Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.
Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.
He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.
But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.
Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.
“The real world isn’t ready to handle our reality. How could they accept that the gulags, the drugs, and the Blood Pit are real? It is the stuff of nightmares. How could they believe that males are being raised as killers, for sport and greed?
“Worse, it would surely implicate the Bratva and my people in too many ways. We can fight the police and the system here in our city, but we can’t take on the whole world.” Zaal shrugged and tapped the map of the Blood Pit. “We need a way in. We need a solid plan, and we need it fast. I won’t have our freedom jeopardized. I won’t have what I’ve found with my Talia taken away from me, after being without her all of these years.” He raised his brow. “And we know you won’t give up Kisa. We need to act, Luka, and we need to do it soon.”
Lifting the glass of water sitting beside me, I brought it to my lips and drained it in one motion. Zaal stood up. As he passed by, he pressed his hand on my shoulder. I didn’t move until I heard him leaving my house with Talia, who had been sitting with Kisa.
Pushing back from the table, I got to my feet and walked down the hallway. In the living room, Kisa was waiting for me on the couch, hand lying on her swollen stomach.
She took one look at me, her face sympathetic. Silently, she held out her hand. I took it in an instant and dropped to the couch beside her. Kisa fell against my chest and her hand landed on my stomach.
She didn’t say anything. Once I’d fought through my pride, I admitted, “I can’t see a way to defeat Arziani.” The minute I had confessed what was torturing my mind, a heavy weight lifted from my chest.
Kisa froze, then tilted up her chin to meet my eyes. I stared down at my beautiful wife and sighed. “They run a damn fortress, solnyshko. Arziani seems insane from what Valentin has said. He’s deluded, thinks he’s some kind of king, some Roman Caesar. The king of his prisoners. Males, just like me, he drugs them and forces them to fight on until they die. Kids plucked from families and or- phanages, made into his monsters.”
I ran my hand over my tired eyes and asked, “How the hell do we stop him? How do we even breach his Blood Pit?”
Kisa sat up and brought her face to hover above mine. “You’ll find a way, baby. I trust you, we all do.”
I shook my head. “And that’s the problem,” I said harshly. “Everyone expects me to work this out. Everyone expects me to find a way in and execute a plan to bring Arziani down.” I pressed my hand to Kisa’s pregnant stomach, to our baby she was carrying. “But more than that, I need this Arziani to be fucking killed. I need to cut off the head of the snake. Everything, everything we have all been through starts with Arziani. The gulags, his contact with the Durovs. Levan Jakhua worked with Arziani, using Anri and Zaal as his prototypes. Then we found out how he keeps so hidden—by using drugged killers as assassins. They take out anyone who is a threat.”
Kisa blinked, then blinked again when what I was saying hit home. “You believe he’s coming for us. You believe that now we know about him, he’ll send another Valentin.” Her words were not a question. Because she knew what she said was exactly what I’d been thinking.
An ache caved in my chest, and I leaned in to run my lips over hers. “If he came for you. If someone took you away from me . . .” I couldn’t finish the sentence.
“Stop,” Kisa said, moving back to press her finger over my lips. I took her hand in mine. My mind took me back to the gulag.
I could still smell the dankness of the cells. I could still smell the richness of the blood spilled hourly in the ring. I could still feel the heavy veil of death that draped us all, waiting to strike, waiting to deliver another soul to hell.
“Luka, lyubov moya, come back to me.”
I gasped as I heard Kisa’s soft voice cut through the memory. I tightened my grip on her hand. Once again I looked down to her stomach. My teeth clenched together, then I said, “I have to find a way to take him down. I can’t, I won’t, have our baby brought into this world knowing that the male who condemned me, us all, to that life is still breathing, still stealing children from homes, forc- ing them to be killers.”
A tear escaped Kisa’s eye to fall to our clasped hands. “Luka,” she whispered, “this man scares me more than anything else in the world.”
Dropping my forehead to rest against hers, I replied, “That’s another reason why he needs to be put out of our misery. I want our version of a normal life. I want this Bratva life with you, with my new brothers and our families. But as long as that prick lives, it can never happen.” I paused. My hand, still on Kisa’s stomach, felt a tiny kick.
My eyes darted to my wife’s stomach. Kisa laughed a single watery laugh. She covered my hand with her own, just as our baby kicked again.
Leaning forward, Kisa pressed her lips to mine. When she pulled back and I saw the love she had for me written on her stun- ning face, I knew I had to remedy the Arziani problem quickly.
I had two months until our child came into this world. What that world would look like depended on me.
A world free from any threat to our lives. That meant Arziani dead.
His guards slaughtered.
And the Blood Pit burned to ash.
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
WHAT I NEED
Alabama Summer Book 5
Release Day: March 5, 2017
From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.
Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.
At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.
Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.
Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.
Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?
Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.
Not with him sleeping down the hall…
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I am a huge fan of this series. I can’t even tell you just how long I’ve been waiting for this book and it was well worth every minute! This book can absolutely be read as a standalone. I think if this is your first foray into the Bama Boys world, this book without a doubt will make you want to pick up the rest of the series.
“I didn’t know there was different, and when you don’t have different to compare to, you don’t question what you have. You don’t know better until you’re with better.”
CJ Tully and Riley Tennyson hit it off immediately at Riley’s brothers wedding. Riley is newly single and knows there’s no broken heart that tequila can’t fix. Through innocent flirting and laughs about everything from coconuts and secrets, neither can resist the attraction. So their weekend of hooking up is unlike anything either one has experienced. CJ is hooked. And Riley simply can’t get enough. It turns out that there was some sort of misunderstanding between Riley and her ex. Or so she thought. She closes herself off to CJ. It was just a mistake. Right? Because how can something that feels so good ever belong to her?
“And if possible to look inside another person’s soul, I swear CJ doesn’t just peer at mine. He stares and studies it like I mean something to him. Like this is important.”
The connection between CJ and Riley is palpable. Their desire exhilarating. Their connection undeniable. But Riley thinks it was a slip up and it can't happen again. She breaks whatever they had going on and just wants to be friends. CJ is unhappy, but willing to take whatever he can as long as it means he gets to be near her. One night he does the unthinkable that will forever be ingrained in Riley’s mind. It’s that one night that changes everything and the trajectory of their lives. But how long can they keep this up? Were they ever truly friends? The author is meticulous in crafting a story that you simply will not be able to put down. Your heart will pound over the magnetic pull between these two.
“Do you have any idea how good you look being mine?”
CJ Tully. I love you and and your alpha ways but most importantly, your heart. He loved without words. Loudly and completely. His love knew no boundaries. He only saw Riley. I keep thinking the author can never top the last guy she writes and she continues to prove me wrong. J. Daniels is a true master at character development. She has this innate ability to make sure that every single characters leaves an imprint on her readers. You want to be their best friend. You root for them. Feel their joys and pain. Highs and lows. I fell for CJ the first time he said, Darlin’ and I claimed him mine as soon as I realized how deeply he could love.
“Tell me a secret.”
“I’m falling so fast for you.”
I was completely consumed by the Tully Charm. CJ where have you been all my life? Seriously, J, you outdid yourself with this one! What I Need was the perfect balance of fun, sexy, and romance. It was the book you want to read over and over because you can’t get enough. It’s the book you tell all your friends to read because you want them to know these characters. What I Need was like coming home.
J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.
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A BOY LIKE YOU
YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 3, 2017
BLURB:They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed
to save, but I know who saved me.
We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me
from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a
blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.
And then he disappeared.
Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While
death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with
scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into
darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has
taken away my desire to dream.
I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they
weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.
He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer,
and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for
him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first
saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes
constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it
He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else.
Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.
This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew,
is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from
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As a young girl, Josselyn Winters was saved from harm by a quiet boy in her third grade class. Christopher. That moment will forever haunt her even years later when she meets Wesley Stoke in high school. He seems familiar. Like she’s met him. Knows him. But this guy is different than the young boy that saved her. He can’t be that same quiet boy that rescued her so many years ago, can he? When she brings it up, Wes denies being that person. Telling her there is no truth in that theory. Over time, there is this tethered connection between Joss and Wes. She doesn’t make the best choices. She makes brash decisions where she is careless. But through it all, Wes is there. He saves her in so many ways. As their story unravels things are revealed but there is still so much to know. This is an earthshattering read allows you to get completely wrapped up. There is no time or circumstance. There is just this book.
Wes and Joss? They are reckless. Intoxicating. Madness. Exhilarating. You become absolutely consumed by their story. Joss is a stubborn heroine full of spunk and defiance. You shouldn’t root for her because of her carelessness, but you can’t help it. You are drawn to her in ways you can’t explain. So you cheer her on despite your reservations. Because deep within her, she is the girl with a fire inside that we all want to be. Wes is special. You can’t quite put your finger on him, but you want nothing more to know about him. His story is deep. He doesn’t tell it, but you can feel the depth of his past beneath him. He’s quiet, yet his love and admiration for Joss is loud. His feelings are tangible. Unmistakable. Their love is chaos and beauty. Until there is heartbreak. In the most unimaginable way.
The writing is phenomenal! This author? She takes risks. Takes chances. She pushes and pulls you as a reader to truly feel what they characters are going through. Their joy, their pain. Their highs and their lows. The author masterfully executes a complex yet unique storyline that will have you guessing from chapter to chapter. Her talent in weaving a riveting story with compelling characters is simply unparalleled. Your heart pounds as you turn each page. There is a sort of suspense as you have no idea what to expect. This book is remarkable and brilliant in both its manifestation of the characters and execution of the storyline. A Boy Like You is a thought provoking and unforgettable read. A true masterpiece. This story is one you’ve never read before. Throw away your expectations as this is a deep rooted story that surpasses anything you’ve ever read. I am so excited beyond words for what is to come with the next installment.
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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, and Hold My Breath.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).
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Title: The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tagline: "Where you are is home..."
At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change...
Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.
Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.
The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.
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“She was something I never saw coming.”
Zelda Rossi leaves Vegas determined to make it in New York City. After a series of unfortunate circumstances, she is about to give up. Until she encounters Beckett Copeland. His heart seems hardened. A heart like hers. One she knows too well. She sees a second chance by becoming his roommate and working towards the reason why she came to NYC to begin with, to vindicate the heavy guilt, she has carried for so many years. Beckett knows more than anyone that there are consequences to actions. But he needs the help with the rent. And that’s why he accepted her roommate proposal. Right? He knows he has nothing to offer Zelda. And he plans to keep it that way.
“I looked at this beautiful, smart, woman sitting beside me, I didn’t deserve a shot at happiness, but she did.”
I am vague on the details as I cannot fathom telling you their story. It sounds better coming from them. And the author writes it as if it were their hearts narrating from beginning to end. Zelda and Beckett form a connection immediately as both recognize something in each other that cannot be put into words. Because the burden they carry is a weight that is felt, not spoken of. The storyline is a unique one. The author’s talent in executing a timeless and incomparable storyline does not go unnoticed as she gifts the literary world with Zelda and Beckett. These two? They are treasures. Simply all the good in this world. I could tell you why, but the author’s words speak to this.
“She’s woven herself into my life, so tightly that if I cut those threads, I’ll unravel. The warmth will seep out, the light will dim until I’m nothing but dark.”
This book is simply every love song. The masterfully executed storyline captured the highs and lows of finding love with a hardened heart. Of learning to not only give love, but most importantly accepting the love you deserve. The words are palpable and unrelenting as the author pushes you to know and understand that love endures the most through the darkest moments. Zelda and Beckett’s past although different, both carry an unfathomable grievance. Heavy. Painful. Neither willing to see a path to forgiveness. Until finding each other. Their humility a testament to second chances and not allowing choices to define you forever. Transcending and monumental, Zelda and Beckett’s love story is boundless. Infinite. Ever lasting. Their love exhilarating. Selfless. Boundless.
“And I realized you could get used to anything- even being alone for years – right until the moment you touched something better than what you had.”
With every single book I am absolutely blown away by the sheer magnitude of talent this author holds. She never writes the same story and with each one, the love always resounds. Her words in this story are stimulating, her prose eloquent and awakening. As I type this review I am completely in my feelings. And not because this was a sad read. But because the story resonated on a level so deep with me that I can hardly put into words. As much as the main characters made the story, there was a side character that I fell completely connected with. Darlene. Her role small, but her impact immeasurable. To the author... this character made some unfortunate choices, yet you treated her with grace, dignity, and respect. She is someone’s daughter, niece, aunt, lover. She was not her choices. Thank you for remembering this. Thank you for making the readers see this. That regardless of what she did, she is a person first. And worthy of love and life. Personally, this was deeply touching to me. That small gesture means more to me that you will ever know.
“I’m falling in love with Zelda Rossi and my imperfect heart wants to think she’s falling for me too.”
What a privilege it is to read this author’s work. I truly believe everyone who reads this book will come away from it looking at life differently. It is the type book that speaks to your heart, but most importantly your soul. Most of all, this book is to and for the lonely, the forgotten. To the people who are casted aside because of your past. You are loved. Worthy to be loved and to love others. This book reminds us that you are not invisible for you exist. And your existence is instrumental to this world. This books reminds us to listen for your voice as you should never go unheard. Because the author? She makes us listen. I hear you. We hear you. Loudly. Clearly. You are not your mistakes. You are so much more than your regrets and deepest flaws. You should never carry the burden alone. And most importantly, you matter. Always.
“I’d go to the end of the earth for her.”
The Butterfly Project is a brilliant and riveting read. The profoundly moving storyline left me breathless. The author’s talent knows no boundaries as she manifests a poignant and inspiring account of the greatest love story you will ever read. One that testifies to her unmatched talent. Unforgettable and bewitching, I’m claiming this as my top read of 2017.
“Why do you stay if it’s so hard to live here?” I asked.
Beckett took a drag from his cigarette, as if he were buying time before answering.
“Brooklyn, born and raised,” he said finally, still not looking at me. “Where else would I go anyway? Different city, same struggle.” He finally brought his gaze to mine. “So you’re getting out?”
“On the bus, tomorrow,” I said. “I can’t stay. I was here for a job interview—sort of—and it fell through.”
“What was the job?”
“You’ll think it’s stupid.”
“Yeah, I probably will.” His smile was dry.
I laughed a little. “Smartass. I draw graphic novels.”
He stared at me blankly.
“Long-form comic books that tell one continuous story,” I said. “Like The Walking Dead?”
“Exactly. I have one mocked up and I came here to pitch it to a few publishers. They all rejected me. Well, one half-rejected me, but it doesn’t matter. I can’t stay in the city long enough to make any changes, and I wouldn’t know what changes to make if I could.”
Beckett studied the cigarette between his fingers. “Why can’t you stay?”
“Where do I start?” I ground out my cigarette under my boot heel. “My poor planning? My dwindling funds? The fact I was robbed today? Or that I was naively hopeful the publishers would adore my work and sign me on the spot? Take your pick.”
Beckett shook his head, his mouth turned down in his grimace. “Wait, go back. You were robbed?”
I nodded and waved away the last of the smoke, wishing my failure could be as easily dissipated. “I came here like a wide-eyed twit with a dream, and I crashed and burned.”
“You tried. That’s more than most people do.” “Tried and failed.”
“So try again.”
“I wish,” I said, letting my gaze roam over the dingy back alley. “I feel like I’m so close to breaking through. That last publisher gave me some hope. If I could pull a few weeks out of my ass, I’d have a chance. But it’s impossible. I have to go back to Nevada.”
“You don’t have friends or family nearby?”
Yes, and only two hours by train.
“No,” I said, and decided I’d said enough to a total stranger. The last thing I needed was the terrible homesickness to well up again. I stood and brushed off the ass of my pants. “Anyway, it is what it is. Thanks for the smoke.”
“Were you hurt?”
I turned, glanced down at Beckett. “What?”
“You said you were robbed,” he said, his voice low, his eyes holding mine as if he were forcing himself to hear this. “Did they hurt you?”
“No, I... No. I wasn’t there. It was a break-in.”
He leaned against the wall and his sigh plumed out in front of him in the cold air. It sounded relieved. “I’m sorry, Zelda.”
I frowned. “Not your fault. Like I said, the city kicked my ass. The sooner I get the hell out of here, the better for
Beckett ground out his smoke and got to his feet. He was at least six-two, yet it didn’t feel imposing to stand in his shadow. It felt...
Safe. I feel safe with him.
“Do you know how to get back to wherever you’re staying?” he asked.
“The same way I got here, only in reverse,” I said, covering my unsettling thoughts with sarcasm.
Because that was safe for me.
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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American Prince, the highly-anticipated follow up to American Queen by Sierra Simone is coming March 7th!!
American Prince by Sierra Simone Publication Date: March 7th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le
I’ve been many things.
I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.
But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.
Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.
My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.
This is the story of an American Prince.
Excerpt:Ash opens his eyes and gives me a sleepy smile. It’s such an unfamiliar look on him, both the openness of it and the happiness, and I stare into his face, drinking it in like a man dying of thirst. After Carpathia, after Morgan, after me, after Jenny—I never could have believed that I would see Ash breathe and smile without all that torment suffocating him. Seeing it, if only for a few minutes, feels like some kind of gift, an unearned blessing. I reach out and trace his jaw, predictably already rough with stubble, and then run the pads of my fingers over his sleepy smile. “Is it morning?” he asks. My cock jumps again at the sound of his voice. It’s always a little rough around the edges, like someone took sandpaper to his words, but right after sleep, his voice is pure gravel, masculine and hungry. “Almost.” “Where is she?” She. Our Greer. Once again, I feel the hollow space in the bed where she should be, and I have a brief moment of amused anxiety, because if I can’t stand to be apart from her when she’s in the restroom, how on earth are the three of us going to survive the next two and a half years? Or shit—six and a half years if Ash gets re-elected? “She’s in the bathroom,” I say, trying to suppress this new awareness of how hard our future is going to be. “I just woke up.” Ash makes a noise in the back of his throat, and his hand moves on my stomach again. Moves down, sliding past my navel. My dick is hard now, hard and pulsing against the cool air. “I love it when you first wake up,” Ash tells me, his voice no longer sleepy but still graveled and rough. “Your eyes look darker with your pupils that wide, and your cheeks get flushed, and your body…” His wicked hand brushes over my crown, swollen and dusky in the dark. “Your body always looks so willing for whatever I want.” His hand closes over my shaft and squeezes, and I moan. “So willing,” Ash repeats in a murmur, and then I expect him to flip me over and push into me, but he doesn’t. Instead he lets go of my cock and climbs over me, lowering his heavy, hard body onto mine so that our cocks are pinned between our bare stomachs and our chests press together. His lips pass over mine, the slightest brush, and then he does it again, smiling as I tilt my face up greedily to catch his mouth in a real kiss. He teases me once or twice more, coaxing a frustrated whimper from somewhere deep inside me, and then he puts us out of our misery and lowers his mouth to mine, parting my lips with his and licking deep into my mouth. His kiss is slow, but possessive, and he drives the pace and the depth. I can barely breathe, he kisses me so deeply, but I don’t care. I don’t want to, don’t want any air that Ash himself hasn’t given me. After a few minutes of this, he pulls back slightly and then presses his forehead to mine. “Oh, Embry,” he says, his voice cracking. “How much I’ve missed you.” My chest cracks open along with his voice. “Will you ever forgive me?” I whisper. “For what?” It’s hard to speak the words, even in the dark. “For not marrying you.” His breath leaves him. “Embry…” “You can be honest with me,” I say, wanting to be his brave little prince. Just this once. “I deserve it.” His hands frame my face as he pulls back to meet my eyes. “It will always hurt, Embry. I can’t pretend that it won’t. But surely you must know by now, and I’ve told you before…I’ll take you any way I can have you. If all you’ll give me is a few stolen nights, then that’s what I’ll take.”
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Breaking Gravity (Fall Back #2) by Autumn Grey
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Release Date: March 29, 2017
I've always followed my dreams with ruthless determination. My life was going well. Success was at my fingertips. Until it wasn't. All it took was three seconds to send my world crashing down around me, ripping my dreams to shreds. Then I meet her, with her large hazel eyes that slay me at first glance. And everything starts to make sense again. I try to keep my distance. To remind myself I am her mentor. That we can't be more, but every time I push away, I'm pulled deeper into her. The line between student and teacher is blurring. One kiss. One taste. They’re all it would take to cross the line.
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Fall Back Skyward (Fall Back #1) by Autumn Grey
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About the AuthorAutumn Grey is the author of Havoc, Obliterate, Mend (Havoc series) and Fall Back Skyward. And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.
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Wedlocked from Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine is coming March 23rd!!
Wedlocked by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Cover Reveal: March 2nd, 2017
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Cover Designer: Jay Aheer Genre: Contemporary Romance
Because you have believed in them,
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Saturday the Twenty-Fourth of May
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For Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After
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About Ella Frank:Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
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Flow, the prequel to GRIP, by Kennedy Ryan is TOTALLY FREE and GRIP, the riveting full-length conclusion, is LIVE!
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"The story reads like a movie . . powerful and intoxicating ... and sinfully sexy. GRIP has everything—dynamic characters, soulful plot, and a lesson at the end that will change the way you look at life. One of my favorite reads this year. Maybe ever. 5 massive, gripping stars from me!" -- Adriana Lock, USA Today Bestselling Author
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
I’ve been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.
And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.
All that’s left is friendship and work.
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.
I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.
And it remembers all the things I want to forget.
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"Ryan continues her streak of amazingly accessible and authentic romantic fiction. Grip is a bold and unapologetic look at interracial romance and does not shy away from any of the ideals and prejudices that most of us are too polite to acknowledge - head on- amidst one of the sexiest, and most provocative true love romances Ryan has penned to date. Break out the fans folks, Grip is aptly titled and sure to make you need a grip! -- Sheena, Smexy Books
In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.
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Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken...no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.
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Title: Worth Any Cost
Series: Gaming the System #6
Author: Brenna Aubrey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade.
Adam Drake and Emilia Kimberly Strong have chosen a date to solidify their love in the bonds of matrimony.
Join them on their exotic destination wedding. Visit with their friends and loved ones. But hold the champagne toast. Fate has a few last tests for our couple on their way to the altar.
Natural 20 or natural disaster?
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As a huge fan of this series, I can honestly say that I was so happy to learn that us readers would finally get this book! Adam and Mia have been through so much, and once again life has some bumps in the road for them. Despite each obstacle, overcoming each one testifies to the power of their love and all it can endure. I don’t want to go too much into the plot, but just know that the author has her reasons for writing this story. Just when you think we know and understand all there is to know about Adam and Mia’s relationship, you are proven wrong. The depth of their love can be felt within every word of this book.
Written in both POVs, the author once again displays her talent in writing a witty and romantic continuation of this series. Her writing is what simply draws me into these books as she is always above doing the norm. She has her own recipe for executing brilliant and compelling storylines and this was no different. As Mia and Adam face a new set of challenges and move forward in becoming husband and wife, their love and admiration for each other is the one thing that remains constant.
Worth Any Cost was a heartwarming and fun way to end Adam and Mia’s story. Although I believe they may be in the background of any additional stories to come for this series, the end to their own story is bittersweet. This journey has been emotional, joyous, and one of the best experiences of my literary life. I am so glad the author decided to give us a chance to see how Adam and Mia have grown as people, but as a couple as well. To know their love is truly a privilege. This book reminded me of all the reasons why the entire series continue to be a favorite of mine. The author brilliantly balances humor with emotion with romance and sexy. I am absolutely excited on what’s to come in the next!
Satisfied with my results, I settled on the bed, all snug and dry in my robe. Pressing a stack of clean washcloths to my mouth to muffle the laughter, I heard the water turn off. After a few seconds' hesitation, he called from inside the bathroom.
"Hey. Where are all the towels?"
I didn't answer, just laughed some more and smothered my giggles.
The slap of his wet feet on the bare floor sounded as he crossed the bathroom toward the door. He poked his dripping head out of the doorway. "What did you do?" His dark eyebrow arched, hair soaked and plastered to his forehead. A puddle quickly formed around his feet.
I held up one of the tiny washcloths. "You want this, don't you? The hate is swelling in you now."
His mouth quirked. "Something's swelling, but it isn't hate." He pushed the hair away from his forehead and cleared the water that had dripped into his eyes. "Somehow I thought getting away with that was too easy."
I smirked. "You should know me better by now. As for drying off…you could always use your dirty underpants."
"Underpants? What am I, five?" He clenched his jaw and then grinned. "Don't underestimate the power of the dark side, young Jedi."
I rolled my eyes. "So you're going to try to one-up me? So predictable. I'm shaking in my boots."
His dark eyes gleamed as he came closer. Rivulets of water had collected on his tasty abs. It was fascinating to behold.
"And you should know me better, too." He grinned evilly. "I don't one-up. I one-hundred-up." Then he shook his head inches from my face. Droplets of water sprayed everywhere. I let out a screech and pulled back. "You are looking too dry over there, little girl. Let me help you with that."
And he promptly pinned me, dripping wet, to the bed and started rubbing his drenched face in mine. “You’re gonna soak the bed!" I screeched.
"Collateral damage," he replied. He reached down and pulled the belt on my robe, opening it. Then he shifted, sandwiching me between his wet body and the bed.
I squirmed and wiggled, and he only seemed to like it more. He shook his head again. My hand smacked his hard chest. "You're such a boy."
He grinned. "I'm all boy," he said, pressing his erection against me.
"I won’t take this lying down," I muttered.
"You don't have to take it lying down." He laughed. "There's always up against the door or the shower wall. Or you can take it bent over the back of the couch or a dozen other different ways. Whatever way you take it…you are taking it."
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Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture.
She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover's heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. She's also a mom, teacher, geek girl, Francophile, unabashed video-game addict & eBook hoarder.
She currently resides on the west coast of the US with her husband, two children, and two adorable golden retriever pups.
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