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Down by Contact

𝐃𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐒.𝐑. 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐲

June 22, 2021 in Book Deals

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𝐃𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐒.𝐑. 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄! 𝐃𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐭!

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Life is good for hot wide receiver Zane Tinsbury. He’s playing stellar football on the field and having his dream home built out in the country.

Still, all is not perfect for this gorgeous man.

He’s been feeling kind of lonely lately, and now he suspects a furry intruder may have taken up residence at his soon-to-be home.

Little does Zane know he’s about to get the surprise of his life.

Morgan Delano is a woman on the run from her dangerous ex-husband. Hiding out in a pro football player’s under-construction house seems like a pretty great idea.

Until it’s not.

What happens when these two finally meet, under hilarious circumstances, leaves them both stunned.

Neither Zane nor Morgan could have ever expected so many sparks would fly.

But there’s one big problem—Morgan’s ex is hot on her trail and not about to give up.

Can Zane keep her safe?

Or will their perilous time together run out?

Down by Contact is the fourth novel in the bestselling Men of Fall football romance series and can be read as a standalone.

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Risk It All

Risk It All: Billionaire Romantic Adventure

June 18, 2021 in Book Deals, New Releases

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Initial Reviews for Risk It All are coming in…

Loved it! The story was sexy and fun with a touch of danger and – of course – lots of romance! Max and Madeleine are both such interesting and complex characters–strong but vulnerable due to past experiences. Like Madeleine, I was a bit skeptical of Max in the beginning but he won me over by chapter 2! You really can’t help but love him. Their adventure in Africa was gripping, but it was the scenes back in the US that were really powerful. I liked the connection, and I really felt for both of them. I loved how the story played out, and wow did I feel for Max towards the end! I really felt everything right along with the characters! I hope their story continues!

In the danger of the jungle, I’ll have to risk my life and my heart to survive.

There isn’t a woman in the world who wouldn’t want to get up close and personal with sexy, self-made billionaire bachelor, Max Delecoeur.

Everyone woman except me.

I know all too well about men like Max; Rich. Handsome. Egos the size of Mt. Everest.

And so greedy that they’ll do anything and hurt anyone to achieve profits.

Sure he acts horrified when I accuse his business of practices that hurt children a world away, but I don’t for a minute believe he really cares.

I have little faith that he’ll do anything to change, even when he agrees to accompany me to Africa so he can see firsthand who he does business with.

But as we traipse through the jungle to expose child labor atrocities and avoid poachers, it isn’t just my life that’s in danger.

Max Delecoeur is exactly the man I’d dreamed of finding before I learned that fairy tales were lies.

The more time I spend with him, the more danger I risk to my heart.

I can’t afford to fall in love again no matter how generous his soul or skilled his hands are when he touches me.

I want to believe he’s the man who can love me for who I am, but to do that, I’ll have to risk it all.

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Risk It All was previously published at Worth the Risk. It’s been expanded and changed from third person to first.

Meet Max and Madeleine! Read the Opening of Chapter One of Risk It All

 

Madeleine Hainsworth

“Oh. My. God.”

I turn to look where Cara Colby’s saucer-wide eyes and gaping mouth are focused.

“I told you, didn’t I?” my aunt, Senator Eleanor Hainsworth Bach says. “They don’t make them any more handsome than Max Delecoeur.”

They’re right. The formidable Max Delecoeur is more handsome than pictures give him credit for. My aunt and her aide aren’t the only ones to notice him either. I’m certain every woman at my aunt’s children’s charity event, eligible or not, is imagining what it would be like to be with the handsome, sexy, rich Max Delecoeur.

Every woman but me. “Hmmm.”

“Don’t tell me you don’t see it, Madeleine.” Eleanor purses her lips like there’s something wrong with me that I’m not falling under Max’s spell.

“Sure, I see it. I’m just not naïve enough to believe he’s got a character that matches his looks.” I know all about men like Max Delecoeur. Rich. Handsome. Egos the size of Mt. Everest. Even their obligatory charity appearances or donations can’t make up for their insufferable conceit.

“I hear he’s really nice.” Cara sighs as she watches Max smile and schmooze with the other guests gathered in the large New York hotel ballroom.

Not wanting anyone to think I’m the least bit impressed with him, I turn my attention back to Cara and my aunt. “Sure, he’s nice. I bet he’d be nice to you if you really want him to.”

“Really?” Cara’s voice is hopeful.

I roll my eyes. “Yes, if you don’t mind waiting in line. Or getting out of the way when a new beauty comes along.”

“Party pooper.” Cara pouts into her champagne.

“I bet he’s had to buy new bedposts to make room for all the notches.” I finish my champagne and set the empty flute on the try of a passing waiter.

“He had a love affair with that actress a couple years ago. What was her name? Jana Andrews,” Cara says.

“I doubt love had anything to do with their affair,” I quip.

“Don’t mind her.” Eleanor frowns at me. “She’s just mad about being dumped by that shmuck Chase Elliott.”

“I was not dumped! I dumped him.” The pain of my last relationship surges, reminding me why I need to avoid the Max Delecoeurs of the world.

“Thank goodness. I didn’t like him.” Eleanor scrunches her nose in distaste. “I’ve only met Delecoeur a couple of times, but he’s never struck me as being the ass that Elliott is.”

“But he has the same business practices.” I reach for another champagne from a passing waiter, hoping to dull the painful memory of Chase, and annoyance that I have to deal with it again. “Delecoeur works with companies doing some of the worst environmental damage imaginable.”

“I don’t know.” Eleanor looks over my shoulder, presumably at Max Delecoeur. “He’s very committed to children’s charities.”

“People like Chase Elliott and Max Delecoeur are all alike. They think their good looks and money can overcome their one glaring weakness—they have no substance.”

“How do you know?”

I flinch in surprise at the deep masculine voice behind me, and then glare at an amused Eleanor who’d failed to signal that the subject of my rant was behind me.

I shake my head. “That’s him, isn’t it?”

Eleanor nods and then extends her hand. “Mr. Delecoeur. Thank you for attending. I know requests for charity benefits must overflow your in-basket.”

“Senator Bach. I wouldn’t miss one of your benefits.” He sounds smooth as he reaches around me to shake my aunt’s hand.

“This is my aide, Cara Colby, and the rude one is my niece, Madeleine Hainsworth.”

I muster a smile and turn to him. Good lord, he is gorgeous.

From afar, I’d been able to see he was the total package when it came to handsome good looks. The epitome of tall, dark, and sexy, especially in his tailored tux. But up close, it’s his eyes that immediately draw me in. They are a crystalline sapphire blue, accented by a rim of jet-black lashes. They’re gorgeous and staring down at me not in indignation, but in amusement.

Even in the three-inch heels supporting my five-feet-seven-inch frame, I have to tilt my head up to look into his eyes. The fact that he is amused by me doesn’t annoy me as much as the sizzle of awareness that skitters over my nerve endings. Why am I always attracted to the wrong men?

Working to hold his gaze without blushing, I clear my throat. “Mr. Delecoeur. I’m sorry you had to hear that.”

“No doubt you are, but you didn’t answer my question.”

I know I should be polite, apologetic even, but I see the challenge in his eyes and can’t help myself. “I know because I’ve met many men like you. You think your looks and money entitle you to whatever you want. And society seems to agree because it caters to your every whim.”

“So, all rich, good-looking men are scoundrels?”

I think on his statement for a moment. “Yep, that about sums it up.”

“I see. Do you care to hear my assessment of beautiful, but insecure women?”

The bravado I’d been feeling drops away. “Not particularly.”

“I do,” Eleanor says.

His pointed gaze never leaves my eyes and it’s all I can do not to shift or step back from its scrutiny.

“They are judgmental, bitter, and cowardly.”

There’s an audible snort from my aunt. Cara hides her snicker behind her champagne flute.

My jaw tightens. “I’m not a coward. Or bitter.”

“Prove it.”

“What?” I’m baffled by his response.

He smiles, and it’s as dazzling as his eyes. “Prove it. Dance with me.”

“I will not dance with you.”

“Coward.”

I look to my aunt for support, and then Cara, but they’re too amused by the scene playing out to help.

I turn back to Max. “Look. I’m sorry if I offended you.” And I am. It’s not like me to be so openly rude, even to people with gargantuan character flaws.

“You can make it up to me with a dance.” He steps closer. Close enough I can feel the heat of his body and inhale the scent of his cologne.

My body says, yum, but my brain tells it to shut up. “I don’t want to dance.”

“I bet you’re a fabulous dancer.” His eyes sparkle with mischief and promise. A dangerous combination.

“She is,” Eleanor says.

I cut my aunt a scathing glare, before speaking to Max. “You don’t have to do this.”

“Do what?” He tilts his head closer to me, and a tug of war rages inside me. My body says, go dance with the sexy man. One part of my brain says, warning, step away from the sexy man. The other part of my brain says, don’t step back from the sexy man or he’ll know you’re affected.

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Swallowing the torment swirling around my head, I say, “You don’t have to dance with me to try and make me see that you’re a decent man.”

“That’s not why I want to dance with you. It would be a nice result though.”

“Then why?” I can’t figure out why he wants to dance, except maybe to shame me for my mean-spirited words.

He shrugs. “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”

I grow suspicious. “Try me.”

“Dance with me first.”

Curiosity has always been my Achilles heel. It serves me well as an investigative journalist, but on occasion, it gets me in trouble. Chances are, it is going to get me in trouble now because my curiosity is piqued and my conviction not to dance waivers.

“One dance?”

He nods. “One dance.”

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UNSTEADY by Ashley Christin

UNSTEADY by Ashley Christin is Free in KU

June 17, 2021 in New Releases

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Traveling nurse Rhys Wild knows the consequences of choices.

After she lost the most important people in her life, she has vowed to herself to never make the decision to fall in love.

The only way to cope is to keep moving, to stay busy. To stop means to think. To feel. And feeling is a luxury she cannot afford.

Unless it’s Random Day.

The stranger on the plane ride home is the perfect distraction from her anguished thoughts about returning to the one place that will make her face everything she’s left behind.

It was supposed to be a random bit of fun.

She wasn’t supposed to see him again.

But sometimes life makes the choice for us. And this time, Rhys must steady herself, if she is to live the life she thought was lost forever.

A Fierce Princess by SE Rose

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June 16, 2021 in Book Deals

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The audiobook for A Fierce Princess by SE Rose is on sale for $3.99 on several platforms this month!

A Fierce Princess (The Poisoned Pawn Duet Part I) (Narrated by Jennifer Blom)

One Princess. Two Lives. And a sinister secret that will change her world forever.

Princesses are supposed to be polite and poised. Princesses are supposed to put duty before self. Princesses are not supposed to live double lives.

Princess Susanna’s search to find her mother’s cherished crown that went missing the day she was killed is about to lead her on a quest to stop an assassin from killing a man. Only this isn’t any man, this man is a prince, a prince that has no idea that he’s royalty.

What happens when a princess attempts to save a prince? Can she keep him alive? Can she keep herself from falling for him?

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romance new releases May 25, 2021

New Romance Releases Week of May 24, 2021

May 24, 2021 in New Releases

Here are romance books releasing this week.

May 25, 20021

Undercover Duke: A Witty and Entertaining Historical Regency Romance (Duke Dynasty Book 4)

Bridgerton fans and readers of Madeline Hunter, Eloisa James, and Lisa Kleypas won’t want to miss this humorous and clever new love story from the historical romance legend.

“Smart, sexy historical romance…a perfectly fashioned love story rich in smoldering sexual chemistry, sharp wit, and a dash of danger.” —Booklist

Along with his stepsiblings, Sheridan Wolfe, Duke of Armitage, is determined to finally solve the mysteries behind the suspicious deaths of their mother’s three husbands. Tasked with investigating a possible suspect, Sheridan finds himself in dangerous proximity to her captivating daughter, Vanessa Pryde. But still haunted by a tragically lost love, the duke is resolved to resist the attraction—and avoid any “scheming” husband-hunters. Besides, lovely Miss Pryde seems utterly smitten with a roguish London playwright . . .

Vanessa thinks a little scheming may be in order—for it’s Sheridan she truly has her sights, and her heart, set on. Her theatrical flirtation is intended only to break through his business-like demeanor and guarded emotions. And as Sheridan’s jealousy becomes aroused, the two soon find themselves propelled into a scheme of an altogether different kind, involving a pretend engagement, a secret inquiry—and a perhaps not-so-secret leap into true love . . .

“Anyone who loves romance must read Sabrina Jeffries!”
—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

“Fans will delight in revisiting Sheridan’s large family in this heated, twisty tale of love and deception.”
—Publishers Weekly

The Unforgiven (Krewe of Hunters Book 33)


A tragic past. An uncertain future

Twelve years after the grisly murder of her parents, Kaitlyn Delaney has finally found peace. She has friends, a good job, a place to call home and a new life to live. But then a shadow creeps in from Katie’s past, reminding her that she will never completely escape its terrifying grip.

When private investigator Dan Oliver is called to the scene of a gruesome crime in New Orleans, he can’t help but hear echoes of the Delaney case, the unsolved murder that made him leave law enforcement. As he digs deeper, he unearths more chilling similarities—including mysterious letters connecting the killer to a string of murders that terrorized the Big Easy in 1919.

Now reunited after all this time, Dan and Katie scour the streets together, desperate to find answers before more lives are lost. But the otherworldly roots of this evil run far deeper than they ever imagined…and only the most precious of sacrifices will bring its twisted reign to an end.

The Stepsisters: A Novel


#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery pens a love story of a different sort…a heartfelt tale of friendship between two women who used to be sisters.

Once upon a time, when her dad married Sage’s mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage didn’t have Daisy’s smarts—she had to go back a grade to enroll in the fancy rich-kid school. So she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down to elevate herself. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final, improbable straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled California.

Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms.

Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again…or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.

A Touch of Malice (Hades X Persephone Book 3)


Persephone and Hades are engaged. In retaliation, Demeter summons a snowstorm that cripples New Greece, and refuses to lift the blizzard unless her daughter calls off her engagement.

When the Olympians intervene, Persephone finds her future in the hands of ancient gods, and they are divided. Do they allow Persephone to marry Hades and go to war with Demeter or prohibit their union and take up arms against the God of the Dead?

Nothing is certain but the promise of war.

 

Shadow Storm (A Shadow Riders Novel Book 6)


A long-simmering feud between two families comes to a head in this gripping novel in Christine Feehan’s New York Times bestselling Shadow Riders series.

As the youngest member of the Ferraro family, Emmanuelle has watched each of her brothers find happiness in love while her own heart was shattered by a lover’s betrayal. For two years she’s stayed as far away from Valentino Saldi as possible—until she learns that he’s been shot during a hostile takeover of his family’s territory.

Emme’s first instinct is to call her brother Stefano for help, and soon the entire Ferraro clan arrives to bring Val back from the brink of death and protect the Saldis from further attack. With one choice Emme has re-exposed herself to Val’s intoxicating pull and dragged her family into the Saldis’ private war.

A deadly storm is brewing, and only time will tell who survives…

Legacy: A Novel


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents Legacy, a new novel of a mother and a daughter, of ambition and romance, and of a traumatic past reawakened by a terrifying threat…

Adrian Rizzo was seven when she met her father for the first time. That was the day he nearly killed her—before her mother, Lina, stepped in.

Soon after, Adrian was dropped off at her grandparents’ house in Maryland, where she spent a long summer drinking lemonade, playing with dogs, making a new best friend—and developing the stirrings of a crush on her friend’s ten-year-old brother. Lina, meanwhile, traveled the country promoting her fitness brand and turning it into a billion-dollar business. There was no point in dwelling on the past.

A decade later, Adrian has created her own line of yoga and workout videos, following in Lina’s footsteps but intent on maintaining creative control. And she’s just as cool-headed and ambitious as her mother. They aren’t close, but they’re cordial—as long as neither crosses the other.

But while Lina dismisses the death threats that Adrian starts getting as a routine part of her daughter’s growing celebrity, Adrian can’t help but find the vicious rhymes unsettling. Year after year, they keep arriving—the postmarks changing, but the menacing tone the same. They continue after she returns to Maryland and becomes reacquainted with Raylan, her childhood crush, all grown up and as gorgeously green-eyed as ever. Sometimes it even seems like the terrifying messages are indeed routine, like nothing will come of them. Until the murders start, and the escalation begins…

May 27, 2021

A Kiss for a Kiss


I’m Jake Masterson, single dad, and the General Manager of Seattle’s NHL team. I walked away from a career as a player so I could raise my daughter. For the last twenty-plus years, Queenie has been my main priority, but now she’s getting married.
And there’s a small complication.
A beautiful, sexy complication named Hanna.
She’s my son-in-law’s older sister. Or at least that’s how they were raised. The truth is a little more scandalous than that.
I’ve been drawn to her from the moment I laid eyes on her. And I spent months trying to keep a lid on that attraction.
Until we finally give in.
It starts with one searing kiss, but quickly ends with us between the sheets—and in the shower, and the hot tub, you get the picture—and turns into months of sneaking around.
Here’s the problem: we live on opposite ends of the country. It can’t be anything but casual. And as I’ve already said…it’s complicated.
But when Hanna finds out she’s pregnant…suddenly things get real serious.

 

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Free Romance Books Friday, May 21, 2021

Freebie Friday: Top Romance Books This Week (May 21, 2021)

May 21, 2021 in For Readers, Free Books

Looking for a free romance?

Here are the top free romances on Amazon today. Hurry, as these books may not stay free for long!

Serena’s Silence: A Steamy Historical Romance (Forbidden Romance Book 5)

A tragedy took her voice. He’s heartbroken and damaged. Can his wounds be healed in time to break her silence?
From an RWA award-winning and #1 bestselling author, jilted at the altar, widower Alex Randall runs from his heartbreak. Looking for a fresh start away from the painful memories of two lost loves, he chooses farm life in the Oklahoma territory to escape his past.

Along comes Freddie Belle – a seasoned farmhand from up north whom Alex hires to help him with the ranch. What Alex doesn’t see coming is Freddie’s beautiful and mute sister.

Serena, a haunted young woman, lost her voice two months prior. No one knows exactly what happened on that tragic night that took her voice. Not even her sworn protector, Freddie.

There’s a reason why some things are better kept secret.

As Freddie and Serena’s farm stay turns from days into months, Alex’s affection for Serena grows fonder. He’s reluctant to embrace his feelings, yet inexplicably drawn to her. They’re two lost souls searching for true love after surviving the worst traumas of their lives…

But as the mystery of why Serena suddenly went silent unfolds, Alex fears he’ll lose more than his heart. He could lose everything he holds dear.

How much will he sacrifice for the woman who taught him to love again?

Hate Mates (Forever You Book 1)

Imagine: You arrive to college on the first day, ready to meet your roommate in the girl’s dorm. A huge mistake puts you into the male dorm.
Your roommate? He’s DJ Dalton, football star and campus celebrity extraordinaire.

You can look, but you can’t touch. Because the prettiest packages come with the biggest consequences…

Is he panty-meltingly handsome with an attitude to match? Sure.

Do I accidentally fantasize about him one (okay, maybe two) times? Fine, I’m honest enough to admit it.

None of that matters, because we’re opposites in all the ways that are important for getting along as college roommates: He comes from a perfect life and old money. I come from a broken home and bowls of ramen.

He’s at Greene State to party. I’m here to study.

He’s a popular jock. I wouldn’t be caught dead playing sports.

To say we get off to a rocky start would be an understatement.

Ironically, that’s what causes our sizzling attraction to boil over one night.

But even that comes at a price. Because our story has a twist neither of us could see coming. One that changes both of our lives, ’till death do us part.

Montana Blueprint for Love (Property Sisters of Montana Book 1)

Is she restoring “this old house” or reimagining her future with the man she left behind?

Man down.
When “Diamond” Jim McCall gambles on a fixer-upper for sentimental reasons, his house of cards implodes – along with his health. Ruby’s ready for a job change but agreeing to become her first crush’s apprentice might be her biggest mistake. She doesn’t doubt they can “flip” the derelict ranch house and save Summit Construction, but at what cost to her heart? After all, Boone Fielding became the son her father never had when she left for college.

Man up.
Helping Ruby McCall and her sisters flip Diamond Jim’s “money pit” makes sense financially, but he can’t partner with someone he doesn’t trust – and Boone hasn’t forgotten his last close encounter with Ruby. But every day on the job reminds him of why he fell in love with her in the first place.

How is he ever going to let her go when the job is done?

To Love a Marquis: Reformed Rakes Book 1

Miranda Jayne Whittier flees to London, escaping marriage to the Marquis of Melbourne, a man she’s never met who is surrounded in rumors she can’t overlook. With the last of her pin money spent, she accepts employment at Lady Constance’s House of Reform. Assigned to Viscount Harken, a handsome but difficult man who doesn’t make their association easy, she is determined to help him and, in the process, solidify her position. She soon discovers he deserves better than he believes.

Anson Greenleaf, Marquis of Melbourne, thought collecting his betrothed would be a simple matter, but he’d been wrong. Miss Whittier has taken on a position in the city, which presents him with a unique opportunity. Using one of his lesser known titles, he poses as a client. Instead of learning why she ran from him, he finds himself drawn to her and is determined to charm her. Before long, he forms an intense desire for her. One he must fight.

When Miranda discovers the Marquis of Melbourne followed her to London, she fights against the need to leave the position she loves and the man she’s come to care for. As her life falls apart, she’s forced to give up the viscount. When she learns of the Marquis’s deception, she realizes she can’t marry him. After all, she knows exactly what he wants in a bride. And, she knows it’s not her.

Her Restless Cowboy: A Buttars Brothers Novel (Steeple Ridge Romance Book 2)

SHE’S A WORKAHOLIC. HE’S RESTLESS WAITING FOR HER.

Cowboy Ben Buttars is the youngest of the four Buttars brothers who come to Steeple Ridge Farm, and he finally feels like he’s landed somewhere he can make a life for himself. At only twenty-five, and having been cared for by his older brother when their parents died a decade ago, Ben’s never dated, never had a serious relationship, never really worried about anything.

Reagan Cantwell is a decade older than Ben and the recreational direction for the town of Island Park, five miles from the farm where Ben works. When she visits him to discuss a partnership between the farm and the recreational department, she likes a lot more than just his horse. But she’s practically married to her job, works with two dozen other men, and doesn’t know how to carve out room in her life for Ben.

Though Ben is young, he knows what he wants—and that’s Rae. Can she figure out how to put what matters most in her life—family and faith—above her job before she loses Ben?

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Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door Review

Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door Review

May 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door

Category: Romcom mystery with a touch of paranormal
Tropes: Fake engagement
Rating: ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ (out of five)

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 (there’s only 1 intimate scene, but it’s explicit)
Language: Mild

Summary of the story

Riley Thorn is a broke, down and out divorcee with a rotten job. Forced to pay her ex-husband alimony, she’s renting a small room in a large home filled with quirky senior citizens. Her family, filled with psychics, is equally as quirky. When Riley has a vision of her crass neighbor being murdered, she tries to report it. When he turns up dead, she becomes a suspect. The dead man’s family hires P.I. Nick Santiago to solve the murder. The best way to infiltrate a home filled with possible murderers is to fake an engagement with Riley. The chemistry between Nick and Riley is strong, but of course, Nick is a guy who doesn’t like rules or to be tied down. The more he gets to know her, the more that changes.

Review

The book is filled with quirky characters and laugh-out-loud situations. Riley is a reluctant psychic but is willing to access her talent to help solve a murder (and hopefully stop the visions and conversations that come out of nowhere). The mystery is intriguing involving gambling, a scuzzy bar, and politics, although it’s a bit loosely revealed. If you’re looking to guess who the murderer is, you’ll likely be disappointed. While Riley and Nick have great banter and chemistry, the romance part is light. There’s only one sexy bit (although it’s fairly steamy).

The book opens strong but starts lagging fairly quickly. If you can get through that to the next half, the book picks up speed and is quite enjoyable. If you enjoy Janet Evanovich or Susan Elizabeth Philips, you’ll likely enjoy this book.

Free Romance Books Friday, May 14, 2021

Freebie Friday: Top Romance Books This Week (May 14, 2021)

May 14, 2021 in For Readers, Free Books

Looking for a free romance?

Here are the top free romances on Amazon today. Hurry, as these books may not stay free for long!

Loss Recovery (Alaskan Security-Team Rogue Book 1)

He let her slip through his fingers once.
It’s not happening again.

When you live on both sides of the law there’s no room for attachment.
Wade Denison knew the rules when he joined Team Rogue. Knew what it would cost him.
It was a price he was willing to pay.
But then he met Bess Hines in a bar. One perfect night with her had him second-guessing everything. His choices. His life.
Himself.
Because no matter how perfect she felt in his arms, Wade had to let her go, taking nothing but the sweet memory of her body under his.
It was the only way to keep her safe from the danger following him closer than a shadow.
Only Bess wasn’t safe.
When Team Rogue is hired to protect Bess from a danger all her own, Wade has a chance to protect the woman he never should have left.
A woman who can give him everything he never knew he wanted.
****
Bess Hines is hiding.
Tucked away in the mountains of Alaska, hoping for a miracle.
An answer to her prayers.
Wade Denison is neither of those.
Two years ago he showed her a tiny taste of heaven then left without so much as a goodbye.
Seeing him again is the worst kind of torture.
Being put under his protection is worse.
Especially since Wade might be just as big of a threat as the one he’s been hired to protect her from.
Because he may have walked away from their night together with nothing but a memory, but Bess left with something more.
Something she will guard with her life.

Driven (Southern Alphas Book 1)

Driven is sexy. I couldn’t put it down, read it in one afternoon … much to the boss’s chagrin.. ~ T.J.

One man on a mission. One hard-working woman. One bet that’ll make sparks fly…

Mason Falco clawed his way to the top through hard work, killer instincts, and sheer determination. But time is money, and when the owner of a farm refuses to sell the land crucial to making his latest development a success, he’ll do what it takes to convince the sultry, stubborn woman to sign on the dotted line.

Kayla Phillips is holding on by a thread, on the verge of losing the farm she inherited from her grandfather. It’s only a matter of time before she’s forced into foreclosure, but there’s no way she’s selling to Falco. His good looks and sex appeal might work on some women—okay, it works on her too—but she’s not about to sell to a man intent on bulldozing her family’s legacy.

A war of words turns into a wager—and Kayla’s only chance to save the farm. All she has to do is prove to the billionaire that he can’t handle two weeks of living the life of a farmer. She never expected the burning desire she feels whenever Mason’s around. But are his feelings for her genuine, or just a ploy to get what he wants? With her heart and the family business on the line, will she risk it all for love?

Please note: when the clothes come off, the bedroom door stays open. Also, characters use profanity, because sometimes, “gosh darn it, you big meany-head” just doesn’t cut it.

Waiting For It (Three Player Co-op Book 2)

Anne
Crunch time.

Two words every game developer fears, and I’m living the horror of impossibly long work days, that bleed into weekends.

The only upside is spending a lot of that time with my sexy-as-sin boss. I probably shouldn’t get physical him, but the need for stress relief is real, and so is the size of his… desk.

Then word gets back to my best friend’s brother.

The guy whose house I practically grew up in. Who I thought saw me as a second sister. Talk about jealousy. Though I’m not sure if it’s toward me, or my boss. Apparently they hooked up a few times, too.

One thing leads to another leads to the three of us playing naked Twister without the mat.

Counting on the Cowboy (Riverrun Ranch Book 2)

It will take all he has to keep her safe

Luke Claiborne is back in Last Stand, Texas, after a combat injury ends his career as a military K9 handler. Without his working dog by his side, he’s lost his purpose – until he meets a sexy wildlife rehabber who seems determined to save every animal in town. When she puts her own life at risk in the process, it’s clear to Luke that she’s the one who needs rescuing. Before long, his new mission is to show her how perfect they could be together.

Jorie Russell has loved Luke since she was an awkward teenager, but she knows he’s out of her league. She grew up on the wrong side of town, and has spent her whole life trying to prove she’s not like her reckless, irresponsible mother. Luke might act tough, but she can see he is suffering and she’s determined to help him heal. But then a shadow from her past threatens their future.

Can she finally get the happily-ever-after she’s always longed for?

Maybe Later (The Spearman Family Book 1)

Billionaire Jackson Spearman is impatient, demanding, and private.

He’s practically a recluse.

When his assistant goes on maternity leave, Amy Walker virtual assistant extraordinaire arrives to save the day.

Or does she?

Amy is inquisitive and far too optimistic.
She isn’t impressed with Jackson at all.

Is she even real?

They can’t stand each other.
Unfortunately, they can’t seem to resist each other, either.
Soon, their work relationship starts to feel like something more…

Even when Amy meets her dream man, she can’t seem to stop thinking about her annoying online boss.

And the woman who ’s never fallen in love before, finds herself falling for two men.
Both of them have everything she’s ever wanted.
But she has to choose one.

Can Jackson convince her that he can be everything that she needs?

Or will her past come back to haunt them and ruin her chance at love?

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Jackie Mojica

Illicit Liaison Interview with Jackie Mojica

May 13, 2021 in For Readers, Illicit Liaisons Podcast

In this week’s episode, I interview Jackie Mojica, author of When the Lights Go Out and Save Me.

Jackie is the author of two full-length novels, more than 20 short stories, and several poems. Her writing is often influenced by both the glamour and humanity, and in the case of Save Me, the darkness of rock and roll. Currently, she’s made the switch from more drama-based material to fun and lighthearted romance, with a little bit of added steam.

Outside of writing, Jackie enjoys music, her cats, her family, movies, and coffee. If you can’t find her at a rock show, she’s likely at home with her family and three cats.

During the show, we talk about fan fiction, rock bands, and alpha-holes.

You can learn more about Jackie on her Amazon page

Jackie’s Books

New Release! When the Lights Go Out: A Rock Star Romance (The Lights Series Book 1)

Save Me

Books Mentioned On the Show

Stephan King

Favorite Book Boyfriend: Damon from When the Lights Go Out: A Rock Star Romance (The Lights Series Book 1)

Reading Now Two Weeks with You

Other recommended reads:
Phantom

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lisa becker

Illicit Liaison Interview with Lisa Becker

April 28, 2021 in For Readers, Illicit Liaisons Podcast

In this week’s episode, I interview Lisa Becker, author of the Starfish Series.

Lisa Becker is an award-winning romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money – on books and margaritas. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

During the show, we talk about the author duo she admires most, her all-time favorite book boyfriend, and how she got started writing.

You can learn more about Lisa at her website

Lisa’s Books



New Release! The Starfish Series Box Set: A Steamy and Humorous Rock Star Romance Series

Check out all of Lisa’s books!

Books Mentioned On the Show



Christina Lauren

Favorite Book Boyfriend: Will Sumner from Beautiful Player (The Beautiful Series Book 5)

Reading Now In a Holidaze

Other recommended reads:

Sophie Sinclair’s Coffee Book series

Chloe Liese Bergman Brother’s Books

The Friend Zone

The Happy Ever After Playlist

If you have questions or comments for Lisa, let us know in the comments below!



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