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Jan 12 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Thirst (January 17, 2017)

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Jacquelyn Frank
Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 /  $4.99 digital

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

[Sink you teeth into this...]

Jan 12 2017 9:30am

Lonely Hearts: Past and Present

Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

We're thrilled to welcome KJ Charles (Wanted, A Gentleman) who knows a thing our two about love advertisements, especially after doing some research. But can you guess when the first “Lonely Heart” ad was placed? KJ fills us in. Thanks, KJ!

Advertising for love might seem to the young a modern phenomenon, the invention of Match.com, Tinder and Grindr. If you’re 40-plus, you might well have tried dating through the small ads in newspapers and magazines. Pop quiz: when do you think the first recorded Lonely Hearts advert dates from?

I’m guessing you’re thinking early 1900s, maybe post-war thanks to the social impact of the mass slaughter of young men. Nope. Try again.

Maybe early 1800s then? The Napoleonic Wars had had a proportionately devastating effect on the male population to the First World War, and the Industrial Revolution had caused massive social upheaval in getting people moving around and swelling the cities. Sounds convincing? Still too late.

The first recorded Lonely Hearts advert in the world was published in a London pamphlet of July 1695, and asked for “some Good Young Gentlewoman that has a fortune of £3000, or thereabouts” to marry a gentleman in his thirties “that says he has a Very Good Estate”. (Let’s take a moment to side-eye that “says he has”. I hope his bride didn’t just take his word for it.)

[Where do lonely hearts go?]

Jan 12 2017 8:05am

What Is Your Most Anticipated Book of 2017?

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole2017 is set up to be a pretty big year in the romance genre. Many series are finishing, many more are just starting up. 

What books are you looking forward to this year? Why are you excited? Give us your elevator pitch as to why everyone should be excited about it too!

Let us know down in the comments!

Jan 11 2017 4:53pm

Hook Up with a Scarlett Cole E-Deal & Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack News!

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The Purest Hook by Scarlett ColeDeal Alert: Scarlett Cole's third Second Circles Tattoos novel, Purest Hook, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Already read all of Cole's books and looking for more about her next release? You're in luck—today we all get to set our sights on her romantic suspense Love Over Duty series, which will kick off with Under Fire in August.

Deal Alert: Deeanne Gist's historical Maid to Match is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you, like H&H contributer Wendy the Super Librarian, are sure you cannot live on Dukes alone, you'll be happy to learn that Maid to Match is “the romance of a lady's maid and a wannabe footman” working for the Vanderbilt family.

Deal Alert: Skye Jordan's first Renegades new adult romance, Reckless, is FREE in e-book at Amazon | etc.* A scene from Jordan's novel Ricochet earned a “Delicious Despair” post from Jessica Moro—see the moment that made her tear up on an airplane surrounded by strangers.

Deal Alert: Mercedes Lackey's YA fantasy novel Hunter is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon |  Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Lackey's sci-fi/fantasy books are considered a gateway drug to romance novels.

Jan 11 2017 3:00pm

11 Memorable Moments from Unforgettable Fantasy This Winter

Albert Einstein tells us that “Imagination is everything.” The fantasy novels of winter 2016/2017 contain heart, love, and plenty of imagination.

Contemporary Fantasy:

Indelible by Adelia Saunders

Indelible by Adelia Saunders

Indelible by Adelia Saunders is the story of Magdalena, and Richard and Neil and how their fates intertwine. Magdalena sees people’s lives literally written on their skin. As a child, the sentences looked like funny markings but she can still remember when she first learned to read and blurted a horrible truth to her teacher. She was delighted when her vision blurred at a young age and uses her glasses only when absolutely necessary. Her battered shins may hate her but her soul, at least, finds a certain peace in this solution. When Richard sends a Christmas present to her mom, he uses his son Neil as a carrier. Magdalena is happy to pick up the package but less delighted when she is forced to put on her glasses and sees her own name clearly on his skin. What can that mean?

An interesting take on how magical gifts can come with high prices, Indelible offers a slow burn romance within a literary fantasy/paranormal novel.

Memorable moment: When Neil and Magdalena meet:

Suddenly, she leaned in, looking right at him with strange intensity. Either he had something on his face or she was going to kiss him. Neil thought he might pass out. But instead she smiled, like something there had pleased her.

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Jan 11 2017 1:30pm

Linda Howard Targets Her Toughest Books, Recommended Reads, and More!

Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Today we're thrilled to welcome Linda Howard to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Linda's name has become synonymous with romantic suspense and is a staple for many romance readers. With the paperback release of her book Troublemaker, we got the chance to pick her brain! Ever wondered what the hardest book for her to write was? What she would do if she was placed in the same circumstances as some of her beloved characters? We found all of it out! So dive in and get ready to uncover it all! Thanks, Linda!

1. What has been the hardest book for you to write? Did readers have a similar reaction to it?

Linda Howard: From a technical standpoint, Kiss Me While I Sleep. There was so much research into poisons, pandemics, and Paris! I’ve never been to Paris, so of course I set a book there. :-/. Thank heavens for Google Maps, regular maps, tourist books, etc. I don’t think anyone other than the writer knows when a book is research heavy. From an emotional standpoint, though, the two most difficult books were Sarah's Child—which is an oldie—and Cry No More. Both of them wiped me out, and yeah, readers  had the same reaction.

[Uncover them all...]

Jan 11 2017 12:35pm

Set Your Sights on Scarlett Cole’s New Love Over Duty Series!

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole

We love a good heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, and Scarlett Cole's new series, Love Over Duty, answers our call for non-stop action. Under Fire is the first novel in the series and pairs Six, a former Navy SEAL and Louisa, a brilliant scientist, who's set to improve the lives of thousands of people, if Six can manage to keep her alive. Get the scoop:


Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.


Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her—or die trying.

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Jan 11 2017 12:10pm

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...]

Jan 11 2017 9:30am

First Look: Tracy Wolff’s Flawed (January 17, 2017)

Flawed by Tracy Wolff

Tracy Wolff 
Flawed (Ethan Frost #4)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 / $3.99 digital

The fourth book in Tracy Wolff's Ethan Frost series, Flawed, features Tori Reed, Chloe’s best friend, and Miles Girard, Chloe’s brother.

Tori is a mess, but we root for her, because she’s the heroine who’s had messed up parents, made a mess of her life, and well, wants to finally clean up her mess—all on her own. When a boyfriend from her past seeks to sabotage her reputation in order to pump his own publicity with the media, it leaves our Tori in shambles. Despite all her hard work to clean up her act, she’s the victim of a vindictive plot—no spoilers!

Enter Miles Girard,Tori’s best friend’s older brother. Tori still can’t forgive him for his role in hurting Chloe. Even though Miles sincerely didn’t know how his actions hurt his sister, and even though Chloe and Ethan have forgiven Miles, Tori still can’t.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that Miles is too smart and too good-looking. And he’s Tori’s number one enemy.

[Read more...]

Jan 11 2017 8:10am

PSA: The Hot Turkish Butcher

Nusret Gökçe: He's hot. He knows how to handle his meat. He has major salt swag. 

He's the hot Turkish butcher who's been sweeping the internet by storm, and James Corden rounds up some of his favorite clips of Nusret. The clip above also comes with some romance-worthy puns. Either way, Nusret can tenderize our meat any day!

Jan 10 2017 4:39pm

Major-League Deals & News from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and More

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Born of Night by Sherrilyn KenyonDeal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's first League novel, Born of Night, is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Newcomer to the series? Learn everything you need to get started with our League primer, including an introduction, a list of the books in reading order, and an excerpt from Born of Night.

Deal Alert: Hannah Howell's Scottish historical Highland Chieftain, twenty-first in the Murrays series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The Murrays get a shout-out in H&H blogger Anna Bowling's spotlight on family sagas in romance novels.

Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's first Sea Haven paranormal romance, Water Bound, is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* In her First Look at the fourth book in the series, Earth Bound, H&H blogger PhoebeChase notes that the larger them of the series is “reclaiming life through bonds with people who understand what you have been through.”

[+YA fantasy deal and pretty covers...]

Jan 10 2017 3:00pm

Where’s Sera’s Baby? and Other Questions We Have for The Day of the Duchess

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

This post contains spoilers for all books in the Scandal & Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean and heavy speculation on what's to come in The Day of the Duchess. 

Sarah MacLean’s Scandal & Scoundrel series is loosely based on modern celebrity scandals, complete with gossip rag columns sprinkled throughout. As with modern scandals, we readers don’t know the full story or probably even half of the story. But isn’t it delicious to speculate? Let’s do.

The next installment in the series is The Day of the Duchess, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Haven, Malcolm and Seraphina. In the first book, the heroine, Sera’s sister Sophie, pushes the Duke into a fish pond at a garden party after a very public row… after she catches him with someone who is very much not Sera. It causes a scandal that compels Sophie to dash off into the country, get shot, get married, etc. That shove is really the catalyst for the plot of The Rogue Not Taken. To say it’s memorable is an understatement.

In book two, A Scot in the Dark, the heroine, Lily, has become a friendless outcast, until she meets the Soiled S’s. Like the modern day Kardashian sisters, the Talbot sisters (Sophie, Sera, Sesily, Seline, and Seleste) fill the pages of the gossip rags in London. Sesily and Sophie in particular befriend our Lily, standing up for her during her own scandal. But where’s Sera?

Sounds like we’ll find out in The Day of the Duchess!

What We Know

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Jan 10 2017 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Bella Jewel and Casey Griffin!

Team H&H has two covers great covers for you from authors Bella Jewel and Casey Griffin. In Jewel's Blind Date, Hartley finds herself under the protection of Detective Ace Henderson. They can't afford to be distracted by the heat between them, but they can't seem to avoid it either. In Casey Griffin's A Wedding Tail, wedding planner Zoe actually hates wedding, and loves her happily-single life. And then along comes Levi... 

Blind Date by Bella Jewel

Blind Date by Bella Jewel


After four years of widowhood, Hartley Watson is ready to start dating again—it’s finally time to let go of her painful past and create a brighter future. But a shadow is about to fall over her fragile new happiness. Someone dangerous is watching her, even stealing into her house. Is one of her dates stalking her…or has she caught the eye of a killer?

Detective Ace Henderson has been assigned to protect her…and his gruff intensity and sinful good looks are alarmingly arousing. With danger closing in, Hartley can’t afford distractions. But when she’s thrust into a life-and-death game of cat and mouse, she’ll surrender to pure instinct—and breathtaking passion…

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Blind Date by Bella Jewel, available August 1, 2017:

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[Now gaze upon the A Wedding Tail cover...]

Jan 10 2017 12:00pm

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...]

Jan 10 2017 9:30am

Where Are The Charmed Ones?: All the Questions We Have About a 1970s Charmed Reboot

A reboot of Charmed? How...charming. The CW has announced that a new Charmed series is in the works and will be directed by the executive producer of Jane the Virgin-Jennie Snyder Urman. According to TVLine, this is not a reboot per say but more of a prequel. The new series will be, set in a small New England town in 1976, the series features a new trio of witches—Annie, Tina and (curiously) Paige—none of whom are related by blood. Also, via TVLine, were unofficial character analyses for the new power trio.

There's no mention of the Halliwell sisters making an appearance though I see similarities in the characterization between the new characters and old characters. Tina's reserved and standoffish? Sounds like Prue. Piper and Paige could be twins with their all-American girl personas and strong desire to be married. Phoebe's devil may care attitude and fashion sense seems to have found a new home in Annie. As the CW has always been a ‘let's toss it all into the pot, stir, and see what happens’ kind of channel, this could all change.   

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Jan 10 2017 8:13am

What Is the Last Thing from a Romance Novel That You Would Want to Have Happen to You?

Smut by Karina HalleLast week I shared with you how romantic comedy needs flawed characters to both be effective and enjoyable. In one of the books I shared (Smut by Karina Halle), the heroine has an unfortunate habit of nervous vomiting—and in the book, happens to do it all over her would-be fiancé. Since then, I've had many people say that is the last thing they'd ever want to have happen to them. 

If there's one event that you wouldn't want to happen to you (outside of murder, etc, and the other fatal/illegal things that can happen in romance), what would it be? Is the scene embarrassing? Gross? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Jan 9 2017 5:07pm

Dream of Summer with Romance Deals & News from Julie James and Jo Goodman!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Suddenly One Summer by Julie JamesDeal Alert: Julie James's contemporary Suddenly One Summer is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* (Psst: Her novel It Happened One Wedding is also $1.99 today.) As H&H blogger Scarlettleigh writes in her First Look at the book: “James is taking a break from her FBI/U.S. Attorney series with Suddenly One Summer, but don’t worry, all her trademark characterization is still very much in evidence—competent, professional heroine who knows how to stand her ground, dealing with failure-is-not-an-option sexy hero. Plus her previous characters do make some cameos.”

Deal Alert: Jo Goodman's American historical More Than You Know, Book 1 in the Hamilton Family series, is $.99 in e-book at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Goodman's novel The Devil You Know made our bloggers' list of the 26 Romances of 2016 You Don't Want to Miss.

Deal Alert: Rachel Lacey's first full-length Risking It All series contemporary, Run to You, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* In her First Look at Run to You, H&H blogger Scarlettleigh writes: “Readers who are looking for a delightful love story with wonderful, genuine characters, won’t want to miss this one!”

[+Outlander teaser & more...]

Jan 9 2017 4:50pm

“The Unmasking”: Holiday Round Robin Full Story

Holiday Round Robin

It's a tale of two brothers... and maybe a cousin... and another dude that we don't know how he's related but they're all at the same masquerade... and one of them could be a murderer? Nalini Singh started our Holiday Round Robin back in December with a first line of “Everyone wore a mask.” With that mysterious starter, it was all up to you guys from there, and you delivered! From what we can understand, here's the scoop:

Janet is a full-time marketer, and part-time caterer and sleuth! She's uncovered the Ranier family secret: Papa Ranier was murdered! Now, gathered together with her former lovers, their cousin, and another guy who may or may not be related, she's set to unmask a killer, but with all that going on, she still has to watch out for her cousin, Joy. But which woman will find love? And with which man?  

Thanks to contributions from authors Nalini Singh, D.D. Ayres, Karen Booth, Shirlee McCoy, Darynda Jones, Celia Aaron, Elizabeth Davis, AJ Pine, Darlene Marshall, Janna MacGregor, Michele Manon, and, of course, the Heroes and Heartbreakers community

Everyone wore a mask.

Janet Susan looked around at the array of false faces in the room, amused at how many masks being worn tonight reflected the truth so often hidden behind her coworkers' normal, day to day masks.

She shook off the ennui of the night, determined to have a good time, and grabbed a glass of champagne from a waiter in a jester's mask. As her eyes met his over the tray of glasses, a thrill of recognition swept through her, but that was crazy...right?

She'd recognize those green eyes anywhere, behind any mask.

It had been 12 years since she had set eyes on David Ranier—not since he broke her heart on the day of their high school graduation. And here the asshole was, serving hors d'oeuvres, dressed as a clown.... fitting. But, she still knew those eyes, could still picture his grin, the quick flash of his dimple, the sardonic curve of his lips. Why had he returned after all those years? He had been college bound, good family, destined to helm some finance company in New York, yet here he was, serving drinks at a low end marketing firm's holiday party. Before she could speak, Don Ranier, the firm's hot-shot new executive and her childhood sweetheart’s brother, grabbed her arm.

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Jan 9 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Lauren Blakely’s Full Package (January 9, 2017)

Full Package by Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely
Full Package
Lauren Blakely / January 9, 2017 / $10.99 print, $3.99 digital

I've been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don't just mean in my pants. I've got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard...place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy's smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.
I can resist Josie. I'm disciplined, I'm focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It'll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps. 
Did I mention she's also one of my best friends? That she's brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What's a man stuck in a hard place to do?

​Isn't it cute? That's basically the tone of the book. I've really liked Lauren Blakely's (loosely) connected series told from the hero's POV. Each book can stand alone, but they're all peripherally related. It's great. Each one stands alone, but it adds a little if you know the stories of the secondary characters as well. 

I really really really liked Full Package. It just made me happy. It was so nice to read a romance where the characters are adult, and human. What do I mean? They're incredibly dynamic. They aren't perfect—they're uncertain, awkward at times, emotional, busy, working to balance work and family... and present. They screw up, but talk about it and own up to their mistakes.

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Jan 9 2017 12:00pm

Calista Fox Excerpt: Seduction: A Bayfront Billionaire Novella

Calista Fox

Seduction: A Bayfront Billionaire Novella by Calista Fox

100 Shades of Sin...

Delicious and hot, the seductive Bayfront Billionaires need one thing, and one thing only: the woman made for them, the one woman on earth who can complete their trio of passion and desire. Lily Hart has taken a temporary position as a live-in butler for billionaire musicians Jackson Sterling and Lexington Alexander. She expected to be on call day and night. But what she did not plan for was that these two billionaires would be as handsome as sin and hell-bent on having her in their bed. Entirely skilled at the art of seduction, they make Lily burn for pleasure in ways she never knew she could.

Get a sneak peek at Calista Fox's Seduction: A Bayfront Billionaire Novella (available January 10, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

What to do when the door is only partially open?

Liliana Hart stared at the massive double doors of the music room on the second floor of the mansion Jackson Sterling, her new employer, had recently purchased in the hillside cove of Bayfront, California.

His über-efficient estate manager, Greta Hamlin, had told Lily to never disturb Mr. Sterling. Or the musician he was creating compositions with for a highly anticipated CD, Lexington Alexander.

[Read the full Seduction excerpt...]