“A Fun Second Chance Romance that Just Makes You Smile!” ~ Review of Dress Blues

“Wow! Dress Blues is a fun second chance romance that just makes you smile! It’s a story that grabs you by the heart and gives it a little tug.”

~ The Jeep Diva

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

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?”

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. 


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Cover Reveal for When Darkness Whispers!

I’m excited to share this news because I’ve worked on this book for years. I’ve written and rewritten it as there is so much packed into the pages. It’s thrilling–and somewhat terrifying–to announce. Perhaps because it’s a project I’ve worked on for so long, it seems strange not to work on it.

So here it is. The cover of my upcoming release, When Darkness Whispers!

When Darkness Whispers

Some memories are better left forgotten…

Haunted by an unclear past, biologically enhanced Marine, Eva Montreaux, can’t be distracted from her mission. With American troops being brutally murdered on the island of Okinawa, it’s more than priority. It’s critical. But when her investigation brings her face to face Marcos Delacruz, it triggers memories. Ones she lost. Memories that somehow include him.

Marcos Delacruz has tried to forget the woman who left him with nothing but empty promises. Even now, three years later, Eva doesn’t seem to express any guilt over breaking his heart. In truth, she seems to barely recognize him. This deployment has been challenging enough with too many restless spirits haunting the island. But when his own investigation forces him to cross paths with her once more, Marcos discovers there may be a deeper truth.

With the number of murders claiming rapidly and the rising need to track the murderer across the tropical island, Eva struggles to reclaim what she lost. But the island holds darker elements–a serial killer. One that doesn’t appear to be human.

Thrust into a world she can’t escape, Eva must discover a way to stop a murderer from destroying anyone else’s future, but how can she succeed if she can’t even remember what role Marcos played in her past?

      When Darkness Whispers is a unique blend of paranormal and military romance you won’t want to put down! If you like haunting mystery, spine-tingling suspense, and Japanese mythology, you will love When Darkness Whispers!

Preorder today at a special intro price. Will go up after release:

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A tree house on a mystical island…

In the Highland Gargoyles series, the witches build their homes in tree houses, many which are connected by bridges. The tree witches live in one part of the island where they enhance the growth of flowers and plants with magic.

treehouse

Kayla is a tree witch who sneaks into gargoyle territory.

Read on for more!

 

Knights of Stone: Mason

Highland Gargoyles, Book 1

Knights of Stone - Mason

After a bloody and divisive battle twenty-five years ago, the inhabitants of the Isle of Stone—namely, gargoyles, tree witches, and wolf shifters—have lived apart, divided by borders none are permitted to cross. But when Kayla, a tree witch, hears about the unconventional rock concerts that are the talk of gargoyle territory, she sneaks away from her coven to see for herself. Night after night, she returns, not just for the music, but for one particular gargoyle who shifts into human form to play guitar at these avant-garde shows.

Her attention has not gone unnoticed. For several nights, Mason has kept watch for the pixie-like female. He plans to seduce her, unaware she’s not just a visitor from another island. But when he discovers she’s one of the tree witches, he knows that no matter how strong the temptation, anything between them would be forbidden.

Despite everything that should keep them apart, Kayla and Mason can’t resist their dark attraction and plan to meet in secret, but other elements on the isle command their attention. The magical cloak created by the three clans on the island is thinning, leading to repercussions for all. Kayla and Mason are soon caught in the middle of it, and their actions may change the fate of the isle forever.

“Well now, I have decided that I want to visit this mysterious isle as often as possible, I love the mystical ambiance, the sexy gargoyle brothers (kilts…need I say more?) and fascinating world which held me hostage from the very beginning…” ~ Night Owl Reviews

Read Knights of Stone: Mason today!

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Books and Bindings Review of Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance

“I enjoyed this quick, easy to follow and thoughtful story. Jack and Vivi’s story was relevant, sexy, and engaging.   I am relishing this series and look forward to the next installment.” ~ Books and Bindings

Dress Blues

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.

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

Read in Kindle Unlimited or buy now from Amazon

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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?

Read in Kindle Unlimited or buy now at Amazon

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!

Enter the Giveaway

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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?

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

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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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