June 2016 BOTM

Will Riley get A Measure of Love?

June Book of the Month

 

Prologue

He was eight years old when he first saw her.

He stood, captivated, bicycle resting between his legs, as her family unloaded boxes from a U-Haul van outside a house down the street from his school. She twirled on the front lawn. Her blonde hair—sticking out from the sides of her head in pigtails—reached out like two helicopter blades as she whirled. She wore denim shorts, pink jelly shoes, and an even pinker T-shirt with a rainbow emblazoned on the front. She leaped and jumped, sang and laughed in the hot sun. She didn’t have a care in the world.

And she was just about the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen.

Looking back, he was pretty sure he fell in love with her that day. She was light, brightly colored, exciting, and new. She was laughter on summer days and adventures after school. Even though his brothers teased him mercilessly, he and the girl became fast friends, riding together on their bikes. The girl even had a skateboard, which she showed him how to ride. She climbed trees, threw rocks at dilapidated buildings, and stole candy from a shop because he dared her to.

She was the coolest thing ever.

They grew up together, fell out together, made up together, and shared their first kiss together when they were fourteen, when he realized he liked her in ways that made his body feel funny. She wasn’t just his best friend anymore—she was something more, something he thought about when he was alone and his brother urged him to look at pictures in the magazines his mother had warned him about.

It was on her seventeenth birthday when he finally showed her just what she meant to him. In his truck bed filled with covers and pillows, he slipped into her under the stars, whispering his love for her, promising her that it would never stop. That he would always feel that way about her. That there would never be anyone else for him. She was all he needed, all he would ever want.

With their whole lives ahead of them, naked and panting in the summer air, clinging to one another, they had no idea that, despite their promises, life had other plans.

 

1

“Harder! Oh God, fuck me harder!”

Riley Moore grinned as he gripped the slim calves resting against his shoulders. “Not God.” He pounded into her just as she’d asked, hard and powerful. “Just me.”

Dammit, he needed this.

“Oh yes! Give it to me!”

Her hair splayed like a giant black puddle across his pillow as her back arched and she began clenching around him, milking him in such a way that with three more deep, solid thrusts, he came with a loud grunt. He collapsed onto her, panting and gasping into her neck and the sweat collected by her collarbone.

“Holy shit, Moore,” she gasped as her legs flopped back down to the bed. She placed a hand between her breasts and shook her head. “You need to call me more often, honey.” She patted him on the back of the head.

“Right back at ya,” Riley replied, lifting his head and removing himself from her body.

He pulled off the condom and threw it in the trash, before tossing a towel toward the breathless woman splayed across his bed. He watched her wipe her body down from her neck to between her legs. Carla was damned nice to look at and she gave head like a fucking vacuum, but that’s where their relationship ended. The sex-based arrangement they’d had for months worked for them both.

Riley smirked while he pissed into the toilet basin, the post-coital glow wrapping around him like a warm hug. He flushed the john, washed his hands, and walked his naked ass back into his room. He nodded in appreciation when he saw Carla was already half dressed, fastening her bra. The zero emotional hurdles between them pleased Riley no end. She pulled on her white blouse and checked her makeup in a small hand mirror, touching the red marks Riley’s rough whiskers had left on her neck.

She side-eyed him accusingly and he shrugged in reply. She loved it. Most of the women who came to his bed did. Some even asked him to mark them, which he did without thought. It was sexy as hell to see his lust etched across his lovers.

 

A MEASURE OF LOVE is out on 21st June!

And don't miss the other stunning titles in the A Pound of Flesh series:

A POUND OF FLESH

LOVE AND ALWAYS

AN OUNCE OF HOPE

FATE AND FOREVER

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A Pound of Flesh: A Pound of Flesh Book 1

By Sophie Jackson

A Pound of Flesh is the first title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson.

Lose your heart to your new bad boy book boyfriend. Wes Carter - sexy, edgy, behind bars, with emotional scars as permanent as the ink on his skin, just waiting to be healed by love...

Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find this powerful love story utterly addictive and unforgettable.

Can true love heal the deepest scars?

Wes Carter: Dangerous, brooding and behind bars, Carter's emotional scars are as permanent as the ink on his skin.

Kat Lane: Vibrant and gutsy, Kat chooses to become a prison tutor in tribute to her father whose murder haunts her.

Although worlds apart, when their eyes meet, Carter and Kat's searing attraction is instant.
As teacher and student, any relationship is against every rule. But although their love is forbidden, it won't be denied...

Loyalty, redemption and all-consuming love against the odds. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.

Entirely heartfelt, hot and should be the very next book on your TBR list - 4 starsThis book truly was outstanding and I can't express just how much I loved reading it. It's the kind of book that I felt in my chest and made me angry when life got in the way of my reading. I was thinking about Kat and Carter whenever the cruel world required me to put it down. The writing was beautiful and poetic; Jackson made me feel every single feeling and emotion. A Pound of Flesh is a breathtakingly beautiful story about conquering your fears, finding love, redeeming oneself, and reminds us all to never judge a book by its coverTheir relationship was intense, drama filled and certainly filled with sex. But I couldn't have loved them more if I tried. It reminded me of Travis and Abby's relationship from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and it certainly holds the appeal of Fifty Shades of Grey fans. This may be the book of the year for me, and I cannot wait to get my hands on An Ounce of HopeThe romantic telling of this story that held us captive. The reading of literature and poetry woven throughout was mesmerising as were the many memorable moments in this story of fate, hope, redemption and second chances. A Pound of Flesh is a book we'd definitely recommendWow!! I loved, loved, loved every single thing about this book. If you are a fan of forbidden love stories, you are going to love this one... Sophie Jackson has incorporated everything I love into this delicious story. It is a must read[Sophie] writes the type of stories today's reader wants: beautifully created characters filled with emotion, and a storyline that sticks with you long after you turn the last pageA Pound of Flesh is an intriguing tale of acceptance, and understanding, and finding love in unexpected circumstances. What sets it apart from others is the way Sophie weaves storylines to build suspense before everything ultimately comes together, leaving the reader guessing and gasping until the very endStar-crossed lovers Wes Carter and Kat Lane share a passion that will sweep you off your feet...what makes A Pound of Flesh stand out from the rest is Jackson's powerful, elegant storytelling and a love affair so hot that you could get your fingers burned turning the pages... Jackson plays a blinder in this stunning debut, creating a vivid, seductive story that tingles with emotionally-charged tension, weaves in some cleverly worked literary parallels and rounds off with a suitably satisfying surprise in the tail. As Shakespeare so beautifully put it... 'This is the very ecstasy of love'.Wes Carter is a bad boy hero you won't be able to resist. And A Pound of Flesh is a love story you won't want to stop talking about.

Sophie Jackson is an English teacher from Chorley. Although she read and wrote furiously as a child, she first started writing as an adult, to scratch the creative itch, for the website FanFiction.net, after reading the Twilight series in 2008. She wrote and posted a number of Twilight fanfics, chapter by chapter, and built up an impressive readership.

For more information, visit Sophie's website: www.sophiejacksonauthor.com, and find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/SophieJacksonRomance and on Twitter @sophiejax.

AN EXCITING NEW TALENT: Eternal's first British author, delivering a hot, fresh new story and high quality pure romance fiction in the vein of UK predecessors E. L. James and Jodi Ellen Malpas.INTERNET SENSATION: Originally published as fan fiction of Twilight, A Pound of Flesh became an online phenomenon and an award-winning internet sensation. It won a host of awards and attracted well over 4.5 million online reads.WIDE APPEAL IN THE CURRENT MARKET: For both the contemporary and New Adult markets with the intensity of first time love, for fans of authors like Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans who can't get enough of intense, screwed-up but irresistible and multifaceted heroes. Wes Carter is a sexy bad boy with edge for romance fans to fall in love with: #MeetCarterPUBLISHING PLAN: Published in the US by Simon & Schuster, who publish Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans, the series will consist of three novels and two short stories about different couples but in the same world, returning to Carter and Kat's story, which is sure to thrill fans.
Headline Eternal

Love and Always: A Pound of Flesh Novella 1.5

By Sophie Jackson

Love and Always is the second title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson.

Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find Sophie Jackson's powerful love stories utterly addictive and unforgettable. Carter and Kat's story of love and redemption continues in Love and Always - a novella in the sensational A Pound of Flesh series.

Theirs was a love that broke every rule. But the searing attraction between Wes Carter and Kat Lane was instant and impossible to deny.

Against all the odds, this all-consuming love between prison tutor Kat and her dangerous, brooding student flourished and healed the deep scars borne by each of them.

But as they face real life together and share the news of their engagement with those closest to them, Kat and Carter realise that they will still have to fight for their love if it is to survive forever and...always.

Loyalty, redemption and all-consuming love against the odds. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.

[Sophie] writes the type of stories today's reader wants: beautifully created characters filled with emotion, and a storyline that sticks with you long after you turn the last pageA Pound of Flesh is an intriguing tale of acceptance, and understanding, and finding love in unexpected circumstances. What sets it apart from others is the way Sophie weaves storylines to build suspense before everything ultimately comes together, leaving the reader guessing and gasping until the very endThe novella in the compelling, emotional and sexy A Pound of Flesh series which began with the ultimate forbidden romance...

Sophie Jackson is an English teacher from Chorley. Although she read and wrote furiously as a child, she first started writing as an adult, to scratch the creative itch, for the website FanFiction.net, after reading the Twilight series in 2008. She wrote and posted a number of Twilight fanfics, chapter by chapter, and built up an impressive readership.

For more information, visit Sophie's website: www.sophiejacksonauthor.com, and find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/SophieJacksonRomance and on Twitter @sophiejax.

AN EXCITING NEW TALENT: Eternal's first British author, writing with an authentic American voice.INTERNET SENSATION: Originally published as fan fiction of Twilight, A Pound of Flesh became an online phenomenon and an award-winning internet sensation. It won a host of awards and attracted well over 4 million online reads.WIDE APPEAL IN THE CURRENT MARKET: For both the contemporary and New Adult markets with the intensity of first time love, for fans of authors like Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans who can't get enough of intense, screwed-up but irresistible and multifaceted heroes.PUBLISHING PLAN: Published in the US by Simon & Schuster, who publish Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans, the series will consist of three novels and two short stories about different couples but in the same world, returning to Carter and Kat's story, which is sure to thrill fans.
Headline Eternal

An Ounce of Hope: A Pound of Flesh Book 2

By Sophie Jackson

An Ounce of Hope is the third title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson.

From the fanfic phenomenon whose sensational debut, A Pound of Flesh, had over 4.5 million reads. You fell for Wes Carter. Now there's a new bad boy in town. Just as sexy, just as edgy. Meet Carter's best friend, Max...

Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find Sophie Jackson's powerful love stories utterly addictive and unforgettable.

Can true love heal the deepest scars?

Max O'Hare: Tortured by memories of the woman he loved, the child he lost and the drugs that numbed his pain, Max is haunted by his past.

Grace Brooks: An eternal optimist, Grace appears to be the perfect girl, but she keeps the truth of her own difficult history closely guarded.

Fresh out of rehab, the last thing on Max's mind is a relationship. Yet he's drawn to Grace, sensing that she too is looking for escape. Bound by their greatest fears and deepest secrets, Max and Grace must learn to trust again. And the key to opening their hearts lies in one another...

Loyalty. Redemption. All-consuming love against the odds. Prepare to fall for the powerful storytelling of Sophie Jackson. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.

Jackson's newest installment to her heart-stopping series, A Pound of Flesh, is capable of blowing your mind. This romance contains loads of passionate moments where we finally get to witness Max's storyMax and Grace's story has truly left an imprint on my heart. They made the most adorable couple and I was invested in their relationship from start to finish. The pair had been through so much heartache and I just wanted to see them find their fairytale ending. An Ounce of Hope has captured my heart and although there were times where I felt as though my heart was being torn in two, I loved everything that I was readingThe second novel in the compelling, emotional and sexy A Pound of Flesh series from the fanfiction phenomenon, Sophie Jackson.

Sophie Jackson is an English teacher from Chorley. Although she read and wrote furiously as a child, she first started writing as an adult, to scratch the creative itch, for the website FanFiction.net, after reading the Twilight series in 2008. She wrote and posted a number of Twilight fanfics, chapter by chapter, and built up an impressive readership.

For more information, visit Sophie's website: www.sophiejacksonauthor.com, and find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/SophieJacksonRomance and on Twitter @sophiejax.

AN EXCITING NEW TALENT: Eternal's first British author, writing with an authentic American voice.INTERNET SENSATION: Originally published as fan fiction of Twilight, A Pound of Flesh became an online phenomenon and an award-winning internet sensation. It won a host of awards and attracted well over 4 million online reads.WIDE APPEAL IN THE CURRENT MARKET: For both the contemporary and New Adult markets with the intensity of first time love, for fans of authors like Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans who can't get enough of intense, screwed-up but irresistible and multifaceted heroes.PUBLISHING PLAN: Published in the US by Simon & Schuster, who publish Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans, the series will consist of three novels and two short stories about different couples but in the same world, returning to Carter and Kat's story, which is sure to thrill fans.
Headline Eternal

Fate and Forever: A Pound of Flesh Novella 2.5

By Sophie Jackson

Fate and Forever is the fourth title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson.

Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find Sophie Jackson's powerful love stories utterly addictive and unforgettable.

Tutor and prison student - their love was forbidden but their attraction was impossible to deny. And now Kat Lane is excitedly planning her wedding to the brooding, dangerously tempting love of her life, Wes Carter.

Kat and Carter couldn't be happier to be man and wife and start their life together - but it's not long before they realise married life isn't all plain-sailing. Everywhere they turn, couples are becoming parents, and the longing in Kat's eyes worries Carter. After his rough childhood, he's not so sure he has what it takes to be a good parent. But fate has brought Kat and Carter together - can their love survive forever?

Loyalty, redemption and all-consuming love against the odds. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.

[Sophie] writes the type of stories today's reader wants: beautifully created characters filled with emotion, and a storyline that sticks with you long after you turn the last pageA Pound of Flesh is an intriguing tale of acceptance, and understanding, and finding love in unexpected circumstances. What sets it apart from others is the way Sophie weaves storylines to build suspense before everything ultimately comes together, leaving the reader guessing and gasping until the very endThe novella in the compelling, emotional and sexy A Pound of Flesh series which began with the ultimate forbidden romance...

Sophie Jackson is an English teacher from Chorley. Although she read and wrote furiously as a child, she first started writing as an adult, to scratch the creative itch, for the website FanFiction.net, after reading the Twilight series in 2008. She wrote and posted a number of Twilight fanfics, chapter by chapter, and built up an impressive readership.

For more information, visit Sophie's website: www.sophiejacksonauthor.com, and find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/SophieJacksonRomance and on Twitter @sophiejax.

AN EXCITING NEW TALENT: Eternal's first British author, writing with an authentic American voice.INTERNET SENSATION: Originally published as fan fiction of Twilight, A Pound of Flesh became an online phenomenon and an award-winning internet sensation. It won a host of awards and attracted well over 4 million online reads.WIDE APPEAL IN THE CURRENT MARKET: For both the contemporary and New Adult markets with the intensity of first time love, for fans of authors like Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans who can't get enough of intense, screwed-up but irresistible and multifaceted heroes.PUBLISHING PLAN: Published in the US by Simon & Schuster, who publish Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans, the series will consist of three novels and two short stories about different couples but in the same world, returning to Carter and Kat's story, which is sure to thrill fans.
Headline Eternal

A Measure of Love: A Pound of Flesh Book 3

By Sophie Jackson

A Measure of Love is the fifth title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson.

From the fanfic phenomenon whose debut A Pound of Flesh had over 4.5 million reads. Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find Sophie Jackson's powerful love stories utterly addictive and unforgettable.

Can true love heal the deepest scars?

Riley Moore: Ex-con Riley Moore never forgot the pain of losing his first love. But he doesn't hesitate to return to Michigan when his family needs him - even though it's inevitable he'll see the girl who broke his heart.

Lexie Pierce: Lexie has a secret she's hidden from Riley for five years. As much as she wants to reconnect with him, she doesn't know if he will ever be able to forgive her when he finds out.

Yet when they meet again, memories of their love burn as brightly as ever, despite the pain they both suffered. Can they finally overcome the sorrow of the past and share their life together?

Loyalty. Redemption. All-consuming love against the odds. Prepare to fall for the powerful storytelling of Sophie Jackson. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.

A Measure of Love is beautifully written and addictive; with its wonderfully chiselled characters and well rounded relationships, it hooked me from the first page and held me until the very last word. The perfect mix of humour, heartbreak and sinful sexinessThe third in the compelling, emotional and sexy A Pound of Flesh series from the fanfiction phenomenon, Sophie Jackson.

Sophie Jackson is an English teacher from Chorley. Although she read and wrote furiously as a child, she first started writing as an adult, to scratch the creative itch, for the website FanFiction.net, after reading the Twilight series in 2008. She wrote and posted a number of Twilight fanfics, chapter by chapter, and built up an impressive readership.

For more information, visit Sophie's website: www.sophiejacksonauthor.com, and find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/SophieJacksonRomance and on Twitter @sophiejax.

AN EXCITING NEW TALENT: Eternal's first British author, writing with an authentic American voice.INTERNET SENSATION: Originally published as fan fiction of Twilight, A Pound of Flesh became an online phenomenon and an award-winning internet sensation. It won a host of awards and attracted well over 4 million online reads.WIDE APPEAL IN THE CURRENT MARKET: For both the contemporary and New Adult markets with the intensity of first time love, for fans of authors like Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans who can't get enough of intense, screwed-up but irresistible and multifaceted heroes.PUBLISHING PLAN: Published in the US by Simon & Schuster, who publish Jamie McGuire and Katy Evans, the series will consist of three novels and two short stories about different couples but in the same world, returning to Carter and Kat's story, which is sure to thrill fans.