Title: Private Release
Jared Stevens hasn't been the same since he was shot. His duty is to marry a Mukswa woman and be a strong leader. He lets the elders of his clan choose his bride, because the woman he wants is only in his fantasies, the only woman who brings him to exquisite release.
Adele Banks loved being a Mountie, but one shot ended her career and altered her world forever. Adele is determined to make a life for herself. She's hired to recover Beare Enterprises embezzled funds, but what she didn't count on is being extremely attracted to her client when meeting him for the first time as he's naked in his shower.
Adele is Jared's mystery woman, but she's taboo. He bonds to her, but has to keep his society secret, as much as he wants to mark her as his own.
As Jared fights his own inner beast, remnants of the prior chief's wrath is affecting the clan and Adele. To save Adele's life, Jared may just have to betray his clan's secret and risk his heart.
Author: Amy Ruttan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Messier Than Ever, Wild Release
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: 7 June, 2013
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novella: characters to appreciate, seriously steamy sex, bear shifters and a bit of a mystery that everyone is consumed with solving: there was little time to breathe in between one high point to the next.
Adele was well voiced, with her frustrations about her slower than wanted recovery from the gunshot that ended her career with the RCMP: understandably self-conscious about the crutches, her scar and the necessary dependence that was thrust on her at first. To add to her pain, her fiancé dumped her because of her “disability” before she had even started to recover.
Jared is heartsick as well, with the weight of his clan on his shoulders, his parent’s recent murder and the feeling that he has failed his people. A shot in the shoulder when his best friend and second in command was declawed and nearly killed, not being able to shift and the fact that the woman he is to mate does nothing for him: he’s under pressure.
From the first scenes to the last, Adele and Jared have a palpable chemistry and both tango back and forth between allowing their attraction to flare to avoiding one another at all costs. Each character is sharing their point of view: we are able to see their confusion, their frustrations and even their surrender to the passion that resides within their hearts. Oh – and the passion fairly sets your ereader on ‘smoke’ in their more intimate scenes – not only are they detailed and hot, but the addition of each character’s thoughts at the physical feelings, and Jared’s struggle to control both his release and his bear side turn that smoke to a flame.
Amy Ruttan has the ability to provide all of the elements necessary to a good story: characters, emotions and even the climactic confrontation where lives are at stake. It was a read in one sitting then read again story- it was that good. And, now I need more bear shifters.
I received an eBook from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Where to begin? Not sure if you want to open all the doors about me. Muwahahaha. All kidding aside, I’m a mother of three and I live in Canada. I’m married to the country boy of my dreams and we’ve been married for eleven years.
I’ve been writing since I can remember, but didn’t actively pursue publishing anything until 2006 after the birth of my second child. I almost lost him and as I was sitting by his crib in the NICU (he was too large for an incubator) that Eminem song “Lose Yourself” was going through my mind. I needed to take a chance to make my dream come true, to show my kids you can overcome anything and achieve your dreams. I was first published with Ellora’s Cave in 2007. I’m extremely lucky and humbled that my editor took a chance on such a newbie like me.
I like to pay it forward, so I try and help as many new authors as I can.
Lori: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I tend to pick a name for a character, like Bob, but then I seem to have this hang up where EVERYONE’s name starts with B. It drives me crazy, but I do that in the first draft. In the first draft of Laird’s Return everyone had the same last name. I had this vision of someone calling out “McLaren” and everyone answering. I really have to try and stop doing that.
I also seem to obtain a pet word. One I use over and over again, like chuckle. My critique partner will beat the living heck of me when I do this. I try not to, but I’m quirky with words that way. The pet word changes from manuscript to manuscript. In Private Release the pet word was Chinook. I don’t think my editor ever wants to see that word again. LOL
Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
I’m painfully shy around people I don’t know. Crowds freak me out and I tend to stammer if I try and talk too fast. I’ve worked hard for many years to put myself out there and work on this. The stammering I can’t help. The thoughts just come faster than the mouth will move. The stammering only occurs if I’m trying to talk to fast or I’m excited. I’m not as bad as King George VI. Of course, once you get me talking and I’m comfortable with you I might not shut up.
Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information it?
Which one? My goodness I have so much on the go. Just recently I turned in my second medical romance to Harlequin. I’m also planning a series of Cattle Barons out in Montana. I set it in Montana because I fell in love with that state this summer. I’m also planning another book in my bear shifter series involving a very scarred bear.
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
Gaele: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?
I write under the name A.C. Ruttan and I definitely have a couple more books to write to finish off my Portal Keepers series, but this past year I’ve been so busy with Harlequin I haven’t had the chance, but the story is coming! I’m also planning another bear shifter book. I have a few more in the works.
Gaele: Best advice you have ever been given about writing?
Learn to listen to your editor, don’t fight with them over little things, but also trust your voice. I think that’s hard when you’re first starting out. Critique Partners and Beta reads can give you conflicting information, but ultimately you have to trust your voice in the matter. That being said I’d be lost without my critique partners. I’ve been with one of them for a few years now and she’s shown me so much. Besides, I’m used to her crotchety ways now (I know I’m going to pay for that later!).
Gaele: What do you do to relax, when you aren’t writing or thinking about it?
I like going on car rides to cleanse my mind. Like a dog. I also play computer and video games or watch movies. I also like scrapbooking and beading.
Rachel: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
Oh, I love history. This is so hard, but I think I would visit the Old West, before it was really settled, like the days of Lewis and Clark. We went through De Smet, South Dakota this summer and it was very treed. Charles Ingalls and Mr. Boast were responsible for ‘treeing’ De Smet and I’d like to see the prairies and the west untamed, before the settlers came.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
I’ll be at Ellora’s Cave Romanticon 2013 in Canton Ohio this October. YAY! Even though I’m missing Canadian Thanksgiving to come hang with you all …oh and my anniversary too! LOL
I’m making plans to attend Romantic Times in 2014 and possibly RWA in 2014 as well.
At Romanticon I’ll have some pretty awesome swag to give away, so be sure to hunt me down.
Thanks for having me!
Born and raised on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children, who have given her another job as a taxi driver.
A voracious reader, she was given her first romance novel by her grandmother who shared her penchant for a hot romance. From that moment, Amy was hooked by the magical worlds, handsome heroes and sigh worthy romances contained in the pages and she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.
Amy loves to hear from readers. It makes her day, in fact. You can find out more about Amy at:
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The scent of the mystery woman was stronger and instinctively he knew the only way he could release was to thrust his cock into her tight pussy.
Only she was just a figment of his imagination. She wasn’t real.
“Fuck,” he roared and then slammed his fist against the frosted glass doors in frustration, shattering it. Blood gushed from his hand. He stepped over the broken glass and blindly grabbed a towel, wrapping it around his hand to staunch the flow of blood. As he tied it off there was a gasp of surprise and the voice was distinctly female, it was followed by shuffling and the thud of the door closing.
Jared’s head snapped up. The scent of that woman he’d been dreaming of was heavy in the air. Like his figment had materialized. It was clinging to the tendrils of steam from his shower.
He turned off the water and headed straight for the bathroom door, leaving a trail of water behind him. All he could do was follow the enticing scent of that intoxicating perfume.
Jared flung open the door. He was pissed someone had invaded his privacy, but he had to know where that smell came from. The perfume that drove his inner beast. “What in the name of…?” He lost track of what he was going to say when he caught sight of the beautiful human female bracing herself against the elevator doors.
It was the woman he had pictured countless times, only more in focus.
His instincts told him—screamed at him—that this was her.
Her scent carried her fear and he could see her pulse point pounding at the base of her throat. Her dark eyes were wide, her pink lips formed a perfect O of shock and his bear growled inside like thunder rolling, loud and clear.
This was the female his inner bear wanted, this human.
Jared took a step back. She was human. He couldn’t have her as a mate. His mate was chosen. The chief had to have someone pure blooded.
The bear growled again, displeased.
He wanted her.
Jared wanted her.
Red bloomed in her cheeks and she looked askance at him. Jared realized he was stark naked, with a hard-on, in front of a total stranger.
“I’m so…sorry. I thought…I thought it was a closet.” She was quaking.
Confused, Jared realized he was standing on her coat, which was now soaking wet. He noticed two crutches scattered on the floor leading to her and it dawned on him she wasn’t shaking from fright, she physically couldn’t support herself.
Not thinking about his nudity he rushed forward and caught her in his arms as her knees buckled from under her.
“Fuck,” she cursed as she clung to him. Her head plastered against his chest, his face was nestled in her dark hair, which smelled like green tea. Exactly like the woman from his dream. “Fuck. Dammit all to hell.”
She had quite the potty mouth on her.
“Are you all right?” He managed to ask, but still held her close against his body.
“Just embarrassed.” She pushed against his chest feebly. Jared helped her stand, but still held her up.
“What do you need?”
“My crutches.” Her cheeks were still pink and she wouldn’t look him in the eye. The poor thing was humiliated beyond all recompense and he didn’t know why, until he remembered he was still stark naked.
“I apologize for my lack of attire,” he offered, but he wasn’t that sorry. The inner beast in him was positively purring, begging to strip her down to nothing and make up for this indiscretion in other ways. He scooped her up and carried across the room to his overstuffed armchair and set her down. Then he turned and retrieved her crutches. She took them and held onto them, but still wouldn’t look him in the eyes.
“Can I do anything else for you?” Jared asked.
“You could put on some clothes.” A smile quirked the corner of her luscious, pink, full lips.
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