Excerpt Reveal & Teaser: MAELSTROM (Red Door Series #3) by Dyan Layne


MAELSTROM by Dyan Layne

Release Date: May 13, 2021

Cover Design: Lori Jackson Designs

Models: Connor Smith with Jess Birks

Photographer: Reggie Deanching, R + M Photography

Trailer: Ashlee O’Brien, Ashes and Vellichor

Genre: Contemporary romance standalone, romantic suspense

Trope: Age-gap, surprise pregnancy


A storm is coming…

Plagued by tragedy. Used to the darkness.

Brendan Murray never dared to dream of a happily ever after.

Not until she came crashing into his life.

Until he kissed an angel in the park.

Pure and sweet and untouched.

Dare he love her?

She was the only light in his dark, twisted world. His ticket straight to hell.

He took the risk and loved her anyway.

Now the storm is here and hell was coming for him.

He had to keep her safe. At any cost.

But a storm can’t last forever, can it?

And sometimes it takes darkness to see the light.

**Maelstrom contains subject matter which may be sensitive or triggering to some and is intended for mature audiences. While you don't need to read the previous books in the series, as this is a standalone novel featuring a unique romance, it is highly recommended. Red Door is a series of interconnected standalone novels. All of the main characters reappear and some storylines connect throughout each book.


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“You’re an arsehole, you know that?”

“I know.” Brendan took a sip of his heartless foamy coffee—it wasn’t bad.

Taylor tipped his chin toward the counter where his sweet girl was engaged in what looked to be a heated conversation with Kelly. “Is she the reason you decided you had to get a cup of coffee?”

Brendan shrugged with a smirk.

“What are you doing, Bren? She’s just a kid.”

He didn’t know why, especially since he’d had the same thought himself, but Taylor saying it out loud made him angry. His jaw ticked. How dare he?

“Are you judging me?”

Taylor remained silent and sipped his tea.

“You, of all people, know me better than to think I’d…”

Taylor grinned. “I do know you better. Besides, Chloe told me and Jess all about your coffee girl.”

“Fucker,” he chuckled. “Your wife don’t know…”


Brendan took a long swallow of coffee before he answered. “I fucked up.”

“How’d you do that?”

“I unlocked the door.” Then he confessed everything he’d done to Taylor. “My conscience got to me, so I let her go, and I regret that I did.”

“Tell her.”

“Tell her what, man?”

“First off, that you’re sorry for being an arsehole,” Taylor chided with a smirk. “And that you want her.”

“I shouldn’t.”

“Why not?”

Brendan shrugged and stood. “I’ll be right back.”

He found her in the alley. She stood with her back to the brick wall and her head tipped back to feel the sun on her beautiful face. What the fuck was he doing? He should just leave her alone, so why couldn’t he?

“Go away, Brendan.” Her eyes remained closed as she softly spoke, her face illuminated by the sun.

He moved closer until he stood right next to her, inhaling the scent of sweet jasmine. “I wanted to say I’m sorry.”

“Okay, you said it.”

They stood in silence for a moment, and when Brendan remained rooted in the space beside her, she angled toward him, opened her stormy blue-green eyes, and whispered, “What do you want?”


He pulled her hard against him and gripped the silky hair at her nape between his fingers as he lowered his lips to hers. He kissed her. Even though he was still at war with himself. Even though he shouldn’t. He claimed her mouth, ravaging it with his lips and his teeth, pillaging it with his tongue. Brendan could no longer resist her.

Why do you have to feel so good, sweet girl?

He tugged on her hair, bending her head back, so he could get more of her mouth. With her palms against his chest, Katelyn pushed herself away from him.

She was bent over, gasping for breath with her hands on her knees.

“Katelyn. Baby—”

“You…” She stood, tears dripping down her face. “…don’t get to do that.” She took two steps toward him and poked her index finger into his chest. “You don’t get to do that.”


“You don’t get to play with my feelings just because you aren’t sure of your own.”

Then she went through the door, slamming it behind her.



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Dyan Layne is a nurse boss by day and the writer of edgy sensual tales by night--and on weekends. Serenity, the first book in the Red Door series, is her debut novel. She's never without her Kindle, and can usually be found tapping away at her keyboard with a hot latte and a cold Dasani Lime--and sometimes champagne. She can't sing a note, but often answers in song because isn't there a song for just about everything? Born and raised a Chicago girl, she currently lives in Tampa, Florida, and is the mother of four handsome sons and a beautiful daughter, who are all grown up now, but can still make her crazy--and she loves it that way! Because normal is just so boring.




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NEW REVIEW RELEASE: Chaos and Love: College Sports Romance Stand-Alone (Campus Hotshots Book 2) by Michelle A. Valentine

Chaos and Love: College Sports Romance Stand-Alone 
(Campus Hotshots Book 2) 
Michelle A. Valentine 

Friends-to-Lovers Romance
Schmexy Times
Swoon-Worthy Hero
College Football Star

For hotshot quarterback, Luke Finnegan, Love and Chaos are always intertwined, and when he decides he’s through with relationships, a blonde artist with pink streaks in her hair convinces him sometimes love is worth the madness.

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Author Michelle Valentine had me swooning in love with Luke.

At first I was not liking Luke because I thought he was a typical jock but after reading this book, I take that back and will say he totally surprised me.

Luke and Miley with their no strings attached relationship was soo much fun to read.

I liked how fun, sexy and emotional this book was.

This book had me reminiscing my college days of having fun and finding oneself.
The struggles of falling in love, out of love and learning to trust the love you know is meant to be.

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I can't wait for Milo's book!
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About Michelle 

Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. 

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I’m obsessed with Laila Fitzgerald. There, I finally admitted it. I’ve tried not to want her. I tried to step aside when my best friend said he wanted her. But it’s proved impossible. She’s too gorgeous and talented, too charismatic and badass, for me not to want her for myself  Unfortunately, though, karma’s a bitch. In trying to do the right thing by my best friend, I’ve done the wrong thing by myself. I’ve pushed her away every chance I’ve had. Dug way too deep a hole to crawl out of . . . And now, Laila downright hates my guts. And rightly so.   But since we’re stuck together, yet again—and, this time, even more closely—I’ve decided nothing will stop me from getting what I want. This time, I’m going to figure out a way to coax Laila into falling out of hate with me . . .

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Author Lauren Rowe has delivered a dynamic conclusion to this MUST READ duet.

I am speechless in a very good way.

Savage & Laila's story was entertaining, sexy, emotional, and totally had me dancing in my seat on what their outcome would be.

You will be left smiling & wishing these fictional Rock stars were real and your friends.

I loved how this books characters captured me in & I will be definitely be reading these books over and over again.

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Lauren Rowe is the USA Today and international #1 best-selling author of newly released Reed Rivers Trilogy, as well as The Club Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, The Morgan Brothers Series, Countdown to Killing Kurtis, and select standalone Misadventures. Lauren's books are full of feels, humor, heat, and heart. Besides writing novels, Lauren is the singer in a party/wedding band in her hometown of San Diego, an audio book narrator, and award-winning songwriter. She is thrilled to connect with readers all over the world.
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NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Insatiable Lover (Cocky Hero Club) by Krystyna Allyn

Insatiable Lover (Cocky Hero Club) 
Krystyna Allyn

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward's New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.

The rules of the contest were simple.
Design a new logo for Morgan Financial Holdings, wow the judges with my mad skills, and bam. I get the job.
Easy, right?
I didn’t account for the annoyingly gorgeous Easton Roman, strolling late into orientation like he’s God’s gift to women.
Acting as if already crowned champion, the jerk had the nerve to flirt with me!
(insert multiple expletives)
He may have everyone fooled, but I see him for exactly what he is.
Easton can do whatever he wants to steer me from my eventual victory, but two can play at that game. If I have to flirt back, I will. If he wants to kiss me, bring it on.
At some point in the game, it became real; our connection grew.
I thought when the judges selected the winner, it would end us. But what really shattered our relationship was something neither of us saw coming.

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This book is funny, sexy, and full of unforgettable moments between the two main characters.
Easton is the guy you should not want but he is too irresistible not to.
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Krystyna lives in somewhere USA with her amazingly awesome husband. 
Though she works full time, blogs and reads like a maniac, she still manages to find the time to write all her crazy stories. 

Her hobbies include baking, skydiving, karaoke, and general mischief. The list of her favorite authors is endless, so rather than singling out anyone particular, she'll just mention her number one go-to cookie is oatmeal raisin.