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Who isn't holding out for a hero? One who'll sweep in, knock those BIG problems right out of our way and carry us off to a Happy Ever After. Yeah!
'Cept as we all know, a heroine's gotta stand up for herself first. And these girls do!
This has been a great month for me to discover spunky heroines in deep, deep trouble. I found lots of contemporary, even one including a rock star. Even took a fast trip into the future … and returned just in time to tell you about MY New Release!
But first, it's so fun to find a debut novel that is garnering great reviews. RT says "4 stars - HOT." Santana's debut is sweet and spicy...an original storyline… pretty impressive outcome for a first-time storyteller."
I'm in, how about you?
Unexpectedly You, Lily Santana, Carina Press, Contemporary Romance
To save his flailing real estate development project Mitch McKenna knows what he must do: persuade his nemesis and neighbor Emma LeFleur to go to bat for him and convince the town that he’s a sweetheart. Easy as pie, unless you consider he’s threatened to bulldoze her home with her in it!
Emma’s vintage beach home is close to foreclosure. With a business struggling to take off, she has no choice but to turn to her neighbor, sexy and arrogant real estate investor Mitch —the man whose reputation she’s spent the past six months pulverizing.
Mitch offers her a deal that will save them both: if she’ll convince her neighbors that she’s 100% behind his controversial condo project he’ll save her home. As a prominent leader in the community, Emma’s the only one who can help him salvage the project and keep his employees from getting laid off.
But the chemistry between Emma and Mitch burns surprisingly hot, complicating their deal in a way neither had anticipated. Mitch unearths the long-buried siren within Emma, who’d forgotten how good it is to feel sexy, alive.
As Emma begins to turn public opinion in Mitch’s favor, she’s drawn to him in a way she can’t deny. And Mitch finds himself wanting to prove to Emma that he’s not the player she thinks he is…
No Strings Attached, Suzan Butler, Soaring Phoenix Press, Erotic Contemporary Romance
Who's more steadfast than a man in uniform? Nobody, that's who. Sailor to the rescue in this romance.
Ashlynn Connolly has been Ethan Kearney’s best friend since they were twelve, despite the difference in their tax brackets. Though he played stupid pranks on her as a child, and left for a career in the Navy, Ash has always stood by him. But now Ethan has a deadline, and he’s going to put their friendship to the test with a business proposition—a marriage proposal.
If Ashlynn hadn’t been flat-out broke, and about to ask for a loan from her best friend, she might have laughed at Ethan’s proposal. But being laid off with a small child to care for alone changes one’s perspective and the idea of being Ethan’s wife is too much to turn down, and not just because of the money he offers.
Getting married is the simplest solution to both their problems, or so it seems. But while the passion between them scorches the sheets, a shadow from Ash’s past prepares to burn them more thoroughly than either ever expected.
This next romance is #2 in a series about long-lost sisters. Triplets! And yes, you should begin with Book 1, but this one just came out …
Maxie, Kimberly Dean (Triple X, Book 2) Samhain, Contemporary Romance
It's just pretend...but nobody wants to stop.
Maxie's quiet, predictable routine is shattered when she steps outside her flower shop and almost runs into two women. It's not the near collision that's startling. It's the strangers' faces. It's like looking in a mirror times two, and it sends her into a dead faint.
Sheriff Zac Ford sees three identical copies of the woman who's caused him more sleepless nights than he can count, and it stops him in his tracks. Maxie's buckling knees snap him out of his trance, and he catches her before she hits the cement.
Two sisters she never knew she had? Maxie can't deal with this turmoil, not on her own. She needs a shield, a rock. For the first time in her life, she takes a wild leap of faith.
When Maxie calls him her boyfriend, Zac has no trouble playing along. It'll give him time to figure out what these "sisters" want. Soon, though, for-show kisses get hotter and playacting touches grow bold. And Maxie must choose to stay in her safe little world, or grab life by the horns.
Product Warnings: Don't lie. It only leads to more lies, hotter kisses, bolder touches, less bed space, strange looks about town, and a complete loss of shyness.
Who doesn't love to see a mean girl get what's coming to her? Except this heroine's already been through the wringer, and she could use a break. Will she get one from a rough, tough football player?
Down by Contact, Jami Davenport (Seattle Lumberjacks) Boroughs, Contemporay Sports Romance
After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a Super Bowl ring. He's been about hard hits, not smooth manners, about breaking quarterbacks, not making small talk at cocktail parties. But now he's shattered something else. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner's snooty daughter and accidentally feeling up the Governor's wife, his tenure with his team looks perilously short. And things are getting worse.
Life is looking up for Kelsie Carrington-Richmond. A onetime beauty pageant star and mean girl, she only recently stopped living out of her car. But both those times have passed. Her Finishing School for Real Men has a real shot, and the Seattle Lumberjacks have hired her to polish up their roughest player. Except...it's Zach. Long ago she broke his heart. He's just the beast she remembers--gruff, protective--but she's nothing like the beauty from his past. Yet, getting knocked down happens, and getting back up makes a contender. And they both have the hearts of champions.
Our next heroine could use a break, too. To get her and her little sis out of that dumpy trailer court and into a new life. Rock star to the rescue!
Savage Rhythm, Chloe Cox, (Club Volare Rock Star) Self-Published, Contemporary Erotic Romance
Rock star Declan Donovan is a liar.
He's lying about what happened to his ex. He's lying about the reason he knocked out his lead guitarist and best friend, and then kicked him out of the band. He's lying about going to rehab--he doesn't even drink.
And now he's lying about the way he feels about sweet, submissive Molly Ward. But even that's a lie--Molly isn't all that sweet, and Declan loves it.
He's gotten used to lying. It helps to hide the pain he's sworn never to share with anyone else.
But Molly is on tour with Savage Heart for one reason only: get to the bottom of what happened the night the band broke up and then write a book that will bring them back from the dead. She's determined to get through Declan's lies and get to the truth of the man within, a truth she knows hides deep scars.
Molly knows that if she wants a career that can support her and her sister, she needs to command respect. And she's determined to resist the physical need she feels whenever she's near Declan. Whenever she hears his voice. Whenever he says her name.
Whenever he touches her.
But Declan is the Dom that Molly has always fantasized about, and she wants nothing more than to explore her sexually submissive side--with him. Too bad he's exactly the kind of guy that will break her heart. She's been on that rocker ride before, and she can't do it again. Not with what's at stake.
Until she hears him sing...
Ready for hot, hot and futuristic? In the dystopian world of The Broken Circle, no one knows if tomorrow will even come. So better wring every bit of pleasure from tonight.
Beyond Shame, Kit Rocha (Beyond, Book 1) Self-published, Erotic Dystopian Futuristic
A dangerous world of sex, lust and violence...
All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond-beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman's daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.
The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal--men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four's ruthless leader, and he'll defend the O'Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.
Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they're crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she'll have to open herself to a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.
And speaking of hot, hot, and contemporary – what's the hottest new fictional venue in Portland, Oregon? Why, Club 3, the exclusive new BDSM club started by 3 red-blooded American males who are weight-lifters, best friends and Doms. Ladies, hang onto your panties …
She's All In, Cathryn Cade, (Club 3 Series) Samhain, Contemporary Erotic Romacne w/BDSM
For her sexy Dom, she’ll open up…but only love will take her all the way.
When Daisy Charles joins Big Iron Fitness, it’s to get fit and more comfortable in her skin. But what really makes her sweat is gym owner Dack Humboldt. Watching him pump iron sets off an endorphin rush that has nothing to do with exercise.
Dack isn’t looking for love, and doesn’t usually waste time on vanilla even when it’s packaged in a bombshell blonde. Until he hears Daisy’s been asking questions about the goings-on at his private sex club. He’ll be happy to show her the ropes…on his terms.
Daisy gathers the moxie to ask Dack out on a date, and gets an offer she can’t refuse. The chance to explore some of her most private fantasies and move beyond her fears about her body.
As Dack leads Daisy by the thong into the Dom/sub world, she feels as if she’s finally in her element…until Dack issues a command that brings her up hard against her last emotional barrier. And Dack must decide how far he’ll go to bring his bombshell back into his arms.
Product Warnings: Body builders showing off their physiques, blondes looking to have more fun, and members of a private club sharing more than conversation.
Happy to say Daisy's friends will be joining her at Club 3, so look for more sexy mayhem soon!
Okay, romance readers, which one of these fabulous romances puts you in the zone? Just leave a comment, etc to be entered to win one of these fabulous stories!
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.