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Despite the center’s no PDA rule, an instant attraction simmers between an expert search and rescue instructor and a broody firefighter during summer training. Axel Hammerstone is lauded as a hometown hero when he returns from an overseas deployment with a Purple Heart and silver star. Nobody sees the inner scars of war he’s still grappling with. As a tribute to the battle buddies who never made it home, he’s determined to devote the rest of his career to search and rescue operations. Kristi Kimiko is living her dream as an expert search and rescue instructor at the Texas Hotline Training Center. Unfortunately, it leaves her little time for dating. When the hunky Axel half-limps and half-swaggers into her renowned dog training course with his beautiful golden retriever, she is immediately drawn to him — and soon finds herself serving as his plus one at a family birthday celebration. If she’s learned anything in her line of work, where there’s smoke, there’s fire; and this particular firefighter has a way of making the sparks fly every time he looks in her direction!

A game of truth or dare. No real names. No numbers exchanged. No strings attached. One night of forbidden passion changed my life forever. He doesn’t remember, but I can’t forget. I allowed a complete stranger to take my V-card. He left me with two things that night: His masquerade mask. And his baby in my belly. Never thought I’d see him again. Until I started a new job and met the CEO. Hot. Rich. Grumpy. Bossy. Arrogant. It was Him. He had no idea who I was. He needs a short-term assistant. I desperately need a job. A recipe bound for trouble. He recognizes his own blue eyes the first time he sees my son. He knows something isn’t right. My son needs a bone marrow transplant. I’m not a match. If I tell him my long kept secret, I could lose my job. But it’s a chance I am willing to take to save our son’s life.

She hates him… He needs her… 4 cooking competitions may be their recipe for a second chance at first love. Ethan loved Nica from afar throughout high school, but the one night he mustered the courage to ask her out turned into a catastrophe. Ten years later, Ethan is a jaded, billionaire actor looking for a fresh start. He’s tired of playing roles on and off screen and wants something… someone real. Nica is a single mom and unemployed chef living with her parents in their lakeside hometown. It’s not the life she wants to model for her daughter, but it’s all she’s got right now. When Ethan asks her to be the chef in his new restaurant, she laughs in his face thinking it’s another prank. But when her smarmy ex-boss dangles his perceived Restaurant Wars win in her face, she would rather team up with Ethan than let her ex-boss represent the town she loves. Can Ethan and Nica progress through the culinary challenges, overcome old hatred, and find the happily ever after neither of them believe they deserve?

It’s only my second day as a nanny and already my willingness to protect this child I just met is put to the test. When I swing a cast-iron frying pan at the big muscular, tattooed man I thought was an intruder, I never could have imagined he’d awaken a passion as fierce as the untamed mountains. After our fiery first encounter thrusts us into an unexpected connection, the flowers I find on my doorstep only strengthen my feelings for Hendrix, but when I find out the sinister truth behind them, my world comes crashing down around me. My ex is back, lurking in the shadows of Scarlet Ridge. I seek solace and safety in Hendrix’s strong arms, but will his protection be enough to save me from the clutches of my past?

After escaping the vampire holding her hostage, Gabby faces the danger of the supernatural world she’s entered when she encounters the vampire’s deranged brother. Choosing between the lesser of two evils, she returns to her kidnapper of her own volition. Without being kept against her will this time, the dynamic between Gabby and Ian shifts. Navigating the rough waters of living with the enemy, trying to keep her brother safe from the rest of the vampire world, and ghosts of her past haunting her at every turn, Gabby is fighting for her life and her freedom. However, with her focus divided, can she protect her heart from the monster that she’s vowed her life to? Gabby is now torn between her hatred for Ian and the growing attraction she feels for him. She knows that he is a monster, but she can’t help but be drawn to him. As Gabby and Ian grow closer, they are forced to confront the darkness within themselves and what true damnation means. Will Gabby and Ian be able to overcome the darkness within themselves and find love? Beauty comes with thorns, and every monster bares its fangs. Who will be the first to bite?

A wild evening goes demonically wrong… Patience craves answers. Half a century after appearing on the steps of the witch academy, she was still no closer to recovering her lost memories and identity. Tormented nightly by visions of red eyes and burdened by dreams that, although connected, remain unclear. Patience, to distract herself, decides to defy the rules and enter the vampire club, Moarte, an act strictly forbidden for witches. Never expecting her best friend, Michael, to begin his transition into a full demon, Patience, desperate to save him, binds him to his vampiric lover. To make matters worse, Lucius, the domineering brother of the vampire, whom Michael is now bound to, harbors a deep resentment for witches and especially for Patience. Even so, they must now work together to find a soul gem that will untether the bond before her best friend completely consumes his brother’s soul. As their unlikely alliance takes form and their attraction grows, Lucius’ presence draws out long-forgotten memories deep from within Patience. He may just be the key to unlocking her past—but will she be able to convince him that he needs her far more than he needs to kill her? Rediscovering her past and how it binds her to Lucius may just prove to be far more dangerous than either of them imagined.

This isn’t a tale of redemption — it’s all about the fall. An outcast amongst outcasts, Phelan Oliver nevertheless takes his duties as a Necromancer with the utmost seriousness. As one of the few in his family devoted to the “old ways,” Phelan has fully embraced the piety and severe discipline required to master demonic magic. But none of that prepares him for the day he comes face-to-face with a demon he didn’t summon—one who embodies everything he has been taught to hate, and whose wickedness sparks sinful feelings Phelan can’t ignore no matter how much he tries. As a prince of Hell, Remiel is used to getting his way. Kidnapping and torturing his sworn enemy for information should have been easy, but Phelan Oliver was not an ordinary Necromancer. On the surface, the university librarian appears quiet and devout, but beneath his unassuming facade there is a latent darkness Remiel can’t wait to unleash. In exchange for his soul’s freedom, Phelan strikes a desperate bargain to help Remiel defeat his nemesis once and for all. But it turns out demons aren’t the only ones with secrets and learning Phelan’s might end up costing them both more than they’d ever imagined.

An ancient cult. A supernatural addiction. A forbidden love. Sixteen year old Evie Willow is terrified of drowning but she’s even more afraid of her own feelings. When the charismatic and telepathic lifeguard, Talon Renwyck, suddenly turns his affections toward her, Evie’s ability to rein in her feelings is threatened. Talon knows a secret which plunges Evie into the deep waters of her hidden emotions. As she drifts away from the life she knows into Talon’s beckoning arms, Evie learns that Talon is much more than just the handsome guy she’s falling in love with. Caught in a dark and supernatural addiction and tied to a secret cult, Talon is crying out for help. Can Evie save him from himself? Is their love the real deal or is it an illusion? Nothing is what it seems.

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