Hot In The City is a collection of short romantic comedy stories and novellas from award-winning author, Cassandra O'Leary. Perfect for reading on your lunch break, on the go or anytime really! Never before published in one book, this collection includes: - Chocolate Truffle Kiss: A Romantic Comedy Novelette - An older woman meets a younger man in a story full of pining. A lonely writer, a hot rockstar barista, a cafe setting with stolen moments, poetry and chocolate. . . - Tree Love: A Romantic Short Story - A short story with a sweet second chance romance, an urban lumberjack and emails to trees! - Girl Under The Christmas Tree: A Steamy Holiday Romance Novella - A prequel to the novel Girl on a Plane, featuring Yuki, a hotel staffer looking for adventure, and Declan, an Irish IT CEO with a broken heart. They come together right before Christmas for just one night. . . - Friday I'm In Love: A Short and Sweet Story- A brand new story set in a pyjama company in the middle of the city. Featuring a Japanese-Australian beefcake, a wacky computer nerd, workplace romance, spying and wardrobe malfunctions. . . . and a new novelette. . . Girl On A Babymoon! Sinead and Gabriel from Girl on a Plane return, five years later. It's their anniversary, and Sinead has a big surprise for Gabriel. A romantic getaway and steamy role-playing feature in this laugh-out-loud story of a marriage in trouble, or maybe, a marriage that will be stronger than ever! Each story is set in the author's home ...
The hint of smoke. The flash of flames. When the wildfires burn through our towns, THEY step up to the fireline and risk their lives. Help us honor their bravery and sacrifice in this charity romance anthology. All proceeds benefit Grassroots Wildland Firefighters organization. Fall in love with the heroes of this steamy contemporary romance anthology, including stories by Carina Alyce EmKay Connor LC Taylor Carly Carson Harper Cross D.M. Davis Michelle Edwards Hilary Grossman Karigan Hale Tracy Krimmer D. Lilac Andi MacDowall Allie Marie Ofelia Martinez Lolo Paige CB Samet Heather Scarlett Melanie A. Smith Pandora Snow Stacy Travis And featuring an exclusive story by USA Today Best Selling Author Desiree Holt
I am a liar. I lie to protect myself. I lie because I’m terrified. I lie to keep a secret that would destroy everything in my life if everyone knew. Holly is the new girl at school and my unwilling lab partner. She hates me because I’m one of the popular guys—one of the bullies who terrorize the unfortunate and the unpopular. For me, it’s who I’ve had to become to keep anyone from getting too close—close enough to see right through me. When Holly finds out my secret, I have to do whatever it takes to keep her quiet—even if it means telling the most damaging lie of all—the one I tell myself.
Hope and Alex… Two wounded hearts meet in an island paradise. Can a reluctant spark become an unbreakable destiny? After her predictable and carefully ordered life is upended, Hope Collins is desperate for change. This comes when she unexpectedly wins a scuba diving resort on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. But she arrives to complications, especially one tall, gorgeous, yet enigmatic dive instructor. Alex Monroe is trying to forget the past and only wants a quiet life. Leading dives on a tropical island might not be what he had planned, but he’s made peace with it. Kind of. But his existence is turned upside down when Hope arrives and he finds himself captivated by her. When two pasts collide, their scars overlap. Can two damaged souls find hope in each other? Finding Hope is the first novel in the enthralling Half Moon Bay series, and the beginning of Hope and Alex’s epic journey to soulmates. Dive into this sensual contemporary beach romance, which features compelling, realistic characters, an irresistible tropical setting, and a happy ending!
Falling in love with the boss is never a good idea My boss works on the other side of the world, and that works just fine for me. When he barks out his instructions, I sit through the video call and nod, with the occasional smile to acknowledge how happy I am to be his dedicated New Zealand personal assistant. He only sees my face on-screen, though. He doesn’t see the way I’m stabbing my pen into the little paper doll I made of him – or see the Days-Since-Grant-Price-Smiled chart (currently running at thirty-eight). When he does let his smile escape, it’s a game changer. He’s ridiculously handsome if you like dark blue eyes and a chiselled jaw, all wrapped up in a city suit. He’s only been to the Wellington office once in the last three years, and his schedule is so busy, there’s no chance of him coming anytime soon. And I’d know if he was planning an overseas trip, because I’d be the one booking his flights and hotel. Right? I was only out for two days of sick leave. So, when I return, what the hell is he doing sitting in my office, leaning back in my chair, and twirling the Grant Price Bosshole Doll around his fingers? I’m the longest-serving PA he’s had. I’ve managed to stick it out for nine months so far, but now I think my days are numbered. What is he going to do to make me pay for this? Boss on the Line is a standalone romance with an HEA. While it's part of a series, each book is a different couple and can be read on its own.
…Or will he? When author Annie Allred is left by her cheating husband, a dream rekindles her feelings for an old friend, a romance that never bloomed. Wishing she could start over, she writes a novel about their time together--ending it with the romance she imagined they could have if they met again. But when her old spark discovers her novel, things get a little crazier than she intended.
Sara and Jack… Will her searing flame scorch him to the bone? Sara Collins never wanted to put down roots. When her sister offers her a job at the sunny Caribbean scuba diving resort she owns, Sara jumps at the chance to manage her own spa. Even if it means interacting with the divemaster who humiliated her. Jack Powell is finding his dream life more challenging than expected. Especially after his boss’s sister moves to town—they don’t exactly get along. He tries to avoid the situation, which is difficult when he can’t stop thinking about her. Throw in a handsome, successful developer who offers Sara everything she ever dreamed of, and she finds St. Croix might be exactly what she’s always wanted. But which man holds the key to her heart and her greatest dream? Half Moon Whim is a standalone, sensual beach romance. This curvy girl, enemies-to-lovers novel is Book 5 of the Half Moon Bay series, and is the springboard into the next phase of this captivating series. Dive in today!
The third installment of The Meraki Series: All Krystina wants is to travel to beautiful locations, promote her blog, and achieve Insta fame. But with Loukas, her pesky frenemy from childhood, in tow, she hardly has time to breathe. If only he would leave her alone! But when the unforeseen strikes, forcing her to face challenging situations she never thought possible, it’s Loukas that helps her through it all. And then there’s the search her sisters began to find out what happened to her missing grandfatherthe man her grandmother has pinned all her faith on, believing he will one day return to her. Krystina is determined to find and bring him home, even through the most challenging of times. This quest will test everything she has come to know. But she may learn that through it all, when everything else crumbles around you, love is worth fighting for.
While packing away her mother's life, Petra Wilde discovers a life of her own. Petra Wilde has always taken the path most expected of her. But not anymore. She's determined to create the life she wants. Though she has no idea how. With her cranky nineteen-year-old daughter in tow, she returns to Candlewood Falls to pack up her dying mother's belongings. Unsure and afraid to face the life her mother left behind, Petra avoids the inevitable and signs up for a cooking class. Maverick Labraccio's life changed forever one horrible day five years ago. He went from being a top chef to a man stuck in the web of his misfortune. Now, forced by guilt, he agrees to teach a cooking class, that he knows he'll hate. So instead of teaching, he signs the class up for a food competition. Pass or fail. Win or lose. Doesn't matter. Until he gets to know one of his students. Petra and Mav have a lot to digest this summer. They must learn together that true love is the secret ingredient to the best meals. And that mistakes can be forgiven and the past doesn't define you. But will they figure it out before the timer runs down and they spoil it all?
Shhh...don't tell anyone. This book is in the planning stages and the author is trying to come up with a plot. But don't worry, The Burnett Brides has always been her favorite series and now she is writing this family in modern times. Look out world, Travis is coming...soon.
HE IS NOW DISABLED . . . AND SHE ALWAYS HAS BEEN. Kerry Kowalkski survived a marriage of domestic violence but still struggles with lingering fears and a learning disability. Now a widowed mother raising a son with autism, she deserves to have a temporary fling with her hot, new tenant. Noah Elliott survived a plane crash, but his knee is shot and so is his Navy career. Until he figures out his next step, his friend-with-benefits landlady and her son’s therapy dog will lift his spirits and pass the time. Despite their damaged parts, maybe with love and a little pit bull’s help, they can feel whole again.
Cole Turner’s ex-wife is getting remarried. No amount of alcohol can drown that out, but taking home the hot brunette at the bar is a good enough distraction. That’s all Paige is meant to be—a distraction. Paige Minor is too busy studying for her law degree and getting over a bad breakup to care about finding another boyfriend. All she wants is one night of careless fun with a complete stranger. Cole seems like the perfect candidate. When Cole goes to pick up his son from his ex’s perfect house, with her perfect fiancé, and perfect new life, the last person he expects to see is Paige. She definitely shouldn’t be the one opening the door. As he stares at the person who was in his bed less than twenty-four hours earlier, a single thought occurs to him: I just slept with my ex’s new stepdaughter.
Paul and Flint have been best friends for over a year. Both have girlfriends and have never been attracted to other men, let alone each other. But one drunken kiss causes them to question all of that. What on earth is going on?
A boy-band heart throb. A violent kidnap. A female cop’s daring rescue. A spark to fire the passion of love.
When Sergeant Sophia Castellana stumbles into an international terrorist attack, things are not as they seem. Global forces beyond her grasp sweep her up into an audacious scheme to re-unite a world in chaos Superstar Charles Gonin wants his rescuer Sophia by his side, as his bodyguard… and more!
He has a valuable secret that makes him a target for those in control. Power and celebrity beckon. Betrayal and violence threaten every move as events unfold in the city of Paris. The adoration of this far younger man and the infatuation of a charismatic French woman seduce her into a blur of inappropriate love and infinite danger. Her brute courage and loving woman's heart confront ruthless enemies who offer no second chances.
She knows the streets, she knows her power as a lover but can a cougar relationship ever work? Can she, dare she seize the prizes before her? Will a world offer her the choice?
“Steamy Emma Calin holds nothing back to bring you her juicy mix of cops, crime, and passion, with a large side-order of French satire sauce.”
Seduction of Crowns, another stand-alone Seduction Series suspense romance novel. If you enjoy James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts, Kendra Elliot and Allessandro Torre you'll love a series that combines all of their best traits in fast-paced, pulse ...
When Ethan Montgomery is forced to return home to run the New York City branch of Montgomery International, the last thing he expects is to find is that the Board of Directors have hired forensic accountant, Rachel Sullivan, to review the bank’s records. Ethan fell for Rachel thirteen years ago, but she chose Ryan, his best friend since childhood. Now, after Ryan’s sudden and tragic death, Rachel is alone again. Seeing her brings back feelings Ethan believed died a long time ago. Worse, giving in to those feelings threatens to expose a secret Rachel should never know, one that involves Ryan and the past and might endanger her life. Rachel Sullivan is stunned when Ethan Montgomery suddenly returns to New York City after years away in Europe, and, heaven help her, those feelings she once had for him, before she had to marry Ryan, are back and stronger than ever. But being with Ethan is a conflict of interest and threatens to annihilate everything she’s worked toward over the last few years, including her independence and painstakingly rebuilt financial security destroyed by Ryan’s death. Will circumstances force them to once again sacrifice their true feelings, or will Rachel and Ethan conquer the odds and give love a second chance?
Jacob may not have been a soldier but he took a bullet for me all the same. He left behind a young daughter and a lovely wife. I swore to him I’d take care of them. However, his widowed wife is making it a lot harder than I imagined.
Isabelle is innocent, smart, and a million other things. She’s everything I’ve missed during my life as a soldier. I’ve never had a chance to start a family. I’ve grown to love them but I’m too emotionally scarred by war.
I swore an oath to protect them but it’s a lot tougher being a civilian than it is being a warrior. Giving into my desire for Isabelle feels like a betrayal. I was just supposed to look after Ja ...
Young and stupid go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sol McKnight, rancher and rodeo bull rider, married Georgia Carston, the love of his life, at eighteen. So maybe they were too young and maybe he was stupid to believe it would last forever because six weeks later, she left him. Now she’s back in Hero Creek for the summer. This is his chance to win her back. Little does he know, this may be his last chance because Georgia has her eye on the divorced father of their daughter’s best friend. If Sol ever wants to feel whole again, he’s going to have to figure out what went wrong so many years ago and fix it. If he doesn’t he’ll lose her forever.
A street-hardened cop, a vulnerable woman. Dare she unwrap the Xmas gift of love from a dangerous Santa? Another book in the steamy 'Seduction Series' from Emma Calin. A stand alone story of passion, action and adventure with London cop Paula Middleton. Her job takes her to extremes on the streets of the city, but she can handle it. Mike Muswell has a reputation as a hard man, a local boy-made good. Never overstepping the mark, always bending the rules, he’s charming but ruthless. When fate throws them together, she finds herself drawn into a vortex of inappropriate love and professional danger. She's going to need more than a sack load of Christmas magic to get herself out of this fix... but maybe for once she doesn’t want to, just this once?
I’ve always been a player. A football player, that is. In the dating game, though, I only have eyes for one girl. Sydney Porter, team publicist MVP, all-around hottie…and my ex-girlfriend. But Christmas comes early for me and I’m traded back to my home team mid-season. Of course, I run straight into Sydney—and a big problem. See, I never actually told my family we broke up. Now my mom wants the happy couple home for the holidays. After saving Sydney from a work snafu, she owes me. I sweet talk her into going along with my fake dating plan, but I only have until Christmas. Can I convince her we belong together or will the magic between us disappear forever once the mistletoe comes down?
Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye. Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry. In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.
The last place Griffin Walker wants to be is in his hometown of Wildwood Falls, Montana. His career as a travel blogger keeps him constantly on the move, which is just the way he likes it. The last person he wants to see is Sarah Morgan, who has every right to punch him in the face. As his luck would have it, she is the very person he needs to seek out. Returning to help his younger siblings manage his family’s outdoor guide business after his father's death, his first task is to find a caterer for their new luxury weekend packages. Forced together alone in a secluded mountain cabin, Griffin and Sarah must face their shared past. Will Sarah be able to forgive Griffin for his mistakes a decade ago? Will Griffin be able to slow down long enough to realize that Sarah is what his life has been missing? This winter, Griffin and Sarah will be Snowed in for a Second Chance.
Will her grandmother’s secret lead to Lucy’s second chance at love? When Lucy Parker’s eccentric grandmother, Belladonna, dies, she leaves one last request. Lucy must return a beloved painting to a mysterious man in Italy, leading her on a journey into the past to discover long-buried family secrets that could change everything. . . . Belladonna Rossi grew up as the queen of her small town in rural Tuscany. When World War II terrorizes the countryside, she helps the Monuments Men hide centuries of art in the warren of caves in her family vineyard. She falls in love with one of the soldiers, but will their love be able to survive in a war-torn world? When Lucy’s childhood best friend, estate lawyer Jack Hamilton, agrees to accompany her to Italy, will they find their second chance at love? From a tiny town in Massachusetts to the rolling hills of Tuscany, never-told family secrets unfurl in The Lost Art of Second Chances.
When Callie McKenna's New York future collides head-on with her Montana past, she is faced with making a life-altering decision. Callie McKenna is going home. Her father has suffered a fall from his horse and she is needed back at the ranch. She temporarily leaves New York and her promotion behind to be with her family in Montana, planning only to stay until her father is well again. What she doesn't expect is to rekindle an old relationship with ranch hand, Murphy Reynolds. Nothing goes according to plan. Callie must face her past, to not only mend some family fences, but to figure out what is happening between her and Murphy. She knows the choices she makes now will shape her future. But will that future be with Murphy and her family on the ranch, or will it be back in New York, where her promotion waits along with that quaint little brownstone she adores?
Can they survive the fall of the galactic empire? Finding one's psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family. A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice. Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian's arms. But Dani isn't the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate...no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her. For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.
A hot Aussie rock star looking for love. Why did he have to pick HER hotel? A maid at the exclusive Romance Island Resort, Audra knows how to handle rock stars, billionaires and celebrities. She keeps their secrets, cleans up their mess and makes sure their holiday is a memorable one. There's just one rule: no relationships with guests. And Audra never breaks the rules. Jay Felix is rock royalty and he knows it. When one of his bandmates threatens to break up the band, he goes into hiding at the Romance Island Resort. Looking for a distraction, he sets his sights on the unattainable Audra. But what's a rock star to do when the girl he wants is the one woman he can't have? Welcome to paradise, where the romance is as hot as the weather and the tides aren't all that's surging beneath the surface. Romance Island Resort series: This is the first book in the Romance Island Resort series, which includes: •Maid for the Rock Star (#1) •The Rock Star's Email Order Bride (#2) •The Rock Star's Virginity (#3) •The Rock Star and the Billionaire (#4) •The Rock Star Wants A Wife (#5) •The Rock Star's Wedding (#6)
When twenty-something Michelle Vermont decided to open Beans Cafe, she'd thought it would be fun, particularly with charming Clive Banks as her business partner. Not only is Clive a professional coffee buyer, he's also drop dead gorgeous. But Clive suddenly vanishes, leaving Michelle with nothing more than a few text messages, debts and a workload she can't handle. Michelle vows to find her errant associate and bring him back to work kicking and screaming if she has to. He can stand by the cappuccino frother until he's made up for all the trouble he's caused. Unfortunately the only person who seems to be able to help Michelle is Clive's brother, Arthur Banks, a ruthless property developer. Despite the fact that he's even more handsome than his sibling with dreamy eyes, he's a greedy capitalist, and certainly not to be trusted. Thrown together by the mystery of the missing barista, Michelle and Arthur will be forced to find a way to work together... ...And Michelle might even find herself falling in love with the enemy.
A TATTOO ARTIST ON A HARLEY. A DO-GOODER BEAUTY. A FORBIDDEN PASSION.
Leah Bryant lives a quiet life helping others. When her future mother-in-law, Geraldine, threatens her causes, she's left confused by the hypocrisy and befuddled by a stranger who roars into town on a Harley.
Dean Davis never wanted to return to his hometown. But when his father dies, he knows he must return and faced his mother, Geraldine, and his ugly past. When Leah discovers the stranger is the brother of her fiancé that she'd been told was dead, she's drawn to him and furious about the deception. Both are bowled over by an intense attraction to one another. The magnetic pull draws them into a passionate embrace within minutes of meeting.
Forty-year-old, never been married stage and TV actress Kelly Lawson returns to her Texas home to choreograph and star in the Glenview Theatre summer season. Kelly’s mother has made a hobby of trailing out every new man in town for Kelly’s inspection, hoping she’ll fall in love and use Glenview as her home base, especially now that Kelly’s father has entered the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. Two years ago, Kelly broke off an engagement shortly before she discovered her former fiancé dead, a gun in his hand and a hole in his head. Reason enough to guard her heart. When Kelly accuses a Glenview police officer of harassing two of their gay actors, Police Chief Josh Kincaid, her mother’s candidate for this trip, becomes involved in the investigation. Incidents pile up, making it clear someone has it in, not only for the theatre, but for Kelly as well. Josh searches for clues to the person behind the attacks and the reason for them, all the while trying to ignore his developing feelings for Kelly. How could he trust his heart to a New York actress?
"I can never remember all the books I've read, so I'm absolutely in love with this journal." ~Mia Harlan, USA Today bestselling romance author ★★★★★ The only reading journal that caters to the reader who devours happily ever afters faster than a shotgun wedding gets planned. The Romance Lover’s Journal is specifically designed to help you track the details to trigger your memory about which hero, of the hundreds of book boyfriends you’ve spent your nights with, had sleep paralysis that led to uproarious sexy times ... and which quirky heroine's witty banter made you snort laugh ... and which amazing grand gesture made you ugly cry. With a Table of Contents you can personalize to search the books you've read by sub-genres, tropes, character names or whatever brings you joy, The Romance Lover’s Journal will change your life. Or at least, prevent those scowl wrinkles you get when you’re trying to remember the name of a book (boyfriend) that’s escaped you. If you're looking for gifts for romance readers—your friends, book club pals, sister, mom, aunt or that woman you hope to get a second date with—you can be confident they will adore The Romance Lover's Journal. BOOK DETAILS * 128 pages * 6x8 inches with plenty of space to record details about the romance books you read. * Reading log sheets for 100 happily ever afters. * Unique reading journal approach that uses haiku, book tags and character names as memory boosters. * Room to write a favorite quote or scene snippet from every ...
Diego Valentine has always been a sensible, level-headed man. But when he meets lively and spirited Cassandra Rodriguez, he finds himself unmistakably drawn to her. He has not felt this way in so long. But if he doesn't keep it together, his job will be on the line. If only he knew what to do...
His heart is hers. Eight years earlier, Matt Hamilton gave away his heart only to have that love snatched away. When called in to protect Caitlyn Robinson, the damaged woman from his past, he’s prepared to risk everything to make sure she’s kept safe. By the time his team is in place, Matt discovers Caitlyn hasn’t truly recovered from the event that previously destroyed them. He’s determined to be the one to save not only her life, but her heart. Possibility drives him forward, but first, he must catch the bastard chasing her.
Best-selling romance author Stu Summers expects fawning praise and flirtatious smiles from his female fans, but when his editor at New York's Little Brown Pelican informs Stu that his latest manuscript is a poor imitation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, Stu's carefully crafted career begins to unravel. Stu has one week to deliver a complete rewrite of Lap Dog Love that meets his editor's' demanding standards. And he would if he could but Stu can't write - at least not romance novels. For years Stu has paid a "Holy Ghost writer" on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to craft his manuscripts, but now Hattie May Hall has lost that loving feeling and feels God calling her to write paranormal Amish thrillers with an evangelical message woven into "End Times" sci-fi. With a looming deadline and no hope of learning how to write a novel in two weeks, Stu finds himself falling for Kate Winston, a women's self defense products rep selling stun guns, pepper spray, mace defense spray, personal alarms, and tasers. Kate instantly becomes Stu's source of inspiration, but is his sudden affection for her real or, like everything else about Stu, fake. As the clock ticks closer to midnight, an unlikely pair of hearts collide, providing a "shocking" climax to a love story that was never meant to be and yet...is. Oh, big news! Any day now Stu expects to hear from Bollywood regarding the film adaptation of Summers' Love.Then again, he's been waiting any day for three years, so there's th ...
Native Lands is a novel rich in intrigue and history as a tribe of Native Americans, thought to be extinct, fight to save their beloved heritage. They join with others willing to sacrifice everything to save further destruction of the Everglades and St. Augustine. Forbidden loves, deceptions, and murder threaten to destroy nature and families in a saga stretching from the 1760s to the present day. Join Locka and Mali as they lead their tribe of Timucuans away from the Spanish near St. Augustine in 1760 and settle into a new life in the Everglades alongside the Calusa Indians. Their progeny grows up in the Everglades, attempting to keep their bloodlines pure. By 2010, Mangrove Mike, Joey Cosmos, and Rob Zodiac live among the white people and learn that the human connection transcends the fear of extinction of their people. Barbara Evans in the Everglades and Emily Booth in St. Augustine are the glue as the different cultures combine forces to fight a conglomerate of international interests. It's a dangerous journey as this oddly matched group attempts to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure. Cultural boundaries established centuries ago are erased as love and nature seek the balance lost during the battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier.
"Be prepared to CRASH! What I love about this novel is the "REAL LIFE" aspect. We all plan out our futures and know EXACTLY how we want them to play out...well rarely does that happen." ~ HJ Bellus, USA TODAY bestselling author Prepare to make the BEST mistake of your life! You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life. Crash one we met. Crash two we fell in love. Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.
When Lacy and George begin dating, each of them keeps a shield around their hearts. Lacy's been hurt so many times, she's afraid to let another man come close. George, reeling from a bitter divorce, doesn't trust women for fear they're all like his ex-wife. Working together at Misty Mountain in a small town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains creates its own set of problems, especially when the ex-wife moves into town. Lacy's family history causes further complications when too many want to remind her of her sister's bad reputation and subsequent death. It's a complicated mess, but the attraction between Lacy and George keeps them coming back to simpler solutions. If they can put down their shields long enough to discover the love growing between them, then nothing will stand in their way to finding happiness.
Back in secondary school, Akayzia had an unrequited crush on Darius.
Two years later, they meet again at a Kirk University Games Society meetup.
Although Darius wasn't interested the first time around, he now sees Akayzia in a new light.
Can their hearts be open to each other?
Four years ago life for Sophie Keech was perfect. A new start in Greece with Alekos, her boyfriend of just six weeks, removes Sophie from a mundane 9-5 job, takes her away from the difficult relationship she has with her mum, and gives her the opportunity and belief that she is finally doing something positive and exciting with her life. But a lot can change in four years. An engagement, a domineering mother-in-law to be and the reality of life in Greece not being quite what Sophie imagined, puts a strain on her relationship with Alekos. When her estranged mum is involved in an accident, it’s the perfect excuse to escape back to the UK to reassess her life and her idea of family. Faced with a physical and emotional distance from Alekos, a complicated relationship with her mum, an emerging friendship with a handsome and newly divorced man, and a shock discovery, will Sophie be able to make the tough decision of where she wants to be and, ultimately, who she wants to be with?
Introducing Cait London’s Fresh Start Series: Kenna, Olivia and Crystal, very different women with separate life-survival needs travel in RVs from New York to Fresh Start, Washington State. JUST YOU: Hugh Donovan wants to know why: Kenna suddenly cut him off and divorced him after a 3-year marriage. With her new friends, she ran to Washington State's mountains, and he had to have answers. One challenge to their perfect lives, and Kenna changed her name and ran… Determined to survive, tormented Kenna Peck needs a new life. She couldn’t trust her ex-husband now, though a part of her aches for him, for what might have been. And who walks into Kenna’s new life, her Fresh Start, demanding answers and stirring her with passion, but Hugh…
Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into going on The Leftover, a local version of the TV show Survivor, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic. With time away from his regular job and a dozen contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.”
Can a cat person and a dog person find common ground? And maybe even love? Come to Sunshine Bay and find out! A year after a difficult marital separation, Helen learns her daughter Kim won’t be home for the holidays. She is staying in Ontario with her new husband and his family this year. Alone for the first time in years, Helen wants nothing more than to leave her house full of memories behind and spend her holiday somewhere where no one knows her or her ex-husband. When her friend Sylvia calls from Sunshine Bay to ask if she would be a cat-sitter for her cat, Angel, for the holidays, Helen jumps at the chance for a peaceful holiday away from everything she has known. All is well until she meets the neighbors: Neville, a devilish Westie determined to escape his yard to pursue Angel, and Joe, Neville’s reluctant dog-sitter, who makes Helen’s heart beat a little faster whenever he’s around. Joe is spending the holidays alone this year except for his son’s West Highland terrier, Neville, a dog that hasn’t met an obstacle he can’t dig under or squeeze through. Neville’s antics are interfering with Joe’s ability to get his work done. Worse, Neville has attracted the attention of the new neighbor, Helen, a bewitching woman Joe is finding hard to ignore. The more Helen and Joe try to keep Neville happy and out of trouble, the more sparks fly between them. Will the pair solve the problem of Neville and be able to have the peaceful holiday they both crave? Or with Neville's help, wil ...
After a decade of travel and living out of a suitcase, Emmalynne Peters is fed up with the world of modeling. Her heart calls her in another direction and she finds herself in the town of Longreach, Queensland. A land baked dry under relentless summer suns, washed away in raging floods, and burned to a crisp by savage fires. Where men were bred tough, had work roughened hands and big hearts - men like Nick Johnson. So she packed her bags for the last time and walked away - straight into the Australian outback, a place where she’d always thought she belonged. Has Emmalynne not only found the land she’d been pining for, but also the love of her life? Would the month of March turn out to be one she would never forget? Come and discover the rugged outback and the people who give it beauty and life.
A feisty American. A hot Scot. Passion ignites.
Good-girl Erica Teague is out on bail, charged with a crime her ex-lover committed. A lifetime of sticking to the rules has left her broke, burned, and facing a trial and certain conviction, thanks to the evidence planted by her trust-funder ex. Desperate to experience one wild night of sizzling sex before her freedom is torn away from her, Erica heads to a notorious night club in search of a one-night stand -- where a case of mistaken identity lands her in the arms of a hot Scot with a secret past.
The passion igniting between them is explosive, but Lachlan MacTaggart wants nothing to do with relationships or commitment. When he offers Erica one month of sex and companionship with no strings, she can't resist succumbing to her electric lust for the Scotsman. Soon, though, Erica's ex begins harassing her and Lachlan's haunted past catches up with him. When their hot fling gets personal, the last thing either of them wanted may become the one thing that frees their imprisoned hearts.
Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.
For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…
Mia Andarakis just landed her dream job at a luxury magazine. And even better, her boss is the handsome and enigmatic Nicholas Aristedis, a man she has crushed on from afar. But Nicholas isn’t who she imagined. Irascible and mercurial, his instant dislike for Mia makes it almost impossible for her to work with him. Nicholas has faced many losses and heartaches in his thirty-two years. Determined to avoid heartbreak, he has closed his heart to love. But Mia awakens feelings in him he had long since denied. And soon he discovers their connection is deeper than he realized. Mia and Nicholas embark on an adventure across picturesque locations as they launch a new publication and uncover the mystery behind her grandfather’s disappearance. But perhaps the greatest challenge is in learning to set aside their insecurities and fears. Can the two forget the traumas of their past? And will they ever learn to trust in the possibility of love? Find out in the second novel of The Meraki Series.
Upper East Side artist, Olivia Wrightwood is ready for a change. Marrying Alex Mudarra, a dedicated and up-and-coming NYPD detective, is exactly what she needs to escape the clutches and scrutiny of her family's political dynasty. Life with Alex is simple and secure--everything she's ever wanted. Or so she thought... When Alex's career plans shift from police work to politics, their idyllic life shifts back to the familiar corruption she ran away from. And after she overhears a late night call, her safety shatters and doubt sets in. Can a surprise trip make amends or will this second honeymoon lead to a dangerous life of manipulation and lies?
A thug pulls a knife on a mean London street. Rookie cop Olivia Johnston-Denny steps up. When irresistible American congressman Jackson T. Paine intervenes, her life is changed for ever. Olivia is a fiery Scot. Jackson’s a cool Oklahoma boy. Feel the heat of the chemical reaction. Tipped as a future president, ruthless opponents plot his downfall. When he faces them down, he stands alone for the final showdown. He has one invincible weapon. A woman in love.
One night, that’s all it was supposed to be, but fate decided otherwise. New Year, new promotion, what more could Sophie Franklyn ask for? Her one night stand not turning up at work would be top of her list. Unfortunately, luck isn’t on her side and in the middle of a medical emergency, Alex Scavoni shows up like an avenging angel. Life just got a little more interesting. Or was it more complicated? Waking up to an empty bed after the best night of his life could’ve been a blow to Alex’s ego. But it wasn’t. He knew he’d see his masked woman again. Best of all, he had the element of surprise on his side. Fate, however, has a plan for these two lovers. When they find out their night together has consequences neither of them expected, they must decide if it’s going to remain as a one and done deal. Or will it become forever?
Beneath his playboy façade, young NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for a family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, is determined to prove herself in a male-dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only two muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she wants nothing to do with him. But Luke’s gentle ways and down home country charm just might win her over—if his painful past doesn’t push her away. When she begins to touch his heart, he’s haunted by bitter memories of the only woman he’s ever loved—the mother who abandoned him as a little boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her on life’s journey, Rachel perseveres, her innocence and grace breach his defenses and his walls begin to crumble. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love, their very lives, are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the whole auto industry and Luke realizes his final happiness must come through faith, in the One who has always loved him… and always will.
Bestselling Author Virginia Gray brings you an endearing story, rife with psychotic roommates, questionable fashion choices, and an epic search for the perfect cup of coffee... Twenty-two-year-old Susan Wade's dream of a fabulous, high-powered career is the only thing that's gotten her through the past four years of college. But now that she's graduating, her future isn't looking quite as bright as she'd hoped. She's discovering the hard way that Corporate America values something she doesn't have: experience. With only five dollars left to her name, Susan is left with two unappealing options: following her semi-boyfriend to the bowels of Texas or managing a dilapidated diner in her small town. She's got to convince someone that there is more to her than meets the eye. But how? Let's face it. Ben's not exactly relationship material. Awkward and geeky, his ideal job is designing computer software while hyped up on energy drinks. Best friends with Susan for far too long, he's ready to take their relationship to the next level, but she keeps shutting him down. Until one night... Will Susan get the chance of a lifetime before she makes a huge mistake? Will Ben finally get his fantasy girl? Or will the two end up in worse shape than they started?
When Molly retreats to North Carolina with Gracie, her ten-year-old daughter, she's surprised to find her childhood crush, Nick, still living in the area. Months before her retreat, Molly's husband announces he's leaving to sail around the world with his best friend. She divorces him and takes Gracie to the Smoky Mountains where she spent many happy childhood vacations. The morning after her arrival, Nick shows up on her porch, and he is even more handsome than she remembered. She feels the flush of her adolescent crush heating up. Gracie refuses to believe her father won't come back for them, so she resents Nick spending time with her mother and tries her best to pull them apart. With the help of a kitten named Minty, Gracie begins to accept the love developing between Nick and Molly in time for her first Christmas in the mountains of North Carolina. Minty's Kiss is a sweet romantic novella, filled with holiday cheer brought to life by an adorable kitten.
Janie Morgan is 22, petite, has red hair, and a temper to match. Although she had a few boyfriends, she is a bit old-fashioned – saving herself for her husband. She has always had a love for animals, and although her father is the town Vet, she didn’t want to follow in her father’s footsteps. When her grandmother dies and leaves her some money, she buys a small farm and opens her own animal rescue center. When her father decides to retire, he tells Janie that he has hired someone to take his place, and Janie is reluctant to have to work with a new Vet.
Paul Henson just graduated from Veterinary School and is excited about his new job. A Vet working in a small town. At six foot three, and very handsome, he had just gone through a bad breakup with his girlfriend who was supposedly the love of his life.
When the two of them meet, there is an instant attraction, and Janie gives herself to Paul willingly thinking her search for the perfect man is over, and plans to spend the rest of her life with him.
The arrival of another woman sends Janie’s world into a tailspin as she doubts that Paul’s love is real. As she struggles with her feelings, and finally confronts Paul, she discovers her doubts were all a misunderstanding. Making up, Janie and Paul pledge their love to each other once again, and just when Janie thought everything was on track, a message arrives, turning her perfect world upside down once again.
Stephen, a young, disembodied soul is sent to the earthly plane by his spiritual master. After his harrowing previous life in flesh, he is petrified. But it’s part of the plan. ‘Every soul must fall into flesh to learn and grow.’ The words of the master ring in his ears—there is no escaping his sojourn. Stephen is to be a walk-in, trading places with another soul. On earth, he finds himself in the body of a full grown man. Memories that are not his flood him, a veil descends and he is thrust into a life he does not quite understand but somehow knows. Lilah, a socialite in a gilded cage, is betrothed to a man hand-picked by her father. Although Costas is the perfect match, bringing together two families of wealth, he is far from ideal. Stephen and Lilah meet. The attraction is swift, undeniable and unfortunately ill-fated. When framed for a crime by Costas, Stephen must decide if life is still worth living. A love story unlike any other. Of Flesh and Blood will challenge the way you view life, love and even death.
When a bomb is left on reporter Kelly Sand’s desk, she’s determined to find out who wants her to stop reporting on corporate growth in rural Florida. The open threat thrusts Kelly back into the arms of her editor and former lover, Bart Stanley. Together, the two begin to unravel the master plan of major developers who want to destroy the last vestiges of Florida’s natural beauty. Tortoise Stew is a satire on political crime and Florida sensibilities. A sometimes humorous, often harrowing, and never boring Florida suspense novel, Tortoise Stew contains a cast of characters who leave dead armadillos as calling cards, dynamite ponds as a way to fish, and carry guns under Santa Claus costumes during the annual Christmas parade. The novel also addresses the ramifications of adoption after rape and the impact on both parents and children. All the while the developers and environmentalists fling insults and intrigue as murder and fatal accidents bombard the small communities of rural north Florida. As she investigates the plots building up, Kelly heads inside a mental institution for more ammunition. When it gets about as insane as it can get, the 2000 presidential election looms in the background providing a surreal quality to the antics of these characters. Through it all, the steamy relationship between Kelly and Bart heats up to hot as they rediscover what brought them together in the first place. Fasten your seatbelts for one raucous ride through the quagmir ...
What happens when a fighter and a peacenik fall in love?
From the wind-swept horse country of the Yakima Valley to the airy academic halls of the University of Washington, three adventurers pursue their own Edens. One wants to be a hero, the second just wants to save her home, the third to make sense of it all.
Jake’s tragic death in the opening days of the Iraq War leaves his sister and best friend reeling.
Jessie finds herself all alone in the fight to save their family cattle ranch, even as the patriarchy of the Valley seeks to crush her.
Andrew’s questing mind is driven to the brink as he seeks to balance his pacifict convictions with his friend’s sacrifice.
Drawn together, this unlikely pair struggles to find meaning in their loss while they fight for their dreams.
He’s sweet, caring and loyal. She’s independent, ambitious and brave. To Julian, home, family and friends are everything. They’re all he’s got. Ruby’s heart is big enough to encompass the whole world. But she’s all alone. ♥ Julian Ruby was my universe. She was all I ever wanted. Then she left me in the dark the summer after grad with a shattered heart, all my dreams dead. The only place I’ve seen her face is on the televisions hanging in high-class kitchens around the world, haunting me. On the eve of our tenth high school reunion, she’s suddenly back, and I don’t know why. My hardened heart is cracked open like an egg. Though I never stopped loving her for a moment, how do I know I still want her? I’m not the same man I was then. Ruby Ten years ago, I buried the lede when I betrayed the love of my life and abandoned him to pursue my journalism career. Few people know what happened, and Julian isn’t one of them. Burning with ambition, derailed by loss, I left Julian on the farm to travel the world, investigating others’ strife and trouble. Ten eventful years have passed, and I’m finally back in Port Cam. Now I have to tell Julian the truth. After what I’ve been through, I’m not sure what I want or what I’m capable of, but the one thing I need is forgiveness. Can their ten year high school reunion give these star-crossed lovers the ingredients to re-write their story? Author’s Note: A steamy, swoony second chance romance with a big-hearted hero out to save the world one dish a ...
Lily secretly hates kids' birthday parties. It takes a finger of whiskey on the rocks to get her through wrapping yet another girl birthday gift. They're just one more reminder that she's trapped -- knocked off of her career path and stuck in a place where no one knows her as anything more than a wife and stay-at-home mom. But she used to be fearless; ambitious; sexy; free. A dangerous woman. When Lily's first love re-enters her life, something in her awakens. He's gorgeous, sophisticated and as amazing as she remembered -- a perfect counterpoint to her featureless suburban life. As she plays at the edges of getting caught in her new affair, Lily starts to recall echoes of her old self. But soon, the lines between her husband and her lover start to blur. Her lover doesn't want a dangerous woman; he wants his own version of a domestic ideal. The affair that once made Lily feel free soon begins to feel like another trap. Ultimately, Lily has to decide what to keep, what to let go and which bridges to burn in order to have the life she wants.
When all hope appears to be lost and life is not going according to the plan, it's important to look for the silver linings and to know your own happiness. Penelope and Caitlin Hall are going to have to learn to live very different lives since their parents broke up - Penny must leave college behind and find herself a job, while Caiti has no choice but to give up her private prep school in exchange for Austen High. In their new lives, the girls will meet Gabriel, a friendly new neighbour, Brett, Austen High's most attractive bad boy, and Noah, who might just be the most complicated of them all. Though possible boyfriends probably ought to be the last thing Penelope and Caitlin are focused on, it might prove difficult to ignore the possibilities! Will the sisters find their new, less affluent lives offend their sensibilities? Do they have the good sense to deal with the potential romances that come their way? Join Penelope and Caitlin as they go in search of their own happiness, only hoping that they recognise it when they see it coming!
Zack Bartell is a strong, determined Texan who knows what he wants and is willing to fight for it. What he wants most in life is Meredith Courtland and to develop his share of the family's ranching dynasty at Bridleton.
Meri has experienced the deep heartache of a lost love. She’s emotionally wary and unwilling to risk her secure position at Bridleton by having an affair with the incredibly desirable Bartell heir, even though he's a walking, breathing temptation.
When an unidentified stalker tangles their relationship even further, Meri's volunteer work with wounded veterans helps them eliminate the threat and find their much-deserved happiness.
Prince Dane's father is ready to abdicate the throne on the condition that Dane finds a wife and marries her quickly before he is coronated king. The only problem is Dane is in a relationship with his bodyguard, Asher. Reluctantly, Dane searches for a wife and against Asher's wishes, chooses Lyric a beautiful ballet dancer who has run from her royal heritage. As Asher grapples with the worry he will lose Dane to his wife, Dane faces rejection when Lyric refuses his proposal. On a mission to satisfy his lover, Asher brings Lyric back to the castle, and their tenuous friendship becomes love. Dane soon finds the same love for the kind-hearted Lyric and now they must sacrifice themselves for roles they must play so that Dane can become king. As Asher, Lyric, and Dane face the prejudice of their kingdom, Dane realizes things have to change in order for them to ever be happy together... This is a steamy MMF menage romance with a HEA, no cheating and a lot of fun.
Being with a bad boy has never felt so good. Abilene I’m in desperate need of a date to take on a work-related trip. I’ve been fending off the owner of the company’s son by talking about my serious boyfriend. The problem is… he doesn’t exist. If I don’t produce him, the owner’s son is going to call my bluff, and I might even lose the promotion I’ve been working toward. So when my sister drags me to a bachelor auction for charity, I bet all my faith and all of my savings on the biker I’ve been crushing on for years. Kane When Abilene Waylon wins me in the bachelor auction, I’m stunned and intrigued. What could the local pastor’s daughter want with a broken man like me? I’m her daddy’s worst nightmare in a black leather jacket. Then she lays out her proposal... her virginity for pretending to be her one and only. I have no intention of holding her to her promise… even though I already know I’m the only man who will ever have her. Ever wanted to spend a single night with the bachelor of your dreams? The men of Broken Bend are going on the auction block for a great cause. Find out what happens when the winning bidders claim their prize in the One Night Series. Each book is a complete story and can be read alone.
After personal tragedy, Captain Jolie Gordon takes charge of the Masquerade, a fishing boat turned pleasure-cruiser. Jolie dreams of owning a successful business charter, but she is one pinion away from losing everything she’s invested. She’s got the summer to come up with enough money to buy a new engine and can’t afford any distractions. Ex ski instructor Heath Hamilton boards the Masquerade for his brother’s wedding party charter, angry at all he’s lost due to a random accident on the slopes. Excruciating pain keeps Heath from trusting that he will ever be whole again. Left with the pieces of who he used to be, nobody is more surprised than Heath when he accepts Jolie’s offered job as a bartender on the yacht for the summer. Opening her heart is a risk, but Jolie recognizes in Heath a kindred spirit, forced to rebuild after circumstances changed the planned course. They spend the steamy South Florida summer daring to love again, fearing that life does not always go according to plan.
Cameron Hudson has been in love with Alexia Atwood for as long as he could remember. He has a ring in his possession to prove it. Alexia Atwood did the right thing. Made her parents happy and followed their rules. Until she didn’t. Summers spent in Wildwood Falls, Montana were carefree and romantic. Cameron and Alexia were inseparable as young adults. Until the realities of their separate worlds impeded on their fantasy. Alexia went to college and Cameron worked his family ranch. Years later, as they help to plan their mutual friends’ wedding, Alexia and Cameron are forced to revisit the past. Memories are sweeter than they remember and soon they are pulled back down memory lane. How will Cameron and Alexia be able to put their past behind them and create a new future together?
Danica Bennett isn't sure what she hates more...her job or the fact that she's good at it. As one of the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star. When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one in the photographs. Add that to the fact that she's falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.
Michelle is in trouble --- but she's fighting for her ideals! In this psychological romance a group of university students and soldiers go underground to try to implement ideas about which they are passionate. The French police are after them. Michelle has just been released from jail in France after attempting to damage an arms factory. Michelle has two lovers --- but she's not in love! Michelle comes to Israel and rekindles her romance with David, a middle-aged, married professor. Tom, her student lover who had been wounded in war, and Gad, David’s son, are also among the rebels. Michelle is intellectual, arrogant and teasing – and not committed to either of her lovers. Michelle’s rebel group depends on her – but nothing is simple! Michelle’s friends know they can rely on her, but they each struggle with their own internal conflicts. David is terrified about his son's entanglement in illegal activity. His own failure as a soldier still haunts him. David's sister, Pola, comes to visit and supports their activity. These idealistic rebels will inspire you, despite their dilemmas!
A Woman’s World Book Club pick and GDRWA Booksellers' Best Award finalist. When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive. Gabby Decouteau refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces Jackson to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life Gabby has built for herself and her son. With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.
Three steamy forbidden student-professor romance stories about the beautiful psychology professor Diego Valentine and his plucky student Cassandra Rodriguez. This collection includes all three stories together, letting you enjoy the love and sizzling tension between a girl and an older man. Right at the charming location of Kirk University, a lovely campus in northern England.
When a mugger steals more than her boyfriend’s wallet, Finley’s life is turned upside-down. Finley had only just learned her boyfriend, Rory, was a twin. An incident in their home the night before left more than rivalry between the two brothers; Rory was out for revenge. Before he can rightfully deal with Randy, they are mugged and one of them killed. Upon her arrival at the hospital, Finley is horrified to learn they are unsure which one lived. After almost a year with the man she’s loved like no other, she has no problem figuring out it’s Rory. Elation immediately replaces her worst fear. Days pass, the incident forgotten, life goes on, only much better. Rory is far more attentive and loving and finally proposes. Finley has never been happier. One by one, secrets are revealed about Rory’s past, and Finley discovers the last year of her life has been a complete lie. Although she’s unable to know what to do about staying with the man she thought she loved, two reasons make her feelings impossible to deny him.
To escape notoriety from her role in the school shooting she barely survived, Elizabeth Lambert moves from Houston to Hoffman Grove, Illinois. Plagued by panic attacks and nightmares, she’s determined to embrace her second chance at life, knowing that death could take her in an instant. A one-night stand with a local handsome firefighter should remind her that she’s alive, but like a good cookie, once is not enough to satisfy her craving. Will he reject her when he learns about the blood on her hands? Firefighter and paramedic Matt Billings fights his attraction to the alluring new bookshop manager. She dangles a one-night stand under his nose, but the last time he gave in to such an offer he ended up with a child. He is determined to be a better man than his philandering father. Can he convince Elizabeth that her past is not as terrifying as suddenly being a parent, and a relationship is worth more than just a checkbox on her bucket list?
Kane's a country singer who's tangled with too many deceitful women. He's learned his lesson: girls are for flirting and fun; emotions are for his music. But after spending a night with an earnest woman unlike any he's known, he can't force her out of his mind. So he goes in search of the woman he knows only as "Elle."
On her last night in Nashville, the staunchly pragmatic Sabella found herself in a situation more suited to a romance novel than reality. Swept away, she ignored her rigidly self-imposed rules, succumbing to the fantasy just this once. But she knows real-world relationships have nothing in common with their fictionalized portrayals. When Kane unexpectedly shows up at her Portland apartment, she must choose between the practical truths she has learned and the desire for a passionate love she has struggled to suppress.
Despite the distance, Kane's tour schedule, and their meddling friends, both are drawn to the chance for a romance neither quite believes is possible.
What if the bad boy really was the right guy? Four years ago, Sierra and Mickey had a hot encounter neither could forget. But Sierra’s family would never approve of a match with the guy from the wrong side of the tracks—so she runs from his bed, trying to forget it ever happened. Nine months later, her little bundle of joy ensures that she will always remember. Mickey left town long before Sierra’s belly grew big, so her secret is safe. Or so she thought. Three years later, Mickey, now a famous rock star, returns for a wedding in their hometown. And when Sierra runs into him, she discovers she still has all those feelings. He’s in town for just a little while. What would one more passionate encounter with the hot bad boy hurt? It should be fine…so long as she can keep her secret…
As Blowing Rock, NC’s JOY Radio talk show host, Everly has discovered fulfillment, but she hasn’t found love, at least not for her—not even from her mother.
Everly Johnson is every man’s dream of the perfect date, even though her audience has never met her. As host for the EnJOYing God’s Best program on JOY Radio in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, she receives countless gifts of flowers and candy from her listeners, some callers being more ardent than others. Everly has no interest in such offerings and promptly bestows the bounty on her mother’s assisted living facility. Everly wants words--heartfelt, meaningful endearments meant for her ears only. She wants a man who will open her eyes to everything she cannot see to make her feel like she’s more than just a voice behind the microphone.
Cameron Boyd is every woman’s dream of the perfect man. He’s intelligent, has a strong work ethic and career, lives on his own, and is downright adorable. But being an introvert can make eye contact with a pretty girl a challenge, let alone saying something coherent--unless it is the one-way conversation he has each Friday with Everly Johnson. Date night for Cam involves sitting alone on his back porch overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains while he dreams of things to say if he were ever to meet her face-to-face.
A chance meeting changes everything.
Will Cam be able to step out of his comfort zone and into the world he has only been able to envision in his min ...
Greta and Jacob aren’t looking for love, but when they meet, their attraction is white hot, melting away all self-restraint. Both times. The first is a stormy spring afternoon, spent indulging in each other’s bodies. When they’re abruptly interrupted, they part ways convinced they’re nothing more than an erotic chapter in the other’s life. However, when they unexpectedly meet again, Jacob isn’t willing to let Greta slip away. He convinces her to give them a chance. Lust turns to love, but resentments fester. Jacob’s convinced Greta will never see him as anything more than a blue-collar nobody. A temporary indulgence. Greta fears she isn’t strong enough to stand against both her family’s scorn and Jacob’s growing anger.
If all my mistakes led to him, maybe they weren’t so bad…
I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to come home to Winchester, but it’s not surprising. I’ve always been a little impulsive. That’s why I was in Denver in the first place. I fell in love with the wrong guy and followed him there. But that didn’t quite work out.
Not even thirty and I’m a…divorcee. Like a bad word, something that makes my mother scowl. Broke and broken, I return home, even after vowing to never set foot in this small town again. But if I hadn’t come back here, I never would have met the gorgeous, enigmatic, sexy Scott Wardell.
Hot or not, he’s arrogant and rude, and he finds a way to get under my skin. When I discover he’s a drummer for a local rock band and we click on a whole different level, I find myself changing my mind about him. I even start falling for him. Hard. Even after I swore I was done with bad boys. Hell, after swearing I was done being a bad girl.
But even as things with Scott and me get hotter and hotter, my feet grow as cold as ice—and between my ex, his ex, and even Scott’s creepy best friend, I start to rethink us…and wind up doing a few things I regret.
When I realize Scott’s the only man for me, will it be too late?
Calli Douglas has avoided romance for five years, bound by a promise she never should've made to a man she doesn't love. Now, he refuses to let her go. When she leaves her backwoods hideaway to attend her cousin's wedding, Calli has no intention of meeting a man. But fate has other plans--in the form of one scorching-hot Scotsman.
Aidan "Don Juan" MacTaggart is the living embodiment of carnal pleasure and seductive prowess, but he longs for love and commitment. The moment he sets eyes on Calli, the stunning American captivates him. Though she's sworn off sex and romance, unraveling the mystery of why tantalizes Aidan almost as much as her sensual curves.
As their passion for each other inspires them to explore their steamiest desires, a deeper bond takes root. But when secrets from both their pasts threaten their happiness, they must confront their fears or lose everything.
Cassiopeia's dreams are harbingers of death and when her cousin Mary disappears from a remote castle of the Cornish Coast, she knows the worst has happened. Her dreams don’t lie. She goes undercover as a maid in the Killdaren household to discover the truth.
There's a darkness surrounding Sean Killdaren, a man born with his hands at his twin's throat. Whispers of the murderous Dragon Curse...and an aversion to daylight that adds vampire to spine-chilling rumors. But it’s not fear that makes Cassie’s knees shockingly weak. It's the spell of desire he casts with his wicked green eyes...and the small acts of kindness that soften her heart. The closer she comes to the truth, the greater the danger. Mary isn't the only woman lost to the Killdaren brothers' curse. And as a killer lurks ever closer, Cassie wonders whom she can trust...and if she will be the next victim.
Enter billionaire Hudson Morelli, a dangerously electric blend of cutthroat business, decadent arrogance, and a bad boy just trying to do good. Hudson couldn’t help the mob family he was born into, but being a part of that family sure had its benefits. Enter foxy Angelica Swan, the gatekeeper of the Swan family dynasty. The game plan? Simple. Play Angelica’s heart to get to the Swan fortune. After the coup d'etat of Swan Casinos, the Morelli’s New York underworld takeover will be complete. Problem is that a little emotion called love is creeping up on Hudson. Angelica ain’t the submissive type and her father isn’t about to give up on his multi-billion-dollar empire or his daughter without a fight. Step into the cold, grimy, and sexy interconnected world of the Manhattan Underlords to experience fireworks sizzling on the pages between Angelica and Hudson. Will they turn their tug of war hate into love? Time to find out! *Devil Kingpin is a standalone forced marriage, enemies-to-lovers romance complete with a happily ever after ending.*
Brothers Jude and Ryan McAllister are inseparable. When Jude stepped in to raise Ryan after the death of their mother, it became the two of them against the world. But the scars it left were bone-deep. Then Lizzie Price comes along. Lizzie hopes Ryan’s kindness can help heal her wounds from a toxic relationship. But when she meets Jude, their powerful attraction makes him difficult to resist. The problem is, Lizzie doesn’t realize Jude and Ryan are brothers, and they don’t know they’re falling for the same girl. By the time the truth comes out, everyone is in too deep. Ryan is in love, Jude is in denial, and Lizzie wants both brothers. All of them agree that no one deserves to get hurt. But love and desire have a way of testing even the strongest bonds.
The Wylde River adventure begins with a family feud, but when love blooms between Ruth Perry and James Delaney, will their passion cost them everything they have struggled to build in their fledgling town?
Jessica is running from more than a storm. A painful secret from her past has left physical as well as emotional scars. Although she finds herself falling for Quentin, she flees the safety of his company, convinced he’d be better off without her. Unfortunately, trouble finds her before Quentin does. Freeing Jessica from a would-be kidnapper is just the beginning. Convincing her to forget her past proves to be an even tougher challenge as he persuades her to return with him to his Texas home. When a terrible storm takes Quentin on a detour, he finds something far more dangerous than tornados and hail; he finds Jessica, who threatens to leave a gaping hole in heart.
Jen Talty is an award-winning and bestselling author of romantic suspense.
Ryan O'Conner has the world at her fingertips. She's strong, feisty and has everything she's ever wanted, except the right man. Jared Blake represents everything Ryan doesn't want. He's controlling, overbearing and now he's moving. Having had a crush on him for years, Ryan decides to seduce Jared. A goodbye thing. However, her plans change when someone starts stalking her. With her life on the line, she turns to Jared for protection and finds the not so perfect man is the perfect man for her.
Restless and bored, NY State Trooper Jared Blake accepts a transfer from his position in Lake George, NY. Jared craves the rush of adrenaline and his current post is too tame. As soon as he moves, his career will take off, but his plans are put on hold when a friend is threatened by a stalker. Jared has exactly two weeks to find out who is behind these treats. ...
It's better not to love at all, especially when you're dying.
"This book wasn't just an emotional roller coaster ride, it was the whole darned carnival."
Naked zip lining in the Thailand jungle, being pulled onstage at Denzel Duke concert living her best life still hasn't changed the outcome for popular travel vlogger Shae. She's going to die, and possibly soon. Diagnosed with an unpronounceable terminal illness as a teen, Shae grabs at the extra months and years she's been given without giving any of herself in return, keeping quiet about the real reason she's afraid to give love a try.
Emmett knows all about loss. He was living his best life until the death of his wife sent him spinning out of control. It took three years to pull himself together, trading ball diamonds for the strawberry patch and sweet cornfields of the family farm, but he's ready to take another chance at love.
After Emmett meets Shae at a family wedding, he falls hard. One glimpse of her fun-filled life and Emmett knows he's ready to be a part of it.
For Shae, it's not better to have loved and lost, it's better not to love at all. But it's hard to keep her distance, especially when Emmett is fighting so hard for her heart. What would be worse ---keeping away from Emmett or telling him that he's going to lose her too?
Don't Tell Me You Love Me is a picture-perfect tale of second chances, living your best life, and the right time for lo ...
Davy Hill goes from obscurity to fame by riding the rankest bull alive. Coming from a life of poverty, the young cowboy expects his life to change for the better now that he's a successful professional bull-rider. Yet, with every occurrence of good luck comes an equal dose of bad. He suffers a potentially career-ending injury, a string of betrayals, and much worse. Despite all the brutal slams he takes, he keeps getting up, because he's a bull-rider and they never give up.
Idolize. Book One in the Dark Storm Series.
Cassi moved to LA to escape a violent past and wants anonymity for herself and her son. She's starting to get her life back on track when she meets Declan Reed. He's the latest hit on the Hollywood scene, playing the lead in the TV series Dark Storm. Just when she finds the love of her life, Declan's fame forces Cassi's past to come back and haunt her.
Felicity thought her world had come to an end. Losing the love of her life, left her heart feeling broken and shattered, uncertain of how to fix it. With her husband gone, she knew a change needed to happen, taking her back to her past and a life she had long forgotten. The road less travelled led her straight to the beach town she grew up in and a house that needed renovating to live up to its potential. Ryan was just the man for the job. As a carpenter and handyman, he was prepared to get the job and quickly was able to prove he was the right man. Working on the beach house was a win-win for Ryan, especially as attraction grew for the widow. But will feelings develop on her end, too? Or will she do everything she can to shy away from them? And when she gets devastating news of a secret beyond her husband’s grave, will it be able to bring the two of them closer together? Or, will Felicity push him further away, letting all her insecurities in? Ryan wants to show her how strong she truly is. But, is Felicity prepared to let him?
He’s no normal person—but that’s what intrigues her the most. And he likes the fact that he can’t deduce everything about her at first glance. She does things that aren’t recognizable—simply because these things are original. There’s something about these two that makes the other curious—and that curiosity is what unconsciously keeps them together longer than they’ve ever been with anyone else before. They share dreams of old-fashioned romances, but as irresistible as they find each other, can they wait that long? What about trust when their relationship gets more intimate? Can she accept vulnerability in exchange for the love that he wants to give her? And can he be patient with her when she starts doing insensible things that he doesn’t understand? Are they really meant to be like the universe keeps suggesting, or is all this a wishful fairy tale in their own minds?
Adele Blackthorne is a big girl, a curvy chick. She knows it, and she’s been picked on all her life because of it. But she’s gotten to the stage where she doesn’t care. She may be Rubenesque, but she’s healthy, too. Much healthier than the mean girls at the leisure center that point and stare and say spiteful things about her. Adele rises above it all, and simply enjoys her secretive glances at the center’s hunky lifeguard, Oliver. As the bullying of Adele becomes worse, Oliver finds it increasingly difficult not to intervene. He doesn’t want to get into trouble with work, but equally he can’t stand to see Adele treated in such a horrible way. Especially since he doesn’t agree that she’s fat and unattractive. He thinks she’s a seriously sexy woman, and would like to get to know her better. Much better.
John thinks Becca is a raving lunatic.
Becca thinks John is an arrogant, cocky douchebag.
Can these frenemies become friends even lovers?
Zach has always felt like a wallflower, now made worse by a recent trauma. Deepak has always been the life of the party, until he loses one his closest loved ones. Can each help the other to claim the light within?
Molly Brown always faces life with a smile, even when a frightening thug is intent upon killing her. At first, Detective Sean Cushing finds Molly’s cheery disposition unnatural, especially when he discovers the seriousness of her injuries. When she asks for police protection, he instead offers her a job and home being a nanny to his five-year-old daughter, hoping her cheery disposition can pull his child from her dark hole of misery. Never did he expect he’d be proposing marriage within a day, but life has a way of going in odd directions when Molly Brown is involved.
Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated. Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny’s former fiancé reenters her life, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to a former student. How will Bonny decide between her rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future, or will it drive them apart? Land of My Dreams, Christian Romance Novel, spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.
Bound by need. Entwined in secrets. Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore the possibilities she could never before have imagined. Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn. However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets in their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results. Heart of Stone is a full-length novel, over 380 pages, and the first of three books in The Stone Series.
AH-MEH-ZING . . . so much depth, emotion, passion and love. . . A brilliant script for a chick flick we girls would love to cry and swoon about! --Unputdownable Books
This story had the perfect amount of giggles, gasps, and anxious page-turning." --Lisa, Lost In Literature
Tender romance with real-life characters that will warm your heart and tug at your emotions. Bestselling author Rita Herron
The Dance n Love series shines a spotlight on women of the dance world. Not necessarily the stars, but the unsung heroines, the dilemmas they face and the men who capture their passions.
Snow Dance Divorced Broadway dancer moves to a peaceful fishing village for solitude and instead encounters a needy teen, a pesky ghost and a fisherman who makes her believe in love again.
Kiss Me, Dancer - A rollercoaster of a romance between a dance instructor and a single dad. Can Casey save her studio without losing her heart?
Touch Me And Tango - Ballroom dance star Tanya broke Parker's heart when they were teens and seeing her again brings back all the fire and fury.
Stars, Love And Pirouettes Two careers, two men. A ballerina faces the choice of a lifetime. Will her heart show the way?
Sophie…has stupid awesome sex with a stranger. This New York City summer is hot and sticky as I move into my new apartment, which only makes what I’m feeling for my asshole neighbor even messier. Usually, I quietly reserve my opinions for my news articles, but when Tony argues with me, he tempts me to give in to my crazy. I yell back. He smiles. Something in me melts. It was only supposed to be one time, but we can’t get enough. With Tony, I’m a new person, brave and unashamed. But anything between us can only be a fling. He’s offered a job in Rome. That’s good, right? With a long history of unreliable relationships, messy emotions are a complication I don’t need. Tony…has a new sexy neighbor. I’ve worked my ass off to climb the ladder at my company, even threw away my passion to prove I’m worth something. When they offer me a high position, I should be focused on my work. But no one’s ever spoken to me the way Sophie does. She pushes buttons I don't know I have. Forces me to confront a dream I gave up long ago. In two months, we go our separate ways. No hurt feelings. No misunderstandings. That’s the deal. She doesn’t need to know I’ll be playing for keeps. Cover Reveal on May 17th!
Relish the romantic journey as two close friends slide into love! Stock car legend, Tom "Torque" Tyler, faces a bleak future following an off-track car wreck. Thanks to a traumatic head injury, he's developed epileptic seizures and may never drive again. To avoid tabloid reporters and well-meaning friends, Tom holes up in a cottage surrounded by high walls. Now he just needs to figure out the rest of his life. Service dog trainer and old friend, Meg Klein, shows up on Tom's doorstep with a seizure response dog. Bob, a tiny but talented canine, makes it almost impossible for Tom to maintain his black mood. And Meg is determined to drag her high-school crush out of his self-imposed solitude. But will the paparazzi ruin her best-laid plans? “Marcia James writes characters that draw you in and have you rooting for them from the start. James is definitely going on my must read list!!” -- Joyfully Reviewed
“Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!” raves bestselling author Cora Carmack, and this steamy, upbeat modern romance about connecting in all the best ways proves it once again. Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it. Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
He was a billionaire bad boy, my best friend’s brother and I was hopelessly in love, but when I saw him again at her wedding, he looked at me like I was a woman. I gave him my virginity even though I knew this was nothing but a dream. His father called me a whore and paid me to leave. Heartbroken and lovesick and I thought I would never recover from losing my true love. But I was not lovesick, I was pregnant with his child. He could never know the truth because I refused to be the gold digger they said I was. The first moment I saw her I wanted her and when she turned out to be the girl I used to know I wanted her more. One night with her made me addicted to her love, but I’d lost her. When I found her again she was with another man. I had never been denied what I wanted and I wanted her. Her boyfriend wouldn’t, my father wouldn’t, even she wouldn’t get in the way of making her mine..
Crashing Together is the second novel in a steamy new series by Amelia Judd. (Please note, this book has two fully described love making scenes.) --- Next step: seduce Logan. Which would likely be as difficult as convincing him to take his next breath of air. After all, how hard could it be to strike up a game with the world's biggest player? --- Determined to hide a fear too embarrassing to admit, recently-evicted Kat Bennett accepts an impromptu offer to crash with her brother's best friend and player extraordinaire, Logan McCabe. When things heat up between them, spitfire Kat decides to embrace temptation rather than fight it. A steamy fling might be just the distraction she needs from her own problems. And who better to fling with than a gorgeous Australian who's only in the country for a few months? Logan loves his no-strings-attached lifestyle. Or at least he did until Kat, a woman he has always been attracted to but vowed not to touch, moves in with him for the summer. Even though getting to know beautiful, fiery Kat heats his blood and shoots his relaxed vibe to hell, Logan is determined to keep his word and his hands to himself. But Kat plans to prove some promises are meant to be broken. Will living with Kat for the summer convince Logan it's time to start playing for keeps or will their unexpected love crash and burn?
Can a runaway bride find love with someone else’s jilted groom? Flower shop owner Flora has waited years to say “I do” but when she gets to the altar, all she can say is “I can’t.” Ex-ballplayer Dean waits for his turn to find wedded bliss but has nothing to say when his bride-to-be texts that she’s not coming. As Flora makes her escape from the chapel in Las Vegas, she barrels into Dean and it changes everything. They never expect to spend the night together. One perfect night where they share everything but names, numbers, or even Facebook pages. In the morning, Dean leaves without waking Flora, thinking the note he leaves will be enough. Maybe it would have been if Flora had found it. Once they get back to the real world, Flora can’t stop thinking about Dean. And Dean keeps dreaming of Flora. Could they be closer than they think? When fate steps in with a bouquet of flowers, will Flora and Dean get a second chance at love? And will they be ready to take it? With a hint of Runaway Bride and a bit of Serendipity, Flora and Dean discover some love stories are perfectly played.
Evie is staring into an empty future. Joe is the only man she ever loved. But he cheated and broke her heart. Enter rocker Jake, hot and tempting, to sweep her off her feet. Why shouldn’t she grasp her own happy ending? Is Joe too late to persuade Evie he loves her? Does he even deserve another chance? Old hurts are deep and forgiveness seems out of the question. Don’t miss this award-winning romance – a sizzling second-chances page-turner that’s sure to melt your heart.