<i>Infamous</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Infamous: Exclusive Excerpt Jenny Holiday "Hunter is all Jesse can think about..." <i>Courtly Pleasures</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Courtly Pleasures: Exclusive Excerpt Erin Kane Spock "Can they create a second chance at love before it’s too late?" <i>Roomies</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Roomies: Exclusive Excerpt Christina Lauren "Will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?" <i>A Duke in Shining Armor</i>: Exclusive Excerpt A Duke in Shining Armor: Exclusive Excerpt Loretta Chase "So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him...?"
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Mon
Nov 20 2017 12:03pm
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Jenny Holiday Excerpt: Infamous

Jenny Holiday

All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend—and also isn’t a girl—he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.

After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.

As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.

Get a sneak peek at Jenny Holiday's Infamous (available November 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Finally.” Jesse sighed. “Sorry about all that.”

“He speaks!” Hunter teased. “I thought maybe the fire had hypnotized you.”

Jesse smirked. “Pro tip: the fastest way to get Billy to go away is to stop talking to him. Also, I sort of gave up trying to protect you from him by about the time croquet with shots started. Billy’s an acquired taste. I figure you’ve either acquired him by now, or you’re never going to.”

“I think I’ve acquired him.”

Jesse liked that answer, judging by the unguarded smile that blossomed as he pulled yet another exquisitely bronzed marshmallow out of the fire. “Are you ready for another one?”

[Read the full Infamous excerpt...]

Sun
Nov 19 2017 12:22pm
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Erin Kane Spock Excerpt: Courtly Pleasures

Erin Kane Spock

What’s a neglected wife to do when her husband doesn’t know she exists? Create a scandal, of course, in this delightful Elizabethan romp.

After ten years of marriage, Frances LeSieur has faded into her role as a lady wife and mother. She has no idea who she is as a woman. So Frances joins Queen Elizabeth’s glittering court and discovers a part of herself she never knew existed—and one she’s sure her neglectful husband would never notice.

Henry has always done his duty to family and crown despite his own desires. When Frances asks for a separation then transforms into a confident and vibrant courtier, he’s floored—and finds himself desperate to learn what makes her tick, both in and out of the bedroom. After years of silent alienation, can he woo her back, or will he lose this intoxicating woman to one of the rakes hell-bent on having her?

As Frances and Henry come to realize that living is not merely surviving, can they create a second chance at love before it’s too late?

Get a sneak peek at Erin Kane Spock's Courtly Pleasures (available Decebmer 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Frances and Henry married ten years ago, an arranged match that, even as they grew into themselves, never matured into a relationship with any sort of affection or even mutual respect. Frances has sought Henry out in London to request a separation. She is tired of being used and ignored and wants a chance to find out who she is as woman, not as a wife.

Henry’s pride is stung and he decides to court her, never expecting to be truly intrigued by the woman he never really knew.

Frances had a little too much to drink at the masked ball last night and shared a passionate kiss with a stranger. She’s not entirely sure how to process the fact that the stranger was actually her husband.

“I trust this morning has found you well.” Frances feigned a casual tone that she did not feel.

His mouth quirked in a half smile and, still holding her gloved hand, he leaned against the arched gatepost in the guardhouse kitchen garden. “I do very well and thank you for asking.”

[Read the full Courtly Pleasures excerpt...]

Fri
Nov 17 2017 12:03pm
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Christina Lauren Excerpt: Roomies

Christina Lauren

Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Roomies (available December 5, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

So what now?

Ahead of us, Lulu and Mark are trading small talk— about jobs, New York, weather.

Calvin and I are in a weird bubble right behind them. The wind is sharp and cold, and we’re bundled up, heading down the last block to Gallaghers Steakhouse, unspeaking. He’s a nice person, I’m a nice person. As our two dates have demonstrated, we get along just fine . . . but I’m sure we’re both reeling with the awareness that we’re married.

Married. Calvin is my husband. I am his wife.

[Read the full Roomies excerpt...]

Wed
Nov 15 2017 12:07pm
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Loretta Chase Excerpt: A Duke in Shining Armor

Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom.

For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family’s ecstatic. And Olympia? She’s climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway. But tall, dark, and exasperating Ripley is hot on her trail, determined to bring her back to his friend. For once, the world-famous hellion is trying to do the honorable thing.

So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him . . . ?

Get a sneak peek at Loretta Chase's A Duke in Shining Armor (available November 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

If the bride was drunk—which she wasn’t—it was on account of celebrating.

In a very little while, Lady Olympia Hightower was going to make all of her family’s dreams come true.

Hers, too, most of them.

[Read the full A Duke in Shining Armor excerpt...]

Mon
Nov 13 2017 9:30am
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Laine Ferndale Excerpt: The Infamous Miss Ilsa

Laine Ferndale

The Canadian frontier-set Fraser Springs series continues with a delightful tale of second-chance romance.

Street-smart and confident Ilsa Pedersen has become an indispensable right-hand woman at Wilson’s Bathhouse, and found a home and family in Fraser Springs. But she hasn’t forgotten the shame of being tossed out penniless as a teenage housemaid by the wealthy Whitacre family when she was found kissing their only son. The only thing that will truly secure her future is independence, and Ilsa has plans to open a dress shop in the big city.

Dr. Theo Whitacre must complete an internship at the grand hotel in Fraser Springs before the socially awkward young man can head off to Europe for a career in medical research. Finding Ilsa in this backwater town is a delightful surprise. But while she is more than happy to be his friend, she won’t trust him a second time with her heart.

When a rash of illnesses begins plaguing the town’s tourists, Theo’s employer doesn’t believe his theory that the hotel is at fault. Only with Ilsa’s help can Theo save the afflicted patrons, and as they work together, they find their teenage romance rekindling. But as their dreams pull them in such different directions, can they truly make a future together?

Get a sneak peek at Laine Ferndale's The Infamous Miss Ilsa (available November 20, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Music began to drift down the stairs; for the first time since Theo had arrived, someone was actually playing the grand piano in the lobby. He didn’t recognize the cheerful, ragtime number.

Ilsa clapped her hands with delight. “Oh, that’s too perfect!” She stood up and held out her hands to him, palms down. “Dance with me.”

“I don’t know how. I’ve never learned any steps.” She pulled him to his feet anyway.

[Read the full The Infamous Miss Ilsa excerpt...]

Sun
Nov 12 2017 12:00pm
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Heather McCollum Excerpt: The Devil of Dunakin Castle

Heather McCollum

The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum

Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right? —she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.

Keir MacKinnon, the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief, has been raised to strike fear in people, on and off the battlefield. Trained to uphold MacKinnon law, he has hardened into a lethal warrior. Caught in a Highland blizzard with the feisty Grace, Keir realizes the beautiful woman who saved him can also save his nephew’s life.

Sparks fly when he takes her against her will to his home, and Grace’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man she saved in the Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?

Get a sneak peek at Heather McCollum's The Devil of Dunakin Castle (available November 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Grace had wanted adventure, and by God she’d found one. And damnation, it was going to kill her.

[Read the full The Devil of Dunakin Castle excerpt...]

Sat
Nov 11 2017 12:00pm
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Lexi Blake Excerpt: At Your Service, Masters and Mercenaries

Lexi Blake

At Your Service, Masters and Mercenaries by Lexi Blake

Juliana O'Neil's promising future was burned away in the heat of battle. She had been an officer with a bright future in the military, but now she is struggling to survive. Her husband gone and her career in shambles, she finds a job at Top as a hostess and tries to put together the pieces of her life. The last thing she needs is any kind of male attention, but she can't help but be amused at her neighbor and coworker's lothario antics. Not that she would have anything to do with him, at least not for more than one night.

Javier Leones doesn't understand monogamy. No woman could ever be enough for his endless libido, but he has to admit Juliana has his attention. For reasons he doesn't fully understand, he can't seem to get the gorgeous redhead with the sad eyes out of his head. After one scorching night together, he realizes he'll never be able to get her out of his system. But with his reputation, he fears she'll never see him as more than a one-night stand.

When their passions collide, these new lovers will be forced to confront Juliana's past and come to terms with Javier's present. Will they find their way or will this reservation be canceled at the last minute?

Get a sneak peek at Lexi Blake's At Your Service, Masters and Mercenaries (available November 14, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Kai stepped out of the kitchen and smiled her way. “You look lovely tonight, Jules. I’m happy to see you here. I think I saw Cal in the dining room. Let me introduce the two of you.”

[Read the full At Your Service excerpt...]

Fri
Nov 10 2017 9:30am
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Santino Hassell Excerpt: Citywide

Santino Hassell

Citywide by Santino Hassell

A collection of standalone stories....

A record-breaking heat wave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.

In REROUTED, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn't include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.

In GRIDLOCKED, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn't Tonya's type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere's life and discovering they have more chemistry than she'd ever imagined.

In DERAILED, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it's a couples' retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They're currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn't mind them being permanently on.

Get a sneak peek at Santino Hassell's Citywide (available November 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 “I’m not gonna lie and say I haven’t been thinking about moving on,” I admitted, nudging the iPad away. “I want to move out of Jamaica, and I want a new car, and I need more money for down payments and new furniture. It’s just that . . .”

Aiden raised an eyebrow, waiting, and kept waiting even when Jace slipped into the room to stand beside him. He’d already stripped down to his underwear and bare feet, although he was still wearing his threadbare T-shirt. After winding his thin arms around Aiden’s muscular torso, he peered at me with a devilish grin.

“What are we talking about?”

[Read the full Citywide excerpt...]

Thu
Nov 9 2017 11:01am
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A.E. Jones Excerpt: To Have and To Howl

A.E. Jones

To Have and To Howl by A.E. Jones

Law means following the rules. Love means breaking them.

Julia Cole is a lawyer on a mission. After three long years, her husband's murderers have been convicted. Until their leader breaks out of magically-strengthened, impossible-to-break-handcuffs in the courtroom, that is. Someone is helping them. And that someone is threatening Julia. But she will not back down from them or the man tasked to protect her...a man who scrambles her long-buried emotions.

Jack Dawson is a werewolf with a secret. One that could change his life forever. But his problems have to take a back seat while he protects Julia. He can't afford to let down his guard—against the evil forces threatening Julia, against his growing feelings for her, fighting to be heard, and against his secret—which could destroy everything.

Can Julia and Jack finally let go of their pasts and begin a new future together?

Get a sneak peek at A.E. Jones's To Have and To Howl (available November 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Jack stopped in front of Julia’s office door and watched her hunched over her computer, typing away. He knocked on the doorjamb.

She looked up from her computer screen, and blinked. “How’s it going?”

“Okay. We’ve checked your house and made sure everything is physically and magically secure.”

“Where’s your brother?”

[Read the full To Have and To Howl excerpt...]

Wed
Nov 8 2017 11:17am
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Daisy Goodwin Excerpt: Victoria and Albert, A Royal Love Affair

Victoria & Albert by Daisy Goodwin

The official companion to the second season of the PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria by award-winning creator and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin.

More than 16 million viewers watched the first season of the Masterpiece presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin—the highest-rated PBS drama in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless round of duty?

This all-new companion book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan transports us to the private world of Victoria and Albert. Though first cousins, they could not have been more different: Victoria was impulsive, emotional, and capricious, Albert cautious, self-controlled, and logical. But together they forged a bond with each other and with their people that would change the world. Drawing on letters and diaries and fresh insights into royal history, this gorgeous book charts the constant ebb and flow of power within the couple’s surprisingly ardent and modern marriage.

Sumptuously illustrated and full of rich insider detail, Victoria & Albert takes us behind the scenes of the magnificent TV drama, including fascinating, in-depth information on the actors, the props, and the costumes – and bringing an extraordinary royal marriage even more fully to life.

Get a sneak peek at Daisy Goodwin's Victoria & Albert (available November 21, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

It could have been a disaster. First cousins catapulted into a match that suited the dynastic ambitions of their relatives. A pair who seemed to have nothing in common: he was a highbrow who had studied science and philosophy; she liked dancing and watching lion tamers. He got up early and ate very frugally; she liked to sleep in and loved tucking into a plate of lamb chops. All they had in common was their liking for dogs (he had a greyhound called Eos; she, of course, had Dash, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), music—oh, and an overwhelming physical attraction for each other.

You only have to read Victoria’s diaries during their courtship to know that this is no marriage of convenience but a throbbingly passionate love match. She writes about Albert in his white cashmere breeches with nothing underneath; he writes about how his whole soul longs for Victoria. This was a pair who couldn’t keep their hands off each other, as their nine children in seventeen years testifies. One of my favourite facts about Albert is that he came up with a special gadget that meant he could lock their door without getting out of bed, which was handy if you had a palace full of servants and children. But Victoria and Albert’s marriage was passionate in every sense. They were the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of the nineteenth century—two huge personalities who were locked in a battle for mystery over the other. They fought fiercely, with stand-up rows that raged all over the palace, and then they made up with equal passion. Their rows were over things that many modern couples can relate to: the upbringing of their children, the amount of time they spent away from each other, the inequality between them when it came to status—as Albert wrote sadly to one of his friend, ‘I am the husband but not the master in the house.’

[Read the full Victoria and Albert excerpt...]

Tue
Nov 7 2017 11:13am
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Maggie McGinnis Excerpt: Taking a Chance

Maggie McGinnis

Taking a Chance by Maggie McGinnis

A rising star in the corporate world, Emma Winthrop enjoys the view from her cubicle in sunny Florida. But when she’s dispatched to a nursing home in Whisper Creek for three months of field experience, she discovers a slice of heaven made of mountains and mayhem—mostly in the form of rugged, drop-dead gorgeous Jasper Stone, who grinds his specialty beans at the town’s best coffee shop in between organizing dodge-ball games and wheelchair races in Emma’s hallways.

When Jasper walks in on this beautiful angel in silky purple underwear trying to rinse out her blouse, it’s a breathtaking view—even for a Montana native. Wreaking havoc here at Shady Acres keeps his dad in good spirits, but getting under Emma’s skin is proving to be even more fun. Jasper knows that he’s falling faster than a man with his past has any right to, but his body and his heart have a mind of their own. And Emma appears to be claiming both.

Get a sneak peek at Maggie McGinnis's Taking a Chance (available November 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“I climbed the tree. Isn’t that enough?”

“Nope. Now you have to be the tree.”

“Oh, for God’s sake. You are not one of those people.”

“Might be.” He winked. “You don’t know.”

[Read the full Taking a Chance excerpt...]

Sat
Nov 4 2017 11:15am
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Stacey Agdern, Adriana Anders, Ainsley Booth, Jane Lee Blair, Amy Jo Cousins, Tamsen Parker, Ainsley Booth, Olivia Dade, Kris Ripper Excerpt: Rogue Affair: A Romance Anthology

Stacey Agdern, Adriana Anders, Ainsley Booth, Jane Lee Blair, Amy Jo Cousins, Tamsen Parker, Olivia Dade and Kris Ripper

When all else fails, find passion.

Even more new romances for readers who can’t get enough of everyday heroes and for everyone who wanted more of the Rogue Desire Anthology...

Get a sneak peek at Stacey Agdern, Adriana Anders, Ainsley Booth, Jane Lee Blair, Amy Jo Cousins's Rogue Affair (available November 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 

 

 

 

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Tue
Oct 31 2017 11:00am
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Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave Turns 10: Read a Deleted Scene!

Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

It seems impossible that we've loved Cat and Bones for ten years now, but here we are! Today, Halfway to the Grave, the first book in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, turns ten and we couldn't be more thrilled! To help celebrate this big birthday, Jeaniene Frost shared with us a deleted scene. And not just any deleted scene, but one from Bones's perspective—a treat that is oh, so sweet!

Take a moment to refresh yourself on Halfway to the Grave:

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Jeaniene Frost's Halfway to the Grave with an exclusive scene from Bones’s Point of View after Their “First Time”!

Author’s note: Readers have often asked me if I will ever rewrite Halfway to the Grave through Bones’s point of view. The answer is probably not. For starters, when you’re in a character’s head, that character loses a lot of mystery for the reader because readers know what he or she is thinking or feeling. Second, I’ve also found that being inside a character’s head paints them in a much harsher light for the reader. Not only do readers experience the character through action and dialog, they hear everything the character doesn’t say, and unfiltered thoughts can be ugly at times. So if I rewrote Halfway to the Grave through Bones’s point of view, I fear that Bones would lose some of his mystique and sensual edge. After all, Cat might have thought that Bones was sexy and irresistible, but Bones would never think such a thing of himself. What character would? Oh, okay, Ian would, but that’s another topic *wink*.

However, years ago I did take a stab at writing a scene from Halfway to the Grave from Bones’s POV, and I’m including it below. It takes place immediately after the first time Cat and Bones slept together, and I was surprised by how introspective Bones turned out to be.

[Read the full Halfway to the Grave scene...]

Tue
Oct 31 2017 8:30am
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Jane Godman Excerpt: Wolf Hunter

Jane Godman

They are the Arctic Brotherhood.

They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.

Six months ago, the Arctic Brotherhood was torn apart when a respected former member, Hendrik Rickard was murdered. Cindy Harper, Hendrik’s best friend and housekeeper, is still struggling to come to terms with his death when she feels an invisible presence watching her. Alone and frightened, she turns to the only man who can help her.

Sebastian Novak is the maverick of the Arctic Brotherhood. Infuriated at the lack of progress they have made toward defeating their sworn enemy, Chastel, Sebastian wants to go on the attack. The discovery that Cindy is being targeted, increases his fury further. Forced to deny his feelings for Cindy in the past, Sebastian is overwhelmed by the strength of his desire for her as he protects her from this new threat.

Sebastian and Cindy succumb to the intensity of the attraction between them, but their lives are thrown into turmoil by a series of unexpected events. Before they can claim the happiness they have long denied themselves, they must face the evil mastermind determined to destroy the brotherhood.

Get a sneak peek at Jane Godman's Wolf Hunter (available November 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

The wind was bitter as Cindy Harper performed her weekly ritual. There was something soothing about the familiarity of the routine she had established. Methodically removing the dead and dying floral tributes that had been placed at the base of the memorial, she set about clearing the leaves that had blown onto the neat square of grass that surrounded it. She was on first-name terms now with the head of the ground maintenance team. He had greeted her this morning as she passed through City Hall. The conversation always went the same way.

“Ms. Harper, you really don’t have to. My guys are paid to do that stuff.”

“I know that, Larry. But I want to do this for him.”

[Read the full Wolf Hunter excerpt...]

Sun
Oct 29 2017 11:00am
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Elizabeth Hayley Excerpt: The Proposition

Elizabeth Hayley

The Proposition by Elizabeth Hayley

Professional hockey player Ben Williamson doesn't quite know how he got himself into this situation; hiring someone to be his date to his brother's wedding is way out of character for him. But with family pressuring him to settle down, going stag just isn't an option. It would just be one more thing his polite, cultured family uses as ammo against him.

Ryan Cruz is having a bad day. Wait, make that a bad year. Broke, technically homeless, and living on a friend's couch, she's now also unemployed after her sharp tongue gets her fired from her job. So when a handsome stranger approaches her out of the blue with a proposition—he’ll pay her to be his date to his brother’s wedding for the weekend—accepting his offer is a no brainer. She needs the cash and figures it wouldn't be in the best interest of a professional athlete to murder her.

What starts as a simple business arrangement soon becomes more as these opposites attract and get caught up in the wedding magic. Will Ben and Ryan be able to turn their relationship into something more? Or is love based on a proposition too much of an obstacle to overcome?

Get a sneak peek at Elizabeth Hayley's The Proposition (available October 31, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Ben leaned against one of the leather bar stools on the perimeter of the Players’ Club and spun a dart between his fingers. Since he and his two friends had joined the club a while back, it had always been a place of refuge for them—a spot where they could come and hang out with other professional athletes and take their mind off life’s problems. But as Ben played what should’ve been a relaxing game with his buddies, all he could talk about was the most recent issue that’d been plaguing his mind: his brother David’s upcoming wedding. “So what do you guys think? I’m out of ideas.”

“I think you should move out of the way,” Jace said. “Gabe’s up next.”

Ben looked at his location in proximity to the game. “I’m nowhere near the dart board.”

[Read the full The Proposition excerpt...]

Sat
Oct 28 2017 11:06am
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Karen Ranney Excerpt: The Texan Duke

Karen Ranney

As the ward to the late Duke of Lothian, Elsbeth Carew resides at the ancestral estate of Bealadair. Fiercely attached to the manor, she loves it more than anyone else. When Connor McCraight—the new Duke of Lothian—arrives, Elsbeth does not quite know what to make of the American who has inherited the title but has never even set foot on Scottish soil. The tall, ruggedly handsome Texan sweeps through Bealadair with an air of authority Elsbeth has never encountered.

Connor has no intention of making Scotland his home and hopes to sell the estate as soon as possible. But his plan is jeopardized when he meets Elsbeth. A sweet, gray-eyed beauty, she tempts him in ways no other woman has. As word spreads of Connor’s intention to sell Bealadair, his life is threatened—and the only woman who can save him may be the one he has hopelessly lost his heart to.

Get a sneak peek at Karen Ranney's The Texan Duke (available October 31, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 

Everything was being readied for the man in the carriage approaching the long drive.

Would he care? Would he even notice?

The blowing snow obscured everything but the yellow glow of the carriage lanterns.

[Read the full The Texan Duke excerpt...]

Fri
Oct 27 2017 11:01am
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Grace Burrowes Excerpt: No Other Duke Will Do

Grace Burrowes

No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes

Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is barely keeping his head above water in a sea of inherited debts. Though he has a long-term plan to restore the family finances, his sister has a much faster solution: host a house party for London's single young ladies and find Julian a wealthy bride.

Elizabeth Windham has no interest in marriage, but a recent scandal has forced her hand. As much as she'd rather be reading Shakespeare than husband-hunting, she has to admit she's impressed by Julian's protective instincts, broad shoulders, and, of course, his vast library.

As the two spend more time together, their attraction is overwhelming, unexpected... and absolutely impossible. With meddling siblings, the threat of financial ruin, and gossips lurking behind every potted palm, will they find true love or true disaster?

Get a sneak peek at Grace Burrowes's No Other Duke Will Do (available November 11, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“You can’t let two encounters with a couple of rotters color your whole perception of the male gender, or of marriage,” Julian said.

“They were experienced men, Your Grace. I chose them knowing they’d bring at least that asset to the proceedings.”

Her logic was faultless, and her lips had been very soft against Julian’s fingertips.

[Read the full No Other Duke Will Do excerpt...]

Thu
Oct 26 2017 11:03am
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Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn Excerpt: Off the Ice

Avon Gale

Off the Ice by Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn

Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.

Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.

But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.

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Tristan was right on time, if not a few minutes early, and Sebastian noticed he was wearing the Pink Floyd shirt again. It made him want to smile, but instead he gestured briefly to the chair across from his desk and said, “Have a seat, Mr. Holt.”

Tristan’s mouth quirked, but he settled his tall—very, very tall—frame into the chair. He was fresh-faced and bright-eyed, holding an actual notebook and pen on his lap.

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Wed
Oct 25 2017 11:00am
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Janna MacGregor Excerpt: The Bride Who Got Lucky

Janna MacGregor

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her…

The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once—an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…

Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.

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Chapter One

Fourteen years later

London

Lady Emma Cavensham opened her beaded reticule and checked it twice. The fifty pounds she’d saved from her pin money lay folded neatly inside. As the carriage accelerated through Mayfair, she exhaled the tension that had been building all night. In its place, pure unencumbered joy burst free like fireworks in the night sky over Vauxhall.

It had taken meticulous planning, but her efforts would pay off. Tonight, she’d purchase the rare first edition of Bentham’s Essays at the Black Falstaff Inn. She’d arrive within forty-five minutes, make the purchase, and return to Lady Dalton’s ball all within two hours. Moreover, she’d celebrate with a defiant glass of ale in the public taproom like any other person. Well, more specifically, like a man.

Why should it make any difference she was young, unmarried, and a female? Why should it make any difference she was a duke’s daughter? Even if society thought such action ruinous, she didn’t see the harm. Society’s strictures for appropriate behavior wouldn’t keep her from attaining her goal tonight.

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Oct 24 2017 11:05am
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Liz Maverick Excerpt: The Financier

A job to die for. Women to kill for. Dangerous times call for dangerous men like the Hudson Kings—and making it out alive is only half the fun.

Nick Dawes just had to go and prove something to himself. The brilliant moneyman of the Hudson Kings is in deeeep trouble after losing $20 million during a “freelance” heist, and now a Russian crime boss wants the money and Nick’s head. Nick needs to make himself scarce—and find someone to babysit his fish. Someone like lush, gorgeous Jane MacGregor, who might just be the death of him…

After being swindled by her jerk of an ex, Jane can’t say no to house-sitting a luxurious Fifth Avenue penthouse. The only downfall—aside from Nick’s tendency to show up covered in bruises and blood—is an increasingly strong attraction to her superhot and expensively suited-up new boss. Never make the same mistake twice.

But when Nick’s dangerous profession crashes in on Jane’s quiet little world, all hell breaks loose. And Jane is about to find out just what kind of man she’s falling for.

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“How does the daughter of con artists let herself get bilked out of fifty K?” Nick asked gently.

Jane blinked. It was not the first time she’d heard this question. In fact, she’d asked herself the same thing many, many times. “I wanted something to believe in, Mr. Dawes. I thought he could be an anchor. Nana’s my anchor, and she’s . . .” She choked up a little. “She’s getting old, and I guess I just really wanted to believe in him, even though . . .”

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