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Ten Novels by Ten New York Times Bestselling Authors
From the hot big city heroes that make us melt, to the sassy small town heroines that make us smile, this limited edition collection has something for everyone. Ten sexy and sweet full-length novels—a wide mix of fun, heart-tugging, addictively romantic love stories—each handpicked by an all-star gathering of ten of today’s most popular contemporary romance authors.
-- Ten NYT Bestselling Authors
-- Ten full-length, standalone novels (no cliffhangers) spanning 2,000+ pages
-- Over 97% off retail for the individual books sold separately (a forty dollar savings!)
-- Only available until June (So snag your copy today)
THIS BOXED SET INCLUDES:
BELLA ANDRE – Can’t Help Falling in Love (The Sullivans)
MELISSA FOSTER – Seaside Dreams (Seaside Summers)
LAUREN BLAKELY – Trophy Husband (Caught Up in Love)
VIOLET DUKE – Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek)
SAWYER BENNETT – On the Rocks (The Last Call)
CARLY PHILLIPS – Dare to Desire (Dare to Love)
ERIN NICHOLAS – Out of Bounds (Boys of Fall)
MELANIE SHAWN – Actually Love (Crossroads)
JESSIE EVANS – Diamonds and Dust (Lonesome Point Texas)
CRISTA MCHUGH – Falling for the Wingman (The Kelly Brothers)
BELLA ANDRE -- Can't Help Falling in Love (The Sullivans)
He can't make the mistake of falling for another fire victim. She can't love-and lose-another man with a dangerous job. Gabe Sullivan & Megan Harris have every reason to stay apart...but they can't help falling in love.
MELISSA FOSTER -- Seaside Dreams (Seaside Summers)
Bella Abbascia has quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer Caden Grant appears on the scene. After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, but starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined. Can true love really conquer all?
LAUREN BLAKELY -- Trophy Husband (Caught Up in Love)
Sometimes you can't help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite... McKenna embarks on a playful, ironic quest for a trophy husband after her ex has ditched her, but along the way she meets someone who rocks her world. And she'll have to choose between protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.
VIOLET DUKE -- Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek)
After his combat injuries retire him from the military career he wasn't ready to give up, battle-scarred Hudson Reyes now spends his new life as a movie industry fight scene and weapons specialist simply doing what he knows best: surviving. Until he meets her. The sweet, angel-faced wrecking ball to his good intentions--antique arms authenticator and martial arts maven, Liana Lin. Even though she's everything he's told himself he can't have, sure as sin, if one woman could sneak past the barbed wires he's wrapped around his heart, it'd be her. Now if only they could stop sparring long enough to find out...
SAWYER BENNETT -- On the Rocks (The Last Call)
He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks and looking at the all-grown-up Gabby in a whole new way. Still bitter over his rebuff years before, Gabby is content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways, but when Hunter presents an offer to her that she simply can't refuse, she has to battle her ever growing attraction to the man that first taught her about heartbreak.
CARLY PHILLIPS -- Dare to Desire (Dare to Love)
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all--an all-star football career and his choice of willing women--until injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn't impressed by Alex Dare's wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb. But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it's to get what he wants. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love?
ERIN NICHOLAS -- Out of Bounds (Boys of Fall)
Wild child Jackson Brady doesn't think twice about returning home to help out when his beloved high school football coach gets sick. Jackson's done a lot of growing up in the past twelve years and this is an opportunity to atone for his past sins. But to get back into everyone's good graces, he needs to prove he's changed. Sweet, well-respected Annabelle Hartington is the key. If she'll give him a second chance, everyone will know he's a new man. Surprisingly, he's not the only one who's changed and it turns out nothing stirs his inner bad boy like the *former* goody-two-shoes.
MELANIE SHAWN -- Actually Love (Crossroads)
Real or fake... As VP of public relations for SPC, the beautiful and talented Jessie Sloan knew the difference. The order and control she had in her life was real. Love was fake and she didn't have time for fake. Win or lose... Sexy, sculpted boxing champ Zach Courtland has had his share of losses in life, but inside the ring, he knew nothing but wins. He was used to taking and landing punches, but little did he know that he was about to get the knockout of his life.
CRISTA MCHUGH -- Falling for the Wingman (The Kelly Brothers)
Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly has come back home with one mission in mind--to propose to the woman whose letters and lucky charm helped him survive his deployment in Afghanistan. But when he finds their apartment empty with a note saying she's left him, he arrives at her mother's house in rural Alabama too find Kourtney is about to marry another man. Her little sister, Alex, convinces him that the best way to get Kourtney back is to make her think he's fallen for someone new--her. But when a fake romance becomes all too real, Alex's deception may leave them both grounded.
CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
by Bella Andre
Gabe Sullivan’s captain, Todd, stepped into the room.
“How’re you feeling, Gabe?”
He moved to sit up straighter on the bed and Todd shook his head. “You’re fine just like that. I know your skull must hurt like hell.” He nodded back to the doorway. “Are you ready to see Ms. Harris and her daughter, Summer?”
No, he thought, he’d be better off never seeing those eyes again.
He’d thought about Megan and her daughter one too many times for comfort. Not just because he was reviewing the rescue, trying to look for what he could have done differently, to have gotten them out faster and more safely—but because he hadn’t been able to forget her strength, how hard she’d fought to stay conscious, and what a fighter she’d been every single second of the harrowing journey from her burning apartment.
Still, he understood that fire victims often felt compelled to say thank you to the men who had saved them. Especially in a case like this, where they’d just barely held death at bay.
“Sure.” He began to nod, but a sharp shooting pain stopped him halfway into the movement.
Catching his grimace, Todd said, “I’ll ask Megan and her daughter to come back later.”
Her name fit her, Gabe had found himself thinking one too many times. Megan was pretty and strong all at the same time. It would be better to think of her as Ms. Harris. Although, he had to wonder, was there a husband? And if so, where had he been during the fire and why wasn’t he here with them now?
“No,” he said, “it’ll be better if I see them now.”
She’d say thank you, he’d tell her he was happy to see her and her daughter doing so well, and that would be that. No more being haunted by her eyes, by the surprising strength she’d shown him as she’d crawled on the floor of her apartment and down the stairs.
A couple of minutes later, Todd walked back in with the mother and daughter. Ignoring the pain in his head, Gabe sat up higher and forced a smile on his face.
And then, his eyes locked with Megan’s and his smile froze in place.
My God, he found himself thinking before he could shove the thought away, she’s beautiful.
The last time he’d seen her face it had been through a thick haze of dark smoke and the knowledge that one wrong move meant their lives were over. Her eyes were just as big and pretty, her limbs looked as lean and strong as they had when he’d been helping to move her along the floor, but now he could see the softness in her, the sweet curves of her breasts and hips in her T-shirt and jeans. He couldn’t stop staring at the startling green of her eyes, the silky dark hair falling across her shoulders, and the way her pretty young daughter was a carbon copy of her, the only difference their hair color, one dark, one light.
She seemed just as stunned as he and for a long moment, the two of them just stared at each other in silence until her daughter ran over to him and threw her arms around him.
* * * * * * * * * * *
DARE TO DESIRE
BY CARLY PHILLIPS
He slid his hand around the back of her neck, tilting her head up so she had to meet his gaze. His expression was one of determination. “I want another chance.”
Want filled her every pore. “Alex—”
He shook his head. “I’m not giving up.”
She parted her lips—to disagree, she hoped—and he took full advantage, sealing his mouth over hers, stealing her arguments along with her breath. His tongue tangled with hers, and any rational thought fled in the wake of his kiss. She’d dreamed of tasting him one more time, and he didn’t disappoint. He took over the same way he always had, overpowering. Demanding. And she gave in to him as if she were meant to be his.
His tongue gliding in and out, his mouth mating with hers, he gripped the back of her head in his hand, holding her firmly as he devoured her like he was starving and she was his ultimate meal.
She squirmed, needing to get closer, and each movement brought her pelvis in line with his but not close enough. Using his foot, he kicked her leg wider and settled himself between her thighs, backing her up against the car. His hips nestled into hers, his solid erection hard and unyielding against her pulsing core. She was hot and ready and wanting him.
And God, he felt good. She arched, and he rocked his hips, enflaming her need further. She moaned at the sensual assault on her and the intense sensations rocking her body.
He nipped her lower lip and immediately soothed the sting with his tongue. “Remember that, Angel? How good we are together?”
* * * * * * * * * * *
LOVE, TUSSLES, AND TAKEDOWNS
BY VIOLET DUKE
She felt his eyes on her before she saw him.
Her body recognized the intensity of that stare as if it were hardwired to her directly.
The guys were all but forgotten now. Hell, the whole room faded away like white noise as she watched Hudson climb into the ring.
Lia enjoyed watching him move. There was nothing hurried about his motions; he always seemed relaxed and confident, efficient and ready. He wasn’t intimidating in that built-like-a-fridge way her friends who’d played football in college were. Rather, he was leaner. But infinitely harder. More etched out of wood than molded out of clay. As such, running into his chest was literally like running into a wall.
A hard, sexy wall lined with bricks.
“You’re killing me.” His voice simmered, soft and low, with a lazy smile curving his lips to show his words were more compliment than complaint. It took just one glance at the throbbing pulse in the muscular column of his neck for Lia to know he wasn’t nearly as unaffected as he sounded.
Then all analysis of the man scattered when he went and peeled his shirt up over his head, sending those granite-etched muscles of his back rippling and expanding. His eyes tangled with hers as he toed off his shoes and immediately, Lia felt a surge of adrenaline override any female reaction she’d normally have to the sight.
Because the man was doing something so much better than flirting.
He was inviting her to play.
No gloves. No strike pads.
With a slow grin, she snagged her teeth around the Velcro bindings on her MMA gloves and started stripping off the boxing tape underneath as well.
This was exactly the kind of sparring she’d been craving for weeks now.
* * * * * * * * * * *
BY MELANIE SHAWN
Jessie felt like her entire body was one raw, exposed erotic nerve that Zach’s words had just caressed. Her heart jolted and her pulse pounded with excitement. She wanted to do everything Zach had just mapped out. They just needed to get some ground rules in place first.
“That’s what I wanted to talk about.”
There was no way she could know what Zach had expected her to say, but she didn’t think that was it because he looked truly stunned by her admission.
Always one to seize the moment, Jessie took advantage of this momentary shift of power to forge ahead. “I think we should do this. Just get it out of our systems.”
With each word she spoke, she felt bolder and more empowered. This was happening on her terms. Jessie wasn’t just going to be an overwhelmed damsel. She was going to actively participate.
“My attraction to you has been affecting my job, and that’s unacceptable. So I propose that we have sex. Tonight. Then tomorrow, everything goes back to normal. I think we should have a one-night stand, if you will, to alleviate the unbearable sexual tension that has built up between us.”
Zach’s eyes were searching hers. She couldn’t tell if he thought she was crazy or onto something. Only one way to find out.
“What do you think?”
She swallowed tightly as the clothes he held in his hands dropped to the floor in a thud. Her heart pounded wildly in her chest. Adrenaline mixed with arousal coursed through her, and it was a heady combination. She could feel her legs shaking beneath her, and she knew that Zach wouldn’t have to lick her all over her body to achieve his objective. Jessie was almost certain that the second his tongue touched her flesh it would shoot her into the orgasmic hemisphere.
“I think we’re on the same page. My version just sounded sexier.” The arrogance in his tone should have irritated her, but it didn’t. He was right. His version sounded a whole lot sexier.
She was going to concede his point when she felt his large hands slide against her cheeks and frame the sides of her face. A delicious shudder infused her body. Needing to steady herself, she reached out, and as she placed her hands on his lean hips, his muscles jumped beneath her touch.
Jessie closed her eyes and let herself feel the smoothness of his skin beneath her fingertips. Zach was hot, literally, to the touch. Heat radiated off the smooth skin of his sculpted body. Her fingers spread as she began exploring him, grazing over the hard planes of his abdomen. As she did, his towel slipped from his body.
Zach’s warm breath fanned against her mouth a moment before his lips touched hers. His soft, firm lips kissed hers with authority and demand, sending a wave of passion flowing through her. First he concentrated his attention on her lower lip, then her upper, building a desire for more to rise up inside of her like a tsunami. Without hesitation, she parted her lips in an open invitation. His soft, velvety tongue swept inside her mouth. Jessie’s knees buckled beneath her at the seductive invasion.
Her hands moved to his shoulders for support as his hands moved over her backside down to her thighs. Zach effortlessly lifted Jessie off the ground, her legs automatically wrapped around his waist as her arms encircled his neck. She whimpered with need as her core pressed against his rock-hard length. Through the damp fabric that covered her aching center, she could feel Zach’s erection pulsing with need which sent shockwaves of pleasure rioting through her.
The sting of strong fingers dug into Jessie’s hips as Zach’s kisses swallowed her moans. Urgency consumed her as she rolled her hips against his engorged flesh. Her arms and legs clutched around Zach even tighter. She wanted to get closer to him. She needed to feel more of him.
Fear bubbled up inside of her that more with Zach would never be enough. That her need for him was a bottomless pit deep in her soul. That desperate feeling just made her hold on to him even tighter and kiss him even deeper.
Meet the authors:
Having sold more than 3 million books, NYT, USA Today & Publisher's Weekly Bestselling author BELLA ANDRE's novels have been #1 bestsellers all over the world. The Washington Post has called her "One of the top digital writers in America."
NYT & USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning author MELISSA FOSTER writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction.
A former professor of English Education, VIOLET DUKE is a NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance whose novels have been Top 10 bestsellers in the US and internationally.
LAUREN BLAKELY writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had 7 books on the NYT Bestseller list and 11 on the USA Today Bestseller list.
NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author CARLY PHILLIPS has had a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, publishing over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels.
SAWYER BENNETT is the NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of several contemporary romances including the Off Series, Legal Affairs Series, Last Call Series, and Cold Fury series.
NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author ERIN NICHOLAS is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun.
MELANIE SHAWN is the NYT & USA Today Bestselling writing team of sister duo Melanie and Shawna who have joined forces to create a world where true love and happily ever after always has a sexy twist!
NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, JESSIE EVANS, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary romances she loves to read. She's married to the man of her dreams in a cottage in the jungle.
CRISTA MCHUGH is a NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children.
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