Category: *Contemporary/New Adult
Waiting for Her by S.A. Clayton
A brand new brother's best friend romance from S.A. Clayton set in her new Harbour Cove series!
Max Winters has been in love with Addison Mitchell since he was sixteen. Being best friends with her brother made things a little more complicated and so he suppressed it, denying his feelings for over a decade.
Then she got pregnant.
Addison Mitchell never thought she would get pregnant by a man who loved football more than becoming a father. She always expected to end up with Max, her brother's best friend, and secret fantasy. So when the father texts her that he wants nothing to do with her or the baby, she has to come to terms with being a single mother.
That is until Max turns up, suitcase in hand demanding that he stay with her until the baby arrives. But the longer they are together, the harder it gets for their feelings to be denied and so they have to decide if what they feel is worth the risk of losing everything.
Under the Night Sky by J.L. Kenna
I had two plans after graduation:
Get the hell out of this shit town and find my missing father.
Until then, comfortably invisible is how I preferred to spend my time.
That was, until I turned the corner, smacking into the chest of a jade-eyed stranger.
He makes me question my sanity.
The secrets he’s keeping make me question my safety.
The way he looks at me makes me question everything.
One thing is for sure, Dominic Pope will change my life.
Good or bad…
I’m just not sure which yet.
Revenge is a promise you make to yourself;
A pact to repay someone who has wronged you.
My sole focus for the past year has been to infiltrate and extinguish.
Get close, gain the Devil’s trust, then knock him off his shiny pedestal.
I didn’t plan on her, though.
My Night Sky.
The girl with a sharp tongue, flickering stars in her eyes, and cinnamon-brown hair.
I didn’t prepare for my need for her outweighing my plan.
Straying from the blueprints of my revenge is getting easier and easier,
but is it possible to keep her safe and call her mine?
Because one thing is for sure:
I’m not letting her go.
Savage Impulses by Michelle Hercules
Everyone knows to stay away from the heirs of Olympus Bay. They rule the city through savagery and blood like the heartless assholes they are.
A streak of bad luck puts me on the path of the most ruthless of them all. Hades. The black sheep of the family, his reputation for debauchery and violence precedes him. No wonder he’s the king of Olympus U.
He wants me to pay for a mistake I didn’t intend to make, and I fear refusing him will only end in tragedy. But there are worse fates than being the target of a savage god.
When another ruthless player enters the arena and demands more than I can give, I find myself stuck in the middle of a family war, and Hades emerges as my savior. And my captor.
The longer I stay by his side, the more I realize the man is not what he seems. He’s dark and brutal, but he also possesses a tenderness I didn’t think was possible. That’s his most dangerous weapon. If I’m not careful, I might never want to leave his prison.
Only I can’t indulge in my desires. My family needs me, and if I surrender to Hades completely, I may never see my loved ones again.
*This is a contemporary retelling of Hades & Persephone's story.
Daughter of Deception by Ruby Vincent
Our enemies are everywhere…
…and we can’t see them.
The Brotherhood has us in their sights. In their scope.
The attacks are coming from everywhere and nowhere from a seemingly invisible enemy. But they won’t be invisible for long.
When we discover how the Brotherhood manages to stay five steps ahead, it’s up to me to find and stop the traitor.
The only problem is it requires me to revisit a place I swore I’d never go: my past.
The battle for the city we love is heating up. The Brotherhood challenges the Merchants’ right to rule, and Genny and the Savage Princes don’t give a f*ck.
Cinco is theirs and they’ll fight to the death to protect it.
And me… well, I just might be their secret weapon.
A Love So Bright by Persephone Autumn
One word can hold tremendous power. One word can change everything.
I never imagined it would come to this. That I would fall for Micah Reed.
That I would open my heart once more. And get it crushed. Again.
The moment I let him in, the second our relationship evolved, fate threw an epic curve ball.
One we can’t ignore. One I don’t know I can endure.
But call me a glutton for punishment.
One word stole my breath. One word had my knees ready to buckle.
I refuse to believe anything without proof. Refuse to let someone ruin my life.
Call me a d-bag, I don’t care. Deep down, I know the truth.
Now, if only Peyton would believe it, too.
My relationship with Peyton is headed in the right direction. Her fire is no longer fueled by hate.
Now, I know the taste of her lips. The softness of her skin. The warmth of her touch.
And no one will steal her from me. No one.
I fell for Micah Reed.
I fell for Peyton Alexander.
Was it all for nothing?
Will she abandon me when I need her most?
The Dinner Guests by Kiersten Modglin
A lifetime of secrets.
One terrifying game.
When a group of friends receives unexpected invitations to a dinner party, they see it as a chance to finally meet the bizarre and reclusive new neighbor whose home is enshrouded in layers of security.
As the drinks are poured and dinner is served, the group begins to realize things are not what they seem. What starts out as an innocent night of fun soon becomes a seemingly calculated game filled with cryptic messages and chilling revelations.
With no way out, the guests are forced to play along in hopes of escape. Friendships fray, loyalties are tested, and the secrets they've kept from each other are revealed one by one.
Six friends walk into the house that night.
Will six friends make it out?
Wrecked by Rebecca Wilder
This story starts with a break in.
Madelyn Freya has always had things come easy for her. She’s outgoing, smart, pretty, comes from a loving family. So why isn’t she happy?
She thought that it was just growing pains, a side effect of growing up in a small town and that she would be able to find herself when she went off to college.
Instead, she found Flynn.
He broke into her dorm room one night by mistake and while she should have been terrified, she was drawn to the crazy man.
Now they’re graduated and back in her hometown of Destiny Falls. They’re closer than ever, living together and things seem perfect.
There’s just one problem.
She’s in love with him.
When Flynn gets a job offer halfway across the world, will Madelyn be able to work up the courage to tell him how she really feels before it’s too late? Or will her admission ruin the friendship that they have?
Filthy Elites: An Enemies to Lovers Anthology
An Anthology of Enemies to Lovers Romance Standalone Novels
Filthy Elites is a collection of scorching hot, full-length, standalone enemies to lovers romance by Sam Mariano, Angel Lawson, Michelle Hercules, Shantel Tessier, Lucy Smoke, May Sage, Eva Chance, Lexi Archer and Gemma Weir.
In these brand new standalone novels, you’ll reconnect with your favorite protagonists from related series and discover more wonderfully imperfect, messed-up, kick-ass new adult characters.
From stepbrothers to mafia lords and rich elites who take everything for granted, they have one thing in common: their love interests hate their guts. But they’re kings and queens, and they’ll fight tooth and nails for what’s theirs.
The Grand Pact by JC Hawke
We all have a dream.
But I think I preferred holding mine at arm’s length...
It’s not that I don’t want to go to New York.
It’s that it’s all I’ve ever wanted.
So when a dream internship lands in my lap, the last thing I should be doing is hesitating.
Elliot thinks I should take it — he’s always believed in me.
Smirking, smouldering Elliot Montgomery.
It was Elliot’s arms I’d innocently fallen asleep between on lonely nights.
And those same arms that promised all kinds of unspeakable things when I found myself writhing between them...
But even as he threw me out of my comfort zone, Elliot promised me something immeasurable.
So now I’m here, living my fashion design dreams in the trustiest outfit I own — indecision. But the longer I stay in New York, the further I feel myself drift from everything I thought I wanted.
And somehow, absence is making the heat grow stronger...
If Elliot Montgomery is no Prince Charming, why does he feel like happily ever after?
Caught by the Sinner by Hayley Faiman
Can a person settle for less than they deserve because there’s a glimmer of hope for what they want?
Natasha Morozova has never known easy. Her life has been nothing but obstacles. She came to America for the freedom to change her life–except it’s not that simple. Not when she’s fallen in love with a man who cannot return that feeling.
Kazimir Laskin has worked his way up the ranks of the Bratva. He’s a Pakhan, and he should have everything he desires, or at least be able to take it. He owns a successful club. Money is no object. Men do what he says when he says it–except he can’t have the only woman he craves.
Her station is beneath him. He must marry for the interest of the Bratva, not the good of his heart. When Natasha gives up, Kaizimir watches her leave but cannot let her go. Truth be told, she cannot let go of him either.
When betrayal is at his feet, Kazimir must make some decisions. He must take matters into his own hands. If he catches her, can he keep her? When you’re the Pakhan, are there any rules, or do you get to rewrite them?
My Best Friend’s Wish by Blue Saffire
When I was younger, I believe I heard something I shouldn’t have. After what I overheard, I don’t believe our mother just up and left us. I was a kid. I didn’t have money, power, or respect to get the answers I needed back then. Not until now. I’m being promoted in the family and I’ll have all the power I need.
However, there’s one problem, I’m in love with my best friend and business partner. Carleen is everything I would want in a wife. If only being a Di Lorenzo didn’t threaten her life.
I’ve been in love with Dario Di Lorenzo since I was eight years old. My father believes that’s the reason I walked away from being a surgeon to become a chef. One drunken night and Dario learns my secret. A secret that leads to a bigger secret that threatens my life as I know it—everything is about to change.
I’d give my all for Dario. Even if that means becoming what he doesn’t know he needs.
Will all these secrets tear everything apart? Will the Di Lorenzo world turn everything on its head? Or will one single wish fall in with the plan?
*This is a Novel in the Work Husband Series the beginning of a new world and is not connected to any other Universe of Blue’s at this time. Blue Saffire’s books are written to weave, loop, and intertwine with one another, so for the best experience in this series, it’s best to read it in order.
This is the read order for the best experience.
My Best Friend’s Wish
The Ones Left Behind… Coming soon
Catching Lightning by Kayleigh King and Greer Rivers
I learned the hard way that actions have consequences. One misguided night has left me with both physical and emotional scars. I’d hoped transferring colleges would help me heal, but I never expected 𝘩𝘪𝘮 to be my remedy.
Hudson Wright looks at me like I’m another trophy to win. A challenge. 𝘈 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦. I should hate him and I definitely shouldn’t trust him.
The truth is, I’m caught up in his storm.
For the first time in almost a year, I feel alive. When he’s near, sparks ignite under my skin. They’re addictive and make me ignore all warning signs and doubts.
The star quarterback may be used to winning, but I can play games too.
𝘏𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦’𝘥 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘶𝘯.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘧 𝘐 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘦?
CATCHING LIGHTNING is a spicy enemies-to-lovers college football romance and a complete standalone with a guaranteed HEA.
Second Shot with #76 by Piper Rayne
My mom always said you don’t get a second shot at making a first impression. I’ve remembered that my entire career. Especially since I’m one of the few black men who play professional hockey.
I’m calculated and respectful in the way I speak to my coaches, the owners, and the media. I’ve never taken a risk… until her.
I could blame it on the fact that for once I pushed away the pressure of my career for the ocean waves, the sand, and good times with my new teammates. But those are excuses because the minute I saw her at the airport, something lit up inside me and the best week of my life was spent with her in my bed.
After our week in paradise, we said goodbye, exchanged phone numbers and both assumed that unless one of us was flying through the other’s city on the opposite side of the country, our vacation fling was over.
Then one night after practice I see her. She’s here. In my city. Telling me she moved here for a job. If that’s not fate tell me what is.
I’ve never wanted a second shot more than I do this time, but she’s determined to leave what we were on the island we left behind.
Rattle Some Cages by Lani Lynn Vale
It’s not every day that you see a dead body at the beach. Or the woman of your dreams sitting next to that dead body.
Price Crow first saw Sabrina Proctor in the middle of a hurricane.
She’d been sitting next to her dead best friend, who’d passed away on the beach, with no way to get her back home, thanks to the world’s worst luck, and one hell of a storm.
So Price does what any decent person would do: he carries Sabrina’s dead best friend to their beach house and doesn’t leave her side until he’s forced to.
He had every intention of bridging that gap, of checking up on her and making sure she was okay, but life is funny and has a way of making a mockery of the best-laid plans.
Despite one hell of a connection, under the worst of circumstances, they go their separate ways. At least, he tries to. But he can’t stop thinking about her, and it becomes apparent, very fast, that he has a decision to make.
Choose Sabrina, or live out the rest of his life making everyone else around him happy except for himself.
Wretched by Emily McIntire
Once Upon A Time,
there was a wicked girl.
She lost everything that mattered,
causing darkness to unfurl.
Impulsive and intelligent,
she helped her family name grow strong.
But then one day a man without a heart came along.
An undercover agent, meant to spy and bring back tips.
Following down her hidden path of faded yellow bricks.
She hated him, he wanted her;
she was too good to be true.
But a woman can be great...
and terrible too.
Wretched is a dark contemporary romance and the third complete standalone in The Never After Series: A collection of fractured fairy tales inspired by our favorite villains. It is not fantasy and it is not a retelling. Reader discretion is advised.
Crown of Thorns by Terri E. Laine
Innocent eyes shadowed in the darkness that enveloped us cast a hopeful gaze up at me. Only their light can’t pierce the blackness of my soul. Her dreams of being saved by me are foolhardy at best. At worst, I’ll damn her soul to an eternity of pain like the crown of thorns upon my head. But letting her go is not an option.
LEGENDS AND LOVERS is a collection of dark legends and star-crossed love stories from twenty bestselling authors. Woven with mystery and magic, love and lore, romance and suspense, this multi-author collaboration promises to make your heart pound and keep you reading late into the night. Discover all the books in the series at legendsandlovers.com.
Falling for Her by S.A. Clayton
A brand new second chance romance from S.A. Clayton set in her new Harbour Cove series!
Hannah Baker knew leaving Harbour Cove was a mistake the second she reached the outer limits, but it was too late. She was moving in with her boyfriend, starting over and trying her best to get over the fact that the feelings she had for her best friend were anything but platonic.
Cash Harris was everything she wanted in a man; strong, loving, and fiercely loyal to those he loved, and that's why it hurt so much that he just let her go without so much as a fight.
Five years is a long time and can completely change someone, and Hannah knows that first hand. Why else would she be leaving in the middle of the night while her boyfriend is out. He's changed, and not for the better.
Hannah just hopes Cash hasn't changed that much over the last few years because he's her only hope at escape.
Something Like Love by Claudia Burgoa
We have to pretend that what we have is something like love…
I’m down on my luck.
Scratch that. This is the worst week of my life.
Enter the last person I want to deal with: Burke St. James.
He’s a womanizer.
And a big liar.
And it turns out we need each other.
Burke needs a fiancée to seal the deal of a lifetime. I need help or my business is going belly-up. So, Burke very non-romantically asks me to marry him. Well, he asks me to be fake engaged to him, anyway.
I’ll attend a few dinners, pretend I’m in love, and meet the family.
In exchange, he’ll invest in my company and help me launch it off the ground.
All is easy, except his kisses feel more real than they should.
And the sex…damn, we’re not supposed to have sex.
It’s all for show…right?
Did I mention he’s a really good liar?
Pretending not to fall in love is more complicated than I thought.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Claudia Burgoa pens a fun and sexy romantic comedy where playing pretend turns to playing for keeps...
Antichrist by Amo Jones
Meraki Mallory lived two lives. The one that everyone thought she did, and the one she worked hard to hide. She burned with her demons instead of running from them, but when Niko Davis rode back into town with a bag full of secrets, she knew she would need to start hiding them instead. Niko knew her inside and out, and if he saw even a smidge of her soul, he would see that she was no longer the girl he left behind…
When the president of the New York chapter of the Seven Knights MC dies, he passes the gavel down to Niko… but unknown to anyone else, that’s not the only thing he left him.
Niko fights for what’s his, and he’s only ever claimed one person in his life—Meraki. So when he rips away the walls she built around herself with his bare teeth, the secrets that she has so fiercely hidden away all of these years suddenly bleed onto the four unmarked graves laid out in front of his steel-cap boots…
It started with a bond that destroyed everyone around them…
…it ends with blood.
*this is a DARK ROMANCE. Please check triggers if think you may need to.
**Antichrist is not a retelling of Hunchback of Notre Dame, there are slight nods here and there toward the original tale.
Cheaters: A Dark Romance Anthology
The game: dishonesty.
The goal: to gain advantage.
Morals don’t exist with these people. They do what they want, no matter the consequences.
Rules are thrown out.
Honor is void.
Right and wrong is abandoned.
Find out what happens when truth and loyalty are discarded in a world where what you want, is exactly what you get.
Cheaters is a limited edition collection of addictive stories from your favorite USA Today and bestselling authors.
Abigail Davies • Cole Denton • S. Firefox • Stephanie Renee • Cassandra Cripps • Anise Storm • Rae B. Lake • Chelsea McDonald • Kay Elle Parker • Danielle Jacks • Cassia Brightmore • Zoey Zane • Saffron Blu • Mary B. Moore • Stacy McWilliams • Tinley Blake • A R Thomas • Jason Hes • Kirsty-Anne Still • Persephone Autumn • Lindsay Becs • Sienna Grant • Hart De Lune • Jade Royal
Start My Life by Hayley Faiman
A decade is a long time to wait to start your life. Can a marriage on the brink of extinction be saved?
Kia Nelson has only loved one man. She has devoted herself to him and only him. The problem is that man has spread his attentions to every woman who crosses his path. She has always accepted his indiscretions as part of the club life.
Until the other men started settling down, proving that monogamy is not dead.
Handles is the Nasty Bastard MC attorney. He loves his life. There is not a single complaint to be had by him. He’s got a wife at home and any woman he wants at the club. He works hard and plays harder. Status quo is exactly what he wants–forever.
When Kia tells him their marriage is through, that she wants to start her life over, without him. Handles is forced to decide, not just for himself but also for his future.
He has to choose whether he wants his freedom or his wife?
Worth Every Second by Jocelyne Soto
Posting “certain types” of pictures online is never a good idea. Especially when you’re the star player of your college football team.
But I did it anyway.
Never did I think that by posting my pictures online that I would find someone that I would actually be interested in.
But I did.
I saw her pictures, she commented on mine and the conversations were nonstop. She was the girl of my dreams and I wanted to meet her. Who knew that the girl of my dreams was the shy girl that sat next to me all semester.
Now that I know who she is, I want my shot. Only if she would give it to me. Every chance she gets I get turned down, but I'm not giving up.
I will show her that she is worth it, even if she may not think so.
Worth Every Second is a complete standalone, college romance. This book does contain trigger warnings. If you are looking for more information in regards to these trigger warnings, please visit my website for more information.
Redemption by Tori Fox
The Partners are back with a vengeance...
Everyone thinks I died three years ago.
I sacrificed my life for my friends.
To redeem myself for all my wrong doings.
I don’t exist. Not in the real sense of the word.
I’m just a man fulfilling my destiny that was laid out for me from the day I was born.
A man put in position to take over the largest criminal organization.
I’m just a pawn in a game with nothing to lose.
Until my past hits me like a freight train. The only woman I ever fell for reappears in my life.
But she isn’t just anyone. Her family is one of the most powerful mafia families in Italy.
And it’s the family I’m after for trying to take down The Partners.
We never should have been together. We never should have met.
Our story could start a war. Especially when she drops a bomb I never saw coming.
And now the stakes are so high even my own life is forfeit.
I may not exist.
But that won’t stop me from taking what’s mine.
And risking everything for a family I didn’t know I had.
**This is book 3 in The Partners series. While they are standalones, it is best they are read in order.
This is a dark romance suitable for readers 18+. This book may contain subject matter that can be seen as triggers.
Branded by Dr. Rebecca Sharp
From bestselling author Dr. Rebecca Sharp comes a sexy, surprise pregnancy romantic suspense...
Jackson Pyle breathes by the rules. From SEAL team to Covington Security, he lives for catching bad guys. But everyone has their breaking point and a pile of dead-end leads in a string of high-profile robberies is his.
Isla Keyes should’ve looked the other way when the man towering over the bar caught her eye. Sure, big, beautiful, and broody were her kryptonite, but Jackson stands on the right side of the law. And with her family’s line of work, she should’ve steered clear… but she couldn’t.
After one incredible night, they went their separate ways. Until that robbery case turns into something far more dangerous. And when one clue leads Jackson to the local flower shop, he’s faced with the woman he can’t stop thinking about—and the secrets she’s been keeping.
Jackson demands answers, but the truth Isla gives him is something he never expected—she’s pregnant. With his baby.
One night broke all the rules and branded them for a lifetime. Now, they’ll have to bridge opposite sides of the law if they want to stop a killer and save their future.
Worst Best Friend Ever by J.S. Cooper
I’ve been writing letters to a military man overseas and now he’s coming back home...
I started writing to Cody two years ago while he was stationed at a base overseas. I’ve told him everything about my life...only I slightly embellished some parts. Like the fact that I’m really into sports, have a serious boyfriend, and I’m in my fifties. I had my reasons, you see, but now he wants to meet and I’m scared he’s going to think I’m a big liar.
So I decide to tell him that I’m his pen pal's daughter, yeah, nothing like adding oil to the fire. But when we meet I can’t help but think how handsome he is and how I want more. But how can I ever start a relationship with someone that doesn’t really know the real me? Am I the worst best friend ever?
Beautiful Unwanted Wildflower by Hayley Faiman
Can you make your own dreams come true?
Josephine Sherman was born to legends. Her parents are both the best in the business. She was born for the stage. She has a dream, and she’s determined to make that dream come true.
Odin Taylor wasn’t just named after a god… he is a god. At least in his own mind. He’s a rock star. Every woman wants him. He’s never had to work for a woman’s attention before.
Josephine isn’t just the lead singer in Beautiful Unwanted Wildflower. She is the beautiful unwanted wildflower herself. That is until Odin sees her.
He wants her.
She’s like nothing he’s ever had before.
Can they be what the other needs?
Atoning Conviction by Greer Rivers
Their screams haunt me.
I’ve tried to drown them out,
But now I’m forced to fight my demons in this hell.
Shackles remind me I’m a hostage.
That my pain isn’t a nightmare.
This time, the screams are my own.
Only one thing gets me through it all.
She is my strength and my downfall.
But does she want to be rescued?
I used to be haunted by the evil in my nightmares.
Now the monsters are real.
I don’t know if she’s a villain or my savior.
Her death haunts me.
I’ve tried to fight for justice,
But now I’m losing myself in this hell.
I got in over my head and now I’m trapped.
This place is a nightmare.
And I have to escape.
Only one thing can stop me.
He is my weakness and my salvation.
But does he deserve to be rescued?
He’s haunted by his nightmares.
Maybe he deserves them.
I don’t know if he’s a villain or a savior.
Atoning Conviction is the fifth novel in the Conviction series, which has an overarching plot throughout the series, but no cliffhanger for the couple in this book.
For best enjoyment, please read in order.
**While the Conviction Series as a whole is not considered “dark romance,” Atoning Conviction definitely qualifies as a dark romance. It should only be read by mature readers (18+). For complete TW list please read reviews, see the Author's Note on the inside, the Author's "review" below, or visit the Author's Website. Reader discretion is advised.**
Off the Grid by J.S. Wood
Quinn Green has packed up herself and her daughter to go live in the mountains of Colorado.
While she's excited for this adventure for them, she isn't expecting it to be so much work. Or to have to call on help so soon.
Graham Trevors is an Army veteran who now makes his living fixing other peoples problems, house problems that is. Traveling around as a handyman in a small farm town isn't all that exciting, until he gets an inquiry from someone new.
The moment Graham meets Quinn Green is the moment his life changes forever. Through fun times and rough times, these two grow closer as the months pass, then, when one oversteps, the other backs away.
But they won't let that stop them from a happily ever after... right?
Off The Grid is Book 1 in the Average Gents series and is an interconnected standalone. Always a happily ever after.