Split the Aces

By Jove Belle

Two women ride a wave of passion that threatens to consume them in a world of fast money and fast times in the neon glare of Sin City.

It's lust at first sight for blackjack dealer Rae Sutherland and conventioneer Cori Romero. Rae wants more from life than the constant shuffling of cards in a smoke-filled casino, but for now, she revels in the excesses of life and appreciates the never-ending parade of women at the tables. Cori is looking for something besides her day-to-day grind and she's aching for a new adventure but doesn't expect to find it on the Vegas strip. Fueled by the encouragement of friends and Captain Morgan, she auditions for a singing gig and her path inevitably crosses Rae's. In spite of themselves, their relationship develops into something deeper than the initial intoxication of attraction, but both wonder if it's worth the gamble

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truelesbianlove.com

By Carsen Taite

Friends & Community
Food
Friends to Lovers Romance

Everyone knows true love is just a fantasy...right?

Mackenzie Lewis's friends think she is destined to grow old alone, because even though she is a successful business woman, fun to be with, and great looking, the only women she meets are the ones in the romance novels she devours or while tagging along on dates with her best friend Jordan. Mac wants the kind of love she reads about and that her parents' storybook love proves exists, and she intends to wait for it.

Mac's best friend Dr. Jordan Wagner, a successful, gorgeous plastic surgeon, has encountered lots of women and she has enjoyed every one. She is not interested in growing old with any of them, though, and her past losses only confirm her choice is the right one. At the first sign of commitment, she is on to the next.

On a dare from their pals, Mac and Jordan decide to look for matches on the Internet. As they wind their way through the Web, seemingly looking for completely different things, both women discover true love is far different than they imagined. Ultimately, Mac and Jordan discover truelesbianlove is closer than a click away.

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Uncharted Passage

By Julie Cannon

Enemies to Lovers Romance
Reunion Romance
Women in Uniform
International Setting
Military
Rivals

Two women on a vacation that turns deadly face down one of nature's most ruthless killers--and find themselves falling in love.

Refusing to allow her absent lover to ruin her vacation in an exotic corner of Thailand, Emily Stone determines to set her private disappointment aside and enjoy herself--until a natural disaster strikes and turns her world upside down. Major Hayden Caldwell plans to escape the restrictions of her job for a rare few days of freedom when she and Emily are forced into the fight of their lives. Together, Hayden and Emily face death, disease, despair, and imminent death, and find in themselves and each other the strength to deny the tsunami two more victims. But can their intense bond survive outside of the extreme situation in which it was forged?

Uncharted Passage is the story of two women who face one of life's deadliest challenges and find their hearts forever changed.

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Cooper's Deale

By KI Thompson

Small Town Romances

Two would-be lovers and a decidedly inopportune murder spell trouble, no matter which way the cards fall.

Nothing ever seems to go right in Addy Cooper's life. She loses her job in California when her boss is arrested for importing Russian brides and exporting bootleg copies of yet-to-be-released movies. Her partner, upon hearing that Addy is unemployed, dumps her for the butch UPS delivery driver. And to top it all off, the grandmother who raised Addy and Tommy, her mentally disabled brother, dies suddenly when a piece of space debris the size of a Kenmore dishwasher lands on her, killing her instantly.

Returning to the small town she grew up in, Addy is forced to support herself and Tommy by taking on boarders. Her life appears to be returning to normal until she finds herself caught between two love interests, both of whom suspect her of murder. What more can go wrong? Plenty.

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I Dare You

By Larkin Rose

Workplace Romance
Bodyguard/Protection Romances
Financial gap/Class disparity

Sex is the perfect escape—until it holds you captive.

Sexy stripper by night, staid corporate raider by day, Kelsey's not looking for love, only sex and power. Then rough, tough karate champion Jordan walks into her life and dares her to risk her heart on a night of searing passion. Two women caught in an inferno of desire struggle on the brink of love while secrets from their past—and a stalker obsessed with Kelsey—threaten to destroy them. Will the fire burning between them forge a love strong enough to survive, or will the dare lead to heartbreak—or worse? I Dare You is a journey into the seething realm of obsession, lust, and desire.

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Lake Effect Snow

By C.P. Rowlands

Second Chance at Love
Actors/Artists
Police / Cops
Federal Agents

Renowned international news correspondent Annie T. Booker has covered Iraq for over three years when a friend and colleague is killed, and Annie is injured in Baghdad. Exhausted, she returns stateside to recover. However, life at home is not the sanctuary it has always been. Her name is on an Iraqi hit list, her partner of ten years has left, she is betrayed by a friend, and her TV network wants the FBI in her life full time. When the danger escalates, senior FBI agent Sarah Moore is assigned to her case.

Annie and Sarah struggle to stay one step ahead of disaster as Annie's life becomes the war zone she once reported on.

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Romantic Interludes 1: Discovery

By Radclyffe and Others

When just one happy ending is not enough...

An anthology of passionate, sensual love stories about falling in love, being in love, and celebrating the love between women of every ageyesterday, today, and tomorrow. Discover the passion, the thrill, and the heartwarming satisfaction of love time and again with the tales from today's best-selling romance writers: Ali Vali, Cate Culpepper, Clifford Henderson, Erin Dutton, Gabrielle Goldsby, Gill McNight, Gun Brooke, JD Glass, Jennifer Harris, Jlee Meyer, Jove Belle, Julie Cannon, Kim Baldwin, Larkin Rose, Lee Lynch, Lisa Girolami, Meghan O'Brien, Merry Shannon, MJ Williamz, Nell Stark, Rachel Spangler, and Radclyffe.

Editors Stacia Seaman and Radclyffe have edited five previous anthologies together, including the Lambda Literary winner Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments and the Independent Publishers Gold medal winner, Erotic Interludes 5: Road Games.

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Truth Behind the Mask

By Lesley Davis

High above the city, a young guardian searches for the enemy...and finds love.

In a city rife with evil, masked protectors secretly watch over the inhabitants, keeping the citizens safe while hiding their own identity. One young Sentinel, however, violates her oath and loses her heart to the woman she is charged to protect. By day, Pagan Osborne is a shy security specialist working in the family business. By night, as a Sentinel, she fulfils a greater family legacy and battles the criminals who threaten Chastilian's peace. Erith Baylor, a fiery young woman with her own secrets to hide, is drawn to Pagan's quiet charm and silent strength. But with so many secrets between them, their attraction could break the ties of family and finally reveal the truth behind the mask.

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A Guarded Heart

By Jennifer Fulton

Moon Island Series | Book 4

A bodyguard gig for a celebrity on a tropical island...there are worse ways to make a living.

As wholesome Dr. Kate in the hottest soap on daytime television, Lauren Douglas is promoted to her audience as a role model for young women. The strict morality clause in her contract is not the only reason she stays closeted. Her dad is a powerful right-wing politician, and a gay daughter won’t help his political aspirations.

Just as she is about to renew her contract, Lauren is publicly outed by an unfaithful former lover with a grudge. The story is all over the media, embarrassing her father and enraging a fan who loses his mind and shoots her.

All of which sounds like spoiled-people problems to FBI Special Agent Pat Roussel, whose hunt for the Kiddy Pageant Killer has consumed every waking moment for three years. Suffering from burnout, Pat is taking a few months’ break, working in private security. The last thing she expects is to find herself babysitting a celebrity who has been banished to a desert island by her father, while the cops hunt down the guy who wants to kill her. It’s a dirty job. 

Originally published 2005; first Bold Strokes Books edition.

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Homecoming

By Nell Stark

College Life

Love is thicker than blood.

When Yale student Sarah Storm comes out to her parents, they disown her and withdraw all support for her education. A few days later, Sarah's long-term girlfriend breaks up with her and Sarah loses everything that matters—family, future dreams, and love. Forced to leave Yale with only the contents of her dorm room and a boat of a car bequeathed to her by her grandmother, Sarah scrambles to get her life back on track at the University of Rhode Island. Burying her hurt and disappointment, Sarah throws herself into both her classes and social life. But no one she meets is quite as intriguing as Rory, her new—and apparently straight—roommate. When it becomes clear that her attraction to Rory is mutual, however, Sarah begins to fear that history will repeat itself and she'll end up alone.

Will Sarah be able to put aside the betrayals of those she loved and trust again? Or will the consequences of her own coming-out experience get in the way of a new chance at happiness?

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Passion Bay

By Jennifer Fulton

Moon Island Series | Book 1
Second Chance at Love

Two women from different ends of the earth discover passion in paradise—a passion threatened by secrets and impending disaster.

New Zealander Cody Stanton loses her lover of five years, and then her job. But there’s a silver lining. Someone in admin made a mistake and her severance check is $100,000 instead of $10,000. She rashly decides to take the money and run, and Moon Island seems like the perfect hideaway.

Annabel Worth has just inherited the island, a tiny women-only resort, from an eccentric aunt. She travels there determined to uncover secrets long hidden by her very proper Bostonian family, but soon finds herself distracted by an attractive guest.

Both women are burdened with secrets that could destroy the passion that ignites between them. When Hurricane Mary strikes, each must make a choice that will change her life forever. 

Originally published 1992; first Bold Strokes Books edition.

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Put Away Wet

By Susan Smith

Second Chance at Love

Jocelyn "Joey" Fellows is having a bad day.

At twenty-two, she's a college dropout who just got savagely dumped by her ex, Psycho Barbie. Joey works as a waiter in a pretentious, er, upscale Buffalo restaurant, the Heritage Room, with her best friend Steve, a gorgeous serial dater and gay man candy. He's had enough of Joey crying in her beer over Psycho Barbie and convinces her to get back on the horse. Joey is adamant she doesn't want a relationship. She needs time to heal and find out who she is. Steve informs her that she can find herself and get laid at the same time.

With Steve as her cyber-pimp, Joey posts an online personal ad: Newbie seeking erotic adventures. Good hearted, would-be ethical slut seeks experience. Train me. No men, no cheating, no relationships. Just good clean sexual fun. Joey embarks on quite a few never-before anticipated adventures, gets licked into shape, and discovers along the way a joy in sexuality, a new sense of self, and a woman, Leela, who teaches her to embrace life, lust, and laughter.

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Remember Tomorrow

By Gabrielle Goldsby

Reunion Romance

Two women find that creating a successful relationship rests in remembering the mistakes of the past.

Cees Bannigan has all the materials she needs to build a happy life—a successful home-improvement television show, a new house, and the attention of an intelligent and beautiful woman. So what is she doing at the hospital bedside of Arieanna Simons, the lover who abandoned her several months before? When she discovers what is behind Arieanna's precipitous withdrawal, Cees must decide if past betrayals can ever be forgiven, even for the promise that tomorrow might hold.

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Saving Grace

By Jennifer Fulton

Moon Island Series | Book 2

Cute, confused, self-conscious, and emotionally vulnerable. It’s almost too easy.

Scientist Grace Ramsay takes one look at the young woman limping into the villa next door and decides Dawn is just what she needs: a distraction. Tasked with evaluating Moon Island for a chemicals giant looking for a waste dump far from civilization, Grace feels increasingly uneasy about her job. She usually responds to stress by having good sex, and it sure looks like Dawn could use a confidence booster, given the scars she’s so sensitive about.

After surviving a hurricane on Moon Island a year earlier, champion swimmer Dawn Beaumont vowed she would never return. But here she is, taking refuge after a car crash that claimed the life of a teammate. Haunted by guilt and bitter over the injuries that have ended her Olympic dream, she is in no mood to be hit on by a player like Grace, who acts like she’s doing her some kind of favor.

As sparks fly between the two women, Annabel Worth, the owner of the island, refuses to sell her home to the chemicals conglomerate, but then her plane goes down in the Pacific under suspicious circumstances. 

Originally published 1993; first Bold Strokes Books edition.

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The Sacred Shore

By Jennifer Fulton

Moon Island Series | Book 3
Second Chance at Love

Why risk falling in love, when trusting again feels impossible?

Merris Randall doesn’t believe in love at first sight. Then she meets Olivia Pearce. The attraction between them is inescapable, but Olivia is deeply scarred from a damaging relationship and has vowed never to love again. Merris can relate. Until her divorce, her life had also looked perfect on the surface.

Dismayed when Olivia leaves town for a long vacation on Moon Island, Merris decides to travel there, too, as if by coincidence. Not cool. But playing by the rules has not panned out, either.

She is not the only guest conflicted over ethics. Anthropologist Dr. Glenn Howick must decide how far she’ll go, exploiting the spirituality of another culture for her career ends. Then there’s Riley Mason, a postgrad student whose love threatens both Glenn’s reputation and her most secret self.

With preparations under way for the secret rituals that celebrate the guardian goddess of the island, the island’s owners, Cody and Annabel, find themselves at odds over a tough decision. Annabel’s cousin Melanie has come to them with a young baby and a desperate problem. 

Originally published 2004; first Bold Strokes Books edition.

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A Place to Rest

By Erin Dutton

Workplace Romance
Food

Sawyer Drake has never known what she wants—except it isn't working in the family restaurant, which is what everyone expects. In order to outrun her destiny, or at least delay the inevitable, she bounces from job to job—and woman to woman. Nothing keeps her attention for very long. Nothing, that is, until she meets shy pastry chef Jori Diamantina. But Jori has no intention of risking the job she loves and a life she's comfortable with for a passing fling with Sawyer, no matter how strong the attraction. Sawyer has no idea what she wants from Jori, or from life, but she's about to find out—because Jori makes her want to stop running.

A Place to Rest is a touching romance about the beauty of finally discovering where you belong.

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Falling Star

By Gill McKnight

Second Chance at Love

Solley Rayner hopes a few weeks with her family will help heal her shattered dreams, but she hasn't counted on meeting a woman who stirs her heart.

With her marriage in crisis, Solley Rayner takes her children to the beach house of her sister Janie and Janie's partner Marsha for a much-needed summer break. But all hopes of rest and relaxation are interrupted when a movie stunt crew arrives to film a blockbuster in the bay.

Professional stuntwoman Gin Ito, paparazzi favorite and rumored to be a killer in bed, heads up the team of daredevils. When Gin literally drops into Solley's life, how could the lonely young mother's interest not be piqued? And what private pain draws Gin Ito inexorably toward the small family and the woman who protects it with all her heart?

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Lethal Affairs

By Kim Baldwin and Others

Elite Operatives Series | Book 1
International Setting

Love has never been more lethal.

Elite operative Domino is no stranger to peril and impossible situations. Trained all her life to be just as comfortable fighting terrorists as mixing with the gala crowd, she is proficient at playing any role necessary to accomplish her objective and believes the cause sanctifies the means. But her latest assignment to investigate journalist Hayley Ward will test more than her skills, ingenuity, and courage, because this time she faces the ultimate dilemma: a choice between loyalty and love.

First in the Elite Operatives romantic intrigue series.

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