RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 27, 2018
(AN UNSPOKEN LOVE NOVEL)
COVER DESIGN: T.E. BLACK DESIGNS
Life is unpredictable.
In the blink of an eye, everything I loved disappeared.
In that moment, I realized nothing would ever be the same again.
All it took was five horrifying words to annihilate my perfect lifeâ¦and destroy my entire world.
My life was irrevocably changed.
Is it true that sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up, so that we end up where weâre meant to be?
Can my closed-off heart learn to love again, or will it forever be bound by my Unspoken Fears?
THE UNSPOKEN LOVE SERIES
The DJ dims the lights in the bar signaling the start of his set. The Cure by Lady Gaga begins to blare through the speakers and the girls squeal. Camryn pushes her stool back and grabs Morganâs hand.
âCome on, letâs dance,â Camryn shouts excitedly.
Saved by the DJ and the girlsâ love for dancing. Jamieâs eyes follow his wife to the dance floor. Morgan and Camryn throw their hands in the air and move their hips to the beat. They are putting on quite the little show, and a few other girls join them. A few guys who are playing at the nearby pool table walk over and stand along the dance floor.
âThe girls are at it again. In a few minutes, those guys are going to try and dance with them,â I say to Jamie who hasnât taken his eyes off his wife.
âTheyâre good. Itâs like a repeat of the night I lost my shit and went out there after Camryn. Funny how so much shit has changed since then,â Jamie says before turning his attention to me.
Nodding my head. âI remember that. The next day you came over to my place begging for forgiveness for screwing up.â
He lifts his middle finger at me. âYeah, and your punk ass almost burnt down the apartment building by being a nosy asshole.â
Shrugging my shoulder, I lift my beer and take a drink. âYou turned over your man card that day. Youâve never been the same since,â I taunt him.
Lincoln sits there shaking his head as his eyes bounce between the both of us. âYou keep
talking that shit, man. Wait till you find the girl who steals your balls.â Taking another sip of his beer, he places it down on the table. âWhen she does, weâre going to be the first ones to sit back and laugh our asses off.â
The song changes to Haunted by BeyoncÃ© and the girls grind up against each other. Morgan runs her hands up and down Camrynâs sides, while Camryn sings the song to Morgan. The way they are dancing is drawing attention, and a few men off to the side hoot and holler, which causes Jamie to clench his fist and furrow his brows.
Both Lincoln and I notice the change in his demeanor. Lincoln grips his shoulder and squeezes. âDonât worry, man, theyâre fine out there. Joe is standing at the edge of the dance floor. Nothing is going to happen.â
After what Camryn went through, Jamie is overly protective of her. He knows he canât hover over her twenty-four hours a day, but he will stop at nothing to make sure Camryn is safe.
Jamie nods his head, but his gaze never wavers.
Aces is packed with a sea of people. Lifting my beer to my lips, I take another long pull from the bottle, and my gaze passes around the room. A flash of red catches my attention in the far corner of the dance floor.
Staring for a long moment to make sure Iâm not seeing things, my jaw hangs open when I confirm itâs her.
I canât pull my eyes away from the way her ass looks in those dark skinny jeans. The pants fit her body perfectly, outlining all her curves. Tall, black boots accent the shape of her calves. Her hair is in a sloppy bun on the top of her head, exposing the knot of her halter top on the back of her neck. The black top falls deep between her breasts and her entire back is on display, giving every man in here a hard-on.
A colorful tattoo covers the right side of her back, starting about her waistline, ending on her shoulder. The piece is colored with bright, bold colors. I canât make out what the design is, but my cock twitches in my jeans, knowing she has ink on her smooth, ivory skin. Another appears to be between her shoulder blades. I stare at it, but I canât quite make that out either.
I would love the opportunity to explore her naked body, to find out if she has more. Ask her what the meaning is behind them.
As the beat of the song slows down, so does she. When the beat picks up, her body matches the seductive tempo. Unable to stand the distance anymore, I grab my beer and take a long swig.
I watch her for a few minutes. Roryâs stunning smile spreads across her whole face.
âWhatâs got your attention out there?â Jamie asks, nodding his head in the direction of where the girls are. Turning my attention back toward the table, I grab one of the shots Camryn offered me earlier. As I toss it back, I motion for Lincoln to slide me the one in front of him. I need something to numb the tingling sensation creeping up my spine. Knocking back my second shot, my nerves begin to settle.
Glancing back to the dance floor, I reply. âIâll be back.â
Two girls stop walking, and stand in front of me, yelling into each otherâs ear over the music. The girl in a red dress turns to face me, running her manicured finger down the front of my black shirt. âHi, Iâm Courtney,â she purrs, leaning close to my ear.
Pushing off my stool, I stand to my feet. âIâm not interested.â I keep my eyes on the one woman I am interested in.
âFine, asshole,â she yells, the flirtatiousness in her voice that was there a moment ago vanishes.
Sidestepping Courtney, I head in the direction of the woman who has filled my mind for weeks. Roryâs back is toward me, so she doesnât see my approach. She isnât too far from where Camryn and Morgan are dancing, though. My eyes trail her body the closer I get. She pulls her hair loose, shaking her head and her long, chestnut-colored hair spills down over her neck and through the middle of her exposed shoulder blades.
Morgan sees me and smiles. She leans in, saying something to my sister, causing her to look over her shoulder.
Kush-Main by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Akon filters through the speakers, the bass thumping off the walls. Different colored lights begin to flash around the room. An array of blue, red, yellow, and white lights highlight the crowd.
Pushing through the crowd, I move behind her, so close again to the woman who captured my attention a few weeks ago. The woman I canât stop thinking about. The woman I plan to have beneath me. The woman I want to make mine. And soon.
Morgan wiggles her brows at me, and yells over the music, âWhat brings you out here, handsome?â
Rory moves in between her friendâs legs, so she can grind up against her. Rory can dance. Her body never misses a beat. Lifting my arm above Roryâs head, I point and mouth, âHer.â
Leaning down close to her ear, making sure my breath blows across her neck, I whisper, âYou still owe me a cup of coffee.â
Rory tilts her head and looks over her shoulder, panic in her eyes. She quickly pulls away, distancing herself from me. Her eyes bounce around the club before they finally settle on me. She tucks a loose piece of hair behind her ear, giving me a weak smile and continuing to move her hips to the rhythm of the song as if nothing just happened, as if she didnât feel the same jolt of energy pass between us that I did.
She looks up, licking those full red lips slowly, pulling her bottom lip between her teeth. What I wouldnât do to find out what those lips can do. Seeing her teeth sinking into her lower lip makes my cock grow. Sheâs begging to be kissed. But in this moment, Iâm actually happy with the distance she placed between us because my cock is very pleased to see her.
I recognize the girl Rory was dancing with from Aces. Rory places her hands on her shoulders, pulling her close to tell her something in her ear, causing Rory to raise her brows. Her friend turns and walks over to a table near the back of the bar.
Seeing how her shirt falls deep between her breasts up close, I try not to be turned on by the way the silky blouse clings to her perky breasts, but I canât pull my eyes away.
Leaning down, I gently move Roryâs hair away from her neck, making sure not to touch her. The slight aroma of coconut makes my mouth water. Whispering in her ear, âI called you. Even texted. And yet, you ignored me.â
Her grin tells me she knows exactly what sheâs doing to me. She stands on tippy toes so sheâs next to my ear and says with a seductive voice, âI was going to call you, but Iâve been busy.â
I nod my head and repeat, âBusy, huh.â My eyebrows raise inquiringly. The contrast between her auburn hair, her fair skin, and those jade eyes, makes her breathtaking. Rory is beautiful. Her defined cheekbones, her straight nose, but those damn eyes.
This is not what I was expecting tonight when I came out. Was I hoping there was a chance Iâd run into her, absolutely? Did I think I would? No way. I wasnât expecting to run into Rory, but Iâm glad I did. I let her walk away a few weeks ago, I donât plan on making the same mistake tonight. This time, I donât plan on letting her get away.
Â© Copyright 2018, Unspoken Fears by H.P. Davenport
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Title: The Boyfriend Cruise
Series: A Pride of the Caribbean Vacation
Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: December 25, 2018
The Pride of the Caribbean is a cruise ship unlike any other. Paranormals working onboard the enchanted ship hide in plain sight, under the benevolent protection of a demigod captain and his fairy husband.
And this is a shipboard romance unlike any other.
Josh Gilbert’s well-meaning family booked a gay-friendly cruise for Christmas in order to find Josh a steady boyfriend. Hoping to escape the constant parade of bachelors—and the collapsible fishing rod dangling mistletoe his mom keeps in her purse—Josh takes solace in a growing friendship with the ship’s photographer, Nathan. Though Josh is falling for Nathan, he worries it will never be more than a shipboard fling.
Nathan recently became aware of his incubus heritage, and has finally learned how to control his demon side. But Josh has awaken more than just the demon's need for orgasms--Josh has awaken Nathan's heart. What’s developing between them is the real thing, but can Josh ever accept Nathan’s promiscuous past… and love a sex demon?
Amid lush tropical settings, family hilarity, holiday costume parties, sexy snorkeling adventures, gingerbread martinis, and mythical creatures, will Josh get his Christmas wish and find true love?
Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. She has served multiple board positions at her local RWA chapter and is the current President 2017 for Rainbow Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.
The Dating Alternative
As I lay on the bed, wearing my ex-fiancé’s t-shirt and remembering the night he left me six months ago, I realize that tears are slipping silently down my cheeks.
I’ve done reasonably well, too. The first week, I was catatonic. The first month, I was practically a zombie. In those days, even showering on my day off had been a challenge. Within a couple of months, though, I was doing better. By the ninety-day mark, I could be mistaken for someone who hadn’t been virtually left at the altar.
Now, lying on the bed six months after Grant had thrown away our life together, I was almost indiscernible from a normal girl. Looking at me most days, you would never know that my life had been ripped apart by an exotic Olympian named Isabel and my former fiancé, Grant.
I sit up, realizing how far I’d come since that night. I put the back of my hand up to one cheek, then the other. No more. That asshole doesn’t get another single tear from me. Control-G-Delete.
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He didn’t believe in love at first sight… Until it happened to him.
Finn McCarthy, the youngest of the McCarthy cousins, is at a crossroads. As the lease on his Gansett Island rental comes to an end, he’s making plans to return to his “real” life on the mainland. He’s enjoyed the nearly two years on Gansett with his boisterous fun-loving family, but it’s time to get back to the life he put on hold when he came to the island for his cousin’s wedding—and never left. With renovations to the Wayfarer, the family’s latest business endeavor, all but completed and the grand opening slated for Memorial Day weekend, the time is right to make a move. That is until he stops by the local salon for a quick trim that turns his life plan upside down…
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!
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