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As an employee of MacBain Security and Solutions, Claire Kelly can certainly hold her own. Armed with an impressive set of covert skills, she’s more than prepared to tackle any job that comes her way…except one involving Cooper Lockman.
Cooper and Claire used to work together before his feelings for her sent him packing to Europe for six long years. But now he’s back and determined to ignore the still-smoldering heat that lingers between them.
Their current mission: go undercover together at a California high school to root out the mastermind behind a prostitution ring targeting young girls. The closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, however, the deadlier their task becomes. As Claire and Cooper risk their lives to bring down their target, will their hearts be the final casualties?
This is the first book in the all-new Richter series of standalone novels with interconnected characters. Reading Say It Again beforehand is recommended.
Series recommended reading order: Changing the Rules | A Thin Disguise (6 Jul 2021)
We all look up our exes on-line…but should we?
Posy Fairweather is over the moon when her boyfriend Matt proposes in what is probably the most romantic way possible—on top of a mountain, in a thunderstorm, like something from a Nicholas Sparks novel. But a few days later he dumps her. Crushed and humiliated, Posy wonders why all her romances have always been such train wrecks.
Determined to gain some insight, Posy resolves to get online, track down her exes, and ask them. Which doors from Posy’s past should stay closed? Which might open? Can she learn from past mistakes? And what if she has let Mr. Right slip through her fingers along the way?
This is a standalone novel.
Marin Cole has never:
Seen the ocean
Climbed a mountain
Taken a risk on love
….But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.
Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art and adrenaline.
When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters’ spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin’s luggage gets mixed up with another passenger’s, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister’s seat.
For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside of her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she’s been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she’s falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she’s there in the first place.
This is a standalone novel.
If my time with Ryan Miller were a hit track on the radio, I imagine the lyrics would go something like this…
“We’re so different, but they say opposites attract. Oops, I’ve fallen, and my heart doesn’t want to come back.”
But, holy bingo night, is my attraction to the sexy, broody businessman so much more complicated than the chorus of a song.
His dad lives right next to my mom, and after the two of them suffered an unexplained accident while taking down holiday decorations, both Ryan and I were forced to become the only thirtysomething residents of Sunny Creek Village Independent Senior Living Community.
Temporarily moving in might seem like overkill for a fractured tailbone and a severely pulled groin muscle, but believe me, when your mom is as wild as mine and your dad is as cantankerous as Ryan’s, they need supervision to ensure they stick to doctor’s orders.
Constantly thrown together by the antics of our crazy parents and the tough-as-nails community enforcer, Betty Matthews, Ryan and I formed an alliance for the sole purpose of survival.
But I never expected to be so interested in finding out what he was hiding beneath his grumpy, serious demeanor. More than that, I never dreamed what I found would be the kind of man women sell their souls to the devil for.
Unfortunately, our little one-hit wonder on the airwaves has more to say before it comes to an end.
Although, finishing the outro to this song is a real doozy…
Tell me…what lyric rhymes with Oops, I’ve fallen for my future stepbrother?
This is a standalone novel.
It all starts when I get an email.
Let me rephrase. It’s a sextortion email from someone claiming they tapped into my computer and recorded me while I was watching a graphic adult video. If I don’t send them money, they’ll forward it to everyone in my Contacts list.
As a chemistry teacher at a private school, I panic. Not only do I love my job, but I also need it.
Desperate and afraid, I run to the police station and ask an officer for help.
A very gorgeous, very arrogant officer—Dax Harder.
Dax is a mixture of a fearless warrior and an undisciplined child. After he proves to me that it’s a spam email and they didn’t actually hack into my computer, he uses the incident to tease me. I leave the police station in a huff, hoping to never see him again.
Fate has other ideas.
Everywhere I go, I run into Officer Harder. Our tension turns heated, and soon, we’re embarking on a fiery and bold romance. The more time I spend with him, the more I learn about the dark past that lingers behind the eyes of the closely guarded cop.
And whatever it is, it’s enough for him to push me away.
This is the fourth standalone novel in the Falling for the Stars series, a zodiac-themed Romance series where each hero carries the character attributes of their star sign.
She handles cocky jocks for a living, but her love life isn’t as successful.
Brianne Prescott, publicist for Dare Nation Sports Agency, grew up the only girl with four brothers, three of whom are sports royalty. She’s a pro not just at work but at being used by men who want access to her famous family. She’s learned the hard way that everyone wants something from her, always.
He’s her brother’s best friend and the first man who sees her for who she really is.
When Dr. Hudson Northfield rescues Bri from a homeless man outside the clinic where he works, he really notices her for the first time. Soon she’s accompanying him to New York for a family wedding, and despite her siblings’ overprotective protests, they’re falling in love.
But Hudson has a secret he can’t reveal. If he wants access to a trust fund in his name, his father demands something in return. Hudson has to marry and provide an heir or his dream of opening a state-of-the-art health center will be destroyed. Suddenly the man who didn’t need anything from her appears to be the biggest user of them all. Unless Hudson can convince her he can live without money but he can’t live without her.
This is a standalone novella in the Dare Nation series.
Series recommended reading order: Dare to Resist | Dare to Tempt | Dare to Play | Dare to Stay | Dare to Tease (novella)
We were supposed to run away after graduation.
When she didn’t show at our meeting place, I got brave and went after her.
It was a mistake.
I left bloodied and bruised.
I had no choice but to walk away.
I traveled, settled halfway around the world,
made enough money that I didn’t have to look back.
But I never got over her.
Then, out of the blue, she calls.
And, what she asks for, the favor that she wants?
I never thought I’d be willing to take a life.
But the truth is, and always has been: I’d do anything for her.
This is the first book in the Dirty Wild trilogy, set in the Dirty Universe.
Evil is coming.
A dark malevolence the likes of which this world has never seen, and it comes straight from the depths of Hell. Darkness meant to destroy. A prophecy I am fated to fulfill but will most likely not survive.
Through it all, Carrick Byrne has stood strong by my side. Something has deeply changed between me and the man I once despised, and all it took was a kiss of provocation for both of us to feel it. I know deep in my soul we’re being guided by destiny, but I don’t know if I can trust it. Carrick is holding something back, and I fear the consequences could be deadly once his truth is revealed.
We’re not ready, but calamity waits for no woman. I have discovered a power within myself I must learn to master. A new connection in the Underworld has been revealed to me, one that I hope is friend but is just as likely foe. We are in a race against time as we try to figure out how to stop the end of the world from occurring. The battle is coming, and I can only hope we’re prepared for what happens next.
This is the third book in the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series.
Series reading order: The Clash of Yesterday (prequel novella) | The Revelation of Light and Dark | A Discovery of Secrets and Fate | The Evolution of Fae and Gods | A Battle of Blood and Stone (13 Apr 2021) | The Rise of Fortune and Fury (4 May 2021)
The plural form of Nemesis is Nemeses…
Anna Albertini never thought she’d have to look up the plural form of nemesis. In fact, she never thought she’d have one, much less three. But as she and her new partner try to make a go of their fledgling law firm, enemies come from every direction.
First, there’s a newspaper reporter trying to make a name for herself by dogging Anna’s every move. Second, there’s a lawyer on the opposite side of every case who just doesn’t like Anna. And third, there’s Aiden Devlin’s ex-girlfriend, who decides to descend upon the sleeping Idaho town like a bird of prey. It’s too bad she’s discovered dead…after finding herself on the wrong end of a potato gun, putting Anna top of the suspect list.
Anna deals with every day as it arrives while juggling her developing relationship with Aiden, trying to pay her rent by finding at least one client who pays, and finally by partnering with her Nonna Albertini in the world’s most chaotic plan to match-make her sister with the Elk County’s prosecuting attorney, Nick Basanelli. It’s a good thing Anna has learned to thrive in chaos.
This is the third book in The Anna Albertini Files series.
FRIENDS TO LOVERS
I’m not the obvious choice to run Burlington’s coolest wine bar—quiet, brooding, clueless about tannin content, and always one wrong turn away from another downward spiral.
But no one seems to mind that I’m a wreck. Besides me. I just focus on getting through each shift until the night a beautiful stranger appears, looking as lost and damaged as I feel.
When a mutual friend calls in a favor, the sexy newcomer winds up crashing on my couch. I don’t know if it’s his melodic Cornish accent, or his ocean blue eyes, or the rock-hard body with the mysterious scars, but I get the feeling whatever happened to him runs far deeper than those wounds.
Having Jax in my home makes my chest warm. Makes me shiver. Makes me want more. But I’ve got a pile of baggage and I don’t want to be a burden on anyone let alone a man who seems to have enough demons of his own.
Our chemistry is off the charts. His arms feel like home. The last thing I want is to screw this up. Is it wrong to hope we can heal each other? Or will one of us die trying?
This is a standalone novel in the Vino and Veritas series, each book written by a different author but all set in a shared world.
Series recommended reading order: Featherbed | Heartscape by Garrett Leigh | Headstrong by Eden Finley | Undercover by Eliot Grayson (29 Mar 2021) | Aftermath by L.A. Witt (29 Mar 2021) | Booklover by J.E. Birk (29 Mar 2021) | Turnabout by Laurel Greer (10 May 2021) | Unguarded by Jay Hogan (10 May 2021) | | Heartsong by A.E. Wasp (10 May 2021) | Insatiable by Rhys Everly (10 May 2021) | Daybreak by Kate Hawthorne (10 May 2021)
A straight guy gives gay hookup tips to a virgin. What could go wrong?
When I first met Whit, I couldn’t get away from him fast enough. He’s a hockey player, and I hate everything to do with the sport that broke my heart.
But I can’t help feeling sorry for the guy. He’s newly out and desperate to meet someone, but his eagerness seems to scare potential hook-ups away.
Agreeing to be his wingman should’ve been simple. Watching him flirt with other guys made things complicated.
Whit challenges me in every aspect of my life, from my hatred of hockey to the new questions I’m asking myself. Like why a straight man suddenly can’t stop thinking about kissing another guy.
I think the answer lies somewhere on Whit’s lips…
This is a standalone novel in the Vino and Veritas series, each book written by a different author but all set in a shared world.
Series recommended reading order: Featherbed | Heartscape by Garrett Leigh | Headstrong by Eden Finley | Undercover by Eliot Grayson (29 Mar 2021) | Aftermath by L.A. Witt (29 Mar 2021) | Booklover by J.E. Birk (29 Mar 2021) | Turnabout by Laurel Greer (10 May 2021) | Unguarded by Jay Hogan (10 May 2021) | Heartsong by A.E. Wasp (10 May 2021) | Insatiable by Rhys Everly (10 May 2021) | Daybreak by Kate Hawthorne (10 May 2021)
Back in her hometown of Ruby Falls, Aria Heart is determined to find herself and the happiness that has always felt just out of reach. Something that would be a lot easier to do if her parents weren’t so close by, reminding her just why she left town as soon as she could, and if the house she just purchased wasn’t already giving her problems.
Just when Aria starts to second guess her decision, Tide Goodman knocks on her door and shoves his way under her defenses. Is it possible that the happiness she’s been searching for is attached to a man like Tide, the guy she crushed on in high school who didn’t even seem to know she existed? A man with an adorable daughter and baggage of his own?
In order to find out, she’ll have to put everything, including her heart, on the line one more time.
This is the second book in the Ruby Falls series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
SMALL TOWN ROMANCE
“Who says you can’t wear boots with pearls?”
I’ve always loved my life and career. That was until my boss, best friend, and partner in crime, fell in love during a trip to her hometown and made me become a bougie cowgirl. It only took a few visits to the sleepy town of Poplar Falls for me to understand the draw.
So here I am, fighting the two girls that live inside of me. One who loves the glitz and glamour of NYC and thrives in the fast-paced world of the Upper East Side. Then the other who longs to be wild and free in the laid back mountains of Colorado with the people who have become like family. One in particular.
Payne Henderson was only supposed to be a fun fling, a hot man to scratch my cowboy itch. I didn’t realize I was falling so hard for him until it was too late to stop the ride and get off unscathed.
Now I have a decision to make. Do I confess my love and reveal the stripped-down version of me, scars and all? Or do I let him go and head back to the comfort of my big city life?
This is the fifth book in the Poplar Falls series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Rustic Hearts | Stone Hearts | Wicked Hearts | Fragile Hearts | Crazy Hearts
From the hunters . . . to the hunted . . .
When former CIA officer, Harper Brooks, joined an elite unit of special operators, her mission was to serve and protect, not to fall in love. But Roman Riviera was like no one she’d ever met.
Echo Four was the quiet one. A broody genius. And that intense and gorgeous Navy SEAL stole her heart. But would he also steal her focus?
Roman may have set his sights on Harper, but being together could prove fatal for the brilliant, witty woman he couldn’t stop thinking about—and he couldn’t risk her life for love.
After giving in to the intense attraction, Harper and Roman are desperate to save their friendship . . . until an operation goes awry, forcing them to question everything, even each other.
With Echo and Bravo Teams cornered by an unexpected threat, Roman must share his closely guarded secrets to protect the teams. But sometimes facing your demons means having to become a devil in a three thousand dollar suit.
In this risky game of cat-and-mouse, Roman and Harper will be tested like never before, and all bets are off the table.
This is the ninth book in the Stealth Ops series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Finding His Mark | Finding Justice | Finding the Fight | Finding Her Chance | Finding the Way Back | Chasing the Knight | Chasing Daylight | Chasing Fortune | Chasing Shadows | Chasing the Storm (27 Sep 2021)
To the rest of the world, I’m broken.
But when he looks at me, I know what he sees.
A woman, not a doll.
A fighter, not a victim.
Maybe, he sees underneath that.
Maybe, just maybe, he sees what I was always born to be—a predator.
They took my innocence from me. They stole my adolescence.
Now I’m going to reap upon them what they sowed in me.
This woman hasn’t just been scorned… but the hell I’ll rain down upon them will look like child’s play.
He’s a Sinner, by nature and by vow, but will he take this journey into the depths of depravity with me?
Will his brothers?
Stick around for the ride—we’ll find out if he’s man enough for the job.
This is the seventh book in the A Dark and Dirty Sinners’ MC series.
Series reading order: Nyx | Link | Sin | Steel | Cruz | Maverick | Hawk
Teague Hollingsworth crashed into my perfectly predictable life like a rocket, turning everything upside down and setting it ablaze.
It was the world’s worst first impression and one I’m not likely to forget . . .
Until he shows up just when I need him.
It turns out he’s not at all the man I thought he was.
He’s kind to my dogs.
He’s protective of me.
And he doesn’t seem to mind the chaos.
Slowly, he’s winning my trust . . . and maybe my heart.
But there’s more to this man than I could’ve imagined.
Shadows and secrets that threaten what I love the most.
I’ve lost everything once.
I won’t do it again.
Not even for him.
This is the first book in the Crash & Burn duet.
Series reading order: Crash | Burn (27 Apr 2021)
Some girls have all the luck…
Unfortunately, I am not one of those girls. Not when I lost my apartment because my roommate let the lease lapse while I travel for work. Not when my brothers keep finding love and my mother keeps reminding me I’m still single. Not after a one-night stand during my older brother’s wedding has me waking up pregnant.
I have to keep it a secret—from him, and my family. I sure can’t tell my brother his teammate, Mateo Espinoza, is the man I slept with. Confident, funny, Mateo…
A guy can’t catch a break…
Just when I thought I’d found the girl of my dreams, she ghosts me. Worse? Her brother refuses to give me her number, and my calls to her office go straight to voicemail. I thought I was a catch; professional athlete, charming, raised with six sisters—I’m a guy who knows his way to a woman’s heart! What reason could she possibly have for avoiding me?
When I finally catch up to True Wallace, I’m going to get the answer.
This is the fourth book in the Trophy Boyfriends series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
He doesn’t know how much he’s cherished…
Dale Steel has fallen in love with his intern, Ashley White. She’s vibrant, intelligent, and full of life, despite a past that was far from perfect. She’s everything he’s not…which is why he’s determined to keep her at arm’s length. The emotions she’s awakened in him have stirred something dark that he’s kept buried for years, and a relationship with him would only destroy her.
Ashley has other ideas. She adores Dale, and more than anything, she wants him to understand he deserves her love. As they work together side by side, their passion grows, and Dale finally agrees to a trial run at a relationship.
But a secret from his newfound birth father and an act of God throw a wrench into his world once again, threatening not only his relationship with Ashley, but everything else he holds dear as well.
This is the seventeenth book in The Steel Brothers Saga.
Series reading order: Craving | Obsession | Possession | Melt | Burn | Surrender | Shattered | Twisted | Unraveled | Breathless | Ravenous | Insatiable | Fate | Legacy | Descent | Awakened | Cherished | Freed (29 Jun 2021) | Spark (28 Sep 2021) | Flame (28 Dec 2021) | Blaze (22 Feb 2022)
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There’s something utterly addictive about a Catherine Bybee novel, and I have been dying for this book ever since we found out that there would be a spin-off series from Sasha’s story in Say It Again where we first meet Claire Kelly at the German military boarding school whose graduates are being recruited as assassins. We now find her six years later working for MacBain Security and Solutions. Her personal life comes second to her high-adrenaline job, until Cooper Lockman walks back into her life, and this time around, their age difference is not stopping him from declaring his intentions. As their undercover mission to infiltrate and dismantle a prostitution ring targeting young girls brings them closer and closer to the truth, their bond only grows stronger until sparks fly. Lots of sparks!
I’m forever on the lookout for emotionally satisfying stories with strong heroines over forty who are embarking on a ‘second act’ in their lives, and as my own years begin to add up, I find myself gravitating more and more towards not only characters with some miles on them, but also towards stories that make us believe it’s never too late to find true love in life. On one hand, this is a third-chance romance between two college best friends who, after losing touch for more than twenty years, run into one another and have a single night of passion that ends badly in the morning. When they see each other again some years later, their new working relationship forces them to face their past and to deal with feelings that neither of them have ever truly gotten over. But on the other hand, this is also a searingly personal tale of a woman navigating her way through middlescence, of finding herself after a lifetime of self-doubt, and of letting her natural sparkle shine even brighter. I fell in love with every word, every sentence, every page of this exceptional Gen-X romance.
The marriage might be fake, but the chemistry is off the charts in this thoroughly satisfying small town romance, second in Devney Perry’s (writing as Willa Nash) Calamity Montana series. There’s much about the inevitable undoing of a marriage of convenience arrangement that makes me so ridiculously giddy—the slow burn, the sexual tension, the angst—but Perry is the kind of author who not only knows how to weave a story that’s got the perfect balance of escapism and complexity, but who also continues to deliver characters that are unique, interesting, and easy to love. And Hux and Everly stole my heart from the get-go.
I’ve had a love affair with Kristen Ashley’s books from the first moment I came across her inimitable style of storytelling, and to me, there is no one who writes Motorcycle Club Romances quite like her. But the problem with loving something so much and for so long is that one’s expectations only continue to rise higher and higher, and while I could read some of her books repeatedly and never grow tired of them, I know that the bar has been set sky high. That is why I dove into her latest offering of biker-y goodness with both anticipation and trepidation, fearing that nothing could ever replicate the badass biker vibe of Motorcycle Man, or the enduring romance of Own the Wind, or the sheer raw emotion of Walk Through Fire—and she’s already given us all of those. But that is exactly what she delivers once again. Bursting with the author’s trademark energy and imagery, Still Standing is a celebration of one woman’s indomitable spirit and resilience, of family, loyalty, friendship, and of love conquering all, and it’s the kind of story that reminds us that the human spirit can flourish and triumph even in the face of the darkest adversity. Kristen Ashley’s intimate understanding of her characters is on full display in this story, and it hits every note of emotion.
An all-new romance is coming from Riley Hart in April, and we have the cover.
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