Good Ol’ Boys vs. City Slickers: Here come the city slickers!

Last week, I announced the Good Ol’ Boys vs. City Slickers event. I think we brought you a delectable collection of sexy country boys in our first post but today we have a new assortment of gorgeous heroes for you.

When most people think of a “City Slicker” type of hero, they probably picture the typical billionaire romance hero. Today, we’re shaking things up a bit. Who says these heroes have to rule in the boardroom? (We’re more concerned about the bedroom, aren’t we?) Today, we have contemporary heroes, supernatural heroes, historical heroes…and a couple of them might not even be human. However, they all have this sort of hero’s best qualities: a take-charge attitude, confidence and raw sex appeal.

Comment on the post and tell us about some of your favorite city slicker heroes. What is it you like about these men? Have you discovered some new book boyfriends today?  Let us know! And if you enjoyed these posts, please tell me. I’d be happy to feature other heroes and heroines in future.

Las Vegas has it all—casinos, gambling, money, and women. For a handsome business entrepreneur, it’s paradise.

Wearing success like a well-tailored suit, it’s business as usual for Liam Doyle while he runs his multi-million-dollar empire…until a pesky protester catches his attention.

Staging a one-woman demonstration, Kate Callender has the potential to be a huge pain in his ass. If he doesn’t take care of her soon, there will be bad publicity slapped all over Vice, the newest addition to his chain of casinos.

But there’s one tiny problem Liam didn’t count on—the feisty redhead isn’t about to go down easily. She’s fighting him every step of the way…and he’s starting to like it.

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What happens when your neighbor hires you a stripper?

It starts one hell of a prank war. A war that involves goats, phallic chandeliers, stolen kisses in the rain, strawgasms, and eating out on the kitchen counter.

A war that could damn well involve two hearts and a plan. Her plan doesn’t involve falling in love. His life doesn’t involve plans.

This could be a problem.

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What do you do when your planet runs out of women? Send for takeout, of course. 

Vadir has a business empire to run and no time to spare on frivolous endeavors. So how did he wind up on the far side of the galaxy to claim a mate he never signed up for? A matchmaking queen and a royal decree, that’s how.

His plan is simple: meet the female, negotiate terms, and leave the primitive planet of Earth as fast as he can. What could possibly go wrong?

This book contains a bohemian blonde with a hell of a right hook, and an interstellar tycoon who is about to learn that the best things in life can’t be bought or sold, they have to be won.

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Who makes memory?

Beth Wilson has been caring for Nonie Bennetti for years. She can see the end looming, but she doesn’t expect it to arrive in the form of Nonie’s grandson.

James is visiting his grandmother to hide from the publicity of a massive real estate scandal he revealed. While he’s there, his mother decides it’s a good time to audit Beth’s handling of Nonie’s finances. James wants to audit something else about Beth, but his mother is relentless. He’s not hanging around anyway.

But Beth, and the small town his grandmother lives in, have a lot of appeal. Maybe it’s time to stop moving around and start making some memories.

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Charlie’s sick of Genies. Too beautiful, too sure of themselves, too “celebrity”. And way too eager to grant wishes in the worldwide Lottery that entices mortals into buying tickets in the hope of winning their desires. Charlie would rather walk naked through Times Square than buy a ticket. Unfortunately, her friend springs for one in Charlie’s name – and it gets picked. She refuses to get sucked in and has no qualms about saying so to the famously arrogant, devilishly handsome Genie at her door. Sexy Blue Eyes will just have to take no for an answer.

Jax Michaels would love to take no for an answer. As the most famous Genie on the East Coast, known for his sex appeal, his cheeky interviews, and his roguish style of granting wishes, he only has to turn to the next in line to find a willing partner. After all, every woman wants him – except, apparently, Charlie Donahue, who throws back his charming words, sneers at his calculated grins, and refuses to even consider wishing. Jax isn’t a fool. He’s prepared to wash his hands of this infuriating, appealing female…until his Handler informs him that quitting is not an option. And if he can’t talk her into wishing, Jax will have to try playing a little dirty.

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Travel journalist Maddie Saunders has a new attitude, and wants two new accessories to go with it. One, turn her triple-X fantasies into reality with Mr. Sex-On-Legs—her friend, Alex Donovan. And two, find her biological father to see if her gene pool has a deep end. She never expected fulfilling both wishes would take her life down a drastically different path.

Alex, an investigative reporter, grits his teeth when he accepts a joint assignment to Hawaii with Maddie. He’s vowed to never get involved with any woman he can’t walk away from. Maddie falls under the heading of “Look, but don’t touch”. Trouble is, she excels at giving him a hard time—in more ways than one.
He manages to fend off her guerilla seduction tactics until a bone-melting kiss throws his resolve into the ocean. Complicated? Absolutely. Especially when he discovers the real reason they were sent to the island…
Warning: Side effects may include but not limited to, spontaneous, uncontrollable laughter, hot flashes, and dangerous chocolate cravings. Contents include one kick-ass heroine and a sex-on-legs hero whose kiss could singe the eyebrows off a mannequin. Can be read in bed with someone special or a BOB (battery operated boyfriend). Please note: Batteries not included.

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Miss Grace Radclyffe is an oftentimes hilariously clumsy 20-year-old orphan biding her time living with her uncle until she is old enough to come into her small inheritance. Much to her aunt’s chagrin, she isn’t reserved (not with her shocking! tendency to befriend the servants), sophisticated (highly overrated if one cannot run around barefoot outside), or graceful (she once flung her dinner into a duke’s face… by accident, of course).

But she is practical (owning a fashion house is in her future, unless someone foils her plans…) and in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly…

The Duke of Stonebridge is a man with a tragic past. His father died mysteriously when he was twelve years old amid speculation suggesting that the old duke was ‘involved’ with another man. He must restore his family name, but on the eve of his engagement to the perfect debutante, he meets his betrothed’s cousin, and his world is turned inside out… No matter; he is always logical (men who follow their hearts and not their heads are foolish) and reserved (his private life is nobody’s business but his own). He isn’t impulsive (it always leads to trouble), charming (that’s his best friend, the Marquess of Dansbury’s, area of expertise).

Or in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly…

Can he have what he wants and remain respectable? Can she trust him to be the man she needs?

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Failed actress Winn Busby is at the end of her rope. With no money and no prospects, she accepts the one job she never thought she’d see on her résumé. Professional bridesmaid. It should be easy. If only the idea of weddings and vows didn’t give Winn a case of the hives. Her role becomes more challenging when she’s told a reporter will shadow her work for a men’s magazine article.

Working for Player Magazine is Patrick Lincoln’s worst nightmare. A former political journalist, he used to write thoughtful columns for one of Toronto’s most respected papers. That is, until he was blackballed for allegedly sleeping with the boss’s wife. Overnight, Patrick becomes the city’s most reviled bad boy. And now he’s forced to write a seedy expose on, of all things, a bridesmaid.

Patrick begrudgingly accompanies Winn to a series of strange weddings. As they are forced to work together, he learns there is more to the stand-in bridesmaid than puffy dresses and pretty speeches. She, in turn, begins to question whether or not Patrick actually deserves the derision of his peers. As much as they fight their attraction, it begins to threaten their work and their sanity.

For so long, Winn has felt second-best. A stand-in. She finally meets a man who believes in her value. But can she let go of the past and accept him?

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A Good Man Release Day! #amreading

I’m so excited to announce A Good Man, Handymen 1, is now available in print and ebook formats!

Title: A Good Man

Series: Handymen 1

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Release Date: November 21, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36566499-a-good-man

I can’t wait for you to meet hero Michael Zorn and I hope he becomes one of your favorite book boyfriends! He has certainly become one of mine. His lovely heroine Emily Daniels is a fun heroine…with a killer right hook. I hope you love her too.

Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited

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Blurb:

Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others.

All the accolades and honors only make the memories stronger and the pain unbearable. He would do anything to be able to forget, to put his past behind him and move on.

Michael takes on a new home improvement project, convinced it’s the perfect distraction. Little did he know that Emily, the woman who’s supposed to be nothing more than a client, would turn out to be a huge distraction…and engaged.

While Emily battles with her own personal problems, Michael is determined to keep his distance. The last thing he needs is woman trouble. But when it becomes clear that the attraction is mutual, he realizes staying away from her is not an option.

Now Michael needs to decide if he’s willing to risk exposing his weakness, and his heart…by giving in to temptation.

Excerpt:

“Come with me. I want to show you something.”

“Sounds mysterious.”

“I will admit I was keeping this a secret, but I’ve made an executive decision to break with Handymen tradition.”

“What will Lacey think?”

“Let’s not go there.” He brought her upstairs, to the room that used to be the master bedroom, the one where several crew members stowed their belongings most days. Michael opened the door. At the far end of the empty room sat a large object, covered in a long tarp. “I’ve been working on something for you.”

“You mean other than renovating my house?”

He grinned. “Remember those old family photos Lacey borrowed from you?”

“Yeah. She said they wanted to include a montage of old pictures in the show introduction.”

“That might have been a slight fabrication. I just needed a way to get some photos from you. Anyway, I was saving this for the big reveal, but I think I want to show you now.” He grabbed the edge of the tarp and pulled, revealing the object hidden beneath it.

It was an old wooden ladder, one he’d found months ago at a salvage yard. He’d decided to repurpose it, turning it into a set of frames for the old photos they’d borrowed. Faces now smiled out from the six gaps between the rungs. Nonna Olivia hugging two blond children, Emily and her brother. Nonna Olivia and her husband on their wedding day. Six photos in total, all part of the heritage Emily so treasured. He hoped she’d like the rustic look of the ladder. Rather than sanding and painting it, he’d left it rough and worn, so that it looked as if it might have been sitting in Nonna Olivia’s toolshed, just waiting to be used. All Michael had done was affix the appropriate hooks and backings and had blown all the photos up to sizes that would fit the spaces.

Emily gazed upon her grandmother’s face. Her chest heaved. She blinked once, then twice. All at once, big, fat tears began to roll down her cheeks. “Michael, it’s…”

“I hope you don’t mind I used the photos. I thought it might be nice for you to have mementos of your grandmother in the finished store.”

“Oh.” Her hand covered her mouth but it shook so much she was unsuccessful at covering her open mouth.

“I hope you like it. You’ve had a shitty week and I thought you could use a pick-me-up. I was supposed to keep quiet about it, so maybe you could keep it under your hat until—”

Emily threw herself at him and wrapped her arms around his torso, cutting off his words and his breath. Only when he hugged her back did he realize how hard she was quivering.

She wasn’t just crying about the old photos.

“It’s okay, Em. Let it out, sweetheart.”

The collar of his shirt grew wet but he didn’t care. Wardrobe had tons of shirts. Besides, she felt good in his arms, all soft and warm. He rubbed her shoulders and the back of her waist, exploring and familiarizing himself with her luscious body. He breathed, drinking in her scent. His nasal cavities had never known such bliss. It was like that first clear breath after a long period of congestion. His fingers were pretty happy too, enjoying the give of her womanly body. It was all he could do not to slide them down, cup her sweet ass, and pull her up against him.

Just not while she was crying over another man.

She lingered in his arms and he did nothing to push her away. In fact, it surprised him how badly he wanted to keep her there, so much so that when Emily finally extricated herself, he wanted to pull her back into his embrace. Instead, he wiped her cheeks of the remaining tears.

“The makeup ladies are going to kill me for making you cry.”

It might have been his imagination, but her tears made her eyes appear even greener. In fact, her entire face seemed a riot of tempting color. Each shade called to him. The crushed roses in her cheeks. Her strawberry lips, so plump and moist. Even the doeskin brown of her freckles fascinated him to no end. He wanted to count them, to kiss and mark them all.

Kissing her made a whole lot of sense right now. Kissing her senseless seemed even better.

Emily’s eyes widened. Her lips parted in invitation. Michael paused, knowing it was wrong, even though every raised hair on his arms told him it was right.

As he debated with himself for a split second, she brushed her lips against his. It was quick and soft, hunger masquerading as something platonic. Even though a spectator might have called it a friendly kiss, he knew the truth. As brief as it may have been, he felt her yield to him, even if just a little.

From the startled look in her eye, Emily knew it too.

She took a step back. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“You’re right. I should have been the one to do it.” Michael licked his lips. “Your lips really do taste like strawberries.”

“Michael, I can’t.”

“I think you just did.”

“You know what I mean.” She waved her hand between their two torsos. “This. I can’t do this.”

“What? Point at my chest?”

“You’re teasing me.”

“Maybe a little. Listen, Em, I understand. As unexpected as that kiss was, as much as I want to taste your lips again, I know it’s too soon.”

“It’s too much, too soon.”

He reached for her hand. “I get it. It’s okay.”

“Thank you.”

“But that doesn’t mean I won’t be spending all my waking hours waiting for the moment I can make it happen again.”

“Michael.”

“Don’t worry. I’d never force the matter. Besides, I enjoyed having you thrust yourself at me.”

“Are you ever going to let me live it down?”

“Not in this century, sweetheart.”

 

Good Ol’ Boys vs. City Slickers: Here come the good ol’ boys!

Not long ago, I announced I would be hosting a fun romance-themed event here at the blog: Good Ol’ Boys vs. City Slickers, in which readers could chime in on their favorite heroes. Do you like them rough and rugged or do you prefer them slick, polished and devastating? (Let’s be honest. We probably like all our heroes, just the way they are.)

That being said, today, we’re featuring some very sexy good ol’ boys. Some might live in the country, others might work with their hands. It doesn’t really matter what they do for a living or where they live, but I’d be willing to bet most of these dudes would rather not wear a tie. (It’s okay. They can probably find something else to tie you up with. 😉

Tell us who your favorites are and check out the ones you may not know. I’d be willing to bet you’ll discover some new favorites here. The participating authors would love to hear from you so if there are some that catch your fancy, please tell us in the comments! And stay tuned…the City Slickers will be featured next Friday.

The shape shifters from Gemini Island’s Ursa Resort have been through hell. In the battle with their enemy the Alpha Brethren, they suffered losses and are still dealing with the emotional aftermath. No one in this heroic group has emerged unscathed.

When mountain lion shifter Connor Church lost his best friend, he made a vow to protect his widow and small children. Of everyone on Gemini Island, he knows best how badly the young family has suffered.

Unfortunately, Elaine Gleason hasn’t made it easy for Connor. Drowning in grief, she moved her family far away. When a medical emergency forces them to return, she is confronted by unexpected feelings for Connor, a man who has always been one of her closest friends. Her emotions send her into a tailspin when it becomes clear Connor feels the same way. They fight the attraction, tortured by their loyalty to Elaine’s dead mate.

When a remorseless organ trafficker develops an obsession for Elaine, Connor’s protective instincts emerge and he realizes his feelings run much deeper than friendship. The friends at the Ursa must do battle once more. But even if they win, can Elaine ever move past her grief and start a new life with Connor?

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Kaylee is a fox shifter and free spirit always on the hunt for her next adventure. When her carelessness puts her in mortal danger, she has to run for her life. Just as she almost gives up hope, an unexpected savior in the form of a handsome older man comes to her rescue.

Jeb is a country boy who owns a market in a small town and has a fondness for strays. When he finds an injured fox, he instantly wants to help her. When it seems as though the fox understands his comforting words, he wonders if his mind is playing tricks on him or if there is something special about her.

When Kaylee is forced to reveal her true self to Jeb, undeniable sparks fly between them even though Jeb tries to keep his lustful urges at bay. But when the danger returns to haunt her and threatens to rip them apart, will they overcome their obstacles or admit defeat?

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He’d been burned once by her love…

Bryant Quill left the airforce after his tour of duty. He came north to work for his old airforce buddy as a bush pilot in Yellowknife and to find the one who got away. The one who not only left a mark on his soul, but on his skin.

Lexie Nevue has learned to hide. Growing up as a strong telekinetic, she was shamed into keeping her abilities secret, but it’s not so much the telekinesis that bothers her, but the fact that when she feels any strong emotion her world literally burns down. After hurting the only man she ever loved, she fled back to her roots in northern Canada.

She’s hiding from Bryant, from the Lotus Circle and now she’s hiding from a terrorist organization that wants to use her telekinetic abilities to recover something deep beneath the permafrost. Something that can bring about the end of the world.

When Bryant is contacted by Mike D’Antoni of the mysterious Phoenix Agency, his mission is clear, to save the world he has to risk being burned again.

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Hot Zone #4

When all hell breaks loose, sometimes you need someone to cover you in the HOT ZONE.

Neena Williamson struggles to keep her high-pressure job from overwhelming her, and she thinks the demons of her past have long since disappeared. One night, she sees a man wearing the most hideous Hawaiian shirt on earth and vows he’d never fit her image of a hot bod for a local charity’s new hot male calendar. Then the evening erupts in violence, and he proves that first impressions can be dead wrong.

Mitch Gilroy hides in plain sight, enjoying his low-key handyman job. His former life isn’t open for discussion, and Clarksville, Wyoming is the perfect place to find peace. Then a gunman forces his hand, and Mitch must remember everything he’s tried so hard to forget. Thrown together, Neena and Mitch quickly discover how tangled their emotions can become, and only by working together can they banish the monsters that haunt them and heal a lifetime of regrets.

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Tightly wound Ryleigh Lawson has it all. The job, the fancy Chicago high-rise apartment overlooking Lake Michigan, and a promising future. Jude Thomas, the sexy backwoodsman, lives in a loft above his bar in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He doesn’t have much and doesn’t need much. The paths of these two people from very different worlds should never have crossed.

With help from a particularly nasty snowstorm, a lemon-yellow AMC Gremlin, and a dog with mismatched eyes, their worlds collide. Snowed in, they are forced to shack up together for a long week. Though they grate on each other, they still spark like flint on steel. A friendship blossoms, and chemistry and passion rage, but when the snow begins to thaw and they are thrust out of their winter wonderland cocoon and back to their previous lives, are they capable of returning to who they were before the snowstorm?

After playing with fire, can they come away anything other than burned?

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Welcome to Madison Falls, where love is in the air, and gossip is ripe on the vine. Sophie Brandon is in a bind. After eight years, Reed Sutton is back in town and back on Sophie’s radar. Her high school crush is home to stay and hotter than ever. How can she avoid the gorgeous construction manager when she needs work done in her bakery? Reed knows he’s overqualified for the simple renovation, but when it comes to sweet Sophie, he’s the man for the job. Her kitchen heats up when one kiss leads to more and a storeroom mishap throws her right into Reed’s arms. Once he catches her, he can’t seem to keep his hands off of her…cookies. Small town gossip mixed with threats against Sophie are a recipe for disaster. Will history repeat itself or will love conquer all?

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Bear shifter Ryland Snow just wants peace. The peace and quiet afforded him at his woodsy retreat, the Ursa Fishing Lodge. As owner of the lodge, Ryland enjoys the tranquil life he’s created among his fellow shifters. He lives to maintain a safe haven for them, away from meddlesome human eyes.

When his rock star brother arrives, bringing trouble in the form of a possible hit man, Ryland is incensed. He’s been cleaning up Soren’s messes as long as he can remember, and is tired of his brother’s lecherous exploits.

Things go from bad to worse when Lia Goodblood stumbles upon Ryland and his lodge. Yes, the reclusive erotica author is easy on the eyes, but the human woman is more trouble than she’s worth. To say nothing of her bizarre fear of furry creatures.

Ryland determines to rid himself of her presence. But when he learns she’s on the run from a crazed fan, Ryland’s protective bear instincts flare. And the bear won’t be denied.

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After suffering losses that would’ve wrecked a lesser man, Kenshin Hamasaki has resigned himself to a life without true love. His perpetual grumpiness has damaged the few friendships he’s managed to forge, and his dalliances with women are superficial at best.

And then comes a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger named Marina, whose mere existence defies logic. She’s led what many would consider an idyllic life, but one that’s shrouded in secrecy. Marina longs to experience the limitless possibilities of Kenshin’s world. Yet, sharing the truth about herself could place her entire species in peril.

These two searching souls are drawn to each other by an animal attraction with the potential to change them in ways they never could’ve imagined. Lurking in the background, however, is a dark presence from Marina’s past, who threatens to end this unlikely pairing before she and Kenshin can fully explore whether they’re destined to be together.

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Cate Duncan is a promising young therapist, dedicated to her work. But after her mother’s suicide, she is seized by a paralyzing depression. To save her job, Cate agrees to enter a program with Dr. Angeline MacGregor, run by her stern son, Ben, and housed in a repurposed church. Cate doesn’t quite understand what the program entails, but she soon learns that the skills she will develop there may not only help her learn how to cope with her own problems, but will also lead her to a much greater purpose.

The MacGregor Group is a collection of alternative healers whose unconventional approaches include crystals, aura reading, and psychics. They know that their life’s work invites skepticism, and welcome the chance to prove naysayers wrong. But they need the unique abilities that Cate can bring, and as she slides ever closer to her own abyss, they will do everything in their power to protect Cate from those who wish her harm—including herself.

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No one ever said high school was easy. In this hilarious and heartwarming debut, one high school senior has to ask himself how much he’s willing to give up in order to fit in.

Kevin seems to have it all: he’s popular, good looking, and on his way to scoring a college hockey scholarship. However, he’s keeping two big secrets. The first is that he failed an assignment and is now forced to take the most embarrassing course ever–domestic tech. The second is that he is falling for his domestic tech classmate, Claire.

As far as Kevin is concerned, Claire does have it all: she’s funny, smart, beautiful, and confident. But she’s off-limits. Because Kevin knows what happens when someone in his group dares to date a girl who isn’t a cheerleader, and there’s no way he is going to put himself—or Claire—through that.

But steering clear of the girl of his dreams is a lot harder than Kevin thought…especially when a cooking project they are paired together for provides the perfect opportunity for things to heat up between them outside the classroom….

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HIS CONFESSION – BOOK #1

When Gabriella Woods finds matches from a gentlemen’s club in her fiancé’s pocket, her suspicions require a search for answers…

At the club, she realizes it’s not her fiancé’s fidelity that can’t be trusted.

It’s her own.

Darion Milano is daring, intriguing, and unpredictable…

Unable to get him out of her head—and against Darion’s explicit warning—
Gabi begins a torrid affair. No longer fighting the urge to enter the depth of his dark and mysterious lifestyle, she indulges in his most intimate desires.

They become the most exciting, wild, infatuated couple everybody knows.

Until his confession changes everything…

Her heart is telling her to stay.

Her instinct is telling her to run.

She can never match his outrageous ex-wife and become the fun, fearless woman he craves…

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Preorder A Good Man, Handymen, 1 today! #amreading

I’ve been waiting to announce this romance for a long time. A Good Man, Handymen 1, went through several hurdles before finally coming to light. Thank you to everyone at Limitless Publishing for making it a reality.

A Good Man can now be preordered at Amazon. One little click and it will download to your Kindle or Kindle app Nov. 21!

Preorder A Good Man here!

Featuring a hero with PTSD and a heroine who won’t give up on him, this story is also my love letter to my hometown of Toronto. I hope you enjoy it!

Blurb:

Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others.

All the accolades and honors only make the memories stronger and the pain unbearable. He would do anything to be able to forget, to put his past behind him and move on.

Michael takes on a new home improvement project, convinced it’s the perfect distraction. Little did he know that Emily, the woman who’s supposed to be nothing more than a client, would turn out to be a huge distraction…and engaged.

While Emily battles with her own personal problems, Michael is determined to keep his distance. The last thing he needs is woman trouble. But when it becomes clear that the attraction is mutual, he realizes staying away from her is not an option.

Now Michael needs to decide if he’s willing to risk exposing his weakness, and his heart…by giving in to temptation.

 

Good Ol’ Boys vs. City Slickers.

As I contemplated my work today, I realized many of my romance heroes tend to fall into two general camps: “good ol’ boys” or “city slickers.” Now, of course, there are many variations to these themes butI think the basic premise in each case is true. I seem to like my men either rough and tumble or sophisticated and sharp, and I think a lot of readers do too.

To that effect, I’ve decided to host a fun blog event called … wait for it … “Good Ol’ Boys vs. City Slickers.” I’ve invited some of my romance author friends to take part as well. Over the next little while, I’ll be presenting each camp. One post will celebrate those sexy country boys and another post will celebrate our favorite men of the corporate world.

We would love to have feedback from our readers as well! Tell us what you love about these heroes. Pick your favorites! While you’re here, you may very well discover a few new ones.

So watch this space! It’s about to be invaded by some very appealing men.

Happy reading!

It’s #PETpalooza!

When author Christa Maurice told me she was organizing a post featuring romances with furry friends, I knew I had to jump on board. After all, I’m a big fan of furbabies.
Have I introduced you to my cat, Sweetie?

Sweetie is my little fur girl. We rescued her from the pound when she was about a year old. We’re not sure where she came from but her sweet personality has made her a big part of our family.

How did she get her cute name?
My sons were very little at the time and we told them if they could agree on a name, we would use it.
My youngest Andrew wanted to call her “Killer.”
My eldest Daniel wanted to call her “Barbara Allen.” By the way, we have no idea how that name came about. He’s always been an old soul. LOL

The second name they landed on together was “Sweetie” and she was christened.

The romances featured in PETpalooza all have furry (or scaly or feathery) friends in them and I hope you’ll enjoy them!

My romance Sweet Hell features a fun little creature called “Cats Domino.”

Sweet Hell by [Leo, Rosanna]

Dionysus, Greek god of wine, is the world’s original playboy. But lately, his carefree lifestyle feels like one long string of meaningless, sexual escapades. Even worse, he is suddenly aroused by Josie Marino, the annoying woman who serves him coffee at the local bakery.

Josie is not looking for love or lust. Especially not with Dionysus Iros, the most aggravating customer she’d ever had to serve. Unfortunately, he’s also the star of her every X-rated dream. She determines she will not fall for his considerable physical charms, come hell or high water.

Heat Level: Spicy

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All you need is (puppy) love…

Marie Franklin set up her veterinary practice in tiny Weaver’s Circle to hide her association to one of the biggest names in rock and roll. Helping Will Perkins with his rescue puppy is a great in and falling for him is better. But this puppy is one of the Bachelor Party Rescue Puppies and Marie’s cover is about to be blown.

Warning: Ill mannered puppies, lethal vegetables, and unwanted fame.

Heat level: Sweet

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Playing for her Heart: A Portwood Brothers Novella (Portwood Brothers Series Book 5) by [Robertson, Emily]The only regret Wes ever had was letting Hailey get away. Now that he has a chance to win her back, he’s all in. A little hard work never bothered him before especially now that he’s playing for her heart.

Heat level: Spicy

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Holiday Risk (Pelican Bay Security Book 2) by [Matthews, Megan]

Spencer Jamison may not lace up his boots as a Navy SEAL any longer, but that doesn’t stop him from being the hottest service man I’ve ever laid eyes on. And don’t get me started on his adorable dog.

Dating Spencer is great… until the dead body turns up.

Heat level: Spicy

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Wrong Side of the Dragon by [Grey, Rinelle, Party Puppies, Bachelor]

She’s hunting for the princess. He’s searching for his brother. Can they help each other, or are they on opposite sides of a dragon war?

Heat level: Spicy

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The Marriage Contract (Motor City Romance Book 1) by [Ford, Danie, Party Puppies, Bachelor]

Tristan Castillo wants to make his marriage work, but there’s one problem— his husband. He decides to court Grant to get him to open to the possibility of love and happily-ever-after.

Grant Thornton needed a husband to get past the codicil in his grandfather’s will— a simple business transaction. Only love wasn’t part of the bargain and Grant doesn’t know if he loves Tristan or the things he does to his body.

With the help of Zeus and Apollo, the puppies they adopted, Tristan and Grant start their journey towards forever. But old demons threaten to keep this union a true marriage of convenience.

Heat level: Smokin’

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Real Hero: Small Town Military Romance (Real Men Book 4) by [Saxx, Susan, Bachelor Party Puppies]

Come to Jack’s Bay this Fall…
And find out what HERO really means.
THERE’S MORE THAN ONE KIND OF HERO.
A tormented ex-Seal and an abandoned puppy… The man, cursed with the surname Hero. The puppy, the scrapper of the bunch. An unlikely pair, thrown together, better off without each other. But fate had different ideas. It took a heartless villain, a woman of unusual sight, and a small town that wouldn’t let go…
A man and a puppy.
Both. Heroes.

Heat level: Spicy

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Fisher of Men (Eastern Shore Swingers Book 1) by [Alexander, Phoebe]

Leah Miller’s eyes are opened to a whole new world by Chris “Cap” Sheldon, a charter fishing captain in Ocean City, Maryland. Despite her best efforts not to fall for him, his charm and rugged good looks are too hard to resist.

But what happens when his lifestyle conflicts with her Christian faith? And is there any way Cap would give up the lifestyle he loves for the woman who has stolen his heart?

18+ Readers only please!

Heat level: Kinktastic

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Chez Stinky (An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy Book 1) by [Daffron, Susan C.]

Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. When she inherits her great aunt Abigail’s house in the small town of Alpine Grove, Kat’s life gets a lot more complicated because the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats. After coping with out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and serious roof problems, things get even more interesting when Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with an enigmatic past.

Heat level: Sweet

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Anduron: God of Mabon (A Sons of Herne Romance) by [Allister, J. Rose]

A freedom raid on an animal testing facility is more than the god of Mabon bargained for, but it’s what beautiful, dog-loving Jenna wants. In exchange for her agreement to be his for the ritual of thanksgiving, Anduron will do whatever it takes…even if it means risking his own capture to keep her out of trouble. With no guarantee that he will succeed, just how many immortal laws will he break to win her over?

Heat level: Smokin’

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Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. When she attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders of a helpful bystander, the only thing she notices about the stranger is that he’s seriously hot. Only later does Jo learn that he’s Micah Sinclair–one of rock’s notorious bad boys. Her colleagues claim Micah’s a media whore, gambling on some free PR. But something has Jo hoping Micah’s feeling the same powerful pull that she does. A pull so strong, she can’t resist becoming his latest love, even if it means she might become the media’s latest victim.

Heat level: Spicy

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Sexy Bad Neighbor (Sexy Bad Series Book 1) by [Murphy, Misti, Lund, Tami]

What happens when your neighbor hires you a stripper?

It starts one hell of a prank war. A war that involves goats, phallic chandeliers, stolen kisses in the rain, strawgasms, and eating out on the kitchen counter. A war that could damn well involve two hearts and a plan. Her plan doesn’t involve falling in love. His life doesn’t involve plans.

This could be a problem.

Heat level: Spicy

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Unentangled: Book One (The Tangled Series 1) by [King, Katherine]
All of my life I had dreamed of opening a restaurant of my own someday in California. Taking the General Manager position at Reid Vineyard’s new restaurant would give me the experience I need, the only thing lacking on my resume. Meeting someone like Lucas Reid wasn’t part of my plan…

If you like raw emotions, sizzling sex scenes, all while being kept on the edge of your seat, then you’ll love part one of this erotic romance story of Lucas and Emma by International Bestselling Author Katherine King.

Heat Level: Smokin’

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Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance (Recalled to Love Book 2) by [Carlisle, Lisa]

Sometimes it all comes down to timing…
Military rules forbade their burgeoning passion. But now, years later, the rules have changed.
Yet, so have they.
Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

Heat Level: Spicy

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Life: A brush with love by [Noble, Elise]

Five weeks, four hundred coffee pods, three cats, two men, and one big secret. Cate’s life will never be the same again.

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Married for the Millions (For the Love of Pup Book 3) by [Avrile, Parker]

Soap opera star Cody’s Manhattan lifestyle crashes down when he inherits a grizzly-sized dog complete with her nine-million-dollar trust. If he wants permanent custody of the millionaire Newfoundland, he must prove he can provide a stable home for a beast the size of a bus.

Enter Shane, a hunky animal trainer who always needs funds for his big dog rescue center. A hunk who also happens to be Cody’s ex…

One quickie Vegas wedding later, Cody and Shane are the dream couple to adopt Maggie the Newfoundland– if they can overcome their differences.

Heat Level: Spicy

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Getting It Back (Red Hot Russians) by [Harmon, Elizabeth]

Figure skater Mikhail “Misha” Zaikov once had it all, but a devastating injury put an end to his career and his romance, leaving him with nothing but regret over what could have been. His last chance to rejoin the world’s top skaters is now. And there’s only one person who can help him.

Misha must reclaim what he’s lost while facing off against a talented young rival and risking further injury. But Amy soon discovers Misha’s much bigger challenges lurk off the ice. And she’s determined to keep Misha whole and healthy, even if doing so ends his shot at the gold.

Heat Level: Spicy

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Only Twenty-Five (Madison Musicians Book 1) by [Blaske, Jennifer McCoy]

Music teacher Meg Caldwell knew it would be difficult starting over in a new town. She’s perfectly happy with her books and her cats, but she knows she has to meet people if she ever wants to find love. The problem? Meg is losing her hair and it isn’t growing back. How can a girl have any kind of social life when she has to worry about hiding her growing bald spot?

Heat Level: Sweet

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Surface Tension by [C. B. Maurice]

Rachel doesn’t believe in Little Green Men, but she’s got a thing for Max. Wait, make that Rachel doesn’t believe in Little Green Men until her dog attacks one in the woods.

Max likes Rachel, but who wants a guy obsessed with aliens? Then she turns up on his doorstep with an injured Extraterrestrial Biological Entity. Now they have to help the alien without tipping off the FBI agent who has been surveilling Max.

Ranley is just hoping to survive overprotective dogs, stupid co-workers, and well-meaning superiors.

Heat Level: Sweet

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Sugar and Spice (The Bakery Romance Series Book 4) by [Dowdy, Cecelia]

Cat-lover Sheila Parks is stunned when Mason Smith, the identical twin brother of her ex-boyfriend Reese, moves to Blue Spring and opens a bakery. Reese’s cruel breakup still bothers her and seeing somebody who looks just like him is a painful reminder of her predicament. Unemployed, Sheila needs financial help and it appears that Mason can assist her with her problem. Can she learn to trust a man who looks just like her ex? Both Sheila and Mason deal with past pains as they work together during the Christmas season.

Heat Level: Sweet

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The Pet Set Duet: Goofy Newfies & Itty Bitty Kitties by [Omasta, Ann]

This heartwarming read features two books that have it all… wagging tails, lighthearted laughs, adorable animal antics, and all of the positive, happy feelings you crave. It even squeezes in two sweet romances. Grab The Pet Set Duet today because you deserve more fun, happiness, and cuddles in your life! Which side will you choose? #TeamDog or #TeamCat?

Heat Level: Sweet

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Kiss a Bridesmaid (Kindle Single) (Always a Bridesmaid Book 3) by [Hunt, Courtney]

Can a naughty puppy play matchmaker? Kiss a Bridesmaid is a standalone novella in the Always a Bridesmaid contemporary romance series about professional bridesmaids finding their own happily ever afters. If you enjoy witty dialogue, unforgettable characters, and sweet, emotional love stories, you’ll love Courtney Hunt’s light-hearted Always a Bridesmaid series.

Heat Level: Sweet

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In With the New by [Krimmer, Tracy]

Eli no longer believes in love, and Meg has no time for it. Can the spirit of Christmas and hope of a new year change their perspectives?

Heat Level: Sweet

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Money Hungry: A Second-Chance Romance by [Sloane West]

When Amy Parrish is forced to confront her ex-fiancé and their past—a past she’s spent the last six years burying—she marches into battle with her heart in chains. She’d rather chew glass than see his gorgeous, traitorous face again, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Besides, she’s grown now. Stronger now. She’s moved on. She’s over him.At least, that’s what she tells herself.

When an opportunity arises for Wayne Colby to help the stubborn and misguided love of his life out of a financial bind, he seizes it, determined once and for all to set her straight. And curved. And horizontal.

Heat Level: Spicy

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The Three Kitties That Saved My Life by [Meyer, Michael]

When tragedy struck, I thought for sure that my own life was at an end. I was wrong. This is the true story of how love once again brought romance and laughter back into my life.

Heat Level: Sweet

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MAN'S BEST FRIEND by [Sheedy, EC]

A surprise gift of a rambunctious puppy changes everything for businessman Rand Fielding. His life goes from controlled and organized to chaos, confusion, and ruined Italian shoes. Then he hires Tessa, a dog trainer . . .

Heat Level: Spicy

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Mountain of Lies (The Pack Book 1) by [Evans, Jayne]

Pinned by a rock slide on a mountainside, Mia figures her past sins have finally caught up to her. When a rough looking man nearly steps on her head, rescue seems just a fingertip away—right before another slide sends them both hurtling down the mountain.

Hudson is lucky the slide frees the auburn-haired woman before the gang of drug runners he’s infiltrated finds her. Even luckier, Mia is his best hope of getting to a downed helicopter full of drugs first. He just never guessed her secret means their only way off the mountain might be in body bags.

Heat Level: Spicy

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Tavish: A Time Travel Romance (Dunskey Castle Book 1) by [Stain, Jane]

Kelsey unwittingly enlists a dog owner’s help reuniting herself with her long lost love. Who happens to be the construction foreman at her first archaeological dig. And plainly doesn’t want her to be there.

Heat Level: Sweet

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The Secret Lives of Superhero Wives by [Schultz, Joynell]

Ever wonder what happens AFTER the superhero gets the girl?

Heat Level: Sweet

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The Perfect Catch: A Sexy and Funny Sports Romance (The Darcy Brothers) by [Nichols, Alix]

When brooding French goalkeeper Noah meets perky American realtor Sophie, sparks fly hot and fast… THE PERFECT CATCH has a hot athlete hero, sizzling love scenes and hilarious mutt.

Heat Level: Spicy

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Fall Into Romance: A Boxed Set of 10 Heartwarming, Sweet Novellas by [Snitker, Melanie D., Claflin, Stacy, English, Raine, Hatfield, Shanna, Brown, Franky A., Dearen, Tamie, DiBenedetto, J.J., Elliott, Jessica L., Ho, Liwen Y., Welcome to Romance, Kit Morgan]Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.

Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors with a foreword by Susan Hatler, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author.

Heat Level: Sweet

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Sweet Dreams (Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series Book 1) by [Claflin, Stacy, Bay, Indigo]

Her twin is a rock star, and she just wants to be left alone. He’s the textbook definition of the strong, silent type. They might just be the perfect match… if they would actually talk to one another!

It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?

Heat Level: Sweet

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The Shore Thing (Gulf Shore Book 1) by [Mardis, Annette]

Once bitten and twice shy about workplace romances, Florida aquarium employees Dani Davidson and Evan Sanders are determined to resist their mutual attraction. But a baby dolphin and a stingray encounter help bring them together. Will a bitter ex-lover, Dani’s inhibitions and Evan’s career aspirations tear them apart?

Heat Level: Spicy

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Thanksgiving (Holiday Enchantment) by [Naomi Stone]

When Helen, a widow, decides it’s time to move on with her life, she sends a letter of farewell to her late husband’s email account – and gets a reply.

Heat Level: Sweet

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First Street Church Romances: Love's Highway (Kindle Worlds Novella) by [Lebak, Jane]

Casey’s spent the last eight months wandering the country with a backpack and an iron-clad set of Rules of the Road. Peter’s finishing out a few months working for his father’s siding company before enlisting in the army. When they rescue a litter of puppies together, Casey finds herself just…not leaving Sweet Grove. And Peter finds himself intrigued by the most perplexing gal he’s ever met.

Heat Level: Sweet

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Holly and Mr. Ivy by [Elliott, Jessica L.]

You know those stories where the pet accidentally sets up the romance? It wasn’t an accident. Irish setter Holly just received her first matchmaking assignment and it’s going to be a doozy! Her new owner, Tremayne Ivy, has no interest in love and certainly none in his lovely coworker, Victoria Claremont. Holly’s going to need all her training, plus the help of one tenacious beagle and some Christmas magic, to help these rivals fall in love.

Heat Level: Sweet

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Safe In His Arms (Life Unexpected Book 1) by [Snitker, Melanie D.]

When a beautiful woman walks into his diner asking for a job, Joel Ash can’t say no. He’s convinced she’s hiding something. He prays he can ensure her safety and guard her heart, even if it means risking his own in the process.

Anna Henderson is on the run with only her faithful Great Pyrenees by her side. She wants nothing more than to trust Joel and the family offering her a fresh beginning. But she fears she’ll always be looking over her shoulder.

Worried her past will catch up with her, can Anna ever feel safe in Joel’s arms?

Heat Level: Sweet

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The Christmas Gift by [English, Raine]

Two high school sweethearts get a second chance at love during Christmas with a little help from a French bulldog.

Still moping over her last relationship, Riley Wayne is in no mood to celebrate Christmas. But her sister isn’t about to let her stay melancholy for long. Determined to play matchmaker, she sets out to get Riley and her first love, Mason Carr, back together again.

Mason plays along and agrees to give Riley a job at his doggie daycare facility. However, when things don’t go according to plan, he just might lose—for good this time—the only woman he’s ever truly loved.

Heat Level: Sweet

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Whiskey and Gumdrops: A Blueberry Springs Sweet Romance by [Oram, Jean]

One woman. One case of self-denial. One hunky best friend who wants a lot more.

Heat Level: Sweet

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Learnin' The Ropes by [Hatfield, Shanna]

In a moment of desperation, out of work auto mechanic Ty Lewis accepts a job on a remote ranch. The welcoming committee that greets him is a crusty old ranch hand full of sage advice and a behemoth dog that quickly adopts Ty as her very own human.

Between coworkers playing pranks, a mystery with half a million dollars missing, and a dog who doesn’t let him out of her sight, and a boss who is nothing like he expected, Ty has his work cut out for him.

Heat Level: Sweet

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Staying Grounded (A Rocky Harbor Novel Book 1) by [Rice, Marianne]

Graham Riley enjoys the laid-back freedom of a pilot’s life–until one choice puts his career in jeopardy..Battling a lawsuit and his heart, Graham must decide what’s more important–the life he thought he wanted…or Maggie. Maggie might be the only thing that will ever help Graham stay grounded.

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What the Heart Wants (Heart Series Book 1) by [Myles, Marion]

She’s a horse whisperer who’s given up on love. He’s a cynical corporate lawyer who never believed in love in the first place. When it comes to matters of the heart – sometimes all it takes is the right horse…

Heat Level: Spicy

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Missing the Point (A Chandler County Novel) by [Fiala, PJ]

Sam McKenzie has it all; his security business, friends, a house and a dog. After a one night stand with sexy Stevie Jorgenson he finds she’s heavy on his mind. Then he finds she’s the local Detective, who now seems to be at odds with him. A rash of horse poisonings forces them together. Now Sam needs to figure out how to make her trust him, but they seem to be on opposite sides of the track.

Heat Level: Smokin’

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Bella Luna (A Blue Moon Lake Romance Book 3) by [Struth, Sharon]

Rose Richardson is on the run from her dangerous ex-husband, a crime she didn’t commit—and the embarrassment of being an advice columnist with a disastrous personal life. Donning a fake identity, she escapes to a lovely lake house rental in rural Connecticut…only to discover her refuge is already occupied. Leo Drake is devastatingly handsome–and clearly wants to be alone. Rose stands her ground, even while she fears being found out for the fugitive she is. Plus, her sweet dog, Bella, seems to like the brooding widower, so how bad could he be?

Bella’s antics just might be the key to showing the loner that love is the only inspiration he needs…

Heat Level: Sweet

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The To-Do List by [Struth, Sharon]

Maggie Harris finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed. The tight hold she keeps on her world unravels. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job in her hometown of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start?

When someone breaks into Maggie’s leaves a threat on the wall of her buisness, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…

Heat Level: Sweet

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Dominic Charles fell in love with the woman of his dreams, only it wasn’t to be. Unexpectedly, he had no choice but to leave. Faith was everything to him, and he’s never gotten over her. But now, he wants her back.

Faith Pearson planned to marry the one and only man who had taken her heart, but he left her and married someone else. Now he is back¬—she has no intention of having anything to do with him. For a second time God has allowed their paths to cross. Can she find it in her heart to forgive him?

Heat Level: Sweet

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Cat Scratch Fever by [Alleyne, L. C.]

Inspector Rafael Montigue detects the scent of a potential mate during a delegate meeting.

Kristin Wallin is working undercover to bring down the Brazilian Minister’s drug ring.
When terrorists attack, Rafe exposes his panther shifter identity in order to protect Kristin, but she surprises him with secrets of her own that make him look like an innocent kitty cat.

CAT SCRATCH FEVER is a sexy standalone novel with a HEA, no cliffhanger and edge of your seat suspense!

Heat Level: Smokin’

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The death of her police officer fiancé left Katherine Pelham with a house she couldn’t afford. To avoid bankruptcy, she decides to rent out the first floor.

Jack Connelly needs a new place to stay. He’s rescued a dog and his lease says no pets. The apartment is great. The landlady, even better.

Can Katherine overcome her fear of losing the love of her life to his job again? Or will Jack have to quit the department to have the woman of his dreams?

Heat Level: Spicy

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