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Inked Persuasion by Carrie Ann Ryan

Title: Inked Persuasion
Series: Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #1
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 9, 2021


The Montgomery Ink saga from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with a steamy new series.

Years ago, Annabelle Montgomery married not for love but for a promise of hope. When she lost him weeks later, she told herself she never needed those sentiments again. Only when she discovers years later that her new neighbor is her late husband’s brother, Annabelle finds she can’t quite shake the emotions she’s long since buried.

Jacob Queen vowed he’d never set eyes on Annabelle again. When they’re forced into each other’s lives once more, they realize that no matter how far they run, no distance can keep them apart forever. More than ghosts lay between them, and when they finally give in to temptation, walking away whole may no longer be an option.





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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.


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Strength by Kiera Jayen

 Kiera Jayne has revealed the cover for Strength!

Releasing April 8, 2021

Does she have the strength to love again?

After leaving a previous terrifying relationship, taking a chance on love through a dating app is a huge step for fiercely independent single mother, Olivia. Connecting with U.S. Navy veteran, Emmett Shepherd might seem like a match made in heaven . . . that is until Olivia discovers what he does for a living. 
Will Olivia risk everything precious in her life and open her heart to a new love? Can she find the strength to place her trust in a man who has the power to tear her family apart?

Kiera Jayne's Strength is a sexy and emotional contemporary
 military romance set in K. Bromberg's Driven World.

Cover Designer: Tugboat Designs  

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Strength is written in New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg's Driven World, which is one of two KB Worlds projects that launched in August 2020. With over 100 authors, who were selected by and are working with K. Bromberg, these stories will be fan fiction at its finest—and sexiest. Devoted fans of the Driven and Everyday Heroes series will have the opportunity to revisit their favorite characters and settings. Kiera Jayne is returning to the Driven racetrack and putting her spin on this smoking hot, fast-paced and addictive world. You can find out more about K. Bromberg and the KB Worlds at

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Kiera Jayne writes love stories full of humour, fun, empowerment and angst. Her characters range from shy to sassy, troubled to flirty and everything in between.

Her influences include G.J. Walker-Smith, Cassandra Clare and Olivia Cunning.

She is an animal lover with wanderlust in her heart and a passion for music, history, the Aussie bush and epic television dramas. Not to mention an obsession with all things pertaining to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who & Marvel.

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A Wolf’s Hunger by Asa Maria Bradley

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Keep reading for an exclusive sneak peek from A Wolf’s Hunger by Asa Maria Bradley! It releases on February 16th!

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Can an alpha wolf catch a thief who bends the laws of physics?

Wolf shifter and billionaire Arek Varg runs a security company specializing in bodyguards, extraction teams, and hostage rescue. He’s also the alpha of all the Western Packs and uses his ancient Odin medallion to connect with his packs’ magic and lead his wolves as a cohesive unit. With war brewing between the four major shifter coalitions, the last thing he needs is a mysterious woman stealing his relic. He’ll use all of his resources to hunt her down.

And if he does, will she tame him?

Former museum curator Dr. Laney Marconi was the darling of the magical artifacts’ academic world until she fell from grace due to a scandal based on false accusations. She now reclaims stolen items for insurance companies, using her witch powers that manipulate parallel dimensions. When a routine case turns into a disaster of epic proportions, she needs to evade the sexy shifter she stole from long enough to figure out who set her up.

The hunt is on.

But with Arek hot on her heels, Laney is forced to decide if salvaging the few crumbs left of her good reputation is worth teaming up with the alpha wolf whose ice-blue gaze pierces her shields while he demands nothing less than her soul.

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It seemed a sad way to end her life, hanging from a hook in the ceiling while slowly turning in a circle, which gave her an alternating view of a very sad lamp, a folding chair, and a whip. 

Laney tried to pull herself up on the hook again. She’d thought at first that if she just lifted her body a little bit, she could kind of jump and slip off the hook. But it was no use. Her arms weren’t strong enough. She’d also tried to scream for help, but considering nobody came to her aid during the “conversation,” she had no high hopes that she’d attract a rescuer. Besides, her broken voice didn’t carry very far anyway. 

She sniffed a little as a tear trailed down her cheek but then defiantly blinked to dry her eyes. She didn’t need to waste any more moisture when she was already so dehydrated. 

A small scratching sound came from outside, and Laney held her breath to hear better. It sounded like claws scraping against metal. 

Please, please, don’t be rats. She whimpered and then forced herself to be quiet. Dying of dehydration and starvation was definitely a much better way to leave this world than to be eaten alive by rats. 

Suddenly, the door flew open with a bang, and Laney blinked against a bright spotlight aimed at her eyes. It took her a little while to clear her vision, and when she did, she kept blinking because what she saw didn’t make sense. It had become night during the hours she’d been swinging on the hook. She welcomed the cool breeze wafting in from outside. Against the backdrop of the intense light from a building opposite and illuminated rain-spattered asphalt stood two wolves the size of small ponies. One was slate gray with a white blaze running from the tip of its nose to the forehead. It watched her with cold ice-blue eyes. The other’s pelt was entirely silver, and its forest green gaze was equally chilly. 

The grey wolf stepped into the room. Laney shook her head wildly. She’d rather be eaten by rats than torn apart by wild beasts. “No,” she tried to scream, but it came out a hoarse whisper from her cracked lips. 

The air around the wolf shimmered, and Arek Varg stood in its place. A very naked, very muscular Arek Varg. 

Laney blinked again. Did fever dreams start when a person was close to the end? 

“Dr. Marconi, I presume?” Varg asked. 

Laney nodded, still staring, trying not to look lower than his face. She was in a lot of pain. But this was a delicious fever dream, and she was a little curious as to what her subconscious would create below Varg’s waist.  

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Bestselling Author Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired her sexy Viking Warriors and Norse Billionaire Shifters paranormal romance series. She also writes urban fantasy about empowered heroines who kick ass while saving the world.
Booklist attributes her writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building” and Entertainment Weekly says “when it comes to paranormal romance with explosive action scenes, Bradley has that nailed.” Her work has received the honors of a double nomination for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, a Reviewers’ Choice Award nomination, a Holt Medallion win, and a Booksellers’ Best Award win.
Asa came to the United States as a high school exchange student and quickly fell in love with ranch dressing and crime TV dramas of all flavors, two addictions she unfortunately still struggles with. She lives on a lake deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Sadly, neither of them obeys any of her commands. To stay up to date on her release and get access to exclusive content and giveaways, join her VIP reader list:

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Daughter of Secrets by Denise Daye

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Staying in a haunted Romanian castle is bad. Dying in one is worse.

For quiet accountant Olivia Carter, the fortune she inherits from her late mother's secret first husband is life-changing. Unaware of her mother's ties to Romanian fast-food mogul Andrei Rusu, Olivia is baffled when she discovers the billionaire has left everything to her instead of to his own penniless sister Elena in Romania.

Venturing to Europe to meet with the neglected branch of the Rusu family, kind-hearted Olivia is determined to make things right. 

But from the moment Olivia arrives, her time in this romantic country of rolling hills and fairytale castles seems doomed…

Kind-hearted tourist guide Christian has a sick mother and four sisters to feed. But with his van one wheel away from the junkyard, business is not exactly booming. So how could he possibly say no to Elena Rusu when she offers him a nice chunk of money to drive an American heiress around? Even if every soul in town knows not to cross paths with Elena…

But when Christian is ordered to drop Olivia off for a stay at the derelict Magura Castle – the most haunted place in all of Romania – Olivia and Christian start to question every detail of her family trip.

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Denise graduated with a master's in Social Work from an ivy league school and has spent many years of her life supporting families and individuals in need of assistance. She has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn't until her own baby boy was born that Denise turned her passion into her profession. Whenever Denise is not typing away on one of her books, you can find her caring for her son (a.k.a. one of the toughest jobs in the world), binging Netflix with her beloved husband, or chasing after her puppy (who should technically be an adult dog by now).
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The Devil Whispered



Date Published: 3/1/2021

Retired special-forces commander Jacobi Slate is drawn into a downward-spiraling vortex of fear and doubt while investigating a brutal murder committed by an old friend. As evidence mounts that someone else might be pulling strings from the shadows, Jacobi struggles to understand a developing connection to his own past, which is quickly catching up to him.

Near-future cyberpunk collides with gritty detective noir in this fast-paced thriller that shines a light on both the vast shortcomings and the noble heroism of the human condition. To unravel the mystery, Jacobi will pull on every thread while chasing leads from the squalor of the most dangerous streets to the high-tech towers of the wealthy elite on his quest to understand a truth he might not be ready to face.


Through the doorway, a shape was moving toward us, intermittently visible as the pulsing rings passed rapidly along the ceiling. It was low to the ground, and parts of it were glowing red. The lights were moving too quickly for me to fully assess exactly who or what was approaching us, until it had nearly reached the door. It was an elderly Asian man, seated in a wheeled chair, the metal of which was aglow. The colors of fire swirled within it and gave the metal the molten appearance of having just been drawn from the flames. The man looked to be in his seventh or eighth decade. His white hair was short, straight, and neatly combed. The sharp, piercing gaze from beneath his glasses belied any assumption that his advanced age might have dulled his mind. For a few moments, he quietly studied us, and I had the sense that we were being silently compared with a preexisting expectation of some kind.

I bowed then, timing it as I deemed appropriate to reflect the proper amount of deference, since I was a guest on this ship and had come seeking his assistance. Risa followed my example.

Kangei Shimasu,” he said in Japanese, bowing his head respectfully. “Be welcome, Jacobi-san.”

You know my name,” I said, unsurprised.

He paused for a moment, as if to consider how to answer, and then nodded. “I do. I know a great many things about both of you, but before you ask, I am unwilling to fully explain the methods that we use to gather our intelligence. We should use the limited time we have to share with one another this evening to focus on less complex matters.”

You are The Blacksmith?” asked Risa.

Yes. Welcome to the Forge, Ms. Corbin. You, of all people, might appreciate the room in which we stand now. Do you understand what you see, I wonder?”

I think…” she said, looking slowly around the room, “if I had to guess, considering the amount of power you have being routed to that sphere, it’s probably the central processing unit for some sort of massive neural network. AI, perhaps?”

Not just any artificial intelligence. Certainly nothing along the lines of those ridiculous programmed concierges you see installed in every home now. The Anvil,” he said, nodding in the direction of the sphere, “is the foundation of all of the work we do here at the Forge. I began developing it more than five decades ago, and it has since evolved into what you see before you now, a fully functioning example of the potential of machine learning.”

What does it do?” she asked, walking closer and running her hand along the surface of the sphere.

It manages complex medical procedures and data-mines the Evernet with astounding speed and accuracy to provide me with information. In many ways, it functions as an assistant of sorts for me, without which the work I do would take an extraordinarily increased length of time to complete.”

And what is that exactly?” she asked. “The work you do, I mean.”

You contacted me. That seems a great deal of trouble to go through without knowing what you seek.”

It certainly does,” Risa said, giving me a poignant glare.

Well,” he continued, “we do a great many things here in the Forge, mostly in the field of biological cybernetics. Our moral inclinations tend to be much looser than the places where this work is performed legally. And with the assistance of the Anvil, we can perform it in a fraction of the time it would take otherwise.”

Why out here? Why on the ocean? A ship hardly seems the ideal place for a man in a wheelchair,” I said.

Well, ship stability technology has made some leaps forward in the twenty years since you were in the navy, Mr. Slate. Advances in the field of magnetic internal stabilizers, as well as wave pattern recognition and prediction, have given way to a new era of onboard motion control. As you can surely see, there is a powerful storm raging outside yet barely the slightest hint of movement here within the hull.”

I hadn’t been paying too much attention, distracted as I’d been by the strange environment and the neural network, but he was correct. I bowed my head in concession to his point.

To answer your question, it provides some amount of security, and the mobility we need to maintain our privacy. The ocean also provides a consistent, natural source of coolant that we utilize in maintaining our operation. Additionally, we have systems onboard that harness both thermal energy from the sun’s heat and mechanical energy from the tides and waves. Water, Mr. Slate, is a powerful tool when properly manipulated.”

My curiosity was sated, and I was impressed. The Blacksmith’s chair rolled forward past us, seemingly of its own violation as his hands were neatly folded in his lap. It repositioned to face us when it reached the Anvil.

So, let us not waste any more time. Tell me, what service do you hope I can provide?”

I looked at Risa, who was watching me expectantly, and drew a deep breath.

I need a kill switch for my head.”

About the Author

Shawn lives in Massachusetts with his wife and the handful of childhood stuffed animals that they’ve been unable to part ways with, even despite the awkward situation it occasionally puts their house guests in. He wields a coveted Associates of Liberal Arts degree from Greenfield Community college in an overly enthusiastic, flailing manner, and puts it to work writing both fantasy and science fiction stories. Using subliminal codes and hidden messaging carefully placed throughout his books, he plans to captivate the minds of his readers and insidiously manipulate them into purchasing subsequent releases.

As a novelist, musician, graphic designer, and a purveyor of fine games, Shawn is often confused about exactly who he is when he wakes up in the morning. It’s been said (by him) that perhaps he embodies all of these things so equally that a singular definition could not comprehensively impart a satisfactory description. With your support, and a sufficient demand for more novels, he secretly hopes that he’ll have no choice but to formally acknowledge the prevailing label of ‘author’ and spend the rest of his days providing a sense of wonder and adventure to everyone who helped him solidify his nebulous identity.

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Wall Street Royals, Book 3


Release Date: February 9, 2021

Publisher: After Six Publishing

Conquer. Control. Command. They have. They are. They will. They are the Wall Street Royals, men at the top of their game who are about to be mastered by the one thing they never counted on: love.

Don’t miss the third and final book in the seductively sexy series by New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me.

All-Or-None: An order that must be followed immediately and to the letter or not done at all.

Ty and Lillian Bancroft had the life everyone wanted. They were young, wealthy, and beautiful. Deeply in love, everyone said they were a match made in heaven. Until one night shot their whole world straight to hell.

Now divorced, Ty and Lillian get along just fine. As long as they live on separate continents. When changes at the company they both work for send Ty back to the United States, Lillian submits her resignation. To ensure Ty doesn’t follow, she signs up to volunteer in the hurricane ravaged Florida Keys.

Ty isn’t going to let her get away that easily and follows, determined to get to the bottom of what happened that horrible night everything fell apart. Once in Florida, Ty realizes he’s not the only one after Lillian’s heart, the site manger has his eye on her as well.

Lillian still loves Ty, but can’t come to terms with his actions years ago. Can Ty find and convince Lillian of the truth before it’s too late? Or has she already replaced him?

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Wall Street Royals, Book 1

Published: April 2019

Publisher: After Six Publishing

FOK: (noun) /fok/: Abbreviation for Fill-or-Kill, a term used in securities trading. To fulfill an order completely and immediately, or to not do it at all.

For Lance Braxton, it’s more than a trading term, it’s his motto. Do it. Do it now and do it completely or don’t do it at all. Some might see it as reckless or foolhardy, but Lance doesn’t care. It’s worked for him so far. Why change a good thing?

As a favor for his sick grandmother, Lance sits in on auditions for the Juilliard scholarship named after his late mother. He expects to be bored out of his mind. He expects it to be a waste of a Saturday he could spend working. What he does not expect is Celeste Walsh.

She has the body of a super model, the looks of a storybook princess, and plays the violin with the passion of a zealous lover. The moment he sees her, he has to have her. Wants to control her. Needs to master her.

Celeste Walsh is running out of options. She’s been accepted into Juilliard to play the violin, but if she can’t get a scholarship, she’ll have to turn them down. And if she turns Juilliard down, she’ll have no choice but to give up the violin and work as a waitress at her family’s restaurant in Nowhereville, Virginia.

She’s not sure accepting the scholarship is the smartest thing to do. There’s something about the way Lance looks at her that suggests he has more than arias and scherzos in mind. However, when she inadvertently witnesses an intimate moment between him and a date, she realizes being under his control holds more appeal than she thought.

Lance warns her he’s an all or nothing guy and if she steps into his bedroom, he’s not holding back. It’s not until her foot crosses the threshold that she understands just how serious he is. But even if she comes to trust him with her pleasure, does she dare trust him with her heart?


Big Swinging D

Wall Street Royals, Book 2

Published: June 2019

Publisher: After Six Publishing

Big Swinging D: Term used for the baddest badass on Wall Street. That guy. The one other men want to be and that women just want.

Maggie Warren has always been unfocused. She hops from job to job, and relationship to relationship. Most of the time, she’s not even looking where she’s going. Which is exactly what happens when she runs into Isaac Gregory, trips over her feet, and dumps a year’s worth of compost all over his hand-stitched suit and one-of-a-kind leather shoes.

Isaac’s never met anyone like Maggie. She’s nothing like the women he works with, or the submissives he typically dates. Sure, she’s got a knockout body and a wit to match, but she’s a free spirit and hopelessly scattered. He should not be attracted to her. But he is.

After hearing she’s between jobs, he offers her his recently vacated Personal Assistant position. She readily agrees, but isn’t sure why he’d hire her. He’s her exact opposite: structured, organized, and controlled.

Boy, does he like control. And it intrigues her, especially when she discovers his private life.

Isaac’s not surprised when Maggie grows more and more interested in both of the worlds she sees him in: the public boardroom badass and the private well-respected Dominant. He tells her if she’s interested, he has a plan. A plan so hedonistic it could only be proposed by the man nicknamed the Big Swinging D.

But even Wall Street isn’t prepared for the fallout when the king of control falls for the queen of chaos.


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Even though she graduated with a degree in science, Tara knew she’d never be happy doing anything other than writing. Specifically, writing love stories.

She started with a racy BDSM story and found she was not quite prepared for the unforeseen impact it would have. Nonetheless, she continued and The Submissive Series novels would go on to be both New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers. One of those, THE MASTER, was a 2017 RITA finalist for Best Erotic Romance. Over one million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.

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When you play by Vegas rules, you win or die…

Shadow is a contract killer for an agency that does not accept failure, sent to Las Vegas to kill Selene Van’Doren he figures she’ll be an easy mark. That is, until the moment his finger is on the trigger and he finds himself staring into the eyes of a ghost, a woman he once loved desperately who was supposed to have died years ago.

Selene survived the worst kind of hell and has risen to become the most powerful woman in the Las Vegas crime world, but she’s hiding a secret that will rock the city to its foundations. She thought she’d made her peace with her demons until the man she’d loved and lost, arrives in Vegas to kill her.

Forced to confront a past long dead and buried, Selene must decide whether to allow him into her dark world and trust him with her secrets. Her enemies are closing in, someone wants her dead, but will Shadow fulfil the contract or betray his agency to save her life, knowing it may cost him his own…



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W.J Saunders writes contemporary romance, dark romance and romantic suspense. She also writes supernatural romantic suspense under the name Wendy Saunders and is the author of the popular dark fantasy series, The Guardians.

She currently resides in Hampshire in the UK with her husband and three children. A hopeless romantic and an eternal optimist, she also loves history and mythology. An eclectic reader and avid dreamer she has far too many quirks and oddities to list. But if you ever run into her, she’s very friendly and loves to chat, especially when it comes to all things writing. However, be warned, once she starts talking its getting her get to shut up that’s the trick.

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Tyro by Tasha Black

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Phoebe has nothing but her secrets. Her alien protector is determined to lay them bare.

Phoebe arrives on the moon of Clotho with a trunk full of secrets and an imagination filled with preconceived notions about life on the frontier. She’s more than ready to scrap and fight for her own piece of farmland, and a future for the little one she is adopting. When her new land turns out to be underwater, and the baby shows up in the strapping arms of an Invicta dragon-guard, Phoebe doubles down on her promise to herself to live free, or die trying.

Tyro never asked to be made guardian to a baby. But little Atlas has his heart, and he is shocked to find that the baby’s adopted mother has his soul. His inner dragon roars triumphant, but his human side must fight to win her over. If only the headstrong little Terran would slow down long enough to let him claim her before mad desire pushes his restraint to the limit.

When the farm is threatened, the two must work together to protect Atlas’s future. But then Phoebe’s past comes back to find her, and she has a decision to make that could derail even the best laid plans. Tyro is willing to bet the farm on their future together. Will Phoebe run, or will she decide to land herself an alien?

If you like strong women, hunky aliens, wild adventures, steamy sensual scenes, and happily-ever-afters, then you’ll love the world of Stargazer!

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Tasha Black is a USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal, SciFi & Fantasy romance. She lives in a big old Victorian in a tiny college town. She loves reading anything she can get her hands on, making up stories, and sipping pumpkin spice lattes.

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Uncrossed by J.A. Huss and K.C. Cross

J.A. Huss, K.C. Cross
(Harem Station, #7)
Publication date: January 26th 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Princess Corla was supposed to be my soulmate.
But we were star crossed.
Two ships passing in the dark. Meant to be together, but never able to be together.
At least that’s what I thought.

But it turns out—my life is a lie, evil forces are out to get us, Harem Station is spinning chaos, and the soulmate bond won’t protect us.
Sounds pretty bad, right?

But here’s the best part.
I can change it.
I can change all of it.
If I can just find a way to get myself uncrossed.

Uncrossed is the last book in the Harem Station Series and features a man chasing his star-crossed soulmate through time, a bazillion enemies at the gate, an entire station in chaos, and an explosive ending that proves, once and for all, that love WINS in the end.

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We continue the kiss and she bites my lip. Hard enough to draw blood. I don’t care though. I am being a dick to her. I feel like twenty-one fucking years of frustration have finally caught up with me. I don’t know where I am or who she is, so I’m sorry she’s being forced to bear the brunt of my disappointment. If she wants to make a point with that bite, she can make her fucking point.

And when she realizes I’m not going to punish her for that little act of defiance, she relaxes underneath me. Becomes soft and compliant.

That’s the part I like best about sex. The way I can bully them into compliance.

And then her legs wrap around my hips and she begins to move with me.

That’s the signal I always wait for. That moment when they give in. Not give up. I don’t mistake her lust for defeat.

She’s just into it.

I lean down on top of her, acutely aware of how small she is compared to me. How little, and slight, and thin, and yeah… weak.

But I want her to come. She has to get something out of this, right?

I slip a hand underneath her and start playing with her ass. She’s so wet that her juices are practically spilling out of her pussy. And she must be into the ass play because the moment my finger enters her, she goes still and moans.

“You’re a sun-fucked asshole,” she pants. But it’s done. And she says nothing else after that. Because she’s too busy wailing in her climax.

Her body lights up. And it’s not just some random glow, either. It’s fucking spectacular. White light leaks through the pores of her skin and I know that if her eyes were open right now, she’d be aiming beams of light at me.

I come. I come hard. Grunting and pushing myself deeper and deeper inside her.

But in that moment I can see her clearly. Her glow illuminates her face and…

I let out a long breath. “Corla?”

Her eyes open. And I was right. She’s aiming her light at me. I have to close my eyes to avoid the sting of brightness.

She closes them again and the room darkens enough for me to look at her.

“Corla,” I pant, unable to believe my eyes.

“Fuck you,” she says, pushing me off her.

And I’m so stunned, I don’t resist. Just topple off to the side. She turns her back to me and I… I’m suddenly at a loss for words.

Where am I? On Harem?

“ALCOR?” I whisper out loud, hopeful. Please. Please, for the love of the sun, be here!

But there’s no answer.

I look at Corla’s back. She’s still glowing a little. The light she emits makes her whole body glisten in the returning hazy darkness.

“Fuck you. I’m going to sleep for a minute because I’m tired. Don’t wake me up.”


“I said,” she growls, “I’m going to sleep for a minute. I’m fucking exhausted after that light show. I just told you I didn’t like it.”

“Oh.” I’m… a little bit speechless. And now I feel bad. Guilty, actually. Because if I had known it was Corla I’d have been… gentle.

Maybe. Or maybe not. Maybe I’d have been even more of a brute?

Maybe I’d have wanted to punish her for leaving me alone to fight this war by myself twenty-one years ago.

Maybe I’d have fucked her unconscious. Or unleashed a real light show.

I know I’m not supposed to be here. I get it. I’m inside the fucking spin node. And maybe this isn’t real, but this moment feels real enough for me. It feels like a fucking gift.

She is sleeping in a bed next to me. And if I get a choice of staying here or going back… well, I’m fucking staying.

Twenty-one years ago I met my soulmate. We took each other’s virginity. And then we went our separate ways.

Star-crossed. For all eternity.

I didn’t like the idea back then but let me tell you, I like it a whole lot less now.

I’m not giving her up.

I’m not leaving.

I’m not going back.

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JA Huss is a New York Times Bestselling author and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world. Her book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

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