Outside the Lines

By Melissa Sky

Virgins/First Love
Dystopian
Friends to Lovers Romance
Financial gap/Class disparity
Good girls/Bad girls
Actors/Artists
California
People of Color

Amara Rodriguez lives in a world divided.

When the Asenescence corporation discovers a cure for aging, the world splits in two. Old Bloods, who’ve taken the Remedy, live out their long lives in luxury within the corporate enclave of Hydra, while New Bloods live out their fleeting lives in poverty outside its borders.

Amara, a New Blood artist, doesn’t think much about politics. Not until her mother joins the ranks of New Blood women disappearing with alarming frequency. To find her mother, Amara must join the resistance movement as a spy.

The stakes rise even higher when she falls in love with stunning but sheltered Old Blood Stella, who happens to be her espionage target’s daughter. Even worse? Amara’s already in love. With her childhood best friend, Rake, a charming rogue from the streets she used to call home. 

Can Amara unravel the mysteries of the enclave, as well as her own heart?

 

Content advisory: Brief racism and body shaming by a non POV character

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The No Kiss Contract

By Nan Campbell

Close Quarters
Second Chance at Love
Actors/Artists
Marriage of Convenience/Fake Relationship
Children / Families

Despite being the youngest partner at her firm, corporate attorney Davy Dugan is gunning for a recently vacant name partnership—it would mean finally having the power to make a real change in her conservative workplace. But eighty-hour workweeks don’t allow any time with her much younger half-sister, Tally, who doesn’t seem to need Davy in her life anyway.

Davy aims to get back into Tally’s good graces by throwing her a big birthday party, but that means dealing with Tally’s other half sister, Anna. To say Davy and Anna don’t get along is putting it mildly.

When a misunderstanding leads to her boss’s assumption that she and Anna are headed to the altar, Davy sees a way to leapfrog over the competition straight into one of the top spots at her firm. She just has to convince Anna to be her faux fiancée in order to do it and keep her growing attraction in check, of course.

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The Value of Sylver and Gold

By Michelle Larkin

Ghosts
Sylver and Gold | Book 2
Federal Agents
Police Procedural 
Police / Cops

When word gets out that former Boston homicide detective Reid Sylver can talk to the dead, the FBI solicits her help on a serial murder case. Reid has only one condition: the FBI must let her run the investigation with Detective London Gold and the rest of her team by her side. 

London’s resilience is put to the test when she’s abducted by the killer they’re hunting. The one thing she has that his other victims didn’t is a close-knit team of detectives who are willing to color outside the lines of the law to find her. 

Pressure mounts as Reid hits one dead end after another. The clock’s running out, and her team’s fresh out of ideas. There’s one tool left in Reid’s investigative arsenal. But using it scares her almost as much as losing the woman she loves.

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When It Feels Right

By Tagan Shepard

Close Quarters
Food
Financial gap/Class disparity

Marlene Diggs has her whole life figured out and a ten-year plan for success. You know what’s not on that plan? A one-night stand with a woman who makes her question everything. How could she have spent thirty years not knowing she’s a lesbian? Her first lesbian relationship ends in disaster and leaves her even more confused than before. Of course, the lingering crush on a certain bartender doesn’t help.

Abby McCallister has always felt good in her own skin. It’s everyone else who has a problem. When yet another girlfriend labels her “too much,” another relationship bites the dust, and she winds up sleeping on the couch in her art studio. A cute regular at the bar offers up her spare room in exchange for some tips on fitting into the gay scene, and Abby jumps at the chance. What’s the worst that could happen?

Marlene and Abby know that falling for your roommate is the worst cliché ever, and it’s absolutely not going to happen to them. But resisting their feelings is hard to do when being together feels so right.

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Lucky in Lace

By Melissa Brayden

Workplace Romance

Juliette Jennings lives her life like a tightly laced corset—not that she’d ever wear one. As a business owner of a stationery store, structure is her favorite. But when her best friend and her ex fall head over heels for each other, everything unravels and leaves her exposed. Even worse, a scandalous lingerie shop has moved in next door, and its tantalizing window displays will drive away her conservative customers. If only the owner would turn off the charm, Juliette is sure she could stop imagining her in nothing but the shop’s lacy best sellers.

Peyton Lane loves a clean slate. In fact, she desperately needs one after a series of bad choices. She also likes sexy things, and uptight Juliette next door would be a fun bow to untie. But when Peyton’s feelings enter new territory, she realizes the world might be scarier than she’d planned. Juliette has Peyton longing for forever on one hand and lacing up her running shoes with the other.

What’re a structured stationery store owner and a sexy lingerie peddler to do?

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Made for Her

By Carsen Taite

Age Gap
Gangsters
Enemies to Lovers Romance

Newly-made capo Neal Walsh has devoted her life to protecting the powerful Mancuso crime family, but when a crisis crushes connections within the organization, she must carefully navigate shifting alliances to ensure her loyalty is not misplaced—a task made even more complicated when she begins falling hard for the reclusive wife of her boss’s sworn enemy.

Anastasia Petrov surrendered to her fate as the trophy wife of powerful mob boss Mikhail Petrov long ago, but their marriage of convenience has become increasingly less so since his reckless power grabs have put their fortune in peril. Taking matters into her own hands, she secretly seeks out new allies. But what starts as strictly business turns into a dangerous attraction to the striking younger woman on the other side who awakens a desire she’s long denied and ignites a fire that could either burn them all down or save her soul.

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Off the Menu

By Alaina Erdell

Friends & Community
Actors/Artists
Workplace Romance
Blue Collar
Financial gap/Class disparity
Enemies to Lovers Romance
Celebrity
Food
Age Gap
Big City
Animals 

In less than 48 hours, reality TV sensation Restaurant Redo and its gorgeous host will arrive to film in chef Taylor Mobley’s kitchen…and she just found out.

Fixer Erin Rasmussen has a reputation for saving failing restaurants with her take-no-crap attitude. She gets the job done on time, under budget, and millions of viewers tune in to watch her do it.

The fine dining restaurant Taylor works for has some serious problems and management doesn’t want her input. It’s time to leave. But how is she supposed to find a new position when a TV host with delusions of grandeur keeps painting her as a problem chef? Taylor refuses to play nice with Erin, especially on camera. They make each other’s blood boil, which is why it’s even more annoying that they can’t manage to keep their hands off each other.

Erin only cares about entertaining viewers. Taylor is unprofessional and immature. Or at least that’s what they each think. As the cameras roll and their careers hang in the balance, will Erin and Taylor make the jump from enemies to lovers?

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Pack of Her Own

By Elena Abbott

Shifters
Vampires
Transgender

Natalie Donovan jumps at a friend’s offer to stay in the family cabin for a month—she desperately needs the chance to get away from, and get over, her messy breakup. She doesn’t count on the owner of the local diner making her heart pound and her body desperate to be touched.

Wren Carne is a lone wolf. As an Alpha shifter, she has no pack and maintains her territory without causing drama, just the way she likes it. When she checks on the girl staying in a local cabin, she’s not expecting her wolf to identify the human as her One True Mate.

As fallout from their pasts encroaches upon the sleepy town of Terabend, Wren must decide if she wants a pack of her own, while Natalie worries that her secret—she’s transgender—might be too much for Wren.

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Return to McCall

By Patricia Evans

Non-Binary Gender
A McCall Romance | Book 2
Federal Agents
Police / Cops
People of Color

Overwhelmed by sudden fame, Lily Larimer retreats from LA and returns to McCall, the last place she’s felt truly happy, even if that means seeing her ex, Sam, who seems to have found exactly what she wanted in life. Hoping to get her future back on track, Lily isn’t looking for romance—not until she meets Alex, the gorgeous Cuban dance instructor at Lake Haven, Sam’s newly opened lesbian retreat.

Sam Draper, McCall’s chief of police, and her wife, Sara, are ready to start their family, but their plans go awry when Sara experiences fertility issues. Summer heats up as they open Lake Haven, but cracks soon start to emerge with the realization that what they want most, a family, might be just out of reach.

As the secret evil lurking just beneath the surface of their sleepy little lake town emerges, all four women discover that sometimes happiness comes when you least expect it.

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So It Went Like This

By C. Spencer

Close Quarters
Friends & Community
Good girls/Bad girls
Vacation
Small Town Romances

Kennedy’s life is at a standstill. While on her therapist’s couch, she psychoanalyzes herself, her latest short-term failure of a relationship, and all of those mistakes she’s made along the way. On impulse, she books a getaway. Where better to find herself than a luminous gay-owned bed and breakfast on the coast of Maine?

Enter Logan, a stranger who approaches her in the lobby. Logan who’s oh-so-persuasive and determined to win her over. And maybe she does. Or maybe she’s beginning to, at least. But as the two find they’re inexplicably drawn to one another during an intoxicating and completely sublime few days secluded far away from reality, they’re also struggling with the relationship’s transience.

So It Went Like This is a candid and deeply personal exploration of fate, chosen family, and that dreamy vulnerability intrinsic in life’s uncertainties, as told in interwoven perspectives. It’s a portrait that seeks an answer to an enduring question: What if some were predestined and meant for one another?

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Stolen Kiss

By Spencer Greene

Annabelle Nelson, at a dive bar in her hometown after her life in New York City falls apart, is searching for the courage to face her family when she meets a beautiful stranger. Their chemistry is instant, and they share a stolen kiss. What could be the harm? They’re never going to see each other again. Only when Anna arrives at her parents’ house, she comes face-to-face with the woman she kissed, Louise Tanner, her brother’s new girlfriend.

Louise is exhausted from a long semester of medical school and is rethinking the distracted promise she made to visit her boyfriend’s family. Spilling her heart to a gorgeous woman in a bar was a completely uncharacteristic move, not to mention their parting kiss. She didn’t think it would hurt anyone. But when she sees Anna again, Louise finds it hard to suppress her growing feelings.

Anna and Louise try to forget their stolen kiss but struggle to resist their attraction. Surely, one kiss can’t change everything...Can it?

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The Fall Line

By Kelly Wacker

Animals 
Small Town Romances
Ghosts

Jordan Burroughs is the artist-in-residence at a college in the Deep South where she paints endangered aquatic lilies growing in the rocky shoals of the nearby river. While waiting for the rare flowers to bloom, she meets Maddie Grendel, the attractive and single English professor, and Tammy Palmer-Maxfield, heir to a fortune and wife of a greedy entrepreneur, who invite Jordan to paint on Tammy's vast estate.

The town is quaint, the professor charming, but strange occurrences at the college’s historic guesthouse challenge Jordan’s rational perspective. A mischievous gin-drinking ghost more than complicates her budding romance with Maddie. When a storm tears through town, the river and the special ecosystem it supports are threatened by toxic waste. Swept unexpectedly into conflict to protect the river at any cost, Jordan must make some dangerous decisions.

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To Meet Again

By Kadyan

Friends & Community

London, 1938. Evelyn has only one dream: to become a singer. Fleeing an arranged marriage, she leaves for Singapore in pursuit of a future brighter than the conventions of society could offer her.

Evelyn performs in a Chinatown cabaret to survive, where she meets Joan, a young Australian doctor and avid fan. Little by little, Evelyn and Joan form a close bond that leads to a love stronger than either has ever known.

But history has other plans. The Japanese army invades Singapore, and Evelyn must flee while Joan refuses to leave her patients. From prison camps to the deep jungle, through encounters and tragedies, Evelyn and Joan struggle to survive and to find each other again.

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Before She Was Mine

By Emma L McGeown

Children / Families

Dani Raye has finally got her life back on track. After a messy divorce, Dani and her ex-wife, Catriona, have found a way to co-parent successfully. Most of the time. While Catriona has moved on, Dani is in no rush to find love again. She has her work and son, Jonah, and that’s all she needs to be happy.

Lucy Matthews is anything but happy. Her relationship is falling apart, and her son is taking out his frustrations on a boy in school. When Dani and Lucy are thrust together to sort out their children’s squabble, their priorities are clear—family first—despite the attraction neither expected.

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Chasing Cypress

By Ana Hartnett Reichardt and Others

Friends & Community
Virgins/First Love
College Life
The Alder Series | Book 3
Children / Families
Small Town Romances

All Maggie Hyde wants is to graduate from the School of Agriculture at Alder University and settle into her legacy by taking over Hyde Hill Farm, the apple orchard that’s been in her family for four generations. Well, okay, it’s not all she wants. Finding someone who loves her small hometown of East Sparrow, Georgia, is high on her list of priorities, too. Who wouldn’t want to fall in love and settle down?

Olivia Cypress, that’s who. A free-spirited traveler at heart, Olivia is enjoying life way too much to limit her options, especially by settling down in nowheresville East Sparrow. But when Olivia walks into Maggie’s horticulture class, she’s charmed by Maggie’s gorgeous smile. It’s fine, though. They can’t seem to agree on anything, especially farming.

Maggie is sure Olivia will leave, just like her mother did. Olivia is sure Maggie doesn’t need a 30-year life plan. Opposites don’t really attract, right?

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Dark Truths

By Sandra Barret

The Jade Murphy Diaries | Book 3
People of Color
Vampires
Big City

Jade Murphy thinks her undead life is going great until her ex-girlfriend and vampire maker barges back into her life with a simple heist in mind. Just like the old days, except in the old days, Jade didn’t have a human partner who doesn’t know she’s a vampire. She can keep Beth from learning her secret, keep her ex from learning about Beth, and keep them both from realizing Beth’s latent magical talent, no problem. But when the heist goes horribly wrong, all bets are off, and every secret is at risk.

Can Jade keep everyone happy and safe, or will her life turn into the vampire version of Humpty Dumpty when it all comes tumbling down?

Too many secrets make for a tangled fucking mess, Jade...

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Desires Unleashed

By Renee Roman

Friends & Community
BDSM
Workplace Romance

No-nonsense operations manager Kell Murphy wants to let loose and have some fun. Moonlighting as a bartender provides just enough adventure with strangers who don’t expect anything more than a well-made cocktail.

Business owner Taylor Simpson wants ultimate control. She might be at the bar every week to check out the sexy bartender, but she only ever orders one drink. Longing for a D/s dynamic that satisfies her need for dominance and her sexual desires, Taylor hopes to find her perfect power exchange in Kell.

As their attraction intensifies, Kell must decide if she’s willing to surrender to Taylor’s control while Taylor struggles to trust her real-life fantasy come true. Neither went looking for love, but as they explore their desires unleashed, their hearts lead them on an unexpected journey.

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Double Jeopardy

By Carsen Taite

A Still Not Over You Novella
Reunion Romance
Lawyers

Katie James didn’t plan on being a runaway bride. Twice. But when the gorgeous, accomplished, former love of her life, Emma Reed, reappears in her life the week of her wedding, will Katie risk everything for another chance with the woman who might be her soul mate?

Double Jeopardy was previously published in Still Not Over You: Romance Novellas (Bold Strokes Books, 2020).

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