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At twenty-years-old, Robin MacKenzie is waiting for his life to start. Waiting until his summer working at a Philly restaurant is over and he's back with his boyfriend Peter. . . until the spring semester when he'll travel to London for an acting program. . . until the moment when the confidence he fakes starts to feel real. Engaging. . . capturing intimately the mood of the period. -Publishers WeeklyThen, one hot June weekend, Robin gets dumped by his boyfriend and quickly hits the road with his best friend George to find his teenaged sister, Ruby, who's vanished from a party at the Jersey Shore. A fresh, eloquent perspective to the oft-writ story of sexual and romantic coming of age. -Book MarksBut Ruby is on an adventure of her own, dressing in black, declaring herself an atheist, pulling away from the boyfriend she doesn't love--not the way she loves the bands whose fractured songs are the soundtrack to her life. Then a chance encounter puts Ruby in pursuit of a seductive but troubled boy who might be the key to her happiness, or a disaster waiting to happen. Now as their paths converge, Ruby and Robin will confront the sadness of their shared past and rebuild the bonds that still run deep. . . Lush. . . bittersweet. . . two characters who gleefully leap off the page. -Bay Area Reporter
Early summer brings plenty of work for Hannah, even before Mayor Bascomb's wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order...for eleven-hundred cookies! Stephanie Bascomb is organizing an elaborate charity event. But Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. Hannah's never made a turnover--but she places her faith in Lisa and agrees to be a magician's assistant in the fundraiser's talent show... Dozens of pastries and one hideous purple dress later, Hannah admits it's been fun. The only snag is the show's host, college professor Bradford Ramsey. Hannah and her younger sister, Michelle, each had unfortunate romantic relationships with Ramsey, and when the cad comes sniffing around between acts, Hannah tells him off. But when the curtain doesn't go up, she discovers Ramsey backstage--dead as a doornail with a turnover in his hand... Now, to protect her reputation and Michelle's, Hannah must get to the bottom of the professor's bitter end. There are plenty of scorned suspects, but who would snuff out Professor Love? A killer who's flakier than puff pastry--and far more dangerous...
She Likes Hard Bodies. . . Lauren Evans likes being known for her provocative and erotic artwork. She loves the challenge of capturing the beautiful lines of a naked body in oil and water colors. And occasionally she indulges in a modeling session that gets up close and sexual. But now someone is out to get her and she has only one person to turn to for protection--Connor Grant. Like She Loves Hard SexConnor is in charge of the art museum's security and now he's in charge of her. But that's fine with Lauren. She's ready to surrender. She can't wait to strip down, lay back and savor all the sensual delights in his arsenal of carnal pleasure. . . Lee hits the mark again and again. . . in a class by itself. --Romantic Times (4 -star Gold Medal, Top Pick) on Undressing MercyAn incredible gem of a story. . . different and extraordinary. --Just Erotic Romance Reviews on Barenaked JaneWarning! This Is A Really Hot Book (Sexually Explicit)
In the erotically charged world of the Harvesters, taking a woman's virginity is a man's greatest responsibility--but unleashing her potential for endless pleasure is the greatest of sins. . . Enslaved By Desire Virile, golden-haired Kerrick performed his manly duties like a champion, bedding virgin after virgin with the restraint expected from a Harvester. But when his leaders decide to change the rules, the tables are turned. Kerrick becomes the sexual servant of his destined mate, the beautiful and fiery Ariss. For the first time in Ariss's life, she is the master of her own pleasure. With Kerrick's slow sensual hand, undeniable physical gifts--and wicked imagination--she begins to experience sensations beyond her wildest dreams. Somewhere deep inside Ariss, something powerful has been unleashed--and no man can satisfy her like the one called Kerrick. . . But when lust becomes love, who is the master. . . and who is the slave? Anitra Lynn McLeod has that rare talent for writing deeply sensual yet vividly exciting tales! --Kate Douglas
Savannah Reid may have a few extra curves on her full-figured body, but that hasn't stopped her from becoming one of California's most successful private investigators. Her latest case puts her hot on the trail of a shady weight loss therapist who's made a killing treating--and cheating--his overweight patients. The question is, did he kill his wife, too? Pound for pound, this is shaping up to be one of Savannah's toughest cases ever. But she'd better find the killer soon. . . or else the bodies will just keep piling up. . . Solid. . . Savannah's wit about food and healthy weight continues to sparkle. --Publishers Weekly Enjoyable. . . A nice mix of cozy relationships and mystery. --Booklist
The devilishly handsome Rayborne brothers are infamous throughout the ton for their illicit behavior. But when their fortunes are jeopardized--unless they wed--each must find the woman who can satisfy his every carnal desire. . . With a penchant for seducing married women, Rory Rayborne is injured once again in a duel. When he awakens, he's delighted to discover Shannon O'Connor, a stunning maid, caring for him. Aroused and intrigued by the mysterious woman, Rory is determined to find out her secrets. But first he plans to thoroughly seduce her with the most scorching, irresistible passion. . . Praise for the novels of Julia TempletonVery sensual and exciting. --Fresh Fiction on The BargainA passionate historical tale. . . breathtaking!--Romance Junkies on The BargainA journey of the heart. . . a love story we will never forget!--Night Owl Romance on Return To Me
Savor The PleasureChecking out an old hotel on a remote island seems like a waste of time to Reese Parker. Why is her boss interested in this out-of-the-way place? And then she meets the ruggedly handsome and incredibly sexy Ben Adams. . . Feel The HeatHe offers to be her local guide and suddenly what started out as a nightmare becomes an erotic dream come true. It's been so long and he's so hot. . . Surrender To PassionAll it takes is one kiss and Reese is consumed by desire. She wants to strip him naked, touch and taste his body, and surrender to the searing passion that burns within her. . . Praise for P. J. Mellor Sizzling. . . a great, fun-loving read. --Romantic Times on Drive Me Wild A very steamy book. --JoyfullyReviewed. com on Pleasure Beach You'll definitely want to read more of this author's work. --Romantic Times on Make Me Scream
As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business, Marguerite Ashby's future seems secure. But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution. And when Marguerite's husband Nicholas is killed during a riot at their shop, she leaves home vowing never to return. Instead, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who has established a touring wax exhibition. Under the great Tussaud's patient instruction, Marguerite learns to mold wax into stunningly lifelike creations. When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figure of military hero Admiral Nelson, Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure--and earns the admiration of two very different men. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon and flush out spies against the Crown, Marguerite will find her own loyalties, and her heart, under fire from all sides. With wit, flair, and a masterful eye for telling details, Christine Trent brings one of history's most fascinating eras to vibrant life in an unforgettable story of desire, ambition, treachery, and courage. Praise for Christine Trent's The Queen's Dollmaker Exuberant, sparkling, beguiling. . . brims with Dickensian gusto! --Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen's LadyWinningly original. . . glittering with atmospheric detail! --Leslie Carroll, author of Royal AffairsUnique, imaginative. . . replete with delightful details and astounding characters, both real and imagined. --Donna Russo Morin, author of The Courtier's Secret Christine Trent writes historical fiction from her two-story home library. She lives with her wonderful bookshelf-building husband, three precocious cats, a large doll collection, and over 3,000 fully cataloged books. She and her husband are active travelers and journey regularly to England to conduct book research at historic sites. It was Christine's interest in dolls and history that led to the idea for The Queen's Dollmaker.
Your most scorching desires come blissfully true at Madame Helene's Pleasure House--an elite brothel in Regency England where passion has no limits. . . Nothing's More Satisfying Than. . . With an unconventional upbringing and a reputation as a shameless flirt, Lisette Delornay-Ross is not your typical young lady of the ton. Unlike her peers, she is not afraid to follow her desires. And what she desires is Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield. . . Fulfilling Forbidden Passions. . . Returned to England after his harrowing ordeal as a war prisoner, Gabriel has shunned society. When Lisette brazenly confronts him, he feels an overwhelming stirring of lust. He's sure she would never entertain the illicit desires he indulges at Madame Helene's. But when he kisses her, he discovers her thirst for pleasure--and adventure--matches his. . . Praise for Kate Pearce's Simply Sexual This book has something for everyone: hot sex scenes, a sexy hero with a tragic past, a smart and compassionate heroine, intrigue, danger and Regency London at its most decadent! -Romantic Times Can you say HOT? Well it doesn't get much hotter than Simply Sexual. -Simply Romance Reviews
In this richly imaginative novel, Mingmei Yip--author of Peach Blossom Pavilion and Petals From the Sky--follows one woman's daunting journey along China's fabled Silk Road. As a girl growing up in Hong Kong, Lily Lin was captivated by photographs of the desert--its long, lonely vistas and shifting sand dunes. Now living in New York, Lily is struggling to finish her graduate degree when she receives an astonishing offer. An aunt she never knew existed will pay Lily a huge sum to travel across China's desolate Taklamakan Desert--and carry out a series of tasks along the way. Intrigued, Lily accepts. Her assignments range from the dangerous to the bizarre. Lily must seduce a monk. She must scrape a piece of clay from the famous Terracotta Warriors, and climb the Mountains of Heaven to gather a rare herb. At Xian, her first stop, Lily meets Alex, a young American with whom she forms a powerful connection. And soon, she faces revelations that will redefine her past, her destiny, and the shocking truth behind her aunt's motivations. . . Powerful and eloquent, Song of the Silk Road is a captivating story of self-discovery, resonant with the mysteries of its haunting, exotic landscape. Lovely, provocative. . . book clubs will be fascinated. --Bestselling Author M. J. Rose
17-year-old Seven McKnight isn't a high-schooler anymore. Now she's got full diva status and is attending Stiles University, where Josiah Whitaker, the University's hottest basketball player, is sending her into a tailspin. With groupies threatening her basketball wife status and Josiah's dreams of the NBA blowing up his ego, Seven finds herself wondering whether to stay or leave. In steps the gorgeous Zaire St. James, who's been waiting for his chance. With Josiah doing his own thing, Seven finds herself falling for Zaire, but will Josiah give up that easily?
A Rearranged Marriage Lord Curan Ramsden is home from war, and eager to claim his betrothed. And he arrives just in time--his bride's father has summoned her to London, to wed another man. But Bridget's father promised her to Curan, and Curan means to have her. Especially now that he sees the luscious young woman she has blossomed into. He'll just have to convince Bridget, somehow, that her heart is more important than her duty. . . Bridget Newbury has always done her duty--to her parents, to the church, to the man they selected as her betrothed. She knows what could happen if she disobeys her father. The king has put nobler women to death for lesser trespasses. But she was promised to Curan first, and his kisses are very tempting. . . Praise for the Novels of Mary Wine . . . delightful characters and a charming romance. . . definitely a must-read. --Heather Graham on In Bed with a Stranger A bold and lusty hero, a brave heroine, and intrigue at the royal court of Scotland. . . sexy and exciting as the Highland hills themselves! --Elizabeth Hoyt on In the Warrior's Bed
From the incomparable Fern Michaels comes a timeless story of desire, ambition, and star-crossed love, stretching from the bustling streets of 19th century London to the untamed beauty of Australia. Since she was a young girl, Chelsea Myles has performed with her uncle Cosmo's theater troupe, entertaining London's roughest crowds while Cosmo picks customers' pockets. Fate has given her no other means of surviving. Until one night, a robbery goes awry and Chelsea is left holding a fortune in gold--enough to buy her passage to Australia, and the chance of a new life. On board the vessel bound for New South Wales, Chelsea meets charismatic Quaid Tanner, who's returning to his vineyard in Sydney. Their affair is as brief as it is blissful, for Quaid holds a secret that must keep them apart. But beneath the endless skies of this bold new land, two passionate hearts will defy the odds and overcome every obstacle to find a way back to each other. . . To Taste The Wine
From her earliest days, Genevieve Gravois has known one fact above all: Francis I, king of France, is her enemy. Raised by her embittered aunt after her parents' deaths, Genevieve has been schooled in things no woman should know: how to decipher codes, how to use a dagger and a bow, and how to kill. For Henry VIII has a destiny in mind for the young girl--as his most powerful and dangerous spy. When the time is ripe, Genevieve enters the magnificent world of the French court. With grace to match her ambition, she becomes maid of honor to Anne de Pisseleau, King Francis's mistress. Yet neither the court--which teems with artistry and enlightenment as well as intrigue--nor Francis himself are at all what Genevieve expected. And with her mission, her life, and the fate of two kingdoms at stake, she will be forced to make deadly decisions about where her heart and her ultimate loyalties lie. Praise for Donna Russo Morin's The Courtier's Secret "As opulent and sparkling as Louis XIV's court and as filled with intrigue, passion and excitement as a novel by Dumas. . . a feast for the senses. " --Romantic Times 4 stars)"Vivid, delightful, spirited. . . a page-turner as smooth as fine cognac. " Steven Manchester, author of The Unexpected Storm"A wonderfully spun gem of a story. " --Armchair ReviewsReading Group Guide Inside
Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn't need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she's set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. They share only a brief exchange--cut short by the soldier's evident interest in Betty--but Liz can't forget him. Thus, when Betty asks her to ghostwrite a letter to Morgan, stationed overseas, Liz reluctantly agrees. Thousands of miles away, Morgan struggles to adjust to the brutality of war. His letters from Betty are a comfort, their soul-baring correspondence a revelation to them both. While Liz is torn by her feelings for a man who doesn't know her true identity, Betty and Julia each become immersed in their own romantic entanglements. And as the war draws to a close, all three will face heart-wrenching choices, painful losses, and the bittersweet joy of new beginnings. Beautifully rendered and deeply moving, Letters from Home is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war--and the chance encounters that change us forever. Kristina McMorris is an award-winning author and graduate of Pepperdine University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. Letters from Home is her first novel.
In a wicked game of seduction, who's the hunter and who's the prey. . . Drako Alexandre isn't merely the handsome billionaire playboy everyone thinks he is. He's the leader of his generation of Black Gryffons, destined to protect humanity. And though Drako has no desire to be tied down--except at the private bondage club he frequents--the future depends on him taking a wife to bear him a son. He knows just the woman--Rin Mitchell, a delicate beauty who unleashes his deepest primal hunger. Their agreement will ensure he'll never have to give up his desire for domination, forbidden pleasures, and multiple lovers. But Drako's chosen prey is also hiding something. And if her secret doesn't destroy them, the explosive passion she ignites just might. . . Praise for Tawny TaylorAbsolutely delicious! --Kate Douglas on Dark MasterHalloween will never be the same after this fun read! --L. A. Banks on Sex And The Single Ghost
She Makes A Move For His Heart. . . He's hot and he's single, but Antonio Billups has been out of the dating game for three years. Since his wife died, his focus has been on his business--and their son A. J. Enter new-in-town sultry, sexy Serena Jacobs, a woman who just might inspire Antonio to change his mind about being alone. . . That His Body Can't Resist. . . Serena's new restaurant is about to take off, and so is her heart--to Antonio. But events from her past are about to hit the fan--with a little help from Antonio's scheming sister-in-law. Soon, Hollywood catfights and long-ago love affairs threaten the steamy relationship between Antonio and Serena, and when their secret histories collide, they must choose between a future with--or without--love. . . "Hodges delivers a sizzling romance. . . " --Publishers Weekly on More Than He Can Handle.
He craved her like the earth craved the rain. . . Sam Carver had the kind of body that turned a woman's head, and the kind of eyes that had seen more than his share of trouble. But he couldn't get enough of the mysterious, ethereal beauty who had showed up in his little Wyoming town, working at the Blue Plate, keeping to herself. He knew Angeline Hunter was running scared, pursued by a fanatic who threatened her life. But no matter what it took, Sam would convince his angel to put her trust in him, to put the painful past behind her and learn just how pleasurable the present could be. . . .
Fire Down Below Brash entrepreneur Roan McAuley has no problem getting naked. But being the only one in the room dropping kilt and giving plenty isn't his idea of fun--even if it's for the "Men of the Highlands" calendar and a good cause. However, getting feisty photographer Tessa Vandergriff all hot, bothered, and hungry is proving irresistible. . . even though she's not his type. And even if the sizzling attraction between them is changing everything this roguish playboy thinks he knows about lust. . . and love. Praise for Donna Kauffman and Her Novels "Give me more. " --Linda Howard on The Charm Stone "Whimsical and sexy. " --Jennifer Crusie on Your Wish Is My Command "Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!" --Janet Evanovich.
T. Greenwood, acclaimed author of Two Rivers and The Hungry Season, crafts a moving, lyrical story of loss, atonement, and promises kept. One November morning, Ben Bailey walks out of his Flagstaff, Arizona, home to retrieve the paper. Instead, he finds Ricky Begay, a young Navajo man, beaten and dying in the newly fallen snow. Unable to forget the incident, especially once he meets Rickys sister, Shadi, Ben begins to question everything, from his job as a part-time history professor to his fiancée, Sara. When Ben first met Sara, he was mesmerized by her optimism and easy confidence. These days, their relationship only reinforces a loneliness that stretches back to his fractured childhood. Ben decides to discover the truth about Rickys death, both for Shadis sake and in hopes of filling in the cracks in his own life. Yet the answers leave him torn--between responsibility and happiness, between his once-certain future and the choices that could liberate him from a delicate web of lies he has spun.
Dangerous PleasureVivienne knows the dark secrets of London's desires. She fulfills them, twisting men's lust for her into the power and status of a courtesan. But she understands little about her own pleasure and the mysteries it commands. Until, that is, she meets Heath, a vampire capable of giving her profound ecstasy--but sworn to let her taste its release only once. . . Heath's cravings for Vivienne sharpen into sweet torture as he guides her through erotic lessons, watching her abandon herself to ever-higher peaks of pleasure. As temptation melts away the bonds of his control, how long can either hope to survive?Praise for the Novels of Sharon Page"Scorching love scenes to make you sweat and an intriguing plot to hold it all together. " --"New York Times" bestselling author Hannah Howell"Erotic and suspenseful. . . puts you on a sexual roller coaster and doesn't let you off. " --"Just Erotic Romance Reviews" (Gold Star Award) WARNING THIS IS A REALLY HOT BOOK (Sexually Explicit)
First comes seduction. . . As children, Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, and Laurette Vincent were inseparable. As young adults, their friendship blossomed into love. But then fate intervened, sending them down different paths. Years later, Con still can't forget his beautiful Laurette. Now he's determined to make her his forever. There's just one problem. Laurette keeps refusing his marriage proposals. Throwing honor to the wind, Con decides that the only way Laurette will wed him is if he thoroughly seduces her. . . Then comes marriage. . . Laurette's pulse still quickens every time she thinks of Con and the scorching passion they once shared. She aches to taste the pleasure Con offers her. But she knows she can't. For so much has happened since they were last lovers. But how long can she resist the consuming desire that demands to be obeyed. . . ' Praise for Maggie Robinson's Mistress by Mistake Sizzles off the page. --Anna Campbell
When Ahmed's parents send him to a residential treatment center known as Serenity Ridge, it's with one goal: to "fix" their son, at any cost. But eleven months of abuse and overmedication leave him desperate to escape. And when the opportunity comes, Ahmed runs away to San Francisco. There, he moves into a secret safe house shared by a group of teens. Until they become independent at eighteen, the housemates hide away from authorities, bound by rules that both protect and frustrate. Ahmed, now known as Ben, tries to adjust to a life lived in impossibly close quarters with people he barely knows, all of whom guard secrets of their own. But even if they succeed in keeping the world at bay, there's no hiding from each other or from themselves. And there's no avoiding the conflicts, crushes, loneliness, and desire that could shatter their fragile, complicated sanctuary at any moment. . . "This fresh and original novel defies easy labels. It's knowing yet vulnerable, observant yet naive--a wholly unique and compelling read. " --Rachel Cohn, New York Times bestselling author Tomas Mournian attended U. C. Berkeley. A freelance journalist, he's written articles for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Los Angeles Magazine, OUT, In Style and Marie Claire. His investigation journalism ("Hiding Out," "Anywhere But There," and "Girls Sent to Institutions") has been recognized with awards from the Peninsula Press Club, East Bay Press Club and NCCD Pass awards, with nominations by the GLAAD Media Awards and Pulitzer. Writing under a pseudonym, his plays have been produced internationally. He held the Eli Cantor Chair at The Corporation of Yaddo and lives in Los Angeles.
He Could Be Her RuinAfter a shocking letter and then a mysterious warning about the dangers of unworthy men, Celia Burke is on edge. With her precarious position in society, the merest look could tear her reputation to tatters. And the roguish viscount pursuing her seems interested in far more than just a look. . . She Could Be His SalvationRupert Delacorte, Viscount Darling, believes the ravishing Miss Celia Burke played some part in his beloved sister's death. Looking for revenge, he swears he'll seduce and ruin her--without actually touching her. Yet to win Celia's trust and ignite her passions, Delacorte must open his hardened heart to her--and in the process, risk falling for the very woman he hoped to destroy. . .
In the town of Eden in northwestern England stands the exclusive boarding school known as Archangel Academy. Ancient and imposing, it's a place filled with secrets. Just like its students. . . For Michael Howard, being plucked from his Nebraska hometown and sent thousands of miles away is as close as he's ever come to a miracle. In Weeping Water, he felt trapped, alone. At Archangel Academy, Michael belongs. And in Ciaran, Penry, and especially Ciaran's enigmatic half-brother Ronan, Michael finds friendship deeper than he's ever known. But Michael's only beginning to understand what makes the Academy so special. Ronan is a vampire--part of a hybrid clan who are outcasts even among other vampires. Within the Academy's confines exists a ruthless world of deadly rivalries and shifting alliances, of clandestine love and forbidden temptations. And soon Michael will confront the destiny that brought him here--and a danger more powerful than he can imagine. . . Michael Griffo is an award-winning writer and one of six playwrights whose career will be tracked by WritersInsight. com until 2010. He is a graduate of New York University, has studied at Playwrights Horizons and Gotham Writers Workshop, and has written several screenplays.
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