maybe I love the idea of you, but I don't actually love-" He snapped his mouth shut before he could finish.

Dacey suddenly lost the ability to breathe. She was afraid that if she did, a sob would escape. "Me," Dacey finally finished for him, a bitter tone tingeing her words. "You don't actually love me."

Adam stepped forward. "Dacey, I-"

She couldn't believe this! Her anger erupted in a flare. The motherfucker!

"Go." The word was a razor in the air, slicing between them. Dacey shifted in her bed, turning away from him. God, she hurt. "Go back to Moonrise, Adam."

"I'm really-"

In the other corner of the room, Preeti fumbled with a clipboard and a pen clattered to the ground. Her face went red with embarrassment. "I'm sorry. Maybe I'll just go-"

That was when Adam finally noticed the nurse and the color drained from his face. "Shit. Dacey, I'm so-"

"No. I want you to stay here," Dacey demanded, her anger reaching its limit. If Adam was going to leave her, then she needed someone here to help her.

As if sensing this, Adam remained silent. Good. She wasn't sure what she'd do if he opened that mouth of his again.

Dacey wanted to storm out, to scream and to fight, but she physically couldn't. Her body wouldn't allow it. All she could do instead was lie there and close her eyes, ignoring the sting of tears. Despite her efforts, a few tears slipped down her face and she angrily swiped them away.

"Dacey, I-"

"Leave, Adam. Go back home." After repeating herself several more times, Adam finally moved to the doors, stopping to glance back at her one last time. Dacey, however, didn't allow herself to look at him.

As the door closed behind him, Dacey felt her heart shatter and she started to sob. Preeti shifted her feet awkwardly, obviously not knowing how to handle the situation. She'd never been trained to nurse a patient with a broken heart.

Through her tears, their eyes met and the nurse came over to her side. "I'm so sorry," she said quietly.

But Dacey shook off her words. On a deep breath, she wiped her tears and pushed herself up into a sitting position. "Give me my food," she ordered, her voice now stronger than ever. The nurse jumped forward with a start.

She needed to eat if she ever wanted to recover and get out of this place.

About the Author
Ana Jolene is the author of the Glory MC series and the Contemporary Romance series, Moonrise Beach.

Growing up as a rebellious kid didn't allow for much reading time. It wasn't until she was in university that she found her passion for books and has since then devoured every book placed before her. Ana holds a B.A. in Psychology and has worked in both IT and Administration. But she's had the most fun in the bookish world, working as a reviewer, columnist and assistant to multiple sites and authors.

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