Romantic Suspense

Romantic Suspense

A great tale of love just isn't enough for you, is it you adrenaline junkie? You need love AND suspense.  You need two people on the verge of falling in love---while clinging to the side of a cliff.  Well, that what we and our eBookHounds' promoting authors are here to give you.  Heart wrenching romance and gut wrenching suspense, all wrapped up in a pretty little ebook.  And, always free or discounted for you.  Read away!

 

Definition of the "Romantic Suspense Genre": The Romantic Suspense genre is oftentimes the bestselling subgenre of Romance, though that can vascillate with historical romance.  The elements of a romance need to be there--a budding relationship between two people that overcomes obstacles and succeeds in the end.  But, the critical elements of suspense in that romance setting also need to be interwoven expertly.  Those include action, adventure, and oftentimes, a heroine that has been wronged and a hero who attempts to help right that wrong.  Through their work to right the wrong, they are brought closer together and what would you know?  They fall in love.  Honestly, you can think of many, many Disney movie scripts for this storyline (start with Frozen).

 

Some examples of the top ebooks in the Romantic Suspense genre are Mary Stewart (Nine Coaches Waiting), Tiffany Snow (No Turning Back), Colleen Hoover (Never, Never), and Melinda Leigh (She Can Run).

Accidentally Matched (An Alaska Matchmakers Romance Book 1)

by Cathryn Brown


Rachel needs to fly to a small town in Alaska. Handsome pilot Noah is going that direction. If only a matchmaker didn’t try to help.

Rachel’s never chosen her own path in life. She’s in Alaska to bring her brother back to manage the family business. The business she wants to run.

But she does what she’s asked.

Noah’s an Alaska pilot who’s more interested in his airplane than romance. His brothers and parents are important to him, though. And his matchmaking mother is at it again.

A short airplane ride turns into an adventure. Rachel and Noah will have to protect their hearts.

Matchmakers don’t always win. Or do they?

If you enjoy Hallmark movies and sweet romance with a dash of fun, Accidentally Matched and the Alaska Matchmakers series may be right for you.

Buy Accidentally Matched now to find out if the match worked!

 

You may have met Noah’s brother, Adam, in Crazy About Alaska. Adam has four brothers and each will find love in the Alaska Matchmakers Romances.

This is a standalone book which is part of a series. It’s clean and wholesome with no sex or swearing. The author is from Alaska, so she knows the real Alaska.

Alaska Dream Romances
Falling for Alaska - Jemma & Nathaniel
Loving Alaska - Bree & Michael
Merrying in Alaska - Leah & Ben
Crazy About Alaska - Holly & Adam

Alaska Matchmakers Romances (Adam's Brothers)
Accidentally Matched - Noah & Rachel
Finally Matched - Mark & Maddie
Hopefully Matched - Jack & Aimee
Merrily Matched - Joe & Molly
Surprisingly Matched - Andy & Samantha

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The Golden Boys: Dark High School Bully Romance (Kings of Cypress Pointe Book 1)

by Nikki Thorne


West Golden—so easy to hate, yet so hard to resist.


Don’t let that pretty face of his fool you. He isn’t the boy next door, or the kind you trust with your heart. He’s the devil in designer jeans, with all the charm of a bona fide psycho.

Trust me.

He swears I did something to cross him before I even stepped foot inside Cypress Prep, but it’s a lie. No one knows better than me that I’m all out of chances. One more misstep and I can kiss my future goodbye, which means I can’t possibly be guilty of whatever he thinks I’ve done.

West marks me with a target anyway, and as this town’s football star, no one dares to go against him. His money, status, and the loyalty of his equally entitled brothers makes him seem untouchable. Only, I know better than that.

This false god isn’t infallible like he wants the world to believe. Whenever I stare into those devilish green eyes, I see it plain as day. The chink in his armor. His one and only weakness.

Me.

The King of Cypress Prep has finally met his match and taking him down just became an inside job.

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The Golden Boys are all smokin’ hot, but there’s only one guy for Blue Riley, which means this romance isn’t a reverse harem. Also, full disclosure, this saga does contain strong bully themes. So, if you’re not into romances where hate turns into love (well … eventually), and if you don’t like your heroes of the unapologetically alpha variety, this might not be the book for you.
There is no rape or dubious consent whatsoever. However, the series does contain adult themes and sexual situations. One-click and get lost in this series today! Smooches! RJ & NT

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My Splendid Concubine

by Lloyd Lofthouse


First came "My Splendid Concubine" December 2007; then came the sequel "Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine" in 2010. Both novels have now been combined as one in "My Splendid Concubine’s" 3rd edition.


Robert Hart (1835 - 1911) was the 'Godfather of China's modernism' and the only foreigner the emperor of China trusted. In fact, Hart played a crucial role in ending the bloodiest rebellion in history—the Taiping Rebellion—and he owes this success largely to Ayaou, his live-in dictionary and encyclopedia, his Chinese concubine.

About a year after arriving in China in 1854, Robert Hart falls in love with Ayaou, but his feelings for her sister go against the teachings of his Wesleyan-Christian upbringing and almost breaks him emotionally. To survive he must learn how to live and think like the Chinese and soon finds himself thrust into China’s Opium War, where he makes enemies of men such as the American soldier of fortune known as the Devil Soldier.

"My Splendid Concubine's" 1st and 2nd editions earned honorable mentions in general fiction at the 2008 London Book Festival; the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival and the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival.

"Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine" earned honorable mentions in general fiction at the 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival; 2009 Nashville Book Festival; 2009 London Book Festival, 2009 DIY Book Festival and was a Finalist of the National Best Books 2010 Awards in historical fiction.

"My Splendid Concubine’s" 3rd edition [formerly "The Concubine Saga"] picked up honorable mentions in fiction at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival; the 2012 New York Book Festival, and the 2012 London Book Festival.

The Midwest Book Review says, "Many nations adopted modernism in their own ways. 'The Concubine Saga' is a historical fiction novel from Lloyd Lofthouse, following famed modernizer Robert Hart, a man who has contributed greatly to China's advance in the nineteenth century, gaining much power and influence for a foreigner during the period. Drawing on heavily researched passages with great dramatization, 'The Concubine Saga' is a strong pick for historical fiction collections, highly recommended."

* Warning: The first-half of this novel contains graphic-sexual content that reflects Robert Hart’s lifestyle while attending college and during his early years in China that may be considered soft-porn and offensive to some readers. If you think you might be offended, please do not buy and read this novel.

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Troublemaker: A Novel

by Linda Howard


A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard.

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

The part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town, Isabeau “Bo” Maran finally has her life figured out. She’s got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan Yancy shows up on her doorstep. Bo doesn’t need a mysterious man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan.

The harder they fight the intense heat between them, the closer Morgan and Bo become, even though she knows he’s hiding from something. But discovering the truth could cost Bo more than she’s willing to give. And when Morgan’s cover is blown, it might just cost her life.

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Something Blue: A Sweet Romance Anthology

by Susan Sands


Toss the bouquet and say "I do" to this collection of sweet wedding-themed romcoms from the team who brought you the 
USA Today Bestseller Christmas Actually! 18 all-new novellas by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.

Four Royal Weddings and an (Almost) Funeral
By Teri Wilson


Someone posh, someone new, someone annoying, something...true? A pair of royal correspondents from rival news outlets in London can't seem to stop bumping heads at a succession of royal weddings, but when they band together to find one of the queen’s puppies while the dog is running amok in Westminster Abbey, things get even more royally complicated.


Petals & Playlists
By Lacey Baker


Short-staffed and not in the mood for wedding day excitement, Emory Bellson is forced to DJ a reception or risk bad publicity from one of the most notable brides in Miami. When she's somehow roped into standing in the line of single women and ends up catching the bouquet, she thinks the day couldn't possibly get any worse. Except it does, the moment she notices the groomsman who catches the garter, Hayden Rivers, is also a guy she'd dated and ghosted three years ago.


His Custom-made Bridesmaid
By Caro Carson


Bethany Shepherd is on the verge of opening her own bridal boutique, as soon as she finishes this final job as a seamstress for an over-the-top wedding with fifteen bridesmaids. At the last minute, Bethany is forced to fill in for a missing bridesmaid on top of the fifteen dress fittings she must complete as a seamstress. Worse, the groomsman she’s paired with is her old college flame, the wealthy and arrogant Jovian Taylor, who suddenly seems more than willing to stay by her side, for better or for worse.


Something Borrowed
By Cassidy Carter


When bridesmaid Catherine Katz tries on the bride's ring before her best friend's wedding, she doesn't count on Lennox Miller, her former fiancée, catching her in the act—or not being able to get the ring off. She doesn't want Len's help, but now she needs it. During their race together to try and free her before the ceremony begins, Catherine begins to see that her own old love story might potentially have a new ring to it.


Always You
By Melinda Curtis


Cassie Andrews and Jude Turner were inseparable in high school. But Cassie went away to college to become a doctor and Jude stayed in Beacon Bay to buy and run the family bait shop. Somewhere along the line they decided to go their separate ways. Now Cassie's back for a friend's wedding and sparks are rekindled. But is she home to stay?


Love By Accident
By Marianne Evans


Mix a rescue puppy and unguarded frittata, and wedding reception chaos is sure to ensue. While Emily Carpenter and Raylen Preston deal with frittata-ghedon, sparks fly. But can a magical second-chance wedding celebration lead these two wounded hearts to their own happy ending?


The Wedding Rivals
By Nicole Flockton


When high school rivals find themselves as maid of honor and best man at their best friends’ wedding, it’s game on as to who has the best pre-wedding events planned. Old rivalries are renewed along with the spark of romance that has always simmered below the surface.


And more...

Second Chance Sweetheart by Shirley Jump

Something Lost Something Found by Makenna Lee

Wedding at Winding Woods by Janice Lynn

A Wedding at the USO by Tif Marcelo

Her Purrfect Plus One by Robyn Neeley

A Wedding to Remember by Annie Rains

Then, And Now by Susan Sands

Always & Furever by Victoria Schade

Wedding Veils & Puppy Tails by Lizzie Shane

The Groom That Got Away by Sasha Summers

The Perfect Fit by Roe Valentine

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A Hand for the Duke (The Ladies' Wagering Whist Society Book 1)

by Meredith Bond


Can the Ladies of the Wagering Whist Society help an impoverished modiste win the hand of a sought-after Duke?


Tina Rowan is beautiful, talented—and wants nothing more than to be free of her past.
The illegitimate daughter of a baroness, she is being blackmailed by her own foster father. She must rely on her flair for designing dresses to earn enough to pay him off. Starting a business dressing the ladies of Regency society isn’t easy for a nobody. But Tina has three aces up her sleeve—her own amazing talent, her well-connected biological mother, and the helpful (if meddlesome) support of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society.

The handsome, arrogant Duke of Warwick has grown up schooled in the “proper” way for a nobleman to behave. Rule number one: do not fraternize with people of the lower classes. But when he has to introduce his beloved sister to society, he finds himself completely reliant on the beguiling woman he’s hired as his sister’s modiste. To his astonishment, he finds himself opening up to her and enjoying her company far, far too much.

When Tina discovers the true man behind the ducal title, her heart might very well be lost. But can the duke set aside his façade and allow himself to love the only woman who could possibly make him happy?


It will take the combined efforts of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society to see this difficult hand well played.

If you love a Cinderella story complete with a noble hero who will do anything to win the heart of the woman he loves, this book is for you!

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Home Game (Vegas Aces Book 1)

by Lisa Suzanne


NOW AN AMAZON TOP 100 BESTSELLER!


Getting fired and dumped in the same thirty seconds makes for a pretty bad Tuesday. But by Thursday, I'll be in Vegas celebrating my brother's wedding. Since I could use a fresh start, he offers me a place to stay with a buddy of his.

At the bachelorette party, a raunchy game results in a quest to find me a one-night stand. When a hunk with dark blue eyes and perfect bone structure hits me with a silly line at the bar, my mission is complete.

I vow to move on from our steamy night as I head to the rehearsal dinner, certain one of my brother's hot pro football player groomsmen will be my Prince Charming.

Then the best man turns around. Dark blue eyes. Perfect bone structure. A body I won't soon forget.

And apparently my new roommate.


HOME GAME is the first book in the VEGAS ACES series. This series must be read in order.

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G is for Gerry: A Secret Baby Mountain Man Romance (Men of ALPHAbet Mountain)

by Natasha L. Black


I was leaving the diner when
Trouble fell right into my arms.


I should stay away from her, but I’m drawn to her.
A bad accident cost her a leg and her college career.
She’s independent and fierce and doesn’t want my help

Our first kiss at the bonfire was incredible.
The connection between us proves this is no fling
This chemistry, this intimacy — irresistible.


A setback in her recovery
Makes me determined to protect her, to let her know
She’s the only woman I want.

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Crying Wolf: Black River Pack 1

by Rochelle Paige


“Hunter is hunky, protective and as alpha as they come.” - K Webster, 
USA Today bestselling author

Grace Shaw is on the run from her crazy ex-boyfriend who refuses to believe their relationship is over. He's a cop and is willing to use police resources to track her down. So Grace comes up with a plan and tricks his fellow brothers in blue into thinking he is crying wolf a couple of times when he reports her missing. Little does she know she'll go running into the arms of a real wolf when she finally makes her escape for real.

She just wants to be left alone, but then she meets Hunter Tate - the alpha of the Black River Pack. Grace tries to hold Hunter at arm's length, but there's just no reasoning with an alpha male werewolf who insists she's his mate.

This is book one in the Black River Pack series. Each novella will feature a different couple.

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Jake (Must Love Danger Book 3)

by Emily Jane Trent


LOVING THE ENEMY CAN BE TREACHEROUS!

Navy SEAL Jake Holland retires from the military and joins a protection team of ex-military. He is more than a little surprised to find Amanda employed there. And even more so that she is still single. Yet her talent as a security specialist can’t be questioned.

Amanda hasn’t confronted Jake with their past. And he prefers it that way. Yet he bickers with her incessantly. Personal issues aside, Jake can’t bear to witness Amanda suffering. She keeps up the pretense of being strong, but that doesn’t fool him. Despite her tough attitude, Amanda had a kind heart; not that she would cut him any slack.

When Amanda receives the shocking news that her sister’s newborn is missing, she must discover if the baby is alive. Jake volunteers to go undercover with her, but the mission has trouble written all over it.

 

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Ruthless King: A Dark Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance (The Vitale Family Series Book 1)

by Kiara Morgan


As the Russian Mafia princess, I have lived my entire life locked away.

I have felt pain and cruelty at my own father's hands.
Now I'm forced into a marriage with the Italian Mafia's Capo Alessio to unite our two families.
From the very first night he showed me brutality I should be used to by now.
I'm haunted by the past and now the present.
If he thinks I will break so easily he's mistaken.
I have lived among monsters my entire life.
I will survive.

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Sweet Obsession: A Contemporary Romance Anthology

by Ava Quinn


Consumed by their sweet obsessions, these 14 intense and powerful men only bow to the women of their dreams.

Enemies become lovers, billionaires risk everything, and passion turns men into over-the-top protectors who will move heaven and earth to claim the women who've gripped their hearts and won't let go.

When it comes to claiming their Sweet Obsession, nothing else matters. The only thing these heroes can't do is fail.

If you crave swoon-worthy happily ever afters and men with mouths that will curl your toes, you’ve come to the right place.

This collection of fourteen brand new, steamy, stand-alone romances is only available for a limited time. Reserve your copy before it's gone.

Never before seen stories by: Sadie King, Mimi Kinley, Megan Wade, Lia Violet, Lana Love, Khloe Summers, Jane Fox, Haven Rose, Fern Fraser, Ember Flint, Brynn Paulin, Barbra Campbell, Ava Quinn, and Ashley Bostock.

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F is for Finn: A Secret Baby Mountain Man Romance (Men of ALPHAbet Mountain)

by Natasha L. Black


Wendy turned my quiet new life upside down.
Now I never want to let her go.


Settling in to small town life,
I wasn’t looking for a relationship
Wendy is different,
A single mom determined to prove herself

An accident at work,
Now’s my chance to take care of her
A kiss turns into staying the night,
Every night.
A month goes by, perfect,
Then she acts distant.
We can’t seem to talk it out.


She tells me the truth.

We’re having a baby.
She’s scared—her son’s dad left them.
I’ve got to prove to her
We can be a family.
Wendy and me, with
Her son and our baby.

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The Way You Love Me: Includes a bonus novella (Angel Falls Book 2)

by Miranda Liasson


Sparks fly between a grumpy single father and a compassionate lawyer in "a sweet, homespun romance that tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways" (Entertainment Weekly) -- perfect for fans of New York Times bestselling authors Jill Shalvis and Lori Foster and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck.

Gabby Langdon has always tried to make people happy. She even went to law school to please her father, and now she's a highly successful-albeit bored-attorney. But Gabby secretly dreams of being a writer, so for once she does something for herself-she signs up for a writing class taught by best-selling novelist Caden Marshall. There's only one problem: her brooding, sexy professor is a distraction she can't afford if she's finally going to get the life she truly wants.


Recently divorced and suffering from the world's worst case of writer's block, Caden is in Angel Falls to get his life back on track. He's focused on teaching and providing a stable and loving home for his young daughter, Ava. The last thing he needs is to jeopardize his new job, which means keeping plenty of distance between himself and his talented new student-no matter how tempted he is by Gabby's beauty, kind heart, or the sparks that fly whenever they're together.


Includes the bonus novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss!

What readers are saying about The Way You Love Me:"People who love small town romances and fun families will enjoy this."
"A delightful read."
"Liasson continues to lead with her heart and turn reading into an emotionally fulfilling experience."
"[A] wonderful, heartwarming story of struggle, hope, and love."
Angel Falls series:Then There Was YouThe Way You Love Me

 
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Collided: A Steamy Friends To Lovers Romance

by Portia Moore


Alex

I want Madison the moment I lay eyes on her. But I’ve got my work cut out for me because someone before me broke her heart and destroyed her trust. She's my friend, that's all she wants but I'll do everything I can to convince her that we should be more. I need her to be.

I’ve got to prove that not only am I different, but I know we belong together. I feel it in the marrow of my bones. She’s my soulmate and I’ll do whatever it takes until she believes it too.

Madison

I thought I’d found “the one.”

Rich, handsome and amazing in bed. Everything a girl could want right? Well, if only he didn't have a wife.

So now I’m done. I'm supposed to be. But then I meet Alex, the scorching hot bar tender who becomes not just my friend but my friend. Did I mention he's hot, has a body to die for and is my biggest fan. He's everything a girl can want, but this girl is done with love. If only I could convince my heart to stop beating so fast when he smiles at me, and my body from craving his touch.

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Bought (A New Adult Billionaire Romance) (His For A Week Book 1)

by Em Brown


She messed with the wrong billionaire.

Ben:
I saw her. I wanted her. I bought her. BIG MISTAKE.

She was just supposed to be a plaything for a week. But I can’t keep my hands off of her, can’t stop thinking of all the things that I want to do to her. I want to devastate her.

She tries not to want it, and she’s hiding why. But it doesn’t matter. She can try and resist me. She won’t prevail.


An undercover journalist sells herself for a week to expose the darker elements of the Scarlet Auction, but when billionaire Benjamin Lee shows up, it’s not just her scoop that’s on the line…


For a sizzling hot romance with a smart, defiant heroine and a billionaire who can dominate her in all the right ways, download HIS FOR A WEEK: BOUGHT to fire up your fantasies today!

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Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir

by Eliza Watson


FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELIZA WATSON!

"The ending has left me longing to visit Paris and I live in hope I may meet a Luc!" -The Love of a Good Book

"She had us at sexy puppeteer! A fun read." -Chick Lit Is Not Dead


Before Caity Shaw, there was Samantha Hunter...

Event planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn’t foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn’t knock back beers with her clients.

Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister’s whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha’s life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life.

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The Pawn & The Knight

by Skye Warren


A ruthless billionaire determined to get revenge.


A woman with more to lose than her virginity.

And a sensual game that will break them both.

Gabriel Miller has thirty days to do anything he wants with her body. He can enjoy every inch of her, but he can never let himself fall for her. No matter how sweetly she surrenders.

Author’s Note: THE PAWN AND THE KNIGHT is an exclusive duet including two USA Today bestsellers in the scorching hot Endgame series.

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Escape to Osprey Cove: Book 1 of The Osprey Cove Lodge Series

by Luisa Marietta Gold


What Doug finds in the secret compartment of his new red Corvette will forever change his life. It will also change Catherine’s. Doug and Catherine come from two different worlds. Catherine’s world is one of privilege and wealth. Doug grew up dirt poor and full of envy of others who had the things that he wanted but could not have. His goal was to one day have all the things he coveted. Their worlds collide when Catherine, VP of a large New York City marketing firm, hires Doug. As soon as Doug learns of Catherine’s wealth, he sees Catherine as his ticket to all the things he covets. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married.

Poor boy meets rich girl should have resulted in “happily ever after” — not exactly. Doug quickly learns he also covets independence. Events begin to unfold in each of their lives. For Doug, it is his mysterious discovery in the secret compartment of the Corvette. For Catherine, it is a business meeting with Alex Droxell at the Osprey Cove Lodge. When Catherine enters the beautiful and serene lodge, it’s as though she is entering another place and time. The lodge is an escape from the nightmare she is living back home. Follow the twists and turns of Book 1 of the Osprey Cove Lodge Series. Follow Doug and Catherine’s story to see if there is a “happily ever after” and with whom.

EXCERPT:

It appeared to Catherine as though she had just approached Mr. Darcy’s Pemberly in all its magnificence. Now she knew how Elizabeth felt at her first sighting of Pemberly. But unlike Elizabeth, Catherine thought, there would be no happy ending. This would not become her home one day, as Pemberly had become Elizabeth’s, and live happily ever after. Catherine did not covet the house that lay before her. In fact, Catherine was wealthy enough to buy a home like it, if she so desired. What Catherine did long for was what Pemberly represented to all Jane Austen lovers — the culmination of a beautiful love affair. Catherine was not naive enough to expect her life to be storybook in nature. But she did not expect her life with Doug to disintegrate into shambles just two years after marrying him. She did not understand why it was happening. She did not know how to fix it.

 
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Broken Bride

by Stella Gray


I was sold to him to settle a debt... but Dante Bellanti never settles.


My father was always a gambling man.
Unfortunately, he never could pick winners.
When the wolves closed in, he chose himself, like always.

He traded his freedom... for mine.

He forced me to marry.
Now Dante Bellanti owns my body.
I'm just another possession for a man who already has too much.
So I won't let him have my heart.

But you know what they say about gambling.

The house always wins.

And I'm at the mercy of the Bellantis...


Book One of Three in the all-new angsty, sizzling Broken Series.

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