Archive for the ‘Exclusive Excerpt’ Category

Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Duke Met His Match by Tina Gabrielle

She’ll be his ruin or his salvation…

The daughter of an infamous art forger, Chloe Somerton grew up poor. Desperate to aid her sisters, she’d picked a pocket…or two. Now circumstances have changed, and Chloe has a chance to marry a young, wealthy lord. Only his mentor—a dark, dangerous duke—stands in her way. The duke knows about her past, and she’ll do anything to keep him from telling.

The moment Michael Keswick, the Duke of Cameron, sees Chloe Somerton, he recognizes her as a fraud. The stunning beauty with sapphire eyes and golden hair now appears to be a proper lady, but he knows better. What begins as a battle of wills soon escalates into a fierce attraction. In Chloe, Michael finds peace from the memories of war, but he refuses to marry…and she won’t settle for anything less.

Check out our EXCLUSIVE excerpt below!


The Duke of Cameron’s piercing gaze raked Chloe’s form before returning to her face. “Well…well,” he drawled. “Miss Somerton. What a pleasant surprise.” His tone suggested it wasn’t a surprise at all and that he’d been expecting her to arrive late at night on his doorstep.

Impossible.

Chloe’s heart pounded in her chest as she was held captive by his dark gaze. “May we speak in private, Your Grace?”

“You are alone? No chaperone?”

She swallowed. “I thought it best this way.”

His lips quirked. “Yes. I believe we have something important to discuss that requires the utmost privacy.” He motioned toward the hallway leading from the vestibule. “We can talk in my library. Shall we?”

For a brief moment, her nerves almost faltered, and she clutched her reticule before her.

One dark brow shot upward. “Come now, Miss Somerton. You haven’t sneaked out of your home unchaperoned to visit a bachelor’s residence only to lose your nerve now, have you?”

“Of course not,” she snapped.

Read More

Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Outlaw by Anna Schmidt

9781492613022
Amanda Porterfield longs to experience real adventure. So when she’s offered a position in bustling Tucson, she leaps at the chance despite unknown dangers—dangers like the mysterious Seth Grover.

As an undercover detective working to stop a gang of outlaws, Seth can’t afford the distractions a woman like Amanda inspires. Yet when the fiercely intelligent beauty is thrust into the middle of a heist gone wrong, Seth will fight for a future that may never be theirs…even if it means risking everything he holds dear.

Check out our exclusive excerpt below!


Seth Grover was growing weary of his double life. On the surface he presented himself as a man to be watched—a quiet, soft-spoken stranger who was good with a gun and who had no visible means of support other than being very good at playing poker. That combination made most folks believe he was probably operating on the shady side of the law, which suited his purposes most of the time. The truth was that he was an undercover agent for the Wells Fargo Company, hired to go wherever he was needed to foil outlaws targeting the company’s wealth. Most recently he’d been charged with doing whatever it took to stop the string of robberies that had cost the company close to half a million dollars over the last few years.

Read More

Deadly Rising Ad Gif
Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

Thanks for inviting me to EverAfter Romance today! I’m excited to share one of my favorite scenes from my new historical romance, Scandalous Ever After. Evan and Kate’s romance is a friends-to-lovers story…sort of. He’s loved her since the first time they met—when she was his best friend’s newlywed bride.

With the mysterious death of Kate’s husband two years before, Evan and Kate were estranged. But circumstance and a long, wild road trip bring them back together, and they soon become lovers. It’s going to be tough for “just for now” to turn into “HEA,” considering the financial difficulties and secrets that threaten to drive them apart.

Evan is determined to seize every chance at love with Kate, though. He decides to be perfectly honest with her about a condition he has, which we’d today call clinical depression. In this scene, he describes it to her, and by the end, their relationship has become more honest and trusting. I hope you enjoy it.

————————–

When the path broke into a small clearing, Evan tipped back his head. Through the dapple of gold leaves and the first bare branches, the sky was like cobalt glaze, translucent and blue, wisped with clouds like thrown cotton.

“Sit with me,” he said.

Read More

Exclusive Excerpt, Giveaway

GIVEAWAY/EXCERPT: A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns

First in a fresh contemporary romance series from award-winning debut author Debbie Burns.

Every heart has a forever home.

Megan Anderson loves the animals at her no-kill shelter. She’ll do anything for them—even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who’s in way over his head. She’ll help him sort out his troubles, but getting too close to an adorable puppy’s human counterpart? Been there, done that, got burned.

When Craig Williams arrived at the local shelter for help, he didn’t expect a fiery young woman to blaze into his life. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it’s not just animals Megan is adept at saving—she could be the one to rescue his heart.

Soon, Craig and Megan find that the magic of unconditional love can do anything…even lead to their forever home.

 

Check out our exclusive excerpt below!


Working to suppress the shivers traversing her spine, Megan switched the travel mug of sweet-scented mocha to her free hand and tucked her half-frozen one into her coat pocket. She tried not to focus on how much warmer the shoulder was that was rubbing against Craig’s upper arm as they meandered the darkened streets of Webster Groves.

“I wish it were still Christmas so you could see it,” she said. “I always feel like I’m in a snow globe because the houses are done up so cute.”

“It’d be colder if it were Christmas. It’s mid-March, and I can’t feel my toes.”

“I told you that you needed a jacket.”

Read More

Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPTS: Not My First Rodeo 2

 

We present you with not one, not two, but THREE excerpts from the new novella collection NOT MY FIRST RODEO 2 by Donna Alward, Jenna Bayley-Burke, and Sarah M. Anderson. Keep reading!


EXCERPT ONE – SEDUCING THE SHERIFF

Joe turned over onto his side, wishing he could fall asleep. Crime in their little town was generally the mild sort, and armed robbery was a total anomaly. But it wasn’t the seriousness of the crime keeping him awake. It was Cassidy, in his bed, dressed in some flimsy pink pajamas.

Bringing her here might have been a mistake. In the office, it had seemed perfectly sensible and platonic. They’d always been friendly. But sitting with her on the sofa as she got tipsy on a little bit of whiskey was something else. She brought out his protective instincts. She brought out more than that, too. When she’d looked up at him and said that she trusted him today…something had changed. He’d felt it, like a thump to the chest. There was something about the way she’d looked into his eyes. Nothing was completely platonic. They were two people of roughly the same age, single, and damn, she was pretty. Even during the stress of the day, she’d managed to crack a few jokes. He admired that.

He flipped over to his other side and closed his eyes, focused on slowing his breathing, and tried to lull himself into sleep. If only he could shut off his brain.

Read More

Exclusive Excerpt, Guest Post

Five Difficulties of a Coach/Player Relationship

Coach/player relationships hit about a thousand of my buttons, which is why I was so excited to write one in Coach’s Challenge. I have a thing for any kind of forced proximity romance (snowed in a cabin! Marriage of convenience!), and the secrecy inherent in the Coach/Player dynamic makes it super hot. But, as the title of the book suggests, it’s also not the easiest – and here are some reasons why!

  1. Alone time is hard to come by. Especially in the ECHL – hey, you’re on a bus with a lot of other guys, in a locker room with a lot of other guys, staying in a hotel with a lot of other guys….you get the picture. Throw in the adrenaline rush post-game and how do you find the perfect place where you won’t be interrupted to indulge in some sexy hotness? It’s one thing in your own locker room, but if you’re away in some strange state, in a city you’re not familiar with and an arena that isn’t yours…those dark corners aren’t always easy to come by! Also, hockey players wear a lot of gear. If you’re secret boyfriend is a goalie, you’re gonna have to wait a few minutes for him to get all that gear off before anything sexy can happen.
  2. Locker Rooms aren’t made for trysts. Seriously, it’s all hard benches, cold floors, lockers and smelly equipment. Not exactly the most conducive to a sexy moment, right? Showers are all right there in the open and everything, too. You’re going to have to be pretty creative. Besides, let’s say you work something out and find a way to get it on…then you’re going to be stuck having inappropriate thoughts about the many uses of skate laces during the pre-game speech.
  3. A coach’s job is to offer both praise – and critique. While this is great for a player’s on-ice development, relationship wise? It can be a little tricky. If you’ve got a coach with some strong opinions – and who’s used to shouting them out in the moment – then that might lead to some complications in intimate situations. Hearing a critique of your passing techniques is one thing…but no one wants a diagram about their bedroom skills and how they can be improved when they’re in the middle of things.
  4. Hockey has some of the most unintentionally dirty lingo in sports, and that might lead to some embarrassing interruptions when you’re not really in the mood for an audience. Because your teammates might hear the coach telling you why he wants you to “get it in deep” and not think anything about waltzing right in and interrupting you.  
  5. If you’re a coach, you’re going to be watching your secret boyfriend playing hockey in a lot of situations…both good and bad. And if you’re a hotheaded coach, you might take exception to the guy on the other team who just tripped your boyfriend on the ice. Especially when he has the puck, and a clear lane to the goal. And if your boyfriend gets that game winner in OT that wins your team a championship? You can’t really kiss him senseless without everyone knowing what’s up.

Read More

Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Snow’s Surrender by Kristin Miller

SnowsSubmission_Book_2-500
Hair black as a raven’s coat, skin as white as snow, lips as read as, blabitty-blah, blah, blah. If one more person calls me sweet and innocent, I’m losing my head.

I’ve got more pressing matters to think about. Like the fact that our wolf pack is in serious debt. If I can’t find a way to secure financing for our estate, we’ll lose our shifting sanctuary. My stepmother—wonderfully wicked as she is—has come up with a plan: seduce a rich jeweler who’s visiting for the weekend. And then, when he agrees to bond with me and make me his forever, we’ll be saved. Not such a bad deal, considering he’s crazy hot, and I’ve had a crush on him forever.

One problem: I’m not a temptress, not by a long shot. It’s a good thing my childhood best friend, Hunter, has come back into the area. He’s always been a playboy and knows how to get what he wants. He agrees to teach me the rules of seduction, but before long, I realize I’m the one being played.

Check out an excerpt from SNOW’S SURRENDER by Kristin Miller! 

SNOW’S SURRENDER is the last installment of A SNOW WHITE WEREWOLF TALE. Check out parts one and two here! 


Closing my eyes, I shake my head slowly. Because I want more of this feeling zinging through me, more butterflies, and more rain to cool my burning flesh. Why can’t things go this smoothly with other guys? Ones who are staying with the pack?

“You’re not with Malcolm this moment.” His lips brush my cheek. “What happens tonight doesn’t have to change anything tomorrow when you go back to him.”

Another kiss on my cheek, closer to my lips.

“We’re friends, aren’t we?” I say, leaning into him and the warmth of his embrace. “Even after all this, that won’t change, right?”

Read More

Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: All I Am (A This Man Novella) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

AllIAm5_RGB300
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas comes a new novella in the This Man series. You don’t need to read the series to enjoy this story, but if you’re already a Jesse Ward fan, just wait till you see the advice he gives Drew about falling in love.

Check out our exclusive excerpt below! 


‘What do you want, Raya?’

She steps toward me tentatively, as if she’s questioning what she’s doing. And when she reaches me, her chest pressed to mine, she gazes up at me. ‘I don’t know.’ Her eyes are wild and unsure. ‘But I know that every time we’re close, something powerful takes over. And you’re trying hard to fight it. You’re warm and cold. What are you scared of?’

‘You.’ My mouth is on her before I can think better of it, and I’ve lifted her from her feet before my tongue breaches the seam on her lips. We should talk, but this is the only thing I know what to say right now, and when her arms circle my shoulders, her mouth opening up, inviting me in, I know she’s okay with it. I know she gets it.

With one arm around her waist holding her to me and one secured on the nape of her neck, I walk to my office, my kiss deep, my blood racing, my heart bouncing off my ribcage. I set her on her feet and take the hem of her dress, pulling it up over her head, losing her lips for just a second in the process. She wrenches my shirt open, scattering buttons in the process, her hands immediately finding my skin beneath. My forward steps encourages her backwards, our kiss deepening as she unfastens my trousers and I push her knickers down her thighs.

We’re all over the place, desperation getting the better of us, a mess of tongues, hands and bodies. I pull some strength from nowhere, seize her hands and break our kiss, breathing heavily. Her unsure brown eyes soon prompts me to start ridding myself of the rest of my clothes, all under her watchful gaze. Until I’m naked.

‘This wasn’t supposed to happen,’ she whispers.

Read More

Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Cyborg Seduction by Grace Goodwin

Cyborg Seduction
Single mother Lindsey Walters would do anything to save her young son from a lifetime of pain. She’s a writer, a journalist, and when the answer to her prayers comes in the form of a highly dangerous and forbidden assignment sneak onto the mysterious military prison planet known only as The Colony and write an expose she can’t refuse. And when she meets an irresistible and intense alien warrior who wants to keep her forever she can’t stay. She must return home, no matter how seductive he might be.

Kiel of Everis was captured and tortured by the Hive. Now free and living on the Colony, he’d accepted his fate of a life alone. There are no marked mates on The Colony, no hope for a warm, willing female to ease the constant ache of his lonely heart. On a hunt to track and eliminate a deadly traitor, his tightly controlled existence unravels when he begins to dream share with an unknown woman his mate.

Once he finds her, touches her, claims her as his own, he’ll do anything to possess her, break every rule to seduce her, defy anyone, even the Interstellar Coalition, Earth’s Government, and his own Governor to keep her forever.

There is nowhere his Earth mate can run, nowhere she can hide. He is a Hunter. And the predator inside of him knows one word when it comes to her, MINE.

Check out the exclusive excerpt of CYBORG SEDUCTION below! 


“There.” The governor, Maxim, pointed at the vid screen. I followed his finger and saw the intruder.  The image was crystal clear, crisp. The male wore the usual armor of a Coalition fighter; pants, shirt, even the helmet, and moved with the lithe ease of an athlete and the surety of one who knew exactly where to go as he removed a grate and disappeared inside the ventilation tunnels that ran beneath the entire base. 

Read More

Exclusive Excerpt

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Blackmailing the Bad Girl by Nina Croft

Blackmailing_the_Bad_Girl-500
Cynical CEO, Nik Masterton, believes he’s finally met a woman who isn’t interested in his money…until she vanishes with a hefty amount of it. He’s been searching for her ever since and has finally found her doing a stint in Holloway prison for stealing…from someone else. Clearly, he’s just one of many. Now she’s coming out, and it’s time for a little payback.

After two years in prison, Summer Delaney is determined she’s never going back. While she had good reasons for doing what she did, it’s time to move on to a new life and earn an honest living. Unfortunately, there’s a glitch in her plan, and he’s waiting at the gate as she comes out.

Nik isn’t above using blackmail to make Summer work for him until he decides just how he’ll get his revenge. But this time they’re both determined to keep their distance. Right until the inconvenient attraction explodes between them…

Check out our exclusive excerpt below! 


She looked like she’d seen, or heard, a ghost.

Her hand came out to rest on the roof of the car, and the blood drained from her face, leaving her even paler than before.

And she’d been pretty pale already, like she’d spent the last two years in…prison? She’d always been delicate, almost ethereal. Now she looked fragile, as though he could snap her in two with a hard touch. He’d been doing some reading on the effects of prison. He didn’t think Sarah, or rather Summer, was the type to take it well.

Nik slid across, opened the door, and climbed out to stand beside her. He hadn’t remembered her being so small. Dressed in jeans and a white T-shirt, sneakers on her feet, she appeared younger than her twenty-six years. She was staring at the pavement as though she might find answers there, but as the seconds passed, she finally lifted her head. Her long silver-blond hair was loose around her shoulders, and she raised a shaking hand and looped it behind her ears, revealing the smooth line of her cheek. Her eyes darted left and right before settling on him, and even then, he couldn’t read her expression. It was somehow shuttered, as though she’d managed to hide the shock away and lock it down tight.

“I’m not Sarah Daniels,” she spoke softly. “I think you must be mistaken.”

Read More