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Dark romance

UntitledSometimes we all want to take a walk on the wild side, and dive into a book not for the faint-hearted. In honour of Hard Beat, the smoking-hot new instalment of K. Bromberg’s Driven series, and Tillie Cole’s Reap, the stunning follow-up to her bestselling Raze (both out now), we’re taking a look at some of our favourite dark romances – join us if you dare!

The Scarred Souls series – Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole takes us on a powerful and addictive journey into the Brooklyn underworld, where Russian mobsters rule and the muscled hunks of The Dungeon fight not just for survival, but for their women too . . .

Read Raze here: http://bit.ly/1H6wTDN

Read Reap here:  http://bit.ly/1MbMT4t

The Driven series – K. Bromberg

Pulse-pounding and completely unputdownable, K. Bromberg’s Driven books redefine the boundaries of what romance can be, with relationships so complex and screwed-up that you can’t help but be drawn in.

Read Slow Burn here: http://bit.ly/1Q57c9I

Read Sweet Ache here: http://bit.ly/1Wye3aD

Read Hard Beat here: http://bit.ly/1NqNFyW

Struck by Lightning series – Cecilia Tan

From the moment Katrina meets James, she knows he is different. Daring. Dominating. Over the course of Celia Tan’s smouldering series, the author takes us into the heart of a man with a dark past and even darker desires . . .

Read Slow Surrender here: http://bit.ly/1Q57PAb

Read Slow Seduction here: http://bit.ly/1Q57FIZ

Read Slow Satisfaction here: http://bit.ly/1NqPcVw

Hard Time – Cara McKenna

From the bestselling author of After Hours and Unbound, this is a dark romance like you’ve never seen before – utterly intense and unforgettable; a book to turn your world upside down.

Read Hard Time here: http://bit.ly/1MH4Jln

Let us know what your favourite dark romances are in the comments – and whether there can ever be such a thing as ‘too dark’…

Happy Mother’s Day – it’s time to treat yourself!

 

Why should pleasure be guilty? This Mother’s Day, you deserve to take some time for yourself! Send the family away, close the door, light the candles, run yourself a bath and allow us to recommend three very special books that are definitely NOT suitable for kids. These are our official prescription for Mother’s Day and are guaranteed to entice, entertain and sweep you away…

 

BREAK IN TWO

A classic love story with a side of sizzling seduction . . .

Having just discovered that her live-in boyfriend has traded her in for a twenty-two year old hostess, thirty-one-year-old Claire Hatley is on the run from Seattle. She answers an ad for a chef at a guest ranch just outside Colorado Springs and finds herself face to face with Cole Mitchell, quite possibly the sexiest man to ever ride a horse.

Common sense tells them to stay away from each other, but their attraction is not to be denied. He gives her a glimpse of what love should be, but just as she starts to trust him, the past comes back to tear them apart.

Join Claire and Cole as they embark on the stormy love affair of a lifetime.

 

 

YOURS TONIGHT

Perfect for fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day, Lana’s addictive and unforgettable story will seduce, surprise and stay with you.

He will give her everything she’s ever wanted . . .

Jack Powell’s confidence is matched only by his intensity. The darkness in him comes from years of secrets and memories he’d rather forget. Lana has an exotic innocence that draws him in and Jack wants a taste of her. She’s a light in the darkness of his world – and she needs help, which he agrees to give her.

The only rule? He makes the rules.

Lana gives up her control, letting Jack take her body however he needs, while she works her way into his heart. But Jack’s past catches up to them and Lana finds herself wrapped up in a scheme that will expose every secret she’s worked so hard to keep. She clung to Jack once when her world was crashing down, but this time, she loves him. She’ll continue to reach for him – her only fear is if he’ll reach back, or go on his way, taking her soul with him . . .

 

SLOW BURN

From K Bromberg, the bestselling author of the Driven series, comes a pulse-raising, unputdownable romance featuring two of her best-loved characters . . .

One night. That’s all it was supposed to be . . .

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while . . . There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached – so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked . . .

Or will fate force her to realise that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

Cara McKenna on her inspiration for HARD TIME

Cara McKenna on why she didn’t have a Hard Time setting an erotic romance in a prison . . .

 

I couldn’t tell you precisely when I knew I wanted to write a book about a convicted felon, only that it was a year or more before I ever thought to pitch the idea to my editor. It was a vague sort of wish-list idea, jotted down on my mental notepad and left to sit around in a dusty corner of my head while I attended to contracted projects.

As I’d first envisioned it, the romance would be a purely epistolary one, comprised solely of letters between an inmate and a woman on the outside—a correspondence born of both curiosity and caution, then steadily evolving into something more intense and explicit, and always a touch dangerous. Though I never articulated it to myself, I had imagined that it would be a passionate but doomed affair, the felon serving a life sentence and having no chance at parole (and guilty of his crime, as well.) Loads of longing and hollow hope, leaving it to the reader to imagine what might have happened if the two had been able to be together, that sort of thing—more lit fic than a true romance. More of a concept piece than the novel that little seed ultimately grew into.

Last autumn I’d been struggling to come up with an idea that really clicked for my next book, the third of a three-book contract. I’d been wanting to revisit Darren, Michigan—the struggling Rust Belt city I created for an earlier story, After Hours—and had been wondering what sort of sub-setting I could use. After Hours was set on a locked psychiatric ward (I love grim, institutional stories, whatever that says about me.) Cousins Correctional Facility already existed in that world; many of its inmates wound up at the psychiatric hospital. The moment I realized I could set this new book in a prison, I was instantly infatuated with the notion. (Readers who are familiar with my backlist may have noticed that my heroes are often pretty pent-up, not having gotten laid in a while for a variety of reasons, so writing one who’s been locked up for five years…? Right up my weird alley.)

It took a little effort to convince my then-editor that a story about a felon could be sexy, as opposed to plain old scary, but in the end, I think my naked obsession with the idea swayed her. At least enough to run it by the editorial director, who thankfully shared my enthusiasm.

There’s a point in Hard Time, about halfway through the book, where the heroine discovers that the hero is about to be paroled. (She’s an outreach librarian, in charge of the prison’s literacy program.) By then they’ve been interacting cordially in public and exchanging secret, heated letters for months, but she’s suddenly faced with a reality she hadn’t anticipated. Every worry she has—Is he really as good a man as he seems? Is he dangerous? Is it wise to try to pursue him in the larger world? Will our heat even translate into a kiss, and beyond?

These are some of the same worries I had, myself. Or perhaps more pointedly, Can I pull this off? Will readers stand by this heroine, if she chooses to pursue a romance with a felon with a heinous crime in his past? Will readers feel the depth and strength of her infatuation and understand her decisions, or condemn her as an unforgivable fool?

Well, Hard Timee is out now, and I’m sure readers are falling into both of those camps. It’s not the easiest romance, certainly, but I hope some readers will enjoy that about it, and embrace the contentiousness. Many questionable decisions dot the paths of both characters’ lives before they ever meet and embark on their risky love affair, and writing it was a bit of a risk in itself.

I can say already, however, that the risk has paid off, at least for me—few books have been such a joy to create.

 

 

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Cara McKenna writes contemporary romance and smart erotica, sometimes under the name Meg Maguire, and has sold more than thirty-five novels and novellas to Penguin, Piatkus, Harlequin, Samhain and Signet Eclipse. She’s known for writing no-nonsense, working-class heroes with capable hands and lousy grammar. She was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, and a three-time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee. Cara writes full-time and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her own bearded hero.

www.caramckenna.com

https://www.twitter.com/caramckenna

Happy publication day Cara McKenna!

‘Gritty and compelling. McKenna is a master at capturing realistic situations and characters’ Maya Banks

‘Sweet, smoking hot, stand out’ Beth Kery

YES! Finally the UK can get our hands on one of the hottest books out there! Utterly intense, unforgettable and not for the faint-hearted, Hard Time will turn your world upside down.

Happy publication day Cara McKenna!
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My pounding heart went still, eerie as birds fallen silent in the wake of a gunshot.

He was big. Tall frame, wide shoulders-but not burly. His near-black hair was due for a cut, curling under his ears. Dark brows, dark stubble, dark lashes and eyes.

And he was handsome. So handsome it broke your heart.

A deck of cards was split between his hands, paused midshuffle. Some of the men wore navy scrub tops and bottoms, some navy tee shirts, a few white undershirts. This man wore a tee, with COUSINS stenciled on the front, above the number 802267. Those digits imprinted on my brain, burned black as a brand.

He watched me. But not the way the others did. If he was trying to picture me naked, his poker face was strong, though his attention anything but subtle. His entire head moved as I passed through his domain, but his eyes were languorous. Lazy and half-lidded, yet intense. A hundred looks in one. I didn’t like it. Couldn’t read it. At least with the horny jerk-offs, I knew where I stood.

I wondered what the worst thing you could do and still only get sent to a medium-security prison was. I hoped not to ever learn the answer.

And I hoped to heaven inmate 802267 hadn’t signed up for any of the day’s programs.
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Praise for Cara McKenna:

Hard Time delivers erotic passion unlike anything I’ve seen.‘ – Under the Covers

For all of its forbidden nature, this is a lovely, heartfelt romance’ – Dear Author

‘Ultimately, we learn that people are more than just labels, snap judgments are often misguided, and new life is found in the most unlikely of places. There’s nothing sugar-coated here, and the romance stands out more because of it’Heroes & Heartbreakers

‘The emotions, actions and reactions of all the characters were honest and real. I kept wondering the whole time whether Annie and Eric were going to find a way to make it work’ Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

August 5th – the DAY TO END ALL PUBLICATION DAYS!

Hold the phone! Stop the presses! WHOA NELLY!

Why is today so chock fill of amazing publications?! How are you going to manage all the the joy?

Well, actually, we’re all mature adults here so we think it’ll be ok . . . but STILL!!

 

Happy publication day to Tracy Anne Warren, Lia Riley and Cara McKenna! See below for more juicy details . . .

 

The Man PlanTracy Anne Warren

What’s a girl to do when the man she’s loved her entire life thinks of her as a little sister? For Ivy Grayson, the chance to get him to see her in a different light comes when she receives an unexpected invitation to move into his luxury New York apartment building. Manhattan also just happens to be the perfect place to pursue her wish to become a successful artist. But how many dreams can one woman expect to come true?

Billionaire financier James Jordon has everything a man could want – except love. When Ivy’s family asks him to keep an eye on their “little girl” in the big city, he agrees. But the innocent girl he knew is now a woman who knows what she wants, and how to get it. He may have promised himself to keep things platonic, but ignoring the game of love isn’t an option. Especially when Ivy is so eager to play.

 

 

Upside Down – Lia Riley

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly surfer with hypnotic green eyes, and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he slunk back to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

 

Lay it DownCara McKenna

Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. When his town’s slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders’ cut-throat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With the police turning a blind eye, it’s up to Vince. It’s time to fight back. It’s time to call in the Desert Dogs.

Finally free of a controlling ex, Kim Paget’s not looking to be taken for a ride-not on the back of some tattooed roughneck’s bike and definitely not in his bed. But when she finds evidence that her bosses are rattlesnake-dangerous, Kim must entrust her safety to the man who threatens danger of a whole different kind.