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Here are some newer erotic romance and eroticas, compiled for you and HEA by some of our favorite authors (info provided by publishers and/or their websites):
Misconduct by Lily Harlem (Ellora's Cave). Hot Ice, Book 6. Manage the Vipers hockey team! Me? Well, that's my role now. Shame a gorgeous, cocky goaltender is testing my patience. Sweet cheeks—really, is that any way to refer to the boss? Dustin "Speed" Reed certainly seems to think so. It's okay though. I'll escape to my billionaire father's paradise retreat. Except Dustin decides to jump on for the ride. Then the tension really heats up, hotter than the scorching midday sun. I want to slap him and kiss him. Push him away and rip off his clothes. The feeling is mutual—a potent cocktail of anger mixed with lust. I know we shouldn't. It can't end well, especially when I'm going give him the sack as soon as I push him out of it. But what's the fun in having rules if no one ever breaks them? I'll take what I can, give him what he wants and worry about balancing the books tomorrow. Surely my heart will be fine.
Seeds of Love by Berengaria Brown (Ellora's Cave). Beverley is hopelessly in love with Hyacinthe. Hyacinthe loves Bev, but she also loves their hot-bodied coworker Inigo. Which doesn't help Bev's already low self-esteem. The only saving grace is that Inigo seems a pretty decent guy. Ménage sex gradually brings the triad together—until Cinthe's fairy wings sprout. Inigo and Bev don't cope well with this change—because everyone knows there's no such thing as a fairy. Bev's obsession with her physical inadequacies takes a backseat to her concern over the wings sticking out of her lover's back. While Beverley struggles to come to terms with having a fairy for a girlfriend, she also has to deal with someone stealing rare plants from the botanical gardens where they all work.
Hot Tango by Sidney Bristol (Ellora's Cave). Good Guys Wear Black, Book 1. SWAT officer Cole Westling walks a fine line of control. If his wife knew exactly what he wanted to do to her, he'd lose the most precious thing in his life. Instead, he throws himself into work. Tanya Westling did not leave her job as a globe-trotting humanitarian to spend her nights playing roller derby and sleeping alone. Armed with a few adult toys and a prayer, she challenges him to a sensual game that will strip away their ideas of what sex should be. Cole's surprised but it's his dream come true. With each sexual encounter, the walls between them come crumbling down and each must face the truth of what their marriage has been and what it could be.
Break Me In by Sara Brookes (Ellora's Cave). Book 3 in the Geek Kink series. Elena avoids relationships by using her flogger as a shield. Alex is struggling with substance abuse and Elena will do nearly anything to help him conquer his demons, even risk losing him forever. When he comes home, whole and healthy, he raises the stakes by requesting their friendship turn into a D/s bond. His submission will change their dynamic forever. She convinces herself it's just sex. Love and desire aren't part of the equation. Under Elena's reverent command, Alex finds a comfort he's always yearned for. He's happier than ever as he spends his days slinging coffee and his nights bound and collared. Submitting to Elena exposes more than his strengths—it reveals a powerful attraction. Most of all, it uncovers their passionate love. He's ready to convince her there's no reason to mask her feelings, but his efforts are derailed when his toxic past resurfaces to annihilate their future.
Dark Innocence by Madeline Pryce (Ellora's Cave). Hannah Grey will do anything to escape the tortured memories haunting her. Every breath brings back the pain, the fear and the unbearable knowledge that she'll never be the once-perfect girl everyone thought her to be. When the self-destructive fog of drugs, alcohol and meaningless sex starts to clear, Dante, a lion shifter sexier than sin itself, emerges through the darkness ready to rescue her for the second time in so many weeks. In the safety of Dante's embrace, Hannah allows herself to become the woman she's always wanted to be—smart, sexy, capable and empowered. His every touch electrifies. His hot, hungry kisses set her senses ablaze. As Dante masters her body, Hannah finally finds the strength to master her fears. Perfection shatters as threats from a mysterious vampire escalate from anonymous phone calls to violent encounters. When Hannah's enemies unite, placing both her and Dante in mortal peril, she's going to need her newfound strength to face the coming darkness and save the man she loves.
Speakeasy Sweetheart by Clare Murray (Ellora's Cave). Her boyfriend dumped her, she's being evicted and she has no job prospects—Sasha Kelly doesn't have much to look forward to. Until she stumbles through a mysterious door at her college graduation after-party and lands in a New York City speakeasy in the Roaring Twenties. Before she even figures out what's going on, she's in the lap of Blaze O'Rourke as they escape both a police raid and the dangerous criminal who is Blaze's archenemy. Blaze can't resist the beautiful woman in his lap, but he's determined to find out why she was singing in Vincent Cornell's club. If that means kidnapping and seducing her, so be it. Cornell killed his brother and Blaze has been seeking revenge for two years. But Sasha's presence re-awakes Blaze's hunger for someone to love and he's truly enjoying life—and sex—for the first time in years. Then Cornell kidnaps Sasha, forcing Blaze to choose between revenge and love.
Alone at Last by Caitlyn Willows (Ellora's Cave). Nine years of marriage haven't dimmed the fires of fantasy that fuel Jill and Royce Osbourne's lust for each other. However, children make living those fantasies tricky. Royce has the ultimate present for his wife on their ninth anniversary. The kids are with Grandma, the house is theirs for the weekend, and redesigned for pleasure. After a hard day in court, Jill comes home to a quiet house and a hot husband wielding a willow switch. What's a needy woman to do but get out of her panties as fast as possible…especially when she learns two guests are waiting in the wings to join them in a ménage fantasy…or two. A willow switch, a hot husband, two hunks… It doesn't get any better than this.
Touch of a Dom by Madeleine Oh (Ellora's Cave). Book two in the Dominant Lovers series. With her mother recently dead, Adele Royer is determined to find the father who abandoned them when she was a toddler. The only clues she has are two addresses in Nice that she finds among her mother's papers. Determined to start her search in the South of France, she applies for a job as cook in Eze and becomes part of Luc Prioux's staff at Les Santons. She loves the job and is more than ready to begin her search but Branko Odic, Luc's secretary, proves to be a delicious distraction. The passion they share is undeniable, their chemistry tangible. He becomes her dream Dominant in bed and a true friend as he aids her in her quest. Together they find her father in nearby Cannes. But Adele is in for the shock of a lifetime.
From Now On by Eliza Lloyd (Ellora's Cave). Mad Duchesses, Book 2. Sebastian Traynor had his chance. Once he could have eloped with Grace. Once he could have had the one woman for whom he lusted. But back then he hadn't been willing to give up his freedom when there were so many women from whom to choose. Except he never found a woman he loved as much as he loved Grace. He broke her heart before. Grace should refuse to see him now. Now that she has lost her beauty. Now that she has finally found peace. Sebastian has the skills needed to seduce Grace and once she is naked and in his arms he will use them all to remind her of the love they shared before.
A Secret Worth Keeping by Lakisha Johnson (Delphine Publications). Shelby is a career woman turned housewife who enjoys the friendships that have been built with her 5 best friends; Camille, Lynesha, Raylin, Kerri and Chloe. They are all career women with different businesses, husbands and even children but something is missing and they can't seem to find it at home, in a store or even in a book. So, they search for this missing piece in the beds, arms, cars and even offices of other men who don't mind paying for what Dem Dam Divas can offer. They enjoy the thrill of sneaking, creeping and even vacationing on someone else's dime but they soon find out that all good things come to an end. What happens when it becomes too much? From secretly wanting someone who doesn't want you, loving only to not be loved back and being caught up in a dream that you're about to be awaken from; will it be worth it in the end?
Hearts Forged in Fire by Cassandre Dayne (Cassandre Dayne). For rancher Zeke Parker, the death of his lover, David, had nearly stripped away his soul, leaving him empty inside. His beloved ranch in ruins, he had nothing to live for. Only the love of a horse kept him from going over the edge. Then Cupid intervened in the form of movie mogul, Drake Wilson and one charity auction benefiting a worthy cause. Sadly, both men were too damaged to try and love again. When tragedy struck, forcing them to face their greatest fears, could the love of one horse give them the strength they needed to fight the fires of love?
Dark Moon: Spirit Wild by Kate Douglas (Aphrodisia ). The second in the sizzling new Spirit Wild series from Kate Douglas—Aphrodisia's top-selling star—has the extremely hot erotic scenes and complex characters that made her Wolf Tales series a phenomenal, long-running success.
Slow Seduction by Cecilia Tan (Forever). Two months after Karina's painful departure from James, she heads to London to locate him and win him back. There she meets an enigmatic man who promises to help her find James—for a price. Karina insists her heart belongs to James, but Damon is determined to have her. By the time she finds James, Karina has been "trained" to please another. Will James reject her again…or find her more irresistible than before?
The Wolf and the Vampire by Olivia Black (Siren Publishing). Book 5, Silver Bullet Series. Holden Turner feels rejected. To hide the hurt, he turns to drinking and dancing, looking for something to fill the void in his heart. One night while partying inside the Silver Bullet, he drinks too much. Jack Hearst is lonely. It's becoming harder for him to sit back and watch his friends find love. Things change when he spots his True Match on the dance floor, surrounded by men. Approaching the group, he flashes his fangs and they quickly take the hint…running away. When Holden wakes up in a strange place, he quickly escapes only to find out that someone has marked him. Unsure of what to do, Holden hides out hoping that his memory will return. Before he can find the man, tragedy strikes leaving Holden fighting for his life.
Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir (Secret Cravings Publishing). Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wanted to feel sexy again, after her ex tossed her aside for a younger woman. Her teaching partner and best friend encouraged her to sign up for The Playhouse--a renowned dating agency. Mac Thomas remained trapped in a marriage to a money grubbing socialite. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse. Passion ignites but Mac's a parent of one of Lauren's students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?
Disciplining Allie by Allie Blocker (SharaAzod.com). Some rules weren't meant to be broken and it was becoming quite clear to Lewis that his sweet Allie was forgetting that. Or she was attempting to goad him by breaking his cardinal laws. It didn't matter which, he didn't care for explanations and he was really in no mood to entertain pretty pouts and soft smiles. No, his Allie needed discipline and he was all too happy to oblige...
Freeing Miss by Marteeka Karland and Shara Azod (SharaAzod.com). "All good things must come to an end…" had become Elena Miller's silent mantra. The only issue was, what she needed to end was more so comfortable than good. During her self discovery as a submissive she'd once thought her first and only Dom was everything she desired. Sadly, her discovery became a cold hard reality. In essence Brayden Mathis was a wonderful man but he simply wasn't the man. Their final night together, Elena opens herself to saying goodbye, to accepting what her true needs are and to being freed...
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Desiree Holt, author of Quarterback Sneak. Her website is http://www.desireeholt.com/.
Bound to Be Dirty by Savanna Fox (Berkley). Lily Nyland married bad boy Dax Xavier because he made her dreams come true—in bed and out. But after a decade of marriage, her helicopter bush pilot husband is geographically and emotionally distant, and the best sex she's enjoyed recently comes from the Dirty Girls Book Club's erotic selections. Now the club has decided to research the popularity of BDSM novels, despite the objections of Lily, a feminist family practice doctor. Although Lily is anything but submissive, is it possible that the club's selection will be the catalyst that puts the spark—and the love—back in her marriage?
Broken Road by Alexa Bourne (Decadent Publishing). Catriona MacGregor leads a quiet life, working in the local school of Glenhalish, Scotland and spending time with close friends. She's content to sit back and be an observer of the life around her. But all that changes when a recently deceased family friend leaves her a flat in Edinburgh and challenges her to spread her wings. With his work as an international bodyguard, Ian MacKenzie has no time for a serious, committed relationship. Yet when he comes home to Glenhalish for a visit and to clear his mind, he is drawn to down-to-earth Cat. The more time they spend together, the more he wants her. Though they agreed to a friends-with-benefits arrangement, Cat soon discovers exactly what she wants for herself and it involves all of Ian—body, mind and soul. Their connection ambushes Ian. He's not ready for the intensity they share. Can this Highland lassie steer her lad back onto the right path to a love that will last a lifetime?
Truth or Dare by Elizabeth Morgan (Decadent Publishing). Do you dare tell the truth? A tequila-fuelled game of Truth or Dare is not Dani's idea of fun, but when Cameron, the jerk who rejected her a year ago, is the one provoking her into playing, how can she say no? Not that he's giving her the option in the first place. Bravado compels her forward, but when the dares get physical and their friends leave them alone, Cameron's questions turn to her feelings for him and, unfortunately, lying is not part of the game. Will a dare give Dani the courage she needs to tell Cameron the truth?
One Steamed Night by Lara Nance (Decadent Publishing). Mina Davis is sick of the modern dating scene with its vanilla settings and weak-willed suitors. What ever happened to old-world romance and swashbuckling gentlemen? She craves adventure, and hungers for a charming rogue who'll sweep her off her feet and into his bed. When her friend, Regina sets her up on a one-night stand through an exclusive matchmaking website, Mina leaps at the opportunity. Little does she know, and thanks to Madame Eve's magic touch, Mina's about to have one steamed night.
The Ex Factor by Cate Masters (Decadent Publishing). Once half of the most powerful 'it' couple in Hollywood, actress Susan Ainsley is tired of shallow guys or men who only want to bask in her spotlight. When her ex can't seem to stop trashing their relationship even though he's remarried, she looks to Madame Eve's 1Night Stand service to help her find a real partner. Susan has starred in director Jared Thornwell's dreams for years. But after divorcing her cardboard husband, it seems she's out on the town with a new guy every other week. Jared wants nothing more than to be the man who fulfills her dreams too, but even with Madame Eve's help, does he stand a chance with her for longer than one night?
Private Tasting by Nina Jaynes (The Wild Rose Press/Scarlet Rose). Years of fantasizing about her sexy Sicilian neighbor, Lucio De Luca, is about to end—tonight. Beth Thomas has plans for the luscious vineyard owner. She knows he's not the commitment kind of guy and doesn't care. One night—an entire night if the bulge in his jeans is any indication—is all she needs. Or so she thinks. Will a taste quench her thirst or whet her appetite for more?
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Tara Sue Me, author of The Submissive Trilogy. You can visit her at http://tarasueme.com/..
Bad Slave by Kay Berrisford (Loose Id). When the king commands former war hero Captain Jay Ghair to find him the perfect royal sex slave, Jay's quiet new life as a librarian is shattered. Jay discovers the boy he's looking for in Alix, a lowly miner and wannabe court scientist, whom Jay can't help but secretly adore. However, teaching the rebellious Alix to be a docile slave is difficult. Alix will behave for just one man, and it isn't the king. It's Jay. Standing by while the king's treatment of Alix becomes cruel is torturous for Jay. He longs to return to his library, yet he can't bear to leave Alix, or his people, unprotected. To rescue Alix—and save the realm from the increasingly tyrannical king—Jay must confront the demons of his military past and take up the sword again. But his most important battle must be won through returning Alix's love and learning to master this bad slave who submits only for him.
Mark Cooper versus America by J.A. Rock & Lisa Henry (Loose Id). Mark Cooper is angry, homesick, and about to take his stepdad's dubious advice and rush Prescott College's biggest party fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. Greek life is as foreign to Aussie transplant Mark as Pennsylvania's snowstorms and bear sightings. So, when the fraternity extends Mark a bid, Mark vows to get himself kicked out by the end of pledge period. But then he's drawn into Alpha Delt's feud with a neighboring fraternity. Studious Deacon Holt is disappointed to learn Mark's pledging Alpha Delt, his fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa's sworn enemy. Mark is too beautiful for Deacon to pass up an invitation for sex, but beyond sex, Deacon's not sure. He wants a relationship, but a difficult family situation prevents him from pursuing anything beyond his studies. Mark and Deacon's affair heats up as the war between their fraternities escalates.
Sweeter Than This by Samara King (Loose Id). With her best friend murdered, the man believed to be partly responsible under the nose of her gun and a stranger looming in the shadows out for blood, Officer Elle Taylor is running out of time and people to trust. Will Elle risk crossing the line between attraction and revenge to take help from an unexpected source, before the murderer strikes again and leaves her life in flames? Durant Kane is no stranger to trouble, especially the kind that comes with a gun trained on his face and an angry woman attached. But Elle's something different, something unexpected and sweeter. He never could have imagined coming to feel so deeply about her, even if his own disastrous path in relationships hadn't left him so wary. But he'll have to take the risk if he doesn't want to lose the woman he's come to realize he can't even think of living without.
Thunder and Roses by Dawn Montgomery & Ditter Kellen (Loose Id). Tonya knows it's time for a decade long conspiracy to come to a head, but no one can know her true identity. Her feral nature and instinctive mistrust have kept her alive for the past five years of deep cover. When her only choice is to run or face death, she runs. What she doesn't count on is Dakota Thunder, a Council bounty hunter who never misses a target. Tonya is running out of time, and the only man she can trust is the last man who should ever believe her. Dakota Thunder is no stranger to betrayal. From a childhood born of nightmares to the death of his sister, he knows exactly what his kind are capable of. No one escapes his justice. What should have been a routine bounty pick up drops Dakota in the middle of a deadly blood feud involving shifter trafficking, extortion, and murder revolving around one wise-cracking beautiful woman of leopard royalty. She gets under his skin, digging her claws into his heart and reminding him of things buried long ago. He'd planned for everything except Tonya and the evidence that could bring down one of the most powerful organizations in the shifter world.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Beth Williamson (Emma Lang), author of The Fortune (Malloy series, book nine). Her website is http://www.bethwilliamson.com/.
Final Strike by Jana Leigh (JK Publishing). Thane carries the weight of the fallen soldiers on his shoulders. He needs this to end so the men still living can settle into their lives with their partners and he can go on his way. He was born alone in this world and figures he will leave it the same way. Mel and Dario are on the run and heading to the only one they know who can help them figure out what is going on. But what they find upon reaching their destination is their chance at happiness if they can end the destruction of everything they hold dear.
The Laird's Future Bride by Hazel Gower (JK Publishing). In book one of the MacLeod Clan: In a world where "different" can be a death sentence, Clan MacLeod is special. By protecting all paranormal people, in return they receive the ability to recognize their soul mate. Holly is on holiday in Scotland with plans of attending a Valentine's Day sixteenth-century period weekend party at the MacLeod castle. When she arrives, lightning surrounds her taking her back in time to the fifteen hundreds and face to face with Duncan MacLeod.
Bound in Blue by Annabel Joseph (Scarlet Rose Press). At a small, struggling circus in Ulaanbaatar, a fearless trapezist fascinates Cirque du Monde talent scout Jason Beck, until he realizes, halfway through the act, that he already knows this exotic, blue-eyed beauty. Intimately. If he'd known she was part of the act he was here to recruit, he never would have done such basely carnal things to her the night before! Torn by professional and personal desires, Jason invites Sara to Paris. She's thrilled to join Cirque du Monde, but her trapeze partner, Baat, is less cooperative. When tensions threaten the future of Sara and Baat's act, she finds solace in a sexy, consuming Master/slave relationship with Jason. Jason's strict requirements match perfectly with Sara's desires to submit, to do whatever it takes to please her Master. Soon they're barreling toward deeper commitments, even love.
The Submission by Serena Shay (Liquid Silver Books). Two is better than one. Most would agree with that statement, but not full-blooded shifter LeAnn Turone. To accept her need for multiple partners means facing a lifetime in a one-sided triad. She's better off denying her heritage even if that means walking away from two of the most delectable alpha males she's ever met. Rick Taylor and Trent Warren each think they've found their mate in LeAnn, but a midnight meeting deep in the woods proves them wrong. Not only do they both long to connect to the sexy, but skittish female, they also find themselves attracted to one another. Each member of this triad must free themselves from the fear of the future and submit to the greater power of love.
Be Were by Eliza Gayle (Gypsy Ink Books). Dean had a family once. Until tragedy and betrayal consumed them. Now he lives on his own terms keeping life simple and carefree. Then one night leads to one bite and he's forced back into a dangerous world that reminds him he's still as angry as ever and this time he's not leaving until he gets what he wants. Niki. Niki Harris has lived a life of secrets and solitude with no interest in making a change. But an easy one night stand turns complicated and she finds herself marked. Now she has to decide, tell the sexy shifter with a possessive streak a mile wide she's pregnant and in danger or do what she's always done--run.
You Really Got Me by Kelly Jamieson (Samhain Publishing). Kendall Vioget fell hard for Police Chief Jason Holloway, until the best sex of her life became something more, something she wasn't ready for. Afraid of what he asked of her, afraid of her own desires, she walked away. Now her brother's fiancée has gone missing a week before the wedding, bringing Jason back into her life. She needs his help, but her body is losing the battle to resist the hunger to satisfy the dark cravings he can set free. Jason understands what she needs, and when her increasing submission banishes the self-doubts he's been carrying around, he knows a perfect match like this comes along only once in a lifetime. Until the missing persons case becomes a murder investigation, and suspicion falls on her brother. Kendall will do anything to protect the only family she has left, and Jason will do anything to make sure a killer is put behind bars. If he doesn't handle this case right, the most precious gift she could have given him—her trust—will be destroyed. Permanently.
Hunting Medusa by Elizabeth Andrews (Samhain Publishing). Ever since the original Medusa ticked off Athena by bragging about her beauty, her cursed daughters have been paying for that mistake. To this day, successive Medusas play cat and mouse with the descendants of Perseus, known as the Harvesters. When Kallan Tassos tracks down the current Medusa, he expects to find a monster. Instead he finds a wary, beautiful woman, shielded by a complicated web of spells that foils his plans for a quick kill and retrieval of her protective amulet. Andrea Rosakis expects the handsome Harvester to go for the kill. Instead, his attempt to take the amulet imprinted on her skin without harming her takes her completely by surprise. And ends with the two of them in a magical bind—together. Though their attraction is combustible, her impending PMS (Pre Magical-Curse Syndrome) puts a real damper on any chance of a relationship. But Kallan isn't the only Harvester tracking Andi, and they must cooperate to stay at least one step ahead of a ruthless killer before they can have any future, together or apart.
Gone by Annabel Wolfe (Samhain Publishing). Jack Templeton was dead. Or so everyone thought. Red-carpet welcome aside, he knows returning from a highly secret year-long mission won't be easy. He's even prepared for the possibility that his girlfriend, whose face carried him through the hellish months alone, has moved on. But he never expected she'd move into the arms of his best friend. Nicole is beside herself with joy to learn that Jack is alive, but there's a small complication. Actually a huge one, and his name is Eric Janssen. Now her tangled feelings are stretching her heart to the breaking point. Eric has always been sure of what he wants, but now he's off balance on shaky emotional ground. He's relieved his best friend is home…but he loves Nicole. And he's not about to just hand her over. There's only one way to hash this out. And the battleground is about to move from the boardroom to the bedroom