The first week of September heralds the first week of autumn but there’s no let up in the heat in romantic fiction. Take a look through the fantastic reads coming your way this week. There’s Amazon links where pre-orders are available, otherwise Goodreads links are provided.
Please take a leisurely read through and let us know which release you are most looking forward to or if you think we’ve missed something important!
Monday 1st September
In Her Wake by K A Tucker – a Ten Tiny Steps novella
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Author’s Note: Although it is a prequel, In Her Wake is best read after completing Ten Tiny Breaths.
Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
Indiscretion: Volume 3 by Elisabeth Grace – penultimate part of the Indiscretion series
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A summer of f*ck buddies? Something to take the edge off? I was down.
But when Chloe shows up at my hotel door, wanting to rip my head off, rather than give me head—I cared. A lot. Too much, in fact.
This is turning into more. And I can’t do more.
Like the ink under my skin she’s becoming permanent. Enduring. Immovable.
Was I ready to let her go though?
Not a f*cking chance.
***Note: This is the third instalment in the Indiscretion serial. There are 4 Volumes total. Volumes 1-3 are approximately 23K-25K in length, with the final fourth instalment being longer. The release schedule for the remaining instalment is as follows: Volume 4: Sept 15th.
Let Me Know by Stina Lindenblatt
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This shouldn't be happening again…
Amber Scott thought her screaming nightmares would end now that her stalker is locked up and awaiting trial. But they return when her slam-dunk case starts to fall apart. Explicit letters she allegedly wrote surface, suggesting she was the mastermind behind her assault, a willing victim.
Amber only feels safe in the arms of her boyfriend Marcus, the one person she can lean on. Until damning evidence from Marcus's past collides with the case and the media circus drags them both down. To protect Amber's reputation, Marcus has only one option: end their relationship. He won't risk further damage to her case, even if it means breaking her heart.
Amber has to find the strength to step into the spotlight and bring awareness to victims' rights before she's convicted in the court of public opinion. And she's really not sure what's worse—that her kidnapper could walk free, or that the seemingly endless attention and speculation will drive Marcus away permanently…
See how it all began for Amber and Marcus in Tell Me When.
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12 Authors bring you 12 stories that will leave you BREATHLESS
BROKEN AND SCREWED by Tijan - Alexandra is left broken after her brother dies. The only person who makes her forget is his best friend, Jesse Hunt, but he's the one person she shouldn't be with. He knows some secrets that could destroy what's left of her.
SHATTERED TIES by K.A. Robinson
A PEEK BEYOND THE CONSEQUENCES by Aleatha Romig - Anthony Rawlings is a man most women love to hate or hate to love. Domineering yet caring, demanding yet sensual, he’s truly an enigma, but can he be the one Claire needs and deserves? Will she ever truly find happiness with the man who stole her life but gave her the world? For a glimpse into the future, take a Peek Beyond the Consequences, a novella.
BEFORE LUCKY by JS Cooper
THE O INTENTION By Skyla Madi - Take note, ladies. Not all men with full lips and a killer smile know how to bed a woman. When Jesse O’Ryan walked into the bar, my hunt for a crazy one night stand had come to an end. I wanted all of him, but when I got him… it wasn’t at all what I expected.
THE CAGING: Week One by Sarah Dosher - You stole me away, caged me in darkness, and said I had one year to love you or I’d never be free. The first week was the hardest, I refused be locked in a Cage.
DAMIAN by Jessica Wood
BREAK ME NO MORE by Crystal Spears - My love is so deep that, at times, I overdose on him. My addiction is unshakable... unbreakable... unhealthy.
FAMOUS by Kahlen Aymes - Ever wonder what The Remembrance Trilogy would be like on film? Superstar Caden Carlisle, and ingénue Brooklyn Halloway come from different worlds and are thrown together on set, only to discover an intense connection neither can battle, as they bring Ryan and Julia to life.
LOST IN US a Lost in You Novella by Heidi McLaughlin - Life is supposed to be about following your dreams, taking risks and getting lost in love. I have my dream job. Hadley is definitely a risk. Getting lost in love with her is the easiest thing I’ve ever done.
VERY BAD THINGS by Ilsa Madden-Mills (Plus bonus scene set in the future) - Nora Blakely is a Texas beauty queen who seems to have it all. But when secrets come out, she's hellbent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex. Guitarist Leo Tate is hotter-than-hell and a dirty talker. From the moment they meet, sparks fly and skeletons come out of the closet. Welcome to Briarcrest Academy
VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Emily Snow - Lena Bennett and Roman Thorn are meant to tear each other apart. Literally. But when their fateful showdown is halted by his memory loss, and she finds herself unable to resist the man she was supposed to do away with, will she be able to take him down? Or will he beat her to it?
Bittersweet Love by J L Beck – a bittersweet novella
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From Amazon Best Selling author in Teen & Young Adult Short Stories, J.L. Beck brings you the conclusion to Jenna and Rex's story. Will they find love? Or will the lies, and the betrayals of the past still cling to them? Can people really change for love?
This book is for mature readers only 18+ due to language, sexual content, alcohol use, and adult themes that may not be suitable for all readers.
Bittersweet Love is the second book in the Bittersweet Series. It is highly recommend that you read book one before reading Bittersweet Love.
Betrayal. That’s what Jenna Haines felt when she discovered that her relationship with Rex Winchester was anything but real.
With a broken heart, and a deep sadness running through her veins she picked up the pieces and forced herself to move on. After all, what better place to start fresh than at University of California, Berkeley?
That is until the day she finds out Rex got accepted to Berkeley too, and that he will be following her off to college. To add salt to the wounds, it seems as if he will do anything to win her back. With Rex, on the prowl and her heart being the prey can she resist his advances towards her?
Even more so can she move on from the vengeful things he once did and fall into a deep bittersweet love? Or will the hate, lies, and secrets break them beyond repair? Is love really capable of healing all wounds or is everything still just a lie?
Bittersweet Series Reading Order:
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She has complete control... and he's determined to take it away.
A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton's world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly-especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley... . And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for. Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more... even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there's a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved - and the only compromise is between the sheets!
Tuesday 2nd September
Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton – book 3 of the Cocktailed series
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Readers back for a third round of the bestselling Cocktail series will enjoy a madcap romantic comedy about bodice ripping and chest heaving, fiery passion and love everlasting. Plus a dash of paperwork filing and horseshi—wait, what?
By day, Viv Franklin is a tough-as-nails software engineer who designs programs and loves hospital corners. By night, Vivian’s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodice—don’t forget the bodice.
When a phone call brings news that she’s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, don’t they?
There’s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But there’s also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie.
In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian. Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?
Frayed by Kim Karr – book 4 of the Connections series
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He didn’t think, he didn’t question—he just acted.
What she wanted, she took—without regard.
It was only one night, but it changed everything.
After losing his fiancée, Ben Covington is unsure he’ll ever love again. But he’s so deeply drawn to Bell Wilde that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting their spark… or maybe it’s his second chance at love.
Bell Wilde has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up the challenge of Ben Covington coming back into it. However, once the spark is reignited…there’s no stopping it. But even if they both manage to pull together their frayed hearts, a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both.
One More Chance by Abbi Glines – book 8 of the Rosemary Beach series
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Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.
Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...
But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.
Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine – book 3 of the Finding Fate series
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The best mistake she ever made...
Jenna's grandmother is dying. But that's nothing new. The old woman's been dying for twelve years and capitalizing on her "impending" death for ten. And people say Jenna is the drama queen in the family. Please. Nevertheless, Jenna knows her grandmother wishes to bestow lots of Voodoo love and creepiness on her, so she's agreed to make the trip out to New Orleans to let the old lady say her farewells. But given that Jack is tagging along on the road trip from Arizona to Louisiana, there's a good chance Jenna might die before grandma. Because it's Jack. Sexy, infuriating, enigmatic JACK.
Jack invited himself along on this road trip and he's not even ashamed. Sure, he needs a ride to LSU and, sure, he likes driving Jenna insane with questions about her future. But really, the idea of his beautiful friend trekking across the country by herself scared the shit out of him. So he called shotgun and designated himself bodyguard. But after a few tension-filled nights on the road and nonstop exposure to Jenna's wild and alluring nature, Jack's pretty sure the only body that needs guarding on this trip . . . is his.
Linger by Lauren Jameson
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From the author of Breathe and Blush comes a blisteringly hot new novel about baring it all.…
On her last night in Nevada before embarking on a yearlong veterinary internship, Scarlett Malone is celebrating—and looking for one night of incredible pleasure. But the man who draws her eye is not her usual type: He’s a cowboy whose alpha-male tendencies tempt her beyond belief. Scarlett can’t understand why she wants this man and no one else, but she’s determined to entice him to submit.…
Dr. Logan Brody lives an isolated life in rural Montana, running a ranch and suppressing his submissive tendencies. Only on his occasional trips does he give into his hidden urges. He can’t deny his scorching attraction to Scarlett or that she makes him want more, but he never lets anyone break him down fully. He’s hers for one night and one night only.
But when Scarlett shows up at Logan’s door as his intern for the year, he realizes that the walls around his heart are about to crumble—and that this sexy dominant woman has no intention of letting him keep control.…
Shatter by Erin McCarthy – book 4 of the True Believers series
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From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, and Believe comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways…
Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…
While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.
With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…
Broken by Lauren Layne – book 1 of her new Redemption series
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A girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both . . . or destroy
When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine to help an injured war veteran reenter society, everyone assumes she's being the kind do-gooder she's always been. But Olivia has a secret: isn't about charity - it's about penance. Only, Olivia's client isn't the grateful elderly man she's expecting...
Paul Langdon will do anything to stay in self-imposed exile. But Paul doesn't count on his newest caretake to be the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have.
Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?
A coming-of-age novel
Madness by JL Vallance
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I never wanted to fall in love.
I lived a life tainted by mental illness and the stigma that came with it. That illness almost claimed my life once and I had a promise to keep, a promise that I would live, no matter how much it hurt. All I craved in life was marginal happiness, a little success, and an unfractured mind. I longed for the normalcy that the rest of the world thrived on while fearing the intimacy that could snap the thin thread with which I held onto sanity.
I may not have had it all, but I was close...until he crashed into my world.
He turned everything upside down and shifted the scales of my balanced world. He was charming and charismatic with a healthy dash of trouble and volatility rolled in. He was completely and perfectly damaged. I tumbled hard and fast.
I fell in love with Rory O’Neill and our world was little more than madness....and it was fucking beautiful.
**Intended for mature readers, age 18+, due to explicit language and sexual situations. **
Wednesday 3rd September
Lies Beneath The Surface by Silla Webb
Carly Jo Simon carries the weight of the world on her shoulders.
When she unearthed her daddy’s secrets, she had no idea the repercussions she would be faced to live with. Now, his secrets are her own to carry, as she fights to protect her sister Savannah from their daddy’s daunting past and their bastard brother Drew.
Savannah wears a mask of perfection, shielding everyone from the reality of her personal imprisonment. When Savannah’s secrets are exposed, Carly stands by her, hand in hand, offering Savannah the comfort and strength she needs to move on.
Despite carrying the weight of other’s secrets on her back, Carly’s own secrets burden her deeply. Although she battled to keep her heart safely guarded from Colton Weston, he owns every inch of her. But when Carly turned her back on Colton and opened her arms to her best friend Luke, she made a mistake that could shatter all three of their lives.
They all have something to hide. But it’s the secrets that lie beneath the surface that could destroy them all
Thursday 4th September
Perv by Becca Jameson – book 2 of the Fight Club series
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Jenna Mathews has nothing on her mind except making sure her best friend’s wedding is perfect in every way. As the maid of honor and the florist, she needs to keep on task. However, she is in no way prepared for the sexy best man who slides into place at the last second for the wedding rehearsal. He flusters her from the moment he arrives and manages to tip her world on its axis before the night is over. But Jenna isn’t ready for his world, and besides, she has family issues to deal with and has no interest in divulging the truth about who she really is.
Mason Simmons can’t believe he is falling for a vanilla woman at his best friend’s wedding of all places. Even though both the bride and the groom warn him to stay away from the maid of honor, he isn’t able to keep his hands to himself. He’s a smart man, though. No matter how hard he gets every time he’s with Jenna, he still knows she isn’t the type to enjoy either of his favorite pastimes—MMA fighting and BDSM. What he really needs to do is get her out of his system so he can move on.
But things don’t work out as planned for either Jenna or Mason. Every time they are together, the heat rises. Neither of them is capable of turning the flames down. Jenna proves to be far less vanilla at heart, shocking herself as well as Mason. The fighting is almost more than she can handle, but when Mason takes her to his club, Extreme, she finds herself titillated beyond what either of them expected.
Just when things are looking up, Jenna’s family enters the picture to rock the boat. Can their relationship survive the extreme turbulence? Secrets are one thing, but Jenna has a pile she wished she never had to divulge.
Wildcard: Volume One by Missy Johnson
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That's the number of women I've shagged in the last twelve months.
I'm Ryder Stevens.
Don't pretend you don't know me. I'm a god.
I'm hot, I'm British and I take what I want. I'm also the number one ranked tennis player in the world. But it's my off court antics that gain the most attention. I cruise through life, running from one scandal to the next. Hell I can't even take a piss without the world knowing about it.
Rules? Who gives a shit?
Rules are there to be broken and I'm the king of breaking them.
But even the king can be bought to his knees. I'm sidelined with an injury that changes everything.
And suddenly I'm left thinking that maybe my life isn't so perfect after all...
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Relationships are for the weak. Those individuals who have a problem being just that … individuals, people who can’t fathom standing on their own two feet and not being defined by another human being.
I’m not, nor have I ever been, one of those people.
I’m me. Nothing more, nothing less. You can take it or leave it, but usually, they take it. And I proudly give it. Every. Last. Inch.
Companionship only lasts as long as it takes me to leave my card on the counter as I’m leaving before she wakes up.
My name’s Dexter MacFadden. What’s your number?