Sep 102021
 

Wild Love (Campus Nights Book 4) by Rebecca Jenshak

Johnny Maverick is a lot of things.
Great hockey player
Loyal friend
Rule breaker
Always up for a good time
And now, he’s my new roommate.

It’s only for a few weeks while I intern for the Wildcats – his new NHL team.
And there are some pros to living with my hot and ridiculous friend (or is that ridiculously hot?).
He’s fun and unexpectedly sweet, and he reminds me not to take myself too seriously.
I had no intention of breaking the one rule given to me on my first day on the job: no sleeping with the players.
And if I had, I never dreamed that player would be Johnny Maverick.

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Aug 132021
 

The Junior (College Years Book 3) by Monica Murphy

Caleb Burke.

Charming. Funny. Sexy.

Major player – both on the field and with the ladies.

I hate him.

Well, not really. I resist his so-called charms because I recognize them. We’re a lot alike, Caleb and I. He’s afraid of commitment? Me too. A giant flirt? Same here. He knows how to party? I am the absolute queen of the party.

Until I realize it’s time for me to grow up and become a responsible adult. I’ll be student teaching next year, so to save money, I move in with my two new roommates — Eli Bennett and Caleb. Then I find a summer job — where Caleb works. Soon, I’m spending almost every single day with the guy.

He’s growing on me too. We’ve always had this unspoken chemistry brewing between us. When we finally give in to it, it’s just as spectacular as I secretly predicted. The sex, and everything else, keeps getting better and better between us too.

But can I really take this guy seriously? Or am I only setting myself up to fail?

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Aug 092021
 

Then You Saw Me by Carrie Aarons

You know what’s guaranteed to send your heart into your throat? Opening the front door of your off-campus house to find the boy you had a crush on all through high school telling you he’s the new subletter.

Of course, he barely knew I existed back then, and still doesn’t even though we attend the same university. But in a house of six college kids, it should be easy to remain invisible while carrying a torch for him. After all, I’m skilled at being overlooked and playing second fiddle.

Except Austin Van Hewitt, my hometown’s golden boy, doesn’t get the memo. After we throw our first party of the year, I’m on his radar and somehow my lips miraculously end up on his. The budding romance is one I’ve always dreamt about. As he shows more and more interest, I push aside the plaguing insecurity of never being good enough.

But then a letter shows up in our mailbox. A time capsule I wrote to myself when I was fifteen. You know, the kind where a teacher sends it to you years later? Guess who opens it by mistake and reads all about how I plan on marrying him and having his babies one day? Did I mention I signed it using his last name?

Mortifying would be an understatement. After he starts pulling away, I’m once again the girl in the background hoping that someone will understand me enough to pay me all of their attention.

The old me, the one conditioned to settle for what she’s given, would back down. This time, though, if I want everything I almost held in my hands, I’ll have to speak up. I’ll have to admit exactly how I feel, fight for the love that was blossoming. And I’m not sure what’s scarier; voicing my inner thoughts or facing his ultimate rejection.

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Jul 302021
 

Hidden Harbor (The Port Mustand Series #1) by Emma Renshaw

Run or die. It was a simple decision.

Reyna had no choice but to escape her life and start somewhere new. A place where she’d finally feel safe. She fled, plunging straight into the depths of the unknown with only a hope she would land safely. She never would have expected to land straight into Everett’s arms.

Fight or flight. It was instinct.

Everett was ordered to flee, but it was his instinct to fight. His DEA team was being hunted and taken out one by one. Now, there were only two left and his boss ordered him to take leave. A few weeks on the beach of his hometown didn’t exactly sound like paradise, especially not with a killer on the loose. He vowed he’d find who was taking out his team, even if it defied orders. He’d fight.

He didn’t find peace on the beach. He found Reyna. A woman on the run. His family took her under their wing, but he wasn’t so quick to trust the woman with a boat-full of secrets. A gorgeous roommate that surprised him at every turn was the last thing he needed.

It was impossible for them to deny the sparks igniting between them. As they get lost in their passion, a killer lurks waiting to strike and take everything away.

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Jul 162021
 

Tempt Thy Neighbor (Roommate Romps #4) by Teagan Hunter

Don’t fall for your coworker…especially when he’s your roommate.

Sutton Barnes thinks he’s Prince Charming, but he’s really the Prince of Hell.
He’s egotistical. A user. A complete douchecanoe.
And unfortunately now my coworker.

Did I mention he’s also my new roommate?

It’s all because I can’t turn down a challenge.
I never have, and I won’t start now.
When Sutton bets me I can’t live in the same apartment as him and resist the “temptation”…well, game on.

He’ll be the first to cave.
There is no way I’m falling for his charm…not again.

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Jul 082021
 

Pretty Boy D (Kings of Cypress Pointe #1) by Rachel Jonas & Nikki Thorne

Dane Golden—Best friend. Temptation in football cleats. Roommate?

I’m screwed.

His followers don’t call him Pretty Boy D for nothing. The guy is, literally, God’s gift to women. I should know. I’ve watched chicks throw themselves at him since puberty.

Sharing his loft should be simple. Easy. But shortly after I settle in, we realize being “just friends” was so much easier when we weren’t sleeping under the same roof.

Seven years of thinking we had this down to a science goes out the window the night Dane sees my “Never Have I Ever” list. Now, he’s on a mission to help me cross off the top four items. Some of which aren’t quite as innocent as he’d expect.

What he’s proposing will break the rules we agreed to when I first came to stay here. He wants me to give in, to let my guard down and face my feelings for once. At least, that’s what that wicked look in his eyes and the mounting heat between us suggests.

This isn’t how I imagined being roommates would go. But a girl can only stare temptation in its green eyes for so long and not weaken.

My best friend wants to have his way with me and, right or wrong… I think I might let him.

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Pretty Boy D is a full-length standalone novel. This book can absolutely be read on its own, but when you’re done, it’s recommended that you check out more from the Golden triplets and Joss in the complete enemies-to-lovers trilogy, KINGS OF CYPRESS PREP.

Do you enjoy the frustratingly hot push and pull of a good friends-to-lovers or roommates-to-lovers romance? Then you’ll love getting to know Dane and Joss. Due to adult themes and sexual situations, this one’s only for the 18+ crowd. Expect an HEA and no trigger warnings needed.

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Jul 052021
 

The Sweetest Thing (SWANK Book 2) by Maya Hughes

Goldilocks has gotten a bit off track. I found her in my room, my bathroom and my bathtub to be precise.

Sabrina Mason is my new roommate. My new unwelcome roommate. Babysitting my Grandma’s apartment means Sabrina’s here to stay. But we’d agreed my room was off limits.

It’s bad enough my nightmares are getting worse, but having her around makes holding it together a little easier. Her smell, smart mouth and sexy a–anyway. I can’t let her get under my skin although it might be too late. In her sloppy bun and pajamas curled up on the couch, she’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. But a relationship isn’t what I need right now.

It’s hard to remember that when she’s glowering at me when I’m being an ass. We’re forced to live together for only a few more months, I can hold out until I can’t.

She’s in my bathtub and she’s not telling me to leave. So I ask the question, “do you want me to go?”

And I’m shocked as hell when her answer isn’t ‘yes’.

A little bit of steamy standalone grumpy roommate romance bliss. The laughs and feels are all here in this forced proximity, enemies to lovers story featuring the best in found family, a hero standing up for the woman he’s falling for and a happily ever after.

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Jun 252021
 

Fireproof (The Busy Bean #8) by Delancey Stewart

The newest barista at the Busy Bean is about to steam the place up…

Former Marine Mason Rye can make a cappuccino with military precision, but he finds it much harder to serve up a smile. It’s not that he doesn’t like people. But he knows from experience that once you let someone in, it hurts like hell when you lose them. And Mason’s lost too many people already.
So it’s pretty damn inconvenient when his old Marine buddy shows up on Mason’s goat farm with his younger sister in tow. Heather’s work in Washington D.C. has turned dangerous, and she needs a safe place out of town.
Mason doesn’t need a new roommate, especially not a pretty, single one who insists on rearranging his spice rack and giving his chickens cute names. Although there’s no denying the haunted look in her blue eyes. Every time her fear shows its face, he wants to reach for her.

The problem is that she wants him, too. And when Mason breaks all his rules, they practically burn down his bed together. But her life is in D.C. And the threat against her is over.

Unfortunately, neither of their hearts is fireproof…

Warning: this stand-alone novel contains cute goats, bossy Marines and small town charm.

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Jun 242021
 

Hold Me Now (Light My Fire Series #2) by J.H. Croix

A brand new firefighter series from USA Today Bestselling Author J.H. Croix!

He’s my new roommate.
I can’t stand him, and he can’t stand me.

Russell Dane thinks he’s all that. Maybe’s he’s so hot he should come with a too-hot-to-handle sign, but he drives me crazy. Not the good kind of crazy either.

He thinks women shouldn’t be firefighters, he’s obnoxiously overprotective, and I can’t stand him. Unfortunately, my body is not getting the memo, but I’m stronger than a few confused hormones. Right?

It wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have to work together. It definitely wouldn’t be so bad if he hadn’t gone and kissed me.

Russel & Paisley’s story is perfect for readers who love small town romance, hotshot firefighters, sassy tomboy heroines, roommate romance, frenemies to lovers, hate to love, slow burn, emotional romance with a dash of angst, plenty of swoon, and a broody, protective hero.

*A full-length, standalone romance.

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May 152021
 

Waylaid (True North #8) by Sarina Bowen

It’s a tale as old as time: the bad boy meets the good girl. He makes a daring proposition. Then the boy gets a mysterious head injury and loses a year of his life…

The first time I meet Rickie, I don’t know what to make of him. The second time we meet, he doesn’t remember the six hours we spent together. Or standing me up afterward.

I’m not the same, either. I’ve got secrets. I’ve told lies. Bad boys aren’t my type, anyway. Even the ones with troubled gray eyes.

But now we’re roommates. Cue the awkward moments in the hallway when he’s wearing only a towel and a smile. He’s determined to win me over, and his talented hands weaken my resolve.

It’s all fun and games until my past rears its ugly head and his secrets come to light, shaking our fragile connection, maybe even breaking it…

Note: this is Daphne Shipley’s story. Contents include Vermonty ice cream flavors, nerdy awkwardness, tattoos, and a playboy grandpa.

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Apr 252021
 

The Heartbreaker by Claire Contreras

They say you never forget your first.

Jagger Cruz, the popular, gorgeous, athletic, heartbreaker, was my introduction to college flings.

Over the years, I’ve tried to pay no attention to every wicked rumor I heard about him, even though deep down I knew they weren’t just rumors. Unable to face the consequences of what we’d done, if we were ever in close quarters, I ran in the other direction. If we were coincidentally put in the same class, I dropped it. Avoidance was the name of the game and so far I was winning.

That is, until we’re assigned the same co-ed apartment.

Living with Jagger during my last semester was definitely not in my plans, but I’m determined to make it work. As long as I don’t look at him for too long or let his innuendos get under my skin, I should be fine, right? I have to be.
They say hooking up with your roommate can be messy, and losing my heart to Jagger would be disastrous.

The Heartbreaker is:
100% standalone
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Apr 242021
 

Model Behavior (Wrecked Roommates #1) by Kelsie Rae

Vain, stubborn, sexy AF model meets best friend’s little sister in need of a fresh start…

When you reach rock bottom, the only place to go is up…
Or, for me, apparently it’s straight into the arms of the one person who’s off-limits.
My brother’s good friend and my new roommate.
Crap.
It wasn’t supposed to happen.
The one rule set when I moved in with them was no sexy shenanigans. Period.
Which should have been easy since the last thing I wanted after catching my boyfriend cheating on me was to start up a forbidden romance.
Especially not with the cocky, arrogant, too-hot-for-his-own-good River.
But when he needs a favor that ends up with us half naked and all over each other…
It lights a spark that soon erupts into an inferno.
And sneaking around only adds fuel to the fire.
After all, River is a sucker for things he can’t have.
And now he wants me.
But when the past catches up with our present…
Old wounds and new secrets will be exposed.
Ones that might send me right back to where I started.

If you love forbidden romance, jealous exes, and sexy alpha heroes, then you’ll love Model Behavior by Kelsie Rae. One-Click today!

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Apr 132021
 

Landon by Cora Brent

RELEASING APRIL 22nd!!!

LANDON
My former student.
My new roommate.
My greatest weakness….
Autumn:
It’s not that I’m hiding out in this hard luck little town.
But I’m twenty-six years old, I’ve had one boyfriend and he ditched me for my sister.
So I might be a little cynical.
Then again, perhaps a high school math teacher shouldn’t expect romance.
I’d be better off sticking to the good things in life, such as my job at Emblem High, my amazing circle of friends, and my vintage record collection.
I shouldn’t waste time beating myself up over past choices or crying over the people who betrayed me.
And I definitely shouldn’t obsess over the washboard abs belonging to the guy who just moved in down the hall.
There’s no denying Landon Gentry is hot.
He is also crude, sarcastic, messy and downright exasperating.
And just to add one more complication, Landon also used to be my student.
All in all, my new roommate is the last guy I should be thinking about.
That doesn’t mean I’ll be able to resist him…

Landon:
The football scholarship was my ticket out of town and I never planned to come back.
However, blowing out my knee in the last game of the season spelled the end of my college days.
Still, I wouldn’t have returned if not for my little brother.
He’s lost his way since I left.
And I’m the only one who cares enough to help him find it again.
Between working two jobs and trying to steer my brother back in line I’ve got enough to focus on.
I don’t need to get distracted by a quirky schoolteacher with a great body.
But Autumn’s not just some sexy girl who rents a house with me.
She’s gorgeous and feisty and clueless about the fact that she’s been my fantasy for years.
Seeing her right in front of me every day is just too tempting to pass up.
Even if giving in might mean disaster for us both…

Excerpt Landon by Cora Brent

“So….” she says and then lets the word just kind of hang there.
I’m not sure how to respond so I just wait for her to continue. There’s a plain black and white wall clock above the couch and the secondhand ticks loudly.
Tick.
Tick.
Tick.
This is officially awkward.
“So…what?” I ask her.
She can’t decide what to do with her hands. They now move behind her back. She breathes in. She breathes out. “Now that you’re here, Landon, I think it’s time we had a talk.”
I haven’t a clue which direction she’s going with this. Maybe Nesto was right and this is about to veer someplace exciting. “What do you want to talk about, Autumn?”
She appears startled by the fact that I’m using her name. I don’t know why. She’s the one who told me to stop calling her Ms. Katsaros.
She takes a breath and clears her throat. She fidgets. My eyes wander. Thanks to those shorts I can see more of her legs than I’m used to seeing. They are way above average, her legs. And they’d look pretty fucking fantastic wrapped around my waist. It wouldn’t take much for me to forget my promise to maintain a sex free environment. I’m already hard.
Autumn bites her lip. “I just feel like we should clear the air about that incident on your last day at Emblem High.”
“That’s what you want to talk about?”
“Yes. I know it was over two years ago but I just want you to know that I’ve never mentioned it to anyone and now that we’re roommates I wouldn’t want you to feel embarrassed.”
“You mean because you saw my d*ck?”
She blinks. “That’s one way of putting it.”
“How else would you put it?”
“That I mistakenly walked in on you having a, well, a private moment.”
“Okay.” I shrug my shoulders. “I forgive you.”
Annoyance flashes in her eyes. “I wasn’t apologizing, Landon. You were in a place you shouldn’t have been and doing something you shouldn’t have been doing.”
At this point I don’t know what she wants to hear. “In that case, I’m sorry you saw my d*ck.”
“Just so we’re clear, I didn’t want to see your d*ck.
“Well, I didn’t intend to show you my d*ck.”
“Okay, well, that’s good. We’re on the same page. This is not an issue and we don’t need to talk about it.”
“Then why did you bring it up?”
“I just…never mind. It’s not a thing and it’s over and it’s in the past and it doesn’t need to become a thing.”
I’m honestly confused. “What’s not a thing? My d*ck?”
“Yes. No!” She’s flustered and has to breathe in and out again before continuing. “Look, the dynamic between us is very different now. I am not your teacher. You are not my student. What’s done is done. I don’t feel uncomfortable and you don’t either. So we can just move forward and have a pleasant association from now on.”
Her face has become all red. During her speech she started pacing around like she does when she’s lecturing in her classroom. She also talked very fast, as if she’s rehearsed what to say.
“Are you always like this?” I ask her.
She frowns. “Like what?”
“Like all jumpy and half hysterical over nothing.”
“I’m not hysterical. I am simply attempting to engage in some open and honest dialogue.”
“Seems like a waste of time to me.”
“That’s an immature attitude.”
“If you say so.”
She’s getting flustered again. “You’ll change your mind when you’ve lived a few more years.”
I laugh. “Yeah, you’re practically ready for retirement. What are you, twenty five?”
Her chin tilts up. “I’ll be twenty seven next month.”
I let out a low whistle. “Old enough to be my mother.”
She narrows her eyes. “Look, just clean up after yourself and don’t eat my cookie dough ice cream and we’ll get along great. Can you do that?”
“I think so.”
“Wonderful. I’ll leave you alone to get unpacked. Kitchen is that way. Washer and dryer are in that closet behind you. I’m sure you can figure the rest out yourself.”
She turns, marches to the opposite side of the living room and disappears down a hallway. A second later I hear a door shut.

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Apr 082021
 

Crave Thy Neighbor (Roommate Romps #3) by Teagan Hunter

Don’t fall for your roommate…especially when it’s only temporary.

Nolan Brooks is off limits.
Sure, he’s insanely attractive and funny and I might have almost gone home with him one night to relieve a little stress.
Big deal.

It was all just a momentary lapse in judgment…just like the kiss we shared.

He’s my temporary roommate while I wait for my new apartment to be ready. That’s it.
He’s doesn’t do relationships, and he doesn’t do attachments.

So what if I have a crush on him? We’ll only be there for two months.
Surely I can survive that long.

Crave Thy Neighbor is a full-length standalone single mom, slow burn, light angst, temporary roommates romantic comedy.

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Mar 272021
 

Love to Tempt You (Wild Love Book 4) by J. Saman

Our band’s stunning, untouched new assistant was completely off-limits. But that didn’t stop me.
A car crash. A fake story at the hospital.
She warned me when I dragged her from the nightmare that was her life that she could very well destroy mine.
I didn’t listen. I didn’t care.
I brought her into my home. Into my life. Gave her a job.
My Pandora. A goddess amongst mortals who opened a jar and obliterated my world with her beautiful evils. But from the moment I saw her, I knew she had to be mine.
Consequences be damned.

In a life where getting by is barely a thing, I didn’t expect much.
Until I crashed into him. Literally.
Keith Dawson is a god amongst mortals. A rock star I’ve drooled over for longer than I can remember.
And now the hero of my darkest tales when a hero was the last thing I was looking for.
But a god this powerful always has a fatal flaw. Turns out, she died a long time ago. And there is no living up to the ghosts of his past, right?
So where does that leave us? Well, that’s where this story gets interesting.

This is a 98,000 word steamy age-gap forbidden romance with all the feels you crave! Download Love to Tempt You now to read about the sexy alpha drummer of Wild Minds and the fiery woman who brings him to his knees. Can be read as a standalone.

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Mar 242021
 

Date me Like You Mean It by R.S. Grey
Release Date: November 5th 2020

I’m good at hiding my feelings.
Having to pretend I’m not in love with my best friend?
Pfft. That’s child’s play.
Here’s how I do it: I avert my eyes when he walks out of his room, shirtless in all his toned glory. I squash the butterflies that fill my stomach every time he slowly unfurls a dimpled smile. And, most importantly, I keep an arsenal of “personal massagers” in my bedside drawer. Wink.
Not to brag, but Aiden Smith isn’t hard to resist if you’ve been doing it for as long as I have. In fact, we might have continued as best friends forever if not for the fact that I needed him to play the part of my fake boyfriend.
Date me like you mean it, I told him. Nudge nudge. C’mon, just go along with a little lie, help a girl out, and then we can all return to life as we know it.
Except he veered from the plan.
He crossed the line.
Flirting with me when no one else was around? Pinning me down and kissing me like that? Okay, how exactly is taking off my bra part of the ruse, Aiden?!
I’d ask him about it if I could, but well…things got ugly and we’re not best friends anymore.
In fact, we’re the exact opposite.
Now, I have to play nice even though I want to crush his heart in the palm of my hand.
Pretending not to love Aiden was the easy part.
Pretending not to hate him?
Well…I might need a little more practice.

Oh, my heart!!! This book kept me up all night. I started it and read until I had one eye opened. I wanted to finish it because I fell in love with the characters and connected really well with this one.

I always gush for books with a real life aspect of it and man, it was like a friend was telling me the story of her life. It felt real, the emotions were spot on… you could feel the longing, the despair, the angst, the frustrations and the anger…

So, Aiden and Maggie became fast best friends at their siblings wedding. She moved to Austin after the wedding and Aiden offered her a spot to become his roommate. From this moment Maggie already had hearts in her eyes and her crush was cemented living with him. But it was clear he had no feeling toward her so she stayed in the friend zone.

When Maggie made the mistake to commit to a Bachelorette party and couples were mandatory, she convinced Aiden to fake it with her. But the lines were crossed and the timing was bad, because the next day Aiden was offered the job of his dreams, becoming a journalist for The Times.

He left her. He thought she didn’t want him to stay.

OMG… seriously… best friends to lovers book out there. Loved it. Read it… Love it yourself.

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Mar 192021
 

Full Contact by Cassie Cole

I never had a thing for football players.
That is, until I met the three of them.

I normally don’t like college parties.
I only went that night to keep my roommate company.
Yet when the sexiest, most muscular man I’ve ever met started flirting with me?
Well, let’s just say I didn’t go back to my dorm room that night.

But the devilish rogue who took me home isn’t just another student.
He’s Danny Armstrong, the star quarterback of the football team.
And getting into my pants isn’t the only thing on his mind.

He and two of his teammates need a physical trainer for the season.
Someone to monitor their workouts and help them avoid injury.
And as a kinesiology student, I desperately need the work credits that come with the job.

Danny Armstrong, the clean all-American with a steel jawline and sexy blue gaze.
Lance Overmire, a goofball wide receiver with washboard abs and an “I just thought of a dirty joke” grin.
Fernando Martinez, the dark-and-handsome place kicker from Chile who pronounces my name like it’s an exotic meal.

I’ll be working with them every day for the fall semester.
Watching them lift weights in the morning, monitoring football practice in the afternoon.
And giving them far more specialized physical therapy in the evenings.
Can I be the physical trainer that helps them go to the playoffs?
Or will they end up falling for me along the way?

FULL CONTACT is a scorching, stand-alone reverse harem love story filled with humor, suspense, and excitement. HEA guaranteed!

Well I am enjoying Cassie Col a lot lately because I am in the mood for some HEA and reverse harem, but not really wanting to commit to a series. Standalone Reverse Harems are perfect for me.

Roberta is a kinesiology major and needs her last credits to graduate earlier. In comes Danny, the saving hero who helps her after their one night stand. But what they don’t expect is that his 2 roommates, Fernando and Lance to take a liking to her as well.

What makes it perfect is that they all have full schedules and it’s easier to please everyone when there’s more, right?

Plus for all the info on sports and kineto… the author really did her research.

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Mar 142021
 

Roommates with Complicated Benefits (Complicated Benefits #2) by J. S. Cooper

What do tequila, furry handcuffs, shame and a 6”2 hot man with a black eye all have in common?
They were all in my bed last night. Well, shame was there this morning.

My asshole roommate up and moved out and rented her “room” to some guy her brother’s coworker’s cousin “knows really well.” The aforementioned roommate thinks we’ll get on like a house on fire. I tell her I don’t think anything related to fire is a good thing. Especially as this guy and I will now quite literally be sharing the same room, with a divider for “privacy.”

Sounds bad, right? Well, it gets worse.

Ethan Huntington is the most annoying, frustrating know-it-all, pompous jerk, I’ve ever met. I did try to be open and ask him about himself when he moved in. But his responses consisted of, “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.” Yeah, okay. Cue major eye rolls as I walked away from him. It only made me angrier when I heard him laughing as I slammed the door; as if he’d gotten the last laugh.

He thinks he’s God’s gift to women, just because he’s hot. I can’t lie, I’ve seen him without his shirt and let’s just say, he got more than my heart racing. But that doesn’t mean I’ll succumb to him. No way. Well, that was the plan. Until that night. When we decided to play a few rounds of cards and drank way too much. Sure we had one night. But that’s all it’s going to be. I’m not going to let my one night mistake stop me from going out and meeting Mr. Right. Even if Ethan is still living with me and I can’t get him out of my mind. And then the first letter arrives and it changes everything. Maybe that one night mistake was just the beginning of something really special.

Excerpt Roommates with Complicated Benefits by J. S. Cooper
Prologue
Molly
I’ve been living in New York City for exactly three weeks. Three weeks in a hotel and now my savings are almost done. I’d been stupid to get a place in Times Square, because I thought as all British people thought, that it would be really fun and exciting to live in Times Square. But I soon gathered that it was only tourists and newcomers like me that thought that. I scoured the newspaper, looking for roommate listings. I needed to find an apartment. And unfortunately I needed to find one that had a roommate, because though I had a new job and my salary was far more than I’d ever been paid before in my life, it wasn’t enough to get my own place in New York city by myself. Not that I would tell my parents, or my friends back home that, because they think I was absolutely crazy. I’d left my own flat in London. Yes, it was only a one bedroom flat and it was on the ground floor, but it was still my own.
I jumped at the opportunity to come to New York city to work for an up-and-coming fashion designer. Granted, my particular role wasn’t very exciting. I photograph the clothes, try to make them look good on the models, which wasn’t hard, because my boss, Marcia Fredricks, was really talented and she made the most amazing clothes. But she hadn’t made it yet and as such, I hadn’t made it yet. And on my salary, which was really quite a pittance, if I was honest with myself, I needed a roommate. I frowned, as I looked at yet, another ad that offered lower rent in exchange for personal favors.
“Single white male seeking female. Rent lowered in exchange for nightly massages and other duties. Call 718-317-2289.” I read out loud and rolled my eyes. Yeah, right? Not interested. I kept looking, but there was nothing that looked like it was going to work for me. It sucked, because I had no friends in the city, aside from some coworkers. And it wasn’t like I could ask them to find me a place. I mean, this was Manhattan. They most probably had trouble finding an affordable place themselves. I turned the page in the newspaper and then I paused. “Hmm. This seems interesting.” I spoke out loud, trying to ignore the screaming and shouts coming from the street below.
I was really ready to be out of Times Square. Not only was it loud, obnoxiously loud, at that, but I was pretty sure that there were bed bugs in the mattress. Because I didn’t have the budget that had me staying at a nice hotel in Times Square, I was in some cheap hotel around the corner from the nice hotels. And well, let’s just say, there was a reason why the hotel rooms are so cheap. I scratched my leg and tried to ignore the itch. “Don’t think about it, Molly. Don’t think about it.” I told myself, as it started to itch even more. “Ooh, what’s this, this looks interesting.”
“Single female seeking single female, for roommate. Nice apartment in the Upper West Side. One bedroom, but there is a divider, so that we both have our own space. Looking for friendly, outgoing, and easy going roommate. If that’s you contact me at 510-548-2210.” That doesn’t sound half bad. I grabbed my phone and quickly called my best friend Henrietta, hoping she’d pick up. Ring, ring. Ring, ring, the phone went. “Please answer Henri. Please answer.”
“Hi Molly. Is that you?”
She yawned, obviously sleeping.
“Oh no, I didn’t wake you up, did I Henrietta?”
“No, I was just about to fall asleep though. It’s 10 o’clock here you know.”
“That’s nothing. You don’t normally go to bed until midnight.”
“I know, but I had a long day today.”
“Oh?”
“Yeah, remember I told you I started my new job.”
“Oh, yeah. How’s it going?”
“Not bad. Quite boring, if I’m honest. I mean, you never really heard of an interesting chartered accountant, have you?”
“I guess not”, I laughed. “Guess what?”
“What? You met a handsome American man who wants to marry you?”
“I wish.”
“Let me see. You met a handsome Canadian man that wants to marry you?”
“I haven’t met any handsome men. You know I’ve basically just been at work this whole time.”
“You need to get out, Molly. That’s part of the experience. You got to meet a handsome yank.”
“Oh my gosh. They don’t call them yanks here you know?”
“Yeah, but you’re not from there. You’ve only been there, what, it’s not even been a month yet, has it?”
“No, it hasn’t. And you know, I’m feeling awfully homesick.”
“Yeah. But you don’t have to stay there very long, do you? Isn’t your contract just for a year?”
“Yeah. It’s for a year. But if it goes well, it will be extended. Well, at least I hope so. I don’t really know how this visa stuff works, you know?”
“Yeah, that’s true. But we’ll miss you. I hope you do come home in a year.”
“Well, of course I’ll visit. Even if I extend the contract and you have to come out to visit me too. Didn’t you say that you love New York?”
“You know I love New York. I’m going to try and come in a couple of months when I can get some time off work. I can’t really leave right now as I just started.”
“True. True.”
“So what was your news, Molly?”
“Oh, I was just about to say that. I think I found an apartment that will be absolutely amazing.”
“Oh yeah. How many men do you have to suck off for that one then?”
“Henrietta, you know I’m not going to do that”, I laughed. Henrietta was the only friend that I’d told about the naughty sounding ads I was finding in the newspaper. We’d been best friends since primary school. And I knew I could tell her any and everything. She was the only friend that really understood why I’d packed up and come to New York city. Everyone had told me that I was mad. I worked for a top magazine in London. I had my own flat. I’d been dating a guy, not seriously and not for very long and I didn’t really care about him. But he was someone stable and nice. Everyone thought I’d been absolutely bonkers to give everything up to come to the States. But I knew it was something I needed to do. You didn’t get these chances often. And at 28 years old, I knew that if I were to wait even a couple of more years, I most probably wouldn’t have the same energy and verve to try out a new country.
“So is it with a man then?”
“No. You know I’m not going to live with a man. It’s with a woman and…”
“Oh gosh, Single White Female. You’ve seen that movie, right?”
“Henrietta, I saw Single White Female years and years ago. And we don’t even know if she’s white.”
“Okay. I’m just telling you to watch out.”
“What, would you rather me live with a crazy man that wants me to bathe him?”
“No, but you know they’re all crazy over there in the States. They’re psycho.”
“They’re not psycho, Henrietta. You can’t say those sorts of things.”
“I can say those sorts of things to you.”
“I guess so,” I laughed. “Well, anyway, this apartment sounds really great and I’m going to call and hopefully I’ll get in and hopefully it is as good as it sounds.”
“Yeah. Let me know then,” she yawned. “Oh Molly. I’m sorry, but I’m falling back asleep. Can we talk tomorrow?”
“Yeah. I’m going to give this lady a call anyway and see how the flat is.”
“You mean you haven’t even spoken to her and you think it sounds amazing?” Henrietta giggled slightly. “You are mad, aren’t you? They’re rubbing off on you already.”
“I’m not mad. I just got excited. And you know, I just wanted to speak to a friendly voice. I’m a little bit lonely, you know, not really knowing anyone here.”
“I know Molly, but that’s why you’ve got to get out. Join a dating app or something. Meet someone new.”
“Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to do that just yet. I’m trying to concentrate on the job.”
“Yeah. I mean, I understand that. See if you can’t go out with your workmates.”
“Yeah. I think we’re going to go out for a drink this weekend, hopefully. And then, you know, maybe I’ll meet some of their friends and that sort of thing. Meet some new friends.”
“Just don’t go and replace me, okay.”
“I could never replace you, Henrietta.”
“I know. Anyway ta-dah, darling. I love you.”
“Love you too. Bye.
“Bye.”

Three Months Later

Chapter One
Ethan

There was something about watching your brother stare at his girlfriend with love in his eyes that made you feel kind of sick. At least it made me feel kind of sick. My older brother, Harry, had never been the sort of guy that fawned over women but yet here he was, hanging on to her every word. I wanted to belch or fart or something.
“So Ethan, what are you thinking about finding your own girlfriend?” Sarah said with a small smile and I tried not to roll my eyes. The look of happiness and love on her face did make me happy for my brother, but it annoyed me. Just because they’d found love didn’t mean I had to find love. It was the last thing that I wanted. The very last thing.
“I don’t think I really need a girlfriend right now, do you guys? I’m just trying to figure out what I want to do next in life.”
“Aren’t you a bit old for that?” Harry stood up, walked over to the bar that he had in his apartment and grabbed the whiskey decanter and poured more into his crystal glass. “Don’t you think it’s time you grew up?”
“Oh, no way. I know you are not saying that to me. Really?” I stood up and walked over and grabbed the whiskey bottle from him. “Dude, I’m not trying to be funny,” I looked over at Sarah, “But you’ve barely been in love for two seconds and you’re preaching to me? You used to get around town like …”
“Hey, hey, hey!” Harry frowned at me. “Not in front of Sarah.”
Sarah started laughing. “Harry, I’ve been your best friend for years. I know that you used to be a dog.”
“Hey, I never was a dog!” He shook his head. “Okay. Maybe a little bit of a dog, but a cute one. A very, very cute one.”
“Oh, the cutest one,” Sarah said with a small smile as she walked up over to him and gave him a kiss on the cheek. “That’s why I decided to date you.”
“Well, you decided to date me because you love me,” he laughed, and then he kissed her on the lips.
I groaned. “Hey guys, I didn’t come over here to be a witness to you guys being all lovey-dovey. I thought you wanted to talk about business and … ”
“I did want to talk about business, but Sarah’s here right now, and … ”
“And what?” I said, suddenly frustrated. “It means I have to watch you guys kiss and tell me I need to be in a relationship?”
“We’re not trying to tell you you need to be in a relationship,” Sarah said softly, her eyes shining warmly at me. “I just think you’d be really happy if you found a nice girl.”
“That’s okay, thanks. I’m not really into nice women.” I winked at her. “I like them bad, you know? I’m a bit of a rough and tough sort of guy.”
“Really, Ethan?” Harry shook his head and hit me in the shoulder. “Not in front of Sarah.”
“Harry, I’m not a baby or a little doll. I can handle it,” she laughed. “I can handle your brother telling me that he’s into kinky sex.”
“Well, I didn’t say I was into kinky sex,” I grinned and then stopped as I saw the warning on Harry’s face. “Anyways, I’m not looking for a good girl. At least not right now. Maybe in 10, 20, 30 years.”
“30 years?” Sarah exclaimed. “What?”
“You’re all talk,” Harry said with a laugh. “Whatever.”
“Whatever? Just because you got yourself settled down doesn’t mean that me and the other brothers are going to.”
“Yeah, we’ll see about that,” Harry said with a small smile. “So, I’ve been going over the books and I feel like we’re gonna need your help.”
“Oh gosh. Need my help with what?” I rolled my eyes.
“There’s some money missing from one of the accounts and I think we need an internal investigation.”
“What’d you mean there’s money missing?” I frowned. “How much money?”
“A couple million dollars,” Harry said softly.
Sarah’s jaw dropped. “No way!”
“Yeah.” Harry nodded and then walked back to the couch. “Come on, let’s sit down.”
“So what do you want me to do about it?”
“Well, no one really knows you at the office.”
“What are you talking about? Everyone knows me at Huntington Enterprises.”
“It’s not at Huntington Enterprises that we’ve got the issue.”
“Oh? So where is the issue?”
“It’s at that new real estate company that we purchased. Eklund Morrison Realty.”
“Didn’t we change the name to Huntington Realty?”
“Yeah, but it hasn’t officially gone through yet, remember? That’s next month.”
“Okay. So what do you want me to do?”
“I’ve been going over the books from the merger and there’s a couple million missing. So we need to figure out who’s doctoring the books or who’s taking the money and ensure that they’re not with the company much longer.”
“Okay, and you want me to figure this out?”
“Ethan, you trained as a private investigator. You’re the best guy for the job. We need someone that can be trusted.”
“Any investigation company can be trusted.”
“I don’t want anyone. I want you.”
“Really? You know that I …”
“This is our family company, Ethan, this is important. I know you don’t want to take over the business and that’s fine, but you’re not doing anything else right now.”
“It’s only because I sold my last startup.”
“Yeah. We all know you sold your tech startup for 10 million and you don’t need the family money,” Harry rolled his eyes, “But the family needs you, okay?”
“It’s not about the money. I don’t care about money.”
“Sure you don’t,” Harry rolled his eyes. “You love money. You wear Rolexes, you’ve got Tom Ford suits. Don’t think I didn’t see that Maserati you pulled up in.”
“Well, I like nice cars. Doesn’t everyone?”
“Dude, you couldn’t survive a minute without money.”
“Really? You don’t think I could survive without money?”
“Dude, you live in a penthouse, you drive a Maserati. You have never had to worry about money.”
“Yeah, and I could still survive without it.”
“Dude! No, you couldn’t! Imagine if you had roommates,” Harry started laughing. “There’s just no way.”
“You don’t think that I can live with a roommate? I had roommates in college.”
“Okay, and that was because you were in a frat and you guys partied all the time.”
“So? I could do roommates now.”
“Okay,” Harry said with a small smile. “Let’s see.”
“What do you mean, let’s see?”
“I dare you to live in an apartment with a roommate for the next six months.”
“What? Why?”
“Because you said you could do it.”
“Yeah, I don’t need to prove it to you.”
“I bet you $100.”
“$100? That’s it?”
“Well, you said you don’t care about money, and it’s about more than money. It’s about the principle and the reality of the situation. Can you or can you not survive in a world without money?”
“You don’t think I could?”
“No, let’s make this interesting,” he said. “Find an apartment with a roommate and take this job as an investigator and live only on the salary that you make as an investigator for six months. Then I won’t bother you with any help with the family business ever again.”
“Really? You will never mention it again and Dad will never mention it again?”
“I promise.”
“Fine, sounds good to me.”
“Fine.”
Harry nodded, as if he’d gotten everything that he wanted and I stared at him suspiciously. Why did I feel like I’d just fallen into a trap?

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Mar 092021
 

Home Game (Vegas Aces Book 1) by Lisa Suzanne

Getting fired and dumped in the same thirty seconds makes for a pretty bad Tuesday. But by Thursday, I’ll be in Vegas celebrating my brother’s wedding. Since I could use a fresh start, he offers me a place to stay with a buddy of his.

At the bachelorette party, a raunchy game results in a quest to find me a one-night stand. When a hunk with dark blue eyes and perfect bone structure hits me with a silly line at the bar, my mission is complete.

I vow to move on from our steamy night as I head to the rehearsal dinner, certain one of my brother’s hot pro football player groomsmen will be my Prince Charming.

Then the best man turns around. Dark blue eyes. Perfect bone structure. A body I won’t soon forget.

And apparently my new roommate.

HOME GAME is the first book in the VEGAS ACES series. This series must be read in order.

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Mar 072021
 

British Big-Shot by J.H. Croix
Next level opposites attract.

If there’s a contest for two people who don’t belong together, Jasper and I would definitely win.

Jasper’s tall, dark, and waaaay too handsome to be on my farm. He’s an uptight British big-shot, and my goat got mud all over him only minutes after he showed up. It’s safe to say we didn’t get off to the best start.

To make matters complicated, Jasper owns half of my farm. I’m broke, he’s dripping with money, and I hate him on sight.

Inconveniently, hating him only seems to make me want him more. Even worse, he’s staying here. On the farm. With me. Because of some ridiculous clause in his grandfather’s will.

Life didn’t prepare me to resist a man as devastatingly charming as Jasper. We’re next level opposites, and my hormones aren’t getting the memo that we do not belong together.

Except, maybe we do. Maybe Jasper is about to prove me wrong.
British Big-Shot is scheduled for release on March, 28, 2021

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