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It was supposed to be fun.
A mutual use of each other’s bodies.
To be a ruse to the world around us.
I wanted to be free from my ex, and he wanted to escape his.
One drunken night turned a joke into a life-changing moment.
He warned me not to fall for him, and I should’ve listened.
He intoxicated me.
He made me crave him.
He ruined me.
In the end, I’ll never be the same.
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
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Every time I considered leaving my room, I would grab the framed picture of Ben and stare at it. The urge to go to Simon was so strong; I basically hadn’t put down the framed photo of my deceased husband in an hour. I was lying in my bed, holding a picture of a dead man while fantasizing about one who was very much alive and in the other room. With the door cracked open waiting for me. There was one part of Simon’s note that I just kept reading over and over.
I want to make you come. Hard. I want you to get lost in me and I want to hear you say my name over and over while we fuck.
While we fuck.
While we fuck.
I was pretty sure that Ben had never used the word fuck like that before. Did we even fuck? We made love, sure. Our sex life was normal—at least, I think it was normal. Don’t get me wrong, the passion wasn’t the same as when we first got together. But after ten years, both of us working full time and raising a child, it was normal to have some of the desire dwindle, wasn’t it?
While we fuck.
I looked at the picture of my husband and sighed. We didn’t fuck. Not even in the beginning. And I felt guilty for that now. Maybe we should have been fucking. I certainly didn’t do anything to entice him to want me the last few years. Was it my fault our sex life had gotten boring? I rested the picture of Ben over my heart and laid my hand over it. I could feel my heart beating out of control beneath my fingers.
Shutting my eyes, I tried to force thoughts of Simon from my mind. But it was no use. Visions of his hard, sculpted body hovering over me had infiltrated my brain. So, here I was, a thirty-three-year-old, single mother lying in my bed all alone with a picture of my dead husband held to my heart while I visualized fucking another man.
Not making love.
I needed my head examined.
After two hours and no sleep in sight, I decided the only way I was going to be able to get any rest was if I got everything I was feeling off of my chest. Flicking on the light, I carefully set the framed photo of my beloved Ben on my nightstand and then opened the drawer and dug out a pen and piece of pretty stationery. I would write down my thoughts to clear my mind. I had no intention of actually giving the letter to Simon, so there was no reason to filter anything I said.
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
Other books from Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward:
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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
First Thing I See
Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
http://www.amazon.com/Beat-Vi-Keeland-ebook/dp/B00ZOMUV12/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beat-vi-keeland/1121715501 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/beat/id983959123 https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/beat-5
MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight
Worth the Chance
The Cole Series (2 book serial)
Belong to You
Made for You
Other books from Penelope Ward:
Sins of Sevin
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
Jake Understood (Jake #2)
Forget You, Ethan
by Whitney G.
Publication Date: 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Model: Fabian Castro
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
I’ve hated Rachel Dawson since I was seven years old. My next door neighbor and number one sworn enemy, she’s the reason why almost all of our childhood fights ended with me setting something of hers on fire. (Or, vice versa.)
She snitched on me when I broke curfew.
I snitched on her when she lied about having a boyfriend.
We went back and forth like this throughout high school, both vowing to never talk to each other again when we went off to college.
But that was until she showed up at my apartment during my senior year and asked me for a temporary place to stay. Until I realized just how much between us had changed, and the line I thought we’d never cross became harder and harder to ignore…
About Whitney G.
Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.
When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)
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A gripping sexy adventure of a demur librarian who’s bold enough to explore the her hidden desires. This love triangle is absolutely hooking and a great start to Kendall Ryan’s new Forbidden Desires series.
Dirty Little Secret centers around Emma Bell, a librarian who’s been secretly lusting after the dangerously handsome, impossible to ignore man in a suit that comes in to the same coffee place she does. They’ve never exchanged words, their eyes haven’t even crossed paths so the day he leaves his business card behind she doesn’t hesitate to learn more about the mystery man.
“She was all wrong for me. Innocent where I was hardened, and sweet where I was rough…”
After looking him up and finding out that he and his brothers own Forbidden Desires, a company that discreetly provides companionship for those who are willing to pay for their fees, she probably should have left the information and him to rest in peace. But being curious comes naturally to her and so she wonders not only into Gavin Kingsley’s life but into his brother’s, Cooper, as well by accepting to work for both of them.
Will Cooper’s ploy to help his brother out backfire? How will Emma be able to choose between the brooding Gavin that mesmerizes her and the charming Cooper who’s thoughtfulness is so endearing?
“If he wanted me, he would have me, and I would be powerless to stop him. I was a doe and he was a lion, stalking toward me with determined strides that made my knees go weak.”
The chemistry between Emma and Gavin is off the charts but the camaraderie between her and Cooper is easy and natural. There’s more to Gavin that meets the eye though, and I can’t wait to see what Kendall Ryan has up her sleeve regarding his character and the gripping cliffhanger with which she left us.
“I think you want to feel desired and experience passion, but you’re afraid to ask for it. You want a man to take control, to make you feel wanted, and you want to feel pleasure like you’ve never imagined.”
I started reading Kendall’s romantic comedy series Roommates and got hooked on her lighthearted, fun and easy reads but was very much intrigued by the romantic suspense side of her writing and she certainly delivered an enticing, sparks flying read.
“The desire to ravage Emma was almost overwhelming. I didn’t know what kind of spell this demure little thing in my lap had put me under.”
I’ve already decided which team I’m in as I’m sure Emma has but is a bit overwhelmed by so much sexy testosterone and the Dirty Little Secret she discovered. I think there’s never really been a choice for her. There’s only one Kingsley brother for her, something within both of them calls to the other. So just to be super clear, this is not a ménage.
Dirty Little Secret is the first book in the Forbidden Desires series by Kendall Ryan. It is a delicious contemporary romance escape brimming with sexiness and anticipation. Told from several points of view and ends with a cliffhanger.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via InkSlinger. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *
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A frightfully good time! Dive into these Halloween novellas from bestselling authors Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel and Tara Sivec. Featuring stories set in the worlds of their popular series.
Eye Candy by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel and Tara Sivec
Publishing Date: September 5th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tijan’s Fallen Crest crew are back for a weekend of mischief that takes a sinister turn; all four couples from J. Daniels’ Alabama Summer series gear up for Halloween in their own sexy ways, with a special surprise at the end; Helena Hunting’s characters from Shacking Up plan a Halloween gala that features a few ghouls and witches; Bella Jewel brings the chills and thrills in her suspenseful take on Halloween night; and Tara Sivec gathers the Holiday family together one last time as they try to make this ghostly holiday one to remember—or one they’d rather forget…
Cozy up with a mug of hot cider on a dark night and fall under the spell of this Halloween anthology!
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About the Authors:
Bella Jewel is a USA Today bestselling author of over 18 e-books, including the popular Alphas Heart eOriginal series with St. Martin’s Press. She lives in North Queensland where she’s working on her next novel.
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author of the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She lives in north Minnesota.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author and the Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards in 2014. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.
J.Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series. J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
Connect with the authors:
Bella Jewel: http://bellajewelbooks.com
Tara Sivec: http://tarasivec.com
J. Daniels: http://authorjdaniels.com
Boys gone wild is right! And these are not just any boys, they’re the Kennedy brothers who are wreaking havoc of the most addictive kind all over Ireland while on vacation.
I love it when authors write novellas because they’re usually about characters we love and get to spend more time with. It’s even better when no matter the word count, you still get all the good stuff like drama, excitement, sexy times and interesting character interactions and Siobhan does a wonderful job at balancing all of this.
I really enjoyed getting to be with Ky and Faye while they get some alone time in Faye’s home town and then when they spend time with the entire Kennedy tribe. The continuing drama and setup for stories on all the brothers is wonderful. Watching them interact all together was so much fun. I can’t decide who I want to read after book Saving Brad comes out.
We also get more on Faye’s newfound family, I wonder if we’ll get to see more of them throughout the series, in particular Faye’s reluctant half-sister, Whitney.
Besides solidifying their coupledom, Ky and Faye squarely place themselves as a lovey dovey pair capable of producing cavities at will with all their sweetness. And if this isn’t enough, the author also includes bonus content from the first three books in the series.
The Irish Getaway is novella #3.5 in the Kennedy Boys series by Siobhan Davis. This is not a standalone and should be read in the series order. It is a new adult, contemporary romance perfect for The Kennedy Brothers fans. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.
Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2i6lOMK
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *
THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR
by Rachel Van Dyken
(August 29, 2017; Forever Mass Market; $7.99; The Bachelors of Arizona Book 2)
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
She’s no Sleeping Beauty. And he’s definitely no prince . . .
Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot’s whiskey-augmented grandmother “buys” Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he’s at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass.
Bentley’s just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that “just friends” will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .
“I’m writing a kissing scene!” she blurted, mentally kicking herself for screaming it in his face. “And the guy’s a complete jackass. Since my only experience with jackasses is you…” Her voice was shaky, just like her body. Could he tell how much she wanted him? How much she hated that her response was this—raw. “I-I figured you were the only one who could show me what it’s like.” Good one, Margot. Do you really have to sound so…desperate?
“What what’s like?”
“A kiss. From a jackass.”
“Got the jackass part.” He treaded water and then grabbed her by the arm and pulled her deeper into the pool until they were on the opposite end, his body pressed against hers. At least his eyes were still locked on her face. “And you’ve never been kissed?”
She rolled her eyes. “Not by someone like—”
“If you keep insulting me, this kiss won’t ever happen, Red.”
“Don’t call me that,” Margot whispered. Was she so weak that she’d forgive his abandonment for one kiss? “Please?”
“This kiss.” His calculated gaze didn’t make her feel any better about the situation. “How long does it need to be? How deep? Where do you want my hands?”
Margot’s mouth dropped open. “That’s not how kisses work! You can’t just map out the kiss. That takes all the romance out of it!”
“Oh, so you want romance?”
“Yes! No! I mean. I didn’t say that!” Her face flamed, and she sagged in defeat. Admitting she wanted romance kind of felt like she was on the losing end of the little battles they’d been having, like she was giving him an in. And if he got in, he’d only hurt her again.
“I was joking,” he said, just before his lips brushed hers. His tongue slid across her bottom lip and then sucked it for a few seconds before he slid it into her mouth and deepened the kiss.
Her lips softened beneath his gentle coaxing, and his hard thighs pressed against hers as a deep hunger awakened within her.
Oh, this was bad.
And very, very good at the same time.
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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