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Now & Then

A Silverbell Shore Novel

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Walker looks at me like I mean something to him. 

Like he wants to devour my body and claim my heart. 

 

But back then…

 

He treated me like a little sister, with just enough attention to make me think he loved me more than he should have. 

 

Every time we drew closer, he would run away.

And my fourteen-year-old heart couldn’t take the rollercoaster of emotions. 

 

Then, overnight, he disappeared completely. 

Taking any dreams of our future with him. 

 

It may have been nine years later.

And I may want him more than I ever have. 

 

But I’m not sure I can risk my heart,

For what we could have now.

When I still haven’t recovered, 

From what happened back then. 


23 sizzling romances in a brand-new world.

These are all standalones set in the small town of Silverbell Shore.

 

Get ready for eighteen months of epic love stories with big secrets and all the feels from Alexandra Silva, Sophie Blue, Susana Mohel, Imogen Wells, DL Gallie, Ashley Munoz, Rosie East, Katie Rae, Lexi Noir, Zoey Drake, Lou Stock, Kathleen Kelly & Maci Dillon, Laura Farr, Dani René, K.L. Humphreys, DC Renee, Lissanne Jones, Harlow Layne, India R. Adams, Tracey Jukes, and Alley Ciz.


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Series: Hot Vegas Nights Collaboration
Authors: C.L. Collier, Sabrina Wagner, Amanda Shelley
Genre: Steamy Protector Romance
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A trip to Vegas to celebrate my best friend’s wedding?
Yes, please!
I’m ready for warm weather, a little gambling, an epic bachelorette party, and, of course, being a bridesmaid for one of my oldest and best friends.
What I’m not ready for is how hot her younger brother has become. The last time I saw Corey, he was a shy, scrawny kid in high school. Now, he’s neither shy nor scrawny, he’s a successful business owner, and he’s mastered the art of flirting … mainly with me!
Don’t get me wrong––I like having a good time and I’m not opposed to having a weekend fling. But this is my best friend’s brother, not a stranger I’ll never see again. Should I give into temptation, or play it cool while we’re in Vegas?
 

 
 

 
 
When your one-night stand is your new boss…


Gia
I wasn’t much of a gambler, but on my first night in Vegas I rolled the dice with a sexy stranger. What did I have to lose? Everyone knows what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I lived out an erotic fantasy most women only dreamed about. It was a souvenir you couldn’t buy in any gift shop. My own dirty little secret.
It was a harmless one-night affair until Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome wasn’t so anonymous anymore. He was my new boss. Outside of the bedroom he was a complete jerk and determined to see me fail. I desperately needed this job and so I pretended I didn’t know about the tattoos on his arms or the monster hiding in his pants. Professional was the name of the game, but… the man was hot as hell and dangerous as the devil himself.

♥♣♦♠

Trent
My self-control was marginal at best, and beautiful women were my weakness. So, when my father threatened to fire me if I had one more office fling, I committed to keeping my libido at bay. Vegas was full of lovely ladies who didn’t work at Mystique. I wasn’t about to throw away my destiny of becoming CEO of one of the biggest hotels in Vegas.
My resolve was firm until she walked into my office. I never thought I’d see the fiery redhead again, but there she was looking all tempting and desirable in her pencil skirt and silk blouse. I knew what was hiding under those clothes and it set my blood on fire. The memory of our night together played over and over like a movie I couldn’t hit pause on. There was only one solution… she had to go.

 
 
 
 

 
This pitch could make or break my career.

Not only will it set a personal record for the biggest account I’ve ever landed, but it could set my newfound company three years ahead of schedule for expansion.
Thank god I’ve got Nate Bellinger on my team.
Even though I had my reservations hiring the sexiest man I’ve ever laid eyes on – he more than meets my expectations with his hard work and determination. Together, we’ve formed a solid team and play off each other perfectly.
As we wait for the final verdict, I begrudgingly take Nate up on his offer for a night on the town. After all, this is Vegas and I need to let the chips fall where they may.
Imagine my surprise when I wake up the next morning to find we’ve not only won the campaign, but I’m apparently married to the man I’ve only ever let myself fantasize about.
The kicker of it all – he has no intentions of letting me go.
But what will it mean once we leave Vegas?

 

 
 
Title: Protected by the Bodyguard
Series: Top Grunt Services Series
Author: Bella Lane
Genre: Military Romance/Suspense
Release Date: November 14, 2022
Cover Design: Design Bunnies
She’s a survivor with a secret…He’s compelled to protect…Someone is watching her every move.

Brianne moved to Largo, Maine five years ago to escape her abusive ex-husband.

After years of intense therapy, she’s made a name for herself. There’s just one problem, no one is supposed to know.

Scott Hayes started Top Grunt Protective Services to honor a man who gave his life to save Scott. He feels pulled to Brianne on a deep level. When Brianne starts getting mail from a stalker, her friend enlists Scott’s help.

Secrets are told, and passion explodes, but can Scott protect Brianne? Will these two find love or will the stalker get what he wants? Who will be standing when it’s all done?

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I’m an author of steamy suspenseful romance.
I have always loved the idea of happy endings, but with real life drama.
I’m a native of North Carolina and have always loved the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Hiking is one of my favorite hobbies as it helps to clear my mind and allow my imagination to roam freely.
I’m an avid reader of all genres.
I love traveling, especially to small communities, as the people are always so nice and welcoming, with hidden gems in their sweet little towns.
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Title: Gingerbread House of Lies
Author: Shyla Colt
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publication Date: Nov. 14th, 2022
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This year childhood best friends December and Emmanuel are decking the halls with lies. Tired of being harassed by their large families about their lack of love, they’ve paired up with a fake dating plan. Ready to kick off an annual gingerbread contest and present a united front, they put everything they have into making their lie believable. When the game of pretend gives way to hidden feelings, they’re caught in their own ruse. Will this Christmas bring the love of their lifetime or the destruction of a lifelong bond?

 

Pack your bags and join us in Colorado for mountains of Christmas magic! It may be cold outside, but there’s plenty of heat between the sheets of these holiday romances!

USA Today Bestselling author Shyla Colt is a chaos wrangler, chronic crafter, and imaginary friend collector. The mom of two and a wife road trips with her weird brood when she’s not taking on a new hobby or bingeing on spooky podcasts and documentaries. She writes strong women with sass, plenty of nerdy tendencies, and the intriguing intense males who love them.

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Standing in the Dark

SPH Series Book 2

By Bella Paige

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Senior Detectives Sergeant Hart’s team step into the world of lies, murder and betrayal when an undercover police officer is attacked and left for dead while posing as an exotic dancer. When evidence starts leading to Australia’s most nefarious mob, the DiNozzo’s. Arianna and Lachlan’s sudden disappearance puts headquarters on high alert. Will the rest of the team be able to save them in time? Or will Arianna face the same fate as her mother? Join Arianna Hart’s team on the hunt as they follow the evidence that leads them to a cold case that exposes family secrets and love lingers in the air for more than one couple. Will they all come out unscathed?


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Title: Off the Mark
Author: Kathryn Nolan
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Fake Dating Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2022
Fake dating my hottest friend was not my smartest move…
 
The cocky ex-baseball player—and flirty playboy—is the one man I’d never fall for. Which is why I stupidly thought he’d make the perfect fake boyfriend.
As the reigning queen of the dirt bike racing circuit, my only goal is to win this next championship race. Except I’ve got a bit of a…reputation problem. While my fans love my tattooed, bad girl image, my fancy new sponsor hates it. And after a recent media fiasco, I’m on the brink of losing everything just when my family needs my help the most.
So I asked Rowan O’Callaghan to fake date me to rehab my image for the cameras.
We’ve known each other since I was just his favorite bartender and he was the charming baseball god who swaggered into my bar to seduce every woman in sight. And left a trail of broken hearts in his wake.
Not me, though. I always knew better than to be tempted by his wicked grin and massive shoulders. Until now—when I suddenly have the huge, hunky flirt pretending to worship the very ground I walk on. Every fake kiss, every filthy promise he whispers in my ear, is starting to feel real.
But it turns out that falling for my fake boyfriend is my biggest mistake yet.
 

“Off The Mark is a beautiful friends-to-lovers, fake relationship story full of sexy banter and finding your soul mate.” ★★★★★ Jessi (Goodreads Review)

“AAAAhhhhh! She just keeps getting better folks! I swear with every book this author has me falling just a bit harder than the last one.” ★★★★★ Jolene (Goodreads Review)


Kathryn Nolan is an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author. Her steamy romance novels are known for their slow-burn sexual tension, memorable characters, and big, hopeful feelings.

Kathryn is a bisexual bookworm with big Leo energy. She loves to spend her free time hiking, camping and traveling in her camper van (“Van Morrison”). When not on the road, she lives in her hometown of Philly with her cute husband and giant-eared rescue pup, Walter.

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Title: Lose to Win
Trilogy: Lost Trilogy Book Three
Author: Andie Bale
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2022

Puck
Ghosts from my past poke their ugly heads, making me question whether everything I did for the last twelve years was for nothing. I brought my demons to Emily’s door, and now I have to deliver us from evil. Losing in order to win is my only option.
Emily
They say it is always smart to think things through and not jump into anything without having all the facts. However, no one has ever accused me of being smart. When given the choice of saving the man I love, I grab it with both hands. But am I really saving him if I play right into his enemy’s hands?

 
Andie Bale lives in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!), Michigan, with her husband, daughter and awesome four-legged baby. Her love of reading started at a young age when sneaking her mother’s romance books to read was the highlight of her day. Now, I am beyond grateful and excited to be able to bring the characters in her head to life.
 
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Title: Pulseless
Author: A.P. Watson
Genre: RomCom, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2022
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Three simple rules.
All I had to do was follow three simple rules, and I’d complete graduate school.
Rule #1: Ace my tests.
Rule #2: Complete my assigned clinical hours.
Rule #3: Do not fall for the doctor at the aforementioned assigned clinical placement.
Well…two out of three ain’t bad, right?
Rule #3 would be so much easier to follow if Finn, that jerk of a doctor, wasn’t so handsome. The two of us mix about as well as oil and vinegar. If opposites attract, why does my flight response kick in whenever I’m within a two-foot radius of Finn?
After a failed engagement that ended in heartbreak, you’d think I’d be the one drowning in my own bitterness, but Finn is doing that enough for both of us.
I guess there’s a reason he’s aptly earned the nickname Dr. Dick.
Three simple rules.
All I had to do was follow three simple rules, and I’d never have to see Dr. Dick again.
There’s only one tiny problem…
I think he might be growing on me—the grumpy, pessimistic man I never saw coming.
I just might be what the doctor didn’t order…
A.P. Watson is a contemporary and paranormal romance author from Tennessee. When she’s not writing, she can be found working as a nurse practitioner, spoiling her dog, or recreationally pole dancing.
 
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Title: Twisted Little Lies
Series: Lake State University #8
Author: Rachael Brownell
Genre: New Adult College Romance, Second Chance Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2022
 
 
 

 
She owns my heart. My goal is to one day own hers again.
I want her.
What she doesn’t want is me. She made that perfectly clear the summer after high school when she broke up with me. That hasn’t stopped her from crawling in my bed on more than one occasion though.
Not that anyone knows about us, or our past.
We’ve kept that secret under lock and key for years. But I’m getting sick and tired of lying to my friends. I’m not ashamed of my love for her.
Yes, I love her.
I always have. And I know she loves me too. She’s just afraid to admit it.
When we get caught in a compromising position though, all the lies she’s been telling start to crumble around her. And if there’s one thing she hates more than me at the moment, it’s being vulnerable.
That doesn’t stop me from taking advantage of her weakened state. Of trying to work my way back into her heart. Of reminding her why we should be together. But the more she lets me in, the more her lies are starting to get twisted.
The ones she’s telling others but mostly the ones she’s been telling herself.
If I want my second chance, I’m going to have to find a way to break through the fortress she’s erected around her heart.
I know she’s the one for me. She has been since we were teenagers.
My first love. My last. My only.
 
 

Kane was my everything.

He still is.

My heart belongs to him. He’s embedded in my soul.

And my body… It’s only ever been his.

Which is how we ended up in the back of the limo tonight, tearing at each other’s clothes. Him throwing his sunglasses off so I could look into his eyes as I lowered myself onto him. His hands gripping my hips so tight I know there will be bruises tomorrow.

It took about half a second to remember how great we were together. How great we could still be, if only I’d tell him the truth.

We do this dance every few months.

Collide with hurricane force. Fuck each other’s brains out. Get our fix and then go back to pretending we don’t have a past together. That we’re nothing more than acquaintances passing in the night.

We’ve always been careful to not get caught.

But tonight, I couldn’t resist.

I knew he was staring at me on the ride to the gala. I could feel his eyes on me from across the room as I spoke to my new boss, Emerson Dixon, and her husband, Ryder. And then he made it a point to move closer. To slowly encroach on my position.

My heart was pounding in my chest. My skin tingled from his close proximity. My breathing shallow and labored as I tried to ignore the effect he had on me.

But Kane knows me too well. All it took was one text, and I was his.

ME: Limo. Ten minutes.

It wasn’t a question. It was a proposal. He walked away, and I followed a few minutes later at a safe distance.

What I never expected was for Scarlet to show up seconds after I orgasmed. Or for Kane to act as if it wasn’t a big deal.

 
 
 
 
 
Rachael Brownell is an International Bestselling author of new adult romance.
 
She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, snuggly dog, and hateful cat. She moonlights a few days a week (her excuse to get out of the house and socialize) and writes almost full time. Her first book was published way back in 2013 and since she’s released more than 30 additional titles.
 
When she’s not writing her next novel, you can find her hanging out with her family, watching her son play baseball, or running on the treadmill at the gym (though she skips more days than she goes). She also enjoys golfing but is still learning, so if you see her on the course… stand back.
 
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Title: Lost to Us
Series: The President’s Daughters #5
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2022
Why is this woman a look-alike of one of the president’s daughters?
Set in a beautiful island country in Italy, Bianca Lucchese and her husband Joe work hard at their veterinarian practice, raise their kids and keep their marriage vibrant. But two interfering mothers bring them to the brink of separation. When Bianca meets Andraya Manwaring, her life falls apart and Joe isn’t there for her. He’s left her at the worst possible time in her life—when she discovers she’s the long-lost daughter of a US president.

The end of August  

“We have to talk.” Joe made the statement in the office of their veterinarian practice before their workday began. It was a light, airy space, with carefully chosen wooden desks, file cabinets and a long couch on the far wall. She’d brought in fresh flowers so the scent of calla lilies surrounded them.

Bianca’s eyes narrowed in feigned anger. “Is it about those secret meetings and phone calls you’ve been having? I swear Giuseppe Nicoli Lucchese, if you have a woman on the side, I’ll castrate you.”

“As if, Tesoro.” For a moment, his dark eyes danced. “I haven’t looked at another woman since you fell into my arms coming down the steps of the administration building at college.” 

Bianca knew that was true. The same thing happened to her. Love at first sight. And lots of lust, too. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other and were together every minute they could manage. “All right. Tell me.”

He got that shadowed expression on his face that usually meant he had bad news. “I accepted a request from Veterinari All’estero to inoculate wildlife in Africa.”

What?”

“I’m going to work with the vets over there.”

She frowned. “We were planning to do that together, sometime later, when the kids were older.”

“I have to go now. Running our home and practice throws us together too much.”

Merda, this was so unlike the past where they skipped classes to make love and he moved out of the dorm and rented an apartment for privacy and convenience.

She stared at him. She loved him. But… “So you’re going to run away from our problems?”

He stood, came around his desk, leaned against the edge and jammed his hands into his jeans pockets. Damn him for looking so good. “You’re not listening, amore mio. We need a break from each other. I know I need a break from the pressure our Mammas put on us. We fight all the time about them.”

It was painful to hear what he was saying. There had been a lot of pressure and it had affected their relationship. Her voice was hoarse when she answered, “So I get to stay here and deal with them all by myself?”

Joe’s brows knitted. “Mamma will leave you alone if I’m not here. Maybe me being gone will make her listen to me about interfering in our lives. But, yes, you’ll have to deal with your mother.”

Carlotta Ricci was a force to be reckoned with. Since Bianca’s papà was never in the picture, she and her mother had been close. Very close. Too close. And Carlotta never liked Joe, but down deep Bianca knew she wouldn’t approve of any man her daughter had chosen.  

She made herself sound strong. “I’ll handle Mamma. What about the practice?”

“Christopher will take on more responsibility.” The fresh-faced, sweet man, Christopher Messina was just out of vet school when they asked him to join their team and had been a joy to work with.

“We hired him so we could open a second office.”

“That can wait.”

Her eyes filled. “I can’t believe you’d do this to me, Joey.” 

“Bianca, cara, we need time away from each other!”

“At least you do.”

“You do, too. And this way, we won’t have to explain a separation to the kids.”

“And you won’t look bad.” She stilled as another awful truth came to her. “You were thinking of a separation?”

“No, no, that came out wrong.” He took in a deep breath. Stared at her with midnight eyes that made her weak in the knees. “I’m going, for three months, starting in September.”

She tried to calm herself. “Not with my support.”

“Cazzo! You don’t give an inch anymore. What happened to the girl I married?”

“She was deliriously happy when she met you. You promised life would stay that way for us. We opened a successful practice, had two kids we raised together. Then you got distant.”

“Things change, Bianca.”

“Apparently.”

“Please do this for me. I need it.”

She loved this man above all else. She often consented to what he wanted to do in their life together. But she was mad! “All right, Joey, go ahead. Leave the three of us alone.” Even to her own ears, she sounded totally rejected. In the past that would have killed him.

“Will you give me your blessing?”

“What do you think?”

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Joe couldn’t concentrate all day. Even though he’d had several wellness checks, two sick puppies and a consultation about surgery, he was distracted. Not only had he hurt the only woman he ever loved, he’d sounded like a selfish bastard. 

I need to get away…I want to go…

But deep inside he knew that his marriage was heading for disaster if he didn’t shake things up. And he wasn’t sure he could live without Bianca in his life. 

The fights had been epic. 

First Carlotta…

“You are subservient to him, figlia mia. I warned you against this.” Still tall, imposing and statuesque at sixty-plus, her silvery gaze was cold.

“I am not, Mamma. We compromise.”

“He always gets what he wants.”

“Because I want it too.”

Her mother stared her down. Bianca knew an ace in the hole was coming. “Did you want another child?”

“I wanted to talk about it.” And Joe didn’t. So the idea got dismissed.

“Not that I thought having another was the right thing for you, but you had no choice when he objected. He takes that away from you.”

“Joe likes our life as it is.”

“I do.” His comment came from the doorway. “And Carlotta, I don’t appreciate how you hound your daughter. I’ve told you this before.”

“Do not speak to me like that.”

“This is my home. I’ll speak however I want in order to keep you from hurting your daughter.”

Bianca said, “Joe, I can stand up for myself.”

Angry, he’d whirled on her. His eyes burned. “Then why don’t you?”

Then there was his mother, Rosalina…

“You work too hard, Joey, and afterward, you run around with i figli. Your wife should stay home and take care of them and the house.”

He’d crossed to the woman who’d raised him. Who he loved dearly. “Mamma, I know that’s how you did things in your marriage, but that’s not us. Not most people in Italy these days.”

She touched his face and he could see the veins of age in her hand. Small in stature, a bit overweight, she had the same dark eyes and hair as Joe, though hers was graying. “You need more sleep. More relaxation. If she quit, you’d have peace.”

It was as if he hadn’t spoken. “Santa Maria, you don’t listen to me. Bianca’s not going to give up her career. I don’t want her to. Now, I won’t talk about this again.”

But they had. And more than once he’d found her pressuring Bianca. His wife didn’t cower in front of his mother, but Rosalina triggered something in Bianca that made her not fight back very hard. That probably had to do with her own mother’s strong personality. He and his wife became more and more estranged.

A breaking point came for him the night before he was leaving…

They were getting ready for sleep. He noticed lately she’d been changing in the bathroom. He was stretched out on the bed, with his hands linked behind his head, wearing only his boxers, watching the overhead fan whir around. She came out in a nightgown buttoned up to her neck.

He said simply, “I want to make love.”

“I don’t feel like it.”

“You haven’t felt like it in weeks.” Even now after nearly twenty years of marriage, sex had been frequent and imaginative. 

“I know I haven’t.” She walked to a dressing table, sat down and began to brush her blond hair. She saw him in the mirror when he came up behind her. Put his hands on her shoulders. “You won’t make love with me because I’m going to work with Veterinari All’estero.”

She held his gaze in the glass. “That’s right, Joe. This chasm between us opened up when you said you were abandoning us.”

Fury rose inside him. “You always said you hated when women used sex to manipulate men.”

She turned around forcing him to step back. Her gaze narrowed on him. “I know. And I never thought I’d feel this way about you.”

“What are you saying, that I killed our sex life?”

“Harsh, but probably true.” She stood and didn’t meet his height by six inches. “It’s not my fault that I no longer want you. It’s yours.”

He was so angry he didn’t know what he’d do if he stayed. He stalked to the hamper, redressed in his clothes from the day, and stormed out of the room. He walked over to the street where his childhood friend, Tommaso Galati, lived and slept on his couch on the porch. He left the next day when he and his wife weren’t speaking to each other.

A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction. One of her firefighter books hit #20 on the NEW YORK TIMES list. Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over ten million copies of her books in print and downloaded online. Readers call her work heartwarming.
 
 
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