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English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and
can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to
stay the same. She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass
women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.
By: Sawyer Bennett
Releasing June 9, 2015
Warning: The following contains spoilers from a cliffhanger in Garrett.
Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief that has put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury, still crippled by emotional baggage, and now a single dad, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.
Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23834720-zack?ac=1
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/125350-cold-fury-hockey
She answers on the first ring. “You scared the shit out of me. Are you okay?”
“Yeah,” I murmur as I start the engine and wait for my Bluetooth to connect. When I hear the subtle click telling me she’s on speakerphone, I put the car in drive and say, “Just driving around…thinking.”
I hear her blow out a gust of sympathetic frustration, but her voice is gentle. “Okay. Just get home.”
“Is Ben okay?” I ask.
“He’s fine. Sleeping. Have you gone over the applicants I picked out for you?”
My hands tighten on the steering wheel, and a tiny pain shoots through my wrist, a pain I’d never admit to the team doctors, so I ignore it and tell her, “Not yet.”
“Tomorrow,” Delaney says sternly. “You have to make a decision tomorrow.”
“I know,” I mutter, realizing that the time for dragging my feet and procrastinating is over. “I promise. Tomorrow.”
“Okay,” she says softly. “That’s good.”
I don’t say anything else, my mind already starting to shut down. I abhor the thought of culling through her final recommendations for a nanny for Ben. Because that means this is final…that Gina is really dead and Ben’s mommy is definitely not coming back. In my mind, it’s putting the final nail in her coffin.
“I love you,” Delaney says, almost desperately, into the phone.
I bite my lip…hard, and feel my tooth slice down into the delicate flesh. “Back at ya,” I say, my voice harsh and raspy.
Words of love to my older sister—the woman who has been my rock-solid support the last four months since Gina died—unable to materialize. I disconnect the call and stare blankly out the windshield. I’m practically on autopilot as I drive home.
Out of the silence of my car, an unbidden, sarcastic snort bursts forth from me, and then I start snickering to myself.
What a fucking joke.
My five-bedroom house on Marchand Street feels like a prison, the walls closing in on me and causing me to seek out strippers named Candi Apple at midnight. I can’t escape my memories there, my guilt devours me as I look at Gina’s pictures throughout the house, and every day, rather than rise above my pain, I get swallowed up in it a little deeper. I hate that fucking house now, and I’ve pretty much resolved myself to sell it. Maybe moving will help leave the ghosts behind and give Ben and me a fresh start.
If it wasn’t for Ben…
Beautiful, blond-haired, blue-eyed Ben.
The spitting image of Gina.
My little boy, who seems to have bounced back fine after losing his mother, giving me toothy grins and cuddling with me on the couch at night. If it wasn’t for him…
No, I don’t even want to think about where I’d be if it wasn’t for Ben. Let me just appreciate the fact that I have the most wonderful child in the world, and it’s only because of him that I at least have some sort of desire to want to feel again.
While I can’t seem to feel outside the bounds of pure and unconditional love for my child, it doesn’t mean I want to be this way. I’m smart enough to know that Ben will look to me for guidance on how to live this life without Gina, and I’m savvy enough to know that if I don’t get my shit together, for his sake, I stand a really good chance of fucking his head up.
So I try the only way I know how—by seeking out the Candi Apples of this world—and dig down deep for something to interest me in this life outside of my child and my hockey career.
Taking a deep breath, I pull onto the outer belt line that circles around Raleigh, and let it out slowly. Yeah, tomorrow I need to start the process of removing my head from my ass. I also know the first step is to do as Delaney says and make a choice from the final applicants and hire a nanny for Ben. Once I start back at practices next week, I’ll need someone to help me with him.
Delaney has been down here in Raleigh for the past week, interviewing prospects and checking out references. She’s narrowed it down to a choice of three, and while I really don’t want to care about whom to pick, I know that for the sake of my son, I need to be satisfied the person I do choose is right for the job. I trust Delaney implicitly, but I also know that I need to show some interest . . . at least for her peace of mind. The day after tomorrow she’ll head back to Manhattan, where she works as a financial analyst, and I can’t let her leave with undue worry over me and Ben.
It pisses me off that I have to hire a nanny. It feels like I’m replacing Gina . . . hiring a new mommy for my boy. Deep down, the rational side of me knows this isn’t true. While I’ve been able to handle Ben just fine on my own for the last four months while I recovered from my wrist injury, there is no way I can be a single parent to Ben when much of my career is spent on the road. I will need someone to be with him full-time when I’m gone, and it has to be someone trustworthy.
So I’ll do my duty tomorrow and give the applicants thoughtful consideration. Then I’ll make my decision and start the process of introducing a new woman who will become a provider and mother figure to my son.
That thought causes pain to shoot through my chest, and while I know it’s unfair, a little part of me already hates this woman because she will be taking Gina’s place in that respect.
OMG!!! I absolutely LOVED, LOVED this book! I finished within hours of starting it ,even lost some hours of sleep, but Zack, Kate, and Ben were totally worth it. Zack is in a really dark place. He’s lost his girlfriend and the mother of his son, Ben, in a horrible accident. Zack feels nothing except GUILT! The only emotions he has are reserved for Ben. As the new season starts, and he will soon be returning to the ice, his sister finds him a nanny to help with Ben. Zack is resistant to the idea of someone caring for Ben, but he relents when he realizes he can’t be there all the time for Ben when rejoins his hockey team. Zack is not expecting Kate; she’s young and nothing spectacular to look at. But, oohhh, Zack has no idea what is about to hit him. He’s getting ready to have the rug pulled right out from under him. Kate is much more than what Zack thinks. She loves Ben, and he loves her. The bonding that occurs between them brews anger and resentment inside Zack, but Kate quickly uses her magic to break down some of the walls Zack has built, and he finds himself laughing again. And, when Zack comes in one night and sees exactly what Kate has been hiding under those baggy clothes, she stirs another emotion Zack hasn’t been able to feel either…desire. The two embark on a hot, sexual affair. Zack is brutally honest with her and tells her he can offer her nothing but sex, and surprisingly, she agrees. But as time passes, and the line between sex and love become blurred, Zack may find himself way over his head. Can he bury his feelings of guilt and accept a life filled with love?
What I liked about Zack was that it was different. Instead of a single mom, it was a single dad who was devoted to his son. It was nice to see a man painted in such a flattering light. He wasn’t a manwhore who couldn’t keep it in his pants. He was a responsible father who was utterly devoted to his son. Now, that’s not to say he wasn’t without his faults. There were times that I wanted to take a hockey stick to his head and tell him to wake the freak up! Without ruining anything, the guilt he felt over losing his girlfriend, Gina, was complicated and very realistic and at times, very painful to read. And Kate, oh my God, I loved this woman. Everybody needs a bright ray of sunshine like Kate in their lives! If they did, this world would be a much brighter, happier place. She was so intuitive and patient with Zack. In fact, at times, she was too patient. She was so unselfish, that at times, she sacrificed her own feelings to put Zack’s needs in front of hers. She had such a positive outlook on life, and if there was a girl who had every right to be bitter, it was her. But, she didn’t. She made the best of life despite the pain she had as a child. I loved the two of them together. They were a couple I really hoped would get their HEA!
I highly recommend Zack and the whole series! Zack isn’t just about sex and romance; it was a book about almost unbearable pain and loss…living with survivor’s guilt. It’s about working through that pain and loss and learning to live again. It’s about family and friendship and how very important each is, especially when live knocks you down. Without them, we would never have the strength and ability to brush ourselves off and live again! Fantastic book!
USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015.
It is only a matter of hours before she runs
into Max ‘Manwhore’ Morgan. Dark eyed and dangerous to her heart, he is
the very last person she wants to see. It might have been four years since she
saw him last, but there’s no denying the chemistry between them is as potent as
ever. Max makes it clear he isn’t about to let her run again, even if he is the
one thing Leigh vowed to herself she would never date: a street racer.
After racing tore apart her own family and left
a path of destruction in its wake, Leigh decided long ago that it is not the
life she wants for herself. But when a wager gone wrong threatens her dad’s
livelihood, Leigh must go against everything she believes in.
This time there’s more at stake on the quarter
mile than just the family business—she’s risking her heart as well.
Title: Devil’s Blood (Royal Blood, #3)
Author: Amity Cross
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 23, 2015
Amity Cross isn’t her real name. That’s no secret.
She is the author of wicked stories about rock stars looking for redemption, gritty romances featuring MMA fighters and dark tales of forbidden romance. She loves to write about screwed up relationships and kick ass female leads that don’t take s**t lying down.
Amity lives in a leafy country town in southern Australia and can be found chained to her desk, held at ransom by her characters.
Don’t send help. She likes it.
Title: Dirty (Vengeance Duet, #1)
Author: A.C. Bextor
Genre: Contemporary/MC Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Cover Design: Rebel Edit & Design
Cover Model: Tommi Barresi
Photography: Kruse Images & Photography
Imprisoned in a small room within the walls of the Satan’s Creed Motorcycle Club compound, Casey Richards struggles to survive the only life she was raised to know. Her mother, a club whore, and her father, an unknown outlaw she’s never met, Casey’s fate is all but sealed in the eyes of the club.
Foul. Unclean. Undesirable.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, and with no children of her own, Emma Carsen is the only living soul willing to fight for her niece, Casey. She’s all but given up on saving her until the one man she’s longed to see again unexpectedly finds his way back to town and into her life.
Sordid. Vile. Unscrupulous.
Max Taylor, former-biker of a disbanded MC, has been holding onto reasons to avoid coming back to the small town he grew up in. The same ghosts that drove him away eventually force Max to find his way back. Now that he’s home, he may be Casey’s only chance for freedom.
Filthy. Hateful. Impure.
In order to get to Casey, Max must find a way to infiltrate the MC. Setting up a meet with Hoss, Satan’s Creed’s President who’s known for his depravity as much as his double-crossing ways, it’s made clear that forming an alliance is going to be more of a challenge than he expected. Now he must prove his loyalty to the club and in doing so, he’s forced to get his hands…
AC Bextor lives in a small town in the Midwest. When she’s not writing she can be found reading or watching her favorite sports teams. She enjoys spending time outside fishing, swimming, or camping.
Her first book, Holding On – Lights of Peril, published in October 2013.
She’s currently working on a new series, The Vengeance Duet, which is scheduled to publish Summer 2015.
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Book #2 in the Forbidden series…
I thought he was the one. I thought we were headed someplace great. I didn’t know anything.
My mystery man is no longer such a mystery. He’s still commanding and headstrong, playing my body and mind like an instrument, but I’m finding there are layers to him I never could have dreamed. What I’ve learned since that fateful night in his apartment has me reeling. Now, though, the truth has taken a backstage to other, more pressing matters.
While I struggle to make a choice that will determine the direction of my future, lies that I thought had been carefully hidden away are coming to light. My head is such a mess I don’t know what’s up or down anymore. Will I be able to sort it all out, or will the life I’ve worked so hard to build come crashing down in a pile of secrets and lies?
WARNING: Dance for Me is the first book in a trilogy and ends with a cliffhanger. Due to mature material, it is recommended for ages 17+.
What if the person who stole your heart wasn’t who you thought they were?
When my parents passed away, I grew up fast. Learning to stand on my own two feet has been a challenge, but I’m making it… my way. I make no apologies for the path I’ve chosen. My choices have served me well, but no one knows the real me.
Except one man.
He’s a mystery to me. He’s controlling, demanding, and he has me wrapped around his little finger. Anything he wants, I’ll give it to him. The hours we share together aren’t about love. It’s just sex. Hot, dirty, passionate sex. It was never supposed to be anything more than that.
Until everything changed.
Now, I’m more confused than ever. The more I learn about him, the less I seem to understand. What I do know is that I’m falling, and I have the feeling when I land, it’s going to hurt.
USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.
She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.
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