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Punished, (Crescent City Creatures #1) By Samantha Stone. Book Tour, Giveaway +ARC Review


Punished by Samantha Stone 
Publication Date: October 12, 2014 
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Romance

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Mary just wants to get away from her boss, but quitting her job would leave her and her sister homeless. Raphael is a criminal living with the never-ending guilt of the crimes he committed centuries ago. Punished brings them together in a romance filled with lore, laugher, and love. Samantha Stone is pleased to present Book 1 of her new paranormal romance series, Crescent City Creatures. Raphael Saar is an exiled werewolf, a convict on the direct path to a death sentence—for a crime he didn’t commit. He doesn’t care, so long as he can end the human trafficking ring kidnapping women across New Orleans. Recovering from a horrific tragedy, one particularly bad day for Mary Newman has stretched into months. A nanny for a wealthy family in New Orleans, she can’t understand why she’s being constantly humiliated by her boss until the night she learns that he’s not human—and neither is she. Only Raphael can save her from the monster feeding from her misery, but will Mary be able to stop his execution? Punished teams up werewolves, banshees, a wompus cat and a haint in order to rid New Orleans of a group of immortals determined to hurt the city’s women and kill Raphael’s pack.
 Content Notes: Spicy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Shifters, Wolves, Other Weres, Magic, Ghosts

Raphael Saar is a werewolf who has been exiled to live without his full powers, and under threat of a death sentence.  He and the other criminal werewolves live in New Orleans.  They have discovered someone in the area is dealing in human trafficking, and are determined to put a stop to it.
Mary Newman has been doing her best to look after her younger sister since the death of their parents. She knows now that taking the job as nanny to a rich family was the wrong choice. The man of the house is making her life a misery.
When on a rare evening out with her sister they draw the wrong kind of attention. 
This book is obviously the start of what is going to be a great series. The unlikely hero and his pack are all strong, sexy and incredible brave. Our heroine discovers she has more strength to draw from than she ever dreamed. The main  villains of the book are  supernatural creatures that are  completely new to me, and very nasty. Lots of action, a few laughs and some spicy sex scenes. I can't wait to read the next book. I loved it.

About the Author

                                                                  Samantha Stone
Samantha Stone is a twenty-something graduate student studying speech-language pathology in Alabama. She’s proficient in French and Signing Exact English, and considers New Orleans the home of her heart. Most days you can find her doing speech- related research, chasing her creatures around New Orleans (in her head), or curled up with a good book. She drinks hot chocolate year-round.

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