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Dean

Last Man Standing – Book 4

Genre: Romantic Comedy

By Annee Jones

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Blurb:

Is there hope for love’s sweetness to prevail? Or will this competition make them bitter enemies forever?

Dean and Josie are the rival owners of the best bakeries in town. Josie is famous for baking the tallest cakes, making all her sweet creations a little bit like her: steady and reliable. Dean is famous for crazy taste combos, explosions of colors inside his cakes, kind of like his personality: a little bit extravagant, a lot flashy.

When the cameras and crews of the most intense baking competition – Wedding Baker come to town, Dean and Josie engage in the ultimate battle for supremacy. The competition forces them into close proximity, and all contestants engage in pettiness and naughty comments while they bake.

Will Josie win the hearts of the audience with her insanely tall and sturdy confections, or will Dean delight the jury more, making him the last man standing in this sweet, sweet war?

 

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Title: High Voltage
Author: Amanda Cuff & Loren Beeson
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Brothers Best Friend, Forbidden Love
Release Date: October 21, 2022
Cover Design: Cady Verdiramo at Cruel Ink Editing + Design
He was off limits… but that only made me want him more.
Jaran Iverson was my brother’s best friend and my first love.
But the day after my eighteenth birthday, he left our small town without so much as a goodbye.
Five years later, he’s back, asking for a second chance and expecting the three of us to pick up right where we left off.
Only, I’m older now and far too smart to fall for those soft smiles and sultry eyes.
After years of working through the destruction he left behind, the last thing I need is to fall back in love with the boy who broke my heart.
Mia Carter was everything to me—bright, funny, forbidden.
So when she kissed me one drunken night and begged me to take her innocence, I almost gave in.
The only girl I’d ever wanted was on her knees in front of me.
The problem?
She was my best friend’s kid sister.
The next day, I packed my shit and left town, doing everything in my power to forget her.
Now I’m back and ready to claim what’s always been mine.
Except, this strong-willed, independent vixen isn’t the little Mia I once knew.
She’s the woman I can’t have… but that only makes me want her more.

Amanda is a mom of four and military wife living wherever the government dictates. She squeezes in writing time between mountains of laundry, taxi-mom duties, and stuffing her face with carbs. She never turns down a strong margarita, her husband’s cooking, or a good Netflix binge.


Loren Beeson is an indie author with miles of imagination. She is a dreamer, artist, and radiologic technologist who loves all things romance. Always writing short stories as a young child and young adult, she knew she wanted to become an author someday. Horses are her muse while drawing, and writing is her escape from the real world. She’s a lover of Flaming Hot Cheetos and smutty romance novels, and occasionally has a glass of wine or two… or four.

Loren can be found in her cozy home in Texas with her nose in a book, her corgi and mini-Aussie on her lap, and her son trailing along with her and her husband through their many adventures.


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Title: Our Little Surprise
Series: The Spencer Brooks Diaries Book 2
Author: S.L. Sterling
Genre: Age Gap, Instalove
Release Date: August 15, 2022
Cover Design: Thunderstruck Cover Design

“This duet put a cherry on my book cake and I loved it.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer


“This book made me smile feel my heartbreaking and so many other emotions” – Goodreads Reviewer

Spencer Brooks was the most attractive man I’d ever laid eyes on. Not only was he my boss and father’s best friend but he was also the man I had been sneaking around with for the entire summer.


That is why my world shattered the night my father caught us in bed together. Angry as hell, my father forbade us to be together, but Spencer promised me that everything would work out. In the coming days, my father demanded I quit my job. Only he didn’t stop there. He also called Spencer’s ex-wife, who threatened to take Spencer’s daughter Nikki away from him, forcing Spencer to call us quits for good.

Heartbroken, I buried my feelings for the man I loved, and put in a transfer to another department to appease my father. Only to my surprise Spencer refused to sign it until after I helped him organize his company Christmas Party.

I could only do this if he promised to keep it professional, but soon I was noticing the soft touches and lingering glances. Then one night he delivered a kiss that brought all my feelings back to the surface. I try to fight it at first until I discover something that will either bring us together or tear us apart for good.

I cleared my throat. “Things are going great,” I answered, straightening the tie Dad was wearing.

 

Dad turned and looked in the mirror, impressed with my tie straightening skills. “Wow, where on earth did you learn to do that?” he asked, knowing full well I’d never held a serious relationship before.

Truth was I had come to learn to straighten ties almost immediately after Spencer and I had had an intense session of hot sex against his office wall.

I shrugged. “It’s just easier when someone else does it,” I said, turning away from my father.

 

“When is Spencer supposed to be back from that business trip?”

 

“Um, I believe he said Monday. At least that was what his schedule said. Why?”

 

“Good, I have to go out of town for work on Monday. I feel better knowing he is home next door to look over you when I am gone.”

 

I felt a blush rise to my cheeks and hoped that my father hadn’t seen it. He wouldn’t feel better if he knew that Spencer and I were involved. He certainly wouldn’t feel better if he knew the things Spencer and I had done together when he’d been gone.


“What time are you supposed to be meeting this woman?” I asked, feeling my phone vibrate in my pocket.

 

“I pick her up in ten minutes. I guess I should probably get going. She lives on the other side of town,” he said, looking at his watch.

 

I handed Dad his jacket and practically shoved him out the door and watched as he ran down the front steps of the house. “Make sure you keep the doors locked, and if you’re feeling ambitious, why don’t you pull up some of the Christmas decorations from the basement,” He called out as he climbed in the car.

 

“I might,” I yelled. I waved just as he pulled out of the driveway and watched until he was out of sight, then I took my phone and sent Spencer a message.

 

BabyGirl89: He’s gone.

 

Spencer didn’t respond. Instead, in a matter of minutes, he was standing in the entryway of the house, and I was pressed up against the wall in his embrace with his lips tightly pressed to mine.

 
 
 
S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs. 
An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel “It Was Always You” was born. 
 
When S.L. Sterling isn’t writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors on her e-reader. Her favorite authors include Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Alessandra Torre and Willow Winters. 
 
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading.
 
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Title: Curveball: A Love Story
Author: Anne Trowbridge
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sports Romance
Published: July 3, 2022
One bad pitch can change the whole game
Not to mention your life….
Zach Hiller was an ace pitcher for the New York Yankees until the day he lost everything in a catastrophe that he now remembers painfully as “The Curveball Incident”. Then, after two years of hiding from his past— spent mostly in Dublin, serving beer to tourists and throwing a stress ball against the walls of his messy apartment—his life goes up in flames once more, this time when an American named Emma Crawford walks into his pub and immediately takes to his tidy non- existence like a sunshine sledgehammer. How is he supposed to stay depressed, not to mention incognito, when this beautiful, stubborn, and funny woman is tearing down all his defenses? Emma has it all, including a brand-new fiancé, degree, and opportunity to explore every corner of Ireland for a summer. But all it takes is one chance encounter with a mysterious and brooding bartender from Texas to make her start questioning everything she thought she knew about herself. Together they have enough problems to fill an ocean. So why is it impossible to even consider spending the summer apart?

Anne Trowbridge lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s working her way through careers like she’s marking off a bingo card, with years spent as a newspaper reporter, book editor, middle school language arts teacher, and now writer. She grew up all over the Midwest and somehow still loves to travel and see new places.
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Series: Insurgents MC Series
Author: Chiah Wilder
Genre: MC Romance
The 𝙄𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙈𝙤𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙘𝙮𝙘𝙡𝙚 𝘾𝙡𝙪𝙗 series are standalone romantic suspense novels. If you like tough-as-nails bikers, strong women, and passionate encounters, then you’ll adore Chiah Wilder’s heart-stopping adventures.
 

Chiah Wilder is the author of the successful Insurgents MC series. Chiah’s love of bad boys has inspired her Insurgents series. She loves an alpha male whose softer side is brought out by a passionate, spirited woman. Steamy, biker romances with rough, sexy bad boys are her guilty pleasure along with brownies, cheddar cheese, and movie marathons. She is busy writing her next book in the series. Chiah would love to hear from you. You can contact her at: chiahwilder@gmail.com Visit her on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChiahWilder/ Join the Chiah Wilder Newsletter to get the scoop on new releases, previews, free short stories, and a whole lot of other exciting goodies: http://eepurl.com/bACCL1 Happy Reading!


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Title: The Butcher
Series: Ruthless Sinners MC
Author: L. Wilder
Genre: Romantic Suspense/MC Romance
Release Date: August 29, 2022
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations
They call me the butcher.
I wash away the sins of the most notorious men in the state.
I take their crimes and make them disappear.
I’m not innocent in this game of cat and mouse, but let me be clear.
I’m not like the men I work for—I’m not a cold-blooded killer.
I’m simply the cleaner.
Or at least that’s all I was…
When I found her, everything changed.
I started to feel things I didn’t want to feel.
I started to want things I had no business wanting.
But there was something about Everleigh…
To make her mine, I would have to save her.
To save her, I would have to cross lines I never thought I would cross.
For her, I would cross them without question.
It was time to live up to the name I’d been given.
 
 
Leslie Wilder grew up in a small town in West Tennessee. A country girl at heart, she’s always thought that life is too short, but she had no idea how short it really was until her brother passed away in 2014. She’s always been an avid reader, loving the escape only a great book can give, and wondered if she had what it took to write one of the wild romances she’d come to adore. With the support of her family and friends, she published Inferno: A Devil Chaser’s MC, one year after her brother’s death. With him in mind, she fulfilled her lifetime dream of writing. Since then, she’s completed the Devil Chaser’s Series and continued on with the Satan’s Fury MC Series. She has so many stories in her head, and can’t wait to share each and every one.
Leslie has been blown away by the support of her readers, appreciating every message, review, and encouraging word she’s received over the past year. She looks forward to continuing this journey with them for years to come.
 
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Title: Out of Bounds
Author: Raven Kitts
Genre: NA Sports Romance
Cover Designer: Covers by Jo/Jo Clement
Publisher: Sapphire Publishing
Publication Date: Aug. 12th, 2022
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Blurb:
Out of Bounds is a story about that one friend—you know, the hot one every big brother has. That unbelievably gorgeous but oh-so-out-of-my-league friend. The fuel for every hot and heavy self-gratifying moment of your life.

 

Claire Dover was no different. Her crush was Bryce Stanton.

 

Bryce was the captain of the high school hockey team. A senior. And yes, drop-dead gorgeous. Bryce played alongside her older brother Eli, and Claire never missed a game her entire freshman year.

 

High school has since passed and now Claire finds herself attending the same college as Eli and Bryce. She had always deemed herself unworthy of this particular hockey God, but little did Claire know, she was his ultimate goal.

Raven Kitts is the author of contemporary romance, erotica, erotic romance, and paranormal romance.

 

Raven lives in the desert southwest with a plethora of furry four-legged friends, her bearded dragon, Demona, and a sulcata tortoise name Tortie.

 

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Title: The Devil’s Den
Series: Cavaleri Brothers Series
Author: Lilian Harris
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Tropes: Dark Friends to Lovers, Mafia Romance, Captives, Virgins, Emotional Trauma, Slow Burn
Release Date: August 13, 2022
He was the boy held captive in the basement. I was the girl who knew.
But I never told a soul. I had innocent lives to protect. And this was the only way.
He was my friend first. My lover second. We wanted to be free, to make a life together. But that was a dream we knew would never come true.
Prisoners of my ruthless father, we could not escape the horror we were forced to endure-until I drew a weapon on the only boy who ever loved me.
And as they drag me away, screaming his name, I hope he’s still breathing.
Because our story, it’s not over yet.
Author note: This story contains dark themes and scenes depicting SA.

“Easily the best book in the entire series. It’s intense and heartbreaking … it’s worth every single emotion.” ~caffe.and.books

“What are you thinking about?” he asks, rubbing his thumb over the top of my hand, my head lying over his shoulder.

“That I have ugly hair.”

“What?” He jerks his head back in an instant. “Who gave you that idea?” The way he stares, it’s not with anger at me, but for what I just said.

I shrug, avoiding his gaze by staring at my bare feet. After a few seconds, he snakes a hand under his pillow and retrieves something. In his palm is the notepad I once gave him.

But as I look at it, as he turns to open a page, I let out a small gasp, my stomach flipping all over again.

I can’t stop staring.

My breathing goes ragged.

I’m there on the page, in a long wispy dress, my hair caught in the wind, skipping among flowers, butterflies floating around me, like he knew that’s how he makes me feel. But that’s silly, of course, there’d be butterflies in a meadow. That’s what this is. He continues to turn, page after page, and I find more of me on every single one.

He’s been drawing me this whole time? Why?

He gazes straight at me, the crooked smile reaching the far corner of his mouth. “Your hair reminds me of the sun, and the sun is beautiful.”

My heart flutters in my chest, tears growing within my eyes. And his face, the one that barely ever smiles anymore, grins so wide for me now. “Did you just call me beautiful?” I whisper with a thread of shock, because there’s no way he said that.

He raises a shoulder with a smirk. “I may have.”

My mouth spreads into a smile of my own, those butterflies in my stomach flying higher. And my head, it falls right over his shoulder, his arm draping around my back. “I think you’re kinda beautiful too.”

With a deep sigh, his head slants over mine and we stay that way until it’s time for me to go, wishing I didn’t have to.

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For Lilian, a love of writing began with a love of books. From Goosebumps to romance novels with sexy men on the cover, she loved them all. It’s no surprise that at the age of eight she started writing poetry and lyrics, and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She was born in Azerbaijan, and currently resides in Long Island, N.Y. with her husband, three kids, and a dog named Gatorade. Even though she has a law degree, she isn’t practicing. When she isn’t writing or reading, Lilian is baking or cooking up a storm. And once the kids are in bed, there’s usually a glass of red in her hand. Can’t just survive on coffee alone!
Lilian would love to connect with you!
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Title: An Unexpected Turn
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: Small Town Romance, Single Dad Romance
Release Date: August 12, 2022
Cover Design: Qamber Designs
Photography: Regina Wamba

Verve Romance ~ “Crazy hot, super sweet, and with one of the most rewarding epilogues I’ve ever read, An Unexpected Turn was an absolute joy to read.

Booklover Judy Lynn ~ “There are some hot and steamy times, some very romantic and swoon-worthy moments, and times filled with heart-warming emotion.”

Pages with Payten ~ “the white hot chemistry between Peyton and Jake is undeniable”

Kristina Hearts Books ~ “If the age gap, forbidden elements, small town vibe, and real adult communication weren’t enough the heat is sizzling between Peyton and Jake!”

Peyton
After a risky affair cost me my self-respect, my credibility, and almost my job, I jump at the guidance counselor position that opens up in Uncle Keith’s small town. He’s the only father I’ve ever really known and the one I can turn to—even when I can’t tell him why.
No one here knows what a mess I am, and this clean slate seems perfect. At least until I run into my old crush, who’s only gotten better looking with age.
I won’t be another man’s dirty little secret, even if that crush I had as a teenager blossomed into something much more—something I can’t face.
Reasons Why Absolutely Nothing Can Happen Between Us:
1. Jake is the single dad of one of my new students.
2. Age gap. Age gap. Age gap.
3. He’s my uncle’s best friend.
Jake
I didn’t realize the curvy brunette I flirted with outside my son’s school was my buddy’s sweet, shy niece, all grown-up now. I know better than to get involved.
My marriage crumbled, leaving me and my son with damage we’re still repairing. The last thing I need is to start something with someone fourteen years younger. Did I mention she’s the police chief’s surrogate daughter?
I’m old enough to know better, but I can’t keep my hands off her. I never expected to fall this hard. Even though it’s all wrong, nothing has ever felt this right.
Author’s Note: This deliciously scandalous, small-town, single dad standalone includes steamy times in front of a kitchen sink, a hot new use for a chocolate ice cream cone, and an alpha cinnamon-roll hero who’s very good with his hands.
Stephanie Rose is a badass New Yorker, a wife, a mother, and lover of all things chocolate. Most days you’ll find her trying to avoid standing on discarded LEGO or deciding which book to read next. Her debut novel, Always You, released in 2015, and since then she’s written several more—some of which will never see completion—and has ideas for hundreds to come.
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Title: Hometown Hitman
Series: Hitman #2
Author: Jacob Chance
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: August 21, 2022
Cover Design: Shephard Originals
I never planned to return to Albans Cove, until a family emergency has me rushing back home for the first time in fifteen years.
Everything’s the same in the small, quirky lake town—everything except the shy girl I left behind.
As the owner of the local inn and bar, Whitney Morgan has grown into the confident spitfire I always imagined she’d be. Seeing her again stirs up old memories, and the feelings I thought I’d buried long ago have resurfaced.
But I’m not the same naive, young boy she remembers.
I’m a man with a deadly past that’s followed me home and a present that’s placing everyone I care about in harm’s way.
With death lurking at every turn, how do I win back the heart of the woman I’m once again falling for while eliminating the imminent peril coming for us all?

 
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Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker, and junk food lover.

A USA Today bestselling author of sports romance and romantic suspense, Jacob plans on writing many more stories.

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