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Heat


Nicolina Martin - 2019
     Sydney I just wanted a tan and to sip drinks with little umbrellas in them. I didn’t know that vacation would mean sleeping with a hot stranger, being drugged, and nearly killed. My instincts tell me there’s more to the smooth facade of Nathan Russo, but my heart won’t listen. He’s my opposite: hot where I’m cool, experienced while I’ve never really lived. What starts out as a steamy fling can’t be more… can it? Nathan I’m a dangerous man with a mission to complete and people to kill. Sydney Lewis might literally cost me my life. As the stakes increase, I have to decide whether to follow my head or my heart. My life is too dangerous, I’m too much of a monster. She’s a good girl. She can’t be a part of this. I have to be cruel. I have to cut her out. But she’s the only one who can save me. Heat will take you on a journey to paradise, through hell, and back. Publisher’s Note: This steamy, dark romance may contain triggers. It contains elements of danger, adventure, explicit scenes, power exchange, and a guaranteed HEA.

Vindicated


Misty Walker - 2019
    Dustin is a convicted murderer.He’s mournful, bitter, drowning in a sea of self-pity with nothing left to lose.The church has sent me to bring him into the fold.Bound by my namesake, Saint Odilia,I should be defending my spirituality and morality with my life.It only took a few letters to change everything.Odilia saved my life and gave me her heart.But I’m still mournful, bitter, and drowning in self-pity.Only now I have something to lose… her.Gaining my freedom was supposed to be the hard part, but it’s going to take much more for me to be worthy of a saint.

All He'll Ever Be


W. Winters - 2019
     I get why Beauty fell in love with the Beast, but it doesn’t change who Carter is. There’s no magical rose or kiss that will turn him into a prince. All Carter Cross will ever be is a beast. A cold-hearted and ruthless, mafia king, trapped in a castle of his own making I’m the daughter of his enemy and his new possession. A mafia bargain for war. I thought that’s all I was to him, but I was never prepared for for the next page of our story… “Dark, sexy and incredibly masterful, Carter and Aria's story had me riveted from beginning to end…” - Nightbird Novels All He’ll Ever Be is the complete collection of the USA Today bestselling, Merciless series. It’s a dark, modern retelling of a tale as old as time.

Bend


B.B. Hamel - 2016
     I’m good at two things: rough sex and brutal violence, and I don’t know which one I love more. That’s why the mafia give me a prize -- the sweet and innocent Jodie Walsh. I helped destroy her family, and now she’s mine to use however I want. Too bad she’s more like a burden. I never wanted some good girl slowing me down, but I have no choice. My bosses want her down on her knees, obeying my every command, and I can’t deny that I want the same. Her gorgeous body and soft moans make me want to give her more. I’m supposed to hand her back when I’m finished, but her curves are too tempting and the way she looks at me, her lips parted with lust, drives me f**king insane. I’ll teach her to submit and she’ll learn to love it. She’ll beg for it when this is all over. And when they try to take her away? I’ll kill them all. She’ll bend, and I’ll break. Bend is a dark mafia book with steamy scenes and bad language. It’s only recommended for readers 18+. Bend is a STANDALONE, full-length novel. No cliffhanger. Guaranteed HEA. Includes bonus content!

Daddy's Heart (Windy City #5)


Measha Stone
    Luckily a family friend is hooking her up with a spare room. The catch? The room is in the apartment of an insanely hot guy. To make matters worse, he has every mannerism of a Daddy Dom that sets her imagination ablaze.Ryder doesn’t mind giving up his spare room to help out a friend. But, his friend didn’t explain how attractive Samantha was, or how easily Ryder would become consumed with her. She’s a friend of a friend- making her completely off limits.But Samantha crosses the line and pulls him with her, sending them both down a new path. There’s a past catching up to her, and he’s going to be certain she stays safe. He’ll take care of Sammy and give her everything she needs. More importantly, with his stern ways, he’ll give her everything she deserves.

Mafia Lullaby


Alta Hensley - 2020
    Her fate is sealed.In a twisted, underground House of depravity, the women do not belong to me.But they are mine to train. To groom. To perfect in the most wicked of ways.This dark House changed me.What was asked of me, corrupted the man I once was.But the sickness did not break me.I remained in control regardless.Until her.Cloaked in secrets and lies, I have a new focus…I want my own Lullaby girl.

Cooper's Promise


Caitlyn O'Leary - 2016
    Even though the girl is now a woman, he still feels she is too young and inexperienced, and needs to be protected from everything and everyone, and that includes him. Brenna moved across the country to be close to Cooper two years ago, and despite her best efforts, he has kept her squarely in the friend zone. When a stalker threatens her safety, all of Cooper’s pent-up emotions break free. Is there a way to keep her safe from both the stalker and Cooper’s own need to dominate?

The Broken Trilogy: Books 1-3


J.L. Drake - 2017
    Intended for 18+.*** My name is Savannah Miller. My father is the mayor of New York. One day after my twenty-seventh birthday I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I’d ever known. I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process. Then one night an elite group of US Army soldiers came to my rescue. I was brought to a safe house and given two options: One—Stay under their protection and follow their rules or... Two—Leave and be guaranteed to be returned to the savages within a week. I chose option one. As I work with a therapist and begin processing my hellish ordeal things slowly begin to surface. With the help of new friends and a potential new love I fight to get my life back and make choices that will forever alter my future. This is my story… SHATTERED #2 After witnessing the murder of her lover and the heartbreaking loss of their unborn child, Savannah wants to end it all. Then she is given a second chance at love. Sadly, even when life hands you second chances it doesn’t always follow that things will work out the way you want them to. Some lies can just be too painful to move on from. What’s worse than being Broken? Being shattered… MENDED #3 Savannah takes control… Tired of all the lies and deception, Savannah Miller must learn to face life on her own. As she seeks to find out who she really is, she still is still burdened with the fallout from past traumas that left her broken. Her fragile hold on her new life slowly gives her the confidence to move ahead. What she really needs is right in front of her—Cole Logan is patiently waiting for the right moment to prove his love. But her past isn’t finished with her yet…

Tempting Christa


Tracie Delaney - 2019
    I lived through it. Hell, I almost died because of it. Once bitten, twice wiser. I thought my battles were over—I was wrong. Christa Left with limited choices, here I am, a face among millions, another runaway hoping to lose herself in the Big Apple. And I will not—dare not—repeat the mistakes of my past. Mister I-always-get-what-I-want Dayton Somers may have manipulated me into accepting his bizarre offer, but he needn’t think I’m in awe of his reputation, or in any way impressed by him. Sure, he’s charming and successful—but I see through the veneer to the darkness lurking beneath. He might hold my immediate future in his hands, but he’ll never have me. Dayton I’m a winner, a fighter, a man who knows what he wants, and how to get it. The day Christa Adams walks into my building, I know I’ve found my latest challenge. Her skittish behavior pushes me to look deeper. What’s her story? Who is she running from? How can I persuade her to trust me? Christa can erect her barriers, but I’ll tear down every single one. She may not realize it yet, but she’s mine.

Deep in My Heart


Patricia W. Fischer - 2013
    Jocelyn Promise had no long-term plans to stay in town, but she saved the daughter of Caleb Davis, her high school crush, and became a hero. But fifteen years is a long time and Jocelyn's no longer the shy girl who never caught Caleb's attention. Widower and Air Force Veteran Caleb Davis, never wanted to fall in love again...until he saw Jocelyn. Now, as he begins to warm to the idea of finding love again, an old enemy comes back to settle the score. Can he protect his family, Jocelyn, and his heart? Things are about to get interesting in Tuscany, Texas

Deceived


Danielle Pays - 2019
    Their current demand? A prominent local winery-and the land it sits on. No doubt it would only take one visit for him to charm the owners into selling.But his plan hits a snag the second he lays eyes on the alluring woman, dead-set on maintaining her family legacy. For the first time, he can see a forever with a woman. A forever that’s threatened when she discovers who he really is.Then the unthinkable happens: Declan is arrested for a catastrophic attack, threatening both their livelihoods and futures. And even though he maintains he’s innocent, Brooke’s trust is stretched so thin she doesn’t know what to believe.Or who’s really to blame. Who do you trust when everyone lies?This is a steamy, stand-alone, HEA romantic suspense.

Forever His


Violet Haze - 2015
    Simone Winston is twenty-two, a single mother, and in love with a faceless man who kept her for two months before setting her free.After the mysterious, intriguing stranger Isaac Toft leaves her a generous tip, she’s drawn to him despite her reservations and soon he takes over her life all in the name of helping.When Isaac’s secrets endanger the life of her as well as her child, will he lose the chance to make her forever his?

Art of Sin


L.M. Halloran - 2019
    Worshipped for his bold paintings as much as his divine looks, he’s the art world’s biggest celebrity. Under normal circumstances, our paths would never cross. But when his extracurricular activities threaten a high-profile business deal, I’m forced to take him as a client. My task : keep him out of the tabloids for six months. Jobs, including mine, hang in the balance.But Gideon doesn’t want a publicist.He wants a new muse. As I fall deeper under his sinful spell, a lifetime of secrets and carefully crafted lies unravels. Too late, I remember the sinister truths they protect:I am already someone’s masterpiece.And the original artist wants me back.*Art of Sin is book one of a duet and ends on a cliffhanger. But don't worry, book two, Sin of Love will be released March 28th! *This duet takes place in the world of the Vision Series but can be read as a standalone.

Forbidden


Elisabeth Naughton - 2018
    Forbidden fruit. A craving she couldn’t resist.When Natalie James leaves her small town for Manhattan, she hopes to find answers to her best friend’s death. Instead, she finds him. Luciano Salvatici.Dark and commanding, Luc radiates power and heat, yet protects sinister secrets. Natalie knows she needs to keep her distance, but despite the danger, she can’t help falling prey to his seductive looks, to his forceful touch. Can’t stop aching for one sinful taste of his wicked lips.Their desire is wild. Intoxicating. Dangerous. But before she can surrender to the fire smoldering between them, Natalie must discover what Luc’s hiding behind the forbidden doors of the House of Sin...Books in the House of Sin Trilogy:FORBIDDEN DECEIVED UNDONE

Dark Kisses


Kelly Myers - 2021
    And the feral way he looks at me.When my life is threatened, Jax vows to stay by my side.He tells me he doesn’t do relationships, but my savior plays dirty and I can’t resist his dark kisses.At this point, I’m not sure what’s worse-The death threats… Or, knowing that once this is over, this Fallen Angel will walk out of my life forever, breaking my heart into a million pieces!