Genre Spotlights: Erotic Romance

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Need books to spice up your February? Carina Press has three new Erotic Romances perfect to add a little sizzle to your date nights!

9781426899522-COVThe Companion Contract by Solace Ames

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Control. Submission. Power.

Amy Mendoza knew she’d never have a Cinderella story. She walked away from the ashes of her childhood on her own, and signed her first porn contract the day she turned eighteen. The money’s been good, but it’s time to walk away again before the life drags her down. When a mysterious stranger offers her an unusual contract—sexual companion to a recently relapsed rock star—she accepts.
Amy quickly and gratefully falls into an easy rhythm of control and submission—but it’s not her client who keeps her up at night. Emanuel, lead guitarist and the man who hired her, occupies her thoughts—and soon, her bed. Their connection is intense, and although Amy knows sleeping with Emanuel isn’t what she’s there for—isn’t what she’s being paid for—what’s between them is too strong to ignore. But there’s more to Emanuel than Amy knows, and submitting to him might come at too high a price…

“This is a lovely, sexy story with just the right amount of drama.” –Amazon review, The Submission Gift

9781426899409-COVGame Play by Lynda Aicher

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One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?

Book one of Power Play

“For the sixth consecutive time Lynda Aicher has brought her readers two characters who are interesting, easy to root for yet realistic and flawed.” –Goodreads review, Bonds of Courage

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9781426899553-COVThe Shade of Temptation by Eleri Stone

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He once controlled her fate; now she holds his heart—and his body—in her hands…

Living in a humble village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is a gifted but untrained mage with an affinity for stone. She believes herself well beyond the reach of the guild that controls all magic within the empire until Benim, an unwilling guild soldier, appears at her door. She’s part of his quest to assemble gifted citizens for entrance to University.

As Kailey struggles to navigate the strange society of the Sarian upper class, she’s tasked by a guild master to create a masterpiece for the emperor. And when Benim is commissioned as her model, Kailey comes to crave the hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting inch by intimate inch.

Benim cannot resist the warmth of Kailey’s spirit nor the comforts found within her body, though he knows that a poor soldier has no place in a mage’s world. But he and Kailey will have to overcome more than just class differences in order to remain together. For someone has made Kailey a pawn in her mentor’s ambitious play for power…

Book two of the Spellcraft series

“Her character building is excellent. The details pulled me right into the story. The pacing was–well, I couldn’t put the book down.” –Amazon review, Gun Shy

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Author Spotlight: Caitlin Sinead

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Are you looking for an exciting mystery to solve? Well, you aren’t alone–author Caitlin Sinead shares her love of murder mysteries as well as her exciting new book, Heartsick, below.

A good mystery in a quiet town

When I was in elementary school, Sunday nights meant murder. (Well, as long as I got all my homework done first.)

By ten past, I’d be pretty sure who was going to die. As if on cue, at thirty minutes past, a body popped up. And that meant I had about twenty-two minutes to figure out who the killer was before Jessica B. Fletcher beat me to it.

She almost always did. But, I mean, I was a kid and she was a world-renowned mystery author/sleuth/generally awesome lady, albeit fictional.

It seemed more often than not Murder She Wrote episodes took place somewhere far off, often involving a visit to a niece or nephew. (Jessica’s siblings procreated like bunnies, and she was everyone’s favorite aunt, despite the fact that she was a harbinger for murder.) But, of course, sometimes good ole’ J.B. stayed in cozy Cabot Cove, Maine, which, for a sleepy little coastal town, probably had the highest per-capita murder rate in the country. I loved those episodes, when all the particular pressures of a small, confined setting could be played out.

Perhaps it’s not surprising that the elementary school version of me wanted to become a mystery novelist, just like Jessica. While I have nowhere near the backlist she had (how did she find time to write between all those deaths!), I’m extremely excited about my debut novel, HEARTSICK. The main character, Quinn, lives in a small college town, where the relationship between the students and the “townies” is already tense. Of course, things get even dicier when a mysterious disease and an unsolved murder get swirled in the mix. If you also enjoy a good mystery in a “quiet” town, I hope you’ll check it out.

 

About Heartsick:

9781426899607-COVQuinn is looking forward to her senior year at Poe University. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend, flirt with a certain boy genius, party at her favorite dive bar and figure out what she’s going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major. But that’s before she meets Luke, a hot townie who’s moved back home to help take care of his dying sister. And it’s before a weird epidemic sweeps across campus, mysteriously turning people’s eyes purple.

Is it an odd side effect from a new party drug?

Is it a rogue virus developed in a campus lab?

Is it the mark of the devil?

Soon the town starts blaming the university and the student religious group becomes frighteningly aggressive in their on-campus accusations. Quinn and Luke are caught in the middle—until a tragic accident forces Luke to reveal the one part of himself he’s kept carefully hidden. That he’s so much more than the happy-go-lucky boy next door Quinn had believed him to be isn’t a surprise…but this truth might be too dangerous for her to handle.

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The Top Five Reasons *YOU* Should Read GAME PLAY by Lynda Aicher

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9781426899409“If you’re looking for something to warm you up while you wait for spring to arrive, this is definitely the book for you.” — RT Book Reviews

If you like erotic romance, you’ve probably heard of Lynda Aicher, author of the Wicked Play series. If you like hockey, you won’t want to miss GAME PLAY, book one of Power Play. But don’t take our word for it! Lynda shared with us five reasons why you should score this hot hockey romance. Check back daily to see the next reason why you’ll want to read GAME PLAY!

 

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On Loving Your Body

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By Solace Ames, author of THE COMPANION CONTRACT

As children growing up, we’re bombarded with a constant stream of media messages about what the right body looks like, how to get that body, and how bad we should feel if we don’t have that body. We’re aware that this just isn’t fair, and we should be allowed to be happier in the body we live in. That’s the simple message of body positivity, which I’m 100% on board with. Not that you have to express any kind of sexual desire, or that you have to be perfectly ecstatic with your ever-changing body… just more freedom. Less societal hatred. That’s all.

What I love about erotic fiction is that it celebrates the body. And that’s actually fairly rare among genres. Most (not all) fiction that strives to be taken as “literary” ends up painting a very depressing, almost mortifying, view of the body and its desires. To see what I mean, you can always take a look at some of the entrants to the Bad Sex Awards, showcasing stories that either talk about bodies in humiliating terms or turn them into completely bloodless abstractions!

Even the worst erotic fiction dares us to take the body seriously. And what I love about the best erotic fiction, the kind I keep I strive to write, is that it’s not just exciting but thoughtful. Although I don’t think erotic fiction needs to serve as education (FAQs are better for that), it can definitely make us think in new, exciting ways about ourselves and our bodies and our sexual desires.

A few parts of The Companion Contract dealing with body hatred were hard for me to write, even painful. But I felt like I owed it to the heroine, who’s on a daring journey for love, body acceptance, and belonging. She’s a porn star trying to leave the business, and her main reason is not that she hates the work, but that she doesn’t like what the business is doing to her self-image. It’s not the sex, it’s the constant emphasis on having a certain kind of ideal body in order to be famous and keep making money, and as such, it’s not unique to the sex industry. The man she falls in love with has an intuitive understanding of the pressure she’s under, and becomes her rock in the storm.

I left in the painful parts to make the happiness more meaningful. Because we can’t just snap our fingers and tell ourselves we’re good enough, and believe it from that point on. It’s hard. Especially if have a “different” body than what the standard in movies and magazines tells us we should. Love is a journey, and sometimes we have to understand exactly how we’re made to hate ourselves along the way. That’s the complicated (and sometimes heart-wrenching) path that I tried to trace in The Companion Contract. And whether or not you decide to follow this particular story, I wish you the best of luck on your own journey!

9781426899522-COVControl. Submission. Power.

Amy Mendoza knew she’d never have a Cinderella story. She walked away from the ashes of her childhood on her own, and signed her first porn contract the day she turned eighteen. The money’s been good, but it’s time to walk away again before the life drags her down. When a mysterious stranger offers her an unusual contract—sexual companion to a recently relapsed rock star—she accepts.

Amy quickly and gratefully falls into an easy rhythm of control and submission—but it’s not her client who keeps her up at night. Emanuel, lead guitarist and the man who hired her, occupies her thoughts—and soon, her bed. Their connection is intense, and although Amy knows sleeping with Emanuel isn’t what she’s there for—isn’t what she’s being paid for—what’s between them is too strong to ignore. But there’s more to Emanuel than Amy knows, and submitting to him might come at too high a price…


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Solace Ames has roots in the Southeast US, although her heart lives somewhere along the Pacific coast of Mexico. She’s worked in restaurants, strip clubs, academia and the corporate world and studied everything from the philosophy of science to queer theory to medieval Spanish literature. You can find her at solaceames.com and on twitter as @solacewrites.

When Research Ruins Your Plot

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By Christi Barth, author of ALL FOR YOU

When I came up with the idea for All For You, I knew right off the bat that I wanted the heroine to be a park ranger. Lots of tromping down trails, communing with nature and breathing fresh air. ..all while exchanging brisk banter with the hero.

Except….that’s not what actually could happen. I went to Watkins Glen State Park and interviewed the park ranger – who happens to be the office manager. Because she’s the only full-time employee. When I heard that, my whole plot just thudded to the floor.  Gulp.  I heard more than I wanted to about paperwork (nope-boring), training at other parks in the off-season (nope-she needs to stay in one place to be wooed by the hero) and budgets (come on – was I being pranked? Budgets aren’t sexy!).

What’s a writer to do when research tanks her best laid plans? Pump up the few things that DO work for you, and gloss over the rest. Instead of showing Casey frowning over spreadsheets, I open the book with her leaving work and discovering a half-naked man emerging from a lake.

What was she supposed to do with a six-foot-tall mansicle frozen in place at the edge of the lake? Knowing body heat was the quickest way to deal with hypothermia, she wrapped her arms around him, too. Tried not to notice that it brought her flush against ridged abs. Or how well her head tucked into the hollow of his collarbone.

This was strictly basic first aid. If he were a woman, or a sixty-year-old guy with a pot belly and a bad comb-over, Casey would still be responding the same way. His core temp had to be raised ASAP. But still, it didn’t suck that he was a wall of sheer, solid muscle against her torso.

My portrayal of the park ranger is correct….I just pick and choose which parts to show. Has reality ever crept in and ruined part of a book for you?

CARINA_0215_9781426899515_AllForYouSmall-town park ranger Casey Hobbes has spent her life under the radar, carefully guarding a secret. “The forest flirt,” as her best friend calls her, keeps things casual with men. That way she’ll never care enough to be tempted to share the truth about her past. But when she spots a half-naked stranger on the lake’s edge, Casey can’t resist his muscles or his charm and she’s all-in for enjoying both, while keeping emotion out of it. What could be the danger of one summer fling?

Professor Zane Buchanan has built his entire career on exposing the dark realities of cults, but one—the Sunshine Seekers—remains infuriatingly impossible to crack. Zane’s shocked to discover its sole anonymous survivor is hiding in his new hometown. It’s nearly impossible to concentrate on work, however, when he’s derailed by his attraction to the beautiful blonde in khaki uniform shorts.

As things between Casey and Zane heat up, she struggles with keeping her past from him. And Zane’s on a quest to expose the truth, no matter the consequences. Will their growing emotions finally unseal Casey’s big secret? Or will she turn her back on love to keep the past safely buried?

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Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.  A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance.  Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

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Not your usual copy meeting

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It was an ordinary Thursday morning and six people gathered around an inauspicious conference table to workshop cover copy changes for a number of upcoming Carina Press titles. Some have had coffee, some not so much. But this is more or less how the conversation goes in the first five minutes:

“We could go with ‘save the girl, squash the chupacabra.’”

“Squash, tackle, I feel equally enthusiastic about those words.”

“Are we JUST squashing the chupacabra or…?” *

The chupacabra in question was a reference to an upcoming Ricardo Sanchez book, “Bigfoot Blues”(on sale in May 2015!). Discussion on this particular line of copy continued and more edits were put on the table. Minutes later, the chupacabra and the final back cover copy were put to bed.

The mood in the room is generally relaxed and humour-filled. For an hour, the team goes through five to six upcoming titles, usually varying genres, to make sure the tone of the book is reflected on the copy. Also, I mean, where else can we have conversations like this?

“I’m not sure how I feel about ‘more than a notch on his bedpost’. Do people still say that?”

“What do people say? A swipe on his Tinder?”

“More than just a hookup?”

“More than just a meatsuit.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why Carina Press cover copy meetings are perfection.

*No chupacabras were harmed in the creation of this blog post.
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Patty Anasco (@pattyanasco) is Site Operations Manager for Harlequin.com and a member of the Carina Press Acquisitions team.

What Keeps You Safe?

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By Alyssa Cole, author of RADIO SILENCE

Everyone has that special item that they tuck in a purse pocket, perch on their desk or drape over the foot of their bed. You know, that seemingly insignificant thing that somehow wards off any bad guys, bogeymen, or ne’er-do-wells who might try to do you harm. It could be as cliché as a rabbit’s foot or, if you’re religious, a rosary. For others, it might be a blanket passed down from one generation to the next. The Peanuts gang always made fun of Linus for his security blanket, but even as adults we hang onto those things that make us feel protected and loved.

My own personal talisman was a camping axe; I slept with it beside my pillow for several years of solo apartment dwelling (and that one time I had the creepy roommate who opened my door and watched me sleep. Tip: never trust Craigslist for electronics or living partners.). I’d picked it up before my first big camping trip, just in case I had to show some stray bear that he’d chosen the wrong tent to raid (N.B.: a bear would have used my mini axe for a toothpick after eating me, but such is the power of a talisman that I thought I could ward one off). My friends thought my choice in sleeping partners was weird, but as a woman living alone, my little axe gave me just enough peace of mind to get some much needed shut-eye every night. I never had to use it, thank goodness, but its presence lulled me into the belief that it would keep away anyone who might go bump in the night.

In Radio Silence, my heroine Arden and her best friend John flee their college town in the aftermath of an unknown cataclysmic event. They have a long hike ahead of them and they must pack light. One of the only items Arden carries with her is her Louisville Slugger, a gift from her dad when she moved across the country to attend school. She hopes that it can keep her and John safe; unfortunately, she is wrong. Luckily for her, John’s brother Gabriel intervenes when they are attacked, kicking off a contentious relationship that evolves from disdain to desire.

I’ve revealed my security blanket, and Arden’s as well. Now it’s your turn! List your lucky charm in the comments for the chance to win your very own Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
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9781426899638-COVNo one expects the apocalypse.

Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the “off” switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family’s cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice.

It turns out isolation doesn’t necessarily equal safety.

When scavengers attack, it’s John’s ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden’s life, so he can’t be all bad…but he’s also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren’t bloodthirsty maniacs.

No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there’s a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?

Book one of the Off the Grid series

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Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC life and island-paced life in the Caribbean. Her recent releases include the historical romance shorts Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight (Scottish medieval ) and Be Not Afraid (Revolutionary War).

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From Russia with Love

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By Elizabeth Harmon, author of PAIRING OFF

When I told people I’d written a novel set in Russia, I was sometimes asked, ‘Is it about spies/oligarchs/mobsters?’…and ‘have you been there?’

When the answer to these questions turned out to be ‘no,’ another one usually followed: “Why Russia?”

First, it made sense from a plotting standpoint. Russia is known for pairs figure skating champions and PAIRING OFF is the story of two pair skaters, an American woman and a Russian man, who team up when both are left without partners prior to the Winter Olympics.  Not only that, but after my heroine’s career and reputation are ruined by the outrageous antics of her ex-skating partner, Carrie has good reason to pack her bags.

I also loved the idea of placing my Southern belle heroine in a huge, foreign city.  Though Carrie’s skating career has taken her all over the world, it’s one thing to visit a place for a week-long competition, and another to move there.

In Moscow, Carrie encounters architectural beauty, surly fast food and subway employees; discovers that fish pie tastes much better than it sounds, and that a GPS doesn’t work so well when your destination is spelled with Cyrillic letters.

But one of the things I loved most about writing PAIRING OFF was the fun I had presenting Russia, and Russians, in a different way.  Though Moscow is a familiar setting for thrillers, PAIRING OFF is less Tom Clancy and more Nora Ephron. Inspired by the portrayal of Manhattan in When Harry Met Sally and my own experience of living in downtown Chicago, I tried to create a vibrant city of restaurants, coffee shops, parks, quirky neighborhoods and people falling in love.

Carrie doesn’t go to Moscow expecting any of those things, but she finds them, along with a gorgeous sexy man who’s just as beautiful on the inside. Anton is a different kind of Russian hero too, and with him, Carrie realizes that home isn’t just where you are, it’s who you’re with.

Have you ever lived abroad? What did you enjoy most, and what was the biggest challenge?

9781426899508-COVAmerican figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in the United States, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is paired with the most infuriating, talented–and handsome–skater she’s ever met.

Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close–with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to be confronted with their past…never mind share the ice with her.

When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?

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An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world.

Elizabeth is a member of Romance Writers of America.  Watch for her future Carina Red Hot Russians releases, TURNING IT ON, Aug. 2015, and GETTING IT BACK, March 2016.

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What We Want—Male/Male!

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Carina Press has been a proud publisher of male/male fiction for almost five years now—and we’re eager for more! Here are some details on the types of male/male books our editors are looking to acquire.

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Mismatched heroes—think lawyers with bikers or professional dancers.
  • Adult or new adult male/male romance featuring heroes falling in love while in high-stakes competition with each other–on sports teams, for the same college internship, or for a big promotion at the hospital where they work.
  • Dark, angsty male/male romance with high stakes and series potential.
  • Male/Male historical erotic romance.
  • Raw, badass antiheroes, like mercenaries or assassins.

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • M/M erotic romance featuring people of color—series welcome!
  • A deliciously funny m/m romantic comedy.
  • An m/m gothic romance, dark and emotional and intense.

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • M/M military romantic suspense with a high level of action and intense sexual tension.

  • Sports-themed contemporary m/m romance with strong external and internal conflict.

  • New Adult m/m romance with a virgin hero.

Submit your male/male manuscripts to Carina Press now, right here!

Genre Spotlight: Sports Romance

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Sports fans, are you ready to add a little romance to your collection? These stories feature sexy athletes not only winning the game, but falling in love in the process. Discover some of our athletes below, and keep reading to see why author Lynda Aicher likes mixing sports with romance!

Sports and Romance – A Power Couple by Lynda Aicher

Take a hot, sweaty, driven athlete and pair it with that strong, overwhelming and often scary thing called love and how could they not work? Put them together and you know you’re in for a hard fight, a long struggle, and a whole lot of compromise on the road to a happy ending.

The era of woman hating sporting events or being excluded from sports is long, long gone. Now, a large majority of professional sports fans are women. We root and cheer alongside the men, sometimes louder than the men. Seeing those games come to life in the pages of a book is great. Plus we get the added bonus of watching that big athlete drop his barriers (and drawers) for the right person. That’s just icing on an already delicious cake.

Stick a stubborn man against a strong woman (or vice versa) and the battle that’s destine to happen off the field or court or rink or ring or pool is going to be epic.

So you see—a Power Couple. Sports and Romance are a perfect match.

Game Play by Lynda Aicher


9781426899409One night, one time, nothing more.
That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?

Book one of Power Play

Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon

9781426899508-COV“The Cutting Edge” with a Russian twist.

American pairs figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in America, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is reunited with the most infuriating, talented—and handsome—skater she’s ever met.

Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close—with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to see her again…never mind skate with her.

When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real between them, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country, and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?

Red Hot Russians, Book #1

Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr

CARINA_0414_9781426897757_ImaginaryLinesTamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She’d always considered it destiny that they’d end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she’d ever felt before, and it’s nothing she’ll ever forget.

Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York’s premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she’s felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.

But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar’s decided to move on, Abe’s realized she’s the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who’s been holding her back all these years.

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