<i>Casanova</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Casanova: Exclusive Excerpt Emma Hart "He broke me and he didn't even know it." <i>Eleventh Grave in Moonlight</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Exclusive Excerpt Darynda Jones "I wanted to study her reaction since I couldn’t feel her emotions." <i>The Turn</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Turn: Exclusive Excerpt Kim Harrison "Love can hold the world together as a new balance is found." <i>The Room Mate</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Room Mate: Exclusive Excerpt Kendall Ryan "My fingertips tingled with the desire to reach out and touch him."
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Tue
Jan 24 2017 12:00pm
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Emma Hart Excerpt: Casanova

Emma Hart

Casanova by Emma Hart

Once upon a time, I loved him.

He broke me and he didn't even know it.

I ran from him.

He didn't chase me.

He never needed to, because he knew I'd come back.

He was right.

Death brought me home to him.

Brett Walker.

Drop dead gorgeous and filthy-mouthed with a smile that turns saints to sinners.

A casanova to his core.

My ex-best friend.

And the bad boy whose reputation precedes him—the same reputation I'm tasked with turning to gold... Or so they think.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, after all...

Get a sneak peek at Emma Hart's Casanova (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“So, tell me something.”

“Hm?” I turned my attention to Lani.

“Did you just kind of wake up one morning and decide to be a giant asshole? Or was it a gradual thing?” She licked around the top of her ice cream cone, her pink tongue bright against the pure whiteness of the ice cream.

[Read the full Casanova excerpt...]

Mon
Jan 23 2017 1:30pm
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Darynda Jones Excerpt: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead.

Now, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after after all?

Get a sneak peek at Darynda Jones's Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (available January 24, 2017) by reading the first three chapters.

1

Lord, help me be the sort of person my psychiatrist medicates me to be.

—T-Shirt

I lay on a psychiatrist’s couch, a couch I’d named Alexander Skarsgård the moment my gaze landed on its buttery curves and wide back, and wondered if I should tell Dr. Mayfield about the dead kid scurrying across her ceiling. Probably not.

She crossed her legs—the psychiatrist, not the kid, who was male—and gave me her most practiced smile. “And that’s why you’re here?”

[Read the full excerpt of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight...]

Mon
Jan 23 2017 9:37am
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Kim Harrison Excerpt: The Turn

Kim Harrison

The Turn by Kim Harrison

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

Get a sneak peek at Kim Harrison's The Turn (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 4

Kal’s steps were silent as he walked up the stone-paved path to the large ranch home snuggled between rugged palms and dunes held down by long grasses. Cocoa Beach was a ten-minute drive, the Atlantic an easy five-minute walk. The house afforded him a large private yard that kept his neighbors at arm’s length. It had been remodeled only a few years ago and had all the bells and whistles, not that he used the modern kitchen much. It was the walled garden that had attracted him. With mature fruit trees and a shallow koi pond, it had spoken to a part of him he hadn’t known he possessed. Turned out he wasn’t the only one it spoke to.

His parents thought he’d been crazy for wanting the solitary living space over the condo with a communal pool and private beach, even as they’d bought it for him as a graduation present, a consolation, he’d always thought, for having to work at a secondary lab in the hopes of someday transferring to the nearby NASA facility.

[Read the full The Turn excerpt...]

Sun
Jan 22 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Kendall Ryan Excerpt: The Room Mate

Kendall Ryan

he Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed org*sms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

Get a sneak peek at Kendall Ryan's The Room Mate (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Paige?” he asked.

Shit, even his voice was hot, deep and smooth and rich.

More importantly, Mister Sex-on-Legs knew my name.

I squinted at him, my mouth opening, then closing without a sound. Recognition clawed at the edges of my brain.

[Read the full The Room Mate excerpt...]

Fri
Jan 20 2017 12:00pm
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Tawna Fenske Excerpt: The List

Tawna Fenske

The List by Tawna Fenske

As the millionaire owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel isn’t normally hands-on with mundane repairs. But when a fretful brunette shows up with her fried laptop and killer green eyes, he makes an exception. And as it turns out, she needs more hands-on help than Simon imagined.

Brainy soil scientist Cassie Michaels has spent her whole life feeling like a grungy tree trunk beside her delicate flower sisters. To make herself more interesting, Cassie invented stories about her wild sex life—stories she’s expected to retell in vivid detail at a bachelorette party. Cassie’s attempt to catalog her biggest whoppers goes awry when she spills wine on her laptop and lands in Simon’s shop with her sexy list frozen on the screen.

But Simon’s interest is piqued, and the two strike a deal to make Cassie’s make-believe sexploits a reality. From steamy public romps gone hilariously awry, to sexy antics with kitchen utensils, their quest to conquer The List is equal parts scorching hot and adorably awkward.

As they near the end of The List though, Cassie and Simon second guess their pledge to shake hands and say goodbye when they cross off the last item. But will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?

Get a sneak peek at Tawna Fenske's The List (available January 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Simon

“Excuse me? I urgently need more RAM, and I was hoping you could give it to me.”

I turn to see a hot blonde wearing cherry-red lipstick and a black dress tight enough to be a tourniquet. Her tone would be more suited for taking calls at 1-900-FuckMe, and the pointed look she just gave my crotch suggests she rehearsed that line before walking into my shop.

Yes, my shop. I own all twenty-six branches of Hot Swap Computer Sales and Repairs scattered around the Pacific Northwest, though I rarely venture out of the back room these days. The boob-graze the blonde just performed on my forearm is one reason.

[Read the full The List excerpt...]

Thu
Jan 19 2017 12:00pm
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Jennifer Probst Excerpt: Any Time, Any Place

Jennifer Probst

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.

Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...

Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.

Get a sneak peek at Jennifer Probst's Any Time, Any Place (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Her breath came in short bursts from the high of their banter. The warm air spun around her like wispy cotton, lending to the intimate atmosphere. God, why did she feel on the verge of some sexual, delicious combustion? The man was dangerous as hell. She needed to stay away from him.

He nodded.

 “Good. I can load them in my truck tomorrow and bring them over before you open.”

“Thanks.”

[Read the full Any Time and Any Place excerpt...]

Tue
Jan 17 2017 9:30am
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Kate Douglas & A. C. Arthur Excerpt: Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3

A. C. Arthur and Kate Douglas

Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3 by Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur

In Dangerous Passions, Feral Passions Resort is the place for women to find romance and seduction with a hot, hard werewolf alpha mate. Traker Jakes and Evan Dark of the Trinity Alps pack have yet to find a strong, sexy BBW woman to consume with heady pleasure. But a special woman has arrived at Feral Passions Resort. The one who will burn with passion between these two sexy werewolf shifters. Desire will reach its peak…and the best these three can do is hold on to the sensations that erupt between them.

In Bound to the Wolf, Phelan Sava is a lycan werewolf shifter with a dark side to his soul. He lives for pleasure and revels in pain. But what burns for more than anything is a woman to dominate with his unbridled passion and desperate lust for good. Marena Panos is an attorney with a dark secret that follows her into the mountains and into the bed of a Phelan Sava. And when she is hunted by the feral beast that ravishes her body and claims her soul, Marena has no choice but to give in with no intention of ever looking back.

Get a sneak peek at Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur's Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3 (available January 17, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Dangerous Passions by Kate Douglas

Evan watched Trak head down to Growl with the little shifter in tow. He’d been absolutely shocked when Trak introduced her as the florist. Obviously the man knew she was a shifter, but with Darnell sitting here sipping on her margarita it wasn’t like he could announce it to them.

Evan wished he knew her story. She seemed like such a timid little thing, and she had to be rogue to be here in their territory without a pack. Trak would let them know when he could. That was one thing about this pack. They really were more of a democracy. Unusual among werewolf packs. Generally the alpha was the supreme commander of his pack. He wielded the power of life or death over each of the members.

[Read the full Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3 excerpt...]

Mon
Jan 16 2017 12:00pm
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L.A. Witt Excerpt: Afraid to Fly

L.A. Witt

Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt

Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It's been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.

Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he's sober now and getting his life back on track. He's traded drones for a desk, and he's determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.

Clint has been on Travis's radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it's a disaster, but there's a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.

It's all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint's never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.

Get a sneak peek at L.A. Witt's Afraid to Fly (available January 16, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He was in uniform, of course, and even though I’d seen him a million times, I couldn’t stop staring. The blue digital camouflage uniforms were not my favorite thing about the Navy. There was something about the uniform that seemed to strip away all semblance of individuality. Which was sort of what uniforms were meant to do, but this one in particular seemed to erase everything. Facial features, skin tones, even eyes—they all seemed to turn generic when people wore these uniforms. I’d had coworkers I didn’t recognize in their civvies because I’d only seen them in blue camouflage.

Travis, though . . . I couldn’t mentally blend him into a crowd if I wanted to. No amount of camouflage dulled a single thing about him. After seeing him in his dress uniform? Jesus.

[Read the full Afraid to Fly excerpt...]

Sun
Jan 15 2017 12:00pm
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Meghan March Excerpt: Real Good Love

Meghan March

Real Good Love by Meghan March

I've had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.

Logan Brantley changed everything.

Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.

He makes me want all the things I've never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.

Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I'm ready to fight for this real good love.

Real Good Love is the conclusion of the Real Duet.

Get a sneak peek at Meghan March's Real Good Love (available January 17, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Editor's Note: This is Book 2 in a duology and are best read in order. Spoilers may abound for anyone who hasn't read Real Good Man. 

“Banner! Banner!”

I look around to find who’s calling my name. It’s unusual enough that there’s little to no chance of whoever it is calling to someone else.

A tap on my shoulder has me spinning around to face Brandon Sidewalk, a guy I went out with once to a club opening, who didn’t understand that a short skirt was not an invitation to feel me up.

Unfortunately, he’s standing there with a stupid grin on his face, so I can’t exactly walk away. But I can pretend I don’t remember him.

[Read the full Real Good Love excerpt...]

Sat
Jan 14 2017 2:00pm
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Rebecca Grace Allen Excerpt: Taming Sugar

Rebecca Grace Allen

A modern day, BDSM, Taming of the Shrew.

After being dropped from the best role she’d ever gotten, actress Roxy Cavanaugh is on a week’s vacation to work on her patience. Being holed up in a little cabin isn’t doing much to help her, and neither is meeting sexy property manager Hunter Finn. Unfazed by her willful determination, Finn might be the first man strong enough to take her…if they don’t kill each other first.

Get a sneak peek at Rebecca Grace Allen's Taming Sugar (available January 19, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene. 

The rumble of Hunter’s truck was easy to catch in the otherwise quiet evening. Roxy waited eagerly until he reappeared beside her, holding a bottle of wine. A very expensive and rare bottle of wine, judging by the name and vintage on the label.

“Was your quick errand to a winery?”

He smirked. “No. This is from my own personal storage.”

Whoa. She hadn’t imagined him to be a wine connoisseur, but Roxy was starting to think she’d imagined Hunter Finn all wrong.

[Keep reading...]

Sat
Jan 14 2017 12:00pm
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Vi Keeland Excerpt: Egomaniac

Vi Keeland

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office.

I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.

He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.

Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated.

Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent.

I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place.

I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.

I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages.

The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.

And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

Get a sneak peek at Vi Keeland's Egomaniac (available January 16, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Drew’s door was closed when I returned to the office. I listened to make sure he wasn’t on a call and then flung it wide open.

“You are such an asshole!”

“I’ve been told that. How was your lunch with Professor Pompous?”

“Delicious,” I lied. My fancy hamburger wasn’t even that good.

“Baldwin read what you wrote on my whiteboard. You need to stop screwing with me.”

[Read the full Egomaniac excerpt...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 12:00pm
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Cherrie Lynn Excerpt: Raw Deal

Cherrie Lynn

Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn

Savannah's brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure. But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

Get a sneak peek at Cherrie Lynn's Raw Deal (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Savannah Dugas didn’t think she’d ever seen a bald eagle in the wild before. It was somehow fitting that one glided above right now, stark black against an impossibly blue sky. She could distinguish the magnificent creature’s white head from the darkness of its body, from the majestic span of its wings. Tommy had loved eagles. He’d had a huge tattoo of one on his back, fierce and proud, wings spread so wide that the tips reached each of his shoulders.

She would never see that tattoo again.

As Savannah dropped her gaze from the eagle soaring above to Tommy’s bronze casket, a wash of dizziness overcame her and she thought for a second that she might faint or throw up. It was no wonder; she’d barely eaten for three days, but it took all her effort to clamp her jaw closed and fight the nausea welling in her throat. Strong, she thought, I have to be the strong one. Her mother’s clawlike fingers dug hard into her right arm, and Rowan leaned heavily on her left. Savannah knew that if she crumbled the other women would crumble too. Regina Dugas had lost a son. Rowan Dugas had lost her college sweetheart, husband, love of her life.

[Read the full Raw Deal excerpt...]

Wed
Jan 11 2017 12:10pm
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Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell Excerpt + Cover Reveal: Hard Wired

Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Hard Wired by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There's a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.

But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I've known online for years. And he'd known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.

Now we're back online, and he's acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don't plan to let him forget.

Get a sneak peek at Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell's Hard Wired (available February 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Finish your other drink. I want to show you something.”

Jesse did as commanded, tilting his head back and wincing, but he swallowed it in one gulp. I leaned in closer, pressing my body to his broader more muscular one, and tangled my fingers with his. He was so warm, and he smelled so good, that I wanted to keep him close.

He dropped the glass to the table with a comical grimace. Jesse wasn't much of a drinker, but he was still sharp. Even so, I leaned in and whispered, “Are you sober?”

[Read the full Hard Wired excerpt...]

Tue
Jan 10 2017 12:00pm
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Jackie Ashenden Excerpt: The Billionaire’s Virgin

Jackie Ashenden

The Billionaire's Virgin by Jackie Ashenden

Xavier De Santis: Charming. Disgraced. Playboy.

The headlines are always shouting about the excesses of the so-called Prince Charming of the De Santis family. Problem is, Xavier is everything they say he is.

But now he’s gone too far, and he has has been ordered to clean up his image. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, Xavier sees a bright light amidst all the bleakness. An angel whose luminous face and tragic beauty call to him in ways he can’t explain.

Mia: Homeless. Vulnerable. Virgin.

When the shelter Mia calls home closes, she is left with nowhere to go. Nowhere except the luxurious, glorious palace of a home where Xavier De Santis has invited her to stay. This too-handsome billionaire is dark, dangerous…and also too good to be true.

Surely Mia can indulge in her fantasies and escape the hardness of her daily life for just one night?

As one night turns into two, Mia knows that eventually, the magic will end. She can't keep the beautiful clothes. She can't keep the soft bed. And most of all, she can't keep the hard, handsome man who makes her crave his touch with every breath she takes.

Mia doesn't belong in his world. But as Xavier tempts his rags-to-riches heroine with exquisite pleasure and heady desire, Mia may have no choice but to surrender to him completely.

Get a sneak peek at Jackie Ashenden's The Billionaire's Virgin (available January 10, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

As Xavier de Santis, billionaire bad boy and youngest son of the second richest man in New York, slopped stew into the tin plates of the poor and needy at the Midtown homeless shelter his father had forced him to volunteer at, he realized it wasn’t the actual physical reality of Manhattan’s poor and needy that bothered him the most.

It was the smell. Not the unwashed bodies or the unkempt hair or the terrible breath. No, as unpleasant as all that was, that he could deal with.

It was the smell of hopelessness, of despair, that he had difficulty with.

[Read the full The Billionaire's Virgin excerpt...]

Sun
Jan 8 2017 12:00pm
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KJ Charles Excerpt: Wanted, A Gentleman

KJ Charles

Wants, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

WANTED, A GENTLEMAN
Or, Virtue Over-Rated

the grand romance of

Mr. Martin St. Vincent... a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem

Mr. Theodore Swann... a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love

***

Act the First:

the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London

where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling

Act the Second:

a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)

featuring

a speedy Carriage

sundry rustic Inns

a private Bed-chamber

***

In the course of which are presented

Romance, Revenge, and Redemption

Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires

the particulars of which are too numerous to impart

Get a sneak peek at KJ Charles's Wanted, A Gentleman (available January 9, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Theo glared down at the blank page. It looked back at him with studied disinterest.

It was four days since Martin St. Vincent had brought his distracting presence into the office. In the interim, Theo had done his best to earn the promised ten shillings. He’d kept a weather eye out for any letters, to his office or the Three Ducks; examined the other newspapers and rival matrimonial gazettes in case the errant couple were advertising in more than one forum; even gone through back issues of the Matrimonial Advertiser looking for clues and finding none. He hadn’t seen hide or hair of St. Vincent in all that time.

[Read the full Wanted, A Gentleman excerpt...]

Wed
Jan 4 2017 12:00pm
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Beverly Jenkins Excerpt: Breathless

Beverly Jenkins

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

Get a sneak peek at Beverly Jenkins's Breathless (available January 31, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Portia knew that when Aunt Eddy and Uncle Rhine first met, he’d still been passing as a White man. Eddy hadn’t wanted to fall in love with him because of the societal dangers tied to such unions. “But you did.”

“Yes, and sometimes, like with this anniversary business, I have to remind myself of that because only for him would I endure the torture of being fitted for a new gown.”

Portia never failed to be amused by her aunt’s aversion to dressmakers. “You have armoires stuffed with gowns yet you always say that.”

[Read the full Breathless excerpt...]

Tue
Jan 3 2017 12:00pm
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Manda Collins Excerpt: Ready Set Rogue

Manda Collins

Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

When scholarly Miss Ivy Wareham receives word that she’s one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate with a magnificent private library, she packs her trunks straightaway. Unfortunately, Lady Celeste’s nephew, the rakish Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, is determined to interrupt her studies one way or another...

Bequeathing Beauchamp House to four bluestockings—no matter how lovely they are to look at—is a travesty, and Quill simply won’t have it. But Lady Celeste’s death is not quite as straightforward as it first seemed…and if Quill hopes to solve the mystery behind her demise, he’ll need Ivy’s help. Along the way, he is surprised to learn that bookish Ivy stirs a passion and longing that he has never known. This rogue believes he’s finally met his match—but can Quill convince clever, skeptical Ivy that his love is no fiction?

Get a sneak peek at Manda Collins's Ready Set Rogue (available January 3, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

The Marquess of Kerr was having a very bad day.

As if breaking an axle on his ancient family traveling carriage on the most deserted portion of the drive from London to the south coast hadn’t been inconvenience enough, there was also the fact that his favorite horse was miles back, tied behind the coach carrying his baggage and valet. To compound his situation, after instructing the coachman and outriders to wait for help, he’d set out on foot for the coaching inn some three miles up the road only for the skies to open up and release a deluge not felt on Earth since the Great Flood, he was convinced.

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Jan 2 2017 3:00pm
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Donna Grant Excerpt: The Protector

The Protector by Donna Grant

When his aunt and uncle are murdered and his father has been kidnapped, bad boy Marine Force Recon captain, Cullen Loughman teams up with the one woman who turns his world upside down.

Everything’s hotter in Texas…

When Marine Force Recon captain Cullen Loughman learns that his father’s been kidnapped, he will do whatever it takes to find him. In order to achieve his mission, Cullen will need to team up with the best of the best?someone who just happens to be the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on…

This isn’t the first rodeo for ex-Air Force pilot Mia Carter. Still, Cullen’s bad-boy good looks and charm are distracting her from duty. . .and it appears that the feeling is mutual.

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CHAPTER ONE

Florida

“You double-crossed me,” came the heavily accented Spanish voice.

Mia looked into black eyes and saw nothing but death reflected there. Thunder rumbled right before lightning flashed and sounded with a crack that reminded her too much of the pop of a gun.

She wanted to take a step back, but she was surrounded by Colombians with no way out. Her gun was on the plane. A show of faith between her and this unsavory party.

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Jan 2 2017 11:01am
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Kate Sherwood Excerpt: Long Shadows

Kate Sherwood

Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications — and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends — and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

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“Well, considering the situation, I think it’s best if you stay away from Mr. Granger. And away from this case in general.”

“Kinda hard to stay away from it without knowing what it is, but I’ll see what I can do.” He stood up. “Gentlemen, a pleasure to meet you. Kayla—” He let his face soften a little, but not too much. “Good to see you again.”

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Dec 31 2016 12:00pm
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Sarina Bowen Excerpt: Hard Hitter

Sarina Bowen

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score...

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...

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 With a chuckle, Patrick caught her chin in his hand. “Can I come in?”

“Absolutely not.”

“Why? Nobody will know.”

“That’s what I used to assume, too.”

He ruffled her hair. “The horse is already out of the barn, sweetheart. Why do the time if we can’t do the crime?”

“It’s just not a good idea.”

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