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  • Merely Mortal by Michelle M. Pillow

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    A gripping new first-person POV romantic urban fantasy series by NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, Michelle M. Pillow.

    All I want is a simple, normal life.

    Unfortunately, normalcy is a luxury I can’t afford as a lowly human born into a powerful supernatural family embroiled in magic. They’ve always been quick to remind me that I have an expiration date. Imagine everyone’s surprise when it’s me standing above their graves, not the other way around.

    The fire that took their lives wasn’t my fault, yet everyone is blaming me, especially the vampires. Now I have a target on my back and a bounty on my head. Without the protection of my family, I’m caught up in a tangled web of supernatural dynasties and arcane power struggles.

    So when a handsome stranger and his young daughter take pity on me and offer me a ride, I don’t say no. It’s a mistake. One I hope doesn’t cost us all our lives.

    Sometimes, being merely mortal really sucks.


    Prepare for an exhilarating journey of magic, power struggles, and forbidden love like never before! Inspired by the author’s short novella, Merely Mortal. (Inspired by, but completely different!) This book ends on a cliffhanger, but don’t fret, look for book two: Mostly Shattered.

  • My Best Friend’s Billionaire Brother by Penelope Ryan

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    Josie: He’s my best friend’s off-limits brother. Only I’ve had a crush on him for years, and spending a weekend together at his sister’s destination wedding in Cabo might just undo me.

    Will: She was always just my little sister’s best friend. But now there’s something about her I can’t resist, and I find myself imaging unspeakably dirty things about her. But she’s off limits, and if things go wrong, it could ruin everything.

    Only one man has ever broken Josie Donavan’s heart. William Summers, her best friend’s brother. Heir to one of Boston’s richest families, he was always the man she could never have. And after a failed attempt at sharing her feelings in college, she vowed to move on and never revisit that dream again.

    But it’s been five years, and Will is back in Boston. Josie’s best friend is getting married, and she knows she’ll inevitably run into Will during the festivities, especially as maid of honor. She just didn’t expect him to be the best man.

    William Summers has always gotten any girl he wants. Charming, witty, and rich, he’s used to spending time with the hottest girls and then brushing them aside when he gets bored. But when grownup Josie Donavon comes across his radar after years, he’s shocked to feel more than just lust. There’s something about her. Something he can’t resist. There’s only one problem. She’s his little sister’s best friend. And a relationship between him and Josie just might ruin everything.

  • Night Hack by Carey Decevito

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    A target of obsession…
    Women murdered at random…
    Can they figure it out before it’s too late?

    She enjoyed life’s simple things—caring for her ailing mother, dinner dates with friends, and making the right career moves as a 911 operator. Who cared if Jana Elway didn’t have a man or still lived with her mother and brother? She was happy; that was all that mattered.

    One evening, when he finally managed to pull himself from the job at a decent hour, a flirtatious encounter with a stranger leads Brycen Mathews to think there might be more to life than his dog, his immediate family, and his quarter stake in Nightshade Securities Inc.

    When his co-worker, Shane Peters, shows up with a case that could use Brycen’s computer expertise, he doesn’t hesitate to jump at the task. His dedication to seeing it to the end is furthered when none other than his newest texting buddy walks through NSI’s doors.

    For Brycen, two choices exist—life and happiness or death and misery. One thing is sure: catching a killer is always nasty business.

  • The Billionaire’s Wife by Penelope Ryan

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    Alec: I’ve made a stupid mistake, and now pretending that she’s my wife is the only way to seal the biggest business deal of my life. She’s young, witty, and irritating—but I can’t deny she’s sexy as hell.

    Ella: He’s always been nothing but the asshole billionaire I dog-walk for. That is, until he needs a massive favor, and I’m the only one who can help. A week on a Caribbean cruise with the hottest older man I’ve ever known, pretending to be his wife? What could go wrong?

    Alec King, the oldest brother and co-founder of King Technologies, is about to close the biggest deal of his life. The only problem? The man who holds all the power in his hands only wants to do business with married, traditional, “family” men. In a moment of panic, Alec lies, and when his dog-walker comes in, he impulsively introduces her as his wife.

    While recent college grad and dog-walker Ella Reed may like his dog, she most certainly doesn’t like Alec King. With never a kind word to share, and always a condescending frown, she dreads their run-ins. So when he comes to her with a proposition that includes spending an entire week together, pretending to be married and in love, she initially says no.
    But Alec is persistent. And not only that, he’s offering her money—enough money to pay for her dream vet school she’s been saving up for.

    Against both of their better judgements, Alec and Ella embark on a Caribbean cruise with Alec’s brothers and their potential new business partner. But pretending to be in love can blur the lines, and when an angry fight somehow turns into a night of pure bliss, it has both of them wondering how fake this relationship really is.

    But Alec is hesitant to love again, and Ella is worried she’ll never live up to the standards of a billionaire’s wife. And as their relationship tumbles even further into the unknown, can they unravel it without breaking their hearts?

    A sizzling hot romance, and the third standalone in the Billionaire Brothers series, this book is as hot as they come.

    Tropes: billionaire boss, forced proximity, enemies to lovers, age gap, silver fox, fake marriage, HEA

    Buy The Billionaire’s Wife now for the perfect spicy billionaire fix!

  • Dark Empire by AJ Fallow

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    Once the daughter of Boston’s most infamous Irish mobster, Cassidy Quinn thought she had escaped her father’s violent world. But after witnessing a botched mob hit, Cassidy must turn back to the family she left behind, entering into a marriage of protection with the McTiernan Clan’s cold-blooded warlord.

    Faced with the threat of deportation, Connor McTiernan finds himself thrust into a marriage he doesn’t want, with a woman who hates everything he stands for. Their marriage is supposed to be a business transaction; something that suits Connor’s frozen heart just fine until he realizes that against all odds and his best intentions…he’s fallen in love with his wife.

    When a mole in the Clan places Cassidy in the line of fire, Connor will risk everything to protect her, even if it means cementing her hatred of him. Boundaries are pushed. Lines are crossed. And Cassidy soon discovers that life isn’t as black-and-white as she thought it was—and for her, there is no going back.

    Dark Empire is the first in the McTiernan Clan Trilogy, a dark Irish mob romance featuring enemies-to-lovers, marriage of convenience, a strong FMC and a protective MMC, and a HFN which will be concluded in Book #2. Dark Empire contains explicit scenes and graphic violence, and it is not intended for readers under 18. For a complete list of triggers, please see front matter.

  • Crash: A Forced Proximity SciFi Alien Romance (Rose Rising Book 1) by Thea Masen

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    Neither of them want to be stranded together after the crash—especially when the heat gets stuck on high. But sweaty and exposed might be just what they need.

    When Ada and Galen crash on a hostile planet, they end up in a situation that’s not only physically dangerous, but emotionally dangerous as well.

    Ada usually avoids Galen, because even though he’s the hottest male she’s ever seen, he’s also constantly correcting her. Galen avoids Ada because he’s always painfully aroused when he’s around her. If he’s gonna make starship captain, he needs to focus and keep his head clear.

    Being stranded together is the last thing the snarky human engineer and the strait-laced alien flyboy want—especially when the heat gets stuck on high—but sweaty and exposed might be just what they need.

    If you love sizzling heat, hidden attraction, and aliens with interesting anatomy, you’ll love this fast-paced, short read.

    Readers are saying:
    “Interesting sex with emotional depth.”
    “Short, sweet, spicy—perfect to get you out of a reading slump.”
    “If you like Ice Planet Barbarians but want a sweeter romance this is for you.”
    “My only complaint? I wish it was longer.”
    “The spice is some of the best I’ve read in a long time.”

  • The Chimera Bounty by Ember Holt

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    Fae Rabies is a thing, and Corvin has it. Maeve is looking for the hottest story to uncover, and Corvin has that too…as well as several other things Maeve would like to uncover.

    Before meeting Corvin, Maeve’s penniless investigative journalist days were on wash, rinse, repeat: gym, latte, class, bar job, and madly slamming her keyboard in between. When the tall, handsome shifter pulls back the veil, revealing that she too is a Fae shapeshifter, everything changes.

    Now Maeve is tangled up with a Naga crime lord who’s demanding Corvin finish his mission. But given his “Fraebies,” Corvin’s magic is too dangerous to use and he’s forced to leverage Maeve’s investigative skills to find his quarry: a doctor that can cure him.

    Maeve’s life is on a new trajectory. The grumpy, smoldering Corvin will teach her magic as they hunt down the bounty, and she’ll get a killer story out of it—

    Hopefully not too killer.

  • Her Lawless Prince by Michelle M. Pillow

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    This fearless cat-shifter never imagined she’d become the prey.

    From NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Michelle M. Pillow, a fantasy science fiction romance!

    Cat-shifter Payton refuses to be tamed by any man.

    Being the adult daughter of the fiercest shifter commander on the planet does NOT have its perks. Add to that the fact that she’s also a princess, and Payton has spent most of her life besting the over-protective palace guards to enjoy moments of wild freedom.

    She never imagined she’d need those skills to escape with her life.

    When a mysterious stranger arrives spouting conspiracies about her people’s future, she’s sure he needs a one-way trip to medical supervision. But the infuriatingly seductive outlaw knows things about her he shouldn’t–intimate things, embarrassing things. And when one of his warnings turns real and takes them captive, Payton is made a believer. She only hopes it’s not too late to save her people from extinction.

  • Long Flight Home by Cassandra Cripps

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    I live my life by rules – too many fucking rules. But, it’s the only way. I messed up once. I slept with the wrong girl.
    Never again.
    The rules are my life, my guide. Until she walks in, and one by one, they all crumble.
    She doesn’t slowly creep her way in like a worm. No, she soars in, like an eagle, refusing to be ignored and digging her claws into my heart. Leaving me vulnerable, wanting more.
    Wanting her.
    Home. Happiness. The words used to mean something.
    Until that night – over a decade ago. When they were stolen from me and my parents forced us to move.
    Now, I’m back in Alaska, flying bush planes for Homer Air. And, I’ll fight every step I take until they are real again. The only problem is the reclusive fisherman whom I can’t stop thinking about, despite us fighting every time I see him.

  • Matchmaking Beyond the Veil by Mara Townsend

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    Emery Belmont is a snarky realist who likes his life ordinary. Like any skeptic, he’s content using mundane explanations to write off signs of paranormal activity. That’s no longer an option when the spirit haunting his house wrecks his new kitchen, forcing Emery to face the supernatural truth. Desperate for a new handyman, he unknowingly hires his hot ex-rival from high school to fix it. Paxton Santos, Emery’s former lacrosse team captain, followed in his father’s footsteps to take over the family business. Annoyingly, Emery requires his talented hands more than he needs to keep Paxton out of his life. However, getting Paxton to leave after the repairs may prove difficult with the meddlesome ghost taking a shine to him, which Paxton seems to take in his grating, good-natured stride, remaining irritatingly unruffled by numerous weird occurrences.

    Emery is bombarded by paranormal hijinks, keeping Paxton at arm’s length, and solving an inescapable mystery. There’s nothing Emery hates more than an unfinished puzzle. In his determination to solve this one, Emery reluctantly opens himself up to new possibilities all while trying to remain firmly rooted in life the way he prefers it—orderly, logically explainable, and, above all else, ghost-free.

    Join Emery and Paxton as they face off with a spirit that has no limits to how far it will go to push them together, enduring locked doors, faulty plumbing, and sharing a bed. Together they are determined to navigate their way out of this mess using any means necessary to send the ghost packing. Will they make it out of the traps awaiting them before their pesky tormenter gets any other ideas to make things worse and further blur the line between them?

    Matchmaking Beyond the Veil is a 100k slow burn MM romance tale of rivals to friends to lovers. Featuring a meddling ghost playing at matchmaker, forced proximity, bed sharing, ghost tours that totally aren’t dates, and tongue-in-cheek humor. This story ends on a HFN ending with a soft cliffhanger. Emery and Paxton’s story will continue in Telltale Ghosts Book 2. This book contains denial, two men experimenting with sex magic, fighting what the heart wants, and steamy explicit sexual scenes and colorful language intended for adults 18 and older.