Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Romance’

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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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: In All My Wishes
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Small Town Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

Escape with this second chance, small-town romance. 

At the age of fifteen, Anna Baker was ripped from her childhood home, and her one true love, vowing to return the minute she graduated high school. 

Professor Liam Harrow once believed his childhood sweetheart would return home to him, but during college, he faced reality and hardened his heart to love. 

When Historic Hall faces demolition, both Anna and Liam search for options to save their childhood memories, but when secrets unravel and the truth of Anna’s childhood departure is revealed, it could corrupt their memories, risk their present, and destroy their future.

Ciara is a USA Today, Amazon Bestselling and award-winning author of heartwarming, small-town contemporary and historical romances. 

Her contemporary stories are hailed as “Hallmark movie-worthy.” The popular Sweetwater County series takes readers into a southern town filled with family trials, friendly competition, and community love.

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Title: The Summer Dare
Series: Summers in Seaside Series
Author: Amanda Shelley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 11, 2022
 
Summers in Seaside meant time with Nana, my sisters and an entire season at the beach.
 
Nana always took care of everything far in advance, so it shouldn’t be surprising that she’d planned renovations for after she passed.
 
However she failed to mention said plans to anyone.
 
So imagine my surprise, when I’m awoken by the blasting sound of a saw practically coming through my wall, the first official morning of summer break.
 
Not only did I come flying out of bed swinging, but I gave Ryan, the unsuspecting carpenter the surprise of his life, when I came wielding my killer coat hanger and all. Too bad, I was only in a tank and undies and it wasn’t nearly as effective as I’d hoped.
 
Of course, Ryan insists Nana paid for this project in full and he’s only doing his job.
 
But my sisters and I must make this summer memorable without Nana. It was her final request. I refuse to let a tall, pesky, sexy as sin, know-it-all get in our way. Nope – not a chance.
 
For the next few weeks, I do my best to pretend I ignore Ryan – until my youngest sister throws down a dare I can’t back down from.
 
Kiss the next single guy who walks up to the bonfire – or explain to my sisters why I get riled up over Ryan.
 
When Ryan suddenly appears, I know I’m screwed in more ways than one.
 
Not only will my sisters find I’ve been keeping a secret, but from the determined look on Ryan’s face, I’m afraid he’s eager to reveal it to the world as well.
 
What have I gotten myself into?
 
As I walk toward him, one thing is certain – this summer dare will either make or break me.

Welcome to Summers in Seaside, a small town located along the Oregon Coast and home of the Seaside Festival. This brand new series of short contemporary romance stories is filled with sun, sand and summer adventures that will tug at your heart strings.

Join the Summers in Seaside 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐊𝐔 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞!
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Titles: Scorpio ~ Taurus ~ Capricorn ~ Aries
Series: The Zodiac Collection
Week #1 Authors: Ariana Rose, Robin Leaf, Emma Nichole, and JM Kelley
Genres: Contemporary Romance and Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 11, 2022
 
 
 
 
Title: Summer Escapades
Series: Summers in Seaside Collection #14
Authors: Barb Shuler & KA Graham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 9, 2022
If she won’t offer to bury a body for you, is she really your best friend?

Mara Applegate thought she had it all: A high-end, lucrative career she loved and a handsome man who loved her.
It was the start of a happily ever after until it all fell apart and slipped between her fingers. It’s one thing to find out her fiancé never loved her. It’s another to have him throw that misplaced love in her face. His choices were now her fault.
Needing a safe place to recollect herself, Mara calls her long-time best friend and takes a road trip to Oregon. Brenna was now the only person she had in the world. The one person that, no matter what, would never abandon her.
Two friends, once separated by distance and life, set out on a new adventure. They’re on a search to find themselves and maybe, just maybe, find happiness.
Can the men they encounter handle their brand of crazy, or are they doomed to be a passing fling?

Welcome to Summers in Seaside, a small town located along the Oregon Coast and home of the Seaside Festival. This brand new series of short contemporary romance stories is filled with sun, sand and summer adventures that will tug at your heart strings.

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Barb
 is a Carolina girl by right and a Texan by birth. By day she’s a desk jockey for a rural transportation company and a book lover, reading through as many books as she can. At night, though, she turns into her alter ego: a writer—cape optional, depending on her mood.

Her stories are a mix of real-life events, personal experiences, and the craziness of her own imagination and those of her best friends. And when their imaginations blend together, it can be crazy. Barb writes in multiple genres, encounters new adventures, creates new worlds, and has a fantastic time breathing life into new stories, creating something she hopes inspires anyone who reads to fall in love with them as she has.

Barb lives by one little rule: tomorrow is never guaranteed, so make sure you live each day to its fullest.

KA Graham grew up in a small town in Oregon. Through the years, her love for writing and poetry turned into something she had only dreamt of – writing her own book. She’s faced many obstacles in her life, but the love and devotion of her parents have always kept her grounded. She is an avid reader, blogger and does PA work for a few authors, which keeps her quite busy. She’s a hard rock music lover and horror movie buff with a love and appreciation for tattoos. Her addictions include copious amounts of caffeine, Chinese food, and Haribos.


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Title: Booked for the Summer
Series: Summers in Seaside Collection #13
Author: Monica Misho-Grems
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2022
She needs to finish her book. He needs to balance his out.
Maddie, a budding romance author – whose first book made the whole author thing seem easy – is stuck. The words won’t come to her, and the page remains empty after months. With a pushy ex-boyfriend for an agent, Maddie feels the pressure as her new deadline quickly approaches. Having run out of ideas to get over her writer’s block, Maddie books a summer stay at a cute, quaint, little ranch on the Oregon coast. Positive that a change of scenery will do the trick, she sets off to do the one thing she’d never expected to do: become the protagonist in her own romance novel.
Lifelong rancher Jason Harper is struggling to keep his family’s ranch afloat. With the livestock industry hitting a rough patch, he is forced to dip his toes into another industry he knows very little about. With one final hail mary to save the generations’ worth of Harper blood, sweat, and tears, Jason decides to rent out his ranch for the summer, with hopes that Seaside’s thriving tourist industry can keep him on his feet. He had no idea that this decision would lead to everything he needed…and more.
Can these two desperate strangers find the help they’ve been in dire need of? Or will the sparks of a summer romance cause everything they’re working towards to crumble into the sea?
 
Buy Booked for the Summer now to get immersed in a forced proximity romance from the Summers in Seaside collection.

Welcome to Summers in Seaside, a small town located along the Oregon Coast and home of the Seaside Festival. This brand new series of short contemporary romance stories is filled with sun, sand and summer adventures that will tug at your heart strings.

Join the Summers in Seaside 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐊𝐔 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞!
Running July 11 – September 15, 2022
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Hi! I’m Monica. I write romance, not just any romance, though. I write romance that feels real and deep and has other fun and exciting elements to it. I love including other genres in my romance stories like action, suspense, and crime.

It all started with my love of reading. My mom used to read to me every night. I can’t remember a time in my childhood when she didn’t, until I became a rebellious teenager of course! This love of reading eventually morphed into wanting to create my own stories. I fell in love with writing at a young age. I started with fanfiction at the age of 12 and have been writing ever since.

As I’ve read other’s stories and have written my own, I’ve found it can be easy to let characters fall into societal stereotypes. I feel this is especially easy with female characters. They can so often fall into the Mary-Sue type and be perfect with no flaws or sharp edges or, you know, real personalities. Here’s what I aim to bring to you. Real, messed up, flawed, angry, hurt, traumatized characters.

As a victim of trauma myself, I aim to bring a real-life feel to my characters and stories. While this all may sound sad or morbid, that’s not all I bring to the table I assure you. These characters are also strong and independent despite their pasts, like so many of us are. Take a look at my work and see if you can relate or be inspired by the words on the pages, because you are strong and amazing and a survivor too!

Come on in and join a fantastic community focused on love, support, and equality. Your comments help keep me inspired and motivated! So, if you’ve got anything to say, say it! Thank you so much for being part of everything here. There are plenty of ways that you can become more involved. You can add me on Facebook and follow me on TikTok @monicamishogrems_author. Make sure to come say hi, I promise to respond!

 
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Title: Finding Summer
Series: Summers in Seaside Collection #12
Author: Cassandra Cripps
Genre: Enemies to Lovers/MFM
Release Date: August 5, 2022
I’m not normal.
I’ll never be normal.
But spending my life hiding behind closed curtains just doesn’t work anymore. I want to live, really live. Like feel warm sand beneath my toes, the sun on my face, and laughter inside my heart, live.
Stepping outside was the hard part.
Falling for my neighbor, easier than I thought. But finding out my neighbor has a twin brother that wants me too?
I’m not sure I’m ready for both of them, but I can’t give either of them up.
What happens when they find out how broken I am? That I’ll never be normal?

Welcome to Summers in Seaside, a small town located along the Oregon Coast and home of the Seaside Festival. This brand new series of short contemporary romance stories is filled with sun, sand and summer adventures that will tug at your heart strings.

Join the Summers in Seaside 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐊𝐔 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞!
Running July 11 – September 15, 2022
Enter for your chance(s) to win a Kindle Fire + an Amazon.com gift card to fill it with, a set of signed paperbacks, and more!
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Read as many or as little books as you want, but the more you read, the bigger your chances are of winning!
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We all live in the illusions of our own realities. Cassandra’s reality lies between the quiet bridge of complex and chaotic. A single mother to two amazing boys, graphic artist, author, avid home gardener, baker, reader, and introvert, her hats are many. A refined goth, she’s obsessed with tattoos, shoes, hair dye, chocolate, metal and hip-hop music, and all things dark and creepy except bugs, those are too creepy. Each of her books contains a piece of her reality. Tiny fragments laced with forbidden romance, defining miniature slices of her truths.

 
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