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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Must Have Faith by Deborah Garland (Pre-Order)

Must Have Faith by Deborah Garland

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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 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.



The Surviving Girls by Katee Robert

Release alert for THE SURVIVING GIRLS!

 Don’t miss this intense, and suspenseful crime novel by Katee Robert!

“This is a must read summer read!” —Book Him Danno

“Robert takes the story to an unexpected revelation of who the real killer is and the trip there is highly entertaining in a hang on to your chair kind of way. Every Robert book I’ve read has been filled with well defined, gritty characters and a well-paced plot. The women aren’t Cinderallas and the Princes Charming have an edge to them. Just the way I like it.” —Jeep Diva

The Surviving Girls by Katee Robert

The Surviving Girls
Hidden Sins #3
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Lei Zhang and Emma Nilsson survived a night of unspeakable horror. Twelve years later, it appears their nightmare is starting all over again. Only this time, the women are no longer unsuspecting sorority girls. Though they still fight the emotional scars that night left on them, they also do what they can to help find and bring closure to those not as lucky as they were that fateful night.

A chilling sociopath and nail-biting suspense make The Surviving Girls by Katee Robert an intense, psychological thriller that keeps its readers guessing to the very end. Few suspense books are able to fool me so expertly as this one did, making me doubt myself more than once over the course of my reading experience. And I absolutely loved it!

This book was tightly-woven and expertly plotted, giving rise to strong female characters who though a little bit broken aren’t sitting idly by while life moves on without them. Lei and Emma have formed an unbreakable bond, and it made this book all the more special for it.

A brilliant suspense read and an incredible addition to the Hidden Sins series. If you haven’t yet read these books, I highly recommend this one. The Surviving Girls is Katee Robert at her chilling and suspenseful best!

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The Surviving Girls by Katee RobertThe Surviving Girls
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Hidden Sins #3
Genre: Fiction | RomanceSuspense
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Print Length:  282 pages
Format: Digital and Paperback
ISBN: 978-1503902442

A fierce survivor and a fearless FBI agent battle a copycat serial killer in a gripping thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Twelve years ago, Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson miraculously lived through the notorious Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one of their sisters dead. Still wrestling with the trauma but finally out of the limelight, Lei and Emma are now devoted to helping other victims find closure. But most disturbing for Lei—beyond the gut-wrenching survivor guilt—is that the killer was her boyfriend. He’s behind bars, but she’ll never lower her guard again.

When a copycat killer targets Lei and Emma, FBI Agent Dante Young is put in charge of anticipating the sociopath’s every move. But what he doesn’t expect is his immediate and overpowering attraction to Lei. The closer they get to each other, the more desperate and terrifying the questions become: Who wants to finish what the killer started—and why?

Now Agent Young vows to protect Lei at all costs. If they have any chance of a future together, first they have to stay alive…

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The Surviving Girls 

Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

Lei couldn’t breathe. Her chest closed painfully as if she’d been knocked flat on her back, and her lungs burned with the need for oxygen. Somewhere in the tiny rational corner of her mind, she knew there was nothing really wrong with her, but rational thought had no place in the midst of her panic.

He’s back. Emma was right all along and he’s coming for us.


You’re spiraling.

Travis Berkley is still in jail. This is a copycat, and no matter how bad a copycat is, he can’t be worse than Travis. You survived before. You will this time, too.

A whine cut through her thoughts, and then Saul was there, nudging her hand with his cool nose. She inhaled sharply, suddenly aware that everyone in the room was staring at her. The Feds had the blank-slate expression she’d come to associate with cops when they were in a difficult situation. Emma looked at her as if she was on the verge of her own panic attack.

Lei stroked her hand over Saul’s head, forming a wall of indisputable facts in her mind to keep the fear at bay. She wasn’t twenty-one anymore, only a couple of years out of the stifling family home she’d grown up on, still drunk on freedom and the realization that she could do anything she wanted to with her future.

She’d been an idiot. A child who was playing dress-up without realizing the pitfalls of adulthood.

Though most pitfalls don’t come attached to a knife.

Lei wasn’t that girl anymore. She’d seen the worst Travis Berkley could offer and had the scars to show for it. She could shoot. She could fight. She’d worked with enough cops over the course of her career as a trainer and search team that she had an inside view to how their minds worked.

She would not lose herself to terror.

Another stroke to Saul’s head and she was able to speak. “How close to the original murders are the details?”

Agent Young exchanged a glance with his partner and leaned forward, bracing his elbows on his knees. His big hands dangled between his legs, and she distantly noted that he had really firm thighs beneath the expensive slacks. He spoke slowly, as if gauging her response. “We haven’t had a chance to check the original case files, but the big details are almost identical. The murders were performed in the same way—girls kept in a main room and taken out individually. We think he snuck in through a window, because their condo was on the second floor and he used a knife from the kitchen.”

She could almost hear Travis’s voice in her head, even after all these years. Let me in, Lei-Lei. I have a surprise for you. Stupid. She’d been so incredibly stupid, swayed by a pretty face and a boy her parents would approve of who made her feel. Smart, athletic, the right dollar amount in his family’s bank account. Someone bright and colorful and checking all the right boxes.

Since she couldn’t bring herself to ask if one of the girls let him in, she focused on the rest. “If this is a fan, he must have been in contact with Travis at some point.” She put her hand on Emma’s leg when her friend flinched at his name. The Feds didn’t react, which made her sigh. “But you already knew that. You don’t need me telling you how to do your job. What is it you need?”

Another loaded look between them. They’d obviously been partners for a long time, because they managed to convey an entire conversation’s worth of talking in a single look.

Again, it was Agent Young who took the lead. “We can find the details of the case easily enough, along with your accounts, but what I’d like to know is your take on Travis.”

“Because I dated him.” She stated it baldly, as if the fact she’d slept with a murderer was something she’d dealt with and moved on from. As if the fact didn’t still keep her up at night, moving beneath her skin until she wanted to take a wire brush to her body. There weren’t enough hot showers and bleach baths in the world to change the fact she’d willingly been with him. She could never take that back.

“Because you—both of you—have known him longer than anyone.”

“Agent Young—”


She stopped short. Dante. It fit him somehow—strong and a little bit intense. He masked it well, but there was fire lurking in the depths of his dark eyes, in the way he clenched his fists as they spoke about Travis. She shouldn’t be forming personal opinions about any man, let alone one connected with the case. Lei’s track record had more than proven that fact.

While she was still trying to process her strange and seriously inconvenient reaction to him, Emma had found her voice. She spoke softly, her southern accent giving her breathy tone a pretty lilt. She had a Dolly Parton thing going for her—at least before Dolly got a little crazy for plastic surgery—and Emma wasn’t above playing up the sweet-southern-belle thing when it suited her. “Travis Berkley is a sociopath with a healthy dose of narcissistic personality disorder—which you already know because you read the file. Everything is in the file. We have been doing our best to get past what he did to us—to our sisters—and that means forgetting as much as possible.”

Maybe for Emma. Lei couldn’t afford to forget. It had been her mistake that tipped the first domino that destroyed so many lives. While it was possible Travis could have gotten into the house on his own, she’d been the fool who let him in her window.

The knowledge made her hands shake. Emma might want to do everything to avoid that gory walk down memory lane, but Lei didn’t have that option. Guilt wrapped around her throat, tightening, ever tightening. “You have something specific you’re here for.”

Agent Rowan leaned forward, a clear indication that she’d take it from there. As much as Lei wanted the calming force Dante—Agent Young—seemed to emanate, she turned almost gratefully to the redhead. She eyed her as if Lei was a particularly interesting bug. “We’re theorizing this fucker—”


She didn’t look at him. “These women have seen enough, Dante. You know as well as I do that a few choice curse words aren’t going to have them scrambling for their sniffing salts.”

Lei understood now why Britton had paired these two together. Clarke was the blunt force designed to set a person back on their heels so they were too busy reacting to her foul mouth to stop and think that there might be a shrewd mind behind those deceptively big blue eyes. Dante on the other hand, was a cool summer mist, unruffling feathers and putting everyone in the room at ease with his calm presence. Both agents would be underestimated in different ways, which was only to their benefit.


She eyed the dogs on the floor. Neither of them seemed overly concerned with the Feds in the room. Good. Lei had more than proven she could be fooled, but Saul couldn’t. Every time he reacted poorly to a person, she paid attention—and most of the time something eventually came to light to prove her dog’s instincts correct.

Clarke followed her gaze and then refocused on Lei and then Emma. “A lot of sociopaths think they’re smarter than everyone else in the room—some of them are even right—and Travis sure as hell falls into the latter category. His IQ is 167, and from all accounts, prison hasn’t broken him. What we need to know is if he’d encourage a fan to take these steps.”

“Of course he would. He’s a fucking psycho,” Emma snarled.

“What do you think?” Clarke was looking at Lei.

Because why not? Even now, cops thought Lei had some kind of inside track to the way Travis’s mind worked. She’d dated him for months, had slept with him countless times, and so she must have some insider knowledge to explain how the golden boy went so very, very wrong.

She hadn’t been able to give them a satisfactory answer then. She didn’t have one now, either. But she could try.

Praise for The Hidden Sins Series

“…a captivating read, made all the more rewarding when good triumphs.” —Washington Post on The Devil’s Daughter

“Robert shows off her impressive versatility in this fast-paced and inventive new Hidden Sins series. The small-town setting is a masterful blend of quaint and oppressive, which ratchets the menace and thrill factor. The protagonists carry the full weight of their pasts with them, making their growing relationship as compelling as the mystery element in The Devil’s Daughter. With plenty of twists and betrayals, this is a book that is sure to earn Robert a wealth of new fans.” RT Book Reviews on The Devil’s Daughter

“Katee Robert has definitely picked up the romantic suspense genre and made it her bitch. I can’t wait to see what we get next. Given some of the books I see she’s been using for research, I know it’s going to be frightening and amazing at the same time.” —Goodreads Review

“Every bit as complex as book one but with a totally different storyline, The Hunting Grounds once again proved Katee Robert is more than capable of spinning a thrilling romantic suspense tale that will keep readers on their toes.” Harlequin Junkie on The Hunting Grounds (recommended read)

“Filled with suspense and lot of unpredictable twists and turns…Gripping.” Life at 17on The Hunting Grounds

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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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A Risk Worth Taking by Brynn Kelly

A Risk Worth Taking by Brynn Kelly

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A Risk Worth Taking
The Legionnaires #3
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Right from the start, A Risk Worth Taking stands out as an action-packed thrill ride with complex characterization and many exciting twists and turns. Readers are immediately drawn into skilled computer security expert Samira Desta’s dangerous and desperate plight to bring down a corrupt politician with eyes on a bid for the American presidency. A Senator with far-reaching ties and a man who will stop at nothing to protect his secrets and put an end to his detractors.

After the death—and suspected murder—of her fiancé, Samira has spent the past year in hiding, moving from place to place as she works to find more information about the man behind the threat to her life and the life of her family and friends. Now that her latest cover’s been blown, things have changed. She’s on a mission to put an end to the corruption and threats once and for all, but it will require help from past one night stand, Jamie Armstrong, and his Legionnaires team.

With vivid detail, a fast-paced plot, a strong hero and heroine, and excellent emotional and physical stakes, A Risk Worth Taking is a fantastic and expertly-written romantic suspense story that takes its readers on a memorable and gripping action-adventure. The chemistry between Samira and Jamie is electric and the danger surrounding them is high enough to keep readers on edge until the very end.

A Risk Worth Taking is the third book in author Brynn Kelly’s The Legionnaires series from HQN Books. It’s part of an ongoing series, but it can be read—and highly enjoyed—as a standalone book. 

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A Risk Worth Taking by Brynn KellyA RISK WORTH TAKING
Author: Brynn Kelly
Series: The Legionnaires #3
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HQN
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary | Suspense
ISBN: 9781335498298
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 400
Pub Date: May 29, 2018
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He can’t outrun himself…

Legionnaire Jamie Armstrong lives in the shadows. A medic haunted by his mistakes, he knows better than to hope for redemption. But his latest mission brings a threat he doesn’t see coming—an attraction as irresistible as it is dangerous. Hacker Samira Desta is a woman he swore to forget, but as a key witness to a deadly conspiracy, Samira is his to protect.

But the woman he rescues might be the one who saves him

After a year in hiding, Samira’s worst fears come true when her cover is blown and the unlikeliest of allies comes to her aid—the secretive Scot with whom she shared one unforgettable night. Hunted by lethal forces and losing the battle against their desire, Jamie and Samira make a desperate play to take the fight to their enemy—but those at greatest risk of ruin may be themselves…

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As a journalist, Brynn Kelly once spent her days chasing stranger-than-fiction news reports. Now she spends them writing larger-than-life novels, in a happy bubble of fiendish plots and delicious words.

She’s a current RITA® finalist and RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards nominee.

She has a journalism degree, and has won several other prestigious writing and journalism awards, including the Valerie Parv Award, Pacific Hearts Award and Koru Award. Her debut novel finaled in the Golden Heart®. She’s also a bestselling non-fiction author, in her native New Zealand.

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Rebel Heart by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Rebel Heart by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

(Book Two in the Rush Series)

Release date 5/22/2018

A Contemporary Romance Duet

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors

Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Rebel Heart by Penelope Ward and Vi KeelandABOUT REBEL HEART

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.


Rebel Heir is the second book in the Rush Series Duet. 

Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.


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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over a million books sold, she is a nineteen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Gentleman Nine, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland).

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women’s fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

Lost and Found Sisters  by Jill Shalvis

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Lost and Found Sisters 
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I have been an avid reader of Jill Shalvis’s work since her first Harlequin release came out years ago. I have loved every book I’ve read of hers to date, but this one? This one is my favorite. This one is special. I can’t decide if it’s the depth of character and story or the writing style on whole, or a combination thereof, but from the second I started reading Lost and Found Sisters, I was one hundred percent hooked. Reading to the end became an obsession, as page after enjoyable page flew by.

Compelling, easy to read, fast-paced, and heartfelt, Lost and Found Sisterstakes readers on an unforgettable journey into the heart and mind of a young woman who has lost sight of herself amid the grief that surrounds her. Emotional, witty, sexy, and endearing, this book will sweep readers away with it’s beautiful charm and touching romance. It has everything contemporary romance readers love in their stories, plus a whole lot more.

If you’re looking for a great book to escape into and possibly discuss with your friends, Lost and Found Sisters is definitely the book for you. It’s an amazing read by a highly skilled author who writes with both heart and realism. The kind of book that stays with you, long after you finish the final page.

And what’s more? It’s only the first book in Shalvis’s brand new Wildstone series and the bar is set high for what’s to come next. Personally, I cannot wait.

Side Note: This review was previously published on my Okie Dreams Book Reviews blog.


Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #1.5
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 400
Published: June 20, 2017
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They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.’s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn’t quite fit in right away, she can’t help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there’s another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn’t a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she’s searched so long for.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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First In Series – May and June 2018

FIRST IN SERIES May and June 2018

Interested in starting a new book series? You can!

We’ve got a list of recent and upcoming books that are first in their respective series.

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Author: Tara Wyatt
Series: Blue HEAT #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Romance | Avon Books | Impulse
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
ISBN: 9780062792471
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 384
Pub Date: May 15, 2018
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Detective Sawyer Matthews isn’t just having a bad day—he’s having the worst day. His hunt for the criminal who killed his team member has stalled and now… he’s got to play nice with his new, totally unwanted partner. It’s not that she isn’t qualified, or that he doesn’t like her—it’s because he knows what she looks like naked. So very, very naked.

Brooke Simmons finally landed her dream job working for H.E.A.T, an elite undercover detective squad, and she’s not giving up simply because she had a one-night-stand with her sullen—but undeniably sexy—new partner. They’ll just have to keep it professional. Easier said than done, considering their first case requires Sawyer to infiltrate a drug cartel operating out of a male strip show. Watching him do his best Magic Mike impression every night isn’t just hot—it’s torture.

Sawyer doesn’t need any distractions, yet his attraction to Brooke is explosive and he can’t resist going for round two. Or three. Or four. But as their investigation progresses and danger mounts, they’ll have to put their jobs, hearts, and lives on the line to fight… for each other, for survival, and for justice.

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Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Golden Quill Award and the Booksellers’ Best Award. In addition, she is a 2018 RITA® Finalist for her novella, Until the Sun Sets.

A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Author: Lauren Layne
Series: 21 Wall Street #1
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Imprint: Montlake Romance
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
ISBN: 9781441734679
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 266
Pub Date: May 22, 2018
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Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

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Lauren Layne, a former e-commerce and web marketing manager, moved from Seattle to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. Her first book was published in the summer of 2013, and since then, she’s written more than two dozen romantic comedies, hitting the New York TimesUSA Today, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists. She currently lives in New York City with her husband.

The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with the client. A simple thing to remember…unless you’re a matchmaker with amnesia.

Author: Vivienne Lorret
Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Romance | Avon Books
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Historical
ISBN: 97800626685490
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 384
Pub Date: May 29, 2018
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The Duke of Rydstrom needs a wife. Preferably one with a large fortune and a complete lack of curiosity. The last thing he needs is a meddling matchmaker determined to dig up his dark family secrets.

All Jacinda wants is to find a bride for a duke. How hard could that be? He’s handsome, enigmatic…and hiding something. She’s sure of it. Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet, by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable—and she intends to use every skill she can to discover what’s in his heart.

When Miss Bourne can’t remember what brought her to his ancestral home, Rydstrom intends to keep it that way. Yet as the days pass, his true challenge will be safeguarding his secret while resisting this woman who—confound it all—may well be his perfect match.

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USA TODAY bestselling author Vivienne Lorret transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of The Wallflower Wedding series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall series, The Season’s Original series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more on her upcoming novels, sign up for her newsletter at

With her sassy humor and sexy cowboys, USA Today bestseller Carolyn Brown launches her new Longhorn Canyon series.

One city girl, one die-hard rancher, and eight mischievous kids. What could go wrong?

Author: Carolyn Brown
Series: Longhorn Canyon #1
Publisher: Grand Central
Imprint: Forever
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
ISBN: 9781538744864
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 336
Pub Date: May 29, 2018
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Every summer Cade Maguire looks forward to opening his Longhorn Canyon Ranch to underprivileged city kids. But this year, he’s having no luck finding a counselor for the children-until Retta Palmer walks through his door.

Flat broke after selling everything she owns to pay her father’s medical bills, Retta is thrilled to hear of an opening for a counselor position. She’s not as thrilled about the ranching part, or the sexy cowboy with beautiful blue eyes who’s her new boss.

After being left at the altar two years before by his fiancée, Cade isn’t sure he can take another heartbreak. And Retta isn’t even sure she wants to stay. But the sparks between them are absolutely undeniable. And with a couple of lovable kids and two elderly folks playing matchmaker, Cade and Retta may find that the best way to heal is with each other.

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Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist who has sold more than 3 million books. She presently writes both women’s fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title, and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at

Author: Syrie James
Series: Dare to Defy #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Romance | Avon Books | Impulse
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Historical
ISBN: 9780062849663
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 384
Pub Date: June 12, 2018
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When a runaway heiress runs into trouble, she may end up exactly where she belongs…

Brainy and college-educated, American heiress Alexandra Atherton will do anything to avoid marriage to the English peer her mother has chosen for her—even abandon the life of privilege she’s always known. But as her escape goes horribly wrong, Alexandra must invent a new identity to gain the help of a handsome stranger.

Thomas Carlyle, the Earl of Longford, sweeps in and out of London disguised as a humble artist, earning just enough to keep his ancestral Cornwall estate afloat. When Alexandra crashes into his life, she awakens feelings and desires that he vows will stay buried. Despite himself, he needs this beautiful newcomer, for his sisters have run off another governess.

Alexandra is surprised to find she thrives in her new position at Longford’s home. But as she grows closer to Thomas and his sisters, and her relationship with the emotionally guarded earl unleashes their hidden passions, the truth Alexandra’s been forced to hide may end up coming between her and the only man she’s ever loved.

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Syrie James is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed NocturneDracula, My LoveThe Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte (Great Group Read, Women’s National Book Association; Audie Romance Award, 2011), and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (Best First Novel 2008, Library Journal.) Translation rights for Syrie’s books have been sold in sixteen languages. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves paranormal romance and all things 19th century. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

Author: Harper Sloan
Series: Hearts of Vegas #1
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
ISBN: 978178733770
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 260
Pub Date: June 12, 2018
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Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another. After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was.

A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind. She tries to move on, but he refuses to stand down, wanting what she is terrified to give—herself. This man may very well destroy her in the end, especially when it’s clear he has his own demons.

What happens when two broken souls come together, finally allowing themselves to believe in the beauty of love … only to have to fight harder than ever to keep it.

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Harper Sloan is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best selling author. She resides in north Georgia with her husband and three daughters. While being independently published is a dream, she also has three traditionally published titles with Pocket Books. When she isn’t working hard on her next novel, you can most definitely find her with a book in hand.

Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Romance | Avon Books
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Historical
ISBN: 9780062692061
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 384
Pub Date: June 19, 2018
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When Wicked Comes Calling…

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…

Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion…

But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired.

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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

A heartwarming western romance about a cowboy who gets a second chance with the first love he couldn’t forget in the rugged beauty of the Montana mountains. . . 

Don’t miss this special 2-in-1 edition that includes a bonus western romance novella by Sara Richardson!

Author: R.C. Ryan
Series: Montana Strong #1
Publisher: Grand Central
Imprint: Forever
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
ISBN: 9781538711156
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 496
Pub Date: June 26, 2018
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Once a bad boy…

Ben Monroe was the ultimate bad boy-and everyone in Haller Creek knew it. But now as a sheriff’s deputy, Ben spends his time breaking up bar fights rather than starting them, and staying away from trouble…until Becca Henderson comes back into town. She’s just as beautiful as Ben remembers-and just as far out of his reach.

Coming home is exactly what Becca Henderson needed. A place of her own, a successful new business, and a chance to reconnect with the sexy cowboy she had a crush on in school. Ben has always blazed his own path and never let anyone stand in his way. It excites-and scares-her. But when an unexpected threat surfaces, Becca will see just how far Ben will go to protect the woman he loves-and fight for their chance at forever.

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New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical. Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.

In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America.

R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan.