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New Release: “Behind the Bar” Series: Home in Carson #3, by Author: Renee Harless, Genre: Romantic Suspense, is #AvailableNow ~ @Renee_harless @GiveMeBooksPR

 
 
 
Title: Behind the Bar
Series: Home in Carson #3
Author: Renee Harless
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 1, 2021
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Love gets mixed up . . .behind the bar

 

 
Risking it all for his family, Landon Murphy never looked back at the choices he made. But, years spent in prison had hardened him into a man he hardly recognized. Slinging drinks gave him the peace he craved, but his demons were never far from his mind. . .until she walked into his bar.
 
Having a one-night-stand wasn’t something Kerry Albertine expected when she snuck away from her country and responsibilities to the place she had always felt at home, Carson, North Carolina. But the sexy man with a hint of an Irish accent left the tiara shoved at the bottom of her bag and her forgetting who she was. . .at least for a little while.
 
When Landon and Kerry’s one-night-stand spills outside of the bedroom, their secrets are exposed, threatening any hopes for a future. Living in the shadows or yielding to her royal duties weighs on Kerry’s shoulders. While Landon must decide to hide behind his new secluded life or take the greatest risk of all.
 
 
 
 
 
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Renee Harless, her husband, and children live in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She studied Communication, specifically Public Relations, at Radford University.

 

 
Growing up, Renee always found a way to pursue her creativity. It began by watching endless runs of White Christmas- yes even in the summer – and learning every word and dance from the movie. She could still sing Sister Sister if requested. In high school she joined the show choir and a community theatre group, The Troubadours. After marrying the man of her dreams and moving from her hometown she sought out a different artistic outlet – writing.
 
To say that Renee is a romance addict would be an understatement. When she isn’t chasing her toddler around the house, working her day job, or writing, she delves head first into a romance novel.
 
 
 
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New Release: “Stolen By The Boss” The Taken Series #4 by Author Logan Chance, Genre: Contemporary, Mafia Romance, is #AvailableNow ~ @LoganChance85

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STOLEN BY THE BOSS

The Taken Series, #4

By Logan Chance

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As the boss of one of the largest security companies, Dean Madddox doesn’t
make mistakes. But he’s made a big one today, he’s kidnapped the wrong
girl.

Dean’s after Mia, daughter to the top mob boss in the country. He needs to
abduct her to keep her safe. However, he has no idea I’ve taken her place.
What starts out as a case of mistaken identities turns into us working
together to catch a mutual enemy.

Now we’re after one of the biggest crime lords in the world.

We have to pretend to be married and infiltrate the nightlife of our
adversary. We’re thrown into a life of wickedly naughty parties where no
one judges your dirty desires.

It’s completely out of my element, but we can’t blow our cover.

My first night at the club Dean sticks close, his deep voice whispering in
my ear everything will be ok makes me open up to try new things.

Filthy things.

Things that make me blush.

It all feels a bit too real.

His rough hands.

His rock-hard body.

His gray eyes turning me on when he watches me.

Now every night we have to play the part.

But his touches don’t feel like he’s pretending.

The way he kisses my overheated skin doesn’t feel fake.

How far can we take this before we find ourselves completely falling for
each other?

When push comes to shove will Dean be the one to help me find justice, or
will he cost me everything?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Logan Chance is a USA Today and Top 20 Amazon Bestselling Author with a
quick wit and penchant for the simple things in life: Star Wars, music, and
smart girls who love to read. He was nominated best debut author for the
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(Drama+Comedies), featuring a ton of laughs and many swoon worthy,
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New Release: “Lost Hart” The Harty Boys #2 by Author Whitley Cox, #ContemporaryRomance #RomanticSuspense is #AvailableNow ~ @WhitleyCoxBooks @EjBookPromos

 
 
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Title: Lost Hart
Series: The Harty Boys #2
Author: Whitley Cox
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romance Suspense
Release Date: March 13, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Only one woman can find this lost Hart…
 
Stacey Saunders has had a less than stellar year. Until she met Chase, she wasn’t sure she’d make it through. Hired to protect her and her kids from a crime family, Chase quickly became more than just a bodyguard. He became her lifeline. Their one night of passion gave her hope for the future, for a new life. But then he disappeared.
 
Five months later, Chase is back. But Stacey’s not willing to just let sleeping dogs lie—or in this case, a green-eyed bodyguard. She deserves answers.
 
Chase Hart had to leave. He didn’t want to, but the pain, the secrets, the fears are all just too real. He wouldn’t be a good man if he brought his demons into Stacey’s world. But it becomes impossible for him to stay away from her when Stacey comes around demanding answers. Is this finally his chance for a normal, happy life? Not by a long shot it would seem. Stacey’s family is suddenly ripped apart, a piece of her heart taken, and it’s up to Chase to bring him back safely. With dangers lurking in every dark corner, the deeper he digs, the greater the risk of losing Stacey, possibly for good.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
She touched her bottom lip with her finger. “Ditch the sweats,” she said, her voice now erotic and hoarse.

“Thought they were lingerie for women,” he said.

“Lingerie is meant to seduce and then be removed. They’ve done their job.” She tugged her shirt over her head, exposing her black sports bra.

“Take that thing off. Does nothing but hide your tits.”

Grinning at each other, they did as they were both told. She tugged the bra over her head, and he dropped his sweats to the floor.

His cock was at full attention now, a thick string of precum hanging from the tip. She eyed his crown like it was the hottest day in summer and he had a Popsicle between his legs.

“I’ve got nothing to apologize for,” she said with a gentle headshake. “Not planning on putting that in my mouth for a while.”

His grin hurt his cheeks now. Fuck, he loved her sass.

When she wanted something, she went for it.

“Not gonna ask you to.” Though if she wanted to, he’d never turn her down.

He removed her panties and allowed himself a moment to just take in the beauty, the rawness of Stacey naked on his bed. This image had kept the monsters at bay during his stint down in Georgia. When he felt the walls closing in, the darkness beginning to get thick, he thought of Stacey spread out before him, a flush to her skin, her nipples beaded, pupils dilated, arms out reaching for him.

The downy patch of blonde hair between her legs was damp, and he dropped to his knees and pressed his nose to it, inhaling her scent. Imprinting it on his memory for later. Like when the monsters returned.

Her fingers tracing a gentle path on his bald head had him tilting his gaze to her. “Inside me, Chase. It’s been too long.”

She didn’t have to tell him twice.

Pressing a knee into the bed, he pushed her legs apart and made to settle between her thighs when she stopped him. “Condom?”

Right.

He had a few still kicking around, but since he didn’t need them and hadn’t gotten laid since Stacey, he hadn’t really had the need to keep a healthy supply.

But he knew he’d spied at least three in his nightstand drawer.

With a nod but no words, he stood up again, went to his nightstand, found what he needed and sheathed himself.

He could tell her that they didn’t need to use them. That he was clean and he assumed she was. Fuck, no condom would feel a hell of a lot better.

But even so, that just wasn’t something he was ready to share.

He’d known his fate, his lack of virility for almost a year now, and it was still tough to accept.

He’d never have children of his own. Never be a father.

Maybe that was for the better anyway. How could he chase away the monsters from under the bed when he was afraid of them himself? How could he help his children overcome their fear of the dark when he was nearly forty and hated the dark himself?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
A Canadian West Coast baby born and raised, Whitley is married to her high school sweetheart, and together they have two beautiful daughters and a fluffy dog. She spends her days making food that gets thrown on the floor, vacuuming Cheerios out from under the couch and making sure that the dog food doesn’t end up in the air conditioner. But when nap time comes, and it’s not quite wine o’clock, Whitley sits down, avoids the pile of laundry on the couch, and writes.
 
A lover of all things decadent; wine, cheese, chocolate and spicy erotic romance, Whitley brings the humorous side of sex, the ridiculous side of relationships and the suspense of everyday life into her stories. With single dads, firefighters, Navy SEALs, mommy wars, body issues, threesomes, bondage and role-playing, Whitley’s books have all the funny and fabulously filthy words you could hope for.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Series Blitz: Burlap and Barbed Wire Series by Author: Shirley Penick, Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance, #AvailableNow ~ @shirley_penick @givemebookspr

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Series: Burlap and Barbed Wire Series
Author: Shirley Penick
Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance
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Colorado cowboys to tempt your heart.
The Kipling family own and operate a cattle ranch in the Colorado Rockies. Six siblings not looking for love, until it rides into their lives and hog ties them.
They only thought they were stubborn until they each met their true love.
Similar to if the Bridgerton family were cowboys… and, you know, not in Regency England.
A COWBOY FOR ALYSSA
Looks can be deceiving, and a cowboy only gets one chance to make a good impression.
Alyssa Jefferson is ready to start her veterinary internship at the Rockin’ K ranch, in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, where she will be assisting with the births of over three hundred pregnant cows. It’s a dream come true, and she’s so excited the joy is oozing from her. As icing on the cake, it appears the brothers that own the ranch are sexy as can be. A few months with some eye candy, is just what the doctor ordered.
Beau Kipling sees the sweet young thing coming for her riding lesson, and feels a kick to his gut. What is this hot young woman doing dating a man old enough to be her father? He’s so ticked off, he can’t stop himself from being an ass to her. He’s never, in his whole life, felt the instant attraction he feels for this female, and she’s some old guys arm candy.
When the truth is revealed, that Alyssa is his intern for the spring, and not the sheriff’s new girlfriend, Beau knows he’s blown it. And he can’t even explain why he was so mean. No woman wants to hear a guy thought she was a gold digger. Now they must work together all spring. Can he convince her to give him a second chance?
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TAMING ADAM
The heart wants what the heart wants, even when the head says Noooo!
There are five brothers. Each one of them have killer good looks. One is engaged to her best friend. That leaves four to flirt with, four hot men, so why does she only have eyes for the oldest grumpiest one in the bunch. Rachel Reardon has to question her own sanity when she’s enthralled with a man she can hardly stand to speak to. A first-class jerk and sexy as sin.
Adam Kipling can’t believe his bad luck when his soon-to-be sister-in-law’s best friend arrives. She is smoking hot and too damn young for him. He has responsibilities as the oldest sibling and they do not include flirting with young women.
There isn’t enough land on this Colorado ranch to keep them far enough apart. An explosion of some sort is inevitable.
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TEMPTING CHASE
Friends forever.
Chase Kipling and his twin brother Cade have been best friends with Katie since grade school. They hang out together all the time, riding horses, playing cards, going to movies and sporting events. A fun friendship for all three of them. Until a new guy in town mentions what a sexy woman she is. Chase sees red at the comment, how dare some guy lust after his best friend. Sure, she’s beautiful and sexy and has a great laugh… and now his eyes are opened and there’s no turning back.
Katie Jackson has known Chase since first grade, she’s had a crush on him since middle school, and loved him since, well, probably forever. But he’s got her firmly in the friend zone and she has no idea how to change that. Or if she even wants to risk changing it. After all friends is better than nothing. Isn’t it?
Can they go from best friends to lovers? Find out in this fun story.
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ROPING CADE
A fake relationship is the plan.
Summer Attwood has been hiding in baggy clothes and ugly glasses for nearly ten years. When the town hottie asks her to be his faux girl-friend for a couple of weeks she decides it’s time to put away the disguise and shine.
Cade Kipling can’t believe the beautiful woman that emerges from the cocoon of overalls and over sized glasses. If he wasn’t dead set on taking a few months to get his head on straight, after his long time abusive girl-friend dumped him, he’d be after Summer in a heartbeat.
Two weeks of dating will either kill them or change their lives forever.
Click now to see which one it will be.
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TRUSTING DREW
A death-bed promise turns lethal.
Lily Smith is kidnapped and held captive to prevent her from participating in a beauty pageant her best friend begged her to enter. But she is no passive little miss to let someone else determine her future. Unfortunately, during her flight to freedom, she hits her head on a rock and can’t remember her own name, let alone why she is running through the Colorado mountains barefoot with no coat.
Drew Kipling rides to the rescue of the pretty woman who needs to get warm and have her injuries taken care of. When she can’t remember her name, he vows to protect her, until she knows who she can trust.
What will they find at the pageant? More trouble or the love of a lifetime? Maybe both.
Join Lily and the Kipling family as they take New York City by storm and show them the cowboy way is the only way to catch a scoundrel.
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EMMA’S RODEO COWBOY
He’s never even kissed the woman, but her son is clearly, without a doubt, his.
Zach McCoy has been on the rodeo circuit for six years and is making a damn fine living at it. When he comes home, for the first time, to be in his best friend’s wedding he’s got one helluva surprise waiting for him in the shape of a five-year old boy who is his spitting image.
Emma Kipling took matters into her own hands six years ago, before the man she was crazy about took off to join the rodeo. She didn’t care one bit that he was two years older and she was still in high school, she wanted one night with him before he left to compete in a dangerous sport. When he didn’t come back after she found herself pregnant she knew he had abandoned her and her son.
Now he’s back for her brother’s wedding, and by the look on his face, sparks are going to fly. She’s ready and willing to go toe to toe with him and give him a piece of her mind.
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AUTHOR BIO
What does a geeky math nerd know about writing romance?
That’s a darn good question. As a former techy I’ve done everything from computer programming to international trainer. Prior to college I had lots of different jobs and activities that were so diverse, I was an anomaly.
None of that qualifies me for writing novels. But I have some darn good stories to tell and a lot of imagination.
I have lived in Colorado, Hawaii and currently Washington. Going from two states with 340 days of sun to a state with 340 days of clouds, I had to do something to perk me up. And that’s when I started this new adventure called author. Joining the Romance Writers of America and two local chapters, helped me learn the craft quickly and was a ton of fun.
My family consists of two grown children, their spouses, two adorable grand-daughters, and one grand dog. My favorite activity is playing with my grand-daughters!
When the girls can’t play with their amazing grandmother, my interests are reading and writing, yay! I started reading at a young age with the Nancy Drew mysteries and have continued to be an avid reader my whole life. My favorite reading material is romance in most of the genres, but occasionally other stories creep into my to-be-read pile, I don’t kick them out.
Some of the strange jobs I have held are a carnation grower’s worker, a trap club puller, a pizza hut waitress, a software engineer, an international trainer, and a business program manager. I took welding, drafting and upholstery in high school, a long time ago when girls didn’t take those classes, so I have an eclectic bunch of knowledge and experience.
And for something really unusual… I once had a raccoon as a pet.
Join with me as I tell my stories, weaving real tidbits from my life in with imaginary ones. You’ll have to guess which is which. It will be a hoot.
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LIVE & FREE: “The Mind Witch” by Nicole Demery, #ParanormalRomanticSuspense is #AvailableNow Grab it for FREE! ~ #NicoleDremeryAuthor @WildfireMarket1

 Release Date: March 1
 
My plan was simple and…mostly ordinary. Finish my PhD. Teach Celtic mythology in a tiny college town. Stop hearing the thoughts and feelings of every person I happened to meet.
As a wayward seer just coming into her powers, I couldn’t avoid the last one.
But the first two were just within my reach when sorcerer-particle physicist Jonathan Lynch appeared one chilly winter morning along two other shocks:
The death of my grandmother, the most powerful seer in a generation;
And the mysterious box she protected, which just might have belonged to Pandora.
Suddenly I was tangled in a secret that had been unraveling for years, and my unruly talents and complicated inheritance were at the heart of it all.
Ordinary life would have to wait.
The extraordinary was coming for me after all.
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A hot debut series in the tradition of Deborah Harkness, Diana Gabaldon, and Anne Rice weaves magic, scholarship, and romance for readers who crave a little adventure.
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Meet Nicole Demery

 

Prior to becoming a USA Today best-selling author, Nicole Demery originally 

told stories as a literature and history instructor while working on her Ph.D. in early American Studies. 

 

When not writing, she spends time with her three children, her husband, a brooding scientist, and daydreaming about her next novel.

 

Nicole writes books that combine the fantastical with the historical, plus a solid dash of romance. Her characters explore the ins and outs of history and myth while remaining as real as anyone you might meet.

 

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📝Review📝: “Strong, Silent Cowboy” (Moving Violations #2) By Authors: Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick, #RomanticSuspense Release Date: March 9th 2021 ~ #LoraLeighAuthor @RoniChadwick @NetGalley

REVIEW

Strong, Silent Cowboy
Moving Violations #2

By Authors:
Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick

Purchase: Strong, Silect Cowboy
#PreOrder Available

Genre: #RomanticSuspense

POV: Third-peson alternating perspectives

My Rating: 3.75

Cover: 5

Publication: March 9th 2021

Read: January 18th 2021 *review copy provided by Net Galley via St. Martin’s Press

Add to you TBR: Strong, Silent Cowboy

See the series: Moving Violations Series

Synopsis:

He Will Do Anything…

Sallie Hamblen had three incredibly hot, sexy nights with Jacob Donovan, an undercover CIA agent, before he disappeared, leaving her broken hearted and forever yearning for the man she lost. Years later, Jacob doesn’t know that the beauty he’s about to seduce in a small town bar is the woman he held in his arms all those years ago… and that she’s on the run from her past.

To Keep Her Safe…

Former CIA agent turned cowboy, Jacob Donovan wants nothing more than a simple life. Just the ranch and occasionally someone warm and sweet in his bed. Until Sallie comes back into his life and all of a sudden he wants to be in her bed every night…all night. When he discovers that her life is in danger, he swears he’ll protect her. Even when secrets are revealed that threaten everything between them, he will lay everything on the line to keep her in his arms.

My 📝Review📝: 3.75 Stars

3.75 stars.
I really enjoy Romantic Suspense, especially when it involves cowboys and small towns. After reading book one in this series, I knew I’d read the next book.

Sallie and Jacob
The H/h have an over-the-top amount of chemistry; with just one look at each other, I knew things were going to get hot. Having both perspectives made the book incredibly erotic. As with the first book in the series, I felt there was way too many pages of intimacy. These too were so intense that they couldn’t be in the same room with each other without touching, kissing, etc. I enjoy intimacy between the H/h because it helps to show me their true feelings. However, this book had pages and pages and pages of it and I found myself skimming to get past it all. In my opinion that unfortunately took away from the story. My biggest intrigue was the suspense/mystery aspect and I felt there were too many cracks in the story despite how exciting parts of the book were. I had many questions by the end where I assumed everything would have been wrapped up nicely. Instead, I did not have closure on a few things. Like, why did John do what he did to Sallie and lie to Jacob in the hospital? How did Rance end up at that last conflict when did? Although the book ended in a happily-ever-after, I expected an epilogue to tie everything together and give me answers to questions I still had. I was disappointed with no epilogue.

I also had some of the same issues after reading the first book in the series; questions that needed answers. Even though I felt let down with a few things, I overall enjoyed the book. The talents of the authors are amazing and they definitely know how to give you all the angsty, emotional feels using a broad imagination. Truthfully, it was the suspense/mystery aspect of the book I enjoyed the most.

This second book in the series is a standalone and you don’t have to read book one prior.

I just want to say something else. I recently learned that Veronica Chadwick recently passed away. My heart goes out to her family and close friends. I am sure she will be missed and it saddens me that we won’t have more stories from her. She will be missed.

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



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Book Blitz: “Smoke” Series: The Carelli Family Saga #1, By Author: Eden Butler, Genre: Mafia Romance/Romantic Suspense, Release Date: December 15, 2020, #AvailableNow ~ @edenbutler_ @GiveMeBooksPR

 
 
 
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Title: Smoke
Series: The Carelli Family Saga #1
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Mafia Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 15, 2020

 

 
 

 

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Smoke Carelli lived by his own rules.

 

 
He wasn’t interested in normal.
 
He didn’t care about things like love and commitment, damn sure not marriage and forever.
 
But the second Maggie Ramirez parked outside his family’s restaurant, his life became a series of distractions he was learning to love. Maggie and her kid have shaken up his world and dislodged every hard and fast rule he’d ever made.
 
And when the demons from her past resurface, Smoke and Maggie may have to break more than their own rules to win their freedom.
 
But will it cost them everything and everyone they love?
 

 

The Carelli Family Saga

 

Book One – Smoke
Book Two – Dario
Book Three – Dante
Book Four – Toni 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
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EXCERPT

The scent curling in my nose did something to my insides.
Something that made me stupid and reckless.
Something I knew that would lead nowhere good.
Smoke snaked a heavy arm around my waist, moving me closer to him. His sweet scent, his thick, muscular chest, and flat stomach pressed right against my naked body.
No, I told myself. I wasn’t here…not again.
“Smoke…” I ignored the way he moved his fingers down my back, cupping my ass like it was normal and something he did without thinking.
“Bella…hush…”
He was nearly asleep and languid; how he always got after he took me, especially when it was late. That hand lowered and he gave me a half pat, squeezing my ass like some sort of silent motion to quiet me.
Here, in this bed, with the smell of us perfuming the sheets, Smoke wasn’t the gangster this town knew him to be. He was soft, gentle, and he touched me like he wanted me. Like he couldn’t get enough. Like there was more between us than the stretch of our naked skin and the heat of our bodies moving together.
Eyes closed tight, I let myself have a second. I wanted to keep the moment, the stillness between us. I wanted to pretend that this was real. Me and Smoke, touching, him holding me, because it felt nice. Nicer to pretend like he wanted only me.
Then Smoke brushed his face against my shoulder, his lips wet, sigh lazy and kissed me there. Soft. Intimate.
He’d never done that before and I felt cherished almost…loved.
Mierda.
No. This couldn’t be happening.
My head always got a little fuzzy when I was around him. I couldn’t help it.
The light from the bathroom slipped out through the darkness and moved over his features, hitting the sharp, fine angle of his cheekbones and the full, thick curve of his mouth.
He was beautiful.
Strong, even laying against his pillow, turned toward me and his fierce, masculine features relaxed as he seemed to move between exhaustion and sleep.
There was something about him I could never keep away from. No matter how hard I tried.
And it wasn’t just him.
It was them.
Smoke, his parents, his brothers and sister. They’d all taken me and my boy in when they didn’t have to. Brought us in from the snowy Christmas night like it was their pleasure to know us. They’d given us a family. A home. They’d given me a job and a place to belong.
And Smoke? Even though when this all started six months ago, we agreed there could never be anything real between us, somehow I always ended up back here. In his bed, pressed against him, being owned and loving every second that I was.
But then I’d leave and go back to the apartment I shared with my son and my friend Vivian, the older woman Smoke had rescued from her abusive husband, and pretend like I hadn’t been in his bed again.
“There’s more there than either of you will admit,” Vi had told me the last time she’d caught me sneaking in from a night with Smoke. If she could see me now. God, she’d laugh at me.
I rubbed my face, thankful she was out of town for a few days, but even if she wasn’t, I wouldn’t confess a thing to her. Or myself.
Smoke Carelli was a dangerous man. That much I’d figured out for myself. I knew about his family and the family business they were in. It was his life and the danger in his line of work kept him from wanting more from me.
There were little pieces that were mine. Pieces of him that no one else got. And even if I did want all of them—which I didn’t, of course I didn’t, it was only the little pieces Smoke would ever give me.
That was the problem.
I wasn’t a little pieces kind of woman.
And I’d never let my son want less than he deserved either. His father never cared enough to want anything to do with Mateo. No matter how good Smoke was to us, I couldn’t let him do the same to my son. Problem was, he was an addiction. Every time I swore I’d stay away, he’d kiss me or touch me and I’d come right back.
Every single time.
He barely moved when I wiggled from his heavy arm and slipped away from the warmth of his large body. I wouldn’t stay all night like I normally did. Smoke probably wouldn’t notice anyway.
The floorboards creaked when I shimmied my jeans over my thighs and I jerked, half-turning and pulling away from Smoke’s grip on my arm as he reached for me.
“Where are you going?”
He was so long and tall he didn’t have to do more than stretch an arm toward me to keep me still. All that beautiful olive skin was on display—those corded muscles twisting as he brushed his fingers over my shoulders.
“I—” My mouth wouldn’t work. Not when Smoke stifled a yawn and played it off with his fingers scrubbing through his thick, black hair. There was a tempting scruff of stubble along his chin. Despite knowing I needed to tell him my plans to move to the city, there was an overwhelming sensation to rub that scruff over my bare breasts.
“Bella?” he said, moving his head as though he started to worry about why I was gawking at him while standing half-dressed in my jeans and unhooked bra. His attention went straight to my nipples when my black bra slipped off one shoulder, then Smoke leaned up, resting on an elbow as he pulled me toward him with a hand curled around my waist. “Get back in bed.” His voice was deep, raspy from sleep. That sound alone could make a teasing throb pulse between my thighs. Smoke knew it, seeming to use it to his advantage when I hesitated. “Maggie,” he whispered, saying my name like it was a filthy word only he got to use. This time his voice going deeper, his mouth right against my naked breast as he pushed my bra to the floor. “You don’t wanna leave me. Not yet.”
“I…hmm…I should go.” I curled against him, moving my fingers into his hair as he pulled my nipple between his lips. “Mierda…” There were warning shouts firing in my head. But Smoke Carelli was kissing me, again… touching me, again… and it felt good. It felt so damn good.
“You taste so sweet, bellissima…”
“We…shouldn’t do this…” I tried, but didn’t push him away, not when the suction on my breast tightened or when Smoke came to his knees to run his hands down the back of my thighs and to pull my jeans off completely.
“No,” he said, a laugh muddling the agreement. “You’re right.” He kissed me then, tugging my head up with his fingers moving at the back of my hair. “I shouldn’t be doing any of this, should I?” His kiss was deep, all teeth and tongue, leaving me breathless and punch drunk. “Or this?” Then Smoke moved me, tangling my legs around his hips, turning us. I went flat against the mattress and he settled my leg against his chest.
“What…are you…”
“Since you won’t let me sleep and you think you’re going to run out on me in the middle of the night,” he started, pushing on my free leg, stroking a finger along the inside of my thigh, “then I’m going to have to find something else to occupy my time.”
When he wanted something—anything—the man wasn’t above fighting dirty. Right then, Smoke was the dirtiest. He moved his hand up, that wide thumb brushing against my pussy, his smile freezing as he slipped his finger inside me.
“Still wet?” The rasp in his voice sounded a little desperate now.
I swallowed, still torn about telling him my plan. I could only nod, my attention frozen on his face.
His gaze slipped lower as he watched his fingers moving inside me. “This, this is a good way to occupy my time.”
“It…is…” My breath grew ragged, uneven and that weak fight inside my head tittered closer to the side that told me to forget any fight, any lingering notion that this thing between was leading nowhere, and to just enjoy myself.
But doing that, forgetting what would happen tomorrow, next week, or next year would do me no favors. It wouldn’t get me any further than where I’d been when I found myself stranded in this tiny town. “Smoke…we can’t…we have to stop this.”
He paused, his gaze moving to my face for half a second before he laughed. Smoke leaned over me, still touching me, watching my face closely even as he smiled.
“I’m serious…” I tried, but my words came out in a breathless, needy whimper when he pushed two fingers inside me.
“You don’t sound serious.”
“I…” Am, I told myself. That’s what I meant to say. I. Am. But Smoke slipped his fingers away from me, then slid his body over me and just like that, I forgot what I was supposed to be serious about.
Tomorrow, I told myself, holding onto those soft, lush sheets as Smoke moved his mouth on me, his tongue inside me, my legs over his shoulders.
Tomorrow I’ll be stronger. Tomorrow I’ll tell him we have to stop this.

 
 
 

 

 
 
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Eden Butler is a writer of contemporary, fantasy and romantic suspense novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.

 

 
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, reads, and spends too much time in her garden perfecting her green thumb while waiting for the next New Orleans Saints Superbowl win.
 
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.
 
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Release Blitz: “Behind the Badge” Series: Home in Carson #2, By Author: Renee Harless, Genre: Romantic Suspense, Release Date: December 2, 2020 ~ @Renee_harless @GiveMeBooksPR

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Title: Behind the Badge
Series: Home in Carson #2
Author: Renee Harless
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Love is dangerous. . . behind the badge. 
Former FBI agent Preston Savage could settle for a slowdown. Moving to Carson and joining the local police department is the change of pace he needed.
Preston has made a lot of mistakes and he’s looking to make amends, not fall in love. . . especially with someone tied to his dangerous past working undercover.
Single mother, Shelly Johnson, has one mission in life: protect her son from his father’s sins. All it takes is one incredible kiss to turn her carefully constructed world upside down.
Preston has never forgotten about Shelly, and now that she’s close enough to touch, he’s not letting her get away. If he can earn her trust, he can keep her safe. But the closer they get, the more complicated things become.
What will happen when the truth surfaces and the past comes for both of them?
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Renee Harless, her husband, and children live in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She studied Communication, specifically Public Relations, at Radford University.
Growing up, Renee always found a way to pursue her creativity. It began by watching endless runs of White Christmas- yes even in the summer – and learning every word and dance from the movie. She could still sing Sister Sister if requested. In high school she joined the show choir and a community theatre group, The Troubadours. After marrying the man of her dreams and moving from her hometown she sought out a different artistic outlet – writing.
To say that Renee is a romance addict would be an understatement. When she isn’t chasing her toddler around the house, working her day job, or writing, she delves head first into a romance novel.
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Release Blitz: “The Optional Aunt” Series: Coalition Collection #2, By Author: Zoe Hill, Genre: Romantic Suspense, Release Date: November 25, 2020, #AvailableNow ~ @ZoeHillTweets @GiveMeBooksPR

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Title: The Optional Aunt
Series: Coalition Collection #2
Author: Zoe Hill
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 25, 2020
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She’s the older woman. He’s the man who killed her husband. 
Rosalie Carmichael has spent most of her life doing as she’s told. She is the perfect wife, a loving mother, and the aunt everyone calls on when they need a favor.
Her life is peaceful until her happy family is torn apart and she finds herself at the mercy of the Coalition once again.
Scared and alone for the first time since she was sixteen, Rosalie seeks comfort in the arms of her much younger bodyguard. Together they dream of a future where they’re free to love each other out in the open without fear of recriminations or bloody repercussions.
And for six short months it seems as if escape might be possible. 
Then the Coalition requests an urgent meeting, and Rosalie is left with an impossible choice.
Choose the bloodless—and loveless—option or follow her heart down the violent path to freedom?
The Optional Aunt is a dark and erotic romantic suspense novel set in a world where deception is the norm and the truth can’t be trusted. It is the second book in The Coalition Collection, a series of interconnected standalones featuring the Ingram-Greaves, Averell, Zidane, and Du Croix crime families. 
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Zoe Hill is an Australian writer. Having found her niche spinning tales about love and villains, Zoe loves nothing better than typing all the words and consuming exorbitant amounts of coffee and Skittles while her teens are at school.

A country girl at heart, she is a rabid reader, a metal head, and UFC fanatic. When not writing, Zoe can be found chatting about plot bunnies with her menagerie of animals and musing out loud about how well she’s moonlighting as a competent wife and mother.

Zoe is active online and loves nothing better than chatting about books and memes. Feel free to friend her on Goodreads, check out her website zoehillwrites.com, or search Zoe Hill Writes to find her social media accounts.

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