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Thursday 7 April 2016

☀☄ Deep: Chicago Underground [8] - Skye Warren

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Deep, a Dark Contemporary Romance novel by (, Skye Warren, 327 pages).

Deep is the eight book in the Chicago Underground series and can be read as a standalone! You are invited to read those books next once you read Philip's story - you can find details for all of them below!
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"Possessive. Protective. Territorial. Philip Murphy is exactly what I want in an alpha-male!" - Lynda Chance, New York Times bestselling author

Dark. Powerful. Dangerous.

Philip Murphy has all of Chicago under his thumb. Except me.

We met in a perfect storm of violence and lust. He saved me and then disappeared from my life. Now I pretend I never knew that kind of darkness. I focus on midterms and campus parties, as if they can wipe the slate clean.

Then he turns up outside my dorm room--wounded and barely conscious. He's the head of a criminal empire, a powerful man, but he needs me now. There are traitors in his midst.

I can help him, but I can't fall for him.

Not again.

Teaser: Excerpt

     “Come on then. One free punch. I won’t stop you.”
     Without meaning to, I moved my body to face him—as if I was really going to do it. As if I was really going to punch him. I wasn’t going to, though…was I? I wasn’t even sure. This felt so topsy-turvy, as if I was in a room full of fun-house mirrors again—or I had never left. I looked like myself but different too. Both scary and afraid.
     “I’ll do it,” I threatened, holding up my fist. But I was mostly stalling for time. I didn’t think I could hit him. I wasn’t sure it would even hurt him if I did.
     “Go ahead.” He glanced out the window beside me. “We’re almost there. The offer expires in three…two…”
     The truth was he deserved worse than a punch for ruining my life. It wasn’t the classes I would miss most or the date with Sloan. It was the chance at a normal life. A chance to have a family. There were strands I’d been braiding my whole life, and he had come along to cut them.
     Of course I wasn’t sure I could actually punch him, even if he deserved it. Not without him physically threatening me. Back then, when those men had come for me, I’d fought them. I’d even hit Shelly, pumped up on adrenaline and terror.
     If someone was attacking me, I would have fought back. But hitting someone who was just sitting there? Hitting Philip? I couldn’t, no matter how much he deserved it.
     “Hit me first,” I told him.
     That startled a laugh out of him. “What?”
     “Come at me. You start to hit me, then I’ll do it.”
     “I’m not going to hit you, kitten.”
     “Well, I can’t hit you any other way.”
     He sighed. “You know this is ridiculous, right?”
     “How is it ridiculous?” To my underwater brain, this made the most sense of anything. “You know you deserve it. And if I were more…you know, bloodthirsty…I would have already done it. This is just…just enabling me.”
     One second he was sitting there regarding me with bemusement. The next he launched himself across the seat, his large body moving with surprising grace. I hadn’t taken into account how fast he could move. Of course he’d been strong. He could have overpowered me in a second. But he also moved like a goddamn panther, wrapping his hands around my wrists before I could blink. I didn’t even have time to pull my arm back, much less punch.
     Instead he had my hands pressed against the side of the car, his body looming over mine, his hips between mine. His face was only inches away from me, gaze trained on my mouth.
     “Like this?” he asked softly.
     “Not fair.” My voice was breathless. A spark of heat between my legs reminded me that while my brain might have been mad at him and my heart might have felt conflicted, my body was one hundred percent on his team.
     “Oh, I think it was completely fair. You wanted me to come at you. And that’s what I did. So hit me.”
     I yanked my wrists, but he held strong. His eyes flared with arousal at watching me struggle. Oh God. I couldn’t deny I felt it too, the clench of delicious surrender. He was holding me down, and I loved it.
     “Let go of me.”
     “No, kitten. I’m just doing what you asked.” His lips brushed a millimeter from mine. “Enabling you.” The warmth of his breath was the only warning before he kissed me, fever-hot lips pressed against mine, his arms like iron bars around me. I melted into the seat, into the car—and against his body in the places we touched. My hips rocked against his, and he groaned into my mouth.
     He lifted his head but left his body around me, an erotic cage. I blinked slowly, disoriented.
     Only then did I realize the car had stopped moving.
     “One,” he said softly, his eyes almost sympathetic. “Time’s up.”

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The Series: Chicago Underground

A dark new adult romantic suspense novel in the Chicago Underground series. This series spans multiple couples and does contain cliffhangers.

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Rough [1]

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Rough is a sexy new adult romantic suspense with a strong-and-silent-type hero…

I’m a cautionary tale. A statistic. A victim. A single teenage mother from the poor part of town. Most of the time I’m too busy working and struggling to care what people think. Survival doesn’t come easy.

I have a dark secret, a pressure valve, a rare moment just for myself. On these nights I visit a club. There I find men who give me what I need. Men who aren’t afraid to take what they want.

Men like Colin.

But he takes more than a few stolen hours. He demands more than my body. He wants my heart and soul—my happily ever after. I never thought I’d be Cinderella. I never thought a man that rough could be my prince.

“This is a book you MUST read if you like gritty, edgier romance that makes you think as well as turns you on.” ~ Cari Quinn, USA Today Bestselling Author

This part was previously published in Giving It Up by Amber Lin. [ Published 24 May 2015, 162 pages]

Hard [2]

What Colin doesn’t know can’t hurt him.

At least that’s what I tell myself about the secrets I keep. I don’t have a choice, not if I want to keep my daughter safe. And keep him Colin safe too. There are enemies in the shadows waiting to strike from all sides. I’m holding them out with my bare hands, but it’s hard not to get crushed in the process.

And the truth has a way of coming out.

If I’m not careful, the past I’ve been working so hard to hide, the pain I’ve been fighting so long to outrun, will wipe out the man I love.

"At once gritty and tender, stark and hopeful." ~ Cara McKenna, author of Hard Time

This part was previously published in Giving It Up by Amber Lin.  [Published 24 May 2015, 149 pages]

Fierce [3]

I’m torn between what I want and what I need. Between the men in my past and the man by my side. Colin has tried to control me, to use me. But he also guards me so fiercely my heart aches.

Raincheck. Business. Don’t wait up. —C

That’s the note he leaves for me, as if I could sit around while he fights my dragons. As if I could let himself get killed in some vain attempt to protect me.

There’s no protection left for me. No redemption either.

This is my battle, and I’ve already lost.

"Dark and edgy…but don’t be fooled. There’s a wonderful love story running through this book.” ~ Charlotte Stein, author of Sheltered

This part was previously published in Giving It Up by Amber Lin.  [Published 24 May 2015, 139 pages]

Wild [4]

Once upon a time I was the girl who had everything, the clothes, the car. The rich dad who spoiled me. But the truth was, the only thing I had was my body. I used it to buy my way out.

I took a bite of the apple knowing full well what would happen.

That's how I became a call girl. That's the story of how I ended up in hell.

There's only one man who makes me wish things had been different. One man who could never be with a girl like me. Luke is a cop. Untouchable. Unbreakable. And dangerous in his own way.

When I end up on the run, he's the only one I can turn to.

And he just might be my downfall.

FIVE STARS "...the darkest book I've ever read that uses humor to ease the pain felt as the revelations continue to delve into deeper darkness. Shelly is one of the strongest female characters I've ever read." ~ Smut Book Club

Previously published in Selling Out by Amber Lin. You can start reading Luke and Shelly's story here.  [Published 30 June 2015, 156 pages]

Dirty [5]

There's no escape for me. I'm tied to some of the scariest men in Chicago. Bound so tight I'll never get free.

Sin and pleasure. Crime and power. They give as much as they take. They mark me as one of their own.

I'll do anything to survive, except bring Luke down with me. I won’t taint him. I won’t ruin the one good man I’ve ever met. I won’t turn him into a dirty cop.

Except he refuses to let me go.

“It has an exciting and intriguing plot, one that will keep you on the edge of your seat, keep you guessing and also throw a series of twists and turns at you that you won’t see coming.” ~ Lucy Felthouse, Seattle PI

Previously published in Selling Out by Amber Lin. You can start reading Luke and Shelly's story in WILD.  [Published 7 July 2015, 145 pages]

Secret [6]

I’m the one with the dark past, the scarlet letter, the soul so black there’s no hope of redemption.

At least, that’s what I always believed…

Luke has secrets of his own, and the more I search, the more I’m afraid of what I’ll find. But I have to know, my survival depends on it.

He’s the man I love. The man who can destroy me.

He’s the only one who can save me.

“Emotional, angsty, and just enough suspense to keep you hooked to the very end.” ~ Smexy Books

Previously published in Selling Out by Amber Lin. You can start reading Luke and Shelly's story in WILD.  [Published 6 July 2015, 162 pages]

Sweet [7]

My brother is both powerful and cruel, which means I have a lot of enemies I've never met. He swears he'll keep me safe, but what I want most is to break free. I especially want to break free with Drew, my brother's lawyer.

We shouldn't be together, but everything about him draws me. His intensity, his kindness.

And the way he looks in those custom tailored suits.

One night when he's outside my bedroom, I give him a sexy show. And in doing so, unlock pandora's box. Drew shows me everything I've been missing. He touches my body and my heart, but when the truth comes to light, we're both in danger.

The cost of my freedom may be the man I've come to love.

"This story was lovely and so engaging, I could read it over and over. The flow of it and the prose had the elegance of a ballet performance. Somehow Rose's elegance flowed through her into the story. The ending was so incredibly romantic and fit the characters perfectly." --Ms Romantic Reads Author's Note: While Sweet can be read as a standalone, you might enjoy the story more if you've read Wild, Dirty, and Secret.

Previously published as Tempting Fate.  [Published 18 March 2015, 147 pages]

About the Author

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner.

Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine.

She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

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