When Laura Langston, a nurse from Oklahoma City, went to Siena, Italy, to celebrate her 60th birthday, she was not looking for a man. But, there he was – 62-year-old Raffaele Balducci, a talented potter, jazz guitarist, father, and grandfather. His face was pleasantly wrinkled from many years under the Tuscan sun. He had lively brown eyes and dark wavy hair sprinkled with gray. Their attraction was swift and strong. Laura and Raffaele were old enough to know how love works and brave enough to search for their own way forward.
Orphaned and reduced to servantry in her Uncle’s home, Alyssa dreamed of the day she would receive her inheritance so she could be free of her so-called guardian. Fate has a wicked sense of humor, as unexpectedly, her dream man comes into her life. Everything is turned upside down when he turns out to be a nightmare. She is forced to flee to a brothel, where the auction of her virginity seems to be her only way out. Even that plan goes awry, throwing her in the path of a notorious yet loveable rake. She is not out of harm’s way for long before her nightmare returns to reclaim her.
Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family’s wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston’s West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.
As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?
When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa’s love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.
Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?
Tomas Brandon is an electrical engineer by day, a pub musician some nights, and an officer in the Irish Army Defense Reserve some weekends and summer days. Ellen Porter is an American engineer on temporary assignment in Dublin.
Come along to find out what happens when Ellen wanders into the pub where Tomas is playing one spring evening. If you like sweet romance, this Irish-American tale is for you.
“I stared out at the majestic vista before me and thought, if God lived anywhere, it’d be here. And then I looked down at the dead body at my feet.”
There’s something strange about Twizel. Maggie Blackmore didn’t come to this sleepy hollow for a mystery, but she sure as heck found one. Being an Aucklander in the South Island doesn’t help either. If they’re not calling her a JAFA (Just Another F**king Aucklander) then they’re telling her to slow down. Twizel Time is real and Maggie has to learn to roll with it.
As if that’s not enough, then there’s the farmers.
Got a thing for pony tails?
Just what the hell Luke Drake is up to is anyone’s guess. But when the station manager of Red Tussock takes an interest in the new girl in town, there’s no stopping him. And Maggie’s not sure that she wants to. But rules are rules and murder complicates matters. Being the only cop in town who can investigate the growing number of crimes puts Maggie in an even deeper quagmire.
And that’s not even considering the past that comes back to haunt her.
This sleepy hollow has just woken up and Twizel doesn’t care if you were born here or born to live here. Sooner or later your secrets will come out.
***This is the first book in the 44 South Series: 44° South of the Equator where things can get a little strange.***
It was supposed to be casual sex between two strangers. No strings. No obligation. No excuses the next morning…
Until she wakes up engaged.
Gwen’s heard it all, and lived half of it, when it comes to dates gone wrong. Saying she’s jaded about love is the ultimate understatement. But sometimes a gal wants a more physical connection than her battery-operated-boyfriend can provide. Solution—one night stand.
Between running a multi-billion dollar lingerie company, and fighting for custody of his daughter, Brad doesn’t have time for things like long-term relationships. Especially since his ex has convinced the judge that his sleeping around creates a bad environment for their child. When his ex-wife drops off their girl without warning one morning and catches him in bed with Gwen, he introduces her as his fiancée, rather than risk another notch against him in court.
Now, two people who don’t believe relationships last more than a month, let alone in happily ever after, are putting on the ultimate performance and struggling to keep their hearts separate from their engagement. If they fail, the consequences could ruin more lives than just theirs.
If I want to get out—and stay out—of jail after I beat someone almost to death while drunk, I have to have a recovery coach shadowing my tail for the next eighteen months. I know it’s better than jail, but Evie gets to me. There’s something fierce beneath her mousey exterior that appeals to me, but she’s too good for me. I’m just a fighter, and my idea of a long-term relationship is breakfast the next morning. What can I offer Evie besides a hot tumble between the sheets?
I’m a recovery coach. It’s my job to help clients resist their addictions and rebuild their lives. A total man-whore with a temper, I knew Damon Howell, a.k.a. UFC fighter Fury, would be a challenge. I just didn’t expect the challenge to be maintaining an emotional distance between us. I want him like I’ve never wanted anyone. I could really fall for him, but I know I’ll get hurt. Even worse, he could go back to jail. Sometimes, the pain is worth it, but what will he do when he finds out the secret I’m hiding from him?
A Rough Beast, My Love by Alice X is not just another paranormal romance novel. This shapeshifter / werewolf story stands out for its powerful use of language and imagery, its carefully crafted characters and its twisting, surprising plot developments.
A Rough Beast is a compulsively readable short book that you can devour in an afternoon. But make sure you leave a window open because things get hot very quickly in this one!
Elsa Black is the story’s heroine. She’s young, independent and single. She’s also sexy as hell. Elsa decides to celebrate her 30th birthday by treating herself to a voyage aboard The Sapphire – the most luxurious and opulent luxury liner in the Atlantic.
Once aboard The Sapphire, Elsa meets Charles Grimm III, maybe the sexiest man alive. Tall, dark, strikingly handsome and rich, Charles owns The Sapphire. He and Elsa immediately realize that they share an electric, almost animal, electricity and chemistry. Their relationship quickly ignites into a torrid love affair that leaves both of them gasping for breath.
A dark reality quickly intrudes upon their passion. Also aboard The Sapphire is a mysterious and maniacal killer, who begins slaughtering passengers one by one. Elsa soon learns that Charles is keeping an incendiary secret from the world. Could her lover also be the killer?
The title A Rough Beast, My Love was inspired by the last stanza of W.B. Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming.” It portends the primal danger and strong emotion that the reader will find in the book’s pages.
Here’s a sampling of what early reviewers have said about A Rough Beast:
“Engrossing throughout. I had to read the whole book as quickly as possible. Hoping for new stories from Alice X soon.”
“Fantastic quick read. One of the best paranormal romance books I’ve read in a while. Has all the elements you’re looking for. Highly recommended!”
What if, in one moment, everything you knew about your life changed forever?
Jennifer and David Brookehouse have an ecstatically happy marriage and thriving careers. She, a noted photographer, and he, an anesthesiologist with University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She performs in musical theater and he competes in bicycle races for charity.
Jenny could never have foreseen how her life would change when she sent her husband off to a race in Vermont. In a moment, his body and mind are shattered by a drunk driver. He nearly dies and spends weeks in a coma. When he awakes, he is a changed man. Just when things seem to be getting back to normal, David disappears without a trace.
Jenny must swim a sea of red tape just to get the police involved in a search with no clues and no witnesses. When no one believes David can be found and brought home alive, Jenny has faith and refuses to give up.
As her life begins to fly out of control, Jenny meets her childhood crush, British actor, Karsen Langford, at the musical theater where she volunteers. During a production of Phantom of the Opera, their growing friendship will cause tongues to wag, and the press to link them romantically. Though innocent of any wrong-doing, Jenny will face judgment and scorn, all while desperately searching for the husband she loves.
About Haunted Hearts by Margaret Tanner
Haunted by the death of her soldier husband in Afghanistan, Abby Palmer doesn’t believe in happily ever afters. All she has left in the world is her daughter Rosie, and she will do anything to keep her safe, even if it means fleeing to another country.
Ethan Alexander doesn’t believe in love, having seen first hand the heartache it causes. Will the cynical tycoon and the young war widow let their wounded hearts stand in the way of future happiness?