Friday, July 21, 2017

Defiance by Sloane Kennedy


All I ever wanted was to serve and protect my country. It ended up costing me everything…

At 49, Vincent St. James has learned to live with the choices he’s made, even if he isn’t always proud of them. After the military he was practically born into decided his sexuality was more important than his impeccable service record, Vincent lost everything, including the man he’d planned to spend the rest of his life with.

And a man with nothing to live for has nothing to lose.

With a bone deep hatred of all things government, Vincent found another way to serve his country, but it too came at a steep cost that he never could have foreseen. Dealing in secrets and death means there’s always someone waiting around the next corner trying to either take his place or bury their secrets along with his body. Even if he wanted out, it’s far too late for that.

When he’s given the chance to help out a friend who once had his back when others didn’t, he jumps at the chance to repay the favor. Even if it means protecting the kind of man he despises most…a power-hungry politician looking to push his own agenda on an unsuspecting public.

I made a terrible choice three years ago and it cost me the only person who ever really mattered to me. But maybe there’s another way I can make things right…

30-year-old Nathan Wilder can’t take back the moment he betrayed his twin brother, but he can try to make sure that the legacy of hate that drove him to turn on Brody never has a chance to rear its ugly head again. And if that means going against his powerful father’s right-wing political constituency in a down and dirty race for a seat in the U.S. Senate, then so be it. But when the threats that had been limited to harmless emails start taking an uglier turn, culminating in a violent attack that leaves no doubt as to the assailant’s intent, Nathan is thrown into the direct path of a mysterious and dangerous man who may end up forcing Nathan to confront truths he just isn’t ready to face yet.

Protecting him was supposed to be a favor for a friend and nothing more. Once he’s safe, I’ll let him go. I have to…

Protecting Nathan was supposed to be a walk in the park for a guy like Vincent. But nothing about the younger man is what he’d been expecting, especially the long-dead feelings Nathan stirs in him.

The feelings that aren’t just about protection.

Which is a problem, because while the threat against Nathan is temporary, the danger that’s become a way of life for Vincent is just waiting for the next thing it can take from him. Caring about someone means painting a target on their back and Vincent is done losing people he loves.

But letting Nathan go may not be as easy at seems…especially when Nathan decides to finally stand up and fight for what…and who he truly wants.




As I was tucking my phone into my pocket, I saw Nathan grab his off the floor.
When he went to put it in his shirt pocket, I shook my head and said, “No, that stays here.”
“I need my phone,” Nathan said.
“You need it more than you need to breathe?” I asked impatiently. “Because it’s traceable.” I reached for it to take it away from him, but he stepped back. I got into his space and ripped the phone from his hand. “Is your career really more important than your life?” I ground out. “Because it sure as shit isn’t more important than mine.” I dropped the phone to the floor and made a move to crush it under my heel, but Nathan suddenly lunged forward.
“Don’t!” he yelled. My instincts took over and I grabbed him by the arms and swept his legs from underneath him, taking us both to the floor. He let out a whoosh of air as my body crashed down on his. Too late, I remembered the way he’d been holding his side after the earlier attack.
But I didn’t apologize.
“You lay your hands on me one more time-”
“My brother’s messages!” Nathan shouted, his voice thick with emotion.
“What?” I asked, startled.
Nathan drew in several breaths. “I want the phone because it has my brother’s voicemail messages on it,” he whispered. His whiskey-colored eyes met mine. “Please,” he murmured.
I suddenly became very aware of his hard body sprawled beneath mine. During the scuffle, one of my legs had gotten wedged between his, putting our cocks precariously close to one another. I had his hands pinned to the floor and I could feel his body trembling beneath mine.
I knew it was likely just the lingering shock, but I couldn’t deny what having him completely at my mercy was doing to me. Especially since he wasn’t fighting me. I hadn’t given much thought to whether or not Nathan was gay like his brother, but I sure as shit was thinking about it now.
“Please,” Nathan repeated, and a perverse part of me wondered what he was actually asking me for. I knew I needed to get off him, but I found myself reluctant to move. Nathan’s fingers flexed, drawing my gaze to them. It would be so easy to move my hands up to link my fingers with his. I shifted slightly to take the pressure off the knee that I had wedged between his legs, but the move caused my dick to brush his. I jerked my eyes to Nathan’s when I heard him let out the tiniest of whimpers.
“Let me up,” he suddenly said, and then he was pushing at me. I could have easily kept him there on the floor like that and taken what I wanted…a taste of him. But I shifted off him instead and then snatched his phone off the floor. Nathan struggled to his feet, but didn’t try to grab the phone again.
My brain told my fingers to drop the damn thing so I could crush it, because anything less wasn’t safe. But my body disobeyed the order and instead, I turned the phone off and handed it to Nathan. “Leave it off.”
I turned to head towards the hallway leading to the front door, but stopped when Nathan said, “Wait.”
I forced myself to turn around. “What?”
“I don’t even know your name.”
There were a million things I could have said to him, none of which included actually giving him my name. Just like with the phone, it wasn’t safe for him to know who I was.
“Vincent,” I said.
“Vincent,” Nathan murmured, more to himself than anything else. “Thank you, Vincent.”
I didn’t want his thanks. I didn’t want anything from him except to eliminate the threat against him and then get the hell away from him.
“Let’s go,” was all I said, though, and then I turned away, not really caring if he followed.

Other Books In the Series

Absolution Salvation Retribution Forsaken Vengeance Atonement




Although Sloane Kennedy always dreamed of being a writer as a teenager, she didn't take the plunge until March of 2015 when she released her first novel as an independent author. Since then, she has released more than a dozen books including the Amazon best-selling "Barretti Security" series, "Finding" series and "Protectors" series. While she initially began writing M/F romance, she found her true passion writing gay romance and all four of her most recent releases reached the #1 spot on Amazon's Gay Romance bestseller list and Freeing Zane, her final book in the Barretti Security series, made it to Amazon's overall bestseller list. Sloane was born in Germany and grew up in Virginia and Wisconsin. Although she currently lives in Wisconsin, the place where she has always felt most at home is Seattle and many of her books take place in the Emerald city. Although she is unmarried, a menagerie of 2 dogs and 3 cats keeps her busy enough and 3 young nieces take care of the rest of her free time. Sloane loves being able to share her passion for romance with readers and she is truly humbled by all the support she's received from fans and fellow authors alike.

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Double Life by Mila Raphael

Title: Double Life 
Author: Mila Raphael 
Cover Designer: Under Cover Designs

One mission.
One target.
One night of passion.
One mistake.
Falling in love was a mistake, that would one day cost them both their lives.
But when you willingly sign up to live a double life, you must remember:
Nothing is what it seems.

Mila Raphael has a very vivid imagination.
She is slightly addicted to memes.
She loves romance books, but doesn’t really like elaborate endings.

 A reader’s ending is always the best version.

Educating Ellie by TN King


Genre: Contemporary Romance/Billionaire Romance
Release Date: July 13th
Now Live on Amazon


Hard working Ellie White has always known life could be better than a dead end job at a hole in the wall diner. When billionaire Morgan Hunt rescues her from said burning diner, her life changes. Impressed with his genuine and caring air, she quickly falls for him. When she learns he can't stop thinking about her, she succumbs to his charms, and her own surprisingly deep desires. Then he breaks her heart and she blames herself for being so naive. Can she ever trust him again?

As a Billionaire CEO, Morgan Hunt has perfected the art of sealing the deal. But when he rescues Ellie from a fire, he's not prepared for the feelings that distract him from his one true love—business. In an attempt to clear his mind, he seals a deal of another kind with Ellie in a night of unforgettable pleasure. Their ‘merger’ awakens his passionate side, but Morgan didn't count on the spark between them becoming so much more. That one night was meant to get her out of his head, but now she’s under his skin, too deep to ignore. After breaking her heart, can he win her back?



He entered his office at Hunt Towers. He should have just told her in the first place. But who gifted you with something then tells you how much it cost? Her reaction had been a surprise. Well, maybe not. Morgan had hidden it from her, so he did know. He sighed. Honesty. He was an honest person, but in his line of work, it got blurred or there were gray areas.
He’d never been so out of his element. This woman had him turned inside out. But not because she meant to do it. Not on purpose. She was low maintenance in reality. Look how she gave him a second chance. Look at her reaction to what he’d spent on her, when he never gave it a second thought?
“There you are!”
Morgan gazed up. Chance.
“I was wondering when you would show up.” His best friend smiled. “So, ready to go and be bored with the filthy rich?” he asked.
“You mean the charity ball?” Morgan asked and grabbed the file he had come here for.
“Of course that’s…” Chance stepped closer and stared at him. “What is going on with you?”
Morgan looked up. “Nothing, why? Do I look sick?”
Chance laughed. “Hardly. But something is off here.”
Morgan chuckled, trying to play it off. “Oh, really?”
Chance nodded. “I know you are always busy but the last time I saw you. I felt like you were more than distracted.”
Morgan nodded. “Work. Work.”
Raising his gaze to his friend, he waited for it.
“Like you have some new ‘project.’ ”
Oh, shit. That was the phrase they used when they met some woman they wanted. “No, not like that.”
“She is not like that? You mean?”
Morgan sighed and tucked the file under his arm. “No. She isn’t and I am bringing her to the ball.” He stepped close to Chance. “She is also off limits.” He looked right into Chance’s piercing green eyes.
The man pulled his head back. “Whoa, whoa down, there boy!” He laughed. “You act like you’re…” His voice faded away. “You fell for someone?”
Shaking his head, Morgan laughed. “Fell?” Yes, he had, long and hard, plummeting countless floors down to the earth. But in between, there had been a night of heaven.
“Holy Fuck!” Chance exclaimed. “Look at you! You were thinking of her just now, right?” He shook his head looking totally stunned. “Morgan Hunt…caught.”
Wincing at the expression, of ‘caught’ he shook his head.
“Well, damn. This won’t be the boring ball I thought it would be.” Chance laughed.
“Just do not get too excited when you meet her,” Morgan warned as he leaned in close. “And be nice. Not too nice though.” He walked past him.
“Well, shit! The moon just turned purple and fucking Unicorns must be running down Fifth Avenue!”
Chances’ laughter followed him down the hallway.
After rushing home to his house, he had dressed there then had his driver nearly fly down the toll road and made it into the lobby to await Ellie. He wanted to see her in that dress, walking towards him as he waited to take her arm and show her his world. And show her off too. No, she was so wrong about herself. She couldn’t see herself like others did. Like he did.
“Sir?” his driver called to him.
He glanced over at Frank.
Frank’s eyes sparkled.
Mmm, I never seen my driver look— Morgan followed his gaze and turned around.
Standing on the top of the stairs, was Ellie.
Or a vision from some heaven where only angels existed. Morgan felt like someone just punched him in the chest.
The blue silk hugged every curve as a bit of thigh flashed when she took a step. And with each step, her blue heels reflected diamond light as well. The diamonds around her chest sparkled under the light of the chandelier and lit up her face.
Morgan couldn’t breathe. He’d never had this reaction to anyone or anything before.
She held her head high as her hair was coiffed up and long chocolate ringlets bounced along her shoulders. Her eyes though were what stood out, the blue reflecting the dress nearly perfectly. As she drew closer, he could see she wore teardrop bluish diamond earrings. She wore no necklace. She didn’t need to.
The lobby grew quiet as all the heretofore activity came to a halt.
Every set of eyes in the place were tilted upward and followed her progress down.
“Sir?” Frank asked from beside him.
Morgan stood transfixed. “Huh?”
“You need to greet her—”
Morgan suddenly realized he was not close enough to grab her hand when she took the last step. “Shit!” he muttered under his breath. He could hear his driver’s chuckle behind him as he rushed forward.
Ellie smiled as he neared. She looked nervous.
He knew she shouldn’t, she should look confident…No, she looked like Ellie, sweet and unassuming. Truly unknowing of her beauty. God dammit, he was hard as he may have ever been in his life. He stopped right at the bottom step and reached for her hand.
Trembling, she placed hers in his.
He helped her down to the marble flooring. Then leaned close to whisper, “Ellie look around.”
Blinking her eyes, she did so and slowly gazed around at the silence in the lobby and at the expressions of awe on all the people there.
The uniformed men at the door bowed at her in sure reverence.
“Oh…” She gasped.
“Yes, they are transfixed by you.” He beamed at her. “As am I.” He walked her across the marble as their audience gave out whistles and gasps.
He leaned into her ear as the door men opened the doors. “It was worth every damn dime, I spent.”
Her eyes widened and she laughed.
Morgan looked back to see men ogling her and women glaring. Yes, maybe the dress helped, but he really felt like it was Ellie who helped the dress in fact.



T.N King grew up in the heart of Texas in a military family, and now resides in the sunny beach of San Diego, California. A football fan, a Netflix binge-watcher, a lover of barbecue, and a writer of romance, he's the author of the Educating Ellie, the first books of many to come. T.N King plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories for his raving fans. Sign up for T.N King's newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming releases and sales @



What About Us by Emma Tharp

What About Us

Bluff Harbor #2 by Emma Tharp Publication Date: August 1, 2017 Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Preorder: Amazon
Torn between her desire for the guy who has her heart and her loyalty to her best friend, Kate Bergman knows she must break her own heart to give her broken and fragile friend a shot at happiness. But letting go of River McEwan is the hardest thing she’s ever done. Moving on is even harder–especially when River doesn’t want to let her go. As the two resist their passion for one another, Kate uncovers the truth about her best friend. As the three of them forge a new path of friendship and discovery, tragedy strikes. Now, it’s up to Kate to fight for the only man she’s ever loved. But can she make River forget about the past to find a future together?

What About Her

by Emma Tharp Publication Date: March 3, 2017 Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon
It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back. Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most. Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood. When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more. Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….

About Emma Tharp

Emma was raised in upstate NY. Being an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone dreaming up characters that would keep her company on long family road trips. Putting her writing on the back burner, she went to college and became a chiropractor. After spending 14 years healing patients, Emma decided—with the help of her amazingly supportive husband—to use the creative side of her brain and let her characters come to the page. If she’s not writing, Emma can be found at the gym, one of her kids sporting events, Starbucks, or at a live music event. A perfect day for Emma would be spent at her lake house with her husband, two ginger-haired children, and Vizsla, reading a book and drinking a large cup of coffee (or wine) with music playing in the background.

Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

We are excited to bring you the upcoming standalone from New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Penelope Ward.

DRUNK DIAL will release on AUGUST 21!

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Vadim Ivanov
Cover Photography: Kevin Roldan
  From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him. Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions. I didn’t think he’d call me back. I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become. Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets. Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake. A complete STANDALONE.
(No Amazon e-book preorder. Will go live on/around release day.)

    Connect with Penelope Ward Facebook Fan Group | Facebook | Website |Twitter | Instagram     Other standalones from Penelope Ward: Mack Daddy: Amazon: iTunes: B&N: Kobo: Neighbor Dearest: Amazon: iBooks: Nook: Kobo: Stepbrother Dearest: Amazon: iBooks: Nook: kobo: RoomHate: Amazon: iBooks: Nook: kobo: Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland) Amazon: iBooks: Nook: Kobo: Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland) Amazon: iBooks: Nook: Kobo: Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland) Amazon: iBooks: Nook: Kobo: Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland) Amazon: iBooks: Nook: Kobo: Sins of Sevin: Amazon: iBooks: Nook: kobo: Jake Undone (Jake #1): Amazon: Nook: iBooks: kobo: Jake Understood (Jake #2): Amazon: Nook: iBooks: kobo: My Skylar Amazon: iBooks: Nook: kobo: Gemini: Amazon: Nook: iBooks: kobo:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

Fear Inducer by Ellie Douglas

Fear Inducer
by Ellie Douglas
Genre: Psychological Thriller

They believed their phobias were just nightmares... 

They believed Dr Felix Bloom would cure them.

They were...SO WRONG!

Doctor Felix Bloom is a brilliant psychiatrist and pharmacologist who has done a lot of good for humanity. But, he has a dark side as a serial killer of some of his patients using their phobias against them. How he gets his patients to kill themselves in some bizarre fashions satiating his greed for death and mayhem you will have to discover. But, nonetheless, if you love horror, you will love Dr. Bloom's methods and madness. Yes, he is as composed as they come, but maybe more evil than most. He's charming, considerate with his secretary, Joanna, and his best friend, a doctor. But, beneath the elegant exterior rages the thirst for blood as a serial killer.

Without going into the gory details or the method of Dr. Bloom, his patient's deaths are spectacularly staged (and gory) and witnessed by the good doctor. The author does a great job telling why Dr. Bloom is a serial killer and it may make you feel some empathy for the man. But, that is a whole chapter worth exploring on your own. I was pleasantly surprised at the intricate detail of the mind of Dr. Bloom. He's smart. Incredibly smart. The book is definitely worth your time. It has everything a chilling horror novel should have. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the author's other book about a serial killer named Toxic Desire, which features a female serial killer. Who's more evil? Dr. Bloom by far. Why? I won't spoil the novel for you. Fear Inducer is more malevolent while Toxic Desire is erotically-charged. Also, look for the subtlty in Doctor Bloom over the novel. He has a lot of secrets worth discovering. Excellent book and a welcome addition to my bookshelf.
P.S. - I forgot something. There are loads if images in the book at the front of each chapter based on the fear the patient has. Really cool visuals to put you in the mood for what you are about to read.

-from Amazon reviewer Cameron Rowe

I’m Ellie Douglas, and like you, I love horror, everything about horror, the goriest and most gruesome of horrors is the ultimate. I can’t get enough. So much so that I write horror. That need to be graphic, and explicit with my horror scenes makes me stand out. I give what I want to read to others, so now they can enjoy a true horror story. 

I’m not all about just being graphic, I also build characters that the readers will love and or hate, so they can feel pulled right inside of the story that they are reading. It gives me so much enjoyment when I hear remarks like, ‘You made me want to puke,’ ‘I have nightmares every damned night –thanks,’ and ‘Quentin Tarantino and Steven King made a baby, YOU!’ when I hear comments like that, I know then I’ve succeeded, that also pushes me into writing more and becoming even better.

I’m fun loving, generous and very mysterious. I enjoy spending time with my family, and have four children to keep the horror writing alive. I enjoy helping others and volunteer my services to help Autistic children, I love cosplay and the chance to dress up as a monster, zombie or some other gritty character is fun, oh so much fun. 

I love summer, and well…I hate winter. I live in New Zealand and feel often too far away from all the cool stuff going on in the world. I love helping people all the time. I’ve got my hands dipped in a few things, I write books, but I also make professional book covers for other authors, I also create adult coloring books and I have a gambling app that I designed on the apple store :) I’ve always got a project going, be it writing or creating, that is who I am and I love it :) 

My ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward, to constantly better myself and give the audience amazing stories. Let me scare you…

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