Hey Girl! Check out these new releases from June 22nd-28th.
fast by Millie Belizaire
1. A girl or guy who is quick to engage in sexual activities.
–Oftentimes used to shame. Oftentimes used to blame victims for their own abuse.
After the untimely death of her mother, Caprice Latimore has to move in with her grandmother. At eight years old, life as she knows it is turned upside down. The trauma of losing her mother is made worse with the introduction of Marcel, her grandmother’s adult son who still lives in the home.
Her uncle Marcel takes an inappropriate interest in her that ultimately results in a tragic breaking point for the child. The only silver lining is that shortly after what Caprice calls “that night”, Marcel is booked by local police with a drug possession charge. He’s sentenced to prison for twelve years.
Seven years later, however, Marcel is released on good behavior.
Caprice is now sixteen, still dealing with the emotional scars of the past. But things aren’t like they were before.
Because now she has Shaun Taylor, the boy across the street who will do whatever it takes to make sure no one ever hurts Caprice again.
fast is a standalone that spans twenty years. Separated into three acts, we watch Caprice grow from eight years old to sixteen years old to twenty-eight years old. She gets hurt, she falls in love, she grows, and she just might overcome.
fast is a story written about victims who were made to feel like their abuse was their own fault.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Child abuse, assault in prisons, mental instability, etc.
Some themes touched upon in this story may trigger you. Please protect your mental health.
The Reinvention of the Rose by Christina C. Jones
Not a phenomenon Tempest could typically claim, but certainly the catalyst for where she’s landed. Not in peril, or pain, but in dire need of the very normalcy she’s often emulated, but never been able to obtain.
Now… there’s nothing in her way, except all those years of being everything except what she now has to become.
As soon as she figures out who that is.
Pieces of Love: a collection of shorts by D. Rose
Pieces of Love is a collection of shorts that follows six couples on their journey to love.
The stories include:
A serendipitous weekend with an unlikely acquaintance.
Friends becoming lovers.
A couple who share those three precious words for the first time.
Two strangers who go on an unexpected first date.
A couple who is deciding their next step.
Damaged hearts deciding to give love a second chance.
Go Deep (Unexpected Lovers Book 1) by Rilzy Adams
It was all supposed to be so simple.
Navaya Howard is an erotic writer in a rut. Her readers are fed up of her stale plots and Navaya can’t blame them. She’s been celibate for over a year and a half since finding her now ex-boyfriend’s side chick’s positive pregnancy test on her bathroom counter. How can she write steamy romances if she can barely remember which body parts go into the other?
Navaya enlists the help of her best friend, Xander, to revive the inspiration that used to have her sitting comfortably at the top of her game. What happens when the sex hits deeper than either of them expected and the tender emotions can no longer be denied?
Navaya and Xander’s arrangement has gone far deeper than intended.
Will their friendship and their hearts survive the fall?
Darke Hearts: Safe Haven by Grey Huffington
You should indulge. It’ll make you smile.
Until I Met You by Monica Walters
Vance Etienne has lived his life on his terms. He enjoyed a fulfilling marriage until the sudden death of his wife scarred him emotionally, but not enough to deter him from being a great person and father. However, things go haywire when his daughter’s boyfriend makes the horrible decision to assault her, changing Vance’s life forever. Although she is twenty-one, she’s still totally dependent on him as she matriculates through college. After suffering the consequences of the decisions he made in regards to the abuse she suffered, he meets a woman that possesses him from the moment their eyes meet. He soon realizes that Jennifer Monroe is offering what he’s been craving since the loss of his wife.
Jennifer Monroe has literally pulled herself from the slums of her past to become a better woman. After being in an abusive marriage for twenty years, she finds herself sinking into a depression so deep she contemplates suicide. Being a retired social worker, she takes advantage of programs to help herself get back on track, falling in love with who she is all over again. Her gained self-confidence becomes evident and she longs for something that she didn’t have for most of her marriage to her ex-husband. Love. The night she meets Vance Etienne, the father of a young woman in her life, she knows he’s her one. But somehow, she finds herself thinking of the past with her ex-husband more often than she should.
There’s no doubt about what Vance and Jennifer feel for one another. Can they let the hurt of the past go to focus on their future? Will their pasts be willing to release them from
No Greater Love (Heart of a Jameson Book 2) by Danielle Burton
Hunter Jameson is completely and irrevocably against love. He wants nothing to do with it. So much so that he’s sworn off relationships with women, including friendship. He simply refuses to fall victim to that four letter word.
Willow Yuen is done with love. After walking out on a decade long relationship, she’s concluded that the heartache of trying again isn’t worth it. For the first time in her adult life she’s single and she plans to enjoy every second of it.
Crossing paths with Willow is nothing more than a coincidence to Hunter. But when the chance encounter leaves him with a strange feeling in his chest, he has to question why. Those questions continue to plague him as their lives become entangled and he’s tempted to break his own rules.
Still jaded by her last toxic relationship, friendship is all Willow is willing to give. But with her past literally haunting her, even that may prove to be complicated.
Some say there is nothing greater than love, but it may also come at a cost.
Love in Noire: A Novelette by Ivy Laika
“In a world that failed to see the beauty of blackness, we were falling in love in it.”
After a chance encounter, Noire and Jems find themselves on what appears to be the opposite side of the justice system. In a time when unity within the black community is needed the most, the pair embark on a day long journey to help each other heal from the pain that is plaguing their community.
But will that be enough to solidify their undeniable connection? Will they find love in Noire? Or will they be kept apart by the one thing they are fighting for and against?
Resistance: A Love Story (The Shorts Book 9) by Nia Forrester
Kai is an accidental activist, drawn to protest only because the alternative—to not protest—feels unimaginable in a turbulent time like this.
And Lila is a longtime social justice warrior. At least in theory.
Trying to find their footing and independent voices in the middle of a new movement, they just might find something else—a new love.
Four Minutes: A Novella by Malay Reneé
What happens when you feel as if you have all the time in the world to fix your mistakes? When you take for granted the ones who love you the most? What happens when you have all of four minutes to prove your worth?
Jarvis Richards has always been the man. He comes from wealth and has his head on straight when it comes to his passion. In the midst of becoming the best version of himself, he takes a step towards a new journey– the journey of love. No woman has ever been able to tame him, but that all changes when he meets the love of his life, Sinead De la Rue.
In the meeting of Sinead, Jarvis gets the immediate feeling of “she belongs to me” and he does everything in his power to have her… even throwing in his playboy card and becoming a monogamist. Jarvis has found the woman that speaks to his soul, but is that enough to keep him somewhere he’s made his home?
Sinead is doing everything it takes to tame the A’s favorite dawg. She’s playing her part in being his peace, trying to prove that she is enough. What she doesn’t expect is for her love to become too much. Love is learned, given, and taken away. Can these two remain in each other’s lives and sustain their love… or will they walk away?
When Love Comes Down by Asar
Kasaundra Sanford has done nothing but be true to herself. She is who she is, and isn’t changing for anyone. She calls it self-love and putting herself first. However, everyone around her calls it something else: fear. Since a very harsh break-up, Kasaundra can have attraction. She can take anyone to bed. She can’t—she won’t have love. Well, that’s until painter and poet, Amir Davis, enters her life.
Was it love at first sight? Was it an instant attraction? Kasaundra doesn’t know; all she does know is that she’s never felt anything like what she feels for Amir.
After a game of cat-and-mouse between the two and a hot night of passion, they both agree on friendship. But it feels like the Universe is hell-bent on breaking Kasaundra’s will to open up her heart to love. As she does, Kasaundra begins to feel a wide array of emotions in terms of the new man in her life.
Happiness. Anger. Bliss. Jealousy. Kasaundra can’t seem to keep herself in check.
Love’s calling her name. Will she follow her heart and answer? Or will her emotions cause her to reject possibly the best thing going in her life?
Sinful Affair by J. Brinkley
Kiera and Elijah used to be the ultimate high school sweethearts. After marrying in college and enduring challenge after challenge throughout their years together, their marriage fell into ruins. Numerous disappointments and betrayals broke Kiera down to an empty shell of who she used to be. Now that she has reached her forties, she tries to find her way back to herself by joining a volunteer organization, where she meets a young fitness trainer named Brandon. Faced with dynamic chemistry and a marriage that is in shambles, Kiera finds herself torn on how she wants to live the rest of her life. Should she save her marriage with a man she used to fall head over heels for, or pursue a man who promises her a life of fun and adventure?
Can’t Get Enough by Arien Denton
Handsome and charismatic, Chance Franklin, has always lived life to the fullest. Growing up in the fast paced, gritty streets of Chicago, Chance quickly learned the art of the hustle and how to acquire the finer things life had to offer. Raised in a single parent household with a loving mother, Chance relied on his intelligence and gift of gab to protect his mother and survive the tough streets.
Young and fly, Chance soon meets his match in Tamara, a knockout femme fatale that captured his attention with her runway walk. Beautiful, with wit and intelligence, Tamara looks to be everything young Chance could dream of. The young beauty introduces him to the kinkier side of life and before long, has him hooked –mind, body, and soul. As their two worlds merge, it seems as if the two lovebirds’ fate would have a fairytale ending.
Then tragedy strikes and shakes the foundation of Chance’s entire world, leaving him in a new city with a deep, resounding emptiness in his heart. As Chance tries to pick up the pieces of his life and navigate the moral dilemmas surrounding his new love interest, he just can’t shake Tamara from his mind and heart.
Years pass before Chance settles back in his hometown with a newfound career and passion. Yet his bed and heart remain cold, until Tamara’s reappearance into his life with a proposal no sane man could refuse.
A Sonday Kind of Love by Tucora Monique
“Maybe I’m a miracle, waiting for the miracle.”–Jhené Aiko
After almost losing himself to society’s expectations and being betrayed by the only woman he trusted with his insecurities, Moses Sonday has been forced to take a much-needed break. The oldest grandson of two, Moses is appointed to sort through his grandfather’s affairs and given the opportunity to not only connect with his glassblowing roots, but to find someone to restore his faith in new days.
Nelli Sweets is a betrayed romantic. Raised to believe marriage guarantees a happily ever after, the freelance photographer is knocked off her pedestal when a shocking truth disrupts her plans. As luck would have it, an alarming call prompts Nelli to uproot her life and abandon her traditions. Unbeknownst to the hopeless romantic, her trip to Davison Keys and her new gig as a housekeeper may be just the clean slate she needs.
Basel (The Brother Ali Book 1) by Celeste Granger
From USA Today Bestselling Author, Celeste Granger.
Singapore brought them together and almost tore them apart.
Textile specialist, Aya Masters, travels the world negotiating in high powered board rooms and bridging the economic divide between the poor and the wealthiest of the wealthy. The only absence in her life is the love of family. Basel Ali, international finance manager for Ali International, crosses the globe seeking out new investments for his family’s millions. Private jets, board rooms and five-star hotels are the accommodations that signify his life. For Basel, honoring his family and the family name are everything.
A chance encounter in Singapore brings Aya into Basel’s orbit. He finds himself lured by her exotic beauty, brilliant mind, and sophisticated allure. Aya notices Basel, too, and finds herself not only intrigued by him but willing to take a risk with the one thing she’d always protected, her heart. The uncanny magnetism between the two shifts the world on its axis and throws Basel and Aya into a whirlwind romance neither could have anticipated.
This book is a standalone and has a happily ever after. This book is interconnected to the Brothers Ali Series.
Intimate Strangers by Marie Nash
Nathan Bennett sat in a popular Atlanta bar and hotel drinking by himself. He had just ended another disastrous date. His second in the last month, to be exact. It had nothing to do with the woman. She was just his type. Beautiful and sophisticated. His one-night stand kind of woman. But he had been bored to death. He couldn’t remember one thing the woman said. He finally ended the evening before it became embarrassing for both of them.
What was wrong with him? Ever since his friend, Colin, had gotten married three months ago, he had been restless. He no longer enjoyed the company of faceless women.
He was no longer satisfied with sleeping with multiple women who were no more interested in a relationship than he was.
Nathan was happy for Colin. He had married a woman he had known for years, only as a friend in the beginning.
Over the years, neither one realized they were falling in love until recently. It was the kind of love story you read about. At the wedding, you could see how much in love they were. They only had eyes for each other.
Could Nathan restlessness be his way of yearning for the same happiness for himself? He flinched and took a quick sip of his scotch.
No, that can’t be the problem. There had to be another reason for his moodiness. He enjoyed his freedom too much to be tied down to one person.
“Bad night? Frank, the bartender, asked. He knew Nathan because he was a regular.
Nathan had been so focused on his misery; he didn’t realize the man was standing in front of him.
“Something like that,” he replied. “Frank, have you ever wanted something, but you didn’t know what it was?”
The middle-aged bartender rubbed his chin. “No, can’t say that I have. Although, I know what you mean. It’s like an itch you can’t scratch.”
“That’s it exactly. Can’t put my finger on it.”
“When did you start feeling that way?” He watched Nathan as he dried a glass and placed it under the bar.
“Near as I can tell, it started after a buddy of mine got married a few months ago.”
“Sounds like you want what your buddy has. How old are you, Nate?”
“I’m thirty-four, but what does that have to do with anything?”
“When you’re in your twenties, you enjoy playing the field. At this stage of your life, you start thinking about settling down and sharing your life with that one special person. At least, that’s the way it was for me.”
“I haven’t met anyone who stirs those kinds of feelings in me. I’ve dated lots of women, but none suitable for marriage.”
“Trust me, when you meet the right one, you’ll know. Excuse me.” A new customer sat down at the bar, so their conversation ended.
Frustrated, Nathan gazed around the bar and zeroed in on a woman who came into the bar. The cinnamon skinned beauty took a seat at a table across the room. Nathan looked around. She didn’t appear to be with anyone.
What was a woman like that doing in a bar alone? Right away, he could tell she didn’t belong here. She was dressed nicely in a form-fitting dress wrapped around her petite frame. He also noticed she had a nice pair of legs with red painted toes encased in a pair of high-heeled sandals. Nathan’s body tighten.
He had dated a lot of beautiful women over the years. Not one of them had affected him this way with a single look. It appeared he wasn’t the only one affected.
Several men were openly staring, but she seems not to notice. But she did appear nervous for some reason. More than ever, Nathan had a feeling this was not her scene. So what was she doing here?
She crossed her legs, and her dress rode further up her thighs. Nathan choked on his drink. Damn. He was acting like a teenager. You’d think he had never seen a woman’s body before. He was no stranger to the female form.
The woman glanced at her watch. So she was waiting for someone, after all.
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