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Calculated Exposure

by Holley Trent

She went to Ireland looking for a muse, but found a mathematician instead. Photojournalist Erica Desoto has spent five weeks in Western Europe hoping for inspiration, with just one decent photo to show for her effort. And that shot was accidental. As her sabbatical comes to a close, she's ready to give up on her portfolio altogether. Serial dater Curt Ryan isn't looking for love...or even a distraction. With a PhD to finish and his family under intense scrutiny by the Irish press, he already has too much on his plate. But when his godchildren barrel into a pretty American who just happens to live a few hours from where he studies in North Carolina, a new distraction is exactly what he gets. Back in the States, Erica and Curt initiate an incendiary no-strings-attached affair that inevitably has both questioning what they want...and what they're willing to do to get it. Mathematician Curt risks emotion clouding his logic. For Erica, keeping her muse close may mean embracing the exact things she ran from as a young woman. Is exposing their hearts a calculated risk both are willing to take? CONTENT WARNING: Contains Cubana snark, adult language, and explicit sex including back door loving.55,000 Words

Playing the Game

by Rachel Brimble Linda Mercury Sarah Title M. Q. Barber

Don't miss M.Q. Barber's compelling USA Today bestselling debut!Neighborly Affection, #1 She expects dinner with neighbors, but gets sex with a side of safewords. Mechanical engineer Alice still drools over her sexy neighbors a year after she's moved in. She can't decide whether they're roommates or partners, but either way, they spark a wanton desire in her that has her imagination--and vibrator--working overtime. Henry, director of everything around him, studies human nature and applies philosophies to his paintings as well as his relationships. Quirky, polite to a fault, and formal, he follows his own code of honor even when it means denying himself. Flirtatious and playful, Jay needs stability, guidance, and to please others. His antics counterbalance Henry's stuffy ways while he brings a level of vulnerability and fun to everything the trio does. BDSM play with the enigmatic artist and flirtatious joker across the hall allows Alice to put aside the linear thought processes which have kept her unsatisfied and distant with other lovers. She must dismiss her preconception of love, sacrificing her independence, if she's to find a permanent place in their beds and hearts. CONTENT WARNING: Explicit sex, graphic language, BDSM, bondage, spanking, M/M/F menage.82,000 Words

Satellite of Love

by Christa Maurice

Drawn t the Rhythm, #1 They love each other. Will the rest of the world let them? Reluctantly on her way to a blind date, second grade teacher Maureen detours into her mechanic's garage because her brakes are squeaking. Her regular mechanic isn't there but his very intriguing brother Michael is. Michael tells her that he can't let her drive home with her brakes in that condition and offers to take her out to dinner in his 1972 Plymouth Satellite. Maureen can't believe how instantly and powerfully she's attracted to this grease monkey and neither can any of her friends, but since he's only going to be in town for a week, she doesn't want to waste an instant. Except that grease monkey is no grease monkey. He's Bear D'Amato, rock n' roll drummer and in a week he's headed back to get ready for a world tour with his band, Touchstone. When he first meets Maureen, he just wants to go out with her a few times like a normal guy, but as the relationship deepens, he realizes he wants more than just a couple of dates. He wants a lifetime. Maureen is shocked by his revelation, but she realizes she wants a lifetime too. Now all they have to do is convince the rest of the world. Content Warning: judgmental people, bad parents and giant fish.74,296 Words

Broken Heart

by Laura Browning

Perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be. Stacey Barlow-Barrett has the perfect life-or, at least, the illusion of one. She's married to the man her parents approved, and she's making it work. But keeping up appearances is wearing her down. Her husband, Jace, wants to start a family. Her former lover, Mason, is a business associate she can't cut off, and he twists the knife at every opportunity. Trying to make everyone happy-everyone except herself-has her on the verge of a breakdown. When Jace's best friend moves in, everything that seemed tenuously tolerable is now completely unbearable, and Stacey realizes something is very wrong in her marriage. Jace is keeping up appearances too, and it's at Stacey's expense. Mason is the only one she can turn to for help...if he can forgive her for marrying Jace while the sheets were still warm from their last encounter. And even if he does forgive her, and she does dig her way out of the mess her marriage has become, Stacey may not be ready for what he needs in return: love. CONTENT WARNING: This book contains some mild m/m encounters, language and violent situations that may make some readers uncomfortable.69,000 Words

Viridian Tears

by Rachel Green

Laverstone Chronicles, #4 Everyone is dying for treasure. The builder, benefactor and mayor of Laverstone is found floating in the canal and becomes the first prominent customer of a new business he personally championed, the New Eden Cryotorium. His distraught young widow seeks the counsel of a spiritualist to contact her husband and discovers he left behind missing treasure. Meanwhile, Meinwen Jones, village witch and professional meddler, ends up helping the cryotorium owner find her missing backhoe. The search leads to mystery after mystery and more murders. Mechanic Winston Campbell thinks Meinwen is a perfect match for him. Both are alone and in need of someone to hold. He soon realizes a relationship with the village witch is a lot more complicated than he thought. Only Meinwen holds the key linking the seemingly separate mysteries, but will she solve them before more there are more deaths? Will she find love along the way? CONTENT WARNING: Graphic m/f sex and descriptions of human body disposal84,000 Words

Armed With Steele

by Kyra Jacobs

What happens undercover, stays under covers. Jessica Hartley is looking for answers surrounding the mysterious car accident that nearly claimed the life of her best friend. She's willing to risk it all, even her fledgling business, to find the person responsible and bring them to justice. Nate Steele is more than willing to help Jessica, but for reasons all his own. He's been watching the infamous Maxwell Office Solutions for some time now, convinced thereis more going on than meets the eye. When his chief issues a cease and desist order yet again, Nate has no choice but to accept inexperienced Jessica as an undercover partner outside the letter of the law. Will Jessica and Nate be able to flush out Maxwell's elusive villain, or will their growing attraction for each other sabotage their undercover ploy? Motives aren't always what they seem when Jessica finds herself armed with Steele. CONTENT WARNING: Beware drool-worthy men in uniform, touchy-feely coworkers, and vindictive ex-girlfriends.97,248 Words

Rogue on the Rollaway

by Shannon Macleod

Hell hath no fury like a faery scorned. A man out of time. Enchanted by a jealous faery, 13th century warrior and druid Faolan MacIntyre has his work cut out for him. In order to break his curse, he must entice a woman to fall in love with him. His love comes at the highest possible cost, however...for the woman. A woman alone. Rebuilding her life after an ugly divorce, merchandising director Colleen O'Brien lives vicariously through movies and romance novels. When the sexy bespelled Scot crash lands in her living room unannounced, her resolve to never love again is sorely tested. After admitting her love, Colleen finds herself in 14th century Ireland. Now she's scared and alone, until Faolan finds her and they are both pursued by their jealous enemy. Thrown together by destiny but held together by love, Faolan and Colleen must work together if they are to survive. But for two headstrong people--a man accustomed to giving orders and a woman who refuses to take them--it's much easier said than done. CONTENT WARNING: Faery magic gone awry, a plucky Irish heroine and a hot Highlands badass clad in a very small towel.82,000 Words

Across The Line

by Amy Lee Burgess

The Wolf Within, #6 Solving problems is her job...even when it may cost her life. When Councilor Allerton sends Stanzie to investigate a territory dispute between tiny pack Stony Fell and the British branch of much larger Mac Tire, it seems routine until someone sets a bear trap. A young Stony Fell man pays with the loss of his leg and now it's up to Stanzie and Murphy to figure out who set the trap--and why--before more members of the packs are maimed. Add a pair of star-crossed lovers, one love triangle, a grief-stricken bond mate with jealousy issues, and bad blood all around and the resultant twisted hell brew reveals the darker side of inter-pack politics that could prove too difficult--and dangerous--for even Stanzie to untangle. CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, violence, group sex, and a very hot Irish bond mate.100,074 Words

The Secret of StormClyffe

by Ericka Scott

The answers in this mystery might just be worth living for... After the devastating death of her child at the hands of her estranged husband, Raine Dawson decides to end her suffering. In the Northern California town of Storm, she solicits the aid of a physician who performs euthanasia. He agrees to help her on two conditions: She must wait twenty-four hours, and she has to spend the night in StormClyffe House. Catch is, she has to pretend to be a journalist investigating the fifty-year-old disappearance of 1960's rock star Jerry Marks, and his family. Out of options, Raine agrees. During her fake investigation she encounters two gorgeous men. One is a taciturn property manager and the other is the charming grandson of the missing man. Raine finds herself falling, as always, for the man with a troubled past and a painful secret. Good thing she's not long for this world, because that man is not only sex on a stick but trouble to boot. The closer Raine she gets to the solution of the mystery, the less interested she is in dying. Unfortunately, the person behind the fifty-year-old murders has no intention of letting her live.20,096 Words

Gambling On a Heart

by Sara Walter Ellwood

Colton Gamblers, #2 She once lost his heart on a bluff. Will she risk everything to win it back? Beautician Tracy Quinn spends her days making the women of Colton, Texas beautiful, while living down the nickname of Olive Oyl, given to her by the only man she has ever loved--Zack Cartwright. She spends her nights alone, despite what her ex husband wants their friends and neighbors to think. Ex-rodeo cowboy. Ex-bad-boy. Ex-Marine. Widower and single dad Sheriff Zack Cartwright can describe his life in exes. One ex in particular reminds him of what's missing in his workaholic life: Tracy Quinn. For years since she broke his heart, he's practically made avoiding her a second job. He still wants her, but can never go after her. When cattle rustlers target her brother's ranch, Tracy and Zack are stuck working together. Her son could use a positive male role model, and his daughter is wild for a chance at a "substitute" mom. But Tracy's ex threatens to sue if she lets Zack near her son, and the Colton grapevine is abuzz with rumors about their past relationship. Is it worth the gamble to see if what they have is more than lust? CONTENT WARNING: Spicy sex.94,766 Words

Friday Afternoon

by Lexi George Sylvia Ryan

BDSM never gets old. Before kids and the responsibility of life, Levi and I shared a spontaneous, erotic, and deliciously deviant marriage. Years transformed what we had into something comfortable and worn. It hurts me to think his desire for me has cooled. I miss that look of his. Slightly evil and totally hot, like he wanted to devour me. Haven't seen it in ages. When I first married Mia, she submitted to every one of my erotic needs. Then came the children. With little complaint, I abandoned my pursuit of kink, content to be married to a beautiful, intelligent woman who's a great mother to our twins. Out of the blue, Mia confesses she misses the intimacy in our marriage, misses the sex. After this enticing revelation, my plan to reconnect with her unfolds. In our secret, kinky, Friday afternoon meetings I'm going to give her everything she wants and take everything I need. Will this be the answer to fixing our marriage? CONTENT WARNING: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, and strong elements of BDSM including the use of toys, bondage, and pain.30,828 Words

With Honor

by Rhonda Lee Carver

A one-night stand leaves her questioning who she really slept with. Jasmine enters a bar in Texas looking for the man who got her pregnant. Keeping Shane Conner hostage in the men's restroom, she tells him she's carrying his child. His shock is understandable, until he tries to pretend he doesn't know her. She's ready to walk, but there's something very different about Shane... Shawn can only accept Jasmine's story about hooking up with his twin brother Shane. He may not have been there, but he knows exactly what kind of a dog his brother is. Posing as his missing brother, he's hoping to learn what really happened to Shane, but his portrayal is falling a little short...he just can't be that big of a jerk. While he sorts out the mystery, he'll try to make things right with Jasmine and be a stand-in father to the baby. Because that's the honorable thing, right? Sometimes honor comes with a high price...and surprising benefits. CONTENT WARNING: Naughty language, and naughtier sexual content.55,000 Words

Wonder Guy

by Naomi Stone

Sometimes it takes true love and fairy godmother magic to save the world. Science major Greg Roberts is all formulas and logic. Neither will win him the heart of his lifelong true love, girl next door, Gloria Torkenson. When the Fairy Godmother's Local Union offers to give him super-powers, Greg accepts, hoping to earn a shot at Gloria's love. After her friend is murdered and her fiancé brushes off her shock and mourning, Gloria begins to see her engagement for what it is: a desperate bid for security. It's Greg who is at her side, comforting her when she needs it most. His natural thoughtfulness and newly emerged confidence capture her attention. But Gloria's desire for stability makes it hard to trust her heart. With a dark fairy creating chaos, and her minions endangering Gloria, can Greg's gifted super powers be enough to save the world?86,000 Words

A Small Degree of Hope

by Lyndi Alexander

Even the smallest degree of hope can spark love. Against her wealthy father's demands, and the usual blockades of a male dominated profession, Kylie Sanderson proves worthy of her position as lead investigator of planet Andan's Scientific and Investigative Research Taskforce. Someone is killing Andan's women in an attempt to mutate them into reptiles. Kylie makes it her mission to discover who's behind the murders and prevent more grotesque deaths. Shapeshifting lizard Griff comes to Andan to stop his brethren from mutating other planet's women into mindless breeding stock. Overcoming Kylie's suspicious and defensive nature proves difficult, but he must in order to help the SIRT team thwart his planet's scientists. When Kylie is abducted and becomes the first human to survive the transformation, it's up to Griff to rescue her so SIRT can restore her human form. On the run and desperate to unravel the mysteries of Kylie's past to solve the crimes of their present, can she and Griff forge a future for themselves? WARNING: Language, Violence, Sex.72,236 Words

Welcome to the Neighborhood

by Mary Abshire

Midnight Garden, #1 Sparks fly under the full moon in paranormal suburbia. Vampire Alexandria Cartwright believes she's found the perfect home in paranormal suburbia. An independent young woman and professional financial adviser, Alexi needs help from no man, human or paranormal. Until burglars break into her house and steal her most valuable possession--one which could lead to her demise. Werewolf Gregory Holmes is instantly attracted to his new neighbor and wants nothing more than to protect her from any who would seek to harm her. Helping Alexi recover her stolen safe seems to be the perfect opportunity to show her how he feels. Centuries of experience have shown Alexi all men are greedy pigs who only think with the brain below their belt. But as Greg comes to her aid repeatedly, she wonders if he's the real deal. Can she overcome her loathing for men? Can Greg break through the wall she's built to show her the meaning of love?99,000 Words

Twelfth Sun

by Mae Clair

The hunky young PhD knows all about seduction, but what does he know about love? Reagan Cassidy is settled in her life. She has a thriving interior design firm, an upscale condo, two cats, and a goldfish. As a favor to her uncle, she agrees to team up with his marine archeologist friend to validate and retrieve a nineteenth-century journal, reputedly that of a passenger aboard the doomed schooner Twelfth Sun. Finding a hunky twenty-five-year-old coming out of the shower in her hotel room wasn't part of the deal, but it's hard to complain... Dr. Elijah Cross is cocky and he knows it. He enjoys trading barbs with the lovely Reagan. Barbs, and some innuendo. He can tell she'd rather get back home to her business than stick around for the extended treasure hunt they've been talked into, but he's fine with the situation. At least, until the "clues" start getting personal. Reagan finds Dr. Gorgeous is as skilled in matters of the heart as he is behind the lectern. Throw in a series of clues which mean more to Elijah than he'll explain, several odd-ball competitors out to win the journal, a saboteur, and a lavish seaside mansion, and Reagan has enough trouble keeping her head straight, let alone her heart. WARNING: Younger man, older woman, nautical riddles and romance.72,000 Words

Return of the Fae

by Lynn Cahoon

Council, #2 A witch in training, a hunter on the prowl, and a world in jeopardy. Learning the rules of being a witch takes years, but Parris McCall needs to master them in only weeks. Knowing how to wield her magic is the one thing she has to keep her grandmother safe and herself alive. Ty Wallace is going mad with his desire for Parris, but he has to maintain an emotional distance from her. She's a distraction in his quest to find Coven X before they grow too strong, taking The Council and everyone he knows down with it. As Parris labors through the academy manuals, the couple takes a trip to find Ty's mentor. He's their only hope in helping Parris with her studies. To their dismay, the old man has disappeared. Their only clue comes from a witch banished for actions against The Council. When they return, not only do they find their own lives threatened, but casualties in the war between the covens have risen. And a new life hangs in the balance. 34,808 Words

Saint and Scholar

by Holley Trent

He teaches about the Irish past. She worries about their Irish future. Grant Fennell seems to lack the luck of the Irish. He's had his nose broken three times, his dissertation advisor was a useless lump, he's thirty-one and finishing his PhD, and he can't find a teaching position in the US. Then he accepts a job in his native Ireland on the same day the stunning former student he's been intrigued by for nearly eight years shows a shred of interest. Finally, he catches a break: Carla Gill needs his expertise. Carla is at a dead end on her late Irish-American father's family tree project. Who better to assist than an expert on Irish history? Especially one with the face of an Adonis and a brogue that makes her want to shed her clothes. She'll be his girlfriend, all right, in spite of her overprotective brothers and nay-saying friend. But when Carla accompanies Grant to Ireland to conduct her research, he makes it clear he wants to put her on the fast track to matrimony. The professor wants to teach her something about "happily ever after." Does she really want her happy ending to start right now? CONTENT WARNING: Contains swearing in two languages and scenes of explicit sensuality.52,000 Words

Red Shoes For Lab Blues

by D. B. Sieders

Can love and sex overcome logic and sabotage... Dr. Stacey Jamison thinks she's close to validating PharmEx's new anti-cancer drug. Her budding independent career, her boss's tenure, and a ton of research dollars are at stake. She just has to prove Compound Z kills cancer cells. So far, it doesn't. Then along comes Dr. Henry Chan, the department's new rising star. Henry is smart, handsome, and confident. He's also captivated by the enigmatic Dr. Jamison, who seems oblivious to her own charms. But will Henry risk his heart when the research project is at stake? A rival drug company, an insider with a personal grudge, and militant animal rights protestors force everyone's plans into disarray. Can their love overcome everything being thrown at them? CONTENT WARNING: Steamy sex38,178 Words

Friends With Benefits

by Rhonda Lee Carver

Cassie's admirer hides behind a blindfold...could he be somebody she knows? Cassandra and Sebastian have been friends since college. They know everything about each other, and even own a restaurant together. Now she has a secret admirer--one who asks her to meet him wearing a blindfold...and nothing else. She complies, mostly, and must rely on how he smells, feels, and sounds when they meet. He seems familiar. Familiar enough to be Sebastian? Surely not. Maybe she's hoping her admirer is Sebastian. Maybe... Sebastian has a secret Cassie knows nothing of: He's in love with her. But telling her could destroy their friendship. So he's got to sit back and watch as she swoons for this secret admirer who uses all the right romantic words to win her heart. Can Sebastian step forward and reveal himself? Supposing he dares to let Cassie know he loves her, can their friendship survive if she doesn't feel the same for him? CONTENT WARNING: strong language, graphic sex17,000 Words

Rayven's Keep

by Kylie Wolfe

Drugs, murder, conspiracy, and a headstrong heiress complicate his covert security mission. Tru Creighton wants her wealthy and powerful family to take her seriously. Sneaking away to investigate bookkeeping discrepancies from one of their holdings seems the perfect opportunity to prove her worth. Stranded on a hostile planet with a price on her head, she seizes her one opportunity for survival. Nick Rayven, determined to build his reputation and fledgling security company, doesn't flinch at difficult and dangerous missions. A former soldier and refugee from a war-demolished planet, he battles to create order and stifle his painful memories. His hard-won accomplishments are threatened when a spoiled heiress in danger awakens emotions he thought long gone. Two people with plenty to prove risk everything to unravel their tangled missions. His sense of duty and vulnerable heart compel him to fight his growing attraction to her. Her heart demands she follow it straight into his arms. The people behind the conspiracy keeping them together and in harm's way have other ideas. CONTENT WARNING: Language and Violence72,478 Words

Sharp Bite of Pleasure

by Kt Grant

Sometimes the sharpest bite brings the sweetest pleasure. Alexa Dangelis has returned home after eight long years to attend her father's funeral and take the throne as vampire queen of the East Coast. The public believes their king committed suicide, but Alexa knows better-he was murdered, and she's determined to prove her half-brother did it. Werewolf Penny Seiler was once Alexa's secret lover, until Alexa betrayed her to marry the vampire king of the West Coast. When they meet again, sparks fly. While Alexa focuses her attention on regaining Penny's trust and love, her half-brother plots to wrest the throne from Alexa's control. To stop him from destroying the capital city and her future with Penny, Alexa must broker a peace treaty with the werewolves and convince the vampire community werewolves are more than mere animals. CONTENT WARNING: Sharp bites, sweet kisses, and death defying acts of the immortal kind.60,221 Words

Pandora's Ring

by Kaitlin R. Branch

Cinereal, #1 The Damned found something too precious to destroy. Harvesting the soul of a first-born should be an easy mission for Eli Tawson, Scavenger of the Damned. But when he meets Samantha Parker, he finds there is more to his mission than meets the eye. Samantha can see through his illusions and, after some instruction, creates the most powerful binding spell he's ever experienced. Eli is intrigued and makes it his mission to find out why she was not collected by the demon who should own her soul. Samantha wants nothing more than a normal life and to be left alone. She is both leery of and attracted to the strange Eli. The young woman finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed of magic, angels and demons and nothing is what it seems. Pursued by another powerful demon and discovering her own hidden abilities, Samantha must discover the truth of her mother's "death." Her mother's ring proves to be the key to her past and her future, leaving her straddling two worlds. Eager to protect his newfound love, Eli soon finds Samantha might be the one who has to protect him. CONTENT WARNING: Molestation, rape triggers, insanity17,00 Words

Kalindra

by Sondrae Bennett

The GateKeepers, #2 What happens when a warrior woman meets her match? Harpy Kalindra stumbles upon three human corpses who've mysteriously crossed from Earth into Outremer through the portal she guards. A human prisoner with two traveling vampires seems her only clue. She captures the man, and brings him back to her lair to discover the truth--not only why he came to Outremer, but how he got past the defenses of the gate. She expects answers. What she doesn't expect is the intense attraction she feels for him...attraction he seems to share. Cameron has a secret. For years, he's used a shard of the gateway to cross worlds without detection--for his own gain. When the gatekeeper saves him from the clutches of vampires who want the shard, he learns she's not just another monster from Outremer. He can't resist his attraction to her human form, and before long he's feeling more than simple lust for her. Kalindra's gateway comes under constant attack from creatures who want what Cameron has. The assaults are his fault, but he can't hand over the shard, which is a family legacy. He must convince Kalindra he can help defend the gate...but how?36,000 Words

Heartstrings

by Sara Walter Ellwood

He's determined to set things right, no matter the cost. The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he'd go to Nashville without her. She's never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn't be fatherless. Now she's a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth's biggest fan. Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father's funeral...and a chance to meet the daughter he's never known. He's willing to face the music of his own making and admit he's known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he's kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn't love him. But now he won't leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good. Confessing she's lied about her daughter's paternity all these years won't be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn't know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings. CONTENT WARNING: Spicy sex.62,000 Words

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