A is for August, Awesome Romance and Anthologies - The Romance Zone
August ... such a bittersweet month. Summer is in full-blast, with heat, flowers and the buzz of lawn mowers. The lake has warmed up enough that you can flop in any time, no shiver of chill in the cool water. Your arms and legs are finally tan, so you look great in those shorts. The kids have tried all their stupid outdoor tricks and someone in your family (or at least your group of friends) is sporting a cast. You tried that new watermelon feta-cheese salad and lived to tell about it.
Life is good, right?
But you also know that September is a flip of the calendar page away. Cooler days, school starting and the end of lazy days at the lake. So time to Ramp it UP, girlfriend! Enjoy the moment, suck every bit of sweetness from that summer fruit, and savor the August heat between the covers of a great romance.
No worries, you’re in the Romance Zone.
First up, let’s dream a little dream. A scary-around-the-edges dream. You’ll eat this series up like ice cream, but it will leave you hotter than ever.
Darkness Falls (Reveler series #1) by Erin Kellison. Hot paranormal.
In dreams he comes to her...
Agent Malcolm Rook hunts for people with the rarest of talents--the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she's wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. When the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, their attraction explodes into passion. But delving too deep stirs a nightmare--one they must defeat together, or be forever lost to darkness.
Fans of paranormal romance and bad boys, get ready for a dark, sexy plunge into fantasy and desire. The Reveler Series is set in a contemporary world in which people can indulge in Rêve, or shared dreaming--a pop culture phenomenon sweeping the world. Imagine being able to fall asleep at night, only to wake in a dream world, one in which you are lucid and in control--where you can be anything you want to be and do anything you like. But you must be careful...dreaming can be as dangerous as it is seductive.
Hmm ... one way we can cool down a bit is by thinking of snow, right? Shyeah, not gonna happen with this hot shifter tale!
Tiger Boys by Linda Gayle. MM paranormal.
Grad student Jules has always felt different. He’s got buddies, sure, but relationships make him turn tail and run. Dreams of tigers and memories of a mysterious great-grandmother make him wonder if there’s something his parents aren’t telling him. When an unexpected inheritance offers clues to Jules’s destiny, he’s intrigued, to say the least. It doesn’t hurt that the news is delivered by a sexy Russian who seems to know Jules better than he knows himself.
A prince of a powerful tiger clan, Sergei Sidorenko wants to live as an ordinary man. But his family nags him to take his place as king. They offer him a deal: teach the lost prince Julian how to shape-shift and control his untapped sorcerous talent. Then Jules will be king, and war between the once-rival clans will be avoided. Most importantly, Sergei will be released from clan obligations forever. It sounds like an easy out. But Sergei doesn’t count on Jules being so temptingly innocent, so eager to learn. Lessons in sorcery turn to lessons in love. And Sergei falls hard for Jules.
Dark clouds gather over the tiger clans. In a bid to seize power, Jules’s ambitious older brother, Anton, works on the key to immortality. And he needs Jules’s flesh and blood to finish the spell. Tangled in Anton’s machinations, with a traitor in their midst, Jules and Sergei must fight for their lives—and for the love that destiny would deny them.
Next, fans of the fictional New Zealand All Blacks, a hot rugby team who’ve played their way into our hearts, will be happy to at last know how team leader Hemi met his true love...
Just For You (A prequel novella; Escape to New Zealand series) by Rosalind James. Sports romance.
No shirt, no shoes, no … problems?
Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for.
Reka Harata hasn’t forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.
Sometimes, especially in New Zealand’s Maori Northland, it really does take a village. And sometimes it just takes a little faith.
Author’s note: This 36,000-word (120-page) novella begins about six years before the events of JUST THIS ONCE. It can be read as a stand-alone book, even if this is your first escape to New Zealand.
Every once in a while we get to meet a bad boy hero who makes us wanna smack him upside the head, because really? Who is this jerk! But then we delve into his painful secrets and just like the feisty heroine, we fall in love and lust. Just between you and me, I did not expect to fall for this guy. But I did, and you will too.
Lead (Stage Dive series #4) by Kylie Scott. Hot contemporary rock’n’roll romance.
Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott.
As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.
Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
And speaking of getting lost ... let’s go beyond the final frontier. But careful, it’s not exactly chill in space. In fact, the heroes are alpha, the heroines are wild and the nights ... well, they’re red hot! Which may explain the #1 best-seller status on this next anthology.
Sci Fi Nights; Alpha Bad Boys & Wild Girls of Futuristic Romance, with New novellas by Cathryn Cade & Jessa Slade, and re-issued works by Mina Carter, Bianca D’Arc and Calinda Be Only .99 cents!
Five out-of-this-world authors share their science fiction romance heroes—hot as the sun, cool as depths of space, and all boxed up for you in one sexy, irresistible package! Open the pages and fall into the otherworldly arms of a sci-fi man who will make you see stars!
DARK RUNNER, LODESTAR SERIES, BOOK 3.5 BY CATHRYN CADE
Tal Darkrunner is not just a tattooed bad boy, he’s the leader of a dangerous gang in New Seattle, Earth II.
Serpentian warrior Scala Raj knows this—so why can’t she stay away from him? She’s supposed to be spying on him to gain back her freedom, not falling for him. But when she boards his ship Zharrdul and spends time in close quarters with him and his unusual crew, Scala realizes she can never go back.
They’re hunting deadly prey ... but the biggest danger may be to their hearts.
ASSASSIN’S HUNGER, SHEERSPACE BOOK 3 BY JESSA SLADE
Stripped of her identity by a cybernetic mercenary corporation, Shaxi was a mindless killer until the corporation was destroyed and set her free. Now lost and alone, she desperately needs to master her unlinked programming before she succumbs to the rogue madness. But the electromagnetic storm that might save her also blows in the Asphodel, a sheership with more mysteries and menaces than Shaxi has ever faced…including the enigmatic Eril Morav, a heartless assassin on a quest to save the sheerways, even at the cost of his own soul. Eril thinks he’ll use Shaxi to do his dirty work, but she might be the one being in the universe who can light his black-hole heart.
HEADSPACE BY CALINDA B
Vienna has a gift of intuition and the ability to make people think they actually had the experience she pulls from their mind. She operates a high tech, virtual fantasy encounter service, accessing the desires of men and acting them out in her customized room called Headspace. Vienna's very successful in her virtual sex life but in her real life, she's never climaxed.
When Vienna confides her secret in Jonas, he wants to help, promising success by her birthday. Only thing is, he's in a committed relationship with a long-time girlfriend. When his shrewish girlfriend becomes jealous over his friendship with Vienna, will he cut off the friendship and break her heart?
END OF THE LINE, JIT’SUKU CHRONICLES BY BIANCA D’ARC
Enemy Captain Val downs a female fighter pilot out near the Galactic Rim. Her name is Lisbet and she’s about to rock his world.
Their attraction is mutual and explosive. She can’t resist him, but she hates being a prisoner. Lisbet doesn’t know a lot about his culture and it’s clear he doesn’t understand humans. It’ll be fun educating him about just how fierce... and loving, a human woman can be.
LIKING IT RUFF BY MINA CARTER
Some girls don’t play nice…
Licensed Bounty Hunter and mercenary, Naz, has always been a wild one. After all, chasing criminals across the known galaxy is bound to knock a few cogs loose. No crew, no partner, she works hard and plays hard. Tannick Ruff, Alpha weredog and all round SOB, can see the potential in Naz as a hunter. She might just be tough enough, and crazy enough, to join his crew. The fact that he’s been itching to get inside her for months has absolutely nothing to do with it…
What’s that you say? Need more fabulous bargains on SFR? Well, in that case, let these 11 full-length Sci-Fi Romances sweep you away.
Nebula Nights: Love Among The Stars (Each book 1st in a series. All works previously published)
Melisse Aires, SJ Pajonas, PK Hrezo, C.E. Kilgore, Cathryn Cade, Catrina Taylor, Veronica Scott, Lyn Brittan, Pauline Baird Jones, K.G. Stutts, Greta van der Rol Only .99 cents!
If you like your science fiction blazing with adventure and your space opera spiced with romance, this boxed set is for you. From first contact to battles for survival and love on war-torn planets, this collection from bestselling & award winning authors, including Cathryn Cade, Veronica Scott, PK Hrezo and more, will leave you sighing with satisfaction.
Her Cyborg Awakes by Melisse Aires
Her gentle cyborg servant helped her escape violence--but now he's changed into a warrior! Is he safe?
Removed (The Nogiku Series, #1) by SJ Pajonas
In this Japan-inspired tale, one woman’s family destiny is key to the survival of the last city on Earth.
Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by PK Hrezo
Welcome to Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.
Noelle In His Heart by C.E. Kilgore
Noelle wishes for someone who understands she has love to give but commitments to honor. Stranded on Earth, Steve longs for someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply.
Stark Pleasure; the Space Magnate's Mistress by Cathryn Cade
Kiri te Nawa survives the perils of the galaxy on her wits ... although when it comes to space magnate Logan Stark, she’d rather use her body.
But can she trust him with her secrets?
Birth of an Empire: The Beginning by Catrina Taylor
Three former genetic experiments chose peace over war in a sector that's known only war for a century. As each one squares against their governments they will question the experiences that guide them.
Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott
When the planet erupts into war, Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane must decide whether to save Andi Markriss, the intergalactic businesswoman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.
Solia's Moon by Lyn Brittan
SFR Galaxy Award Winner! When Dr. Solia uncovers her company's foray into creating humanoid life, she enlists the help of her handsome ex, Sheriff Sable, in bringing a little justice to the universe.
The Key by Pauline Baird Jones
Her orders are simple: do the impossible and do it yesterday. But this time the impossible might actually be impossible. The only way it could get worse? If her heart starts beating for the wrong guy.
The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy by Greta van der Rol
The Galaxy teeters on the brink of war. Can ex-admiral Saahren persuade the woman who hates him to help him prevent the coming conflagration? And perhaps even love him?
Mirror Image by KG Stutts
Maddie's entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone. Now she must work with her counterpart to protect Earth.
And now to calm things down with a nice little historical. Sorry, just joking! This story is fast-paced, ultra-witty and based on the lurid tale of Jack the Ripper. So hold onto your corsets, ladies as you race through London with this liberated heroine ... who has a secret weapon of her own.
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick. Historical.
Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands.
But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . .
One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now.
But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.
For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from. . . .
And one more must-not-miss historical, with a heroine who is determined to change history, and perhaps the hero as well...
The Suffragette Scandal (The Brothers Sinister Book 4) by Courtney Milan. Historical.
An idealistic suffragette...
Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope...but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.
...a jaded scoundrel...
Edward Clark's aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She's only a pawn to use in his revenge.
...and a scandal seven years in the making.
But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it's too late. The only way to thwart her enemies is to reveal his scandalous past...and once the woman he loves realizes how much he's lied to her, he'll lose her forever.
Happy reading, all you awesome August romance fans! See you in September ... hey, that’s an oldies song, isn’t it?
Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes best-selling red hot romance from the lake country of North Idaho. Her erotic science fiction, paranormal and contemporary romances will take you from Portland to Hawaii and on to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure.
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