Category: *Contemporary Romance

Heroin Stained Hearts by C.M. Radcliff

After a terrifying health scare, Ander is finally getting the help he needs.
He’s running out of options and needs the treatment.
The only thing is, he hasn’t been honest with Hadley.
One truth leads to a cascade of events that all circle back to one thing… Ander’s addiction.

Life is never easy and the road to recovery is paved with shattered glass.
Hadley’s in love with an addict that harbors more secrets than Pandora’s Box.
Ander is in love with the girl that deserves more than he can give her.

Their love was built on a mountain of lies and broken promises.
When it all comes crashing down, will their love survive?
Or will they finally fall apart?

 

Quit Bein’ Ugly by Lani Lynn Vale

There’s a crush, and then there are the type of feelings that Croft Cruisie evokes from a person.

He’s everything that any straight woman would want: tall, handsome, charismatic, muscular, and sweet.

At least, Carmichael thought he was sweet, until he brings another woman to the gym she owns with her brother, on the night that’s to be their first date, and lets her know in a quick and painful, non-verbal way that her feelings are not reciprocated.

Fast forward six months, and she’s still trying to move on from the rejection.

It doesn’t help that the jerk moves in next door to her, and that she has to see him workout shirtless every single day.
How can a woman get over a silly crush when that silly crush won’t so much as give her room to breathe?

***

Croft doesn’t know what happened.

One day he was supposed to go on a date with the girl that wouldn’t leave his thoughts for even a second, and the next she’s avoiding him like the plague.

No matter how hard he tries—and admittedly, it isn’t all that hard due to the biggest case of his career taking over his life—he can’t get her to tell him what he did wrong. She refuses to give him a second chance.

At least, not until he’s nearly killed in front of the courthouse, that is.

The moment he sees his chance, he pounces. Or, more literally, he limps.

But the limping is what draws Carmichael in. The Southern charm that was instilled in him since birth will be what gets her to stay.

That’s his plan, anyway.

Funny thing about plans… they never seem to work out how you expect them to.

 

All the Ugly Things by Stacey Lynn

One moment. A single decision... an accident.
Cost me six years of my life.
All of my hopes and dreams vanished.

Until I was given back my freedom and the opportunity to start over... doing whatever I could to survive in a world much different than the one I knew before.

I was working on my degree and waiting tables when my fate changed.
An older man with silver hair and a fancy suit walked in, looking like he wanted to save me.
He came for pie. But he offered me a job.

When I turned him down, he sent his son, Hudson.
The arrogant, sex on a stick wore me down.
I took the job.
I accepted his friendship.
And slowly, over time, I began to feel things for this man I knew I shouldn’t.

They gave me a home.
A family.
And then it was all ripped away.

Now nothing can erase all the ugly things.

 

Through the Lens by Persephone Autumn

She was my first love.
He was my first everything

Circumstances stole her from me.
Circumstances made him abandon me.

But the past is the past. And we are no longer kids.

Cora Davies is the one that got away. The one I wanted to keep forever.
Life threw a wrench in our plan. Tore us apart. Shattered our hearts.

Gavin Hunt is the one I handed my heart to. The one person I saw a future with.
Until it was ripped away. Crushed. Scattered in the wind.

Now... fate is giving us another chance. To live the life we once dreamt of.
Unfortunately, not everyone believes our reunion is for the best.

 

Brutal by Ruby Vincent

The nature of the game has changed.
But my feelings for my guys haven’t.

As the search for Kieran intensifies, the battle between us reaches its pitch. And in every fight, Brutal shows up to win.

My silent, savage love has his own reasons for starting this war, and nothing will get in his way.

Something we have in common.

I will defeat the undefeatable Brutal. I’ll bring him into my loud, chaotic world and make him mine.

In spite of the Kings.

In spite of Kieran.

In spite of the ledger.

Brutal will bend his heart to me.

I’ve never lost a fight either.

 

Brutal is a dark contemporary why choose romance. This is book three of four in the series and features language, dark themes, and sexual scenes. If you're cool with that, dive in!

 

The Gargoyle and the Gypsy by Dr. Rebecca Sharp

From bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes a sexy, suspenseful contemporary romance with a dark fairy tale twist...

Deformed. Dangerous. Damned.
One night ripped my life away and left me a monster—the scarred gargoyle of a man who lived in the stained-glass shadows of a crumbling cathedral, selling my soul in order to seek vengeance on those who destroyed my life.
Until one day, the chimes I heard weren’t from the bell tower of Notre Dame, but from the bejeweled gypsy invading my space.

Though she swears her research is legitimate, her beauty shimmers with secrets. I can’t trust glittering eyes that aren’t repulsed by me, nor the tempting smile that is laden with lust. I can’t trust her.
So, I’ll watch and wait… and ignore how her sharp wit and bewitching charm scorch the shackles of my restraint and enchant me into her fire.

I’ll uncover the truth before she gets too close. Before she sees the broken man beneath the scarred beast. And before I give into her temptation.
She’s a threat to everything I’ve worked for—a threat to my cathedral and a threat to my revenge. And, most dangerous of all, a threat to my stone cold heart.

 

Forbidden C.E.O. by S.A. Clayton

It was only supposed to be one night.

I never expected to fall into bed with him and I never expected to crave his touch, his lips, or his voice.

He was everything I swore I never wanted; Filthy-rich, cocky, sexy as hell, and way too demanding. But after one night I knew if I didn’t leave I’d want more.

So much more.

So I left.

Leaving a note on his kitchen counter knowing that I would never see him again.

That is until I walked into my new job and met Luke Masters, my new boss, and CEO of Masters Publishing.

His eyes tell me he knows exactly who I am, and he wants to be more than just my boss.

 

Until Rex by Shaw Hart

They say love is like trench warfare.

Emilia has been fighting her whole life. She’s struggled to make sure that she and her brother have food to eat and a roof over their head. She’s been thrown from one conflict to another and she’s just about given up.

Then she meets Rex.

One meeting with Rex and Emilia is wanting something that she knows she can’t have. Not right now when she’s struggling to claw her way out of the fray.

Rex has seen the Mayson brothers fall in love with just a look but he never thought that it would happen to him. He can tell that Emilia is guarded and that it will take some work to break down her walls, but he’s willing to storm the castle to claim his Queen.

When a letter comes and rocks Emilia’s world, Rex is there to help her come up with a plan of attack to save her family, but will it be enough? Will the BOOM between Rex and Emilia be strong enough to survive the battle that’s coming?

 

Regret and Redemption by Sabrina Wagner

It was a one-night stand…sort of.

I’d never done the one-night stand thing before, but for once I broke my own rules. I threw caution to the wind and followed him home from the bar like a lost puppy. The two martinis I drank didn’t hurt either. I wanted to forget for one night. Forget my responsibilities as a single mom. I wanted to live life on the edge and explore the little bit of wild that existed inside me.
Chase made me feel beautiful and desired. The words he whispered in my ear were downright filthy and the way he touched me was exquisite.
Chase was sweet and funny and good-looking. There were possibilities.
But when our tryst ended abruptly in disappointment, I tucked my tail between my legs, and returned to my carefully planned life.
Women like me didn’t get to have men like him.
I thought I’d never see the sexy tattoo artist again, so when I found him talking to my six-year-old daughter, my heart dropped to the floor.

***

I’d never been able to say no to gorgeous women. No strings and no commitments. Casual sex kept me happy. My heart had nothing to do with it.
Once upon a time, I was in a serious, committed relationship. Until I messed it up. Since then, I continued with the revolving door of God’s most beautiful creatures.
And I’d been satisfied until an almost one-night stand had me wanting more.
Maggie was witty and smart and unbelievably sexy. We hadn’t even gotten down to the dirty deed before she ran off in a flurry.
She had a kid and there was no way I was ready for that. I barely functioned as an adult as it was and had no business being with a woman who had a daughter.
But Maggie was completely unforgettable. I couldn’t get the fiery redhead out of my mind.
So, when a chance encounter brought us back together, I knew I needed another taste. Maybe it was just the Thrill of the Chase or maybe it was more.
One thing was for sure… we had unfinished business.

This book contains mature themes, strong language, and sexual situations. It is intended for adult readers 18+.

 

His Royal Plan by Jodie Larson

How did my life spin this out of control?

What was meant to be the trip of a lifetime has devolved into utter heartbreak.

The man I thought I was falling in love with believes the worst of me, thanks in part to his scheming mother—the evil queen.

It seems as though her sole mission is to tear us apart, and she’s using every dirty trick in the book.

Lies, deceit, subterfuge…this isn’t what I signed up for. I don’t care about the title or the prestige.

All I want is Luke.

How fitting that another lie is what I’m told will save us. My prince says he has a plan in place. To be patient. To wait.

But I’m not sure my heart can take much more.

 

Love Burns by Greenleigh Adams

Can a man’s broken heart be mended more than once?

Charlie’s best friend disappeared after high school. She thought she had made the right decision, but all she did was chase him away.
Louis always knew he and Charlie would part ways to go to college, but he hadn’t anticipated they would never speak again after that night senior year.
Following a minor accident 5 years later, Louis returns home and Charlie quickly realizes the boy that vanished resurfaces very much a man.

The two friends reconnect and begin to let go of the years of resentment and anger. But as they find themselves growing closer, Louis stumbles across a family secret.
The urge to run away from the emotional trauma tugs at Louis again.
Can Charlie restore his faith in love in order to get him to stay?

Author’s note: This is Book One in the Callahan Clan series. All books can be read as a stand-alone in any order. Each book has a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers.

 

Redemption by Laura Lee

USA Today Bestselling author, Laura Lee, brings you a standalone story about love, loss, and second chances, set in Corinne Michaels' Salvation Society world.

I fell in love with Beckett Armstrong before either one of us knew what that meant. He was my first kiss. My first love.

My entire world.

We promised each other forever, and we meant it wholeheartedly. But unfortunately, when tragedy struck, love wasn’t nearly enough to save us.

Little did we know... it would only get worse from there.

Twelve years later, Beckett and I wear our scars like finely crafted armor. We’ve been in survival mode for so long, we’ve forgotten how to live. After everything we’ve endured, can we move beyond the pain to forge a future together?

Or are we destined to repeat the mistakes of our past?

*REDEMPTION contains graphic scenes that some readers may find triggering.

 

We’re Made of Moments by Molly McLain

We were made of moments.

A handful of nights.
Two weeks of passion.
Four years of denial.

Jesse
She was never mine to keep, but I took every second that girl was willing to give me.
I always knew she’d go back to him.
But I never expected she’d take a piece of me with her.
--
Hayden
He changed my life forever, and it happened long before our two weeks together.
I didn’t mean to fall for him.
But how could I not when he gave me the most precious gift of all?

 

Dust by Delilah Frost

For a decade Marissa Parrish was able to hide the life she left behind. Her band, rock powerhouse Sailor Gray dominated the charts and kept tongues wagging. Not even the biggest Hollywood scandal could pull the queen from her throne. Not until he returned.

Grady Knight always dreamed of being a racecar driver in the Formula series. He lived for it, bled for it. He never imagined achieving his dream would bring a ghost from his past back into his life. He never imagined she’d be the lead singer of one of the world’s biggest bands either.

When a chance meeting at a charity event thrusts Marissa back into Grady’s life, nothing is off limits in Hollywood. Not their pasts, or the scandals created by those who wish to tear them apart.

Delilah Frost’s Dust is a gripping, emotionally charged, sexy and scandalous, second chance contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Driven Worlds project.

 

Badly Behaved by Meagan Brandy

I’m a Monet.
A chameleon.

I’m whatever I must be.

And what I must be is a flawless daughter, a skilled socialite, and the perfect prize to the man who signed along the dotted line.

Not that I’m complaining.

I’m all for a contractual agreement, a quick and clean catapult into the next phase of rich girl life. One that takes little thought, less effort, and zero devotion.

It’s exactly what I want.
An impassive life.
A calculated future.

Or, it was until the lights went out, darkness took over, and I learned what it meant to live.
To feel.
To fall.

But everyone knows what thrives in the night burns in the light and flames were among us.
There is no escape.
No turning back.

No ending within my control.

My mother always says our choices determine our consequences.

𝘐 𝘩𝘒𝘡𝘦 π˜ͺ𝘡 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦’𝘴 𝘳π˜ͺ𝘨𝘩𝘡.

 

Hers to Tame by Avery Samson

Maggie Emerson has known Colin Rhett since meeting him in her friend’s swimming pool her freshman year of college. Everyone knows the playboy with the movie star looks. They also know he goes through women with barely a second thought. So what does she do when he appeals to the literature teacher in her? She gives him a book, of course. What about when he doesn’t stop at one? Maybe the Colin everyone thinks they know is really much deeper than anybody gives him credit for. If she looks, really looks at him, will she find the man of her dreams or that same playboy she thought he always was?

Colin is a successful attorney with a different woman every week, but what he really wants is the one woman he can’t have. All he has wanted since that fateful day in the swimming pool six years ago is to be her hero, but there was always a reason holding him back. Will this finally be his chance to prove to her that he can be the man she needs? If he has to read every damn book in the bookstore, he’s going to fight this time for that right.

 

My Almost Ex by Piper Rayne

In the middle of a crowded bar in our small Alaskan town, my estranged wife snuggles up to me as if we’re still a happy couple.

Don’t get me wrong, we were a happy couple—before she walked out on me a year ago. We were the high school sweethearts everyone thought were destined to be together forever. We thought so too, which is why we married shortly after graduation.

We had a good marriage. Until she left me without any real explanation.

Now, she’s back—and this is the real kicker—she has amnesia and thinks I’m still her husband. Technically I am, although the divorce papers are sitting at the lawyer’s office.

She’s desperate to remember her life in Sunrise Bay but I only want to find out why she left me. Once we conjure that memory up, it’s sayonara because there’s no second chances here. But as you probably already figured out, things didn’t go quite as I planned.

My Almost Ex is a second chance romance between two childhood friends-to-lovers in Piper Rayne’s brand-new, small-town family series, The Greene Family.

 

Beneath the Hood by Emily McIntire

Blakely

My life is a stage.
Followed by millions, and loved by none.
And me, the captain of control, steering my image through choppy waters.
Making sure I stay on top.
No one ever sees me.
No one ever looks.
Until him.
But he's everything impossible, and a thousand shades of wrong.
Falling for him would ruin everything I've worked for.
So why can't I stay away?

Jackson

My life is a back-up plan.
Surrounded by friends, and loved by none.
And me, the king of heartbreak, gluing my pieces back together.
Making sure they stick.
No one ever sees me.
No one ever looks.
Until her.
But she's everything off limits, and a thousand shades of sin.
Falling for her would ruin everything I've worked for.
So why won't she stay away?

Beneath the Hood is a full-length, interconnected standalone and book three in the Sugarlake series. The series can be read in any order, however it is highly recommended to start with Book One (Beneath the Stars) to enhance your reading experience.

Beneath the Hood features strong language, explicit sexual scenes and mature situations which may be considered triggers for some. Reader discretion is advised.

 

In the Cards by A.K. Evans

Zoe Fitzgerald has been cleaning up after her sister for years. As much as she wants to walk away, she can’t. Because her innocent niece and nephew are betting on her to keep them safe. Knowing she could be called upon at any moment means love isn’t on the horizon for Zoe. She’d never expect someone to willingly walk into the train wreck that is her life.

Being a police officer who serves the community on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Dex Taylor is no stranger to crime. While he’s seen his fair share of bad situations, it’s two terrified children who nearly bring him to his knees. And it’s their aunt that steals his heart.

After her sister’s latest disaster, Zoe is determined as ever to save these kids for the last time. What she wasn’t expecting was the handsome officer’s willingness to help. While she appreciates his efforts, Zoe isn’t stupid. Dex is simply a good man with a big heart.

A real relationship isn’t in the cards… is it?

 

The Revenge You Seek by Tracy Lorraine

From USA Today bestselling author Tracy Lorraine comes a new dark bully college romance.

Scarlett Hunter could run...

But she couldn’t hide forever.

The beautiful girl who tempted me.
The heartless woman who broke me.

She might have got away, but I haven’t forgotten... or forgiven her.

And I never will.

Because piece by piece, she’s taken away everything I care about.

And for that she’ll pay.

When I claim my crown at Maddison Kings University, I’m going to make sure hers is tarnished.

Scarlett Hunter is about to experience the revenge of a Legend.

Dear Reader,
The Revenge You Seek is the first book in Letty and Kane's trilogy. This book is a dark bully romance that contains mature content and demanding alphaholes that some readers may find disturbing. You have been warned.

 

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

Losing people you love is hard.

Aurora De La Torre knows moving back to a place that was once home isn’t going to be easy.

Starting your whole life over probably isn’t supposed to be.

But a small town in the mountains might be the perfect remedy for a broken heart.

Checking out her landlord across the driveway just might cure it too.

 

Embrace Me by J. Kenner

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“I never ever want to say goodbye to the Stark world! And I hope I never have to…” BJ’s Book Blog

Growing up, I never expected to have so much love in my life. My childhood had been a nightmare, but despite our challenges, my life now with Damien and our daughters is nothing short of miraculous. Even better, we have a baby boy on the way, and I’m walking on clouds as I await the big day.

These final weeks should be magical, but when my mother appears on our doorstep with a promise that she has changed and a plea for us to welcome her back into our life, I’m suddenly adrift in a sea of uncertainty. Now, I’m floundering once again, tossed back into the nightmare of my past. And as the whirlpool of memories and fear once again tries to suck me under, I can only hope that Damien’s strength is enough to pull me back again.

 

The Winter Before by Karen Crompton

Isaac Stone has stood out ever since he was a boy. With a past as mysterious as the web of horrific scars marring his body, he’s no stranger to the attention of the locals in Woodlake, Montana. But he’s grown now, and a peaceful life in the mountains, far from small-town gossip, shouldn’t be impossible to find, should it?

Olivia Parker has big dreams that will take her far away from the small town she grew up in. But when she inherits a rundown cottage near secluded Briars Creek, she can’t resist the thrill of a new adventure and creating a home of her own. A home that’s right across the creek from Isaac Stone.

 

The Touch of a Villain by Holly Renee

Young. Wealthy. Elite. Ruthless. The boys of Clermont Bay ruled over this town as if it was their kingdom.

And Beck Clermont controlled them all.

He was arrogant and conceited, and from the moment I met him, he had made up his mind about me.

Dangerously handsome and wickedly cruel, he had no intention of letting me spend my senior year under the radar.

The secrets of old money ran deep, and even though I barely knew them, the sins of my family had put a target on my back.

He was a hurricane, and I was unprepared for the storm.

His touch fatal. His impact irreparable.

There was no negotiation.

He stole my heart. Without warning, without permission.

He was the enemy, but that didn’t stop me from falling for The Touch of a Villain.

Cash by Ruby Vincent

They ripped me from my safe, perfect world and bound me in chains.

Now it's Cash's turn. The cold, hard, analytical leader has a problem he needs me to solve, and he's not asking.

I'm driven deep into the world of cons and corruption. I can't tell if anything around me is real. Least of all the smiling, pleasant people.

Someone is playing us for a fool, and it might be me.

The time will come when I have to make a choice: Right or wrong?

Love or money?

Me or Cash?

All I know is, one way or another, the war between us will end.

Cash is a dark contemporary why choose romance. This is book two of four in the series and features language, dark themes, and sexual scenes. If you're cool with that, dive in!

 

Frayed by Laura Pavlov

Bad boy football star. Innocent girl next door. Two different worlds.
One small town. A million reasons why they should have stayed away from one another.

My life was mapped out for me before I even entered the world.

Who I'd date, where I’d attend college, what I'd be when I grew up.

But there was a time in everyone's life when they'd face a fork in the road.

Should I go left, or should I go right?

It didn't matter as long as I didn't remain stagnant any longer.

Jett Stone opened me up to a whole new world.

Reminding me that it was okay to find my own way.

I could have roots in Willow Springs and still spread my wings and fly.

What I didn't expect was to fall in love with the broody football player.

The boy I’d known since kindergarten.

The boy who had somehow become my everything.

 

One of Them Girls by Cala Riley

Xavier
I moved all the way to Texas to start a new life. Move on from the girl who fell for her brother’s best friend.
What I didn’t plan on was her. She blew in like a Texas Tornado, spinning my life out of control.
I gave my heart freely once and was burned.
They say everything happens for a reason, but they never said it would be easy.

Cassi
Gripped by mistakes of my past, all I want is to move on with my life. I wanted desperately to come to terms with my past while having a better future.
Then he showed up. It started as a small favor, but soon turned into so much more. Who knew I would find someone who could make me forget.
Secrets aren’t meant to be kept, and soon I spiral out of control.
They say learn from your past and move on, but can the past really stay in the past?

 

For Keeps. For Always. by Haley Jenner

Our friendship fell into our laps.
The right place, the right time.
We were for keeps.
Until we blurred the line of love and friendship.
Our love story hasn’t been easy.
Right place. Wrong time.
Wrong place. Right time.
We’ve felt heartache as heavily as we’ve caused it.
As deep as we love one another, we can’t seem to fight hard enough at the same time.
Our friendship was for keeps.
Will our love last for always?

 

Twisted Cravings by Cora Reilly

As the youngest brother of the notorious Falcone clan, Adamo grew up surrounded by blood and violence. Drugs soon became his way of coping.

Becoming a Made Man like his brothers was his destiny but never his passion. When he becomes the organizer of his family’s successful illegal street races and one of their thrill-seeking drivers, he finally asserts his own path in the harsh mafia world.
His purpose isn’t the only thing Adamo discovers on the fuel-soaked roads he calls home…
​
Dinara Mikhailov is the only female race driver and hard to ignore. Not only because of her flaming red hair and ruthless driving style, but also because the Bratva princess is allowed to drive in enemy territory.

Soon Adamo and she find themselves entangled in a passionate game that goes beyond the race track. Yet, both haunted by events in the past, their dark cravings put everything on the line.
​
As what they crave the most, comes with a brutal price.

 

Temptation at the Lake by Erin Swann

It was to be two months of recuperation. My massage therapist was supposed to be a woman.

Jordan
Being a woman on the force was tough enough. Then, I caught a bullet in the leg while taking down the bad guy. The Captain pulled my badge. Internal Affairs will be fair, he said. Fat chance of that. To avoid the media, I packed up to recuperate in the place I remembered being the happiest: the small town of Clear Lake.

My doctor’s orders were two months of physical therapy before my next checkup. The stretching, massage, and exercise would be tough if I was going to get in shape to be back on the force by then.

I expected the sunshine and clean air away from the city to make it all bearable. What I didn’t count on was him. Casey Benson became the devil driving my therapy. I alternated between hating the man and being seduced by him.

His pull was magnetic, but I didn’t understand the danger of a fling with this devil.

When I get pulled into his orbit and the town feud, everything changes.

Casey
Life had settled down. People in town had mostly forgotten about my past. I was the go-to guy when they needed help with fitness goals or injuries. Even the feud between our family and the Pollocks had cooled off.

Jordan’s arrival however upset the balance in my life. It was my job to help her recover from her injuries. She needed the right therapy, including daily massages, and I was the man for the job. Was it my fault that she thought Casey was a woman’s name when she booked me?

She had a job to get back to, but until then we could forget our past problems in each other’s company. Every minute with her, every word, and every touch became a drug I couldn’t get enough of.

When my little sister re-ignited the feud between our families by dating Lee Pollock. The fights between my brother Waylon and young Pollock escalated from words to bruises, to blood. Then Lee went missing, and my family all became prime suspects.

Events soon force an impossible choice, but I have to find a way to save Jordan.

Check out Temptation at the Lake today and see if love can find a way.

The Clear Lake Series follows the backcountry Bensons of Clear Lake as they deal with a disappearance in town which shatters the tranquility of their community and puts them in the cross-hairs of the local police chief.