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Months ago, I almost killed the man who kidnapped my sister, and now the FBI wants me to do it again. A serial killer is striking at the height of spring break, and the FBI has only one lead—all of the dead women were left to look like me. I’m the FBI’s last resort to track this deadly predator by using my special abilities. Only this time, I’m tethered with a tracking device to watch my every move, and without weapons at my disposal. Not to mention the FBI intends to use me as bait. The only question left is whether I can outsmart the killer and survive when my name is sitting at the top of his hit list.

The last place Vaughn Westbrook expected to find himself was at a charity gala. But the dark path he’s walked since his discharge from the military led him into the upper echelons of society—where he hunts for the man behind a human trafficking ring. Carissa Hastings lived a sheltered life in the lap of luxury. Forced to participate in a bachelorette auction, her parents expect the man of their choice to win a date with her. Vaughn’s winning bid on Carissa was a tactical move, but logic is thrown out the window when he meets the innocent beauty. Vaughn sold his soul long ago. There’s no way he’s going to let Carissa do the same.

I need a fresh start and a better vetting process for boyfriends. I kick-start my new life in small-town Landry with a teaching job and a self-imposed dating ban. For the foreseeable future, my life is all about school supplies and celibacy. But the devastatingly attractive high school football coach who makes me laugh and steals my dry erase markers is hard to ignore. Taylor Shaw has the whole town under his spell, and he’s determined to win me over, too. Drooling over his chiseled chest as he runs practice drills and fantasizing about inappropriate trysts under the bleachers will only lead down a path of temptation—one I am determined to avoid. So, I tell him we can be friends and coworkers. Nothing more. Because the truth is, my family ruins every relationship I ever have, and I won’t risk subjecting Taylor to their underhanded manipulations. But “just friends” is harder than it sounds. And celibacy might be downright impossible.

He has a history of rescuing women. She’s fresh out of a bad relationship and doesn’t want any man to take care of her. Izabella Reed got on a bus and headed to New York with the intention of vanishing from her abusive ex-fiancé. She promised she would never trust a man again, especially if he had money. Living off the grid was the only way to protect herself, but it came with a few complications. She needed a place to stay without putting her name on a lease. When a woman offers her free rent to go on a blind date with a handsome billionaire, she accepts because she has few options. Sebastian Chambers may have money and looks, but he has a soft spot for vulnerable women, and that often gets him into trouble. His therapist says he likes to rescue people because of deep-rooted issues in his past, so he knows he has to stay away from damsels in distress. But then he meets Izabella, and everything changes. On paper, they would never work, but can they overcome their fears to find a love that conquers all? 

They call me a monster. Murderous and hateful. Beautiful but broken. Nothing can calm the ever raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of the Doubeck family there is a certain standard of brutality, I have to uphold. Then I meet her. Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid. Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web. She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep. Since my father’s death, I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name, and this woman has piqued my interest. So we strike a deal, intertwining our futures. I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all. I make a vow to protect her at all costs, that is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.  

Delphine has been fae-marked from birth, treated as a curse despite the fact the once treacherous fae haven’t been sighted in decades—in fact, no one in Delph’s village has so much as laid eyes on one of the folk in nearly a century. Right up until a fae turns up on her doorstep, demanding Delph as down payment. No sooner has she set foot in the fae realm, however, then she learns she’s no mere collateral in a deal made with the lord that owns her family lands. She was selected for a reason, hunted down for a single purpose. The fae courts are fading. The folk disappearing. Only four courts remain. Four princes determined to save their crumbling kingdoms. And Delph … Delph may just hold the key to save them all. But even as Delph learns to see past the feared glamour of the fae realm, she quickly learns the impossible position she’s found herself in. The fae may not be the monsters she was led to believe, but in order to save them … she may have to become a monster herself. 

I’m terrified of giant men. But when Leif volunteered to scare off my stalker by pretending to be my boyfriend, I knew the gorgeous hulking security tech was the perfect man for the job. Unable to handle confrontation, I often hid at Ray’s Diner. My distress must have been evident if a sexy stranger came over to help me. It was sweet that Leif was upset I’d missed half of the summer while hiding from Craig. But when our fake relationship started turning real, it made me nervous in a new way. I’d never had a boyfriend before, fake or real. The heat between us was startling, and it was incredible to feel my lust wake up from its long slumber. Even when he was speaking to the chandelier, Leif said everything I’d ever wanted to hear. He cared for me so intensely it made my heart flutter. But secrets and omissions were also things I was just not ready to deal with.

Wren: I fell hard and fast for Brady Conner, even though I knew in my heart that he wasn’t ready for me. Sure enough, he messed up. And I did too. I wanted to make him regret what he’d lost. Hence the break up sex. It was an impulsive move for someone who failed to consider the consequences, or practice safe sex. That’s how I ended up with a souvenir. And that’s why, as much as I wanted to, I had to be even more careful about giving bad boy Brady a second chance. Brady: I wasn’t ready for Wren Jacobs, even though she was the best thing to happen to an ass like me. No wonder I cracked under pressure. She’d warned me. She’d predicted this. And she promised me just one chance. Still, I wanted more. I wanted all of her for always. Too bad I figured that part out too late. She moved out. And from the looks of the guy hanging around her apartment, she’d also moved on. I couldn’t blame her, but I also couldn’t let her go without trying harder and proving I could be the man I should’ve been all along. Then I’d move her back in and it would be just the two of us, like it was before. Only this time, I’d make sure we were forever.


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