<i>Public Relations</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Public Relations: Exclusive Excerpt Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini "I could feel my heart pounding, but couldn’t find any words." <i>Shacking Up</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shacking Up: Exclusive Excerpt Helena Hunting "Oh God. I’d like to experience his not polite all over this condo." <i>The Untamed Vampire</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Untamed Vampire: Exclusive Excerpt Kate Baxter "The wild wolf inside him howls for her..." <i>Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby: Exclusive Excerpt Sasha Summers "Black skirt that hugged an amazing ass and killer legs."
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Wed
Apr 26 2017 12:00pm
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Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini Excerpt: Public Relations

Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini

Public Relations by Katie Heaney, Arianna Rebolini

Young PR star Rose Reed is thrown into the big leagues when her boss leaves town the day of the firm's meeting with Archie Fox, a young, hot, internationally famous British singer-songwriter. The meeting is going badly until Rose suggests a staged romance with up-and-coming, young indie star Raya. He'll do it, but only if Rose becomes his publicist.

As the faux-mance between Archie and Raya begins to rehabilitate Archie's faltering career, Rose finds his herself having unexpected, inconvenient and definitely unprofessional feelings for the crooner. But do late night texts and impromptu burrito binges mean he feels the same? In the end, Rose will have to decide whether to let her fantasy crush go, or to risk her reputation to be with the charming, handsome, scoundrel-y but sweet pop star she's grown to love.

Get a sneak peek at Katie Heaney, Arianna Rebolini's Public Relations (available May 9, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I hopped back into bed, took another sip of wine, reopened my laptop, and navigated to Facebook. Not much was happen‑ ing on my newsfeed save a few bar photos automatically added from Instagram, and some quiz results from high school class‑ mates I was friends with. A picture of my college roommate’s three‑month‑old baby popped up, and I made a mental note to call her and check in—something the three‑hour coast‑to‑coast time difference made it all too easy to argue was best saved for another day; to promise myself I’d do the next evening I had free time. But the newsfeed wasn’t what I was after. Either I was going to find a reason to like him more, and then be annoyed that he’d ruined everything by being such a jerk; or I’d find a reason to like him less, and then be annoyed I’d wasted any time on him at all. It was a risk‑free endeavor. I clicked onto the search bar.

Neil… Wait, I realized. Did I not know Neil’s last name? I grabbed my phone and opened our text conversation: just Neil. I dug the card out of my purse; no luck there. I laughed. All of this nonsense over a guy I couldn’t even pick out on Facebook— though I was getting tipsy enough to try. What else was I doing? I switched back to the search bar and leaned against my pillows.

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Tue
Apr 25 2017 12:02pm
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Helena Hunting Excerpt: Shacking Up

Helena Hunting

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Get a sneak peek at Helena Hunting's Shacking Up (available May 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Noise wakes me at 5:36 in the morning. It takes me a few seconds to orient myself to the unfamiliar surroundings. I’m not used to the mostly quiet, so the footsteps and the sound of a suitcase being wheeled down the hall seem louder than they probably are.

Bancroft must be leaving for the airport. We said goodbye last night, but I’m suddenly very awake, and alert. I won’t see him for five weeks. I stare at the ceiling while I listen to him tooling around in the kitchen, trying to decide if I should get up and say goodbye again or stay where I am. My vagina decides for me. She wants a visual hit of Bancroft before he leaves for the next month.

[Read the full Shacking Up excerpt...]

Mon
Apr 24 2017 12:02pm
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Kate Baxter Excerpt: The Untamed Vampire

Kate Baxter

The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter

Chelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she’s the only one of her kind—and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she’s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she’s not immune to the mating call—and her own primal longing…

The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle’s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo—even if their clans weren’t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous…but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion, in The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter.

Get a sneak peek at Kate Baxter's The Untamed Vampire (available May 2, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER 1

“I want to see Siobhan.”

Chelle Daly waited as Mikhail Aristov, the vampire king, studied her. The unnerving quiet, the penetrating intensity of his cool blue gaze sent a ripple over her skin. Mikhail was powerful. But did his power rival hers? That was the point of today’s meeting. Chelle needed answers and the first step to getting them was a face-to-face with a dhampir she’d been forbidden to visit. It had been months since Chelle had seen Siobhan and the female had something she needed.

“Why?”

The one word hung in the air. No inflection gave away Mikhail’s mood. Figures. He loved to keep people guessing. Chelle was no exception. In fact, he kept her more in the dark than most. Chelle wasn’t a member of Mikhail’s coven. She wasn’t connected to the Collective. The memories of vampires long since dead didn’t float around in her noggin like they did Mikhail’s. Chelle was different. Other. Made a vampire through magic and not by the bite and blood of another vampire. Chelle was a dangerous variable and Mikhail knew it.

[Read the full The Untamed Vampire excerpt...]

Sun
Apr 23 2017 12:00pm
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Sasha Summers Excerpt: Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby

Sasha Summers

Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby by Sasha Summers

When Jessa Talbot’s boss offered her a promotion, she agreed—no questions asked. Her family needed the money, but fighting the attraction she feels for her brooding employer is tough. Worse, she instantly bonds with his infant son she’s caring for. But this is a temporary solution and she can’t get attached to either of them.

Finnegan Dean is cursed. He’s a nicely dressed monster, the wolf inside always looking for a way out. But there are two things he and his wolf agree on. They must protect baby Oscar and Jessa—his mate. While the wolf hungers to seal their bond, Finn fights the instinct. After all, if he really cares for her, he’d never doom her to the life he lives.

Get a sneak peek at Sasha Summers's Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby (available April 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

For safety reasons, Finn and Jessa have been separated from baby Oscar and are hiding out in a hotel. After being attacked by a crazed wolf earlier in the day, Jessa is having a hard time falling asleep, and being the protective alpha that he is, Finn lays with her, comforting her in the hopes that she can rest easy.

[Read the full Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby excerpt...]

Sat
Apr 22 2017 12:00pm
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Heather McCorkle Excerpt: Once Bitten

Heather McCorkle

Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle

One night was all it took to change everything. One moment of weakness, and now I’m becoming. Werewolves were supposed to be things only seen in movies, not things that exist in real life. Instead of med school and homework, my life is filled with a laundry list of things that were once impossibilities. Groups fighting over whom I belong to. The possibility of dying if I don’t learn everything before the next full moon. Figuring out how to survive in a world I never knew existed. But the biggest danger? Ty: history professor, super sexy Viking werewolf, and the man who’s been assigned by the Council to teach me how to survive becoming a werewolf.

Get a sneak peek at Heather McCorkle's Once Bitten (available April 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

A smile on his face, Ty followed my gaze.

“There is a path that leads down to the lake. Maybe I will show it to you sometime.” The hint of joy in his voice made me want to ask him to take me to see it now.

Then I realized he was likely trying to distract me from our earlier conversation. There was something he didn’t want me to ask, didn’t want me to know. I must have been close to touching on whatever it was. And here I had let him sidetrack me again.

Arms crossing beneath my breasts, I stopped when he did and faced him. I won’t lie and say I didn’t enjoy his gaze wandering down to the cleavage the V of my low-cut T-shirt revealed. “Maybe I’ll let you.”

[Read the full Once Bitten excerpt...]

Fri
Apr 21 2017 12:00pm
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Tia Louise Excerpt: Dirty Thief

Tia Louise

Dirty Thief by Tia Louise

What do you get when you mix a brooding king with a sexy pickpocket? Not your usual fairytale.

Ava Wilder is beautiful, she lives in a pink castle, and she's a thief. Rowan Westringham Tate loves power, speed, and Ava.

Their romance is straight out of a dirty Cinderella story, until the one man Ava is running from shows up to claim what she stole—or to claim her.

Now Ava might be forced to take another thing to protect her happily ever after... A life.

Get a sneak peek at Tia Louise's Dirty Thief (available April 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Ava

Rowan stands in the doorway silently watching me. His eyes gleam, and my pulse jumps.

“I couldn’t resist,” I say softly, a little breathless. “I stole this from the boutique today.”

Opening my hand, I let a small chain slip through my fingers. A different light enters his eyes, and my stomach tingles. Without a word, he crosses the space to where I’m standing. Grasping my wrist, he turns my hand over, taking the necklace and setting it aside.

[Read the full excerpt from Dirty Thief...]

Thu
Apr 20 2017 12:10pm
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Sarina Bowen Excerpt: Pipe Dreams

Sarina Bowen

Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers' office during the play-offs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

Get a sneak peek at Sarina Bowen's Pipe Dreams (available May 2, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Lauren reappeared with two bottles of Dos Equis, a lime wedge in each one. She gave him a curious look, and he realized he was still standing by the door like an idiot.

“Thank you,” he said, taking one. He pushed the lime into the bottle, his eyes sweeping the room until they landed on her bed against the far wall. It was made up with a white comforter and a million throw pillows.

Hell. Don’t look at the bed.

[Read the full excerpt from Pipe Dreams...]

Tue
Apr 18 2017 12:00pm
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Leisa Rayven Excerpt & Cover Reveal: Mister Romance

Leisa Rayven

Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn't fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

Get a sneak peek at Leisa Rayven's Mister Romance (available April 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene. 

I wipe my hands on my napkin and grab my wine glass. “So, Mr. Riley, how do these ‘dates’ of yours work?”

“Well, before I craft an experience for a client, I need to understand them as a person. Then, I choose the scenario I think will be most effective. Most of my dates involve a fantasy element.”

“Like, costumes?”

“Sometimes. And more extreme situations than they’d usually find themselves in.”

“Will you do that for my dates?”

[Read the full Mister Romance excerpt...]

Fri
Apr 14 2017 12:00pm
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M. O’Keefe Excerpt: Baby, Come Back

Molly OKeefe

A MAN WITH NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE

I sold my soul a long time ago to pay my father’s debts. Now my life is a prison: no friends. No family. Nothing it would hurt to lose.

I never should’ve touched Abby. I tried not to, but she is beautiful, magnetic, sexy. Everything I want but can't let myself have.

UNTIL HE MET HER

She seduced me not knowing who I was or what I really do in the shadows. I should have resisted her, but I wanted to be the man Abby thought I was for as long as I could.

But all debts must be paid, sooner or later. And mine are paid with blood.

Now Abby knows who I am, what I am, and she’s run from me.

I would have let her go for her own good. But when I find out she’s carrying my baby — there’s nowhere she can hide…

Get a sneak peek at M. O'Keefe's Baby, Come Back (available May 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Hello?” My voice was some shaky nervous thing and I wondered where all my bravado from earlier today had gone. To say nothing of my resolve not to care about this guy.

I was here. And I was nervous. And I cared.

The door to the bathroom was open and there was Jack, at the sink, his sleeves rolled up his forearms.

The tattoos on his arms were beautiful. Bright and colorful, but full of terrible horrible images of bloody deaths and avenging angels. His tattoos looked like stained glass windows from church, heavy on bloody swords and crying women.

[Read the full Baby, Come Back excerpt...]

Wed
Apr 12 2017 12:00pm
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L.A. Witt Excerpt: Back Piece

L.A. Witt

Back Piece by L.A. Witt

Colin Spencer is a tattoo artist with a past he’d prefer to keep a secret. Actually, he has a few secrets that he’d rather people didn’t know about, which is why Colin doesn’t do commitment. But when a shy sailor approaches him at the gym, Colin finds this guy pushing all his buttons.

Growing up in a conservative family, then escaping with the Navy, Daniel Moore is an unsure virgin who feels like he can’t share his true self with anyone. Seeing Colin—and his tattoos—at the gym are the sign Daniel needs to finally get those tattoos he’s always wanted, and maybe try his hand at flirting.

As Colin and Daniel spend more time together, their awkward hesitations turn into a deep passion neither expected. But with both men harboring secrets, will their relationship be able to survive their insecurities and become something beautiful?

Get a sneak peek at L.A. Witt's Back Piece(available April 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

When Colin Spencer walked into Seaside Barbell on Wednesday night, he stopped so sharply his sneaker squeaked on the tile floor.

It wasn’t the ever-present smell of rubber, sweat, and metal. It wasn’t the godawful grunge playing over thegrunts, clanks, and conversation. He was used to the way this place smelled and sounded.

[Read the full Back Piece excerpt...]

Mon
Apr 10 2017 12:00pm
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Erin Watt Excerpt: When It’s Real

Erin Watt

When It's Real by Erin Watt

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.

There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She'll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there's no telling what your heart will do…

Get a sneak peek at Erin Watt's When It's Real (available May 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Please tell me every girl in there is of legal age.”

“Every girl in there is of legal age,” I dutifully repeat to my manager, Jim Tolson.

Truth is, I have no clue if everyone’s legal. When I came home last night from the studio, the party was already rag­ing. I didn’t take the time to card anyone before grabbing a beer and chatting up some eager girls who proclaimed that they were so in love with my music that they sang it in their sleep. It sounded vaguely like an invitation, but I wasn’t in­terested. My buddy Luke took them off my hands and then I wandered around trying to figure out if I knew even a quar­ter of the people in my house.

[Read the full When It’s Real excerpt...]

Wed
Apr 5 2017 12:00pm
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Shayla Black Excerpt: More Than Want You

Shayla Black

More Than Want You by Shayla Black

I'm Maxon Reed-real estate mogul, shark, asshole. If a deal isn't high-profile and big-money, I pass. Now that I've found the property of a lifetime, I'm jumping. But one tenacious bastard stands between me and success-my brother. I'll need one hell of a devious ploy to distract cynical Griff. Then fate drops a luscious redhead in my lap who's just his type. Sassy college senior Keeley Kent accepts my challenge to learn how to become Griff's perfect girlfriend. But somewhere between the makeover and the witty conversation, I'm having trouble resisting her. The quirky dreamer is everything I usually don't tolerate. But she's beyond charming. I more than want her; I'm desperate to own her. I'm not even sure how drastic I'm willing to get to make her mine-but I'm about to find out.

Get a sneak peek at Shayla Black's More Than Want You (available April 11, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The trip down to my car is an exercise in restraint. I want to adjust my dick in my ever-tightening pants so badly it’s driving me mad. 

When I get Keeley settled, I manage to move my zipper so it feels less like a tourniquet for my cock, and we drive down the road to an outdoor shopping center to grab a nice steak. It’s so awesome to spend time with a girl who likes her meat. (Yeah, I went there.) Afterward, I take her hand and we stroll a few doors down. 

[Read the full More Than Want You excerpt...]

Tue
Apr 4 2017 9:30am
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Robyn Carr Excerpt: Any Day Now

Robyn Carr

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan's Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She's put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn't yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet.

Not wanting to burden or depend on anyone, Sierra is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head. Cal and Maggie welcome her into their busy lives and she quickly finds herself bonding with Sully, the quirky campground owner who is the father figure she's always wanted. But when her past catches up with her, it's a special man and an adorable puppy who give her the strength to face the truth and fight for a brighter future. In Sullivan's Crossing Sierra learns to cherish the family you are given and the family you choose.

Get a sneak peek at Robyn Carr's Any Day Now (available April 18, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As she came around a curve in the path Sierra looked up to see three men climbing the flat face of the hill on one side of the mountain. She moved closer until she could actually hear them – a little talking, a few grunts, the soft whisper of their climbing shoes sliding along the rock face and wedging in. Closer still and she realized she knew them – Connie, Rafe and Charlie. She’d seen them in town and they’d been around the crossing a couple of times. They were from Timberlake Fire & Rescue. She wondered if they were training or playing; they weren’t wearing uniforms and there didn’t seem to be any fire trucks nearby. But those boys could certainly do lovely things to shorts and muscle shirts.

She watched the clever shifting of their hips to give them lift; the muscles in their calves and arms were like art. Little buckets hung off their belts in the back and they dipped into them for chalk, the sweat running down their necks and backs. My goodness they were an erotic sight, slithering up that rock face, their shorts molding around beautiful male butts.

[Read the full Any Day Now excerpt...]

Mon
Apr 3 2017 12:00pm
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Kristen Proby Excerpt: Easy Magic

Kristen Proby

Easy Magic by Kristen Proby

Family. Responsibility. Stability.

As the co-CEO of Bayou Enterprises, and the eldest of the Boudreaux clan, Beau is the epitome of these. Now that his baby sister Gabby is happily settled down, Beau has moved into the company loft in the heart of the French Quarter to be closer to his office while his own home is built. He doesn't have time for anything but the family he adores and the company that drives him.

If only the bewitching owner of the herb shop downstairs from Beau's loft wasn't so damn tempting.

Mallory Adams is living the life. The good life. The best life for her. After years of hiding who she is, and the gifts she's been cursed with, Mallory opened her little shop in the French Quarter, offering herbs and lotions for anything from soothing a sunburn to chasing those pesky ghosts New Orleans is known for out of a client's home. Some call her eccentric, and some say she's simply odd, and that's okay with her. She is a bit odd, but in her experience, all of the best people are.

When an old pipe bursts in the loft above her store, flooding her storeroom, Mallory comes face to face with Beau Boudreaux, and she doesn't need the clairvoyant abilities that have been passed down through generations to know that she'll never be the same. Beau is her exact opposite; serious, straitlaced. He wears suits for Pete's sake and probably wouldn't know the difference between arnica and flaxseed if his life depended on it. But when he touches her, the electricity is through the roof and she's smart enough to know that a chemistry like theirs doesn't happen every day.

Can two people so very different possibly find their way to happily ever after?

Get a sneak peek at Kristen Proby's Easy Magic (available April 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“So you feel nothing when he touches you?”

“I didn’t say that,” I reply and bite my lip. “I can’t read his emotions. I just feel calm.”

“But you’re attracted to him.”

It’s not a question.

“I mean, he’s attractive. And I’m female. So, it makes sense that I would be attracted to him.”

[Read the full Easy Magic excerpt...]

Sun
Apr 2 2017 12:00pm
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Cecelia Ahern Excerpt: Perfect

Cecelia Ahern

Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured—all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick—the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret—one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?

Get a sneak peek at Cecelia Ahern's Perfect (available April 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I could barely eat in the weeks after my tongue branding, as my tongue swelled and scabbed from the sear. It’s been a month and everything tastes like nothing. I’m assuming I’ll never taste again for the rest of my life, which is fine, because the Flawed diet doesn’t allow for luxuries. I might be saved from tasting the endless grains and pulses we have to eat.

Carrick continues the lesson. “When you put food in your mouth, odor molecules from that food travel through the passage between your nose and mouth to olfactory receptor cells at the top of your nasal cavity, just beneath the brain and behind the bridge of the nose.”

I raise an eyebrow. “And when you swallowed the encyclopedia, what did it taste like?”

[Read the full excerpt from Perfect...]

Sat
Apr 1 2017 12:00pm
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Evangeline Anderson Excerpt: Buck Naked

Evangeline Anderson

Sadie Becker is not herself. A 40-year-old, divorced mother of two, Sadie wakes up one morning and realizes that she looks and feels like she did in her twenties. Suddenly she’s unable to walk around in her new town of Cougarville without men falling at her feet. Confused and alone, Sadie isn’t sure who to turn to…except answers to her problems might reside with her broodingly handsome reclusive neighbor, Mathis.

An alpha shifter, Mathis lost the love of his life, and he knows he’ll never find another mate. But his innocent new neighbor clearly doesn’t know the danger she’s in, and he's the only one who can save her.

But when the attraction pulls too strong, will Mathis’ animal nature be unleashed and claim Sadie for his own?

Get a sneak peek at Evangeline Anderson's Buck Naked (available April 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

One

“This isn’t right. This can’t be happening. What the hell is going on?”

Sadie Becker stood in front of the mirror on her fortieth birthday and stared at her reflection in disbelief.

Her boobs were getting firmer.

There was no doubt about it—it was true. She’d been noticing subtle differences ever since her divorce had been finalized about a week ago, but she’d put it down to the new diet and exercise routine. Now that her ex, Jeff, was out of her life, she was determined to start a whole new lifestyle. But no diet or exercise routine in the world completely erased stretch marks and molded your breasts back to where they’d been when you were in your twenties.

[Read the full excerpt from Buck Naked...]

Fri
Mar 31 2017 12:05pm
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Madhuri Pavamani Excerpt: Dutch

Madhuri Pavamani

Dutch by Madhuri Pavamani

I've spent years holed up in the deepest, darkest parts of the city, fighting to keep Death and her Poochas from crossing the dead back to the living. My skill with a blade is bested only by my menace, my despair, my anguish - the strongest weapons I yield.

Then I meet Juma Landry and it all goes to hell.

She is beauty and love and sex and light, everything I am not. And she makes me want things I haven’t desired in years. But the monsters of my life, the evil lurking in the dark corners of my soul, those places craven and vile, bind me to a past I cannot shake free. As the most skilled Keeper for the Gate, nothing and no one can prevent me from excelling at a job I never wanted. I do it because it is my legacy, a fate I cannot outrun, but when Juma becomes my next assignment, each of her nine lives to be ended by my hand, I must decide: the legacy I never wanted or the love I don’t deserve.

Get a sneak peek at Madhuri Pavamani's Dutch (available April 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene from Juma Landry's point of view.

Ducking into the Franklin Street subway station, I heard the train pull in and the doors slide open. I ran down the proper side of the staircase, swiped my MetroCard, and jumped in just as the doors began to shut. I hated running for the train, but damn if I did not look good making that entrance, totally smooth and certain. I laughed to myself and caught the eye of the guy seated across from me.

He smiled. I took off my sunglasses and winked at him, probably making his morning with my quick flirt.

I loved helping others feel good.

[Read the full excerpt from Dutch...]

Thu
Mar 30 2017 3:53pm

Read Chapter 1 from Julia Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Earlier today, Julia Quinn shared the first chapter of her second Bridgertons prequel book, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband. The series started out with a bang with the story of eldest Bridgerton daughter, Billie, in Because of Miss Bridgerton, and we learned of a missing Rokesby brother, Edward. Well, now the mystery of the missing brother is solved... or at least we've found him—he's been injured in the colonies with narry a memory!

Discover more about Edward's injuries and how his heroine, Cecilia, comes to be mistaken for his wife! Read the full chapter at Julia Quinn's website.

 

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Thu
Mar 30 2017 11:59am
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Lecia Cornwall Excerpt: The Lady and the Highlander

Lecia Cornwall

The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

Laire MacLeod’s father has married a mysterious widow who is a vain beauty that deals with potions and spells. Laire does not drink them with the rest of her family and is the only one who could see through her stepmother’s games. When Laire flees to find help from her Uncle, the Lady’s huntsman follows her with orders to kill. Laire must survive in a dangerous new city and find the antidote to a poisonous potion before it is too late.

Iain Lindsay is cursed. He is bound for seven years to be the hunter of a Lady who uses him to bring back birds to use in her potions. When Laire MacLeod escapes the Lady’s nets, Iain tracks her to Edinburgh, where she’s found shelter with an unusual band of thieves, but he cannot bring himself to harm her. Instead, he finds himself falling in love with the MacLeod beauty.

But a Highlander’s oath is his bond, and the price for helping her is death, both his own, and of those he loves.

Get a sneak peek at Lecia Cornwall's The Lady and the Highlander (available April 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

Laire stood with her sisters as Bibiana entered the hall on Papa’s arm. It was Tuesday, and on an ordinary Tuesday in early November, they’d be washing the linens, repairing plaids and blankets, distributing winter stores to the old and sickly members of the clan to see them through the cold months ahead. All that would be done tomorrow, of course, but that meant Wednesday’s tasks would have to wait until Thursday. She felt an anxious twitch in her chest and clasped her hands together tightly. She hoped her new stepmother wouldn’t change the routines, the traditions, the little rituals at Glen Iolair, but they knew so little about her.

[Read the full excerpt from The Lady and the Highlander...]

Wed
Mar 29 2017 12:00pm
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Tara Sue Me Excerpt: Master Professor

Tara Sue Me

Andie Lincoln is madly in love with Terrence Knight—her childhood friend-turned-Hollywood’s newest golden boy. But he’s a Dominant and wants her trained as a submissive before he’ll consider a relationship with her. He enrolls her at the RACK Academy with strict instructions for her teachers: Do whatever you need to, but don’t take her virginity.

Fulton Matthews, the director of incoming students, is enthralled by Andie. Though he questioned her enrollment at first, watching her discover her submissive nature is hotter than his most intense fantasy. Under his control, her sexual awakening brings him to his knees.

Yet they can go only so far. Andie belongs to another, and Fulton is bound by a contract that strictly forbids relationships between teachers and students. But when Terrence comes to collect his prize, Fulton discovers it’s not easy to let Andie go. . .

Get a sneak peek at Tara Sue Me's Master Professor (available April 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“When does Terrence arrive?” Fulton asked.

Terrence. Damn it. Why was he always the last thing on her mind when she was around Fulton?

“Did I say something wrong?” he asked. “Is he not coming after all?”

Was it her imagination or had he sounded hopeful when he asked that? Probably her imagination.

[Read the full excerpt from Master Professor...]