Baseball’s post-season is just a few weeks away. To help you get ready, we’ve got three baseball romances for only 99¢ each, September 29–October 10!
Jen Doyle delivers a home run of heart, heat and plenty of laughter in this contemporary romance, perfect for fans of Jill Shalvis’s Pacific Heat series
Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go: home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he’s not sure what to think…except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better.
Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she’d get to meet her fantasy man in person—much less in her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he’ll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won’t get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to report for spring training and go back to his old life.
For Nate, being with Dorie is the only time in months that he finds himself smiling. Laughing. And he has no intention of letting that go. He might even be falling in love…if only Dorie will let him say the words. What they have isn’t just a dream, but the start of a dream come true.
“Love ’em and leave ’em” has been real estate agent Karen Bently’s motto for as long as she can remember. She doesn’t need a man, except to make her toes curl. Or so she thought, until her longtime crush, Ace pitcher Jerry Smutton, sets his sights on her.
After signing one of the largest baseball contracts in history with the Detroit Rockets, Jerry enlists Karen to help him find the house of his dreams. Their connection is instant and electric, but neither of them is the relationship type. When Jerry proposes a friends-with-benefits arrangement, that suits Karen just fine.
Passionate sleepovers soon turn into long, romantic evenings… Still, Karen and Jerry refuse to acknowledge they’re a couple. Karen insists that she’s immune to Jerry’s heart-melting charm. Jerry’s not ready to settle down. Denial is the name of the game, until one pitch changes everything…
Katherine Whitton doesn’t purposely avoid men and relationships, but she doesn’t mind that side effect of immersing herself in her job with the San Francisco Blaze. Years ago she was betrayed by her one true love, and she’s never fully recovered, though she’s tried by building a new life in a city she loves.
It’s taken seventeen years for Tom Morgan to get over Katie—Katherine now. Sober now and faced with the incredible opportunity to manage the Blaze, he thinks he’ll finally be able to handle working with this beautiful woman without falling to pieces…as long as she doesn’t get too close.
A crisis with the team’s star pitcher forces Tom and Katherine to put in long hours together. Years of animosity melt away as the sexual tension between them ignites. But it’ll take more than scorching kisses to avoid the wreckage of the past. And neither Tom nor Katie are sure they’re ready to trust each other or risk their hearts for a second chance at happiness.
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 October 2016 releases. Enjoy!
This month I’d like to take the opportunity to talk to you about a topic that I’ve been giving serious thought to recently: toilet paper rolls. Should they roll from the top or the bottom? Kidding! In fact, the topic is book reviews. I’m probably not supposed to admit this, but I love book reviews. Even critical or low-star reviews—sometimes those are the books I end up wanting to read the most because the thing the reviewer didn’t like is exactly what I look for in a book (insta-love, too much sex and a bossy hero, for instance)! At Carina Press, we always hope that our books will move you to leave a review, whether on a blog, social media, a retailer’s listing, a review site or elsewhere. Reviews help spread the word to other readers and help increase an author’s (and publisher’s) visibility in the market. Please consider leaving a review for Carina Press books that you read or have read. We appreciate you!
Emma thought Avner was going to be a harmless fling. Her life-altering research was meant to save lives. Little did she know she would be drawn into a secret criminal underworld that would threaten her life. Will Avner be the one to fight for her life—and her heart—or will he be the one to put her in the ultimate danger? Don’t Lie to Me by Amber Bardan stands alone from Didn’t I Warn You and Didn’t You Promise, but you’ll want to catch up on Haithem and Angelina’s duology all the same!
If you loved Lila and Dare in Jade Chandler’s debut, Enough, you can’t miss her next stand-alone novel. If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for? Jade returns with Release, the newest in her erotic motorcycle club contemporary series. Avery wants Rock but not his intimidating motorcycle club, the Jericho Brotherhood. Once she conquers the club, she and Rock must overcome her fears, his secrets and a prejudice that threatens more than their new relationship.
Mitch Dalton is falling for the drag queen next door in Outside the Lines by A.R. Barley. Chi-Chi Ramirez has his own struggles: getting his degree one class at a time, working too many jobs and performing at a nightclub to make his Broadway dreams come true. A one-night stand, a quick fling—that’s all Chi-Chi can give. But once they finally get a taste of each other, what if Mitch wants more?
Tienan is an Alpha—a genetically enhanced assassin who escaped from the Ruling Council that controlled him. Silence is a tracker with the Resistance, on the trail of a dangerous stranger. When Tienan kidnaps her, both captor and captive are enthralled with each other, and sexual longing and desire battle with treachery and mistrust. Don’t miss Embracing Silence, first in the erotic futuristic Project Alpha series from N.J. Walters. And watch for books two and three, coming in November and December.
In the mood for some mystery? Everyone’s favorite geek girl vows to get justice when she finds the body of a family friend in the community lake in A Geek Girl’s Guide to Justice by Julie Anne Lindsey. Previous titles, A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder and A Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic, are on sale now!
Coming next month: a holiday novella from perennial favorite, Shannon Stacey, as well as romantic suspense, paranormal romance and more!
And if you missed it in last month’s Dear Reader letter, please make sure to check out our Carina Press Romance Promise!
As always, until next month, my fellow book lovers, here’s wishing you a wonderful month of books you love, remember and recommend. And review ;)
Editorial Director, Carina Press
Need something to heat you up as the weather gets colder? A.R. Barley’s Boundaries series features male/male couples that will help you keep things hot and steamy, no matter what time of year!
“This book was a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed the heck out of it and read it pretty much all in one sitting.” –Goodreads review, Out of Bounds
“I think one of my favorite things is the complexity and multiple layers of the characters.” –Goodreads review, Against the Rules
“Barley’s writing is amazing and the characters she creates are always 100% adorable.” –Goodreads review, Outside the Lines
Mitch Dalton can’t stop fantasizing about his sexy and confident drag queen neighbor. He wants to make a move, but he’s had a lot less experience with men and isn’t sure Chi-Chi would be interested in a guy who’s never gone all the way—let alone a widower and struggling single father. And when Mitch’s child care falls through, he needs Chi-Chi’s help more than he needs a boyfriend.
Chi-Chi Ramirez has his own struggles: getting his degree one class at a time, working too many jobs and performing at a nightclub to make his Broadway dreams come true. Mitch’s offer of a nanny position is too good to pass up, even if seeing Mitch every day and not being able to touch him is torture. But when even a simple handshake feels like pure sex, soon touching is all either of them can think about.
A one-night stand, a quick fling—that’s all Chi-Chi can give if he’s going to leave town for New York City. But once they finally get a taste of each other, what if Mitch wants more?
I’ll be honest—I’m the type to play it safe in life, which might be why I like so much risk and angst in my love stories. My new novel, BAD JUDGMENT, is the story of warm-hearted bodyguard Brogan Smith, who falls for his dangerous client’s assistant (and boyfriend!), the cagey Embry Ford. Both Brogan and Embry know it’s smarter to keep their distance, but that’s never as easy as it sounds, is it? Cue the dramatic overture!
However, since I’m the responsible sort, sometimes I needed a little musical help to get me in the mood for gun runners and forbidden love. Here are some songs that helped me get started:
Embry’s a complex guy. He’d like to believe he’s part robot, but under the surface, he’s a cyclone of feelings (so, so many feelings). Chopin’s Nocturne is simultaneously one of the most restrained and most deeply emotional pieces of music I’ve ever heard. Sometimes called the “Reminiscence Nocturne,” the piece is deeply melancholic, surprisingly sweet, and littered with occasional chords and rhythm that are unsettlingly dissonant. Like Embry, Chopin’s Nocturne is torn between clinging to the past and letting it fade.
I think of this song as Brogan’s theme because they’re such a perfect match. The music of “Drop the Game” is both warm and bold, but what really caught me are the unabashedly romantic lyrics. The singer doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to revealing his devotion and neither does Brogan. It can be terrifying to lay it all on the table like that, and this song captures both Brogan’s bravery in sharing his heart, and his desperate need to have Embry return the favor.
This song serves as a sort of overall mood-setter. Sóley’s ability to layer elements into a coherent whole (and then sing in English, which isn’t her first language) always reminds me of the gears inside a clock. In the best novels, that’s how the plot works: a series of interconnected pieces coming together to build something bigger than the sum of its parts. Writing BAD JUDGMENT made me feel like a puppeteer trying to get everything into one place by the end. Only my readers can decide whether or not I managed it, but either way, this song got me excited to try.
And because Nina Simone played a tiny but emotional role in Embry’s backstory, no playlist for BAD JUDGMENT would be complete without a song of hers from Embry’s record collection.
Embry Ford was a quiet, ordinary guy—until tragedy ripped his life apart. Now he’s living under the radar, desperate to hide his identity and determined to learn the truth behind what happened. Even if that means working for—and bedding—a man he loathes.
As a bodyguard to a shadowy arms dealer, Brogan Smith knows distractions can kill as easily as a bullet. But when he sets his eyes on his client’s sexy assistant, he can’t get him out of his mind. Even more unnerving: the closer he gets to Embry, the more Brogan starts to suspect he might be protecting the wrong man.
Embry was sure nothing but vengeance would satisfy him—until Brogan offers him something far more tempting. Now Embry must choose: punish the people who nearly destroyed him or fight for a future with the man who has become his entire world.
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Sidney Bell lives in the drizzly Pacific Northwest with her amazingly supportive husband. When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late.
America’s fascination with Hollywood gossip is hotter than ever. In my debut novel, Hollywood Hot Mess, the tabloids have all but ruined former child star Carly Klein. Most of the stories are lies. The truth hiding in her past is far worse.
Who doesn’t love celebrity gossip? To whet your appetite for the scandals you’ll find in my new releases, I’m counting down my favorite Hollywood hot messes.
You Want Fries with That?
Who could forget a certain silver fox laid out on the floor, making sweet, shirtless love to a double cheeseburger? He was guarding that thing with his life! It was cell phone cinematic (and PR) genius. People were so obsessed with his drunken munchies that he trended on Twitter. Raise your hand if you’ve ever said, “I’m too drunk to eat that cheeseburger.” I didn’t think so.
It’s Raining Divas
She looked like Jon Snow fending off a white walker army that time a certain naughty Catholic schoolgirl battled an SUV with an umbrella. Maybe it was in her way. Maybe she was pissed about gas prices. Or maybe it was singing her breakout single and she felt obligated to indulge it…
What the Fire Crotch?
This moment of tabloid infamy started my love affair with Urban Dictionary. That time a handful of reality star WASPs stumbled from an LA club and started explicitly describing a former child star’s…ummm…lady bits. How do they know, you ask? Some starlets cannot exit a vehicle without flashing a money shot.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
This beautiful starlet ended her highly publicized relationship with a big ole “It’s not you, it’s me” when she made out with a married man for the whole world to see. There was pandemonium in the streets. Everyone involved went into hiding. And tabloid publishers lost their Ever. Living. Minds. How awful to have your breakup broadcast on the nightly news. Ahh, young love. *sigh*
Sorry, Not Sorry
Pop princes can be a hot mess, too. Like that time a certain baby-faced crooner loved himself enough to think he did restaurant workers a favor by taking a leak in their yellow mop bucket. He didn’t even say he was sorry. Nothing says “I’m heading for a major crash and burn” quite like assuming your urine is a literal golden shower.
Hollywood’s hottest mess gets a shot at redemption—and a chance to star alongside Tinseltown’s most sought-after silver fox. But when their on-screen acting becomes a scorching-hot, forbidden offscreen romance, she discovers he’s hiding a dark secret behind his carefully crafted public image.
All the dirty details of former child star Carly Klein’s fall from Hollywood grace were tabloid news…and they only knew about half of it. But now she’s sober and grasping at the last chance to revive her flatlined career.
Devon Hayes is Hollywood royalty. Branded the sexiest man alive, granted his first shot at producing, he’s living a life most only dream of. But his offscreen reality is more like a nightmare and makes the twisted tales in his movie plots look tame.
When Carly and Devon are cast opposite each other, Carly is pretty sure Devon is an asshole. Devon is certain Carly is a spoiled brat. But with chemistry that would make a nun lust like a schoolgirl, these two are DTF. Classic.
As their broken parts begin to pull them together, on-screen love turns…could it be? Into the real thing. Faced with the prying paparazzi, vindictive agents and career-ending secrets, Devon and Carly have already sacrificed their souls for fame. Living a lie in public is a small price to pay for ecstasy in private…for now.
In a town where every illusion comes with a price, a girl can have love or fame. Carly Klein wants both. The A-list drama continues in this compulsively readable follow-up to Evie Claire’s Hollywood Hot Mess
Hurricane Carly hits the big leagues and her offscreen drama hits DEFCON-level F*ck
From tabloid trainwreck child star to award-nominated starlet, Carly Klein wants it all. And being silver fox Devon Hayes’s f*ck buddy isn’t cutting it anymore. The gloves are off as she comes out swinging for the man she loves.
Devon Hayes, aka the sexiest man alive, is the toast of Tinseltown as half of a Hollywood power couple HeaVon—but he doesn’t want to be. Yet his A-list showmance lover will stop at nothing to keep their marital sham alive. So when Carly and Devon’s scorching connection off set threatens his soon-to-be ex’s dynasty, a sh*tstorm of trouble is unleashed.
But pussing out isn’t in Carly’s DNA. Through sex tapes, murder and epic Hollywood takedowns, Carly and Devon will be together and HeaVon will burn in Hollywood Hell…
Part Two of Two
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Evie Claire lives in Athens, GA with her husband and two daughters. After graduating from the University of Georgia she worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative before becoming a writer. An avid equestrian, devoted wino, coffee snob and occasional runner, Evie is in a monogamous relationship with her favorite yoga pants.