His Tarnished Ruby by Kelsey McKnight

 
 
Title: His Tarnished Ruby
Series: The Scottish Stone Series #3
Author: Kelsey McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2017 Publisher: Limitless Publishing
 
 
 
 
Flora MacLeod is a gem among women—a fiery ruby who dreams of true love. 
 
However, the one man she desires is the one man forbidden to her, leaving her no choice but to hatch a plot to force their marriage. But it turns out that her beloved has more than one secret and leaves her behind, a ruined woman. 
 
She flees Scotland, taking her tarnished reputation with her, where she finds more than sanctuary—she finds a man who promises to love her, just as she is.
 
But when her tainted past comes to light and a shadowed figure comes to call, will Flora be forced to abandon her one chance at happiness for a life of misery?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in.
 
Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works, “The Scottish Stone Series”. This collection takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled “The Non-Disclosure Agreement”, is also available now and features a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit organizations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Title: Toxic
Author: Nicole Blanchard
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2017
 
Blurb

A new standalone dark romance coming from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicole Blanchard.
 
“John Doe” was just another patient. A criminal.
 
As a prison nurse, I knew the rules: do my job, don’t get involved, and never let a prisoner get under my skin.
 
I broke all three.
 
My passion, my obsession, my addiction. I risked my entire life so we could be together.
 
I thought helping him escape from prison would be the hard part.
 
It turns out when you fall in love with a villain, you also turn into one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Excerpt
 
My hands flex on his skin, but he’s so intent on my response he either doesn’t notice or doesn’t care. Beneath my touch, he turns to granite and a part of me wants to take back my question, but I can’t. 
“What’s wrong?” I ask, and I hope it deflects from this line of conversation. “Did I hurt you?”
He breaks eye contact and looks down to where my hands are touching his skin. The moment his eyes land on where our bodies connect, it makes me want to drop my hand. How close he always manages to get to me whenever I let curiosity—or stupidity—get the better of me is astounding. 
“Would take more than that to hurt me, little mouse.”
I feel his words like dark secrets. They unfurl inside me, a molten mixture of pleasure and shame, a heady combination that invites me to ask for more. He’s a craving I can’t quite shake. A disease slowly spreading through me. My head tells me I should walk away, but my greedy heart begs for more of his illicit attention. 
“Little mouse?” I keep my focus on my fingers. Otherwise, they’ll betray my nerves. I swipe antibacterial cream over his skin and realize resistance is practically impossible. Not when I can feel his muscles flexing underneath my hands, the heat coming off him in waves, and my body’s answering thrum. 
It has been so long since I’ve felt anything other than violence and fear. The two have become so tightly intertwined that I was certain until now I’d never feel this again. Never feel warmth pooling low in my belly and radiating through my core or the answering wetness slicking between my legs. 
Horror accompanies the rush of pleasure, and I want to fling myself backward, but I know I can’t let this dangerous man see my reaction. I can’t let him know the effect he has on me. Can’t let him have that kind of power over me. 
“Yes,” he finally says. “Because you always look like you want to scurry away into a corner and hide.” 
His words make me want to do exactly that. My eyes dance to the door and then back to my hand as I swipe away another smear of blood from his skin. It would be so easy to escape him and his all-too-knowing stare. The reaction I can’t deny. The yearning. Ten steps would bring me right back to my dreary life where I can drown in the day-to-day misery and the pain that blots out my unfortunate reality. 
They are ten steps I don’t take. I refuse to let King get the better of me again and return to doctoring his wounds, trading the wipes for clean, white bandages. Unlike Vic, when this man pressures me, tests my boundaries, I find myself wanting to fight back, wanting to go at him with teeth bared and fists balled. 
He lays a big, scratched-up hand over mine, pinning it to the heated flesh of his well-muscled chest. I peer up through my lashes and find the corner of his mouth tipped up in a half smile that would look pleasant on any other man. 
On King, it’s a warning. 
Or a threat. 
My heart thumps in my chest, a rabbit trying to escape the pursuit of a predator. I take deep breaths to try to calm its frenetic pace, but it’s futile while in his presence. I finish the bandage on his chest without taking the bait. Despite how alive he makes me feel, or maybe because of it, I won’t encourage him. I won’t go down that road. I did it once before, and it cost me everything. 
I’m waiting for him to throw out another challenge as I finish with his chest and arms, dump the trash into a bag, and set it by the door. 
“Can you stand for me?” I gesture with a roll of gauze I grabbed from my bag of supplies. “I need to wrap your ribs until they can get you in for an X-ray.”
He obliges, reminding me of a half-tame animal submitting to human attention only to turn around and rip the person’s throat out seconds later. His abdomen ripples, and the low hum of desire that I’ve steadily been trying to ignore roars back to life made sharper by the edge of danger. 
Like fucking in public. 
It’s wrong and dirty and you sort of hate yourself for enjoying it so much, but you come harder than you ever have in your life. It makes my breathing grow ragged, and I’m afraid he can hear me but can’t find the willpower to back away. 
I have to lean close to wrap the bandage around his chest, which doesn’t help. His scent fills my nose like a drug. My fingers brush against his stomach, and I’d give anything for five minutes to explore the line of muscles that disappears into his waistband. 
The fact that I manage to finish binding his ribs is a small miracle. He doesn’t make a move to touch me the entire time, even though I spend it wishing he would. When I’m done, I can feel his eyes on me, patient and predatory as I pack up the rest of my supplies. 
“Stop doing that!” I bite out, revealing just how badly he has my nerves frayed. 
He gives me that half-grin again. “Doing what?”
“Staring at me like that. Are you trying to piss me off? Do you want me to have you reassigned?”
As though daring me, he takes a step forward. “You won’t do that,” he challenges. 
“No?” I retort though I can hear the flimsy note to my voice. 
His grin widens. “No.”
I shake my head and feel my body drift closer to his. “I don’t know what you want from me, I don’t know what you think we’re doing here, but we shouldn’t. Let’s just get that clear right now. Also, I appreciate your concern for my safety, but there isn’t anything you can do to help me, and this sort of attention is only going to make my situation worse.”
He shifts, and my whole body stiffens as he brings his lips to my cheek where the memory of the bruise throbs.
“Don’t,” I protest, but it comes out sounding more breathy than firm. 
“I’ll make you a deal,” he says as he closes a bit more of the distance between us. I nearly whimper from frustration, fear, and need. “One kiss. One kiss and I won’t bother you again. No one will have to know.” 
“You can’t be serious,” I whisper, but I know from the determined look in his eyes he’s serious. “Why?”
His lips return to my cheek, surprising me with his gentleness, and I’m almost ashamed that my initial instinct is to flinch away from him. He seems to recognize it, and he sighs, pausing long enough to meet my eyes. We wait . . . watching each other. But when he doesn’t follow through with a slap or a biting comment, my traitorous body relaxes. 
My body is clearly an idiot. 
“C’mon,” he coaxes as his lips grow bolder. “Let me give you this. One kiss. I promise you’ll enjoy it. Let me show you a little something sweet to take away from the sour. One kiss, and if you want me to walk away after I will.”
He’s the devil incarnate, the snake that tempted Eve. Though, I’m sure as hell not in paradise. I hate myself for even considering it. Loathe the way my body shouts at me to say yes. 
“You won’t bother me again?” The responding triumphant gleam in his eyes screams that I’ve taken a step off a precipice. There will be no going back after this. 
“Scouts honor.” I snort, causing him to grin. “So, is that a yes?”
“You asked me earlier if I wanted to know your name.”
He nods, but it’s a quick, jerky movement. For the first time, he’s the one caught off guard. 
“I think I’d like that.” It’ll be like saying goodbye, or at least that’s what I tell myself. Goodbye to the rush of desire, the feeling of being alive. It was fun while it lasted but this level of craziness leads nowhere good. 
For a moment, I think my ears are tricking me, but no. King makes a deep, satisfied groan in the back of his throat. I’m so distracted I don’t notice he’s been slowly moving closer until his body is pressed fully against mine. My hands go to his shoulders, and I’m grateful for the bandages separating us. Too much contact with his skin and my brain would surely short circuit. 
“Gracin,” he says, his lips so close they graze the shell of my ear. “My name is Gracin.”
Then his mouth covers mine.
 
 
 
 
Author Bio 
 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Blanchard lives in Mississippi with her family and their menagerie of animals. She chooses each day to chase her own fairy tale even if they contain their fair share of dragons. She is married to her best friend and owns her own business.
 
Nicole survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. When not reading, she’s lavishing attention on her family or inhaling every episode of The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.
 
 
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Rebel Song by JC Hannigan

 
 
Title: Rebel Song
Series: Rebel Series #1
Author: J.C. Hannigan
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: September 18, 2017 
 
 
 
Becky Miller has been damaged by love before—many times.


After narrowly escaping the abuse of her lover, her son Aiden’s birth healed her broken family in ways Becky could have never imagined. She swore she would never trust herself, or her child, to another man again.
Just when things started looking up, the Miller family tragically loses their mother. Each of the Miller siblings mourn in their own way. Brock takes charge of arrangements, Braden loses himself to the bottle, and Becky grieves by propositioning her brother’s best friend for an intended one-night stand.
Travis Channing isn’t just her brother’s best friend; he’s a known womanizer—not to mention a chart-topping country singer. But Becky hopes one pleasure-filled night with Travis might temporarily numb the pain she’s experiencing.
As one night turns into more, Becky struggles to remain in control of her developing feelings, but Travis isn’t content to keep things casual any longer.
Can Becky find a way to let go of the guilt of the past and look forward to a future with Travis? Will Travis be able to break through her barrier and show her the love she so desperately deserves?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Beautiful and poetic, JC Hannigan paints a stunning picture of love and healing after unfathomable pain. This book will give you all the feels!” ~ Author BL Berry

“Hooked from page 1, loving the development of their entire relationship!! Super steamy and full of “feels”.” ~ Erika (Book Haven Book Blog)

 
 

 

 
 
 
J.C. Hannigan lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, their two sons, and their dog. She writes contemporary new adult romance and suspense. Her novels focus on relationships, mental health, social issues, and other life challenges. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Death Match by RK Gleason

 
 
Title: Death Match: A Michele Shepard Story
Series: True Death #7
Author: RK Gleason 
Release Date: September 21
Genre: Scifi/Horror
 
Human beings aren’t the only creatures in all the planes of existence threatened by change, and fear of the unknown. Horace’s recent confrontations with ‘superior beings’ and the unusual circumstances of Niki’s pregnancy have placed a bounty on both their heads. That is, unless Jehna can broker a deal that ensures everyone involved has something to lose, without tearing the group of friends apart.
 
As the details of the blood-contract unfold, it becomes increasingly obvious it’s not ‘if’ the agreement will be broken, but when…
 
What will it mean for Horace and Niki when the lines are crossed, not to mention Shepard and their angelic allies? Will their enemies finally be able to swing the axe they’ve been grinding for centuries?
 
Which of the friends will fall under the heavy blade of revenge, and who will be left standing at the end of… Death Match?
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
R.K. Gleason was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 196-something. He grew up, and spent most of his adult life living in Seattle. In late 1999, he met the love of his life, left his home in Seattle and moved to Ohio. Currently, R.K. lives in Columbus, Ohio with his best friend, and gorgeous wife, Petra. They have four children, currently two grandchildren, and ABSOLTELY no pets.
 
While R.K. grew up with a naturally vivid imagination, although his friends might argue some of it was self-induced, he seldom put his thoughts to paper. At the age of forty-eight, after the inspiration came to him in a dream, he began his first novel. On that day, The Truth Death and The Michele Shepard Series came to life.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kingdom of Honor by Tricia Copeland

 
 
Title: Kingdom of Honor
Series: Kingdom Journals #3
Author: Tricia Copeland
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017
 
 
 
 
Jude only knows one thing: he must rescue Camille. It doesn’t matter what has to be done to save her from the evil coven, he will do it. But once she’s recovered, what will his role be? How does he fit into the trinity’s prophecy? Find out in this urban fantasy adventure novel that finds the Kingdom Journals characters traversing the globe in search of Camille, and the key to breaking an age-old curse.
 
 
 
 
 

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Tricia has teamed up with Big Hugs Little Envelopes and Superior Earth Essentials to bring you an amazing opportunity to win a Kingdom Journals inspired mug, two Kingdom original scents, and a signed Kingdom of Honor paperback! Got to Tricia’s Instagram account @authortriciacopeland (Fast Link) to enter through 11AM Mountain time Sept. 22! Winner announced noon mountain time!
 
 
If you’ve been following the series, here is a unique chance to get the Kingdom of Honor ebook FREE! Leave a text review on Amazon for Kingdom of Darkness and send Tricia the link via email at tricia@triciacopeland.com! She’ll send you a link to download your free copy of Kingdom of Honor. Free copies are limited, so don’t miss this opportunity! It doesn’t have to be long, just leave an honest review. (Verified purchase only)
 
 
 
 
 
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her books include the clean new adult Being Me Series, Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Thinking You Know Me, and the final installment, Being Me, as well as a young adult novellas, Drops of Sunshine and the Lovelock Chronicles, Lovelock Ones: Native One, published in The Butterfly Box. If she’s not out running, you can find Tricia at www.triciacopeland.com or your favorite social media.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Auctioned Virgin: Kidnapped by Frankie Love

 

 
Title: Auctioned Virgin: Kidnapped
Author: Frankie Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Blurb

When down-to-earth heiress Justine VanDeShire decides to auction off her virginity to raise money for endangered animals in the Alaskan wild, she doesn’t expect to be kidnapped by Ryder, a rogue mountain man set on getting her off the grid.

Ryder says he knows what’s best for her … but trusting the man holding you hostage seems like a mistake.

Justine came to Alaska to sell her virginity, not to give it away to the man who abducted her. But the moment she laid eyes on this broad shouldered, bearded man, with eyes that could melt ice caps … the one thing she wants is the one thing she swore she’d never give away.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Author Bio

 
Frankie Love writes sexy stories about bad boys and mountain men.

❤Get ready to fall in love … you deserve it!❤
 
 
 
 
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Playing His Games by Donna Alam

 
 
Title: Playing His Games
Author: Donna Alam
Genre: Steamy Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017
 
 
 
 
Fantasies. We all have them.
The night I go home with him, he’s mine.
Dark. Dominant. His hot Brit accent makes me wet. 
He has secrets. A past. A son.
But that night, I only know I want him.
 
 
I’m not a one-night stand kind of girl.
I don’t get drunk.
Don’t go home with handsome strangers.
I’d never creep out next morning,
Without exchanging names.
Until I do.
 
Until he finds me again,
And melts my inhibitions.
Until I’m dancing to his dark tune, 
And bending my rules. 
 
I shouldn’t—I won’t—fall for him.
But I can’t stop playing his games.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
USA Today bestselling author Donna writes about exotic locations and the men you aren’t married to, but might sometimes wish you were. Escapism reads with heart, humor, and plenty of steam.
 
Hailing from the North of England, she’s a nomad at heart moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her Pretty Series, where the wheels of her imagination began to turn. 
 
When not bashing away at a keyboard, Donna can usually be found, good book in hand, hiding from her family and responsibilities. She likes her wine and humour dry, her mojitos sweet, and language salty.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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