Spotlight on BDSM

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The temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the steamiest Christmas ever! These BDSM books will introduce you to sexy characters perfect for a hot holiday season.

The Assignment

lgcover-9781459293588What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies? 




Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face.

Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn’t sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions.

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies? 

The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn’t too high.

Book one of Lessons in Control 

Deny: A Dark, Erotic Motorcycle Club Romance

lgcover-9781460397527In the third installment of Jade Chandler’s down-and-dirty Jericho Brotherhood motorcycle club series, two hard cases deny the beyond-carnal bond that forms between them…until it’s almost too late 

When we f*ck I forget my name, but I never planned to love her.

I never thought I’d make her my old lady.

From our very first scene, we’ve been fighting for control. She’s the one woman who can bring me to my knees, make me beg. Make me feel.

Now I need to give it all up to save her.

Fury is my weapon when I confront the enemies bold enough to lay hands on my gorgeous Marr. Raw rage is what’s fueling my fight against the ones who want to end everything the Brotherhood stands for.

We’re on the brink of war and I will burn this club to the ground before I let them hurt my woman again.

Release: A Dark, Erotic Motorcycle Club Romance

lgcover-9781460397480Pain is my addiction and tattoos are my art.

In the Jericho Brotherhood MC, I’m the man to get the job done. That’s why they call me Rock.

From the first dance, I knew Avery Winston wasn’t a fast f*ck. One taste will never be enough when it comes to her. I crave her sweet skin and sassy mouth.

I screwed up and she sent me packing. With my second chance, I’ll do anything to keep her by my side.

But that ain’t easy. She doesn’t trust my MC, and they are my life. And there’s too much happening right now to show her what being an old lady means. Brothers fighting and escalating violence has me on the edge.

Then Avery’s family situation turns crazy. When chaos breaks out from all sides, I don’t know if I can protect the one I love.

Spotlight on Lauren Dane

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Heat up your December with new paranormal romance titles from Lauren Dane! These reads are sure to give you a Christmas you will never forget.

New from Lauren Dane!

Pack Enforcer

lgcover-9781488028465Previously published under a different title 

This wolf mates for life… 

Nina Reyes knows trouble when she sees it, and Lex Warden, Enforcer for the local werewolf pack, is nothing but. When her brother gets in too deep with some dangerous wolves and comes to Nina for help—dragging super alpha protector Lex into her life—she can handle it. She might have put her grifter past behind her, but she’s still got what it takes. If only she didn’t find Lex—his body, his scent, even his domineering nature—so intoxicating.

As Enforcer, it’s Lex’s job to protect his people. Nina might be more capable of handling herself than he initially thought, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe from their enemies. His need to protect her is more than just pack business—Nina, a human, is his mate. Bedding her once is not even close to enough; to satisfy his wolf, he needs a true bond.

The heat between them scares Nina, but sometimes the reward is worth the risk, and the thought of living without Lex terrifies her more than any threat the werewolf mafia can pose. Lex will do anything to keep her safe. And when the Rogues catch up to them, he’ll get a chance to prove it…


Reluctant Mate

lgcover-9781488028458Previously published under a different title 

“I can’t touch you yet. Once I do, it’s over.”  

As daughter of the ruling Pack family, Layla Warden is under pressure to settle down. Find a nice wolf mate from a nice wolf family and have nice wolf babies. Layla has other plans, but when you’re a werewolf, biology trumps plans. And when Layla meets Sid, the sex is so intense, so hot, so consuming, it’s more than just a connection. It’s a mating bond.

Sid Rosario wasn’t expecting to find his mate so soon—some wolves never find theirs. Now that he’s found Layla, he’s never letting her go. But lust and desire alone aren’t enough to secure their bond. If they want this incredible happiness to last, there’s one more thing they’ll have to do…

Why Readers Love Lauren Dane…

“Loved it, loved it, loved it.”–Goodreads review, Blade to the Keep

“The story was entertaining, fantasy filled and passionate.” –Goodreads review, Diablo Lake: Moonstruck

“I thoroughly enjoyed Goddess with a Blade and I recommend it.: –Goodreads review, Goddess with a Blade



Excerpt: Pursuing the Bear by Kerry Adrienne

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The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets. Read on for an excerpt from PURSUING THE BEAR by Kerry Adrienne—available now! 


PURSUING THE BEAR by Kerry Adrienne

Shifter Wars, book two

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire—and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

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Realizing he’d lost himself in thought, Derek turned to Bria. “I’m glad you at least know about the dangers of wild animals. Not to get too close. Try not to provoke. That kind of thing. So many people come out here expecting these wild animals are like their pets back at home. And they don’t realize how wrong they are until it’s too late.”

“Bears rarely approach humans unless they are hungry and think they can get food.”

He licked his lips. What a meal she’d be. His mouth watered and his pulse sped at the thought. Her olive skin and deep brown eyes contrasted beautifully with the dark of her hair. She had a golden glow about her and he wasn’t sure if it came from her physical beauty or something inside.

Probably a bit of both. Whatever it was, it had enraptured him and he couldn’t tear himself away.

“True.” He wanted to start the taste test with her soft lips, red and plump even without a smear of lipstick. In fact, it didn’t look like she wore any makeup at all. She was a natural beauty. He stuck his hands in his pockets. A woman not afraid to camp in the woods alone or carry a gun for protection.

She was bold, and he liked that. And smart too. A deadly combination. Good thing his mother wasn’t here, she’d be pushing for a wedding date, even though Bria was human.

“Since you’re a ranger, maybe I should fill you in on what I’m doing out here this summer.” She pulled a light tarp from the pile of things and unfurled it on the ground. “You’ll probably see a lot of me.” She pulled a corner to straighten the blue plastic, then stopped and looked up at him, her expression teasing and her cheeks prickling with blush. “You know what I mean.”

“Yeah.” He fought the urge to wink, though his heart hammered in his throat. Overt flirting was not in his comfort zone, but the curvy Bria made him act like a school cub. He tugged at his beard, a nervous habit he hadn’t even tried to break even though it annoyed Elijah.

“Can you stay for a few minutes? To talk?” She sat on the tarp and spread out the wrinkles of plastic radiating from where she sat. “I’d like to know a little more about the area. I really don’t even know where to start looking, other than what I read on the Internet. Which wasn’t very informative, by the way. I mean, it told me about the park in general, but there’s nothing like being here to realize how darn big the place is.”

No doubt Elijah made sure that the lack of specific information was what was on the park’s web page. The bears couldn’t have researchers trolling through their territory all the time. That would be as dangerous as the lions. If the shape-shifters were ever revealed to humans, it would be the end of Deep Creek as they knew it.

Being exposed to the human world would be even more devastating than a war with the Sen Pal.

Derek scanned the woods again. It was no time to let his guard down, even though there was no sign of lions anywhere. Whatever he’d heard must be gone, though he’d bet it was a lion prowling by though he didn’t smell him. He sniffed the air.

Nothing unusual.

He nodded. “I’ve got a few minutes. Besides, educating people on animals and the area is official ranger responsibility too. Even when I’m not on duty.” After grabbing a branch off the ground, he sat on the tarp facing her. He crossed his legs and tucked his hiking bootlaces back inside his muddy boots.

Anything to keep him from staring at the woman in front of him. She was definitely all woman, and his bear skipped in a circle inside him, pushing to sniff her and maybe give her a lick.

If he did that, she’d scream. Maybe shoot him. No, his bear needed to calm down.

“Great! Thanks.” She leaned back on her arms and looked up toward the sky peeking through the trees. “It’s a gorgeous day. Maybe a little too hot right now, but it’s so serene. I love the mountains.”

Hot. He snapped off the smaller side branches from the limb, then pulled out his knife and began whittling away the bark, exposing the bright flesh underneath. Beautiful. The stick was the perfect height for hiking. He needed to smooth it out and it’d be ready.

A great distraction from the woman who sat across from him. Hot and beautiful.

She radiated a power over him unlike any he’d ever felt, and it was disconcerting.

Maybe he needed to get out more. He hadn’t seen any women in Oakwood or Henredon that rivaled Bria. She seemed to be nice too, and that combination was proving too hard to resist. He peeked up at her. She acted a little clumsy around him, and her glasses were often a bit askew, like maybe she hadn’t picked out the right size.

The fact she didn’t act like she knew she was attractive made her even more delectable.

“Yes, it gets hot here in the summer.” A professor. That took a lot of school. He certainly hadn’t expected to meet her in the woods today. But she would only be around for the summer and she was way out of his league. Too bad flings weren’t his style, because she was exactly his type.

She scared him a little.

Don’t miss PURSUING THE BEAR by Kerry Adrienne,
Available wherever Carina Press books are sold.
Copyright ©2016 by Kerry Vail

December 2016 Dear Reader Letter

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Every Carina Press ebook includes a letter from Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James to you! She gives you a peek inside all of the amazing books published by Carina Press that month. Get ready for your TBR list to grow; here is a handy guide to all of our December 2016 releases. Enjoy!


Dear Reader,

I was supposed to write this letter in August. I procrastinated it to September. Because I didn’t want to think about December—holidays, shopping, baking, cleaning, shopping, shopping, cold and snow. I don’t know about you, but just thinking of the business of the holidays makes my chest a little tight with anxiety. And you’re probably reading this right in the middle of all those busy times! So it’s a good thing we have a few escapist reads for you this month, to help give you a respite from some of the stress of the season and take you away on a mental vacation!

Jade A. Waters brings all the sexiness in her debut erotic romance, The Assignment, first in her Lessons in Control trilogy. After freeing herself from a troubled past, independent Maya Clery explores her wildest sexual fantasies with playful, dominant Dean Sova in a dynamic that challenges her inhibitions—leading her down an intoxicating path of passion, pleasure and true emotional freedom.

Wattpad author and Harlequin’s 2015 So You Think You Can Write winner, Lauren D.M. Smith, returns to Carina Press with her next fantasy romance. In Enveloping Shadows, monsters, thieves and demons might stand between Terrwyn and the princess she’s sworn her loyalty to, but it’s the mysterious Zel who could be the most dangerous. Make sure you check out The Emperor’s Arrow, the book that won the SYTYCW contest and started Lauren’s publishing journey, available now!

We have two—yes, two!—exciting releases from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane this month. In the Cascadia Wolves series, we follow the Warden siblings as they find their mates. Fall in love with Layla and Sid in Reluctant Mate, and then meet Lex and Nina in Pack Enforcer. Watch for more Cascadia Wolves books in the coming months!

Adrian is an Alpha, a genetically and computer enhanced assassin who has spent years plotting revenge. The only woman he wants is the daughter of his greatest enemy. With war looming and people’s lives on the line, does he trust Charity, does he f**k her or does he kill her? Alpha’s Revenge by N.J. Walters is a futuristic erotic romance sure to heat up your holidays (and beyond)! Other titles in the Project Alpha trilogy, Embracing Silence and Assassin’s Awakening, are now available for your holiday shopping checkout-line reading!

If you love the darker side of romance, Devil’s Slave, an American Monsters erotic male/male thriller romance, is going to send your socks up in flames, not just knock them off. To save his niece and help stop a human trafficking ring, former detective Hugh Kincaid offers a rich, dark and scorching hot dominant everything he has—himself. Dark, dirty and a more than a little forbidden, this love affair from debut author Lola Hale has all the hallmarks of what readers loved about Captive Prince, but in a contemporary setting.

In the third installment of Jade Chandler’s down-and-dirty Jericho Brotherhood motorcycle club series, two hard cases deny the beyond-carnal bond that forms between them…until it’s almost too late. Deny: A Dark, Erotic Motorcycle Club Romance is sure to get all motors revving! Read the other two scorching romances in this series, Enough and Release, now available!

Don’t forget Shannon Stacey’s Holiday with a Twist holiday novella, which released last month, and we also have a full backlist of holiday titles, if you’re in the mood for some romance with a holiday flair. Visit and find reads like All She Wants for Christmas by Jaci Burton, Lone Star by Josh Lanyon, Believe by Lauren Dane, A Christmas Reunion by Susanna Fraser, Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun and dozens more!

Whatever your celebration, wherever you are, this season the Carina Press team once again thanks you for your continued love, enthusiasm and support of our books and authors. We hope you’re surrounded by all the things you love this holiday season, and we wish you, as always, a month of reading books you love, remember and recommend.

Happy reading!

Angela James
Editorial Director, Carina Press


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By N.J. Walters, author of ASSASSIN’S AWAKENING

The Project Alpha trilogy features Alphas—men who were created in a lab. Genetically enhanced with computer implants, they are strong, fast, smart, adaptable, and ruthless. In short, they are the perfect assassins. But they’ve broken free of the men who controlled them and now they want vengeance. Their only allegiance is to one another. What they don’t count on is falling in love.

Now, I love a good assassin movie where the cold-hearted professional finds himself helping someone he normally wouldn’t have, maybe even falling in love. Or perhaps he’s walked away from his former life, but it just won’t let him go. There are some great ones out there, but here are three of my favorites.

Hitman: Agent 47


John Wick





What is your favorite assassin movie?



Project Alpha, book two

This book was previously released in 2009 by another publisher under the title Have Mercy. It has been revised and updated for rerelease with Carina Press.

The pulse-racing Project Alpha trilogy continues as a rebel fugitive comes under the care of a woman whose touch means the difference between life and death.

Logan is pure Alpha, a genetically enhanced human who has escaped from the brutal gated city in which he was designed, and from the creators who want him dead. Running for his life across a ravaged Earth, Logan’s goal is to survive. It’s in his blood. Until he awakens wounded, bound and naked, exposed to a beautiful stranger. Now he’s vulnerable to sensations he’s never felt before.

Mercy Dockins has tended to many wounded men, but none as intoxicatingly perfect as Logan. Or as responsive to her curative strokes. But as passion ignites between them, Mercy’s very purpose in the bleak new world order is shaken to its core: Logan has brought her not only ecstasy, but danger, too. He’s drawn the enemy to her sanctuary, and now their love could soon be just another casualty of war.

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.