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Welcome to August, campers! The dog days of summer—when we're too hot and lazy to do much except lie around and wait for something to happen. Here by the lake, our boat is finally out of the shop—again. Happens at least once a summer. Can't wait to get back out on the lake on my hot guy's next day off.
August is a bittersweet month. Fall is just around the corner, with shorter days and chilly nights.
Sometime after Labor Day, even though the days are still warm, our Northwest lakes 'turn over'. For some mysterious reason the surface water, which has been heating under the summer sun to a pleasant 78 degrees, sinks! The cold, cold water at the bottom of the lake rises and brrr, baby, brrr! You do not want to swim anymore.
So, now is the time to spend as many daylight hours as possible near water … heck, a sprinkler if that's what you've got. It's cool, it's wet and you can run through it with the kids, in between heating up with these hot, hot, hot heroes.
Speaking of kids, you've been home with them for a couple of months. Is that a pic of you on the cover of my first hot August pick? Read on, you're not the only slightly crazed woman in need of romance.
Crazy People: The Crazy for You Stories a book of short stories by Jennifer Crusie
For fans of Jenny Crusie, of witty and warm writing, and of contemporary fiction, this collection of short stories was the genesis for one of Crusie's most beloved novels, Crazy for You. The stories focus on three women, Quinn, Darla, and Stephanie, and their mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. Originally written for Crusie's MFA in Fiction, they've been updated, edited, and packaged as a special collection for any reader who loves to laugh out loud.
As one reader put it, 'Jen Crusie could write about breakfast cereal, and we would read that. This book is full of more than a few nuts, and plenty of crunchy goodness.'
My favorite story? Darla, whose husband has left her for 'The Bank Slut'. Darla begins writing letters to her absent husband, at first begging him to come home, to help her understand what she did wrong. Her metamorphosis into a strong woman who may not necessarily need a man after all is heart-wrenching and finally heart-warming. Argh Ink LLC.
Okay, now I feel ashamed of whining about the summer heat. You want hot? Suit up in full battle gear and head out in the heat of the Middle East. So, let's honor our soldiers. This story does that, while delivering an extraordinary romance.
One Letter. Christin Lovell
It started with one letter.
Kellie Patrick sent one letter into the Middle East, to any soldier. Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez was the one who received it.
Three years and eighty-six letters later, Daniel is ready to meet the woman who got him through his last three tours of duty.
Three years and eighty-six letters later, plus size Kellie is nervous to meet the man who wrote his way into her heart. Could a sexy as sin soldier really want forever with a curvy Southern gal like her, though? Self published.
High Octane Heroes; erotic romance for women. Delilah Devlin and friends
Men In—and Out—of Uniform
What is it about heroes like Superman, Iron Man or Thor that revs our engines like no other? Is it the suit? The manly physique? Or is it the courage they display, wading in where others fear to go, to save the damsel, the city, the Earth? Are there real-life heroes who inspire the same lustful fascination? Kickass heroes, who enter danger zones in the name of duty, honor, country--or maybe love.
These chiseled, brave men will ignite your fantasies with their courage and charisma. Smoldering-hot adventures as "super-alpha" heroes risk their lives to protect and cherish those in need.
In "Besieged," a Special Forces soldier rescues his lover from an embassy takeover. An American Air Force pilot and a grieving British woman find solace in each other’s arms in "The Star." A sexy SWAT team leader saves a rookie during a bungled undercover assignment in "Renegade." And get ready for an undercover cop who flexes more than his "Big Guns." Cleis Press. Contemporary.
Officer Off Limits Line of Duty, Book 3. Tessa Bailey
His need to possess her is non-negotiable.
Yes, you should read Books 1 & 2, but this is Tessa's newest, and my hot, hot favorite. They don't have lakes in NY City—quick, find me a fire hydrant to run through.
Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn't bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.
Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.
Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel's already forbidden relationship survive? Contemporary. Entangled Brazen
Nothin' like the chill of a set of ghostly fingers trailing down your spine! Especially when they belong to a hot, maddening, ex-husband … who may be dead? Hie away to Scotland with ye. It's cool there.
Requiem for Rab. Marie Treanor
Rab’s dead but he won’t lie down.
Lili’s luck is on the upswing. Her acting career is taking off, she’s home in Edinburgh to perform in a high profile Festival play, and romance is blossoming with her famous leading man. The last thing she wants or expects on her first night of passion in two years is her ex-husband looming over her new lover’s shoulder, dripping blood on her pristine sheets.
Rab. sexy computer geek, has always been a joker, but surely even he wouldn’t go to this length to stop her getting laid—inventing a wild tale of being shot dead and having to track down his own body!
Then again, there’s no logical explanation for why she’s the only one who can see him. Why the police are knocking on her door. And why Rab is still the only man who drives her crazy, in bed and out.
All she knows is, it’s all still there. The fun and the pain. The feelings that never really went away. She owes it to him to never stop looking—even though finding him could take him away for good…
Speaking of hot, nowhere better to work up a good sweat than at the gym, right? Okay, I hear what you're thinking, you naughty girl. This next book has plenty of that, too. Whew, cool shower after this workout!
Silver Tongue. PowerUp! Series, Book 6. Marie Harte
Kitty Nelson works for the PowerUp! gym as the day manager. But the empath does a lot more than run the gym. She keeps the team in shape, tempering emotions in a high strung group of psychics. It's not easy, but Kitty keeps the peace, until one day she meets her match in a man who won't cave to her looks, her smiles, or her psychic skills. Who knew meddling with a couple in love would lead to man straight out of her fantasies...and nightmares? Because with Dane, she knows he won't accept less than total control.
Dane Hanson did his time for the Marine Corps. He also got shot and found himself medically retired, leaving him aching for the excitement of a job he loved. He found solace in his artwork, and it's that ability to create that has Kitty needing his help. He's back in the thick of things on an undercover assignment, but everything's different. Kitty is psychic, her skills don't work on him, and she's the hottest thing he's ever seen. Even better, the woman has submissive tendencies he's dying to explore. But when the mission turns deadly, Dane realizes he doesn't just want to play with Kitty, he wants to own the feisty redhead for a lot longer than this mission.
That's if she'll let herself surrender, the bad guys don't shoot them, and the weird statue they're sent to retrieve doesn't curse them to death. Contemporary D/s, Loose Id.
And hey, who says we have to stay on Earth in search of hotness. Do they have sprinklers in space??
Hotter on the Edge II anthology contains these next 3 hot, suspenseful sci fi romances.
Prince of Passion. Jessa Slade
A sci fi romance with the feel of Hawaii—a futuristic, Water World kind of Hawaii, that is!
When mercenary raiders targeted the empathic crystals that imbue the legendary l’auraly lovers with extraordinary sensual prowess, Icere, the last male l’auralyo, helped destroy the crystals. Rather than let the source of uninhibited pleasure be corrupted into a mind-controlling drug, he allowed his passionate destiny to remain forever unfulfilled. Now, Icere channels his fury into revenge. Tracking the raiders through the interstellar sheerways to a watery world infamous for its aphrodisiac liqueur, he finds a queen—as adrift and alone as he—forced for years into a fate she never desired.
Saya-Rynn inherited duty, command and control from her cruel grandfather and fought to transform her dangerous planet into a paradise for her people—but the price was literally a poison that runs through her veins. Though she feels as ancient as the seas, she finds herself awash in the hot male potency of the young Icere. Still, she resists the chance for indulgence she thinks has passed by her. But when the raiders strike again, Rynn must embrace her troubled legacy, and Icere will find his place as a lover and a fighter. Together, the reluctant ruler and the deposed prince of passion find common purpose.
To Keep a Wife. KC Klein
In the shards of civilization ruined by a global war, Lake has gotten the life she never dared dreamed of—a safe haven, and the love of a good man, her husband, Hudson Black Creek. But Lake’s hard-won happiness doesn’t last long when powerful Elders lay siege on Black Creek Manor in retaliation for a past defiance. Left for dead, Hudson forgets she even exists!
Gold Like the Sun. Erin Kellison
It’s the wedding of the millennium! Princess Pilar Sol and Hakan Frust celebrate their union with fetes of celebrity and pomp. Theirs is an arranged marriage to preserve the vital commerce of the Nyer Transit Hub, and yet Pilar is madly, unreservedly, passionately in love. She has all the excitement she has long dreamed of—and a little more than she bargained for when she discovers that Hakan’s grasping family wants her dead. And Hakan's solution is to drug her and send her away! Futuristic. Self-published.
Hmm, speaking of hotter in space, how's an empathic intellectual with a touch of the Dom in his makeup?
Finally, always loved the character of Spock in the Star Trek series, so I decided, being me, to sex him up a bit. Voila! Commander Daron Navos was created. He soon took over the story from me, being the bossy dude he is. So I threw a feisty heroine at him. Heh-heh. Revenge is sweet.
Deep Indigo. Orion Series, Book 4. Cathryn Cade
When icy control meets loose laser cannon, the rules go up in flames.
Commander Daron Navos. Renowned Indigon intuit, respected leader…a man running from half of himself. He can control the mind of any creature in the galaxy, even lock his dark, human sexual needs behind a wall of icy self control. Until he meets a woman who tempts him into using his powers for seduction—the lovely, innocent Nelah Cobalt.
As Nelah’s star rose with her burgeoning Indigon powers at university, she leapt at the chance to intern under Navos. But the hero of her fantasies fears her human half is too volatile to be trusted with the coveted position.
When they are forced to combine powers to stop a sabotage attempt, their incredibly intimate mind-meld turns a simple case of post-battle attraction into a night of passion neither thought possible. And, as Navos teaches her to use her powers to heighten sensual pleasure, he finds she isn’t the only Indigon with much to learn.
Except it’s clear someone is remotely using psychic powers to endanger the ship. Nelah may be the key, and Navos faces his greatest challenge ever—loving the woman who may have to sacrifice herself to save The Orion.
Warning: Spock-like hero who gives into temptation and uses intuitive powers for sexual satisfaction, heroine who is more than happy to submit to his sensual control, and ship full of space voyagers enjoying the waves of passion emanating from the powerful couple. Voyeurism shockingly included.
All right, darlin's, that's your cure for the dog days of August. If these romances don't wake you up, nothing will. So enjoy, and don't forget to leave a comment, etc to be entered to win one of them for free.
Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes red hot romance for Samhain Publishing. Her erotic paranormal romances will take you from Hawaii to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure.& She loves to hear from readers, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and email. Stop by her website at http://www.cathryncade.com for these links, and to see her complete book list, read excerpts and fabulous reviews, and sign up for her newsletter.