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COVER REVEAL! Shadows by J.L. Drake releases February 14!

I know I barely know that girl, but I’m gonna marry her. You watch.

Pre-order this military romantic suspense today!

 
 
 
Title: Shadows
Series: Dark Water #1
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Military Romance
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Designs
Release Date: February 14, 2023



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I know I barely know that girl, but I’m gonna marry her. You watch.
 
1974
 
We travel back in time to the very beginning and discover the birth of Shadows.
The aftereffects of a horrible war left broken men, but then a secret brought them back to life.
Love and friendships grow while fighting a new type of war, one that may never be won, while the bonds between generations hold true. No matter what is thrown at them, they will always have each other to lean on. Even while they stay hidden within the halls of Shadows.
 
2023
 
Trouble is brewing deep in the Montana mountains, and the fate of some is uncertain. Change is coming to Team Blackstone, and whether they like it or not, it’s happening. But will this rock the foundation of Shadows, or will it usher in a whole new era for the team? The pranks bring much needed humor to help overcome the heartache. And a housemate asks for help, leading us into dark water…
 
 
*May contain triggers, sensitive content about Vietnam, cliffhanger, intended for 18+ This is a sweet romance, the rest of the series is not. *
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. 
 
An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.
 
She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.
 
 
 
 
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~Release Blitz & Review~ Quiet Empire by J.L. Drake is available now!

Title: Quiet Empire
Series: Quiet Mafia #4
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2022
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As our empire rises, it’s time to remove all those who don’t belong.
Sienna
 
Now joined in power with Elio, we hatch a plan to show to the world that the Capri name will rule over Italy.
The decision stirs panic and causes a ripple effect throughout the country. Friendships and loyalties are tested. Truths are revealed as we prepare to fight any who oppose us.
With a careful eye on our enemies, we are circled by others with false intent. Secrets and weaknesses are revealed and lies are taken to the grave.
Elio
With our past behind us and our wounds healed, it’s time to take things to the next level. We tore down one kingdom, and now we’ll build another…together.
I knew that if we followed tradition, we’d look death in the eye every day. But I am a fighter, as is Sienna. We’re determined to have the life we’ve worked so desperately to build.
Meanwhile, a third player is still there on the sidelines trying to make his play, and when he does, it’s the biggest blow of them all.
With an enemy at every corner, we must fight through the chaos and bring an end to the Coppola name. All must submit to the Capri Syndicate.
After all, only one family can rule all of Italy.
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AUTHOR BIO
Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
AUTHOR LINKS

🔥🔥Jeanette’s Review🔥🔥

Quiet Empire (Quiet Mafia, #4)Quiet Empire by J.L. Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG!!! This book was sooooo worth the wait. All the web of lies are finally revealed and my mind was blown. So much was learned in this book, things that I never saw coming and some very shocking reveals that blew my mind. This was a PERFECT ending to a Perfect mafia empire. I floved Elio and Sienna from start to finish. These two were the perfect mafia couple and I am so happy with their ending. Their story was the best of the best and a total must read!!!

Happy Reading Everyone!!

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Cover Reveal! Quiet Empire by J.L. Drake releases August 18!

Title: Quiet Empire
Series: Quiet Mafia #4
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Designs
Release Date: August 18, 2022
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As our empire rises, it’s time to remove all those who don’t belong.
Sienna
 
Now joined in power with Elio, we hatch a plan to show to the world that the Capri name will rule over Italy.
The decision stirs panic and causes a ripple effect throughout the country. Friendships and loyalties are tested. Truths are revealed as we prepare to fight any who oppose us.
With a careful eye on our enemies, we are circled by others with false intent. Secrets and weaknesses are revealed and lies are taken to the grave.
Elio
With our past behind us and our wounds healed, it’s time to take things to the next level. We tore down one kingdom, and now we’ll build another…together.
I knew that if we followed tradition, we’d look death in the eye every day. But I am a fighter, as is Sienna. We’re determined to have the life we’ve worked so desperately to build.
Meanwhile, a third player is still there on the sidelines trying to make his play, and when he does, it’s the biggest blow of them all.
With an enemy at every corner, we must fight through the chaos and bring an end to the Coppola name. All must submit to the Capri Syndicate.
After all, only one family can rule all of Italy.
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AUTHOR BIO
Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
AUTHOR LINKS
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★Release Blitz w/ Review ★ Quiet Power by J.L. Drake★

 
 
 
Title: Quiet Power
Series: Quiet Mafia #3
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2022
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The time has come to take back the power and let the kingdom fall.
 
Sienna
 
It’s time to make my move. With solid proof on my finger, I leave my love and enter the gates of the enemy.
Ugo is by my side as we fall into their world and quickly discover the cracks in the Coppola family’s foundation.
I’m confident I’m protected by my father’s name, and though I’m welcomed by some, I’m watched by others.
 
I played my part well—maybe too well, because I think I just changed the future for us all.
 
Elio
 
Her mother’s lies blew up my entire world. How could the woman I love have the blood of a monster?
With all eyes intently on me, I turn my back on what is revealed and sink further into what I need to do.
I seek the cover of smoke and mirrors and force back the shadows that want to take me down.
 
But with any good play there comes a blind spot, and this blind spot might just come with an unexpected body count.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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EXCERPT
Sienna
Ugo gripped the top of my arm as I swayed in fear in front of a sign that read Dager’s Den.
“Why here?” I couldn’t look at him.
“Because,” I heard him rub his face, annoyed with my questions, “she’s like clockwork. She’d never miss a day to flaunt her power to the other men.”
Sweet Lord.
“I think I might faint.”
He cut me a quick glance then shook his head and cursed.
My entire body froze with fear, and my eyes went wide at the sound of the handle being pulled. The door opened to reveal a woman with eyes as black as coal in a face with skin so white it almost glowed. Her dark hair was pulled tightly back into a bun, and a pair of glasses hung from the collar of her blue blouse. Her perfectly ironed gray slacks stopped at her ankles just above her small-heeled boots. Both hands rested on a glass ball that sat on the top of her black cane. I felt like I had been transported directly into a nasty scene from a Disney movie.
“Ugo.” She only spoke his name then closed her eyes slowly, and when they opened again, they were on me. I stepped back, but Ugo pressed me forward, rooting me back in place. She was like a cobra only inches from my face. It made me want to run and scream at the same time, but my brain seemed to have shorted out at the simultaneous commands.
So, I just stared.
“Nonna Rosa,” Ugo addressed her, and I felt him look down at me, “I want you to meet someone.”
A cold chill passed through my body, and I became lightheaded as my heartbeat pulsed in my ears. “This is Theo’s Alessia, your granddaughter.”
She lifted her eyes to stare at him for a brief moment then turned those black pools back to me. Her colorless lips pressed into a hard line as she tried to see inside my soul.
“Prove it.”
I stood frozen, completely unable to respond. She had awakened such a deep fear inside of me I was completely at her mercy.
Ugo reached for my hand and held it up to show her the ring.
She grabbed my hand between her icy fingers and held it close to her face. She closed one eye and twisted the band around and gave a low gasp.
“Impossible.”
 
 
 
 
 
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Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. 
 
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
 
 
 
 
AUTHOR LINKS
 
 
 

★★★Jeanette’s Review★★★

 

Quiet Power (Quiet Mafia, #3)Quiet Power by J.L. Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW!!! You better buckle your seat belts for this one and get ready for one hell of a ride!! Elio and Sienna’s story continues right where the last book ended and more secrets are revealed with every page turned. Gosh…nothing could have prepared me for this book and all the twist and turns. My mind is blown and head is still spinning. J.L. Drake ALWAYS draws me into her stories, but she has out did herself with this one. The cliffhanger queen has me begging for more as always. So much so that I see myself re-reading this one while I wait until August. Honestly, I can’t get enough of this couple and their story. This Quiet Mafia series is a Must Read!!

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★★COVER REVEAL & PRE-ORDER! Quiet Power by J.L. Drake releases March 24!★★

Title: Quiet Power
Series: Quiet Mafia #3
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Designs
Release Date: March 24, 2022
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The time has come to take back the power and let the kingdom fall.
Sienna
It’s time to make my move. With solid proof on my finger, I leave my love and enter the gates of the enemy.
Ugo is by my side as we fall into their world and quickly discover the cracks in the Coppola family’s foundation.
I’m confident I’m protected by my father’s name, and though I’m welcomed by the some, I’m watched by the others.
I played my part well—maybe too well, because I think I just changed the future for us all.
Elio
Her mother’s lies blew up my entire world. How could the woman I love have the blood of a monster?
With all eyes intently on me, I turn my back on what is revealed and sink further into what I need to do.
I seek the cover of smoke and mirrors and force back the shadows that want to take me down.
But with any good play there comes a blind spot, and this blind spot might just come with an unexpected body count.
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EXCERPT
Sienna
Ugo gripped the top of my arm as I swayed in fear in front of a sign that read Dager’s Den.
“Why here?” I couldn’t look at him.
“Because,” I heard him rub his face, annoyed with my questions, “she’s like clockwork. She’d never miss a day to flaunt her power to the other men.”
Sweet Lord.
“I think I might faint.”
He cut me a quick glance then shook his head and cursed.
My entire body froze with fear, and my eyes went wide at the sound of the handle being pulled. The door opened to reveal a woman with eyes as black as coal in a face with skin so white it almost glowed. Her dark hair was pulled tightly back into a bun, and a pair of glasses hung from the collar of her blue blouse. Her perfectly ironed gray slacks stopped at her ankles just above her small-heeled boots. Both hands rested on a glass ball that sat on the top of her black cane. I felt like I had been transported directly into a nasty scene from a Disney movie.
“Ugo.” She only spoke his name then closed her eyes slowly, and when they opened again, they were on me. I stepped back, but Ugo pressed me forward, rooting me back in place. She was like a cobra only inches from my face. It made me want to run and scream at the same time, but my brain seemed to have shorted out at the simultaneous commands.
So, I just stared.
“Nonna Michele,” Ugo addressed her, and I felt him look down at me, “I want you to meet someone.”
A cold chill passed through my body, and I became lightheaded as my heartbeat pulsed in my ears. “This is Theo’s Alessia, your granddaughter.”
She lifted her eyes to stare at him for a brief moment then turned those black pools back to me. Her colorless lips pressed into a hard line as she tried to see inside my soul.
“Prove it.”
I stood frozen, completely unable to respond. She had awakened such a deep fear inside of me I was completely at her mercy.
Ugo reached for my hand and held it up to show her the ring.
She grabbed my hand between her icy fingers and held it close to her face. She closed one eye and twisted the band around and gave a low gasp.
“Impossible.”
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
AUTHOR BIO
Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
AUTHOR LINKS
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♥RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW ♥ NOW LIVE! ♥Quiet Secrets by J.L. Drake is available now!♥

Title: Quiet Secrets
Series: Quiet Mafia #2
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2021
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Some secrets are better left untouched.
Sienna
I’m seeing a war unfold before my eyes. My past and future have now collided, and my heart is split in two.
As the battle rages on, secrets surface and truths circle the drain, threatening to suck me under.
Elio promised we had the rest of our lives together, but now he’s questioning my history and doubting my loyalty.
Elio
Love and family are all that matter, so I keep a careful eye on our new visitors who have awoken the hornets’ nest and revealed the snakes that have lain dormant for years.
As I try to protect Sienna from her own past, betrayals are surfacing, and my paranoia is intensifying.
One secret is discovered that will undoubtably change everything.
**May contain triggers, intended for a mature audience 18+. Does end on a cliffhanger-ish. Sneak peek of book 3, Quiet Power, at the end. I promise all will be okay.**
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EXCERPT
I felt rage burn through my veins at that. It was the first I’d heard of it.
“It was all supposed to happen, and then you came along. Little orphan girl, with the big blue eyes, and the big fake boobs.”
I licked the inside of my mouth, leaned over the island, grabbed her hand, and yanked her straight down onto the marble countertop. I moved my face inches from hers and smiled like the crazy person I was becoming.
“Elio wants a real woman, not some skinny drunk who can’t keep the bottle from her jacked-up lip job. Nor would he even want to entertain visiting your eight-men-a-day, stretched out, trailer trash vag.” She blinked at my crass words. “Come at me again, and I promise I will show you what I learned on the streets.”
I let go and leaned back, snatching the bottle from Mariano, who stared at me with a gaping mouth. “Oh, Anna, these are far from fake.” I took another shot, high-fived Donte behind the counter, and left.
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Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
AUTHOR LINKS

♥♥♥Jeanette’s Review♥♥♥

Quiet Secrets (Quiet Mafia, #2)Quiet Secrets by J.L. Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG!!! I am just speechless….where do I start?? Quiet Secrets is so twisted with so many twist, turns, and secrets. This book consumed me. If I wasn’t reading, I was thinking and trying to put the puzzle pieces together to try to figure out the big picture here. Only to come up with nothing until I read that last page and then I had to pick my jaw off the floor. WOW!!! Nothing like I thought and nothing prepared me for those answers to those questions that I had. Geez…this story isn’t over by a long shot and I really can’t wrap my head around what I just learned. Now I’m sitting here with even more questions as to how this is all going to go. J.L. Drake never disappoints in her writing, but this book right here really is in my opinion one of her best. I probably say that about all her books, but this one has really done a number on me. How am I supposed to wait until March for the next book??? Not with all these questions swirling around in my head…Gosh, J.L. Drake your killing me here. If you have never read anything from this author you are totally missing out. I can’t recommend her books enough. Quiet Mafia is a MUST READ!!! I promise that you won’t regret it.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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COVER REVEAL! Quiet Secrets by J.L. Drake releases October 21!

Title: Quiet Secrets
Series: Quiet Mafia #2
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Cover Design: Doctor Deranged Designs
Release Date: October 21, 2021
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Some secrets are better left untouched.
Sienna
I’m seeing a war unfold before my eyes. My past and future have now collided, and my heart is split in two.
As the battle rages on, secrets surface and truths circle the drain, threatening to suck me under.
Elio promised we had the rest of our lives together, but now he’s questioning my history and doubting my loyalty.
Elio
Love and family are all that matter, so I keep a careful eye on our new visitors who have awoken the hornets’ nest and revealed the snakes that have lain dormant for years.
As I try to protect Sienna from her own past, betrayals are surfacing, and my paranoia is intensifying.
One secret is discovered that will undoubtably change everything.
**May contain triggers, intended for a mature audience 18+. Does end on a cliffhanger-ish. Sneak peek of book 3, Quiet Power, at the end. I promise all will be okay.**
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EXCERPT
Elio Capri
I headed around the side of the hedge and dipped under into a small hollowed-out spot that Niccola and Vinni had made to hide in when they were boys. Twinkle lights were woven through the branches and provided a soft glow, but you were completely hidden from view. As soon as she was close enough, I reached out and pulled her through the soft branches.
“Oh, my goodness!” She yelped but sagged into my arms and let me nuzzle her neck. “My heart nearly leapt out of my chest, Elio.”
“You’re not playing fair, Sienna,” I growled, running a hand down her side. “I can’t tell the world you’re mine, yet you wear something like this,” I fisted the fabric near her hip, “and I’m expected to behave?”
“Never behave with me, Elio.” She tilted her head and kissed my jaw line.
“Sienna,” I warned and moved the fabric out of the way to stroke across her silky skin, “your company will be arriving—”
“You never did finish what you started in the closet at the last party.” She ground her backside into the painful erection that had suddenly developed, and my eyes rolled to the back of my head.
I stroked the back of my hand down her shoulder and pressed my lips to the nape of her neck, sucking ever so softly. Lapping, I drank in the fresh scent of her shampoo and resisted the urge to sink my teeth into her delicate skin.
“Mm,” I moaned from the bottom of my chest, “ten years I dreamed of this.”
“We have a lot of time to make up for.”
“We do,” I whispered, sending my hot breath over her sensitive shoulder, and watched with fascination as goosebumps burst down her arm.
With both hands moving quickly to her hips, I whirled her around, holding her chin as I sucked in a sharp breath, trying to control my animal instincts. The desire to feed on this woman positively consumed me.
My gaze plummeted to her chest that heaved and strained against the fabric of her dress.
“Seeing all those men around you—”
“But yet, here I am, with you.” She freed the button on my pants and stoked my erection while I groaned with a curse. “Offering my body to you.”
She barely had time to think before I had her panties moved aside. Careful of her dress, I pushed inside her. I hooked her leg over my hip and covered her mouth to muffle her gasps. I stared into her gorgeous eyes as they clouded over with need.
“This is mine, Sienna,” I dragged my gaze down her gorgeous body. “I don’t like them looking at what’s mine.” I watched as her pupils dilated. She always loved it when I became possessive of her. It made her feel wanted and loved.
“Elio,” she huffed as my hand brushed her lips.
“Shh,” I warned, knowing that if we outed ourselves now, we would have lost our only leverage with Mariano. “You’re here with me, like a gift from God, and I hate that no one knows it,” I whispered, leaning back to better balance us and to make sure our shoes wouldn’t scuff the gravel.
I lost all sounds while I pulsed myself in and out of the woman I loved, each stroke bringing us closer and closer to the edge. Though nothing mattered while I was inside that woman, I did keep one ear open for visitors. Our eyes locked again, and I saw her desperate need for release. I lowered my guard and gave her everything. She was the only one who could ever love and destroy me at the same time.
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AUTHOR BIO
Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
AUTHOR LINKS
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♛Release Blitz & Review ♛ Quiet Wealth by J.L. Drake♛

 
 
 
Title: Quiet Wealth
Series: Quiet Mafia #1
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: July 22, 2021
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A twisted mafia romance about quiet wealth and refined darkness
 
Sienna
 
It’s been ten years since he left me with nothing but a pendant, a photo, and a broken heart. He was but a ghost, there one minute and gone the next. I picked myself up, dried my eyes, and built my life without him. Now he has come back into my life like a raging storm surrounded by crime and bloodshed. I no longer need him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want him—or just a little taste…
 
Elio
 
Ten years ago, I had to leave behind the only light I had in my life. Without her, I live in darkness. I am not proud of the things I’ve done, nor the blood that’s been shed. Everything I did had been to protect her. We live by our code—family, power, loyalty, and protection. Our empire is built on the bones of our enemies. Now that she is back and we have a second chance, they will learn one way or another you do not touch my queen.
 
Capri Famiglia will rise to the top no matter the cost, bloodshed, or the lines that will have to be blurred.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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EXCERPT
Stripping down to just my bra and underwear, I slipped into the water and allowed myself to float, proud that I had finally learned to swim. I splashed in the water, happy for a brief moment. Puffy clouds made their way across the blue sky, and I let myself drift away with them, enjoying the freedom. The smell of the plumeria filled the air, and I pretended it was Mother Nature gracing me with a gift of her perfume.
“I was beginning to think you were avoiding me.” His voice traveled across the water and vibrated through me. I ducked down, careful to keep my body underneath the water, so just my nose was above the surface. “It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen you here.” He peered into the hidey hole where we hid our notes and grinned. “I see you got my notes.”
He was right. I had been avoiding him, but it had come with a cost. His kindnesses and our chats had been so important to me. I realized how much I had missed him. I was lost and felt angry and sad all the time.
He tugged off his t-shirt with one hand and stood in his jeans. I saw the way they hung low on his hips. Elio was two years older than I was, and his body was that of a fighter. Strong, lean, and had that V that Cara always drooled over. Yes, Elio looked spectacular.
“And you’re swimming.” He placed a hand over his heart playfully. “That hurts.”
I couldn’t help but smile at that, even as I swam a little bit farther away from the shore. It was true that I didn’t like people looking at my body, especially because of all the bruises. I was also self-conscious about being so thin, although I had put a little meat on my bones lately. Most of all, I didn’t like the attention I got from the men at the dockyard and the house. It made me feel uncomfortable. I had developed quickly over the past few months, and it was difficult to hide my shape under my clothes.
I treaded water and tried to think of something to say as he dropped his jeans and waded into the water in just his boxers. He dipped under the surface and came up right in front of me.
His dark eyes seemed to be even more intense today, and I felt a jolt when I took a leap and stared into them. It was like someone poured a bucket of warm water over me.
“Sorry,” I whispered, and his eyes softened like he was happy I spoke. “Things have been hard, and I got a little…” I trailed off, unsure how to explain myself.
“Lost?”
“I think to be lost you need to have been found at some point,” I fought back an urge to cry. “I didn’t have a starting point. So…” I shrugged.
“I missed our notes.”
“Me too,” I confessed.
“But I missed you more.” He smiled sweetly. Elio would often be bold with his kindness. I admired that he could say what he wanted without a care.
His eyes flickered as something raced through his mind. I could feel his body language change.
“Do you trust me, Sienna?” I licked my lips and thought about his question. “You know me well enough to know I wouldn’t hurt you, right?”
I nodded because it was true. Elio had never said or done anything to hurt me in any way. In fact, he had cared for me over the years and never asked for anything in return. I felt like he knew me better than anyone else.
“May I take you to show you something?”
 
 
 
 
 
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Releasing October 21
 
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Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. 
 
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
 
 
 
 
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♥♥♥Jeanette’s Review♥♥♥

Quiet Wealth (Quiet Mafia, #1)Quiet Wealth by J.L. Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book right here is why I flove this author so much. J.L. Drake takes a shot at writing a mafia story and she has nailed it. OMG!!! I am totally addicted to the story, the characters and everything in between. The twist and turns keep coming and that cliffhanger has me begging for more. Elio and Sienna are my new favorite characters and I can’t get enough of these two and the story that is unraveling right before my eyes. I am so excited that J.L. Drake has taken a chance on writing mafia. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with the rest of this story and what awaits us in the future. This is a total must read and highly, highly recommend any thing that she writes.

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♛Cover Reveal♛Quiet Wealth by J.L. Drake♛

Title: Quiet Wealth
Series: Quiet Mafia #1
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Designs
Release Date: July 22, 2021
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A twisted mafia romance about quiet wealth and refined darkness
Sienna
It’s been ten years since he left me with nothing but a pendant, a photo, and a broken heart. He was but a ghost, there one minute and gone the next. I picked myself up, dried my eyes, and built my life without him. Now he has come back into my life like a raging storm surrounded by crime and bloodshed. I no longer need him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want him—or just a little taste…
Elio
Ten years ago, I had to leave behind the only light I had in my life. Without her, I live in darkness. I am not proud of the things I’ve done, nor the blood that’s been shed. Everything I did had been to protect her. We live by our code—family, power, loyalty, and protection. Our empire is built on the bones of our enemies. Now that she is back and we have a second chance, they will learn one way or another you do not touch my queen.
Capri Famiglia will rise to the top no matter the cost, bloodshed, or the lines that will have to be blurred.
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EXCERPT
A few times, Elio came. He never stayed very long, but he would always talk for a few minutes before he left. Other times, I might find a bit of food waiting for me in our spot with a note. The first one said Thought you might like to try my mama’s tortellini. -E
Even cold, it was the best thing I’d ever tasted. I only could handle a few bites, but oh how I loved it. I tucked his note inside my notebook and wrote about his kindness toward me. Carefully removing a small piece of a page from the back of the notebook, I responded with It was great. Tell your mama thank you. -S
I smiled when I wrote the “S,” mimicking his signoff. I tucked it next to the paper bowl the pasta was in and leaned back, enjoying the comfort of a full tummy and the knowledge that I had a friend.
Even though I barely knew the boy, something drew me here, and I knew he was a major part of it. It was a welcome, safe place for me. Elio never made me uncomfortable or said hurtful things. He just occasionally left me bits of things to eat, and sometimes left notes. He always checked to make sure I was okay. That was the way it went for two years, just little moments together, but treasured ones. It allowed me little glimpses of what a real friend was like. Cara was wonderful to me, but Elio was different.
AUTHOR BIO
Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
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★Release Blitz + Review + Giveaway ★ Courage by J.L. Drake★

Title: Courage
Series: Blackstone #4
Author: J.L. Drake
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 15, 2020
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Blackstone is at it again. We’re chasing down the cartel, but this time, the tables have been flipped on us. 
Members of Team North Rock are being plucked off one by one. The race to understand what is happening can be the difference between life and death.
My position at Blackstone requires a clear head, and yet the stress and guilt I carry are affecting my concentration. But after what happened to my sister and the situation I’ve put my family in, I don’t deserve any sort of peace. My team doesn’t even know, and I choose to bear this burden alone.
Despite my constant internal struggle, I can’t help but notice her – Sloane Harlow. Falling for the lawyer who’s supposed to help us figure things out was never something I planned or expected.
With danger at every turn, things seem to only get worse. Missions fail, lives are in danger, and somehow, the cartel always seems to know our next move.
I can’t help but wonder…could there be a mole in the team?
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
EXCERPT
“John,” Daniel spoke up, “she’s only here for a bit, and for now she’s confined to here and town. We’ll get Davie or Dell to drive her around when she needs to come and go. Frank just wants her out of Washington for a while until the dust settles on the trial.” 
“Why do I have the feeling there is more to this story than I’m being told?”
Frank smirked and hit my arm playfully. “Because there’s always more, son.”
I rolled my eyes, and Daniel chuckled.
“Be nice, John.” Savannah poked her head around the corner.
“I’m always nice.”
“You can be, but you also can be a bit cold too.”
I pointed at her, and Daniel shrugged like he agreed.
I wasn’t cold, I was quiet. People misunderstood that about me.
“Would you mind meeting with her tonight?” Frank jumped in. “She’s down at Tin House getting settled.”
“Yeah, okay. But I would be kinder,” I glared at Savi, “if you gave me something on her.” Frank closed his eyes before he spent the next three minutes giving a tiny rundown of who she was to him.
I headed outside and started to jog down the pathway. The cold wind made me hunch my shoulders. Winter was quickly taking over the crisp nights of autumn. We were warned this winter was going to be harsh, and nights like this proved it.
Once I got to the steps, I swallowed back the urge to turn and head back up to my peak and ignore the rest of the world. It was my little oasis and one no one could touch or take away from me.
The last twenty-four hours had been shit, and the idea of discussing it with some citified- privileged lawyer didn’t sound like a good time.
With a deep breath that felt cold in the lungs, I knocked on the door.
“Come in,” a muffled voice called.
I stepped inside to see a woman bent over a box. I closed the door, and when I turned back around, she was balancing a stack of files.
Wait? 
I looked around, confused at who I was seeing.
“I’m here to see Sloane Harlow.” I jolted forward to grab the papers just as they began to slip off the top stack. Slipping my arms under hers, I took the stack and put them on the table.
“Thank you.” She pushed her hair off her face, and I couldn’t help but stare. Her indigo blue eyes latched on to mine. She was shorter than I was, and if she removed her heels, she’d probably only come up to my shoulder.
“Agent Black?”
“Yes, and you are?
“Sloane Harlow.”
“Son of a bitch,” flew from my lips. Fucking Mark. 
“Are you calling my mother a bitch?”
“No.” My eyes popped out of my head at the realization that it sounded like I had insulted her.
She smirked playfully. “Good.”
“It’s just, Mark said you were…” I stopped myself again. Why was I talking out loud about this?
“I was what?”
“Just, ah,” I stumbled and felt like an ass. “Nothing. Sorry. He’s just a—”
“A son of a bitch,” she finished for me with a chuckle.
“Yeah,” I chuckled.
“Now that we have that cleared up, why don’t you take a seat?”
“Sounds good.”
Oh, yeah, that was a great first impression. Savi will have a field day with this. 
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
AUTHOR BIO
Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.
AUTHOR LINKS
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★★Jeanette’s Review★★

Courage (Blackstone, #4)Courage by J.L. Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great military romance from this amazing author!!! Wow…where to start. There is so much going on with so many characters in this book. I did find myself trying to keep up with them all and got a little lost, but not too lost. I enjoyed this book as much as the last three. This is John and Sloane’s story and gosh…I’ve waited for John’s story since the first book. Something about him drew me into wanting to know more of his story and I can say I was not disappointed. What a ride this book took me on. J.L. Drake saved the best for last. All the emotions and layers to this book was what I’ve come to expect from her writing. She draws you into the story and holds your attention until the very end. If you like military romances, you will absolutely love this trilogy!!!

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