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).

Only A Mistress Will Do (House of Pleasure Book 3)

by Jenna Jaxon


Friendless and destitute, Miss Violet Carlton has no choice but to seek work in London’s most notorious brothel, The House of Pleasure. She steels herself for her ultimate ruin at the hands of her first customer, only to be offered a reprieve in the form of a position as the gentleman’s mistress—in name only. Grateful for his benevolence, Violet agrees to the proposition and enjoys the life of a pampered courtesan—until her dashing rescuer puts her heart in jeopardy. Violet’s growing desire for the gentleman must be squashed when she discovers he belongs to another woman.


Tristan, Lord Trevor enters the House of Pleasure bent on a final night of carousing before donning the leg-shackle of marriage. To his shock, he recognizes the woman in his bed as a lady of the ton and resolves to save her from life in a brothel. After whisking her away under his protection, Tris endeavors to find her a husband, to secure her future and stem his own intense longing for the beautiful woman. With growing anguish Tris fears he can never make Violet his own for the impediment of his coming marriage pales in comparison to the secret he must hide from her or risk her loathing him for the rest of their lives.

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One Hot Daddy: A Second Chance Romance

by Sarah J. Brooks


One night was all we had before Ace left the country. But that was enough to conceive his baby. I thought I’d never see him again – but now he's back and turns my life upside down.

He's a gorgeous soldier on a mission to save the world.
I'm a waitress that's just trying to make ends meet.
Yeah, we come from completely different worlds.
Yet, we share one unforgettable passionate night together.
I give him my number, but he never calls.
Instead, he goes to a war-torn country saving lives.
And now, two years later, he’s back.
A smoking hot firefighter in our small town.
When he walks into the sports bar where we once met, he nearly sets me on fire.
It’s how I feel when I’m with him — safe and protected.
I even wonder if I should tell him that the sweet little girl I take care of is not my niece.
She’s our precious daughter Luna.
The butterflies in my stomach tell me to give our family a fresh new chance –
but then the fear of losing everything makes me doubt if I should ever see him again.

I’ve been burned before. Can I really trust that Ace will stay with me this time?


"One Hot Daddy" is a stand-alone second chance romance, between enemies who become lovers, with a baby surprise and a guaranteed HEA you don't want to miss! No cheating. No cliffhangers. Includes a preview of "Unexpected Heat".

 
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His Best Friend's Sister: A Secret Baby Romance

by Natasha L. Black


My crappy year just got better.
How much better?
About six feet is my guess.


I got jilted at the altar.
Had to move back home.
To be seen as a child and coddled by my parents.
I’m trying to lay low, but fate has its own idea.
My brother’s best friend, hunkier than ever.
He’s running a bar now, looking like sin.
Off-limits and the juiciest forbidden fruit I ever saw.

He’s easy to talk to and makes me laugh.
But my ex hurt me so bad I’m scared to try again.
Not to mention my brother would be furious.

I’m in his bed and loving it.
Keeping secrets from my family.
It’s all going to blow up in my face,
But I can’t resist him.

When all hell breaks loose over our secret affair,
I find myself keeping an even bigger secret from the man I love.

A secret that could leave me with nothing.

 
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Falling For You (Sapphire Bay Book 1)

by Leeanna Morgan


After six years of focusing on her career, Natalie Armstrong craves the peace and tranquility that only Sapphire Bay can give her. But returning to her grandparents' cottage isn't as easy as she imagined. No one told her about her houseguest or the unexpected changes in the small town she calls home.

Gabe Lanigan is a former NYPD detective. His new career as a bestselling crime writer has brought him everything he didn't want--fame, fortune, and a deep distrust of strangers. When Natalie arrives in Sapphire Bay, their unlikely friendship sparks into something he never expected. But he needs to be careful. The real reason he left New York City is closing in fast and Natalie is standing in his way.

FALLING FOR YOU is the first book in the Sapphire Bay series and can easily be read as a standalone. Each of Leeanna's series are linked so you can find out what happens to your favorite characters in other books. Happy reading!

Praise for Leeanna Morgan's books:

"I am addicted to Leeanna Morgan's books! The only problem with them is that I hate coming to the end of one, and can't wait for the next good read. I love how she weaves the characters together, and draws you right into their lives. If you haven't discovered her, please do give her books a try. You won't be disappointed, except for not having found her sooner!"

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down. I purchased it today and finished it just now. Captivating story from beginning to end. Definitely a five star book."

Other Contemporary Romances by Leeanna Morgan:

The Montana Brides:
Book 1: Forever Dreams (Gracie and Trent)
Book 2: Forever in Love (Amy and Nathan)
Book 3: Forever After (Nicky and Sam)
Book 4: Forever Wishes (Erin and Jake)
Book 5: Forever Santa: a Montana Brides Christmas novella
Book 6: Forever Cowboy (Emily and Alex)
Book 7: Forever Together (Kate and Dan)
Book 8: Forever and a Day (Sarah and Jordan)

The Bridesmaids Club:
Book 1: All of Me (Tess and Logan)
Book 2: Loving You (Annie and Dylan)
Book 3: Head Over Heels (Sally and Todd)
Book 4: Sweet on You (Molly and Jacob)

Emerald Lake Billionaires:
Book 1: Sealed with a Kiss (Rachel and John)
Book 2: Playing for Keeps (Sophie and Ryan)
Book 3: Crazy Love (Holly and Daniel)
Book 4: One And Only (Elizabeth and Blake)

The Protectors:
Book 1: Safe Haven (Hayley and Tank)
Book 2: Just Breathe: (Kelly and Tanner)
Book 3: Always (Mallory and Grant)
Book 4: The Promise (Ashley and Matthew)
Book 5: Coming Home (Mia and Stan)
Book 6: The Gift (Hannah and Brett)
Book 7: The Wish (Claire and Jason)

Sapphire Bay:
Book 1: Falling For You (Natalie and Gabe)
Book 2: Once In A Lifetime (Sam and Caleb)
Book 3: A Christmas Wish (Megan and William)
Book 4: Before Today (Brooke and Levi)
Book 5: The Sweetest Thing (Cassie and Noah)
Book 6: Sweet Surrender (Willow and Zac)

Santa's Secret Helpers:
Book 1: Christmas On Main Street (Emma and Jack)
Book 2: Mistletoe Madness (Kylie and Ben)
Book 3: Silver Bells (Bailey and Steven)
Book 4: The Santa Express (Shelley and John)

 
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The Royal Treatment: Chapters Interative Story Limited Edition Cover

by Melanie Summers


**THIS IS A SPECIAL RE-RELEASE OF THE ROYAL TREATMENT WITH A LIMITED EDITION COVER AND THE ROYAL ENGAGEMENT BONUS SHORT STORY**


A gorgeously funny, romantic and seductive modern fairy-tale…
I have never laughed out loud so much in my life…incredibly funny, witty, romantic, swoony…wonderfully charming and deliriously dreamy… ~MammieBabbie Book Club

Absolutely brilliant…original…hilarious…I have to HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Royal Treatment to EVERYONE! ~ Jennifer, The Power of Three Readers Book Blog


Filled with witty and sarcastic humour, along with massive sexual chemistry…The Royal Treatment is the ultimate rom-com. ~ Tara, Bare Naked Words Reviews

For fans of Bridget Jones and The Princess Diaries comes a laugh-out-loud, feel-good comedy with a sizzling side of romance…

Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?

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Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law Mystery/Romance Book 1)

by Jana DeLeon


Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.


Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

(Note: This book is part of the author’s backlist, originally released in print in 2009 by Dorchester Publishing)

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Happily Ever After: A Contemporary Romance Boxed Set

by Aria Rae Blossom


These heroes and heroines are lost without each other ... but obstacles stand in their way.


Inside the pages of this steamy, limited edition boxed set created for you by your favorite romance authors, you’ll find sexy, funny, heartwarming, and red hot romance reads, where characters navigate their love through all the twists, turns, and ups and downs required to reach a happily ever after.

Which passionate romance will be your favorite? The enemies turned to trusted lovers or the rock stars who know exactly what they want? Best friends who wish they could be more, forbidden love, or second chance at forever?

No matter what you love - enemies to lovers, second chance romance, a forbidden tale, vacation fling, opposites attract, comedy, or contemporary romance - every story in this limited edition boxed will deliver the satisfying end you crave.

One-click now to discover your new favorite ending with twenty-one happily ever afters guaranteed.

Fans of Abbi Glines, Jill Shalvis, and Lauren Landish will swoon for Happily Ever After.

Authors included in this set are:
Piper Rayne, Erin Lee, Mandy Melanson & Elle Ryan, Sophia Henry, Lena Bourne, Selene Drake, Joanne Dannon & Faith Summers, Mallory Fox, Kathryn C. Kelly, Dakota Davies, Evie Wilde, D. R. Love, Mckenna James, Debra Elise, Heather Wynter, Mary E Thompson, Ann C. Orlandi & Riley James, Marie Skye, Olivia Marie, Maria Ann Green, and Aria Rae Blossom

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The Reluctant Wolf and His Fated Mate: A Howls Romance (White Mountain Shifters Book 1)

by Lisa Carlisle


Mates were trouble. That's why Damon would never commit to one.
Even if the temptation is strong...


Sophie escapes to the White Mountains with her friend for a ski weekend. When she skis off trail and gets lost in the mountains, she stumbles into the path of a wolf. Only it's bigger than any she ever thought existed, and it's baring its fangs at her...

Damon has refused to ever find a mate after his father went mad. When Damon meets a woman his wolf recognizes as the one, the call is more difficult to ignore. And when he catches her scent on the mountain, he can't fight it any longer. He tracks her through the forest to ensure she's safe.

Only Sophie has stepped into another pack's territory.

If Damon crosses the boundary, he'll break the treaty between their packs.


Mates--not just trouble. They could lead a shifter to his death...

Fated mates and forbidden love. Escape into the magic of the White Mountains with the Franconia shifters.

 
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Ego Trip: A Cocky Boss Romantic Comedy

by Tabatha Kiss


Two weeks on the road with my boss? 
Business as usual.
Two weeks on the road with my newer, hotter boss that I had a one-night stand with four years ago? A disaster waiting to happen.

It was a one-time thing with a man I knew from work.
His name was Oliver Black. The rich and handsome manager of the Botsford Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas.
Dark hair. Icy blue eyes. A cocky smirk with dimples deep enough to trip on.

No one has to know, he said.
And no one did know... except maybe the guests trying to sleep in the suite next door.

I didn't know he'd eventually get promoted to my department.
definitely didn't know my boss would assign me to travel the country with him to keep his raging ego in check.
Two weeks. Five locations. A whole lot of hotel rooms in-between.

This trip will either solidify our business relationship as totally platonic friends and nothing more, or destroy my career.
But we already know the answer to that question, don't we?

I'm screwed. Literally.

Ego Trip is a stand-alone romantic comedy with a cocky boss, his cheeky by-the-books assistant, and enough steam to melt your Kindle! One-click your copy to find out why romance lovers can’t get enough of Tabatha Kiss and her delicious heroes!

 
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Forever Dreams (Montana Brides, Book 1)

by Leeanna Morgan


Fans of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series will love this small-town, feel-good romance!

She came to Montana looking for answers...and found forever.

When Gracie Donnelly, a school teacher from New Zealand, arrives on a Montana cattle ranch, she has more on her mind than mending fences and feeding chickens. She's secretly searching for her father and answers to questions that could destroy a family.

Just one look at the fiery five-foot-one redhead and Trent McKenzie knows Gracie is going to be trouble. Ever since the failure of his first marriage, he promised never to listen to his heart again. Especially when his heart is saying he's falling in love - and the one thing Gracie's searching for is the one thing that could take her away from him forever.

FOREVER DREAMS is the first book in the Montana Brides series and can easily be read as a standalone. Each of Leeanna's series are linked so you can find out what happens to your favorite characters in other books. Happy reading!

Praise for Leeanna Morgan's books:

"I am addicted to Leeanna Morgan's books! The only problem with them is that I hate coming to the end of one, and can't wait for the next good read. I love how she weaves the characters together, and draws you right into their lives. If you haven't discovered her, please do give her books a try. You won't be disappointed, except for not having found her sooner!"

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down. I purchased it today and finished it just now. Captivating story from beginning to end. Definitely a five star book."

 
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Forever Your Duke: A Regency Christmas Romance (12 Dukes of Christmas)

by Erica Ridley


From a New York Times bestselling author: A forbidden love, opposites attract romp between a meticulously proper duke and an impishly improper spinster in this witty, feel-good romance!

This year, the Duke of Nottingvale's Christmastide house party doubles as a bride hunt. The handsome duke seeks a blue-blooded debutante as respectable as he is, and his parlor is brimming with paragons of propriety.

Inveterate spinster and unapologetic hoyden Miss Cynthia Louise Finch does not fit the mold. Any mold. Her younger cousin is perfect for the duke! By matchmaking the two, Cynthia will save her favorite cousin from a horrific fate. The only problem? Cynthia has always held a tendre for the duke. And for the first time, she seems to have caught his attention...

The Duke of Nottingvale knows his responsibilities: Duty and decorum above all else. A respectable lord would never sneak away for stolen moments with a fearless, audacious minx he cannot make his duchess. He definitely wouldn't kiss her. Or fall in love…

Welcome to a heartwarming series of fun Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
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THE TWELVE DUKES OF CHRISTMAS:

  1. Once Upon a Duke
  2. Kiss of a Duke
  3. Wish Upon a Duke
  4. Never Say Duke
  5. Dukes, Actually
  6. The Duke's Bride
  7. The Duke's Embrace
  8. The Duke's Desire
  9. Dawn with a Duke
  10. One Night with a Duke
  11. Ten Days with a Duke
  12. Forever Your Duke
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The Hometown Hero (The O'Connells Book 7)

by Lorhainne Eckhart


In this shocking O’Connell family novel, a brother’s secret is exposed, opening up old wounds and creating a scandal that could rock the community.



Big brother Owen O’Connell was only sixteen when his father mysteriously disappeared, forcing him to become a father figure to his five younger siblings. If you were to ask them, they’d say Owen is the perfect older brother with the perfect life: He’s single, a plumber, working his own hours in a close-knit community. Owen, though, knows that appearances are often deceiving.

When he is called to a plumbing emergency at the local high school after a grad prank goes wrong, he finds his old rival Tessa Brooks, now a teacher, holding a broken pipe in the middle of the flood, thinking she can fix the problem. However, the two soon make a horrifying discovery: the body of a student tucked away in a closet.

The event brings authorities flocking in, and in the ensuing chaos, Owen realizes that someone knows too much about his family. Having carefully held the family together since his father disappeared, he is determined to keep their secrets right where they are, dead and buried. But sometimes, secrets get revealed in the most scandalous of ways.

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Dark Side of the Harbour

by Jennifer Bacia


"
A rip-roaring, irresistible page-turner" - Sunday Times

Who do you trust when everyone lies?

It’s the Swinging Sixties, post-war Australia is booming and the excitement of the city lures two young women to Sydney. Naïve, country-raised Rose is overawed by the glamorous worldly Margot who makes no secret of her social ambitions.

But it is a chance meeting with two debonair Europeans that draws them into a tragedy that will change each of their lives forever.

Fast forward over two decades later, and a leading investigative media team has begun investigating a long-ago murder on the sleepily opulent Northern Beaches. The locals are abuzz with speculation. Some have reason to feel nervous – including the police. Others, who have stayed silent for years, are at last tempted to tell the truth. A truth Margot and Rose could never have imagined.

From Sydney’s deceptive glitter, to the grit of Warsaw under siege, Dark Side of the Harbour is a gripping story of courage, resilience and deadly secrets – where only the strongest bonds survive.

"Move over Sidney Sheldon...Gripping, highly entertaining" - Sunday Mail

 
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The Operator (Ian Bragg Thriller Book 1)

by Craig Martelle

A hitman with a conscience…

Ian Bragg is paid to kill people. Only bad people and not many, but for a great deal of money.


Case the target. Make the hit. Move on until he meets the woman with sparkling green eyes who changes everything.

Is his newest target deserving of death? Who is Ian to decide if the politician needs to die? He is the one who has to live with the consequences, that’s who.

The contract deadline nears. Too many unknowns, too much to lose. Pull the trigger or not?

Ian makes his own rules to get himself out of a quandary where it’s more than just his life on the line. For the greater good, join Ian Bragg.

 

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Queen of the Island (Fins & Scales Book 1)

by Bokerah Brumley


Gaire is a mermaid with a serious problem... her fated mate, Calder Brumen, doesn't know she's real. 

But when Gaire learns an evil sea nymph is determined to kill Calder, she vows to protect him.

To save Calder, Gaire defies the Queen Mother, breaks Mer law, and brings an unconscious Calder back to the underwater Mer city... only to sink herself in an ocean of trouble.

After the Keeper of the Scrolls is murdered—the first murder in a thousand years, Gaire is drawn into an intricate web of lies and deceptions, centuries old. 

Gaire must restore the rightful royal succession... 

It's the only way to safeguard Calder Brumen and preserve the love growing between them. 

Local painter Calder Brumen has three goals in life. 

 Be the best artist in San Francisco...
 Make good on his promise to his best friend...
 Marry the mermaid with the glittery leg tattoos...

When the vanishing woman leaves sandy footprints behind, Calder decides she’s more than a figment of his imagination, and his infatuation becomes an obsession. 

But a mysterious temptress worms her way into his best friend’s world, and Calder has to figure out how to save his childhood pal from the evil clutches of a witch... without losing his chance at landing his happily ever after.

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Second Chance with the Billionaire

by Ava Storm


Ten years ago, I left her on the dance floor and disappeared.
I needed to make something of myself; to be good enough for her.


Cassie. My best friend. My one true love.
Now I’m back in our small town, and ready to prove my worth.
I’m a billionaire and somewhat of a celebrity.
But Cassie is totally unimpressed. In fact, she almost seems put off by my wealth and fame.
As the town veterinarian, I hire her to take care of my two horses,
Hoping to find a way back into her good graces.
But just when it seems we’ve finally found our way back,
The trappings of my newfound celebrity rear their ugly heads.
Now Cassie’s the one that’s left me in the dust.

Now, three years later, fate has brought me face to face with her again,
And the secret she took with her.

 
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The Golden Boys: Dark High School Bully Romance (Kings of Cypress Prep 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, due to adult themes and sexual situations, this one’s only for the 18+ crowd.

This series is sure to give you GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL vibes, and the angst will keep you burning through the pages to find out what happens next. One-click and get lost in this series today!

Smooches!
RJ & NT

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

by Em Brown

 

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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WASTED PAIN (Ken Ross Romantic/Erotic Suspense Series Book 1)

by Ken Ross


This is the first book in the Ken Ross Romantic/Erotic Suspense Series. A guy chasing his last hopes of romance finds a freezing homeless gal on an alley of an American city. He could leave her to die or take her home and care for her. But she's not just any gal; she looks half her age, is interesting, wild and attractive, and he starts to hope that something can develop. She has no past, not even a name, and they strive to get to know each other in more ways than one. Can they really make a future together? Will the years of wasted pain ever subside? A fascinating story of unusual romance, dry humor, and emotional turmoil that leads to a surprising climax.

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A Very Montgomery Christmas: A Montgomery Ink: Boulder Novella

by Carrie Ann Ryan


It’s holiday time with the Boulder Montgomerys and there are more than a few changes coming. Between family dinners, various cheese boards, late nights, and dramatic announcements, the family that has stayed together no matter the cost proves just what makes them special this holiday season.

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