As the son of a preacher, Pope Blackwell believed he learned the difference between good and evil early in life. After all, it was beaten into him regularly. Now as an adult, he’s traded in his life of abuse for one where he holds all the power.
When a young woman strolls into his life full of more bravery than she should possess, he becomes consumed by her fire.
Delilah believed escaping her family’s abusive ways would be the hardest challenge of her life. Then she met Pope Blackwell.
One sinner and one saint. A world of differences between them.
Faith. Experience. Age.
His obsession only grows as she challenges him until he’s ready to topple any pillar that stands in her way, and she’ll fight every demon to be by his side.
This is a standalone novel, set in the same world as Brutal Play.
When West Rycroft left his family’s ranch to work in the big city, he never dreamed he would find himself surrounded by celebrities and politicians. Working at McKay-Taggart as a bodyguard and security expert quickly taught him how to navigate the sometimes shark-infested waters of the elite. While some would come to love that world, West has seen enough to know it’s not for him, preferring to keep his distance from his clients—until the day he meets Ally Pearson.
Growing up in the entertainment world, Ally was always in the shadow of others, but now she has broken out from behind the scenes for her own day in the spotlight. The paparazzi isn’t fun, but she knows all too well that it’s part of the gig. She has a good life and lots of fans, but someone has been getting too close for comfort and making threats. To be safe, she hires her own personal knight in shining armor, a cowboy hottie by the name of West. They clash in the beginning, but the minute they fall into bed together something magical happens.
Just as everything seems too good to be true, they are both reminded that there was a reason Ally needed a bodyguard. Her problems have found her again, and this time West will have to put his life on the line or lose everything they’ve found.
This is a novella in the Masters and Mercenaries series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Tasting wine is not enough: sommelier Giovanni D’Angelo wants to create it. To put his family first, he’s always deferred his dreams—a vineyard to run, a woman to marry. But a three-week vineyard tour in Italy could set him back on track.
For Emma Rutledge, wine is in her blood. Intent to run the family wine business one day, she finds that the men in her family are only intent to push her out of it. But that’s fine—she’s got a plan.
When Gio and Emma meet on a wine tour in Tuscany, their shared aspirations fuel an undeniable chemistry. Returning home to California, they work toward setting up Emma’s vineyard and a label of their own. But when Emma receives a life-altering diagnosis, she worries it’s all been for nothing.
As Emma works to cement her family legacy while dealing with this unexpected challenge, Gio tries to convince her that their future isn’t just wine.
It’s each other.
This is the third book in The D’Angelos series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: When It Falls Apart | Be Your Everything | Beginning of Forever | The Whole Time (14 Nov 2023)
“I didn’t come here for you to be nice to me.”
Third year medical student Les Wilder has done the unforgivable. When she flees to the door of childhood crush and arson investigator Jefferson “Brick” McGuire, she doesn’t come for comfort. With what she’s done, she doesn’t deserve to let love save her.
Brick feels differently. He’s enough of a Master to know his shattered submissive needs more than pleasure or punishment. Though he will give her both, love is the only thing that will heal the wound that threatens her soul.
This is a standalone novel in the Nature Of Desire series.
Series recommended reading order: Holding The Cards | Natural Law | Ice Queen | Mirror of My Soul (sequel to Ice Queen) | Mistress of Redemption | Rough Canvas | Branded Sanctuary | Divine Solace | Worth the Wait | Truly Helpless | In His Arms | Ignition Sequence
ENEMIES TO LOVERS + FORCED PROXIMITY + SECOND CHANCES
I hate Drew Edwards. That isn’t a secret to anyone in New York.
Smug, charming, flippant, and a royal pain in my ass, Drew has a way of making everyone fall in love with him, but I know the truth. Under that public persona is a ruthless man who’ll do anything to come out on top. He’s done it to me before…and a leopard doesn’t change his spots.
Hudson Montgomery. He hates me. Eh, no breaking news there. If anything, his hate only fuels my desire to provoke the pompous bastard at every opportunity. So when the chance to publish the most scandalous book of the year comes down to our companies, I’m determined to do whatever I have to in order to take Hudson down.
Nobody said I couldn’t play dirty…
This is a standalone novel in the brand new Hate to Love You series, set in the same world as the Fallen Angel series.
ONE NIGHT STAND + FAKE FIANCÉ
King of lies.
And my protector.
Hunter McQuaid is definitely a fish out of water. Or maybe a shark out of the tank.
He’s a cocky, arrogant, playboy. Something he shouldn’t be considering he can barely scrape together the rent for his craptastic apartment.
After an ill-advised one-nighter with him, I end up pregnant. Which puts me in a precarious position. I can’t be pregnant and also protect my daughter. Because protecting her means risking my unborn child. There’s no way to protect them both.
Until my cocky, arrogant, playboy baby daddy, who is SO not father material, comes up with a plan.
Hunter becomes my protector. My savior. My doting fiancé. The problem is, it’s all fake. And if my father finds out about it, I may end up worse off than before.
Falling for my fake fiancé is not what I expected. I’m in deep. And I’m swimming with sharks.
But I’ll do anything to protect my kids. Even if it means breaking my own heart.
This is a standalone novel in the McQuaid Brothers series.
The stars called us.
The Veil closed at our backs.
And now death holds us in its clutches.
We were torn from life before our time, a Savage King, his queen, a betrayed son, a wronged brother, a scorned wife and so many more. We watch those we left behind as they struggle against the grip of the stars, the answers to so many of their questions within our grasp and yet out of their reach.
But what if we could find a way to answer their pleas? What if we could find a way to help them from this side of the divide? And what price would such a thing come at?
This is a bridging book which takes place during the events of book 8 (Sorrow and Starlight) and it should be read after that book to avoid spoilers for that book.
Series reading order: The Awakening | The Awakening As Told By The Boys (retelling of The Awakening from a different POV) | Ruthless Fae | The Reckoning | Shadow Princess | Cursed Fates | Fated Throne | Heartless Sky | Sorrow and Starlight | Beyond The Veil
Fallon Hart is a vampire princess stuck at a boarding school she hates, with peers she hates, with a witchy bully who she especially hates.
Evren Emerson is a total villain. Cruel, hot, and constantly in her business. When a spell goes awry and rebounds onto the two of them, they’re suddenly entangled in a game of lust that neither knows how to win.
Now they must figure out how to break the spell without ending the world. All while Fallon resists the forbidden temptation to bite Trinity Prep’s golden boy.
This is the first book in the all-new Blood Spell series.
SECOND CHANCES + FORCED PROXIMITY + ROCK STAR ROMANCE
I’m the privileged youngest child of the famous McKallister family. He’s a runaway foster kid living rough. We were never meant to meet. This is where our story begins. It’s nowhere near how it ends.
The beat. The cheers. The thrill of the unknown. I shouldn’t leave the safety of the music arena—my last name is McKallister, after all, and I’m intimately familiar with worst-case scenarios. But I’m drawn by the talent and the turmoil behind the weary eyes of the drummer on the streets. I’ve never seen anyone my age as wild and unrestrained, a lightning bolt of electricity that never hits the same spot on his bucket drums twice. He plays with such confidence, such rage. I have to know who he is and where he learned to bang out drum solos like he owns the night.
I want to help him. No, to save him. If only Rory will let me.
When I play, I’m in my element. I know how to draw a crowd and how to keep them riveted. For a small period of time every day, I’m special. Talented. Going somewhere. Little do they know I’m going back to nothing: no family, no friends, no roof over my head. When the music ends, I fade into the background like the undesirable I am. And then she shows up, so pretty and polished and pure. I don’t expect her to stay and talk. I definitely don’t expect her to sit down on the sidewalk and drum a song onto my thigh. Yet here she is—anyone’s ultimate dream girl—promising to save me.
Too bad Grace stumbled upon me a decade too late.
This is a standalone novel in the Cake series.
Series recommended reading order: Cake | The Theory Of Second Best | Fiercely Emma | Cake: The Newlyweds | Rogue Wave | Next In Line | Grace Note
An overworked book publicist with a perfectly planned future hits a snag when she falls in love with her temporary roommate…only to discover he lives seven years in the past…
Sometimes, the worst day of your life happens, and you have to figure out how to live after it.
So Clementine forms a plan to keep her heart safe: work hard, find someone decent to love, and try to remember to chase the moon. The last one is silly and obviously metaphorical, but her aunt always told her that you needed at least one big dream to keep going. And for the last year, that plan has gone off without a hitch. Mostly. The love part is hard because she doesn’t want to get too close to anyone—she isn’t sure her heart can take it.
And then she finds a strange man standing in the kitchen of her late aunt’s apartment. A man with kind eyes and a Southern drawl and a taste for lemon pies. The kind of man that, before it all, she would’ve fallen head-over-heels for. And she might again.
Except, he exists in the past. Seven years ago, to be exact. And she, quite literally, lives seven years in his future.
Her aunt always said the apartment was a pinch in time, a place where moments blended together like watercolors. And Clementine knows that if she lets her heart fall, she’ll be doomed.
After all, love is never a matter of time—but a matter of timing.
This is a standalone novel.
SECOND CHANCES + SMALL TOWN
Ford Spears, star hockey player, is ready to grab the only goal he has ever wanted; a second chance with the mother of his child…
For our son. That’s the explanation my hockey-playing ex gave as to why we needed to spend time as a family at his lake house in the small town where it all began. What I didn’t expect was to show up and discover our son is spending another week at camp, and we are all alone. Oh, and fake a relationship to fulfill his old lady’s wish, too. I realize Ford is on the mission I always feared;
Win me back.
But our past is filled with heartache and regret. It’s going to take a lot more than a few strolls down memory lane or romantic boat rides on the lake to overcome the past. And don’t get me started on the man refusing to wear a shirt around the house. He wants us to have one week together to show we could have it all, but I know that’s not a good idea. Not when I don’t know who believes in us more. Now we are both wondering if being together was always worth the wait…
This is a standalone novel in the Lake Spark series.
Series recommended reading order: Worth the Risk | Worth the Chance | Worth the Wait
COMING OF AGE
“Is it true…that you pulled a lion from the ocean and fell in love with him?”
The sixteen-year-old boy named after a lion.
A boy with his entire life ahead of him.
A boy running from a terrible secret.
All it takes is one awful night to change everything.
One secret, one smuggler, one boat, one storm.
And he wakes in an entirely different existence.
Staring into the ocean-blue eyes of his twelve-year-old rescuer.
The twelve-year-old girl named after a sea nymph.
A girl with lofty dreams and absolute faith that she’ll achieve them.
All it takes is a bright, sunny morning to change everything.
One boy clinging to wreckage, one sea cradling him close, one chance at keeping him safe.
He’s illegal and unwanted.
She’s stubborn and so sure.
He’s lost absolutely everything.
And she’s found the only thing she ever wanted.
They begin as rescued and rescuer.
Slowly growing from twelve and sixteen.
He’s not allowed to touch her.
She’s convinced he is the one.
But as each day dawns on his illegal existence, Aslan’s secrets creep ever closer, the death he ran from hunts ever faster, and the darkness that he can’t get free of finally finds him.
And it costs him…
This is the first book in the Luna duet.
Series reading order: Lunamare | Cor Amare (25 Jul 2023)
LOVERS TO ENEMIES TO LOVERS
Onscreen, they’re in love. Offscreen, they can’t stand each other.
Lilah Hunter and Shane McCarthy are madly in love—at least, their characters are. As the stars of the hit paranormal TV show Intangible, Lilah and Shane spent years pining for each other onscreen . . . until Lilah ditched the show at the end of season five in hopes of becoming a movie star. With no such luck, she’s back to film the much-hyped ninth and final season, in which Lilah and Shane’s characters will get together at last.
But coming back means facing one of the biggest reasons she left: Shane. Ever since their secret behind-the-scenes fling imploded at the end of season one, the two of them have despised each other.
Now reunited on set for the first time in years—with the world’s eyes on them and their post-show careers on the line—they’ll have to grit their teeth and play nice. But under pressure to give Intangible’s fans the happy ending they’ve been waiting for, Lilah and Shane are forced to get closer than ever. And if they’re not careful, they might just get blindsided by one final twist: a real-life happy ending of their own.
This is a standalone novel.
Sometimes you just need to bang it out…
Shy paleontologist Thea Pope just wants to get through her sister’s ’80s-themed monstrosity of a TV reality-show wedding so she can get to her summer field work. The only problem? Her sister has turned into the ultimate bridezilla – as in pink parasols, organza hats, forcing people to shave and dye their hair levels of over-the-top, it’s-my-day antics – all while on location in a place literally called hell that reeks of sulfur and lost hopes.
The only thing that can make it worse is when her sister declares that she never even wanted Thea in the wedding at all but that the producers insisted. Ouch doesn’t begin to express how much it hurts that her own sister didn’t even want her to be at her wedding.
There’s only one thing Thea can do after her sister finally pushes her too far – she picks the one man at the wedding her sister cannot stand – the groom’s brother, Kade St. James – and has sex with him.
Is it petty revenge that she’ll be rubbing in her sister’s face from now until eternity? Absolutely. Still, it seems like a great idea at the time, and really what could go wrong?
Pretty much everything it turns out.
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Downside of Dating series.
BODYGUARD + ENEMIES TO LOVERS + SECOND CHANCES
Protect me at all costs.
That’s the mission my father placed on Anton Markov—my new bodyguard. Shield me from a ruthless, faceless stalker. The menace hijacked my online presence, levied chilling threats my way, and promised to unleash a barrage of damage to me personally and professionally.
There’s one problem with Anton.
It’s simple. I despise him.
He stole everything years ago—my heart, dreams, and dignity. With a four-line farewell note stuck to my kitchen table, he broke my heart and almost my spirit.
But it seems Anton has his own collection of grievances over what happened in New York, and he’s not willing to let them go.
It’s complicated. He hates me.
As my stalker escalates his threats, Anton and I are thrust closer together. His smoldering good looks, irresistible charm, and unwavering dedication to my safety blur the line between lovers and enemies.
He claims that he can’t protect me if he falls in love with me. With the danger closing in, we’re about to put that theory to the test.
This is a standalone novel in the Crowne Brothers series.
Series recommended reading order: Iron Crowne | Crowne Rules | Crowne of Lies | Fake Crowne | Crowne Jewel
Falling in love…and discovering the past…
As Ava Steel prepares to help her parents, Ryan and Ruby Steel, celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, the tarot cards she draws and cryptic messages from an unknown source mar her concentration. Her life is changing…and she’s convinced her parents have kept her in the dark about something important.
Brendan Murphy sees the woman he’s fallen in love with struggling, and though he wants to help, he doesn’t know how. After all, he’s received the same messages, which may mean he and his family have some connection to the Steels. Brendan’s father thinks it somehow relates to his uncle’s untimely death at a Steel wedding half a century earlier, but Brendan isn’t so sure.
When Ava finally unburies some of her family’s secrets, she questions who she is and where she belongs, while Brendan discovers how he and the Steels may be linked. The two confess their love, but they’re still troubled, as these ghosts from the past may spell danger for everyone around them.
This is the twenty-sixth book in The Steel Brothers Saga and it is not a standalone novel.
Series reading order: Craving | Obsession | Possession | Melt | Burn | Surrender | Shattered | Twisted | Unraveled | Breathless | Ravenous | Insatiable | Fate | Legacy | Descent | Awakened | Cherished | Freed | Spark | Flame | Blaze | Smolder | Flare | Scorch | Chance | Fortune | Destiny (26 Sep 2023) | Melody (26 Dec 2023) | Harmony (26 Mar 2024)
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