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Mon
Feb 20 2017 12:00pm
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Kristen Ashley Excerpt: The Deep End

Kristen Ashley

The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Get a sneak peek at Kristen Ashley's The Deep End (available March 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

One: There Could Only Be One

Amélie

Amélie sat in the semicircle booth at the back of the club, her lips to the rim of her champagne glass, her eyes to the bodies moving through the large space in front of her, her mind wondering when it had happened.

Seven years.

For seven years, as a day passed that she knew at the end of it she would be going to the club, she felt a mild but persistent anticipation.

This, as she’d make her preparations to go, she’d allow to build into excitement.

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Sat
Feb 18 2017 12:04pm
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Candis Terry Excerpt: Perfect for You

Candis Terry

Perfect for You by Candis Terry

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy—but what happens when love gets in the way?

Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately, though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be . . .

What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect—and perfectly unexpected—love . . .

Get a sneak peek at Candis Terry's Perfect for You (available February 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He’d been denied many things in his life. Forbidding himself at least a taste of Brooke was going to be like sitting in front of a decadent slice of chocolate cake with a shark cage between them.

Just before he swung the Infiniti onto the freeway onramp, she said, “Pull over.”

“What?”

“Right there.” She pointed to yet another gas station.

Against his better judgment—because today he seemed to be minus a few marbles—he complied. “Did you forget something?”

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Wed
Feb 15 2017 9:30am
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Lisa Renee Jones Excerpt: Damage Control

Lisa Renee Jones

Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire.

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all – one hot touch and kiss, at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel, has set their sites on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

Get a sneak peek at Lisa Renee Jones's Damage Control (available February 21, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 

“You make me remember I need to be good and right in my choices.”

“Do you ever question doing what is good and right?”

“There have been times when I felt like my hand was forced.”

“When you were a lawyer?”

“No,” I say. “I manipulated the law, as does every attorney, but I never broke it. I’m talking about when I’m with my family.”

“Did you go where they lead?”

“Not so far.”

“That sounds like you might.”

“I don’t want to be them.”

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Tue
Feb 14 2017 1:00pm
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Cora Carmack Excerpt: Roar

Cora Carmack

Roar by Cora Carmack

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Get a sneak peek at Cora Carmack 's Roar (available June 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Aurora’s cheeks hurt from smiling, and her face was hot from what felt like one unending blush. She held Cassius’s elbow, leaning in to him as she tottered like she had drunk her weight in wine. She hadn’t had a single drop, but she felt slightly drunk all the same. He held her both her hands atop his forearm, keeping her steady every time she inevitably tripped over her dress.

Yesterday she had been certain that life as she knew it was coming to an end, with her future resting on a blade’s edge as thin as the half-truths they’d told for years. But now . . . all the world looked different through hope’s glow.

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Mon
Feb 13 2017 12:00pm
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Jennifer Ryan Excerpt: His Cowboy Heart

Jennifer Ryan

His Cowboy Heart by Jennifer Ryan

Bound by honor and by love…

That’s a Montana Man

Ford Kendrick has often dreamed of the day that Jamie Keller would come home to Montana. After high school, she needed to leave—and he, duty-bound to rescue his family’s ranch, pushed her to go. The Army made Jamie a hero, but Ford still sees the gorgeous, loving woman who lit up his whole world.

Every day since she left, Jamie has longed for Ford. One glimpse confirms it: the sexy, dangerous-looking cowboy left a hole in her heart that nothing else can fill. Yet the battle scars she bears—inside and out—won’t let her trust anyone enough to get close.

Ford wants to bring Jamie back to the life they dreamed of building. But locked somewhere in her memories is a dark truth that threatens her safety. It’s a battle Ford won’t let her fight alone, not when he’s determined to keep her by his side, now and always…

Get a sneak peek at Jennifer Ryan 's His Cowboy Heart (available February 21, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What did he say happened?”

“The shooter got away.”

“Is that what you remember?”

“I can’t remember anything,” she shouted, her frustration overriding the roiling fear and urgency building inside of her, pressing against her skin, until she felt like she’d explode. “I failed. They’re dead.”

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Sun
Feb 12 2017 12:32am
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KJ Charles Excerpt: An Unseen Attraction

KJ Charles

An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles

Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. . . .

Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.

Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.

Get a sneak peek at KJ Charles's An Unseen Attraction (available February 21, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Clem swallowed. “Would you—could you let me set the pace for a little while, though, till I get used to it?”

The thought made Rowley’s blood thump. “You may set the pace as long as you like.” He sucked on a fingertip, felt Clem shudder. “And if anything’s wrong or even not quite right, please tell me. And if you do anything that troubles me, I’ll tell you. How’s that?”

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Fri
Feb 10 2017 12:00pm
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Donna Grant Excerpt: Firestorm: Volume 1

Firestorm: Volume 1: A Dragon Romance by Donna Grant

He could barely breathe as he watched her…

Dmitri is a dragon shapeshifter who lives to protect the secret of the Dragon Kings from the human race. Bound by a bond stronger than blood to the Kings, Dmitri uses his strength and prowess to defend a thousand-year-old secret. But when an oh-so-sexy, slightly absent-minded archaeologist wanders into his midst, his entire world is turned upside-down.

Get a sneak peek at Donna Grant's Firestorm: Volume 1  (available February 14, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Dreagan

January, present day

Dmitri breathed in deeply as he entered the warehouse. The smooth, dry peat smell accented with oak filled his senses. Whisky.

It wasn’t just Dreagan’s major source of income. It was the essence of the land and the people. Every time he walked the warehouses where the oak cask barrels were stored, he felt pride in what they did.

He let his fingers trail over the barrels that had been maturing for seventy-five years as he moved down the rows. His mouth watered at the thought of sampling the Scotch. Stopping at the end of a row, he put his hand on the oaken barrel and squatted down beside it.

[Read the full Firestorm: Volume 1 excerpt...]

Thu
Feb 9 2017 12:08pm
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Tricia Levenseller Excerpt: Daughter of the Pirate King

Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I've gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Get a sneak peek at Tricia Levenseller's Daughter of the Pirate King (available February 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Hello, Alosa.”

I sigh and look heavenward before turning around. “Hello, Riden.”
“Been waiting for you to come up. You don’t disappoint.” Riden steps out of the shadows cast by the stairs leading up to the second level. Ah, no wonder I didn’t see him.

“You knew I would try to escape again?”

“There are only three pirates left on this vessel, assuming you left Enwen and Belor alive. We’re close to land. And I couldn’t find whatever it was you used to escape your cell last time. So, yes. I assumed you would try to escape again.”
“So you’re no longer convinced I’m up to more nefarious deeds?”

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Wed
Feb 8 2017 9:30am
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Lisa Kleypas Excerpt: Devil in Spring

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...

Get a sneak peek at Lisa Kleypas's Devil in Spring (available February 21, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Still feeling shy from their earlier encounter, Pandora accompanied Gabriel across the cool, compacted sand. Her senses were overwhelmed by a deluge of sight, sound, and sensation. Every breath filled her lungs with vibrant, living air and left the taste of salt spindrift on her lips. Farther out, the ocean rolled in wind-harried billows, trimmed with ruffles of white foam. Pausing to stare out at the vast blue infinity, she tried to imagine what might be concealed in its mysterious depths, shipwrecks and whales and exotic creatures, and a pleasant shiver went through her. She bent to pick up a tiny cup-shaped shell that had been partially embedded in the sand, and rubbed her thumb across its rough gray-striped surface. “What is this?” she asked, showing it to Gabriel.

“A limpet.”

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Tue
Feb 7 2017 12:00pm
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A.M. Arthur Excerpt: Hot Licks

A. M. Arthur

Hot Licks by A.M. Arthur

Benji Moore is living his dream traveling as the lead singer of his band. His life would be perfect if he could get his boyfriend, Josh, to commit to an exclusive relationship.

Even though Josh loves Benji, he has good reasons not to trust in long-term relationships. So Josh decides to take some time to himself and sublets a room at a friend’s beach house. But when he walks into the nearby Off Beat bar, he finds a bartender who may be a good distraction from his relationship problems.

Van Holt doesn’t do anything deeper than sweaty one-night stands. But when Josh sets his sights on him, Van is surprised by their connection. Except Van also doesn’t do complicated, and the situation between Josh and Benji defines complicated. But the more time Van spends with them, the more he’s realizing how hard it would be to let Josh and Benji go.

Can the three of them find a way together, or will they all end up going solo?

Get a sneak peek at A.M. Arthur's Hot Licks (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Eleven Years Ago

Donnie had gotten real good at lying over the years, so faking a stomachache on county fair day wasn’t terribly hard for him. Mama was all sympathy, while Pop looked at him like he was the laziest thing on the planet. His younger siblings didn’t care much, because they were still going to the fair to see Mama’s prize jams win ribbons like every year.

He listened from the bedroom he shared with his two little brothers as the family truck pulled away, kids tucked into the bed with a lot of hay to make it more comfortable.

He didn’t have a stomachache.

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Tue
Feb 7 2017 9:30am
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Sherrilyn Kenyon Excerpt: Born of Vengeance

Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

A fate worse than death . . .

Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks. But defying the odds is what this Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won’t rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.

Ten years later, he has one chance to balance the scales of justice, provided he relies on his former wingman— the very sister of the woman who testified against him.

Major Ember Wyldestarrin joined the outlaw Tavali the day Kirovar fell into the hands of a tyrant, and she and her sister-team were left on an outpost to die under the barrage of enemy fire. The last thing she wants is to be involved in politics again. But the one thing she wants more than anything is revenge on the tyrant who murdered her parents and forced her and her sisters into exile. Carrying a secret she knows Bastien will annihilate her over, she must find some way to trust her former wingman before he catches on and kills her. Even so, treachery doesn’t come easy to a woman who took a loyalty oath to protect her homeworld and comrades-in-arms, especially when Bastien is much more to her than just a former wingman.

Yet as she tries to do right for her family, she learns that Bastien doesn’t just hold the key to the fate of Kirovar, he is vital to The Sentella-League war, and to The Tavali. If she doesn’t ensure he survives this mission, three nations fall, and time for all of them is quickly running out.

Get a sneak peek at Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Vengeance (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Crossing her arms over her chest, she watched the men running around to rig the explosives. Bastien was a little too cavalier with it for her tastes. As was Badger. “Are you sure you know what your doing?”

“Not at all,” Bastien said with a laugh. He scowled at Badger. “Is it the red and green wires you’re not supposed to cross?”

“Yeah. So please don’t forget that.”

Bastien nodded. “I guess this would be a bad time to tell you I’m color blind?”

Badger turned stark white. “Are you effing kidding?”

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Mon
Feb 6 2017 12:00pm
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Christine d’Abo Excerpt: Working It

Christine d'Abo

Working It

Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start—new career, new company, new life. The only problem is, he liked his old life just fine . . . until an accident robbed him of his health, his job, his self-confidence, and his ability to go out in public without having anxiety attacks.

Zack Anderson has scared away his last four executive assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a whim, he’s not too worried, since Nolan will be gone within the week anyway. Two weeks later, Nolan has made himself indispensable, completely reforming Zack’s schedule, life . . . and libido.

But in a company already torn by internal politics, one wrong step could ruin both their careers. And not only are they working to reopen Ringside Gym, Zack’s retreat when he was a troubled teen, but they also can’t help themselves falling for each other. If only the rest of their lives could go as smoothly as things do when they’re alone together.

Get a sneak peek at Christine d'Abo's Working It (available February 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 3

By the time Sunday afternoon rolled around, Nolan was exhausted. Background checks, reference calls, paperwork that demanded reading and signatures had filled the time from nearly the moment Zack had left the interview room on Friday. In between doing the various things he needed to for Compass, he’d called his parents to let them know the good news. Tina had been so excited she’d even taken him out for supper last night, though he really didn’t remember much of the food.

His head had been rolling through the series of events that had led him to this moment. What had Zachary Anderson seen in him to warrant such an impulsive hire? Sure, Nolan was skilled, but there’d been nothing in their brief encounter, either in the bathroom or in the interview itself, that should have set this in motion.

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Sun
Feb 5 2017 12:00pm
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Jamie Howard Excerpt: The Feeling of Forever

Jamie Howard

The Feeling of Forever by Jamie Howard

Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood's spotlight. While being America's favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn't one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can't help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.

Felix Donovan had it all—stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that's sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn't know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year's Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he's not ready to face the world while he's still struggling to accept his new reality.

Except this year's Sexiest Woman—Juliet St. Clair—never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn't sure he's ready to make. And when Juliet's stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix's secret isn't the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.

Get a sneak peek at Jamie Howard's The Feeling of Forever (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1: Juliet

There was nothing in the entire world that I hated more than planes. I hated the way they smelled. I hated how even the big commercial ones still felt about as big as a shoebox. And I especially hated the way they made me feel as I dangled tens of thousands of feet in the air with nothing but carefully constructed metal and science keeping me airborne.

It was a good thing I was a big believer in science or they’d never be able to get me on one of these things.

My seat rattled as we hit another pocket of turbulence and, deep in my chest, my heart was getting ready to collapse from exhaustion. Beside me, Ally chewed at her lower lip, completely ignoring my struggle and skimming through a never-ending stream of e-mails. The quiet strains of Rachel Platten danced quietly through the air, buzzing from her laptop speakers.

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Sat
Feb 4 2017 11:56am
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Lisa Kessler Excerpt: Wolf Moon

Lisa Kessler

Wolf Moon by Lisa Kessler

As the last Pack member without a mate, Luke Reynolds has become an outsider. When he takes a job as the head horse trainer Sedona, Arizona, he’s looking forward to starting a new life. But everything changes the night he finds beautiful woman stranded on the side of the highway.

Raven Wood has been bitten and turned against her will. Luckily, her spirit is stronger than most, and she has every intention of escaping the Sedona Pack. Somehow. The sexy lone wolf who rescues her might be just the answer she’s looking for.

But the Sedona Pack Alpha has a mission, and unless Luke and Raven can stop him, they’ll lose everything.

Get a sneak peek at Lisa Kessler's Wolf Moon (available February 6, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

LUKE:

Raven’s eyes lingered on my chest, and again an unfamiliar pride swelled inside me. Catching my mate admiring my body was almost as good as seeing her cheeks flush with color when she realized I caught her looking.

She headed out first. The sway of her hips gradually grew until she glanced back over her shoulder. “Good to know I’m not the only one distracted.”

I chuckled, shaking my head. “I’d have to get my head examined if I wasn’t.”

[Read the full Wolf Moon excerpt...]

Fri
Feb 3 2017 12:00pm
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Jane Bonander Excerpt: The Scoundrel’s Pleasure

Jane Bonander

Duncan MacNeil voyages over the sea to make his fortune in America. Shortly before his departure, he has a single tryst near the village fair with lovely Isobel Dunbar. Their romp leads to a pregnancy, and while he is across the ocean, Isobel gives birth to a spirited boy she names Ian. To protect her reputation and to prevent Duncan’s wealthy family from taking Ian away from her, Isobel concocts a story that her neighbors believe—she claims Ian’s father married her and then died in a shipwreck, leaving her a poor widow. The truth, she hopes, will never be discovered, and her son will never meet his father.

When Duncan returns, weary of the New World and ready to take charge of his family’s business, his first plan is to buy a run-down former brothel and convert it to a cannery. Only this is where Isobel now calls home. He can’t understand why she refuses to sell, and he certainly cannot understand why she harbors such resentment towards him. Then he realizes who this beautiful woman once was to him. Can Duncan grow from an irresponsible boy into a man who takes responsibility for his past carelessness? And can Isobel ever trust this stranger, when keeping Ian’s parentage a secret is the only way she knows to keep her beloved son close?

Get a sneak peek at Jane Bonander's The Scoundrel's Pleasure (available February 14, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Island of Hedabarr, Scotland—1862

Sometimes, if Isobel listened very carefully, when the island was cloaked in mist so thick it blanketed the earth like a shroud, she could hear the screams. The poor woman still wandered the land, wailing for her lost bairn and cursing her husband, who had taken a shovel to his wife and killed her when his fifteenth daughter was not born a son.

Isobel often thought of that legend, especially on nights like this, when the entire world seemed ghostly. The annual fair, although much anticipated and gay for many, made Isobel’s imagination bloom. Probably because of all the oddities the fair brought with it: two headed chickens, snake people, talking apes. But was there truth to the story of the ghost with fifteen daughters? Did she indeed stalk the land, perhaps in search of her rat of a husband, hoping to do him in as he had done her?

[Read the full The Scoundrel's Pleasure excerpt...]

Thu
Feb 2 2017 12:00pm
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Kerrigan Byrne Excerpt: The Duke

Kerrigan Byrne

The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He's the English Empire's golden son—until fate has its way with him. Cole's family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor—and desire. And now he's ready for the fight of his lifetime...

Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience—one that left her a wealthy widow—but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn: Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess her...at all costs.

Get a sneak peek at Kerrigan Byrne's The Duke (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

London, February 1876

Imogen Pritchard shuddered as the fine hairs on her body prickled with alarm. The usually oppressive atmosphere of the Bare Kitten Gin and Dance Hall turned electric with danger, charging every nerve in her body with the awareness of an advancing predator. After placing her armful of empty ale and gin glasses on the sideboard, she palmed a knife from the utensil bin, concealing it in the folds of her skirts as she turned to face the threat.

A cadre of scarlet-clad soldiers filed through the door, their lean, young bodies taut with masculine restlessness. Their eyes gleaming with feral hunger. They reminded Imogen of a roving pack of wolves, licking their chops and smiling their sharp-fanged smiles in anticipation of a macabre feast.

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Tue
Jan 31 2017 12:03pm
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Addison Fox Excerpt: Just Once

Addison Fox

Just Once by Addison Fox

Welcome to Park Heights, Brooklyn where three brothers discover the meaning of family, and taking a chance on love.

Landon McGee has a past he’d rather stayed buried and forgotten. Now a successful video game designer, his life in Brooklyn with his adoptive mother and brothers has made him into the man he is today. But when his office is robbed and the gorgeous Detective Daphne Rossi comes onto the scene, her desire to investigate the crime—and his past—could be Landon’s undoing.

Daphne knows she’s a good cop. She’s determined and always gets to the bottom of her cases. But something about Landon, and his break-in, has her questioning her ability to keep her personal and professional lives separate. As Daphne probes further into the case, Landon’s past comes to the surface, threatening their budding relationship. Will the secrets in his past put a halt to the growing passion between them, or is love enough to make them see that a future together is worth coming to terms with the past?

Get a sneak peek at Addison Fox's Just Once (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

One

Landon McGee knew three things about life. It was never boring. It was always kicking you in the ass. And, in the immortal words of Robert Frost, it went on. He also knew that the elements of life that made it endlessly fascinating or shockingly hard—sometimes both—usually came up and blindsided you on a random Tuesday.

Or a Wednesday morning, to be exact.

He’d walked into the loft space he rented in DUMBO ten minutes ago to find it in disarray. He and his suitemates were sort of digital sharecroppers, sharing the cost of the rent, the overhead, and the extremely necessary T-1 line that kept their small businesses afloat. Each of them was a computer geek to the core, ensuring paperwork was in short supply while the latest in equipment and digital design tools were plentiful.

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Jan 30 2017 12:00pm
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Victoria De La O Excerpt: Tell Me Not To Go

Victoria De La O

Tell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O

Jeff Price is in a long-term relationship rut–nothing a move from Utah to Silicon Valley can’t solve. But when he meets Samantha, his sister’s best friend, his newfound freedom is threatened by their attraction. Headed for med school, and still gun shy from her last relationship, Sam’s not in the market for love, either. The answer is simple: a ninety-day, no-strings-attached affair. What can possibly go wrong for two people determined not to fall in love?

Get a sneak peek at Victoria De La O's Tell Me Not To Go (available January 31, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Sam

“Hey, Sam.”

Two small words, but they chug through my veins like ice cubes, making me want to clutch at my chest when they reach my heart. I’d recognize Luke’s voice anywhere, anytime.

I turn around, and there he is at the table next to me. The guy I once would have done anything to keep.

“Luke,” I manage to choke out as I fumble my latte and spill it on my hand. The pain helps me focus, and I see he has company at his table.

Emily. My former roommate . . . and friend.

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Jan 29 2017 12:00pm
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Kit Brisby Excerpt: Rogue Magic

Kit Brisby

 Rogue Magic by Kit Brisby

While trapped in a stalled subway train on his morning commute, PR rep Byron Cole flirts with Levi, a young waiter with adorable curls. But Byron’s hopes for romance crash and burn when Levi saves him from a brutal explosion—with outlawed magic.

When Levi is imprisoned, Byron begins to question everything he’s ever believed. How can magic be evil when Levi used it to save dozens of lives? So Byron hatches a plan to save Levi that will cost him his job and probably his life. If he doesn’t pull it off, Levi will be put to death.

Byron discovers that he isn’t the only one questioning America’s stance on magic. And he learns that Levi is stubborn, angry, and utterly enchanting. Time is running out, though. Byron must convince Levi to trust him, to trust his own magic, and to fight against the hatred that’s forced him to hide his true nature his entire life. The more Levi opens up, the harder Byron falls. And the more they have to lose.

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“You’re right,” Byron said quietly.

Something snapped in Levi—not a break as much as a release. He couldn’t recall the last time someone had agreed with him, and he stopped fighting the restraints and let the exhaustion take hold. “Go on,” he mumbled.

“I don’t know what you’re feeling.” Byron spoke with painful sincerity, like a rookie school guidance counselor. “I want to let you out of bed, but I have to wait for Victoria. I know—I assume—you’re confused. And probably scared.”

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Jan 28 2017 12:09pm
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Calista Fox Excerpt: Confession

Calista Fox

Confession by Calista Fox

Billionaire business partners Devon McMillan and Morgan Presley have spent the past two years on opposite coasts after nearly crossing a forbidden line during one of their steamier ménages. But when a tempting business offer brings them back to their hometown, something even more tempting will distract them both—their childhood best friend, Fallon Carteris. The years apart have done nothing to temper their scorching desire for her, and these billionaires will do whatever they can to bring her to their bed.

Fallon has never been able to decide which man she desires more, nor could she ever choose between them—and quickly learns she doesn’t have to. When Fallon confesses she’s always wanted the two men, they both pursue her. As the love triangle heats up, their emotions become as entangled as their bodies. But is their love strong enough to keep their threesome together?

Get a sneak peek at Calista Fox's Confession (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Get in. Get out. Get on with your life.

Devon McMillan recited the mantra as he strode through the lobby of the Bayfront Yacht Club, down one of the long hallways, and into the cocktail lounge situated between the informal and formal dining rooms.

The two-story building sat on the water’s edge in the cove of the small, affluent community of Bayfront, California. The interior featured gleaming wood-paneled walls, columns, and exposed rafters. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors showcased the ocean, patios, and marina beyond.

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