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Losing people you love is hard.
Aurora De La Torre knows moving back to a place that was once home isn’t going to be easy.
Starting your whole life over probably isn’t supposed to be.
But a small town in the mountains might be the perfect remedy for a broken heart.
Checking out her landlord across the driveway just might cure it too.
This is a standalone novel.
One night is never enough…
For firefighter Sean Riddick, Warrior Fight Club keeps the demons of his past at bay, even though it means seeing Daniela England. Her ball-busting sarcasm drives him nuts, and he knows he’s damaged goods anyway, but he can’t help but remember how good they were together that one time. Now he wants to take her to the mats no matter how much they go toe to toe.
ER nurse Daniela England has lost so much that she’s vowed never to need anyone again. Fight club helps her beat back her survivor’s guilt, but it means dealing with Riddick. The hot-but-infuriating firefighter is everything she wants to avoid, which is why their one-night stand was a mistake. Now she needs to keep her distance so it doesn’t happen again.
But when Dani witnesses Sean’s motorcycle accident, she steps up to help him recover. One on one, they get beneath all the snark and find a connection neither expected. As Sean heals, the sparks between them burst into red-hot passion—and ignite old wounds. Now there are fires all around—and they have to decide which they’ll fight and which they’ll let consume them.
This is the third book in the Warrior Fight Club series of standalone novels with interconnected characters that centre around a wounded warrior’s fight club.
FRIENDS TO LOVERS
I’d go anywhere for her…
Even to Kingmakers, the most brutal school in the world. Where mafia children are trained to control, dominate, infiltrate, and kill.
I followed Anna because she’s my best friend. I’ve always been right by her side.
She needs me to protect her. Especially from Dean Yenin, a Bratva heir with a lethal grudge.
He plans to take everything from me. Starting with Anna…
This is the first book in the all-new dark mafia Kingmakers series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: The Freshman | The Rebel (5 May 2021) | The Bully (16 Jun 2021) | The Spy (28 Jul 2021)
I’m the one she should have stayed away from.
The thief, the hustler, the boy without a past or a future. A kid forged by the rules of the streets.
She sees into my darkest depths and doesn’t blink an eye. She’s my dream, my peace from a place I can never escape.
Then one day, she’s gone, whisked into a world I refuse to taint with my touch.
Fifteen years later, she’s back in my life, needing a favor only I can provide.
The street rat she once knew is now king of an empire, where every favor comes at a price.
A price, she says she is more than willing to pay. But the cost is all of her…body, mind, and soul.
This is the first book in the all-new Street Kings series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Dangerous King | Vicious Prince (19 Aug 2021)
Sick of being talked over and disregarded at work, I resolve to exude the same confidence as the males who perpetually get promoted over me. While honing my Big Dick Energy skills at a bar with my friends, I rebuff the advances of a man who embodies the definition. Hot. Cocky. Swagger for days. It’s a no from me, and his shock indicates he’s not often rejected.
The joke’s on me when I discover he’s my new business partner. After the months it took to land the account, I refuse to apologize to Archer York, backdown during meetings where we constantly clash, or do anything that’d make me seem weak—although my knees feel anything but strong around the guy. But as our frustrating encounters turn flirty, I wonder if it’d be so bad to throw decorum out the window and do what alpha guys do best—think with their dicks.
This is a standalone novel.
I had the perfect friends, the perfect family.
The perfect everything.
We were a greeting card you wanted to frame.
And then he showed up on our doorstep looking like the aftermath of a rock concert, claiming to be my adopted brother’s half-brother.
Sounds like trouble, right?
He looked like trouble.
Hell, his name defined trouble.
Ruffian had bad news and heartbreak written all over him.
But knowing he would break my heart didn’t stop me from falling.
This is a standalone novel set in the same world as Drowning in Stars.
I know finding and signing a military vet to the agency is a long shot—but it’ll be good press just letting him try out. That’s what I tell my family, rather than admit I can’t get the letter he wrote us five years ago out of my head.
But what I tell the bartender in his hometown is a lie. I know veterans protect each other. So I pretend to be a graduate student.
Sparks. Flame. Fire. I accidentally got in too deep.
I didn’t expect to develop feelings for Gunner Camden.
And there’s no way I can admit to my lies now, not without destroying what we share. So I’ll keep faking it.
* * *
There are two versions of me: before, and after deployment.
Back then I was a screwup kid. I’d lie, cheat, and steal my way out of everything. My only love was baseball.
After I started fighting, I found out there had been another path for me. One that involved my dream. But by then I had seen too much.
The old me was dead, so I put my dreams to rest, too.
Then Chase Kinkade walks into my bar and reminds me that life is meant to live. No regrets.
Fresh. Happy. Hopeful. I can start to see a new dream, with her.
But sometimes things are too good to be true… and dishonesty is the one thing I can’t forgive.
This is a standalone novel in the Play Hard series.
Series recommended reading order: Hard to Handle | Hard to Hold | Hard to Score | Hard to Lose | Hard to Love (13 Jul 2021)
Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months—ever since I caught my can’t-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I’m thirty-five years old, and I’ve lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.
But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who’s ever gotten me.
Even after death, though, she’s helping me get back up. She’s willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I’ve got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I’m ready to fight for my life again.
Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.
There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I’m surprised no one’s “accidentally” torched the house yet. I want to, and I’ve only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I’m just…done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do.
First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can’t conquer.
This is a standalone novel in the all-new The Burbs series.
The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge…
The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.
The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.
The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.
King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.
This is the second book in the King of Scars duet.
Series reading order: King of Scars | Rule of Wolves
Dillon Dawson loves to write romance despite her latest relationship ending with her traveling to the Maldives alone on what was supposed to be her honeymoon. Now, the only thing she wants is two weeks of uninterrupted peace and quiet with absolutely no men in sight.
West Oakley doesn’t even believe that romance exists, and he has no desire to convince himself otherwise. The only reason he’s heading to the Maldives is to escape a scandal and spend time on an island where no one knows who he is.
But plans change, and when West takes one look at Dillon, another idea forms in his mind—a no-strings two-week stand. Even though Dillon knows their sexual chemistry is explosive, her romantic heart is torn.
Can she really spend fourteen nights in the arms of a god like West, making all of her fantasies come true, only to walk away at the end of it?
Or can Dillon turn this two-week stand into more than an unexpected holiday fling, convincing West that romance does exist after all?
This is a standalone novel.
Unbelievably gorgeous, wildly talented, and on the cusp of stardom,
Carter Bosch was the kind of man I’d never dared to dream of.
But the summer he showed up in my small town, city slick and full of promises, he put stars in my eyes and hope in my heart.
He called me his muse and said we were meant to be.
And until the day he broke my heart, I believed him.
Ten years later, with his reputation tarnished by scandal and tragedy, Carter’s back for me.
His pursuit is relentless, but the stars in my eyes have been replaced by flames.
And even if I wanted to rekindle what he ruined… I’ve made a deal with the devil that I dare not break.
But, a rock god fallen from grace is still a god.
And a woman with her walls up, is still a woman.
Soon, my foolish heart is torn between duty and desire.
And when it falls, he stands ready to claim it.
Just when we think we can finally see forever,
A dark secret rips us apart.
It’s over. Again.
Or is it?
Because Carter and I are meant to be.
And what’s meant to be will find a way.
This is a standalone novel.
Five brothers, last of an ancient Alpha bloodline, each bound by fire and blood to their majestic dragons.
Captive in a dragon lord’s lair. No memory. Stripped bare.
I’mya awakens to find herself the property of Nyro—a rare and powerful Alpha bonded to a monstrous dragon. Like the other women in the lair, her only purpose is to satiate his every fantasy, but the beautiful omega is hiding a dark secret—even from herself.
From the first explosive encounter with Nyro, her incredible power is unleashed.
His carnal desires feed the fire of her magic.
Nyro’s captivation with her turns to possession, and I’mya becomes more than a plaything for him.
But as shards of her memories puzzle back together, her mind finally unveils the compelling truth.
A purpose much more sinister than pleasure.
Passion. Obsession. Betrayal.
I’mya must fulfill her quest, regardless of the cost. Nyro has conquered her body, but if he discovers the truth behind her presence in his lair… it is her life he will take.
This is a standalone novel in an all-new series.
SMALL TOWN ROMANCE
A singer with a dream. A musician with a secret. A truth that could ruin them…
As much as I might love being on stage, my real future lies elsewhere.
Cherry Falls only has so much to offer.
I need to go somewhere I can finally make it big as a song writer.
But the beautiful brunette with the striking green eyes makes me rethink my rush to flee this tiny town.
She’s everything I always wanted with the voice of an angel.
And once I’ve tasted her, there’s no going back.
Millie is an addiction I can’t shake.
Nor do I want to.
I’ve finally found the light and love I’ve always needed in my life.
Only once she learns the ugly truth…
I may lose her anyway.
Our pasts are entwined.
Our paths crossed long before we ever met.
And it could spell the end to our future.
This is a standalone novel in the Cherry Falls series of interconnected romances set in the quaint town of Cherry Falls, each book written by a different author.
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Elle Kennedy‘s Off-Campus series will return with a collection of four novellas, providing the much-anticipated answer to the question: where are they now? The Legacy comes out on Sep 21.
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