A MONSTER LIKE ME by Pamela Sparkman

Heart of Darkness series #2

HELLO STRANGER by Lisa Kleypas

The Ravenels series #4

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT by Emma Scott

Companion to the Full Tilt series

MEMPHIS by Ginger Scott

A standalone sports romance

UNWRITTEN by Jen Frederick

Woodlands series #5

Cross My Heart by L.H. Cosway

Hearts series #5.75

MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

Moonshadow series #1

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Chasing Shadows by Catherine Bybee





Synopsis
Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.

Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.

But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.

Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: Catherine Bybee
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance



Excerpt: CHASING SHADOWS by Catherine Bybee


Avery’s head shot up at the sound of a female voice calling her name. 

“Lori?” 

Oh, damn… 

When Lori was at their table, Avery detached from Liam’s side and stood for a hug. “What are you doing here? Where’s Reed?” 

Lori eyed Liam while she answered the questions. “Reed’s on his way down. We’re going out to dinner. Wanted a drink first.” 

What were the chances of Lori excusing herself before Avery was forced to make an introduction? 

Lori reached out a hand toward Liam. “I’m Lori.” 

Liam stood; a broad smile matched his broad chest. “Liam Holt.” Once he released Lori’s hand, he pulled out a bar stool. “Sit, we just ordered drinks.” 

Avery wanted to elbow his ribs. 

Instead, she smiled. 

Liam signaled for Nikki. 

“Liam, huh? Avery hasn’t mentioned you.” 

He pulled Avery’s chair closer to his and waited for her to sit. “We haven’t known each other long.” 

Lori sent a questioning look to Avery. Instead of adding to Liam’s explanation.

“I’ve known Lori for a few years. We live in the same building.” 

“What do you do, Liam?” 

Small talk … is that what this was going to be? 

Lori signaled Reed when he walked in the door. “This is my husband.” 

Avery laughed. “You love saying that, don’t you?” 

Lori nodded. 

“They’re newlyweds,” Avery explained. 

Once again Liam stood when Reed approached the table. 

“Look who I found,” Lori said. 

Reed kissed Avery’s cheek. “I haven’t seen you here in a while.” 

“That’s because you two never come up for air,” Avery teased. 

“This is Liam … Avery’s friend.” Yeah, Lori wanted more details. 

The men shook hands. 

“Have I ever met one of your friends?” he asked. 

Avery glared. “Smooth, Reed … really smooth.” 

Lori nudged her husband’s arm. “Stop teasing.” She turned her focus on Liam. “Avery keeps her private life private.” 

Avery tried not to flinch when Liam placed a hand over hers. “I’ve figured that out recently.” 

“How did you two meet?” Reed asked.

Avery said “the gym” at the same time Liam said “a bar.” 

Lori’s lawyer radar spiked. Avery saw it in her eyes. “Those two things are worlds apart.” 

She caught Liam’s hand and squeezed. 

“The first time I saw you was at Pug’s Bar. I approached you at the gym.” 

“I knew it. That was you at Pug’s. How did you figure out where I worked out?” She’d been asking herself that question for over a week. 

“That wasn’t hard. Leslie had a gym bag.” 

“Who’s Leslie?” Lori asked. 

Avery didn’t look away from Liam. “A friend. So your job at the gym wasn’t on accident?” 

“I might have approached Brenda about a side job so I could meet you.” 

Avery’s jaw dropped. 

“Who’s Brenda?” Reed asked. 

“The owner of the gym,” Avery and Liam said at the same time. “How did you know I was there on Tuesday and Friday nights?” She wasn’t sure if his actions were exciting or scary. 

“Appointment book. Brenda’s office is always open.” 

“Wait, wait, wait.” Lori placed a hand between the two of theirs. “You see Avery in a bar. You search out a location of her gym, follow her to it, get a job there, and now you’re both here having drinks?” 

Liam offered a brief, unapologetic nod. 

Lori grabbed Avery’s hand. “How well do you know this guy?” 

Avery liked the gleam in Liam’s eyes. “He’s safe.” 

“What he just described is a little too close to stalking for my taste.” 

Reed placed a hand on Lori’s shoulder. “Simmer down, Counselor. If Liam had an ulterior motive, he wouldn’t have told us all that.” 

“I wanted to meet you,” Liam said. “

Yeah, well, you’ve met her.” Lori wasn’t happy. 

Nikki showed up with Avery’s and Liam’s drinks. 

“My usual, Nikki,” Lori told her. 

“Hon, our reservations are in thirty minutes. Maybe we should go.” 

Lori looked at Reed like he was crazy. “We aren’t leaving him with her. He could be a sociopath.” 

Liam smiled, his eyes crinkling with amusement. “I’m not.” 

“That’s what they all say.” 

Avery put a free hand in the air. “Chill, Lori.” 

Avery realized that her other hand had somehow ended up back in Liam’s. His thumb stroked the underside of her wrist in a strangely calming way. 

“Do you want a drink, Reed?” Nikki was still standing there, watching the four of them. 

“No, thank you. We’re leaving.” 

Lori pushed back her chair. “We’re going to talk about this later,” she warned Avery. “And you … just so you know, I’m an attorney, and my big, burly husband here is in private security. He has even bigger friends.”

Liam reached into his back pocket and removed his wallet. From it, he pulled out what looked like a business card. “I have nothing to hide.” 

Lori glanced at it briefly before Reed snatched it from her fingertips. “C’mon. Let’s leave them to their date.” 

Liam stood again and shook Reed’s hand before he ushered Lori out of the bar. 

“That was intense.” 

“My friends are protective.” 

“Understatement.” 

“You really went through all that just to meet me?” 

Liam picked up his cocktail for the first time. “Worked, didn’t it?” 

Avery let loose his hand and lifted her glass to his. “Yes, it did.”

About the Author


New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely To Series, and the First Wives Series.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cover Reveal: Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep



Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.


Title: Protect the Prince 
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release date: July 2, 2019 
Publisher: Harper Voyager 
Series: Crown of Shards #2



Synopsis


Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.


First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

But dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, Evie’s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

But Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s . . . well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…



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Jennifer is currently a full-time author. Before that, she worked as a features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of AmericaScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Never Let Me Fall by Abbie Roads


Seeing is believing...



SYNOPSIS

Thomas Brown can't see color, but he can see people's true souls. His abilities allow him to work with criminal investigators and deliver justice to families of the wronged. And he's starting to accept that his life will forever be in black and white...

Then he encounters Helena Grayse, and everything changes. She brings vibrant color to his world, and he brings acceptance and belief to hers. But Helena's past is quickly catching up with her, and Thomas is in the crosshairs.

As an enemy hidden in plain sight threatens their every move, they'll have to rely on their love to beat the darkness.




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Praise for Abbie Roads:

“A dark and intense romance that pulls no punches and offers plenty of mind-bending twists.”—RT Book Reviews for Hunt the Dawn

“A haunting story about love, redemption, overcoming the past, and acceptance.”—Harlequin Junkie for Saving Mercy

“Roads blends high-action romantic suspense with the paranormal to tell a love story.” —Booklist for Race the Darkness


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Abbie Roads loves Snickers Parfaits and acrylic pour painting. It’s her new obsession. The pour painting. Not the parfaits. Though the parfaits would qualify as an obsession too. She spends her days a mental health counselor always looking on the brightside, but at night she likes to write dark and dangerous things—with kissing and sexy times. She loves reading inspirational quotes and stories about serial killers. She is married to her favorite fellow and they have two cranky old rescue dogs that are not spoiled. Not at all. Okay. Maybe a little. Alright, the dogs are terribly spoiled, but they do give lots of cuddles and kisses in return.

Her first book RACE THE DARKNESS was a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Pick for Fall.

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REVIEW


Never Let Me Fall (Fatal Dreams, #3)
Title: Never Let Me Fall
Series: Fatal Dreams #3
Author: Abbie Roads
Release date: November 6, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
Rating: 4 stars




Helena Grayse (Helen) is a convicted murderer who served time for a crime she didn't commit. In the first pages, we're given a glimpse of what a courageous survivor she is. The night before she's finally given her freedom, she has to defend her life one last time. Through this scene, you get a small glimpse of the years of terror she's endured from a group of women called "the sisters." They dealt relentless pain and suffering on her from the moment she first set foot in her cell and the door clanged shut. Starting the book on such a suspenseful hook served two invaluable purposes for me. It pulled me effortlessly into the plot, and instantly made me root for the heroine. Immediately invested in what would happen to her in the long run, I easily flew through the pages in less than a day.

Admittedly, it's been a while since I read book one, so the major insta-love felt a bit corny. It was all mega abrupt and over the top, even for a paranormal fated-soulmate scenario. From a distance at first glance, he waxes on about how she is the most beautiful creature he's ever set eyes upon. Then within hours he's thinking this:

Yeah, he’d just met her, but she didn’t feel like a stranger. She felt familiar and… What was the word he wanted? Destined. Destined? Did he dare to believe that she could be meant for him? It was too fucking late for that question. He knew she was supposed to be his.

Over the past hours, he’d come to terms with the fact that an eternity of holding Helen would never be enough. He was that far gone.


Then the background started coming back to me, with the totem pole story and the psychic dreams, and I went with the flow. If you're new to the series though, it takes time for that to be discussed, and even then it doesn't delve into it in depth. Honestly, I don't really read this author for the romance so it doesn't matter much to me. Abbie Roads' strength is writing chilling villains and dark suspense, and once again she gave me exactly what I was expecting in those departments.

Thomas Brown had a mother who turned a blind eye to the severe abuse inflicted by his sadistic stepfather. One beating in particular resulted in him losing his ability to see color. However, he was able to see one thing that no one else could: a person's shadow of death. In the living, he could see either a dark or a light aura surrounding a person. This allows him to see the true spirit of anyone. In the dead, his ability goes even farther, allowing him to view their life and death in a quick succession of flashes. As a child, this was pretty terrifying to deal with, but now that he's an adult, his gift is invaluable as a criminal investigator.

One thing I really liked about the story was Helen bringing back color to his drab world. Literally, and metaphorically. When he was in her presence, everything around him was vividly reanimated. Not only was he floored by his overwhelming need to be near her and keep her safe, but his new brilliant perspective of the world. When he stumbles upon her again on his property at night, they both realize that something strange is happening between them that they can't explain. Everything he is experiencing, she tries to make sense of as well. Helen is mute because of the trauma she has experienced, but theirs is a communication that needs no words.

The deeper you get into the story, the faster the suspense momentum picks up. The scenes with the antagonist made my skin crawl and more than a little tense. Even though there wasn't really any doubt who it was, it was a mystery when they would strike and how. The heroine's dream sharing was also creepy with some pretty dark moments, but they once again showed her bravery in the face of pure evil.

This was another good addition to the series which can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading at least one of the previous books first for the best reading experience.


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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Review: Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven



What's a girl to do when a man who's countless shades of wrong feels oh-so-right?



SYNOPSIS

Ambitious book editor Asha Tate is a hopeless romantic. Despite her mediocre track record with men, she believes in swooning, sighing, and the everlasting love of true soul mates. Sure, sex is okay, but she’s not someone who’s ever been driven by her animal urges.


Until now.


When Asha stumbles upon the scorching hot Instagram feed of someone calling himself Professor Feelgood, she falls in lust for the first time. Not only is she left panting over the professor’s insane body, but his angst-filled poetry about losing his one true love speaks straight to her soul. 


Desperately in need of a bestseller for her struggling publishing company, Asha knows the professor’s potential to sell to his millions of loyal followers could be the lifeline her bosses need. However, the ink is barely dry on a book deal before she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. Sure, the professor is incredibly talented and sexier than any man has a right to be, but the man behind the persona isn’t at all who she pictured. In real life, he’s intense, arrogant and infuriating, and his uncanny ability to rub her the wrong way turns her dream project into a total nightmare.

Knowing that the professor is everything she doesn’t want in a man should help Asha ignore her occasional urges to mount him, but she quickly learns that explosive, unwanted chemistry can make even smart people do stupid things.

Don't miss this sexy new standalone from the international bestselling author of Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet.



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Author of swoony, sexy, slow-burn romances. Fluent in sarcasm. Professional snuggler. Guacamole addict.

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REVIEW

Professor Feelgood (Masters of Love, #2)Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven



Title: Professor Feelgood
Series: Masters of Love #2
Author: Leisa Rayven
Release date: September 16, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
Rating: 3.5 stars

Mister Romance, book one in the series was my first read by Leisa Rayven, and I felt an immediate connection to her writing. It's witty, it delves into the characters emotions intelligently, and the poetic style makes my romantic soul sing. Vivid, metaphorical writing draws me like a bee to honey. When an author has that in her arsenal, you can pretty much count on me being an instant fan. I also appreciate that she makes an effort to write an original plot. Even with well used tropes, she puts her own stamp on it, and makes everything remarkably fresh.

Rayven gives us a distinctive plot in this case with a mashup of friends to lovers, and friends to enemies themes.

Their progression goes kind of like:
friends-->enemies-->frenemies-->lovers.

    There’s a saying that love is just friendship on fire, and it couldn’t be more true. Right now, I feel like I’m living in a burning building, and even though there’s a chance I’ll be burned to a crisp, I’m just sitting here roasting marshmallows and humming the chorus from “Disco Inferno” to drown out the sound of sirens.

After reading Mister Romance, I was more than curious about Eden's sister Asha's HEA.Asha works at a publisher, and she's desperate to win the position of editor over her skeevy co-worker. In order to accomplish that, all she needs to do is find a guaranteed bestseller and pitch it to her boss. No biggie, right? Just when she loses all hope of finding a needle in the haystack of literary offerings, she realizes the answer has been in front of her all along. The mysterious instagram poet she has been lusting over following religiously has millions of followers and legions of women wanting to know more about him. Only when she finally meets the man behind the poems that have inspired her, all of her career dreams come to a screeching halt.

Those dreams are now a nightmare of having to work with someone that she despises with every fiber of her being. I was on Asha's side all along, because the Professor was so arrogant and his viciousness seemed to be unwarranted. Then to my shock, I actually ended up jumping the fence over to his side when I understood where he was coming from. Did I think that he should have been a bigger person about it? Yes. But I finally understood him.

I was warned going in that the enemies portion takes up a huge chunk of the book, so I was prepared for the wait. Here's my biggest complaint. In order for me to feel invested in the romance, I need to see some hint of it sprinkled through the plot. There wasn't the barest shred of any feelings toward each other besides anger, hurt, and lashing out. Not even the internal dialogue gave me an inkling that she was struggling with sorting through an unwanted, long dormant attraction.

While I enjoyed their antagonism and quick snark up to a point, there were a lot of times where both of them were just being mean and that got old. Sometimes it was funny, but sometimes it was like two middle schoolers trading the sharpest insult they could to see who could dig the knife in the deepest. At what point do you decide to man/woman up and use communication skills like a mature adult?

Then when things started to shift towards the romance segment, it was very abrupt. She realizes she has feelings for him, and they move at the speed of light towards their HEA. Asha's personal conflict with her past relationship failures was resolved a little too conveniently, which just came to her like a lightbulb going off in her head. Her intimacy issues were resolved just from digging her head out of the sand? Here's the thing though: those 80 or so pages at the end? I had so many highlights, and so many swoons that I just wanted to completely let go of everything and embrace the sweetness of them falling.

    “I love you,” I say, so only he can hear. “Thank you for choosing me.” He leans down and brushes his lips over mine. “Loving you isn’t a choice. It’s who I am. Don’t you know that by now?”

In the end, I enjoyed Leisa's snarky humor throughout, but I just wish that I could have at least felt some angst or slow burn for the first 75% of the book, and I honestly didn't. It was a solidly good read, but I was hoping for a little more. However, if you're looking for a fast-paced, entertaining story and you're a fan of either trope this book explores, this could be the book for you.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost




In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!
The Rule Breaker…
Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.
The Law Maker…
Veritas’ normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.



Shades of Wicked
by Jeaniene Frost

Series: Night Rebel Book One (Part of the Night Huntress World)
Genre: Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: October 30, 2018


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To celebrate the release of SHADES OF WICKED by Jeaniene Frost, we’re giving away a paperback copy of Once Burned, the first book in the Night Prince series, to one lucky winner!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to internationally. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Once Burned, the first book in the Night Prince series, by Jeaniene Frost. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Connie Suttle.  Giveaway ends 11/9/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!




About Jeaniene Frost


JEANIENE FROST is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress and Night Prince series, as well as the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband, Matthew, rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling — by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Release Blitz: Royally Yours by Emma Chase

I'm excited to share the release of this new installment in the ROYALLY series, ROYALLY YOURS by EMMA CHASE. Check out all the details for this delightful romance!
 
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30th 2018
Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them.

 Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

 Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.

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 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Print Release Blitz: The Bastard's Bargain by Katee Robert


Celebrate the PRINT release of THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN! 
The bad boy that you love to hate (or hate to love?) is back and in PRINT! 


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the final installment in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet." In THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN Dmitri Romanov must use his legendary focus and control to stay one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. 


What critics are saying: 

"For the first time I could relate to someone for falling for such a really very, very bad boy, because Dmitri is irresistible but oh so dangerous! THE BASTARD'S BARGAIN might be the best book in this outstanding series."―Fresh Fiction

"Robert writes fantastic character-driven romances with the most unforgettable heroines and the most compelling antiheroes."―USA Today, Happy Ever After on The Bastard's Bargain

"Off the charts hot! A Desert Isle Keeper."―All About Romance on The Bastard's Bargain

"The O'Malley series is one of my all-time favorites. The stories are fast-paced, gritty, sexy and downright riveting."―USA Today Happy Ever After 




Title: The Bastard’s Bargain 
Author: Katee Robert 
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance 
eBook Release Date: February 6, 2018 
Print Release Date: October 30, 2018 
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever 
Series: The O’Malleys 
Format: Digitial and Print 




Synopsis:

Married to the enemy

When Keira O'Malley was a child, she used to picture her perfect wedding. The flowers. The dress. Her husband. But nothing could have prepared her for saying "I do" to Dmitri Romanov-cold, domineering, and always one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. She agreed to his bargain to secure peace for her family, and she may want the bastard more than she'd ever admit, but she'll be damned if she'll make this marriage easy for him.

Dmitri knows better than to underestimate Keira for one second. Molten desire smolders between them, a dangerous addiction neither can resist. But his enemies are already on the move, and he needs every ounce of his legendary focus and control to keep them alive. Keira could just be his secret weapon-if she doesn't bring him to his knees first.



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Dmitri Romanov didn’t permit himself to breathe a sigh of relief. This was only the first step in a path that could potentially span years. It didn’t matter. Keira was here—was his. He had time.

He watched her look around the inside of the town car, cataloging everything with those witchy hazel eyes of hers. The faint scent of pot filled the car, giving evidence to what she’d been up to when he called. The woman was a mess, but he’d known that from the moment he met her. Dmitri didn’t do projects. He preferred to be the one holding all the cards—it allowed him to anticipate how the people around him would act in any given situation.

He’d never been able to anticipate Keira. Not from the moment she picked his pocket and walked away from him as if she didn’t give a fuck about the danger he posed to her.

Likely because she has a goddamn death wish.

He’d deal with that, just like he’d deal with the rest of Keira’s issues. In time.

Right that moment, time was the one thing they didn’t have. Keira’s oldest brother would be returning to Boston within hours, and Dmitri fully intended to marry her before Aiden realized she was gone. It was significantly more difficult to oust a wife than it was a fiancée.

He had Keira now. He wasn’t going to let anyone take her.

She kicked her feet out, propping her chunky black boots on the seat. The long line of her bare legs drew his gaze up to her tiny sleep shorts. They were barely more than underwear, hugging her hips and ass. Her shirt wasn’t much better, for all that it was long-sleeved. It revealed a slice of pale stomach and was fitted enough that he had absolutely no doubts about the fact that Keira wore no bra. Her small breasts pressed against the fabric, and she shivered beneath the weight of his gaze.

Get control of yourself. He leaned forward and nudged her boots back to the floorboard. Taking Keira was part of the plan—fucking her in the backseat was not. “There’s no need for an adolescent tantrum.”

She laughed, the sound rough and pain filled. “God, would you listen to yourself? You just showed up at my window to lure me into the night—to a chapel—and now you’re bitching about my shoes on the seats? Russian, you have your priorities seriously out of order.” She flicked her long hair off her shoulder. She’d dyed it a harsh blond that seemed designed to highlight how unhealthily skinny she’d become in the last year.

She’s spiraling.

Not anymore.

“Our current situation is no reason to throw propriety out the window.” He sounded stuffy, and he hated it, but with her sitting so close, wearing clothing she’d just been sleeping in…Dmitri dragged in a breath. “Keep your shoes on the floor.”

“Or what?” She turned to face him. The move pulled her shirt even tighter against her chest, revealing the faintest outline of her nipples. Keira saw where his gaze went, and gave a bitter smile. “All the games, all the bullshit, and that hasn’t changed.” She leaned forward and hooked his collar with her finger, drawing him closer despite himself. “Tell me something, Romanov.”

“Hmm?” He dragged his gaze up to her mouth. The wicked curve of her lips was matched only by the words she threw into the space between them with such abandon. The woman wouldn’t know caution if it slapped her in the face.

“You’re dragging me to your cave to be your Bride of Frankenstein.” She shifted closer, her bare leg sliding over his slacks until her thigh came into contact with his cock.

He should move her. Set her back and explain that no matter what she thought of the situation, she wasn’t in control. But the ring he’d put on her finger winked at him, a reminder that Keira wasn’t the sister of his enemy anymore. She was his.

Or she would be in a few short hours.

He bracketed her thigh with a hand, keeping her in place, but didn’t touch her anywhere else. There was no masking his reaction to her, not in their position. Dmitri didn’t bother trying. “Calling me Frankenstein is more than a bit dramatic.”

She looked up at him, her eyes holding a question he didn’t have a satisfying answer to. “I think it’s time to stop being in denial, don’t you?”

He recognized the direction she was headed. “You know I want you. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t.”

Just like that, the shutters slammed down on her expression. She sat back and he let her go, watching her pull herself together. Her spine went ramrod straight, and she stared at the back of the driver’s head rather than at Dmitri. She crossed her arms over her chest. “No lies between us. That’s what you said. You want me, sure, but don’t pretend any of this bullshit has to do with sex. You need to prove what an international badass you are by marrying the sister of your enemy. An eye for an eye—a wife and a sister. Remember?”

He knew exactly what she was quoting. The note he’d had delivered to Aiden O’Malley just over a year ago. By my count, you owe me both a wife and a sister. I’ll be content with one of yours. He hadn’t realized Keira had seen it.

Twin possibilities spun out between them. She was scared and vulnerable, and if he told her that it was her he wanted and not what she represented, she would believe him. It would even be the truth, at least in part. He hadn’t been able to get Keira out of his head from the moment he met her, and he’d manipulated events to ensure they reached this exact moment.

Telling her that wasn’t telling her the full truth, though. This wasn’t some great love story where he’d been pining for her while her family kept them apart. Dmitri wanted her, yes. He craved the feeling of her body beneath his hands, her taste on his tongue, and her smart mouth around his cock.

But his craving her had no real relevance in the grand scheme of things. He needed one of the O’Malley daughters to regain his status after the blows the family had dealt him over the last two years. Keira was the only option left.

Liar.

It didn’t matter what the truth was, full or otherwise. What mattered was ensuring Keira toed the line. He sat back, trying to ignore the throbbing of his cock, and studied her. “You knew what this was when you climbed out your window and stepped between me and your brother.”

She finally met his gaze, her hazel eyes fiery in their defiance. “Yes, I did.”


Read all the books in The O’Malleys Series

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
THE WEDDING PACT
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
FORBIDDEN PROMISES
UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN



About Katee Robert


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Blog Tour: First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett




Synopsis

An heiress with a daring proposal. An earl who’s determined to resist her. And a love that just might be written in the stars, in First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett.
Recently jilted by his fiancée, David Gray, Earl of Ravenport is not in the market for a wife. Even if Gray didn’t have his hands full renovating his crumbling country house, it would take more than a bold marriage proposal from a headstrong young beauty to thaw his frozen heart. Gray is confident that spending a week at his ramshackle estate will change her mind about marriage, but every passionate moment he spends with her tempts him to change his…

A talented artist, Miss Fiona Hartley desperately needs her dowry money to pay off a blackmailer set on ruining her sister. The handsome earl seems a sensible choice for a husband…if only she can convince him that romance will play no part. But marrying in name only may prove difficult for Fiona. Gray can’t help but be dazzled by her genuine warmth. Yet as their feelings deepen, Fiona’s deadline looms. Will her secrets destroy them, or is true love their final destiny?




Excerpt

“Lord Ravenport,” Lady Callahan intoned, closing her fan with an expert flick of the wrist. “Please, allow me to present my daughter Miss Sophie Kendall and her friends Miss Fiona Hartley and Miss Lily Hartley.”

Gray exchanged the expected pleasantries, then turned to Fiona. A halo of loose curls crowned her head, and she worried her plump bottom lip. Her pink gown exposed the long column of her neck and the curve of her shoulders; he could almost see her pulse beating wildly at the base of her throat.

His instincts screamed for him to run right out of the ballroom, and yet his boots remained rooted to the floor. Worse, before he knew what he was doing he’d asked her to dance.

“It would be my pleasure,” she stammered, taking his arm.

As he led her to the dance floor he questioned his own good judgment—and not for the first time that day. He’d witnessed Miss Hartley trip and tumble into the orchestra at the Millbrook ball. He’d been dancing with Helena at the time but had paused to help her up.

So much had changed since then.

He had no idea if Miss Hartley’s dance partner had been to blame for the incident or whether she was prone to falling, but just to be safe he tightened his hand on her waist. And they began moving to the music.

The first measure had barely played before she asked, “You received my letter?”

“I did,” he said noncommittally, twirling her beneath his raised arm.

When she faced him again, she looked him directly in the eye. “What do you think of my . . . offer?” she asked, her voice cracking on the final word.

He tamped down an unexpected pang of sympathy. “I think that we hardly know each other.”

“True, but that is easily rectified, is it not?” There it was—an unmistakable hint of desperation. And a sense of urgency that even her letter hadn’t conveyed.

“It is,” he conceded. “However, I suspect that the more we know each other, the less we’ll like each other.” Cynical but true in his experience. His parents certainly hadn’t grown fonder of each other. Neither had he and Helena.

She winced and looked away before regaining her composure. “Perhaps. But we needn’t like each other.”

Gray chuckled at that. “I never thought I’d meet some­ one more jaded than I.”

“So, you’ll consider my offer?” she pressed.

“I will not,” he said firmly. Under different circum­ stances, her fortune may have tempted him. But she was clearly intent on using him for her own purpose—and he suspected that she’d set her sights on him for reasons be­ yond his title. After all, there were half a dozen peers in attendance right now who’d leap at the chance to marry a young and unconventionally beautiful heiress.

But he was not one of them.

“It seems rather closed­minded of you to dismiss me summarily,” she shot back, displaying a boldness that was borderline rude—and refreshing.

“If I said I’d consider your offer, I’d only be giving you false hope. Delaying the inevitable.”

“The inevitable rejection, you mean,” she clarified. “Yes.” He was still reeling from the sting of Helena’s rebuff and wouldn’t wish anyone that sort of pain and humiliation.

“Please,” she begged. “I realize that it’s highly unusual for a woman to propose marriage—”

“It’s unheard of.”

“Surely you must be curious—as to why I did it.” She looked up at him, her shining blue eyes challenging him to deny the truth of her words.

Gray shrugged. “You have your reasons for making the offer; I have my reasons for declining it.”

“Give me the opportunity to explain,” she pleaded. “Just a quarter of an hour to make my case. If, after that, you remain unconvinced, I promise I shan’t mention it again.” He must be out of his damned mind to consider engag­ ing in further discussion with Miss Hartley. The very last thing he needed was another conniving, self­serving fe­ male attempting to interfere with his life. He had opened his mouth to tell her so when someone bumped into his back—hard.

Gray’s torso collided with Miss Hartley’s chest, and she stumbled two steps before he wrapped an arm around her slender waist, catching her just before she landed on the parquet floor. She gasped and clung to his jacket, her ex­ pression an odd mix of relief and mortification.

“Oh dear,” she breathed.

Their faces were so close he could see unexpected dark blue flecks in her irises and the individual freckles dotting her nose. “Forgive me,” he said.

“For what?”

For what indeed? Steering her into the collision? Grip­ping her waist too tightly? Or for staring at the swells of her breasts and having decidedly wicked thoughts while he should have been shielding her from further embar­ rassment? Ignoring her question, he asked, “Are you all right?”

“I am.” Her cheeks turned a charming shade of pink. She blew out a breath and shot him a shaky smile. “When it comes to dance floor mishaps, I confess I’ve survived much worse.”

Gray looked over his shoulder to see how the other couple fared, surprised to find Helena and her dance part­ner smiling apologetically.

And the truth struck him. For the last ten minutes, while he’d been dancing with Miss Hartley, he’d been completely, blissfully unaware of Helena and what she was doing. Even more remarkable, he’d forgotten that she was in the room. “Meet me in Hyde Park tomorrow,” he said to Miss Hartley, mentally cursing his own weakness. “I will listen to what you have to say, but don’t expect anything to change my mind.”

The corners of her mouth curled in a triumphant smile. “Thank you. All I ask is that you allow me the chance to explain the advantages of the arrangement—for us both.” “Forgive me if I remain skeptical,” he drawled. “I’ll meet you near the footbridge. Three o’clock?”

“You won’t regret this,” she said earnestly, but the prick­ ling sensation between his shoulder blades suggested he would. In spite of her naïveté and candor—or maybe because of those things—Miss Hartley could prove far more dangerous to him than Helena had ever been.




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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen.

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