Jul 152021
 

Merciless Union (Blood and Thorns Duet #2) by Faith Summers & Khardine Gray

Skeletons fall out of the closet as I get my memories back.

Everything changed overnight.

Truth became my enemy, and the sting of betrayal dragged me into a web of lies.

I’m damned if I fight to live and damned if I die.

The dark secrets I remember might tear my marriage apart.

Love is a myth we shouldn’t have explored.

My husband was always my enemy.

Love just made me forget and blinded me.

The cruel hand of death is the only answer when doom takes over.

I don’t know if I’ll survive.

Or if death will bury me along with the sins of my father.

Merciless Union is a dark mafia arranged marriage romance. It contains dubious situations, mature content, and graphic violence some readers might find offensive and/or triggering.

This is the last part of a duet and is not standalone.

Excerpt Merciless Union by Faith Summers

I can’t stop moving. Lucca was shot. My heart tumbles in my chest with panic and desperation with every hurried step I take.
“It’s not what you think,” someone who sounds like Jon, Lucca’s best friend, answers. “I’m so sorry, Lucca. You were like a brother to me, but you dug too deep.”
Marylin and I stop short when we see Lucca lying on the ground with blood pouring from his stomach. That’s bad enough. However, the sight of Jon standing over him with his gun aimed at him in one hand and a metal bar in the other makes my blood boil. That answers the question of how the men got on the grounds.
“Lucca!” I scream, and my eyes lock with his silver ones.
In that split second, as I look at him, memory hits me as clear as the image of him lying before me.
I remember the day I first met him. It was at music class. I heard him playing the piano. I was seven, and he was ten. He was playing that song that unlocked my heart.
Clair de Lune.
He offered to help me with my piano lessons so my mother would allow me to play the violin.
That was the moment we began. That was the beginning of our unexpected journey and an unexpected friendship that has lasted my whole life, even though he might not have always been with me. My accident might have robbed me of memories of the magic we shared, but I feel it.
That’s the first memory I’ve had of my childhood that wasn’t locked in a dream.
As the horror hits me that I’m watching him die, I try to get to him. Marylin holds me back, but I try to get away so I can save him.
“No, Aria, we have to get out,” Marylin urges.
“Lucca!” I wail.
“Go!” Lucca shouts to me, and his eyes roll back in his head.

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Jul 152021
 

Merciless Vows (Blood and Thorns Duet #1) by Faith Summers & Khardine Gray

When I was sixteen, a gypsy fortune-teller told me my future held darkness and death.

She was right.

But what she didn’t tell me was I’d lose all my memories and I wouldn’t recognize the devil when he came to steal my life.

Lucca Dyshekov—the Bratva assassin they call Merciless—rose from hell and turned my world upside down.

On our wedding day, he taught me real monsters aren’t the ones who hide in the dark.

They’re the ones who stare you in the face and steal your soul.

On a quest for revenge, he takes me and unearths secrets from the past that will cause a war.

When death lies on the horizon, the enemy of my enemy becomes my friend.

In this instance, he’s my husband.

The real question is when he finishes uncovering the truth, will he keep me or kill me.

Merciless vows is a dark mafia arranged marriage romance. It contains dubious situations, mature content, and graphic violence some readers might find offensive and/or triggering.

This book is part of a duet and is not a standalone.

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Jul 142021
 

You May Kiss the Groomsman (Meet Me at the Altar #3) by Samantha Chase

It seemed like a good idea at the time…

When Josie Sullivan agrees to marry her friend Tyler, it’s just so he’ll get a promotion at work. That’s what friends do, right? But what should have been a quick, quiet affair starts to look like the real thing when his family shows up in the middle of the “proposal.” Now, it’s no longer a quick stop at the courthouse during a lunch break, but a full-blown wedding and there’s nothing Josie can do to stop it.

There was no way he could hold his peace…

Daniel Alexander hasn’t been home in years. After fifteen years as a Navy SEAL, he’s more than ready to return to civilian life. Being away for so long, he’s missed a lot of his younger brother’s life and it seems like he’s back just in time to stop him from making the biggest mistake of his life. No matter how he breaks it down, something’s just not adding up about this wedding and he’s determined to figure out why. And he’s not just trying to stop it from happening because he’s finding himself wildly attracted to the bride-to-be.

Or because they can’t stop kissing each other.

Josie had given up on finding her own happily ever after and as her attraction to Daniel keeps growing, she’s suddenly regretting her decision to help out a friend. Now she just needs to decide if she wants to kiss the groom…or the groomsman.

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Jun 182021
 

Haruaki (The Syndicates series #3) by Cala Riley

Cleo
My life isn’t perfect. Being the Irish Princess of Chicago doesn’t do me any favors. Instead, it puts a target on my back.

When I’m presented for a marriage contract, I feel like an animal being led to auction.

Until I meet him.

I shouldn’t be drawn towards him, but the closer I get, the harder I fall.

He is supposed to be the enemy, so why does he feel like my salvation?

Kai

I live my life on the edge, giving into every impulse and living recklessly. Being the dark prince of the Yakuza comes with many perks. Especially when you are feared the way I am.

When my enemy begins to barter for his precious daughter, I can’t help but toy with her.

Until I meet her.

She is gorgeous, innocent, and everything I should avoid, but I’ve never let that stop me before.

I’ll do anything to keep her because I knew the moment my lips touched hers, she was mine.

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Jun 062021
 

Hot Heir (The Royals #3) by Pippa Grant
If I’d known he had dimples, I never would’ve agreed to marry him.

Some people are born for parenthood.

Not me.

But I’m about to get it anyway, since there’s no one else who can take care of my wild child baby sister. I’m supposed to be spending my days running a flight adventure company with my best friend, but instead, I’m inadvertently getting myself into trouble, just trying to do the right thing and keep her out of trouble, to the point that it’s clear I cannot do this on my own.

But who else would want to help us?

Turns out, my biggest enemy.

Mr. Tall, Dark, and Cranky just inherited a country, but in order for Amoria to crown him as King—you know, that job they give to people with no more demanding qualifications than flared nostrils, proper manners, and a taste for crumpets—he needs a wife. Now. Obviously the only person he would ask is as irresistible (and desperate) as me.

And I see no better way to prove I’m ready to take care of my sister than to wear the crown of a queen. No one’s ever found fault with royalty, and hey, the job comes with round-the-clock security.

Except in return for helping save my sister, Mr. I’m-Not-Sure-You’re-Even-A-Real-Prince Viktor tells me he needs the teeniest, tiniest favor. You see, he doesn’t just need help saving his crown. He needs help saving his country.

Remember when I said no one ever found fault with royalty? Try asking that question after you see your frazzled face under the front-page headline of a small country’s leading gossip mag…

Hot Heir is a romping fun marriage of convenience romance between a surprise heir and a southern hot mess, complete with the bedroom to end all bedrooms, a run-down alpaca, and that thing with the hot air balloon. This romantic comedy stands alone with no cheating or cliffhangers and ends with a royally awesome happily ever after.

Excerpt Hot Heir by Pippa Grant

Taking a bullet or a knife, I can do.
But soothing a terrified, sobbing, otherwise competent woman is not something I’ve often—ever—accomplished successfully, nor have I ever found myself in many situations in which it was necessary.
I stroke her back, and gradually, they both cry themselves out.
Which is good, because seeing a chink in Peach’s armor is bloody terrifying.
“Papaya,” she says, her voice thick and wobbly, “you’re on kitchen duty for the next four weeks.”
What?”
“And if you get fired by the chef, you’ll be on maid duty. And if you get fired by the maids, you’ll be shoveling shit in the stables. And you don’t get to see Fred until your chores are done.”
I suck in a surprised breath.
Papaya gasps. “You can’t do that.”
“And if you don’t show up for kitchen duty, you won’t be going to Joey’s wedding next weekend.” She swipes at her eyes, which silences any objections I might have to keeping track of Papaya whilst Peach is away for a week. “You scared the ever-loving patootles out of me. I thought you were kidnapped. And instead, you’re here, spooking the daylights out of these poor guards who were trained on an invalid king who couldn’t even get out of his own bed to pee.”
Ah. I’m beginning to see from whom Papaya gets her creativity.
And it hasn’t escaped my notice that Peach is still leaning on me.
My knees are going quite numb from squatting, but I could crouch here for hours if that was what was required to make her feel better.
“You have two choices.” Her voice is growing steadier, more Peach-like. “You do your punishment, and we’ll find you a better outlet for all your creative energy, or we’re going to have one hell of a rough year.”
Papaya scowls. Her tears have also left her. “I don’t like those choices.”
“They’re what you’ve got.”
“I want to go home and live with my daddy.”
Peach’s entire body goes so rigid, I have to stop myself from grabbing Papaya and dangling her by the ankle for being such an ungrateful arse.
“He lost the privilege to keep you.” Peach’s voice wobbles again. “Meemaw and me and Viktor and Alexander and Samuel are what you’ve got.”
An emotion I cannot name blooms in my chest, swells into my throat, and renders me momentarily tongue-tied.
She’s just claimed us all as family.
“Get up. I want that armor shined and sparkling before it goes back where it belongs in the tower study, and don’t you dare give me any lip, or you’ll be shining and sparkling every single suit of armor in this whole entire castle if you so much as think at me wrong.”
I swallow hard, wishing my own voice were not so much more husky than I intend it to be. It seems emotions are going around. “I believe there are fifty more stored in the dungeons, my lady.”
My shirt is damp and cold where the tears from Peach’s cheek have soaked through, I’ve nearly watched a teenage girl outwit and terrify an entire team of guards who were quite ready to maim, if not outright kill her, and I’m playing parent for the first time in my life.
Being a team.
With Peach.
It’s disconcerting at best.
Irresistibly attractive at worst.
I’ve a kingdom to run. There’s no time to fall for my wife.
But I fear it might be too late.

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Jun 052021
 

Ruthless Saint (DeSantis Mafia Book 1) by S. Massery

He wasn’t the one I was supposed to marry.

He’s cold.
Brutal.
Calculating.

To his family, I’m a strategic move in their war.
To mine, an alliance offers protection against our enemies.

Still, there’s something about him that calls to me.
A dark edge threatens to revive me. His gaze steals my breath.
Even if my heart thinks this could work, my brain knows better.

We say “I do” with his brother’s blood on our clothes,
and the bars of my gilded cage slam closed.

Our wedding vows are forever – ’til death do us part.
But with enemies closing in from all sides, death might be closer than we think.

Please note: this book contains dark content that some readers may find distressing.

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May 242021
 

Sinister Engagement (Criminal Underground Book 3) by Lucy Smoke

He was given a choice: my sister or me.
He chose me.

Gaven Belmonte is one of the most dangerous hitmen in the world, and I’m the daughter of one of the richest mafia families in the country. In exchange for my hand in marriage, Gaven Belmonte is about to become the next head of the Price family.

I’ve always tried to shun my family’s past and their filthy ties to the underworld of organized crime. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I’ve never even had sex. I just want to be free, to be normal. Gaven could do more than just ruin that dream—he could completely annihilate me.

It doesn’t matter that I’ve been planning to escape my family’s criminal past ever since the murder of my mother. What my father wants, he gets, and it appears the same is true for my new fiancé. He wants me, and he’s about to get me. To have and to hold. Til’ death do we part.

We’re a match made in hell, but the contract says that he owns me, body and soul, and he intends to make sure I know it.

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May 212021
 

Angel’s Promise (Devil’s Series (Duet) Book 2) by Aleatha Romig

Everett Ramses came into my life like a hurricane on a dark New Orleans night. With a deep voice and penetrating gaze, his mere presence tingled my nerves and twisted my insides much like the city’s legendary stories of spirits and ghosts.

As the ruler of New Orleans, Everett Ramses lives life hard and takes what he wants without apology.

He wants me to be his queen.

I am not an unwilling capture or a damsel in distress.

No, I, Emma North, willingly fell for the man who proclaims himself the devil.

Do I follow through on the promise I made to Rett, or do I listen to my own instincts and run before it’s too late?

The future of New Orleans is now in my hands.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

#enemiestolovers #arrangedmarriage #age-gap-romance #dangerousromance

*From New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a new romantic suspense duet set in the dark and mysterious world of New Orleans. This full-length novel is the conclusion of the Devil’s Series Duet that begins with the prequel “Fate’s Demand”, continues in DEVIL’S DEAL, and concludes in ANGEL’S PROMISE.

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May 052021
 

The Devil I Hate (The Devil’s Knights Book 1) by Jillian Quinn

Luca Salvatore is cold and cruel.
The villain in our love story.

Our families arranged our marriage before we’d ever met.
A fate I ran from until my brother vanished without a trace.

Luca knows what happened to my twin.
He also has one weakness.

Me.

I will do anything to get my brother back.
Even if it means playing by Luca’s rules.

He thinks he can break me, mold me into the perfect wife.
I’ll do whatever it takes to tempt him into spilling his secrets.

Then, I’m taking my Devil back to Hell, where he belongs.

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May 052021
 

THE CONTROL (The 4 Horsemen #4) by Elena Monroe

My demons will ruin whatever is left of her halo.

BOWEN
I was living on borrowed everything: time, feelings, motives, even these stale breaths.
I was expired in every way.
No saving me.
He should have lived instead.
He deserved to squeeze every drop out of life and rub it in my face the way he always did.
I was stuck here as half of a person and Eve expected me to be whole enough to fix her.
We were too shattered to ever be put back together again.
I was her demon.

EVE
I was wasting every second of every day trying to make time move faster.
I was ready to throw away this life as the Princess of Denmark and go back home where Bowen would be waiting for me. There was no stopping me.
I had been promised to Bowen since our births.
I was determined to save myself for him and only him – my life line.
I may be bruised and broken but that only dirtied up my angel wings.
Nothing he couldn’t handle.
I would always be his angel.

Excerpt THE CONTROL by Elena Monroe

I should have given him the truth. Anything but the silence lurking inside my mouth making me mute.
Just as I pulled the band away from his body his grip crushed my small hands so hard I felt myself wince. “We aren’t doing that here… I don’t need your pity,” his words might as well have been venom.
It was well-deserved, my body screamed: use me to bury the pain and my eyes were glazed over in sympathy.
“Bowen…” I was trying to slice through the immediate anger cocooning him when his grip didn’t let up, holding my hands still too tightly.
He looked down on me like I personally insulted him in less redeemable ways. “It doesn’t matter how damaged you are when you look at me like that. It would have been easier to just sit pretty and be the wife I don’t want. No demons except me. Now there is nothing holding me back from making sure that fake halo is replaced with horns.”
Standing up right instead of looking down at me like a silly girl who couldn’t handle his demons, his fists clenched making the wraps get even more taunt around his hands.
My mouth was still gaping open but no syllables or sounds came out. Not one word while I watched him square up to the bag hanging in its place. “You always wanted to match.”
My eyes stung with tears and I felt myself suck in my bottom lip like it was the key to holding back tears.
Hitting a small remote in his pocket music flooded his home gym, too loud to think or talk anymore.
Bowen’s fist drove into the bag over and over making me flinch every time. I pushed him to be someone to me and didn’t take into account how askewed how my expectations were.
My expectations were soul crushing.
My expectations were selfish.
My expectations disregarded trauma altogether.
I mumbled a quick sorry around my trembling bottom lip hoping that would suffice.
Few steps forward and ten back seemed to be the dance with the devil. He promised to fuck my halo into horns and now I felt overwhelmed by the need to be just as broken as him.

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Apr 222021
 

Defiant (The Feral Princess Book 1) by Ann Denton

Elena

When my wolf appears for the first time, I’m so overjoyed that I don’t think, I just run into the forest…and smack into Black Maddox, the leader of my pack. Only…he doesn’t believe that I’m what I say I am. He insists that I’m part of a rival pack and locks me up in his basement.

Black’s twice my age, insanely powerful, and has a streak of darkness running through him a mile wide and an ocean deep.

He’s exactly the type of man that I always swore I’d stay far away from. I should stick with Jonah, the beta I know and trust, the man who’ll give me everything I ask for.

But what if there are things I didn’t know I ever wanted before? Things I don’t know how to ask for?

The shadow Black casts drenches me, his depravity soaking into my skin.

He’s going to destroy me if I don’t escape him.

* * *

Black

I discover pretty little Elena naked in disputed territory.

At first, I want to crack her open, this wide-eyed temptation who derails me. I want to shatter her and those who sent her into tiny pieces. I will not be manipulated or deceived by her false innocence.

That’s what I tell myself. But even as I say it aloud, my obsession grows and the spell she weaves leaves my wolf and I both panting.

But once I realize Elena’s a special type of shifter, the rarest of the rare, and the most precious of them all… I don’t want to crush her. I want to chain and keep her. I want to make her beg for mercy, but not because she’s broken.

Because she’s mine.

I want her desperate and aching for me in ways she’s never been before.

My wolf and I will claim her, mark her, marry and breed her.

Only one thing’s stopping me.

The entire shifter world wants her too.

Author’s Note: This book has triggers including dubious consent scenes, forced marriage, and eventually will contain humiliation. This is a dark menage romance and the series will end with an MFM relationship and an HEA.

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Apr 202021
 

Bitter Truths (Crimson Falls Duet Book 2) by Dani René

From USA Today bestselling author, Dani René, comes the second book in the Crimson Falls Duet. This is the conclusion to Lycan and Scarlett’s whirlwind romance.

The ring on my finger felt heavy.
My heart was broken.
And the bitter truths I’m about to learn don’t ease the burden.
He was mine. And I vowed to be his forever.

But what I found is not what I was expecting—lies and deceit.
He was the darkness to my light, and together, we will find solace.

My heart was no longer my own. He took it, kept it safe, but now, nothing else makes sense. He’s shown me a world I craved, but didn’t know I could have. It’s all mine.

Will our fairy tale have a happy ending?

Please note: This is book two and the conclusion to the duet.

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Apr 022021
 

Bitter Vows (Crimson Falls Duet Book 1) by Dani René

A contract had been signed. An agreement had been made.
She was mine. And I never lose my possessions.

However, my Little Red is not what I was expecting—sweet and submissive.
She’s fire to my ice, and together, we will detonate.

My heart has been locked away for so long. I don’t feel. I can’t. And she is certainly far too innocent for me to have. But one taste, one touch, and one soft whimper is all it takes for the rabid wolf inside me to bare its teeth.

But fairy tales don’t always have happy endings.

Please note: This is book one of two, and ends in a cliffhanger. The second book will release shortly after the first.

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Mar 262021
 

Mafia Bride (The DiLustro Arrangement Book 1) by CD Reiss

An epic mafia romance trilogy that sets a new bar for just how dark a hero can get, from New York Times Bestselling author CD Reiss.

Some girls dream of marrying a prince, but I never imagined I’d be sold to a king.

Santino DiLustro.
The king.
The monster.
The keeper of secrets.

When he forced me to marry him, I cried for love I’d never know.

When he locked me away, I cried for the freedom I lost forever.

Every other tear I’ve shed is for my soul, because I’m falling for the devil himself.

Mafia Bride is the first book in the dark mafia romance trilogy, The DiLustro Arrangement.
It is not for the faint of heart.
If you don’t like kidnapping, car chases, violent passions held under wraps for so long they explode in a storm of filthy talk and rough, graphic marital relations, move along.
No hard feelings.

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Mar 112021
 

Consumed by Deception (Deception Trilogy Book 3) by Rina Kent

My husband. My monster.

The truth isn’t always what it seems.
Lia doesn’t realize that, but she will. Soon.
I chose this life. This road. This twisted arrangement.
For her, I made a deal with the devil.
For her, I toyed with fate and death.
There’s no going back.
I stole her and like any thief, I won’t return her.
Lia is my addiction. My obsession. My love.
Mine.

This book is the final part of a trilogy and is not standalone.

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Mar 112021
 

Requiem of the Soul (The Society Trilogy Book 1) by A. Zavarelli & Natasha Knight

A Brand New Arranged Marriage Dark Romance Series by A. Zavarelli and Natasha Knight.

I was born with noble blood in my veins.

Heir to a powerful dynasty.

Wealth. Power. Aristocracy.

Temptations too dangerous to resist.

Until someone tried to steal it all.

Scarred and broken, I emerged from the flames.

Now I’ve returned to take what’s mine.

Revenge.

The first item on my agenda?
Make Ivy Moreno my wife.

Second?
Bend her until she breaks.

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Mar 102021
 

Tempted by Deception (Deception Trilogy Book 2) by Rina Kent

My husband. My villain.

Dark.
Twisted.
Wrong.

Till death do us part.

This book is part of a trilogy and is not standalone.

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Mar 062021
 

Ruthless Monarch by Ava Harrison
Matteo Amante.

Dangerous. Deadly. And most of all, devastating.

He’s the king of the city.
Running the mafia and ruling the East Coast.

He’s at war with his cousin, and I am the casualty.

There is nothing Matteo won’t do to win.
He’ll burn everything down to the ground, my hopes and dreams included.

He’s no hero.
He’s the handsome devil who will probably kill me in the end.

Falling in love with my enemy will destroy me, especially when he’s my husband . . .

Expected publication: April 5th 2021

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Mar 042021
 

Vow of Deception (Deception Trilogy Book 1) by Rina Kent

My husband. My Tormentor.

The most notorious man in the city offers me a job.
Act as his dead wife.
Adrian Volkov isn’t the type of person who takes no for an answer.
He commands with an iron fist and all his orders are met.
When he approaches me with the offer, I have two options.
Go to prison or put myself under his wrath.
I choose to have a roof over my head. What’s so hard about acting, right?
Wrong.
The moment I step into his wife’s shoes, everything spirals out of control.
My only way of survival is through Adrian.
Or is it?

This book is part of a trilogy and is not standalone.

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Mar 012021
 

To Have and to Hate by R.S. Grey

Marry a man I barely know to save my family from ruin.
It might’ve been simple, if my betrothed were anybody else.

On our wedding day, my husband-to-be arrived at the courthouse like a black cloud rolling over Manhattan. Walt didn’t crack smiles or pepper in pleasantries as we exchanged hollow vows in front of the judge.

His disdain for me was so palpable I assumed we’d walk out of that ceremony and resume our regularly scheduled programming. But then fate was like, Hold my beer. I got this.

In desperate need of help and with nowhere else to turn, I had no choice but to ignore a crucial rule in our contract: I shall only contact Mr. Jennings II in case of emergency. But hey, what’s a little fine print between husband and wife?

Turns out, Walt’s a stickler for legalese—I think it might be his love language. Oh, and his attitude at the courthouse wasn’t a put-on. My so-called husband is a jerk. He takes what he wants without giving any consideration to other people—specifically ME, his blushing, contractually-obligated bride!

I knew life with Walt would be no honeymoon, but a marriage of any sort should still come with a few standard guarantees:

To have and to hold.
For richer or poorer.
In sickness and in health.

But after experiencing Walt’s version of wedded bliss, I say let’s forget about all that lovey-dovey crap and just take me straight to death do us part.
Expected publication: March 18th 2021

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