Interview with R.C. Ryan (Exclusive Giveaway!)

Interview with R.C. Ryan

For our newest All About Cowboys interview, we are thrilled to welcome romance author, R.C. Ryan. This particular interview is in partnership with Forever Romance, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, and is another way to help celebrate the most recent Cowboy of the Month (COTM). If you are new to the site or aren’t otherwise familiar with the COTM campaign, you can find out more on the Forever Romance website, where you can learn about the books they’ve already chosen, as well as see what’s coming up next.

This month’s Cowboy Hero is Ben Monroe from Cowboy On My Mind, R.C. Ryan’s latest release and the first book in her new Montana Strong series. Ben is a rancher and sheriff’s deputy in Haller Creek, Montana and you can read all about him on Forever’s website. In fact, you can find a fantastic hero profile on Ben as well as read an awesome excerpt of the book. And if you’ve read Cowboy On My Mind and you’re on social media talking about Ben or any of the previous or upcoming COTM heroes, be sure to use #CowboyOfTheMonth so Forever Romance and I can see it!

Okie Dreams Readers…Be sure to read to the bottom of this post, because Forever Romance is giving three lucky U.S./Canada readers a full set of The Malloys of Montana series by R.C. Ryan. Each set includes print copies of Luke, Matt, and Reed, the three titles—and Cowboy heroes!—in The Malloys of Montana series. And trust me when I tell you, that’s a set you want to own!

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Cowboy On My Mind by RC Ryan (Review & More)

Cowboy On My Mind by R.C. Ryan


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The Romantic Allure of the Cowboy


How romance authors work to bring these sexy western heroes to life

The Romantic Allure of the Cowboy
A rugged unknown cowboy holding a piece of wood and surrounded by trees | Alexandria Baldridge

While it is true the romantic allure of the cowboy has diminished for movie goers in recent years, it is equally true that romance readers continue to embrace this one of a kind hero.

How do I know this, you ask?

Well, visit any romance book blog, book retailer, or publisher website and you’ll find a plethora of cowboy romances from which to choose. All of them written by new and seasoned authors alike. In fact, from January to December, these cowboy romances grace the shelves like clockwork, giving western romance readers plenty of amazing new cowboy reads from which to choose.

But what is it about these marvelous men that continues to pull romance readers in each and every month? And why doesn’t that same allure hold true for film audiences?

Perhaps, the answer lies within the cowboy code, and how well romance authors utilize its guiding principles and emotional entanglements in their books. 

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Left A Love Story by Mary Hogan

Left: A Love Story by Mary Hogan

In this beautifully crafted novel from the author of the critically-acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of a woman who retreats into a fantasy world on New York City’s Upper West Side as she slowly loses her once whip-smart husband to dementia—perfect for fans of Still Alice.

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Six Sinfully Sexy Harlequin Dare Reads (Sinful Sunday)

Six Sinfully Sexy Harlequin Dare Reads For Sinful Sunday

Hiya, book readers. Today, we’re bringing you a glorious and droolworthy set of covers from Harlequin’s newest line, Harlequin DARE. Why? Well, why not? These six covers are sinfully good and the perfect way to kick off our Sinful Sunday set of posts

If you a romance reader who loves a spicier read but aren’t yet familiar with Harlequin’s new DARE line, you are missing out. Each one of these sexy stories is smoking hot and dares to push the envelope.

Talented authors. Sexy premises. Strong, powerful characters. Quick, fast-paced reads. 

What’s not to love about that? And if you need more convincing…well, here are six gorgeous covers and book summaries to whet your appetite!


My Royal Sin

by Riley Pine

Arrogant Heirs #2

June 1, 2018

Six Drool Worthy Harlequin Dare Covers

She’s totally off-limits…

…which makes her even more irresistible!

Famed for his iron control, Prince Benedict, just weeks from joining the priesthood, is unprepared for the chemistry that ricochets through him when he meets Ruby. She is temptation personified…but she couldn’t be more inappropriate for a royal fling! Except after years of choosing duty over desire his control has finally snapped—he’s choosing pleasure…of the most X-rated kind. After all, if he’s going to indulge in the forbidden, the higher the stakes, the greater the thrill!

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One Night Only

by JC Harroway

June 1, 2018

The romantic vs the cynic…

Chemistry is all they have in common!

New York lawyer Ash has moved to London to escape his demons—and one red-hot night with gorgeous stranger Essie is the perfect distraction! He’s ready to forget about her entirely…until she walks into his office for her first day at work. She’s a romantic, seeking her happily-ever-after—he’s a distrustful cynic who can’t commit… Could a sexy fling be the best mistake of their lives.

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Wild Thing

by Nicola Marsh

Hot Sydney Nights #2

July 1, 2018

She’s never been one to be tamed

But he makes her utterly wild…

He used to be Makayla Tarrant’s best friend, but five years after he broke her heart Hudson Watt is back. He’s hotter than ever—but now he can make or break Mak’s dance career. She wants to hate him. She wants to show him she’s immune to his sex appeal. But most of all Mak wants him…every night and in every way!

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Best Laid Plans

by Rebecca Hunter

Blackmore Inc #1

July 1, 2018

Meet Blackmore Inc., your new favorite team of hot, edgy bodyguards…

A case of mistaken identity…

Leads to disaster…or exquisite temptation?

CEO Cameron Blackmore assumes the PR expert sent from New York to clean up his reputation will be a man. But Jackson McAllister is all woman—as evidenced during their no-names, strangers-in-lust, incredibly sexy one-night stand! Now Cameron and Jackson must keep their hands off each other. But with Jackson shadowing his every move in the boardroom can they forget their time in the bedroom?

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Close to the Edge

by Zara Cox

Aug. 1, 2018

Some lines should never be crossed

…unless it’s wickedly worth it

The moment he meets sublime coding prodigy Lily Gracen, Caleb Steele knows his “never get involved with a client” rule is going to be broken. But not until he stops her stalker. Caleb might be in charge of Lily’s safety, but when they’re locked down in her Silicon Valley mansion she’s the master. For keeping his hands off Lily is bringing Caleb close to the edge of his control…

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Getting Lucky

by Avril Tremayne

Reunions #1

Aug. 1, 2018

He’ll help her get lucky…

And promises to deliver a whole lot more!

With her fertility issues, it’s now or never for Romy Allen. Thankfully, her friend Matt Carter will help her research her options. But then the deliciously sexy entrepreneur tears up her IVF paperwork and presents a counteroffer—the old-fashioned way or nothing! How can she refuse? Especially when multiple orgasms are offered as a tempting bonus!

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Interview with Katee Robert (Author of The Surviving Girls)


Interview with Katee Robert

I am beyond thrilled to welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert to the Okie Dreams website. Katee’s latest book, The Surviving Girls, released at the end of May and quickly became one of my favorite crime reads of the year. Read on to learn more about Katee as well as hear her thoughts on her newest release, her current book series, and the fascination people seem to have with serial murder. You can also find out what’s coming up next from this fabulously talented and wonderfully prolific author.

Meet Katee Robert

 Author of The Surviving Girls

Interview with Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Q & A 

Hi Katee! Thanks for being here today! For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us a little bit about you and your newest release, The Surviving Girls?

KATEE: Thank you so much for having me! The Surviving Girls is a story about two women who survived a sorority house massacre when they were in college. Fast forward twelve years and they’ve moved on as best they can. But the past comes calling and there’s a new killer out there who seems to be determined to finish the task the Sorority Row Killer started—and he’s gunning for the survivors.

The Surviving Girls by Katee RobertWhy did you choose Sorority Row murders for the third book in the Hidden Sins series?

KATEE: I spent a lot of time thinking about what it would look like to be a survivor of a notorious killer, and how someone would deal with that. They survived, yes, but now they’ve seen the worst the world has to offer. They know the monster in the closet isn’t make-believe. What would the life of someone like that look like if they decided they weren’t going to hide away? If they were going to fight?

And so Lei and Emma were created. They took on a life of their own almost immediately, so then it was just a matter of getting it put to paper. 

Did you base Lei, Emma, or Dante on anyone in particular? What about Travis Berkley?

KATEE: I try really hard not to base any of my characters on real people. They’re real to me, so they end up just as complex as real life people, and I don’t want reality clouding that. That said, Travis Berkley is probably two parts Ted Bundy, one part Richard Speck (his crimes are what I used as inspiration for the original massacre).

What kind of research did you do for The Surviving Girls? Or the Hidden Sins series on whole?

KATEE: I am 100% on some kind of watch list as the result of this series. Each book has its own thing that I become a mini-expert on by the time I’m through drafting (cults for The Devil’s Daughter, Glacier National Park for The Hunting Grounds). For The Surviving Girls, it was cadaver dogs. I’ve always wanted to incorporate them into a book because the whole process of training a dog to find clandestine graves is nuts, and the fact that they can is even more nuts to me. Everything Lei’s dog, Saul, does in the book is based in real-life examples of what cadaver dogs (and working dogs in general) are capable of.

Do you naturally gravitate toward crime and suspense reads yourself or do you prefer fantasy and fiction reads?

KATEE: I rotate through. I can’t read what I’m currently writing, so I am usually cycling through YA (specifically horror and fantasy), fantasy, and suspense novels. I’m really picky about my suspense, though, because there are certain things I just can’t handle reading. Lisa Gardner is my one consistent suspense author because she always takes me right up to the edge of what I’m okay with, but she never tosses me into the deep end.

Are you hooked on any current true crime TV Shows or podcasts?              

KATEE: I am a hardcore My Favorite Murder junkie. I don’t watch a ton of true crime shows, but I just binge-watched Wild Wild Country and it was crazysauce.

Why do you think people are so fascinated with serial murder and the men (and women) who commit these violent acts as well as those who seek to solve them?

KATEE: I think it’s because they’re so alien to how most people operate. The average person can probably admit that there are certain circumstances that can drive anyone to murder in the moment, but stranger-on-stranger murder is so much harder to imagine committing. Throw in the fact that there are often ritualistic aspects to how the bodies are left or patterns in general, and it’s like a puzzle we can’t help but poke at.

What’s coming up next for you? Any more suspense reads in the works?

KATEE: I have a mermaid novella showing up this summer, and then there will be a MMF ménage romance in the fall. I’m working on some stuff I can’t talk about quite yet, but you’ll definitely see suspense from me in the future! I love it!

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Hidden Sins Series


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You can read our reviews of this fantastic series herehere, and here

5 Awesome Crime Reads for Throwback Thursday

5 Awesome Crime Reads

for Throwback Thursday

I first read these books when I was in college, shortly after their original release. These books hit upon my love of both psychology and law enforcement and to this day, I remember every single bit of these books and the reason I loved them. The crimes, the fear, the forensics, the search, the characters…all of it made an impact. And each one of these books still hold a spot on my keeper shelves today.

A Face of Deception

by Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan #1

5 Awesome Crime Reads for Throwback ThursdayAn unidentified skull…

A trail of terrifying secrets…

And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth…

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. Her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve’s way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accepts work from billionaire John Logan. 

Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct—a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that truth goes to the grave…even if Eve gets buried with it.

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The Perfect Evil

by Alex Kava

Maggie O’Dell #1

A killer is watching . . .

The brutal murders of three young boys paralyze the citizens of Platte City, Nebraska. What’s worse is the grim realization that the man recently executed for the crimes was a copycat. When Sheriff Nick Morrelli is called to the scene of another grisly murder, it becomes clear that the real predator is still at large, waiting to kill again.

Morreli understands the urgency of the case terrorizing his community, but it’s the experienced eye of FBI criminal profiler Maggie O’Dell that pinpoints the true nature of the evil behind the killings — a revelation made all the more horrific when Morrelli’s own nephew goes missing.

Maggie understands something else: the killer is enjoying himself, relishing his ability to stay one step ahead of her, making this case more personal by the hour. Because out there, watching, is a killer with a heart of pure and perfect evil.

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Hot Blooded

by Lisa Jackson

New Orleans #1

(Bentz/Montoya Series)

With “Hot Blooded”, Lisa Jackson follows firmly in the footsteps of fellow New York Times bestselling authors Iris Johansen and Tami Hoag. An acknowledged master at crafting tales of romantic suspense, Jackson now weaves even stronger threads of tension and intrigue into this pulse-pounding tale.

A prostitute lies strangled in a seedy French Quarter hotel room. Miles away, in a rambling plantation house on the sultry shores of Lake Ponchartrain, popular late-night radio host Dr. Samantha Leeds receives a threatening crank call. Soon, another hooker’s corpse turns up. Samantha’s ominous caller persists, along with a mysterious female claiming to be a woman from her past — a woman who’s been dead for years. With Detective Rick Bentz convinced that the serial killer prowling the shadowy streets of New Orleans is somebody close to Samantha, she doesn’t dare trust anyone. Especially Ty Wheeler, her seductive new neighbor who seems to know more about her than a stranger should.

Someone has discovered Samantha’s darkest secret. Somebody is convinced that lives must be sacrificed to pay for her sins. So far, the victims have been strangers. Prostitutes. But as a cunning, cold-blooded killer grows bolder, Samantha wonders in dread if she will be the next to die.

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Stealing Shadows

by Kay Hooper

Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #1


Psychic Cassie Neill helps the L.A. police catch killers – until she makes a terrible mistake and an innocent child dies. Cassie flees to a small North Carolina town, hoping that a quiet life will silence the voices that invade her unwilling mind. But Cassie’s abilities know few boundaries. And she’s become certain – as no one else can be – that a murderer is stalking Ryan’s Bluff.

It’s his fury that Cassie senses first, then his foul thoughts and perverse excitement. Yet she doesn’t know who he is or where he will strike. The sheriff won’t even listen to her – until the first body is found exactly where and how she predicted. Now a suspect herself, she races desperately to unmask the killer in the only way she knows: by entering his twisted mind. Her every step is loaded with fear and uncertainty… because if he senses her within him, he’ll trap her there, so deep she’ll never find her way out.

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Die For Me

by Karen Rose

Daniel Vartanian #1

(Romantic Suspense #7)


The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the empty graves terrify her-the killer isn’t done yet.


He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop. One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard-the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist…


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10 Harlequin Temptation Reads for Throwback Thursday

10 Harlequin Temptation Reads for Throwback Thursday

As a reader, one of the saddest days I’ve had was the day Harlequin decided to close the Temptation line. So many of my favorite authors came from that line and I devoured the books each and every month. I loved the books so much, I still have over a hundred of them sitting on my keeper shelf and I can still name the title, author, and plot of a few dozen of them.

Here are 10 of my favorite Harlequin Temptation reads, in no particular order.

Santa in a Stetson

by Vicki Lewis Thompson


Santa never looked so good!

Jo Cassidy had always had a weakness for cowboys—especially strapping, sexy devils like Russ Gibson. In one short night, he’d done more than make her weak—he’d loved every inch of her…and then walked out. That was it for Jo. Slipping a ring on her finger, she decided to invent a husband. The next time a gorgeous cowpoke crossed her path, she’d be unavailable.

But then Russ showed up on her doorstep Christmas Eve, needing her help. Throughout the snowy, magical night, Jo and Russ found themselves falling in love. But Jo’s strategy for self-preservation had worked too well. Because no matter what she said, Russ still believed Jo was somebody else’s wife….

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by Carly Phillips

Samantha Reed is willing to settle into marriage as a trophy wife to a wealthy older man–if it will help her aging father pay off his debts. But not before having her first, last and only fling–cramming a lifetime’s worth of lust into one weekend with the first available guy she finds. And when her car breaks down near a roadside tavern, she sets her sights on the sexy bartender–Mac Mackenzie…the perfect man for her love-him-and-leave-him fantasy.

Only, it never occurs to Samantha that she might fall in love–or that Mac might have a few fantasies of his own….

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Constant Craving

by  Tori Carrington

Adam Grayson, undercover FBI agent extraordinaire, had never hated an assignment so much–or wanted a woman so badly. His new supervisor, Eva Burgess, had quickly become a prominent player in his favorite fantasy. Not that he had any chance with her–his cover as a geeky accountant pretty well shot down any possibilities there. Then she propositioned him…

Alone and expecting, Eva needed to find a husband…at least a temporary one. And with Adam she was certain she’d have no trouble ending the charade. But she hadn’t expected Adam to be so compelling, so sexy…so male. Nor did she guess that she’d start to crave their moments together with a need that took her breath away.

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The Heartbreak Kid

by Alison Kent

Electrician Sophie North felt as if she’d touched a live wire the first time she laid eyes on Tyler Barnes. Hardly unexpected. He had a heartbreaking grin, an incredible body, and a thousand watts of cowboy charm. Half the single women in Brodie, Texas, were out to snag him now that he was setting up his veterinary practice. 

But Sophie was just passing through. And she’d sworn never to live her life at the mercy of her own passionate nature—not after passion had destroyed her chance for a real family. Nevertheless, every time Tyler came near her response was shocking. Which wasn’t supposed to be happening. Lightning was only supposed to strike once!

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Learning Curves

by Joanne Rock

Graduate student Madeline Watson can’t believe the university rejected her human-mating-rituals study, hinting a good girl like her can’t handle the racy subject. Okay, so maybe she has a few gaps in her mating knowlege. But she’s changing that by propositioning the campus bad boy Cal Turner. With his expert instruction, she’ll learn the finer points of desire… and how much fun it is being bad.

Mechanic-turned-teacher Cal has to shake a reputation that’s been a lifetime in the making. Which means he can’t risk a public fling with Maddy… and he can’t refuse her oh-so-tempting offer. But he could give her private lessons– just the two of them– studying the art of seduction. Until their passionate sessions overheat the classroom and Cal’s left wondering who really is the teacher.

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Logan’s Way

by Lisa Ann Verge


Ginny Van Saun thought she was alone—until she stepped out of the shower naked and discovered a brawny, handsome, angry man in her room. She wasn’t a people person at the best of times, and his compelling presence was unsettling, to say the least. No way was she going to share her intimate hideaway with such a man!


No way was Logan Macallister going to be run off by some sexy, volatile redheaded intruder! If she wanted to share his place for a few weeks, okay. But it would be on his terms. And after his first unforgettable sight of Ginny, he knew what those terms would be….

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Charlie All Night

by Jennifer Crusie

Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB’s prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he’s willing to help cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that’s an added bonus.

Charlie just wants to kick back, play good tunes and eat Chinese food. He’s not interested in becoming famous. But he isinterested in Allie. And after all, what harm is a little chemistry between friends?

But suddenly their one-night stand has become a four-week addiction. Night after night on the airwaves, his voice seduces her…and all the other women in town. He’s a hit. It looks as if Charlie’s solved all Allie’s problems…except one. What is she going to do when he leaves?

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by Lori Foster

Tony Austin had no desire for a wife, but he longed for a baby of his own. What he needed was someone to carry the child and then vanish from his life.

The last thing Olivia Anderson wanted was a husband…and a child. All she was expecting was a night or two of incredibly hot, passionate sex.

It should have been perfect…. Scandalous, but perfect. Only, sometimes passion gets out of control, and love upsets even the best-laid plans.

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Tangling with Ty

by Jill Shalvis

Dr. Nicole Mann is simply too busy for romance. Her work as a surgeon consumes her entire world and she prefers it that way. That is, until she meets too-charming-for-his-own- good Ty O’Grady. This sexy architect with his enticing Irish accent has her thinking of something other than medicine. So she’ll prescribe herself an intense–but temporary–round of seduction to cure this Ty fever once and for all.

Stubborn, strong and entirely too desirable, Nicole is Ty’s match. When one hot touch leads to another, and another, this footloose drifter suddenly is thinking of a relationship with a design to forever. So he’s pulling out all the sensual stops and will do anything to show her a temptation that’s irresistible!

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Tangled Sheets

by Jo Leigh



It had started as a dare. Maggie Beaumont was going to finally do the wild thing with her fiance. At a masquerade party, no less–in costume who would know? Except somehow in the dark Maggie snuck off with the wrong man! He was dressed exactly like her fiance and he never protested once! Even after she loved him senseless….

Spencer Daniels couldn’t believe his luck. He’d returned home to win his ex-wife hack–to convince Maggie not to walk down the aisle. Her sensual welcome was a delightful surprise.

Maggie was in shock–and torn. How on earth could she untangle this mess? Especially when she couldn’t put Spencer’s sizzling touch out of her mind…. 

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Must Have Faith by Deborah Garland (Pre-Order)

Must Have Faith by Deborah Garland

Must Have Faith by Deborah GarlandMust Have Faith
Author: Deborah Garland
Series: Darling Cove #2
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Publisher: Roane Publishing
ISBN-10: 1719542104
ISBN-13: 9781370586066
264 Pages

Forgiving isn’t easy. Forgetting may be impossible.

Greg Mallory isn’t the kind of man to wallow just because he was left at the altar. Not when there are plenty of women to help him forget his heartbreak. But as the only Mallory son he has an obligation to carry on the family name. When Greg’s runaway bride returns, his head tells him to keep his distance, but his body and his heart are both begging for a second chance.

Faith Copeland bolted out of Darling Cove with a shameful secret and stayed away for ten years thinking Greg Mallory would never forgive her. Coming home means facing her past and Greg. She just didn’t think he still had the power to make her melt after all this time.

One moment alone proves their attraction is stronger than ever. Are they brave enough to start fresh? Or will past secrets destroy their second chance at happy-ever-after once and for all?

Book Excerpt

Must Have Faith

Greg cleared his throat and leaned in. “Anyway, there’s something I want to ask you.”

A small wave of panic ticked up Faith’s heart rate. Was he going to ask her why she really left? Could this be the moment where she came clean? She swallowed. Hard. Yes. This is the perfect time. And place because he couldn’t make a ridiculous scene. Although he could leave her there alone. That thought sent a pain through her chest so sharp, she rubbed her blouse. Her heart was hammering under her fingers and her mouth went bone dry.

Greg watched her with curiosity and concern. “Faith?”

“Sure. You can ask me anything.” She sat up, ready to explain the worst mistake of her life and watch the man she loved grow to hate her before her very eyes. “Go ahead.”

“Do you think any less or different of me from what I told you about Miranda and the other women?” Greg’s voice carried a hint of pain like he feared her answer.

It was if she’d been tied to a pole in front of a firing squad…and they missed. God! He was concerned about himself and his behavior. But how to answer? Yes. Of course, it bothered her. And if the situation had been reversed where he’d left and while he’d been away she’d banged all kinds of men…let all different men have their way with her. In all different places and all different ways, Greg would have a heart attack. So yes, it bothered her. But that would make her the huge hypocrite.

“You’re not the only one who was possessive, Greg. I wanted you, remember. And I fought to get you. So yes, it hurts. But I know I have no right to feel that way.” Faith stood to go to the ladies’ room.

She wasn’t sure if she had to throw up or just needed to release some tears and gear up. She was ready to tell Greg about that night, but was thankful to have a minute to consider how she’d put it. “I’ll be right back.”

When she turned to step toward the back of the diner, a body plowed into her. The forceful push sent her to the ground and her palms smacked flat against the sticky linoleum.

Greg jumped up, pushing the man. “Hey! Watch it.” He reached down to pick her up, but was shoved backwards.

The man lifted her instead, holding her by the throat. There was something cold and sharp against her neck.

Faith knew from experience it was the long serrated edge of a knife.


In the time it took Greg to get to his feet, he’d drawn his gun.

The man’s face registered. He was the brother of the man his father had killed.

“I know who you are, asshole.” Greg’s feet were in position, his hand tight against the groves of the gun’s handle. “Get that knife away from her throat.”

“Good. And I guess you know how this works. Your father takes someone from me and I take someone from you.” He jammed his arm harder around Faith’s chest forcing a loud gasp to escape hoarsely from her.

“Maybe where you come from that’s justice.” Greg inched closer sending the man back a step. “Here…that’s going to make your mother bury another son. Is that what you want?”

The man pulled Faith away, his back hard against the counter. Whipping his head toward the register where the waitress stood frozen, he yelled, “You call anyone bitch, she dies, he dies and then you.”

“Make the call!” Greg screamed with confidence.

Faith’s face was blank, not looking at him. Hiding her fear, he suspected. To stop him from throwing all his emotion into his trigger finger. He watched the man’s eyes as he was trained searching for hints of his next move.

But when Faith looked up at him, her eyes were blinking fast then slow beats. Christ, was she having a stroke? Her fingers lifted off the man’s arms slightly and she went limp, falling out of his hold. The man jerked back confused. Faith wasn’t having a stroke, she was distracting him.

That’s my girl!

Greg shoved the gun into his curve of his back and dove pushing the man down. He climbed over Faith to get to him, kneeing her in the stomach and knocking against her head. But Greg didn’t care, he just needed that knife away from her. His right hand yanked the man’s hold on the knife and his knee pressed hard into the man’s groin. Swinging his other leg around to step on the man’s wrist, the knife came loose. He pushed it out of the way.

The man was subdued for the moment, but a surge of energy was expected. Preparing, Greg looked behind him to make sure Faith was a safe distance away. She wasn’t.

His throat swelled staring down the barrel of his own gun. “The safety’s not back on, Faith.”

“I know how to use a gun.” She stepped forward pointing his Glock at the man, who had decided not to struggle after all and had turned white.

A faint siren and the flash of lights turning the corner caught Greg’s attention. He lowered his voice. “Faith, put that gun down. Now!”

“You’re not going to take me,” she said pointing it at the man. “You are not going to take me!”

“No one is taking you anywhere, Faith. You’re safe. I’ve got this.”

“Gun!” An officer yelled storming into the diner, pointing his gun at Faith. “Drop it!”

Greg whipped his head around. “Stand down!”

“Mallory what’s going on?” Another officer thundered in.

“Someone take this piece of shit,” Greg responded. “That knife is his, watch the prints. He put it to her throat.”

“22409 requests immediate back-up to Sadie’s diner. Officer on the scene,” he said into the radio strapped to his shoulder.

“Copy that,” the acknowledgement crackled.

“Mallory, she’s got to lower that weapon.”

“Faith, look at me. Give me the gun.”

“He’s not going to take me.” Her voice squeaked like a small child.

“No one is going to take you anywhere. I’m here, Babe. You’re safe.” He inched closer, a strange feeling washing over him that she wasn’t talking to him and therefore not hearing him respond.

The tips of his fingers reached the rim of the gun barrel and his heart spiked when she didn’t jerk it away. The Glock slacked into his hand. He clicked the safety and shoved it into the curve of his lower back while Faith fell forward into his arms.

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Deborah Garland

Must Have Faith

The runaway bride is back.

Deborah Garland is a versatile author of women’s fiction, contemporary and paranormal romances. Her books are about love and the struggles of complicated relationships. The heroines are strong and witty and the heroes fall hard for them. She lives on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband and their two pugs, Zoe and Harley.

Deborah is a member of the national RWA organization (Romance Writers of America) as well as its long island and new jersey chapters. The release of must love fashion qualified her to be a part of their published authors network (pan).

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The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland (Cover Reveal)

The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland

A Standalone Second Chance Romance Novel         

by #1 NYT Bestselling Author, Vi Keeland

RELEASE DATE: Monday, July 23, 2018

Synopsis: It was just a typical Monday.

Until the big boss asked me to make the pitch for a prospective new client.

After two years on shaky ground at work because of my screw up, an opportunity to impress the senior partners was just what I needed.

Or so I thought…

Until I walked into the conference room and collided with the man I was supposed to pitch.

My coffee spilled, my files tumbled to the ground, and I almost lost my balance.

And that was the good part of my day.

Because the gorgeous man crouched down and looking at me like he wanted to eat me alive, was none other than my ex, Gray Westbrook.

A man who I’d only just begun to move on from.

A man who my heart despised—yet my body obviously still had other ideas about.

A man who was as charismatic and confident as he was sexy.

Somehow, I managed to make it through my presentation ignoring his intense stare.

Although it was impossible to ignore all the dirty things he whispered into my ear right after I was done.

But there was no way I was giving him another chance, especially now that he was a client…was there?

The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland

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The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

The Wonder Of You by Harper Kincaid

The Wonder Of You
A Different Kind of Wonderland #1
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The Wonder of You introduces us to Alice and Dare and though they didn’t have the best of beginnings, it was certainly memorable…and a whole lot of fun. Both Alice and Dare have great chemistry and character voices, which made for a wonderful, light-hearted, sexy romantic comedy.

Headstrong, lively, and unique, Alice is the perfect heroine to take readers on a journey through the rabbit hole and into New York City and its many charms. I loved her Southern sayings almost as much as I loved her witty banter with captivating artist and eligible bachelor, Dare.

Fun, well-written, and enticing, The Wonder Of You by Harper Kincaid is a sexy, playful romantic comedy with two entertaining and unforgettable characters. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. The natural flow of the dialogue as well as the fast-pacing of the scenes made for a quick, enjoyable read that I absolutely loved.


The Wonder Of You by Harper KincaidTHE WONDER OF YOU
Author: Harper Kincaid
Series: A Different Kind of Wonderland #1
Publisher: Harper Kincaid Romance
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
ISBN: 9781973227908
Format:  Digital
Pages: 200
Pub Date: Feb. 13, 2018

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland: New York City.

The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program.

Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’.Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude.

He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart.

Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.

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Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people’s hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky – and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.

When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl,  the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh ’til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia.