Title: No Man's Land
Series: Ohana Surfing Series
Author: Courtney W. Dixon
Release: May 31, 2023
Genre: M/M Romance
Tropes: student/advisor, college romance, daddy/boy, big age gap
I used to joke with my found family that I had daddy issues as a deflection from my problems. I didn’t want anyone to know that side of me. I had a classic case of it, keeping me from relating to young men my age. All because of my abusive father. At seventeen, I started college and developed an obsession with my advisor, Mr. Ashton Carter. He was everything I could ever want, and I knew deep down he could fulfill my needs that I couldn’t find with anyone else. But I was too young and had to wait until I turned eighteen and play my cards right. Would he want someone with my issues that no one else knew about other than my therapist? And I thought I left my past behind, only to discover that it's trying to claim me once more.
Levi Dawson was barely seventeen when he first came to me. His brilliant mind struggled to find direction, and I did my best to guide him. The more time we spent together the more he flirted. I knew he had developed feelings for me, but he was too young, and I could lose my job at the university if we acted on them. When I stumbled upon Levi as the victim of a brutal attack, I saved him. Since then, he has desperately clung to me. Could I hold back my growing feelings for the young man? He was too hard to resist.
There are a lot of triggers in this book. CW: Abuse of a child, mentions of molestation/rape, child prostitution, homophobia, bullying, big age gap (18/37), co-dependency, Stockholm Syndrome, attempted rape, explicit language, violence, and sex.
Courtney W. Dixon is solely an MM author as of January 2023, who loves to write steamy romance, but in each story, she gives her characters challenges and struggles. She loves to add variety and multiple tropes in her stories. And she writes her characters as having flaws, imperfections, and who don't always do the right thing, sometimes stupid things. Humans are never perfect and make a lot of mistakes in their lives. It gives her pleasure to challenge her characters, making them achieve their HEAs so much better.
You can find Courtney working in Central Texas with her husband, two boys, two crazy dogs and two cats, none of whom know how to knock on a door while she's working.
Series: Riot MC Biloxi Series
Author: Karen Renee
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2023
As a single mom of a teenage boy, I work hard to keep life routine and regular. From the moment I meet Tiny, a member of the Riot MC, my whole life is turned upside down. When this hulking, sexy biker whisks me away from a farewell party to protect me from my abusive ex-boyfriend, the last place I expect to be is inside Tiny’s studio apartment.
It’s the best option to keep me safe, but there’s only one bed. He refuses my offer to sleep on the floor. Having just met me, he makes it clear we’ll just sleep.
We make it through the night, but I’m fighting my attraction to him.
He insists on following me home in the morning, except a police officer is waiting at my car to question us. A bizarre instinct kicks in and I kiss him to make the police think we’re an item.
It’s a ruse. A ploy.
It’s also perfect. And delicious.
The officer retreats, but Tiny swoops in - my kiss ignited something in him.
What should have been just one night at his apartment turns into a whirlwind affair.
He’s protective and determined to claim me.
Insta-love some call it.
It feels insta-crazy.
But life is crazy and I’m getting crazier about this man by the day. Only one problem… when my obsessive ex-boyfriend threatens Tiny, we’re put to the test.
I won’t let him get hurt, even if it means I have to sacrifice my happiness.
Tiny and his Riot MC brothers have other ideas though. Nobody threatens their family and gets away with it.
Karen Renee is the author of the Riot Motorcycle Club, Beta, and O-Town series of books. She once crunched Nielsen ratings data but these days she brings her imagination to life by writing books. She has wanted to be a writer since she was very young, but it's taken the last twenty plus years for her to amass enough courage and overall life experience to bring that dream to life. Some of those life experiences came from the wonderful world of advertising, banking, and local television media research. She is a proud wife and mother, and a Jacksonville native. When she's not at the soccer field or cooking, you can find her at her local library, the grocery store, in her car jamming out to some tunes, or hibernating while she writes and/or reads books.
Title: Meant for You
Series: Valentine Bay #2
Author: Samantha Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Small Town/Enemies to Lovers
Release Date: June 1, 2023
He’s my ex’s best friend. The man I love to hate. A total temptation who is totally off-limits.
And he’s everywhere I turn.
My life’s a disaster. My ex-boyfriend is getting married, my house is falling apart, and I haven’t slept with anyone in… Well, long enough that I’m not sure I remember where everything is supposed to go.
The last person I’d ever ask for help is my childhood enemy, Logan Reeve. He’s smug. He’s infuriating. He’s gorgeous. And lately, he’s caught me in one too many weak moments. A cocky carpenter who knows how to work a sledgehammer, Logan promises he can renovate my house before my parents sell it out from under me.
I can’t deny it. Logan’s got the skills I need to turn things around—in life and in the bedroom.
I’m craving some old-fashioned action, and Logan is always—irritatingly--there. As the tension takes us dangerously close to a line we shouldn’t cross, we find ourselves flirting with forbidden territory. Flirting, flirting… until finally, we fall.
Why does it feel so good when it’s so, so bad?
It won’t last. Nobody can ever know. There’s nothing real between us, right? Logan Reeve was never meant for me.
But one thing I know for sure. The man I can’t have loves nothing more than proving me wrong.
Meant For You is a first-person, dual POV contemporary romance with lots of steam and a satisfying happily ever after.
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Samantha Leigh is the author of steamy small town romance. Her first series is set in a fictional beach-side town called Valentine Bay, and because she's the writer and it's within her power to do so, she filled the Bay with a disproportionate number of divine, dirty-talking surfers. It's a hard job, but someone's got to do it.
In the tiny slices of time she has between all the word wrangling, Sam likes to hit her yoga mat, go for walks in the bush or on the beach, continue her search for the perfect poke bowl, drown herself in coffee and hot cacao, and binge-watch bad television.
Title: Fallen Knight
Series: Broken Crown Trilogy #2
Author: T.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Tropes: Forbidden Royal Bodyguard Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2023
Princess Esme of Belmont finally freed herself from the chains shackling her to royal life and has been living in Paris for the past several years. It’s what she wanted. What she fought for.
But there’s still something missing.
She refuses to admit what that something is, though, doing everything she can to put the past behind her.
Until she receives a phone call that forces her to return home. And to her old life.
Creed Lawson has spent the last several years doing exactly what’s expected of him. No more breaking the rules.
Until Esme walks back into his life, bringing all those feelings he fought to bury back to the surface.
They’re caught between duty and freedom. Responsibility and redemption. Legacy and love.
But this time, their love isn’t just forbidden…
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Wow and I mean WOW! This installment of the Broken Crown Trilogy was just as intense and devastating as the first and I mean that in a good way. From the very beginning my chest ached and that pressure never lessened the whole way through.
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T.K. Leigh is the USA Today Bestselling author of romance ranging from fun and flirty to sexy and suspenseful. Originally from New England, she now resides outside of Raleigh with her husband, beautiful daughter, special needs rescue dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over twenty fulls and far too many halfs to recall) or chasing her daughter around the house.
Title: High Proof (Bluegrass Dynasty, #17)
Author: Deanndra Hall
Genre:MM Romance/ Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 6, 2023
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
A wounded warrior. A married man. And the passion that consumes them …
Military veteran Drew Anderson cannot catch a break. Everything in his life is tragic. After a terrible childhood full of grief, and losing a leg in combat, he feels like his life is over. But when he lands a job and a place to live at the town's new distillery, Drew feels optimistic.
Business owner Kevin Slaughter is everything Drew has ever wanted in a man. He's strong, charming, and stable. But Kevin's married—to a woman—and has a devout Baptist upbringing. Neither man can deny his feelings for the other. As they grow closer, it's clear someone is determined to tear them apart—and destroy their reputations. With danger setting in and Drew’s life on the line, Kevin is torn between his desire and his place in the community. Can the wounded veteran find a way to heal from all the pain of his past and battle his present enemies while building a future with the only man he's ever really loved?
Drew stared out over the water as he spoke, thinking about his life, how lucky he was that he could be himself, and how so many guys in his position couldn’t do that. He was surprised when Kevin leaned toward him and rested his head against Drew’s shoulder.
“Do you think there’s any hope for me?”
Drew chuckled. “Sometimes I wonder if there’s any hope for me. But I’m still breathing, and you know what they say—where there’s life, there’s hope.”
“Yeah. Hope.” Kevin got quiet, and Drew waited. “I’ve got to find some hope,” he finally said.
“What do you want your hope to look like?” Drew asked, wondering what Kevin would say.
In a voice that was almost a whisper, Kevin said, “Oh, I dunno. Six feet two inches, light brown hair, and pale blue eyes, all in the best-looking package I’ve ever seen. And a heart as big as Texas.”
Something clicked in Drew’s chest, and he turned and took Kevin’s face in his hands, then kissed him. At first, Kevin seemed surprised, but then he moved into Drew and kissed him back.
Drew wanted that kiss to go on forever. It was without a doubt the most passionate kiss anyone had ever given him, and it was delicious and warm and sweet. He could feel his pulse throbbing in his temples and his heartbeat quickening, and all he could think about was Kevin naked in his bed, skin against skin and their arms locked around each other.
Deanndra Hall is a working author living in the far western end of the beautiful Bluegrass State with her husband of over 35 years and small menagerie of weird little dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s editing. When she’s doing neither of those two things, she’s having dinner with friends, spending time with family, kayaking, eating chocolate, drinking beer or moonshine, or looking for something that she put in the wrong place and can’t seem to find (which is pretty much everything she owns).
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Title: Take Me
Series: Phoenix #5
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 6, 2023
In the secret world of the Phoenix club, inhibitions are left behind, fantasies become reality, and lust can lead to love in this intoxicating romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.
Nessa Hale is a hopeless romantic. Growing up, she witnessed her grandparents and parents’ epic love stories. But Nessa hasn’t been as lucky. Instead, she spends her free time swiping right on online dating apps and enduring hellish first dates trying to find the one. But when one of those dates ends tragically, Nessa is left emotionally shattered.
Ronan Crawford understands what it’s like to feel broken. As a retired Navy SEAL, he still suffers from the after-effects of war. Forming new friendships and working security at Phoenix, the secret sex club in the heart of New York City, has given him a purpose. He likes protecting people again. So when Nessa asks him to teach her self-defence techniques, he’s concerned, but up for the challenge. He can tell Nessa is suffering and he’s prepared to be her safe haven. What he’s unprepared for is how Nessa makes him feel like he’s coming back to life.
The more time they spend together, the more Ronan and Nessa help each other heal. As their friendship blossoms into something more, Ronan introduces Nessa to a world of no inhibitions and wicked desires. But when Nessa’s recovery is threatened and her life is endangered, Ronan vows to protect her at all costs. He knows he’ll have one chance to make Nessa safe again, but only Nessa can bring Ronan back from the darkness threatening to bury him….
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Stacey Kennedy is a USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romances full of heat, heart, and happily ever afters. With over 50 titles published, her books have hit Amazon, B&N, and Apple Books bestseller lists.
Stacey lives with her husband and two children in southwestern Ontario—in a city that’s just as charming as any of the small towns she creates. Most days, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors with her family or venturing into the forest with her horse, Clementine. Stacey’s just as happy curled up indoors, where she writes surrounded by her lazy dogs. She believes that sexy books about hot cowboys or alpha heroes can fix any bad day. But wine and chocolate help too.
DOUBLE PUCKED BY LAUREN BLAKELY
Genre/Tropes: MFM / Roommates to Lovers / Fake Dating / Hockey Romance / Why Choose Style / Rom Com
DOUBLE PUCKED by #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely, is NOW AVAILABLE!
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A jilted book nerd, a plan for sweet revenge, and the two hockey stars who volunteer as her tributes...
When I discover my boyfriend is cheating on me, I move out right away taking what I love most – my dog. As I fly out the door, I make sure to swipe the thing my ex loves best. The VIP tickets he won to a hockey game, complete with the chance to spend an evening with the city’s two biggest NHL stars.
I can’t wait to snap selfies with my ex’s idols and rub it in his face.
Except, when I head out with the two hockey studs, they have something else in mind besides sweet revenge. Would I like to spend the night…with both of them?
Talk about the VIP experience. That’s what I get for one knee-weakening, sheet-grabbing night. In the morning, I plan to return to my bestie’s house to crash on her couch with my dog.
But when they learn what happened with my awful ex, they ask me to be their temporary roomie for the week. Oh, and one of them needs my help with his grumpy reputation. The other? Well, he wants me to be his fake date at an upcoming wedding.
Looks like I’m about to get double pucked. Again.
Double Pucked is a roomies to lovers, fake dating, image makeover, super spicy hockey rom com with a guaranteed why-choose style HEA! No swords cross. The two guys are all about HER all throughout! This story is perfect for fans of Lily Gold and Emily Rath!
3.5 Heart Review by Ashley
I'm the first to admit I love me a little MFM action. Throw a fun (but not sinister) revenge plot into the mix and it was exactly how I found myself reading Double Pucked.
I liked Trina. She was strong willed and not going to let anyone hold her back. That includes cheating, sleazy boyfriends. Which is exactly how she found herself face to face with the best friend hockey duo of Ryker and Chase. These two guys couldn't be more opposite if they tried. But the one thing they did have in common was their mutual attraction and respect for Trina.
I really liked how these two uber competitive guys were so willing to share when it came to Trina. They set aside their ego and made sure she was taken care of in every sense of the word. And somewhere along the way of the week they were supposed to be spending together, deep and meaningful feelings developed. But when a blast from the guys past resurfaced, things got messy. In an effort to protect each other, sacrifices were made and hearts were hurt.
There was so much uncertainty and so many questions that I honestly had no idea how it was all going to shake out. But with Lauren Blakely's signature steam and sass, Ryker, Trina and Chase's unlikely romance is proof that revenge is a dish best served sexy with a side of love.
About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.
With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 65 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.
Title: Rigger's Mistake
A Dark Stepbrother Romance
Series: Sons of Erebus: Reno, NV #1
Author: Misty Walker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Tropes: Forbidden/Stepbrother/MC Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2023
From USA Today bestselling author Misty Walker comes a dark stepbrother MC romance.
I spent the first sixteen years of my life being told I was nothing, and I would’ve kept believing it if she hadn’t come around.
We were a family, and for two whole years, it was us against the world. I kept her safe from the devil, and she kept a hold on my will to live.
Then the day came when I had to leave her behind. It nearly killed me, and I’m sure she still hates me for it, but I had no choice. The devil demanded it.
Armed with the confidence she gave me, I started a new life. Thirteen years later, I’m the VP of the Sons of Erebus, launching a luxury brothel that’ll make my club some serious coin and give us the future we deserve.
I never forgot her, but I didn’t go looking either.
And I sure as hell never expected to see her walking through the doors at The Honey Pot Ranch looking for a job. But when our eyes meet, I know.
The little girl from my past is all grown up. Her mile-long legs, blonde hair, and skimpy outfit clinging to her tight body have me feeling things I shouldn’t.
When I realize why she’s here, fury burns through me.
My stepsister will not be spreading her legs for anyone but me.
Misty Walker is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Her novels range between sweet and steamy to dark and delicious.
Misty currently resides in the high desert of Reno, NV with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She enjoys camping in her comfy travel trailer, reading, and writing. She loves connecting with readers, so her email and DMs are always open.
I’ve never looked at my ability as a curse… Until now.
All Your Tomorrows, an all-new paranormal, college romance from bestselling author J. Nathan is available now!
As a college senior, I’ve lived a pretty normal life.
But I’m not normal.
Then, my world gets turned upside down.
And, despite every logical thing I know,
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He leaned down, kissing me in a way that reminded me that if all of this ended tomorrow, I’d have this memory. These feelings. This night. And no one could take it away from me.
“I didn’t take you for a party girl.”
“No? Why not?” He looked over at me and assessed my face. The way his eyes roamed over my features caused something inside me to ignite; something I hadn’t known could still exist. “You’re better than that.” I laughed. “You have to say that.”
“Because you need my help.” He suddenly looked angry. “I don’t say anything I don’t mean.” I swallowed hard. “Sorry. I just meant…I mean…”
“Nora. I’m not mad,” he said, his voice softer. “I just want you to know I’ll always give it to you straight.” I nodded once, then walked through the opening in the fence and made my way up the walkway to the front steps. I turned to face Kyler, knowing he’d followed.
“Well, this is me,” I said, like this was the awkward end of some first date where you don’t know if the guy’s gonna move in for the kiss so you stall but only long enough to feel him out. He nodded, though there was indecision in his eyes— uncertainty. I chewed on my bottom lip, knowing I couldn’t just send him away to walk aimlessly all night long.
“You wanna come in?”
Learn more about J. Nathan and her releases by visiting her website: https://www.jnathan.net
FLAUNT BY ADRIANA LOCKE
Genre/Tropes: Roommate-to-Lovers / Blue Collar / Small-Town Romance
Flaunt by USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke is NOW LIVE!
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From USA Today and Amazon Charts Bestselling author comes a “hot and hilarious!” fake-dating tale between two frenemies that turn into roommates, coworkers, and, ultimately, lovers. Fans of close proximity, one-bed trope, and blue-collar, small-town heroes will fall madly in love with this story.
4.5 Heart Review by Ashley
BANKS IS HERE!!! I've been waiting for the prankster mastermind of the Carmichael family since this series rolled out and Adriana Locke did not let me down with Flaunt one bit.
I absolutely LOVED getting to know Banks. Yes he was a trickster and always up in everyone's business. But learning why he did the things he did (that seemed to grate on everyone's nerves) made me see what a big heart he truly has. Especially when he stepped up to help out the woman he seemingly couldn't stand, Sara, in her time of need.
Sara was a firecracker. Always quick with a comeback or joke. But under her sass and bravado was a tender heart that feared being let down again. A heart that didn't know how to let itself be vulnerable without being hurt. That couldn't resist Banks and all his charm and ridiculousness.
Le sigh. Banks and Sara's enemies-to-lovers romance is the kind of book I love to get swept away in. Give me relatable, interesting characters. Give me wonderful friendships that feel like family. Give me all the banter and shenanigans. Give me steam and sentiment. Make me want to be part of the Carmichael clan.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling author, Adriana Locke, writes contemporary romances about the two things she knows best—big families and small towns. Her stories are about ordinary people finding extraordinary love with the perfect combination of heart, heat, and humor.
She loves connecting with readers, fall weather, football, reading alpha heroes, everything pumpkin, and pretending to garden.
Hailing from a tiny town in the Midwest, Adriana spends her free time with her high school sweetheart (who she married over twenty-five years ago) and their four sons (who truly are her best work). Her kitchen may be a perpetual disaster, and if all else fails, there is always pizza.