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Series Book Tour: Summers in Seaside Collection 2023

Title: 2023 Summers in Seaside Collaboration
Authors: Amanda Shelley, Amy Stephens, Barb Shuler & KA Graham, C.L. Collier, Cassandra Cripps, Denise Wells, Hope Irving, M. Leigh Morhaime, Mel Walker, Monica Misho-Grems, Rachel Radner, Sascha Illyvich, and Tina Gallagher
Releases: July 10-August 11, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Amy Queau at QDesigns Covers and Premades

Welcome to Summers in Seaside, a small town located along the Oregon Coast and home of the Seaside Festival. This series returns in July of 2023, with brand new stories filled with sun, sand and summer adventures that will tug at your heart strings.

Tropes: Second chance/redemption/emotional scars/ impossible love

Tropes: Contemporary Insta-Love Romance

Tropes: Age Gap (Older Woman, Younger Man)/Second Chance Romance

Tropes: Rockstar Romance, Summer fling, Friends to Lovers

Tropes: Contemporary Romance

Tropes: Grumpy heroine/Sunshine Hero

Tropes: Second Chance/RomCom/Best Friends Sibling/Enemies to Lovers/Forced Proximity/Curvy Girl/Alpha Guy/Beach Book/Ex’s Reuniting

Tropes: Rockstar Romance/Friends to Lovers/Opposites Attract/Summer Romance

Tropes: Grumpy (her)/Sunshine (him), small town romance, soulmates, contemporary

Tropes: Secret Online Identities/Tattooed Hero/Secret Admirers/Sassy Heroine/ 🍆 Piercing/Beach Vacation Fling

Tropes: Second Chance Romance/Strong female lead/Woman in peril

Tropes: Boss/employee Office Romance/ Secret Identity/Forbidden love/Forced proximity/Soulmate

Tropes: MM Romance/Bi-Awakening/Bisexual Romance/Second chance/Multicultural/Interracial/New Adult/Small Town

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Il Padrone

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Vendetta, Book 1

Allesandro I’m Il Padrone, the Master of this Family, and Emilio will learn his place. I’ll bathe in his tears and watch as he humiliates himself. It’s all for my pleasure. I own it all and he’s just another addition to my collection.

Emilio Il Padrone calls me his toy. His property. He says I can earn the right to be higher in his organization if only I submit. If only I change who I am. I may be younger, but he hasn’t seen the likes of me before.

Just how twisted can a tale of vengeance become?

The Vendetta Series also contains MMM and MMM+ scenes. While the series becomes dark romance, it does not begin that way.

Book 1 of the Vendetta Series, ends on a cliffhanger.

Trigger Warnings: This is a dark MM Mafia with graphic violence and extreme sexual situations. Please see inside for more information.

*This has been re-edited as of July 2022 but no new content has been added.

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“Well, Dr. Sorini, you thought going to the FBI would be a good idea?” I grin savagely at the man shaking in front of me. He’s currently tied to a metal chair that’s bolted down to the floor in a concrete room. It’s a favorite room of mine, with all the best tools scattered around and a drain to help with cleanup. He knows there’s no escape from what’s to come. Both of us have adrenaline flowing through our system. The difference is mine comes from excitement versus the terror that must be eating away at him. “Nothing to say?” I ask softly, pulling his salt and pepper hair back brutally, enjoying his scream of pain as I roll my eyes. If he finds that painful, then he’s so fucking weak it’s pathetic. “I’m sorry, Padrone. So sorry. I couldn’t let them take my license away, though. I worked too hard…” the doctor whimpers, and I tighten my grip further. I have to watch my strength and anger before I do too much damage, at least for now. Unlike this piece of shit in front of me, I’ve actually spent time training, making sure I’m in the best form, not soft like him. It’s why I’m Il Padrone—Master of all. “That license for malpractice? I paid you very well. Where’s the money been going?” I step back and grab a pair of pliers, loving how his panicked breath comes in pants. It echoes in the room, and the fear is palpable, coating everything around us. It burns so sweetly in my veins, pleasure rippling through me at his response. “I have a family!” he screeches like I’ll care. Instead, I grab his right hand and start ripping off the nails. I’m only a few nails in before he’s a blubbering mess. I look back at one of my guards, and we share a disgusted look. I have no patience for such frailty. It makes me want to torture him even more. “I’ll ask you again. Where’s all the money I gave you?” I snap, scaring him further. Fucking weak. So fucking weak. “I spent it,” the doctor gasps. I raise my eyebrow, and he responds in a rush. “Drugs. Drugs from The O’Connel family.” I dismiss the guard with one look. He knows to track down why the doctor’s handler wasn’t doing his fucking job. It never should have come to this, but at least we have plenty of policies in place. With a wicked grin, I go back to torturing Dr. Sorini. I rule this city for a reason. Fuck the O’Connels.
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Vendetta del Cuore

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Vendetta, Book 2

Allesandro Loyalty. My life revolves around it. Loyalty to me and to the Family. I demand it and in return, I will protect them. Emilio thinks he has me fooled but he doesn’t. No matter what I have to do, he will be my most loyal boy yet.

Emilio Loyalty. He offers me vengeance but insists I kneel and pledge my loyalty. Do I give in and if I do will I look in the mirror and see a monster staring back at me?

What happens when vengeance and the heart are tied together?

The Vendetta Series also contains MMM and MMM+ scenes. While the series becomes dark romance, it does not begin that way.

Book 2 of the Vendetta Series, ends in a cliffhanger. This must be read after Il Padrone, Book 1 of the Vendetta Series. It cannot be read as a standalone.

Trigger Warnings: Contains graphic violence

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Vendetta, Book 3

Allesandro I’ll find a way to crawl out of the prison I’m in and when I do, the man obsessed with righting wrongs will pay for my forced exile.

Emilio While I fixate on needing to know who harmed my master, someone has decided I’m their new favorite obsession. I refuse to run. I refuse to hide. It isn’t love and it can kill just as easily as hate.

How far will vengeance reach before it’s satisfied?

The Vendetta Series also contains MMM and MMM+ scenes. While the series becomes dark romance, it does not begin that way.

This is a continuous series. Il Padrone and Vendetta del Cuore must be read prior to this one. Ends on a cliffhanger.

Trigger warnings: Contains graphic violence and extreme sexual situations. This is darker than the previous two books in the series. Please see inside for more warnings.

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Vendetta, Book 4

Allesandro My fury consumes me. Nobody is safe from it. I will bring my Emilio home. I will rebuild my empire. I’ll demolish anyone standing in my way.

Emilio He thinks he has me beat. He thinks he’s in control. If there’s one thing Master taught me, I make my own destiny. I’ll claw my own way out and when I do they’d better prepare. Nobody has ever seen the likes of me.

What happens when vengeance and fury twist together?

The Vendetta Series also contains MMM and MMM+ scenes. While the series becomes dark romance, it does not begin that way.

This is a continuous series. The first three books must be read prior to this one.

Trigger warnings: Contains graphic violence, extreme sexual situations, and homophobic scenes. Please see inside for more warnings.

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Vendetta, Book 5

Allesandro I won’t kneel to a traitor. I won’t let my enemies rip my Family apart. If they think they can take my power away, I’ll bring death right to their door.

Emilio Memories seep into me, taunting me, choking me. I feel like I’m crumbling and have no idea how to make it out. Can I keep myself together or will death stalk me too?

What happens when vengeance isn’t enough?

The Vendetta Series also contains MMM and MMM+ scenes. While the series becomes dark romance, it does not begin that way.

This is a continuous series. The first four books must be read prior to this one. Ends on a cliffhanger.

Trigger warnings: Contains graphic violence, extreme sexual situations, homophobic scenes, and other material that may be distressing. It is intended for a mature audience of 18+ Please see inside for more warnings.

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Vendetta, Book 6

Allesandro Family. The ties between us are forged in sin and not even temptation can strike against it. I’ve never wanted a partner in this life. I certainly never planned on having one. But with war striking out, can I take a chance on what my heart is telling me?

Emilio Family. I don’t look for what’s coursing in our veins, but what’s splattered on our hands. We share the good and shoulder the bad. There’s a war coming and it’ll be what stains the ground that makes or breaks us. I’ll stand with my master until our time comes, but whose blood will spill this time around?

What happens when vengeance and love come together?

The Vendetta Series also contains MMM and MMM+ scenes. While the series becomes dark romance, it does not begin that way.

This is a continuous series. The first five books must be read prior to this one. This is not the final book of the series.

Trigger warnings: Contains graphic violence and other material that may be distressing. It is intended for a mature audience of 18+ Please see inside for more warnings.

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Vendetta, Book 7

Allesandro Courage. Loyalty. Victory. These are more than words on the Martelli Crest. They’re ingrained in my very soul. The world can tremble and I’ll put my adversaries on their knees over these values. Vengeance is the only option and it will be mine.

Emilio My ties to the rest of the world, the civilized society, have long been severed. My heart beats for one man and my soul belongs to a new Family. I’ll paint this city crimson if I have to make a point. We’ll have our vengeance, if it’s the last thing I do in this life.

What happens when warped ethics meet their match?

This is a continuous series. The first six books must be read prior to this one. This is not the final book of the series.

Trigger warnings: Contains graphic violence and other material that may be distressing. It is intended for a mature audience of 18+ Please see inside for more warnings.

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Get ready for the final book in the Vendetta Series…


Coming August 18


Vendetta, Book 8

There can only be one Il Padrone.Every crime has a punishment. There’s no escape from the final judgment in this life. At the end of the day, there’s never another chance. Vengeance can only be claimed when retribution is handed out.

Emilio I may kneel, but I’ll stand as well.

The fight to live and to claim what’s ours will not be left undone. There may not be many rules in this life, but break them and I’ll be an avenging angel on my Master’s arm. This Family is mine, forever.

What happens when vengeance is all that’s left?

This is a continuous series. The first seven books must be read prior to this one. This is the final book of the series.

Trigger warnings: Contains graphic violence and other material that may be distressing. It is intended for a mature audience of 18+ Please see inside for more warnings.

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About the Author: Leigh is a dark M/M romance author from Texas who writes villains of varying degrees. She considers coffee a major food group and her family fears broken coffeemakers. She writes in her spare time, forced to the keyboard by characters entirely too vocal in her opinion and often falls victim to plot monkeys. In between creating mayhem with her characters and friends, her hope is to transport readers to fictional places and provide darkness with a twist.

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Book Title: Love on Page Six (Entertaining Love, book 2)

Author: Claerie Kavanaugh 

Cover Artist: Cath Grace Designs 

Release Date: June 26, 2023

Genres: Sapphic Contemporary Romance 

Tropes: actor /performer, Celebrity/Socialite/Model, Hollywood, movie set, Friends to Lovers

Themes: Against All Odds, Character w/ Disability, Coming Out, Femme / Femme

Interracial / Multicultural Relationship, Slow Burn

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 60 000 words/ 240 pages

It is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.


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An actress with a secret, a journalist with a dream, and forbidden love that could change everything.

Desperate to save her family’s dying magazine, love is the last thing on 26-year-old Daphne Fernandez’s mind when she agrees to go undercover as a makeup artist to scoop a juicy story on the city’s most popular telenovela star. But a spur-of-the-moment kiss makes it more complicated. A cheating boyfriend might not be Bombshell Bridget’s only secret.

Bridget Blake has only ever wanted one thing in her life: to be herself. But her overbearing momanger insists showing the world who she really is would mean the death of her blossoming career. So when the new makeup artist fights her way under Bridget’s perfectly moisturized, paparazzi-proof skin, it’s everything she can do to keep the façade in place. Until one spontaneous kiss turns her world upside down. With Daphne, Bridget is the brave, fun-loving, take-no-prisoners girl she’s always wanted to be. But embracing her new self may mean leaving behind everything she’s ever worked for. Is love really worth it?

Book two in the standalone sapphic celebrity romance series Entertaining Love.


A movement catches my attention as I hesitantly reach for a shimmering eyeshadow palette young woman with black curly hair and gold-rimmed glasses browses the store with ease. Her hands expertly select items from the shelves as she navigates the space in her manual wheelchair. 

She looks up a second later, and her brown eyes meet mine with a flicker of recognition. She freezes, pursing her lips before finally rolling towards me with a warm smile.

“Hi there.” Her voice is soft and melodic with a hint of a Hispanic accent.. “Welcome to the Mystic Beauty. I couldn’t help but notice you look a bit lost. Can I help you find something?”

I adopt an affected Southern drawl. The last thing I need is for my stupidity about something as simple as make-up to be splattered all over the tabloids. “I, um, I’m just looking for some makeup…” Well, duh. I mentally facepalm myself. Why else would I be here? I pluck one from a nearby display and hold it up with an exaggerated flourish. “Clearly, I’m a bit lost.” 

“Of course!” she replies, wheeling next to me and holding out her free hand. “I’m Daphne.”

“Nice to meet you, Daphne,” I say. “I’m… Sarah.”

“Sarah” is the first name that comes to mind, and I hope it’s generic enough not to invite suspicion. Daphne’s hand is warm and steady as she shakes mine, and I can’t help but be grateful for her genuine kindness.

“Alright, Sarah,” she says, releasing my hand and gesturing toward a display of eyeshadow palettes. “Let’s find you something that suits your style.”

As we navigate the aisles, Daphne explains different products and techniques easily. After a few minutes, I no longer feel like an idiot for asking one too many questions I should definitely already know the answer to after so many years in the film industry. But rather someone just trying to take the time to learn a new trade. The longer we wander through the aisles, the more. I find myself becoming intrigued by this mysterious woman who clearly has a passion for her craft.

“Can I ask about your makeup?” I ask, admiring the delicate lines of gold and silver that frame her brown eyes. “It’s stunning.”

“Thank you,” A blush colors her cheeks and I bite back a smile of my own. She’s cute when she’s flustered. “I’m an aspiring special effects makeup artist. I love playing with different styles and trying new things.”

“Wow,” I exhale softly. “That’s really amazing.” It’s not just her skill that impresses me, but the genuine joy in her expression. Just saying the word seems to light up the room, and I can’t help craving more of it from her. As we continue our conversation, I slowly lower my sunglasses, allowing Daphne to see my green eyes.

“By the way, if you ever need any help or advice in the future, feel free to reach out to me,” She hands me a small business card with her contact information. “You seem like someone who could use a friend.”

I take the card with a grateful smile.

“I may just have to take you up on that.” I wink, and we share a laugh. My heart skips a bit, and my chest as a blush pinkens her cheeks.

“Great!” Daphne smiles warmly as she expertly navigates her wheelchair down the aisles, pointing out more products and explaining their uses. I listen intently, absorbing every word like a sponge. “Primer is important for long-lasting makeup,” she explains, handing me a small tube to examine. “And don’t forget about setting powder!”

“Good to know,” I muse, turning the tub between my fingers. “You know my makeup artist was recently fired,” I confess quietly, glancing around and relieved to find out the store is mostly empty. “It’s been really frustrating trying to find someone new who understands my style.”

Daphne’s features soften with sympathy. “I’m sorry to hear that. What kind of look were you going for?”

I hesitate, dipping my head down and running my hands along my arms. “I’m… honestly not sure. I don’t know as much about makeup as I probably should.” 

Her eyes light up, and she squeezes my hand. That’s OK. We can figure it out together. I actually have some ideas if you’re interested.”

“Really?” My heart flutters with anticipation. “I would love that.”

As we continue to explore the store, Daphne’s passion and creativity spark my own. I can’t help but feel drawn to her, her talent and kindness shining through with every word. The longer we talk, the more amazed I am that this woman barely knows me has already offered me more understanding and support than most people in my life.

“Thank you, Daphne,” I murmur, briefly taking her hand in mine. “You have no idea how much this means to me.”

“Of course.” As we stand between shelves of sparkling eyeshadows and vibrant lipsticks, I watch Daphne’s deft fingers pluck an iridescent shade from its perch. The glittering powder dusts her fingertips as she swipes it gently across my hand, creating a shimmering arc of color. “This would look amazing on you,” she says, grinning. “It’ll bring out the green in your eyes.”

“Wow, that’s beautiful,” I breathe, captivated by the way the light dances across the tiny flecks of pigment. “Do you really think I could pull it off?”

Daphne smiles bashfully and flicks her hand through the air. I’m sure you could pull anything off.” She laughs, and I can’t help but feel a flutter in my chest. The way her eyes crinkle at the corners and her lips curve into a smile… it’s all so enticing. 

For the rest of the afternoon, Daphne guides me through the store, picking out different shades and colors for me to try on. 

Daphne’s face lights up as we pause by a display of elaborate prosthetics. “I love special effects makeup,” she confesses as she gently fingers one of the masks. “It’s such a powerful way to transform someone and tell a story.”

“Really? Did you study it?”

Daphne nods, but her smile dims. “I did, but finding work has been difficult, especially because of my disability. Some people just can’t see past the wheelchair.”

A pulse of anger flares through me, but I stamp it down. This woman is a stranger. I remind myself. Still, I hate how judgmental people can be. “I’m sorry, Daphne. That’s so unfair.” 

“Thank you.” Her brown eyes meet mine and my throat dries up. “But I won’t let it stop me. I know what I’m capable of, and someday, the right opportunity will come along.”

Her determination and resilience never cease to amaze me. Nodding I plant my hands on my hips. “I know it will.” Suddenly, an idea takes root in my mind. A bold, daring idea that could change both our lives. “Daphne,” I begin, my voice wavering with nerves. “I have a proposition for you.”

She tips her head to the side and I grin. 

“Would you consider being my personal makeup artist?” The words tumble out before I can second-guess myself. “I know it’s not special effects, but I think together, we could create something amazing.”

The faint scent of lavender fills my nostrils as I watch Daphne’s eyes dart back and forth. Her fingers tap the armrest of her wheelchair, betraying her uncertainty.

“I… I don’t know, Bridget,” she hedges, looking down at her lap. “I’m so honored, but… I can’t I just started down at the warehouse and I can’t just abandon my crew.”

Oh. My heart sinks. “Of course. But if you change your mind…”

“Gracias.” Daphne smiles weakly, the gold rims of her glasses catching the store’s fluorescent lights. 

“De nada,” I murmur softly, warmth blossoming in my chest. 

“Now, let’s get back to finding the perfect makeup for you, shall we?”

The corners of her mouth lift into a genuine smile, and I watch as her hands deftly select products, her fingers moving with practiced ease despite the tremors that sometimes betray her. Her passion for her craft is evident in every gesture, and it only strengthens my belief that she’s the perfect person for the job.

“Thank you, Daphne, “I say as she bags up all my purchases a few minutes later. 

She smiles, and my pulse speeds up again. “You’re welcome, Sarah. I’m just glad I could help.” She folds the last of my purchases into the bag and hands it over to me with a nod.

Daphne’s cheeks flame scarlet as I scrawl my number on her hand. “Here,” I say, trying not to let my embarrassment show. “If you ever change your mind, feel free to call or text any time.”

Her gaze flits between the numbers and me. Finally, she gives a small nod and murmurs her thanks. As I back away, feeling oddly proud of myself for taking such a risk, Daphne watches me go with an intensity that leaves me slightly breathless.


Book Title: Love Among the Stars (Entertaining Love, Book 1)

Author: Claerie Kavanaugh 

Publisher: Half Caff Press 

Cover Artist: Cath Grace Designs 

Release Date: March 19, 2023 

Genre: Contemporary F/F Romance

Tropes:  Matchmaker, Celebrity 

Themes: Coming out

Heat Rating:  3 flames

Length: 40 000 words/ 250 pages

It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.


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Hollywood’s best matchmaker may have finally met her match.


Genevieve “Eve” Davis is Hollywood’s best, most sought-after matchmaker. Just about everyone in the City of Angels owes her for their happily ever afters. She’s been in the business for ten years and has never made a false move. The only person she hasn’t been able to hit with Cupid’s arrow? Herself.

Then Jemma, Hollywood’s most recent “it” girl, appears on her doorstep. But rather than having an extra bounce in her step, she looks like a dog just crapped all over her brand-new designer boots. The date Eve set up for her was anything but a fairy tale beginning. In fact, it was a downright disaster. The first bad review Eve has ever had. If she can’t fix this, her perfect reputation will be torn to shreds.

Even worse, the deeper she digs for that secret ingredient that will help her find Jemma’s perfect match, the harder she falls.

Book one in the standalone sapphic celebrity romance series ENTERTAINING LOVE

Love Beneath the Stars

A Matchmaker Wedding Novella 

Book Title: Love Beneath the Stars: A Matchmaker Wedding Novella 

Author: Claerie Kavanaugh 

Publisher: Half Caff Press 

Cover Artist: Lauren Dombrowski

Release Date: April 26, 2023 

Genres: Contemporary F/F Romance

Tropes: Age gap, celebrity, matchmaker, wedding 

Themes: Coming out, forgiveness

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 30 000 words

It is a standalone story in the Entertaining Love series.


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They say love conquers all, but what if getting it means losing your family?


After years of searching, a job gone wrong finally led Hollywood’s most famous matchmaker Eve to her soulmate in up-and-coming starlet Jemma Mason. For a year, they had pictured their perfect destination Valentine’s Day wedding. But when Jemma’s family arrives from Montana, they quickly learn perfection is hard to come by.

Jemma’s conservative brother has always been distant, but when he meets his sister’s fiancée, who is seven years her senior, he worries she’s moving way too fast and refuses to come to the wedding, let alone keep his promise to walk her down the aisle. Can love really conquer all, or are there some wounds that simply run too deep to be buried?

Eve and Jemma’s Wedding Novella. Sequel to LOVE AMONG THE STARS in the standalone sapphic celebrity romance series ENTERTAINING LOVE. 

About the Author 

Claerie Kavanaugh has spent most of her life telling stories, but she never imagined herself writing romance. In fact, she used to think it should only be reserved for Hallmark movies. It wasn’t until college, when she discovered fanfiction, that she learned what romance was truly about: not just fluffy relationships and happily-ever-afters, but human connection, the desire to push one another to be better, and create hope that somewhere, somehow, everyone has someone.

When she’s not writing, she loves to travel and explore new cultures, helping other authors polish their works as a freelance editor, and singing while doing so. Broadway musicals are her soul-food, something her mother and sister know well. She constantly blasts the newest soundtrack through the halls of their Missouri home, much to the chagrin of her very sassy and spoiled cat.

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The Lone Family is a dark and gritty M/M mafia romance series featuring the enemies to lovers trope and the forced proximity trope between dangerous men in the criminal underworld. 

This steamy trilogy is best read in order.

Genre: Contemporary M/M Dark Romance

Overall Heat Rating for the series: 5 flames

The books are best read in order.



He’ll rebel at every chance he gets, even if it means sleeping with the enemy. 

Book Title: His Playmate (A dark M/M enemies to lovers mafia romance)

Author and Publisher: Ace Fawn

Cover Artist: The Book Brander

Length:  21 054 words/90 pages

Release Date: February 1, 2023

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity

Themes: Mafia, Gangster, Kidnapping, BDSM, Age Gap

It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.


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One mistake has twisted Diego Montosa’s world into darkness.

He kidnapped Wolf Lone’s only son, and the same thing has now happened to him.

Diego has been taken captive by an irresistible yakuza boss, broken down, and turned into his personal plaything …

Wolf is ruthless, subjecting his new pet to painful punishments and addictive pleasures. But Diego is a vicious young gang leader and will rebel at every chance he gets … even if it means sleeping with the enemy.

Content Warning: This book contains BDSM, spanking, impact play, dubious consent, collaring, restraints, age-gap relationships, kidnapping, and violence. Reader discretion is advised.


Book Title: His Bodyguard

Author and Publisher: Ace Fawn

Cover Artist: The Book Brander

Length: 21 014 words/89 pages

Release Date: March 1, 2023

Genre: Contemporary M/M Dark Romance

Tropes:  Bodyguard Crush, Forced Proximity

Themes: Mafia, Forbidden Love, Age Gap

It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.


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Levi never wanted a bodyguard, but when he has a run-in with the police, his father hires a bodyguard to keep him out of trouble. Nick is handsome and protective, and Levi develops a crush on him. But Levi isn’t allowed to date his bodyguard, let alone sleep with him.

Nick isn’t supposed to be attracted to the boss’s son. They have to keep their relationship professional, and Nick can’t let his feelings get in the way of his duties. But when Levi kisses him, Nick doesn’t want to hold back anymore.

One thing leads to another, and Levi gets Nick into his bed. They must keep their forbidden affair a secret, but that’s not easy to do when Levi has already let Nick into his heart and isn’t willing to let him go … even if they get caught.


Book Title: His Challenger

Author and Publisher: Ace Fawn

Length: 19 130 words/82 pages

Release Date: March 31, 2023

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity, Found Family

Themes: Mafia, Kidnapping, Age Gap

It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger


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Trained to be a lethal assassin since he was a child, Mathew is assigned one final test from his boss: to kill his brother, Diego. But when Mathew fails the mission and is caught, he is held captive by the enemy for questioning.

All Rex needs to do is make sure Mathew doesn’t escape. But Mathew fights back and proves he is a force to be reckoned with. Rex is consumed by a strong desire to dominate Mathew and to make the enemy his own. Rex must stay in control, but the longer he and Mathew are alone together, the harder it is for Rex to resist the sexy assassin.

Dangerous men, especially killers, are not supposed to love each other. Mathew knows he shouldn’t be attracted to the enemy, but he develops a hunger for his captor that he hasn’t experienced before … and Mathew can’t deny himself any longer.

Trigger Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, spanking, age-gap relationships, kidnapping, dubious consent, self-harm/attempted suicide, and violence. Reader discretion is advised.

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Diego was stopped from leaving Wolf’s bed by a handcuff around his wrist. He had sat leaning against the headrest for the entire day, his body throbbing and his feet aching.

The warmly lit bedroom was large with a connecting bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. It had wide-paned windows that looked out into the darkness. Diego chewed on his lower lip, growing agitated. A cigarette would be nice, especially out on the balcony in the cool night air.

This was some sort of mental torture. Wolf was treating Diego like he was nothing more than a captive. Diego didn’t have much energy left; Wolf was purposely weakening him. Wolf was forcing Diego to be reliant on him. Diego didn’t like being dependent on anyone because it made him powerless. As much as Diego hated to acknowledge it, Wolf had dominated him, and Diego had already submitted.

The door opened, and Wolf walked into the bedroom, a riding crop in hand. Diego couldn’t stop his body from involuntarily tensing, and he narrowed his eyes at the weapon.

“And I thought you had forgotten about me,” Diego said, his tone sarcastic.

“How could I? You’re all I think about,” Wolf said, mocking him.

Diego rolled his eyes. “Get lost.”

Wolf stopped by the bed, never taking his gaze off Diego as he asked, “Did you think about what you’ve done?”

Diego glared at him, but he didn’t say anything. He had tried not to focus on what had happened because losing brought him a great deal of shame. But the memories of what he’d experienced at Wolf’s hands kept filling his mind anyway. Diego had realized that Wolf was always a step ahead of him.

“Diego …”

“Yes, I have,” Diego said bitterly.

“Are you going to strike at me again?” Wolf asked.


Wolf looked pleased. “Good. If I’d known the cane would make you submit, I would have used it on you earlier, pet.”

A spike of heat shot through Diego’s body and pooled in his groin. Diego had slept with plenty of men in the past, but no one had taken ownership over him the way that Wolf did. Diego had gotten used to taking care of himself and being independent. The thought of losing his freedom was terrifying. His captor was a threat in more ways than just punishments. “Stop calling me that.”

“You seem to like it,” Wolf said.

There was a small part of Diego that did like it. Because of the way Wolf said it … his voice deep and smooth. The word seemed to roll off of Wolf’s tongue naturally. There was a hint of something in Wolf’s tone when he called Diego his pet, and it wasn’t hate. But it was his enemy saying it to him, and Diego knew that he shouldn’t want to belong to Wolf.

Diego kept eye contact with Wolf, and it was starting to stir up a feeling of vulnerability in him. Here Diego was, naked and chained to a bed, his captor looming over him with a dark smile on his lips and a riding crop in his hand. No one had done this to Diego before, and that unnerved him

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An avid reader of M/M romance, she loves books about D/s relationships, the enemies-to-lovers trope, and the forced proximity trope, and tends to involve these themes in her own writing.

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Series Tour : Fate Harbor Series by Caitlyn O’Leary

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Series: Fate Harbor Series
Titles: Trusting Chance, Protecting Olivia, Isabella’s Submission, Claiming Kara, and Cherishing Brianna
Author: Caitlyn O’Leary
Cover Design: Lori Jackson

Fate Harbor Series are stand-alone novels, guaranteed HEA, no cheating. It will enhance the readers enjoyment if they are read in order.

Will Love Be Enough to Save Them?

As a child, there was one shining light, the time she spent in foster care with a bright-haired little boy named Chance. But once again, her young life took an ugly turn, and she was thrust back into her birth mother’s arms, which leaves her with emotional and physical scars that linger to this day.

Chance is overjoyed when grown-up Josie moves to Fate Harbor. But he soon realizes that someone or something has crushed the spirit of this kind woman. Chance makes it his mission to bring out the joyous soul he once knew… and help her fly.

Sam is an Afghan war vet, whose wounds on the outside can never match the deep pain he feels on the inside. Living with his foster brother allows him a temporary escape, but he feels like he’s a burden, a liability, just one more of Chance’s pet projects. He’s trying to dig his way out of depression, but his memories and physical pain are making it damned hard.

Their Story
Chance is desperate to save Sam from his demons, and finding Josie has given him hope… and a plan. Can the three of them make the perfect future? The perfect family? Together?
After all, in Fate Harbor, Love Comes in Threes.

This is a small town, triad (MFM), stand-alone novel.

This is a third edition. The original book was published in 2014, then it was re-published as Theirs to Treasure in 2020. Now May 2023, it is again being published with new edits and new material.

Will a Bullet End Their Love?

Beaten, bruised and battered, a grown-up Olivia allows her foster family to coax her back to Fate Harbor to recover. Forced to follow doctors orders and relax, she finally starts noticing the world around her.

Joshua is a former Phoenix police officer who now fights wildfires across the Pacific Northwest, but makes his home in Fate Harbor. When he meets Olivia, she is someone even his broken heart responds to.

Content to let his best friend Joshua speak for him, Ian is a firefighter who has an uncanny ability to save himself and others by knowing when things will go wrong. When he meets Olivia, even though she is Joshua’s girl, he falls hard.

Their Story
Determined not to come between two of the best men and best friends she has ever met, Olivia flees back to Boston, despite doctors and police orders. Can Joshua and Ian come to an understanding that will repair their friendship and deliver the three of them the love and life they all so richly deserve?
After all, in Fate Harbor, Love Comes in Threes.

This is a small town, triad (MFM), stand-alone novel.

This is the second edition. The original book was published in 2014. Now, in May 2023, it is being published with new edits and new material.

Can They Save Her Before It’s Too Late?

A dedicated teacher of homeless and migrant children, Isabella receives a midnight call that has her rushing across the state of Washington to save a family of kidnapped migrant farm workers. But what she finds is worse than anything she could have imagined.

As a retired leader of special forces teams, Caleb Samuels is used to making snap decisions. When he first meets Isabella, he knew he had finally found the woman that he and his best friend had been looking for, to create a permanent triad relationship. Now he just needs to ensure his partner doesn’t screw it up.

Leif passed up a career that would have eventually led to the Pentagon because he wanted a relationship like his mother and two dads have. Even more, his dominant nature demands he find a woman who will allow him to be in control. Finding Isabella was a dream come true, but would this head-strong, feisty woman admit to having a submissive soul?

Their Story
Injured and losing hope, Isabella is determined to get the twelve migrant children that she has rescued to safety. Will Leif and Caleb find her in time? And if they do, can they convince a woman who has led a secluded life that she is really meant to have a loving, permanent relationship with the two of them?
After all, in Fate Harbor, Love Comes in Threes.

This is a small town, triad (MFM), stand-alone novel.

This is the second edition. The original book was published in 2014. Now, in May 2023, it is being published with new edits and new material.

Can Two Men Heal a Shattered Heart?

Renowned artist Kara Johansen dreamed of having a big family like the one she grew up in with her mother, two dads and three brothers. During a long trip up in Alaska five years ago, she thought she had found her chance when she met and fell in love with two amazing men.

Meeting Kara was the most joyous moment of Ben’s life. Finding out she was open to a triad relationship nourished his soul. At last, he had found the woman who would fulfill all of his dreams.

After his father had died, Quinn proudly took up the mantle of provider for his family, but it often left him feeling tired and alone. When Kara burst into his life, he finally found a woman who was an answer to his many prayers. Perhaps now it was time he could live his perfect life in the triad relationship he had always dreamed of.

Their Story
When tragedy struck, and the two men who meant everything to Kara had to send her back home to Fate Harbor, Washington, she feels like her life has ended. Years later, she decides to settle on a new dream and focus on the many men available in the here and now. When Ben and Quinn arrive in Fate Harbor, their lives now secure and their love still steady, can they mend a shattered heart?
After all, in Fate Harbor, Love Comes in Threes.

This is a small town, triad (MFM), stand-alone novel.

This is the second edition. The original book was published in 2014. Now, in May 2023, it is being published with new edits and new material.

Will Her Secret Tear Them Apart?

As a child, Brianna was shuttled back-and-forth between her biological mother and father and her loving foster parents. For the last eight years, she has chosen to live her life alone, but now she is staring down the barrel of a gun and she wants a chance to spend time with the only people who made her feel safe and loved. She speeds Northwest to Fate Harbor, Washington.

Charlie was born and raised in Fate Harbor and is proud to be Sheriff of this quiet harbor town. A beer, a game, and good friends suit him just fine for now, but eventually he intends to find the perfect woman and raise the perfect family. Nothing could have prepared him for meeting Brianna.

Zac moved to Fate Harbor from England and set up his veterinary practice and leads a satisfying life. Does he take in too many strays? Maybe. But he leads a good life that makes him happy. Nothing could have prepared him for meeting Brianna.

Their Story
Despite living in a town that embraces triad relationships, Zac and Charlie never considered it for themselves until they fell in love with the same beautiful, caring, loving woman. After finally getting over their own issues, they are stunned to find out that Brianna has her own traumas and intends to run. Can they break down her walls and be the soft spot for Brianna to land?
After all, in Fate Harbor, Love Comes in Threes.

This is a small town, triad (MFM), stand-alone novel.

This is the second edition. The original book was published in 2014. Now, in May 2023, it is being published with new edits and new material.

Change The World, Eric Clapton

Drink A Beer, Luke Bryan

H.O.L.Y., Florida Georgia Line

Work Song, Hozier

Let Me Hold You, Josh Krajcik

Have A Little Faith In Me, John Hiatt

I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing, Aerosmith

To the Moon and Back, Luke Bryan

Caitlyn O’Leary is a USA Bestselling Author, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author and a Golden Quill Finalist from Book Viral in 2015. Hampered with a mild form of dyslexia she began memorizing books at an early age until her grandmother, the English teacher, took the time to teach her to read — then she never stopped. She began re-writing alternate endings for her Trixie Belden books into happily-ever-afters with Trixie’s platonic friend Jim. When she was home with pneumonia at twelve, she read the entire set of World Book Encyclopedias — a little more challenging to end those happily.

Caitlyn loves writing about Alpha males with strong heroines who keep the men on their toes. There is plenty of action, suspense and humor in her books. She is never shy about tackling some of today’s tough and relevant issues.

In addition to being an award-winning author of romantic suspense novels, she is a devoted aunt, an avid reader, a former corporate executive for a fortune 100 company, and totally in love with her husband of soon-to-be twenty years.

She recently moved back home to the Pacific Northwest from Southern California. She is so happy to see the seasons again; rain, rain and more rain. She has a large fan group on Facebook and through her e-mail list. Caitlyn is known for telling her “Caitlyn Factors”, where she relates her little and big life’s screw-ups. The list is long. She loves hearing and connecting with her fans on a daily basis.