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  • Inferno by Chelle Bliss

    Inferno by Chelle Bliss

    Rated: 4.63 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    Stone Gallo has lived life like every day is a party. No attachments, no responsibilities, and absolutely no falling in love. He spent his days at Inked and his nights wherever he pleased. But when Stone rescues a beautiful woman in need, his entire world gets turned upside down, and he’ll never be the same.Opal hasn’t had much luck in life. No family, no friends, and absolutely no love...
  • Until December by Aurora Rose Reynolds

    Until December by Aurora Rose Reynolds

    Rated: 4.32 of 5 stars
    · 32 ratings
    Gareth Black is drawn to December Mayson the moment he spots her across the room at her cousin’s wedding. When he approaches the beautiful woman, she captivates him with her shyness and wit, making him crave her.With a pull so strong it’s impossible to ignore, December knows there’s something between her and Gareth. She just hopes they’re capable of jumping the hurdles ahead of them...
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  • Bomb: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike by J.A. Huss

    Bomb: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike by J.A. Huss

    Rated: 4.48 of 5 stars
    · 16 ratings
    Spencer Shrike is a plotter. Known for his ingenious, albeit illegal, plans that keeps the Team running efficiently and out of jail, he carries this same love of order into his personal life. He's kept his long-time main squeeze on the sidelines for years as he builds the Shrike Bikes empire. Veronica Vaughn is an explosion ready to happen. Ronnie lives in the here and now. She lives for today...
  • The Woodsman by Rebecca Sharp

    The Woodsman by Rebecca Sharp

    Rated: 4.50 of 5 stars
    · Steam rating: 3 of 5
    Open door [?] · 14 ratings
    Violet Royale’s entire life has bit the bullet. Between a cheating ex and her career imploding, she’s one shaved head away from a total breakdown. Needing an escape, she books a small cottage in Maine for the holidays.When a massive snowstorm promises to keep the outside world at bay, Violet believes fate is finally doing her a favor...
  • Something Nice by Tiffany Reisz

    Something Nice by Tiffany Reisz

    Rated: 4.59 of 5 stars
    · Steam rating: 5 of 5
    Explicit and plentiful [?] · 11 ratings
    It's July, a couple months after Nora returns to Søren at the end of THE SIREN, and while in bed, Søren makes a trade with Nora. He'll do something nice for her and she'll do something nice for him. Of course Nora picks something sexual. But Søren surprises her with his "something nice" request. Read the excerpt below to find out what it is.This story if for mailing list subscribers only...
  • Loved by Liam by Melanie Moreland

    Loved by Liam by Melanie Moreland

    Rated: 4.55 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    Liam Callaghan is happy with the way things are.He has a successful business, a family he loves, and a life he thinks is fulfilling and complete.Until a favor for his brother brings him to her.She sparks something inside him. Something he had no idea he was missing.One touch and he knows Paige Winters is the woman he wants.She and her daughter become his focus. His world...
  • Healing Love: Saints Protection & Investigation by Maryann Jordan, Andrea Michelle

    Healing Love: Saints Protection & Investigation by Maryann Jordan, Andrea Michelle

    Rated: 4.38 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    Saints Protection & Investigation A private investigation business, pulling together men from the CIA, FBI, ATF, DEA, Border Patrol, SEALs, and police, devoted to the missions that no one else wanted or could solve. Cam Perez left his juvenile deliquent years behind to become an undercover detective and then accepted a job with Saints Protection & Investigations...
  • Force of Nature by Brynne Asher

    Force of Nature by Brynne Asher

    Rated: 4.40 of 5 stars
    · 15 ratings
    A forced proximity and enemies to lovers romance about a tale of online dating that goes from bad to delicious.My name is Logan Carpino, Senior Vice President of Andopolis Global, and my online dating nightmare from hell just humiliated me in front of my entire company.Joke’s on her.She caught my eye. Little does she know, I live my personal life like I do my professional one...
  • Playing with Lies by Riley Edwards

    Playing with Lies by Riley Edwards

    Rated: 4.40 of 5 stars
    · 15 ratings
    A no-strings kinda guy and a forever kinda woman…what could go wrong?I had a stalker and I knew just who to ask for help—Detective Dalton Neary. My own personal Prince Charming. The problem was, he turned out not to be so charming, at least not in the forever kind of way I was looking for. He was a good-time guy with a sexy smile and a goat game that should be illegal. But not the man for me...
  • Good Girl Gone Badd by Jasinda Wilder

    Good Girl Gone Badd by Jasinda Wilder

    Rated: 4.34 of 5 stars
    · 18 ratings
    Evangeline du Maurier is the definition of a good girl. Attending Yale, raised with the best tutors and etiquette instructors, she's expected to toe the family line and be a trophy wife for a future senator. But when this good girl takes a quick getaway to clear her head, she finds a whole lot more than she'd bargained for. She finds herself in the arms of a bad boy.  Baxter Badd...
  • Securing Zoey by Susan Stoker

    Securing Zoey by Susan Stoker

    Rated: 4.25 of 5 stars
    · Steam rating: 3 of 5
    Open door [?] · 18 ratings
    Zoey Knight has lived in Juneau, Alaska her entire life. She loves her friends, but yearns for more excitement. She gets more than she ever bargained for when the plane she’s in goes down in a remote stretch of wilderness. Mark “Bubba” Wright regrets not spending more time with his pop...
  • Scary Hot by Kd Robichaux

    Scary Hot by Kd Robichaux

    Rated: 4.33 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    Alpha former-military biker.Quirky office manager of a vet clinic.When their best friends meet and have a whirlwind romance, they get swept up in it and have a hot tryst of their own.It leads to a surprise pregnancy—and a soul-deep connection—neither see coming...
  • Uninhibited by Melody Grace

    Uninhibited by Melody Grace

    Rated: 4.24 of 5 stars
    · 14 ratings
    He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams… Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else...
  • Half My Blood by Lauren Gilley

    Half My Blood by Lauren Gilley

    Rated: 4.34 of 5 stars
    · 12 ratings
    It’s summer in Knoxville, and if the outlaw crew at Dartmoor Inc. thought they were getting a respite from the drama…they were kidding themselves. Almost a year ago, Mercy’s dying mother claimed he had a half-brother, sired by the beloved father he’d always thought infallible, raised by another man as his own...
  • Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

    Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

    Rated: 4.12 of 5 stars
    · Steam rating: 3 of 5
    Open door [?] · 53 ratings
    #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut's premier wedding planning companies. Parker Brown turned the quartet's childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs...
  • Avery by Kat Savage

    Avery by Kat Savage

    Rated: 4.50 of 5 stars
    · 6 ratings
    Avery Fletcher makes a better friend than a lover—at least he thinks so. Well, him and every woman he’s ever dated. Now his encounters are brief and satisfying. There’s really no need to complicate things.Though, when he sits alone on his porch listening to the cicadas, he has a brief lapse in judgment and yearns for someone to talk to.Helena Davenport doesn’t need a man—nor does she want one...
  • Whispers at Seaside by Addison Cole

    Whispers at Seaside by Addison Cole

    Rated: 4.40 of 5 stars
    · 5 ratings
    Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends! IN WHISPERS AT SEASIDE..
  • Swing For The Fences by Kimberly Readnour, Daqri Combs

    Swing For The Fences by Kimberly Readnour, Daqri Combs

    Rated: 4.33 of 5 stars
    · 6 ratings
    Meet bad boy shortstop, Jax Carrigan... Baseball and fast women are my life. What can I say? I’m good-looking and in the best shape of my career. Being a National League MVP contender, I’m even a great athlete. There’s only one thing I’m missing—Jocelyn Kennedy. Ten years have passed since the night we broke each other's hearts...
  • Drive Me Crazy by Tracy Wolff

    Drive Me Crazy by Tracy Wolff

    Rated: 4.20 of 5 stars
    · 18 ratings
    His rival’s in his bed, and this rocker is ready to play. Former rivals Quinn Bradford and Elise McKinney are not friends, at least not anymore. As teens, all they cared about was psyching each other out before concerts...
  • Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis

    Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis

    Rated: 4.15 of 5 stars
    · Steam rating: 3 of 5
    Open door [?] · 27 ratings
    The first in a sensational new series, Jill Shalvis introduces Cameron, Stone, and T.J. Wilder—three bad-boy heroes who effortlessly mix breathtaking adventure and scorching sex appeal... Get Wild... And Then Get Wilder... Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl—working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn't fit in anywhere...
  • Finn by Ahren Sanders

    Finn by Ahren Sanders

    Rated: 4.25 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    I thought I knew what love was, but I didn’t have a f*%king clue. Now, I’m in the fight of my life to win over the woman who owns my soul. ~ Finn Black The face of an angel… The heart of a saint… One look, one smile, and I didn’t stand a chance. The instant my eyes landed on Presley Chambers, I was a goner. She was a force of nature that turned my world upside down...
  • Until Leo: Happily Ever Alpha World by Rochelle Paige

    Until Leo: Happily Ever Alpha World by Rochelle Paige

    Rated: 4.21 of 5 stars
    · 13 ratings
    Having been burned in the past, Leo wasn't sure he believed in the boom. Not even seeing the happily married Mayson couples had him convinced...until he met Carrie and felt it for himself. Carrie wasn't looking for love when she crashed into the hot cop, but that's exactly what she found. Then his past reared its ugly head, and she found a strength she didn't know she had...until Leo...
  • Mountain Man Fixated by Olivia T. Turner

    Mountain Man Fixated by Olivia T. Turner

    Rated: 4.04 of 5 stars
    · 13 ratings
    I’m a city girl.I don’t do nature.It sucks.Bugs, bears, poison ivy.You name it, I hate it.So, when my niece asks me to accompany her on a camping trip, I’m horrified.But I’m a good aunt, so I say yes.Well, that was a huge mistake.One of many.Forgetting the bug spray. That was a mistake.So was thinking I could control a canoe.Spoiler alert: I can’t...
  • Stealing His Bride by MINK

    Stealing His Bride by MINK

    Rated: 4.20 of 5 stars
    · 12 ratings
    I can take care of myself. I always have. For that matter, I’ve also taken care of my best friends Aurora and Clover. Keeping them safe has landed me with a concussion after our car accident thanks to a wayward lynx.On top of that, I seem to have landed in a handsome man’s bed. Not just any man, Barrow attends to all my needs and never wants to leave my side...
  • Stuck with the Grump by Josie Hart

    Stuck with the Grump by Josie Hart

    Rated: 4.33 of 5 stars
    · 6 ratings
    Lying to my best friend wasn’t the worst thing I did,His little sister was.I retreated to my family’s shared cabin after a company scandal.Instead of fuming alone, there was my best friend’s little sister, all grown up.When the storm washes the road away, we get really cozy.She still has that smart mouth on her.Unafraid to bite back and put me in my place...
  • Dad Bod Kingpin: Dad Bod 2.0: Large And In Charge by Gia Bailey

    Dad Bod Kingpin: Dad Bod 2.0: Large And In Charge by Gia Bailey

    Rated: 4.33 of 5 stars
    · 6 ratings
    A dad bod kingpin, a woman in trouble, and the beginnings of an obsession… From the moment I saw her, I knew she was mine. Mine to protect, to provide for… mine to keep. I’ve made my name in this city and built a reputation to be feared. She’s alone and afraid, running from someone. From one monster's arms, into another. The difference with me is that I don’t intend to let her go...
  • Chains (Northern Grizzlies MC) by M. Merin

    Chains (Northern Grizzlies MC) by M. Merin

    Rated: 4.33 of 5 stars
    · 6 ratings
    The Iron Savages rule Boise. Or they did. Their numbers decimated, the President on his deathbed, the club becomes unrecognizable. When his cousin and her son are threatened and secrets are exposed, Chains must make a choice. Protect his family or stand with his sworn Brothers. The words that are burned in his mind are 'Blood in, Blood out'...
  • Blame It on the Rum: On the Rocks by Shaw Hart

    Blame It on the Rum: On the Rocks by Shaw Hart

    Rated: 4.25 of 5 stars
    · 8 ratings
    He’s the worst best thing that’s ever happened to me.Walking around with Hayes Montrose is like walking around with an angry thundercloud hovering above your head.He’s too big, too grumpy, and entirely too attractive.So, what’s he doing with a frumpy wallflower like me?I have no idea and he won’t tell me...
  • Belong to You by Vi Keeland

    Belong to You by Vi Keeland

    Rated: 4.09 of 5 stars
    · 28 ratings
    My honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be, a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom. After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb...
  • Say No To Joe? by Lori Foster

    Say No To Joe? by Lori Foster

    Rated: 4.09 of 5 stars
    · 23 ratings
    Exotic psychic-assistant Luna Clark has avoided confirmed bachelor Joe Winston for three long months. She knows that she's far too attracted to the very sexy Winston male but when she needs protection for her two young orphaned cousins, she turns to the tough bounty hunter...
  • Love At First Taste by Olivia T. Turner

    Love At First Taste by Olivia T. Turner

    Rated: 4.13 of 5 stars
    · 8 ratings
    I work on a luxury yacht and it’s the perfect job.Amazing scenery and luxurious accommodations, but not so good for keeping a relationship alive.The guests come and go and I exist behind a wall of politeness.Hiding behind a customer service barrier where no can see the real me.Until he comes onto my yacht.Luke Cline.The most dominant commanding male I’ve ever seen.He sees me.He tastes me...
  • Picture Perfect by Ella Fox

    Picture Perfect by Ella Fox

    Rated: 4.00 of 5 stars
    · 21 ratings
    Flynn Rand spent the last decade as the lead singer of one of the world’s most famous bands. Although he's got a reputation as a player, he’s decided that it’s time to find something real. One look at a photo of Tessa Hamilton had him hooked. Tessa’s teenage celebrity crush was Flynn Rand...
  • Compromising by C.C. Brown

    Compromising by C.C. Brown

    Rated: 4.10 of 5 stars
    · 12 ratings
    The exciting conclusion to Alex and Cassie's story! Sgt. Alex Cruz took the risk of his life when he pursued and established a relationship with Pfc. Cassie Bennett. Their secret was blown wide-open by one life altering event, leaving their futures in jeopardy. Escaping the shadows of Marine Corps orders should have been a sigh of relief, but quickly turns into their biggest challenge yet...
  • Never Too Hot by Bella Andre

    Never Too Hot by Bella Andre

    Rated: 4.10 of 5 stars
    · 18 ratings
    A TOUCH IGNITES. A FIRE BURNS. AND THE HEAT HAS JUST BEGUN. Deep in the cool green mountains of the Adirondacks, wounded firefighter Connor MacKenzie has come to rebuild the 100-year-old MacKenzie family cabin - and to be alone...
  • A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh

    A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh

    Rated: 4.06 of 5 stars
    · 21 ratings
    What happens when you lose everyone that promised they would always be there for you? How can you protect the few pieces of your shattered heart that remain? Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the young age of six and being raised by an uncle who she lost years later, she refuses to get attached to anyone, including friends...
  • Breathe Me In by Cherrie Lynn

    Breathe Me In by Cherrie Lynn

    Rated: 4.08 of 5 stars
    · 21 ratings
    Their worlds collided in Leave Me Breathless. Now see how the sparks first flew for Ghost and Macy... She knew he was trouble from the moment she first laid eyes on him, but that doesn't stop Macy from taking a wild ride with Ghost when he invites her along. Something about him intrigues her...
  • Hellfire Riders Vol. 1-3 by Kati Wilde

    Hellfire Riders Vol. 1-3 by Kati Wilde

    Rated: 4.11 of 5 stars
    · 14 ratings
    Collecting the first three novellas in the Hellfire Riders series, this box set features the complete story of one couple -- the president of the Hellfire Riders MC, Saxon Gray, and Jenny Erickson, the woman he'd cross any line to have...Wanting It AllHe's the one man I can never have, but the only one I crave... Saxon Gray has reason to hate me...
  • Mountain Seeking Doctor by Marley Michaels

    Mountain Seeking Doctor by Marley Michaels

    Rated: 4.11 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    Dr. Judd Cooper has dedicated his life to helping others, but when the opportunity arises to return to his family roots, he moves back to Woodward Valley, Alaska, wondering if the mountain legends he learned as a child will hold true.Lottie Duncan has always called the mountain home...
    Categorized as:
    insta-love  alpha male  m-f  contemporary
  • The Tycoon's Vacation by Melody Anne

    The Tycoon's Vacation by Melody Anne

    Rated: 4.02 of 5 stars
    · 25 ratings
    Drew Titan decides it is time to take a vacation at one of his exotic resorts, and ends up literally running into Trinity Mathews while he is surfing. They end up having a steamy romance over the week long vacation, until she finds out he is the resorts owner, and had lied to her...
  • Extra Deep by Kate Hunt

    Extra Deep by Kate Hunt

    Rated: 3.86 of 5 stars
    · 7 ratings
    Cage Holden has one obsession and one obsession only: the continued success of his company.At least that’s the lie he’s told himself.Deep down, he’s just as consumed with his personal assistant, Julia, who is off-limits for obvious reasons, not the least of which is her age.For two years, Cage has managed to ignore her tantalizing curves.For two years, he’s remained in denial about his desire...
  • Broken Melody by Jennifer Miller

    Broken Melody by Jennifer Miller

    Rated: 4.17 of 5 stars
    · 6 ratings
    He’s a rock star destroying himself to ease his guilt.Maddox Colt is pissed as hell. Yes, he’s been labeled “messed up” in the press lately, but he has a reason. Right now, the alcohol and bad choices cover the pain. But, the label for Maddox’s band is done with his antics. They’ve delivered an ultimatum, add a girl to the group for a fresh new look and sound, or they’ll be dropped...
  • His Curvy Temptation by Jenna Cook

    His Curvy Temptation by Jenna Cook

    Rated: 4.17 of 5 stars
    · 6 ratings
    She's off limits.But for her, I'm ready to break all the rules.Reckless. Rough. Ruled by my impulses.That's the man I used to be.I've spent the last ten years rebuilding myself.Becoming a man who follows the law.Obeys the rules. Respects the limits.But then she walks into my office.Soaking wet, wide-eyed, and afraid.Temptation on a silver platter.Putty in my hands...
  • Rocky Waters by C.M. Steele

    Rocky Waters by C.M. Steele

    Rated: 4.11 of 5 stars
    · 9 ratings
    He needs his solitude to meet his deadline, which looms ever closer as the days fly off the calendar. Bennett heads to his cabin to get the words down. There’s only one little problem; some people have invaded his privacy, and that’s just unacceptable. So they all have to go…save one. Darcy’s doing her first couples photoshoot, and her nerves are on edge...
  • True North by J.B. Salsbury

    True North by J.B. Salsbury

    Rated: 4.11 of 5 stars
    · 9 ratings
    The North name is a heavy burden. Two things I learned young—the best way to keep my head on is to keep my head down, and… never fall in love.But I’m a sucker for a damsel in distress. Lillian came into my life swinging. Mistaking me for my abusive twin brother, she greets me with a swift kick to the balls and a busted lip. Then she really shakes up my world...
  • Loved by the Hitman by Fiona Davenport

    Loved by the Hitman by Fiona Davenport

    Rated: 4.09 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    Love didn’t have a place in Merrick Ashford’s life. The former Navy SEAL’s entire focus was on his job with Ruthless Corp. Relationships were the last thing on his mind while working on a hit…until Audrey Cantrell spotted him in the middle of an assignment.Merrick didn’t have any other choice. He had to kidnap the beautiful college student to protect his identity...
  • Struck Love by Lucy Darling

    Struck Love by Lucy Darling

    Rated: 4.09 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    I struck gold on my land. An overnight millionaire with a criminal record, a bad attitude, and a motorcycle club to run. Even with all that, I think I have my life under control.But then I see her. That’s when I realize what it’s truly like to find something priceless. Olivia is a woman I never saw coming, not when her father is the reason I caught charges all those years back...
  • Princess and the Cowboy by Ella Goode

    Princess and the Cowboy by Ella Goode

    Rated: 4.09 of 5 stars
    · 11 ratings
    Sterling Justice is happy being single. It’s not because he believes in the Justice Curse wherein his one true love will die before the age of 30 but rather because he’s got plans and none of them include a girl. He’s going to Texas A&M, learning how to prepare the ranch for future, and prove to his cousins that it wasn’t a mistake to take his poor ass into the fold all those years ago...
  • Rescued by the SEAL by Fiona Davenport

    Rescued by the SEAL by Fiona Davenport

    Rated: 4.08 of 5 stars
    · 13 ratings
    Huntley Reed was convinced that military relationships were doomed to fail. He’d seen too many marriages go down in flames to think he could make one work. But he didn’t feel as though he was missing out until he met Cora Davis.Huntley tried to stay away from the gorgeous bank teller, but he could only stay away for so long...
  • Awakening the Mobster by Amy Rachiele

    Awakening the Mobster by Amy Rachiele

    Rated: 4.05 of 5 stars
    · 12 ratings
    A breathtakingly beautiful man is standing right next to me-holding me, reassuring me, protecting me. Antonio is my savior. Having him with me makes the ickiness that’s stuck in my stomach tolerable. Megan, Awakening the Mobster Loving Megan and caring for Erin like the sister I never had is dangerous. These feelings cause you to think...
  • Badd Ass by Jasinda Wilder

    Badd Ass by Jasinda Wilder

    Rated: 4.04 of 5 stars
    · 22 ratings
    I was a Sixty-Eight Whiskey—a combat medic. So when I hear someone shout “MEDIC!” training just kicks in. It’s automatic, immediate. I don’t think I even saw the guy whose leg I tended to, not really. All I saw was him. Zane Badd. His tuxedo fit him like he’d been sewn into it, and his eyes reflected the fury and the hardness of a combat veteran, but when he looked at me, he just…softened...
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