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Callie Valentine's mama Ruby Nell has gone and entered herself--and her hunk-a-geriatric-love dance partner--in a Memphis mambo contest, hoping to shake, rattle and roll her way to stardom. But someone at the competition is determined to step on a lot of blue suede shoes. First, a serial monogamist in a bright pink gown does a fatal swan dive from the top of the hotel. Then Callie finds an overdressed diva floating in a famous fountain. With help from Jack, the mysteriously reappearing ex Callie just can't get over, and her delusional dog Elvis, Callie and her cousin Lovie are going to have to track down some answers before mayhem strikes again. And with Ruby Nell in the killer's sights, they'll need a little less conversation and a lot more action if they want their family waltzing home in one piece. . ."Webb writes purely funny scenes, with wacky characters getting into ridiculously silly situations, and all with a southern flair."--Booklist"Wacky. . .Elvis continues to be the saving grace of this cozy series." --Publishers Weekly
Delilah Dickinson is looking forward to a relaxing getaway leading her literary travel agency's latest tour at the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. But a group of low-key English professors waste little time drawing their claws, especially when one of them claims he can prove Williams didn't even write Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But when the supposed real author turns up dead, Delilah knows she's got to get to the bottom of things. . .even if the truth is as dirty as all them lies! Finding a murderer amidst all the steamy affairs, squabbling, and shouts of"Shut up! / No, you shut up!" is making Delilah feel like a certain cat stuck on a certain roof. Plus there's still a killer on the loose, and if she doesn't act quickly she just may find herself starring. . .in her very own death scene!Praise for Livia J. Washburn and Frankly My Dear, I'm Dead"Amusing, breathlessly quick." --Publishers Weekly"Gone with the Wind fans will cozy up to this tale." --Mystery Scene
A woman with connections. . .Thanks to her elite Miami matchmaking service, Jasmine Croft is financially secure--and much too busy finding love for others to settle into a relationship of her own. But when a successful--and skeptical--crime author becomes her client, Jasmine finds herself up against the greatest challenge of her career--and maybe her life. . . A man of mystery. . .Handsome widower Robert Rankin would rather be working--but he needs a woman to accompany him to his brother's four day wedding celebration. His expectations are low--until his date arrives: Jasmine. A twist of fate brought her there, into the arms of a man far more intriguing and irresistible than she ever imagined. But as the days extend into a relationship, will meddling friends, scheming relatives, and Robert's own ghosts ultimately tear them apart?... Praise for Sophia Shaw". . .(an) entertaining story." --Romantic Times on Tempted to Touch"The passion between the main characters heats up the pages, and a stellar supporting cast makes for a page-turning story." --Romantic Times on What Lies Between Lovers
Romance was the last thing on their minds--until the holidays brought these two women face to face with the men of their dreams. . .Holiday Seduction Kayla PerrinMikki Harper isn't looking forward to going home for her sister's wedding--especially since she's just been dumped. Then she runs into "Boring Barry" from high school and soon the two are catching up on old times--and Mikki discovers Barry is anything but boring. Mikki doesn't expect to see him again, especially not at a dinner hosted by the groom's family. It turns out Barry wants to relive their fling. But will Mikki run into his arms--or back to her ex, who's suddenly had a change of heart? Her Holiday Gifts Deborah Fletcher MelloCommissioned to bake a towering cake for the Whitman Corporation's CEO at their New Year's extravaganza--Malisa Ivey is mortified when she gets trapped inside. Even worse, the cake is then transported--with Malisa inside--to Gabriel Whitman's office. The sexy business tycoon is shocked when a beautiful woman pops out of his dessert--and can't help but wonder what it would be like to have such sweetness in his life all year. . .
Warning: May Be Too Hot To HandleElle Gray looks like a supermodel, thinks like a super agent, and can kill a man with her bare hands. But when she meets Dr. Beau Ruston, the brilliant scientist and ex-college football star in charge of the project she's been sent to protect, she wants more of her bare self around him than just her hands. If his muscular grace and quick wit hadn't turned her on, there would still be those big brown eyes. . .watching her suspiciously. With a man this smart and sexy questioning her cover, the bad guys are the least of her problems. Beau Ruston knows Elle is a government spy, and he doesn't like to be spied on--or lied to, no matter how charming the liar happens to be. Wait, did he say "charming"? Damn hot is more like it. He should know, chemistry is his business, whether it's in the lab or in the bedroom, but the reaction Elle is setting off might be too much for even him to control. . . "Monroe writes with a flourish the type of lovemaking and desire that women can truly appreciate." -Romantic Times on 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys"Monroe's exciting romance is a great read." -Booklist on Ready"Lucy Monroe is one of my favorite writers." --Lora Leigh
Gone But Not ForgottenDavy. . .Connor. . .Sean. . . Three brothers who have conquered their demons, but they've never forgotten their long lost brother, Kev, whom they believed to be dead. When the McCloud brothers discover Kev is alive, they won't rest until they find him... Beaten and tortured almost to death, Kev Larsen was found eighteen years earlier in a warehouse alley. He survived his brutal ordeal, but his memories before that night were completely erased. When he nearly dies from trying to save someone from drowning, the brain surgery he has to save his life triggers fragmented, terrifying memories. With only these memories and the name of his torturer to guide him, Kev is determined to unlock the secrets to his past. Edie Parrish has always been good at not letting anyone get too close to her. If someone were to learn of her unusual gift, her life would be immediately jeopardized. But when Kev Larsen discovers who she really is, Edie has only one choice: to trust him. And soon, Edie can't resist her consuming desire for him--even though she knows she'll have to pay a price for it. Now Kev and Edie must race against time and place their faith in each other to stop a deadly legacy...
Her Fantasy And His Reality. . .Classically trained actress Imani Gilliam is gifted, beautiful--and broke. Facing eviction, her only hope of staying afloat is to do the reality TV show, "Let's Get Married." The show pairs up single strangers, and viewers vote for who should be united in wedded bliss. Imani is only looking to be united with a paycheck--until she locks eyes with a fellow contestant. . .Are About To Create A Buzz. . .Dr. Raymond Thomas is determined to keep his struggling free clinic running--even if it means appearing on "Let's Get Married." He can't imagine finding love on TV--but when he spots Imani, he definitely finds lust. And their attraction isn't lost on the producers. But as the cameras start focusing on them, Raymond wonders if he's just a tool in Imani's career. Only time--and a life-changing choice--will tell. . .Praise for More Than He Can Handle"Hodges delivers a sizzling romance. . ." --Publishers Weekly "A wonderful read." --UrbanReviews.com
In this merry collection of holiday mysteries, murder is making its own special delivery. . ."Gingerbread Cookie Murder" By Joanne FlukeWhen Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah's Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that's as long as her holiday shopping list."The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies" By Laura LevineJaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents' retirement community's play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he "accidentally" falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor's jealous lovers was capable of murder. "Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots" By Leslie MeierWhen Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick's car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again. Includes Over 10 Luscious Holiday Recipes!
She's the FBI's go-to expert on Chicago's most brutal supernatural crimes. But a bloodthirsty, revenge-crazed killer is using her deepest fears as a terrifying weapon...Jackie Rutledge just can't put her past to rest. Her Bureau partner is dead, but not gone. And her sanity is becoming as fragile as her career. Worst of all, a wrenching journey into Deadworld has given her unwanted new abilities--and exhuming memories she hoped to keep buried ...Now a merciless force capable of possessing humans is on a killing spree, destroying the guilty and innocent alike. It isn't long before Jackie is a prime suspect, struggling to stay two steps ahead of her savvy new partner, and her undead P.I. and paramour, Nick. But to clear her name, she'll have to take on her greatest challenge yet: confronting an inner darkness as inescapable as the one she hunts--and capable of annihilating more than her soul . . .Praise for Deadworld"The perfect dark fantasy." --Kat Richardson"Bloody, delicious, twisted."--Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times bestselling author of the Jill Kismet, Hunter series"Duncan's deftly subtle debut creeps up on you like a ghost in the night."--Mark Henry, author of Happy Hour of the Damned
Zuri Day spins a captivating and sexy tale of taking charge, letting loose, and playing for keeps. . .With her curvaceous full figure and a mega-successful magazine career, Dominique Clark is finally large-and-in-charge of her life. The last thing she needs is romantic drama--especially in the form of her son's football coach, Jake McDonald, a man who's used to calling the shots. Yet when their instant attraction leads to a sizzling all-night sexual marathon, they agree that several rematches are in order just to get each other out of their systems. The loving is good, but their differences of opinion have Dominique's head screaming time out. Her heart, however, wants to stay in the game. . ."A completely entertaining love story...Day's use of humor and good sense creates a completely readable novel."--RT Book Club on Body By Night"Day spins an erotic...tale of love in unexpected places." --Publishers Weekly on Lessons From A Younger Lover"The pages of Body By Night are dripping with fire and desire." --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers"Day writes with zest and sensual appeal. The descriptions of food edge the bedroom scenes, but not by much."--Publishers Weekly on What Love Tastes Like
This mind-blowing new series introduces Sloan Skye, an ambitious intern at the FBI's paranormal unit, where the usual rules of crime fighting don't apply. . .Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI's ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She'll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more. . .diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case--a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck--she can't silence her inner para-skeptic. To catch the killer she'll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that's more personal than she ever would have guessed.
Shamelessly Rich KIKI SWINSONExclusive parties, high-end rides, designer everything--for Virginia Beach heiress Megan Rich, it's just an ordinary day. And one taste of Eric Chambers' thug loving has her spending like crazy to keep him primed, hot, 'n ready. But when her parents cut off the cash flow, this poor little bad girl makes a dangerous, life-changing choice. . .Puttin' Shame in the GameNOIREZsa Zsa, Malisha, and Kiki will do anything for a man who'll pay their bills and keep them in the style every trophy wife deserves. These gorgeous sistahs are using every lie, trick, and scheme in the book to seduce wealthy NYC police officer Noble into making one of them his one and only. But sometimes the only way to win is to know when to walk away. . .
Someone is killing New York City's hottest male prostitutes, and it's up to full-time call boy, part-time sleuth Kevin Connor to find out who. With his spectacular boy-next-door looks, quick wit, and ability to role-play even the most outrageous scenarios, Kevin is facing his most challenging position yet--to stop a ruthless killer.As Kevin begins his investigation, there's no shortage of possible suspects or motives. Could the killer be a sadistic head case with a deadly fetish? A high-profile celebrity worried that his biggest secret might get out? Or perhaps it's a right-wing politician, guilty of protesting too much from his pious and unforgiving soapbox. As Kevin gets closer to the truth, he'll find himself trapped in a scandalous web of secrets where the line between victim and predator blurs, and no sin goes unpunished...
'Tis the season for sweet seduction and passionate pleasure. Let visions of sultry sex sweep away your inhibitions and savor the delights of these three erotic encounters. . .Wicked For Christmas Sharon PageEvery Christmas, Amelia Weston is reminded of the night Lord Dante Rivington asked for her hand in marriage, took her body in passion, then vanished the next day into the snow-covered streets of Regency London. Every Christmas, she wonders if it will happen again. . .Stolen Chances Chloe HarrisWinston Matthews knows a thief when he sees one, even if she is stunningly beautiful. And so he offers himself as an easy target for a sensually sinful Christmas Eve seduction. . . Naughty Or Nice? Melissa MacNealAnxious to escape her memories of Christmas past, Tess Bennett takes a train west to the mountains of Colorado. And when she meets the sexy and seductive Johnny Gazara, she realizes that a naughty night of erotic delights is just what she needs. . .
Christmastime brings back memories as surely as office parties bring recriminations. The childhood wishes fulfilled (or dashed), the magic of anticipation, fighting over the dinner table. . .these are the ghosts of every Christmas past and present. Remembering Christmas brings together three holiday stories in a sparkling anthology sprinkled with nostalgia.It's Christmas Eve in Tom Mendicino's Away in a Manger, and James is snowbound en route from New York City to his West Virginia hometown. While the sight of a familiar Motor Lodge sparks longing for a roadside America of yesteryear, his visions of peppermint stick ice cream are thwarted by a vending machine. But amid the revelry at the local diner, James finds something far more satisfying that will change his Christmases forever. . .1991, Michigan State University. Best friends Jack and Kirk are preparing for an end-of-semester party in Frank Anthony Polito's A Christmas to Remember. But there's something unspoken in the air--and it's not just the aroma of cinnamon-speckled eggnog. In Missed Connections by Michael Salvatore, two childhood friends reconnect in an airport lounge on Christmas Eve. And over cocktail-fueled reminiscences, they reconsider the paths they're on--and the roads never taken. . .Get what you really want this Christmas, with three captivating stories stuffed with warmth, wit, surprises--and the promise of sweet Christmases yet to come. . .
Their human form is ephemeral, but their sexual desire is endless. Enter the mysteriously sensual world of the shapeshifters and share in their erotic passion. . ."Dream Catcher" by Kate DouglasShe comes to him at night in dreams of carnal pleasure. Real or imagined, Mac doesn't know and doesn't care. For his body throbs with a need that only his mystery lover can satisfy. . ."Taken Between" by Crystal JordanKira lives to protect her queen, but the king's brother is the one who commands her desire. She longs for him with a feral sexuality and ferocious passion she can barely control. . ."The Right Number" by Lynn LaFleurJay may have dialed the wrong number but the right woman answers. She is the mate he's been looking for all his life. And when he hears the sexy purr of her voice, it arouses the hungry wolf inside. . .
The holidays are coming, and this year there's more in the air than gifts and bling 'cause these relationships are hitting bumps. So get ready for two stories that dish on what it means to forgive, forget, and move on. . .So Over It Nikki CarterIt may be winter, but there's nothing colder than getting dumped on Facebook! That's exactly how Zoey discovers her boyfriend, Mario, is now with Dorie, the most popular girl in school--or so he thinks. 'Cause Dorie has other plans. And when Mario comes crawling back into Zoey's forgiving arms, her BFFs decide it's time to prove he's a dog, and show Zoey that she deserves better. . . Swag Kevin ElliottZori Neal is torn between two very different guys: DeMarco, a cool thug from the 'hood whose swagger excites her, and Jay, a smart, cool athlete from a good family. All Zori knows is that she's looking for fun, not a husband. So she decides to date both guys. But when DeMarco gets in some very serious trouble with the law, Zori realizes there's a price to pay for swagger--and her choices matter a lot more than she thought. . .
This lyrical debut novel celebrates the joys and tears of love lost and found, and of a life renewed--in a most unexpected place. . .At thirty-four, Brian Duncan has it all. A trendy Manhattan life, a high-powered PR job, and a gorgeous fiancée with an exciting future of her own. Then, in a single moment of deception, Brian's world crumbles. Bitterly betrayed, he decides to toss away all he has worked for. Irresistibly drawn to the road, he leaves the city's busy streets behind. . .On a hillside along New York's Hudson River Valley, Brian is transfixed by the beauty of an enormous windmill. Running toward it is a lovely little girl and her alluring mother, Annie Sullivan, who owns the windmill. The two strike a chord in Brian's heart and soon he discovers the small-town charms of Linden Corners--and of Annie, whose elusive quality matches his own questions about life. And as their relationship deepens into passion, through the force of nature and the hand of fate, Brian will learn that love comes in unexpected ways.Pittman's debut novel is a feel-good fantasy. . . a nice feel for pace and place."--Publishers Weekly
For a woman with her future all mapped out, life's about to go in a whole new direction...Tuscaloosa, Alabama, may not be glamorous, but for Journey Cash, the small Southern town has always been enough. She has a loving husband, a great family, and she brings the house down at church with her beautiful, thunderous singing voice. But Journey wonders if her years as an obedient preacher's daughter have kept her from living the life she is meant to live...When Dame, one of her former students, comes to visit after striking it big as a rap star, Journey gets a taste of the fast-lane life that has passed her by. Dame is exciting, unpredictable, and sexy, and Journey is ready to trade in her seemingly perfect existence to simply feel one thing that's real. Soon, she finds herself running from everything in her world into the arms of Dame--and the ride of her life..."This wonderful book holds your attention from beginning to end. There are surprises at every turn, and no detail is left unexplained...This book will inspire you to take charge of your own life." --Romantic Times
A restless young woman thinks she's found a free ride to happiness and adventure. But it's a trip that may land her in prison--or worse. . . When Trudy Bell lands a job at a travel agency, she feels like a new woman. And her friendly personality soon wins her the adoration of her colleagues--with one exception. Ann Oliver, the only other African American employee, a high-level manager who despises Trudy's low-income background. But no one is going to ruin Trudy's new life. In fact, she's found a way to make it even better. As a secretary, Trudy has easy access to company credit cards. Including Ann's...Before long Trudy's leading a double-life--Ann's life--complete with a secret apartment where she entertains the men she meets at upscale bars. But their worlds collide the night Trudy brings home the wrong man--one who has an angry score to settle. With Ann. Now, unless Trudy can convince him she's not the woman he's after, she may pay the highest price of all..."Monroe serves up a tasty dish of murder, deception, lust, and just desserts."--Library Journal on She Had it Coming"Monroe's richly drawn characters will stay with readers long after the book is finished."--Booklist
Essence® bestselling author Victor McGlothin delivers a stirring novel about a player who's down on his luck only to receive help from the most unlikely source--the very women whose hearts he broke...The year is 1947, and Ms. Etta's Fast House is the hottest nightclub this side of Chicago. The city's slickest street hustlers rub elbows here with the rich and famous, and anyone with enough cash can drink like a king and dance the night away. Life is good--until a stranger named Baltimore Floyd strolls into town. . .Baltimore is a handsome, charismatic hustler with a talent for stirring up trouble. Everyone adores him--including Ms. Etta herself. But before he can imagine settling down with one woman, Baltimore is up for a little action, which is how he hooks up with a corrupt cop's wife--and finds himself on trial for a crime he didn't commit. Now, to keep him from hanging, the patrons of Ms. Etta's Fast House will need to heal their heartache and come together before the world beyond the Ville's borders tears them apart. . ."A captivating and enjoyable read that takes you on a unique journey into the past." --Urban Reviews"A talented storyteller." --QBR
Meet three men without boundaries, hell-bent on satisfying their deepest desires--and those of the women who drive them wild. . .The Howling by Erin McCarthyWhen Liv Lugaru's boyfriend Sebastian disappears, she finds comfort in his brother's arms. But Sebastian is much closer than Liv realizes. . .and he'll stop at nothing to protect her from the feral danger that comes alive only when she sleeps. . . Smoke On The Water by Bianca D'ArcIn the misty fog of a lakefront village, zombies are roaming wild--and zombie hunter John Petit must stop the carnage. John is also fighting a different kind of battle: a forbidden passion for his new partner, Donna. With her help, killing zombies is a walk in the park, but keeping his desire in check is making him sweat. . . Redeeming The Wizard by Jennifer Lyon Gage Remington was once a powerful wizard; now he's a recluse who keeps the world at bay. But when Mira Tate arrives at Gage's door, she stirs in him an attraction he can't deny. Soon, Gage will risk everything to keep Mira close--even the secret that may be his ruin. . .
The sexy Young brothers may know a fang or two about the art of seduction, but their sister, Elizabeth, is positively mooning over a few issues of her own. . .Bad Moon RisingElizabeth Young's brothers think they have it rough as vampires? Ha! Two words for them: unwanted hair. What werewolf Elizabeth craves is a normal life with a husband, kids, and less shaving. Unfortunately the vaccine she's researched isn't working yet. Worse, she's in heat--and soon every dangerous wolf pack for miles around will be at her door. To buy time, she needs to have sex, and often, with the first human male she can find. . .Veterinarian Jensen Adler just meant to drown his sorrows, until a stunning, leather-clad brunette made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Now he's caught up in something really weird, definitely dangerous, and, okay, extremely hot. So his new girlfriend's hiding something (and she's a little freaky about the moon), but Jensen knows true love when he feels it, and this time, he's not giving up. . .no matter how hairy things get.
England, 1554. In the wake of the failed Wyatt Rebellion, a vengeful Queen Mary has ordered all conspirators captured and executed. Among the imprisoned is her own sister, twenty-one-year-old Princess Elizabeth. Though she protests her innocence, Elizabeth's brave stand only angers Mary more.Elizabeth longs to gain her liberty--and her sister's crown. In Honor and Richard Thornleigh and their son, Adam, the young princess has loyal allies. Disgusted by Queen Mary's proclaimed intent to burn heretics, Honor visits Elizabeth in the Tower and they quickly become friends. And when Adam foils a would-be assassin, Elizabeth's gratitude swells into a powerful--and mutual--attraction. But while Honor is willing to risk her own safety for her future queen, aiding in a new rebellion against the wrathful Mary will soon lead her to an impossible choice. . .Riveting, masterfully written, and rich in intricate details, The Queen's Captive brings one of history's most fascinating and treacherous periods to vibrant, passionate life.Praise for the novels of Barbara Kyle"Weaves a fast-paced plot through some of the most harrowing years of English history." --Judith Merkle Riley on The Queen's Lady"Excellent, exciting, compellingly readable." --Ellen Jones on The Queen's Lady"Unfurls a complex and fast-paced plot, mixing history with vibrant characters." --Publishers Weekly on The King's Daughter
Deck the halls with white-hot passion! Donna Kauffman Naughty But NiceBusinessman Griffin's never believed in luck. . .until sassy-sweet small-town baker Melody turns his world around. Except there's a catch: There's no way he'll be able to build his empire and hold on to her. His new "lucky charm" could destroy all his dreams. . .or make this Christmas better than he ever imagined possible. . .Cynthia Eden All I Want for ChristmasGood girl toy inventor Christie takes a walk on the naughty side when she sparks a no-strings fling with Santa--actually, sexy cop Jonas in a Santa suit. She loves her new "bad girl" persona, except as the holidays approach, she starts falling, and hard, for this known "love 'em and leave 'em" ladies man... Susan Fox Tattoos and MistletoeCharlie returns to her hometown to fix up her aunt's B&B, but she doesn't count on LJ handling the renovations. Nerdy LJ pined for her in school, but now he's grown into the town's hottest bachelor. Charlie's been burned before and won't let him get close. But LJ's determined to break down her walls and make her dearest Christmas wish come true. "Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare." --Janet Evanovich"I dare you not to love a Cynthia Eden book!" --Larissa Ione"Three terrific stories of love and the holidays. It doesn't get much merrier than this." --ReadertoReader.com"Leaves you feeling warm all over." --Barbara Vey, Publisher's Weekly