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Outcast by R.L. Caulder


R.L. Caulder
(The Pack Prophecy, #1)
Publication date: March 12th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

“The arrival of the Prophetess will bring both hope and destruction for the wolves of the world.

She alone will be able to save them–or damn them.”

The dark prophecy that has been passed down since the first pack of shifters is coming to fruition– and I am at the center of it.

An orphaned human taken in by a pack of wolves. The fate of their existence in my hands.

I’ve been treated as the dirt beneath the pack’s paws for years.

Will they be able to accept my new role when my powers surface? Will I be able to forgive them enough to help them?

The bright spot amongst all the turmoil…finding my three fated. Until one of them rejects our bond.

The one thing I know for sure…death is coming for us all, soon, and the person responsible for it? Their betrayal is going to alter the shifter world forever.

I’ll conquer my powers, protect the packs, and live happily ever after with my men, right?


No one is prepared for the vile truths of my visions to come to light.


Author Note: This book has a 18+ warning and is intended for mature audiences. It is book one in The Pack Prophecy series which will end in a cliffhanger.

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When I was abandoned by my parents and taken in by a pack of wolf shifters at the age of four, I’d never have imagined that this was where it would lead me. Hunched over on all fours, cleaning the blood-covered, rough stone floor of a prisoner cell.

At least, I thought the thick, black, tar-like substance was blood. I glanced down at where the black matter clung to my fingers and grimaced when it made a thin web as I spread them apart.

Sighing deeply from exhaustion, I wrung out my rag into the bucket of water that was now a murky grey color. I repeated the process what felt like a thousand times, until the floor was clear of the blood-slime, and ambled to my feet gingerly.

My back groaned in protest as I straightened, feeling stiff from the cold air blowing through the network of underground cells, in combination with being hunched over for so long. A dull ache thrummed through my lower back and into my tailbone, making me wince.

“I will never understand why you put up with the shit they make you do, Kira. You’re not a torture clean-up crew. You’ve been down here practically all day.”

How did he manage to always sneak up on me?

The deep rumble of Milo’s voice behind me made that ache in my back disappear, and then reappear between my legs for an entirely different reason. Him acting protective of me was quite possibly the sexiest thing I’d ever experienced. Okay, no—it definitely was.

Turning around, bucket in hand, I slammed into a stone wall of muscle, not expecting him to be that close, and the breath whooshed out of me on impact. His scent lingered, swirling around me while teasing that ache and turning into an insistent throb of need. He always managed to smell like a bonfire, the smokey wood scent making me want to curl up in his lap on a cold night—or anytime really.

Neither of us moved, both hesitant to even breathe. We had toed the line of this attraction between us for years, and I’d likely combust soon with the amount of sexual tension that sizzled between us incessantly.

Daring to tilt my chin up, I found his large blue eyes, framed by dark lashes thick enough to make any girl jealous, staring deep into my own. It always felt like we were looking past the surface in these moments. Like we could sense each other’s fears, hopes, and insecurities. As if each of our deepest secrets were suddenly on display for the other to bear witness.

Willing myself to find the words to once again express why I felt it okay to be the pack’s grunt, even though he’d never accept my reasoning, I reached up with my empty hand to lay it against the dark stubble of his sharp jawline.

I’m the outcast here. The human taken in by a pack of wolves. I was just a child when I was found, close to death with hypothermia overtaking me. I didn’t have many options.

After thinking about it, I refused to give him the spiel again. He’d heard it a million times. “You know why. I’m the only human here,” I looked at him imploringly so he’d drop it.

He leaned his forehead against my own and whispered to me. The ends of his short curls tickled my skin, making me shiver.

“You still deserve better. Human or not. You are not any lesser than us, despite what they’ve made you believe.”

Author Bio:

R.L. Caulder is the author of The Pack Prophecy and Darkness Rising series. She lives in her writing cave away from the intense heat of the Florida sun with her husband and pets keeping her company.

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Becoming His Wife by Hayley Faiman

Title: Becoming His Wife
Series: Zanetti Famiglia Series
Author: Hayley Faiman
Genre: Mafia Romance Suspense
Release Date: June 25, 2021

Tiziano Bianchi only wants one thing—to have a woman that cannot leave him. Unfortunately, the only way he knows how to do that is to buy one for himself.

The only person he knows who can help him with this is Gavino Santoro, the head of the Zanetti famiglia. Gavino’s help comes at a hefty price.

Maci Marshall has never been free. She’s lived a life of poverty and fear, ultimately ending in being kidnapped and given to the Zanetti famiglia to do with as they please.

One look. That’s all it took for her to decide that perhaps being kidnapped wasn’t such a bad thing. Her sense of fear takes a backseat as her desires take control. Tiziano is different. He’s alluring and dangerous, mixed with powerful and dominant.

Is the cost of what Tiziano craves too high a price to pay? Will he lose his entire birthright, betraying the Bianchi famiglia in order to get the wife he desires? Two people enter into a life-long contract—one where Tiziano is an owner and Maci his property.


As an only child, Hayley Faiman had to entertain herself somehow. She started writing stories at the age of six and never really stopped.

Born in California, she met her now husband at the age of sixteen and married him at the age of twenty in 2004. After all of these years together, he’s still the love of her life.

Hayley’s husband joined the military and they lived in  Oregon,where he was stationed with the US Coast Guard. They moved back to California in 2006, where they had two little boys. Recently, the four of them moved out to the Hill Country of Texas, where they adopted a new family member, a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.

Most of Hayley’s days are spent taking care of her two boys, going to the baseball fields for practice, or helping them with homework. Her evenings are spent with her husband and her nights—those are spent creating alpha book boyfriends.


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Once Upon a Heartbreak Collection

Title: Once Upon a Heartbreak Collection
Authors: Sonya Jesus, Laura Greenwood, Cam Johns, Kristy Gibs, Victoria Anders, and Nancy Chastain
Genre: Rewritten Fairy Tales

Rules are made to be broken…so long as it stays a secret.
The moment I meet Lucas Spencer, I know falling for him will end with a broken heart.
As a Princess at the prestigious Rosewood Academy, I’m here to keep my head down and study, not to fall in love with a commoner.
Especially when the secrets between us could risk destroying me.
When the truth comes to light, I have to decide if I trust him.
Or if he’s just going to hurt me again.

My Secrets To Keep is a royal contemporary academy romance. It is inspired by the Twelve Dancing Princesses Fairy Tale.

A raging beast seeks revenge upon his formidable beauty.
Isabella Ricci has lived a quiet, safe life hidden within the confines of her many books and quaint home. She reveled in the boredom of her ordinary existence, even without the possibility of finding the love of her life. She tried that once…turns out men suck! Although her beauty matched her brains, she had no intentions of marrying any time soon.
But now she doesn’t have a choice.
Faced with losing their home, her parents are forced to put into effect a family tradition that sends Isabella spiraling. An arranged marriage. Isabella must wed the self-proclaimed most eligible bachelor of their small town Raja Benoit.
Life will never be the same for this beauty once her beast sends her fleeing for safety.

Gabriella dreamed of a wedding in Italy with the guy she had crushed on for years, and it was all coming true. For her step-sister.
Faced with the heartbreak, Gabriella silently deals with losing her childhood dream in front of the ones who snatched it from her. While she wades through her sister’s fairy tale, trying to stay afloat in tears, she catches the attention of Mr. Wright.
Ashton is forced to attend all the wedding festivities out of familial obligation, but Gabriella changes his perspective. He gets to see her if he shows up, and that’s motive enough. Getting her to fall in love with him is a bonus.
It isn’t long until Gabriella realizes she had made the right choice in falling in love, but she had made it with the wrong guy.

This New Adult, Cinderella retelling is full of sweet romance and first-love goosebumps.

Heartbreak is all I know. And my heart bleeds because of it.
On my eighteenth birthday, my stepmother kicks me out and my boyfriend dumps me.
As an orphan and now homeless, my heart is out of blood, but somehow, it keeps on bleeding.
Forced to move in with my aunt and her home of foster kids, I find myself the only girl in a home with seven boys.
Who will be my prince charming to stop my bleeding heart?

Stop My Bleeding Heart is a contemporary young adult coming of age tale with a Snow White retelling twist.

Follow the breadcrumbs to the dark secrets of the city.
The dead body behind the rec center brings a struggling community to its knees. No one believes the staged scene, especially not the people closest to the victim—the police chief’s children. Corruption has embedded itself in the city, and something has to be done.
Gina and Henry enlist the help of a long-time family friend and undercover cop to investigate. TJ, who can’t resist helping his teenage love and his best friend, positions himself inside the safe haven, where he stumbles upon a little boy. The little boy who holds the key.
When the clues lead them deeper into the bowls of the criminal underworld, no one is safe. The more they figure out, the less protected they become.

Honor Thy Father is a compelling romantic suspense novella with a heroic brother’s best friend vibe, loosely based on Hansel & Gretel.

I have everything my father thinks I want, except a life.
When you’re the youngest daughter of a police chief and your mom was murdered by some wacko, there’s not much freedom.
Hell, there’s not much of anything.
No epic love stories, no embarrassing moments, no spark, no flutters, or grand gestures.
Only rules I desperately want to break.
And I want to break them all with Derrick Prince.
But belonging to his world means sacrificing pieces of myself.
And staying quiet isn’t so easy when it becomes a matter of life or death.

This Little Mermaid contemporary Young Adult retelling is full of suspense and sweet coming-of-age first moments.

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Her stalker waits in the shadows. Can she trust that her two wolves can keep her safe from a crazed rogue?

Local veterinarian Mari Frost is happy for the first time in her adult life. It’s been three years since she divorced her jerk of a husband and she moved to Chaos Valley. However, like all things, even happiness comes to an end.

Letters start to arrive at her home and the clinic. When the messages become less flirty and more demanding, she considers going to the Alpha of the Blackclaw Pack. But this isn’t pack business, and she doesn’t want to bother Lor Gentry with something the human authorities can handle.

When she notices a wolf stalking her, she second guesses her decision not to tell Lor, the Alpha of the pack. She doesn’t get to report the crime to Lor before the Chaos starts—something that hasn’t happened in nine years—and a rogue wolf kidnaps her.

Ward Hansen swears he isn’t behind the messages and that she is his fated mate. But that can’t be, because Lor has also claimed that she’s his. Mari isn’t ready to be in a relationship with one man.

She definitely isn’t about to mate with two.

Set in the Wolves of Chaos Valley shared world, Rogue Alliance is a standalone multi-partner shifter romance by USA Today Bestselling Author, Lia Davis.

Warning: Addictive characters with sass and alpha male egos. Explicit love scenes between three consenting adults. Naughty language. And an edge of your seat thrill ride that will leave you begging for more.

About Lia:

Lia Davis is the USA Today bestselling author of more than forty books, including her fan favorite Ashwood Falls Series. A lifelong fan of magic, mystery, romance and adventure, Lia’s novels feature compassionate alpha heroes and strong leading ladies, plenty of heat, and happily-ever-afters.

Lia makes her home in Northeast Florida where she battles hurricanes and humidity like one of her heroines. When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, travel, read, enjoy nature, and spoil her kitties. She also loves to hear from her readers. Send her a note at!

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Power Play

Title: Power Play

Series: Sophie Fournier, Book Five

Author: K.R. Collins

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: 07/05/2021

Heat Level: 1 – No Sex

Pairing: No Romance

Length: 81300

Genre: Contemporary Sports, LGBTQIA+, contemporary, sports, ice hockey, international tournament, injury, demisexual, questioning, bisexual, asexual

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After two seasons without winning another Maple Cup, the pressure is on for Sophie Fournier to win the NAHL’s biggest prize. It’s her sixth season in the North American Hockey League, and she knows what she needs to do, and how to do it. Only, she isn’t the only one feeling the pressure to win. Coach Butler’s job is in jeopardy if he can’t repeat the success from Sophie’s third season. As his vision for the team drifts away from Concord’s identity, Sophie is left with a difficult choice. Does she unite the team behind Coach Butler’s vision and risk losing her team’s identity? Or, does she unite the Condors against their coach and risk her captaincy and her future with the team?


Power Play K.R. Collins © 2021 All Rights Reserved And that’s how it’s fucking done. Lexie’s text is accompanied by a link to an article: Indianapolis’s Young Stars Sign Matching Contracts 10×10. Lexie dragged Chad Kensington into her contract negotiations and demanded they be paid equally. Sophie texts back. Good for you. She means it. Sophie was the first woman to re-sign, and her team undervalued her. The contract Lexie signed is what Sophie deserved. Her term and salary are much lower. She was told to be grateful she was re-signed at all. This will mean a resurgence in questions about her contract. With so few women in the League, reporters jump at every opportunity to compare them. And, knowing Lexie, she’ll jump at the opportunity to measure herself against Sophie. At least it’ll be a break from talking about another disappointing season. Sophie made history in 2014 by winning the Maple Cup. It was Concord’s first Cup in franchise history, and she did it alongside Elsa Nyberg. They were the first two women drafted to the North American Hockey League and the first two to win the League’s most coveted prize. The following year saw a second-round exit. Last year they made it to the Conference Finals, but they lost in five games. This year will be their year again. They locked up Teddy and Kevlar last summer, and Elsa’s negotiating her contract now. They have a strong core. They’ll win another Cup. She isn’t sure how much longer she’ll last if she doesn’t. Growing up, her dream was always to play in the NAHL. She fell in love with hockey the first time her brother took her on the outdoor pond with him. The NAHL became her ambition as she watched the Montreal Mammoths lift the Cup, year after year, in their historic Cup run. Her mémé spoke of the players in reverent, hushed tones. She bought Sophie her first jersey and took her to her first professional game. She saw the way the whole city loved their team and told herself one day it would be her lifting the Cup. And she has. But once isn’t enough. She has a Maple Cup ring, proof of the achievement. She has NAHL records and scoring titles and a sandwich named after her at the arena, but she also has two disappointing seasons, and people are looking for someone to blame. Sophie, as the captain, is an easy target. So is the coach. She and Coach Butler haven’t always been on the same page over the years. He’s a demanding man who knows how to wring the best out of his players. He’s blunt and brash and, in his opinion, is always right. He’s a contrast to Sophie who grew up learning to moderate herself. On the ice, she can be dynamic but off it she’s composed and calm to the point of being boring. The difference in personality has put her and her coach at odds in the past, but this season they have the same goal: win the Cup and silence the doubters. Sophie’s phone buzzes with another text from Lexie. You should come train with me. You might learn something. There isn’t enough room for anyone else next to your ego. Lexie sends her a couple of laughing emojis. Next summer. I’ll even let you crash my Cup party. Sophie rolls her eyes. * Lexie isn’t content heckling Sophie via text. She does a bunch of interviews after she signs her contract, and she pokes at Sophie in every single one. “Sophie Fournier is the only other woman to sign a contract extension, and yours is much better than hers,” Carol Rogers from After the Whistle says. “You haven’t had nearly the same success she has. How did you convince the front office to give you this deal?” “Everyone knows Concord lowballed Sophie, and she let them. It meant I wasn’t going to use her as a comparable. Indy drafted Kenny and I together and put us on the same line. We negotiated together. We’re equals.” “You two have certainly become synonymous with Renegades hockey. Do you worry with your contracts Indy won’t have the room to sign Steele next year? Is this the beginning of the end of the red, white, and blue line?” “There’s room for the players we need.” Sophie watches and reads everything Lexie does and uses it to compose her counternarrative. “Your contract is back in the news,” Ed Rickers says over the phone. Sophie can hear the smile in his words. “Do you regret signing it?” “No, I’m proud to be a Concord Condor. Being the first woman drafted into the NAHL means I’ve navigated many other firsts. I’m glad Lexie was able to sign a good contract.” “And yours?” Rickers prompts. “It was a good contract for me.” I’m being paid to do what I love. Is there anything better? “And it was a good contract for the team. We had the space to extend Teddy and Kevlar last summer, and Elsa’s signing her extension this summer. I want to be a Condor for life, and I want to keep this core together.” “Are you suggesting Engelking’s contract will hurt her team?” “I was talking about my contract, not Lexie’s. I know I make an easy target, but I did think before I signed. Was the money or term as high as Dmitri Ivanov’s or Lexie’s or Kensington’s? No. But money wasn’t my only consideration. Concord has become my home. I want to make my career here.” Rickers reads between the lines of her answers, adds a journalistic flair, and publishes an article propping up Sophie’s team-friendly deal and predicting how long until Lexie and Kensington’s contracts sink the Renegades. It doesn’t take long for Lexie to call her. “So, I’m a selfish, money-grubbing bitch?” “And I’m a spineless, desperate one.” “I really pissed you off, didn’t I?” Lexie sounds happy because she’s a hyper competitive freak. “That or you don’t want to admit how shitty your contract is.” “We’ve been over this. It was the best they offered. I would’ve signed for twelve years if they asked. But there’s a difference between what I feel and what I say. It’s called having a filter.” “It’s called being a liar. Did you tell Nyberg she should accept the first shitty offer to keep the front office happy?” “After your signing, I’d say she’s looking at twelve years, twelve million since she has a Cup and an Alain Benoit to her name.” “Are you going to bring any of this fight into the season?” Lexie hangs up before Sophie can answer.


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K.R. Collins went to college in Pennsylvania where she learned to write and fell in love with hockey. When she isn’t working or writing, she watches hockey games and claims it’s for research. Find K.R. on Twitter.


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The Sweet Spot by Gwen Parks

Title: The Sweet Spot
Series: Sometimes Love Book #1
Author: Gwen Parks
Genre: Contemporary/Small Town Romance
Release Date: June 24, 2021


Goodreads Review – “This is a well written story which pulls at the heartstrings, and is emotionally charged, and with family, heartbreak, humor, and love, which all leads to an entertaining and all-consuming tale.”

Goodreads Review – “ A beautifully written book that will tug at your heartstrings and make you smile at the end.”


I’ve always known what I wanted in life, and never shied from an opportunity, especially with my art. Nothing can stop me.
When Morgan comes along, the shy girl with the most expressive eyes, I’m certain she’s it for me. I know she has doubts about us, but I’m going to do whatever it takes to show her I’m all in.
When Morgan lets her insecurities get the best of her, she gives up on us, saying it’s not forever. I’m left with no choice but to let her work through her feelings. I just hope she comes back to me; I couldn’t stand to lose her forever.


I’ve always had doubts. About everything, but mostly myself.
Growing up, I was never the girl boys fought over. I’m not ugly, but I’m no showstopper. So, when I catch my boyfriend cheating on me, my self-esteem takes a nose dive and reinforces what I’ve been thinking on the inside—there’s nothing special about me.
When Michael takes an interest in me—with the help of his beautiful dog—I’m wary. My ego is bruised, and I’m not ready to fully trust. He goes out of his way to prove what’s between us is real, but I can’t get past the hurdles in our way.
What if all I do is bring him down?
So, I do the only thing I know how, I run. I can only hope it’s not too late for us when I figure things out.

Gwen Parks is a literary aficionado. She went from writing poems and songs to taking the jump to novels. She loves writing common tropes with a different angle. The Sometimes Love is her pride and joy and what led her to break out into becoming an independent author. Inspired by her favorite authors, her work can be described as unique and engaging. She loves to say she is a reader first and a writer second.

She lives in Maryland at the moment, with the dream of moving to Georgia one day. In her downtime when she’s not immersed in a book or writing her next venture, she can be found playing with her three dogs that brings light into her life. She graduated from college and loves the turn of events to where it has brought her today. She is currently happy having her pick of book boyfriends for the time being and mending her book hangovers.

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Wicked Player by Roya Carmen

Title: Wicked Player
Author: Roya Carmen
Release Date: June 24, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Calico Designs

Goodreads Review – “This book was EPIC and gave me all the feels! … I was hooked from page one! I absolutely LOVED this book! Oh the feels! Colton is my new book BF! Alpha male to the core! … This is a must read for 2021! … If I could give more then 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I would!”

The Smutbarians – “A sweet romance that had a tiny bit of a slow burn going on in it. Loved the premise of this story.”

A struggling single mom gets caught up in the web of a notorious Casanova who likes to play games.

When Clara Scott signs up for the Player’s Game, she does it only for the money. As a struggling single mom, she needs the extra cash.

Colton Rossi is beautiful, but he’s also a notorious player. Women swoon all over him. Yet Clara’s not interested in the least in a Casanova like him, nor does she have time in her life for romance.

She knows she can’t get tangled up in his games. She needs to look out for herself, and her small son too. As intoxicating as he is, she vows to pull herself away from him, but when he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she’s drawn in further despite her best intentions.

Will her preconceptions be confirmed, or is there more to Colton Rossi than meets the eye?

WICKED PLAYER contains some coarse language and sexual scenes. For 18+ audiences.

He slides a finger along the length of my arm, and it feels amazing… warm and soft. And suddenly I want him to touch me everywhere. 

He presses his mouth against my head. “I’m glad I’ve finally got you alone,” he says. “I’ve been dying to smell your hair all night. It always smells so nice.”

I close my eyes, inhaling his scent too. “You smell nice too… manly.”

He laughs into my hair, and pulls me in closer. He’s barely touched me, and I’m already so turned on, I fear I might explode. I don’t know if it’s the drugs, or the fact that I haven’t been laid in years, or maybe it’s just… him. 

He presses a finger under my chin, and lifts my face to his. “You are so pretty.”

I love his words. I don’t know if he says them often, if they mean anything at all. But I love them anyway. I do feel pretty in his arms. I’m desperate for his kiss, but he teases, almost as if he knows how much I want it. This is a man who loves to play, and I’m his chosen toy tonight. 

His lips travel softly across my mouth, around my chin, down my neck, and back up again, his breath hot on my skin. I honestly don’t know how much more of this I can take. 

He finally presses his hot mouth on mine. His lips are just as soft and delicious as I imagined in my fantasies. And he tastes of mint. And God, he knows how to kiss. Every stroke of his tongue, every soft bite of my lips reels me in deeper, arouses me more intensely. I lose myself in him, and I feel him lose himself in me. 

He hikes up my thigh against his hips, and presses me against the wall of bottles. I wrap my arms around his shoulders, and hike up my other leg against him, wanting to get closer to him, craving more. I grind against him, and when he jerks up the skirt of my dress, I’m game for anything. 

He pulls away, tearing his mouth from mine, and I ache. I want his kiss. He travels south as he kisses my shoulder, then bites the swell of my breast. God, I want him. Now. He kneels to the floor, and his hands travel upward.

Oh no… the Spanx! 

Just then, the cellar door swings wide open and Victoria stands there, wide-eyed. 

Oh, shit.

Roya Carmen is a busy mom, romance writer, designer, bookworm, chocoholic, and hopeless romantic. There’s nothing she enjoys more than making up stories about love, and sharing them with her readers.

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Easton Westbrook entered my life like an arrogant, grumpy, wrecking ball, and refused to leave.

One Little Mistake, an all-new enemies-to-lovers romance from Avery Maxwell, is available now!

Our banter is addicting, and nothing I do or say will make him change his mind. But when his mind becomes focused solely on me, I run.

I can’t afford to give my heart away again. Not when I’m barely surviving with the broken one I have.
I have walls up for a reason. Reasons that are none of his business, but Easton is used to getting what he wants. And when he decides he wants me, I’m not sure I’ll survive it.

Lexi Heart entered my life like an arrogant, bossy, she-devil in heels, and I can’t get her out of my head.
She’s always ten steps ahead, and I have to admit, I’m intrigued. With every lash of her sharp tongue, she puts me in my place. But when I peel back the layers of her tough girl exterior, I see the broken shell she’s hiding, and my own walls come crashing down.

We quickly learn that what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there, and I know I’m done for. I want this girl in every sense of the word, but can I convince her to take a chance on us? Or will the damage from her past be too much, even for true love?

Join Easton and Lexi in their highly emotional journey to a happily ever after. One Little Mistake is an enemy to lovers, accidental marriage romance that will draw you in and refuse to let you go.

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My phone vibrates next to me, and I can all but guarantee it’ll be one of the girls. Or both of them. Lanie, Julia, and I all grew up in the tiny town of Burke Hollow, Vermont. They, and my grandmother, GG, are the only constants in my life. Glancing down, I see I’m right.

Lanie: Kick butt today at work, chica! Luvs!

Julia: She means kick ass and take names. You’ve got this!

Julia: Luvs.

Their confidence in me is comforting, but it doesn’t shake off my nerves. 

Lexi: Thanks, guys. Luv you both.

Julia: Just throwing this out there … East is pretty hot! (winky face emoji)

Lanie: They would look so cute together, wouldn’t they?

Jesus Christ. 

If they knew what I’ve been through, they would understand. My heart isn’t up for grabs, and it won’t ever be again. My boyfriend finder is broken beyond repair. Or maybe it never worked to begin with, since I’ve only ever chosen losers.

Lexi: Don’t start. That isn’t an option. Not now, not ever. Do you not remember my choice in men almost got me killed?

Lanie: …

Julia: You can’t blame yourself for Miles. You couldn’t have known, but I will say this: both Lanie and I found love when we had sworn it off. You never know when it will strike. 

Lexi: I do. Never. Love is a choice, and it’s one I’m choosing not to make again. 

Lanie: Oh, Lexi. It’s cute how you think you can control it. 

Lexi: Whatever. I have to get going, or I’ll be late. Luvs.

Lanie: Luvs.

Julia: Kick his ass. Then maybe kiss it better! (Winky face kissing emoji) Luvs!

I don’t respond because Julia has no filter. Her responses will only get worse if I encourage her. Instead, I pack up the lunch I made and head out the door, only to run face-first into a human wall. 

“Leo,” I grumble. Ashton, the youngest Westbrook, decided I need to have round-the-clock security. Freaking Ash. The only reason I didn’t argue is I’m pretty sure he does some messed-up shit with super-spy Loki. 

Leo is my day guy, and his job just got boring as hell. Realizing I never asked him what he would do all day while I sat at a desk, I stare at him. 

“Something wrong, Ms. Heart?” His voice always sounds so clinical.

Tilting my head to the side, I observe him. “What are you going to do all day?”

“What I do every day, ma’am. Watch over you.”

“Oh, hell to the no! Do not call me ma’am.” I jab my finger into his chest as I speak. “I’m not old enough for that shit. For the last time, it’s Lexi. Call me Lexi or Lex. Jesus, even ‘girl’ would be better than ma’am.”

He doesn’t answer. The only acknowledgment I get is a quick nod of his head as he steps out of the way so I can lock the door. This is going to be a long day, and I already feel a migraine coming on. 

We climb into the car, and the driver takes off. My girls married into some rich ass families, but I begrudgingly admit they’re amazing. I will never say that to Preston, though. I’m having a hard enough time separating them and their money from the wealth and cruelty I knew when I was with Miles.

Leaning back, I close my eyes, but the car pulls to a stop all too quickly, and I hear Leo exit the car. 

Well, shit. The commute took less than five minutes. Leo opens my door, and I force myself to exit. I’m not sure what I expected, but the building before me emblazoned with ‘The Westbrook Group’ was not it. Maybe it’s because Preston always presents himself as the playboy. Surely, he’s doing something right if he is keeping a multi-billion dollar cooperation running successfully. 

Maybe I’m not giving the guy enough credit. Lanie told me Preston recently rebranded Westbrook Enterprises into The Westbrook Group to better encompass the partnership with his brothers. If they can rebrand something like that, there’s no reason I can’t reinvent myself to be the best damn assistant Easton Westbrook has ever seen. Right

With Leo shadowing me, I make my way to the security desk and check-in. 

“Welcome, Ms. Heart. You’ll be on the twenty-first floor. Your badge will allow entry from the elevator.” The guard is a sweet, older man whose name tag says Sam.

“Thank you, Sam.”

He smiles kindly, and I’m on my way, not at all sure I’m ready to deal with the Westbrook Beast.

The elevator dings as it comes to a stop. Taking a deep breath, I exit the car and glance around, confused. The place is empty and dark. With tentative steps, I inch forward. Ever since Miles held me captive, I’ve struggled with dark, enclosed spaces, and I hate myself for it. I should be stronger, so I force myself forward. 

“I’m safe. This place is safe. Leo is right behind me,” I silently chant. 

“Ms. Heart?” Leo’s voice calls out from behind, causing my heart to stop. 

With a fist on my chest, I turn. At least he appears to feel bad for startling me. 

“You are safe, Ms. Heart. They locked this building down tighter than Fort Knox. I believe Mr. Westbrook’s office is to the left.”

“Th-Thank you, Leo.”

He smiles and ushers me forward. As I round the corner, light spills out into the hallway from a single door at the end. Stealing a breath, I force myself forward, not really sure why I’m so nervous. Reaching the open door, I raise my hand to knock when a deep masculine voice cuts me off.

“Glad to see timeliness is a priority. Come in.”

I can’t tell if he’s being an ass or genuinely complimenting me, so I keep the sass to myself. Entering the room, I realize he has yet to look up from his desk. How the hell did he know I was here?

“I have excellent hearing,” he states, finally lifting his gaze to mine, and it knocks the air from my lungs. Fighting to keep my face neutral, I swallow, forcing the trapped air to leave. His voice softens for the briefest moment when he says, “You are always safe here, Ms. Heart.”

“Thank you,” is all I say. I don’t need Easton Westbrook becoming some arrogant Prince Charming. Been there, done that.

He narrows his eyes as he considers me. Then, as quickly as it came, the warmth in his voice evaporates. “I expect a lot from my employees. I’m here every day at five-thirty a.m. working out in the gym because that’s when I work through most of my problems. HR told me I could no longer force my employees to be here that early, but I will require you here by seven a.m. Monday through Friday. We work long hours.”

The way he’s glaring at me, as if I’m a charity case, makes me insane. My inner bitch is rising, and the longer I stare at his stupid, scowling face, the more I want to set her free.

“I’m not afraid of hard work, Easton.” My indignation is showing, and I make no attempt to hide it.

I swear his lip twitches before he locks it down into the firm, straight line I’m thinking is forced. 

“Right. I know we are in the precarious situation of having a connection outside of work, Lexi.” He says my name as if testing out a new hot sauce, and it makes me smile. “But Mr. Westbrook will suffice here in the office. I have a laptop and phone for you. A desk will be here in a couple of days, but you’ll sit in that general vicinity.” Easton gestures across the room.

Is he fucking kidding me with the Mr. Westbrook bullshit?

About Avery
Avery Maxwell is an American Romance Author who loves wine, sexy stories, pizza, and her family.

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