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November 2018

Dragons’ Jewel (Nightflame Dragons #1) by Milly Taiden

Daeria is in dire need of females. After a devastating pathogen killed off the majority of its females, the world has requested help from Earth’s females to help repopulate.

Gia needed the financial incentive offered by Daeria to help alleviate her mothers suffering from Alzheimer’s. No longer recognised by her mother, who now cowered from her when she visited, Gia leaves Earth behind, hoping for a new and hopefully happy life.

Voss and Azar are lifelong friends. They know that they are destined to share a mate and when they find her within the first batch of Earth females. Pity these females are destined for the Wolf shifters. There is a reason why its good to be king though and Voss and his fellow dragon shifters make off with the females, who all seem to be mates for the other Dragons.

Things move fast for this trio and Daeria is very much like Earth, just with different technology and of course shifters! Power struggles and politics are a nasty business no matter what world you’re on it would seem. The Wraiths are an enigmatic bunch and their king, well he needs to find a mate to cheer him up!

Theirs Ever After by Katee Robert

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In THEIRS EVER AFTER Theo, Galen, and Meg’s journey continues as they navigate the new realities of their relationship. Fans of Laura Kaye’s THEIR’S TO TAKE or Sierra Simone’s AMERICAN QUEEN will devour this cinderella-esque ménage.

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Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

Theo opened his eyes to see his best friend, his lover, his Consort, standing over him. Galen looked as tired and worn out as Theo felt, though where Theo had lost weight, Galen had gained muscle. No telling where he found the time to work out, but the evidence was in the way his T-shirt stretched tight across his shoulders and chest and the clear definition in his legs. He couldn’t even appreciate the new changes for fear of what they indicated. Are we going to war, Galen?

Some days it certainly felt like it.

He finished up his set slowly, drawing in the burning of his muscles as he strained against the weight of the bench press. In this moment, he was perfectly present. It wouldn’t last. It never lasted. But he had right now, and it would have to be able to shore him up for the coming conversation.

Theo wiped his face with his towel and stood. “Okay, I’m done. What’s wrong?”

“Would you like a list?”

Fuck, something was wrong. Theo glanced at the door to the gym, instinctively looking for the audience they had for most of their waking hours. The door remained closed, which didn’t mean no one was listening, but it lessened the likelihood. Even with the cameras blinking in the corners of the room, they were as close to alone as they were likely to get. “Galen, talk to me.”

“Not tonight. Not like this.” Galen started for the door. “Meg had a hard day, Theo. We all did.” Subtle comment, less subtle bite. If he concentrated, Theo could almost see things unraveling around him. He’d known life wouldn’t be simple once he retook the throne, but the freedom of exile had gone to his head and he’d forgotten just how easy it could be to drown in this world.

It sure as hell seemed like all three of them were a few short breaths from doing exactly that.


And he didn’t know how to fix it.

This wasn’t the time or place to get into it. Darkness had fallen while Theo was preoccupied, and most of the palace staff had gone home. It didn’t leave the halls empty—they were never empty—but there were fewer people to bow and murmur greetings as he and Galen stalked toward their private suite. Theo managed to nod in response, but he schooled his expression to discourage actual conversation. In his current mood, he couldn’t guarantee what he’d say if someone tried to stop him now.

They slammed into their suite and Theo grabbed Galen’s arm before he had a chance to leave the sitting room. “What’s going on?”

“No. Fuck that. You don’t get to play the concerned partner now.” Galen shot a look toward the main rooms and lowered his voice. “You got what you wanted, Theo. You got your cake and you’re eating it, too. The first King of Thalania in history to name two Consorts. Congratu-fucking-lations.”

Theo rocked back on his heels. This conversation had been a long time in coming, and even knowing it bore down on him with all the subtly of a runaway train, he still wasn’t prepared. “You knew—”

“No. I don’t need to hear that I went into this with eyes wide open. I know I fucking did.” Galen dragged a hand over his face. “Meg has three months before school starts up again. She’s fucking miserable, Theo. She puts on a brave face for you, but underneath she’s messed up.”

And what about you?

Theo didn’t voice the words lodged in his throat. He’d learned a long time ago not to ask questions he might not want answers to, and this numbered among them. He didn’t point out that he’d given both Galen and Meg a chance to leave six months ago, and he sure as hell didn’t point out that they could leave now if they were so inclined. He might be an ass sometimes, but not about this.

Not when they’d already sacrificed so much.

He couldn’t fix this. Not yet. Things would calm down once he got the Families in line and brought his siblings around. Camilla was happy to see him, of course. Even with their father’s death, his baby sister had been kept from the worst of the political bullshit. At sixteen, she was just starting to dip her toes into the water, and he’d do whatever it took to ensure she remained safe while she figured out her own path.

Their brother was another story altogether. For just under a year, Edward had thought he’d be king. Having that taken away, rightfully or no, created a divide between them that Theo didn’t know how to fix. Especially when Edward announced his intentions to attend Oxford for university, and left within weeks of Theo’s coronation. There were a handful of nobles who’d jump at the chance to use that separation for their own ambitions, and he needed to fix it before things got worse.

But not tonight.

Tonight, he had to fix this.

Theo snagged the back of Galen’s neck. His friend resisted for a second, but then he exhaled harshly and let Theo pull him closer until their foreheads pressed together. Tell me what you need. Theo closed his eyes. Galen didn’t have to tell him. He knew what Galen needed—what they all needed. “Where is she?”


Good. She’d be nice and relaxed. He tightened his grip on Galen’s neck. “The food?”

“An hour.”

Good boy. Sex wouldn’t solve any of the undercurrents in the long term, but it would help release the tension that had been growing with every passing day. Trapping the two people he loved was never part of the plan, but Theo couldn’t shake the feeling that was exactly what he’d done. He released Galen and stepped back. “Strip.”

Theo turned and walked deeper into the room without bothering to make sure Galen obeyed, knowing it would piss his friend off, and knowing that anger was exactly what he needed to purge the festering feeling beneath. At least for tonight. Tomorrow, they would talk and further clear the air. Open communication was the only way this would work, and they hadn’t spent enough time alone together to get to the heart of things in the last couple weeks.

His fault. He knew that well enough.

He’d fix it. He’d find a way to fix all of it.

Theo pulled off his shirt and tossed it over the back of the desk chair. He kicked off his shoes and then walked into the bathroom. Steam fogged the mirrors and Meg had turned off all the lights, leaving only the trio of thick candles lit on the half wall between the tub and the sinks. It gave the room a dark, intimate feeling that he approved of. He stalked to the edge of the tub and took a seat near her head. She had her eyes closed and the water licked at her breasts as if determined to offer him teasing glimpses.

“Thought you weren’t working late tonight.”

“I wasn’t planning on it. Things didn’t go well with Lord Huxley, and I didn’t want to come back here with that frustration riding so close to the surface. I needed some time to cool off.” He smoothed a hand over her hair, tangling his fingers in the dark strands. She looked good. The decadent meals the staff insisted on putting together had filled out her curves, and he couldn’t count her ribs the way he’d been able to when they first met. Theo kept stroking her hair and used his free hand to urge her onto her stomach. The new position freed him up to work at the knots of tension lining her shoulders and upper back. Tension that was his fault. “Let me take care of you tonight, princess.” Galen walked naked into the bathroom and leaned against the counter, crossing his arms over his chest. Theo met his gaze steadily. “Let me take care of both of you.”


Other books in The Thalanian Dynasty series

Forever Theirs

In FOREVER THEIRS an exiled prince, his bodyguard and the woman they can’t seem to leave alone, must return home to clear his mother’s name and reclaim his crown.

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Theirs for the Night

THEIRS FOR THE NIGHT is a novella. Theo, Galen, and Meg’s story continues in the novel FOREVER THEIRS.

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About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Meant To Be by Sienna Grant

Genre: Contemporary Romance
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The day Jaxon Cartwright walked into my life was the day my whole world turned upside down.
I didn’t expect to fall for his natural charm and wholesome good looks but he stole my heart completely.
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I’m 18. I was carefree and single, I liked it that way; I had my own problems.
Shelby Andrews threw a spanner in the works. She took my heart into her hands and never gave it back.
She owns me.
They say if it’s meant to be you’ll find a way, but when the unexpected happens and assumptions are made, can Shelby and Jaxon’s love survive the roadblocks that are about to be put in place.
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Suspended from her police job, Sabrina vamooses Vegas for a break and ends up blind drunk in an alley. She is accosted by two thugs, who aren’t after just a kiss. She is rescued by Kyle, a sexy vampire who rescues her and then can’t get enough of her. When they find out why they are so attracted to each other, will they be able to accept that they are together forever?

Fast paced tale of vampire true mates with frequent hot and steamy scenes that include bondage and anal sex. The story is alive with vibrant details and compelling characters. Yes it is a novella, so less time to be able to fully tell backstory and build characters. Yes the passion between the characters are instant and intense, but that’s why I loved it. Can’t abide stories where they don’t come to their senses till the final page!!!!

The Vegas setting adds glamour and sparkle, and a little grime, to this story.

This Happened to Jessica by Michele Pariza Wacek

THTJ_BadgeFrom bestselling author, Michele Pariza Wacek comes the next book in her Secrets of Redemption series, THIS HAPPENED TO JESSICA. Becca would like nothing better than to put the past behind her, instead she races against time to uncover the truth about what happened to Jessica before another sixteen-year-old girl is doomed to the same fate. Fans of Nora Roberts’ paranormal suspense novels, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins and classic Stephen King will devour this psychological thriller with an eerie twist of romantic suspense.


Release Date: November 27, 2018

Publisher: Love-Based Publishing

Series: Secrets of Redemption #2


Becca would like nothing better than to put the past behind her and focus on making Redemption her home. But what do you do when the past refuses to stay buried?

Becca still can’t remember the night sixteen-year-old Jessica disappeared from a party, never to be seen again. Which is bad enough (especially since she was supposedly the last person to see Jessica alive), but it’s not the worst …

Strange events are making Becca think there’s a link between what happened to Jessica fifteen years ago and the darkness happening now.

With help from her friends and her teenage crush, Daniel, Becca races against time to uncover the truth about Jessica before another sixteen-year-old girl is doomed to the same fate as Jessica.

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Celia was looking around the table with a bewildered expression on her face. “I don’t understand. Why does it matter if Jessica is related to Brittany?”

“Because Brittany looks like Jessica,” Mia said.

Everyone fell silent. A woman next to us burst into hysterical, high-pitched laughter. Another table over, a group of college-aged guys started chanting as one of their friends, wearing a Wisconsin Badger cap, guzzled a pitcher of beer. Glasses clanked as they were plunked onto tables.

“Not this again,” Celia breathed out, picking up her Cosmo and draining it.

“What do you mean, ‘not this again?’” Mia asked, her voice quiet, but with a dangerous edge.

Barry put a hand on Celia’s arm. “Nothing. She means nothing.” He glared at his wife. Celia kept her mouth shut, but her sour expression spoke volumes.

“Barry, let her talk,” Mia said. “What do you mean, ‘not this again?'”

“You know what I mean,” Celia said. “It’s been fifteen years. It’s time to let it go.”

“Let it go?” Mia said, her voice sounding even more quiet and dangerous. “Let it go? Our friend disappeared! And we don’t know what happened to her!”

“First off, I’m sure Jessica left on her own. Her stuff was gone …”

“But, it wasn’t the right …” Mia tried to interrupt, but Celia kept going. “And even if something did happen, she’s gone. Gone!” Celia leaned forward. “I know this is difficult for you to hear, but you’re not going to heal unless you, all of you …” here she looked around the table, “… accept it. She’s gone. She’s been gone for fifteen years. She’s not coming back. And no amount of rehashing or talking about it is going to change that.”

“She was our friend,” Mia said. “Don’t you get that? How heartless can you be?”

“I know she was your friend and I know this is painful to hear. No, Barry, stop it. Let me talk. This isn’t healthy. It’s not healthy to live in the past and that’s precisely what everyone here is doing. Someone has to speak the truth and I guess that has to be me. I didn’t know Jessica, but I very much doubt she would want all of you still obsessing over what happened to her fifteen years later. Besides, this has all gotten worse since she,” she nodded toward me, “came back. We don’t need to keep living in the past. Jessica is gone.”

“I agree,” Rich said, his deep voice cutting across the table. His voice was quiet, but there was something about it that caused everyone to pay attention. Maybe it was because he so seldom talked that when he finally did, it was really noticed. “If we’re not going to be honest about what happened that night, then it makes no sense to keep talking about it.”

“What aren’t we being honest about?” Mia asked.

Rich stared at me, his dark eyes glittering. “If we’re honest, we know exactly who to blame for that night.”

Did he mean me? I stared at Rich, dumbfounded. “What do you mean?”

His gaze didn’t flinch. “You know exactly what I mean.”

You were the last person to see Jessica alive. Daniel had told me that. And Daphne. But, he couldn’t possibly mean I had anything to do with Jessica’s disappearance. Could he?


Start at the beginning of Becca’s story with IT BEGAN WITH A LIE!

The first in her brand-new Secrets of Redemption series, bestselling author, Michele Pariza Wacek brings you IT BEGAN WITH A LIE. Becca was hoping for a fresh start for her troubled family, but instead, she is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers, one that threatens not only her sanity but her life. Fans of Nora Roberts’ paranormal suspense novels, GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn and classic Stephen King will devour this psychological thriller with an eerie twist of romantic suspense.

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About Michele PW:

Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona. You can reach her at She’s published two novels, “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image,” both psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense books.

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A Canyon Road Christmas (Witches of Canyon Road #4) by Christine Pope

Miranda and Rafe’s story has not been an easy or straight forward!

They may now have made it and got married but with the Castillo Clan, you’re not marries unless its at church. So they are doing a stripped down but still grand affair, right before Christmas. Cos they just need that added stress, LOL!

Great little bridge between what was Miranda and Rafe’s trilogy and what is to be the next story, Cat’s! festive fun, frolics and merriment and a few teary eyes – I love a wedding, even fictional ones!

Drakon’s Tear (Blood of the Drakon #6) by N.J. Walters

Abigail thinks that floating around the world will be the start of her usurping her independence. No more cowering in her sister and brother in laws shadow. She is an adult and wants to make her own place in the world, mistakes and all. She thinks she is soooo smart when she ditches the guards that she realised Nic set on her trail But no sooner than she ditched them and bad guys start popping up, determined to take her at all costs.

Abigail has a talent for gemology, she can tell at a glance if a stone is real or not and someone is determined to use her talent to help trap a Drakon! Enter Vasili! He is a bit of a shady character but he works on the side of the light and is a Drakon. He scoops all the artefacts that the Knights could use against his kind. Not that he knows much about them but he really doesn’t the Knights in charge.

When he dupes Abigail into accepting his help, he sees it as a chance to get to know her. She is left thinking that she doesn’t know who to trust

Fast paced and intense! Vasili even manages to stump Nic with new information about drakons and their past. These damn knights will not go quietly! Continuing to enjoy this series!

Trident Security Field Manual: Standard Operating Procedures for FNGs by Samantha A. Cole

Brilliant little gem for keeping the Sexy Six Pack and their friends/family and of course T Carter in order! With little nuggets of info over the boys favourite ice cream, etc and a collection of little stories which give a little behind the curtain information to the books in the series.

Questions from readers are answered by the author (and some of the characters) & there is a load of good fun to be had. I would definitely read this after reading the stories so you don’t blow the surprise but it is also a great add on for those of us who have read the books and need to keep things fresh in the memory. There is even a map to help me keep what building is where in the old mind!

Now waiting on tenterhooks for Jenn and Doug’s story. I’m just wondering if they can get a HEA before her “uncles” break Doug’s legs!!!

Fractured Honor (Crimson Point #1) by Kaylea Cross

Fab new series to get your teeth stuck into!

This series revolves around a collection of former special forces operatives who return home. In this book Beckett has returned to his home town in Oregon and takes over the business from his ailing father. Now that he’s back he is trying to settle into some sort of normalcy but he has a complicated history with his best friends little sister and although he feels attracted to her, he feels to broken inside to do anything about it.

Using a builder/general contractor role for the hero allows the stage to be set to bring in other former special forces operatives to either help out and/or use the physical work to help alleviate some of their issues reintegrating to stateside life. Beckett may look quite intimidating but one lonely little girl sees a kindred soul in him and his dog and seeks him out for comfort and safety.

Beckett is no sap though, when one of his employees starts to slack he kicks him to kerb, whilst also making sure that he doesn’t take it out on his poor wife.

Sierra is a vet, strong and loyal friend and all around nice girl. She knows that Beckett can’t quite get over the fact that she is now a grown woman but that doesn’t stop her lusting after him.

Small town setting for big time mystery and thriller. Great storyline with lots of twists and a couple of moments were I wanted to reach through the book and strangle a few folk! Can’t wait to see how the series develops – we’re off to an exceptional start!

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