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December 2017

Delta Collection from Cristin Harber

The Delta Collection Special Edition boxed set includes three complete, bestselling romantic suspense stories (DELTA: RETRIBUTION, REVENGE, AND REDEMPTION) plus excerpts from DELTA: RESCUE and never seen before DELTA: RICOCHET (releases February 2018).


Trace Reeves was one bad day from a dishonorable discharge. The best the Navy SEALs had to offer, he became a vengeful, angry mess when his twin brother was killed-in-action. Now he’s focused on a deadly obsession and unable to cope with the pain and guilt… except one time, in the arms of a one night stand that he’d never see again. She was smart, the sexiest thing he’d ever touched, but she disappeared into the night.

Titan Group was recruiting for their Delta team. They wanted ghosts. No ties. Nothing personal. The best of the best who could live off the grid and surface when commanded. Trace was the perfect recruit. Damaged. Heroic. Nothing to lose.

But when Trace’s one-time fling becomes his high-value target during a black ops job, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself.


A Tortured Hero with a Heart of Gold

Growing up on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Javier Almeida has only his older sister to protect him. When she’s sold to a human-trafficker, he vows to hunt down those responsible.

Years later, Titan Group’s Delta team finds him, tattooed and brawling, a vigilante protector with information they want. They take him in and train him, working him harder than a man should be driven, until he’s a soldier harboring an obsession. Ready for revenge, Javier ghosts his way across the globe, tracking the men who took his sister and working elite private security jobs.

Meets Sweet and Sassy

Jilted at the altar, Sophia Cole turns the reception into a one-woman party. She’s intent on devouring all the cake and champagne, so she can bask in the calories she’s been avoiding. In the midst of the revelry, he walks in, the one man she can never ignore.

Javier is her older brother’s black ops teammate–an automatic Do Not Go There. But if there’s one thing better than fondant and a buzz to ease the wounds of a cheating fiancé, it might be a one-night stand with a South American military man.

It’s a Game Changer

Javier didn’t expect to see Sophia again. He never thought he would even want to see her again. He shouldn’t have touched her, but his mind won’t stay away from her.

Now, Sophia Cole is thousands of miles away from the safety of her parents’ lavish estate and working alongside him in hell. She’s a staffer at an Embassy, and he’s there to keep them alive. There are bombs and bullets and blood-hungry enemies.

And then she’s taken. Gone. Just like his sister. But so much worse.


“My name’s Victoria–No last name. Don’t ask.”

That was all that the woman would share when Delta team’s expert trigger man, an Australian named Ryder, pulled her from the pits of a human trafficking nightmare and took the gun from her hand.

He didn’t mean to steal her revenge but survival was the priority. Now that Victoria was home? She had a past he was trying to understand while still keeping a secret from her.

But he’s not the only one. When she goes missing, Delta team discovered that Victoria No Name was a one-woman vigilante force, taking on whoever crossed her path, from gunrunners to a drug-pushing motorcycle club.

She was exactly who Ryder thought she might be, and now he was coming in to help–whether she wanted backup or not.





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Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.




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A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev

ADistantHeart_BadgeInfused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart in A DISTANT HEART.
“Searingly asks its characters what they’re willing to do for the people they love… explores family dynamics, class issues, and many layers of guilt, hope, and determination in ways that are both distinctly Indian and universally luminous. Another beautiful, breathtaking novel from a not-to-be-missed author.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review

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Release Date: December 26, 2017

Publisher: Kensington


Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen years old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass, Rahul becomes Kimi’s eyes to the outside world–and she becomes his inspiration to better himself by enrolling in the police force. But when a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, both must face all that ties them together and keeps them apart.

As Kimi anticipates a new life, Rahul struggles with loving someone he may yet lose. And when his investigation into an organ black market ring run by a sociopathic gang lord exposes dangerous secrets that cut too close to home, only Rahul’s deep, abiding connection with Kimi can keep her safe–and reveal the true meaning of courage, loss, and second chances.

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart.

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Copyright © 2017 Sonali Dev


Freedom was a beautiful thing! Mumbai in all its grimy, gray, pre-monsoon glory flew past Kimi as her auto-rickshaw sped between cars and pedestrians with the zeal of a bastard child born of a Diwali rocket and an immortal god. She almost asked the driver to slow down, but with the wind whipping her ponytail and the driver’s mop of curls in a joint symphony she felt as recklessly brave as the whirring vehicle racing along on its three wheels.

Emblazoned across the dashboard of the rickshaw was the goddess Durga dancing on the corpse of a demon like the evil-hunting badass she was. Bowing to her was Bollywood’s favorite superhero, Krish, with his muscles bulging like fat rubber balls and his hair coiffed high. In a perfect background score to Kimi’s life’s drama, the techno-beat-laden remix of an old Bollywood number drowned out the cacophony of horns the driver left in his wake.

The combination was delicious and exactly worthy of what she had just done. What she was about to do.


You know who else was badass? Kimaya Kirit Patil, that’s who.

There had been one hundred and twelve instances over twelve years when each breath had been a fight and her limbs had turned to mist. She had fought. Not like a warrior, because that would involve the use of said limbs, but like someone drowning, where all you could do is keep the water out of your nose, so it wouldn’t keep the air from your lungs. Breathe out. Breathe out. She had followed those breaths. Grabbed on to those thin wisps of air like lifelines and made herself live one grip at a time.

Then the cure she had waited twelve years for in a sterile room had come. A heart had become available. Surely that meant something. Someone had died, after all, so she might live. Someone with the exact kind of blood and plasma that would let a foreign heart beat within her chest with the confidence of an indegene. Surely that meant she could now have what she never thought she would—all that she had gazed upon from the windows of her room, sealed tight with every technology known to man, so no germ, no pathogen would dare venture into her world, let alone an entire human being. Except Rahul—he had ventured. And then gone on venturing until he was all the way inside.

He’d helped her understand calculus and the nuanced stories of Premchand. He had known how atoms split, why Europe went to war twice within half a century, and the why and when of each invention that transformed the history of civilization. He had touched her, despite promises he’d made. Because it was exactly what she had needed. His gloved hand in hers. He had given her anything she had asked for when everyone else had been too afraid. And she had known that if she lived, if her parents got what they had sealed her in a room twelve years for—a daughter who lived—she would spend the rest of that life taking care of him. The way he had taken care of her.

Except she hadn’t considered the most important part of her plan: him. She had returned from Hong Kong with her new heart and he had looked at her with those dark-tar eyes turned even darker by all that emotion when she ran to him. “You’re running,” he had said, as usual choosing the least words to say the most.

“Yes,” she had said, knowing exactly why every single hard-won breath had been worth it. But then she had told him her grand plan: the two of them living happily ever after.

As always she had asked him for what she wanted. What she hadn’t for one moment considered that he didn’t also want.

He had thanked her for the offer to love him forever, and passed on it.

The person who had kept her from being alone when she was locked up in a room had finally shown her what loneliness was when he walked away from her, leaving her alone in the crowded world she had craved for so long.

No one had the right to that kind of power.

She leaned back into the overstuffed vinyl seat of the speeding auto-rickshaw feeling awfully light.

It only made sense that losing a part of yourself would bring lightness.

No. She wasn’t doing that. She was not going all morose and doing the Tragic Princess shit anymore. That wasn’t her. No matter how people saw her, that was not her. Not anymore.

Actually, it had never been her. Why the hell was she letting herself go down that path now?

She was past the Rahul-induced sadness. Done with it. He’d made his intentions clear. They were no longer—well, they just weren’t anymore. Nothing, anything, they just weren’t.

Plato would ask if the fact that they weren’t anymore meant they had never been. Or was it Aristotle? You know who would know? The one person who she could not, would not, call for a fact check. This wasn’t a Tragic Princess thought, but here it was anyway: She had to stop thinking of life in terms of thoughts she saved up for Rahul like seashells collected on a walk along the beach. It was time

About Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s lists of Best Books of the year. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance 2014, and is a RITA® finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. She was hailed by as a ‘stunning debut’.

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Pre-order for Nikan Rebuilt by Scarlett Cole

Nikan_Pre-orderBadgeNIKAN REBUILT releases next week and we can’t wait for you to read this super-sexy rockstar romance! Pre-order today so you don’t miss this second-chance romance. Plus enter to win a Kindle Fire from Scarlett Cole


Series: Preload #3

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press SWERVE


From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Nikan Rebuilt, the next novel in the Preload series.

Does the past ever really stay in the past?

Nikan can never be complete. He’s got a rock group made up of the family he built for himself, more money than he knows what to do with, and a stream of groupies falling over themselves to date him. But none of them are her. The one regret that still plagues him, still taunts him with what he could have had.

Jenny is a survivor. Now running a group home after overcoming life in a cult lead by her manipulative father and watching her mother drink the poison he fed his followers, she fights to keep the light in the eyes of every boy who walks through her doors. Far from simple young love, Nik taught her to trust, showed her how good life could be. Before he formed the band. Before he became a famous rockstar. Before he destroyed it all.

A chance meeting after years of no contact shows the connection still blazes between them. But will they have their second chance at love? Or will the weight of their past crush their future together?

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“Why didn’t you tell anybody where you were?” It was the question that had always burned him. He knew that she didn’t have anybody else in the world who cared that she was okay as much as he did.

Jenny stopped suddenly and turned to face him. “Because I knew you would come and find me, and back then I knew I wasn’t strong enough to keep you away.”

Nik’s heart stopped in his throat. The pain in her voice cut him as deeply as any of his stab wounds had. Unable to help himself, he placed the palm of his hand on her cheek. Her face so looked so soft, so vulnerable and open. As much as he wanted to kiss her lips, he buried the urge. “I’m sorry, Jenny. I can repeat that a thousand ways, and I can show you a thousand times over just how sorry I am. I just . . .” Just what? Threw it all out of the window in a reckless fit of hedonism?


He shut the voice off.


This time it was even louder.

Jenny pulled away. “It’s probably best we leave all that alone. No point picking at a healed scab.”

“I don’t want to pick at a scab or have you hate me,” he said, sadly. “Or worse, I don’t want you to disappear on me again. I just want to get to know you, Jenny.”

“For what purpose, Nik?” Her eyes filled with tears, and he could feel the pain she was in. It mirrored his own. The pain that drove him to keep holding his makeshift family together so that life had some kind of meaning.

All out of words, he did the only thing he’d ever relied on for comfort. He pulled her into his arms and pressed his lips to hers, lips he’d used to watch as she sung, lips he could visualize around his cock as she’d given him her first-ever blow job, lips that he’d missed. They were soft and sweet, just like Jenny. Her fingers slid into his hair, her nails trailing along his scalp in a way that never failed to make him shiver. She remembered this. Their bodies remembered the way they were together. So did his dick, which was pressed up against her.

He knew it was over the moment her hands slid their way to his chest, and his heart broke all over again as she pushed him away.

“See, this is why I can’t be around you, Nik,” she cried. “It’s impossible to resist you. And we don’t belong together anymore.”

Nik shook his head. “Don’t do this, Jenny. We deserve a second chance to see what we’ve got. We are perfect together.”

“Were, Nik. We were perfect together. Don’t you see? It’s all past tense.” Jenny turned and hurried down the street.

“Jenny. Wait.” He jogged to catch up with her. “There was nothing past tense about that kiss, or the way you turn me on as much as you always did. There is nothing past tense about the way the sun catches your hair and turns it the color of a cornfield in fall. And I know you hate star references but there is nothing past tense about the way your fucking eyes light up your face like the Big Dipper, lights up the night-fucking-sky” he said. “I don’t want what we were to be the sum total of everything we ever add up to.”


About Scarlett Cole

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream.

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Undeniable Fate by Mia London

Lily is facing the loss of her job with aplomb and is keeping her concerns to herself. She loves her job but when a takeover is in the works, she knows that her job is on the line. She is determined to leave on a high and ensure that whoever gets her job will have a seamless transfer and that all her contacts will be left in safe hands.

On her final trip to Italy to meet suppliers she is shocked to find herself seated next to an absolute traffic stopping gorgeous guy. He is obviously well established but is neither standoffish nor in-your-face with his wealth. They spend the flight chatting like old friends and she is quite sad to lost sight of him at the airport.

Brandon has never enjoyed a flight so much. Lily clearly had no idea who he was and that was such a refreshing change from the usual gold-diggers or networkers. He sees the care and professionalism but also human touch that she could bring to her job and really would love to get to know her better.

Enter Fate! It not only puts them in the same hotel but accidentally puts them (temporarily) in the same room! As Brandon and Lily decide to spend more time together, their short time in Italy flies by but when Brandon make their goodbye a bit …weirdly business like, Lily leaves brokenhearted. But Fate is not yet finished with these two!

Oh this was a fantastic read. I loved that Lily is a strong, independent business woman and whilst she has a healthy regard for hard work and doing well for yourself, money is not her god and she is no social climber..quite the opposite in fact. Brandon is used to getting what he wants but again is not the monster megalomaniac that other CEOs could be!

Fab read and I can’t wait to find out if this will spawn into a series!

Surrender to the Cyborgs (Interstellar Brides: The Colony #1) by Grace Goodwin

Rachael is in a shed load of trouble. A biochemical researcher, she blew the whistle on a drug her company was selling that was killing people. But with any big business they turned on her and framed her. Now in prison Rachael is determined to have her day in court and clear her name. But as a backup her lawyer has her screened for a new interstellar bridal programme. She has a very vivid encounter during her screening and she is matched with a warrior. But Rachael declines the mating and wants to stay on Earth and clear her name.

Prillon warriors have a Prime and Second mate. They share their mate and should anything happen to the Prime mate, they are secure in the knowledge that their mate will still be cared for. Maxim is the stoic, stable, Governor of Base 3, on the Colony Planet. His second is Ryston, a fellow warrior. When they learn that Maxim has match on Earth but that she is in danger they travel to Earth and break her out!

Rachael is suitably wary of these big warriors, even when her lawyer and bridal matcher tell her they will protect her. She has a lot to learn about these big guys and she is rightly worried about being shipped off with strangers, even when she feels a pull towards them.

Maxim & Ryston are both dominant and strong characters but in different ways. Rachael is their sun, moon and stars! I loves how easily they defer to her as a scientist when she gets involved in trying to save their fellow “contaminated warriors”.

Christmas with the Alpha: (An Alma Venus Novella) by Cara Wylde

Little slice if married life. After ten years of marriage and three children in quick succession, Avelyn and Max have been given the perfect present. Their children gave them a permission slip to spend Christmas together, alone! They aren’t going far, just to a cabin near their home but no pack politics and no little children make this a dream getaway.

But when the time comes, the boys are acting up and don’t want to let them go. But when they make it to the cabin, they have some fun filled, passionate encounters. But when the cabin gets invaded and Max goes on the warpath, Avelyn may have some calming of an irate Alpha to carry out.

Nikolas, Lucas, and Jacob are a handful. They appear to be good boys but they have distinct personalities and clearly love their mum and dad. Their present are heartfelt and handmade and adorably sweet. Great way to catch up with the Blackmane pack with a little Christmas cheer thrown in!

Crashed on an Ice World (Phoenix Adventures #9) by Anna Hackett

Elana is done pretending not to feel anything towards Rynan. He has been her friend for years and she can’t really remember when it turned to love but there is no hope for her. He is a love-em and leave-em type and she knows she deserves better than that. Her family overlooked her and treated her as a worker not a daughter. She won’t settle for anything less than love.

Rynan is still reeling from the brain trauma he suffered. He forgets things and fails to remember the simplest things, causing him so much frustration. But when Elana declares she is leaving…well that is just crazy. He wants Elana but he is her boss and she is his friend and he doesn’t want to sacrifice that for a relationship he would must likely crash and burn! But Fate has something more wild and wacky planned for these two, which includes an ice planet, icy monsters and space pirates, with a sprinkle of eccentric rich lady adventurer thrown in!

Rynan is stubborn and pig headed and Elana is so set on not being another cog in a machine that their love story is almost over before it begins. Goldie almost steals the show, that woman is feisty, fun and I want to be her when I grow up and win the lottery! So happy to be back amongst my favourite convoy and meeting up with some of the characters from previous books.

An Uncommon Honeymoon (Librarian and the Spy #3) by Susan Mann

Yay my favourite spy duo is back… and racing towards their nuptials but not without a little excitement!

Quinn is still learning her dual role as Librarian and Spy. She is still Mistress of all things trivia. James has finally returned from Moscow and ready to get his HEA. But when their honeymoon is interrupted with the possibility of helping track down human traffickers, there was no way these two were ever going to say no!

With child labour trafficking, drug mules, possible bioweapons and all around creepiness, there are a few triggers some may find it hard to get past. But there was nothing too ominous or sketchy and as usual it was very well researched and presented. I want to be Quinns friend! She is Queen of the Nerds and loving it. She has her own Knight in shining armour in the shape of James and they are adorable to read. Do you take it all seriously? Of course not, this is a total romp through the suspense/spy genre and it is great fun. I hate it when books take themselves all too seriously. I want to decompress when I read. However, the themes dealt with are all too real and it made for a great read.

I really want more in this series, I loved James and Quinn. Quinn’s family is a riot and I really need another fix soon!

Her Treasured SEAL (Midnight Delta #11) by Caitlyn O’Leary

Drake and Karen are back to get their HEA – but it is not going to be plain sailing. They may be deeply in love but fate is a fickle witch and she isn’t finished with them yet.

Drake has been stateside since Karen had to go on bedrest and he has missed out on a few missions. Karen is feeling responsible and that she is holding him back. Add in organising a wedding and searching for a house and you have a powderkeg awaiting to ignite!

As usual Karen wants to do it all herself but there is a little human forming inside of her and she just can’t do it all anymore. When things go from bad to worse and Drake and she have a narrow escape with a medical emergency, Drake goes even further into caveman mode..who knew that level of caveman even existed!!!!

Drake and the boys face some stiff opposition and Drake’s first mission back with the team is a doozy. I was alternately spitting nails and calling for blood and cheering for the good guys! There are some not so nice visitors from previous books back for another go round with the Midnight Deltas…and just for good measure Black Dawn and another couple of friendly faces turn up to lend a hand!

Weddings are always fraught with tension but not may end with helicopters and …well that would be telling! I loved meetings Karen’s family. Her brothers are intense but her mum and dad are a hoot! They just hoover up the entire extended Avery family.. that’s a LOT of extra bodies to love.

Drake was always going to be a natural dad, he’s already been one for his sisters. Karen did what so many women try to do and be superwoman. When you have people around who can help ..let them! She was her own worst enemy sometimes!

Fantastic book and I now need to figure if we can visit Alaska and catch up with the Eastman boys in their own series…PLEASE say it’s so!!

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