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To Love Twice


Heather McCoubrey - 2013
    After a blissful ten years, Brad suddenly becomes cold and distant. A few months after giving birth to their daughter, Kate leaves and files for divorce. When he dies a few days later and his secrets are revealed, Kate is devastated. Five years later, Kate has made a successful new life for herself and her daughter, despite the fact that she clings to his memory and grieves for her husband. While in London on a business trip, she meets London's most eligible bachelor, Edward Kent. She is enchanted with his manners and dazzled by his attention. He's everything she could wish for, and everything she's afraid of. Edward finds her refreshing and lovely and quickly realizes that he's finally found the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Can Kate set Brad's memory and her fears aside long enough to find happiness with Edward and finally see that she is able To Love Twice?Amazon: myBook.to/ToLoveTwice

Her Prince's Secret Baby: A Forbidden Royal Romance


Ilsa Ames - 2018
    I’m a wealthy, powerful heir to a throne. She’s my strictly off limits employee. I want her saying “yes, your highness.” What I get instead is “the baby’s yours”. “Love” left me broken and shattered once. But it also left me with my little girl, Livia.   All I need is a nanny to watch her. But what I get with Cara is an obsession - an addiction to the last girl in the world I should have anything to do with.   I’m her boss. A prince. Heir to a throne and a kingdom. But temptation is the sweetest sin, and Cara’s gorgeous, soft curves and fiery sass are breaking the last of my willpower.   But there’s a secret she’s not telling me – a scandal that could bring my kingdom to its knees. A secret that’s growing between us…   Can I risk it all for love? Will I give up my billions and my kingdom for a taste of the forbidden fruit?   …What about for the mother of my unborn child?   I take it back, there are two rules. And the second rule is don’t fall for the nanny.   Whoops.   Her Prince’s Secret Baby is a full-length contemporary royal romance. Hot as sin and sweet as sugar, with a dominant alpha hero who’ll stop at nothing to have and protect what’s his. Safe, no cliffhanger, and a guaranteed happy ever after!

The Devil Makes Three


Julie Mangan - 2011
    Unfortunately for her, she finds revenge brings more trouble than it's worth. Gretchen's accomplice in murder discovers her darkest secrets and uses them to force her into acting as his delivery girl, delivering packages with undetermined nefarious contents. Much to her dismay, he arrives at the funeral home in an official FBI capacity, asking questions about the murder. To make matters worse, he shows up as her Criminology professor. Each man professes a separate identity and a severe aversion to the others while flirting with her. Her only conclusion is that he suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder, leading her to wonder: if a woman dates a man with multiple personalities, can she still call herself a one-man woman?

Pretty Girl


Alexa Riley - 2018
    Discovered when she was young, she has spent her life in the spotlight. Fame brings both good and bad, but she never expected it to bring danger. When she has to hire a bodyguard she’s surprised by how much she wants his protection. After an accident in the FBI that left Jax scarred, he decided to retire on his ranch in Colorado and finally have some peace and quiet. But when his buddy calls up and needs a favor, Jax can’t turn him down. Being a bodyguard wasn’t on his radar...until he laid eyes on her. Warning: It’s easy to guard a body when all you wanna do is rub up against it. This alpha hero is ready to protect what’s his, but that won’t include birth control! Jump in this sticky-sweet romance with a heaping pile of sassy steam.

Tangled Beauty


K.L. Middleton - 2013
    That is, until she met Reed, Jesse's sexy as hell older brother, and ends up getting much more than what she'd bargained for.Reed Eddington assumed his future was settled until he met Sinclair, his brother's so-called "girlfriend," but the raw, sexual tension between them is hard to ignore. As he watches their ruse from the sidelines, he finds himself wanting to uncover more than just their amusing little facade.Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 18+.

The Return


Dinah McCall - 2000
    Although Catherine wasn't a blood relation, kindly Annie Fane had taken her in after her parents were mysteriously murdered. But the superstitious townsfolk of Camarune used to consider Annie a witch, and they immediately apply the label to Catherine as well, menacing the schoolteacher's plan to stay in the isolated cabin while she tries to make sense of her life. Then she meets Luke DePriest, the area's sexy sheriff, who tries to protect her, all while hunting a thief who's been leaving strange wooden carvings in the place of the goods he steals. When a deranged farmer shoots Catherine in the back, the townsfolk are jolted back to their senses, Luke and Catherine are forced to confront their love for each other, and Catherine finally discovers the long-lost truth of her past.

Undeniable


Ashley Simone - 2014
    A chance encounter with a gorgeous stranger, Zac, awakens her desires and she feels an undeniable connection. When fate pushes them together once again, Allie’s desires run wild – until, just when things start getting hot and heavy, Zac disappears into the night... How can you deny a connection so strong? All that is pushed to the back of Allie’s mind when her younger brother shows up on her doorstep, desperately in need of more money than she can provide… Until she sees a classified ad. “I met a girl and I can’t get over her,” says the ad, and goes on to describe Allie. “If you look like her, I’ll pay handsomely for one night with you.” Can Allie summon the courage to answer the mysterious ad and go through with what it entails? And can she convince the enigmatic Zac to push aside his demons and give their love a chance? A Sexy, New Adult Story Warning: Contains mature content. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18, due to graphic sexual content and mature situations. This book is the first part of a trilogy and is a 20,000 word novella, or roughly 100 printed pages. Praise for Undeniable: "I need to know what happens ASAP. Great story!" - Hawt Reads "Ashley... writes with excitement and action, sensuality and steam, and dialogue that feels genuine" - Jeannie Zelos Book Blog "I was drawn into this book from the first time I read the description. And hooked from the first page" - Confessions of Two Book Lovers

A Month At The Shore


Antoinette Stockenberg - 2003
    Now she returns with a tale of one woman's struggle to put the past to rest-even as it haunts her every waking moment...A Month for New Beginnings Laura Shore's memories of her Cape Cod childhood are far from fond, mostly serving as a persistent reminder of why she left home in the first place. But now she's back. Her tyrannical father is dead, and his children have banded together to try to salvage the family nursery he ran into the ground. Laura, her younger sister Corinne, and their black-sheep brother, Snack, have given themselves exactly a month to try to get the business on its feet. Developers wait in the wings, eager to purchase the property, while local-boy-made-good Kendall Barclay is there whenever Laura turns around. Kendall's intentions may be honorable, but his attentions are the last thing she's interested in...A Month for Bitter EndingsYet Kendall turns out to be a rock-steady shelter from the storm of publicity that blows in after he makes a shocking discovery on the property. Suddenly a murder investigation is underway, placing the Shores under the scrutiny of village gossips--and someone far more dangerous. Someone who thinks that this secret should have stayed buried. And who will stop at nothing to see that Laura's first visit home in years is also her last...A Month At the Shore

More Than Memories


Kristen James - 2011
    She meets Trent Williams, a Ridge City police detective, and something else definitely sparks. Not only does he know her, Trent takes on her case and promises to do everything he can to solve it. He wants to know why she left town, with her parents, but without a word to anyone. She doesn’t remember that life. She can only tell him she knew her parents briefly before they died . . . or were murdered, she’s not sure. She hopes regaining her memory will help answer that question. Trent has his own secrets, but they have a mystery to solve. As they work together, and Molly meets their old friends, she realizes her relationship with Trent went deeper than memories. In fact, she grew up in Ridge City, even though her parents had said they lived there just a few years. How could she have forgotten her lifelong friend and love? Has he really been looking for her—waiting for her—for the last four years? Can she love him again if she doesn’t remember him? There’s also the possibility that she did something awful –and maybe that’s why she’s afraid to remember her old life. Molly knows she wants Trent now, but the truth might destroy their love.

Mine


Caitlin Daire - 2015
     That rich, sleazy, arrogant bastard thought I was some sort of cheap prostitute just because I work a minimum-wage job as a waitress instead of attending college or whatever else most nineteen-year-olds apparently do. Yep, you heard that right. He tried to buy me for the night, according to one of my best friends who works with me, and my friends have no reason to lie. But now everything’s changed. I’ve just discovered that my biological father is a billionaire, and he’s now married to my favorite actress whose son just so happens to be…yep, you guessed it… Mason. So now he’s my stepbrother. We have to share a house, but thankfully that house is massive. It should be easy for me to stay out of his way. It should be easy for me to ignore his handsome face, his broad shoulders, his perfect abs…all I have to do is remember that he’s a grade-A prick. So why can’t I stop thinking about him? **Warning: This book contains lots of HOT sex, drama, adult language and some violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. Enjoy!**

Second Chances


Martina Reilly - 2008
    Until, leaving work late one evening, she runs into the one person she just can’t run away from.Lizzie was only a teenager when, ten years ago, her sister Megan drowned. A local boy, Joe, was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. Now Joe is back, released from prison on good behaviour, and he, too, wants to put the past to rest. But Lizzie can’t stop thinking about the pain he’s caused her family - it doesn’t seem fair that he should be able to let go. Then, as Lizzie slowly gains his confidence, her own falters: Joe isn’t quite what she expected. Can she find the strength to let old wounds heal?

The Sex Education of M.E.


L.B. Dunbar - 2016
    Don’t get me wrong, I have a good home, a decent job, and great children. I had a loving marriage for twenty years where we had our ups and downs. It wasn’t perfect; but it wasn’t awful. Then he died. After the grief took its course, and the reality of my life set in, I grew frustrated. It wasn’t the bills or the struggle to keep my interest in my work. It was life without a man – the only man I’d been with for twenty years. And before you go all feminist on me, it isn’t that I can’t be an independent woman, but there are certain areas where a man is necessary. You need a f*ck buddy, my friend said. I didn’t even know what that meant. Is it friends with benefits?, I asked. Better, you don’t even have to be friends, she offered. Boy, did I need an education in the modern workings of dating, and sex. +++++++++++++++++ A coming-of-an-older age novel. Something new from L.B. Dunbar -- a stand alone story!

One Summer


Karen Robards - 1993
    Now, 10 years later, he's out on parole and Rachel has taken him under her wing, even finding a job for him. It isn't long before their relationship changes and Rachel and Johnny become much more intimate. But when another murder occurs and Johnny is the prime suspect, can Rachel prove his innocence before it's too late? Karen Robards defines passion in this story of love and scandal in a small Kentucky town. One Summer is an outstanding novel that readers will turn to again and again.

Full Exposure


Sara Jane Stone - 2014
    . .After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?

Wherever It Leads


Adriana Locke - 2016
    Sexy. Irresistible. Those qualities equal only one thing.Big. Freaking. Trouble.Brynne Calloway knows that anything that seems too good to be true usually is. Fenton Abbott and his cashmere voice, Adonis body, and a magnetism like no other clearly falls into that category. But what’s life without a little risk?It was supposed to be a rebound, an uncomplicated escape from reality. But nothing ever goes as planned. Fenton turns out to be so much more … in ways Brynne never sees coming.