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Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage


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Lionheart


Fran Seen - 2016
    A stern and brooding man offers her the job, but there's a catch - Lula isn't allowed to look at him. Although, Mr. Rahim has eyes on everyone - security footage relays on a constant loop in his office. Everything Lula isn't meant to notice about Mr. Rahim intrigues her: the cadence of his accented voice, the stoutness of his build, and his self-imposed prison that mirrors her own. Lionheart is a romance of huge stakes that asks one question. Is love enough the mend a broken soul?

Once Upon A Second Chance


Marian Vere - 2012
    She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nick was warm, intelligent, and completely devoted to Julia, he was also a college dropout, with no job to speak of, and almost completely broke. While none of his shortcomings were a problem for Julia, they were a big problem for her older sister Lisa, who told her that a guy like Nick wasn’t proper marriage material for a girl on the fast track to success, Julia began to reconsider the relationship. Although she didn’t wholeheartedly agree with Lisa, after some thought Julia decided that she would take her sister’s advice and end her engagement with Nick, convincing herself that it was the right thing to do. Only after breaking Nick’s heart, and her own in the process, did Julia realize what a horrible mistake it was. As the story opens nearly a decade later, Julia is the quiet shadow of the woman everyone thought she’d be, who’s once fulfilling life has fallen into a stale and safe existence. Her shell of a world is thrown into upheaval when she finds out that the financial planning team she works for has taken on a new client; a now successful and very rich Nick Kerkley. Stuck in a horribly awkward situation, Julia makes a decision–take charge, step up, and find her own happy ending. However, she quickly realizes that fairy tales aren’t as straight forward as we’ve been brought up to believe. Sometimes, to get to happily ever after, you have to stop waiting for fate, strap on a pair of wings, and be your own fairy godmother.Once Upon A Second Chance, is a modern yet whimsical take on Austen’s classic love story, Persuasion.

The Man in the Mirror


Georgia Le Carre - 2018
    Once, I had everything: power, looks, fame, an obscene amount of money, a trophy wife, and a beautiful little boy. Then, in a blink of an eye my enviable life was taken away.I was left with nothing except my dirty money and my heart of stone.I looked in the mirror and could not recognize myself. God had a sense of humor. I was ugly inside and now I was ugly outside too. It was divine justice.I retreated to my castle in Wales and allowed no one to come face to face with me. My staff carried out my instructions and asked no questions. The only thing left to me was to acquire more money that I would never spend.The months passed and I grew accustomed to my isolation. As I roamed about alone I even began to appreciate the darkness of my life. I lost interest in the world outside the thick walls of my castle. Nothing held any interest for me anymore.Until she came. Charlotte Conrad, the nanny.At the end of every evening we communicated through the intercom system. She kept me informed about the progress she was making with my son, Zachary.I was just an employer listening to his employee, but slowly, insidiously, I began to imagine her young body; soft and sensuous against mine.I wanted to take her. I wanted to hear her talk dirty to me.I wanted her to unleash the wild, unrestrained animal that was lurking inside me.I was becoming addicted... A Standalone Billionaire Romance. HEA Guaranteed.

Blackbird


Nicole Salmond - 2002
    During his journey to learn to walk again, he meets Claire, a physiotherapist in the last year of university. He’s instantly attracted to her, but Claire is no ordinary girl. She’s resistant to his charms and good looks, which only intrigues him more. Claire is reluctant, to say the least, when Nate comes back into her life again as one of her patients for her clinical placement. A self-absorbed, tattooed, womaniser, he is the last person on earth she wanted or expected to see again. Nate may not remember her, or the kiss they once shared, but she certainly does. The next five weeks would be anything but easy. Blackbird is a story of self-discovery and the formation of an unexpected friendship between two people who learn that life and love are anything but planned.

Broken


Lauren Layne - 2014
    or destroy them.When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

Endangered Hearts


Amanda Lance - 2014
    Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner. After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend. Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.

Sweet Nothing


Jamie McGuire - 2015
    The possibility of losing someone I loved, before she was even mine, is something I never would have imagined. Certainly nothing I'd ever wish on anyone. I go to her every day and wait. Wait for the impossible, for a sign, for her to look at me . . . hoping that sinners are granted miracles, too. Just one glimpse of him was all it took. In the next lane, at a stop light, was the man I would fall in love with and marry. People talk about the kind of love that takes time, love you fall into. We were more like a crash and burn, and when our lives intertwined I would never be the same. He was the man I would cherish the rest of my life, who would father my children. In an instant our life together began, and in an instant it would end. The late nights; the excuses; the lies. And in the blink of an eye, it was like we never were.Contains mature themes

Broken


Elizabeth Kelly - 2016
    Rejected by both his family and strangers for the way he looks, he’s grown accustomed to his lonely life. His life is changed forever when Stella, the redheaded beauty he harbors a secret crush on, befriends him.Photographer, Stella Johnson, is fascinated by the quiet man with the unconventional looks. Her sweet nature and her ability to see Ford for who he really is slowly breaks down the walls he’s built around his heart. Their friendship soon blossoms into love.But when Ford’s insecurities and a dark secret from his past threaten their relationship, Stella must convince him that their love for each other is the only thing that matters.Author’s Note: This book contains explicit and steamy sex scenes that may not be your cup of tea. It is intended for mature readers only.

On Solid Ground


K.L. Grayson - 2016
    Moving home was an easy choice because I knew that I had to make things right. I had hoped to win back Harley’s friendship, but I never imagined that I’d win her heart … or the heart of her son. Now that I have, I’m never letting them go. They’re my life, the reason I breathe. We’ve worked hard to get where we are, and we’re finally standing on solid ground. Or so I thought … *** Tyson’s ex-fiancé wasn’t supposed to move back to St. Louis … that wasn’t part of the plan. And she sure as hell wasn’t supposed to start working with him. I trust him—at least I think I do—but when secrets are being kept and things start to unravel, I’m left wondering if I made a mistake. I allowed myself to fall in love with the only man to ever break my heart. And now I’m afraid he might break it again … This is a Harley and Tyson Touch of Fate Novella and can be read after book #1 or book #2 but should not be read as a standalone.

The Prince's Captive Virgin


Maisey Yates - 2017
    Deeply scarred by the accident that claimed his wife, Adam isolated himself in his forbidding castle. But Belle's innocent beauty could redeem his reputation as he reclaims his throne... He'll release her father if Belle poses as his mistress!Belle can neither deny nor resist her brooding captor! Adam's burning gaze awakens a newfound desire, and every touch brands Belle as his. His ruthlessness is legendary, unless Belle can tame the beast inside...

The Perfect Boss


Brenda Ford - 2019
    She’s completely off-limits. But my brother won’t stop trying to set us up. I’d been a playboy all my life. That is, until she came along. Tami Johnson… Her curves, and her deep green eyes. One-night stands have become a thing of the past.She’s all I care about now. But she’s innocent. My assistant. And way younger. I’m the last man she should be with. At the same time, though…  I’m the only man who’d do anything for her.She’s supposed to be mine. I’m way too obsessed to let her go. Especially now that she’s pregnant.  I’ll do whatever it takes to claim my family.

Falling for the Beast


Skye Warren - 2019
    He can't risk her future no matter how much he wants her. She will never have a happily ever after... A dark legacy threatens everything they've worked to build. When old debt comes between them, both Blake and Erin must fight to protect each other--and their love.Since their forbidden beginning, Erin and Blake's relationship has been marked by deep sensuality and intense emotion. The couple is tested at every turn. They're running out of time. Blake and Erin will have to trust each other to forge their own sexy ending.Author's Note: This book was previously published as a serial in multiple parts, including Beauty Becomes You and Loving the Beast. They've been collected into this volume and revised for new readers.FALLING FOR THE BEAST is the second book in A Modern Fairy Tale duet.

Almost Lover


Lauren Blakely - 2018
    I said it was chance. After all, what were the chances that the man I’d met one fine afternoon on the outskirts of the city would become my almost lover?He felt like a risk I needed to take. But what happened next would challenge all my beliefs about fate, chance and love…*a prequel to Part-Time Lover*

The Trouble with Hating You


Sajni Patel - 2020
    The moment she realizes her parents' latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she's out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later -- the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What's not surprising: he's not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.Jay Shah looks good on paper...and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He's also arrogant and infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?

Levi's Blue


Michelle Leighton - 2016
    Three steamy nights. One breathtaking love. Levi Michaelson. He wanted four dates. Four opportunities to prove I could trust him. Four chances to change my mind about him. I agreed. Probably not my smartest decision. He was everything I knew to avoid—gorgeous, charming, sexy as hell—but I couldn’t help myself. When he touched me the whole world disappeared. I should’ve known I could lose myself to him, that he could be the one man to destroy me. I guess it’s true what they say—some things are too good to be true. And Levi Michaelson might just be one of them. Unzip this sexy, southern contemporary romance that’s guaranteed to make you sweat and make you swoon! Standalone. HEA. Intended for mature readers.