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Sun
Sep 24 2017 2:38pm
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L.A. Witt Excerpt: Rank & File

L.A. Witt

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he's had his eye on the prize — making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.

Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He's lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he's destined for great things —once he's done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn't stop them. It also doesn't keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give — Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they'll both face court-martial.

But there's also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.

Except — too late.

Get a sneak peek at L.A. Witt's Rank & File (available September 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As I was reaching into the pile to see what other excitement NAS Adams had to offer, a familiar voice came from a little ways down the hall and made my heart stop:

“Is Senior Chief Curtis around?”

You have got to be shitting me.

“I think he’s in his office,” MA2 Hill said. “You want me to check?”

“Sure. I’ve got some forms for him from admin.”

[Read the full Rank & File excerpt...]

Sat
Sep 23 2017 1:03pm
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Avon Gale Excerpt: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

Avon Gale

Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.

Get a sneak peek at Avon Gale's The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (available September 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Vix smiled, remembering those days of hurried handjobs in the van, the time she’d sucked Jeff off while he was driving. They’d almost run into a semi, and that was the last time she’d done that.

“You guys are still friends, though.”

“Oh, sure,” Vix agreed. “He was someone who got me. I told him about the bisexual thing, and he was fine with it. Of course, he was fine with me ‘experimenting.’” She shook her head. “Like I said, guys seem to think bisexual women exist so they can watch them with other girls and then fuck them after.”

[Read the full The Love Song of Sawyer Bell excerpt...]

Fri
Sep 22 2017 12:07pm
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Lily Maxton Excerpt: The Rogue’s Conquest

Lily Maxton

Wallflower Eleanor Townsend is not like most women. She has no interest in marriage, the ton, or fashion. Instead, her heart lies with science. And when the opportunity to present a paper arises, she takes it, even though it means dressing as a man. But her disguise doesn't quite work. Someone notices-and the brute intends to blackmail her!

Former prizefighter James MacGregor wants to be a gentleman, like the men he trains in his boxing saloon. His first step is gaining a beautiful, wealthy wife. Eleanor Townsend is not that woman, but a chance encounter gives him the leverage he needs. She'll gain him entry to high society and help him with his atrocious manners, and in return, he won't reveal her secret. It's the perfect arrangement. At least until the sparks between them become more than just their personalities clashing. But there's too much at stake for James to give in to his growing attraction.

Get a sneak peek at Lily Maxton's The Rogue's Conquest (available September 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 “And now the four of us will join hands and turn.” She braced herself for that sweet, unwanted shock again. She’d expected it to be less potent than the first time, but it wasn’t. Oh, it wasn’t.

It was almost worse. Now she knew what he felt like, and she was still startled by the sensation.

He gripped her gently, loosely. Every time he shifted, the rough pads of his hands scraped across her knuckles. She was aware of every inch of her body—the tight clasp of her stays around her chest, tighter with each breath in and then easing, the soft but thick flannel stockings enveloping her legs, garters wrapping around her sensitive thighs. She was aware of her skin, for the first time, as a living, breathing thing. A thing that could feel pain and pleasure and sensation and want.

[Read the full The Rogue's Conquest excerpt...]

Thu
Sep 21 2017 12:16pm
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L.P. Maxa Excerpt: Jaw Dropping

L.P. Maxa

Lincoln Sumner’s life is perfect. He gets to live every man’s dream: He’s in a perpetual state of adolescence working as a baseball coach at St. Leasing Boarding School for Boys. He bags all the chicks he wants, vacations around the world every summer, drives a hot car too fast, and has the best packmates in the world. “Forever” is not in the stars for Linc. Then the gorgeous new school nurse arrives.

Madden West’s life is perfect. Working her dream job as a trauma nurse in short-term gigs all over the world, she lives life on her terms, goes where she wants and does what she wants with whomever she wants to do it. When the opportunity to become the school nurse at St. Leasing falls into her lap, she says, “Sure, why not? Never been to Colorado.” When she meets sexy baseball coach Linc Sumner, she thinks, “There’s my next fling.” Until everything changes and forever is more than a possibility, it’s the reality she was sure she never wanted but now craves.

Get a sneak peek at L.P. Maxa's Jaw Dropping (available September 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Have you lost your ever loving mind? You signed that contract Linc, you swore.” Baze pointed down the bar toward Madden. She had her lips wrapped around the mouth of a beer bottle and it was making Linc’s dick rock hard. “She is medical personnel that means she is one hundred percent off fucking limits to you. Pun entirely intended.” Baze was fighting mad. Like nostrils flared, teeth grinding pissed off.

Linc thought Baze was being completely unreasonable. “Come on man, she’s gorgeous.” Linc knew he was whining, but damn if he didn’t care.

[Read the full Jaw Dropping excerpt...]

Wed
Sep 20 2017 12:11pm
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RaeAnne Thayne Excerpt: Sugar Pine Trail

RaeAnne Thayne

Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's.

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever…

Get a sneak peek at RaeAnne Thayne's Sugar Pine Trail (available September 26, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Jamie waited for Julia’s answer with an anxiousness that he didn’t quite understand.

The idea had been one of those spur-of-the-moment things, but it suddenly seemed vitally important that she say yes.

“What do you say?” he pressed, when her silence dragged on. “Think the boys might enjoy an airplane ride? Aidan and I can keep a close eye on the three kids on the flight there. On the way back, there will be a dozen more Caines to watch them on the plane.”

[Read the full Sugar Pine Trail excerpt...]

Tue
Sep 19 2017 9:30am
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Nalini Singh Excerpt: Archangel’s Viper

Nalini Singh

Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh

Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.

Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…

Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…

No one is safe.

We lost our minds when Nalini Singh shared this tantalizing snippet from Archangel's Viper on Instagram in July...

...So we are thrilled to share that AND what happens on the next page! Read on for an exclusive excerpt from Nalini Singh's Archangel's Viper, Holly and Venom's book, out September 26, 2017...

[Read the full excerpt!...]

Mon
Sep 18 2017 12:30pm
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Madhuri Pavamani Excerpt: Death

Madhuri Pavamani

Death by Madhuri Pavamani

I am Death. I run this show. I have many at my command, people love and fear me in equal measure.

But I am almost out of time.

Juma Landry and Dutch Mathew have a love that is strong and sharp, wild and soothing. They would go to the ends of the earth—and beyond—to save each other from the hell of this world. To put a smile on each others’ face day after day. But danger is coming, dark forces that will push Juma to her capacity, evil

 

that will rip away her lives.

One.

By.

One.

I know Dutch can’t bear to lose this woman—the darkness that always lives inside him will swallow him whole. But I’ve got plans for Juma. She’s always

been my favorite, my sweet, my beautiful, my light. And now, I need her more than ever, one last time…

Get a sneak peek at Madhuri Pavamani 's Death (available September 26, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE: DUTCH

There is nothing like a mother’s love.

Unless that mother is named Shema Mathew.

Leader of the Junta.

Member of The Gate.

If your mother is named Shema Mathew, you are fucked.

[Read the full Death excerpt...]

Sun
Sep 17 2017 12:00pm
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E.J. Russell Excerpt: Bad Boy’s Bard

E.J. Russell

Bad Boy's Bard by E.J. Russell

As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is . . . well . . . there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover, Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven.

Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family—and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: he fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion—far harder to bear than two hundred years of imprisonment.

Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship.

Get a sneak peek at E.J. Russell 's Bad Boy's Bard (available September 18, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As they flew down the freeway on Mal’s bike, Gareth had to force himself to concentrate on the road rather than the welcome pressure of Niall’s arms around his waist. He was both sorry and relieved when they pulled into the parking lot at Washington Park.

He led Niall to the gazebo overlooking the fountain. Niall settled on the bench somewhat gingerly.

“Are you all right?”

Niall glanced up at him, his shoulders lifting in a deep breath. “Yes. Just thinking.”

[Read the full Bad Boy’s Bard excerpt...]

Fri
Sep 15 2017 12:06pm
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Pema Donyo Excerpt: Stars in Their Eyes

Pema Donyo

This beautifully sweeping story of dueling ambitions and restless hearts in the roaring twenties will captivate fans who loved the romance of the Oscar-winning film La La Land and Paula McLain's bestselling novel The Paris Wife.

The bohemian salons and wild cabarets of 1920s Paris are just the place for Owen Matthews to pursue his writing and make the right connections in the literary scene. But six years after leaving Los Angeles and the love of his life, he still strives for success. Penning a new screenplay for his friend’s film might just help keep the lights on a bit longer in the City of Lights.

Iris Wong is used to sacrifice and rejection as an Asian-American actress. She’s determined to take full advantage of her new leading role in a Parisian silent film—and the director’s romantic interest in her. Playing the game almost guarantees she’ll be able to break through the industry’s racism and become the silver screen star she’s dreamed of being since she earned her first nickel as a Hollywood extra.

When these two star-crossed lovers unexpectedly reunite, they get a second chance to reconcile their hearts’ desires with their dreams of fame and fortune.

Get a sneak peek at Pema Donyo's Stars in Their Eyes (available September 18, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Iris closed the door to Pierre’s flat. She knew the location from a cast party he threw before filming began. For a while, she had feared that she was leading Owen astray as they wound through the narrow streets. Pierre looked like a hefty load to support. Nevertheless, she heard no complaints from Owen until they arrived at Pierre’s door. At first, Pierre refused to take out his keys. His sober behavior reminded her of a sweet bore; his drunk one reminded her of a difficult child. After goading from both Iris and Owen, he finally agreed and allowed them to set him down onto his sofa. If her past conversations with him were anything to go by, he would wake up in the morning with a terrible headache and few memories of the night before.

She and Owen stood outside the flat. “It seems this is good night,” she said.

“It seems so.”

She clasped her hands behind her back. His posture was equally rigid, his shoulders squared. The magic of the night had faded. In the cabaret, she could have almost sworn no time had passed between them. While they were dancing, a sense of weightlessness filled her. All the expectations and barriers she saw for herself faded away. Now “good-bye” was an easier word to think than to say.

[Read the full Stars in Their Eyes excerpt...]

Thu
Sep 14 2017 12:03pm
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Avery Flynn Excerpt: The Charmer

Avery Flynn

The Charmer by Avery Flynn

Hot, filthy rich, and usually irresistible, Hudson Carlyle just met the one woman in Harbor City who’s immune to his legendary charm. Nerdy ant researcher Felicia Hartigan is the unsexiest dresser ever. She trips over air. And she’s in love with the wrong man. Hudson can’t stop thinking about her.

His regular moves won’t work here. He’s going to need a new plan, starting with helping her win over the man she thinks she wants. And if in the process she ends up falling for Hudson instead? Even better. Step one, charm her panties off. Step two, repeat step one as frequently as possible.

But what if the famous Carlyle charm finally fails him when he needs it most? Or worse, what if she figures out the one secret he’s kept from everyone, including his family, and walks away for good?

Get a sneak peek at Avery Flynn's The Charmer (available September 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Hudson had never been more thoroughly ignored by a woman in his entire life. Women loved him. He was funny, charming, and knew exactly what to do to with his tongue to make a woman’s toes curl and her eyes roll back in her head as she screamed her thanks to God, the fates, and anyone in between that he’d been born with a mouth like that. Plus, he had more money than some island nations. That in itself usually got him a slow, appreciative look.

However, Felicia—she of the black burlap-sack of a dress, messy hair, perfect bone structure, and mysterious something in her eyes that only a paintbrush could figure out, had attention for Tyler alone. For his part, Captain Clueless was too busy scoping out everyone else at the fundraiser to notice. It chapped Hudson’s ass and made him even more curious—and if that wasn’t karma telling him to go fuck himself, then he didn’t know what was.

Really, he should excuse himself, make a quick stop at the bar, and then find one of the many society darlings to run off with and work out the crazy taking up space in his head. Instead, he couldn’t move.

[Read an excerpt from The Charmer...]

Wed
Sep 13 2017 12:07pm
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Kerrigan Byrne Excerpt: The Scot Beds His Wife

Kerrigan Byrne

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster.

Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario who uses his slightly menacing charm to get what he wants—including too many women married to other men. But now, Gavin wants to put his shady past behind him...more or less. When a fiery lass who is the heiress to the land he wishes to possess drops into his lap, he sees a perfectly delicious opportunity...

A marriage most convenient.

Samantha Masters has come back to Scotland, in a pair of trousers, and with a whole world of dangerous secrets from her time spent in the Wild West trailing behind her. Her only hope of protection is to marry—and to do so quickly. Gavin is only too willing to provide that service for someone he finds so disturbingly irresistible. But even as danger approaches, what begins as a scandalous proposition slowly turns into an all-consuming passion. And Gavin discovers that he will do whatever is necessary to keep the woman he has claimed as his own...

Get a sneak peek at Kerrigan Byrne's The Scot Beds His Wife (available October 3, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

A Note from Kerrigan: In order to hide from her enemies, Samantha Masters swapped identities with Scottish heiress, Alison Ross. In exchange, she has only one job, to keep Alison's estate—Erradale—and it's lucrative cattle out of the relentless hands of the Mackenzie clan. Gavin St. James, a Mackenzie heir, wants Erradale with a passion, but he wasn't ready for Samantha—now living as Alison—to be so capable, so stubborn, or so irresistibly tempting.

CHAPTER FOUR

If Alison Ross planned to stand in his way, then Gavin decided he’d do whatever it took to get her on her back. Beneath him.

In his infamously extensive experience with women, he’d found that denial of desire, more often than not, increased the pleasure of the final effect.

Not, however, in this fucking case.

Acquiring Erradale wasn’t merely his pleasure, nor was it a flippant desire, it was a necessity.

[Read the full The Scot Beds His Wife excerpt...]

Tue
Sep 12 2017 12:10pm
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L.D. Rose Excerpt: Sweet Sacrifice

L.D. Rose

Sweet Sacrifice by L.D. Rose

Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

Get a sneak peek at L.D. Rose 's Sweet Sacrifice (available September 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Good Lord, what the hell was she doing?

Sebastian could barely move through the house with those gargantuan wings, wrapping them around his body like a cloak.

He maneuvered into the sunroom, opening both French doors into their overgrown backyard. His hand remained clasped around hers, and good thing too, because doubt and fear quickly settled in, and Jesus Christ, he just unfolded his wings, white feathers billowing into the night as he flapped them twice.

[Read the full Sweet Sacrifice excerpt...]

Mon
Sep 11 2017 9:30am
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Elizabeth Silver, Jenny Urban Excerpt: In His Majesty’s Service

Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban

Everyone in the Drion Collective knows that finding your match—the one person in existence with the same soul mark as yours—is the best thing that could ever happen. But the last thing Lord Anders Hawthorne is thinking about when he boards a ship to Drion for the king’s funeral is finding his soul mate.

Captain Zachary O’Connell has the perfect life—his ship, the stars, and no emotional entanglements. When heat sparks between him and Lord Hawthorne, Zach gleefully dives into a no-strings arrangement. He doesn't expect it to last beyond arrival at Drion, any more than he expects trouble along the way.

Trouble quickly finds them, however, and it soon becomes clear that Lord Hawthorne is not only not who he says he is, but also that he's the target of a deadly plot. With danger all around them, Zach and Anders must work together to save the Collective. Meanwhile, Zach must come to grips with losing everything he always thought he wanted, to have the one thing he never dreamed he needed.

Get a sneak peek at Elizabeth Silver, Jenny Urban's In His Majesty's Service (available September 11, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Anders woke gradually, aware first that his arm was asleep, and second that this was because it was pinned by a trim but muscular body beneath him on the bed. No, not a bed: the couch in Zach’s quarters. With that observation came all the memories of the night before, and Anders bit back a groan as he buried his face against Zach’s bare shoulder. Dimly, Anders remembered them struggling out of their clothes at some point in the night, and now they were wearing nothing more than their undershorts.

[Read the full In His Majesty's Service excerpt...]

Fri
Sep 8 2017 9:30am
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Anyta Sunday Excerpt: Scorpio Hates Virgo Epilogue Reveal!

Anyta Sunday

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all…

Anyta Sunday's Scorpio Hates Virgo hit shelves on August 30. While we love the delicious journey to the happy ending, sometimes it's nice to know the after party of happy ever after. Today, we get that chance! Anyta shared the exclusive epilogue with Heroes and Heartbreakers—see how Percy and Cal are doing after their happy ending, and of course don't miss the chance to read from the very beginning. Scorpio Hates Virgo is out now!

Callaghan: Check my closet, Birthday Boy. Open the round gift in silver wrapping.

Callaghan: The envelope on the dresser is also for you, but it needs to remain sealed. Same deal as the last three years.

Callaghan: It feels strange waking up without you staring at me.

Miss you tooCal.

[Read the full epilogue now...]

Wed
Sep 6 2017 12:19pm
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Sarah Mayberry, Sarina Bowen Excerpt: Temporary

Sarah Mayberry and Sarina Bowen

Temporary by Sarah Mayberry, Sarina Bowen

The most beautiful man she’s ever seen is the same one who can ruin everything.

The first time Grace Kerrington meets Callan Walker she's bowled over by his hotness - and his massive sense of entitlement. She can't believe she's going to have to deal with his smug commentary (in that sexy Australian accent) on a daily basis, all while trying to convince his ball-busting mother to give her a permanent job.

All Callan sees when he looks at Grace is yet another raptor-in-a-suit, wanting to climb the corporate ladder. Sure, she’s sexy, but he has bigger cattle to wrangle - like ensuring his recently deceased uncle’s final wishes are honored.

Grace needs this job—she’s all that stands between her little sister and social services. But Callan is a master player — and a master flirt. She was never supposed to succumb to his charm. But there’s a fine line between locking horns and locking other body parts.

She cannot fall for him. The game he’s playing with his estranged family is dangerous and dirty. Any idiot can see what’s happening between them can only ever be temporary. But Grace’s heart didn’t get the memo…

Get a sneak peek at Sarah Mayberry, Sarina Bowen's Temporary (available September 12, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“You’ve left a lot of messages,” I reminded him. 

“Yeah, I know. We’ll get there.”

[Read the full Temporary excerpt...]

Tue
Sep 5 2017 3:30pm
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Tara Leigh Excerpt: Penthouse Player

Tara Leigh

Penthouse Player by Tara Leigh

Abandoned by her mother and spurned by her father, Reina St. James is tired of being treated like a dirty little secret. It wasn’t easy making her way into the high-risk, high-reward Wall Street world ruled by financial kings and trust fund tyrants. But now that she’s got a stiletto-clad toe into one of the swankiest firms in Manhattan, Reina is determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face hiding an ugly past.

For Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV, escaping the shadow cast by generations of family fortune has been difficult, and success hasn’t come without sacrifice. Tristan has always put business before pleasure… Until Reina’s curved lips prove an invitation he can’t resist.

Walking away from their explosive night together won’t be easy, even if the heat between them might consume both of their careers. Will Reina and Tristan risk everything by betting on each other?

Get a sneak peek at Tara Leigh's Penthouse Player (available September 5, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Let me guess, you’re one of the prizes being auctioned off tonight? You know, pay a fortune to spend the night with Mr. Wonderful.”

“Mr. Wonderful?” Good thing my ex wasn’t here, she’d quickly set Reina straight. “I’m flattered. How much cash would you spend for a night with me?”

[Read the full Penthouse Player excerpt...]

Tue
Sep 5 2017 12:30pm
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Cherrie Lynn Excerpt: Raw Heat

Cherrie Lynn

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn

Youngest Larson brother Damien has the luck of the devil. Fast talking and faster thinking, he owns a successful nightclub in Houston and runs an illegal poker room upstairs. After a troubled childhood, now nothing is out of Damien’s reach—except his accountant, Emma Haskell.

Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s dark intensity and the gleam in his eyes that promises more than she can possibly handle. But when her brother’s gambling threatens to destroy her family, Damien makes her an offer she’d be crazy to accept—but can’t refuse: her brother’s debts will be forgiven, and Emma belongs to him for thirty days.

In Damien’s world, he shows his angelic bookkeeper what it’s like to live with the devil. But Emma brings out a side in Damien he thought didn’t exist. Will the flames of lust scorch them both, or will this beauty tame the beast and give him something to fight for?

Get a sneak peek at Cherrie Lynn's Raw Heat (available September 5, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Emma Haskell tossed down her pen, removed her reading glasses, and rubbed her temples, hoping to assuage the ache behind her strained eyes. A pointless endeavor; this ache wouldn’t go away. Numbers didn’t lie, but she almost wished these did. It was never fun to go to her boss to expose a thief.

Beyond the thin walls of her office, bass went boom-boom-boom from the dance floor of Players. Usually she was long gone before the party crowd came into the nightclub to dance, pick up strangers, and drink themselves into oblivion, but she’d been on this little investigation for far too long. It had become an obsession. One she was glad to be rid of, truth be told, and the sooner she washed her hands of it, the sooner she could go home to Bentley, a glass of wine, and Netflix.

But God, she dreaded this.

[Read the full Raw Heat excerpt...]

Mon
Sep 4 2017 2:00pm
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Lorelie Brown Excerpt: Her Hometown Girl

Lorelie Brown

Her Hometown Girl by Lorelie Brown

I had doubts before the Big Day—doesn’t everyone?—but I didn’t expect to find my fiancée banging the caterer’s assistant right before the ceremony. Especially because he’s a guy. And we’re lesbians. The proper sort of Southern Californian lesbians who invest in hedge funds and wear bedazzled wedding dresses and wouldn’t be caught dead in a Subaru.

But then I became a runaway bride, headed straight for Belladonna Ink to get the kind of tattoo I always wanted and my ex always called trashy. She didn’t approve of a lot of things I did. I think maybe she didn’t approve of who I am.

So I’m determined to be as much of myself as I can manage. Dating my tattoo artist? I’m in. Cai is smart, sexy, and mysterious. Exactly what I need for a rebound. She keeps herself guarded, but I understand—I’m holding on to secrets too. The kind of secrets that make a girl want to run home to Mom, even if home is Idaho. Maybe especially then. I just didn’t expect Cai to come with me.

I wonder what it would take to get her to stay forever.

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Her lips meet the rim of her glass, but her eyes stay trained on me. I think it’s the arch of her cheekbones above her hollowed cheeks that really does it for me. If her face were between my knees, maybe she’d look something like this. The intensity makes me squeeze my thighs together against a sudden kick of lust.

It’s almost shocking in its strength. I used to desire Jody. I know it on a logical level, because I started sleeping with her, so of course it had to be there at some point, right? When we were young and tangled together in my narrow dorm bed, I’d been drunk on how much she wanted me, and in return it had made me so filled with lust that I’d barely been able to think.

That feeling had gone away. It’s hard to tell when. I want to believe it was between moving in together and when I quit my first job at a public school. Jody pushed me into quitting, but I’d let her, and somewhere along the way she’d stopped looking at me like she wanted to strip me naked and touch me from head to toe.

It was probably earlier than that, though. Between the first argument we had and the time she’d bombed my phone with apologetic texts and voice mails. A hundred and seventy-five texts in two hours now seems creepy instead of determined.

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Fri
Sep 1 2017 12:01pm
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Tia Lousie Excerpt: When We Touch

Tia Lousie

When We Touch by Tia Lousie

Ember Rose was saltwater and seduction.
My biggest temptation.
My biggest regret.

I thought she’d always be waiting for me.
I was wrong.

Now I’m back in Oceanside searching for peace, hoping to escape what my life has become.

She isn’t supposed to be here…
Dark hair blowing in the ocean breeze,
Luscious curves barely hidden by thin cotton.

I didn’t come back for her.
But when we touch, I know I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine.

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~ Ember ~

“Yes,” I repeat, my lips parting as his return to mine.

His tongue sweeps inside, and warmth floods my stomach. A bubble of happiness expands in my chest. Our kisses consume, and the jagged lines of the chasm in my heart slowly melt together.

“Jackson…” His grip on me is strong but gentle, firm and possessive as he carries me to the bed.

It’s only us.

The scars are gone.

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Wed
Aug 30 2017 11:00am
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Megan Erickson Excerpt: Blood Guard

Megan Erickson

Blood Guard by Megan Erickson

Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

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Five more minutes passed, the darkness descending over the city like a black cloak. My eyes adjusted, and I continued to wait. Anxious sweat beaded on my forehead and dripped down my hair into my eyes. I blinked it away, and wiped my forearm across my face.

When I focused back on the base of the clock, I saw a slight movement.

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