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Gorgeous, talented, and brilliant, NFL quarterback Ronan Smith has the world in his hands. But after losing his career and his fiancée in a car accident, he falls into a pit of grief and bad choices. When a mysterious girl shows up to his party, he feels drawn to her and makes her his…for one night.
Former beauty queen Nova Morgan is on a mission. Scantily clad as a princess from a galaxy far, far away, she sneaks into a high-profile party to capture the attention of her favorite quarterback. But her hopes crash after an awful one-night stand.
Fast-forward two years. Broke and desperate, Nova returns home to Blue Belle, Texas, where, by a cosmic twist of fate, her broody neighbor is none other than Ronan, the shiny new football coach everyone adores. But he has no idea who she is.
The booster club keeps shoving women at Ronan to keep him in town. His solution? He proposes fake dating to Nova. But things heat up for real under these Friday-night lights when he realizes she’s the one who slipped away.
Has this jaded beauty found her forever baller, or will his past keep them apart?
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Strangers in Love series.
Series recommended reading order: Beauty and the Baller | Princess and the Player (8 Nov 2022)
CLOSE PROXIMITY + SINGLE PARENT
Jud Lawson found me stranded in the rain.
Broken down on the side of the road in a deserted neighborhood with my piece of crap car.
I wasn’t looking for a hero, and definitely not one who looks like him.
An obscenely hot, mountain-of-a-man who screams danger.
But I have little choice other than climbing onto the back of his bike.
One look at Salem Aguilar, and I’m hooked.
The girl is devastation wrapped in a black, seductive bow.
Turns out, she needs a job, and I need the help.
Now I have a vixen strutting around my shop, and I’m the fool who’s itching to reach out and take what he can’t have.
But neither of us can ignore the burning attraction.
The fire that leads to a kiss.
A kiss that has us falling into my bed.
The connection that has me wanting the one thing I’d never thought I could have again.
Because monsters like me don’t deserve love.
Only Salem has a secret, too.
She’s been running for years, and her past just caught up to us…
This is a standalone novel in the Redemption Hills series.
Shaw and I have a unique and conventional kind of love. One that has found us inviting a third to join our bed from time to time. Our playmate is never meant to be anything more—fulfilling a purpose and leaving before sunrise the following day.
It had been the rule until Shaw went and confessed that he wants more. There’s just one problem. I’ve been keeping a secret from the man I vowed to love forever. And it’s the key to why we can never be a committed triad.
Sex is more than an action; it’s an intimate exchange between partners. And I can no longer continue to have meaningless sex with strangers that disappear in the morning light.
I never thought the man I love would be so opposed to sharing our life with another—until a stranger lands in our bar—one vulnerable but beautiful night.
I’m no stranger to denying myself the basic needs I want in life. It’s how I ended up here, alone, on the cusp of my dream job.
My plans, goals, and ambitions fall apart before my very eyes, and it’s then two strangers find their way into my life. I have a new wish, one that fills my lonely heart.
Professional football may not be ready for an out and proud coach, but I’m willing to take a chance on the two men who I vow will one day be mine.
This is standalone novel in the Love Is Love series.
Series recommended reading order: My Only Reason | My Only Regret | My Only Defense | My Only Wish
Can you keep a secret?
Aston University might be teeming with prestigious and wealthy students, but the currency on campus isn’t their millions. It’s their secrets. And the three women living at Clarence Manor are filthy rich in lies and deceit.
Two of the roommates have played this game for years. Some would consider them masters of a ruse. The third might be new to Aston, but she’s no stranger to secrets.
Cassia, the outsider. Elora, the ice princess. And Ivy, the puppet master.
Who’s hiding the ugliest truths? We’ll let you be the judge.
Go ahead. Whisper your confessions in our ear.
We promise not to tell.
This is a standalone novel, previously released as a serial through Kindle Vella.
Darya Cristescu is a bad witch.
Attending St. Bastian’s Institute for Magic and the Supernatural is no fun when you’re terrible at spells. She’d much prefer to leave the magic to her classmates, but sadly, Darya has her final year to complete. She’s hoping to keep her head down and graduate, however life has other plans.
One of her teachers has been shockingly murdered and everyone thinks she did it. Well, not everyone. Peter Girard, the warlock she’s spent years secretly pining for, knows she’s innocent. Unfortunately, there’s enough bad blood between their families to rival the Montagues and the Capulets, which makes being allies complicated.
In an effort to find the true killer, Darya asks Peter to help her cast a spell. But her ineptitude with magic leaves them with an unintended consequence. Darya’s and Peter’s minds have become magically fused, allowing them to communicate telepathically.
All this would be stressful enough if it weren’t for the fact that a demon has marked Darya and she has no idea why. As she and Peter try to discover who the demon is, their unexpected alliance brings about feelings neither of them could’ve anticipated.
This is a novel in the St. Bastian Institute series, a spin-off from the Blood Magic series.
With sultry beach vibes, steel-drum music playing in the background, and the smell of coconut and money all around, welcome back to Grand Cayman Island and the Grand Escape.
A true island beauty, single mom Shell needs life to give her one tiny break. Her husband took off, leaving her to work as a waitress and a coffee delivery gal. Surrounded by wealth and extravagance in paradise, she’s doing her best to take care of her daughter.
On a whim, Shell takes a quick breather in front of the jewelry store at the posh Grand Escape. Knowing it will be love at first sight with everything in the window, she tortures herself anyway. What she doesn’t expect is to meet the man who will soon occupy all her thoughts and dreams.
In command of every situation he’s faced with, Caleb Stern is a pro at the bachelor life. He works hard, plays harder, and has no regrets about any of it. That is, until he meets a sweet and sassy single mom in the Caribbean.
Certain he can have a fun time with Shell and let her go, Cal makes secret visits to the island to see her. But falling for this island girl seems to be the one situation Cal can’t control.
Both are doing their best, playing the hand they are dealt, until Shell challenges Cal to a showdown. With a spunky kindergartner leading the charge, Shell gives Cal a chance . . . but can he steal the heart of the one woman who has mesmerized him?
This is a standalone novel in the Grand Love series.
Series recommended reading order: Grand Escape | Love is Grand
COZY ROMANTIC MYSTERY
She suspects everyone of everything. Now, everyone suspects her.
For cemetery owner and world’s best fur-mom Jane Ladling, death is her business, romance is her misfortune and suspicion is her passion. When she discovers a fresh body on her porch, she calls Special Agent Conrad Ryan, her smoke-show of a boyfriend. Who isn’t actually her boyfriend. Whatever. It’s complicated, especially now that she’s being framed for the murder of the only “hard-hitting” journalist in the small town of Aurelian Hills, Georgia.
Determined to clear her good name, Jane dives headlong into following the clues––with best friends Fiona and Beau at her side. But can she identify the killer before she goes to jail? Or worse…there’s another victim?
This is the second book in the A Jane Ladling Mystery series.
Series reading order: Romancing the Gravestone | No Gravestone Left Unturned
SECOND CHANCES + ROCKSTAR ROMANCE
He was her first love. She was his.
They broke up to follow their dreams.
Axel Forrester became a world famous drummer.
Tara Stillman became a veterinarian.
Years later, he’s scrolling social media and sees they’re both in East Hampton, NY.
Fate? Or Coincidence?
What’s a rockstar to do other than borrow his friend’s dog as an excuse to see the good doctor.
And—show up at her office after all this time.
Axel wants a second chance with the one who got away. He’s not going to let Tara go this time.
This is a novella in the Kingston Family series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Just One Night | Just One Scandal | Just One Chance | Just One Spark | Just One Wish (novella) | Just One Dare (19 Apr 2022) | Just One Kiss (19 Jul 2022) | Just One Taste (18 Oct 2022)
I was never supposed to see him again. Him being the man wearing the perfectly tailored suit who oozed an intoxicating mixture of wealth, rebellion, and sex appeal.
Still riding the high from last night, I walk in to meet my new client, and he’s wearing that same dangerous smirk that reeled me in hours ago.
Yes, I’m consulting for Callahan Sharpe. And yes, he’s that Callahan Sharpe.
Billionaire heir apparent who abides by no rules, bucks convention, and is determined to complete one final project to honor his late father’s legacy before walking away from the family business for good. Luckily and unluckily for me, I’ve been tasked to go to the Virgin Islands to help accomplish his goal. Callahan has no problem breaking his company’s no fraternization rule, but not me. There’s too much at stake.
What could possibly go wrong when you’re forced to work—and live—side by side with a man you can’t resist?
This is the first book in the all-new S.I.N. series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Last Resort | On One Condition (28 Jun 2022) | Final Proposal (4 Oct 2022)
Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.
Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family—actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene—over their dead bodies—and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.
This is a sequel to Dial A for Aunties.
THE EARL ON THE TRAIN by Kerrigan Byrne
Sebastian Moncrieff is a villain, a traitor, and a pirate, who has recently inherited an Earldom he never wanted. As a man who’s committed every sin imaginable, he knows his only chance at redemption is the one woman who ever reached through to his soul of ice. He’s kidnapped Veronica Latimer once before, and was enchanted by everything about her… This time, when he takes her, he’ll have to admit that she’s kept his heart captive since the moment they met. But can he convince her to forgive his past in order to claim a future?
LOVED AND FOUND: Christi Caldwell
Lieutenant Thaddeus Phippen has lived a lifetime away from the only love he ever knew, a powerful duke’s daughter. He’s now returned from fighting Boney’s forces, ready to put aside tragic battlefield remembrances and the memory of past heartbreak of love lost. Or that was the plan…until Thaddeus finds himself face-to-face with the one woman he soon finds he can’t ever forget… Is the divide between former lovers too great to forge a future together…or can they at last have a love to last a lifetime?
THE WOLF OF WESTMORE by Amalie Howard
Lord Wulfric Bane, the Duke of Westmore knows that blood is thicker than water, that duty is more important than personal desire, and that some things, like falling in love, are never meant to be. Cossetted and coddled Lady Jocelyn Capehart has been bred to be the perfect lady. On the outside, she is demure, sweet, and biddable, but on the inside, a vixen longs to break free of her cage. A chance meeting at a sultry club leads to one sinfully explosive night that neither of them can forget.
PUT UP YOUR DUKES by Janna MacGregor
Martin “Duke” Richmond bows to no one, including any duke who protests what he publishes in his sensational gossip rag, The Midnight Cryer. However, he is occasionally open to negotiation when it comes to special requests from his wife. Estranged from her husband for five years because of the incendiary gossip he prints, Amelia Richmond finds escape from her lonely existence by volunteering at a foundling home, helping society’s most powerful people avoid her husband’s rancor gossip, and sleeping with her husband every Wednesday. Not an entirely unwelcome chore. When Martin goes on a rampage against one of the most powerful dukes in the British Isles, Amelia must use her wit and best persuasive techniques to rein him in. When her chance for a happy marriage appears within reach, Amelia finds herself falling for him once again, which is bad…very bad.
DUKE OF EVERY SIN by Stacy Reid
Ethan Benedict, Duke of Bainbridge, has been an object of fear, fascination, and salacious gossip for years. To many, his reputation would make him an unlikely savior of a baby left on his doorstep. But Ethan saw the child as perhaps a pathway to redemption. What he did not anticipate was for his jaded heart to soften toward the mysterious young woman who infiltrates his household and secretly cares for the child.
This is a Seasons of Sin anthology of brand new stories from five bestselling authors, where their beloved secondary characters are granted their second chances at long-awaited happily ever afters.
He is the most stubborn and arrogant CEO I have ever met! As a woman in the workplace, I have learned to speak up and always wear my poker face. I don’t care if he is the most gorgeous man I have ever seen, he will never know how he makes me feel.
Until one night, when I find out how his lips feel on mine. Until he put his hand on my throat and told me he liked it rough, but he stopped himself. He told me he was too good for me, then ran away.
What’s my secret? I liked it! Now I have to convince him that I am a strong woman inside the bedroom just like I am on the outside.
I told myself I would never get involved with her, then I got a taste. Luckily, I put a stop to it before anyone got hurt. I am no good for her, I am no good for anyone.
Now she is strutting around the office wearing clothes that make me want to spank her for torturing me. I keep my hands to myself until she pushes me too hard, and I snap. If she wants to know what it’s like to be with me, she will find out.
This is a standalone novel.
I have a type.
I love the good guy.
Responsible and stable. Safe.
So when a beer-drinking, quick-witted, tattooed hockey player asks me to tutor him, I’m suddenly thrust into the world of bad boys and bad decisions.
Jordan is a renowned player on campus.
He doesn’t take anything seriously, except hockey and partying.
But he gives me butterflies.
I’m a wallflower tutoring Valley University’s hottest player.
This is a standalone novel in the Campus Wallflowers series.
REVERSE HAREM + PARANORMAL ROMANCE
They say to keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
What if they’re one and the same?
The stable foundation I thought I’d built in the Sanctuary has been ripped away, and I find myself on the front lines of the war against the Resistance. I might have my Bonds on my side, but there are darker schemes in motion.
Can I prove myself and turn the tide to protect our most vulnerable, or am I nothing more than the monster they’ve always claimed I am?
Will we make it out of this without tragic consequences?
This is the fourth book in The Bonds that Tie series.
Series reading order: Broken Bonds | Savage Bonds | Blood Bonds | Forced Bonds | Tragic Bonds (28 Jun 2022)
SECOND CHANCES + ROCKSTAR ROMANCE
Addy Footit is reeling from losses. She lost her home. Her boyfriend crushed her heart. Her girlfriend’s brother shattered what was left of her. The band she and her sister Rachel hoped would be a success is on the rocks. Addy’s plans have failed her and so has love. Worse, her previous problems have been replaced by an even more terrifying one.
Her handsome best friend might be the right one to help her put the pieces of her broken life back together. He understands her. He’s strong. He’s accustomed to adversity. But he’s younger than her. He has troubles of his own, and if she crosses that friendship line with him, she can’t uncross it. All the reasons that kept them apart in the first place remain. Plus, there’s a new one, a precious secret, a life altering one.
Will Addy escape the powerful man who is obsessed with her? Will she find trustworthy new friends to replace the ones who betrayed her? Can wounds as deep as hers heal?
This is the second and final book in a duet.
Series reading order: Getting it Wrong | Getting it Right
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