Still have some space on your reading list? Here are eight 2014 titles from Carina Press that are sure to add an extra spark to any eReader! And if you still need some convincing, we have reviews from fellow Carina Press readers to show you why these books are the perfect way to celebrate the end of 2014.
Hate to Love You by Elise Alden
“It is incredible that a book of this caliber could be someone’s debut novel because the writing style is flawless, competent, truly sophisticated and engaging, and in no time, the story pulls you in like a rip current and your mind does not know which way is up.” –Goodreads review
“Have you ever finished a book and immediately thought to yourself “I wish I could unread what I just read, so I can experience it all over again!”? Well, that is exactly how I felt when I finished Hate to Love You.” –Goodreads review
“Books like these make me so happy, its the unknown of picking up a new author, having no idea what I am going to get myself into and then coming out excited and wanting to share this story with the masses.” –Amazon review
Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at eighteen. But it turns out all those sex-ed teachers aren’t just trying to scare you. The faint positive on a budget pregnancy test sent me spinning, moments before meeting my sister’s snooty new fiancé.
Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body’s reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception.
I slept with my sister’s fiancé. Hot and sweaty, all night long in a room so dark he couldn’t tell I wasn’t her.
Said fiancé is the father of my child. The one I signed over my rights to just before he was born.
That was seven years ago.
It’s time to come clean.
Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon
“Right from the word go, every word counts, the characters are so well drawn, the reader can see them and hear their voices, the locations are almost characters in their own right, the whole feel is spot on.”–Amazon review
“Josh Lanyon is the reason I got up and started reading at 3 o’clock this morning.”–Goodreads review
“Josh Lanyon’s new mystery is already on my favorites list. “Stranger on the Shore” is for those of us who love mysteries with a dash of romance – a real Who Done It with well written plot (plus twists).” –Amazon review
Twenty years ago, little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family’s Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story–much more. When the Arlingtons’ patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can’t say no. It’s the story of a lifetime.
But not everyone is happy about Griff’s presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons’ attractive lawyer, who is more than a little wary of Griff’s motives.
When a stranger shows up claiming to be the long-lost Brian, Griff and Pierce are united in their suspicions. Startled to have found an ally in the buttoned-up lawyer, Griff soon realizes it’s hard to keep a professional distance. Even in the midst of a groundbreaking investigation, even in the face of a shocking family secret…
No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur
“I was hoping for an gripping love story and that was exactly what I found, as well as a whole lot more.” –Goodreads review
“No Such Thing is the first in a new series from A M Arthur, one of my favourite writers in this genre, and it gets off to a promising start with two very likeable characters. ” –Goodreads review
“Fast paced yet slowly and carefully unfolded, the plot had me clenching my kindle at times, truly frightened that the boys I had grown to love in this story would be damaged beyond repair. It was exciting and riveting and held me captive.” –Goodreads review
Twenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do. With no degree and a delinquent’s reputation, he’s lucky to have landed a job waiting tables. But not everyone is happy he’s back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss’s hot brother.
Jaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks. Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he’s still a virgin at twenty-three. Until the new waiter in his sister’s diner awakens desires he’d long ago given up on.
The last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime. And Jaime may have a new heart, but he’s scared of what giving it to another person would mean. Their no-strings-attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro’s past forces them to confront their feelings in the present…
Bonds of Denial by Lynda Aicher
“In true Lynda Aicher style, it was sweet, sexy,beautiful, heart wrenching, heartwarming and did I mention sexy?”–Amazon review
“I absolutely loved this story. The moment when the two MC’s actually meet is so awkward, but so sweet at the same time. Seeing Rock’s transformation, and then watching Carter’s is just so touching.” –Barned & Noble review
“What a fantastic, emotionally charged, ultra sexy, yet not gratuitous or repetitive, love story this was. I absolutely loved it!” –Goodreads review
It’s been twenty years since Rockford Fielding’s father punished him for kissing another boy. Now a grown man with a military career behind him, Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he’s denied for so long.
Carter has just four months left on his contract with an escort agency, and he doesn’t know whether to feel relieved or afraid. Being an escort is all he knows. Adding to his confusion is the way his latest client, the sexy but stoic Rock, makes him feel things he hasn’t wanted in years.
One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?
On the Surface by Kate Willoughby
“I really enjoyed this book. It was simply a fun, entertaining contemporary romance with the added benefit of a sports/hockey setting which I loved.” –Amazon review
“What a great series opener that introduced future main book characters for me to look forward while giving a strong and engaging romance set against a sports backdrop. Lovers of sports romance should really give this book a try.” –Barnes & Noble review
“I love a good hockey romance. Really, what’s not to like about hockey romance? You have incredible athletes, hot guys, women who can tame them, and the most awesome sport in the world!” –Barnes & Noble review
Book one of In the Zone
NHL player Tim Hollander lost his temper one time and threw a water bottle at an abusive fan. After “Bottlegate,” he’s traded to the San Diego Barracudas, where he’ll need to keep the bad publicity to a minimum while proving he can still compete with the younger guys on the ice.
Erin Collier is a pediatric nurse who’s never seen a hockey game, but gets in line for Tim’s autograph at a PR event in hopes of impressing the doctor she has a crush on. When an obnoxious fan gets pushy toward Erin, Tim rushes to defend the pretty stranger, throwing a punch in the process.
Grateful for the rescue, Erin agrees to stand by Tim during the resulting press conference and host him at a hospital charity event. Their chemistry is palpable, and soon their lives are intertwined. But Erin doubts a hockey player is capable of anything resembling a real relationship. And if Tim can’t get her to see beyond what’s on the surface, they’ll never last longer than a single season…
Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice
“A welcome return to my absolute favorite series by Lisa Marie Rice!” –Goodreads review
“A little mystery, a little danger, a sexy Alpha male, just perfect!” –Amazon review
“The suspense of Midnight Vengeance is very intriguing and Lisa Marie Rice expertly blends it with the relationship of Jacko and Lauren. It’s a steamy, don’t put me down book.” –Goodreads review
Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him.
Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now.
Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real identity, far from the memories of her mother’s death, and outside the reaches of the drugged-out psycho who’s already tried to kill her twice. One tiny misstep–a single photograph–has shattered it all. She has no choice but to run again, but this time she’ll give herself a proper farewell: one night with Jacko.
Their highly charged emotional encounter changes everything. In Jacko’s arms there cannot be fear, there can only be pleasure. Anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through him, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.
Tap Out by Michele Mannon
“Fantastic fun romp with lots of action, spunk and sizzle!!” –iBooks review
“She does an excellent job of capturing your attention, pulling you into the story, the characters, and the events. The relationship, the interaction between these characters is amazing, I definitely felt like she had me from the start.” –Amazon review
“This book earned these 5 stars. You will not be disappointed in any way. It was a darn good read.” –Amazon review
Book two of Worth the Fight
Late-night shock jock Sophie Morelle has been fired, dumped by her network after an embarrassing incident cost them big bucks. But she knows just how to get back on her feet–by filming a raw, gritty documentary about MMA fighters, starring the hottest welterweight around. The only problem? He’s the one responsible for ruining her life.
MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.
Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match–both in and out of the bedroom.
Don’t miss Knock Out, available now!
Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr
“I honestly can’t think of something in this book that I didn’t like, it was perfect and everyone should read it.” –Goodreads review
“Imaginary Lines was an excellent story, even better than I’d hoped for. I’m excited to find a new-to-me author and series I can whole-heartedly recommend. ” –Barnes & Noble review
“A very sweet, thoroughly enjoyable read, Imaginary Lines was a wonderful New Adult romance.” –Barnes & Noble review
Tamar 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.