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Sweet Beginnings: A Small Town Sweet Romance


Dean Hodel - 2019
    Could this step up to true love? Divorcée Hannah Jenkins is determined to create a bright new start for herself. But small-town gossip about the B&B owner’s single-mother status turns ugly when she discovers her young son being bullied. Although her fortune may improve when an accident drops her into the strong arms of the most eligible bachelor… Millionaire Adam Cade has everything but a family. In search of a loving marriage, the corporate superstar returns to his hometown only to be ambushed by gold-diggers. Finding common ground with the delightful woman he rescued from a fall, he agrees a pretend romance could solve both their problems.As they spend time together, they discover their brilliant ruse is developing into something very real. But neither expect meddling townsfolk and personal insecurities to make a perfect match…Will Hannah and Adam’s charade collapse or drive them into a pairing meant to last forever? Sweet Beginnings is the first book in the enchanting Love Happens sweet romance series. If you like charming characters, destined passions, and clean small community stories, then you’ll adore Dean Hodel’s heartwarming tale. Buy Sweet Beginnings to watch two hearts entwine today! Love Happens Series Prequel Sweet Attraction #1 Sweet Beginnings #2 Sweet Compromise #3 Sweet Dreams #4 Sweet Engagement #5 Sweet Favors #6 Sweet Gamble #7 Sweet Healing

Rocking the Billionaire


Talia Hunter - 2018
    Billionaire genius. Brilliant but guarded. Intense eyes, and cheekbones that could have been shaped with a knife. He’s a man who won’t let anyone get close. So why does he want her?A struggling singer without a cent to her name, Meghan’s not exactly going to fit in at his corporate parties. Not unless tattoos, piercings and dreadlocks are the new black.Maybe he wants to change her. Maybe he wants to possess her. Either way, she’s no pushover.Meghan will take the deal he offers, but on her own terms.One thing for sure, the billionaire had better buckle up, because she’s about to rock his world!________________________________________________Looking for a romantic feel-good read with laugh-out-loud humor? Start this funny and sexy new series now! *Previously called How To Rock A Billionaire. Now revised and extended.

Sean


Fiona Keane - 2018
    A degree, a job, an amazing group of friends—but there’s one thing missing...To him we’re nothing more than friends—good friends. To me he’s the one man who makes my heart beat faster. It doesn’t matter that his affections are elsewhere, I continue to love him from a distance dreaming of a happily ever after.Then...my world is turned upside down. Even if we manage to find each other through this storm, it will be a race against time. A fight against all the odds. The battle of a lifetime.No matter where this road takes us, I won’t regret a thing. He’s the man who owns my heart, my soul, and everything in between.And his name…is Sean.

A Cowboy Billionaire Best Friend's Secret


Hanna Hart - 2019
    Will a secret get in the way of long lost feelings?After miscarrying her first child, Rachel Piers is a wreck. She found out her country star fiancé was cheating on her and decided to leave the ranch they ran together to seek comfort at her best friend’s ranch in Wyoming. The only problem is, her best friend is her ex-fiancé’s brother..When Rachel shows up on cowboy billionaire Hunter Brooks’ doorstep asking for a place to stay, he is more then happy to oblige. The last thing he knew, Rachel was still pregnant and happily engaged to his brother. But as they spend time together, he realizes that family secrets run deeper than a river.Rachel and Hunter have known each other since they were kids, and soon the childhood crushes that were always off-limits start to reignite. With her relationship with Hunter’s brother up in the air, the pair know their feelings for each other are forbidden.Can their best friends to lovers romance survive the secret they’re keeping? Or will they risk everything they’ve ever known for a chance at finally getting their happily ever after?

Piper Dreams Part One


Amélie S. Duncan - 2016
    He's looking for an escape. Together, they just might find what they both need. Journalist hopeful, Piper Rowe is searching for a story--the perfect lead to get her a coveted spot on a prestigious journalism team. Running into a cross-country biker group just might be the serendipitous happening she needs. The only problem? The sexy and protective gatekeeper, Brody Whitehurst doesn't want her tagging along, refusing to let her document the trip. But after a threatening altercation riles him, Brody relents, suddenly feeling the need to protect Piper. As Piper and Brody begin their quest to realize their dreams, they discover running is never the answer. Can two people, one with a broken past, one with an uncertain future, find what they're looking for on the open road? This is Part One of a Three Part Contemporary Romance Trilogy. This story contains adult situations, themes, and explicit sexual content.

Tropic Storm


Stella Quinn - 2020
     The Island Escape Series: Book 1 Celebrity blogger Charlotte Jones is having a bad year. She's been trampled in a riot, her therapist has told her to take a break from work, and she's developed a crushing case of anxiety. If she can just make it to her holiday hotel in Oahu, everything will be okay … or not! When she boards her plane, she finds herself strapped into a seat next to the man who sold her out nine years ago. Hotel executive Jack Diamond is having a bad year. He's used to pressure: running the global family business, supporting his widowed mother, and trying (and failing) to make his little sister understand why her grungy boyfriend is bad news, are problems he can cope with. But the police just called to tell him his general manager might be a crook, his mother's had a stroke, and his latest business deal is going bad. If he can just make it back to the family hotel in Oahu, everything will be okay … or not! He boards his plane and finds himself strapped into a seat next to the woman who ripped a hole in his heart nine years ago. Jack and Charlotte are in for some turbulence as old hurts and rekindled passion gate-crash their plans. And just when it seems they may finally overcome their past, a tropic storm threatens to wipe out their chance of a future. The Island Escape Series Book 1: Tropic Storm (Charlotte & Jack) Book 2: Stowaway (Sabrina & Ben) Book 3: Island Fling (Antonia & Tyler) Christmas Novella: Catching Snow (Ryan & Lisa)

It Takes Two


Lily Zante - 2015
    She loves her husband very much.But something's missing. The sparkle, the fairy dust, the magic.Her life can't all be about dirty laundry and diapers. Can it?Rona Fernández left Verona with a clutch of happy memories. Her late night and frequent visits to the charming Gioberti's restaurant had raised some eyebrows but nobody was overly suspicious of why she would go alone each evening.Not even her husband.But back in Denver discontent soon pushes its way back into Rona's world and life soon pales in comparison to the memories of heady nights in Italy.Married and still looking hot despite a baby and almost seven years of marriage, Rona prides herself on looking good and getting noticed.It's just a shame that her hard-working husband is too busy working to pay her much attention.So when her sister asks for her help, back in Verona, how can she refuse?Especially when Gioberti's restaurant and its intriguing customers provide a pull for her that she finds hard to ignore.After all, a harmless flirtation every now and then isn't such a bad thing. As long it stays that way.But what happens when reality doesn't live up to expectations? Will it be too late to realize that what she had all along was far more precious than the things she thought she wanted?Maybe winning her husband back will be the hardest thing of all.Rona's story, is the first in the Italian Summer Series. It is a standalone story with a HEA and contains no cheating or cliffhangers.

Everything's Better with You


Lucy Eden - 2018
    She has her job, her jewelry, her best friend, Janie and not much else until she's swept off her feet by a sexy stranger with a secret.Nathan Price is the heir apparent of NYC's powerful Price family empire. Determined to set himself apart from his powerful father, he becomes his own man but his father's influence cast a long shadow that he may not be able to escape until a sassy beautiful stranger shows him the light. Get wrapped up in this syrupy sweet, hot and steamy tale, true love & second chances. This stand-alone novella has an alpha, virgin, love at first sight, safe, no cheating with a guaranteed happily ever after & lots of steam. Enjoy this with a steaming cup of coffee and a toasted everything bagel.

Cowgirl Come Home


Debra Salonen - 2014
    Bailey Jenkins left her hometown of Marietta, Montana, at eighteen, poised to take college and the rodeo world by storm–despite Paul Zabrinski. On the eve of her great escape, at the top of the Ferris Wheel at the Big Marietta Fair, he invoked his great-grandmother Hilda’s curse. “If you do this, Bailey Jenkins, I will hate you forever. And I’ll call on my great-grandmother to curse you. She was a Gypsy witch, you know.” Fifteen years later, Bailey’s back–shattered, humbled by fate and bruised at the soul level but determined to rebuild–once she helps her parents get back on their feet. She didn’t expect Paul Zabrinski to meet her plane, but seeing him strong, handsome and successful is somehow fitting. After all, Bailey didn’t need Paul’s gypsy great-grandmother to put a curse on her–Bailey already had the worst luck on the planet. Never say never. One look at Bailey Jenkins–his first love, the woman he adored…and cursed–and every emotion Paul Zabrinski felt fifteen years earlier comes rushing back. The love of his life broke his heart and made him hate her…or so he thought. The line between love and hate is very narrow, with only so much room for forgiveness. But Paul Zabrinski owns Big Z Hardware and Construction. If anyone is capable of building a bridge for them to cross together, it’s him. The Big Marietta Fair Series Book 1: Beauty and the Cowboy by Nancy Robards Thompson Book 2: Cowgirl Come Home by Debra Salonen

Jack


Maggie Sweet - 2016
    What’s worse than lusting after your boss?Lusting after your boss who is also your step-brother.Jack Marshall might be filthy rich, but he's still a hands-on kind of man.And Savannah is just about to find out what that really means – right after he fires her and offers her another, very different position.***Standalone novel, HEA, no cheating and no cliffhanger, strong language***

Hunter


Margaret Madigan - 2015
    Then only one reason matters.When Hunter Caine takes over the CEO position at his father's multi-billion dollar real estate development company, he also inherits his father's sexy blonde personal assistant, Allison McDowell.Allison doesn’t appreciate being passed around like property. When she meets Hunter, sparks fly. He’s gorgeous, but she's ready to resign, until he proves he’s not the misogynistic boss his father was. Hunter's considering the purchase of a resort in Costa Rica. It's currently a couples-only resort, so he asks Allison to go undercover with him, posing as newlyweds. Allison's skeptical, but it's a free trip to Costa Rica, and Hunter's easy on the eyes, so why not? Those sparks turn into raging hot flames as Hunter and Allison explore the resort--and each other--and discover that what happens in Costa Rica may or may not actually stay in Costa Rica.

Adore You


Nichole Rose - 2020
    If office romance, over-the-top men, and mutual obsession make your heart pitter-patter, you're going to love Jason and Miranda. This sweet, steamy romance from Nichole Rose is chock full of all three…plus a sticky sweet and guaranteed HEA.

Something Borrowed


Tracy Lorraine - 2019
    That what I felt for her wasn’t real. She was my best friend’s little sister. She was off limits. Yet, the temptation was too much and I betrayed the only promise I’d ever made to her brother. I touched her. I fell for her. And then I left her. Now I’m standing at the altar as his best man ten years later, waiting for her to walk towards me. All I’ve got to do is prove to both her and my best friend that I’m worthy of her. If I get my way, the next time she walks down an aisle to me, she’ll be in a white dress. It should be simple…the maid of honor and the best man are meant to hook up, right? It's Wedding Season! Something old, Something new, Will you say “I do”? Sixteen best-selling Flirt Club authors are headed down the aisle with a new collection of steamy, sweet stories!

Savage Queen


C.L. Cruz - 2020
    It is a dark, steamy, standalone novella with a strong, independent heroine, and a devilish alpha hero.EvangelineI grew up watching my mom fight to build a billion-dollar company from the ground up.Now, I’m set to inherit everything.I have success, wealth, and all the designer shoes I could ever want.But what I don’t have is the respect of the other business tycoons.The Oakwood Boys are a group of elite, old-fashioned chauvinists, and Losev Turgenev is the worst of them all.He’s high-handed, vulgar, infuriating—and the sexiest man I’ve ever met.Am I ready to break all the rules, even if it means dancing with the devil?LosevThere’s nothing the old, wealthy families of Oakwood City value more than tradition.Men are the bread-winners, and women are meant to be seen and not heard.When Evangeline Rutherford struts into the Oakwood Club, I can’t help but picture her on my arm.But she isn’t just another pretty face.She’s stunningly beautiful, smart as a whip, and won’t shut her mouth.I’ve always been a traditional man.But maybe to change, what the devil needs is a savage queen by his side.

The Billionaire Looks Back


Christie Logan - 2019
    The woman he loved and left behind. When they meet again, will sparks re-ignite? Or will a long-kept secret tear them apart forever? Billionaire football star Shawn Canaday may seem like every woman’s dream, but his reappearance in Applewood, New York makes him Marg Hahn’s worst nightmare.She fell for him once, before fame and ambition became more important to him than love, and she has the evidence to prove it—their daughter, Lauren. Marg soldiered on as a single mother, raising her child on her own while keeping Shawn in the dark.Now guilt and a promise to an old friend bring him back to town, where he and Marg reconnect. When they find themselves stranded together, they discover their love never died.But he still doesn’t know about Lauren. When he learns the truth, will they at last be a family? Or will he turn his back on Marg for good?