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Three Things I’d Never Do: A (Never Say Never Book 1) (affiliate link)
I’m a cat person. He has two BIG dogs. There is no chance this will work.
There are three things I said I’d never do—
Never move back in with my parents. Thanks to a summer storm, not only am I residing with my parents—temporarily—but a tree falls on their house and traps me in the bathtub. Enter the hottie firefighter who rescues me, bubbles and all. Then my parents have to move in with me. Oh joy.
Never let my mom set me up on a blind date. She asks so many times, I finally agree. And the hot firefighter—Adam—is the one who shows up. Because I’ve always wanted to go on a first date with a guy who has seen me in nothing but bubbles. Not.
Never date a guy with a dog. Adam is nearly perfect . . . except he has dogs. The furry beasts frighten me, and no way would Pookie tolerate them.
Tempting Taste: A Hot Opposites-Attract Romance (affiliate link)
Josie Ryan is everything that quiet, risk-averse Erik has always tried to avoid: Loud. Pushy. Distractingly gorgeous.
But now that he’s opening his own wedding cake bakery, he needs her business savvy almost as much as he needs to bury his hands in her fiery red hair.
With scorching chemistry both in and out of the kitchen, can they find the perfect balance of salty and sweet, or will they be a recipe for disaster?
Murder Unleashed (A Dead-End Job Mystery Book 5) (affiliate link)
At the Pampered Pet Boutique in Fort Lauderdale, the dogs are treated better than the people—a fact not lost on Helen Hawthorne, who is working at the fabulous and furry canine salon where the wealthy dog owners need a muzzle more than their beloved pets.
And while some things shouldn’t happen to a dog, they do happen to humans—as Helen discovers when she drives out to the lavish home of Tammie Grimsby to deliver a freshly fluffed Yorkie, only to find Tammie stabbed to death with a pair of grooming scissors. In a panic, Helen speeds out of there—but she doesn’t report the murder, lest her own criminal past come to light.
But that doesn’t mean she can’t look into the stabbing on the sly. As Helen sniffs around both the boutique and a growing list of pure breed suspects, she knows that her bark will have to be worse than her bite if she’s going to put the collar on a killer…
Pepped Up (Pepper Jones Book 1) (affiliate link)
The Moretti Crime Family (affiliate link)
Three novella prequels, available for a limited time in this complete boxed set.
Stole in the dead of the night I forged her signature on an unbreakable contract.
She would become my wife.
She would give me an heir.
She would help me destroy her father and get my revenge.
Bought & Owned:
I didn’t know what caused her to end up on that auction block.
And I didn’t care either.
All I knew was that I had to have her…no matter the cost.
One-million dollars later and she became just that.
Mine to break.
Mine to use.
Mine to keep.
Quarantine Crush (Crushed By Love) (affiliate link)
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
The phrase on the side of Embry’s shot glass sounds like a sign from the universe. And when her friend, Hadley, forwards her a video of the latest internet craze–The Shoot Your Shot Challenge–she can no longer ignore the cosmic push. If the women on the FlipFlop app can grab life by the lady balls and kiss their best friends, so can Embry. But what’s a girl to do when her shot gets Knox-blocked?
Knox Jacobs thought nothing would be more awkward than shooting down his best friend. Then, the Coronach-20 pandemic hits, trapping him thousands of miles from home–with the woman whose heart he just broke. But as the hustle and bustle of everyday life slips away, he finds himself wondering if maybe he’s the one who blew his shot.
Dropping Like Pies (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 11) (affiliate link)
Apple pie. Worth killing for.
Dropping Like Pies is a cozy mystery masterpiece of comedy, suspense and intrigue. The best new cozy of the year, from the hottest new author.
When heartbroken Chelsea moves from the city up to the family orchard, she hopes for relaxing afternoons, picturesque sunsets, and lots of warm apple pie…
…what she gets is one dead body after another, and more romantic interest than she knows what to do with.
It’s true, in this story, someone drops a pie. And that’s a tragedy. But there’s also a murder unlike any that’s happened in Pine Grove before and only the world’s best amateur female detectives have a hope at solving it.
Lucky for this small town, Miss May is more than a baker. She’s also a retired NYC prosecutor. And Miss May and Chelsea have gotten pretty good at solving even the twistiest and turniest of mysteries.
A Pack of Blood and Lies (The Boulder Wolves Book 1) (affiliate link)
The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender.
Three months shy of my eighteenth birthday, I’m forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of my all-male pack don’t recognize me, I recognize them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.
Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes my traitorous heart race, which is unfortunate. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?
Shade’s First Rule (Divine Apostasy Book 1) (affiliate link)
It’s Ruwen’s Ascension Day, and he finally dies for the first time. His newly revived body can learn Spells and Abilities for the Class given him by the Goddess Uru, and dying is no longer permanent.
Ruwen’s high intelligence makes becoming a Mage inevitable. With his new powers, he will locate his parents and clear their family name. But nothing goes as Ruwen imagined, and when a rival God tries to kill Ruwen shortly after his disastrous Ascension, his focus turns from his future to just surviving.
His choices place him in the middle of an ancient war, and he must overcome the limitations of his unexpected Class to reach level five. Only then will he have the tools needed to survive. But dying now comes with a terrible penalty, and failing Uru might not only cost him his life and loved ones but his entire world.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (affiliate link)
One of the most essential works on the 1960s counterculture, Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Test ushered in an era of New Journalism.
This is the seminal work on the hippie culture, a report on what it was like to follow along with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they launched the “Transcontinental Bus Tour” from the West Coast to New York, all while introducing acid (then legal) to hundreds of like-minded folks, staging impromptu jam sessions, dodging the Feds, and meeting some of the most revolutionary figures of the day.
Elizabeth Bennet is hiding a forbidden power. She can speak to draca, the fire-breathing creatures kept as status symbols by English gentry. If only Mr. Darcy would stop noticing… and hinting at his own dark secret.
When Elizabeth’s sister falls deathly ill, the cure lies in the mysteries of draca. Elizabeth, aided by her brilliant sister Mary, defies restrictive English society to hunt for lost draca lore. She must hurry. England’s war with France has drawn other hunters, and they have darker goals.
Elizabeth’s search leads her to the fabulous Pemberley estate, home of the entitled and infuriating man whose proposal she scorned. There, Elizabeth’s worlds smash together—protocol against passion, and exultation against the risk of love.
The Russian’s Pride: Avenging Angel – Seven Deadly Sins (affiliate link)
When former Russian SVR Captain Anastasia “Anya” Burinkova defected to the United States, the life she imagined was far from the one she discovered. As the freedom she’s longed for turns to little more than imprisonment, her deadly skill set, forged and honed behind the Iron Curtain, is the only key that can possibly unshackle her.
A late-night vigilante mission under the veil of darkness turns from vendetta to entrapment in an instant. What should’ve been a mission to right decades-old injustices becomes a deadly encounter with federal agents determined to turn the assassin into an indentured servant.
With terrifying glimpses inside the modern-day Russian Mafia in the United States, this non-stop thriller takes the reader into the hedonistic streets of Miami’s South Beach, where millionaires play alongside The Bratva – The Brotherhood – of former Russian prisoners and current international criminals bent on breaking every rule to collect what they believe the world owes them.
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (affiliate link)
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