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Red (Saltbury Chronicles #5) by Jo Brodie


coming-of-age
contemporary-romance
lesbian-fiction
romance

That's Just The Beginning


istolethecookiez - 2013
    But there is more to this good girl; she’d rather ditch class than stay up all night to finish a project. She’d rather be at a party than in her room studying, but her parent’s would never approve of that. Unless, of course, they didn't know. When she's given the opportunity (with a super hot guy, may I add), will she take it? Adrian Easton is the most popular guy in school; the bad boy that girls swoon over and guys want to be friends with, but Fiona pays no mind to him- she thinks he’s bad news. When he suddenly finds himself and his family moving into the house directly beside Fiona’s; he finds an interest in his… unique new neighbor; an interest that’ll lead them both to a few traumatic experiences, feisty arguments, perverted jokes, childish pranks, funny moments, and maybe even a romantic interest. But 'That's Just The Beginning.'

Label Me Proud


Stephie Walls - 2018
    But nothing’s as simple as it seems. Relationships change and so do people. Especially now. When innuendos and hints aren't enough, it’s time to confess. I’m in love with my best friend. …And I think I’m too late.

Peace Love Resistance


Jettie Woodruff - 2016
     I would like to tell you a story about the girl who changed my life forever. This is deeper than a love story, this is a connection that most never find; something that occurs once every few lifetimes or so. I was written in her, she was written in me, we were written in the stars. Before you invest your time in our story, I should warn you. If you don’t believe in love at first sight or you rely on an unbending system to give your life a false sense of security and meaning, you should probably skip our story. On the contrary, if you can get to know us with an open mind, pretend for a little bit that you may have been systematically lied to your entire life, then my hope is that Tristan will have the same impact on you as she did me. I’m a better man because of her, and I hope that you find something potentially life-changing in her as well. She made me someone I didn’t know I wanted to be. For her. For me. For humanity.

Tempting Grayson


Dani René - 2019
    She’s off limits. She’s forbidden. But it doesn’t stop me wanting her.We flirt innocently.This is what we do. Only… It’s wrong.That’s what I tell myself.I shouldn’t be craving and needing. She shouldn’t be blushing and trembling. We shouldn’t be doing this… thing. Why?Because she’s… forbidden fruit.

The Girl I Didn't Marry


Annabelle Costa - 2017
     It doesn’t matter that I’m just a dumb schmuck from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and Jessie’s the most beautiful girl I ever met. It doesn’t matter that her father would rather rearrange my face than let his only daughter end up with the son of a local mobster. But it does matter when he starts threatening Jessie about what he’ll do if he sees us together again. So I gotta wait. Then I get hurt. I can’t let her see me after. Not like this. Not when I can’t even stand up to look her in the eyes. So I wait again. Hoping I get better, knowing if I don’t, it could be the end for us before we even get started.

The Life She Deserves


Maggie Christensen - 2019
    A new relationship. What could possibly go wrong?Growing up in the small Australian country town of Granite Springs, Jo and Col have been lifelong friends.Following Jo’s divorce and the death of Col’s wife, the pair find comfort in their common grief. But as they tentatively explore their new relationship, they have little idea of the challenges that lie ahead.What they haven’t bargained for is Jo’s interfering ex, along with their three children, all of whom have their own agendas.Can Jo ride out the storm? Will she be granted the life she deserves?

Broken


Izzibella Beau - 2013
    Ayma’s expectations are not very high. She is the daughter of a control-freak mother and a father who has been absent for the past three years. She is ridiculed by the popular kids in school because of her unfortunate name and the way she dresses. Although she’s nearly eighteen, her mother controls every aspect of her life, including what she wears, who her friends are and even what foods she is allowed to eat. The only bright spot in her life is her friend Tabby. Until she meets Colton. Colton is unexpected. He’s gorgeous, popular – the guy all the girls want and the one all of the other guys want to be like. When he begins to pay attention to Ayma, she doesn’t know what to think. Things like this just don’t happen to girls like her. One obstacle after another is thrown into their path, but they can’t deny what they feel for one another. Their new-found love will be threatened by secrets from their past, challenges in their present and a future they can only dream about. Ayma struggles to find an identity apart from her mother’s controlling nature while Colton faces the results of an arrest that took place the summer before his tenth grade year. Can they find love and happiness? Or will they be destroyed by events beyond their control?

When You Loved Me


Terra Lorin - 2013
    The experience, thrills, and heartbreaking moments of the story will be totally ruined for you, if you do. Just a warning ; )'Unconditional Love' is a very rare thing, but the few who live it, know what 'true love' is.Songwriter Brooke Davenport's fiancé has left her for another woman. She's devastated, but this is not the first time a man she's loved has broken her heart.Tristan Jameson, her brother's best friend, crushed her dreams on the seventeenth summer of her life when he disappeared without so much as a phone call or note to her, or her brother. What could've happened that he left in such haste especially after finally winning him over to confess his love for her?Now he's back in town and Brooke wants an explanation. Will she be able to forgive him? After having been jilted twice by the two men she trusted her heart to, will she ever give her trust and love to a man ever again—much less to one who hurt her once before?As Brooke and Tristan record her duet song together, memories flood her mind and sensual desires surge through her body for the man who she had a crush on since he was a boy—her first love—the one no girl ever forgets.Get ready for a roller coaster ride with curve balls and twists and turns as mystery and suspense come into play in this endearing story of true love and romance. No cliffhanger; HEA ending! =)Word count: Approx. 73,700

Sweet Ward (A Virgin Romance)


Lila Younger - 2019
    Here I am, eighteen, newly graduated, the world at my feet. I should be living it up. Right? Partying in Europe, spending summers on yachts, that kind of thing. So what am I doing going back home… to nothing? Well, not quite nothing. Because there’s someone I’ve always wanted, but never could have. Someone who was meant to protect me, to guard me and keep me safe. Oh he’s kept me safe all right. I’ve never drank, never messed around with a boy. All so that maybe, I could give him the gift of my first. Now all I have to do is get his attention. (Lila Younger writes hot, steamy romance with no cheating and a HEA every time because love stories are always a little better when they’re naughty. If you’re looking for a novella that’s guaranteed to leave your heart - and your panties!- melting, then start reading!)

Natexus


Victoria L. James - 2016
    We ended with only one of us in love. Alex Law wasn’t meant to be there on the darkest night of my life. Seven breaths left in my sister’s chest, yet I looked back at him—the new boy who continued to make a habit of showing up when I least expected him, determined to turn my tender grief into some kind of twisted happiness I was too weak to resist. But Alex had demons of his own he tried to hide from me. When his truths were finally set free, so was he. Not all love stories go the same way, and when he gave up on us and walked away, he dragged my broken young heart with him.I knew there had been life before Alex Law. Now I had to figure out if there was life after him.That beautiful, tragic first love of mine.- Natalie Vincent.

With Love


Shawnte Borris - 2013
    Promises of forever…. But promises can be broken. Alyson Almon, or Ally as she is called, finds this out in a tragic way. The emotional scars on her heart are ones only she can feel. With a change of location and a makeover she tries to start her life anew. She is drawn to a beautiful wedding and snaps some photos, capturing the love between the bride and her father. Luke McDerment, brother of the bride, is a man who is dealing with his own loss. Their paths cross when he spies her gorgeous photos and the instant attraction is something neither of them can deny. Luke, with the help of his family who also find themselves drawn to this haunted young woman, involve her in a project that throws her right in the middle of this loving, warm family. They have a Gala coming up and Ally is the perfect photographer to capture the moments. Ally is embraced by the family and finds that she needs the love and warmth this family gives so effortlessly. She also finds the attraction to Luke is something she can’t deny. Can they fight the electricity between them and just walk away or will they let fate hand them the happy ending they both desperately need?

In The Midst Of Chaos


C. Lymari - 2021
    ⁣⁣⁣I am a princess amongst thieves, but you see, fairytales are never as they seem.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣I fell in love with Nashton Crull when I was a little girl but was promised to his brother. I loved them both but not in the same way.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣None of that mattered, not when our families were going to war, so I was forced to return to a place I once called home. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣The only problem? I am now trapped in the manor with all the boys. Someone wants to kill us, and I’m pretty sure more than one heart will be broken. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣𝘞𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘶𝘴, 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦.⁣⁣

Sweetest Heartbreak


Heather Bentley - 2017
    With a supportive family, a great job out of college, and her best friend, Eli, by her side, she doesn’t take anything this life has to offer for granted. A lesson she learned when she lost her dad to cancer. Another lesson she’s learned? Don’t date your best friend. But she and Eli worked through the awkwardness and are now firmly planted in the friend zone. Until she meets Eli’s other best friend, Heath, and true feelings are exposed.Fresh out of rehab, Heath Braeburn is Leah’s opposite in every way. Spoiled. Reckless. Impetuous. The only thing they have in common is Eli, who has been by Heath’s side through it all, including when his mom up and left years ago. A fact he’s never gotten over. But at twenty-four years old, it’s time to prove that he’s not the man everyone has come to expect him to be. Starting with Leah. She is his clean slate. His game changer. But will he become Leah’s biggest regret?This is a story of what happens when friendships are tested, words go unspoken, and hearts are broken. And how three friends all manage to find their way back to each other.Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter, this book is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

Shut Up and Kiss Me


Carolyn Hughey - 2011
    With the help of the two meddling mamas, she's determined to show him she's "The One"—not that scrawny redhead who's rapidly becoming more than his casual "flavor of the month." Convincing Nick to stop thinking of her like his sister won't be easy, but Ellana's canoodling with the Italian Stallion, chef Giovanni Cavallini, to make Nick jealous. Of course, Giovanni's only too happy to oblige—he's got his own agenda—but now that she has Nick's attention, is it too late?With the matchmaking mamas doing their best to interfere, Ellana's stuck in a quandary: Which one of these tempting chefs will she choose?

Knotted Roots


Ruthi Kight - 2013
    Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness? Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?