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Jul 18 2017 4:30pm

Be Sinfully Good: Romance News & Deals from Nora Roberts, Kristen Ashley, and More

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Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts' romantic suspense novel Sacred Sins is $2.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Well-known and respected psychiatrist Tess Court and detective Ben Paris team up to stop a serial killer wreaking havoc in Washington, D.C. These two opposites can't keep away from one another as tensions mount and the killer draws closer... Take another trip with Nora once you're ready to leave D.C. 

Deal Alert: Kristen Ashley's contemporary romance At Peace is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* When Violet has enough of her rowdy neighbor, she goes next door to tell him to quiet down only to be confronted with the sexy and reckless Joe Callahan. Think you might be in an enemies-to-lovers situation, too? Here are 20 foolproof signs...

Deal Alert: M. O'Keefe's contemporary romance Wait For It is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* In the fourth book of O'Keefe's Everything I Left Unsaid series, Tiffany and Blake's contentious relationship lights up the pages as they both have to contend with their pasts and find that the journey makes the outcome well worth the wait. 

Deal Alert: Sarah Robinson's MMA romance Becoming a Legend is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Kane Kavanagh has a clear goal—to be the best mixed martial artist alive. He doesn't have time for commitment, especially not with the all-too-tempting Nora Hannigan. When the chemistry gets to be too much, Kane realizes he's willing to go round-for-round to win Nora's heart

[+Graphic novels and the creator of Wonder Woman...]

Jul 18 2017 2:00pm

Once Upon a Time’s Best (and Worst) Couples, An Opinionated Opinion

Once Upon A Time

Note: This post contains spoilers on all six seasons of Once Upon a Time... and is slightly opinionated! Share down in the comments your own favorite and least favorite couples from the show. 

Once Upon a Time Season 6 has just wrapped *sighs dramatically* and there’s some major shake-ups on the way for the Storybrooke cast.  With the show going through a reboot, Snow, Charming, Belle, Young Henry and even our kick-ass blonde savior Emma are out. Poof!

What this means for the remaining cast, we won’t know until new episodes of the show hit screens in October later this year (or probably in 2020 if you live in Australia like me and for some reason EVERY show takes months to get released, as if it’s being rowed here by a one-armed delivery man in a kayak with no GPS) but for now, let us all obsess over the all-time great romances of the show.

Note—I’m only covering couples that include the main cast.  This show is romance-heavy, and I can’t list them all, especially considering there are niche shippings for couples that don’t even exist involving characters who don’t have names #CaptainNemo+FairyNumber3Foreva

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Jul 18 2017 1:00pm

First Look: On Fire Anthology (July 18, 2017)

On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel*
On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories
Cleis Press / July 18, 2017 / $10.99 digital

On Fire is the latest in writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel’s erotica anthologies with Cleis Publishing… but it was my first modern erotica anthology ever. I’ve read erotic romance, sure. Romance anthologies, yes. My first anthology of erotica, I suppose, would be Anais Nin’s The Delta of Venus. But a book of pure smut written and edited by and for women? This was my first. It won’t be my last.

In the introduction, Kramer Bussel says:

“…these stories are both tender and dirty, sometimes within the span of the same page. That is the beauty of these erotic storytellers – they don’t skimp on love or lust, instead entwining them in tales that make your pulse pound, your heart race, and your breath sigh.”

That, in two sentences, sums up the anthology. The stories within are varied, so I think there’s something for everyone here. Some stories are kinky, some are not. Some stories focus on two partners, some couples invite others in for the fun. A couple of the stories are about new lovers, but most take place within the bounds of already existing relationships.

It’s this last bit that I found fascinating. In several of the stories, a couple that’s been together for months, years, centuries (yeah, there’s a paranormal), explores the physical and emotional intimacy that already exists in their relationship. In a couple of the cases, this aspect of their love has been neglected. In one memorable story, the couple swings, and the sexual part of their joint life has very clearly never been neglected. There are stories of partners reuniting after an absence. Stories of partners drawing upon their trust and love to share new or previously daunting aspects of their sexuality.

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Jul 18 2017 12:07pm

Sherrilyn Kenyon Excerpt: Dragonsworn

 Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In this second book in the “Dragons Rising” trilogy, set in the Dark-Hunters universe that has pushed Kenyon to the top of the New York Times best sellers list many, many times, the dragon Falcyn hates Greeks for having destroyed all that he loved. Now the god Apollo is sending an army of demons to destroy the people of his granddaughter, Medea, who is not content to sit back idly. Testy Falcyn has a weapon that could save them all.

Get a sneak peek at Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonsworn (available August 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene from Chapter 1!

Medea screwed her face up at all the humans in the dark, noisy bar as they swayed to the music of the house band of shapeshifters they’d ironically named The Howlers. Gah, how she hated them all. Though to be honest, it would be quite a feast for her should she choose to indulge, not that she needed their blood to feed— unlike the others of her kind.

For her, it was just fun payback. . . .

More tempted than she ought to be, she forced herself to ignore all the throats that would be so easy to rip open and searched for her half brother’s familiar face. Though she and Urian were technically enemies who fought on opposite sides of this war, he was still one of the few people she considered her friend.

Right now, she had dire news he needed to hear.

“Hey, baby! You looking for me?”

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Jul 18 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Trust (July 18, 2017)

Trust by Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott
Kylie Scott / July 18, 2017 / $4.99 digital 

There are a few books where I would be okay with the relationship between the hero and heroine being platonic because the friendship and foundation has been so strongly written that the relationship is as satisfying as two individuals coming together in a romantic relationship. Kylie Scott’s Trust is one of those books. I’ve been a fan of Scott’s since the publication of her zombie-menage Flesh. Trust is Scott’s first foray into the self-publishing world and hopefully not her last.

Trust brings us the story of plus-size heroine, Edie, a young woman who’s future at her current school was defined by the fateful night she became the hostage of a gunman. John is a peer her age that, through his brother’s reputation as a dealer, knew the gunman and was able to talk him down before attacking the gunman and rescuing Edie. Fastfoward from that night and you have John trying to put his life in order away from his brother’s sordid reputation and Edie finding herself starting over at the public high school.

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Jul 18 2017 8:13am

What Is Your Favorite Romance Title?

When new information from our favorite authors gets revealed, we sigh over the cover and notice the title—and hopefully are left saying “such a great title.” We're told not to judge a book by its cover... but what about its title? Not looking at the content, or considering your subgenre preferences, what has been your favorite romance novel title? What did you love about it? 

Jul 17 2017 4:30pm

Cowboy Take Me Away: Romance News & Deals from Diana Palmer, Kari Lynn Dell, and More

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Carrera's Bride by Diana Palmer

Deal Alert: Diana Palmer's Western romance Carrera's Bride is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Marcus Carrera strikes fear into the hearts of friends and foes alike, so when fate blindsides him with Delia Mason and a problem only he can solve, he sets out to help her and cedes more of his heart to her than he expected. Here are some surefire ways you'll know you're in a Diana Palmer romance...

Deal Alert: Kari Lynn Dell's contemporary romance Tangled in Texas is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Delon Sanchez's life is turned upside down in 32 seconds when a career-ending injury takes him out of the rodeo circuit for good. Just when he thinks fate can't get any more cruel, his perfect ex, Tori Patterson, comes back into his life in a way he can't avoid. Do you love second-chance romances?

Deal Alert: Ann B. Harrison's contemporary romance Chance for Love is FREE at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Callie is looking for a new start so she answers an ad for a ranch manager. Chance, the ranch owner, happens to need a bride as well.... Saddle up for this tropey marriage of convenience story.

[+Outlander's Lord John Grey, Boozy Books, and a new Kristin Hannah novel]

Jul 17 2017 2:30pm

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for July 2017

What sort of “not-your-usual historical” are you looking for this month? 

Hot. It’s so hot not even the beach is offering much reprieve.  That only leaves a girl with one viable option: Camp out in front of the nearest air conditioner and enjoy the more pleasurable alternative of getting your temperature rising with these new not-your-usual historicals!  This month’s eligible bachelors include:


Forbidden Night with the Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Forbidden Night with the Warrior by Michelle Willingham

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One wicked night for an heir! 

Rosamund de Courcy has always loved Warrick de Laurent, but was forced to marry another. Now her husband's dying command is that she must provide him with an heir. To do so, she will have to spend one sinful night…with Warrick! 

The powerful warrior was wounded by Rosamund's abandonment years ago, and Warrick refuses to let her touch his heart again. But this illicit night is impossible to resist, and soon he is determined—he will not only possess her, but reclaim her for his own!

Her dying husband’s greatest wish is that his odious brother doesn’t inherit, and ultimately ruin, everything he’s spent his lifetime building.  Unable to perform the task of impregnating his wife, he arranges an indecent proposal for our heroine, but not just with any man.  Oh no.  Our hero, the man she loved and lost when her father arranged her marriage to another. This kicks off Willingham’s new Warriors of the Night series, with two more books in the series following in late 2017 and 2018.

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Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Trivia: How Well Do You Know Lora Leigh’s Books?

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

July's E-Book of the Month Club pick is Lora Leigh's Wild Card, and to kick off the sexy, action-packed month we know you'll have, we wanted to get your adrenaline pumping and your brain cells bubbling. We know you love Lora Leigh's books, but do you know her books as much as you love them? Test your skills against fellow Lora Leigh fans with our fun trivia game. Whether you like her Breeds series or her Elite Ops book, there's plenty for you to tackle!

If you need a refresher, we've got your six. Check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card or come chat with Lora Leigh in our exclusive interview!

Answer the Lora Leigh trivia below and tell us in the comments how well you did. Let's see how you stack up against the competition! 

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Jul 17 2017 11:00am

A Binge Guide to Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops Series

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

We're swooning all over Lora Leigh's Wild Card this month since it's the latest pick in the Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club, but if you need a refresher, we have you covered too! 

In March of 2018, Lora Leigh is starting a new series called Brute Force. The first book in the series is Collision Point which features Riordan “Rory” Malone, the brother of Nathan Malone from Wild Card, the first book in the Elite Ops series. It’s been awhile since Wild Card was published so we thought we’d put together a primer on the series to help prepare us all for Rory’s romance. The Elite Ops series is a spinoff of the Tempting SEALS series, so there's a whole cast of characters you need to get to know!

Tempting SEALS

This series focuses on characters in the Navy SEALs Durango Team.

The Books & Main Characters:

Reno’s Choice—Reno Chavez & Raven McIntire (Amazon | B&N | Kobo)
Reno is a member of Durango Team and Raven is his best friend Clint’s little sister. This novella introduces several of the member of the SEAL team but is not part of the overall series arc.

Dangerous Games—Clint McIntire & Morganna Chavez (Amazon | B&N | Kobo)
Clint is a member of Durango Team and is Raven’s sister.  Morganna is Raven’s best friend and Reno’s sister. In this book, we first learn about Diego Fuentes, the drug lord, and the kidnapped SEAL, Nathan Malone.

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Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Lora Leigh’s Wild Card Book Club Discussion Thread

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Our adrenaline is pumping hard over this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club pick, because it's one of our all time favorite authors: Lora Leigh! Whether you've already read—and fallen in love with—her Elite Ops series, which starts with the book Wild Card, or you're just getting your first taste, we know you'll need to spill, so join our discussion below!

Need more from Lora? Test your knowledge on all things Lora Leigh and see how you stack up in our trivia game—if you need a refresher, we've got your six, check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card or come chat with Lora Leigh in our exclusive interview!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s also a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Lora Leigh, the author, if you're not yet ready to dive into talking about Wild Card.)


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Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Lora Leigh on Navy SEALs, Wild Card, and Rory Malone

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to squee with us over this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club pick, because it's one of our all time favorite authors: Lora Leigh! We sat down with Lora this month to discuss the mysterious Nathan, his deep love for his wife, Bella, and how they were able to find their way back to one another. If that's not enough to sigh over, we also got the scoop from Lora on Rory Malone and all things Elite Ops. 

Need more from Lora? Test your knowledge on all things Lora Leigh and see how you stack up in our trivia game—if you need a refresher, we've got your six, check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card

Now, without further ado, come chat with Lora Leigh!

What drew you to writing Navy SEAL heroes and why do you think they have such an enduring appeal?

The heroism, ideals, honor, loyalty, as well as the scars their hearts and soul carry, is what I believe draws readers to them. They are the ultimate hero.  We want to love them, heal them and be the recipient of all that brooding dark fire we sense must surely be waiting there under the surface. They protect and defend with a strength and determination that makes a romance reader breathless. They’re the perfect specimen of pure male strength and all we want to do is touch.

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Jul 17 2017 11:00am

July’s Book Club Pick Is Lora Leigh’s Wild Card—Download a Free Copy Now!

Our book club gives “summer of love” a whole new meaning. Each month through August, Heroes and Heartbreakers will spotlight a new romance to read and then invite readers to gather together to discuss the book in various ways, including discussion threads, author interviews, fantasy casting, and more.

That's not all: Readers in the U.S. and Canada will also have a limited-time chance to download a copy of each month's e-book—for FREE!* 

Wild Card by Lora LeighOur Book Club selection for July is...Lora Leigh's Wild Card!

Nothing gets our hearts pounding more than a good romantic suspense novel—especially when they bring the heat like in Lora Leigh's Wild Card, the start of her Elite Ops series. Wild Card follows the story of reunited husband and wife, Nathan and Bella... only their reunion is under unusual circumstances! We know they'll find their way to a happy ending, and we can't wait to see how you enjoy their journey. 

Join the H&H E-Book of the Month Club now! 

Here's the deal:

  • By signing up to get your free e-book, you will also receive the weekly Heroes and Heartbreakers newsletter and  an alert every month when a new e-book is available for download!
  • Book club members will need to confirm the details of their membership in order to get the next month’s free e-book.**
  • Each book will be offered for 14 days and you MUST download your copy before the offer ends.
  • This offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada due to complex international laws; we sincerely apologize for the geographic restriction.

So sign up for the H&H E-Book of the Month Club here and then be sure to join us in all our Wild Card discussion thread, an in-depth Q&A with Lora Leigh, and more! In fact, just go ahead and Bookmark the link to our Book Club collection to keep up with all of the fun we have planned...

Happy reading!

*Offer to download Lora Leigh's Wild Card ends July 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

**Book club program runs until September 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. We reserve the right to end this promotion at any time.

Jul 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Elley Arden’s The Perfect Game (July 24, 2017)

The Perfect Game by Elley Arden

Elley Arden
The Perfect Game (Arlington Aces #3)
Crimson Romance / July 24, 2017 / $4.99 digital

I'm a huge baseball lover, so it wouldn't have taken much to convince me to read Elley Arden's The Perfect Game...then it was pitched as “for fans of TV's Pitch and I knew instantly that this book was going to shoot to the top of my TBR pile.

And I'm oh, so glad it did. 

There's so much to love about this particular title, but right off the bat (I apologize, there's probably going to be a lot of inadvertent baseball puns here), Pauly being a black, female pitcher in the independent league caught my attention. 

Also, this book is a slow burn. I've talked about my intense love of slow burns and how they speak directly to my fanfic loving heart. Not only that, but this books fulfills my love of the following: enemies-to-lovers trope (in a way that doesn't make you hate one or the other characters), opposites attract, and “softer” men and the kick-ass women they love. 

Pitcher Pauly Byrne is hyperfocused. She has a goal—to pitch professionally for Major League Baseball, and she doesn't take kindly to obstacles in her way—especially hot, back-up-catcher-shaped obstacles like Ian Pratt.

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Jul 17 2017 8:07am

What Character Reminds You of Someone in Your Own Life?

Many characters are meant to be relatable—and in some cases, they're modeled after various characteristics of the people in the author's life. However, we're talking about you all, so... have you ever encountered a character and thought “this is exactly like my friend, Jane,” or “wow, this reminds me of my brother-in-law, Bob?” 

Tell me about it in comments!

Jul 16 2017 12:02pm

Amanda Bouchet Excerpt: Heart on Fire

Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Who is Catalia Fisa?

With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.

Get a sneak peek at Amanda Bouchet's Heart on Fire (available January 2, 2018) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Lycheron. Good Gods. He’s still as potent as a horse can get. Half-horse. Half-man. And the male half is…

I’d swallow, but my mouth has gone dry.

…something to look at.

Frankly, the horse half isn’t bad, either. Sleek. Black. Muscled. Huge. Everything—huge.

Next to me, Ianthe stares at him in utter fascination. What worries me, though, is how Lycheron is staring back. The Ipotane’s focus is only partially on Griffin. His equine ears twitch, and his massive man-shoulders keep angling our way, as if he can’t help leaning toward Ianthe. He sniffed me on the Ice Plains, like he was drawing my essence and my magic right inside him and tasting and learning them. Well, now he’s sniffing my sister, repeatedly, and his tawny eyes turn hooded. Muscles quiver down his long horse back, and Ianthe’s lips part on a softly shuddering breath. Her color rises.

[Read the full Heart on Fire excerpt...]

Jul 16 2017 11:00am

The Only Way You Can Reread Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster Series: In Order

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Anticipation is building for the last book in Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster series, Beauty Like the Night. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) It’s the perfect excuse to re-read the entire series, in order of publication, right? But hold on, the author has proposed a different approach. Bourne’s simple advice, read in order of discovery—that is, when the characters first appear on the scene. A word of warning, there are spoilers ahead.

"If you read the books in the order in which they were written, you're going to see the characters develop as they did in my own mind. You'll find out about them in the way I found out about them.

If you read the books in chronological order, everything is going to fit together neatly with the ongoing historical events. And you should — I hope — get some sense of the growth and developing relationships between my folks.

—From Joanna Bourne on reading in chronological order.

Who would argue with Joanna Bourne?  Using her method, the characters reveal themselves and their relationships with others in a pattern of concentric yet overlapping circles. Here’s the chronological reading order.

1. The Forbidden Rose

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

Heroine Marguerite de Fleurignac, “once a glittering aristocrat in a world of privilege” is now “on the run, disguised as Maggie Duncan, British governess.” Hero William Doyle, “England’s top spy,” is a man on a mission with “a score to settle with the de Fleurignacs.”

Marguerite is indomitable and brave, a spirited woman who gives as good as she gets to William Doyle, a seemingly placid, preternaturally observant man. They are the backbone of Joanna Bourne’s “Spymaster series.” Their first conversation inexorably draws in the reader. Marguerite hides from two strangers who are striding around the ruins of her family’s ruined châteaux. When the older of the two finds and attempts to restrain her, she asks him to stand back.

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Jul 15 2017 1:35pm

Kylie Scott Excerpt: Trust

Kylie Scott

Trust by Kylie Scott

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love...the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie's beginning to run wild, however, John's just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he's going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Get a sneak peek at Kylie Scott's Trust (available July 18, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Beep, beep, beep went the sales register, adding up my purchases. Excellent. Cute guy and I were ignoring each other. No further eye contact was made. This was the best of all possible outcomes. Human interactions in general were a trial, but attractive people were far and away the worst. They unnerved me. I always started sweating and turning red, my brain an empty useless place.

All of my loot got shoved into a thin white plastic bag, guaranteed to tear halfway across the parking lot. Never mind. I’d hold it against my front, stretch the bottom of my t-shirt out to bolster it or something. Easier than asking him to double bag it.

[Read the full Trust excerpt...]

Jul 15 2017 11:00am

Garrett Leigh Excerpt: House of Cards

Garrett Leigh

House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

Calum Hardy’s life has unravelled. Reeling from the betrayal of a man he once loved, he boards a train heading south, with no real idea where he’s going except a world away from London.

Brix Lusmoore can hardly believe his eyes when he spots one of his oldest friends outside Truro station. He hasn’t seen Calum since he fled the capital himself four years ago, harbouring a life-changing secret. But despite the years of silence, their old bond remains, warm and true—and layered with simmering heat they’ve never forgotten.

Calum takes refuge with Brix and a job at his Porthkennack tattoo shop. Bit by bit, he rebuilds his life, but both men carry the ghosts of the past, and it will take more than a rekindled friendship and the magic of the Cornish coast to chase them away.

Get a sneak peek at Garrett Leigh's House of Cards (available July 15, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What?” Calum opened his eyes to find Brix watching him, clearly amused. “I’m okay.”

“Oh, I know you are. I remember the look on your face right now. Means you’re gonna fall asleep smiling.”

Calum snorted. “I doubt it. Ain’t done much of that lately.”

“You’d be surprised. I reckon you smile most when you don’t know you’re doing it.”

[Read the full House of Cards excerpt...]