A Cutting Deceit

By Cathy Dunnell

Police
Gangsters

Valeria married Sirvan, a crime boss, to escape a life of poverty and find security. Now she lives life by his rules. Forced to suppress her true self and play her part well, Valeria finds solace running her hair salon, the only place she can escape and truly be herself.

Everything changes when Athena, an undercover cop, takes a job at the salon to gather evidence to prove Sirvan’s guilt. What starts as a tentative friendship quickly turns into a dangerous affair. Valeria begins to question the choices and compromises she’s made as her feelings for Athena grow. But when Athena reveals her true motives, the shocking deceit cuts Valeria to the quick.

Danger creeps closer as Valeria and Athena, wounded by betrayal, play a perilous game of truth, lies, and love.

 

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As Seen on TV!

By CF Frizzell

Food
Celebrity
Actors/Artists
Enemies to Lovers Romance
Ghosts

Who in her right mind inserts a popular laid-back chef into the top paranormal show on television? What a ridiculous idea. Granted, TV crossover shows boost ratings, but the respective stars have no interest in the other’s genre and spatter like water in hot oil. The only thing that home-spun chef Ronnie Smart and tenacious paranormal investigator Peyton Stanford agree on is the idiocy of their network’s demand. They have practically nothing in common, and it shows.

But the show goes on amidst their innuendo, snickering banter, and bumbling interference and, surprisingly, viewers clamor for more. Inevitably, the begrudging “odd couple” find mutual respect and even the occasional tease. Are they flirting? Ratings skyrocket. In their expanded finale—an investigation that airs live on a stormy Halloween night—Ronnie and Peyton come face-to-face with a paranormal spirit and a chance at forever neither can deny.

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Blood Memory

By Sandra Barret

Transgender
Big City
The Jade Murphy Diaries | Book 2
People of Color
Vampires
Firefighters
Blue Collar

Vampires have it easy—stay out of the limelight (and the sunlight), earn a living (preferably legal), and for Jade Murphy, avoid human blood directly from the vein.

When Jade’s vampire friend gets some unwanted attention from a human stalker, Jade is forced to break more than one of those rules. Can she protect her friend, scare off the stalker, and keep her dates with Beth without revealing her secrets?

Best two out of three, Jade?

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Foolproof

By Leigh Hays

Military
Friends to Lovers Romance

Martine Roberts and Elliot Tillman’s childhood friendship was intense. When they bump into each other again thirty years later, sneaking out of an apartment after one-night stands with a pair of roommates, all their feelings come rushing back. 

Elliot needs a place to stay, and Martine needs a roommate. It should be simple, but it’s not friendship simmering between them. 

Growing up in Key West, rum distiller Martine has friends and family to spare, but her deepest heart she keeps to herself. 

With her career in the Coast Guard, Elliot’s never had a permanent address and didn’t mind, until moving in with Martine gives her a home. Now she wants to chart a different course with a woman who likes her relationships short and seasonal? Perfect.

Sometimes friends with benefits isn’t a foolproof way to hide from the truth at the heart of an affair.

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Glass and Stone

By Renee Roman

Enemies to Lovers Romance
Blue Collar
Actors/Artists

Jordan Spade doesn’t get involved. The last thing she wants is to be responsible for someone. When her father needed her the most she wasn’t there, and she never got a chance to express her regret. She’s channeled her guilt into building her business as a general contractor, to at least have a sense of purpose even if she isn’t exactly happy.

Callie Burke is well on her way to making a name for herself as a stained-glass artist. Her next job puts her on a job site with Jordan, where some of the crew harass her. Callie knows how to handle it. She doesn’t need Jordan’s assistance, but she can’t help but notice Jordan doesn’t intervene. 

Jordan later feels compelled to make it up to Callie, and an unlikely friendship fans their simmering attraction. But to get close to Callie, Jordan must open her heart and accept she can’t control every outcome, and that means forgiving herself for a mistake she can never undo.

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Hard Pressed

By Aurora Rey

Food
Small Town Romances
Enemies to Lovers Romance
Workplace Romance

For Mira Lavigne, cider is about tradition, elegance, and class. She has little respect and even less patience for self-anointed mavericks who think their ticket to fame and fortune is throwing the rulebook out the window. Dylan Miller is one of those people. The only thing she loves more than pushing the envelope is finding ways to make cider, perry, and a few things she hasn’t even named yet more delicious and more accessible to everyone.

When Mira and Dylan are tapped to co-chair Finger Lakes Cider Week, neither can pass up the publicity and prestige of the role. But professional compromises raise personal stakes, and Dylan and Mira are hard-pressed to keep their businesses—and their hearts—out of harm’s way.

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The Laws of Magic

By M. Ullrich

Bodyguard/Protection Romances
Military
Friends & Community
Magic

Isla Hoffman has finally made it. No longer the recklessly trusting teenage witch who nearly killed her family, Isla owns a successful business and is a healer to the residents of Bender, Massachusetts—human and nonhuman alike. How’d she do it? By hiding her identity and never, ever falling in love. Easy, until the ultimate temptation starts patrolling her parking lot. 

Lu Cadman should have an ex- before her name. Ex-military. Ex-New Yorker. Ex-wife. Starting over means a new job as security for a sleepy strip mall, but she isn’t complaining, not when sunshiny Isla brings her tea almost every morning. She’s not planning to get involved, but there’s more to Isla than meets the eye and Lu can’t stop her attraction. 

Isla and the nonhumans in their community aren’t as hidden as they think, and when a powerful force comes after them, they must work together to protect everyone. But Lu isn’t being completely honest, and when Isla discovers the truth, will she be able to trust enough to let herself fall in love?

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The Lonely Hearts Rescue

By Morgan Lee Miller and Others

Animals 
Veterinarians
Friends to Lovers Romance
Homecoming

When a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast, the animals at the Lonely Hearts Rescue Shelter need love, and so do the humans who adopt them.

Something About You by Morgan Lee Miller. After rescuing a cat stranded in the hurricane, animal control officer Reese Shepard is adamant about finding shy, timid Apollo the best forever home. When she discovers Apollo giving cheek rubs to Hannah Marsh, Reese’s high school crush, she’s captivated by her all over again.

Force of Nature by Missouri Vaun. Rebekah Hawks has stepped in to help with hurricane disaster relief. Challenges are no match for Rebekah. At least until she agreed to foster an impossible dog. Rebekah has no choice but to seek the aid of handsome local dog trainer Rory Maclaren. But who is training whom?

Test of Faith by Nell Stark. Rescuing a dog is a dream come true for Faith Kincaid—and a chance to prove to herself that she really can, in the words of her therapist, “commit to commitment.” When Faith takes her new best friend, Pinoe, to the vet, she can’t stop staring at Dr. Delphine Wu. Del is completely out of Faith’s league. Or is she?

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The Mage and the Monster

By Barbara Ann Wright

Virgins/First Love
Magic
Disability
Enemies to Lovers Romance
Other Worlds
The Sisters of Sarras | Book 3

Gisele del Amanecer’s days look the same from the outside: work, home, and the occasional one-night stand that she hides from her nosy older sisters. But Gisele is a mage, and that means pain invisible to outside eyes. Each act of magic can be agony, but she loves the power, the bond with the unseen, and how only her will keeps the magic from consuming her. She can master any task, including saving her family and homeland from Firellian invaders—until she’s ordered to hunt another mage, one who may be her equal in power and commitment. One she might risk everything for.

Vale has been subjugated her entire life—to the point where she thinks she deserves it, but she is determined to save others from that fate. Magic has been her one bright spot, but now she’s forced to use that power to kill in the name of the Firellian Empire. Escape or rebellion is out of the question unless she can guarantee the safety of her fellow captives, but how can everyone make it out alive while surrounded by enemies? Perhaps with the help of another mage, someone who bonds with magic like Vale does, someone who might want her for herself instead of for her power. But war always demands a sacrifice.

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Truly Wanted

By J.J. Hale

Disability
Small Town Romances
Close Quarters
Bisexual
Friends & Community
Friends to Lovers Romance
Children / Families

After a chaotic childhood in a long line of foster homes, Sam McKenna found her version of serenity in her friendship with Brooke Fields. When tragedy forces Brooke to become a single mother, Sam is there for her. Sam ignores the crush she’s had on Brooke since college. Their relationship is too precious to risk.

After the loss of her husband, Brooke finally dips her toes back into the dating world only to have each encounter end in disaster. If it wasn’t for Sam by her side picking her back up, she might give up on ever finding love again.

After a night of unexpected passion when Brooke and Sam cross the line of friendship, Brooke can’t help but yearn for more with Sam. A chance encounter leads Brooke and Sam on a journey to Sam’s birth family, uncovering the ghosts of Sam’s past and revealing wounds that threaten the friendship both once believed to be indestructible, and any chance for something more.

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A Good Chance

By Ali Vali

Weddings

Harriet “Harry” and Desi Basantes spent sixteen years waiting to find each other again, and now they’re weeks away from a wedding and the baby they’ve planned since high school.

Desi’s sister Rachel Thompson is happy for them. Rachel might wish for her own grand love affair, but her attraction to Harry’s ex Serena Ladding doesn’t exactly spell happily ever after. She’s pretty sure Serena is still in love with Harry and isn’t prepared to take the chance on a broken heart. So then why can’t she stop thinking about Serena?

Angola State Penitentiary is one of the toughest prisons in the country, but when Desi’s ex-husband Byron Simoneaux sees the chance to run, he does with only one goal in mind: to finish what he started and kill Desi, Rachel, and Harry, the women who stole his life.

Can you really outrun your past? For Harry, Desi, and Rachel, it’s a matter of life or death.

 

The sequel to One More Chance

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A Perfect Fifth

By Jaycie Morrison

Music
Virgins/First Love
Financial gap/Class disparity
Coming Out
International Setting
Friends & Community
Royalty
Weddings

Two divides perfectly into four, not five.

Zara Keller is a survivor turned piano phenomenon living for a big dream. When she’s invited to spend the weekend with four long-time friends outside of London, she has little use for luxurious Fullerhill Manor—but Lady Jillian Stansfield might be a different story.

The obligations thrust on Jillian Stansfield as Lady of the Manor center on home and family. Even her best friends expect her to put aside the desire for a meaningful life and carry on her legacy through marriage and children. Will the arrival of a fifth person be enough to tip the balance of their “gang of four” in her favor?

Zara challenges Jillian to pursue grander plans and stirs something new and profound, compelling Jillian to be true to herself and make the hardest decisions of her life. But when tragedy strikes, saving Jillian may cost Zara the goal of a position at the Royal College of Music, and the chance at love. 

Content advisory: This book contains instances of trauma and homophobia.

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Catching Feelings

By Ana Hartnett Reichardt

College Life
Close Quarters
Bisexual
Sports
The Alder Series | Book 2
Enemies to Lovers Romance

As a sophomore, Andrea Foster doesn’t expect to earn the starting catcher position on the Alder University softball team. She’s used to blending in and leaving the spotlight for the likes of Maya Gonzalez, the team’s fiery ace pitcher. No one is more surprised than Andy when she’s named starting catcher and captain of the Alder Lions.

Maya was supposed to be captain, everyone says so. Instead, she’s forced to train with Andy every day, partners for everything, and she isn’t happy about it. But there’s something more than animosity building between them. Tough games, hard losses, and a memorable bus ride later, an undeniable attraction pulls Andy and Maya closer. Now they just need to rise above their differences and lead their team to the College World Series.

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Defiant Hearts

By Lee Lynch

Lawyers
Food
Magic
Disability
Small Town Romances
Virgins/First Love
Animals 
Workplace Romance
Blue Collar
Big City
Financial gap/Class disparity
New York City
Coming Out
People of Color
Actors/Artists
Vacation
Friends & Community
Age Gap
Multicultural 
Firefighters
Friends to Lovers Romance

Gathered for the first time in one collection, these short stories from Lee Lynch represent a quarter century of passionate portrayals of lesbian women. Lynch chronicles the lives of old women who fall in love, a Black firefighter seeking her place in the feminist community, bar dykes unwilling to back down, the denizens of lesbian-owned Café Femmes, and Henny—who runs an urban fruit stand while regaling her baby butch assistants with tales from her life. Iconic characters from Lynch's novels also make an appearance: Frenchy Tonneau from The Swashbuckler and Annie Heaphy from Toothpick House.

Lee Lynch’s work is considered among the classics and a cornerstone in the large and permanent foundation of lesbian literature.

 

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Love and Duty

By Catherine Young

Space Opera
Other Worlds
Royalty

Princess Roseli has always known her duty as heir apparent to the Delphian throne was to marry, not for love, but to form political alliances. That doesn’t stop her from wishing she could marry her three lovers, General Tate, Senator Veritas, and Lady Swann. When her mother, the empress, informs her that she is to marry Princess Lucia, a Calliopean admiral, to secure a military treaty between their planets, her greatest concern is how this will change the delicate balance she has established with her lovers.
 
With a rapidly deteriorating political situation and war looming on the horizon, Princess Roseli has little choice but to learn to get along with her stubborn fiancée, especially if they are all to survive the escalating assassination attempts against them.

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Serendipity

By Kris Bryant

Music
Workplace Romance
Celebrity

Music runs through Annie Foster’s veins. A jingle writer by day and hostess of Coffee & Chords, an open mic night at her best friend’s coffee shack, by night, Annie is doing exactly what she loves. Hitting the big time was never her dream. She has enough followers online to know her music matters. If it’s the right combination of success and happiness, why does she feel empty inside?

Bristol Baines is top of the pop charts, internet famous, and so lonely she could cry. She was tossed into the business at fourteen, and any other kind of life wasn’t in the cards. Living the dream with everything at her fingertips really means a life of disguises, secrecy, and failed relationships. Success has been a big disappointment, and she’s ready for a fresh start even if that means walking away from fame.

Serendipity brings Annie and Bristol together, and their undeniable attraction keeps them close, but will their different paths drive them apart?

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The Haunted Heart

By Jane Kolven

Multicultural 
Ghosts
Magic

A ghost, a ring, and a quest to find a missing psychic—it’s a spell for love.

When Kara discovers her new apartment is haunted by a wise-cracking ghost named Barb, she’s sure it’s the most ridiculous thing she’s ever experienced. Until beautiful former tenant Nisha knocks on the door hoping to find a ring she lost in the apartment. Nisha thinks Barb might have something to do with it, and she wants to find out what’s keeping Barb around. Kara’s convinced they need to send Barb back to the land of the dead. For each to get what they want, they’ll have to work together.

Kara’s not looking to get involved with anyone—especially not someone who believes in ghosts. Nisha only wants to do right by Barb. Kara’s the most frustrating person Nisha’s ever met, and she’s definitely not attracted. But as they uncover Barb’s story, they’ll learn that the power of magic is an unstoppable force.

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The Rules of Forever

By Nan Campbell

Big City
Financial gap/Class disparity
New York City
Reunion Romance

Public school teacher Cara Talarico is determined to pay off her student loans by the time she turns thirty-five and has sworn off everything fun to make it happen—including dating. Attending her high school reunion definitely ranks in the not-fun category. The last thing she expects is to reconnect with Lauren Havemayer, her unrequited crush from ten years ago.

Having just returned from Europe, Lauren barely remembers Cara from their school days but can’t deny the sparks flying between them now. It’s too bad Lauren is abstaining from romance—love has caused her nothing but pain, and she doesn’t trust herself or anyone else.

They embark on a cautious friendship with benefits—no feelings allowed. But with their chemistry off the charts no matter how much they try to fight it, feelings are being felt. They both agreed to the rules at the start, but keeping them is more complicated than it seems.

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