Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
About Loree Lough
Hotshot CEO Landon Connor knows his way around the boardroom. Ever since he lost his wife, Landon is all work and no play. But after he seals the biggest deal of his career, he decides to take a trip to his hometown. Nothing spells vacation like a little time with his boisterous family in the LA sun.
But the tempting landscape designer working for his sister spells a whole lot more than fun. Maddie Jennings is everything Landon didn’t think he wanted anymore. He can’t get enough of her sweetness, or her sensual curves.
Despite fanning herself every time Landon comes near her, Maddie tries to ignore their attraction. It’s the smart thing to do. But when Landon romances her with late night walks and bouquets of flowers, she can’t help giving in to his sexy charm.
But can Landon open up his heart for longer than a summer?
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Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)
DIRTY by Callie Hart
Release Date: March 30th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Callie Hart
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Face of an angel.
Body of a god.
And a mouth so dirty he could make the devil blush…
Fix Marcosa’s time can be bought with money, but he isn’t selling sex. Murderers, rapists, criminals: if you’re on the wrong side of Fix’s moral code, you’re in trouble. The kind of trouble that winds up getting you killed. As a hitman for hire, Fix is no stranger to violence. He’s merciless. Relentless. A true savage, down to the roots of his very soul. You can beg. You can plead. You can pray, but it won’t do you any good. Once the tall, dark stranger arrives at your doorstep, it’s already too late to repent.
Sera Lafferty’s no stranger to heartbreak. With an abusive father and a dependant sister, her life has been one of sacrifice and compromise. As soon as she sets eyes on Felix ‘Fix’ Marcosa, she recognizes the darkness in him and makes a vow: she will not get involved. But trapped inside a motel room with the sexiest man to ever walk the earth? Throw in some tequila and the storm to end all storms, and Sera finds herself worshipping at the altar of Marcosa.
She knows she made a mistake.
She knows she needs to run.
But when she witnesses the assassin at work first hand, she knows it’s far too late. Thrown into the back of his sleek black ride, Sera finds herself trapped, and in more way than one. Fix is deadly. He’s demanding, he’s dirty, and he’s determined to claim her for his own.
About the Author
Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she’s on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.
If she’s not writing, you’ll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, or binge watching Game of Thrones.
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Eight months ago, you were just a soldier about to be deployed and I was just a waitress, sneaking you free pancakes and hoping you wouldn’t notice that my gaze was lingering a little too long.
But you did notice.
We spent a “week of Saturdays” together before you left, and we said goodbye on day eight, exchanging addresses at the last minute.
I saved every letter you ever sent, your words quickly becoming my religion.
But you went radio silent on me months ago, and then you had the audacity to walk into my diner yesterday and act like you’d never seen me in your life.
To think … I almost loved you and your beautifully complicated soul.
Whatever your reason is—I hope it’s a good one.
Maritza the Waitress
PS – I hate you, and this time … I mean it.
There’s no denying something’s there, something that makes my heart trot when he looks at me, something that makes me slick on an extra coat of lip balm or an extra spritz of perfume before dashing out the door to meet him.
And while I’m the one who made the rules—no romance and only honesty at all times—I’m the one who can’t stop thinking about what would happen if we broke one of them.
Only problem is, I have zero idea if he’s thinking what I’m thinking. He’s so even-keeled and emotionally guarded, but they say actions speak louder than words and the fact that he’s here, spending time with me doing stupid shit has to count for something … right?
“Why are you staring like that?” Isaiah asks when he turns around.
My cheeks warm. I’d been spacing off. “No reason.”
“Bullshit. You can’t lie, remember? Tell me what you were thinking about.” His lips draw into a playful smirk, and I can’t decide if I like his mysterious side or his spirited side best. It’s like trying to choose between white chocolate and milk chocolate, which are both delicious in their own ways.
“You don’t want to know.”
And I’m serious. He doesn’t want to know that I’m thinking about him in a way that I was determined not to. Besides, he’s leaving in a few days. There’s no point in ruining the rest of our time together by making this situation unnecessarily complicated.
“Try me,” he says, his stare boring into me. Something tells me he’s not going to let this go.
Giving myself a moment, I gather my thoughts and nibble on my lower lip. “I was just thinking about connections.”
“Connections?” His hands rest on his hips, his shoulders parallel with mine. I have his full, undivided attention.
“I was just thinking about how I hardly know you, but I feel connected to you,” I say, cringing on the inside but fully embracing the discomfiture of this conversation.
He says nothing, which doesn’t make this moment any less awkward for the both of us.
“You asked!” I remind him, throwing my hands up.
Another moment passes, the two of us lingering next to some hairy elephant-looking creature with a long-as-hell scientific name as a group of children runs past us.
“Now I want to know what you’re thinking about.” I nudge his arm. “It’s only fair.”
He smirks, then it fades, and he gazes into the distance. It’s like there’s something on the tip of his tongue, but if I push or prod too much, he’ll never share it.
“Nothing, Maritza. I was thinking about nothing.”
I don’t buy it, but I don’t press any further. I want to burn this awkward moment into a pile of ash and move on.
“Are you going to remember me after this week?” I ask after a bout of silence.
His golden irises glint as his eyes narrow in my direction. “What kind of question is that?”
“A legit one,” I say. “Will you remember me? Or am I always just going to be that waitress girl that you hung out with for a week?”
“Don’t think I could forget you if I tried.” He speaks in such a way that I’m not sure if what he’s saying is a good thing or a bad thing. “Can I be honest right now?”
“You must. It’s a requirement.”
Isaiah’s tongue grazes his full lips for a quick second and he holds my gaze for what feels like forever. “I don’t want to make this any more confusing for either of us, but I feel like kissing you right now.”
I fight a smile. I don’t want to smile. I want to scoff at him and tell him to stop being such a hypocrite.
But that’s only half of me.
The other half of me wants him to kiss me, wants his hands in my hair and his taste on my tongue just one more time because we’ll never have this moment again and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
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Liv’s about to learn that life isn’t always meant to be lived according to plan.
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Liv had her life all figured out until it was shattered by the loss of her husband. He left her a piece of him she hadn’t planned on. How can she pick up the pieces when she doesn’t know how?
I never imagined my life would end up this way. I thought I had everything figured out until I got the call my husband was killed in a car accident and that my period was late.
Dead Husband?: Check
Positive Pregnancy Test?: Check
Screwed Beyond Belief?: Double Check
I was never supposed to see her again. That was the deal. Leave her and my ex-best friend behind to finally mend my broken heart and move on with life. And it was going smoothly, too. That is, until said ex-best friend dies and and his wife, Liv, lets a secret slip at his funeral that I can’t possibly ignore.
Out of my freaking mind?: Check
Extremely Angry Girlfriend who will kill me when she finds out I have a new roommate?: Check
About to get my heart ripped in two?: Double Check
Kelsie prides herself on writing straight from her own heart, which is how she fell into sweet contemporary romance. She’s a sucker for a love story with all the feels. When she’s not chasing words for her next book, you will probably find her reading or, more likely, playing with her “monsters”.
She adores chocolate, photography, baking, chick flicks, and running. And now that she’s actively pursuing her writing dreams, she’s set her sights on someday finding the self-discipline to not eat an entire batch of cookies in one sitting.
“A journey through life, loss & love.”
Young Astraea Salvo and Gabriel Varon discover a new friendship after separate tragedies change their lives. Together, they develop an affinity that quickly grows into an incredible bond despite the challenges of distance and the turbulence of adolescence. Unfortunately, nothing could prepare them for what was yet to come.
With war comes invisible wounds which are the toughest to heal. After combat in the Middle East, Gabriel must face his most difficult battle within himself.
With life comes love which is the hardest to keep. Astraea must overcome an intense loss and the growing distance between her and Gabriel as their lives pull them in different directions.
As adults, the two struggle to accept that their once unshakable friendship may never be the same again. But their genuine feelings continue to remind them that their bond will never completely be broken. In life, hearts don’t always win and the past isn’t always easy to escape. Will the unrelenting ties that bind them be able to defy the odds?
After all, anything worth fighting for never comes easy but will always be worth it in the end.
The Long Road to Serenity is a sweet, emotional first love/friends to lovers romance. Astraea met Gabriel when she was just 7-years-old. She and her mother have traveled to Texas to visit her mother’s good friend. It’s a much-needed trip as her father died months before. She and Gabriel become fast friends and inseparable that summer. Even when she and her mother return home, she stays in contact with him. Their summers together create a life-long bond that develops into something more, but life throws them some curveballs that could tear them apart.
I loved the way in which the story was told. It was not rushed, and it allowed their relationship to develop and grow. Because of that, I was drawn into their story. In addition, it allowed them to develop into their own selves and not just as a couple.
Speaking of characters, I liked both of them. Poor Astraea was given some major blows by life. Yet, she always managed to pick herself back up. No matter what she was going through, she just wanted to help Gabe.
Part of me was frustrated with Gabe for pushing her away after returning home from war, struggling with PTSD. However, another part of me understood his reasons. I gained a new respect for him when I realized he needed her. He was in his heart being unselfish. He didn’t want to hinder her life in any way. He knew he always loved her, he just finally had to accept that he deserved her and her love. They each brought a calmness and serenity to the other. Great romance!!!
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I haven’t always been this bad…
Well, Kim Karr crushed this one!!!! 5 Stars all the way for me! It had MAJOR steam, mystery, beautiful settings, and great characters. All of those elements combined with the fact that it was also very well-written made this a PERFECT read. Karr had me riveted from the very first scene…wow!!!
Poor Sadie has lived with secrets all her life, and she has spent her adulthood moving forward and trying to make a good life for herself. Now, her past is coming back to haunt her, so she does what she always does, she runs. However, this time she has a very angry and sexy man chasing her. He was supposed to be an easy mark, even if she detested stealing from others, but he turned out to be more complicated that she ever anticipated.
Jaxson was on his way to paradise for the job of a lifetime when he met a beautiful woman by the name of “Sarah” in an airport bar. He recently lost his fiancée to another man, and he has been celibate, swearing off women to concentrate on himself. “Sarah” is a temptation he can’t resist. After she accepts a drink and his proposition of “no strings” sex, he is more than delighted. Too bad the next morning, reality will set in when he wakes up to realize “Sarah” isn’t who she says she is, and she has run off with his money and livelihood. Luck is on his side when he finds a clue she left behind, and he vows to make her pay.
The attraction between these two is electrifying. They are “two lost souls, broken, damaged, and incomplete” yet there are “electric sparks, dangerous chemistry, and lust.” All those complicated emotions drew me into their story.
Sadie has made some wrong choices which leads to her even making worse decisions, but they do come from a good place in her heart. She’s trying to make things better. Jaxson looks like the all-American man, but he also exudes “sin, power, and seduction” with a completely naughty side. Sadie seems to bring that out in him. Yet, he also is a nice guy even though he tries to hide it since being the nice guy got him nothing but a broken heart. As much as Sadie brings out that naughty side, she brings out the good guy too. Once he knows her story, he will do anything he can to help her. But, he never counted on falling so hard for her.
In addition to this being a steamy romance, it also had elements of mystery and suspense. I certainly wasn’t expecting the twists and turns that occurred. Plus, the locations on the tropical islands made me feel like I was there in paradise as well.
I love the way Kim Karr writes. It is so much more than just a book; it’s a story she tells. Her use of literary devices and her descriptive writing is what sets her apart from some other writers in the same genre. She adds little things that make the story bigger. For instance, she added the 12 Steps that Sadie learned in her Al-Anon meetings and weaved them seamlessly into the book. My most favorite part of the book was the last two sentences in the epilogue, talk about making my heart melt!!!! It was perfect!!!!
Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen
novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys
bringing flawed characters to life.
Her romances are raw, real, and explosive.
Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel.
And her happily-ever-afters are always swoon worthy.
From the brooding rock star to the arrogant millionaire. From the witty
damsel-in-distress to the sassy high-powered business woman. No two storylines
are ever alike.
Get ready to fall in love.
My medium is words and my imagination is limitless, but not even I could have written the incredible journey we traveled to reach our happily-ever-after. Life isn’t like fiction, and the greatest love stories don’t follow a script.
Wow! I was not prepared for the emotional journey L.A. Fiore was going to take me on. It was stunning…she broke my heart and then tenderly put it back together.
From the very beginning, Alexis held a special place in my heart. Her spirit was incredible, and her imagination is what helped her survive. Her imagination has no boundaries, and when she sees Greyson Ratcliffe she makes up all sorts of stories in her mind, mostly involving them as a couple. She convinces herself that will never happen, especially because she zones out whenever she is near him.
Greyson has moved to the states from Ireland to begin his career as a successful artist, but his grandfather (whom I adore by the way) wants him to finish high school. He knows his time in the small coastal town has an expiration date, so he has no intentions of getting involved with a girl, that is, until he sees Alexis. Something about her just pulls him in, and he can’t resist.
There were so many things I loved about this book. The first part reads like a sexy young adult romance. Fiore taps into those emotions of first love, and it made me remember that special time in my life. However, Alexis and Greyson won’t get their HEA until much later, after having their hearts broken, and having to work so hard to get it. Their journey is very much like real life…it is full of joy, sadness, love, hardships, hope, redemption, and second chances.
There is so much more that happens within the pages of this book, and as I hinted at before, parts will completely break your heart. Just know that out of the sadness, there is incredible joy.
It is a beautifully written book and all the parts fit perfectly together from the title to the quotes that Fiore uses at each new part.
I’m a contemporary romance writer, who likes her men tattooed, her women independent and her coffee strong.
My stories are all about love, but some are of the romantic kind, some of the sad kind and others of the very steamy kind. So if you can stand drama, foul language and sex, you came to the right place.
36 hours is a short spell when racing the clock.
2,160 minutes is an eternity for old friends to fall in love…
August Cruz is the only man I’ve ever loved.
He’s the one who got away.
He’s the one I totally screwed over.
Now he’s standing on my doorstep, nine years later, but he’s not the only thing that turns up. My mother’s lost diary is in my hands, and it might lead me to my father. A possibility I wished for one year ago, at my last birthday.
I have 36 hours to fulfill that wish.
I have 36 hours to drag August on a wild scavenger hunt.
I have 36 hours to protect my heart before I lose him again…because there’s something he’s not telling me.
LICKS is a full-length, standalone Sexy Second Chance Romance with a swoony Happily Ever After.
August was a slight step ahead of me. I followed close on his heels until we were outside. We paused, fingers intertwined. He faced me and ran his thumb over the back of my hand. It was a simple brush, but there was nothing simple about touching August.
We both glanced at our clasped hands. My breath faltered. The past few days had been warm for April, the heatwave steaming the evenings, too. Being with August made it steamier.
He wound both our arms around my back, pulling me against him. “You look beautiful, Possum.”
His nickname for me pinched my heart. As kids, I’d pretend to sleep sometimes while we’d watch TV, like a deceiving possum playing dead. I’d then bolt upright to scare the living shit out of him. A screeching August was supremely entertaining.
I tilted my head back to look into his eyes, every memory we’d shared reflected in those hazel pools. “I’ve missed that nickname.”
His free hand came to my cheek, knuckles brushing it gently. “I’ve missed you. It was always there, under my skin, in every song, but I didn’t realize how much until today. My heart is fucking racing.”
God, this man. I squeezed our laced palms and unfurled my other over his sternum. Over his heart. Need bellowed in that thundering beat. “You don’t smell like grass.”
He wrinkled his nose. “I used to smell like weed?”
“Like grass, dummy. Your lawn mowing business.”
He smiled and shook his head lightly. “We can roll around in a park, if you want.” He sucked on his bottom lip while eyeing mine.
Lord have mercy. “I can’t believe this is happening.”
“Oh, it’s happening.” He gripped my hand tighter, pulled me closer, brushed his nose against mine.
My best friend, the friend I loved irrevocably and thought I’d lost for good, might actually kiss me.
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A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—gummy bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
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