Weekly Releases for the week of December 18th, 2018

Room Mate by Katie Ashley 

From the time I was a kid, I knew I wanted a job helping people. After serving in the Rifles regiment of the British Army, I focused my civilian career on becoming a bodyguard to the rich and famous. For a Cockney Brit, I never imagined a twist of fate landing me a position in the United States Secret Service and protecting the President’s son. But then my boss made an unexpected request: leave my current placement to move in with his only daughter to give an added layer of protection against the threats she had been receiving. I’d never lived with a woman who was off-limits to me. It wasn’t just that Caroline had a boyfriend. She was my best friend’s sister, and my boss’s daughter. But the longer we’re in such close quarters together, the greater the temptation grows, but I know I’ll lose everything if I pursue her.

Growing up as the only girl with two overbearing older brothers, I’m no stranger to being overprotected. Just as I finished up college and prepared to truly dip my toes into the adult world, my father was elected President of the United States, which added a whole new level of protection with the Secret Service team attached to me. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more smothered, I began receiving threats, and my family decided it wasn’t enough to just have an agent living down the hall from me. Nope, I was to have one move in with me, and not just any agent, but Ty Frasier—my brother, Barrett’s best friend, and my brother, Ty’s, head agent. While most women would enjoy living with a sexy, buff Brit, having a roommate threw a wrench into all my plans. Especially when I began noticing Ty was so much more than a hot guy—he was someone I could fall for.

**Stand-alone set in the world of Running Mate and Office Mate**

Pretty Little Player by J.Kenner

After years in the military, I’ve faced down a lot of things, and there’s not much I shy away from. Except relationships. Because when you catch your wife in bed with another man, that tends to sour even the most hardened man against women.

When I was hired to keep surveillance on a woman with a checkered past, I went into the job anticipating the worst. But what I found was a woman who turned my head. Who made my blood heat and my body burn. A woman who made me feel alive again.

A woman who was nothing like what I expected, but everything I wanted. A woman who, it turned out, needed my protection. And wanted my touch.

And as the world fell out from under us, and everything I thought I knew shifted, there was only one reality I could hold onto—that the more I got to know her, the more I wanted her.

But if I’m going to make her mine, I’ll have to not only keep her safe, I’ll have to prove to her that I’ve conquered my own fears and doubts. That I’m done looking into the past, and that all I want is a future—with her.

Peyton and Noah by Heidi McLaughlin 

Everyone dreams of meeting their soulmate.
The person who completes them.
For Peyton and Noah, they grew up together, falling in love along the way.

Wedding bells are ringing.
And the couple who almost wasn’t,
Is going to be.

Peyton and Noah invite you into their life.
To spend some time with their family.
As they prepare to walk down the aisle.

Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins 

Seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe is over relationships. Between getting cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved and watching her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to turn the tables and go after what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.

Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral of drama. Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.

Bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a searing YA romance filled with endless flirting, heartthrob boys, and of course, lots of kisses!

The Greatest Risk by Scarlett Cole 

Holly is crushed when a public vote leaves her runner-up on the tattooing reality TV show, Inked. The prize, her own tattoo studio, was the only way to get her career, and reputation, back on track. But without it, she’s stuck with a freezing apartment and no prospects. Until Dred Zander, lead singer of rock band, Preload, offers her a way out.

Ryan will do anything to head up the New York office of his talent agency, even take on a band whose career is on the line. Turn Preload around, and the job is as good as his. It’s an easy win for a man who likes to get things done… alone. There’s only one problem, a sexy as hell tattoo artist with a knack for social media. When Preload offer Holly a temporary position helping with their social media campaign, it’s a distraction Ryan doesn’t expect. But then he doesn’t expect to lose his heart either.

Catch up with characters you know and love in this Preload/Second Circle Tattoos novella that takes place between The Darkest Link and Jordan Reclaimed.

Midnight Bite by Cynthia Eden 

A kiss on New Year’s Eve is supposed to be lucky…but a vampire bite? That’s not exactly something a woman dreams of getting. And when Lark Kinsley gets bit, all bets are off. She stakes her date, runs into the night, and tries to put the whole nightmare behind her.

Only she can’t.

Because she immediately runs into trouble—trouble in the form of a tall, dark, and deadly sexy vampire prince named Devereaux. He claims that he’s there to help her, but she’s not buying his story. The guy is no Prince Charming. After all, Prince Charming isn’t supposed to come with fangs and an appetite for blood. But Devereaux says that he’s been waiting centuries for her. That she is meant to rule with him. Obviously, he’s wrong. And possibly insane. She’s not meant to be the queen of the vamps. No matter what Devereaux says.

But he’s not the only one after her. Paranormal monsters are coming out of the woodwork. And the bite that she got? It’s making her feel strange. Hungry. Her self-control is shredding, and Lark knows she’s changing. She just doesn’t know what she’ll become.

The new year won’t go out with a bang…it will end with a bite.

Ren and Della by Pepper Winters 

From New York Times Bestseller, Pepper Winters, comes her most poignant tale yet.

This edition contains both books: THE BOY & HIS RIBBON and THE GIRL & HER REN.

The complete RIBBON DUET.

“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret?
I’ll tell you what you do.
You lie.”

REN
Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth.
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.

DELLA
I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.

Undaunted by Helen Hardt 

Breaking into a cemetery isn’t anything Dante Gabriel ever thought he’d do, but he has no choice. He must recover his father’s body so he can claim his estate. Help arrives from two unexpected sources, but their plan is interrupted.
Erin Hamilton’s best friend is a wolf shifter. The man she loves is a vampire. His father is a ghost. She can deal with all of that, but new worries have surfaced. The missing doctor has returned to the hospital, and his strange actions are disturbing…but not as disturbing as the odd dreams that begin to plague her. She finds comfort and love in Dante’s arms, even as he slowly begins to change.
More secrets are revealed, and Dante and Erin recruit his cousin and her brother to help them find the missing women and discover the secrets of the Vampyre Texts, even as external forces work against them. But as Dante develops some unusual abilities and the darkness targeting him becomes more menacing, he must proceed, undaunted.

 

Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Fox 

A jock, a journalist and a second chance . . .

MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.
They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . . except them.

That was then.
But what about now?

The Boyfriend Collector by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 

FIND MR. RIGHT IN 30 DAYS? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
Treated like a servant in her own home, twenty-year-old Rose Marie Hale can’t stop dreaming of her next birthday. It’s the day she’ll inherit a fortune, break free from her cruel family, and finally start living her life–finish school, travel, find love. After a lifetime of hardship, it’s all she’s ever wanted.

But when Rose discovers she must marry before her twenty-first birthday to claim the money, she has no choice but to push herself out into the world in search of a man she can love and trust. Unfortunately, those are the very things that have been used as weapons against her.

With only a month to go, will she find her prince? Or will her past hold her back, leaving her penniless and alone?

(Part One of Two)

A Very Braden Christmas by Melissa Foster (Live 12.19) 

Family and babies abound during this fun-filled evening of love, laughter, and happily ever afters! Spend the evening catching up with our loving and loyal Bradens in this holiday celebration and fall in love all over again with each of the Bradens at Weston, and their children.

A VERY BRADEN CHRISTMAS is a 78-page novelette and part of the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom stories are filled with family, fun, and the truest, deepest love of all. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books so you never have to leave your favorite characters behind. Readers are kept up to date with engagements, weddings, and births. Visit Melissa’s website for LOVE IN BLOOM family trees, series checklists, and more.

 

Pas De Deux: A Christmas Short by Lynn Turner (Live 12.20)

Prolific Artist. Prima ballerina.
They burned up the Broadway stage together in his stunning debut, Lady in Red. Now, Zachary Coen and Wilhelmina Allende are household names. They’ve risen to fame. Fallen in love. Bonded over pain and passion for their art. They’re partners in life, but perform on separate stages, and it’s the art sometimes that keeps them apart. This Christmas, they’re leaving their big city island behind for a magical isle in the heart of Paris.
It’s time to rekindle the flame that’s been there from the start, the one that was sparked three years ago on the loggia of the Opera Garnier…
**Warning: this is fluffy. Full of fluff. The cheesiest of cheese. I’m talking mousse-like levels, like the filling of a French cheesecake. (Yum!) So if high drama is what you’re looking for, read their angsty, slow burn of a love story, Pas De Deux: A Dance For Two. This novella can stand alone, but consider it an extended epilogue, set at Christmastime.


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