Feb 242021
 

Finn: The Heights Saga by E. M. Moore

Everyone in the Heights knows fairy tales are fake.

There’s no happily-ever-after, there’s just making the best of what you got. But what if that isn’t the case for me?

First, my brother returns. Sure, he’s come back changed. A ferocious leader, a hardened gangster, but most importantly, an overbearing, overprotective, ass. But hey, he’s alive.

Something I couldn’t be more thrilled about until he ruins my love life, practically repelling men away with his signature glower.

His constant warnings don’t work on Finn though.

The badass—yet somehow adorably sexy—MMA trainer puts up with my brother’s attitude to protect me from being used as a pawn in the Dragon’s world. Keeping me safe from this new threat is the only thing they can agree on.

But just how far is Finn willing to go?

A girl needs answers because I’m ready to be swept away in my own treacherous version of a love story…

After all, Cinderella’s shoes aren’t made for the Heights, but I’d take a combat boot any day.

♥♥♥

FINN is a full-length new adult romance standalone with MMA and gang themes. It takes place in the same world as Erin’s The Heights Crew series, bringing to life a beloved side character. You do not have to read The Heights Crew before reading this book.

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Feb 242021
 

Smashed Steel (Steel Crew #7) by MJ Fields

A Brand New Stand Alone Sports Romance From USA Today Best Selling Author MJ Fields
I never wished on falling stars or simply dreamed of making it into the major leagues.
I did the work.
I made it happen.

I never expected my last night out with my minor league crew would end up with us stepping in for a no-show stripper at a bachelorette party in the VIP section of Kingston’s.

I sure as hell didn’t expect that the hottie with the pink sash and gold lettering spelling out “Bride To Be” would have me calling dibs on a woman for the first time in my life.

Spoiler alert: she had no ring, she was no bride, and I knew that going … in.

After the hottest hour of my life with the stand-in bride, I left her with my number on a baseball card, confident I’d see her again, and then headed back to Jersey.

In the blink of an eye, everything changed.

I woke up in the hospital, not remembering anything from that night. What I did know was I had been dropped by my team and that I had a long road ahead of me in order to get back on the field.

Then life swung hard, returned me to the game, gave me some vivid dreams, and dropped the stand-in bride back into my life.

Except, she wasn’t at all what I expected, and she brought her own issues to the field.

Nothing good in life comes without doing the work.
This would be no exception.
Batter up.

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Feb 242021
 

Wraith (Masters of Mayhem Book 1) by Renee Rocco

It’s a new world order—where the villains have become the heroes.

Tortured. Damaged. Lethal.

To the outside world, Eric ‘Wraith’ Shaw is the most feared enforcer in the Unholy. To me, he is the beautiful delinquent I’ve loved since kindergarten. I’m a product of a life gone wrong, and when I married someone else, I did it for a better future. Now that I know the depth of my husband’s depravity, I’ll risk everything to ruin his empire, because if Wraith and I want our happily ever after, we’re going to have to fight for it.

Tormented. Broken. Survivor.

I haven’t forgotten the day Jamie Ellis left town in handcuffs. But my high school crush is all grown up and married to the man holding me prisoner. Tortured and drugged, I’ve become a monster—and after I make Jamie a window, I’m going to remind her what it means to be from Mayhem. I lost her once. I won’t give her the chance to ghost me twice.

MASTERS OF MAYHEM: BOOK ONE

Wraith is a complete standalone in the Masters of Mayhem series.

– 5 stars

– Dark Romance

– MC Romance

– Second Chance Romance

Painful, emotional and one sleepless night… for me! I read this in one day – decided sleep was unnecessary!! It took me longer to get to this book because of life and it’s external factors but once I was able to finally sit down and start, I couldn’t put it down. Renee Rocco is new to me but I’m immediately hooked and cannot wait for the rest of the books in this series!

The book opens in a dark and tortured world and, to be honest, it was so difficult to read through because I was immediately connected and invested in Wraith. And soon after, in Jamie. The scary and emotional second chance romance pulled me in and chewed me up – in the absolute best way possible. You will not leave the world of Mayhem without scars – you will be invested in Wraith and Jamie but also in the other characters in this new world.

There are many triggers so please be sure to check in on those before you venture. But if you do venture, you will not be disappointed.

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Feb 232021
 

Shifted Scars (The Wolves of Forest Grove Book 4) by Elena Lawson

It is law: every good thing in my life must be paid for with at least one bad thing…and I’m long overdue.

Four years and I’m finally starting to feel like I’ve earned my place in the Forest Grove pack. Business is booming at the quarry. Our new pub is thriving. We are thriving.

So, when a witch breezes into town asking questions and a ghost from my past returns, I know somewhere out there fate is laughing in my face. And that this is only the beginning.

But I’m not the same Allie Grace of four years ago. I have a pack now—a family. I will not go quietly, and I will not back down when it comes to keeping them safe…no matter how many old scars I’ll need to re-open or how many new ones I’ll need to make.

Fate is about to find out just how feral this wolf can be.

Fans of books by Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Jaymin Eve, and Kelly St. Clare will love this paranormal romance!

*This is a full-length shifter menage novel intended for readers 17+. It can be read as a standalone or as part of the original Wolves of Forest Grove series.
Publication date : April 29, 2021.

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Feb 192021
 

Like You Love Me (Honey Creek #1) by Adriana Locke

wo childhood friends are playing house—and maybe playing for keeps—in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s funny, sexy, and unpredictable marriage-of-convenience romance.

To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solution.

He’ll take care of Sophie’s bills if she agrees to a temporary marriage of convenience. And why not? They’re comfortable together, they have fun, and they trust each other. It’s as simple as saying “I do.” But the off-the-cuff wedding has all of Honey Creek talking—and Sophie and Holden realizing that their perfect arrangement is working too well. If they’re not careful, this marriage could turn into a love story.

Publication Date: February 16, 2021

This book was SUCH a nice surprise!!! I loved every minute of it. It light, it has a heroine that you’ll love and a hero that you’ll swoon over… characters that make you laugh.

I started it last night and of course finished it because i just couldn’t put it down. I’ve been in a funk lately so that it way I say it was such a nice surprise. And I just knew from 5% that I WAS LOVING IT.

AND let me tell you, this series is something I am looking forward to it because the Bates family is something to read about. And we have Sophie’s sister Liv and their brother Jabe. I feel it already.

About the book, Sophie has a B&B that needs to be paid soon, because her taxes are due and she faces her business to be taken away. In comes Holden, her childhood BFF who comes into town to take care of his Pop’s Vet clinic until he lands a new job.

Both of them need each other and a marriage of convenience is perfectly crazy and a solution for Sophie not to lose the business and Holden to be a married man in order to land his dream job. What they try to deny is the chemistry between them and that maybe,  Sophie is what Holden is searching for, not a job.

LOVE, love, love it.

5 STARS

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Feb 172021
 

Elementary Romantic Calculus (Chemistry Lessons Book 6) by Susannah Nix

Mia has had her whole life mapped out since she was 18. She’s supposed to follow up her math PhD with a research postdoc, but her 20-year tenure plan takes a surprise deviation when she’s forced to settle for a temporary teaching job at a small-town university.

It’s not easy adapting to rural life when you’re an inveterate city girl, but Mia tries to make the best of it until she can get the heck out of Podunk—er, Crowder, Texas. Things finally start to look up after a run-in with some terrifying local wildlife sends her careening into the arms of a sexy goat farmer/cheesemaker.

Mia finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Josh’s gruff cowboy charms, especially after she learns what lies behind the thick walls he’s built around his heart. The deeper their connection grows, the more Crowder starts to feel like home.

But Mia can’t afford to stay. Not unless she’s willing to give up on her dream—or trade it in for a new one.

ELEMENTARY ROMANTIC CALCULUS is a full-length standalone novel and the sixth book in the Chemistry Lessons series of contemporary romances featuring STEM heroines. Each book in the series focuses on a brand new couple with their own happily ever after and can be read in any order.

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Feb 142021
 

The Fight In Us (The Four Book 4) by Becca Steele

Lust. Mystery. Betrayal.

Weston Cavendish. My brother’s best friend. I’d perfected the art of pretending that I didn’t want him, that he didn’t affect me every time he was near.
Or so I thought.
When his world comes crashing down, I’m the one he turns to, and I can’t deny my feelings any longer.
I know there’s something between us.
Until he finds out that I’ve been hiding things from him, too.
Broken and betrayed, can we pick up the pieces and work together to expose the truth?
The odds are stacked against us.
But I won’t give up without a fight.

The Fight In Us is a standalone story, but is best enjoyed after the previous three books in the series. This mature new adult romance may contain triggers for some readers.

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Feb 132021
 

Advance by Bounds (Alaskan Security-Team Rogue #6) by Jemma Westbrook

Rico was always up for a good time.
A little naughty fun with no strings attached.
But the past six months have shifted his priorities. Changed his wants.
Sharpened his needs.
And what he needs is the sweet new-hire with the face of an angel.
Lennie is the type of woman he would never have given a second glance before the men around him started falling into a life Rico used to swear would never be his.
She’s sweet and soft and smart, but stubborn and wickedly surprising in the best possible way.
The problem is, Lennie came to Alaska for a reason.
A reason that could steal her away before Rico can claim her for himself.
****
Lennie expected Alaska to be an adventure.
A needed escape from a breakup that hurt her pride more than her heart.
Hearing you’re too stuck up and frigid to love is more than enough to make a girl reevaluate all she is.
All she wants to be.
It’s why Lennie went to Alaska. To be what she never could before.
A woman who sees what she wants and takes it without embarrassment or fear.
And what Lennie wants is Rico.
He’s got bad boy written all over him and her fingers itch with the need to trace every line inked into his body.
But Rico isn’t what she expected him to be. Beneath his laid-back attitude hides something very different.
Something that pushes her boundaries and stretches her limits.
And makes her question everything she thought she knew.
***Advance by Bounds is a complete stand-alone set in the world of Alaskan Security. You do not have to read the first five books in the series to enjoy Rico and Lennie’s story.***

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Feb 112021
 

Wild Beauty (A Soul Sister Novel #2) by Audrey Carlan

My life has never been easy. Not from the day I took my first breath until now. Only days old, I was placed in a laundry basket and left in front of a firehouse. I never knew who my parents were before being shuffled around from one bad foster home to another. Until the day I arrived at Kerrighan House.

My safe haven.

My home.

I was welcomed with open arms into a world where love and sisterhood were the rule, not the exception. From that moment on, I believed I was safe. That nothing bad could touch me.

I was so wrong.

Neither my success as a full-figured lingerie and fashion model nor my street smarts as a born and bred Chicago native, safeguarded me against walking into the clutches of a monster.

As I try to pull my life back together, I’m brought face to face with a man whose wounds mirror my own. Under his protection, I’m gifted the opportunity to find beauty where there has only ever been pain. And yet, danger lurks, as a new evil threatens to bring me to my knees.

Can my savior protect me, or has my fate been sealed?

Note: Each book in the Soul Sister series can be read as a standalone.

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Feb 102021
 

Nash (Montana Bad Boys Book 4) by Piper Stone

When he caught me on his property, he didn’t call the police. He just took off his belt.

Nash caught me breaking into his shed while on the run from the mob, and when he demanded answers and obedience I gave him neither. Then he took off his belt and taught me in the most shameful way possible what happens to naughty girls who play games with a big, rough Marine.

She’s mine to protect. That doesn’t mean I’m going to be gentle with her.

Michelle doesn’t just need a place to hide out. She needs a man who will bare her bottom and spank her until she is sore and sobbing whenever she puts herself at risk with reckless defiance, then shove her face into the sheets and make her scream his name with every savage climax.

She’ll get all of that from me, and much, much more.

Publisher’s Note: Nash is a stand-alone novel which is the fourth entry in the Montana Bad Boys series. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Feb 072021
 

Befallen (Carmel Cove Book 4) by Dr. Rebecca Sharp

From bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes an emotional, second chance standalone romance in the Carmel Cove series.

It took only a matter of moments to turn Cambria Mariano into a survivor.
Moving back home, a ghost of her former self, Cammie hoped family and a familiar routine would help her find a new normal.
But months and miles couldn’t erase the trauma that had befallen her.

Something needed to change. Cammie knows she needs to fight for a stronger version of herself before she loses everything. Unfortunately, the only way to hone that fight has a name: Bennett Covington, her new martial arts instructor and the golden boy whose heart she broke.

Benny has always had his eye on the shy baker’s daughter. Though the spark between them burns hotter than ever, he sees Cammie’s heart is even more guarded. But Benny is a patient man; He’ll give her time to trust herself—and him.

As Cammie’s confidence returns, so do the demons from her past. To stop the crimes in town, she’ll have to speak up against those who will do anything to keep her silent. And when she does, she’ll risk not only her new life but her second chance at love.

Warning: This novel contains references to subjects that may be sensitive to some readers.

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Feb 052021
 

Lover Boy (All American Boy) by Renee Harless

Savannah Rowe stopped believing in happily-ever-after a long time ago, despite the romance novels she stocked in her bookstore. Content-ever-after was more her speed and left her with no surprises. Until her high school ex returned to town, leaving Savannah questioning everything she thought that she needed.

Jake Lancaster had only one reason for returning to Merlot, California, after the blow-up with his father almost ten years ago, and that was to prove the man wrong. But, it’s the cute brunette that once showed him he was more than the town’s “lover boy” that makes Jake forget why he’d returned—and what he’d left behind.

But as the secret behind Jake’s return comes to light, their blossoming relationship is threatened. Will it fizzle out, or can they let go of their pasts and find their own happy ending?
***

Welcome to Merlot, CA, an idyllic all-American town in wine country where love is in the air, the boys are grown as fine as the wine and the town is a breeding ground for second-chances, weddings, and brand-new beginnings.

The All-American Boy Series gives you a taste of 15 of your favorite bestselling authors’ brand new stories in this shared world experience. All books are standalone but may include cross-over in characters or scenes.

Grab a glass of wine, put your feet up and let us whisk you away to wine country.

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Feb 052021
 

Cup of Joe (Bold Brew Book 1) by Annabeth Albert

Sometimes an ordinary Joe is all you need…

Newbie barista Levi Miles is having a bad day in the middle of a bad month. He’s trying to figure out post-graduation life, and a recent breakup hasn’t helped. The one bright spot? The charming blue-collar customer with the simple order and reassuring voice.

Electrician Joe Simmons can make anything light up—except his love life. As he gets older, he remains unsure about what he wants from a relationship. But an innocent flirtation with the fresh-faced barista is exactly what his ego needs.
Levi doesn’t need a boyfriend. Or a Daddy. But bantering with Joe feels so good, and when their tentative friendship takes a turn for the sexy, a summer fling seems fun. Exploring long-held desires brings them closer with each steamy night, and the idea of parting gets harder.

But Levi’s only in town temporarily, and the end of summer is approaching. Both are reluctant to disclose their feelings, but pushing past their fears may be the only way to keep this special thing going. Can they order up a happy ending before time runs out?

Cup of Joe is a stand-alone novel in the multi-author Bold Brew shared universe centered around an inclusive coffee shop set in a fictional small city. Each steaming hot coffee shop romance can be enjoyed alone, but collect all ten for the most fun! This 53,000 word age gap story contains a reluctant Daddy, lots of fluffy steam exploring new desires, low angst, and a guaranteed happy ending!

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Feb 042021
 

Eastern Lights (Compass #2) by Brittainy C. Cherry

I once met a man on a cold Halloween night. He dressed as a superhero, and I dressed in red. For one night, I was his break from reality, and he was the temporary fix for my broken heart.

Two years later, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to become a senior editor at one of the biggest magazine companies in the world. The only catch? Nail an exclusive interview with New York’s finest bachelor: Connor Roe.

To the rest of the world he was becoming one of the wealthiest men in New York City. To me, he was simply my once upon a time superhero.

My job was to get an exclusive interview with New York’s hottest bachelor. Never in my life did I expect him to want an exclusive with my heart, too.

The only problem with my growing feelings for him? I was set to marry his new business partner.
Expected publication: February 17th 2021

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Feb 032021
 

Shielding Sierra (Delta Team Two Book 8) by Susan Stoker

Sierra Clarkson thought she’d found the perfect way to serve her country without having to join the military…until she was kidnapped right from the base in Afghanistan she was working on. Even worse, no one knew she’d been taken and no one was looking for her.

Except someone was. The tall, very confident in himself, Delta Force soldier she’d met one day on base a year or so ago. Fred “Grover” Groves hadn’t ever forgotten the red-headed spitfire working in the chow hall. And once he discovered she hadn’t simply blown off his advance by not getting in touch with him when he went home, and she was, in fact, kidnapped…nothing would keep him from finding her and bringing her home.

But Sierra wasn’t exactly a damsel in distress, and Grover would find that out first hand. He’s never loved a woman more…but neither would have a future together if they didn’t work together to battle a common enemy.

** Shielding Sierra is the 8th and final book in the Delta Team Two Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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Jan 302021
 

Come To Me (Dare With Me Series Book 3) by J.H. Croix

A swoon-worthy romance from USA Today Bestselling Author J.H. Croix!

A broody ex-military pilot and a sassy yoga teacher collide in a small town.

Diego is distracting. He shows up in my yoga class with his smokin’ hot bod and enough brawn to set the world on fire. Cue the melting.

He oozes the rugged hero vibe, rides a motorcycle and flies planes in the wilds of Alaska. He’s all man and then some.

I came to this small town for a fresh start, and I don’t need to be rescued. Except maybe if Diego’s the one doing the rescuing, I wouldn’t mind at all.

I’ve got it all under control until he kisses me. I’m not just melting, I’m aflame, and my heart’s in free fall. There’s only one man I want to catch me.

Diego & Gemma’s story is perfect for readers who love small town romance with grumpy heroes who know how to sweep a sassy girl off her feet in the very best way.

*A full-length, standalone romance.

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Jan 302021
 

Heart Smart (Work For It Book 2) by Emma Lee Jayne

Dr. Maximillian Ramsey has a problem…

I’m a jerk. Everyone I know or have ever worked with agrees. “Misanthropic asshole” is the term I hear most often.

I don’t care what other people think as long as they leave me alone to focus on my research on soil microbiology. Plus, I walk with a cane thanks to a childhood accident. I have scars on my face. And if that isn’t enough to scare people off, my bad attitude and general grumpiness seal the deal. Which is just the way I like it.

Except, I’ve been short listed for one of the most prestigious academic fellowships around. To win it, I’ll have to give a series of speeches. On a stage. With an audience. While being filmed.

Yeah. None of that is going to happen.

Unfortunately, my boss has a plan. He brings in one of the communications lecturers to give me a “make over,” help me write the speeches, and manage my social media.

But the last thing I need is some nosy, bossy, gorgeous woman meddling in my life.

And Holly is the solution…

I’m a mere communications lecturer at a prestigious research university. I’m used to being outclassed and under-educated compared to the PhDs who surround me.

But I’m good at what I do. Brilliant, actually.

When Max’s boss (who happens to be my ex-husband) begs me to help transform this beast of a man into someone worthy of the fellowship, I have my work cut out for me.

It’ll take a lot of badgering, blatant manipulation, and some outright thievery to get Max to cooperate. All of which I handle with the enough professionalism and restraint that should earn me a fancy grant.

What I can’t handle is how unexpectedly attractive I find the stubborn and brilliant man.

This is a battle of wills and wits, and neither is prepared to admit defeat …

‘Heart Smart’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #2 in the Work For It series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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Jan 292021
 

Bossing the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch Book 4) by Kennedy Fox

After surviving a messy divorce, Dr. Connor Wallen prefers being married to his job. Helping animals is the perfect distraction from his crazy life as a single dad, but he finds it difficult to concentrate when an attractive woman fresh from veterinary school joins his practice. Getting involved with someone who works for him would only lead to disaster.

He tries to ignore her but their chemistry is undeniable.

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop can’t stand her boss or how he treats her, but there aren’t many job options in small-town Texas. No matter what she does, it’s never good enough for him, but she keeps trying to impress him anyway. Studying and working so much over the years has destroyed her dating life, so she stopped trying.

She’ll never admit she’s attracted to him and denies it every chance she gets.

Avoiding him is impossible, but Elle keeps her distance. Conner may be her boss, but she’s tired of playing his games. After an all-nighter turns into more, she’s ready to prove who’s in control.

Although he pushes her away, she’s determined to pull him closer—showing him exactly what they’ve both been missing.

**Bossing the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**

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Jan 262021
 

Filthy Rich Prince (Filthy Rich Billionaires Series #2) by Lynn Raye Harris

He’s rich, ruthless, and royal. He will make her his wife…

Single mother Lily Morgan knows what it’s like to struggle. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t work hard to survive. But when she’s thrown in jail in a foreign country, she has no idea she’s about to come face to face with the prince who took her virginity and left her pregnant two years ago.

Nico Cavelli might’ve released Lily from his dungeon, but he’s not letting her go. She stole his son and heir, and he can’t forgive that. He’ll make her his princess – and he’ll make her pay for keeping his child a secret.

What he will never do is show her any mercy.

Or fall in love with her…

NOTE: This is a Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella romance with an alphahole hero who is transformed by love in the end. If you don’t like angsty reads with dramatic conflict, best keep scrolling! There will be some bad decisions. There will be bossiness. And there will be groveling by the end. You were warned.

*This book originally published by Harlequin as Cavelli’s Lost Heir. It has been revised and expanded with new scenes and characters. If you read the original and enjoyed it, you don’t need to purchase this one. But if you want an expanded story, then this is the book for you. And if you’ve never read it, then you definitely don’t want to miss it! Rich and royal, reunion, forced marriage, secret baby romance!

Excerpt Filthy Rich Prince by Lynn Raye Harris
#1

“What did you do?”
His self-satisfied smile did nothing to ease her tension. “Five million dollars is a lot of money, no? Do you think your friend will turn this down for you?”
Black spots swam before her eyes, but Lily refused to buckle. “My God…”
“Si, it is not likely, is it?” He moved closer, shadowing her like the predator he was, impossibly male and utterly beautiful in spite of the hatred she felt for him in that moment. “She will not turn it down, Liliana. Shall I tell you why?”
When she didn’t reply, he continued. “Carla has a boyfriend with a little problem. He likes the game tables in New Orleans a bit too much, yes? He has taken much from her in the last three years. Her savings are gone, her house leveraged in excess of its current value. This money represents a new life, cara mia. She will not say no.”
Lily blinked up at him. She knew she was defeated. Carla hadn’t told her the extent of Alan’s problems, but Lily had known that it worried her. Carla was almost as bad as Lily’s mother when it came to her slavish devotion to a man who cared more for himself than for her.
Nico’s fingers stroked down her cheek, impossibly tender when compared with his actions. She shuddered in spite of her vow not to react. “What do you plan to do with my baby?”
His eyes hardened, his hand dropping away. “Our baby, Liliana.”
Lily faced him squarely, ready to do battle, heartsick and heartbroken all at once. “You can’t buy me off too, Nico. I will never leave Danny with you willingly.”
“Clearly not,” he said, his voice deepening with anger. “But you will not need to do so.”
Lily gaped at him. “My God, you are unbelievable. How do you think your wife-to-be is going to feel about me and Danny, huh?”
“Why don’t you ask her yourself?”
“What? Are you insane?”
Nico grabbed her by the arm and propelled her toward the opposite wall, her puny resistance not slowing him in the least. He approached a door, and for one crazy minute she thought it was a bedroom and there was a woman inside. He would throw open the door and there she would be, the Princess Antonella Romanelli of Monteverde, a black-haired grey-eyed beauty, sprawled across silk sheets and pouting prettily because her lover was taking too long to get the baby mama under control.
Abruptly, they slammed to a halt, Nico pivoting behind her, the full length of his body pressing into her. She tried to jerk away, but he gripped her chin, more gently than she expected, and forced her head to face forward into the mirror.
Lily gasped. “Is this a joke?”
She stared at her reflection—their reflection. The darkness of his fingers against her skin, her hair wild and tumbling around her shoulders in a silky mess. Her pink cotton shirt was stained over her left shoulder, and her eyes, though tired, gleamed with fury. Nico, in contrast, was cool and unruffled. If not for his quickened heartbeat against her, she’d almost think him bored.
But no, there it was, that flash of something in his eyes, in the set of his jaw, that spoke volumes without a sound being uttered.
“No joke, Liliana. I have broken a long sought after treaty between my country and Monteverde, not to mention embarrassed my father and our allies, so that I can do what should have been done the instant you conceived my child.”
“I-I don’t understand,” she whispered, searching his face in the mirror, her heart slamming into her ribs.
“Of course you do,” he replied, dipping his head until his lips almost grazed the shell of her ear. Almost, but not quite.
“You, Miss Lily Morgan, are about to become the Crown Princess, my consort, and the mother of my children.”

#2

“Dio, you are fiery. And I’ve been too careful with you,” he said, his voice a low rumble that settled into her bones. “I erred on the side of caution when I should have done no such thing.”
He transferred her wrists to one hand, then used the other to slide beneath her robe and cup her breast. “Perhaps I should take you to bed and keep you beneath me for the rest of the night.”
“You talk a fine game,” Lily managed, her heart drumming as her nipple pebbled at his touch. “But we both know you won’t do it. You don’t seem to have any staying power.”
She’d thought he would be angry at her insult, but a laugh rumbled in his chest. “Now that,” he said, “is where you are wrong.”
“Then why do you keep stopping before you begin? Maybe you have a premature issue or something and you don’t want me to know you can’t keep it up long enough to—”
His bark of laughter startled her. The next instant she was swept into his arms and he was striding down the hall. He kicked his way into the nearest room. She realized it was his as he set her down and ripped his dark T-shirt over his head.
As he advanced on her, naked chest gleaming in the soft lamplight, she scrambled backward, torn between resisting and helping. A dark line of hair arrowed down toward faded jeans which rested just below his hip bones and showcased the hard muscles of his abdomen. He was a spoiled prince and yet he looked like a demi-god, all bronze and delicious with a sculpted body, tousled hair, and bedroom eyes.
Sexy.
That was the word that popped into her head as he reached for her. So incredibly sexy.
“You’re not going to force me,” she declared. “You wouldn’t do such a thing—”
“I might,” he said, unknotting the belt of her robe, “but I doubt it’s necessary.”

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Ashton Morgan: Apartment 17B (The Wreck Me Series #1) by Aly Stiles

An angsty and emotional contemporary romance that can be read as a standalone.

Ashton Morgan doesn’t have a chance.

With a young brother and an immature mother to support, he had no choice but to drop out of college to keep his family afloat. But the day his future came crashing down was just the beginning of a tortured journey that won’t let him up for air.

College student Iris Alexander has everything—except the person who’s captured her heart. As the daughter of a billionaire, she understands why the captivating young landscaper is wary of her and her lifestyle. But the harder she tries, the harder he resists. If only she can convince him that he’s the only real treasure in her flashy world.

She needs a purpose.
He needs a lifeline.

They’ll both need each other to survive the present and fight for a future.

A standalone novel in The Wreck Me Series.

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