Aug 022021
 

Ruthless Traitor (82 Street Vandals Book 3) by Heather Long

At the heart of it all was a secret and a lie.

A secret we didn’t tell her.

A lie we told ourselves.

Emersyn Sharpe is more than just the girl we watched over. She’s very much the woman who fits us.

The last thing we should have done was take her and the worst thing we did was keep her, but she needs us. I think, more than one of us—myself included—needs her.

The secret wasn’t ours to share and the lie?

I bought into the lie that keeping her was saving her. The lie that persuading her to trust us was needed. The lie that falling in love with her was as natural as breathing.

It didn’t matter if I wasn’t alone in falling into this trap. It mattered that when the trap closed, it put her on one side and us on the other.

Damn and we were so close too…

My name is Vaughn Westbrook and I’ll be damned if I give up now.

RUTHLESS TRAITOR is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book three in the series.

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Charmed (Willow Springs Series Book 3) by Laura Pavlov

Crew Carlisle is enemy number one.
He’s also my new boss.
I need this internship as much as Crew needs an ego lobotomy.
He’s arrogant, cocky, and annoyingly good looking.
Our families have despised one another since long before I was born.
The man loathes me, and he makes no effort to hide his contempt.
But everything I thought I knew isn’t as it seems.
And Crew isn’t who I thought he was.
I’ve never fully given my heart away, and this is the last man that I should give it to.
But walking away isn’t as easy as I expected.
Crew Carlisle is my kryptonite.
And falling for my nemesis is not an option.

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At First Hate by K.A. Linde

A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Derek Ballentine and I have always been on opposite sides of everything.

I went to a public Savannah high school. He went to a private Catholic school. I went to Duke on scholarship. He went to UNC as a legacy. When we both end up at Harvard for graduate school and we’re finally on a level playing field, I think it’s all going to change.

I was wrong.

The only thing that changed was ending up in his bed.

Now my grandma has passed away, and Derek is the attorney helping the people trying to steal her legacy. I’ll do anything to stop that from happening. Even take on my lifetime enemy.

I hate him at first sight…but I also want him at first hate.

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Jul 292021
 

Heated by Lyla Grace (The Everyday Heroes World)

Lyla Grace’s Heated is a sexy, enemies-to lovers, contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes World project.

Gemma Malone just watched her entire life go up in flames.

Her husband was killed in a devastating car accident, and now, she has uncovered a world of deceit and lies surrounding their entire marriage.

Unsure where else to turn, Gemma finds herself in Sunnyville, seeking refuge with her aunt, uncle, and cousins – the Malone’s.

Declan Watt is the town playboy and has always loved the attention he gets from women…until now. After saving a young girl and her mother from a raging fire, he earns a new title of hero. Only, one person doesn’t think Declan is as hot as everyone else does.

After a heated meeting between Declan and Gemma, an intense and volatile relationship was ignited. Sparks fly as their attraction grows and they can’t deny the heat between them.

Gemma struggles to restart her life but can’t seem to stop thinking about the hot firefighter who enrages her emotions and ignites her soul.

Just as Gemma allows Declan into her life a man from her past threatens to ruin her new happiness.

Gemma quickly learns that she can’t run from her past or her heart.

Can Gemma allow herself to fall in love and start over again?

Can she forget the tragedies of her past and allow their flames of desire to grow?

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Jul 262021
 

Princess of Bael (Dark Provenance Series #4) by Lexi C. Foss

A standalone enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance.
A lifetime of vengeance and decades of pain…
He abandoned her in Hell. She’s returned to make him pay.

Kay
Once upon a time, I fell for an Archangel’s trick.
He bonded me to him for eternity.
Then left me in Hell to survive alone.

I’m no longer the woman I was before.
I’m stronger. Faster. Harder. And lethal.

It’s my turn to deliver justice where it’s due.
I’m coming for you, Archangel Ezra.
And your precious Divinity, too.

Ezra
Once upon a time, I seduced a demon Halfling into helping me save the balance.
I engaged in a sacred bond.
Then I abandoned her without a word.

I’m no longer the Archangel I was before.
I’m broken. Suffering. Destroyed by my mate.

Now she’s coming for me, wielding a blade with the intent to kill.
I won’t kneel for you, Princess of Bael.
And I’m prepared to fight.

Author’s Note: Princess of Bael is a standalone paranormal romance in the Dark Provenance world, which can be read in any order. This novel contains violent elements and sensual material. Kay’s deadly. Ezra’s deadlier. A match made in literal hell. Forbidden. Fun. And darkly delicious.

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Jul 212021
 

Ruthless Queen (Crooked Paradise Book 3) by Eva Chance

Heavy lies the crown…

I thought getting my revenge would give me some kind of peace. Instead it seems to have brought an even worse villain to my doorstep.

Or rather, to the Nobles’ doorstep, which the big boss of Paradise Bend’s most powerful gang is not at all happy about. I may have won over Wylder Noble and his men, but his father is another story entirely.

A brutally murderous story.

Stuck between a vicious gang king and a psychotic stalker set on total domination, I’m not sure yet whether I’m going to win this war or go down fighting. If I fall, will these men who’ve set my body on fire—and somehow worked their way into my heart—fall with me?

Not if Mercy Katz has anything to say about it.

I’m the heir to my father’s throne, and I’m going to wear the hell out of that crown as long as I’m still breathing.

*Perilous Lady is the second book in a new gritty contemporary romance series from bestselling author Eva Chase (writing as Eva Chance) and Harlow King. No major triggers, but be prepared for domineering men who make their own rules, a rebellious heroine who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and an enemies-to-lovers romance where the girl gets all the guys. It’s going to be a wild, bloody ride!*

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Jul 202021
 

Undercover Engagement (Private Pleasures Book 5) by Samanthe Beck

Buttoned-down Eden Brixton is less than thrilled when she’s partnered with smooth-talking wild card Marcus Swain in an undercover op. Both their careers hinge on convincing folks in tight-knit Bluelick, KY that he’s the love of her life. She’d sooner tase him than prance around in practically nothing, hanging all over his chiseled body like she can’t get enough.

For Swain, being partnered with the too-gorgeous-for-his-sanity Eden promises to test his well-honed control. She’s smart, she’s skilled, she’s not just by-the-book—she knows the damn book backward and forward. And she hates his guts.

When Eden absolutely nails her role as his sexy fiancée—where the hell did she learn to seduce with a single glance?—Swain is knocked right on his ass. Living with a temptation like Eden makes it hard to remember their chemistry is strictly for show. And when the heat gets too real, doing the undercover op might prove to be their undoing.

Each book in the Private Pleasures series is STANDALONE:
* Private Practice
* Light Her Fire
* Falling for the Enemy
* Wet and Reckless
* Undercover Engagement

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Jul 172021
 

WOLF CROWNED (Ruby’s Royal Demon Pack Book 1) by Avery Song

What shall one do when their entire life is nothing but a lie?

Ruby Phoenix. Luxury Fashion Designer and Celebrity Stylist. To the world, I’m the woman who blends in until the grand reveal at the end of a sold-out fashion show. The one who observes and keeps secrets instead of leads.

I’d never been destined to be a leader, but as the Princess of the Royal Phoenix Pack, many believe I’ll one day sit upon the throne.

A throne that’s not mine to claim.

I’m a mere decoy from the hidden truth, but once all the cards have been revealed and the true heir awakens, what would that leave me with? Surely nothing, right?

Little do those in power know of the dark addiction I have hidden in the shadows. The antihero men who wear suits and black leather gloves during the day, only to be cloaked in designer at night and do the tasks no one else wishes to take within this world of deceit and bloodshed.

Some say we’re a Secret Society. Others compare us to the Mafia. Motorcycle Club? Illegal Drug Ring? Billionaire Gang? Better yet, a pack of royal wolves with nothing else to do. The list is rather extensive, but the truth of it all is it potentially may be all of the above. The best part?

I may be their Demon Ring Leader and I’m ready to come out of the shadows to be crowned.

WOLF CROWNED is a 150,000-word Paranormal Wolf Shifter Romance with enemies-lovers/bully themes.

Lovers of WOLF AWAKENED and WOLF REJECTED will love this new series in the Forbidden World of Misfits and Royalty. 18+ Audience is advised.

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Jul 152021
 

My Confession (A Sinfully Unrequited Series Book 1) by Alexia Chase

Five friends–five ultimate fantasy boxes

Vivian discovers that her new neighbor is her ex-best friend. The best friend she was in love with–until he turned into a jerk.

Now he’s her mortal enemy.

But damn it, why does Jett look so good in grey sweatpants? And where is his shirt?

More importantly, what are all those women doing coming in and out of his place at all hours of the day?

Everything goes up in flames the second Vivian’s package gets delivered to the wrong address.

What’s a guy to do when he opens a priest and prostitute role-play kit with all the goodies?

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Heart Stopper (Rebels of Rushmore Book 1) by Michelle Hercules

Troy Alexander is sex on a stick and every girl’s dream at John Rushmore University. He’s also the bane of my existence.

Our meet-cute wasn’t exactly cute. He called me a nerd, and I accused him of slacking off on the field. Now, we have to live together.

I’m supposed to try to play nice to keep a roof over my head. Not in my nature. Our arrangement could be a living hell, but slowly, I realize the worst thing he ever did wasn’t calling me names. It was making me see there’s more to him under the surface. And now, I’m screwed.

*Heart Stopper is an enemies-to-lovers college sports standalone romance filled with banter, pranks, and off the charts chemistry that will make you swoon.

Excerpt Heart Stopper by Michelle Hercules

Chapter 1

Charlie

I’m already on my second cup of coffee and still no sign of Troy Alexander, the star of the Rushmore Rebels football team, who I have to interview for the school newspaper. I almost strangled Blake when he gave me the last-minute assignment. It was only his promise to be my bitch in next week’s LARP event that convinced me to step in for Ludwig, the dude who usually covers the sports section of the paper.
Football and jocks are not in my orbit, so I spent the last twenty minutes learning as much as I could about the Rushmore Rebels’ quarterback. People seem to regard him like a god, and honestly, no one deserves to be treated as such. He has an okay average, winning more games than losing them. This year is different though. He’s a senior, and most of the time, that’s when the players really try to give their all. But Troy seems to have lost his steam, not really going the extra mile when he should. That’s according to the notes I got from Ludwig, of course. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if I watched a game, which I haven’t.
Since the jerkface is late, I snoop his social media profiles. I can’t gather much from Facebook unless I’m friends with him, and there’s no chance I’ll send a request, not when his Instagram feed has plenty of photos that paint a picture of who Troy Alexander is. It’s clear the guy has acquired a taste for high-adrenaline sports, from skydiving to mountain climbing. Some are quite intense and dangerous, such as extreme snowboarding. I wonder what his coach has to say about his quarterback’s new hobby.
I swallow the last drops of my coffee, already debating if I should go for a third cup, but when I can’t stop bouncing my legs up and down, I have my answer. I’m already jittery as hell; inhaling more caffeine is definitely a bad idea.
The coffee shop’s doorbell chimes, earning my attention. But it’s not Troy coming in, only a couple of sorority girls wearing their matching pink hoodies with their house’s emblem embroidered on them.
Clenching my teeth, I check the time. Fuck. He’s forty minutes late. It’s safe to assume he stood me up. I lost track of time, or I wouldn’t have waited so long. Great.
I’m busy texting Blake, telling him he owes me big time, when someone drops onto the chair opposite mine. It’s Troy, looking hotter than Hades in casual jeans and a T-shirt. Golden hair, golden skin, and a face that belongs on the cover of a magazine. He’s sex on a stick, something I wasn’t prepared for. His Instagram pictures don’t really do him justice.
“Hi, you must be Ludwig’s replacement. Have you been waiting long?” He smiles as if he didn’t already know the answer to that.
I pick my jaw up from the floor, hoping he didn’t catch me drooling, and frown. “How did you know who I was?”
“You look like the type who works for the paper.” He shrugs, then eyes the two girls who entered the coffee shop earlier, giving them a wolfish grin. They were already ogling him, but Troy’s attention sends them into a fit of giggles.
Really?
“What’s that supposed to mean?” I snap.
Troy faces me again, sporting an innocent expression. “Are you that unaware of the vibe you give off?”
I lean back, crossing my arms over my chest. “Enlighten me.”
His lips curl into a smirk while his eyes dance with glee. “Your T-shirt with the paper’s logo. That’s how I knew.”
Heat rushes to my cheeks. I had completely forgotten I was wearing it.
“But you also have the nerd look about you,” he continues, renewing my irritation with him.
“Nerd look, huh? Could it be my glasses?” I push the frames back up my nose using my middle finger.
Troy quirks an eyebrow. “Probably. Can we please make this a quickie? I have places to be.”
I scoff. “You have some nerve. You’re the one who was forty minutes late!”
He flinches as if my outburst surprised him. “Gee, I’m sorry, okay? I had to deal with a situation. I’m here now, so fire away.”
Flaring my nostrils, I grab my phone. “Is it okay if I record this?”
“Sure. Go ahead.”
“So, Troy, when did you decide not to give a fuck about football anymore?”
He doesn’t answer for a couple of beats, narrowing his eyes. “Excuse me?”
“I mean, your performance in the last game was half-assed at best, and you only won because the other team was awful.”
A humorless laugh escapes his lips. “So, this is how it’s going to be, huh? I’m late a few minutes, and you’re going to pull the heinous bitch card.”
I try not to wince at his name-calling, but if I’m going to succeed in this profession, I can’t let assholes get under my skin. “Oh, sweetie. It’s cute that you think I’m asking tough questions because I’m mad at you. But we both know the truth. You messed up royally in the previous game. What was your excuse? Did you also have to deal with a situation then?”
Troy’s face turns ashen, and his jaw clenches tight as he shoots daggers from his eyes. I notice his balled fists on the table and how his breathing is shallow now. Boy, I got to him good. I feel kind of guilty. You never know what issues people are dealing with.
He stands up suddenly, almost toppling his chair over. “We’re done.”
Shit. Maybe I went too far.

***

Troy

Fuck. I knew today was going to be hell. I can always count on everything going wrong whenever I have to meet my mother. Sometimes I suspect she’s a witch because she sure as shit can hex my life. We had our monthly lunch at an upscale private club, during which she spent the hour downing martinis and picking on my sister, Jane, and me. Well, she mostly enjoys criticizing Jane. It’s her feeble attempt to act motherly.
I can handle Mommy Dearest’s harsh words, but poor Jane takes everything to heart. The more Mom talks, the more my sister shrinks into herself. It pisses me off. I was late for my interview with that shrew from the paper because I’d had to undo all the damage Mom had done to Jane.
I can’t believe I let that Lois Lane wannabe get under my skin. To be fair, I had already been on edge. I should have just rescheduled the damn meeting. What I shouldn’t have done is storm out of the coffee shop like a coward. No wonder my blood is still boiling.
Who does she think she is to judge me like that? I doubt she knows anything about football or even attended the last game. She’d have been with Ludwig, and I’d have remembered a face like hers. Too fucking pretty and doesn’t even know it. Damn it. She had to go and be a bitch.
Coach Clarkson already gave me a tongue-lashing for sucking last Saturday. I had fucked up. My head wasn’t in the game, but explaining why wasn’t an option. Sure, if the coach knew the truth, he wouldn’t have given me such a hard time. Only I’d rather people believe I slacked off for no good reason than them know it was the anniversary of Robbie’s death. No one knows, not even my closest friends. What would they think if they knew I’d let my brother die?
I can’t go back to the mausoleum I call home in this state. I don’t want to be alone right now, and I have too much pent-up aggression that needs to go somewhere, so I shoot a quick text to Andreas, telling him I’m headed to the gym. He’s always game for a workout. The guy has an infinite supply of energy. He’s like the Energizer Bunny, a comparison that suits him well in more ways than one. The fucker is a damn Casanova and has probably banged his way to New Zealand and back.
When I park in front of the upscale warehouse-style gym, my anger has decreased by half. I spot Andreas’s Bronco two spots to my left. No surprise he’s already here. He, unlike me, lives right on campus in a shared apartment with Danny Hudson, a freshman who will probably take my place as the new QB next year.
I grab my duffel bag from the trunk and head inside the building. It’s the middle of the afternoon, and the place is pretty packed. It annoys me to work out in a full house, but beggars can’t be choosers.
I quickly change and then head to the gym’s main room. Andreas is spotting Danny at the bench press when I find them.
“Dude, who stole your cookie?” he asks.
I roll my eyes. Everything out of the guy’s mouth is related to food or girls. “It’s one of those days. I had lunch with my mother and Jane earlier. You know how those events usually go.”
“Like eating sawdust?” Danny chimes in.
“Pretty much.”
“How is Jane doing? I haven’t seen her in months,” Andreas asks casually, not even glancing in my direction.
He knows he’s not allowed to get near my sister or entertain any ideas about her. She’s still in high school, for starters. Also, she doesn’t need to get her heart broken by the most notorious manwhore on campus.
“Jane is fine,” I reply through clenched teeth.
“Whoa. You don’t need to bite my head off. I was just asking.”
“You look pissed,” Danny pipes up. “Are you still sour about your talk with the coach?”
“Nah. I’m over that,” I lie. I hate that I screwed up, but wallowing in it won’t help either. “He had the right to chew my ass. My current mood is in part to blame on a fucking nosy reporter from the school paper.”
“Wait. I thought Ludwig was a buddy of yours.” Andreas arches his eyebrows.
“He couldn’t make it, and his replacement was a fucking bitch. She dared to ask when I stopped giving a fuck about football.”
“Wow. That’s savage.” Danny chuckles. “Your charming skills didn’t work on her?”
“I wasn’t myself.”
“Please tell me you put the bitch back in her place,” Andreas retorts angrily.
I take Danny’s spot on the bench. “That’s what I should have done. Instead, I left.”
Andreas whistles. “Troy Alexander avoiding a confrontation. That’s new. Are you sure you didn’t sleep with her and forget to call the next day?”
“Unlike yours, my bedroom doesn’t have a revolving door. I remember my hookups.”
He shrugs. “If you say so.”
“Can we drop the subject? I didn’t come here to gossip like a fucking sorority girl.”
A wicked grin appears on Andreas’s face. “Speaking of sorority girls….”
He proceeds to tell us about his latest sexual escapade, not sparing us any details, but I tune him out. No matter how much I want to forget what happened in the coffee shop, I can’t get the Lois Lane wannabe out of my head.
Damn it.

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Jul 122021
 

Finally You (Luna Harbor Book 1) by Claudia Burgoa

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Claudia Burgoa brings us a snarky and sassy small-town romantic comedy full of a swoon-worthy billionaire, a second chance romance and big laughs.

Sometimes what you’re looking for is right where you left it.

Every summer Mane Cantú came to Luna Harbor to visit his grandfather.

When we were teenagers we fell in love.

We promised to be each other’s forever.

He promised to come back for me.

Spoiler alert: he broke all of the promises.

I grew up, but that big heartbreak was it for me. I built a successful lavender farm and a shop and that’s now my only priority.

All is well until Mane’s grandfather falls ill and all the Cantú family comes back to Luna Harbor. For good.

What’s worse is that Mane’s now famous. Like, real-life famous, not Luna Harbor famous. He made a name for himself with his band and he and his perfect face dare to open a bar next to my store with his bandmates.

Well, he may have started the war, but I plan to finish it.

Except now we’re seeing each other everywhere, and I’m starting to remember the way we used to be.

Still, I’m sticking to my guns. I’m not falling for the prodigal son.

Until one kiss changes everything.

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Jul 122021
 

Net Worth by Amelia Wilde

Mason Hill wants one thing: revenge. When Charlotte Van Kempt walks into his office, all innocence and desperation, he knows the perfect way to get it. He makes a dark bargain. She’ll give him her body to save her family. Little does she know he plans to ruin both.
Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 14, 2021

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Jul 122021
 

Bitten by Deception (True Immortality #4) by S. Young

English rockstar Elijah Webb is more than meets the eye. Being different might have made his childhood hell, but as an adult it’s opened doors to fame and fortune … and the supernatural underworld. Now that he knows all about the creatures that go bump in the night, Elijah’s pretty sure he’s a warlock. Powerful than most, but a warlock, nonetheless.
What else could he be, right?
Vampire Echo Payne is more than happy to infiltrate Elijah’s life to uncover whether the rockstar is one of the seven fae-borne prophesied to open the gate to Faerie. Having encountered one of his kind before, she knows he’s fae as soon as they meet. Her adoptive father, William, might want her to kill Elijah, but Echo has other plans now that she knows William is the monster who destroyed her family. She plans to end William Payne’s reign of terror and save her sister from the same fate she herself endured. But Echo needs Elijah’s help. Who cares about the blazing attraction that flares between them? Not Echo. She needs his fae gifts, not his addictive kisses.
When Elijah discovers Echo’s deception and the truth about what he is, he wants nothing but to protect his human parents. To do that, he has to trust the sexy vampire he can’t help but wish wanted him as much as she wanted revenge. Together they will travel across continents to help the other protect those they hold dearest and in doing so discover how deeply entwined their destinies really are…
For a peaceful future together might just be in the cards if Echo can let go of the past. But to win it, they will have to join forces with the other fae and their mates. It will take all of them to bring down their enemies. And if they fail, no one can save the human world from the darkness of Faerie.

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Crooked Crows (Boys of Briar Hall Book 1) by Elena Lawson

Unapologetically f*cked up. Heartlessly cruel. Broken beyond repair.

Corvus, Rook, and Grey – The Crows.

Bred in a world of gang wars, violence, and secrets, they rule the bloody town of Thorn Valley and all the people in it…too bad for me I’ve never been good at kissing ass or keeping quiet.

Even if their savage spirits awaken something inside of me I thought was long dead, I can’t break. I won’t.

They think they scare me, that I’ll run and hide, but the joke’s on them. The Crows aren’t the first monsters I’ve faced, and they won’t be the last. There are worse evils out there waiting to take their stab at Ava Jade Mason.

I say let them try. I’m tired of running. Tired of holding back my darkness. Thorn Valley isn’t ready for a new boogie man. Too bad I’m already here.

Crooked Crows is a dark enemies-to-lovers reverse harem romance, meaning the main character will have more than one love interest.

Warning: This series contains foul language, explicit sexual content, graphic depictions of gang violence, and jealous/possessive themes. Recommended for readers aged eighteen and up. Please read responsibly.

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Jul 122021
 

A High so Sweet (Thornes & Roses #2) by Dani René

USA Today Bestselling Author, Dani René, brings you a brand new emotional, second chance romance twisted with angst and darkness.

“I lied and ran. But I’m back in Thorne Haven, and all I want is his forgiveness. I know it will be a high so sweet, I’ll never come down.”
I’m a liar. I’m a bad person.

And I know that no matter how many times I apologize, Cassian will never forgive me.

We were best friends once, and then my darkness swallowed me whole.

Now I’m back in his town, and I’m about to find out just what happens when you cross a Thorne.

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Tyrant Beast (Tyrant Dynasty Book 4) by Isabella Starling

Nobody can love a beast. Not unless you force them…
THEO
An accident in my childhood left me scarred and broken.
I know nobody could love a man like me.
Even though I have my family’s good looks, I’m a shell of a man.
But there’s a girl out there – Mercy, and she is as shattered as I am.
And only I can put her back together again.
I just have to hope my own darkness doesn’t consume her…
Like it consumed me.

MERCY
Life has served me blow after blow.
I met the love of my life who turned out to be an abuser.
He sells my body and pumps it full of drugs day after day, night after night.
But there’s a man out there who wants to save me.
Theo Miller is darkness personified – twisted, cruel and bitter because life hasn’t been kind to him, either.
Maybe two broken people can make one whole.
Maybe all it means is more pain and sorrow.
After all, I don’t believe in happy endings.
Not for girls like me.

Tyrant Monster is a full-length dark romance novel from USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Isabella Starling.
Theo and Mercy’s story begins in the previous books of the series, but you can read this book as a standalone.

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The Boss(hole) by Penelope Bloom

There are a few things you absolutely don’t do in Adrian Terranova’s world.

You don’t question him. You don’t challenge him. You don’t call him by his first name.
You definitely don’t contradict him in front of his entire staff.

Unless you’re me, apparently.

I’d love to say I stood up to the bosshole from hell and walked away unscathed,

but that’d be a lie.

First he got me fired from the job I couldn’t afford to lose. Then he made sure the only position in the city I could get was working as his personal assistant.

He runs his office with iron buns and icy glares. Every day is cloudy with a chance of grumpy. Every moment is a test he expects me to fail, but I’ll happily disappoint him.

They say he’s impossible to please? That he never smiles? Well, I don’t run from challenges. I run into them. And then I make them attend office glitter parties with hot dogs.

Sometimes I also get scared on company flights and crash face first in my boss’ lap during turbulence. Or there was the time I wound up half-naked in his hotel room… But I know one thing for certain. No matter how many times I have to look at his obnoxiously attractive, insufferably arrogant rear end, I won’t break. I won’t even bend.

Adrian: I won’t break her, but she’s absolutely going to bend. Over my desk, I think. Or maybe the couch in reception?

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Jul 122021
 

Fourth Down (The Portland Pioneers: A Beaumont Series Next Generation Spin-off #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

From the New York Times bestselling author of Forever My Girl: The Motion Picture, Heidi McLaughlin delivers a contemporary romance that will leave you dancing in the end zone!

Autumn LaRosa has been playing defense since the moment she met Julius Cunningham. After accepting a position as a meteorologist in Portland, she strives to make a good first impression. Then she meets the arrogant wide receiver who belittles her in front of her new friends. She could have walked off the sting of his bitter words, but he keeps showing up in her social circle.

Now, she is determined to meet him at the line of scrimmage and prove she’s not one to back down.

Julius Cunningham is well aware there’s a flag on the play after his harsh words to Autumn. The more he sees of Portland’s new weather girl, the clearer it becomes his judgments of her were unfounded.

But how can he call a timeout on the animosity he created?

When Autumn attends a charity event with the Pioneer players, she sees an opportunity too tempting to resist. Julius looks miserable being a part of the date auction, making it even more fun for Autumn to bid. Will she use the opportunity for some good old-fashioned payback? Or will this be their fresh start at the twenty-yard line?

Get ready for the snap and sprint for the end zone because Autumn and Julius are headed for either a tackle or a touchdown!

Excerpt Fourth Down by Heidi McLaughlin

Everything in the room is white. The couch. The rug. The walls. Even the television has a white border around it. The mantel over the fireplace—white. Same with the picture frames. Everywhere I look, it’s all I see. The living room is supposed to be inviting, welcoming, and yet it feels stressful. I’ve never been the type of person who asks their friends to take off their shoes when they come into their home. I find it rude, but I also respect it if my friends ask me. When you come into my house—well, my soon to be former home—your shoes must be off. Not only off but left outside.
I sit on the couch, with its white pillows, and rest my ankle on my knee. My shoes are on because I’m bitter and angry at the world, the situation I’m in, and my wife. Mostly her, which probably isn’t fair, but her actions have put us in this position.
Elena comes into the room and sighs heavily. I know why and I don’t care. I continue to stare out the window at the blue sky. Elena and I met in college. I was on a full scholarship at the University of Alabama, playing wide receiver, and she worked for my favorite clothing store. I wish I could say it was love at first sight, but it was fear that brought us together. I had been in her store when a tornado warning sounded. Everyone in the store took shelter, except Elena. She stood in the middle of the room with nothing but sheer panic on her face. Her co-workers tried to coax her into the back room, but she was frozen. I went to her, scooped her up, and carried her to the back. She clung to me until the warning was over. The entire time I just talked to her about my life, football, my hopes, and dreams. She told me she moved to Alabama to go to school, but her financial aid fell through, and she was too embarrassed to go home and ask her parents for money. They didn’t want her moving south to begin with, and told her she was making a mistake. She needed to prove them wrong.
After that day, we started hanging out. She’d come to the dorm, help me with my homework, and I’d invite her to games. Our friendship turned romantic a few months later, and after a couple of years of dating, I asked her to marry me. I thought I had found my soulmate. It turns out I was just her meal ticket to stardom.
It’s funny when you’re in a life and death situation. You say a lot of things to the people around you. For me, I’ve always dreamed of playing professional football. I worked my ass off in college to achieve my dream. Elena’s dream was to work in marketing or advertising. That was until we started dating seriously, and her social media skyrocketed. Then, her dream was to become an influencer and eventually a model. I supported each change in her career wholeheartedly because I wanted her to be happy, and I was in love with her. I thought she was in love with me. She told me we had to have a house in Orange County even though we lived in Portland, Oregon. At first, I didn’t understand why but still gave her what she wanted. Everything became clear when some reality TV show about wives announced she was joining the cast. The show was a hit. Her fame grew. And suddenly, she wanted to be an actress. By now, through all of this, we have two children and are splitting our time between Portland, Huntington Beach, her parents in Delaware, and mine in Michigan. An endless cycle of traveling. I tried to talk to her about it. I tried telling her something had to give. At first, she was defensive, telling me I was trying to stifle her creativity. Then she said if I really loved her and the kids, I’d ask for a trade to one of the teams in California. When I told her no, she uttered the word I never thought I’d hear—divorce.
My world was rocked.

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Jul 102021
 

Worst Kiss Ever (The Worst Ever Series Book 4) by J. S. Cooper

Camden Kirby has been my arch nemesis since we were kids. He’s been my older brother’s best friend forever and he’s teased me mercilessly all my life. So it was with great displeasure that I had to move in with him and my brother after my apartment flooded. They consider themselves “bachelor bros” and love nothing more than holding “hottie parties” every weekend. Cue major eye roll. Yes, he’s hunky and yes, he has that bad boy twinkling blue eye charisma going for him, but his personality makes him a zero in my eyes.

He thinks that he’s Mr. Cool, just because he has tattoos and a six-pack. I can’t stand him. That is why I have no idea how I agreed to play a game of poker at one of his parties. I should have known it wouldn’t go well for me. I ended up having to kiss him at the end of the night. And well, let’s just say his tight abs weren’t the only hard thing I felt that night.

Now Camden is acting like I’ve always wanted him and I’m determined to bring him to his knees. I’m letting him know that I wouldn’t want him if he was the last man on earth and that he was my worst kiss ever. If only my body would stop telling him otherwise.

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Jul 092021
 

Worst Boss Ever (The Worst Ever Series Book 2) by J. S. Cooper

During the day, I work for Dylan Mccallister. The hunky billionaire who became CEO of his own company at thirty. He may be one of the hottest men I’ve ever met in my life, but he’s also the boss from hell. He has dazzling blue eyes that pierce into your soul and freeze your heart. He’s a known womanizer.

I call him AB to my friends aka Asshole Boss. He’s grumpy, demanding, and rude. And that’s on a good day. He’s definitely the worst boss ever.

The only reason I’m still his secretary is because I have debt up to my eyeballs; thanks to student loans and an ex that conned me into letting him use my credit cards. I’m counting down the days until I can quit and tell him to get his own coffee and lobster rolls. My calendar says that between both my jobs, I only need to work for him for three more months.

You see, Mr. Mccalister has no idea that I, his “mousey little secretary” has a night job just so I can quit as soon as possible.

That is until I end up at a bachelor party for his brother.

And then the real drama begins….because Mr. Mccalister can’t seem to get over the fact that his boring secretary also pops out of cakes.

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