Category Archives: contemporary romance.
Fast Men, Slow Kisses
by Chris Keniston, Laurie Kellogg, Linda Steinberg. Barbara Lohr, Nancy Warren, Pamela Stone, Sandy Loyd
Publication Date: October 27, 2014
Genres: Anthology, Contemporary, Romance
Fast Men, Slow Kisses: A collection of 7 Romances supporting military veterans.
As authors, we’re delighted to pull our works together in this boxed set to say thank you to all those who serve to protect our freedom, especially the forgotten heroes and their families struggling here at home. Proceeds from Fast Men, Slow Kisses will be donated to military veterans’ charities in the United States and Canada.
Fast Men, Slow Kisses contributors:
Wild Ride, by USA Today bestselling author Nancy Warren
Joe Montcrief is a hard driving workaholic corporate shark who arrives in the small, eccentric town of Beaverton, Idaho with takeovers and profit in mind. Emily Sargent runs the Shady Lady B&B, a former brothel and the only accommodation in town. Still, he manages to keep his mind on work except when Emily’s around and he notices that this rose-growing, cookie baking, small-town girl has something about her that turns him inside out.
Aloha Texas, by award-winning author Chris Keniston
Fall in love with all the friends and family from the Big Island Dive shop: Retired navy diver Nicholas Harper likes his new life as captain of a dive boat in Hawaii. Kara Lynn O’Conner is the fifth generation lawyer in her small Texas town where life is easy and safe. Six year old Bradley Russell is about to change everything.
Only with the Heart, by award-winning author Linda Steinberg
Out of money and almost out of time, technology geek Brian McKay has three weeks to complete the prototype for his voice activated hotel suite and achieve the financial independence he’s always struggled for. But, when a beautiful Beverly Hills do-gooder needs his help on a special project, the inventor is pulled between ambition and love.
Her Favorite Mistake, by award-winning author Barbara Lohr
When Vanessa Randall appears on a popular reality TV show, she isn’t prepared to see her Vegas Hunky Hottie again. She needs the Internet mogul’s help to ramp up her family business, but Alex is the last man she wants back in her life. He’s thinking revenge can be sweet.
Baby I’m Back, by two-time Golden Heart® winner Laurie Kellogg
Nick Riverà’s ex-wife, Samantha, has no concept of how terrified he is of losing her to another high-risk pregnancy. His refusal to sire another child ultimately destroyed their marriage. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to get his family back—even if it means blackmailing his way into his ex-wife’s home—and, with any luck, Samantha’s bed and heart.
Partners by Design, by award-winning author Pamela Stone
Hard-edged DEA agent Shayne Kelley grew up fast. Shuffled from one foster family to the next made him tough. And damned good at working undercover. When idealistic schoolteacher Dani Cochran reunites him with the father who abandoned him as a child, his well-ordered world is shaken. He can’t seem to resist the naïve teacher and her reckless optimism. But can she risk loving a man who seems destined to break her heart?
Winter Interlude, by award-winning author Sandy Loyd
Ñico Fernández has plans to seduce Pepper Grady and then marry her to please his dying father. Those plans go astray when the beautiful heiress seduces him instead. She’s vowed never to marry a man like him, one who doesn’t believe in love and he’s not sure he can promise marriage on her terms…including a lifetime of love and fidelity.
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Annika Martin, Skye Warren
Publication date: October 23rd 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis: He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure tattooed menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets, too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I volunteered to teach and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night, I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.
But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth, so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.
And you might crave him more than your next breath.
About Annika Martin
Annika Martin is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing stories about criminals – some of her tales are dirty and fun (kinky bank robbers!) others are dark and intense (Prisoner collaboration). She also writes gritty, sexy romantic suspense and urban fantasy as RITA-award winning author Carolyn Crane.
About Skye Warren
Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.
Till Death(#1, Logan’s Lonestar Series)
Cover Reveal- Oct. 22nd
Release Date: Nov. 10th
TILL DEATH (#1, Logan’s Lonestar Heroes)
Dave Logan, owner of Deep Six Security, is stunned when former Dallas FBI head, Susan Whitmore, darkens his doorstep accusing him of being the cause of her
losing her job. After hearing her situation, Dave feels something he never expects to feel–sorry for her. But he also knows any problems she had at the
agency were all her own fault. The woman has a tongue so sharp it could rip a man to shreds, and had many times. There was a reason her agents dubbed her
Although Dave needs agents in the worst way, and Susan, with an IQ higher than Einstein, better skills and more experience than any of his men, along with
a master’s degree in criminal justice, is more than qualified to be a member of his team, he just doesn’t need the drama she and her mouth would bring to
Deep Six . Even as his brain said no way though, his damned white-knight complex forces him to offer her a job as his temporary secretary.
Realizing he’s made a huge mistake hiring her, Dave calls in favors to get her interviews to get her out of his office. Before he can get rid of her
though, Dave gets a new case only Susan can help him with. A wealthy Dallas oilman and his trophy wife ordered a designer baby from a local fertility
clinic, and the surrogate has gone missing with the baby. The couple wants Deep Six Security to investigate the facility and find the baby, but the only
way Dave can do that is to get inside. To get inside his only option is to go undercover with Susan, posing as a wealthy married couple looking for a baby.
What they find when they get to the spa-like compound is frightening. Payoffs, missing surrogates and young women being used as lab rats are just the tip
of the iceberg.
Can two alpha personalities, both used to being in charge, work together long enough to figure out what’s going on at the clinic, or will they kill each
other before the bad guys at the facility have a chance? If they’re lucky, perhaps the delicious friction between them will turn into something so hot the
place spontaneously combusts, or maybe if they’re luckier it will turn into something which might just last till death do them part.
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TIME WITHOUT END.
This is the second part of this story, and you really do need to read them in order.
Cora is a young woman who was dying of a form of cancer. That was until she met Dorian. He is a scientist and a Vampire. Dorian cured Cora by turning her into his cognate or consort.
This part of the story is about Cora coming to terms with what it will mean to her being with such a powerful Vampire when there are forces out to destroy them.
This is the 1st book .
I must admit that this is not quite my usual reading. I feel it is aimed at readers who relate better to the world of universities and college. Neither of which I attended. I’m English and way older than that group.
The heat level is just warm. No big sex scenes. Started and finished with excitement but sort of fizzled out in the middle.
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Seal All Exits
(Tangled Web #3)
Jade C. Jamison
Heather Morrow has been fighting demons all her life, but the past two years have likely been her darkest. So when her friend Katie invites her to a reunion of sorts, Heather jumps at the chance, because Katie, one of the most down-to-earth people Heather has ever called friend, is the only person she has ever felt like herself around, and Heather realizes that she needs an ally to help her out of the shadows.
Kiefer Steele, vocalist for Shock Treatment, has been battling some demons of his own. He’s been a nothing most of his life, but world-famous J.C. Gibson took him from his beach-combing, weed-smoking ways and helped him make something of himself…except life on the road has taken its toll. The only ray of hope in his life has been his continuing online friendship with Heather. The two met in person once, backstage at a concert, and their friendship has grown stronger.
They haven’t seen each other in three years, though, and both have changed immensely.
When they discover each other’s darkest secrets, will their friendship—and budding romance—survive, or are they destined to spend their lives apart…and alone?
They walked off the deck and Kiefer said, “So what did you want to talk about?”
“Hmm. I’m not even sure where to start.”
“No pressure.” Kiefer looked up toward the mountain across the road. It was covered in evergreen trees and the sky above was a light blue, clean and clear. He could see why Johnny wanted to live here. Regular worries were gone, far and away, and it was like regular shit just didn’t matter.
Heather stopped walking, so Kiefer slowed and turned to face her. “Um…I have a proposal for you.”
He raised his eyebrow. “Yeah?”
“Yeah.” She drew in a deep breath and looked in his eyes, but he could tell it was hard for her. “I, uh…I don’t want or need a relationship. But I’m so glad you’re my friend.”
Kiefer smiled. “Ditto.”
“So…just so we can get it out of our systems…why don’t we, uh, explore our attraction, but…when we leave here, things go back to the way they were.” Kiefer drew in a long, slow breath. Was she saying what he thought she was? “That sound okay?”
Honestly, no, it sounded like a copout. He thought some of telling her that, but he wanted her. He wanted her to continue to be a part of her life and he also wanted to step it up a notch after what they had experienced last night. This might be his only chance to convince her that a more intense relationship could be a good thing. So he nodded. “Yeah.” On impulse, he took her hand in his. He wanted to start now.
Heather had other ideas, though. “Not here.” Kiefer couldn’t help the look of confusion that he knew appeared on his face. She let go of his hand but got a little closer, almost as though she were afraid someone would be able to hear her. “If we’re going to go back to the way things were after this week, then I don’t want to give anybody here any bright ideas, and I don’t want to answer any questions or deal with any looks.”
He nodded, saying nothing. He could live with that. And that also gave him several days to see what he could do to change her mind.
Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado, moved from one city/town to the next, and she’s decided she likes it so much she wants to stay…although travel is not out of the question. She lives in a big town in Colorado (not unlike the fictional Winchester she writes so much about) with her husband and four children. She is working on becoming a crazy cat lady. Okay, so maybe not.
Still want more? Jade has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theater, a master’s degree in English, and a master of fine arts in Creative Writing. Obviously, she loves school and the student loan folks love her. She works in human services by day, teaches English and creative writing at night, and—in between playing soccer mom and community leader—writes like a fiend. Someday soon, she’ll narrow it down to just writing, but let’s get all those kids off to college first.
BY CARRIE ANN RYAN.
I was lucky enough to receive an A.R.C. of this from Carrie Ann Ryan but that doesn’t colour my review in any way.
This is a very HOT contemporary romance, with a little kink.
Austin Montgomery is the oldest son in very large and happy family. He has opened a tattoo parlor with his sister. With his beard and tattoos he looks nothing like a successful business man. He is feeling that he wants something more in his life. Some needs are more difficult than others to explain to a partner . He is going to get a whole lot more than he bargained for.
Sierra is a woman mentally and physically damaged by a past that refuses to let go.She is just opening a shop, and trying to erase the past. Sierra has been thinking of a tattoo to cover her scars, but is not sure she can show them to anyone.
The past must be dealt with before the true healing begins. Just because some people think what Sierra needs is twisted, doesn’t mean everyone will.
This is an emotional and very sexy book with loads of great characters. Our main protagonists are not used to the things they will have to deal with. Both have to learn that dominance and submission is present in all relationships, but the strength comes from being together.
I’m looking forward to reading the whole series.
P.s. I’m not normally a fan of contemporary so this Did very well to convert me.
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JADE by Dy Young.
I recieved this book free in Exchange for an honest review. So I am afraid that is what it is going to get.
Tyína is a Queen in her university sorority.The sisterhood is made up of girls of all colours and nationalities. It is set up to built their confidence to find a good place in life. Tyína is also an orphan whose God mother ill treats her and is controlling her inheritance.
Andre is a billionaire owner of a company that rivals her god mothers. He kidnapps Tyína to forcé the other woman to lose her company. He keeps Tyína safe and gives her anything she could possibly want.
The story line of the book is good but it reads like a translated book. The english language is butchered. That makes Reading it very hard work. Trying to make sense out of it. I am very sorry to the author for this type of review but I can not do any different.
A TIME TO LIVE
. BY KATHRYN LOCH.
I don’t read much contemporary romance, it’s not my favourite flavour. With this one I only picked it up because it is written by an author whose work I know I usually enjoy. I was right to do it.
Nikki has left her life in Los Angeles, to spend her last few months in the clean mountain air. She buys a fixer up cabin and finds herself right in the middle of trouble between the locals.
Michael is Nikki”s next-door neighbour and a suspected serial killer. Nikki is drawn to Michael and can’t understand why the locals treat him the way they do. The murderer is still killing. The sheriff pulls Michael in but can’t prove he did it. Someone is prowling around Nikki’s home.
Even though Nikki is very sick the story is exciting and a good who dunnit. I loved the secondary characters as well. I think Rory might have a book soon.
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Title: Falling: A 7-Novel New Adult Anthology
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Cover Design by Najla Qamber Designs
Falling never felt so good . . . Seven best-selling stories of love, heartbreak, and redemption.
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SPIN MY LOVE by Chantal Fernando, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author
World renowned DJ Tane Miller returns to his hometown after leaving when he was eighteen and never looking back. When he runs into his beloved childhood friend Giselle, his life takes a turn he could never have anticipated.
DEAREST CLEMENTINE by Lex Martin
Clementine Avery doesn’t date. Not after her ex cheated and a professor stalked her. But when she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class, she has a hard time resisting hot RA Gavin Murphy, who volunteers to help her find a little “inspiration.”
DEEP BLUE by Jules Barnard
Recent college grad Cali Morgan thinks she has her life all figured out, until she returns to Lake Tahoe and runs into an old crush she barely recognizes. A serious accident pushes Jaeger’s life in a new direction, but he’s hotter than ever, his presence rocking the foundation Cali staked her future on.
DAZZLED by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Young London actor Miles Stephens gets a chance to star in a big-time Hollywood movie, but when the dream of a lifetime doesn’t match reality he turns to Clare, lifelong friend and girl next door. Clare knows two important facts: when you break chocolate, the calories fall out; and that she’s totally in love with clueless Miles.
HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti
Andra disappeared from an abusive environment when she was seventeen, choosing to build a new life, full of secrets. But when she met Julian, everything changed. And the moment she let her guard down, a threat from her past caught up to her.
THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Jade Eby
Kara Pierce and Vince Gage have a tumultuous past. As in – he almost ruined Kara’s life. When they’re forced to work together on a final college project, Kara must learn how to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: forgive.
THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN by Sarina Bowen
Corey Callahan thought she’d start college playing varsity ice hockey. But she’ll start it in a wheelchair instead. The only perk? Her too-delicious-to-be-real neighbor, Adam Hartley. They’re just friends, until one crazy night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
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. BY BRANDY L. RIVERS.
OTHERS OF SEATTLE BOOK #1
This series is set in the same world as Others of Edenton, but can be read separately.
Roxy is an author, and a Singer in a band with her big brother. The drummer in their band is her brother’s best friend and Roxy’s ex. He is refusing to accept the he and Roxy are over for good. When they turn up to a gig one night, the Singer in the band performing before them captures her immediate attention.
Trevor is singing when he is mesmerized by the beautiful girl watching him. He stays to watch her sing before his band drag him away. Trevor is also a werewolf and there is not long until the full moon. He manages to track Roxy down because he knows she belongs to him.
Jordan, Roxy’s ex is proving difficult because he has a True need that only Roxy can calm.
There is someone from Trevor’s past that is out to kill him. When that person finds out who his Mate is it creates even more danger. Roxy has put herself in the line of fire between two powerful enemies, but unbeknownst to her she has power of her own. The father she has never known turns up, to kill Trevor.
I don’t want to spoil this, so I won’t tell you more. You need to read it. The sex scenes are hot but not graphic.
This is a beautiful love story with a very powerful Magical plot. The secondary characters set us up nicely for the next book, and we revisit old friends from Edenton. I am going straight on to the next book. (I’m lucky I have an A.R.C. )
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