My Second Chance Mate by Anna Gonzales

☆☆

Published
June 21, 2020
Publisher
Typewriter Pub
Pages
241
Author’s Page
https://www.facebook.com/Anna-Gonzales-104260951328035/

I originally found My Second Chance Mate on Wattpad and I am glad that author decided to sell her story as an e-book instead on one of those scam apps.

Harmony gets rejected by one mate and moves to a new pack and discovers a second chance only for him to reject her to. When Trevor figures out that he is a royal idiot for not accepting Harmony he tries to fix his mistake. To bad he can’t keep his foot out of his mouth.

I really liked Harmony and her methods of dealing with Trevor, her new pack and her cousin’s friends. Yes, I do like Trevor too, even though he has foot in mouth disease. I mostly liked the story line for the entertainment factor (it was funny most of the time), I do wish the characters were a bit older, but then, it is not my story to write. I really did not like the number of edits that I found as I read the story, and I hope the author goes back to edit then lets me know so I can change my rating. The other thing I was not a fan of was the price, I felt that it was a bit high, especially for the target audience (young adult) who generally don’t have a lot of money.

My biggest concern with this story and others like it, is the message it is sending to young adults, which is the chosen audience for this book. I know, I am wrestling with my own hypocrisy and consciences as I was a teen mom at 15. As I said before, it is not my story to write and the reality is the teenagers are having sex so the author is just keeping it real in a paranormal kind of way. I do think that one of those disclaimers that mention the sexual content, teen pregnancy or other controversial issues should have been added to the blurb as warning to parents whose under 18 child might be interested in reading it.

Book Cover
I think the best part of this cover is the wolf.

Blurb
I think the blurb is a good selling point but I was surprised that it did not come with the usual warnings about touchy subjects like sexual content or teen pregnancy.

Book’s Blurb
Meeting your mate is supposed to be an amazing experience. Getting rejected by him, however, is a different story. And it’s Harmony’s story. Her mate chose her sister over their bond and she’s forced to hide the painful experience to avoid hurting someone she loves.

When she can’t bear seeing them together any longer, she decided to move away and join her aunt’s pack in Hawaii. It was her first day in a new school when she locked eyes with Trevor and her heart starts beating for this gorgeous man. Mate. How is this even possible?

Fate plays with her again when he rejects her too. How is she going to face all the problems life had thrown at her? Will Harmony be done with mates or is she finally getting the love of her life with her second chance?

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COVER: The Shadow by HL Packer

Title: The Shadow
Series: The Fated Series
Author: HL Packer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 27, 2021
Cover Design: Moore Funky Designs
 
 
 
Carlos
When I saw her ethereal beauty float through the room, I knew I had to have her. Once I found out her connections and her place in my life, I knew it was meant to be. But would she? And would she stand by me when she knew the truth of who I am… and of the darkness that I carry?
Sophie
Life is finally coming together. Friends, family, all falling into place. What I wasn’t counting on was an old face making a reappearance and blowing through my world.
Will his world destroy me? Or will the ghosts of our pasts destroy us both?
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
HL Packer is quite frankly a busy bee.
An avid readers as a child her love for all things written waned into adulthood, the excitement of real life things taking over. But when her life slowed down as she finished her office job for maternity leave her husband purchased her an ereader and that obsession was rekindled.
Quickly she went from reader to reviewer, and then from reviewer to blogger; street teams and promo tours galore. When she began collating her own book boxes over at Romance Readers Book Box UK and the opportunity to include her own words and world, the characters began talking.
Those cheeky characters quickly found themselves down on the page and her first series was in progress.
When she is not coordinating her worlds, you can find her running around after her free-spirited three children, and husband, or tending to the dogs, bearded dragons, and snakes that also reside with them.
A break can be found soaking in a bubbly bath or enjoying a glass of wine, often still with a book in her hand.
 
 
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RELEASE: The Right One by Felice Stevens

Title: The Right One
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Cover Design: Reese Dante
“Wrong never felt so right.”
Morgan Cantrell is a survivor. After running away from an abusive husband, he’s finally divorced and starting over, but it’s hard. Of course he doesn’t mean to set off the smoke detectors in the building or short out the electricity in his apartment. Mistakes happen. The last thing he wants is to draw the attention of his growly, moody-ass super. Every time they meet, it’s like oil and water—they just don’t mix.
Leo DeLuca learned at an early age that the people who are supposed to love you only hurt you. He’s happy to keep to himself, but the walking disaster of a new tenant in 5C won’t stop getting in his way and into his business. They can’t even speak to each other without arguing, but Leo has to admit—it’s kind of a turn on. That must be the reason why he can’t stop thinking about the guy in 5C. Or wanting to touch him. But hell, no. That would be a mistake.
One kiss leads to an explosive night both men fight to forget—after all, Leo has nothing in common with the sweet kindergarten teacher while Morgan is looking for a happily ever after he knows Leo can’t give. Yet it’s Morgan who Leo leans on to help deal with his painful past, and Leo is the key to unlocking Morgan’s inner strength.
Trusting someone is never easy, but it might be the only way they discover that everything they think is wrong about each other, could be everything that’s right.

‘Yet again Felice has given is a story full of love, emotion, heartache and so much more.’ ~ booklover (Goodreads review)

‘The feelings and emotions just poured off the pages and I felt everything!! Explosive chemistry!! Seriously loved every moment about this story!!’ ~ Janet (Goodreads review)

Leo had recognized the shadows in Cantrell’s eyes. He saw that pain and loss in the mirror every day, and every day he ignored it. If Leo were to hazard a guess, it must have something to do with his failed marriage. No one went from luxury to low-cost without a damn good reason.

“Well, Mr. Nosy Ass, you still have to eat.” He gathered up the items, put them in a bag, and left his apartment.

Trudging up to the fifth floor, he figured Cantrell would’ve had enough time to cool off and they could calmly discuss the reasons why he should leave the management of the building to the people who knew what they were doing.

He knocked on the door, and he waited impatiently as Cantrell unbolted the three separate locks he’d had installed. After all that, Cantrell still only opened the door as far as the security chain would allow, but even in those few inches, Leo could see the consternation filling Cantrell’s wide green eyes.

“What do you want? Did you come here to keep yelling at me? I already said I was sorry.”

“Actually, you didn’t.”

“I’m pretty sure I did. And even if I didn’t, you had no right to call me names.”

Cantrell’s stubbornness began to grate on Leo’s nerves. That was why he didn’t waste time with people. Inevitably, they pissed him off, like this guy.

“I call them as I see them. And are you going to stand there and say to my face you were right in fumbling around with the electrical system of this entire building that I’m responsible for?”

“If you came to berate me, I’m going to close the door. I have better things to do than listen to you.” True to his snooty words, he started to close the door, but Leo quickly stuck his foot in the narrow opening.

“I thought we could have an intelligent discussion, but obviously, that’s not happening. So here.” He held up the grocery bag. “I got the stuff you left behind when you ran away from me in the supermarket. I knocked on your door yesterday, but when no one answered, I didn’t want to leave it and have the meat spoil. You’re welcome.”

Without waiting for Cantrell’s reply, he set the grocery bag on the floor and turned on his heel. At the top of the stairs he heard a door slam shut, then open, and Cantrell call out.

“Wait. Please?”

Leo closed his eyes. He really should walk away and leave that mouthy little fucker alone. “What is it?”

“Th-that was nice of you. You didn’t have to do it.”

“I know.” Leo crossed his arms and waited.

“Thank you. And…” Cantrell bit his lip. “I’m sorry. I-I guess I shouldn’t have tried to fix the problem myself. You’re right.”

The guy was pretty damn cute.

Oh hell no. Don’t even go there.

Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy, and that includes love.
She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can’t stop buying “just one more pair” of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let’s not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because…why shouldn’t it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group, Felice’s Breakfast Club.
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RELEASE: Overcoming Obstacles by Adelyn Zara

Title: Overcoming Obstacles

Series: Tale of Resilience Book #3
Author: Adelyn Zara
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2020
Cover Design: Wander Design
Following a stint in Saudi where he protected twin princesses, Alek Grambler becomes CPO of Lynn Rue, wife of recording mogul Donovan Rue. While committed to his job, Alek’s main goal in returning to the states is to find Heather Quinn.
Caring, tender-hearted Heather, a recent college graduate, is manipulated by her controlling father. During their weekly meetings, she heard Alek’s account of his fractured life: how his temper ruined his hockey career, his cruelty pushed away the mother of his child, his grief over the deaths of his son and mother after just after winning the child’s custody, and the brutalities he faced as a Marine. He hears of her controlling parent who has not allowed his daughter any choices.
They fall in love. Their relationship escalates to a new level during a secret rendezvous in Spain. Heather’s father, angered by her disobedience, sends her back to the states with no way to reach Alek.
Alek quickly gains the trust and support of all the Rue Family by saving Dara Rue from an attack and creating a strong bond with Lynn who hires a private investigator to find Heather.
Once that hurdle is conquered life should be good, right? Or will something else postpone their happily ever after?

Alek’s Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

Badge Copyright2020 by Adelyn Zara

Alek strode into the cafeteria as if he owned the room.  Although hockey was not a high school sport, Alek brought popularity to the school district with his accomplishments. When the whispers of becoming professional started early in his junior year, Alek took full advantage of his new fame, enjoying every minute of it including the female attention that came with it. Unlike other girls, Maddie Holmes did not pursue Alek. Yet she allowed him to possess her and dictate her very move once they connected.  

“Alek Grambler!”

Some kid near the cafeteria entrance door saw Alek as he came in.  As this was the time when upper classmen ate their lunches, the student’s observation caused a rippling of excitement throughout the room as others joined him in their awe.

“He’s back!”

“Alek?  Alek’s here!”

“Look at him!  I think he’s bigger.”

“Not possible.  But definitely older looking.”

“Alek!  Alek!”

He heard it all even though he was on the opposite side of the room, his gait now a swagger as he stood straighter, his bright green eyes glittering in the overhead fluorescent lights. Realizing that he was still a popular guy on campus, he nodded at those looking at him in awe.

Sighting the familiar long brown hair, Alek approached her table. He watched as Maddie’s girlfriends’ faces showed shock and maybe jealousy, their mouths all opening in surprise. Moving his fingers to his mouth to ask for quiet, he placed one hand on Maddie’s waist. She jumped, then turned to view Alek who plastered a big kiss to her startled lips, forcing his tongue into her mouth. 

A few girls oohed and ahhed over the public display, something that was so familiar the year before and ignored by the cafeteria chaperones because of who Alek Grambler was. 

Maddie brought her head back, a sucking noise ending the wet kiss.

“Alek!  What are you doing here?”

“Can’t say, ‘Hi, I’m glad you’re here?’” Alek asked.

He wrapped both arms around Maddie, demonstrating his possession to all who were still gawking at him.  

“It’s bye week, baby,” he said while watching her shocked face.  “I’m home for four days.”

“That long?”  

Maddie’s eyes lit up, then switched to a panicky look, darting back and forth, her hand set loosely on his shoulder, while he continued to kiss her neck.

“Alek … c’mon, stop it … it’s lunch time.”

“Never stopped us before.”

“Well, yeah, but …”

“But what?”

Sara, one of Maddie’s friends interrupted when she asked, “Is it true that you’re the regular goalie now, Alek?”

A fan!

“Yep,” Alek released Maddie and stood with his shoulders thrown back, his wide chest thrust out in pride.  “St. Croix hurt himself, had to have surgery. Then Holtlund broke his leg.  No one left to be goalie ‘cept this guy.”

He pointed a finger at his chest, puffing it out even more with arrogance.

“Wow,” another girl with short blond hair chimed in.  “Your rookie year and you get to play!”

Why do girls have short hair? Do they think that’s attractive?

Instead of answering her, Alek nodded, then tugged at Maddie’s hand.

“Let’s get out of here.”

“I’ve got class in fifteen –.”

“Never stopped you before,” Alek said as he turned back toward the cafeteria door.

~

“You’re what?”

Maddie pushed some of the silky brown hair back over her shoulder.

“You heard me.”

Alek plopped back down on the cheap motel bed, shocked.

Pregnant.  No!  Not now.

“Are you sure?”

Maddie pulled a t-shirt over her head, knowing that their frantic lovemaking was over, maybe forever.

“I’ve had the test.  I have an appointment with a gyno tomorrow. Maybe you could come with me?”

“Do your parents know?”  

Alek was surprised when he ran his hand through his roguish hair and discovered the sweat that was beginning at his hair line. 

“You haven’t told your friends yet, have you?”

“No.”  Maddie was pulling on her jeans.  “Not yet.” 

As she finished dressing, she said, “What should we do, Alek?”

“WE!”  Alek exploded.  “What do you mean we?  I thought you were on birth control!  I thought we were safe.”

“Nothing is one hundred percent effective.”  

Maddie picked up a pillow from the bed, held it to her chest as if it would protect her from Alek’s wrath. Alek, noting the safeguarding move, scoffed at her fear that he might – 

What?  Hit her?  I don’t hit people. That’s my old man’s thing, not mine.

“You’re sure it’s mine?”

“What?”  Maddie’s composure collapsed, her arms dropping the pillow.  “You own me, you bastard!  I can’t do anything without your permission!  I can’t even go to dances with my friends without -.”

“What?  Homecoming?” 

Alek stood, his bare upper torso, muscular and sculpted, having no impact on Maddie.  

“That was one dance,” Alek said, dismissing it.

“Yeah! One that you wouldn’t let me go to!”  

Maddie stared back, trying to dredge up enough strength to keep up with Alek’s surging anger.  

“All my friends went,” she said.  “Some went alone.  But you wouldn’t even let me do that!”

Alek didn’t answer, still stuck on the news that Maddie was pregnant.

“You probably had one of your old football friends watching me,” Maddie said as she jammed a foot int a tennis shoe.

 “Now what?” Alek asked, not hearing her statement concerning his possessive nature.  His mind was racing, trying to find options.  “See a doctor and get rid of it?”

Maddie’s face turned red.

“I don’t want an abortion,” she stated.  “This is our kid!”  

She pointed to her flat stomach. 

“A little bit you, a little bit me.  I think that’s cool.”

A lot of us.  Shit.

~

At the first practice after the bye week, Alek went through his routine of scuffing up the ice in the goalie crease, trying to focus on hockey. Worries kept Maddie’s news front and center.

Shit. Last thing I want:  A kid.

From across the rink, one of two coaches called out instructions for a drill.

  As it began, the other players circled from the center line to the goal, sending in goals for Alek to stop.  Usually, this excited him, made him edgy and ready for play. Today as each one came flying toward the net, he went after them as if they would explode the entire arena unless he caught them.

Intent on not allowing any breaches, Alek didn’t pay any attention to which player was shooting pucks his way.  He just reacted, almost without consciously being aware of his defensive move. He listened for the telltale swishing of air as a player launched a puck toward the net, the stick’s cracking sound as it connected. He heard the forceful wind helping the small object toward him, the sound as it hit the goal’s standards, tinny, hollow.

SLAM! 

One landed in his mitt.  A second later, without really thinking, he threw it back to the ice.

Damn . . . a kid.  Not ready for a kid.

SLAM! 

This one he deflected with his stick.

She said we were safe.  She said she was on birth control.

SLAM! 

This puck sent him to his knees which he brought together as he sunk to the ice, butterflying his legs, causing the thick padding to span almost the entire length of the goal.

Should’ve used a condom.  Stupid …

SLAM!  

Another one sped toward the goal, bouncing off the rim of the goal cage. For a moment, Alek woke up to reality.

Damn. That was too close.  

SLAM! 

Just like this pregnancy shit … too close.

Both arms went up to stop the speed of the next one.

What’ll I do?

SLAM! 

Alek split his legs again, the puck going to his left, stopped by his pads.

Marry? No. Never wanted that.

SLAM!

The mitt did its job again.  

No way in hell!

SLAM!

Down to his knees.

It’s Maddie’s fault.  She should’ve done better.  

SLAM!  

This one hit his thigh, stinging, the force of the shot almost too much.  Alek gritted his teeth. As he circled back to the center, the player who sent the puck turned to see Alek’s face, nearly impossible given that a goalie’s mask completely covered it.  But Alek could see the guy’s big, evil smile because his face was uncovered.

Slaker.  You bastard.  Think you’ve got me?  No way.

His mind drifted back to Maddie, the baby, the situation, just as – SLAM! – another puck came up high.  He caught it with ease, threw it down on the ice.

It’s her responsibility.  Not mine. 

SLAM! 

Two pucks came in, causing Alek to do the splits and raise his mitt.  Both were stopped. 

I was clear with her about this.  Wasn’t I?  No kids, no marriage.  Not now. 

SLAM!  

Another one sent to his chest area, deflected by pads. Slaker was laughing as he turned away from the net.

Damn. These are getting real!  

SLAM! 

Don’t want a kid. 

SLAM!

Tell her to get it fixed. 

SLAM!

No, she already said that isn’t happening.

SLAM!  

Shit.  What do I do?

SLAM! 

SLAM! 

SLAM! 

SLAM!

Four at once?

“Hey!”  Alek yelled out.  Two were deflected off his pants and one he caught.  One puck went right into the net.

His teammates laughed, continuing to send in numerous pucks without any timing.  Alek felt as if he was being pelted in a game of Dodge ball, unable to avoid the tiny, black objects which felt like the hard, rough balls of his childhood.

 Suddenly his teammates were increasing the speed of their volleys, most laughing at the improbability of Alek being able to stop that many. Trying to do so, Alek stopped thinking about Maddie, the baby, or anything as he moved around like a rag doll, certain that his teammates were purposely setting him up for failure.

SLAM! 

SLAM!

Alek missed two shots. Slaker, team captain, slid to a stop behind the net, laughing at Alek.

“Too much for you, Rookie?”  

Slaker maneuvered to the front of the net, lining up with Alek, two big bodies aligned, helmet to helmet. Both formidable, large men.

Slaker’s foul breath added menace to his taunt.

“Think you’re good just ‘cause the coach lets you play with the Big Boys?”

Alek continued staring at the older, more experienced player.

Keep it up, Slaker.  I can stare at you all day.

“You got this gig cause no one else is around. Management had no choice but to bring up a rookie.  But here’s where you prove yourself.  Can you handle more than one puck? Can you?”

Alek leaned in, his mask touching Slaker’s.

“Why would I ever have to? You can barely hit one, Old Man.”

Slaker reached for his chin strap, pulled off his helmet and threw it on the ice. Recognizing the time-honored invitation to fight, Alek did the same.

The two men’s arms were in constant motion, a confusing tornado of blue and white arms rising, striking, then rising again.  Slaker, taking a break from a punch, seized Alek’s jersey and pulled him out of the net.  Alek grabbed back, ripping Slaker’s jersey so that it shredded off. Then they were both at it again, but this time Alek raised his fists toward the other man’s face, landing blow after blow, the welts around Slaker’s eyes turning puffy and red with the repeated onslaught.

“Grambler! Cut it out!  This is practice!” the coach called from across the rink.

Still the hits kept coming, with Slaker now aiming for Alek’s face.  As the fight continued, the two giant men were losing strength and balance, sliding all over, their skates pushing them into the gawking players. Most were encouraging Slaker, yelling instructions to a ten-year club veteran. They ignored the building angry force in the Alek’s punches.

Slaker backed off for an instant, giving Alek time to reach out and grab a stick out of a startled teammate’s hand. Raising it once above his head, a malignant gleam in his eyes, Alek brought the stick down on Slaker’s uncovered head.

“Grambler!  No!”

The coach was skating over.

Alek didn’t register the coach’s warning or Slaker’s motion that he wanted to give up. Several players surrounded the two men, one brave enough to get between Alek and Slaker, the vicious assault ending in Slaker’s blood on the ice. Arms hooked back by two of his teammates, Alek allowed the stick to fall as his brain finally registered his craziness.

“We’re done!” the coach called out.  “Grambler, meet me in the G.M.’s office in fifteen.”

Never had the locker room been so quiet. No one spoke.  The team medic secured Slaker in a private room while the others went on with showers, dressing, casting an accusing eye at Alek before leaving.  When he was cleaned up, Alek glanced into a mirror, noting his own facial bruises blossoming. But there was no blood.

As he entered the General Manager’s office, Alek took note that the head coach was present along with the two practice coaches and the general manager. All four men were solemn, staring at Alek as if he had transformed from the up and coming newcomer that they were hopeful would lead them to future victories into the scourge of the hockey league.

“Grambler, I’ll give you a chance to tell me what the hell happened out there!” the Head Coach yelled.

Alek hung his head, his mind trying to come up with something defensive. Maddie, the baby, and Slaker’s taunts all seemed stupid as he sat there with seasoned hockey professionals.

“My mind just wasn’t on the drill.”

“No, shit!” one coach called out.

Another shifted his positioning to face Alek.  

“We expect rookies to miss a few pucks during that drill and you were not – you never do!  You were amazing,” he said, then rubbed his chin.  “But I’ve never seen anyone hit a teammate as hard as you did. In practice!”

The head coach interrupted.  “And with a stick!  Slaker needs a ton of stitches for the damage you did today!  He’s off for at least a week!”

The General Manager, who’d been rolling a pen between his fingers, now addressed the situation. Although his tone was low and quiet, his words were forceful.

“We can’t have your level of anger on the ice.”

Alek shifted uncomfortably on his feet, his heart beginning to race.

“We could call the police right now; Slaker could press assault charges!”

Alek’s heart now beat so quickly he was worried about it slamming out of his chest. 

The General Manager was glaring at him as he said, “ Injure another player? Who’s already successful? In a practice? You’re out, Grambler.” 

Alek’s stomach twisted as he heard the death sentence to his career.  No one would touch him once word got out that he’d brutalized a star player his first year. 

~

It was after midnight when he snuck in the back door, hoping he could make it to his room without his father yet noticing he was home.  But the screen door screeched his entrance. Larry Grambler was instantly alert.

“Who’s there?” he called out. “Diana?” 

Yeah, like my big sis would visit.  She comes less often that I do.

Alek placed his stick and bag down on the floor as is father raised his voice to yell out, “Mother?  Were you—”

“Dad.”  

Alek entered the small family room hoping to prevent the waking of his mother.  His father sat there in his usual dirty t-shirt and jeans, suspenders holding the pants in place.  Beer bottles decorated the tabletop as did a cheese popcorn bag that was two thirds gone.  

Larry glanced at his only son.

“Eh,” he reached into the popcorn bag. “What are you doing back here so quickly?”

No, ‘hello.’  That’d be too much for him.

After shoving a handful of popcorn into his mouth, Larry got up and changed the channel – again.

“Bingo!”  he said as he motioned to the hockey game that was a repeat of the game that night. “You’re on!”

“No, I’m not.”  

Alek’s bright green eyes met the muted, aged eyes of his father.

Better get this over with.

“I’m off the team.”

Larry didn’t seem to register it, watching intently.  Replays didn’t always include the pre-game show where they interviewed key players and spoke about hockey issues.  Instead, Larry watched the skaters go up and down the ice.  

“Eh, they aren’t playing any better,” Larry said.  

He smashed the empty popcorn bag between his big hands, then sat forward when the puck landed in the Hurricane net. 

“Jesus, Alek!”  Larry yelled out.  “How could you let that one in?  That was so obvious, such an easy play!  I don’t understand how that could’ve happened!  You know better than that!”

“Mom’ sleeping,” Alek warned.

“Eh, your mother sleeps like the dead,” Larry said, shrugging his shoulders, sending popcorn crumbs into the air.  “Now, tell me why you let that happen, Alek.”

“Dad …”

As Alek debated how to explain what had happened to his father, the camera focused on the goalie, a dark-haired, lanky individual, who’d removed his helmet and was drinking from a water bottle.

“Foster is a last-minute replacement as goalie this evening,” the announcer was saying.  “We don’t have more on what happened to Alek Grambler, the Frisco’s first round draft pick, an up and coming star for the league.”

Larry Grambler turned his eyes on his son as the other commentator said, “Equally unusual is that Arne Slaker is out this evening.  An upper body injury that happened during practice is what we’re told.”

Alek leaned against the door jam, waiting for his father to erupt.

“Upper body injury, eh?”  Larry Grambler ran his hand over his scruffy beard. “And you’re home.”  

He looked toward the kitchen where Alek knew he could see the bag and stick on the floor.

“What happened?”

Alek took a breath.  “I hit Slaker in practice.”

“Hit him?” Arne picked up his empty beer bottle, tilted the empty back before he shouted, “Why the hell would you do that, Alek?”

I got angry.”

“Angry?” Larry’s voice was continuing its climb up in loudness.  “What the hell do you have to be angry over?  You’re a goalie on a National Hockey Team at eighteen fucking years old!  Do you know how many –.”

“Dad, mom’s asleep.”

“ – guys want that position?  How many Canadian and European kids get those positions?  For an American kid -.”

“Dad!”  Alek moved closer to his father, his hands extending, motioning to the floor as if it would calm the older man down. “You’re going to wake mom up!”

“Tell me what the hell you did, Alexander.”  Larry got up and limped into the small kitchen.  When he returned, carrying two bottles of beer, he saw his wife coming down the stairs.  Hair askew, pulling on her robe, Pat had not noticed that it was inside out.

“What’s happened?  What’s happened?”  she cried out. Then, seeing her son, said, “Alek!  Are you okay?  Are you injured, son?”

Alek watched her trip on the last step as her toe caught the hem of her robe.  Landing ungracefully, her breath was agitated, her eyes were still trying to ward off the vestiges of deep sleep.  Alek couldn’t help but pity his mother.

“Mom, I’m okay.”

“Okay!  My ass!”  Larry paused from chugging his beer, sending dribbles of the brew along his already soiled t-shirt. “Stupid kid got kicked off the team!”

“Kicked off?”  Pat’s dark eyes darkened with disbelief.  “How?”

Both his parents turned their total attention to Alek as he shifted on his feet in embarrassment.

“I hit Slaker.”

“What?’ Now Pat’s eyes filled with tears.  “What did he do?”

“What did he do?”  Larry turned his anger toward his wife.  “Just like you, Pat.  You’re always taking this kid’s side!”

“I’m sure Alek has a reason,” Pat countered, walking across the room to her son.  Placing her hand on Alek’s forearm, she asked, “Right?”

Alek glanced at his distraught mother, noting the tears that were threatening to fall.

She always thinks the best of me, and I am the worst.  Shit.  Wait until they hear about Maddie.

“He threw down his helmet, took of his gloves,” Alek said, knowing that his parents would understand that action. “We fought.  It got out of hand and I ended up braining him with a stick.”

Pat moved her hands to her face, alarm in her eyes.  

“You hurt him,” Pat whispered the accusation.

Alek nodded as he looked at his feet, unable to meet his mother’s eyes.

“Well, if he started it …”  Pat started.

Larry stood from his chair, shook the empty bottle at his son.  

“No doubt your darling son started it all.”

“I didn’t!”

“But you hit Arne Slaker?   With a stick?” 

Pat shivered at the last thought.

“Isn’t he like one of the gods of hockey right now?” she asked.
Larry threw the bottle toward Alek who caught it as easily as if it were a puck being launched toward his net.

“Doesn’t matter!”  Larry’s slurred words were still coming fast and furious.  “Slaker’s the best player they got.  And now he’s out because golden boy here,” he pointed another bottle at his son, “couldn’t control his anger.”

Pat now put both hands on Alek’s arms.

“What has you so upset that you hit him?  With a stick?”

Here goes. Might as well get it over with.

He placed the bottle on the coffee table that separated him from Larry. Running his hands up and down his muscular thighs, he said, “Maddie’s pregnant.”

Silence greeted his statement, quickly followed by the brightening of Pat’s eyes.

“A baby,” she said softly.  “A grandchild …”

Larry’s face turned red while he gripped the new bottle so hard that Alek feared it would shatter.

“Well, that’s fucking great, Alek.”

“So, Slaker got mad when you told him?”  Pat asked.

“I didn’t tell anyone,” Alek replied.  “I just couldn’t focus during practice and he knew it … kept after me … kept sending more and more pucks towards my head.  Then I called him out on it.”

“What did you say?” Pat was whispering again.

Alek looked down into his mother’s anguished eyes.

“I told him he couldn’t hit the puck.”

“You told the best player in the NHL that he couldn’t play anymore? Why in hell would you do something like that?” 

Larry threw another bottle, this one half full.  Alek caught it again, but the glasses’ condensation made it impossible to hold on to.  Glass shattered as it hit the family room floor.

“Larry!”  Pat went down to her knees, pulled at part of her terry cloth robe, using it to soak up the beer.  “You’ll chase Alek away just like you did Diana.”

“Diana’s a whore!” Larry accused, fisting his hands at his side. He turned his face to Alek.  “I suppose you think you can just waltz back here and claim your old bedroom?”

“I’ll get a job.”

“Doing what?  All you know is hockey!”  Larry screamed. As he plopped down into the chair, he grabbed his chin harshly. “I told your mother years ago that your attitude was going to kill us. No! You know what? Get the hell out! I don’t want some loser with a bad temper living with us.”

On Word & Upward!

A phrase that she repeats a lot, Adelyn goofed in an online forum and misspelled onward, thus creating her tagline.

She is the author of Tales of Resilience, novels about strong women and men who overcome illness, oppression, and circumstances of their own making.

For the last seven years, Adelyn works on her own personal challenges, including cancer, brain tumors, strokes, and botched eye surgery all of which made good fodder for her characters. Her goal is to always bring the Happily Ever After to her stories as she personally seeks that for herself.

It started when she wrote about a snowman in fourth grade! Since then, Adelyn has written stories concerning her family, her travels, and what she has witnessed in others’ struggles. The Tales of Resilience encapsulate some of her observations.

When she isn’t writing at her kitchen table, she is reading, calming herself during with long walks, enjoying her granddaughter, reading, hiking with her husband, reading, retail therapy, and reading, or working in her garden. Learning a new word can pull her back to her keyboard or influence a story. She invites you to enjoy her Tales of Resilience, or her personal thoughts on life’s challenges.

So . . .

On Word & Upward!

 
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RELEASE: Harm’s Way by Karen Renee

Title: Harm’s Way
Series: A Riot MC Biloxi Novel
Author: Karen Renee
Release: April 13, 2021
Genre: MC Romance
 
 
 

The sexy, action-packed first book in the Riot MC Biloxi series from Karen Renee.

If it weren’t for bad luck, Stephanie Combes would have no luck at all.

On top of stealing her identity and ruining her credit, Stephie’s ex-boyfriend has shamed her in the most unexpected way. As a card dealer, she’s determined to make a fresh start in Biloxi where the tips are better and she can climb out from under her shame and debt. Running into her long-lost stepbrother and his sexy-as-sin best friend wasn’t in the cards, but that was her bum-luck rearing its ugly head. The last thing she wants is another man in her life.

When it rains it pours, but lucky for Stephie, Har is there to save the day during the deluge. Staying with Har temporarily should be no problem, but they can’t deny their lust. The more Stephie distances herself, the more Har fights to keep her around. And he fights dirty.

Michael “Har” Walcott’s motorcycle club is in turmoil. As president of the Riot MC Biloxi chapter, he’s determined to get his club out of the drug trade, but his brothers are resistant. The last thing he needs is a woman dividing his focus from his brothers and his club… which is precisely when he meets a spunky and seemingly familiar brunette.

She’s familiar because Stephanie was once a stepsister to Har’s best friend Brute. Allowing her to distract him isn’t an option. But after her roof collapses, Har steps in to save the day. The more he learns about Stephie, the more he wants her to stay.

He fights his attraction, but he can’t control his impulses.

He hasn’t felt anything like this for a woman in years. It’ll be a cold day in hell before he lets it slip through his fingers again.

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Karen Renee is the author of the Riot Motorcycle Club, Beta, and O-Town series of books. She once crunched Nielsen ratings data but these days she brings her imagination to life by writing books. She has wanted to be a writer since she was very young, but it’s taken the last twenty plus years for her to amass enough courage and overall life experience to bring that dream to life. Some of those life experiences came from the wonderful world of advertising, banking, and local television media research. She is a proud wife and mother, and a Jacksonville native. When she’s not at the soccer field or cooking, you can find her at her local library, the grocery store, in her car jamming out to some tunes, or hibernating while she writes and/or reads books.
 
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RELEASE BOOST: Widow’s Undoing by L. Wilder

Title: Widow’s Undoing
Series: Ruthless Sinners MC
Author: L. Wilder
Genre: MC Romance (standalone)
Release Date: March 25, 2021
 
 
 
Wow! Love Widow & Frankie
Wow! I want to describe this book but words ALMOST fail me. ~Cali Gals
An Emotional Romance with a HEA
Widow’s Undoing is a very emotional and raw story that will allow the reader to feel the emotions, heartbreak, redemption, and HEA in these characters. ~Elysian Fields

L. Wilder has done it again. The best in the series so far. ~Read All About It

 
 
Frankie Sullivan was everything I wasn’t.
She was good, beautiful and strong.
She hadn’t let her past break her.
She’d held on to the hope for a better tomorrow, not only for herself but for her two boys.
She was a woman who wanted…who deserved more.
 
I wasn’t a man who could give more.
I was cold, broken and full of rage.
My past had broken me.
I never allowed anyone get too close.
 
I’d tried to fight the pull I felt towards her.
But all the little things—her smile, her light, the feel of her skin on mine—drew me in.
 
It was all the little things that would become my undoing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leslie Wilder grew up in a small town in West Tennessee. A country girl at heart, she’s always thought that life is too short, but she had no idea how short it really was until her brother passed away in 2014. She’s always been an avid reader, loving the escape only a great book can give, and wondered if she had what it took to write one of the wild romances she’d come to adore. With the support of her family and friends, she published Inferno: A Devil Chaser’s MC, one year after her brother’s death. With him in mind, she fulfilled her lifetime dream of writing. Since then, she’s completed the Devil Chaser’s Series and continued on with the Satan’s Fury MC Series. She has so many stories in her head, and can’t wait to share each and every one.
Leslie has been blown away by the support of her readers, appreciating every message, review, and encouraging word she’s received over the past year. She looks forward to continuing this journey with them for years to come.
 
 
 
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PREORDER: Second Chance at Love Anthology

Title: Second Chance at Love Anthology
Authors: Danielle Young, Emma Creed, Melissa Williams, Adina D Grey, Amali Rose
Release: May 3, 2021
Genre: 2nd Chance Romance Anthology

Cover Reveal: April 25, 2021
To celebrate the second year of Romance Readers Book Box UK we have teamed up with some of the best UK and International authors to bring you a celebratory collection of brand new stories.

With one story representing each of the main boxes from our second 12 months there is surely something for everyone included here.

If you like your hero’s able to strum a tune then why not try For Real by Danielle Young? Empty Souls by Emma Creed takes us into the dangers world of Motorcycle Clubs whereas All The Rage is a lighter romantic comedy style story from Melissa Williams.

Ready for Christmas already? Adina D Grey is bringing all kinds of festive feelings in Spindle Together before we delves into She Hates Me, She Loves Me Not; an enemies to lovers romance from Amali Rose.

All proceeds are going to Together For Short Lives. The UK charity that is here to make sure the 99,000 seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together – whether that’s for years, months or only hours.

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TOUR: Perfect Risk by CA Harms

Title: Perfect Risk
Series: Mason Creek #1
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Small Town Romance
Release Date: April 8, 2021
Mason Creek, Montana is my home. It always has been and truth is, there is no place like it.

I can hide away in a big city, pretend as if I’m not drowning. I can ignore the sadness inside my heart that is begging for a change. But if I’m being honest, my sense of belonging has disappeared. I thought I wanted the big city life, the fast track and all the glamorous things. Turns out, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than home.

Coming back to help run my mom’s business gave me the perfect escape.

But there is one problem.

An unresolved past has a way of haunting anyone. Things can sure get complicated when the man that broke your heart all those years ago is now your new landlord.

It may get a little messy, I may regret my decision to stay…

But then again, this might just be the Perfect Risk.

Amazon Review – “Welcome to Mason Creek! This book was absolutely beautiful.”

Fun Under the Covers – “Absolutely beautiful story of love and forgiveness”

Amazon Review – “On Fire with Feels 🔥❤”
Amazon Review – The perfect small town read 😍
 
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“Will you stop laughing, it was awful.” I flopped down on my couch and buried my head in the throw pillow.

“Come on, Sadie, it can’t be that bad.” Anna had no idea.

“No, not bad at all, Ms. Murphy just found her son with his mouth on my tits but hey, it was nothing.”

“Okay so when you say on your tits, was he like smashed between them, or focusing on one at a time?”

“You are an asshole.” She was loving my humiliation, the sound of her laughter confirmed this. I know my best friend, and had the tables been turned she would have grabbed her shirt, put it on, and then managed to prance around as if nothing had happened. “You should have seen the look on her face. And then Will didn’t make things any better.”

“I’m sure he had a whole lot to say.”

“Too much.” His words were still ringing in my mind. It was almost as if his poor mother wasn’t standing at his side while he spewed things that furthered my humiliation. I don’t think I will ever be able to face her without feeling like a complete idiot.

“She is a woman, she was married to one of the Murphy men for years, I think she is completely aware of their powers.” Anna was trying to make me feel better and she was failing. “I’m sure she’s already forgotten about what she saw.”

“Sure, yeah, I’m sure.” Not even close. “I’m sure that the idea of me having premarital sex with her son in his garage is the furthest thing from her mind. Not to mention she found him sucking on my nipple.”

Anna’s laugh echoed even louder, accompanied by a snort. “Oh, so he was mid-suck?”

“I’m hanging up on you now.” I ended the call to the sounds of her uncontrollable laughter and didn’t feel any better about what had taken place only a short time ago.

The minute I looked up to find Wyatt’s mother and brother there I let my head hang low as I hurried out of the garage ignoring the protests of Wyatt. Almost tripping three times in my need to get inside quickly I practically slammed into my front door before righting myself and finally stepping inside.

I planned on hiding out here for days.

I can see it now, the next headline will read…

Our small-town hero was caught mid suck when his own mother broke through the pre-sexed haze during a steamy night in the garage.

Kill me now! I knew it was only a matter of time before my own mother got her hands on the information. Oh God, and my father…I felt sick!
 
C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn’t always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.
 
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TOUR: Unleashed by the Moon by LP Dover

Title: Unleashed by the Moon
Series: A Royal Shifters Novel
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2021
 
 
 
Pulse-pounding action meets smoldering romance in Unleashed by the Moon, the latest masterpiece by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author L.P. Dover that is sure to leave you howling for more!
 
Desired by many.
Longing for one.
 
As the last royal arctic female, shifters across the country are sniffing for the chance to be the lucky male mated to Faith. A bond with her would elevate her chosen to the Royal pack, allowing them to tap into unimaginable power.
 
But Faith’s heart has already been claimed.
 
Hidden among the Great Plains pack, she finds the missing piece of her soul in Tate. But this love comes with a fatal risk. If their feelings are discovered, a price will be put on Tate’s head. At the next full moon, their bond can be fulfilled. Until then, they wait…
 
Little do they know, Killian Vilkas is preparing to manipulate matters to further his own twisted agenda. Orchestrating a vicious tournament, he pits shifters against one another in battles to try their luck at winning Faith’s hand.
 
Loyalties will be tested. Bonds broken by crushing betrayal. When the face of the silvery moon rises, will love stand victorious? Or fall beneath the snapping jaws of merciless ambition?
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Everything’s sweeter in the South has always been her mantra and she lives by it, whether it’s with her writing or in her everyday life. Maybe that’s why she’s seriously addicted to chocolate.
 
Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her daughter. Her favorite to write is romantic suspense, but she’s also found a passion in romantic comedy. She loves to make people laugh which is why you’ll never see her without a smile on her face.
 
 
 
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TOUR: Blind Expectations by Nikki Leigh

Title: Blind Expectations

Series: The Boys of Tonopah Series
Author: Nikki Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 5, 2021
 

Amazon Review – “Great debut novel!”

Jenn the Readaholic – “A solid debut!”


Wendy’s Book Blog – “Intriguing story!!”

~Anatasia~
At seven years old my world went dark and no light has touched me since. Left alone in a world I didn’t fit into any longer I struggle with my blindness daily. Despite the darkness that shrouds me I see light in one place, with one person. He has no idea how much hope his light has given me. Until one fateful January night when I confessed my feelings for him only to be instantly crushed. Now I am surrounded by darkness once again….

~Grayson~
At 21, I met the most amazing resilient girl, she was going to prove to people that her disability didn’t own her. At 25, I watched in fascination as she became an incredible young lady; much too young for me. At 31, I wished that she would ‘see’ me as I was beginning to see her, beautiful, determined, and independent but all that changed in a handful of cruel words. Now at 33 all I prayed for was a second chance to fix my mistakes….
 
 
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RELEASE: More Than Enough by Kathryn Shay

Title: More Than Enough
Series: Sisters of Fire #1
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2021
Cover Design: Shelley Kay Webcrafters Design
 
Hardened firefighter, Trish “Mac” Mackenzie rappels off buildings, saves kids in a car accident and carries victims out of raging fires. But her personal life is a mess. Can Mac fight her way out of abuse and insecurity with the Sisters of Fire, a skilled counselor, and good-guy, kindergarten teacher Nathan Mitchell at her side?

Goodreads Review – “What a great start to the new Sisters of Fire Series.”

Goodreads Review – “I couldn’t stop reading this story, and was frequently moved to tears.”

Goodreads Review – “Once again Kathryn Shay has out done herself!!!”

Nathan smiled out at his kids, now sitting in a circle on a mat on the floor, waiting for him to read them a story. He loved this job. Thankfully, his previous experience had given him the chance to work here.

Dropping down on his own pillow, he said, “We have three books to choose from.” He tried to give the kids options even though they were kindergartners. “I think half of you already had a Pick Day. Only those who haven’t can raise your hand.” He propped up the three books. “Pig Will and Pig Won’t. The Giraffe Dance. Mogli in the Jungle.”

Several hands shot up

A shy little girl had her head down so he couldn’t see her face behind her long dark hair.

“Mary, what’s your pick?”

She glanced up. “Me?”

“Which book would you like?”

“Pig Will.” She spoked softly, like she always did.

“Pig Will it is.”

He read the book about the cooperative pig who helped harvest the food and cook it. Pig Won’t refused to do any work. When it came time to eat, Pig Won’t didn’t get any food. It was a bit preachy but had a valuable lesson and appealed to kids.

They sat attentively for most of the book, then they started to fidget. “Now, let’s talk about why Pig Won’t didn’t get any food.”

“‘Cuz he didn’t help.” Surprisingly, Mary spoke again.

“Do you all help at home?”

“My brother doesn’t…”

“I do…”

“I do…”

They volunteered until there was a knock at the door. “Ah, I’ll bet that’s Mr. Simpson coming to get you for Exercise Time.” He got up and opened the door.

“Hey, there. Are my kiddies ready for ET?” He liked Ed Simpson’s mild-mannered way.

“They are.” To the class, “All right, line up.”

After some juggling, the students left with Ed.

Nathan decided to get some coffee on his thirty-minute break and headed down the hall. Someone else was walking down the corridor. Holy cow, it was Trish, Marcy’s sister-in-law, again.

He jogged to meet her. “Hey, there.”

She was out of her uniform today, wearing white cropped pants and a blue blouse. Her hair was down around her face. Coming toward him, she seemed surprised. “Hi, Nathan.”

“Well, here we are again.”

She chuckled.

“We have to stop meeting like this, Trish.” His voice was stern, making her smile. “What are you doing here?”

“I’m meeting with your principal about the fire prevention program at the school for next year. I’m the CCFD liaison. I’m out of uniform because it’s my day off.”

“Terrific. I think the curriculum needs some updating.”

“I do too.” She watched him through huge blue/gray eyes. “I can’t believe that after the past two years of seeing you at Marcy’s house, I never asked what you did.”

“Teacher. Kindergarten.”

“Wow. Where do you get the patience?”

“I’m not sure some days.”

“Ha.”

“And don’t feel bad. We didn’t have many parties with both families.”

“I guess.”

“Let me walk to the principal’s office with you. It’s past my classroom and down another hallway.”

“Thanks.”

The door to the reception area of the principal’s office was open and the secretary peered up at them. “Oh, hello, Nathan.” She transferred her gaze to Trish.

“I’m Firefighter Mackenzie. I have a meeting here.”

“I’m afraid Jay is running late. He’s at the administration building. He’s not in control of his time when he goes there. He texted me to take you for coffee and he’d meet you in the Teacher’s Lounge.” She pushed back her chair to get up.

“I’m going down to get coffee,” Nathan put in easily.

“Oh, would you mind accompanying her?”

“If it’s okay with Firefighter Mackenzie.”

“I guess.” Was that shyness or aversion. He couldn’t tell.

“Let’s go then.”

It was a short distance to the lounge where he poured them coffees out of a pot on the counter and they both sat at a table. The room was empty.

“So, firefighting, huh? Are there very many females in the Crystal City Department?”

“Out of two hundred firefighters, 67 are women. We’re also working on more diversity, which is only 20 percent.”

“Wow! I never knew.”

“Do you like your job?”

Her expression seemed confused. “Yeah, of course. A lot.”

“What do you like most about it?”

“The work we do helping people.”

He lifted his cup. “To me you’re all heroes.” He clinked the mug with hers.

“Most of us don’t think of the job that way.”

“All the more admirable of you. How long have you been one of America’s Bravest?”

“Over ten years. How long have you been a teacher?”

“About the same. Only two years in Crystal City, though.”

“What do you like best about being a teacher?”

“The kids, of course.”

“I can see why. Kids are so much nicer than adults.”

He cocked his head. “Are they?”

She blushed, heightening the color in her cheeks. “You’ll have to excuse me. I work with burly men who forget their manners. A lot.”

“Any other women on your…what do you call it?”

“My group.”

“Working on your group?”

“Yeah, a paramedic. We spread the women out. We still need 33 more to make up half of the department, though.”

“You went to socialize with some of those women the night we met.”

A genuine smile now. “Yeah, they’re great. We all started in the same recruit class ten years ago.”

“That is so sweet.”

“How did you know where I went?”

“Rick told me.”

Her face went cloudy at the boyfriend’s name.

“Tell me about them.”

“The women? Why?”

He shrugged. “I’m totally unfamiliar with firefighters. Especially female ones.”

“Huh. Well, there’s six of us…”

He watched her as she talked. Her eyes lit now. Her wary face became animated. She gave him a detailed rundown on the women which he thoroughly enjoyed. She’d finished and he was about to comment, when the principal walked through the doors and approached their table. “I am so sorry, Firefighter Mackenzie. I’ve wasted almost half an hour of your time.”

“It wasn’t wasted,” she said tossing a glance at him. “I got to spend some time with Nathan.”

He delighted in the comment.

Jay asked, “Shall we stay here or go to my office?”

“You can stay here.” Nathan stood. “My class is coming back to the room in five minutes.” He got Jay coffee then reached over and squeezed Trish’s arm. She stared at his hand on her. “Nice to see you again, Trish.”

“You too, Nathan.”

He left. And whistled all the way down the hall.

 
A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won many awards for her work: five RT Book Reviews awards, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” One of her firefighter books hit #20 on the NEW YORK TIMES list. Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over ten million copies of her books in print and downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”
 
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RELEASE: This Love by Lissa Lynn Thomas

Title: This Love
Series: Renegades Book #1
Author: Lissa Lynn Thomas
Genre: Small Town, Second Chance, Friends to Lovers, Love Triangle, Country/Rockstar Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2021

I’m a country song waiting to happen.
 
No, seriously.
 
Two lifelong best friends, my best friend and my ex, closer than brothers with one girl stuck in the middle. Of course, that girl would be me. And, to make things even more fraught, they’re both members of the area’s hottest Country band. That I manage.
 
The worst part of all this, though, is that I know I’m going to break someone’s heart. Might even break all three of our hearts…
 
At least they’re sure to get a hit song out of this?

I look up and find Chloe standing in front of me, her full mouth turned down on one side as she studies my face.

“What is it?” I ask, reaching out to catch a stray curl that’s escaped her ponytail, rubbing the silky strands through my fingers and forcing her to take a step closer. I like her closer. I’m not supposed to, and I try to hide it usually because she’s too fine, too good for me to sully. I let my other hand move to her hip and pull her so she’s standing between my knees, my back to the bar now. She smells like summer to me, always has.

Her green eyes are huge and hooked on mine, looking like she thinks I might be crazy.

“What are you doing, Raif?” She asks softly, her voice practically a whisper. Her small hands are on my chest, just resting there and I want them on my skin.

I want her.

It’s a fact I try hard to hide most of the time. From Pippa, from myself, from the whole world. No more Pippa, though. And I’m so tired of wanting her and denying myself.

“I’m just touching your hair, it’s soft,” I say, trying to downplay how badly I want to pull her even closer, taste her mouth, claim some of that sweetness for myself.

 
 
Lissa Lynn Thomas writes flawed individuals living in stories that mix humor with the darker side of life and love. With Helena Novak, she’s one half of A.L. Shea.
 
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SPOTLIGHT: My Neighbor Wants To Get Married by Renata R. Corrêa

Title: My Neighbor Wants To Get Married
Author: Renata R. Corrêa
Genre: Erotic Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 26, 2021
The young millionaire Roberto Nobre Aravantes wants to get married. In fact, he needs it.
At the height of his thirty years, what the civil engineer, heir to the famous construction company Aravantes & Toledo, wants most is to continue enjoying life madly. He would run away from relationships until his mother became obsessed with getting him a wife, insisting that he stopped having one-night stands and give her grandchildren, perpetuating the family. Tired of the matriarch’s siege, he has a genius idea: to marry under a contract of convenience. When he decides to remodel his luxurious penthouse and move into a second floor apartment, he meets the perfect woman for his plans.
Ithala suddenly saw her world crumble. All she wanted was a light at the end of the tunnel, a drastic change in her life that would bring out her hope again. When she met her new neighbor, Beto, she received an unusual proposal which could be the immediate solution to her problems. She decides, then, to embark on that madness.
Will the relationship’s contract continue to be false after they get to know each other better and realize that, besides having unlikely affinities, the desire has begun to surround them?
Come fall in love with this hot and fun story!


Pisces-born, dramatic and an assumed chocoholic, Renata dos Reis Corrêa was born on March 4, 1981, in Guimarânia, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and currently lives in Uberlândia, with her husband and two children, a twin couple.

She is an ophthalmologist doctor by education, a voracious reader and a passionate writer. She started writing as a teenager, but it wasn’t until 2014 that she entered the literary world for good, when she created her first novel, a story that started as part of a treatment for Burnout syndrome that she had at the time. A hopeless romantic, she always tries to pass on a message of hope with her stories, highlighting the power of the female figure. She has published 23 titles in Brazil, among digital and printed books, ranging from drama to romantic comedy to erotic literature, ten of which are novels, as well as short stories and chronicles. At Amazon, in Brazil. by itself, her stories add up to millions of readings. My neighbor wants to get married is hers first book translated do English.

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COVER: Savage Hero by Logan Fox

Title: Savage Hero

Series: A Crime Family Affair
Author: Logan Fox
Genre: Dark Cartel Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2021
Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Kick-ass assassin. Deadly drug lord. It’s a match made in hell.

Nyx Gray
Bryan Domingo wasn’t the first person I’ve been paid to assassinate.

But he was my first failure.

I’d been staking out the Dom of the Colombian cartel for weeks.

Everything was lined up perfectly…until the heir to his empire walked in.

Deadly, fierce, and hot as hell, Caesar ‘Savage’ Domingo ruined everything with one look.

Now I’m his captive until he decides what he wants to do with me.

For now, it seems tormenting me and treating me like his toy is his only interest.

There’s no way he’ll let me escape now that I’m his.

But even if I could…would I want to? He’s as vicious and brutal as his namesake. But I’m drawn to him, like a moth to a flame.

Lines are blurring.

Rules are being broken.

If we’re not careful, we’ll both get burned.

Savage Hero is the first book in the Crime Family Affair Series, a dark cartel romance series. This book ends on a cliffhanger, and contains scenes of graphic violence, murder, and other mature content.Reader discretion is advised.

Nyx is heaven. And only good men go to heaven.
I’m a savage beast. A criminal. I’ve destroyed more lives than anyone my age should be able to lay claim to. I don’t deserve even this brief moment of happiness.
But I don’t stop kissing her.
I can’t.
I know I’m going to hell when I die. Who can blame me for stealing a slice of heaven?
Hailing from the notoriously sunny South Africa, Logan Fox writes deliciously dark and twisted romance. Her books feature gruff, grumpy alphas that, although broken, can almost always redeem themselves to their feisty heroines. Her couples have enough chemistry to fog up an ice rink, and her stories the kind of the grit and grime she loves reading herself.
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PREORDER: Blood & Bones: Rook by Jeanne St. James

Title: Blood & Bones: Rook
Series: Blood Fury MC #7
Author: Jeanne St. James
Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance (MC Romance)
Release Date: May 1, 2021
 
 

 
It’s a thin line between love and hate…
Secrets.
Every one of his brothers in the Blood Fury MC has them.
Including Rook.
Especially Rook.
What he’s done in his past. What he’s involved in currently. What he still needs to do.
Even worse, what he’s tempted to do.
With someone no one expects.
Least of all him.
But resisting her is impossible, no matter how much he tries.
Problem is, his club’s on the verge of war, so she’s either with the Fury or against them.
If she’s against them, she’s against them all.
Including Rook.
Especially Rook.
Which will turn the thin line into an insurmountable wall dividing them forever.
Note: Blood & Bones: Rook is the seventh book in the Blood Fury MC series and is an enemies-to-lovers romance. As always, this book has no cheating, no cliffhanger and has an HEA. It’s recommended to read this series in order.

Her attraction to him had to be the allure of wanting something she shouldn’t have.
The forbidden.
The tempting bite of an apple you couldn’t resist even when you know it would destroy humanity.


 
 
 
JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today and international bestselling romance author who loves writing about strong women and alpha males. She was only thirteen when she first started writing. Her first published piece was an erotic short story in Playgirl magazine. She then went on to publish her first romance novel in 2009. She is now an author of almost fifty contemporary romances. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages, including interracial. Want to read a sample of her work? Download a free sampler book here: BookHip.com/MTQQKK

To keep up with her busy release schedule check her website at www.jeannestjames.com or sign up for her newsletter: http://www.jeannestjames.com/newslettersignup

 
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