Monday, December 3, 2012

Heating up the Week

Good Morning Fans! It's December! Not much longer til Christmas! For now, forget shopping, forget wrapping, and lose yourself in these Free Romances!

Waking Up Married

Her first thought: "Who are you?"
It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!
Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!
Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?

Fresh Temptation (Barboza Brothers)

Victor Barboza is a man who has everything but a good woman.

Cara Green has a young son, three part-time jobs, and a few extra pounds.

Their worlds collide as Cara serves Victor at an upscale party in Manhattan, upsetting Victor's ex-fiancee, Alexis, in the process.

Victor pursues Cara, but Cara is not sure of his intentions: Is he using her to make Alexis jealous? Does he just want her for sex? Or is love Victor's true aim?

Laura's Big Break

Laura needs to interview the hero of the moment to keep her new job with a women's magazine. She'd rather stick a fork in her eye. Twelve years have passed since her disastrous one night stand with Charlie and they've barely exchanged two civil words in that time. She calls him the Neanderthal and he calls her The Iron Maiden. If it wasn't for the fact his sister was Laura's best friend, she wouldn't have anything at all to do with him.

Charlie has come back from a stint in Afghanistan with a souvenir - nightmares. After one afternoon arguing with Laura, Charlie makes a wonderful discovery: she's so irritating, she scares away his dreams. So Charlie agrees to give her an interview - at a price. She has to accompany him on a two week cycling holiday in Holland, that way he might actually get the rest he needs. He takes particular delight in the plan because he knows that Laura hates exercise, loathes the outdoors and despises him. It feels good to have the upper hand for a change.

Laura needs an interview. Charlie needs sleep. And they both need to grow up and get over the past. But not before Laura cycles into a canal, sets fire to a tent and posts nude pictures of Charlie on the internet - all with the hope of getting her story.

Santa Wore Combat Boots

Emma Turner feels like her life ended with the death of her husband. Three years later she’s doing the best she can for her children and moving through life on autopilot. She doesn’t believe true love can happen twice in a lifetime. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t believe in much anymore. Putting her trust in one honest man might be just what she needs to move forward.

Bound by duty Jake Nicklaus never imagined he’d cross the line and fall in love with the woman he swore he’d watch over. If only he’d died on that chopper instead of her husband, she wouldn’t be hurting. The only way to heal her heart is to show her how to live again. Finding the magic in Christmas is the perfect way to start.

Will one kiss under the mistletoe change their lives forever?

Girls Night

A girls’ night out is exactly what Jillene McDermott needs after her carefully planned life on a small Washington island, goes adrift. Suddenly responsible for her late husband’s failing coffee shop, Jillene’s single-minded determination to save her family from impeding disaster is complicated when her two mischievous daughters take matters--and their mother’s happiness--into their own hands.

True crime writer and Blue Heron Beach’s favorite son, Vince Tremoni, comes home to contemplate the gloomy forecast of his writing career--which took a tragic and unexpected turn thanks to a fan-turned-serial killer. Now, with his future on hold, the last thing he needs is a beautiful widow complicating his thoughts and reminding him that there’s more to life than his flagging career.

But when Jillene and Vince find themselves tangled up in an unplanned summer fling, can either of them deny there’s more to what they’re feeling than a casual affair? Suddenly coffee’s not the only thing heating up at Blue Heron Beach!

Bearing All (Wild Men of Alaska)

BEARING ALL (a novella)

All he wants for Christmas is her…
Former Russian spy, Sergei Lavinsky, code name The Bear, is hibernating on the edge of Alaska. He lures the woman he loves to the Edge of Reason Lodge, hoping enough time has passed that her heart has softened and her knives have dulled.

All she wants is revenge…
Kate “No Mercy” Mercer is a CIA Agent sent to assassinate him. Again. This time she intends to succeed without ending up in his bed. She has a dozen reasons to kill him, and one of them is personal.

They’ll be completely unwrapped before the holiday is over…

It was his pheromones that did it. With one sniff, sex researcher Leigh Fromm recognizes that any offspring she might have with the mysterious stranger would have a better-than-average chance of surviving any number of impending pandemics.

But when Leigh finds out that the handsome “someone” at her great aunt’s wake is Prince Roman Habsburg von Lorraine of Austria, she suddenly doubts her instincts—not that she was intending to sleep with the guy. The royal house of Habsburg was once completely inbred, insanity and impotency among the highlights of their genetic pedigree. (The extreme “bulldog underbite” that plagued them wasn’t called the Habsburg Jaw for nothing.)

It doesn’t matter that his family hasn’t sat on a throne (other than the ones in their Toilette) since 1918, or that Austria is now a parliamentary democracy. Their lives couldn’t be more different: Roman is routinely mobbed by paparazzi in Europe. Leigh is regularly mocked for having the social skills of a potted plant. Even if she suddenly developed grace, charm and a pedigree that would withstand the scrutiny of the press and his family, what exactly is she supposed to do with this would-have-been king of Austria who is in self-imposed exile in Denver, Colorado?

Dare to Believe

The Gray Court, Book 1
Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a match for his own.
Ruby has had the hots for her boss for some time now, but she knows business and pleasure shouldn’t mix. While that can’t stop a girl from dreaming, she sticks by her guns and does her best never to be alone with the handsome CEO. Until the company masquerade party, where she discovers a passion with him that leaves a mark on her soul.
A family emergency calls Leo away, and rather than spend one night out of Ruby’s arms, he convinces her to go with him. With his brother’s life on the line, it’s vital she learn how to deal with who, and what, her new lover really is…before it’s too late.

My Only Wish
My Only Wish - A Christmas Novella

With the holiday season approaching, Abby Carter feels a hollow ache in her heart. Her Christmas wish, written on paper, sealed in a bottle, and thrown into the ocean, is that she will find someone to love, someone who will love her in return.

Jaded by his fast-paced life and painful past, Dylan Thane is intrigued by the letter in the bottle he pulled out of the ocean and is determined to meet Abby. This gorgeous, sensitive woman lights his world on fire, and he rediscovers his passion for life. But Dylan has kept a secret that could threaten their happiness.

As Dylan and Abby fall more deeply in love, Dylan realizes that Abby may be the only one who can soothe his damaged soul. For Abby, Dylan has touched the most secret places of her heart and fills the emptiness in ways she’d never thought possible. But before they can join together, they must first face the challenges threatening their future, and decide if their Christmas wishes will be granted or denied.

Anna Robbins brings you a story of love and hope for the Christmas season. At this time of year, anything is possible when you truly believe.

The McKinnon The Beginning (The McKinnon Legends)
"Nic, my friend, you think Fate's a bitch? Just wait until you meet her sister Destiny." Connor Holden, Earl of Featherstone

Every story has a beginning often driven by Fate. With The McKinnon Legends that beginning starts with Nic McKinnon and his unconventional bride, Morgan Pembridge, Seventh Duchess of Seabridge.
Not your typical Knight in Shining Armor - Damsel In Distress story, The Beginning starts the reader on a journey of deep love, treachery, and mystery of the way time and space collide with characters that are believable.
Staged initially in the late fifteenth century this love affair sets the foundation for an amazingly strong and solid family legacy spanning centuries in an eight volume series.
Join them on their journey of growth and change to ultimately evolve into the McKinnon Legends.

Playing for Keeps (A Novel of Family and Love)
Since her mother's death more than fifteen years before, Grace Connors has been the matriarch of her family. She's put her own dreams on hold to raise her younger sisters and keep her ex-marine father in line.

So when her sister Nell decides to get married, it's on Grace to make it a wedding their mother would have been proud of. It can't be hard to organize a party, right?

But then everything falls apart, including her budding romance with her sexy best friend Pete. Caught in the crossfire with the enemy at her back, will Grace be able to fix it all before she becomes a casualty of love?

A Christmas Date
A Christmas Date

A sensual and sweet contemporary Christmas love story of approximately 9,200 words

When tall aloof business executive Lucas Hart and small voluptuous florist Angelina Makepeace are thrown together on a surprise blind date by their crazy matchmaking friends, they are both equally horrified. They have absolutely nothing in common.
But when wintry weather and circumstances beyond their control repeatedly place them in each other's path during the holiday season, they begin to realize that their friends might not be quite so crazy after all.

Married By Christmas
Anna Carter is on the brink of her dream Christmas wedding, she’s got the dress sorted, the church books, even the reindeer to pull her in a sleigh to the ceremony. But now - only two weeks before her big day - her perfect husband-to-be drops a bombshell...

Only nothing's going to stop Anna's plans - not even the pesky inconvenience of discovering her groom already has a wife!

Hannah's Vow
She grew up on the wrong side of the law, daughter of a master thief and student to his trade. But when he dies at the hands of an angry mob, she flees to a monastery to escape the world and her sins.
He is betrayed by his brother and sentenced to a life in prison. Only the thirst for revenge keeps him alive. He will do anything to escape . . .
Together . . .
They must run for their lives to survive their pasts. And in the journey, they find truth . . . and an unlikely love in their hearts.

Sleeping Beauty (A Novel)
Sure, Claire Beau thought about sleeping with her doctor. With his moss green eyes and sexy petulance, neurologist Brendan Charmant is definitely worth fantasizing about. But she didn’t actually do it…did she?

Claire should be able to answer this simple question, but she has no idea. The only thing she knows for sure is that she met him in a sleep lab for an appointment one day, and woke up at home seven weeks later to find that he’s suddenly her loving boyfriend instead of her cold and remote doctor. According to Brendan, her brother and all their friends, Claire is in the middle of a whirlwind love affair with him, a claim bolstered by the weeks of steamy emails and text messages the two of them have exchanged. But to Claire, he's just the arrogant doctor with only a passing interest in finding a diagnosis for her debilitating symptoms.

Claire Beau is afflicted with “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome,” a mysterious disorder that causes her to sleep for days at a time, and black out for entire weeks. Dr. Brendan Charmant might have given her the best night (or two, or three) of her life, but she has no memory of ever seeing him out of his white coat. Still, she can’t help finding herself more than willing to fall for him (again). After all, doesn’t every girl deserve a Prince Charming?

But when Brendan’s arrested, and she discovers that she’s the alleged victim of a heinous crime that she can’t recall, she realizes that sometimes the best way to make your dreams come true is to just stay asleep. So why is she risking everything to save both of them from this hellish, waking nightmare?

Sleeping Beauty WAKES UP! (A Novel) *Alternate Ending*
Sure, Claire Beau thought about sleeping with her doctor. With his moss green eyes and sexy petulance, neurologist Brendan Charmant is definitely worth fantasizing about. But she didn’t actually do it…did she?

In this tale of “While You Were Sleeping” meets “50 First Dates,” Claire knows she should be able to answer this simple question, but she has no idea. What she’s sure of: She met Dr. Charmant for an appointment one day, and woke up at home six weeks later to find that they are in the middle of a whirlwind love affair, a claim bolstered by her brother, their friends, and the weeks of steamy emails and text messages they've exchanged. But to Claire, he’s just the arrogant doctor with only a passing interest in finding a diagnosis for her debilitating symptoms.

Claire Beau is afflicted with “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome,” a mysterious disorder that causes her to sleep for days at a time, and black out for entire weeks. Dr. Brendan Charmant might have given her the best night (or two, or three) of her life, but she has no memory of ever seeing him out of his white coat. Still, she can’t help finding herself more than willing to fall for him (again). After all, doesn't every girl deserve a Prince Charming? And waking up comes with other perks, including a plum starring movie role that appears poised to catapult her to fame.

Sure, she knows that her best friend, the hot, blonde, tanned surfer, Davin Wibbens, thinks she deserves better. Still she’s crushed when he abandons their friendship over her decision to continue dating Brendan. She soon finds that getting to know Brendan–who already knows everything about her–feels less like falling in love, and more like a Prince Charming job interview. With her relationship with Brendan fizzling, Claire longs for Davin’s familiar, flirty company.

When Brendan’s arrested for a crime against her that she can’t recall, and Davin disappears and is feared dead—all in a matter of days—Claire realizes that sometimes the best way to make your dreams come true might be to just stay asleep. So why is she risking everything to save them all from this waking nightmare?

Los Angeles, belly-aching laughs, love, movie sets, surfing, sleeping, tears, a little bit of intrigue, and an ending that will make your heart sing. Think you know what true love is? Wake up.

Stolen Promise
Cultures clash and passions collide when a stunning deathbed confession by his mother sends Evan Dark, the heir to a sprawling South Carolina plantation, to England in search of information about the father he never knew. Evan, a Southern gentleman who has just discovered his Gypsy heritage, cannot resist coming to the aid of a spirited young Gypsy woman, Jade of the Lowara tribe, who has fled her campsite after learning she is betrothed to a brutal clansman. Jade's father, seeing an opportunity to bring wealth to his clan through marriage, pegs Evan as Jade's bridegroom. Coerced into marrying Jade, Evan intends to abandon his Gypsy bride and return to South Carolina, where his own fiancĂ©e awaits him, unaware that she has been unfaithful with his half brother and that the two are plotting to challenge Evan’s status as heir. When loyalties divide and fortunes are at risk, will Jade's love be enough?

License to Love: Holiday Box Set (Contemporary Romance)
Specially Priced Holiday Box Gift Set – for yourself or a friend! Limited Edition. Includes four romances from bestselling author Kristen James. Clickable Table of Contents and links throughout for easy navigation.

A Cowboy for Christmas – “A Great Romance for the Holidays and Anytime You Like!” Coffee Time Romance and More

Missy finds herself an unwanted co-owner to Ocean View Stables by Florence, Oregon. She wants to start over somewhere new after her old boss burned her. She’s jobless and has a wrongly ruined reputation, so this works out perfectly . . . until she meets the cowboy running the place. Brent built his dream with determination and his two hands; he’s responsible for everything that happens there. Secretly, he feels responsible that his former partner died. He also doesn’t hide his belief that Missy won’t stick around. Women tend to take off on him so why would she be any different? They both have a past that can ruin their future. Can he trust her to stay? Can she trust him with her heart?

More Than Memories – “I just loved this book! Primarily because Ms. James' equation for the plot kept me guessing the entire time.” Big Al's Books and Pals, 5 Stars

Molly Anderson returns “home” to a town she doesn’t remember, hoping it will spark a memory. She runs into Trent Williams, an off duty police officer, and something else definitely sparks. He wants to know why she left town, with her parents, but without a word to anyone. She doesn’t remember that life. She can only tell him she knew her parents briefly before they died . . . or were murdered, she’s not sure. She hopes regaining her memory will help answer that question. Trent has his own secrets, but they have a mystery to solve. Molly knows she wants him now, but the truth might destroy their love. Can she love him if she can't remember him?

The Enemy's Son
Cora discovers her father is in trouble… and the only person who can help her is the enemy’s son, Nick Holloway.

Her father couldn’t have stolen a million dollars, so how is he going to replace it? In one week?

Nick is ordered to take Cora out into the wilderness to a remote cabin to keep her father in line. He claims he wants to help Cora and says he’s deceiving the Hollways to keep her safe…but what if he’s playing both sides? He could be using her attraction to him against her. Cora can’t allow herself to trust Nick, no matter how sexy he is.

Nick isn’t the only one offering to help. Alexander Pierce could scare the devil but he can also track down anyone in a day. He warns Cora that if she wants to find her father alive, he’s the way. Is it possible both Nick and Alexander have secret feelings for her? With her dad's life on the line, she might have to play her own little game.

Soon she’s running from her feelings for Nick, running from creepy Alexander and the rest of the Holloways, and trying to find her father somewhere in the city of Eugene. To make matters worse, everyone thinks she has access to the missing money.

The clock is ticking…

Embers of Hope, Book 1 of the Second Gift Series
Savanna’s Story: Savanna is falling for the sexy firefighter that saved her life once, but Jason confuses her to no end. He’s hurting over the recent death of his best friend. She’s also stuck in the middle between Jason and Cassie, who just lost her husband and blames Jason. Can Savanna find a balance between loving Jason, helping Cassie, and taking care of herself and her daughter? Or is she going to lose this bet and her best friend?

'A Christmastide Romance'
In this 'Sweet Festive Romance', Rosie Merry is full of the joys of the Christmas season, until she notices that Toby the Labrador appears to be unwell.

When she calls out vet Matthew Richardson, late one Winter's evening, she does not expect to experience love at first sight; nor does she expect all the joys and the heartaches that the following days will bring.

This is a gentle 'sweet' love story, which is brimming with the spirit of Christmas.

The Book Of Love (Baby Its Cold Out)
Had Lila Taylor known the fate waiting her outside her door that morning, she would have pulled the covers back over her head, dismissed the cat’s complaining entirely, and ignored the flood on the first floor. But you see, Lila wasn’t expecting anything life changing to happen to her. Why you might ask? Because nothing exciting ever happens in Endsville, Colorado.

Or so Lila thought, until the day Grayson Stone walked into her otherwise boring little world and turned reality into one very exciting fantasy.

The Clarendon Rose
Word spread through the countryside like the whisper of the wind through the branches of the trees: he’s back.

The prodigal son had returned.

But that was one of the few things the rumors could agree upon. Some claimed he was a changed man—ready, finally, to shoulder the responsibilities that he had shirked for so many years. Others claimed that any apparent changes were merely a ruse—once a ne’er do well, always a ne’er do well. And the new duke had been far worse than a ne’er do well: he had been a rake, a degenerate and a scoundrel.

The other thing that everyone agreed upon, whether tenant, servant or villager, was that it was a fine thing that Miss Tina had finally gotten engaged to Lord Edmund. That, at least, would keep her safe from the prodigal’s degeneracy—for surely even the duke could not have sunk so low as to seduce his own brother’s betrothed!

Valentina Merriweather remembers all too well the dark, broodingly handsome duke from years earlier, when he had come to visit his family estates. Now, back from his wild travels to the far reaches of the earth, he is darker and more tortured than ever. Tina soon finds that she is attracted to him with an urgency that spells danger for her peace of mind, her conscience, and for the most valuable commodity that a genteel woman of her murky lineage and meagre fortune possesses: her reputation.

A Very Holly Christmas: An Exclusive Short Story
Shelia Roberts is back with the hilarious short follow up to On Strike For Christmas. This short story will bring you right back to the spirited town of Holly, one year after the big strike! For even more Christmas (this time with a touch of romance) don’t miss The Nine Lives of Christmas, coming November 2011.

Beautiful, feminine Anora finds her wedding plans suddenly shattered. She and her identical twin, tomboyish Gwendolyn, are kidnapped and taken aboard a Viking ship. While the handsome captain mistakes Gwendolyn for a boy and appoints her his servant, Anora captures his heart and he vows to have her. To preserve her sister's maidenhood, Gwendolyn initiates a dangerous game. Will the twins be rescued before Gwendolyn surrenders to her own passion?


The only daughter of a French Marquis, the headstrong Marguerite was the apple of her father’s eye. Jealous and embittered, her mother schemed to rid herself of the seventeen-year-old girl through marriage to a much older man. Strenuous efforts to escape such a fate resulted in Marguerite being sent in disgrace to an Irish Convent to reflect on her unacceptable attitude.

Instead, she absconded with a man she scarcely knew, and married him in a clandestine ceremony. To escape the Marquis’ fury, the couple fled to British India. Over the years, far from the bright future she anticipated, Marguerite was destined to suffer violence, betrayal, rejection, and finally poverty.
Battling against almost insurmountable odds, the young woman regained prosperity through grim determination and her own merit. However, her personal independence came at a price…

Devil in Disguise

Author Heather Huffman reunites some of her fans' favorite characters with this unforgettable journey of romance, friendship, humor and suspense.

Tenacious reporter Rachel Cooper devotes her life to exposing corruption by shining a light on the darker corners of the world - a career that doesn't leave much room for relationships. Even so, she finds it impossible to stop thinking about her unexpected run-in with Conrad Langston, an old flame that never quite burnt out.

When her mother calls in the middle of the night because her sister is missing and the police are offering little help, Rachel immediately turns to the only person she knows she can always count on - Conrad.

Determined to protect her family, Rachel finds herself embroiled in the frightening and tragic underworld of human trafficking. As her pursuit of justice pulls her deep into the darkness, she recognizes an opportunity to re-evaluate her choices in life and take a new path - even if it means walking through the fires of hell to protect the ones she loves.


When everyone lies to you—trust your gut instinct
If that fails—start over
For your love deserves the best
And murderous terrorist your vengeance
May God have mercy on their soul

Both the Americans and the Russians think Victoria works for them exclusively. In truth; the Pack, an International Crime Syndicate, brutally controls her while they launder money in America by buying distressed houses for terrorist sleepers. While she executes the perfect escape, staging her death during a shark attack, she makes one mistake—she meets Royce, who worked as a special operative several years earlier, the night before disappearing.

Royce, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with any American led special operations after he had been lied to in order to keep him focus on his prior mission. His girlfriend had been abducted and brutally murdered earlier while they had kept him in the dark. The last thing he had ever expected was another woman in his life, especially a Russian spy. Furthermore, he never would have believed that she would be the one thing that would encourage him to finish a mission that he should have taken care of the first time.

Royce is well trained on how to discover the truth, so although Victoria’s apparent shark attack was well conceived he knows better. He had used the life of a surfer bum for years as his cover. The more lies he uncovers, the more suspicious he becomes until finally he feels like he has little choice. His prior operation was so top secret even the CIA were told nothing He didn’t need them then, and he sure the hell didn’t need them this time either. The last time it was for country—this time it was going to be personal.

Beloved Beast

First he saved her life, then he stole her heart.

Left to die in the swamps of Georgia by her ex-fiancĂ©, Mario, son of the local Mafia godfather, Crissy’s life very nearly ended right there. She is, however, rescued by the outlaw Ramon, a man half-disfigured by fire, and he whisks her away to his hut in the swamps. Fascinated by his dominance and his erotic games she forgets the danger for a while, but the Mafia still has a debt to settle with Ramon. And so begins a thrilling chase through the Okefenokee swamps.

This novella contains scenes of an erotic nature, as well as violence, and is therefore recommended for readers above the age of 16.

A test-reader advises people to have tissues to hand towards the end of the ebook.

Desperate for You

Jennifer Del Castillo has known the happiness of marriage and motherhood and has been successful in business. But she has also suffered heartbreaks. Jennifer seems to be satisfied with her life in San Antonio, Texas having been married to Roberto Del Castillo for ten years. He is a millionaire and they both enjoy the finer things in life.

Jennifer has traveled around the world and she seems to have it all. Falling in love with another man is the last thing on her mind, but this is what happens to her after she finds out that her husband has been unfaithful.

Enrique Garcia conveys warmth and a passionate charm that amazes Jennifer. Ruggedly handsome and daring, he is the ideal counterpoint to Jennifer’s subtle grace and he is immediately attracted to her. He seduces her like no one ever has, showing her pleasures she never knew of before.

Jennifer finds Enrique irresistible and she falls madly in love with him. But when her husband Roberto finds out about her affair she is frightened for her life and worries that he will take their children away from her.

In this enthralling novel, author Ruben Soto captures the story of a woman’s determination to steer through hurt and revenge and have a new beginning.

Treasure Hunt

The last thing Beth and Samantha expected while shopping at the local mall was to be chosen as contestants for an up-and-coming reality game show, Treasure Hunt. For Samantha, it was a dream come true. For Beth, it was her worst nightmare. Reality TV? Seriously? Was there anything worse?

Convinced by Sam that it would be harmless fun, Beth agrees. But as the game progresses, she begins to realize that something isn’t right. There’s something about these men she doesn’t trust, especially the freakishly handsome one that makes her weak in the knees.

When she wakes up in the morning with no memory of how the night ended or how she got home her worst fears are confirmed.

This was no game.

But when she plans her revenge does she go to far?

And who is really behind the Treasure Hunt?  

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