Title: Past His Defenses
Then he walked down the aisle and off the plane onto the Jetway that led to the terminal. Dixie had explained that they wouldn’t be able to meet him until after he had cleared customs, so he followed the pictorial signs, waited in line, and had his passport stamped before getting his luggage and thankfully zipping through the “nothing to declare” line. He entered the busy terminal and looked for Dixie. Robert checked his phone, noticing that Dixie had sent him a picture of a sign. He searched overhead, found the sign, and made his way in that direction.
And then suddenly, there he was, as tall and broad-shouldered as Robert remembered, with a full head of blond hair topping off his six-foot-four frame. Robert strode over, smiling as he embraced his old friend. “Damn, it’s good to see you.”
“It’s been way too long.” Dixie grinned the perfect toothy smile that made him the center of every picture they’d ever taken together. He stepped back. “Robert, this is Henri.” He motioned next to him, and Robert looked for a man but lowered his gaze and found a boy of maybe six grinning excitedly up at him. Holy hell, Henri wasn’t Dixie’s partner but his son. God, he could feel the first crack forming in his defenses. Had Dixie been in a relationship, it would definitely be hands-off. But did it really matter? Sure, he’d thought of Dixie over the years. But their past was the past. This changed nothing. He and Dixie had had their chance and made their decisions years ago.
“Bonjour,” Henri said before speaking rapidly in French.
Dixie smiled. “Remember, we need to speak English. Mr. Robert doesn’t understand French.” He was so gentle. “But he does speak Farsi and Arabic.”
Henri gaped as though that was the coolest thing ever. “It’s nice to meet you,” Henri said, extending his hand. Robert shook it. “There’s a lady in our neighborhood. She’s nice and always smiles at me, but I can’t understand her because she speaks Arabic. Maybe you can help me so I can talk to her.” He barely paused to take a breath, motioning with his hands. The left one looked like it hadn’t grown completely and was quite a bit smaller than the right, with tiny fingers. Not that it stopped Henri for a second. “I speak French and English, and I’m going to learn German next.” The child was all energy and light.
“Let’s get Robert to the car,” Dixie suggested, motioning toward the exit. “Mr. Robert is going to be here for a while, so you don’t need to tell him everything all at once.” Dixie grabbed his carry-on bag and Robert lifted his suitcase and followed them out of the airport toward the parking lot.
The dark blue car was small on the outside but surprisingly roomy. He stowed his luggage in back and sat in the passenger seat while Henri got in the back. “Papa, can we get crêpes?”
“When we get home,” Dixie answered, starting the car, which made no sound at all. Apparently it was a hybrid. Dixie backed out, and before Robert knew it, they’d left the airport and were on the highway, moving slowly with the heavy traffic. “I’m glad you could come to visit,” Dixie said, turning, his eyes full of meaning that Robert couldn’t quite figure out.
Backslide by Nicole Dykes is now LIVE!
When you’re young, everything seems brighter, more hopeful, and like anything is possible.
Which is great. But it can also lead to so many mistakes.
Mistakes you promise yourself you’ll never make again.
You promise yourself you’ll be smarter, guard your heart, and make better decisions. And you won’t ever let anyone crush you again.
But what happens when you’re confronted with the past?
Nash Davis is settled and happy, helping his brother and his wife pursue their dreams.
But when his biggest regret comes crashing back into his life, will he have the strength he promised himself he’d have?
Can he keep his walls up? Or will Adrian Walker’s presence be too much?
Will it lead toward an inevitable backslide to where they began? Or can there be a future after so much pain?
When Nash and Adrian are thrown together in the Ozarks for months, they’re about to find out.
Meet Nicole Dykes
Nicole Dykes is a wife and a professional assistant/mom to two gorgeous girls. Currently residing in Kansas, she’s a lover of coffee, Kansas City Chiefs, and all things romance. She currently has over 20 published books with her Monroe and Adamson series being the most popular. She enjoys cranking up the angst level, making her readers cry, and turning those tears into the coffee that fuels her writing.
Bedhead, an all-new enemies-to-lovers MM standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Brooke Blaine, is coming March 15th, and we have your first look at the insanely hot cover!
I hate Drew Edwards. That isn’t a secret to anyone in New York.
Smug, charming, flippant, and a royal pain in my ass, Drew has a way of making everyone fall in love with him, but I know the truth. Under that public persona is a ruthless man who’ll do anything to come out on top. He’s done it to me before…and a leopard doesn’t change his spots.
Hudson Montgomery. He hates me. Eh, no breaking news there. If anything, his hate only fuels my desire to provoke the pompous bastard at every opportunity. So when the chance to publish the most scandalous book of the year comes down to our companies, I’m determined to do whatever I have to in order to take Hudson down.
Nobody said I couldn’t play dirty…
Each book in the Hate to Love You series follows a different couple and can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Add to Bedhead Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3De22Dd
Cover Designer: Hang Le
Photographer: Rafa G Catala
Model: Jorge Del Rio Romero
About Brooke Blaine
Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.
If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at http://www.BrookeBlaine.com.
Connect with Brooke
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1i2g15S
Today we are also excited to share the Release Blitz for THE BEST MEN by Lauren Blakely & Sarina Bowen! I’m currently reading and LOVING this book!
THE BEST MEN by Sarina Bowen & Lauren Blakely
Release Date: January 18th, 2022
THE BEST MEN by Bestselling authors Sarina Bowen and Lauren Blakely is NOW LIVE!!
Don’t miss out on this enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract, irresistibly sexy standalone romance between the best man and the other best man!
Narrated by Teddy Hamilton & Jacob Morgan!
Add to Goodreads:
In my defense, I was left alone with a bottle of single-malt and a life-long penchant for protecting my baby sister. Still, that’s no excuse to send ten drunk-texts on why her hasty marriage would be a mistake.
If only I had just texted my sister. But nope. I accidentally sent the message to her, her groom, and his super hot wingman.
I also used the phrase “super hot wingman,” so I’d like to die now.
Instead, I have to plan a wedding with the aforementioned hottie and share a too-small guesthouse in steamy Miami.
Three days in the sun with the cocky, charming former athlete who likes to push my buttons? Fine, two can play at that let’s-infuriate-each-other game.
Until Asher ups the stakes with one wildly sexy suggestion. A no-strings fling, then I go back to my single dad life in New York, and he returns to his star-studded one.
Sign me up.
But the more nights I spend with the other best man, the more I want days too, and that just can’t happen. Especially when I find out the real reason why…
Contents Include: First times, a secret to-do list, champion-level flirting, fast cars, #eggplants, and two men who look good in formal wear.
About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible
Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s
sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.
With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York
Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with
more than 55 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.
NL Signup: http://laurenblakely.com/newsletter
About Sarina Bowen:
Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller’s list nineteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.
Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. She lives with her family on a few wooded acres in New Hampshire.
Sarina’s books are published in over a dozen languages on five continents.
Connect w/ Sarina:
Newsletter Signup: https://sarinabowen.com/signup
Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling
author of contemporary romance.
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.
million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author
of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen
languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
We are excited to share the Blog Tour for PUT ME IN DETENTION by Meghan Quinn today!! I love this cover and am really looking forward to reading this one!
PUT ME IN DETENTION by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: January 11th
AVAILABLE NOW!!! FREE IN KU!!!
Add to Goodreads:
“You got married on your divorce-cation?”
That would unfortunately be correct.
I was hanging with the girls, celebrating my divorce when I saw him, my crush, sitting in the corner of the bar all alone. Being single and looking for a wild night, I asked him if he wanted to join me. To my delight, he said yes.
Drinks were consumed, fun was had and then . . . one drunken conversation with a cranky gondolier in Las Vegas led to an Uber lift through a drive-thru wedding chapel with the incredibly hot, British bad boy, Pike Greyson.
On paper, it seemed like I hit the jackpot. And if I wasn’t fresh from a toxic marriage, I would have absolutely noticed the finer things about him.
But I wanted nothing to do with being married, so when I arrived back home from my eventful weekend in Vegas, the last thing I expected to see was a new doting husband already moved in.
I asked for an annulment, he pulled a Ross Geller and said no.
That’s right, he said NO! Instead, he asked for three months to prove we could be good together.
Insanity clearly knocked him in the head and the only way I could convince him to give up on our sham of a marriage was to show him just how wrong we were for each other. Only problem with that was, he saw right through my every prank, every trick, and every yearning emotion I attempted to mask.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
Connect with Meghan:
Wicked Heat, an all-new spicy mm romance, and the first book in the Chicago Heat Series from USA Today bestselling author Ella Frank, is coming February 7th and we have the incredible cover!
If you love grumpy heroes, smokin’ hot firefighters, opposites attract and all the steam, don’t miss Wicked Heat!
Kind, caring, and protective. Those are the three qualities I’m looking for when it comes to my dream man. In a city as big as Chicago, you wouldn’t think he would be that hard to find, right?
Sure, my boss found a super-sexy detective and my best friend fell madly in love with the most eligible bachelor around. But the only person I’ve met recently is a broody bad boy who saved me at a sketchy pub.
He’s grumpy, rude, and honestly, not that likeable at all. Hardly my “dream” guy.
So why can’t I stop thinking about him?
I don’t do friendships. I don’t do relationships either. The very last thing I’m looking for in life is to fall in love and live happily ever after.
So saving some rich guy from losing his wallet is the last thing I want to do on a Friday night. Especially when he looks like someone who just stepped off the cover of GQ.
Fate seems to have other ideas, though, and every time I turn around, he’s there.
A wicked heat simmers between us, threatening to ignite, and though I’ve been trained to put out the flames, I can’t help but think: What’s the worst that could happen if I let this desire burn out of control?
Add Wicked Heat to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3m5yUsb
About Ella Frank
Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
Connect with Ella
Stay up to date with Ella by joining her mailing list: http://bit.ly/2FFDzeI