Posts Tagged ‘contemporary women’


Giveaway + First Look: THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Auction Rachel Van Dyken

Guys, we relish every opportunity to feel like Oprah, but this is truly a special occasion! We’ve got a quick look at The Bachelor Auction by the amazing Rachel Van Dyken AND a giveaway! Enter for a chance to win below!

Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and…yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

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Excerpt: HOME RUN by Heidi McLaughlin

Home Run Heidi McLaughlin

We’re going to skip all of the baseball puns and get right to the meat of this excellent excerpt. Why? Because we love you and hate to see you in pain.

Here’s a sneak peek at Heidi McLaughlin’s Home Run!

“Can I call you, sometime?”

Ainsley looks down at the ground and crosses her arms over her chest. “Listen, I’m sure you’re a nice guy and all, but I don’t date baseball players. You guys all come in here, acting sweet and caring about the kids, but will be gone in two months. We’re forgotten all about until next spring training.”

From her spiel, I can tell someone has hurt her in the past, but I’m not willing to give up. There’s no way I can now. “Whoa, why the one-eighty?”

“Excuse me?”

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Exclusive Excerpt: Nacho Figueras Presents: RIDE FREE by Jessica Whitman

Ride Free Nacho Figueras

Do I even need to introduce this book when Nacho Figueras’ face is benevolently smoldering right on the cover? We’ve got a deliciously tantalizing excerpt of Nacho Figueras Presents: Ride Free by Jessica Whitman right here! And if you love polo playing Lotharios, you’re in luck! Ride Free is out today!

When Sunny started crow-hopping, Enzo Rivas didn’t worry. The big mare had always been hot, and it wasn’t out of character for her to occasionally get a little bored and try to test her rider.

But when Sunny started to buck, Enzo knew something was seriously wrong.

The pony threw her head down, kicked out her legs, and whinnied fearfully, almost sending Enzo out of the saddle. He pressed his knees against the saddle, grabbed the reins, and battled to pull her head back up. She fought him, flinging her head down again and heaving her back legs into the air.

For a moment, he thought he was going to be thrown, and his body automatically tensed, preparing to hit the ground, hard.

It wouldn’t have been the first time Enzo lost his seat to an unruly horse. It was part of his job, after all. Nobody trained horses and didn’t occasionally get thrown. But that didn’t mean he wouldn’t fight it.

Sunny came back down onto all four legs again, and Enzo, sensing a split second of opportunity, yanked the reins sharply to the right, forcing the pony’s head so far over that her nose touched his knee. She screamed in outrage and spun in a circle, but she was powerless to kick her hind legs from this position.

Enzo kept her in that stance, letting her spin as many times as she wanted, speaking to her softly in Spanish, until he could feel her temper start to ebb and her muscles soften, one by one, under him.

He relaxed the reins and let the pony’s head back up. As they cantered forward, he noticed a large, bald-faced hornet floating away from them.

“Ah. Poor girl,” he said, “you got stung.”

Sunny snorted complacently as if in agreement, then reared up, threw Enzo backward into the grass, and bolted, riderless, down the pitch.

Enzo lay there for a moment, the breath knocked out of him, staring at the cloudless Florida sky. It had not been a bad fall, as falls went, and he knew that once he could breathe again, he’d be fine. But he was also pissed, and he knew it would be better to get his temper under control before he chased down the errant horse. It never helped to be mad when dealing with ponies.

“Rivas?” came a distant voice that made him close his eyes and smile ruefully. Of course she would find him like this.

“Enzo, are you okay?”

She was closer.

He struggled to a sitting position, still a little winded but determined not to be on his back when she reached him.

“I’m fine,” he said, and then almost fell over again, he was so dizzy. Damn that horse. He bent his head to his knees and closed his eyes.

“You don’t look fine. You look like you got knocked on your ass.”

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Guest Post: Bad Boys Becoming Dads and More from Jessica Lemmon

Return of the Bad Boy Jessica Lemmon

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to be here talking to you about my latest release, Return of the Bad Boy. Or as readers of the series like to call the book “Asher!!!” We’re excited. We’ve been waiting for this one a long while!

When I was asked to contribute to a parenting article, I have to admit, I got a little nervous! The only little one running around my house is Daisy, and she’s a rescued mutt. Then it was explained to me that the topic was how becoming a parent changed my characters, and I took a huge sigh of relief. That, I know back and forth. Becoming a parent irrevocably changed Asher Knight, self-proclaimed rock god and Evergreen Cove’s very own Penis Bandit. (Er…if you haven’t read the books yet, that’s a thing.)

Anyway. Moving on.

When Asher Knight was first introduced in Bringing Home the Bad Boy, it was because my hero, Evan needed a buddy to hang out with. And, since this Asher didn’t have a book of his own (his contract came later), I was free to make him as bad as I wanted.

Boy did I.

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Guest Post: Katee Robert on Marriages of Convenience in Romance

The Wedding Pact Katee Robert

The arranged marriage tropes is, hands down, one of my favorites. I found the romance genre with historicals, because one of my favorite suspense authors had started there. So I picked up one of her Scottish Highlander historical romances about a highlander who was being forced to marry someone not of his choosing. My twelve-year-old mind was blown. I proceeded to devour every historical romance I could get my hands on, and that love of romance hasn’t changed as the years have gone by.

But I’m not going to lie—the marriage of convenience trope is still my favorite.

It’s got elements that are just catnip for me. Two people, often who either hate each other or don’t know each other at all, forced into what is arguably one of the most intimate relationships in existence. They had to deal with living with this near-stranger, and all the sexy good times that usually result!

I wasn’t sure it could get better than that. But then I started finding marriage of convenience tropes popping up in contemporary romance novels. The reasoning behind the marriages themselves changed with the times—less because they were found in compromising positions and more for things like business mergers—but the things I love about the trope are still present and accounted for.

A favorite of mine is The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst. Both hero and heroine get something from marrying each other that has nothing to do with love, but then you have this cold and distant hero who’s having to deal with a woman who has the habit of sneaking animals into his house without warning in an effort to save them from being put down. I’m sure you can imagine the hilarity that ensues.

And that’s not even getting into the sheer sexual tension that arises from the forced proximity of having this other person in their house, sharing their space, popping up when they least expect it. Something that used to be as simple as having late night ice cream in the kitchen is suddenly rife with the possibilities of running into each other and for one thing to lead to another.

As I’ve said—catnip.

What about you? Which book with a marriage of convenience is your favorite?

Katee RobertKatee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Guest Post: Sofie Baston’s Fashion Week Survival Kit

Until I'm Yours Kennedy Ryan

We’re pleased to welcome Sofie Baston as our guest fashion editor for February. So fitting since NY Fashion Week is just around the corner. Sofie’s graced runways and covers for the last fifteen years as one of fashion’s “it” girls. She has more than lived up to her moniker “The Goddess” throughout her career. She’s now the brain and eye behind the new lifestyle website Haven. Sofie took a few minutes from her busy schedule to chat with us!

EAR: Sofie, welcome! We’re so used to seeing you in front of the camera, but your latest venture takes you behind the scenes. Tell us about Haven.

Sofie Baston: Thanks for having me! I’m in love with my lifestyle website Haven. It is along the lines of Blake Lively’s Preserve, which I really admired and hated to see shut down last fall. That mission of tying lifestyle to making a difference greatly inspired me. Haven works with artisans to develop site-exclusive products – clothing,  jewelry and a few other specialized items. A significant percentage of all proceeds goes to my hand-picked charitable partners.

EAR: You’ve been the celebrity ambassador for the Walsh Foundation for many years. Is the foundation one of those partners?

SB: Yes! Certainly. I first tasted the influence celebrities could leverage for good with the Walsh Foundation, and am pleased to count them friends in this new endeavor, too.

EAR:  That’s awesome! Now let’s get to some fun stuff.

SB: Yes, let’s!

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