Amy Lee Burgess {Guest Post} & Romance Me Review of About Face

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Guest Post ~ Second Chance Romance

Let’s talk second chance love today. In my Wolf Within series a second chance at happiness is a pretty big theme. My heroine, Stanzie, was bonded the first time at age 20 to a man who for all intents and purposes was her first boyfriend. She loved him very much and everything came so easily to them. From their first meeting in line for a movie they knew they’d be together.

Liam Murphy‘s first romance is a bit more complicated. He was completely head over heels, love at first sight with Sorcha, his first bond mate, but her side of the story goes a little differently.

When Stanzie and Murphy meet a decade or so later, it is definitely not love at first sight. They’ve both lost their bond mates to tragic accidents and are still grieving.

Stanzie wants to reach out again to love and be loved. She’s lonely and she’s Pack. People of the Great Pack are social creatures and living alone, cut off from a pack’s support, is difficult.

After Sorcha’s death, Murphy separated himself deliberately from his pack, but they wouldn’t let him be completely alone. So he’s had support for the time he’s been grieving. More than Stanzie ever had.

Circumstances throw them together and they end up bonded, but it’s a tough situation for both of them. Stanzie never forgets Grey and Elena, but she does want to reach out to Murphy and try to connect. He’s much more reluctant and we come to find out it’s because he’s afraid to get burned again like he did with Sorcha.

They meet in Beneath the Skin and don’t much like each other at first, but grow to depend on each other. Friendship blossoms. But is it enough to remain bonded?

In Scratch the Surface, more of Murphy’s backstory with Sorcha comes out and many of Stanzie’s assumptions are shattered. Can they pick up the pieces and keep their growing feelings for each other alive?

The events in Hidden in Plain Sight stretch everything they’ve built together to the breaking point. Already fragile, can their relationship be patched?

Inside Out is their time out novel. Murphy breaks up with her and goes back to his pack in Dublin. Stanzie is devastated but too scared to do anything but try to go on without him. Yet she can’t forget him, can’t let go of what they had, even if he’s not there anymore.

About Face is the fifth book in the novel and the most important in terms of Stanzie and Murphy’s relationship. They have to figure out if what they have together is worth fighting for.

Stanzie goes to Dublin to try to salvage what they have. But that’s not enough. What they had before is over. They need something better. Something honest.

Can they possibly forge a relationship strong enough to withstand the tests and trouble that they encounter in this novel?

Guess you’ll have to read it to find out!


I adore this series! Once again Amy Lee Burgess weaves a "can't put this book down" tale of the paranormal, romance and mystery. In About Face, Stanzie Newcastle, who is an Advisor to Councilor Jason Allerton, has been given the assignment of going to Dublin, Ireland in order to convince her estranged bond mate, Liam Murphy to give up his search for the "grandfather" he suspects is responsible for the death of his first bond mate. However, when Stanzie arrives in Dublin, she begins to realize that there's much more going on, and the deeper she digs, the more she uncovers a full-blown conspiracy involving two opposing sides of the Great Pack. And, to her dismay, she finds that her Alpha, Paddy O'Reilly, has put himself in danger trying to help Liam. 

This book has it all. Besides the mystery, the hotter than heck Liam Murphy and the sizzling sexual tension between Stanzie and Liam, there's also a great deal of humor in this story. Stanzie is definitely a smart-ass who won't take crap from anyone. The scene where, after a hellish twelve-hour delay, she arrives at the An Puca pub and is confronted by a "red-haired giant" is hilarious! And the dialogue is so well-written, you can actually hear the Irish brogue in the voices of the MacTire Pack. Then there's Stanzie's obsession with shoes...

I've only read About Face and Inside Out of this series, but I intend to get the rest of the rest of the books in the series and start from the beginning...Its that good. Oh, and I have to say that all the covers for the series are BEAUTIFUL! About Face has definitely earned a 5 Swan Review.

Stanzie’s job as Advisor to the Great Council is discovering other people’s secrets. When those secrets are being kept by the ones she loves most, can she find the courage to expose them?

Under orders from a Councilor, Stanzie journeys to Dublin and the MacTire pack. Her mission: warn her estranged bond mate, Liam Murphy, to abandon his overzealous search for the man responsible for the death of his first bond mate. Not only is he endangering himself, but also disrupting the delicate balance between opposing factions in the conspiracy threatening to tear the Great Pack apart.

Liam needs Stanzie’s help to protect their Alpha, who has entangled himself in the conspiracy’s deadly web. But he also desperately wants her back. In a race against time, Stanzie and Liam discover enemies often wear the faces of friends.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, sexual situations, some violence ~ A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance


Our fingers were still linked when I opened my eyes hours later. The bedroom smelled of sex--of us--and while he wasn't snoring, Murphy’s breath was slow and heavy, the way I remembered from the nights we’d spent together in America.

For a moment I was filled with such aching happiness I almost expected to levitate off the bed. But then I remembered everything, and black despair bit into me so hard I wondered I didn't bleed.

He’d rolled off me at some point, but we were still on top of the covers. I let go of his hand and slid off the bed. I found his t-shirt and my panties, put them on and fled to the living room.

The remains of our dinner had congealed on our plates on the table. The lights were still on, and I got as far as the sofas before my legs went out from beneath me and I couldn't breathe.

Murphy appeared like a ghost in the bedroom doorway. His eyes were very dark.

“Can we talk about it, Stanzie?”

“What’s to talk about?” I drew one of the throw pillows defensively close to my stomach.

I loved him but he didn't love me. I’d tried so hard not to let that overwhelm me and make peace with it. Of all the people in his life he protected, I was the last on the list and that’s not where I wanted to be. “You chose Paddy and Mac Tire over me, and I guess I get that, but it hurts.”

“I had no idea you loved me.” His tone was raw and desperate. “I thought I was doing the right thing. You didn't need to be put at risk in this, and I thought I could--”

“What? Don’t lie to me, Liam. You didn't want me involved because you’re going to do something stupid to save Paddy and your father. Why should you martyr yourself for them?”

“Paddy came to me for help,” Murphy shouted and the muscles in his face strained as he struggled to regain control. “He had nowhere else to turn, don’t you see? It’s not like I could tell him to go screw himself. He’s my best mate.”

“But it’s okay to tell me to go screw myself, I guess. I’m your bond mate. You wouldn't come to my tribunal. You threw me out like so much garbage when Paddy told you his problems. And you couldn't even tell me why. You’re so hell-bent on saving everybody, but it’s always on your terms and you have to be the one to give help--you never want it in return. I would have helped you. I would have done anything for Paddy--he’s my Alpha--but you decided what was best for me in your typical high-handed Liam Murphy fashion, and to hell with what I thought, what I wanted.

“And then tonight you take advantage of the fact I love you so you can, what? Have sex? 
Haven’t you screwed anyone in four months, or have you just screwed people over?”

His face blanched of all color, and he stared at me, his dark eyes bottomless.

“That wasn't just sex. Did that feel like just sex to you?”

“No, not to me. I love you. But that’s what it was to you. Will you please leave me alone? I’m tired and I want to go to sleep.”

“Stanzie, I know you’re tired, but we've got to talk about this.”

“In the morning. Maybe.” I turned away from him because I couldn't stand to look at the entreaty in his eyes. In a heartbeat I’d be across the floor to him, and screw that.

He abruptly gave in. “Look, you take the bed, I’ll sleep out here.”

“No, I’ll stay out here.” I was ten seconds from tears, and I wanted him gone so he wouldn't see.

“Stanzie, take the bed.”

“No,” I shouted, and the damn tears poured down my cheeks. “It smells like us in there, don’t you get it? And us is a lie. Just let me do what I want, goddamn it.”

He opened his mouth to argue, but then, defeated, retreated and did as I asked.

Amy Lee Burgess is a transplanted New Englander living in Houston, Texas with two dogs and lots of DVDs. In an attempt to bond with the city after being forced out of New Orleans post-Katrina, she turned to her writing. Determined to finally finish that novel she'd been hacking away at since high school, Amy managed to come up with a wolf shifter character named Stanzie Newcastle. She and Stanzie have been BFFs ever since.

In addition to Stanzie, Amy has also forged a relationship with several vampires, a witch or two, and other assorted supernatural creatures she hopes will entertain her readers. But she will always have room for coffee and butterscotch squares with Stanzie.


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