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Branded (Strand Brothers Series Book 1) by [Ann, Lora]
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***WARNING***
This is a dark erotic thriller which could trigger some people. Please read with caution.

Some choices are simple, some are hard, and some leave a brand.

One unforgettable night at a masquerade changes it all.

Mogul Nik Strand is all too familiar with the curve balls life likes to throw. Believing his soul can never be restored, he covers his pain and heartbreak with money. The more the better—as his heart is nothing but ice.

Aimee Taylor makes a decision that will haunt her forever. Unfortunately life doesn’t come with a do over; therefore, she makes the best out of what she has.

An unforeseen circumstance brings these two together again, even though, neither can explain how or why the other seems so familiar. As love tries to heal this wounded couple, a common adversary seeks to destroy.

Due to strong language, sexual content, and violence, this is book is intended for 18+.

Excerpt from Branded (Nik)
We entered the penthouse, and I immediately led her towards one of the spare bedrooms. It was a crucial error on my end. How did I expect myself not to touch her when she was under the same roof? The smell of her lured me to her side. As I opened the door for her, I informed, “You can sleep here in the guestroom.” She was so weary I wasn’t sure she’d make it to the bed. When she stumbled over her own two feet, I clutched her elbow to keep her from faceplanting onto the floor. My God, she was beautiful. I had to divert my gaze before I did something impetuous.
Her eyes were heavy as she curled up under the covers. As I turned off the lamp on the nightstand, she grabbed my hand. “Stay. Please?” she slurred.
Oh, hell no. I did not have the strength for that. I brushed my fingertips along her cheekbone. “I’ll be right here, little one,” I reassured. “I’m not going anywhere. Rest, now.”

About the Author

Lora is a Missouri native who relocated to California as a teen. She spent several years as an international flight attendant for a major airline, before taking on her greatest job ever, a stay-at-home mom. Now she resides in Kentucky with her family, and has taken on her newest adventure, writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 784 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: The Greatest of These, LLC; 1 edition (Aug. 26 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MXN1H86
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0107978) out of 5 stars 73 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa003d57c) out of 5 stars I official declare this a Read That Blog Red Hot Read. Sept. 1 2014
By da4wcn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I knew from reading the synopsis and teasers that this book was going to be scorching hot but what I didn’t expect was how emotional of a read Branded would be. I loved that this book went places that I did not expect. This is an extremely well written, intriguing, thoughtful and sexy read.

Nik broke my heart. He had lost his family in a car accident years before yet he still carried that pain around with him everyday. He never stopped blaming himself for their deaths. It wasn’t a good way to live but he had become accustomed to hiding behind his shell, that is until the night he met a mysterious woman at a masquerade party and was never the same again. They experience one night of intense passion but never see each other again.

Aimee works for an escort service and does what she has to do to survive. Five years later, in another town, her past catches up with her when Nik, the man whom she shared one scorching night with, rescues her from a possible beating at the hands of her not so nice boyfriend, Caleb. The passion, chemistry and desire are all still there and the couple begin a torrid relationship. There are some red hot, panty melting moments in this book. Aimee and Nik’s chemistry is off the charts. But Aimee’s crazy ex is lingering on the outskirts of their lives, preparing to take what he believes is his. Nik goes into super alpha protective mode and is determined to keep Aimee safe at all cost. Are you breathless yet?

This book is non stop emotion, sex, and drama. As a reader, you can’t help but feel protective of Nik and Aimee. These characters are so well written that they simply pull you into the story and do not let you go.

Branded is what I call a page turner. You cannot put it down. This story is addictive.

I absolutely adored this story and its perfectly imperfect characters.

4.5 stars out of 5
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa003d5d0) out of 5 stars ok its dark and I like it because its something I do not know much ... June 16 2015
By louise hunter(Books All things paranormal and romance) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ok were do I begin..... ok its dark and I like it because its something I do not know much of so when I was reading this book it intrigued me how well the fiction fits in to real elements in this story because hey people do live this way and when you have money you can pretty much do what you like and we have seen what people can do with a little power.
In saying that I think thats why I loved the story even more and with the story line of Aimee tying it all together it just fit well and made it work and more inviting for me!
I love the three Strand brothers they are all unique and hot in there own way and in this story Nik the eldest brother takes the center in this brilliant story then there is Caleb that is a high class politician and has a very darkside to him that will just blow your mind as he unravels before your eyes and as I said there are people like this out there and lora's fiction makes for a great story tied in with it all.
Highly recommended read if you want to escape to a world that is dark and dangerous but also beautiful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa003da08) out of 5 stars Masquerades, Alphas, and Corrupt Politicians...OH MY! Aug. 26 2014
By Kari Nappi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Summary:

Some choices are simple, some are hard, and some leave a brand.

One unforgettable night at a masquerade changes it all.

Mogul Nik Strand is all too familiar with the curve balls life likes to throw. Believing his soul can never be restored, he covers his pain and heartbreak with money. The more the better--as his heart is nothing but ice.
Aimee Taylor makes a decision that will haunt her forever. Unfortunately life doesn't come with a do over; therefore, she makes the best out of what she has.
An unforeseen circumstance brings these two together again, even though, neither can explain how or why the other seems so familiar. As love tries to heal this wounded couple, a common adversary seeks to destroy.

What I loved:
Lora Ann begins the story at a masquerade 5 years prior. There was a brief encounter with Nik and Aimee, while she is at a function for an escort service she is a part of. The evening ends without any identities being known. There is such a sense of mystery and intrigue that is developed from this one encounter years before and neither one can really pinpoint where it stems from when they are face to face again.

Nik is an alpha, with a burden of guilt that he carries around for a long time. He lost his wife and child, and blames himself. When Aimee finds herself in a dangerous situation with a corrupt politician named Caleb, Nik is almost as dangerous as Caleb because Aimee knows Nik could destroy her forever emotionally if she falls in love with him. Still, they come together and instantly feel as if they have met before, which they have.

Its ultimately a love story with ups, downs, laughs, cries, and some kindle breaking moments. (Which I was able to overcome..my kindle is just fine!)

What I didn't love:
The prologue, for me, was a bit too long. I feel the information we garnered in it, could have been expedited a bit and some of the other information cut out. That really was the only thing I found off putting. But, as I don't really review based on grammar and punctuation, story is where I look. This was a problem for me.

Overall:
Author Lora Ann gives you a great mix of love, steamy sex scenes, and suspense. She also shows that despite your past, and what you believe to be sins, you can overcome. I am excited to read more about these brothers. They all seem pretty alpha to me and we know how I feel about my alphas!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa003ddc8) out of 5 stars BRANDED IS AN INTENSE HOT AND STEAMY READ...HIGHLY RECOMMEND! June 19 2015
By Ellie Masters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Branded (Strand Brothers Book 1). This was an amazing and HOT, HOT, HOT read. NIK was a gorgeous and wonderful male lead and I loved the brothers. Lora Ann did a great job with the brothers building a truly believable sibling relationship and I'm very excited this is a trilogy and I get to read more about the other two brothers.

Nik and Aimee meet in the past, during a masquerade ball and then meet again in the present when Nik rescues her from Caleb, a psychotic and powerful Senator. There is instant attraction between Nik and Aimee, neither of them understanding why they are drawn to each other (hint, hint**it has something to do with that ball all those years ago**) The reader gets to watch the main characters sort through their emotions, all the while dealing with the psychotic machinations of Caleb.

Aimee is a well developed female lead who is bold, capable and self sufficient. I LOVE strong female characters! Nik is an Alpha male lead, but also carries his flaws well, making him believable and all the more attractive. I was able to become attached to these characters because they felt real to me.

This novel did have scenes of BDSM and sexual torture (not involving the main couple) and lots of graphic sex. In fact, this is the one reason I did not give this a five star review. I love me some erotic sex in novels, but there was so much sex that I found myself skimming at parts. And my problem with it stemmed from the fact they spent so much time in the beginning saying how they were not going to have sex, how they were going to stay away from each other, then some switch flipped and it was just sex, sex, sex, the story took a back seat to the sex.

However, don't misunderstand my comment as negative. I don't want to leave the wrong impression....Lora Ann writes a mean, steamy, sexy and erotic scene. Nik and Aimee are a hot ticket. I liked the story, so I kept going, and I'm keeping with the trilogy. I want to see what comes next!...I'm especially interested in E's story, because that is more along my interests.

Bottom line....INTENSE read....HOT, STEAMY SEX...GREAT CHARACTERS...HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa003dd74) out of 5 stars Strand Industries BRANDED my heart!!! May 30 2015
By D. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Branded is sure to be your new obsession. Welcome to Nikko, a strikingly handsome, formidable man who made some poor choices and spent time paying for them. Now he's determined to make up for lost time with his younger brothers by stepping into the role he was born for, leader of the Strand family. Surrounded by wealth and privilege at an exquisite masquerade ball, Nik is suddenly captivated by a guest he's sure isn't on the invitee list. Stirring feelings he thought were long dead, he takes a risk that will change his life in a matter of minutes.

Desperate to make ends meet, Aimee agrees to a one night affair, providing beautiful companionship as an escort. With the promise of complete anonimity thanks to a gorgeous gown and mask, she never expected the wildest chance encounter that only exists in dreams! Whisked quite literally off her stilletos, Aimee and the masked lothario dont even exchange names before consuming each other. As quickly as she came, he was gone. No names. No faces. Not enough!

Five years goes by and yet another chance encounter brings Nik and Aimee face to face. Will the one night of passion that still haunts them both be enough to see through the masks they are still wearing? Can their one electric encounter turn a spark into an inferno?

Senator Caleb Reynolds has it all. Money, power, influence and and insatible thirst for pure evil. Caleb takes what he wants, when he wants, and quite literally burns up everything in his way. His rage and detest of Nikko Strand knows no limit and he will stop at nothing to ruin him. Does poitical office buy him freedom to do as he pleases or will the Strand brothers finally find out what truly lies beneath his carefully constructed fascade?

Full of hairpin turns and nailbiting angst, Branded has so much more to it than just your average HEA. This erotic thriller will have readers begging for more!!! Nikko Strand is the man we've been waiting for. Trouble is, can he allow himself to be what everyone else in his life knows he can be? Do soul mates really exist? Is love powerful enough to transcend the masks we wear every day and heal us to no longer need them?