March 15, 2016

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: 1001 Dark Nights Bundle Four

1001 Dark Nights Bundle 4
Publish Date:
March 15, 2016
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Format: ARC, provided by InkslingerPR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon

Rating: 5 STARS

(Synopsis) From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors Carrie Ann Ryan, Heather Graham, Kristen Proby, and Cherise Sinclair, and introducing K. L. Grayson and Mari Carr… 

Six Dark Tales. Six Sensual Stories. Six Page Turners.

WICKED WOLF by Carrie Ann Ryan: Gina Eaton has always known fate can be tricky, but when she finds the one man that could be her mate, she might throw caution to the wind. Quinn Weston puts his whole being into two things: the safety of his Pack and his son. When the two Alphas put Gina and Quinn together to find a way to ensure their treaties remain strong, fate has a plan of its own.

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE HAUNTING by Heather Graham: Devin Lyle and Craig Rockwell are back, this time to a haunted castle in Ireland where a banshee may have gone wild—or maybe there's a much more rational explanation—one that involves a disgruntled heir, murder, and mayhem.

EASY WITH YOU by Kristen Proby: With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher Smith finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. Lila Bailey has fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible. When some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core. But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time?

MASTER OF FREEDOM by Cherise Sinclair: Detective Atticus Ware needs a woman to give her heart as well as her body. When Virginia Cunningham is invited to observe BDSM classes on a wilderness camping trip, she’s shocked—her fiancĂ© had insisted BDSM was a fabrication to sell books. But when Atticus lures her into participating, she learns submission under the hands of a powerful Dom is beyond anything she’d imagined.

LIVE WITHOUT REGRET by K.L. Grayson: L.O.V.E. How can those four letters cause so much pain? Everyone talks about how great love is, with all the flowers and the butterflies, but that wasn’t my experience at all. Love wasn’t something I wanted or even needed. But then Connor Jackson came into my life.

OFF LIMITS by Mari Carr: According to the bro code, enacted by Evan Sparks and Logan Grady years ago, sisters are out. However, Lacy Sparks isn’t about to let a silly boyhood pact stand between her and the man she’s wanted for nearly twenty years. She’s waited long enough. Logan thinks she’s too sweet to give him what he needs. He’s about to learn as far as Lacy’s concerned, in bed or out, nothing is off-limits.

Every Dark Nights tale is breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic.

I've read a few novelllas in the 1001 Dark Nights series here and there, if they were part of a series I was already following. But, until now, I've never read one of the bundles in its entirety, regardless of whether I knew the authors or the series. Now having done so, I can tell you one thing. My wallet will never be the same. 

Why you ask? Although I was familiar with the names of all six authors in this bundle, I had only read books by two of them in the past (Kristen Proby and Cherise Sinclair). And, I was only completely caught up on one of the series in which these novellas take place (Kristen Proby's With Me In Seattle series). So, every other story and every other author was new to me. I loved what I read so much, that I've now bought four new books and three new audiobooks so that I can start these series at the beginning and catch up on what I missed. 

This bundle has a little bit for everyone. Wicked Wolf was a wonderful paranormal shifter romance novella. When Irish Eyes Are Haunting was a paranormal ghosty story with more of the focus on the mystery than on the romance. Easy With You and Live Without Regret were both awesome contemporary romance stories with strong alpha males - a cop and a tattoo artist. And speaking of alpha males, Master of Freedom and Off Limits were both hot and sexy BDSM stories with men that will melt your panties off. 

Although I had never read most of these series before, that didn't diminish my enjoyment of each story by itself. Each novella, with the exception of When Irish Eyes are Haunting, follows a couple that hasn't been introduced in its series yet (although, in most cases, you'll know at least one character already). I was able to pick up on the settings and backstories fairly quickly in all of them. 

As for the standouts among the bunch, of course I loved Easy With You. I'm a huge fan of Kristen Proby, and have read all the With Me In Seattle books and the Boudreaux books. This is a fantastic way to cross over the series. Asher was Matt's partner (introduced in Tied With Me - With Me In Seattle #6), and after moving to New Orleans meets Lila, who is Kate's BFF (introduced in Easy Love - Boudreaux #1). 

I'm really into shifter books right now, so I loved Wicked Wolf. Although I was very able to keep up with Quinn and Gina's story, it's clear that a lot has already happened in this series and in this world - as this is the 8th installment in this series, that's to be expected. Luckily I was able to pick up An Alpha's Path (Redwood Pack #1) for only $0.99 and added the Audible narration for $1.99. #winning

Although I've read the first three books in Cherise Sinclair's Masters of Shadowlands series, I haven't delved into her Mountain Masters & Dark Haven series - until now, that is. Master of Freedom is the 5th book in that series, and it was by far the longest book in this bundle. At over 230 pages, it was double the size of most of the others, so it really read like a full-length novel. I thoroughly enjoyed Atticus and Gin's story, too, and was fascinated by the other couples that were introduced. This is another series that I'm really excited to go back and start at the beginning. 

If you are a fan of romance, I HIGHLY recommend you purchase one of the 1001 Dark Nights bundles and read it from cover to cover. Don't worry if you aren't familiar with an author or a series - I found this was a fantastic way to expose me to authors that I may not have tried otherwise. 

Carrie Ann Ryan:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

Visit Carrie Ann’s website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Heather Graham:
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham has always been an avid reader, from classics to sci-fi, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, and all kinds of non-fiction. She’s fairly certain that her mom’s deliciously crazy family–arriving in the US a bit before her birth from Ireland–gave her the love of storytelling. She started out in theater and commercials, but once her children began to arrive, she stayed home and gave writing a try. She’s incredibly grateful to be doing what she’s doing for a living. Heather belongs to MWA, RWA, Sisters in Crime, HWA, and ITW, and has the recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Silver Bullet for charitable works, and this year, she will receive the Thriller Master title from ITW. She has over 200 novels in print, and has been published in 22 languages.

Visit Heather Graham’s website and follow her onFacebook and Twitter.

Kristen Proby:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

Visit Kristen Proby’swebsite and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Cherise Sinclair:
Having to wear glasses in elementary school can scar a person for life.

Dubbed a nerd at an early age, Cherise Sinclair has been trying to live up to the stereotype ever since. And what better way than being an author?

Known for writing deeply emotional stories, theUSA Today Bestselling Author has penned sixteen erotic romance novels, most with a BDSM theme. (Please do not mention the phrase mommy porn in her presence.) Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a GoodReads BDSM group award for best author of the year.

Cherise lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Their two fledglings have left the nest recently to try their wings and hopefully will fly high and strong. The “ascendant erotica queen” (Rolling Stone Magazine) now spends her days writing with occasional supervision from a sadistic calico cat.

Visit Cherise Sinclair’s website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

K.L. Grayson:
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.

Find K.L. Grayson on her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Mari Carr:
Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works.

Virginia native and high school librarian by day, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. Join her newsletter so you don’t miss new releases and for exclusive subscriber-only content.

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