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July 2018

Craven House Collection by Christina McKnight

CravenBox_BadgeMayfair just got a lot more wicked…and a lot more fun.

Available July 31st– Craven House Collection box set by Christina McKnight.

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Title: Craven House Collection
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release Date: July 31, 2018

Scandal is second nature to the children of London’s most notorious madame. Growing up in the unconventional Craven House, these four sisters become independent, determined women, perfect matches for the roguish lords that love them. Mayfair just got a lot more wicked

…and a lot more fun.

The Thief Steals Her Earl, Book 1

To save her family from bankruptcy, Miss Judith Pengarden must be very bad—but when she breaks into the stalwart Earl of Cartwright’s home, it’s not just his family heirlooms she steals, but his heart too.

The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis, Book 2

The Marquis of Ridgefield longs for tradition and routine, two things which the rebellious hellion Miss Samantha Pengarden can’t provide. Then why does he feel so drawn to her?

The Madame Catches Her Duke, Book 3

Longstanding secrets and deception have made Marce Davenport and the Duke of Harwich enemies. But when their agreement ends and they face a change to the lives they’ve known, they’ll discover the line between hate and the love of a lifetime is finer than they ever thought possible.

The Gambler Wagers Her Baron, Book 4

Miss Payton Samuels knows that the only person she can rely on is herself, until she becomes governess to Lord Ashford’s rambunctious children. A gambler knows not to wager it all, yet the longer Payton stays with Lord Ashford and his family, the more willing she is to risk it all for her happily ever after.


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Author Bio:
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with rebellious women and maverick heroes.

Her books combine romance and mystery, exploring themes of redemption and forgiveness. When not writing she enjoys coffee, wine, traveling the world, and watching television.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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Don’t Stop Bewitching (Bewitchingly Ever After #1) by Mandy M. Roth

The offshoot series from Everlastingly Ever After.

Curt Warrick is very happy being a player and does all he can to make sure that the mating cooties don’t catch him! But on an enforced road trip with a seriously mismatched group of males, he sees way more of happy matings than he wants between Hugh and Jace. Add in enforced happy-chappy potions and Capt Petey…well being Petey and Curt is stressed to the eyeballs.

Missi is not at all happy that some wheeler-dealer big-shot wants to snatch her land from her and develop it. Added stress comes from her friend stating that her mate is on his way, Missi is perfectly happy as she is, especially after her last disastrous love affair with he-who-shall-not-be-named. But fate is fickle and ensures that Curt and Missi have a…memorable first meeting!

Hedgewitch Cove is an eccentric place to be sure, I wanna visit! With a great symphony of characters and some new weird families to love (Missi and her brothers and sisters weird names are tame by comparison!) Petey as usual is cracked but a cutie, he’s like the uncle who is the life of the party but everyone keeps away from the knives LOL. I can’t wait to find out more of the back story for him that is bubbling away. Cursed pirate treasure, misfired curses and matehood are giving Curt a really BAD day!

Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole Excerpt Tour

DeepCover_BadgeDEEP COVER by Scarlett Cole

Back with the next installment in her Love Over Duty series, comes DEEP COVER by Scarlett Cole. For Ex-Navy SEAL Cabe Moss and FBI operative Amy Murray when the sparks begin to fly—and the stakes rise to dangerous heights—are they in too deep? Fans of alpha heroes and workplace romance won’t want to miss this hot romantic suspense.

Release Date: July 31, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Series: Love Over Duty #3

Deep Cover Corrected


Ex-Navy SEAL Cabe Moss always comes when called to duty—at all costs. Even though the death of his fiancée nearly destroyed him, Cabe won’t let his past interfere with any work that has to get done. When his latest task pushes him to team up with FBI operative Amy Murray, a fierce beauty with the undercover skills to match, Cabe must admit that, for the first time in years, he wants to do more than just complete their mission together…

Amy was born ready for this assignment, but working side-by-side with the the strong, silent, and frustratingly professional Cabe seems to be the biggest challenge of all. But when the sparks begin to fly—and the stakes rise to dangerous heights—the only thing Amy is left worrying about is how she can resist him. Their lives may be in danger, but their hearts hold the biggest risk of all…


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Copyright © 2018 Scarlett Cole


“Where are you hiding my baby girl?” a large voice boomed from the Caesars Palace hallway.

Valentina nodded her head in the direction of the doorway. “You should go find him before he disrupts any of the private tables,” she said with a smile.

Amy wandered to the door and found her Stetson-clad father looking into one of the rooms. “I’m right here, Dad,” she said as she hurried to him and hugged him in the hallway. He smelled of leather and cigar smoke. Maybe it was because she’d lost her mother so many years ago, but it was impossible to explain the feeling of safety that washed over her when she was fortunate enough to spend time around her father.

“Let me look at you,” he said, taking a step away from her. He studied her face. “Humph. San Diego appears to agree with you. I was kinda hoping it wouldn’t.”

“It does. And while you know I can’t talk about what I’m working on, the job does too.” Over her father’s shoulder, she saw Cabe walking toward them with Uncle Clive. She smiled when she noticed that Cabe was wearing a black jacket that fit him to perfection. He’d remembered. “Dad, let me introduce you to Cabe Moss.”

Her father turned and offered Cabe his hand. “Well aren’t you one big son of a bitch? If you’re the guy who has my little girl’s back, I feel better already.”

Cabe’s face broke into a grin. “My pleasure, sir.”

“Sir. I like manners in a man. Military?”

“A SEAL, sir.” Cabe said.

“Well, let’s see if we can’t teach you a thing or two. Which room are we in, Clive?”

As Uncle Clive led her father farther down the hallway, she turned and noticed Cabe’s eyes were on her legs. Her bare legs. “Eyes up here, soldier,” she said, humor in her tone. It made her feel warm inside that he was looking.

“It’s sailor,” he said with a wink. “They’re good-looking legs, and I’m only human.”

It was wrong to let him flirt, it was wrong for her to respond, but for a moment, she wanted to pretend the rules didn’t apply. She reached forward and brushed a piece of lint off the shoulder of his jacket, then smoothed down his lapels. It was an intimate thing to do, she knew. And a risk, given the requirement to stay focused on the job. But hell, a piece of her had always believed in the what-happens-in-Vegas slogan. Here, in the middle of Caesars Palace, the real world didn’t truly exist. “You look good in a suit, sailor.”

Cabe placed his hands on top of hers and squeezed them gently. “You’re killing me, Ames.”

The heat of his fingers burned her inside. Made her want things she had no business wanting from a man she had no business wanting them from. “Why Ames?”

He shrugged. “I don’t know. I just like it. It’s catchy. Makes you sound like one of those TV cop heroines from the seventies.”

Amy looked at their joined hands for just a millisecond longer before pulling them away. “You should go and start practicing,” she said. “If I’m going to work my way into the Lucky Seven Casino’s inner circle, I’d feel better if you were there too.”

“I’ll be there. But rest assured, even if I’m not invited, I’ll find a way to cover your back.” Cabe placed his hand around the back of her neck and pulled her forward gently to place a chaste kiss on her forehead. “I’ll be there, even if you can’t see me. I promise.”


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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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Deep Cover (Love Over Duty #3) by Scarlett Cole

Cabe is an ex Navy SEAL and a founding member of Eagle Security. He has worked his very cute butt off to get it off the ground with Six and Mac but he is ever overshadowed by the memory of his fiancée being killed whilst he was away on a mission. Jess was military like him and he just can’t seem to shake her memory and what they lost.

Amy is an FBI agent who forever has the stigma of being the female agent who called time on her boss and his sexual misconduct. She doesn’t think the stigma has followed her to her new posting but she can never rest on her laurels. She wants some fun before undertaking her new case and has a close call with a hunky stranger but he disappears as fast as he appeared! But now he pops up again…as one of the security specialists she has to work with. Putting aside her hurt feelings she has to deal with Cabe.

Cabe is superbly written as the sensitive soul mixed with Alpha bad-ass! He truly loved and mourned Jess and feels conflict over his emotions when Amy is involved. He feels like he is cheating on Jess, even when he knows that she is gone and would want him to be happy. Amy is trying to be super professional, not wanting anyone to come at her as being the girl who climbed the ladder by sleeping her way to the top.

I love that whilst the male characters may be physically strong, their female counterparts are equally as strong in other areas, whether in intellect or emotionally. I loved how everyone got sucked into the madness of Six wedding! Amy’s family and friends from the world of gambling were just as fun and I enjoyed learning so much about the workings of a casino! What happens now?!?!?

Black List: Black Star Security by Cynthia Rayne

Storm is not your average computer Geek. He is tall, strong, Alpha to the core and harbouring so many secrets…especially of the CIA variety.

When he was asked to go against his moral compass yet again by the CIA, he quit and now enjoys his work with Black Star. He knows what he does makes a difference and doesn’t hide in the shadows. His soul is slowly being scrubbed. But his little side project lands him square in the cross hairs of Lucy. Lucy who he knowingly subjugated to CIA recruitment tactics and then left hanging in the wind.

Lucy’s friend was killed by a serial killer that Storm has been chasing. Seeing him again has brought up a lot of mixed feelings, all of them strong and not the least of which is the urge to kill him! But she’ll use him the way he used her to get to the truth of who killed her friend and why.

The fire burns brightly between these two, the line between love and hate is a fine line indeed.
Lucy and Storm have some novel ways of getting information! I loved seeing all the guys and their partners again. I really hope that there are more stories to come and soon!!!

Heartless (Detyen Warriors #3) by Kate Rudolph

Poor Kayde. He instigates a risky mission back to recon HQ as he fears his obsession with one of the survivors he helped rescue means that he is tipping into madness.

Quinn is far from being over her abduction and abuse at the hands of the Oscavians and their allies. However, she has a soft spot for one of the other survivors and returns to the ship they wee rescued on to grab a memento for her. But a nap has never led her into such a precarious position before. Now she is blasting through space with a big, strapping alien. She feels safe with him and knows that he would not harm her. Pity she really can’t get her brain and heart to agree that falling for Kayde is a big NONO.

Both Kayde and Quinn feel they are broken beyond repair. But stitching their tattered hearts together might make them stronger than ever! Plenty of twists to keep you guessing!

Catch Him If You Can by Jennifer Shirk

CHIYC_FirstLookIn Jennifer Shirk’s newest installment in her Accidently Yours series, town widower Wade Roberts is being bombarded by Cape Harmony’s matchmaking mamas. His only way to stop them: pretend to be in a relationship with his sister’s best friend, Arden Pearson. But when what started as an act begins to shift into something more, it might take a village to convince Wade that Arden’s his perfect match.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 13, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Series: Accidently Yours


Veterinarian Wade Roberts is done with love. But try convincing the elderly folk of Cape Harmony who are determined to play matchmaker. Now the young single women in town are bombarding him with baked goods and love notes, and being “taken” is the only way to stop the meddling grannies—which is why he needs a fake fiancée. Fast.

Arden Pearson loves planning weddings. Other people’s weddings, that is. After her own engagement ended in disaster, she prefers to live vicariously through her work. But when she needs to persuade a big client that she’s capable of planning the celebrity wedding of the year, she’s willing to go as far as pretending to be engaged herself to her best friend’s older brother.

Soon their ruse has everyone in town believing they make the perfect couple—including Arden. She’s always been nothing more than a kid sister to Wade, and it might take a village to convince him otherwise…


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Copyright© 2018 Catch Him If You Can

Jennifer Shirk


“I don’t understand what difference it makes if you’re married or engaged or whatever on how you do your job,” he said.

Her shoulders slumped. “Normally, it wouldn’t make a difference, until I received that bad press a few months ago.”

“The Bahamas Bolter?”

Yes,” she grumbled. “Anyway, it’s a long story, but these particular clients were hesitant to sign until I kind of sort of blurted that I was engaged.”

Wade snorted. “Seriously? It’s not like my clients think I need to own a pet to be a good veterinarian.”

“Exactly! Thank you.” She bit her lip. “Normally, I’d dismiss clientele who thought like that. However, they are pretty big clients, Wade. Huge. Huge enough that if all goes as planned, everyone will easily forget that wedding snafu I had a few months ago. I had no choice but to tell a teensy lie. And, well, since you had wanted me to pretend to be your girlfriend earlier, I figured…”

“You figured I could be your fake fiancé.”

“Yes. Will you?”

“Uh, here’s the thing. I wanted a girlfriend,” he said, folding his arms. “I didn’t say anything about a fiancée.”

“Oh, Wade, really?” She spluttered. “What’s the difference?”

“What’s the difference? It adds a whole other element to the charade. And besides, don’t you think you’re moving a little fast in our fake relationship? I had no idea you were so pushy. Fake boyfriends don’t like to be—”

“Okay, I get it!” She huffed. “So sorry I didn’t fulfill your time requirement to be fake courted properly, but like I said, this is an actual emergency.”

He took a bite of banana bread and chewed, pretending to think it over. “I don’t know…”

Arden planted her fists on her hips with a harrumph. “What don’t you know, Wade? Whether you actually missed out on the fake wooing or how unreasonable you’re acting right now?”

“Now, now. A short temper is not something particularly attractive in a fake girlfriend slash fiancée.”

“Well, maybe when a person’s career is in jeopardy and she asks a friend for help and gets turned down flat, she wouldn’t feel the urge to punch the fake boyfriend slash fiancé in the throat.”

He wanted to grin but didn’t dare. It was rare to have the upper hand with Arden—and he found he was quite enjoying this sudden little nuance, along with her begging him for help.

About Jennifer Shirk:

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Montlake Romance and Entangled Publishing. Her novel, FIANCE BY FATE—a 2015 Readers’ Crown Finalist—became an Amazon #1 best seller for Series Romance. And recently, Wrong Brother, Right Match, WON the Sweet Traditional category of the 2017 Golden Quill Contest and became a #1 Amazon bestseller for Holiday Romance.

She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she’s not writing or working on her tan, she’s taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter and puppy (Sox).

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Coti’s Unclaimed Mate (Iron Wolves MC #9) by Elle Boon

Coti has been secrets from his pack! Not a smart move when you’re part of the Iron Wolves, but he has been around a long time and some secrets are hard to break. He has been denying himself his mate, Nene was human after all and he’s not supposed to let slip that he can git a bit “wolfy”!

NeNe feels rejected by her family and her friends. She feels that Syn and the others just dropped her once they got a man, she’s happy for them even though a tad jealous but it’s not like she hates them for being happy. She has enough on her plate with the reprobates she has to work with at her 2nd job. But when things go pear shaped and she gets a beating at the hands of the “mean girls”, Coti strides to the rescue!

Coti is a wonderful mix of supernatural strains and Nene copes remarkably well with the big reveal and her own…new inner voice! I’d be a total basket case! I love a good baddie to hate and in this I have several to choose from. I also loved the twisty family entanglements that get revealed – total mind trip! Sexy times are always melting hot from this author!


Three Courageous Words (Mission: Six #3) by Elle James

OOOh a 2nd chance at love for Buck and Angela!

Graham Buckner, AKA Buck, fled medical school and his love for Angela when his former gang came after him. He knew the military would keep him safe but staying away from Angela was the only way to keep her safe.

On a mission in Sudan he can’t believe he stumbles across Angela who is now working with Doctors without Borders. But she is still as headstrong and heart-tender as ever and doesn’t want to leave behind those people who now look to her for aid.

Evil warlords, scared villagers and a feisty elderly couple who come to their aid make this a fab romp through Africa. I enjoyed the tension between Buck and Angela and the slow thaw around Angela’s heart was in keeping with her protecting her heart, although it does rapidly thaw as the book progresses!

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