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DIRTY MORALS |BLITZ

Dirty Morals
Lexi Adams
Publication date: November 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Good girls work hard. Good girls keep their noses clean and don’t do anything that would be considered morally questionable. I’m a good girl… Or at least that’s what I used to think.

With my mom sick and health care bills mounting, who has time to do things right anymore? I have to take care of things, and fast. So what if being paid for sex is a bad idea? It’s only once or twice—until Caleb Robertson, with his bright blue eyes and propensity for saying and doing everything right, books me for the night. Suddenly there’s no longer a right or wrong. There’s just my heart, and it’s about to be broken.

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EXCERPT:

The next day finds me feeling a bit more cheerful… hell, who am I kidding? As soon as I left my Mom alone in her room for the day, I was miserable again. At the very least, it’s my day off and I can take some small comfort in that. I make the short trek to the coffee shop down the street from my apartment to meet with my friend, Kara Rogers. As usual, she’s sitting in a booth waiting with my coffee already ordered. I slip into the booth, taking the paper cup in my hands. It is steaming hot but it keeps me grounded as I try to focus on what my best friend is going off on a tangent about. Kara is one of the few people who knows about my rather grim living situation and she’s always looking for some weird new ways for me to make some extra cash.

“– and you don’t even have to have sex with them, at least, not always! Girls are making thousands,” she rambles and I blink my eyes in confusion as I try to make some sense of what she’s talking about.

“Wait. Kara, what the hell? Are you talking about prostitution? Seriously?” I hiss, able to piece the story together somewhat judging from what I’d heard. Kara rolls her eyes, sipping from her iced coffee.

“It’s an escort website. Really high profile. If you were listening, you’d realize that it’s not prostitution. Well… not really,” she says defensively. I roll my eyes, feeling my phone suddenly vibrate in my pocket. I grab it, swiping it unlocked only to see a message from Kara. It’s the URL of the website she’s telling me about. My thumb immediately moves to the delete button but something gives me pause. I stare at the message for a long moment before closing out of it, notably not deleting the stupid thing. Kara seems to notice, lips curled into a sly smile.

“I’ll look at it later, just for laughs,” I say defensively. She submissively throws her hands up and goes off on some other tangent that I scarcely pay any mind to,. In spite of my scorn for her suggestion, I can’t deny that there’s something interesting about the concept.

“Shit,” Kara blurts suddenly and I focus in just in time to see her packing up to leave.

“You’re gone, then?” I sigh, standing from the booth and tossing my empty cup into the garbage bin.

“The boss just texted, apparently someone called in today and I need to cover for them. Rain check, alright? It’s not like you were paying me any attention, anyway,” she teases, though there’s no malice in her words. I smile, feeling somewhat abashed at how obvious I’d been.

“Sorry, Kara. You know how it is,” I explain weakly. She smiles, leaning in to kiss me on the cheek before quickly shuffling out of the coffee shop.

“See you next time, Maggie. Think about what I told you,” she calls back as she steps through the door. I’m sure there’s no way in hell I’d consider selling my body for pay, though I suppose she did say it was for companionship as well. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad… No! I’m not even going to think about it. I’m going to go home, look for a new job and forget this entire conversation.

That idea works until much later that evening, after I’ve had about two glasses of wine. I’m a lightweight, what can I say? The way I saw it, there was little harm in checking out this little escort website. Like I’d told Kara, I’ll just look at it for a few good laughs. I clumsily type in the link, propping my chin up in my hand as I scroll through the page. The profiles of the female members look relatively innocuous and some have their earnings listed on their profile sidebars. My eyes widen at some of the large numbers I see and for a moment I’m tempted.

Much longer than a moment, truthfully. I’m tempted long enough to go through the process of making a profile, taking a few drunk selfies before deciding to use a photo from my cousin’s wedding. I keep telling myself it’s just so I can see some of the private features; just for fun, no harm can come of it. In spite of myself, with the booze fogging my mind a bit, I kind of hope to get a message. It’d be flattering, at the very least.

With a single click, I save my profile and push away from the computer. I stumble a bit as I head to my bedroom, my mother having gone to bed hours previously. Hitting the mattress, I’m as good as dead to the world. For once, I get some decent rest, but I know it’s likely just a fluke.

The sound of my phone vibrating the next morning jolts me awake and I glance around blearily before managing to snag it off of the nightstand. I swipe it unlocked, blinking as I try to make out the words on the screen. It’s a notification from some website that I’d drunkenly signed up for. Nothing new, I tend to get download crazy when I’m drunk. Much to my surprise, however, it’s a notification from that escort site I’d joined.

“Hello, I’d like to meet up with you for a night,” I read aloud, snorting in disbelief. It’s not as flattering as I’d have thought, especially considering that the male profiles have more features for anonymity. I type back two letters, a simple ‘NO’. Hitting send, I expect the conversation to be over and done with. Moments later, as if this guy had been anticipating my response, my phone lights up again. “There’s five grand with your name on it, if you agree to meet me,” the message reads. My eyes widen in disbelief as I read over it again, unable to believe that some crazy guy would offer five grand just to spend the night with me.

There’s no way I’m willing to sacrifice my dignity for this… even if five grand is incredibly tempting. Swallowing a lump that I’m surprised has formed in my throat, I shakingly type out another rejection. There’s no telling what this guy looks like, or what on Earth he plans to do to me. It’s a matter of safety at this point; admittedly I’ve already given up on the idea of keeping my dignity intact.

“If you’re worried about my intentions, I assure you that you will be well taken care of. I wouldn’t dare see harm befall such a beautiful young woman, especially if you were under my… care,” the next message reads and I’m startled by how relentless this guy is. Before I can formulate a response, he sends me a winking emoticon. Suddenly wondering what he means by ‘care’, I can’t deny that my interest is piqued.

In all likelihood, this guy probably looks like he got hit in the face with a shovel as a kid. No good looking or actually self-respecting guy would join one of these sleazy websites. Then again, I never would have expected that I’d join either.

“Fuck it,” I mumble, fingers darting across the on screen keyboard. I agree to meet him, under the condition that there be no expectations on this first meeting. I’ll check him out, but nothing more than that. He sends a smiling emoticon and then one with a kissing face. Inexplicably tickled by how goofily charming this man seems to be, I hesitate before tossing my phone aside.

Ugh. I can’t believe I’m doing this. What happened to the Maggie Stroud who carried herself with pride? I suppose she died long ago. The new Maggie would do almost anything if presented with the opportunity to earn five grand.

Almost anything…

Author Bio:

Author Lexi Adams loves to write quick, hot and steamy romances! All of Lexi Adams books are stand-alone romances with happily ever after endings and no cheating or cliffhangers!

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Review | Deadly Proof

34020189Deadly Proof

 (Atlanta Justice #1)

by Rachel Dylan (Goodreads Author)
 4.12  ·  Rating details ·  203 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate

safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

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My Review

Ohh this was such a good mystery thriller.  This is the first book by Rachel Dylan that I have read and I am thoroughly impressed.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

This is the first book in the Atlanta Justice Series.  In this story top attorney Kate Sullivan has just landed lead on her first multijurisdictional case.  The case is against a big pharm company call Mason Pharmaceutical Company.  They developed and released a drug that caused brain tumors in the people who had taken the drug.  Some of the tumors even caused death.  After a nervous woman who has info on the case turns up dead, Kate decides that she will need to hire a PI to help her investigate.  Her normal PI that she hires is unavailable, but he suggests someone else named Landon James.

Landon is ex military with a dark past.  He is throwing hisself into work to avoid dealing with his darkness.  When he accepts  the position to help Kate, he didn’t realize that it may be his toughest job yet.  As things get dicey and Kate becomes a target, Landon has to hire a security company to help him.  He is worried for her safety for more reasons than just business.  Can Landon keep her safe and deal with his own feelings?

As the case heats up strange things begin to happen.  Someone on the inside is trying to sabotage the case.  On top of that someone is gunning for her.  Is there anyone Kate can trust?  As things heat up and the case gets closer to the trial date more things happen and she is scared, but will she be able to just walk away?

This book was well written and the characters were well-developed.  The characters use their faith to get them through some of the trying times. Kate is a firm believer and such a strong character.  Landon has some demons he is dealing with.  Meeting Kate may just be what can help him to find the lighted path out of the darkness.  Maybe he can also find his way back to his faith.

This is an action packed thriller and will keep you turning the pages till the end.  It is full of surprises, twists and turns.  Just when you think you have it all figured out a new twists will throw you off.   Not only that but it is so full of danger and thrills.

I really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.  She keeps the audience captivated and her story does not have any lacking areas.  I highly recommend this book to those who love The Woman’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson.  It is a thrilling read!

*ARC provided by Bethany House Publishing12252-MULTI BETHANY blogger review header-large

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Rachel DylanRachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.racheldylan.com.

*Author info and picture courtesy of Goodreads

Bethany House Q & A with Rachel

1. The Atlanta Justice series is centered around strong, female lawyers who take on
high-stakes cases. What made you want to write their stories?
I’d have to say it’s personal! Having been an attorney for eleven years now, I love being
able to pour parts of myself into the books. My everyday life as a lawyer isn’t that
exciting and is definitely not as dangerous! But I’m able to draw on what I’ve lived
through to bring life and authenticity to these characters.
2. What type of research did you do for Deadly Proof?
One of the great things about writing books related to my career is that I know lawyers
who practice all different types of law. Deadly Proof focuses on Kate Sullivan, who is a
plaintiff’s attorney taking on a big pharmaceutical company. I don’t do this specific type
of plaintiff’s work, but I know lawyers who do, and I was able to talk with them. Also, I
was able to relate to my characters on the defense side because I’ve done that work for
years. It was really fun to write the perspectives of characters on both sides of the case.
3. Is there a reason you chose Atlanta for this series?
Yes! I’m from Georgia and lived in Atlanta, practicing law at a large law firm, for eight
years. I wanted to pick a setting I was intimately familiar with to give readers an
authentic Atlanta experience—sweet tea and all.
4. Where do you think Kate’s passion for her work comes from?
Kate truly believes that her life’s work is to help those who have been wronged. I believe
a lot of her passion stems from her strong faith that has developed over the years. She’s
not a lawyer to make big bucks but to change people’s lives for the better.
5. What is the next book in the Atlanta Justice series about?
Book two is about Kate’s friend Sophie Dawson, who we meet in Deadly Proof. Sophie
is an Atlanta prosecutor. This story is exciting because it involves a completely different
type of legal case than Deadly Proof. But I promise things get just as dangerous!

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