Title: Bucket List Hottie
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: ML Preston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 4, 2022
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward's New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
With a nasty divorce behind me, and finally being free from the confines of my wedding band, I decide to do something for me. No more people pleasing, no more kissing butts, and no more putting me last.
With the help of my friend Bridget, I come up with a bucket list. Anything and everything I’ve ever wanted to do was jotted down with no more than a single thought.
#1- Travel solo.
#2- Get a tattoo.
#3- Sing karaoke.
What I wasn’t expecting though was him.
Mason Daniels is fine, and I swear I hit the jackpot when he offers to be my tour guide around Rio.
They say the best way to get over a man is to get under a new one, but Mason is running from his problems too. On top of that, he’s thirteen years my junior.
Do we really have a shot when the odds are already stacked against us?
ML Preston is a USA Today Bestselling Author who writes Contemporary, Multicultural Romance. Encouraged to nurture her active imagination, she quickly found a passion for storytelling. She spins sagas of passion and romance where the lines between race and creed, physical perfection and social norms disappear in the face of love. Novels of real love; erotic connections with a heart and soul that everyone can relate. She makes a home in Texas with her husband, three children, two fur-babies, and one grandchild to rule them all.
COCKY HERO CLUB
Title: The Fake Holidate
Author: Amie Knight
Genre: Christmas Romance Novella
Release Date: December 1, 2022
The holidays are all merry and bright...
Until your sister decides to marry your ex—on Christmas.
Now I'm heading home to Sugar Mountain for this nightmare of a wedding.
To make matters worse, my work nemesis somehow convinced me to bring him as my date.
He's grumpy and rude—the most infuriating man on the planet. Honestly, forget decking the halls, I'd rather deck him in the face.
It doesn't help that he's unbelievably handsome. But he hates me, or so I thought.
Until one fake date changes everything.
Even my family can't help but fall for his charms.
He's blurring lines, confusing things.
Making me want to jingle his bells.
I don’t know what’s going to happen after this trip.
All I’m sure of is, faking nice has never felt this naughty.
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USA Today bestselling author Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she can remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma's books. She’s a dedicated wife and mother with a deep love of music, makeup, and house plants. When she isn't reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids and husband to '90s R&B, country, and show tunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can't imagine living anywhere other than the South.
I jolted my head up to Jay, and he eyed me warily. “As I was saying, now that the whole fiasco with Melanie is over, CEN needs a new direction…a new angle. We want to listen to the viewers. We want to be more positive with our programming,” he said, standing up from his perched position on his desk.
He ran his hands over his mouth and jolted his eyes at the massive coffee stain on my dress. “You missed your mouth?”
“Ah, you could say that,” I said.
He walked over to the cabinet in the corner of his office and pulled out a handkerchief. “Here, take this,” he said.
I took the handkerchief and motioned to wipe my dress. “Thank you so much! I didn’t have any napkins in my office.”
Jay raised his arms, stopping me. “No, no, no. Don’t wipe the stain with it. Put it under yourself, so you won’t mess up my leather chair.”
Once my embarrassment eased, I ruminated over the words he’d said earlier, “new direction.” I’d heard them before. Only last time, that direction hadn’t included me, but my replacement, celebrity slayer Melanie. She’d damaged so many of CEN’s celebrity relationships it was difficult to imagine a positive comeback.
Although, somehow, I’d managed to come back in more ways than one. During my prolonged stint of unemployment, my bill collectors started to call me more than my relatives. I couldn’t have that happen again. I shook my head and focused on Jay’s words as he dropped his hand from his mouth.
He hovered over his desk, then placed his palms down onto the surface as if steadying himself in front of me. I shifted in my chair under his gaze.
“Someone reached out to the director of programming and suggested we do an apology tour. So, now upper management wants us to repair the relationships that Melanie damaged,” he said.
“Yep, a series of intimate, heartfelt, sit-down interviews with each of the celebrities harmed to show them in a better light. But at the same time, it could also show CEN in a better light. In addition to fixing the relationships, of course. A second chance do-over of sorts.”
I nodded without hesitation or shame. I was a damn good interviewer, and I knew heartfelt. I wasn’t perfect, but I threw my heart into everything I did. “I can do that,” I said.
Jay smiled at me like a proud father and pointed in my direction. “I know you can. And there’s no one else I would’ve trusted to do it. We have to show everyone we’re still the same ole CEN.”
Moments like this were rare with Jay. They always made me think that if I worked harder, maybe I could have more of them. I mentally repeated his next statement in his hint of a New York accent because I knew it by heart.
“CEN is that old friend you can rely on to keep you up to date on trends,” he said. But, then, “Only now we keep you up to date on our friends.”
Hmm, that last part was new.
I nodded at his cringeworthy new phrase, attempting to detour him from the inevitable tangent that usually followed his “profound” statements. “So, who’s first on our apology tour?” I asked brightly.
“Well, the caller suggested Dan Pelameno.” He shook his head, then said, “The way we screwed over that guy’s marriage, I’d say I agree.”
I froze. Did he say, Dan Pelameno?
I stuttered, searching for my next words. “I — I think I read somewhere that Dan and his w-wife… ex-wife…are on good terms. So, it would probably be way more harmful to him to potentially rehash things with an interview.”
“Nonsense, it’ll be great. Our fans love Dan, and Dan loves the spotlight. So, just avoid harsh questions, and it’ll be fine.”
Jay raised his hand and closed his eyes before narrowing them on me intensely. “This is a crucial opportunity for this company and, quite frankly, for you as well. Show the execs why you were worth that raise. Get Pelameno’s number and schedule the interview with him personally. We can’t mess this up. The network took a hit with that Melanie bullshit. We need this. You need this.”
I nodded and rose from my seat. “Yes, Jay. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Defeated, I headed for the door, but Jay stopped me to say, “And Kendra?”
“Yes?” I asked.
“Shit, shit, shit,” I said, closing my door and pushing my back against it. I’d trudged the hall slowly, hoping for a distraction on the way, but, of course, my coworkers were nowhere in sight when I needed one.
I took in my office. It was still empty from the day I had to pack everything up in a box and carry it out. The fun knick-knacks and trinkets I’d collected during segments and guest appearances were still packed up at home. It was another reminder that my life had been completely thrown off kilter.
I tapped my head against the door. Dan Pelameno? Maybe there’s more than one? Surely not? Who am I kidding? There can only be one Dan.
Despite Jay’s directive, I didn’t need to search for Dan’s number. I already had it. I slid down the length of the door and stared at my phone over on the desk, working up the courage to call my ex. Well, almost ex…
Series: High Meadow Tracker Book 4
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 6, 2022
Manager for Hart’s Horse Rescue, Lucy Lenoir, finally feels she has a handle on life after having worked hard to leave her old one behind. So hard, there are times she almost forgets what she escaped. Memories which suddenly come flooding back when she catches a glimpse of a familiar horseman in town.
What’s worse, he’s in the company of the unlikely cowboy she’s only just beginning to trust.
High Mountain Tracker, Bo Rivera, tries hard never to repeat his mistakes. A huge one changed the course of his life and made him particularly cautious, especially around women. So much so, he almost passed up on the best thing to ever walk into his life; the compact, blonde ballbuster in need of a gentle hand.
However, the more he learns about her, the more he realizes a soft touch alone won’t keep her demons at bay. Those will need a firmer hand…to keep the gun steady.
USA Today bestselling author Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
With forty-plus books already published, she continues to create characters who are perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.
Recipient of the ReadFREE.ly 2019 Best Book We've Read All Year Award for "Covering Ollie, the 2015 RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for Best First Book, “Slim To None”, Finalist for the 2017 Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, and Finalist for the 2020 Kindle Book Award with “When Hope Ends”, Freya spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
Stolen Touches by Neva Altaj is out now! This is a gorgeous new arranged mafia romance–check it out and be sure to grab your copy today.
Title: Stolen Touches
Author: Neva Altaj
Genre: Mafia Romance
About Stolen Touches:
Marry the cold, calculating Don of La Cosa Nostra,
But when he comes to collect me,
She’s an anomaly,
I’m drawn to her in ways I never imagined.
*Stolen Touches is a full-length novel with several open-door steamy scenes, no cheating and a guaranteed HEA.
This is the fifth book in Perfectly Imperfect mafia series. Each book in this series features a different couple and can be read as a standalone, but for maximum enjoyment, follow the recommended reading order.
There is a sound of something crashing to the floor, followed by angry mewling as Riggs runs out of the kitchen and dashes across the living space. A second later, Kurt lunges after Riggs at breakneck speed, but he loses traction on the polished floor and ends up sliding across the hallway on his side, hitting the wall at the end with his butt.
“That cat needs a brain transplant,” Salvatore deadpans, and I burst out laughing.
“If that was your attempt at making a joke, you need to work on your delivery.”
“You’re laughing, aren’t you?”
“Yeah,”—I snort—“but only because you’re mine, and I don’t want to discourage you.”
He arches an eyebrow.
“You can’t deliver a joke with the same intonation you use for death threats, Salvatore.” I place one more kiss on his mouth, grab another pastry from the basket, and stand up. “I’ll call you. Promise.”
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Neva Altaj writes steamy contemporary mafia romance about damaged antiheroes and strong heroines who fall for them. She has a soft spot for crazy jealous, possessive alphas who are willing to burn the world to the ground for their woman. Her stories are full of heat and unexpected turns, and a happily-ever-after is guaranteed every time.
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In a blink, he pounced on me, pushing me back onto the couch with his body covering mine. He gripped my wrists and lifted them above my head. Heat spread all over my body as I sensed the bulge pressing into me.
“You cheated, and that calls for a punishment.” His eyes pinned me, while a mischievous smirk slid onto his face.
“I didn’t cheat,” I breathed as my nipples pebbled under my thin bra. “There weren’t any rules about fake injuries. I just maneuvered around you.”
“You manipulated my concern for you. We’re going to set hard rules for next time.” He shifted his body, pushing one of my thighs up with one hand while still gripping my wrists with the other. I was at his mercy, and there was something sexy about that.
“Not my intention—”
His hand ran over my thigh and squeezed my buttock. “Oh, it was your intention, just like this is my intention.” His free hand slipped under my ass, pushing my core into his hard cock.
I let out a moan as his cock throbbed against me, trying to punish me with need. God, I wanted him so badly. Grinding my hips against him, I studied his face.
He growled with satisfaction. Did he realize we were starting a new game?
“I should’ve known you’re a she-devil. All this wild hair and the wicked glint in your eyes should have given me a clue.” He pressed his face into my hair and inhaled. “I love the way you smell.”
The need to touch and feel him surged in me. With my legs, I squeezed his ass, making my claim. “A she-devil is the perfect match for a daredevil, don’t you think?”
“You’re driving me crazy, Michelle. What game are we playing now? How to seduce Royce?”
How had he known? A wild guess? It didn’t matter.
His eyes had darkened to a gorgeous mossy color. “Seduce away, angel. You know how to turn me on.”
Royce swallowed, and the movement of his Adam’s apple increased the need in me. I’d always considered a man’s shoulders to be the feature I couldn’t resist, but right now, his Adam’s apple became the switch that lit me up.
I pressed my lips to the masculine bump on his throat and kissed it.
He crooned. “I’ll accept this defeat.”
“Willingly? You had no choice. You lost.” My voice vibrated against his throat.
He veered back, creating a slight distance between my lips. “I love that you wanted to win so badly.”
I needed to win because I wanted to know what he feared. That desire trumped everything else. “I like to win.”
“So do I.” His eyes flashed with heat. “Since l lost, I have to either answer a tough question or do something that frightens me.” His body shifted, opening my thighs wider, not acting like someone who had been defeated.
A Valentine for Christmas
Chandra Valentine gripped the handle of her rolling carry-on luggage as she watched the tiny regional plane taxi toward her gate at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. She honestly wished she hadn’t seen it. Then she could pretend it was a larger plane. A stable plane. The kind she’d become accustomed to flying in over her past thirty-nine years of life. Not one of those little puddle jumpers she’d always taken great pains to avoid.
She loosened her grip when she realized her nails were stabbing her palms. She opened her hand, studying the row of angry semicircles that trailed across her skin. Chandra took a deep breath, her eyes drifting closed momentarily. When she opened them, she was greeted by a penetrating dark gaze.
The incredibly handsome man tipped his chin in greeting as he rubbed his full beard. Typically, she’d considered a full-grown beard a turnoff. Who knew exactly what might be lurking in that thing? But for this brother, she’d make an exception.
He was dressed in an unbuttoned, green and black plaid shirt over a black Henley shirt, distressed jeans and brown Timberland boots. His lop-sided smile made her belly flip in ways it hadn’t in longer than she cared to admit.
Chandra gave him a quick nod and an awkward wave before sauntering away.
The man was fine. In ways she could wax poetically about for days. But this wasn’t a girls’ trip to Vegas. She was about to board a tuna can with wings so she could meet her dad in some small mountain town in Tennessee.
If she didn’t feel a sense of urgency to get to the little town of Magnolia Lake, where her dad had summoned her and her five younger siblings, she would’ve flown to the closest major airport then driven the remainder of the way through the mountains. But she was worried about her dad.
Abbott Raymond Valentine had turned sixty-nine on his last birthday—which she’d missed because she was at a company retreat in Utah. Her father had been in sort of a funk since his mother had died a few years ago. It didn’t feel quite like mourning, but something deeper. She hadn’t been able to figure out what it was, and her dad wouldn’t open up about what he was feeling. He’d been grumpy and evasive whenever she tried to broach the topic, which ruined the mood of their weekly calls. So she’d stopped asking, hoping he’d eventually be ready to confide in her.
But two weeks ago, her father had called a big family meeting via teleconference to inform them he needed to see all of them in person. Despite their pleading and threatening, her father wouldn’t offer the slightest hint of what this was about. Chandra was terrified about what might prompt her father to gather them together like this for the first time since her grandmother’s funeral.
It’d taken three days and an online calendar for the six siblings to figure out when their schedules would permit all of them to take time off their jobs and get together for at least a week, preferably two—as her father had requested. But here she was on her way to some tiny town in the Smoky Mountains where she only hoped they had internet, cell phone service and indoor plumbing because hiking in the woods was the limit of her outdoorsyness.
Chandra settled into a seat as far away as she could get from the handsome man with the gorgeous dark eyes who was making her rethink her stance on beards. Because as much as she’d like to get to know him up close and personal, she didn’t have time for extracurricular activities on this trip.
She was a problem solver. Had been since she was eight years old and returned from school to discover the Dear Abbott letter her mother had left on the kitchen counter.
Her father had been gutted. She, Nolan, Sebastian and Alonzo had been devastated. Just like that, she’d become the adult in the house as her father struggled to deal with her mother’s abandonment. In some ways, she’d felt like the only adult in the room with her family ever since.
Chandra rubbed her arms against the chill in the airport, still devastated by the painful memory.
Mr. Handsome stared at her from across the wide expanse.
Chandra pulled the book on teambuilding she’d been reading from her purse and opened it. She couldn’t afford to be distracted by the man. She needed to get to the bottom of whatever was going on with her father, solve whatever problem needed to be solved then return to San Diego.
Stranded at Christmas Series
An AB Shared World
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Releasing: November 29 - December 2, 2022
Christmas is a time for family and get-togethers. Imagine being stranded on the way home and maybe having to miss out on Christmas with the family.
How do they cope? Do they do everything to get home in time for the figgy pudding? Or do they have to resort to spending Christmas alone?
12 Authors. 12 Stories. 1 World. Stranded at Christmas - AB Shared Worlds
SHARED BY THE BIKERS
BY SUMMER WINTERS
Being rescued by one biker is hot, but two is something that Meg only dreams about. And when they don't come and find her straight away she really thinks that they've forgotten about her.
When Meghan is taken by her psycho ex, Cash and Ramsey will do everything they can to find her and bring her home.
When a snowstorm rolls in over the mountains, they take their life in their hands to find the woman they love. Going against their prez is the least of their worries when they find their true love.
Can Meghan get past how long it took the two hot and gorgeous bikers to find her? Will she stay alive when her ex tries to find her?
Can Cash and Ramsey keep her safe and are they man enough to take on the sassy, sexy Meghan?
CRAVED AT CHRISTMAS
BY AMY BRIGGS
The holidays are for second chances…
Christmas in Texas is usually mild, but every so often a wicked storm rolls through. When Coralee can’t get home for the holidays, it’s a lucky twist of fate her neighbor from back home—who is also her ex-boyfriend from high school—is making the drive across Texas himself.
Left with no other way home for the holidays, she begrudgingly accepts Jake’s offer to drive her back home to El Paso from Houston. Equally annoying? He’s even more attractive and kind than he was when they were kids, and she can’t help but think of the mistakes she may have made when they were kids.
When the pair gets stuck halfway across the state and has to stay in a trailer in the middle of nowhere, old wounds are reopened, and misunderstandings from the past come to light.
Ever the gentleman, Jake takes care of Coralee just as he always had, and the two have a chance to reconcile their differences. When the storm subsides and they can make it back home, will their time stranded together be more than just a holiday hook-up, or will they just be craving each other at Christmas?
SNOWED IN WITH DADDY
BY STELLA BELLA
She never thought she’d fall for the forbidden…
Cassie returns home for the holidays for her internship.
Her new boss is gorgeous and completely off-limits.
Lucas Greenwood is married to her mother.
Cassie keeps her distance knowing nothing can happen between them.
Until a snowstorm leaves them stranded.
With the motel having only one room, Cassie and Lucas find themselves unable to deny their feelings.
What happens when they arrive home and have to face the consequences?
Now she’s having to deal with more than just the fallout…
SNOWBOUND WITH MY BOSS
BY OONA RYDA
A Billionaire boss, an overworked assistant, a remote cabin, and the blizzard of the century.
How will I function without her?
When my assistant hands me her resignation, I panic.
But that's not my biggest dilemma.
I need a wife ASAP or I’ll lose my company.
In a stroke of genius, I rope the uptight Ms. Miller into playing my fake fiancée for Christmas.
Maybe I’ll finally get to sample the curves hidden under her shapeless business attire.
It’s time to leave this soul-sucking job.
After four years at Cameron Steele’s beck and call, I’m done.
No more middle-of-the-night phone calls. No more incessant demands.
But when the smokin’ hot bosshole offers me eight months’ severance pay for one final assignment, it’s impossible to refuse.
Just my luck we end up snowbound in a remote cabin—with just one bed.
When the snow melts, will the passion fade too?
**This is an over-the-top, instalove-inspired holiday romance. It’s saucy, steamy, and SHORT. **
Release Date: December 2
We aren’t temporary, baby.
Warm brown eyes that melted my unsuspecting heart.
A smile that knocked me off my feet.
His touch—raw electricity.
I never saw Harbor Westcott coming.
I was a small-town girl with big city dreams and more ambition than money to my name. He had everything—money, privilege, and the world at his feet.
Opposites in every way, but that didn’t matter. We were lightning in a bottle, and everything felt possible when we were together.
Life was perfect.
Or so I thought . . .
Years later, I’m no more prepared for him than I was the first time. He swears on his life that we are meant to be forever, but I know I can’t survive this man twice.
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Meet S.L. Scott
Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling, avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist.
Scott writes character driven, heart-racing, and swoony romances to suspense that will leave you glued to the page. Her stories are regarded as emotion-filled and soulful. With stories ranging from light and witty beach reads to heart wrenching and heart healing, Scott has a story for all readers. Her books are more than escapes for the voracious readers of today. They are journeys of the heart that always come with a happily ever after reward at the end.
To learn more about S.L. and her books, visit here!
THE SWEET SPOT by Adriana Locke
THE SWEET SPOT by USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke is NOW LIVE!
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She wants forever. He plays it day by day. They’re both wishing for the best in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s charming and sexy hopefully-ever-after romance.
Single mom Palmer Clark will not be sidelined by the new man in town. Sure, the honey-tongued baseball legend is gorgeous, loves puppies, and has charmed his way into the community’s heart, but Palmer craves stability. Nothing about Cole says forever. So why is he so hard to resist?
Cole is swinging through town to visit his parents when he meets the kind of down-to-earth distraction he’s been looking for since retiring from the majors. True, his long-term relationship score is zero. But even though raising his average with Palmer seems impossible, it’s worth a shot.
As promising as the summer nights are, fate turns small-town dreams upside down, and some lessons are learned the hard way. But having faith in love and choosing hope over fear might get Palmer and Cole to the sweet spot they’re looking for.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
I love a single mom. I love an athlete. Make it an Adriana Locke small town romance and you have the recipe for a happy heart. What I wasn't expecting was The Sweet Spot to get me in the chest quite like it did. Talk about an emotional roller coaster.
I really liked Parker. She was hard working and honest. Loyal and dedicated to her son. She didn't have time or energy to waste or anything that wasn't going to last. Even Cole, the former ball player who waltzed into town with all his charm and sexy swagger and confidence.
With a chemistry as undeniable as theirs, it was only a matter of time before they gave into what they wanted. It wasn't just the connection between the sheets. It was also the care Cole took with Ethan, Palmer's son, that made her (and me) melt. But life wasn't on their side. He was always going to leave and she needed something permanent for herself and her son.
My goodness! Talk about a gut punch. The turn this took in the final quarter made me nervous and had me reading as fast as my eyes would allow. I had to know what would happen, to see if these two would get out of their own way... Full of playfulness and hope, sacrifice and heart, Palmer and Cole's whirlwind romance is proof that home is where your heart is.
About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.