Authors: Nicole Flockton
Genre: Adult, Special Forces Romance
Published: March 20, 2018
Page Count: 202 Pages
|After getting out of a bad relationship, Suzie Peterson has worked hard for her independence. Nothing is going to throw her off track, even if her life is taking a turn she hadn’t planned on thanks to one night with a sexy Navy SEAL three months ago.
When Ryan ‘Joker’ Smith gets shot on a mission, the last person he expects to see walk into his hospital room is the woman he hasn’t been able to forget. Her reluctance to have anything to do with him only makes him more determined to be front and center in her life.
Thanks to her past, Suzie can’t give up her hard-fought control over her life, though Ryan’s sweet patience and sensual kisses, makes her want to. But when her life is threatened, she needs Ryan more than ever. Will he make it in time or will their chance to be together be lost forever?
|USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.
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FAST BURN Synopsis:
For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…
The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size, and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.
Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when she needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?
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“Brand Berry is here to see you.”
Surprised, Sahara glanced at Enoch, her right-hand man and very good friend. “Brand is here?” She immediately felt flustered. Absurd. “I wasn’t expecting him. Did I miss a meeting?”
“No.” Enoch lowered his voice in a conspiratorial way. “He said he only needed a minute of your time when you were free, and since you’re free right now—”
“Yes, of course. Show him in.” Even as she said it, a tiny unfamiliar thrill ran through her.
She’d made a point of surrounding herself with some of the finest male specimens on the planet—professional fighters that she’d turned into prime bodyguards, each of them in high demand. It was her vision for Body Armor, to get rid of the stuffy Men in Black clones and offer instead real men, with real muscles, certifiable machismo and lethal ability with or without a weapon.
No, she didn’t fire the previously established bodyguards; that would have been disloyal to her brother, who’d hired them. She simply reassigned them to the more boring cases, and overall they were happy with that.
Anything to do with a celebrity, a dignitary or a politician her elite team now covered.
She desperately wanted to add Brand to that team.
Thinking she’d have a minute, she was just circling out from behind her desk when Brand stepped in around Enoch. Instead of waiting in the guest area, as a client would do, he must have been hovering right outside her door.
Her toes curled in her high heels.
Enoch was on the small side, five-two, slight of build, with average brown hair and eyes. It was his keen intelligence and attention to detail that made him so perfect at his job.
But his size didn’t really matter when he stood next to a man who made most everyone seem small, her included. Brand was a big and badass professional MMA fighter with a solid steel frame of muscle all wrapped up in a cocky attitude.
Faded jeans molded to his thick thighs, going well with his running shoes and an ancient Aerosmith T-shirt that stretched over his chest and broad shoulders. Reflective sunglasses pushed to the top of his head made his golden‑brown hair messy. Darker brown eyes held her captive as he murmured, “Sahara.”
Leaning a hip against her desk, she drank in the rugged, virile sight of him. “Be still my heart.”
Wary exasperation rooted him to the spot.
Yes, she always spoke her mind. Why not? She was the boss and her employees knew her interest in them wasn’t personal. Of course, Brand wasn’t yet an employee.
Putting her hands together, her fingers extended to frame him in a square, she remarked, “A photo of you looking just like that could launch my new line of advertisement.”
He crossed his arms. “Advertisement for what?”
“Bodyguards with ability and sex appeal.” He’d look great on a billboard, maybe with a gun in his hand. She could already see it. Maybe she should ask Enoch to keep a camera at his desk for occasions like this?
When Brand just stood there, his expression amused, she smiled. “Tell me you’ve come to give me good news.” She’d been after him for a few months now to join the agency, constantly throwing out bait, trying to reel him in. He’d nibbled, but he wasn’t caught. Not yet.
“I came to talk about that, yes.”
Elation conflicted with disappointment. There were times when she hoped they could take a different path from employer and employee, one more personal, intimate.
But in the end, the business came first. Always.
She hadn’t given up hope for her brother, and when he finally returned, he deserved to find the company thriving.
She’d put her heart and soul into making that happen. There was no time for anything else.
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.
A Paranormal Easter
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Tiffany Carby • Kathia Iblis • Lorah Jaiyn • Brandy McIntosh • T. Elizabeth Guthrie • J.C. Madison • Alison M. Diem • Natalie-Nicole Bates • Skylar McKinzie • Amanda Ruehle • Rena Marin • C. Brady • Judy Swinson • T.A. Moorman
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His Bunny and His Flower by C. Brady
Can brute force win a heart? Peregrine seems to think so. Adelaide is the woman of his dreams and her childhood friend Dylan stands in his way. Will Peregrine take things too far and separate them forever? Or will he wind up granting Dylan’s dearest wish?
Allergic Reaction by T.A. Moorman
Easter dinner may end up being a complete disaster if Miranda realizes there’s only one human at the table.
NATURE OF MAGIC by J. C. Madison
Kyler knew he’d have to return to Red River one day, but that doesn’t mean he has to be happy about it. He loves his brothers, will tolerate others of his kind, but humans… forget it.
Selene lost more than just her parents the day they died, so now she keeps everyone at arm’s lengths because you can’t lose what you don’t have.
Can a reclusive artist and a stubborn witch overcome their fears and differences to find a HEA? Or is it destined to be over before it’s even begun?
STAINED-GLASS HEART by Brandy McIntosh
Vichter is desperate to get his egg back home, safe and sound. But when he is shot out of the sky and must take refuge in Ashlyn’s farmhouse, he’s torn between his duty as Guardian and his desperate need to protect and claim his mate. One catastrophic Easter Egg Hunt later, he realizes the fiery woman might be more fierce than helpless, so how can he convince the little warrior that she needs him?
TRAIL BINDING by T Elizabeth Guthrie
Keldan must find Frankie before Ostara in order to save himself and his people. Not even a war with the Ogres will stop him from claiming the woman he’s fallen in love with.
UNLEASHING THE ROCK by Lorah Jaiyn
Pryce McIntyre is a social worker at La Petite Haven, a group home for children in a converted Gothic estate. She spends her evenings on her balcony to unwind, chatting with a concrete gargoyle whose lips won’t repeat her rendition of the day’s events.
On a night when the stars were unusually shimmery and lustrous, her reverie is interrupted as Guidry, the gargoyle, turns into his human form. Handsome, sexy, and with a Scottish accent, the attraction is immediate.
Until he starts talking and reveals his true self is a demon. Sparks fly, but she keeps him at arm’s length, something he’s not used to. Can Pryce change his wicked ways so he can find salvation?
When he meets Toby, a little boy who seems to be on the same fast track to trouble Guidry himself had taken, the demon has to reign in his own bad behavior. When Toby finds himself in danger, can a gargoyle come to the rescue?
And can Pryce control her heart until his three days are up?
SPRING AWAKENING by Natalie-Nicole Bates
Catherina Cabot has quite a story to tell. She claims that after the murder of her family, she was imprisoned inside the crypt for over one hundred years.
Micki is torn between believing whether Catherina’s story is true, or she is merely disturbed and has assumed the identity of a long-deceased woman.
As the two grow closer, they realize they have a lot more in common than they first thought, and that Fate may have sent them both an Easter miracle.
Upwards Over the Mountain by Alison M. Diem
In high school, Hemery Dyllan helped his best friend (and secretly the love of his life) Elliot Hardstark escape his abusive father. In the process, Hemery found out that Elliot wasn’t entirely human, and that Hemery was willing to do anything to keep Elliot safe. After ten years without each other, save a series of dreams that Hemery can’t even be sure were real, they’re reunited, but for how long? Can they find a way to be together or are they destined to be apart?
Of Opals and Dragons Eggs By Amanda Ruehle
Grant Harrison has found friendship— and maybe something more— with someone he was sure couldn’t exist: Moonlily, a feisty little fairy with a protective streak a mile wide and a secret that’s even bigger. When her secret— and the danger it brings— rears its head when he takes home for Easter, will the two of them have what it takes to survive?
The Spirit of Little Feather by Judy C. Swinson
A childless couple adopts a small child, Maria, in Alabama. When Danny is born eight years later to the couple, Maria learns she is adopted. As a teenager, she’s hungry to find out about her own biological parents and begs her parents to help her. Although her mother is patient and understands her need to know, Maria sees no action on her parent’s part to find out for her.
Then it appears the sun and stars align. On a church sponsored youth trip during Easter week, Maria meets Christain, a young man who is the group’s guide. On a kayak trip down the Crystal River, Maria feels a breeze on her face, no one else in the group feels and she hears sounds no one else hears and sees things no one else sees, except Christian does. Learning they are both adopted, will Christain hold the key to unlock the answers to Maria’s questions about where she comes from? Sometimes it’s in the timing that opens the doors to life’s questions.
Honey and the Easter Bear by Kathia Iblis
When Honey Evans accepted her friend Amy’s invitation to spend Easter with her family, she had no idea her life was about to change forever because in the Alaskan wilderness humans are not always welcome — and bears do not always stay in their animal form. Kody Cavanaugh, alpha of the Kodiak shifter clan, wanted nothing to do with humans or shifters who associate with them. But the Alaskan wilderness is an unpredictable territory that might just bring him what he had always longed for: a delicate human female. Misgivings, broken eggs and Easter traditions brought them together, but will that be enough or are they destined to lose each other?
Sent to Me by Rena Marin
When her life begins to fall apart, Harley Morgan finds herself relying on the help of a food-loving, breathtaking guardian angel by the name of Sebastian. While he watches over her, the two of them find themselves fighting not only dark forces but their feelings for one another. Will Sebastian win the fight and keep Harley safe, or will their feelings for one another tear apart everything they are fighting for?
No Arrows Needed by Skylar McKinzie
Cupid isn’t supposed to fall in love. Everyone knows that, right? Well, when Tabby the witch decides the only way that her friend Tara is going to fall in love is with a little magickal intervention, she calls on her friend Todd, Cupid, to do the deed for her. When Todd falls in love with Tara, it goes against the Cupid’s code and puts his wings in danger. What will be more important to Todd? His wings…or his heart?
Bad Egg by Tiffany Carby
Valerie Webber is desperate. She’ll do anything to escape the clutches of the evil drug lord, and soon to be ex-boyfriend, Vincent “Vinny” DeMarco – even if that means running away, and landing herself in one of the smallest, inconspicuous towns in Kentucky. Hiding behind the name Vale Phoenix, she expected to meet strangers in Spring City, while laying low in the small town. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find herself in the arms of a handsome stranger. Vale meets Julian Knight, who offers her more than just room and board. She finds herself helpless against his memorizing gaze and witty demeanor. However, Julian is hiding a dark secret of his own: a secret decidedly deadlier than a criminal ex-boyfriend seeking vengeance. | In her quest for sanctuary and the beginnings of a new life, will Vale truly find freedom from Vinny, only to fall into the sinister clutches of a far more dangerous man?
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Today, we are featuring The Captain of Her Fate, a saucy and sophisticated Regency romance by Nina Mason, the author of Devil in Duke’s Clothing and The Governess Next Door, among many other books.
Captain Theobald Raynalds lost his leg at the Battle of Trafalgar and with it, his belief any woman could find a cripple like him unobjectionable enough to love.
Louisa Bennet finds Theo incredibly attractive—both as a man in his own right and as an alternative to the odious cousin her father has arranged for her to marry.
First, however, she must convince the Captain her interest in him stems from the man he is, scars and all, and not on his being the lesser of evils.
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After the Captain’s sister quit the room, Louisa took her advice and dozed until a knock on her bedchamber door brought her back to herself. Just as she opened her mouth to ask who was there, Capt. Raynalds called through the door, “Miss Bennet, may I have a word?”
She hesitated before answering. As desperately as she wanted to see him and hear what he came to say, her sense of propriety told her to refuse him entry. Entertaining a gentleman in her bedchamber was shockingly improper. Under the circumstances, however, she could not bring herself to send him away.
Pulling the bedclothes to her chin to cover the sheer nightgown his sister had loaned her, she said, “Yes, Captain. You may enter.”
He opened the door and, with the aid of his cane, limped to the bedside and looked down at her, his expression inexplicably stern. “Does my sister speak the truth?”
The question at once shocked Louisa’s heart and aroused her fury. She could not decide which she would rather do, curl up and die or strangle his sister with her bare hands. How could the girl betray her confidence by telling her brother her plans?—if, indeed, that was what she had disclosed. Perhaps it was not, in which case, Louisa would be wise to tread carefully to avoid betraying her own secrets (and his trust in the process).
She blinked under his probing stare. “How can I answer that when I have no idea what she might have told you?
“She told me your father intends to marry you off to a man you despise.”
He looked very unhappy, which pleased her immeasurably. “Yes, that is true. He wants me to marry the cousin to whom his estate is entailed—to ensure my mother and sisters will have somewhere to live after he departs this world.”
The Captain, hands stacked atop his cane, shifted his stance uneasily. “I can understand his motives—he is only doing what he believes best for his family, one can only presume—but I cannot agree with his forcing you to marry a man you abhor. Does he know how much you loathe your cousin?”
“And he insists upon you marrying this man in spite of your feelings?”
“My feelings are of little consequence to my father, I assure you.”
He scrubbed a hand down his face. “Surely there must be some way around marrying this person.”
Did she dare share her idea? No, she mustn’t. If she did, he would never come to trust her. “There is not, short of running away and living as a gypsy.”
He stood there a long time, as if fighting an inner battle. At length, he said, “There is one way I can think of…but I fear I am not the man for the job.”
Louisa’s heart wilted. “You are right. We are strangers. So why should you care what becomes of me?”
Softening in demeanor, he came closer and sat beside her on the bed. “I do care what becomes of you, Miss Bennet—beyond what I am willing to admit—but my heart is not quite invested enough to put a ring on your finger. Neither is my trust. And now, in addition to my standard reservations, I suspect you mean to use me to avoid marrying this cousin of yours.”
“That is untrue!” She looked away so he would not see the desperation in her eyes. “Well, it might be partially true…but I shall endeavor to fall in love with you as soon as I’m able.”
He smiled at her sympathetically. “Forgive me. I by no means wish you unhappy. Truly, I do not. But neither can I consent to binding myself to a woman on the off-chance she will fall in love with me.”
“So, you refuse to help me?”
Turning away from her, he said, with an indignant edge to his voice, “That is supremely unfair, Miss Bennet. Have I not helped you already? Did I not come to your aid when you fell off your horse? Did I not take you in when your own mother left you to my care? Have I not kept my distance to protect you from scandal and ruin?”
The last bit astonished her. Did he really fear what might happen if they were alone together? Were that indeed the case, she might exploit his passions to aid her cause. Much as she hated to resort to such deceitful measures, she could see no other way to escape her marriage to Charles. And it would not be entirely an act; for just now, with him sitting so near, so dangerously near, she wanted nothing more than to be in his arms.
“What if I want you to ruin me?”
Nina Mason, the author of eleven published books to date, is an incurable romantic who strives to write love stories that entertain and edify. A research fanatic, she goes to great lengths to ensure the locations and time periods in her books are accurately portrayed (and thanks the Powers That Be for the internet). Born and raised in Southern California, Ms. Mason lived in Oregon briefly before moving to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and college-bound daughter. When she isn't writing, she makes historic dolls, fairy babies, and putters in her garden.