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October 25, 2017

Review: The High Road by Lauren Runow

I walk through these halls with my tight bun, form-fitting uniform and a fake smile plastered across my face. My career is everything I’ve planned. I’ve made Captain in the Air Force, and I’ve gained the respect and recognition from my peers both below and above me. On the outside, I look like I’ve got it all, but on the inside, I’m slowing dying inside.

I never knew after one staggering night out, Alex would change my perception on life. He opened my eyes and gave me a glimpse into a world of what I was missing.

More of what I yearned for.

More of what I needed.

But he forgot to mention one thing… he is my subordinate.

*The High Road is a novella originally published in the Secret Affair Anthology.

 Review by April 

ARC provided for an honest review

4 -because I'm greedy and want more- Stars

Woooo! The High Road might be a short tantalizing treat of a read but it certainly doesn't lack in the sizzle and holy f department. This novella is scorching hot!!! Yes, ring the freaking alarm! Right. Now.

Military reads really aren't my thing but the whole taboo factor of this one kept me engaged and flipping the pages at an alarming rate. An Officer and a newbie fraternizing = tsk tsk tsk! Yes, I'm a sucker for anything taboo, and this story just kept getting hotter and hotter by the page! The turmoil, angst and passion within set my little book nerd heart on FIRE!

This novella packs a punch! Loaded with kink, a swoony storyline, and one sexy badboy you won't soon forget! You'll be panting his name soon enough *wink*

I'm brought to a heaven I didn't know existed.'


August 4, 2017

Review: Falling Into the Black by Lauren Runow

Ten years ago we said goodbye.

I left the world I knew to create a new life for myself. Away from the lies. Away from the pain.

It was all going as planned until a friend asked for help with her club. The business was liberating. The company was intoxicating.

Two masked men became my euphoria. One was a player deep in the game. A teacher both intimately and figuratively.

The other was a quiet director. A man who tempted me with his stares and set me on fire with his dark whispers.

His secrecy excited me, bringing me to levels I've never imagined. I thought we were playing a game, but little did I know he knew exactly who I was.

I just wish I figured out his true identity before I fell for his best friend.

* Falling Into the Black is a standalone novel with an HEA.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

5 'Search the world for you.' Stars

Oozing with several degrees of hot, sexual passion and dripping with tantalizing angst, Lauren Runow hit the freakin' alarm with Falling Into the Black! THIS BOOK IS OFF THE CHARTS HOT! All that hotness combined with Lauren's ability to emotionally shred her characters to pieces is bar none! To feel like you know every little tiny thing that makes them tick, it just makes the whole experience that much MORE; personal, relate-able, and overall enjoyable.

This emotional second chance romance with a bit of a love triangle angle to it had my heart pounding and knees knocking in anticipation for all the twists and turns that would occur and turn my world upside down. I mean, LOOK AT THAT COVER!! It screams turmoil and sadness! GAH!

Fast forward 10 years, Angie/Evangeline, is still at times blindsided by haunts of the past, baggage that could destroy a weaker person. Trying to constantly move forward in life can be a battle when thinking of everything you've lost and left behind.

Little did she know how much her life would change when she agreed to help oversee Club Bridge, a world where two men reawaken her zest and zeal for love and life.

"Here we are, at the starting line. It's not a race, but rather a marathon, and I'm going to love you till the very end. I promise you that."

January 24, 2017

Review: Gravity by Lauren Runow

Gravity is not your normal, sweet romance of childhood friends to lovers. Spanning over twenty years—it’s raw, it’s real, asking the question if soul mates really exist.

At eight years old, the boy next door changed my life. He was the force pulling me toward him despite our differences. It was like magic.
We understood each other, supported each other and in the process became everything to each other.
But in chasing Trevin’s dream, I lost myself along the way.

Through tremendous heartache, she was there. Through fame and fortune, she was there. Loving Lily was the one thing I got right.
Eclipsing her in my shadow, I took from her until she was empty. Now I must do anything to prove I can be the man she wants, no, the man she deserves.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

noun, plural gravities.
1. the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the earth.
2. heaviness or weight.
3. gravitation in general.
4. acceleration of gravity.
5. a unit of acceleration equal to the acceleration of gravity. Symbol: g.
6. serious or critical nature:
    He seemed to ignore the gravity of his illness.
7. serious or dignified behavior; dignity; solemnity:
    to preserve one's gravity in the midst of chaos.
1500-10; < Latin gravitāt- (stem of gravitās) heaviness, equivalent to grav (is) heavy, grave2+ -itāt- -ity

5 'This is real. This is us.' Stars

Gravity, by definition, it seems simple enough. A pulling force that grounds. And holy crap you guys!!! The gravitation pull is strong with this one! Once you crack into this book you won't be able to leave its vortex. Sucked in and whisked away to a fictional dreamland that I could not get enough of. After all, I devoured this book twice! Which is a huge deal when it comes to me and books. One & done is my motto.

There's nothing simple when it comes to words penned by Lauren Runow. This is not your quintessential cutesy childhood friends to lovers romance. Gravity is so much more than I ever imagined it could be. It's truly something spectacular, ONE book that encompasses 99% of everything that I've come to love in books. The highs and lows of love, off the charts angst, inner turmoil and regret, jubilant triumph, depth and emotions that leave you reeling. Add a dash of the rock-star lifestyle and the struggles of alcoholism and abuse, and, well, you've got yourself one hell of a book in your hands!

'My tiny piece of perfection. The portion of my heart that wanders the earth on the outside of my body. She sees me- the raw, unedited version of me... and she still loves me.'

The execution of Gravity was done with such delicate precision. Everything has a reason, no stone left unturned,  intertwining to come full circle. Gah! Such an addictive read!

February 25, 2016

Review: Black Widow by Lauren Runow

My wife’s dead. She killed herself right in front of me and it’s all my fault. My main goal now is to not mix my sexual needs with my emotional needs. Those are damaged forever. I bury my pain in a sex club that provides me an anonymous release. This way I never emotionally cheat on my wife. She was my forever. This is my right now.

You name it I’ve read it. I love my erotic novels. After my husband was murdered, this is the only excitement I get out of my lonely, pathetic, workaholic life. That is, until I met Becca with her invitation to join her for one of my wildest book fantasies. Now I can be whoever I want to be, where no one knows my past and will never be my future.


Review by April (ARC received for an honest review)

Holaaaay!!! Losing your cherry to a 'new to you' author isn't always a pleasant experience, but I gotta hand it to Lauren. She knocked this one out of the park...well, more accurately, she knocked the soppin' wet panties right off this one! Good Lord! Black Widow starts out deep and a tad sad. Then, BAM! You're bent over and taking it like the good little book whore that you are! Lauren writes sex like a seasoned pro! Trust me, I read A LOT of smut!
It's elicit.
It's over the top hot.
It's beautiful filthy sex club sex at it's finest.

HOLD ON! It's not all sex and games. Ok, so maybe it is...just a little bit *wink* Once strapped in, you are in for one hell of a rollercoaster ride! Oh hello, you devilishly awesome and unexpected plot twist! Where the hell did you come from?!?! Jaws will drop and hearts will break.

There's so many angles to this story!
It's erotic.
It's suspenseful.
It's mysterious.
It's romance.
It's two shattered lost souls finding a love so deep, nothing can come between them...or can there....*BANG*

"I'm gonna show you what's really crazy."

Loved this storyline! Everything just jived and meshed so well, making it one heck of a stellar read! And "once ya pop, ya can't stop"! Can't wait to dig into my next Lauren Runow book!  

February 23, 2016

Release Day Blast: Black Widow by Lauren Runow

Please join us in celebrating the release of BLACK WIDOW by Lauren Runow! 

Age Group: Adult
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Lauren Runow
Release Date: February 23, 2016

Book Description
My wife’s dead. She killed herself right in front of me and it’s all my fault. My main goal now is to not mix my sexual needs with my emotional needs. Those are damaged forever. I bury my pain in a sex club that provides me an anonymous release. This way I never emotionally cheat on my wife. She was my forever. This is my right now.

You name it I’ve read it. I love my erotic novels. After my husband was murdered, this is the only excitement I get out of my lonely, pathetic, workaholic life. That is, until I met Becca with her invitation to join her for one of my wildest book fantasies. Now I can be whoever I want to be, where no one knows my past and will never be my future.

"What if I said I could introduce you to a world that you only read about in your books?”

I have to admit, I’m intrigued. I’ve had many dreams about living out scenes in some of the books that I’ve read, “I guess I’d have to say tell me more,” I smirk at her.

“Yes! I knew it. I knew there was a sex kitten inside that little body of yours.”

“Ok, don’t get carried away. I said tell me more. Not take me away right now.”

She laughs, “Ok, so what if I told you I belong to a private sex club and we’re looking to bring in new members.”

“Wait, what?” I ask totally shocked to hear that she not only is a member of a sex club but she’s actually inviting me?

“You heard me. You can bring all those book fantasies to life and more.”

“How? I mean where? I mean who?” Is she kidding me right now? Could this really be happening?

“Ok, don’t freak out on me now. That guy,” she pauses, tilting her head to the door, “there are guys just like that guy there. All hot as hell and offering you things you only imagined in your dreams.”

“Is it safe?”

“Yes, actually, this new place is going above and beyond to make sure it’s safe. Everyone has to sign a code of conduct, a background check and take a STD test.”

“Ok, but is it safe, like word wise?”

This time she picks up a nut and throws it at me. “Yes, it’s a safeword type of place but there’s more to it. It fits whatever kind of kink you’re into, depends on the night you go. Not just BDSM every night. It will be the best time of your life. Trust me.”

“How long have you done this?” is all I could think to ask.

“A few years now.”


“And what? I love it. Believe me, I don’t share this lifestyle with everyone, only a selected few,” she winks.

I’m so overwhelmed. Never, ever did I think I would be having a conversation like this. There are so many things running through my mind. Every time I wondered if I would have the nerve to join a club if I had an opportunity and here it is, right in front of me. Then the thought hits me like a stab to my heart, “But I don’t have a guy to go with. How does that work?”

“Oh, don’t you worry about that. With your hot little body guys will be lining up to play with you. There’s one catch with this place though.”

There it is. I knew this was too good to be true. Wait, did I really just think that? Wow, could I really do this?

I shake my head, focusing on this little catch first. “Oh God, what?”

“It’s all anonymous.”

“Ok, what do you mean? I can’t use my real name?”

“No, and you have to wear a mask covering your eyes, like you’re going to a masquerade ball or something.”

“Why? Wait, so you don’t know who you’re, um, playing with?” Is she serious right now?

“No, you don’t. It adds to the fun of it. Everyone is there for the same reason, to get off. This way it takes all the drama, real life shit away from it.”

“Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know if I can have sex with someone when I have no idea who they really are.”

“I get it. I do, really. But just come with me. You’ll see what really goes on and I bet you change your mind.”

“What? I can just come and, um, watch?” The thought alone makes my chest tight with excitement.

“You know you want to,” she smirks. “Place opens tomorrow night. Say you’ll come with me?”

I can do that. Just watch. Shoot, that will fulfill enough of my fantasies to hold me over for a long time. I shake my head up and down, “Ok, I’ll come with you. Just to watch, though.”

“Uh huh, and sign up by the time you leave,” she winks.

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 About the Author:

Lauren Runow is the author of two Adult Contemporary Romance novels, Unwritten and Rewritten. 

When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music that speaks to her, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field or skatepark with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
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