Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday's Montage Mantlepiece: Summer Heat: Love on Fire


Title: Summer Heat: Love on Fire
Authors: Caridad Pineiro, Nina Bruhns, Rebecca York
Jennifer Lowery, Taylor Lee, Traci Hall, Stephanie Queen
Kathy Ivan, Jackie Ivie, Michele Hauf, Rachelle Ayala, Katy Walters
Melissa Keir, Dani Havilland, Jacquie Biggar, Angelique Armae
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2016


Summary:
16 All New Contemporary Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors.

Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader’s taste. Grab a cool drink (you’ll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape.

Stories Included:
Under the Boardwalk by Caridad Pineiro
A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night?

Fast and Flirty by Nina Bruhns
Nikki Phoenix is a die-hard rule-breaker and unabashed free spirit. So when her latest assignment for Interpol pits her against ex-Marine transporter Kade Maddox—who’s about as flexible as a 357 Magnum—sparks fly like fireworks. But somewhere along the twisty road through the Italian Alps being chased by bad guys, Nikki decides hard can be very nice...and Kade learns the unexpected pleasures of surrendering to the moment.

Outlaw Justice by Rebecca York
Long ago, they were a hot item.  Then Leah left town, met, and married the wrong man.  Escaping a living hell of a marriage, she runs straight into the arms of her old lover, Steve Outlaw.  Passion flares again between them, but can he save her from a homicidal husband?

The Fall (Book #2 ATCOM series) by Jennifer Lowery
ATCOM agent, Brendan Devayne loves his adventurous lifestyle. A family isn’t in the cards until he rescues a boy then falls for the mom. When Mia Lawrence's son brings home a stranger, her world's shaken. He’s like her ex and Mia refuses to repeat that mistake. Can Brendan change her mind?

Jared: (Book 1, The Justice Brothers Series) by Taylor Lee
The rookie cop learned the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love– isn’t always fair or easy.

Festival by the Sea by Traci Hall
Al Cooper has always played by his own rules, which has family friend Darcy Smith confused as she realizes the rules have changed. Since when did her older brother’s best friend make her shiver with desire? Al’s hot gaze has practical Darcy throwing common sense to the wind. Right or wrong, they are meant to be together.

Beachcomber Heat by Stephanie Queen
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise and former young Scotland Yard beauty Shana George have been partners in Beachcomber Investigations for a year now, but their sizzling attraction has not cooled off one bit.

This summer’s heat wave on Martha’s Vineyard is breaking records, but so is the crime wave. The combination is causing the red-hot dangerous desire between Dane and Shana to boil over.

Sex, Lies and Apple Pies by Kathy Ivan
A televised baking competition brings them together. But deceit, intrigue and revenge are on this menu. Can their love survive?

The Hunted by Jackie Ivie
LeeAnn’s in town to meet with her business partner.  The man has been handling illicit deals.  LeeAnn is not amused.  She wants it stopped.  Fate has other plans for her.  

Miami in the summer is hot.  

It’s about to get a lot hotter…

The Geek Gets The Girl by Michele Hauf
Mistaken for the IT geek? CEO, Zac Cosgrove, goes undercover to assess the Paris branch of Haute Heels. But will manager-on-a-mission, Rachel Parker, be able to resist an office romance that could reveal more about her decadent, sensual desires than simply trying to save her job?

Bad Boys for Hire: Ken (Bad Boys for Hire Series, #2) by Rachelle Ayala
After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a handsome beach bum to cheer her up.
When an accident ends his professional surfing career, Ken Cassidy wants nothing more than to land an acting role. Little does he know, his best acting job will be helping a jilted bride get her confidence back.

Everything changes when love kicks in. Will Jolie believe Ken’s feelings are real when she discovers he's the hired help?

Sands of Seduction by Katy Walters
Devastated by her loss, Clary knew she could not hide from the truth.  Life without Theo was unbearable. She had to start a new life, away from memories haunting her day and destroying her night.  Fleeing half way across the country she found a small slice of heaven, but then Drago appeared.

Protecting Her Pigg by Melissa Keir
I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll burn your house down….

As chief arson investigator of a small town in Ohio, Lily O’Neill has always needed to be strong to survive in a man’s world.

Former military man, Lucas Pigg has kept his feelings buried for so long, he’s unsure of how to react when flames spark between Lily and him.

Arson and fire may bring them together, but their passion for one another could be more dangerous. What will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways?

Pool Boy Wanted (No Experience Preferred) by Dani Haviland
Summer 1997. ~ The young hostage was perfect. Fit, gullible, and he thought he loved her. She’d make use of his fantasy for her own benefit, both personal and financial…until she tired of him.

~ All Benji wanted was freedom for himself and his best friend…until he met her. Now what should he do?

Summer Lovin’ by Jacquie Biggar
Mitch Taylor and Rebecca Sorenson share a secret. 

Becky runs into her high school crush, Mitch Taylor on a trip to Las Vegas for a teachers’ convention. A night of drinking and lovemaking together culminates in a hasty ceremony performed by the king of rock 'n' roll.

Shocked by what she’d done, Rebecca runs home and successfully shoves the whole experience under the carpet. Then Mitch re-enters her life and nothing will ever be the same.

Dark Wolf  by Angelique Armae
When Highland shifter Callen MacHendrie retreats to his ancestral home, Wolfsden Keep, suffering from the curse that has plagued him for more than a thousand years, he encounters the beautiful Miranda Kendrick stealing his prized sword. After the woman confesses to being blackmailed, Cal feels the need to help her. The wolf in him feels the need to bed her. But sating either desire means relinquishing his soul to the spell caster responsible for his curse. As a man who never goes back on his word, Callen is faced with the daunting task of giving up his one chance to rid his body of daily pain.  

Is he strong enough to confront his nemesis and free Miranda?

Or will his battered body fail and curse them both for all eternity?


The Geek Gets the Girl by by Michele Hauf
According to the wrinkled strip of paper taped over the original brass placard on the office door, Rachel Parker was the manager of the Paris Haute Heels office. Zac assumed Miss Parker was the woman who strode down the parquet-floored aisle between cubicles with the air of a confident runway model, red heels clicking smartly. Not even the weight of the office supplies she carried could lower her proud jaw. Juggling a coffee cup in one hand, file folders, binders, purse and briefcase in the crook of an elbow—not to mention a mouthful of pink phone messages—she shrugged by Zac where he stood in the doorway to her office, and lunged toward the glass-topped desk to release her burden.

The sleek bend of her body sprawling over the desktop begged attention. A clingy, dark blue dress hugged her from shoulders to mid-thigh, and he visually caressed the taut curve of her ass. Hmm, what did the French call it? Derriere. Nice. And when in France… His fingers cruised an imaginary stroll over the dangerous curves. Shifting into high gear, he hugged the corner and stepped on the accelerator, moving down around her thigh. Breathy pants encouraged his actions until—

Those breathy pants ceased, and the woman whose curves he’d just mastered in a matter of three fantasy seconds stood staring at him, green eyes narrowed in stern summation.

Conjuring a save to cover the distraction that had almost netted him the yellow flag, he tapped the paper taped over the door’s nameplate. “Snazzy dรฉcor you’ve got here, Miss Parker.”

“Cutbacks. Tightening the proverbial office belt. It works for me.” Long coils of chestnut hair danced over the spill of office ephemera as she nestled the paper coffee cup into a nook amidst the scatter. “And you have finally arrived.”

She caught his surprise and reacted, propping a manicured hand on her hip. “Seriously? How long does it take for IT to process a call for help? I know all eight private offices in this building share one tech department, but you must have more than one guy to handle service calls.”

“IT?” Nowadays, he generally put his fingers on sales figures, outlook charts, and the butter-soft leather in the company jet. Zachary Cosgrove had moved up from humble IT guy. Way up. “Oh, you assume—”

Sands of Seduction by Katy Walters
‘So you didn’t pull away when he kissed your hand?’

‘Oh no, quite the opposite, I wanted to kiss him. Honestly Ceci, I’ve read of that impulse in romance novels, but never got to grips with the heroine having feelings darting to her stomach and down to her groin. But, this guy’s  knocked me off my pedestal, I’m not the iron maiden I thought I was, in fact all I could think of, was his iron rod.’

‘Good god Clary, is that you talking? Really? You sexy thing.’

‘Hmm – I know I was mad with him, but the feeling hasn’t gone away either.’

‘So you’ll ring him then?’

‘Yes, I’ve cooled down now; I can see he was teasing me. I feel like ringing him, but honestly I don’t want him to think I’m a push over, or panting for him. He’s so dominant, he’d have my knickers down before I had chance to breathe.’

‘Wow he sounds incredible, ring him, go on, ring him – now.’

‘No, I have to be strict, make him wait. But he did say that if I didn’t ring him in three days, he’d come looking for me. Mind you he did beg and tease me, but underneath I think he really meant it, he will come looking for me.’

‘Go on; ring him, maybe he could help out at the Centre.’

‘Hmm I’m not sure, he has muscles in all the right places, well at least I hope he does.’

Celia shrieked, ‘Clary, gosh, you’ve got it bad.’

‘I know, I should feel guilty Ceci but all I can think of …. I’m not going to say anymore; I am overheating here.’

‘Okay, then let’s change the subject.’

‘No – no, first you’ve got to tell me about the guy you met, you promised.’

Celia blushed. ‘Well he was tall, with blond curls, in fact my heart was going nineteen to the dozen, he was an Adonis come to life. His eyes glittered, like quartz stone, if that’s the right word for them. He’s was such a zany character you know. Joking, laughing, but he was a wee bit weird.’


Author Bios:
Caridad Piรฑeiro
Caridad Piรฑeiro is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist. Caridad wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released. Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of nearly 40 published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is a wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

Nina Bruhns
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Bruhns decided it was time to change careers and pursue her longtime dream of writing when fieldwork in Egyptology became too dangerous. Since then, Nina has achieved international bestsellerdom writing for Berkley, Harlequin and Silhouette, various epublishers, and now as an indie author with Cajun Hot Press. Nina has earned numerous awards for her thirty-plus books to date, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Best Overall Mystery-Suspense Book of the Year, three Rita nominations, four RT Bookclub Reviewers Choice Awards, a National Readers Choice Award, five Dorothy Parker Awards of Excellence, and two Golden Hearts.

Rebecca York
New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling and award-winning author, Rebecca York has written over 145 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.

Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements. She currently writes the paranormal romantic suspense Decorah Security Series and the science fiction romance Off World Series.

Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.

Jennifer Lowery
NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of iced tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Taylor Lee
USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the less than four years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than thirty books.  Her six, soon to be seven, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Traci Hall
With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it's a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.


Stephanie Queen
A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen has the enthusiastic soul of a cheerleader. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win. Although she's lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and her (real or imagined?) chauffeur, Myren.


Kathy Ivan
USA TODAY Bestselling author Kathy Ivan spent most of her life with her nose between the pages of a book. From best-selling authors to just-getting-started writers, as long as it was a good story, she devoured it and happily searched for the next romance novel. It didn't matter if the book was a paranormal romance, romantic suspense, or action and adventure thrillers, sweet & spicy or sexy novella. As long as there was an alpha hero and a feisty heroine who got their happily ever after, she'd gladly spend her time with a psychic in New Orleans, or a mysterious stranger manipulating the fate of lovers. Kathy turned her obsession with reading into the next logical step, writing. Her books transport you from a paranormal lodge in the Colorado Mountains to the sultry splendor of the French Quarter in New Orleans in her award winning romantic suspense and mysteries. Kathy tells stories people can’t get enough of; reuniting old loves, betrayal of trust, finding kidnapped children, psychics and even a ghost or two. But one thing they all have in common - love (and some pretty steamy sex scenes too).

Jackie Ivie
Jackie is a native of Utah and attended the University of Utah on a full scholarship in Fine Art. She relocated to Wyoming for several years before moving to the amazing state of Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and three very spoiled pets. Jackie has published ten Highland historical romances through Kensington, receiving numerous writing awards. Retired from the USPS now, Jackie can usually be found either researching or at a keyboard, writing another historical romance or creating mayhem and murder and other aspects of her Vampire Assassin League series.

Michele Hauf
Michele has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage 'write what you know', all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has never seen.


Rachelle Ayala
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book.

Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

Katy Walters
Katy lives on the South coast with her husband and a loving hyper friendly dog who likes to greet and lick everyone on sight. She has a BA Hons (Psych) BA Eng.Lit. MA in Religion and Mysticism and a Hon Dr. Science for research into pain control.

She was a psychologist and hypnotherapist before changing direction for full time creative writing, Her main genres are historical romance, crime and science fiction.


Melissa Keir
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog. 

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.

Dani Havilland
I work, I play, I write, and I counsel. These are my past times I spend to keep myself busy throughout my day.


Jacquie Biggar
I live in paradise along the west coast of Canada with my family and love reading, writing, and flower gardening. Oh, and I can't function without coffee! Preferably at the beach with my sweetheart. :)

I write Romantic Suspense with tough, alpha males who know what they want until they're gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love.

I've been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoy writing romance novels that end with happy-ever-afters.

Angelique Armae
Angelique Armae is a native New Yorker who's as zany as the city she grew up in. As a child her favorite toy was Emerald The Witch, a small doll with green eyes, green hair and purple skin.

Miss Armae's books and novellas have garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the Sapphire Award, P.E.A.R.L. Award and Word Weaving Award. Her books have also been featured on Midwest Book Review's Book Watch TV. Angelique's first novel, COME THE NIGHT, made Fictionwise's Best of the Best list, rounding out the top five best selling dark fantasy books of the year.

Aside from writing, Angelique also dabbles in digital art. She is the recipient and two time nominee of the Dream Realm Award for best cover art.

When not working, Ms. Armae enjoys traveling, learning about the ancient Celts, exploring history and learning new languages. Angelique studied history and French literature at Skidmore College.


Caridad Pineiro
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