Excerpt of Dress Blues, a second chance military romance

Dress Blues (a second chance military romance)

Recalled to Love #2

Lisa CarlisleSometimes, it all comes down to timing…

Volunteering at a cat shelter is much calmer than the adrenaline-fueled skirmishes of Vivi Parker’s last deployment in the Marines, but her limp is a constant reminder of what she endured. The shelter is her sanctuary, her one relief from memories that haunt her. At a fundraiser, she runs into a man she could never have while she served, but had never forgotten.

Active duty had its challenges, but starting over as a civilian in Boston is more difficult than Jack Conroy anticipated. When his mom and sister drag him to a cat benefit, he never expects to see a woman he last saw wearing Dress Blues.

Vivi fears she’s no longer the woman Jack was drawn to, able to tackle rock climbing walls or other outdoor challenges. And Jack has decisions he must face.

Military rules forbade their burgeoning passion. But now, years later, the rules have changed.

Yet, so have they.

Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

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Excerpt

The evening was going swimmingly. Vivi chatted with attendees and other volunteers about the cats and smiled whenever someone oohed and aahed over how adorable they were.

She froze. Holy shit. It couldn’t be him. Not here. Not now.

It could. And it was.

She blinked. She wasn’t fantasizing about this. This was the real, earth-shaking deal.

Run!

Although her initial reaction was to flee, her body responded in a different, pulse-rising way. Traitor.

He was still fine. No, better than fine. In a suit, he didn’t appear stuffy at all; more like sinfully delicious. He stood over six feet tall, and his chiseled face was clean shaven, as she’d always seen him, but he’d let his hair grow in a couple of inches. He no longer sported the high and tight Marine haircut. The new hair style made him even sexier. Ooh, she could run her fingers through the sandy brown strands…

Sure, his date would love that.

Figured he’d be with some gorgeous blonde. Her pink chiffon dress showed off her killer body. In her spiky heels, she was only a few inches shorter than Jack. Ugh, she probably had legs as tall as the John Hancock Tower.

Oh no, they were walking in her direction. Must escape. Where to? She couldn’t duck under a table. And she couldn’t abandon her station, running away like a cat with its tail between her legs. Oh great, now she’d resorted to cat clichés.

If you turn your head, he might pass by unnoticed.

“Vivi? Vivi Parker?”

Early Reviews

  • “Wow! Dress Blues is an awesome, fun, short must read in contemporary romantic fiction with a side of hot military characters and some sweet, fuzzy furballs!”
  • “An amazing story of two damaged Marines finding each other again.”
  • This is a fun, furry, feel good story of second chances… Ms. Carlisle’s writing style grabs you from the first word and keeps you engaged with witty banter and sexy scenes. I loved this short second chance romance with a HEA and I’m sure you will too!”
  • I fell in love with this story from the blurb and it sure did NOT disappoint! There is an immediate connection with the characters. The author does an amazing job of reeling the reader into the story.”

Read in Kindle Unlimited or buy now at Amazon


Dress Blues is the second novella in the Recalled to Love series, but each can be read on its own. Read more now. 


Book and Swag Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Dress Blues, I’m giving away books and swag from multiple authors. It’s easy to enter!

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New Release: Dress Blues – Military Romance, Cat Lovers, and a Giveaway!

Dress Blues (a second chance military romance)

Recalled to Love #2

Lisa CarlisleSometimes, it all comes down to timing…

Volunteering at a cat shelter is much calmer than the adrenaline-fueled skirmishes of Vivi Parker’s last deployment in the Marines, but her limp is a constant reminder of what she endured. The shelter is her sanctuary, her one relief from memories that haunt her. At a fundraiser, she runs into a man she could never have while she served, but had never forgotten.

Active duty had its challenges, but starting over as a civilian in Boston is more difficult than Jack Conroy anticipated. When his mom and sister drag him to a cat benefit, he never expects to see a woman he last saw wearing Dress Blues.

Vivi fears she’s no longer the woman Jack was drawn to, able to tackle rock climbing walls or other outdoor challenges. And Jack has decisions he must face.

Military rules forbade their burgeoning passion. But now, years later, the rules have changed.

Yet, so have they.

Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

Read in Kindle Unlimited or buy now at Amazon

Early Reviews

  • “Wow! Dress Blues is an awesome, fun, short must read in contemporary romantic fiction with a side of hot military characters and some sweet, fuzzy furballs!”
  • “An amazing story of two damaged Marines finding each other again.”
  • This is a fun, furry, feel good story of second chances… Ms. Carlisle’s writing style grabs you from the first word and keeps you engaged with witty banter and sexy scenes. I loved this short second chance romance with a HEA and I’m sure you will too!”
  • I fell in love with this story from the blurb and it sure did NOT disappoint! There is an immediate connection with the characters. The author does an amazing job of reeling the reader into the story.”

Read in Kindle Unlimited or buy now at Amazon


Dress Blues is the second novella in the Recalled to Love series, but each can be read on its own. Read more now. 


Book and Swag Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Dress Blues, I’m giving away books and swag from multiple authors. It’s easy to enter!

Enter the Giveaway

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Release Day: Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance

Dress Blues

Recalled to Love, Book 2

A Second Chance Military Romance

Each book features a new couple and can be read on its own

Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

Volunteering at a cat shelter is much calmer than the adrenaline-fueled skirmishes of Vivi Parker’s last deployment in the Marines, but her limp is a constant reminder of what she endured. The shelter is her sanctuary, her one relief from memories that haunt her. At a fundraiser, she runs into a man she could never have while she served, but had never forgotten.

Active duty had its challenges, but starting over as a civilian in Boston is more difficult than Jack Conroy anticipated. When his mom and sister drag him to a cat benefit, he never expects to see a woman he last saw in Dress Blues—a woman he couldn’t have, but could never forget.

Vivi fears she’s no longer the woman Jack was drawn to, able to tackle rock climbing walls or other outdoor challenges. And Jack has decisions he must face.

Military rules forbade their burgeoning passion. But now, years later, the rules have changed.

Yet, so have they.

Read Now!

Amazon


Have you read Book 1? It has a hot new cover for the Recalled to Love series!

Temptation Returns

Recalled to Love, Book 1

A Second Chance Military Romance

Each book features a new couple and can be read on its own

A Bestseller at All Romance Ebooks and Amazon’s Military Romances

Antonio returns from the Marine Corps to begin a new life as a civilian. While visiting Cape Cod, he meets a strange woman who reads his Tarot cards. He doesn’t believe in such nonsense; after all, he’s a Marine. When he returns to Boston, he receives a ticket to a rock club where he runs into the one woman he never forgot.

Lina can’t believe Antonio is back in town, right before her wedding. Being around him again resurrects long-buried feelings. Will she be able to resist temptation in the form of a dark-haired Italian Marine, the same man who once broke her heart?

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5***** – “This is a great short read that I loved!” ~ Book Boyfriend Hangover

5***** – “…I honestly LOVE LOVE LOVED it. It was cute, sexy, heart pounding, sad, emotion. It was a great story, with believable characters. Real life situation, and a true ending.” ~ Booklovinjunkie

5***** – “Temptation Returns by Lisa Carlisle was a great story. Oh, how I fell in love with Antonio right from the first page. A marine who is back from four years of service fighting in Afghanistan, he seemed so forlorn, searching for something that perhaps was lost until he meets a fortune teller at a fair who directs him to the woman he wants.” ~ Love Bites and Silk Ties

4.5 Hearts – “This saucy little story hit the spot with interesting characters, some humor, some spice, and a thoughtful NA second chance love story about a returning vet with a few issues.”
“I enjoyed the story, humor, and steam – oh yeah, did I mention the spice?  Let’s mention it again just to be safe.” ~ Books and Bindings!

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Cover Reveal! Dress Blues, A Second Chance Military Romance by Lisa Carlisle

Dress Blues

Recalled to Love, Book 2

A Second Chance Military Romance

Each book features a new couple and can be read on its own

Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

Volunteering at a cat shelter is much calmer than the adrenaline-fueled skirmishes of Vivi Parker’s last deployment in the Marines, but her limp is a constant reminder of what she endured. The shelter is her sanctuary, her one relief from memories that haunt her. At a fundraiser, she runs into a man she could never have while she served, but had never forgotten.

Active duty had its challenges, but starting over as a civilian in Boston is more difficult than Jack Conroy anticipated. When his mom and sister drag him to a cat benefit, he never expects to see a woman he last saw in Dress Blues—a woman he couldn’t have, but could never forget.

Vivi fears she’s no longer the woman Jack was drawn to, able to tackle rock climbing walls or other outdoor challenges. And Jack has decisions he must face.

Military rules forbade their burgeoning passion. But now, years later, the rules have changed.

Yet, so have they.

Amazon

 

Have you read Book 1? It has a hot new cover for the Recalled to Love series!

Temptation Returns

Recalled to Love, Book 1

A Second Chance Military Romance

Each book features a new couple and can be read on its own

A Bestseller at All Romance Ebooks and Amazon’s Military Romances

Antonio returns from the Marine Corps to begin a new life as a civilian. While visiting Cape Cod, he meets a strange woman who reads his Tarot cards. He doesn’t believe in such nonsense; after all, he’s a Marine. When he returns to Boston, he receives a ticket to a rock club where he runs into the one woman he never forgot.

Lina can’t believe Antonio is back in town, right before her wedding. Being around him again resurrects long-buried feelings. Will she be able to resist temptation in the form of a dark-haired Italian Marine, the same man who once broke her heart?

Read Now at Amazon

5***** – “This is a great short read that I loved!” ~ Book Boyfriend Hangover

5***** – “…I honestly LOVE LOVE LOVED it. It was cute, sexy, heart pounding, sad, emotion. It was a great story, with believable characters. Real life situation, and a true ending.” ~ Booklovinjunkie

5***** – “Temptation Returns by Lisa Carlisle was a great story. Oh, how I fell in love with Antonio right from the first page. A marine who is back from four years of service fighting in Afghanistan, he seemed so forlorn, searching for something that perhaps was lost until he meets a fortune teller at a fair who directs him to the woman he wants.” ~ Love Bites and Silk Ties

4.5 Hearts – “This saucy little story hit the spot with interesting characters, some humor, some spice, and a thoughtful NA second chance love story about a returning vet with a few issues.”
“I enjoyed the story, humor, and steam – oh yeah, did I mention the spice?  Let’s mention it again just to be safe.” ~ Books and Bindings!

Read an excerpt

Add to GoodReads

Read in KU! Or buy now:
Amazon

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Tempted by the Gargoyle

Meet your perfect match during the Supermoon–or your perfect match for the night. A Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK!

Tempted by the GargoyleThe eclipse of the red Supermoon sends crowds into Boston for an evening hyped up for a night of passion, one not to be missed. Police officer Larissa Riley wants nothing to do with the media-driven event, but her friend convinces her they need a night out to move on from the bombings. They visit a new gothic-themed club where Larissa is disturbed by the attractive stranger eying her.

Roman, a gargoyle shifter and commander of the Stone Sentries, patrols from the rooftop of a club on the night of the eclipse. The Supermoon bodes danger and he puts all his sentries on watch. When a blast of dark magic soars past him, he searches for its origin and fixes on a brunette. Something about her is different, demanding all senses be on high alert. Is she dangerous? Or is she in danger?

Larissa invites Roman back to her hotel, unaware he is surveilling her. The night takes a dark turn as secrets are uncovered and danger moves in. Her beloved city is under attack. Larissa must decide who to trust before all is lost, including the fate of her closest friend.

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Reviews

“I can’t say how much I loved Larissa and Roman. The smoldering chemistry between the two is almost story enough. The complex battle of good and evil that is at the heart of the tale is fascinating as are the struggles of the characters.”
~ A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!

“Tempted by the Gargoyle was an interesting mix of PNR and a tough cop heroine…
I definitely recommend this book if you like a tough heroine and a fresh take on PNR”
~Five Stars from Nerd Girl Official

“Paranormal Romance IS my favorite genre. Having said that, I absolutely loved this book!”
~ Boundless Book Reviews

“This my first gargoyle romance book and I really enjoyed it. For a shorter novel it held a depth that I wasn’t expecting.
…If you’re a fan of steamy romance, action that will keep you wondering what will happen next, and the paranormal, then this book is definitely for you.”
~ Love Bites and Silk Ties

Reader Reviews
“If you haven’t read Ms. Carlisle’s books, what the heck are you waiting for. Her Gargoyles are hot! Before you know it, you’ll be lost in a world beyond your imagination. Full of wicked fun and tempting Alpha’s.”

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“In Books One Finds Golden Palaces”

“In Books One Finds Golden Palaces and Maidens as Beautiful as Jewels.”

~ Chinese proverb

 

Enjoy the search!

Lisa

 

 

 

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A Wolf Shifter Seeking Her Pack Mate Finds Another Kind of Mate in Dark Stranger

Welcome to the Chateau, an art colony founded by a dark sculptor with a secret and run by his manager, a human. In book 3, Cameron’s world is turned upside-down when wolf shifters come to seek a missing pack mate.

Dark Stranger

Chateau Seductions Part 3

Dark StrangerWolf shifters come to Chateau seeking a missing pack member. During an altercation, Cameron Stevens, the manager of the art colony, is separated from the others. He ends up alone with Nadya, one of the female shifters.

Together, in the forests of DeRoche Island, they struggle against conflicting feelings. In addition to battling each other as well as their mistrust, they fight a powerful, inexplicable attraction to one another—one that leaves them irrevocably entwined.

They’re mates? Cameron can’t comprehend or accept such a thing is possible. They’re two different species and their worlds don’t mesh. He can’t fight the heated desire burning between them and her touch is impossible to resist. His heart and mind aren’t on the same page where she’s concerned. One thing is certain—Nadya is stamped on both.

Paranormal Romance
Shifters, vampires, gargoyles

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Also in paperback

 

5* Review of Dark Stranger from Books and Beyond Fifty Shades! “I have read the first 2 books in this series and could not wait to get my hands on this one; and I was not disappointed. The thing I love most, is that while this is a story about paranormal creatures, you can still relate to the trial and tribulations that they go through. You can relate to how each character is feeling, even though you are nothing like them.”

4.5 Stars from Long and Short Reviews! – “This book is the third in this series and once again Lisa Carlisle has shown how so much can be put into so few pages. The characters from the previous book appear but the story revolves around Cameron and Nadya. Emotions, confusion, hot sexy scenes are all included and it was nice to have Nadya as the shifter rather than another male paranormal.”

Visit the Series Page to view a trailer and see the full list of books.

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“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher

I think many of us can agree on that!

 

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Oscar Wilde on Reading a Book Over and Over Again #reading #oscarwilde

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

–Oscar Wilde

I’ve read one of Wilde’s books more than once, The Portrait of Dorian Gray. I’ll do that with some of the classics, to see how I think differently about them as an adult compared to reading them in high school. I read The Fall of the House of Usher around Halloween every year.

What do you think? Are there certain books you’ve read more than once?

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Share the Bite! Celebrate the new Blood Courtesans Books!

With several brand new Blood Courtesans books out, we’re celebrating with a giveaway of TWO $50 gift cards.

Find out more about the series:
http://www.lisacarlislebooks.com/books/vampire-blood-courtesans/

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