Oct 222020
 

One Beautiful Promise (Very Irresistible Bachelors #4) by Layla Hagen

It all began in Rome…

I was only supposed to show Cole Winchester the city. I was aware of his reputation, a seductive charmer hellbent on bachelorhood, but I hadn’t prepared for him to get past my defenses.
Cole was nothing like the serious businessman I imagined. He was sinfully hot and way too flirty for my broken heart. But, it was just vacation after all. I thought I’d never see him again.

Only I do.

Cole calls me the very day I return to New York. My residency has been my sole focus for the past few years—my passion and my refuge. I’ve loved and lost and I don’t know how to open up again. But Cole is melting my fears with every kiss and touch, willing to move mountains to make me happy and help me heal. And what scares me the most? I might just let him.

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Taking the Belle (Big Easy Shifters Book 1) by Abby Knox

Ashton knows what he wants as soon as he sees it.
When the strange little lady in the dangerous dress walks in to his friend’s bar one night, Ash can barely remember his own name, let alone the name of the woman who recently did him wrong. He knows it’s a bad idea to get close to someone who doesn’t understand his wild-and-woolly secret, but he’s the breed of guy who mates for life. He doesn’t care who her daddy is and does not care how many gilded hoops he has to jump through. He’s gonna marry that girl and do whatever she says to get her down the aisle.

Rosemary has got it all, except any desire for the kind of man her rich daddy approves of.
She’s a hell cat who’s hell-bent saving her virginity for just the right down-home fella who can keep up with her.
A man who isn’t after her family’s money.
And, a man who can handle the excitement of her family’s bizarre little secret.
Ashton fits the bill perfectly. He’s a self-made man, tons of fun and mystery, and has latched on to her so fast they’re as cozy as peanut butter and jelly.
Now. if everyone can keep their claws to themselves, they might just make it!

Taking the Belle is book one in the newly revised and updated Big Easy Shifter series (previously titled Her Big Easy Wedding, originally released in 2018) This version is slightly spicier and wolfier; I hope you love it!

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Oct 182020
 

From Son to Soldier (Vicci Crime Family Series Book 1) by K.L. Myers

Being part of the Vicci Crime Family isn’t my birthright, but it runs through my blood just as deep as if it were. My destiny was set the minute Angelo Rizzuto married my mother, despite my parents trying to shelter me from it all.

La Cosa Nostra. Before God or family. The vow my father took was the same vow that destroyed everything I knew. And it was now the pledge I honored alongside him.

“With My Life”—words spoken from the deepest depths of my soul, a promise I made to Giovanna Panzica the moment our paths crossed. But I quickly learned that the repercussions that follow one wrong decision can last a lifetime.

My story became a tale of how a vendetta can shape a good boy into an evil man. I don’t know if there’s hope for my soul or if I’m destined to live a life of crime, but I do hope I can keep my promise to Giovanna no matter how my final chapter ends.

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Oct 172020
 

Make Me Hot (Bayshore Book 5) by Ember Leigh

One of two things happens when Maverick Daly walks into a room: you either want to be him, or be with him.

Maverick lives in the fast lane: gorgeous one-night stands, souped up cars, a penetrating gaze that will either paralyze you or light your panties on fire, depending on which category you fall in above.

But I’m off-limits to him, or maybe too much in the tomboy category for him to notice me as anything other than Scarlett: Plain Childhood Bestie. Even though I’d cut off a pinky toe for a chance to be desired by Bayshore’s most available bachelor, it’s not in the cards. He’s Mr. One-And-Done, and I’m Ms. Longing For Forever.

I’m usually able to keep his after-hour shenanigans out of mind, until a gourmet-casual food truck competition thrusts us into a tiny kitchen for five weeks. Maverick is launching his career, and I’m just trying to help out my good ol’ platonic bestie. And while the flames are leaping off the grill, the heat is rising between us. Until it gets so hot that—pop goes the sexual repression.

The past two decades of being friendzoned? Out the window.

Now we’re lovers with a side of what comes next? I’ve known him my entire life, but now I’m meeting a whole new side of him. A side that is begging me to dive headfirst.

We’re gunning to win the competition, but Maverick just might win my heart instead.

Fans of Lauren Landish and R.S. Grey will love this lighthearted yet sizzling rom-com! Though it is book 5 of the Bayshore series, this is a standalone romance and you do not have to have read the others to enjoy this book.

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Oct 162020
 

Storm Damage (Big Sky Series Book 1) by CP Smith

Logan Storm, an ex-Delta Force sniper, with scars on the inside, is drifting through life on his way to nowhere. While trying to make peace with his past, Logan encounters a young bar owner and her brothers, with trouble brewing the size of Montana.

Skylar James is worn out. She’s trying to raise her two teenage brothers and hold on to the only home they’ve ever known: 500 acres won by her father in a poker game before they were born.

Luckily for Skylar, Logan finds the peace he’s been looking for in the all-American beauty and decides to stick around Ennis, Montana just as adversaries renew old feuds and bodies begin to pile up in the aftermath.

Adult content 18+

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Oct 162020
 

UnHinge Me (Savage Beast MC #6) by Hayley Faiman

Only twenty-five-years-old, but Leighton Eloise Richardson feels ancient. Battered and bruised by a life that she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemies, a masked man rescues her.

She considers the man her savior. Though, isn’t he just a devil that she doesn’t know? Anything has to be better than the life that her father has warned her she will be forced to live.

The vice president of the Savage Beasts has a craving. One that includes high-class call girls and any girl looking to slum it with a bad boy like him.

As his brothers start settling down, Mountain wonders if he should too. After all, he’s forty-five-years-old.

When he comes across a poor little rich girl, he decides to take her. It’ll be easy to keep someone all for himself if he’s just kidnapped her… right?

She’s guarded. He’s in pain. Both looking for healing, unsure if they can find it within one another, but willing to try.

When they finally allow themselves to heal from their pasts, they’re able to see the person in front of them and realize that they are meant for one another, not just in body but in soul as well.

*INCLUDES THE SHORT STORY UNTWIST ME

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Oct 142020
 

Restorations (The Sterlings #4) by Nicole Dykes

The Sterlings have been through hell. They’ve each made mistake after mistake while trying to climb out of their grief and guilt and recover from an unimaginable tragedy that had a ripple effect of consequences reaching far further than their own lives.
It seems the youngest Sterling may never find peace after everything that’s happened. But the love he has for his nephew is more powerful than any amount of pride.
The family is back together.
Can they help him find his identity and restore his heart? And will that lead him to his true love?
All will be revealed in the final book of The Sterlings.

Reading Restrictions before this one is a must! Highly recommended to read Regrets, Restrictions and Restrained first

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Oct 102020
 

The Queen’s Line (Inheritance of Hunger Book 1) by Kathryn Moon

The Kingdom of Kimmery is broken…

Bryony, Princess of Kimmery, has a secret. She lacks the Hunger, the magical and passionate craving that is responsible for Kimmery’s prosperity. Without that power, she will lose the crown and the chance to rule the kingdom she sincerely loves.

The Queen’s Line must select Chosen to satiate their Hunger with and Bryony’s Choosing ceremony has arrived. On her first night with her newly assembled men—a prince, an ambassador, a stablehand, a sculptor, and a rogue—her own secret, and the secrets of Kimmery, spill out between them.

North of Kimmery’s capitol, the people are starving. When her truth is revealed to her iron-hearted grandmother, Bryony invents a plan to buy time. She and her Chosen will go to the desolate Winter palace where she can pretend to explore her Hunger while investigating the kingdom’s failings.

Bryony is determined to take Kimmery and its people back into a golden age, and keep her crown. As passions rise with her chosen so do the obstacles and adversaries they face. Kimmery’s prosperity isn’t the only thing Bryony misunderstood, and the Hunger is more than what it appears.

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Oct 012020
 

Dark Heart (Dark Heart Duet Book 1) by Ella James

I thought he was the white knight.
Looking back, it makes sense. I was young and needed saving. Luca was my strength. He could take on anything—the world, for me. They say first love cuts the deepest. Ours became a blade that bled me out. It turns out I didn’t know a villain when he held my heart in his hands. Now it’s darker—more like his.

Elise was my whole world—until my world burned, and I destroyed her with me. Some betrayals, you can’t undo, no matter how much you wish you could. I can’t help who I am now, and why would I want to? I run this city. No one’s going to take me down—not even the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. I heard they’ve got a file eight inches thick on Don Galante. But dodging bullets is my business. They play dirty, but there’s no one dirtier than me.

The DA learns the hard way who’s in charge; he’s out. It should be time for celebration. There’s just one problem: his heir. Or should I say heiress? Elise O’Hara wears a crown of lies, a gown of red, and a fat diamond on her left hand. Now it’s me and her. Or her and me. Only one of us will be left standing when the story’s over.

This is how you write a tragedy.

*Dark Heart Book 1 is a full-length novel of approximately 75,000 words. It is a complete story with its own beginning, middle, and end. It will be followed by Dark Heart Book 2, coming October 14th, which is currently available for pre-order.

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Oct 012020
 

The Elite Kings Boxset Vol. II by Amo Jones

The Elite Kings books 1-5

MADSHIP
Madison + Bishop
The Silver Swan
The Broken Puppet
Tacet a Mortuis

NATIL
Nate + Tillie
Malum: Part 1
Malum: Part 2

Riddle me this…

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Oct 012020
 

Marrying My Billionaire Hookup by Nadia Lee

If any of my over-protective brothers ask, I’m pregnant via immaculate conception. Otherwise, the baby I’m carrying could be the death of one hot billionaire…

Jo

After a succession of relationships bad enough to set a Guinness World Record, running into a ruggedly handsome billionaire feels like a sign. Edgar is from out of town, mesmerizing, and his voice reminds me of Louisiana heat. Just listening to him makes my toes curl. So I throw aside all caution and spend the hottest night of my life in his bed, knowing we’ll never see each other again.

Until a positive pregnancy test brings him back into my life. And now he only wants to marry me to do right by the baby, but here’s the thing…

I’ll never settle. I want what my parents have: true love. Nothing–not even the electric chemistry that crackles every time Edgar and I are together–will deter me from that goal.

Edgar

Love is like alcohol. It destroys clarity and impairs judgment. I’ve seen my parents making one bad decision after another in the name of love, destroying our family.

But Jo wants love before she’ll marry me. So I’ll approximate it. Unlike my father, I’ll make sure my child knows she’s cherished (contrary to what Jo thinks, I know it’s a girl). I’m too sensible to fall in love and disrupt my already well-ordered life, even though every second I spend with her feels like skydiving without a parachute…

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Sep 302020
 

Dark Deception (Vampire Royals of New York Book 1) by Sarah Piper

A ruthless vampire king. An alluring crime family heiress. A dark desire that won’t be tamed…

After the mysterious death of his father, newly crowned vampire king Dorian Redthorne has more responsibilities than he can count.

Keep New York City’s supernatural factions in line.

Protect what’s left of his family.

And above all, keep his father’s secrets buried… before his enemies discover the royal family’s greatest weakness.

Charlotte D’Amico is a complication he doesn’t need.

She’s a thief. A con woman. An amateur seductress playing a deadly game she’s got no business entering.

But the scent of her blood is intoxicating, her heartbeat a siren call he can’t resist.

As far as he’s concerned, there are only two ways this can end:

He claims her. Or he bleeds her dry.

Falling for her? Not an option. Love is an indulgence the dark king can no longer afford.

Unfortunately, Dorian’s heart is as treacherous as his enemies.

The question is… which will destroy him first?

Dark Deception is the first book in the Vampire Royals of New York series, a dark paranormal romance featuring a commanding, dirty-talking vampire king and the seductive con artist who might just bring him to ruin… or become his eternal salvation. If you love sizzling romance, dark secrets, and scorching hot vampires with British accents, you need Dorian Redthorne in your life!
Publication Date : September 30, 2020

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Sep 292020
 

Swing and a Mishap (Summersweet Island Book 2) by Tara Sivec

“Hawks fans still in shock after centerfielder, Shepherd Oliver, sustained season-ending injury last night in the 5th inning of the playoffs against Chicago.”

Two years ago, I was a pretty big deal. I thought I had it all, until a blast from my past popped up on my social media feed, keeping my ego in check and reminding me how basic I am. Except sassy Wren Bennett isn’t just a blast from my past. She’s the only woman I ever saw a future with.

Even though my soul leaves my body every time she says she hates baseball and has never watched me play, a year’s-worth of messages filled with laughter and sarcasm only remind me how amazing my “pen pal” is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how fine I look in a pair of baseball pants; I’m still 3,000 miles away, and she’s taken… or so I thought. Maybe I should have thought a little harder before I dropped her like a seeing-eye single into the outfield.

When an injury has me questioning everything about my life, I can only think of one place I need to go and one person I need to see. Home, to Summersweet Island, to get back my “pen pal.”

Now I just need to make sure single mom Wren knows I didn’t come back for a change, and I didn’t come back for a job. I’m swinging for the fences, and I’m finally coming home to make her mine. If only she’d stop insulting me and stay in one place long enough for me to tell her. She wouldn’t try to drown me with a tub of ice cream, right?

I’m sure it’ll be fine.

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Sep 292020
 

Eye for an Eye (Take a Chance Book 2) by Lisa Helen Gray

With his brother’s focus now concentrated on his wife, it’s up to Wyatt Hayes to take the helm of the family business.
But one man’s unrelenting will to take what the Hayes brothers have worked so hard for threatens to leave Wyatt’s world crumbled at his feet.
Andrew Black has upped his game. He is determined to get what he wants and doesn’t care who gets caught in the crossfire. Not even the woman Wyatt has begun living for.
Beautiful.
Mysterious.
Tantalizing.
And he’s infatuated by her.
Evelyn Wilson has a secret, and she has no choice but to keep it. Despite how it tears her up inside. How it slowly devours her soul.
But it’s Wyatt Hayes who threatens to rip her apart.
Alluring.
Protective.
More than she’s ever dreamed of.
But if Evelyn reveals her past, Wyatt will never understand. Never look at her with love in his eyes.
And despair will eat her whole.

Take a Chance series is a spin off series from the Next Generation Carter Brothers.

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Sep 292020
 

Ashes of Chaos (Legacy of the Nine Realms Book 2) by Amelia Hutchins

Creating a new House of Magic is hard work. Aria knew she had a tall task ahead of her, cleaning up the mess her family had made in the Nine Realms, but nothing could have prepared her for the horrors that awaited within the Nine Realms.

Dark magic has taken hold of the lands as Aria finds herself in the middle of an ongoing war while playing cat and mouse with Knox, who hunts her relentlessly.

To make matters worse, Aria’s creature has grown impatient and is doing everything she can to get back to the monster within Knox, even knowing that Aria’s heart is on the line.

How far will Aria go to protect those she loves from Knox’s wrath? How long can she evade the man stalking her every waking hour as her body and mind fight against the growing need for him to claim her? Can she break the curse that has plagued the Hecate bloodline for over 500 years while protecting her heart?

Maybe the answers lie with the mysterious silver-haired men that have come to Aria’s aid, or perhaps they are just like everyone else wanting to kill or claim her, realizing she is the key to winning the war. Aria intends to bring the Nine Realms and the male stalking her to their knees in this fast-paced, action-packed, and sexy epic fantasy adventure.

Action packed epic fantasy that will leave you breathless, and cheering on the underdog.

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Sep 282020
 

Sacrifice (Bloodline Vampires Book 1) by Katee Robert

All my life, I’ve wanted nothing more than to escape my father’s compound. Half human, half vampire, I have none of the perks and all of the weaknesses. Well, my father’s finally found a use for me. He’s sent me to Malachi Zion, the last vampire in his family. My role is to play resident blood bank and, should Malachi knock me up, my father gets access to a whole new bloodline to control.

No one asks me what I want.

But the longer I spend with Malachi, the more I realize that he’s not the monster I first thought, which makes it harder to resist the heat that flares between us. And then his two friends show up and complicate things exponentially.

As long as we’re stuck in this house together, I’m a trap just waiting to be sprung. But if we break free, there’s nothing holding these vampires to me…

In gaining the one thing I want more than anything—my freedom—I might just lose everything.

CW: Dubious consent, blood play, breeding, abusive parent (father), cliffhanger

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Sep 272020
 

Colson (The Henchmen MC #20) by Jessica Gadziala

The club had known peace for so long.
Too long, it seemed.
And now the president was missing,
the supply chain was drying up,
and there were threats from within and out.
Colson should have had nothing else on his mind.
But then there she was.
The new neighbor.
A woman with her hands full of her own problems should have sent him running, but he just couldn’t
seem to stay away.
As pressure mounted for the club, Colson found himself facing choices he hoped to never make
and a woman he hoped to never let go of…

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Sep 242020
 

Spying Under the Mistletoe (Love Undercover #2) by Stina Lindenblatt

She’s a former mafia princess. He’s been hired to track down her family secret…

After escaping my life as a Russian mafia princess, I’ve got everything I could possibly want—other than a family.

So when the Christmas concert at the seniors’ residence where I volunteer is at risk of being canceled, I have a perfect solution. My kindergarten students can perform for them. Because who doesn’t love cute singing kids?

Well, it would be cute if I knew what the heck I was doing. On top of that, one of my grandfather’s enemies has a different future in mind for me, which is putting a major damper on the festivities.

Fortunately, Landon Reed, the sexy substitute teacher, might be the one person who can help me with both situations…

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My mission? Pretend to be a kindergarten teacher and become Chloe’s boyfriend so my team can track down her mafia cousin, the new crime boss who’s gone into hiding.

Except, my time in the Navy SEALs didn’t prepare me enough for this. For one, the last thing Chloe wants is a boyfriend. And what the heck do I know about teaching kids and putting on Christmas concerts?

But when her grandfather’s enemy attempts to kidnap her, the truth becomes a tangled mess—taking my heart along with it.

Because if there’s one thing Chloe doesn’t want, it’s to fall down the rabbit hole of her past. And that’s exactly where we’re heading.
Publication Date: September 24, 2020

Excerpt Spying Under the Mistletoe by Stina Lindenblatt

Chloe

“Do you know anything about organizing performances?” Hope swirls inside me like a chocolate-and-vanilla soft serve ice cream.

“Not exactly, but I’m willing to do whatever I can to help you.”

“And that includes the seduction of Tabitha?” I flash him what I hope are convincing puppy dog eyes, channeling the ones in Whiskey’s photo.

“I don’t seduce women I don’t want to be with.”

“Even if it’s for a great cause?”

“Not even for that.”

“How about a little harmless flirting? Just pour on that natural charm you have going for you. You don’t have to seduce her. Flatter her a little, and she’ll be more than happy to oblige your requests.”

From the corner of my eye, I catch Ava cringing.

“You look like you work out regularly,” Kiera says.

Landon nods. “That’s right.”

He’s wearing a button-up shirt, but it’s clear from the way it fits his body, he’s in great shape. His exposed muscular forearms confirm that, too.

“Then, I suggest you remove your shirt while talking to her.” Kiera waves her empty fork at him. “That’s bound to work. Just don’t be obvious about it—that way she won’t get the wrong idea.”

Ava covers her mouth with her hand as though she’s trying to hold back a laugh. The corners of her eyes crinkle, giving it away.

“Can’t you just ask her?” he says. “She might surprise you. Tell her exactly why you want to do the concert. How can she say no?”

“Do you not remember the part about why she hates me? It’s not like I can even apologize for what happened. I didn’t do anything to encourage him. I’ve never even met her ex-husband.”

“Okay, I’ll ask her, but I’m not seducing her, and I’m not removing my shirt.” He directs the last part to Kiera, and I grin.

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Sep 242020
 

Risking it All (Kingston Brothers #4) by Isabel Lucero

Ten years ago, I kissed my best friend.

Six years ago, my life changed and I went from being an unknown kid from a small town to a world-renowned rock star. Before leaving Gaspar, I told Ali we’d still be together. I made promises I didn’t keep, and I lied over and over again. I threw our plans out the window and made a life for myself.

I’ve barely had time to go home, because touring keeps me away. We haven’t been in touch in years, but after this tour, I’m heading home to find the only person who knows my deepest, darkest secret, and beg for forgiveness.

Ten years ago, I kissed my best friend, and his name is Alejandro Barerra. My Ali.

He may never forgive me for the broken promises or for breaking his heart, and I’m afraid he’ll never want to talk to me again, but he’s the only one who knows the real me, and I’m determined to win him back. Even if it means risking it all.

Excerpt Risking it All by Isabel Lucero

#1 (Explicit)

Sprawled naked across the bed, I watch Merrick as he grips the bottle of Johnnie Walker and pours a small amount of the amber liquid on my chest. The alcohol drips off both sides, and travels down the middle of my stomach.
Merrick leans over me and licks the whiskey from my skin. “Mm,” he moans, gazing up at me with hooded, lust-filled eyes. “This is the best threesome we could have.”
“The only threesome we’ll have.”
He chuckles. “Someone doesn’t like to share.”
He crawls on top of me, straddling my hips while wearing nothing but his boxers. “Open your mouth for Johnnie.” I do as he says and he carefully pours a sips worth of the alcohol into my mouth. “Now open up for me.”
Merrick frees his erection through the slit in the boxers and scoots up, running the tip across my bottom lip.
I open my mouth and swirl my tongue around the circumference of his cockhead before he pushes in farther.
“Goddamn,” he groans.
He fucks my mouth for a minute before climbing off me. “Mm,” I moan, licking my lips.
“Who tastes better? Me or Johnnie?” he asks teasingly.
“I’m not sure,” I reply, reaching down to stroke my cock. “I may need another taste test.”
Merrick shoots me an unamused look before wrapping his lips around the head of the bottle and swallowing down a mouthful of whiskey.
“Come suck the taste off my tongue,” he commands.
I scramble up and get on my knees, capturing his face in my hands, and plunge my tongue in his mouth. I suck his whiskey-flavored tongue into my mouth, eliciting a low moan from his throat.
“Lay down,” I tell him.
He lifts a brow but lies his large body across my mattress. I yank his boxers down, revealing his impressive erection. I keep to the side of him and steal the bottle from his hand, and pour a generous amount of the liquid onto his stomach. The man is so cut, the alcohol pools in the crevice between his abs.
I drop down and slurp the liquid into my mouth, taking some time to lick up the trails that traveled a little lower.

#2 (Clean)

“Why me?”
He furrows his brows. “What do you mean?”
“Why do you want me?”
“Have you not heard what I’ve told you?” he asks, taking a step forward.
“You’ve said I’m everything to you. Yeah, I heard that.”
“But,” he offers, knowing I have more to say.
I drop my arms and grip the edge of the dresser. “But those are just words. We’ve said a lot to each other over the years. You’ve consistently told me one thing just to do something that completely contradicts it. Why should I believe you now? Or ever?”
“I’m trying to get you to realize I’m not like that anymore. If I say something, I want you to believe it. I’ve had years to dwell on my bullshit. I’ve had so many regrets, and honestly, if I was in your shoes, I don’t know if I’d forgive me. But you’re better than me, Ali. You always have been, and you make me want to be better. For you.”
My heart sings at his words, but I can’t allow myself to be naive. “Let’s pretend I tell you that I forgive you for everything and that you do have a chance. Then what? This is the problem we always had. I let you suck me back into a secret relationship because you weren’t out yet, and that’s still the case. I will not be a skeleton in your closet. I will not be forced to love you in secret.”
He takes the remaining steps to reach me, wrapping his hands around mine. “Tell me I have a chance, Ali. Tell me you’d give us one last shot and I’ll risk it all. I’ll risk everything for you. For us.”

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Sep 232020
 

Unfriend Me (Jobs From Hell #3) by Marika Ray

It’s hard to tell your best friend you’re in love with her when she’s busy dating everyone but you.

Amelia

I’ve been called a smart-mouthed, tattooed firecracker with a penchant for running straight into trouble, but after coming off the worst break up in history, all I want is to get my life together. No more trouble, no more surprises.

So when my best friend changes the rules on me, I’m not sure how to react. Side note: my body sure knows how to react seeing him without his shirt on…where did all those muscles come from? And when my ex comes back to town to wreak havoc, my lofty plans go right out the window.

Titus

I fell in love with Amelia in the sixth grade when I pulled her off another girl in a hair pulling fight. And she put me directly in the friend zone. We’ve been through everything together from ER trips after skateboarding mishaps to fighting off a peacock with a mean streak. But the one thing I’ve never told her is how I really feel. Now that Amelia is single again, it’s time to make my move. But Amelia has never gone down without a fight involved, and this will be no different.

Either she’ll fall in love with me like I hope, or Amelia will unfriend me forever.

Author’s note: The sassiest heroine with a heart of gold takes off her blinders and sees the hero with new eyes. And Titus…good Lord, you’re guaranteed to cheer—and swoon—for the nice guy to win. Plus there’s a peacock, a flamboyance of flamingoes, an Elvis impersonator wedding in Vegas, and lots of small town craziness to steal your heart and guarantee laughter.

Publication Date: September 23, 2020

Excerpt Unfriend Me by Marika Ray

I stepped closer to the window, seeing our overflow dirt parking lot. And then my gaze slid left where I saw Titus standing by a huge pile of wood and drywall that he’d ripped out of the guest room. His T-shirt was off and there was a healthy dose of sweat dripping down his torso. He twisted off the cap to a water bottle and chugged the whole thing, his Adam’s apple working to hypnotize me. When was the last time I’d seen him without a shirt?
Because that? That specimen with six-pack abs and a chest you could bounce quarters off of wasn’t the Titus I remembered. He’d always been lanky, which made sense, given his extraordinary height. And he’d always had muscles because he was athletic in school and his job required strength. But holy wow. What the hell had happened over the last year?
My nose hit the cold glass and I jumped back, rubbing it as I pondered the changes in Titus when I hadn’t been looking. The steady hum in my gut also gave me pause. Was that…lust?
My brain screamed at me to walk away and quit staring at him, but my body was having nothing of it. We were gonna pull up a chair and stay for the show for as long as the show lasted. Better yet, why not go out there and see it up close?
Good judgement had always been a weak spot in my character, but I never shamed myself for it. I went with impulses, so what? Sometimes they worked out great. Other times, not so much. But the way I figured it, you never got some excitement in your life unless you made the leap. And right now, I wanted some excitement in the form of a half-dressed Titus. I’d worry about what it all meant later. Much later.
“Yo, T!” I hollered as soon as I turned the corner outside and stepped off the blacktop onto the dirt.
Titus swiped the sweat from his forehead with his bulging bicep. His face lit up in an easy smile when he saw me. “Hey, Lia. Almost done here.”
I sauntered over, not looking where I was going. “Yeah, I see that.”
There was a bead of sweat sliding down right between his pecs. A fascinating journey of bumps and valleys.
A throat clearing had me looking up. Titus had a playful look in his eye, his mouth tugging into a smile. “Are you undressing me with your eyes, Amelia Waldo?”
I guess I was, but he didn’t have to call me out like that. “Are you kidding me? You can’t walk around half-dressed and then blame a girl for looking. If I was half-dressed, wouldn’t you be looking at me?”
Titus took a giant step forward and flicked the collar of my shirt. He didn’t even touch me, but I could feel it all the way to the tips of my toes.
“Hell, yeah, I would. I’d ogle you until my eyes bled.” His gaze flicked down the length of my body and suddenly I needed to squeeze my thighs together.
“Are we actually doing this? We’re flirting? You and me?” I whispered it, afraid to say it too loud. Like the volume of my voice would make it something real I couldn’t take back.
Titus shrugged slow and lazy, his eyes heating further. That finger still toyed with my shirt. If he didn’t stop, I might melt into a puddle at his feet.
“I don’t see why we shouldn’t. You’re hot, I’m hot. Kind of makes sense to flirt.”
I smirked. “Wow. Nice ego you got there.” I studied him seriously. “You don’t worry about harming our friendship?”
Titus’s eyelids slid down and I wondered what it would be like to kiss him. He had to be a good kisser after kissing the entire female population of Auburn Hill.
“Sometimes friends make the best lovers.”

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