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#ReleaseBlitz ~ “Commander In Briefs” Box Set by Author Kristy Marie, Genre: #ContemporaryRomance is Available Now! ~ @AuthorKristyM @Wordsmithpublic

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Contemporary Romance
Stand Alones

Designed by Letitia Hasser of RBA Designs

Blurb:
Welcome to the McCallister Jameson Foundation, the home to the hottest men with the surliest attitudes. Sure, they’re broody, stubborn, and stupid hot, but deep down, all they need is a little patience and a sassy woman to change their ways.
All books are standalones with crossover characters.
Set Includes:
PitcherA friends to lovers prequel novella
I loved him, okay? I know I said we were just friends, but relationships change. So I asked him for a favor. It wasn’t a big deal—famous last words.
CommanderA friends to lovers romance
Turns out, asking your friend to take your V-card is a huge deal—so is taking in six Marines. But mine and Theo’s relationship has seen worse. We’ll make it through this together. Hopefully. Maybe. Fingers crossed.
GorgeousAn enemies to lovers romance
I made a rash decision, but I promised my brother I would always look out for his mentor—even after his death. It’s just… his mentor isn’t very receptive to my arrival. And, if he asks me one more time if he can offer me a ride home, I might bury his keys right along with his awful attitude.
DrifterAn enemies to lovers romance
I stole his bike. I had to. I needed it more than he did at the moment. But Connor Hayes doesn’t agree. Now I’m stuck paying back a debt to a man whose body belongs on a cover of a magazine and a smile that decimates my will power.
InterpreterA teacher-teacher romance
I have my own problems like finding another job before my work visa expires. I don’t need another role in interpreting for my new co-teacher. His constant frown and lousy attitude are sure to make my last remaining months in the United States a horrible one. However, he does make one pretty paperweight.

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A self-proclaimed reader enthusiast, Kristy started her writing journey back in 2009, reading and writing when her daughter was napping. Establishing her place in Corporate America (because something had to pay the bills), writing became her dirty, late-night secret.

After eight long years, she released her debut novel, Commander in Briefs. It was a long road, but she can honestly say, the road less traveled had the most beautiful sights.

The only thing Kristy Marie loves as much as reading and writing is sports! Especially those that require muscles and a nice ass. Her favorite is, and always will be, baseball. She’s such a fan, that she even married her small town’s high school’s centerfielder where they still live with their three badass kids.

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#CoverReveal ~ “Protecting Anna” Series: A Lucky Strike Lovers Novel, by Author: Julia Jarret,t Genre: Contemporary Romance, Release Date: August 13, 2020! ~ #JuliaJarretAuthor @EJBookPromos

Title: Protecting Anna

Series: A Lucky Strike Lovers Novel
Author: Julia Jarrett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 13, 2020
Cover Design: J.M Walker of Just Write Creations
A snowstorm brought them together, but her past might tear them apart…
Bartender Ryan Carlisle is ready to leave his playboy days behind. He used to believe commitment was something to be wary of but watching his best friend fall in love and get engaged has him starting to think differently. His path to finding love won’t be easy, since the first and only woman to stir his protective instincts and make him dream of forever, is running scared and looking for a place to start over.
When Anna Thorn comes into his pub, desperate for a safe harbor, the last thing either of them expects is the thrill of instant attraction. They’re both trying to move on from their past and find happiness in their future. Together, they must learn to trust, and ultimately, to love.
As Anna’s past catches up to her, their relationship – and her life – will be thrown into jeopardy.

Julia Jarrett is a busy mother of two boys, a happy wife to her real-life book boyfriend and the owner of a rescue dog. She has a passion for writing contemporary romance novels that are full of relatable heroines and the men who fall in love with them. If she isn’t writing or chasing kids, she’s most likely drinking tea, reading a book and dreaming of a sunny vacation.
 

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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Red Hot Texan” The Corbyn Sisters of Last Stand, by Author Katherine Garbera, Genre: Contemporary Romance, Release Date: August 27th 2020! ~ @KatherinGarbera @TulePublishing

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Red Hot Texan
Corbyn Sisters of Last Stand

By
Katherine Garbera

Genre:  #Romance #ContemporaryRomance

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

POV:  Third-person alternaitng perspectives

Kindle:  199 pages

Publication:  August 27th 2020

Read:  July 27th 2020  *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

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Synopsis:

He’s only got one shot at hooking her heart

Red Aldean has his sights set on his longtime friend, Emma, who seems more interested in her regency romances than dating. A renowned river, adventure, and fishing guide, Red is no stranger to a challenge. With his heart on the line, he turns to his trusty Texas guide to fishing—all he needs is patience, a plan and the perfect bait.

Last Stand librarian Emma Corbyn prefers to find her romance in books. It’s much safer. While she’s not set on perfection, she needs honesty. When larger-than-life Red Aldean starts wooing her, Emma can’t help but let her guard down. And even this bookworm can’t ignore the sizzle that ignites when he’s near.

Emma feels like she can trust Red with her heart, until she learns he’s keeping secrets. Does Red need a better lure to reel in the prize of his life?

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A brand-new series featuring many of the Last Stand residents we have come to love. Red Hot Texan is Emma and Red’s story. Beautifully written with all the feels and scenery of Last Stand, Texas; this book was so good.

I’m in love with Red Aldean. I knew from the first pages that Red was not going to be the typical alpha, cocky hero. Red was confident in most aspects of his life with the exception of his attraction to Emma. In that aspect, all his vulnerabilities were showing. Red is an outdoorsman, literally. He runs an outdoor excursion company where he takes clients fishing, hiking, canoeing, etc. He is a tough as nails, sexy, strong, brave and loyal man. But when it comes to Emma, he is afraid. He wants her in his life very badly. Since they were children, Red had a bit of a crush on Emma. But in the last year or so, Red wanted to be her everything, because she was his. I will say, I loved his approaches toward Emma. He was adorable.

Emma is not ready to give her heart away due to issues from her past. But being with Red has her giving away pieces of it gradually. For the most part, these two characters are honest with each other about their feelings. Emma made some decisions, I didn’t approve of, making her seem selfish even though I understood her reasoning. She wasn’t being fair to Red. Red, on the other hand, had a secret. It was a big one and could definitely destroy what they were building with each other. As a reader, you will learn what that secret is pretty early on in the book. Unfortunately, Red keeps putting off telling Emma, claiming it wasn’t the right time. And well, you can probably guess that situation doesn’t go over well in the end.

I won’t give away the ending because it was so perfect for this story. As always, I enjoy reading books from this author and look forward to her next in this series. I definitely recommend this feel good, sweet story. You will adore Red!

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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#CoverReveal ~ “Unexpected Expectations” (425 Madison Ave Series) by Author Lauren Helms, Genre: Rags to Riches Romance, Release Date: August 17th 2020! ~ @LaurenEHelms

We’ve waited for months for this moment and now it’s time to share the first cover in the third season of the loved, 425 Madison Ave series. Check out the gorgeous cover for Unexpected Expectations by Lauren Helms, a must-read rags to riches romance!

Kevin

With everyone around me settling down, I’m happy to continue living my life single and carefree.

That is unless I can convince the concierge, Lucy Wilson at 425 Madison to finally take me up on that offer to go out on a date.

She’s beautiful, friendly, and her compassion for each and every one of the residents is admirable. Something tells me that she doesn’t see herself that way at all though.

This is why I’ve made it my mission to break her out of her overly cautious shell starting with a lucky penny and a $10 raffle ticket.

It was all supposed to be a little fun but when a large dose of lucky graces us, everything suddenly becomes unexpected.

Lucy

He thinks I don’t see him, but I do. Oh yes, I’ve been aware of the all too good looking Kevin Harper for quite some time now.

The thing is, I’m not sure that we have enough in common and I sure don’t have the free time for a social life between my job and school. Dating? That’s pretty far down on the list of things I’d like to check off – not by choice.

That is until Kevin convinces me that a little fun is good for the soul.

What started as a $10 raffle ticket turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of us saw coming.

I always believed in fairy tales, but I wonder if what we have is too good to be true. I can only hope that it’s true what they say…

After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

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Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft.

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About the 425 Madison Series

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Rounding out the summer with some hot city nights and coasting into fall with more cool characters at this famous high-rise, 425 Madison is returning for a third season!

With some familiar faces and some brand new residents – you’ll be sure to find an author you love and a trope to ignite your taste buds after all 425 Madison IS the perfect place to fall in love!

We’ve got an amazing line of up must-read romance authors including, Lauren Helms, Allie York

J Marie, Kay Gordon, Marcie Shumway, Aubree Valentine, S.L. Sterling, and Fiona Tulle

Prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC.

Season One and Two feature stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, KC Enders, Marci Shumway, and C. Lesbirel. All these authors came together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy. Covering all of your favorite tropes each tale offers you something new, something different.

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New Covers for the Gamer Boy Series by Author Lauren Helms, “Level Me Up” “One More Round” & “Game All Night” See post for sale info. Genre: Contemporary Romance, @LaurenEHelms

Check out the brand-spanking-new covers for the Gamer Boy series by Lauren Helms! This pro-gaming team is ready for another round of fun and can’t wait for you to join them. Don’t wait another second, fall in love with a gamer boy today! You’ve got three to chose from or fall in love with them all! For a limited time, get book #1, LEVEL ME UP for only $.99!

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A fast-moving game of chance and love. Morgan Lawson wasn’t expecting to meet Dex Roberts, a drop-dead sexy pro gamer who was ready for a challenge in LEVEL ME UP. For these two, it’s not about the win, it’s about leveling up. A love at first sight romance.

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🎮 ONE MORE ROUND 🎮

History doesn’t have to repeat itself. Or does it? Life was on track for Gia Newman until tall, dark, and broody blast from the past, Simon Palmer shows up. In ONE MORE ROUND, they’re playing for keeps when they thought the game was over. A second-chance romance.

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🎮 GAME ALL NIGHT 🎮

What started as a game between friends turns out to be so much more in GAME ALL NIGHT. Ruby Jacobs finds Link Witt opinionated, frustrating, charming as hell, and they’ll only ever be friends, but Link is ready to play this game for real, with no “game over” insight. A friends-to-lovers romance.

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Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft.

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#ReleaseBlitz ~ “Legacy” Series: Montgomery Brothers #1, by Author Laura Pavlov, Genre: Contemporary Romance, is Available Now! ~ @laurapavlov2 @GiveMeBooksPR

 

Title: Legacy

Series: Montgomery Brothers #1
Author: Laura Pavlov

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 21, 2020

 

Blurb
Ford
I don’t have time for distractions.
I have a billion-dollar company to run. A father to grieve.
A legacy to fulfill.
Harley DeLuca is not my type.
She’s snarky.
She’s stubborn.
And she’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen—even in
her ridiculous grungy tennis shoes.
I can’t get enough of her.
Harley
I was a mistake from the moment of conception.
The sins of my mother have followed me like a nightmare in a
horror flick.
I’m determined to make a life for myself, free of my past.
I have three goals.
Open a bakery.
Keep Gramps safe.
And forget that I’m Valentina DeLuca’s daughter.
There’s no room in my life for a man.
Especially an arrogant, condescending jerk like Ford
Montgomery. 
But now he’s my business partner.
My friend.
And if I’m not careful, he just might be—everything. 

 

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Excerpt
“What time are you
opening the doors?” he asked, his gaze made a slow perusal of me from head
to toe, stopping at my feet and huffing. “Do you own anything aside from tennis
shoes?”
I rolled my eyes. “We
open at seven, which is when you open, correct?”
“That’s when the
building opens. I get here by six-thirty, and the Wilsons always had a cup of
coffee ready to go for me,” the smug bastard said, looking around and
taking in all the details. “This actually looks—nice.”
I laughed. “Thanks, I
guess.”
“So, I haven’t found
another place that makes coffee like they did. I was hoping you make a decent
cup and I could stop here on my way up in the morning and grab it.”
“Well, I won’t be
staring out the window waiting for your arrival, but you’re welcome to stop by,
and we’ll pour you a cup to go, your highness.”
“That’s fine. As long as
you can actually make coffee that’s tolerable.” He smirked. Ford wore a black
suit, and a white dress shirt, tailored to fit his broad, chiseled body just
so. His brown hair was a bit longer on top and styled to perfection.
“I can’t wait to hear
how high maintenance your order is. I mean, this ain’t Starbucks, bud.”
He rolled his eyes. “I
take my coffee black.”
My head fell back, and I
barked out a laugh. “Black? And you’re being dramatic about it? How hard is it
to make a cup of black coffee?”
“It’s all about the
beans.” He crossed his arms in front of his chest and raised a brow at me. Smug
bastard.
“You know, this is why
rich men get a bad name. You’re ridiculous,” I said before shouting out to my
bestie in the back. “Molly, can you grab me a cup of black coffee to go. Use
the real swanky beans, okay?”
He chuckled. Ford
freaking Montgomery the forty thousandth actually laughed. I was surprised to
see he had an actual sense of humor under his arrogant, annoying demeanor.
Author Bio
Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that
will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college
sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to a couple
crazy yorkies. Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily
ever after.
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#BlogTour ~ “Afraid To Hope by Sutton Bishop, Series: Ancient Passages; Book 2, Genre: Contemporary Romance, is Available Now! ~ @suttonbishop2 @rrrpromotion @readreviewrpt

Afraid To Hope by Sutton Bishop
 
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Series: Ancient Passages; Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Archaeologist and INTERPOL contractor Dr. Natasha Jordaan is on a dangerous mission to recover artifacts looted from Morocco — the home of her past and her heart. Trained, competent, and proven, the last thing she needs is a brash, infuriating babysitter, no matter how sexy he is.
 
Former special forces Bane Rua wants this starched-up professor in every way a man can have a woman, and he always gets what he wants. His duty might be to protect the beautiful doctor and recover the relics, but no one ever said he couldn’t have two assignments.

 

#NewRelease ~ “Winning My Best Friend’s Girl” The Baileys #8 by Author Piper Rayne, Genre: Contemporary Romance, is Available Now! ~ @PiperRayneRocks @WildfireMarket1

Release Date: July 21

Imagine lying in a hospital bed and the doctor who pulls the curtain back to treat you is the one who got away. Even if you never really had her in the first place. She’s not only your high school crush, she’s the ex-girlfriend of your ex-best friend. The one girl you’ve always wanted.

 
Here’s a step-by-step list to finally win her over…
Key to win #1:  Try not to take offense that she snuck back into town without telling you—six months ago.
Key to win #2: Rekindle the friendship to ease the awkwardness. But… DO NOT enter the friend zone.
Key to win #3: Ignore the fact that she went speed dating the night before. Take it as good a sign—maybe she’s looking for a relationship.
Key to win #4: Attempt to keep the two of you out of the town gossip blog and away from your large family.
 
Make sure you don’t let this last one throw you off your mission. 
 
Key to win #5: Don’t get deterred when you find out the past is about to repeat itself. Because the man she met at the speed dating night is your best buddy from work.
 
Just remember, you sat back and let her slip away once, you won’t do it a second time. 
 
Failure is not an option.


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#NewRelease ~ “A Date for the Derby” Series: The Dating Series, by Authors Heidi McLaughlin & LP Dover, Genre: Contemporary Romance, is Available Now! ~ @HeidiJoVT @LPDover @EJBookPromos


Title: A Date for the Derby
Series: The Dating Series
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin & LP Dover 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2020

 

 

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Heidi McLaughlin and L.P. Dover come together for a sexy new series that delivers romance for every season!
For Brielle Armstrong the pomp and circumstance of the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby are truly the most thrilling time of the year. Press junkets, designer gowns, everyone schmoozing her in hopes of getting in her daddy’s good graces. What’s not to love?
But this year, her heart is racing with anticipation to see Colby Hensley. As a former trainer of her family’s champion horses, his rugged sex appeal has always filled Brielle’s mind with naughty thoughts of a little barebacked fun.
Even though Colby walked away from their farm, her father Butch, would never approve of him. But what daddy doesn’t know can’t hurt him. If their secret comes out, it could cost Brielle everything. Still, what fun is life if you don’t ride it at a gallop?
Grab your riding crop, and place your bets. It’s Derby Day!

 

 

“What happened with Colby, Brielle?” 

Groaning, I close my eyes. “Everything. The man drives me insane.” 

“But yet, you still love him.” The breath catches in my lungs and I can feel the burn behind my eyes. When I open them, William can see right through me. He cups my face in his hands. “You need to just tell him how you feel and get it over with. Keeping all this anger inside of you isn’t healthy.” 

I scoff. “No, but it feels good to hate him. Makes him leaving not hurt as bad.” 

He shakes his head. “That’s a lie and you know it. Where is he right now?” 

There’s only one place I know he’ll be. “Probably at the stables.” 

“Then go,” he says, nodding toward the door. “I’ll handle your father if he asks where you’re at.” He brushes off his shoulders. “He loves me.” Which is true, my father does like him and has told me plenty of times that he wants us together. William has a charisma about him that everyone seems to be attracted to. William pulls me over to the door. “Go. I got this.” 

My heart beats uncontrollably and I know it’s now or never. “Thanks, Will. I love you for this.” 

He winks. “I know. When you get back, I want to hear everything.” 

There’s no way I can go to the stables in my dress, so I rush up the stairs while William sneaks back through the secret door. I quickly change into a pair of jeans, my boots, and a dark T-shirt. The last thing I want is someone recognizing me. There’s already a hat in my car I can use. Now all I have to do is get down to my car unnoticed. I sneak down the staircase and through the secret door. Once I’m out the back door of the kitchen, I sprint across the yard to my car. 

Luckily, I get away without anyone seeing me. Over the years, I had to learn to be stealth, especially with keeping mine and Colby’s relationship a secret. It doesn’t take long to get to the stables, and when I pull into the parking lot, Colby’s truck is there. I knew it. I grab my baseball cap and slip it on. 

It’s dark, but I can see the lights in the stables up ahead. My chest hurts from my heart pounding so achingly hard. Do I really want to confront him again? Yes and no. My goal was to make him think I didn’t give a shit that he left. I’m failing miserably. The more I keep things bottled up, the worse I feel. I can’t stand feeling like this anymore. 

I storm into the stables and that’s when I see him with Maximus. He’s already changed out of his suit and into a pair of jeans and a snug T-shirt that hugs his perfectly sculpted biceps. I remember what it was like to be held in those arms. My gut clenches and I hide in one of the empty stalls. Colby rubs a hand down the midnight-colored stallion’s back with such tenderness. If only he knew how to treat women that way. I’m not a damsel in distress kind of woman, but dammit to hell, if he didn’t break my heart. 

Groaning silently, I crouch down inside the stall. It was a mistake to come here. Now I only hope he didn’t see me. I peek through one of the cracks in the wood. Colby takes off his shirt and crams it into his back pocket. 

“I know you’re there, Bri,” he calls out, running his hands down Maximus’ mane.  

“Dammit,” I hiss, clenching my fists tight. 

“Don’t you think it’s time we talked? You can’t hide from me forever.” His footsteps grow closer, and I freeze, hoping he’ll walk past. I slide down into the corner and hold my breath as he walks by. “I want to say I’m sorry. There’s so much I have to say.” 

“Just drive the wedge in even harder, asshole,” I mumble to myself. 

“I need you to come out and talk to me. I can make you if I have to, which might be kind of fun for me. You don’t want me to enjoy this, do you?” What I really want to do is smack him on the head. “Brielle?” His voice grows farther away until I hear his footsteps leave the stables. If I run out the other side, I might be able to get back to my car without him seeing me. Taking a deep breath, I slowly get to my feet and glance over the stall; the coast is clear. 

The wooden door of the stall creaks and I freeze. Shit. I hold my breath and listen, but there are no footsteps approaching. As quietly as I can, I tiptoe my way to the back entrance of the stables and turn the corner, only to run right into him. He reaches for my hand, but I jerk away from him. 

“You didn’t think you fooled me back there, did you?” He stares right into my eyes, but I refuse to give in. 

“Screw you,” I hiss, turning on my heel. I march off but he follows close behind. “I have nothing to say to you.” 

“Well, too bad. I have a shit-ton to say to you. Now stop being a brat and give me one minute.” 

Sucking in a breath, I freeze. Did he really just call me a brat? Gritting my teeth, I face him head on. I half expect him to smirk, but there’s nothing but seriousness in his stormy electric blue gaze. 

“All right, this ends now,” I snap, pushing on his chest. He steps back, his jaw clenched tight. “Call me a brat if you want, but I’m pissed and embarrassed. How the hell am I supposed to feel after I gave you my heart and you left? No explanations … nothing. All my father said was that you were done working with us.” Tears fill my eyes, and I hate myself for letting him see my pain. “You didn’t even have the decency to tell me you didn’t want to be with me anymore.” Huffing, I turn and march out of the stables. “Now I just feel like an idiot. So, by all means, make me sit down and hear all the reasons why you don’t want to be with me. Go ahead and call me childish, a brat, or whatever you like. I don’t care anymore,” I say, waving my arms in the air. “At least I wasn’t afraid to let you in.” 

My heart thunders in my chest. It felt good to scream out my feelings, but now they are no longer mine. Never have I ever let anyone see the vulnerable side of me. 

Out of nowhere, a lasso is thrown around my body. I scream when the rope bites into my skin, burning as Colby tightens it. I struggled to break free, but it’s so tight, even my hands start to tingle. I try to stand my ground, but the harder he pulls, the tighter it gets. 

“Dammit, Colby. Let me go! I can’t feel my hands.” I have no choice but to willingly move my feet. If I don’t, he’ll drag me across the ground through the dirt. My dignity is more important. 

“You shouldn’t have walked away,” he growls, his voice by my ear. He jerks me around and pushes me into one of the empty stalls. I turn my face away, but he grabs my chin. “I don’t think so, princess. You’re going to look at me when I say this. Do you want me to tie your hands and feet together too?” 

I have no doubt he’ll do it. “Fine,” I huff, lifting my glare to his. “What do you want?” 

His lips close over mine, hard and raw as he forces his tongue inside. I try to fight him off, but it’s a half-ass attempt. Who am I kidding? I don’t want him to stop. Not to mention, I can’t move. I’m at his mercy, and I like it. He pushes me into the wall, rubbing his arousal against me. Moaning, I bite his lip and he pulls away. 

“You.”
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.
 
Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.
 
In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, including the acclaimed Forever My Girl.
 
When writing isn’t occupying her time, you can find her sitting courtside at either of her daughters’ basketball games.
 
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and opened in theaters on January 19, 2018.

 


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Everything’s sweeter in the South has always been her mantra and she lives by it, whether it’s with her writing or in her everyday life. Maybe that’s why she’s seriously addicted to chocolate.
 
Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her daughter. Her favorite to write is romantic suspense, but she’s also found a passion in romantic comedy. She loves to make people laugh which is why you’ll never see her without a smile on her face.

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