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Brutal Winter by Quirah Casey




Title: Brutal Winter
Series: Brutal Winter #1
Author: Quirah Casey
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2021


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I’ve always hated winter. This year when it comes, I’ll belong to them.

When you sign your soul over to the devil, there are no take backs.

I knew the terms of the contract when I signed it.

For one year, my life isn’t mine.

For one year I am to obey, to be seen not heard.

For one year I’m theirs, mind, body, and soul.

The bodyguard. The fixer. The maniac. The boss.

Four men on a path to ruin me.

I may be theirs for a year, but the damage they plan on doing to me will last a lifetime. That’s if I even survive, because between the family and their enemies, the odds of me even making it past the end of winter are low.

This is the first book in a dark reverse harem contemporary romance series that will contain explicit language and graphic scenes. This series will contain triggering material such as dub con and non con. It is not for the faint of heart.







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All the monsters I’ve survived and this one is going to be the one to destroy me.
Richard gets out of the car, slamming the door behind him as he rounds the hood to come stand beside me. I move away from him when he draws closer not wanting any false comfort or sympathy. If he so much as tries to hug me, I may completely flip out on him in this alleyway. I may say fuck it and let them kill him for my own freedom. And yet there’s no promise that they won’t take me anyway. I did sign a contract after all. Even if the legal capacity of that contract is in doubt.
I glance up at the sky, anything to not look at the car idling feet away. There’s not a single star in the sky tonight, as if even they knew to hide with the monsters out.
A car door opening catches my attention, making my body tense up even more. I continue to stare at the sky for a moment longer, but knowing that ignoring what is happening around me isn’t going to actually help, I finally drag my gaze back to reality.
The driver’s door of the car is open and there’s a bulky man, maybe just an inch over six feet, standing beside it. He almost looks like a bear with how wide broad he is. He slams the door shut before moving to the back door and pulling it open. It feels as if there’s a momentary pause between the man opening the door and another man actually getting out of the car. Though I know in reality that it’s only seconds. A tall frame folds out of the car, and as the man comes into view, my heart stops beating.
Giovanni Costa.
I’ve never met the man before, but even if I didn’t know that he now holds the contract to my life, I’d be able to recognise him. His reputation precedes him. The man radiates a power and dangerous energy that not many can impose. His black hair hangs just past his ears, a slight curl to the locks. His shoulders are broad and even with a coat on, I know that he’s packing a lot of muscle. His tan skin complements his hard angular face. Pink lips pulled into a frown that I can see even from all the way across the alleyway.
The other man closes the door before letting Giovanni move in front of him.
Giovanni’s steps are long and calculated, each step imprinting a footprint in the white snow.
He’ll leave imprints on my soul next.
And unlike with the snow, the marks won’t blow away with the next breeze, it’ll be permanent.






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Quirah Casey is a young author with more dreams than she’s capable of handling, but that doesn’t keep her from trying to make them come true. She writes any and every genre of romance with characters of all races and sexualities. She rarely sleeps and she lives off of Starbucks. For some reason, people keep leaving their kids on her doorstep, and she keeps taking them in. Otherwise, there are no kids or fur babies in the picture for her. You can typically identify her from her huge, colorful afro, lip ring, shorts, leather jacket, and shit kickers that get her crazy looks in north Louisiana.


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Scorned Princess by Eva Chance & Harlow King




Title: Scorned Princess
Series: Crooked Paradise #1
Authors: Eva Chance & Harlow King
Genre: Contemporary Reverse Harem Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2021


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Hell hath no fury…

I thought I was trading one evil for a lesser one. Marry a man I might eventually love, forge an alliance between his gang and my father’s, and get out from under Dad’s sadistic thumb.

Turns out my fiancé has other plans. Like slaughtering me and my entire family the night before the wedding.

I make it out alive, left with nothing but a thirst for vengeance. But if I want to crush the prick who betrayed me, I have to turn to the biggest pricks of them all.

Hot, cocky, and dangerous, Wylder Noble and his men rule Paradise Bend. Their help doesn’t come cheap. I’ve got to prove I’m strong enough to deserve it.

Whatever they throw at me, I can take it. No taunting words or scorching looks will break the wall around my heart.

They think I’m made of glass? I’m a girl of shards that can cut you to the bone.

Before this is over, someone’s going to bleed. And this time, it won’t be me.

*Scorned Princess is the first in a new gritty contemporary romance series from bestselling author Eva Chase (writing as Eva Chance) and Harlow King. No major triggers, but be prepared for domineering men who make their own rules, a rebellious heroine who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and an enemies-to-lovers romance where the girl gets all the guys. It’s going to be a wild, bloody ride!*







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As I sauntered over, I added a little sway to my stride. I planted myself right in front of the guy. His eyes lingered on all those gaps in the dress, his tongue slicking over his chapped lips with a lecherous grin. Ugh.
“I’m looking for money, Trent,” I said, giving him a sickly-sweet smile. “You owe the Nobles quite a lot, and you haven’t been paying up.”
A rush of murmurs and a little laughter spread through the crowd. Trent scoffed at me. “And they sent you to collect it?”
“Damn right, they did. Now are you going to hand it over or what?” I made a grabby gesture with my hand.
“Forget it.” Trent leaned back in his chair, propping his feet up on a crate. “I don’t owe the Nobles shit. I’m my own man now.”
I cocked my head. “I don’t give a crap about your delusions of grandeur. I just want the money you owe. Now stop acting like a pussy and pay up.”
That riled him up good. His eyes flashed, and the others fell silent. He kicked aside the crate and sprang to his feet. “Talk to me like that again, bitch, and you’ll be the one having delusions.”
I wondered if he had any idea what that even meant, because that threat hadn’t made a whole lot of sense. I sighed. “Well, if you want to do this the hard way, that can be arranged. But are you sure you want me embarrassing you in front of your dickhead friends?”
One of the guys let out a grunt of protest. Trent held up his hand, openly seething. “What exactly do you think you’re going to do, you trumped-up whore?”
I let another smile, much sharper, cross my lips. “Let’s not get to that. Imagine what your master will say if he hears that one of his lapdogs has forgotten who’s in charge? If that ego inflates any more, your head might explode.”
“I’m not a lapdog,” Trent roared. He reached into his jeans, and before I could blink, he was pointing a gun at me. “You’re going to die, bitch.”
Did he think he was the first man to ever aim a pistol at me? I eyed it calmly, my pulse only stuttering momentarily.
I could handle this. I’d faced so much worse than he could imagine.
Trent jabbed the gun at me. “What do you have to say about me now, huh?”
I fluttered my eyelashes at him. “Now you’re a dog with a gun.”
Wylder was probably intending to rush in here the second the asshole released the safety. But I had other ideas. He wanted to see what I was made of? I could kick plenty of ass all on my own.
Before Trent could react to my insult, I snatched his wrist and twisted so swiftly the gun tumbled from his fingers. As the men around him leapt to their feet, I finished him off by yanking him toward me—right into my knee, which happened to be ramming straight at his crotch.
He started to crumple, and I bashed my elbow into his nose for good measure. The bone crunched with a spurt of blood.
Oh dear, I’d stained this pretty dress. What a shame.






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Eva Chance is a pen name for contemporary romance written by Amazon top 100 bestselling author Eva Chase. If you love gritty romance, dominant men, and fierce women who never have to choose, look no further.



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Harlow King is a long-time fan of all things dark, edgy, and steamy. She can’t wait to share her contemporary reverse harem stories.


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The Captain and the Father of the Bride

The Captain and the Father of the Bride by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

Book 8 in the Captivating Captains series

Word Count: 66,464 Book Length: NOVEL Pages: 256

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CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE GAY GLBTQI

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If Leo marries his best friend, they’ll inherit a fortune. The only trouble is, he’s already fallen for her father. Yacht captain Leo’s never stayed in one place long enough to fall in love. That all could change when he’s left £1,000,000. But there’s a catch. Leo can only inherit the money if he takes a bride before the year is out. And Leo’s the kind of man who’s only interested in taking a husband. So Leo and his best friend hatch a plan. She’ll be his pretend bride, and he’ll use his new-found wealth to support her animal sanctuary. What could possibly go wrong? Archie’s the closest thing to perfect that Leo’s ever seen. Dashing, mature and sexy as hell, after one hot night in a London hotel, Leo can’t stop thinking about the legal eagle who’s stolen his heart. When Leo meets the father of his bride-to-be, he’s in for the shock of his life. Can Archie and Leo join forces to give themselves and a stricken seal pup a second chance, or will a grasping lawyer with a chequebook in place of his heart scupper the happiness of the captain and the father of the bride?

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Leo held Liv’s hand as he watched the solicitor flick through the file on his large mahogany desk. Leo had never been to the reading of a will before, never been inside a solicitor’s office before, and Liv had gamely agreed to come with him for moral support. He was amazed to see the green-shaded lamp on the solicitor’s desk, as Leo had only seen them in films, yet it seemed that here they were a perfectly normal part of real life. The room was so quiet, all sound muffled by the thick carpet that ran through the wood-paneled offices. Leo’s breathing and his own heartbeat sounded twice as loud, and although they were in the middle of London, he could barely hear the traffic or pneumatic drills that had been so ear-piercing when he was outside. The solicitor shuffled some papers. It wasn’t even as if Herr Schreiber, captain of Cologne industry and the most colorful man ever to leave North Rhine-Westphalia for a life on the ocean waves, had been Leo’s relative. He had merely been a client whose yacht he had skippered around the Mediterranean. A very rich, rather eccentric client, but a client nevertheless. And in his own way, a friend. Gunther Schreiber’s death, coming as it did in the arms of his cabaret-singing lover in the eighty-first year of his life, hadn’t been unexpected. In fact, rarely did the platitude he died doing something he loved ring so true, but for Gunther Schreiber, being in the arms of his latest muse was exactly how he would have ended his own final chapter. Leo had no doubt about that, and for the same reason, his sadness at the death of his late client was tempered with a sense of satisfaction at a life well-lived and filled to the brim with the fizz of champagne and the hum of the super yacht’s engine. The last thing Leo would have expected was to find himself sitting in this vast office with its scent of leather and wood polish, his best friend at his side as they waited for the last attendee to arrive. What could possibly be in the will of Gunther Schreiber that would concern Leo Maxwell? Perhaps a little token to mark their happy sailing. One of the handmade yachts from Gunther’s salon, or perhaps one of the paintings that had decorated the walls. Leo hoped it wasn’t that, because he doubted he’d be able to afford the insurance premiums to protect those priceless works. This is probably a mistake. Or he’s left me something completely random, one last prank to send me on my way. Yet Mr. Brockett of Brockett, Brockett and Holliday had been very clear in his letter that Leo should attend the meeting in person. A meeting to discuss the last will and testament of Gunther Jost Schreiber, said the neat type on the thick ivory paper with its green and gold lettering, at which you will learn something to your advantage. Mr. Brockett tapped his pen on the cover of a buff file on his desk. He looked over his half-moon spectacles to the door and pursed his lips. Leo was surprised by the frames of his glasses as well—was the office furnished entirely from the contents of an antiques shop? Telling himself the experience was fun and not terrifying, Leo grinned at Liv. “All right?” he whispered, his voice absorbed at once by the deadening effects of the muffling carpet. She nodded, the high brunette ponytail on top of her head bouncing with the motion. Then she smiled and squeezed his hand. “I am sorry,” Mr. Brockett offered. “I’m sure Mr. Beaucock will be here very soon. I understand he’s a very busy man. A fellow solicitor, you know.” Beaucock? Seriously? Trying to avoid laughing, Leo asked, “Is he Gunther’s nephew or…? He told me he’d never had any children.” “A very distant connection,” he replied. “Herr Schreiber’s only living relative.” Leo nodded. “I see. Are any other of Gunther’s friends coming? Those ladies on the yacht…” Leo hoped Mr. Brockett would know what he meant by that. The ladies came and went, and Gunther had always been very fond of them. Surely at least one of them would trot in on their patent-heeled shoes and inherit Gunther’s villa in Cannes? “I’m not at liberty to disclose any details, but I can assure you that Herr Schreiber has been most generous in his provisions. He stipulated that the parties each be informed in a strict order and according to strict instructions.” Brocket chanced a thin-lipped smile. “I’m sure you understand.” Liv gave a little snigger and murmured, “So all of Gunther’s girls don’t bump into each other?” Leo put his hand over his mouth, trying not to laugh. “I’ve seen that happen! Someone called Heidi threw someone called Marisol into the sea!” “Oh God, we saw it all when we were crewing for Gunther,” Liv told Brockett. “He got more action than any of⁠—” She was silenced by the sound of the door opening, the gesture ushering in a cloud of potent aftershave ahead of the new arrival. “Jesus Christ, this place is out in the bloody boondocks!” a voice announced. “Hardly the beating heart of legal London, is it? Beaucock. Pleasure to meet one of the real old guard!” Leo turned in his seat. There before him was a man dressed in pinstripes, a sneer taking up most of his long face. Leo instinctively held Liv’s hand tighter. He gave the new arrival a polite nod, even though he would much rather have run away. He’d met people like Beaucock before, monied pillocks who would hire him to skipper their eye-wateringly expensive yacht and treat Leo with contempt as the hired help. “Morning,” Leo said to Beaucock. “How do you do?” “I’ve had a hell of a morning in the very best way.” Beaucock planted his feet a shoulder-width apart and held out his hand to Leo. “Let’s just say that’s one more Premier League player whose license won’t be snatched away by the so-called forces of law and order for a tiny bit of harmless speed. They see a Ferrari and they think it’s payday. Well, not today!” “Mr. Beaucock specializes in motoring cases,” Brockett explained as Conrad waited for Leo to take his hand. “High-profile ones.” “Teflon Con,” Beaucock said with obvious pride. “Conrad Beaucock.” Leo shook Conrad’s moist hand. “I’ve never met one of Gun’s relatives before. Nice to meet you. I’m Leo Maxwell, but some people call me Max.” Leo grinned at Liv. Some people being Liv. “And this is my friend Liv.” Conrad gave Liv the sort of look a man might give a new car, appraising her in one glance. “Good to meet you, Leroy.” He released Leo’s hand. “And great to meet you, Liv.” “It’s Leo,” he prompted. Yes, Conrad really was that type, the kind who consigned people to a bin marked inconsequential human being within seconds of meeting them. And Leo had bought a smart tweed three-piece just for this meeting. His oilskin jacket and wellies hadn’t seemed quite the thing to wear. He didn’t even have to look at Liv to know that she wouldn’t be impressed. Men like Conrad were all too easy to come by in the yachting world, and they were as far from Liv’s cup of tea as it was possible to get. “Capricorn,” Conrad replied as he took a seat. “Don’t tell me you’re into that bullcrap?” “Leo is my name.” Is this guy for real? “I can’t even remember what my star sign is. I don’t particularly care.” Leo glanced at Mr. Brockett and the file on his desk. Conrad rubbed his hands together, then looked at his watch with such theatrics that Leo knew he was waiting to be asked what was on his wrist. So Leo wouldn’t ask. “Let’s get this baby read,” he told the solicitor. “My Rolex tells me I can give you an hour.” A Rolex. More like a load of Bolex. Leo shook his head. Conrad Beaucock, you are a tosser. “I’m sure Gun would be over the moon to know you’ve managed to squeeze the reading of his last wishes into your busy schedule. It’s not very respectful to the old boy.” “It’s not like he’s here to complain, is it?” Conrad sniggered. “Get over yourself. Who are you anyway?” “Mr. Beaucock, this is Mr. Maxwell. He skippered Herr Schreiber’s yacht around—” Brockett began to explain. “So you’re a taxi driver without a taxi, yeah?” “I’m RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certified, actually.” So there. “And, more importantly, I was Gun’s friend.” “We both were,” Liv said, taking Leo’s hand again. “And we miss him.” Leo grinned at her, the days of larking about in the sunshine rushing back to him. “Life’s going to be a lot quieter without Gun around!” “Not mine, mate.” Conrad sneered. “My life’s going to be a lot louder once I bank that check!” “Why, are you buying a drum kit?” Leo quipped. Was that a childish riposte? Oh, tough titties, I don’t care. Brockett cleared his throat and opened the file. So this is the moment, then. The mystery of the meeting was about to be solved and Conrad Beaucock was about to inherit everything Gunther hadn’t given to his girlfriends. And after five minutes in his company, Leo knew that he didn’t deserve a penny of it. Gunther had kept an exquisite ship in a bottle on board. He’d spotted Leo admiring it and had waxed lyrical about it. Maybe that was Gunther’s bequest? “Now,” Brockett began, “this is a rather complicated matter. Herr Schreiber’s posthumous wishes have been carried out by a will, as you might expect, and a trust. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the bequests, it’s been necessary to be rather…exacting. To ensure that the documents could be sealed, as Herr Schreiber wished. I hope you’ll understand?” Leo glanced to Liv, who gave him an encouraging smile. He listened intently as Brockett began to read, the will and trust documents a dense tangle of legalese and arcane wording that soon had Leo lost. Conrad, Teflon Con, looked as though it was all old news to him, the flash lawyer in his pinstripes and pointed shoes. He was a world away from Gunther, white-bearded and lounging in kaftans and silk slippers, like a cross between a hippy and Father Christmas. “And now we reach the bequests,” Brockett said eventually. “There’ll be time afterward for questions, but I’d appreciate it if you would allow things to proceed. The ladies were somewhat ungoverned during this portion, but do try to cooperate.” “Of course,” Leo said. Heidi, Marisol, Anook and Tjitske came to his mind in a flurry of big hair, long nails and metallic bikinis. They had always been ungoverned on the deck of the yacht, so Leo couldn’t imagine them being any different in Mr. Brockett’s office. What a scene that must’ve been. Brockett reached down beneath his desk and, to Leo’s surprise, produced a laptop. He lifted the lid and danced his fingers across the keyboard, then turned the screen to face his audience. There was Gunther again, large as life and beaming with happiness on the deck of the Aphrodite. Behind him Leo could see the crystal-blue ocean, a horizon stretching off into infinity. Leo sniffed back a tear. He missed that wide smile. He glanced at Liv, knowing she would feel the same. “There he is, Gun the man!”

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Eleanor Harkstead

Eleanor Harkstead likes to dash about in nineteenth-century costume, in bonnet or cravat as the mood takes her. She can occasionally be found wandering old graveyards. Eleanor is very fond of chocolate, wine, tweed waistcoats and nice pens. Her large collection of vintage hats would rival Hedda Hopper’s. Originally from the south-east of England, Eleanor now lives somewhere in the Midlands with a large ginger cat who resembles a Viking. You can follow Eleanor on Facebook and Twitter

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Catherine Curzon is a royal historian who writes on all matters of 18th century. Her work has been featured on many platforms and Catherine has also spoken at various venues including the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, and Dr Johnson’s House. Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine, writes fiction set deep in the underbelly of Georgian London. She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill. You can follow Catherine on Facebook and Twitter and take a look at her Website.

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Grave Robbing and Other Hobbies

Grave Robbing and Other Hobbies by Jayce Carter

Book 1 Grave Concerns Series

Word Count: 72,680 Book Length: SUPER NOVEL Pages: 277

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CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE PARANORMAL REVERSE HAREM VAMPIRES WERESHIFTERS

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Ghosts, corpses and four hot men—what’s a girl to do? Abandoned at three—whose parents want a kid who sees ghosts?—I learned the world is quick to punish misfits. I try my best to be a normal, boring human, but the call of the supernatural just won’t be ignored. When a stranger shows up on my doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s no sexy tryst. Instead, I’m off to the graveyard, digging up the corpse of a murder victim at the demand of the local vampire coven—and that small felony is just the start. The spirit of the woman has gone missing—something that shouldn’t be possible—and everyone is looking to me for answers. There’s Kase, a vampire who’s both terrifying and secretive. Grant, a mage with a bad attitude and a lot of power. Troy, the possessive werewolf-detective next door and Hunter, a mysterious bad boy who isn’t even close to human. It’s a race not just against time but against everything to figure out where the spirits are going, who’s behind it and if I can trust the men who now share my bed. And all because of a little grave robbing… Reader advisory: This book contains violence, bloodshed, and death. There are references to parental abandonment and tattooing a child, as well as vague references to pedophilia and the threat of child sexual abuse by a foster parent.

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I wished a floating, nearly headless body at three in the morning were an unusual thing for me, but this was the fourth time this one had visited me in as many weeks. A squinty gaze at my watch made me groan. At least she’s punctual. “Avenge me!” the apparition demanded in an over-the-top ghostly voice. I pushed myself upright to offer an annoyed look. “Don’t pull that scary crap with me, Melinda. I’m not some kid trying to contact spirits at a sleepover.” The spirit shimmered then crossed her arms and gave me the same dirty look back. Ghosts have the worst attitude. “Well, if you did what I wanted the first time I asked, I wouldn’t have to keep bothering you.” “You want me to kill a teenager.” “He killed me. How is that not a fair reaction?” “You ran a red light because you were trying to get your caramel macchiato to mix while complaining the barista didn’t make it right. Can’t really blame him for that.” She pursed her lips as though she’d blown out a huge sigh, but with her being incorporeal, no actual air escaped. “If he hadn’t been driving, it would have been fine. Isn’t this your job? To make things right? You were given this gift for a reason.” “I don’t know why I was given this gift, but I know I won’t be using it to murder innocent teenagers.” “Can I talk to someone above you? Like your boss?” I groaned and rubbed my eyes as it became clear I wasn’t going to be getting back to sleep any time soon. “Did you really just ask to speak to my manager? Look, if you can find whoever is responsible for me, please, be my guest and speak to them. While you’re at it, tell them I’d like to quit.” Melinda jammed a bony finger at me. “Do you know who I am?” “Someone who has ruined my sleep for four weeks.” “And I’ll keep doing it until you agree to help.” The threat was good, as far as threats went. Most ghosts tried to scare me into doing what they wanted, but after a person had seen as much as I had, those tactics fell flat. The worst an apparition could do was annoy me until they lost their hold on this world and went to the afterlife. A poltergeist could do some damage, but they were few and far between, luckily. Melinda’s outline had already lost its sharpness. She’d dimmed until she was more of a shimmer than a clear picture. Another week—maybe two—and she’d drift to a whisper, then to nothing. “And I’ll keep ignoring you until you’re no longer in this realm.” An entitled huff came from her. “Look at me! I can’t believe I’m sitting here being ignored by some short, frumpy girl with bad hair.” I considered pointing out that my hair didn’t normally look quite so wild, but she had woken me up in the middle of the night. “Make peace with what happened,” I told her as I rolled over, my back to her. “Because I’m not going to help you.” The bed didn’t sink, but an electric feeling that said she’d neared ran along my back. “It wasn’t supposed to happen like this,” she whispered, some of that sureness missing. “I wasn’t supposed to die like this.” “Well, that’s how it always goes. Everyone thinks their death will be some great sacrifice, some noble leap, but that isn’t what it is.” “Harrison already moved his mistress into our home.” Okay, so I wasn’t entirely jaded, because an ache ran through my chest at that. Being dead sucked, I was sure, but being forgotten so quickly? Replaced? Far worse. “The world keeps moving. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that no matter what, no matter who dies or how, the world doesn’t stop for any of us.” “Then what’s the point? Why does any of it matter if as soon as we’re gone, it all goes away?” I cuddled into the warmth of my bed, unsure what to tell her. She wanted to be reassured. She wanted me to tell her there was some great plan, that at the end of the day everything, made sense. I would have loved to tell her that because I’d love to hear it—to believe it. The reality was that despite having spent my life surrounded by death, I had no stunning pieces of wisdom about it. I didn’t know why we were all here, or what the great purpose was, or why any of it meant a damn thing. Instead, I told her the only thing I could. “Make your peace, Melinda, because you don’t want to end up where you’ll go if you don’t.” She wailed, the screeching of a soul that few could hear and even fewer could survive. It made my ears want to bleed, so I grabbed my headphones and cranked up the music to cover it. She’d be gone soon, since she only ever stayed for twenty minutes or so. I’d done this long enough to know which ones would cross over and which ones who would get stuck. Melinda? She’d get stuck. She’d cling and try to bargain until the last moment, when she faded to nothing and ended up in purgatory. Even I didn’t like to think about that, about the place I’d glimpsed a handful of times that sent a creeping, gnawing terror through me. The deep bass and rhythmic drumming drowned out her wailing, and I fell back to sleep. Eventually.

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Jayce Carter lives in Southern California with her husband and two spawns. She originally wanted to take over the world but realized that would require wearing pants. This led her to choosing writing, a completely pants-free occupation. She has a fear of heights yet rock climbs for fun and enjoys making up excuses for not going out and socializing. You can learn more about her at her website.

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A Reluctant Attraction

A Reluctant Attraction by Rosanna Leo

Book 3 in the Handymen series

Word Count: 81,531 Book Length: SUPER NOVEL Pages: 326

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CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE

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He was looking for an escape. In her, he found his home. Contractor and Handymen host Nick Zorn needs a change. He’s been feeling listless, and when his ex-girlfriend embarrasses him in a viral post by sharing private details of their sex life, he’s downright ready to escape. When an opportunity to reinvent his career arises, Nick takes it, even though it might mean the end of Handymen. However, the team has one more project to tackle together first—a struggling cat sanctuary in dire need of renovation. When Nick arrives at the shelter and meets its owner, a lovely widow named Claire, his life is once more thrown into disarray. Neither of them is looking for a relationship, but the attraction is fierce. As he helps Claire fix her workplace, he realizes he wants to help her in other ways too. Their flirtation sizzles, flaring into a friends-with-benefits arrangement. But the more time they spend together, the more reluctant these ‘friends’ become to fight their deepening connection, even though they know their inevitable break will devastate them… Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of cyberbullying and harrassment, mentions of animal hoarding, bereavement and mourning. There are also references to male impotence and erectile dysfunction.

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Nick Zorn opened the coffee shop door and paused at the entrance, waiting for the now-familiar giggles of ridicule. Releasing his death grip on the door handle, he took a hesitant step. Luckily, no one noticed him. This time. Letting out a quiet sigh, he hurried toward the back of the café, and sat at a table in one of the darker corners. Maybe it was time to start holding his head high again. He was Nick fricking Zorn, beloved TV star, businessman and friend to all. A young woman at one of the other tables glanced in his direction. Her eyebrows shot up and she stifled a grin. Beloved TV star. Yeah, right. And maybe it was time to start wearing dark sunglasses everywhere he went. Seeing as his brothers hadn’t yet arrived, he pulled out his cell phone but didn’t turn to any social media apps. He just bowed his head and stared at his home screen, trying to appear busy. Within minutes, Michael and Eli arrived. “What took you so long?” asked Nick. “Uh,” said Michael. “We’re right on time.” Only when they sat, providing a buffer between him and the rest of the café customers, did Nick relax a little. “You good?” asked Eli. “Yeah. Just dandy.” Change the subject. Pronto. “Hey, did Lacey tell you what this meeting was about? She was vague with me.” “Me too,” said Eli. Lacey was typically the first to arrive for meetings. Of course, they usually held their meetings at the Inspiration Network offices. For the last few years, Nick and his brothers had been hosting the Toronto-based TV show Handymen, as well as operating their own contracting business. On their show, they helped families realize their home renovation dreams, suiting them up with new appliances and teaching them how to tackle difficult renovation projects. It wasn’t unheard of for Lacey to pull the brothers in for a meeting, rather than involving the whole crew, but there was an unusual air of secrecy about this tête-à-tête. “What about you?” Nick asked Michael. “She must have told you something.” Michael grunted. “Why would she tell me anything that she didn’t tell you?” Nick and Eli just stared at him. “For God’s sake. I don’t have any more of a direct line to Lacey than you fools do.” Michael frowned. “Although she was acting cagey the last time I saw her.” Michael liked to pretend he and Lacey Styles didn’t have a special bond, but they did. Or at least, it was a different sort of bond from the one Nick or Eli had with her. Not only was Lacey their director on Handymen, she and Michael had had a relationship. It had been some time ago, and Michael was now very happy with his wife, Emily. His only present connection to Lacey was a solid working relationship, one based on trust and mutual respect. That didn’t mean Nick and Eli hadn’t teased him about his ill-fated tryst for a good long time. Not anymore. Nick had recently made a vow not to tease anyone about their relationship status, especially since his last one had ended up being such a clusterfuck. Besides, they all cared about Lacey. She’d been good to them. She’d singlehandedly guided their TV careers, coached them on navigating the press and even taught three Neanderthal builders how to develop their presence on social media. In Nick’s case, she’d also recently taught him the merits of keeping a low profile when needed. Of course, most importantly of all, she had turned Handymen into a popular home renovation show. Their success was mostly in the Canadian market, but they had big plans. From day one, Lacey had made it clear she aimed to get the team a coveted timeslot on the Create Network, the biggest home improvement network around. It hadn’t happened yet, but Nick was hopeful. He knew they had the chops to break into the American market. The shop door opened. Lacey spotted them and walked over. Dressed in her customary heels, a slim skirt and a frilly blouse, the brunette turned a few heads as she made her way to the table. “Gentlemen.” She sat down next to Nick and smiled. “I appreciate you meeting me outside of our regular venue and time.” “No sweat,” said Michael. “What’s up?” That was Michael. He never wasted a word, if he could help it. Nick stifled a chuckle. “Anyone want coffee?” asked Eli. “I could use one.” They all gave Eli their orders and held off on the official part of the meeting until he returned with four steaming cups. Lacey grabbed her usual soy latte, took a sip and put it down. “I have great news. Life-changing news, actually.” She paused, looking at each of them in turn, creating suspense. It only took a few seconds before Michael began to tap his finger on the table. “Put us out of our misery. Please.” “All right, all right. So, guys, what has been my number one objective with Handymen?” “Has Create picked us up?” asked Nick. “Not quite,” said Lacey. “But it’s almost as good. As you know, I’ve always been focused on getting new viewers. A plan is in place to help us find a wider audience than ever before. A couple of days ago, I got called into a meeting at Inspiration. The executive producers were all there. They want to take Handymen in an exciting new direction.” Nick bit his tongue. The last exciting direction the producers had suggested involved the Zorn brothers wearing tank tops during their tapings, ones that would show off their muscles. Luckily, they had all ixnayed that idea into oblivion. “Basically,” continued Lacey, “they want us to take the show on the road.” “Okay.” Eli had a note of caution in his voice. “Define on the road.” Lacey’s smile grew tight. “I mean, on the road. Traveling. Visiting new cities. Tackling renovation projects in places like Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Boston. All over North America, frankly. The idea is that we would concentrate on a new city each episode. It would give us a chance to work with different styles of architecture, different gardening zones, even some historic properties. It’s a huge opportunity for some great exposure. Isn’t this wonderful?” Nick kept a careful eye on his brothers. He didn’t need to hear them speak to know what they thought. They hated the idea. And he couldn’t say he blamed them. Michael, for one, would never do it. He was married. Not only did Emily have a thriving business in downtown Toronto, he would never walk away from Zorn Contracting. It had been his idea to start the business, and he still saw it as his baby. They all did, of course, but Michael had always made it clear it was just as much of a priority to him as his work on Handymen. Then there was Eli, who had just gotten married. His wife, Bernadette, known as Bernie, worked for a local not-for-profit agency. Her big project was to help administer a camp for children in cottage country, a couple of hours outside Toronto. It had become a passion project for both her and Eli, and because the camp only had one summer under its belt, Eli wasn’t about to ditch it. Nick already knew neither of his brothers would take significant time away from their wives or their businesses. The first couple of years in a new business were crucial. “Well?” prompted Lacey. “This is the part where you say, ‘This is amazing. Thank you for sharing this incredible news.’” “But we’ve already filmed next season’s episodes,” said Nick. “This would be for the following season, which we have to start working on soon,” explained Lacey. “As you know, our contracts only take us through the coming season. We haven’t been renewed yet beyond that, and it was a chance for the executive producers to make some changes. Change is good, guys. Tell me what you think.” Eli began, his face pinched. “Lacey, I can’t. There’s no way I’d leave Bernie for that length of time.” “It’s not like we’ll be gone for years. Just, you know, a few weeks here, a few weeks there. In total, maybe a few months out of the year. And you can travel back and forth as much as you’d like.” “I’m sorry,” said Eli. “That’s not something I want.” She looked to Michael. “And you?” He shrugged. “No can do.” “But, Michael…” “It’s out of the question. Lacey, you know Em and I are settled here.” “Look, I understand that the logistics will take getting used to, but it can be done,” she replied. “You could talk to Emily every day, thanks to that handy smartphone I taught you how to use. It’s not like you’ll be communicating via carrier pigeon. And, guys, if we want to hit the big leagues of TV, we need to break out of Toronto. You know this. I hear what you’re saying. It would be hard at first, but it would be so worth it.” “Worth it for the network,” asked Michael, “or worth it for us?” “Worth it for all of us.” She turned to Nick. “I guess you feel the same way?” Nick’s face heated as the others scrutinized him. Of course, she’d assume he’d toe the Zorn party line. Sometimes, people didn’t credit him for having thoughts independent of his brothers, but he did. Did he want this? What did he want? Truth be told, he’d been considering it a lot lately, agonizing over it. Frankly, the only thing he’d wanted for the last couple of months was a chance to escape.

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Rosanna Leo

Rosanna Leo writes contemporary and paranormal romance. She is the First Place Winner of the 2018 Northern Hearts Contest (Contemporary Romance) for A Good Man. From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her husband and their two sons, and spends most of her time being tolerated by their cat Sweetie. When not writing, Rosanna works for her local library, where she is busy laying the groundwork to become a library ghost one day. Find Rosanna at her website, follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Bookbub, and join her Facebook group.

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THE HOLY TRINITY BY Bellamy Roswell




TITLE- The Holy Trinity
AUTHOR- Bellamy Roswell
GENRE- New Adult: Enemies to lovers
RELEASE DATE- April 20th, 2021



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“There will be a REVELATION, that will incite a RECKONING. And only after all the wreckage is swept away, will come my EPIPHANY. May the devil have mercy on their souls, cause I sure as HELL won’t..”

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Goodness – the quality of being morally good or virtuous.

It was foolish of me to believe in the concept of goodness. Childish really.

That people can be good, life can be good, well to those who deserve it.

And I’ve grown up to realize I am somehow not deserving.

There is an evil that surrounds us. It suffocates even the most virtuous of people. It tempts them to stray from the path of goodness.

Pride. Greed. Lust. Envy. Gluttony. Wrath. Sloth.

The deadliest of sins that continuously tempt even the strongest of believers.

Immoral vices turning the righteous into fiends.

Monsters lurking in the shadows of Hillcrest Hills.

Demons infiltrating the halls of Servite Academy.

Devils caging us in behind steel gates.

And they are all around me.

Tempting me.

Haunting me.

Suffocating me.

He believed I was an angel. Innocent, naïve, and pure. And maybe at one point I was.I used to see the good in everyone, and would dig deep down inside to find one quality worth redeeming. But his world corrupted me, it drew me to the darkness. Consumed by hate and wrath I went mad with vengeance, but also fell to my lowest because of love. Because in reality I am a sinner. Tainted at birth and endlessly corrupted and poisoned by those who surround me. I saw him kill a man. I saw him stare the poor fool in the eye right as he pulled the trigger, and the bullet went straight through him.

And the worst thing of it all, I’ll never say a word.

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She saw me. I stood beside two heinous monsters, and in her eyes became one. She knew I was a sinner. That I was corrupt and wicked. Corrupted and malicious. It doesn’t matter that the bullet never came out of the barrel of my gun. That’s what she saw.

And it was then, as the violent cries erupted from deep within her, from the innermost part of her heavenly soul, that I knew I had lost her.

An angel once fell from the highest peak of the heavens, only to burn in the harshest depths of hells inferno.

But she will rise from within the flames we’ve cast her in.

She will be my salvation, even if I must turn against everything and everyone I’ve ever known. My angel, my goddess. I will watch you rise, even if it’s me who burns.

The Holy Trinity is a New Adult Enemies to Lovers Dark High School Bully Romance. It is Book Two in The Servite Academy For Troubled Teens Series and the continuation to The Four Horsemen.

Disclaimer: 18+ This book is not recommended nor intended for anyone under the age of 18. Some topics, scenes, and/or language in this book may be sensitive to some readers. Contains dark and taboo themes, steamy sex scenes, mature language, and triggering situations.






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Bellamy Roswell is a coffee connoisseur, avid reader and aspiring New Adult & Dark Romance author who is a lover of angsty, passionate bad boys, and sassy, fierce heroines. Bringing you bad boy heartthrobs oozing sex appeal, passion, and angst one novel at a time. Avid Reader. Aspiring Storyteller. A head between the pages kind of girl. Welcome to my world, hope you enjoy your stay. Author of the Servite Academy for Troubled Teens Series – The Four Horsemen & The Holy Trinity…


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