Cover Reveal: Marcus by Bethany-Kris

MARCUS

by Bethany-Kris
Guzzi Legacy, #6
Publication Date: December 2, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone

Cover Reveal Credits: Lee Ching @Under Cover Designs

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SYNOPSIS

When falling is easy, people often forget about the crash.

The time has finally come for Marcus Guzzi to step into his birthright. He’s the firstborn—the next boss to take over his family’s mafia and he’s never been more ready. With an MC encroaching on Guzzi territory, family expectations following him, and more responsibility on his shoulders than ever, what’s one more thing added to his ever-growing list of duties when his father asks for a favor? He just didn’t expect that favor to bring with it a woman he can’t ignore.

Cella Marcello is a lot of things. Single mother. Daughter of a former New York Underboss. A highly sought-after interior designer. Widow. The one thing she’s learned about life after all that’s happened in hers? It keeps moving on, and so does she. When a contract for a penthouse design takes her to Toronto, she isn’t ready for the gorgeously dangerous man waiting there to make sure she has everything she needs. Even if the thing she needs is him.

Marcus is everything she never wanted before now. He wasn’t even looking for someone like her. When the traumas of the past take center stage, these two will need to decide if the chance at forever is worth the risk.

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The final Guzzi Legacy novel …

Note: Marcus is a standalone romance within The Guzzi Legacy series.

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Sometimes, her designs came from things she wanted to see, because that’s what the client preferred. Knowing what little she did about Cara Guzzi, she thought perhaps the woman might prefer her spaces to be designed more to her personal tastes.

But that would be hard to do when apparently, this was meant to be a surprise. It wasn’t as though Cella could go have dinner with the woman, sit down and chat about what she wanted to see in her penthouse. Or hell, even bring the woman here to do it.

That made the job more interesting.

And tough.

Cella liked a good challenge, though.

It was only as she was coming out of the main bathroom that she realized how quiet Tiffany had become during her mother’s walk-through of the place. Not that she was concerned her daughter found trouble because that was the last thing her child seemed to do.

Soon enough, she found Tiffany.

In the living room.

With a man.

His back stayed turned to Cella as the unknown man kneeled in his sharp, black three-piece suit that seemed tailored-to-fit on his tall, lean form. Broad shoulders covered by expensive fabric led down a back made up by hard, firm lines that had Cella stopping in the entryway to the space instead of walking forward.

Well, that, and his laugh.

It was a lovely sound.

Deep.

Full of bass.

Every part of her heard it and felt it, she was sure.

It was then that Tiffany finally noticed her mother.

“Ma!”

The man stood and turned to find Cella standing in the entryway. At first, his face took her by surprise. If only because it felt like she was looking into a mirror of Gian Guzzi—only a younger version of the man, with just slight differences. Just enough, really.

A strong jawline. Squared chin. Dark, thick brows lifted when his smirking lips curved higher in a sensual smile. His brown eyes—flecked with gold—looked her over. His hair, a dark espresso color, had been cut into a style that allowed him a bit of length at the top but was trimmed short along the sides. Mostly, it just seemed as though he brushed the strands back to keep them from falling into those eyes of his.

Eyes that still hadn’t looked away from her.

“Cella,” he said. “Good to see you again.”

She swore it was like stepping back in time.

They’d met before.

At a very dark time.

Back then, Cella hadn’t taken the time to notice very much about Marcus.

“Marcus Guzzi.”

His smile deepened. “I hear you need me.”

Did she?

Cella dragged in a quick breath.

Her heart thumped hard.

What was that?

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Blog Tour: Anytime Author Promotions Presents: Deadly Reality Anthology


 Deadly Reality Anthology 


Authors: Yolanda Olson, Murphy Wallace, C.J. Pinard, Loni Mendez, M.L. Guida, Arden Aoide, Sarah Moore, Tricia Copeland, Tricia Daniels, TL Mayhew, Wendy Cheairs, Lenore Cheairs, Jane Curry & GK Curry, Kathy-Lynn Cross, Connie Ruth Vejar, Jo Michaels, Nico Vazquez, Michaela L. Cane






On November 9th, 2019 – authors from all over the world gather for one night at the Stanley Hotel.



Many of these authors are giving you a taste of what’s to come. Everything from romance to horror, you will find what you’re looking for at the Deadly Reality Signing.




Yolanda Olson

Yolanda Olson is an award-winning and international bestselling author. Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT, where she currently resides, she usually spends her time watching her favorite channel, Investigation Discovery. Occasionally, she takes a break to write books and test the limits of her mind. Also an avid horror movie fan, she likes to incorporate dark elements into the majority of her books.




You can keep in touch with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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Murphy Wallace

About Murphy Wallace


Murphy Wallace is an International Bestselling Author with works in several different genres, but most of her work as been in Dark Romantic Suspense.
She currently resides in a small Eastern Florida town with her husband, who doubles as her best friend, and their two boys.
When she’s not getting in touch with her inner child at Disney World or enjoying everything that Florida has to offer with her family, she enjoys writing and watching true crime documentaries.
She has a cat named Maisy who is her constant writing partner.






C.J. Pinard

C.J. is a USA Today Bestselling author living in Colorado. Lover of red wine, wearer of fabulous shoes, and a die-hard Niner fan, she’s also an editor at heart. She’s the author of over 30 novels and short stories that contain both contemporary/new adult and paranormal romance that are a little bit badass, a little heart-wrenching, and sorta funny (to her, anyway). Almost all of her books usually contain law enforcement or military undertones, since strong, brave, alpha men and women are her weaknesses. When she’s not writing, she can be found working at a very strange day job, which may or may not have some mild influences on her gripping stories—so strange, in fact, she may just write a book about it one day.



Loni Mendez

Loni Mendez is a highly recognized and sought after expert in the business community where she brings over 20 years of corporate and consulting experience with global organizations. Loni’s expertise and passion is in creating structures and workability for people to support them in reaching their goals. She attended Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey and later attended DeVry University, studying Human Resources and Technical Management.  In honoring her commitment to making a difference for people, Loni started a concierge business, Classieux Concierge LLC, in 2007; and an HR consulting and career coaching business, Global HR Concepts LLC, in 2008. In 2015, Classieux Concierge LLC was awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for delivering outstanding service to its clients throughout the year.



M.L. Guida

Award Winning Author M.L. Guida loves science fiction and the paranormal. From Star Trek to Dark Shadows to Supernatural, she fell in love with things that go bump in the night. But it was the heroes, she loved the best. No matter what happened, those characters never gave up. Now, her heroes are following their footsteps. Whether it’s a shape shifter from outer space or a vampire from the past, her wounded heroes always find a way to conquer battles and win the heart of the feisty heroine. Because even in a world of darkness, true love survive. Sign up for M.L. Guida’s Supernatural Scroll http://eepurl.com/6ICXv to learn about new releases and giveaways. She also has a readers Facebook Group called ML Guida’s Supernatural Lounge. She has giveaways, news, and ways for her to connect with you.




Arden Aoide

Intrepid Novelist, Obstinate Insomniac, Introverted Anarchist, Juvenile Humorist, Anglophile, Red Lipstick Fetishist, Cat Herder, Lazy Housekeeper, Foodie, Philosopher, Mother, Lover, Compiler of Lists…


Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore is a true lover of the supernatural. She has been writing stories for her own amusement from the age of fifteen. Sarah finally decided to share her stories with others, publishing her first book on amazon in 2015. She lives with her husband of thirty-two years and a fur baby that is truly spoiled rotten. She enjoys binge watching paranormal shows, reading, amateur ghost hunting.



Tricia Copeland

Tricia Copeland grew up in a hot, sticky, rural south Georgia town where pine trees and alligators ruled the landscape. Since then she’s moved west to the purple mountain majesties of Colorado. Her books span from the dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy, to coming-of-age and new adult romance genres. Sign up for her newsletter to get two free short stories delivered to your inbox!


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Tricia Daniels

Creativity and imagination are never in short supply in my home. I’m just a normal woman, struggling to pay the bills while raising my children in a home where they feel empowered, supported and loved. There is no place more beautiful to me than the home I’ve made with the love of my life. We’re surrounded by rushing waters, rugged landscapes, rolling hills and magnificent views. Where people are real, and life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. It’s the most magnificent inspiration for love. Set in the communities that form the Headwaters, the ‘Love in the Hills of the Headwaters Series’ will bring you stories you can relate to; people you can connect with; and love you can believe in. It’s the perfect place for city glam to meet country charm. Come Join us in the Hills of the Headwaters and find a place to explore, unplug and fall in love.



TL Mayhew

On the edge of “dark” romance writer from Nebraska. It’s where TL balances family, pets, her home and a day job. She has a love of books, movies, music and anything artsy but ultimately driving with the top down in her Camaro is what brings her the most joy.



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Wendy Cheairs

Wendy Cheairs lives in New Mexico, with her husband and cats that think they are little people. She works as an editor and freelance writer for longer than she’d care to admit. Now free to explore the fiction side of writing, diving into several different genres. Raised in the southwestern part of America, she hides from the desert sun in the writing cave to avoid setting ablaze. She is starting her publishing career with anthology work and working on novels.


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Lenore Cheairs

Lenore Cheairs lives in Texas with her sons. She spends her days creating beauty and horror in novels, novellas, short stories, and poetry. She spends her nights plotting. Darkness is her closest friend it seems. She will be releasing several novels, novellas, short stories, poetry collections and chapter books in 2019-2020. You can find her on social media listed below. She will announce all release information as soon as dates are set on all platforms. 


Jane Curry & GK Curry

GK Curry is an actuary for health care benefits with his ASA. When he isn’t writing or working full-time, you can find him spending time with his wife, four daughters, and four pets. He enjoys playing and coaching sports and watching crime dramas to spark his imagination.


Kathy-Lynn Cross

Born in Pomona, California, Kathy-Lynn Cross lived there for twelve years until her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she resides today. Inspired by the backdrop of Sin City, and took her English professor’s advice and wrote about the hometown she knew.  


Kathy-Lynn wasn’t always a writer. In 2008, when her niece was hospitalized, she decided to do something special and wrote a short tale for her to read. After devouring it in a single day, her niece and the nurses in the pediatrics wing quickly asked her, “What’s next?” That was when a new chapter in her life opened and realized she wanted to become a Storyweaver.
Kathy-Lynn loves the color red and uses it obsessively in everything, including her bottle-blonde hair accented with crimson highlights. She has a knack for baking and cake decorating—that is—when her fingers are not busy with the next work-in-progress (WIP). When recharging, she is normally curled up with a book while sipping on a vanilla coffee or spending time with her hubby of twenty-four years, two kids, three cats, and their thirteen-year-old silver dollar fish, Tweedle-Dee.
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Connie Ruth Vejar

Connie Ruth Vejar author of paranormal romance. Born in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky raised in in the Sunshine State.  Works as a Charge Nurse by day and writes paranormal romance at night.


Twitter.  @Pandavejar
Instagram. @connieruthvejar. 

Jo Michaels

Jo Michaels loves writing novels that make readers gasp in horror, surprise, and disbelief. While her browser search history has probably landed her on a list somewhere, she still dives into every plot with gusto, hoping “the man” will realize she’s a writer and not a psychopath about to go on a rampage. Her favorite pastimes are reading, watching Investigation Discovery, and helping other authors realize their true potential through mentoring. She’s penned the award-winning Pen Pals and Serial Killers series and the best-selling educational book for children, Writing Prompts for Kids, which has rocketed the kids that use it into several awards of their own.


Twitter: @WriteJoMichaels
IG: WriteJoMichaels
Nico Vazquez

Nico Vazquez is a nineteen year old author based in Jacksonville, Florida. While they are new to the publishing scene with their first book being released in November of 2018, they are no stranger to the public eye. Since 2014 Nico has been preforming original poetry under the stage name Stiles, with invitations to feature at local events and open mics, a book signing with R.L Stine, and a performance for the mayor under their belt, the young artist is far from inexperienced. Nico writes primarily within the darker and the more emotional realms of literature with favored genres being horror, YA, and poetry. With two books published, signings lined up throughout the year, and new creations always in the works, there’s always something new coming up with this artist.


Keep up to date by checking out their website at ignicovazquez.weebly.com and following their social medias:
Twitter: @ KnowingStiles
Instagram: @ NicoxVazquez
Facebook: @ igNicoVazquez
Michaela L. Cane

Michaela lives and writes in southwest Florida, where she works as a full-time book editor specializing in horror, dark romance, suspense, fantasy, and anything at all involving the paranormal.  Her own writing always takes dark turns, but tends toward character-driven stories which blur genre lines and ask the questions that she believes we sometimes even hide from ourselves. Her first two novels, Spells in Waiting and Spells in Therapy (new release available in October, 2019!) are available from Hellbound Books, and you can find all of her works on her Amazon author page. You can also keep up with her latest news and updates by following her on Facebook or Twitter!



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Release Blitz: Once Upon A Daddy Anthology by Kelli Callahan


Title: Once Upon A Daddy: A Romance Anthology 
Author: Kelli Callahan 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 





This anthology will make you want to be a bad, bad girl.

Daddy’s Best Friend: Greyson Foster is rich, successful, hot-as-sin and British. The last thing he expects is to have his best friend’s daughter show up on his doorstep, looking for a place to stay. He quickly finds out that she needs more than just a place to stay. She needs a firm hand and a little discipline. Or maybe he’s just looking for an excuse to put his hands on her gorgeous curves…

Best Friend’s Daddy: Declan Mackenzie is the kind of man that knows how to turn up the heat. He’s covered in beautiful ink, Scottish, and he might even wear a kilt if you ask real nice. When he finds his daughter’s best friend injured and in need of assistance, he offers a helping hand. He knows she’s off-limits, but when she confesses that he’s always been her secret crush, he knows it’s only a matter of time before he gives in…

Distinguished Daddy: Walker Delaney is a distinguished, bold, and a soap-opera legend that turns every head when he walks down the street. He’s the kind of man that could charm the panties off a Nun, and they even put him on the cover of Oh Daddy! magazine. Most women have a secret fantasy about him, but the worst mistake you could ever make is falling in love…

Interview with a Daddy: Alexio Hawkins is fierce, brilliant, and totally gorgeous, but he’s hiding a secret. It’s the kind of thing you share in the bedroom, not in the boardroom, and when it is accidentally revealed during an interview, he’s forced to take drastic measures to protect himself. He may have just met his match in the sassy, headstrong young woman who discovers what he’s hiding from the world, or maybe it’s a spark that could lead to more…

Each book in the “Once Upon a Daddy” series is a full-length standalone romance novel. They are totally safe and the HEA is always guaranteed. Leave your panties at the door. You won’t need them when Daddy gets home…






Kelli writes hot and steamy romances with delicious alpha males who will not stop until they get the women they crave exactly where they want them. Kelli’s heroes are tough as nails, hot as sin, and underneath the rough exterior is a heart of gold begging to be unleashed. If you think you can tame them, you’re probably right, but it won’t be an easy journey. 


Make no mistake, Kelli’s stories will give you the happily ever after you need, but they’re also steamy and packed from cover to cover with exactly what you’re looking for late at night when you leave your panties by the door. 

If you would like to contact Kelli, she can be reached at kellicallahanbooks@gmail.com.



Release Blitz: Taming Professor A+lphahole by Loni Ree



Title: Taming Professor A+lphahole 
Author: Loni Ree 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 



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“When you tame the King Alphahole, you want to brag.”

—Tori


When Tori offers a fellow student a ride to school, she has no idea her good deed will bring the biggest Alphahole ever into her life. Now Reid Maxwell is going to find out he picked the wrong girl to boss around. She’s going to show him.
  
Professor Reid Maxwell hasn’t let any woman get close enough to tame him. The Economics Professor has a reputation as a love ’em and leave ’em Alphahole with no room in his life for entanglements. Raising his younger sister takes all his time, and he avoids any hint of commitment.


He takes one look at Tori Barton and realizes she’s the one for him, but she isn’t going to make things easy for this over-the-top jerk.


Smartass meets Alphahole and sparks fly.











 Loni Ree, a very busy mom of six, loves to read because she finds that reading helps her escape the chaos of everyday life. She loves quick, red-hot reads that are on the excessive side. Writing is a passion of hers, so Loni decided to share the stories floating around in her mind. Her short, steamy stories are a little over the top because she believes reading should be an escape from real life. Her steamy romances turn Alphaholes into Pussycats and always have a happily ever after, guaranteed!




Cover Reveal: Alessio by Bethany-Kris!

ALESSIO

by Bethany-Kris
Guzzi Legacy Duet, #2
Publication Date: August 5, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, MMF

Cover Reveal Credits: Lee Ching @Under Cover Designs

SYNOPSIS

The son of a prominent Cosa Nostra Don, Corrado Guzzi’s life should have been all mapped out. He would be what every other Guzzi man was, too—made, mafia. It’s their way. But when given another choice, the chance to be something more, he takes it. Even if it comes with strings.

It’s there that he might find where he belongs, and Alessio Sorrento. The man who could change his whole life.

This love thing? It should have been easy, but they made it hard. Nothing about a relationship like theirs is simple. Dictated by rules, weighed down with things left unsaid, and already hanging by a frayed thread.

This is what love looks like before, and after.
Before she came along.
And after she was there.

It takes one woman to change everything.

Ginevra Calabrese wasn’t ready for this—for them.

So, what happens now?

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NOTE: Corrado (book one) and Alessio (book two) are a duet within The Guzzi Legacy series, and should be read in order. All other titles in the series are standalone. This is NOT a love triangle.

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“A happy birthday,” Dare said.

Alessio almost smiled, but pain was a fucking bitch. Twenty-three years old today, and he’d forgotten. Someone else had to remind him. Appropriate for it to be Dare. At the darkest points in his life, Dare always remembered his birthday for whatever reason.

“Is it, though?” he asked.

“What?”

“A happy day.”

Dare made a noise under his breath as Gian Guzzi came to sit next to Alessio in the wicker chair beside his. Corrado’s father said nothing, dressed in his night clothes with a black robe tightened at his middle, he stared over the back property, and rested his hand along his jaw as he waited for Alessio to finish his conversation. It was late for the man to still be awake.

“Les.”

“Ignore me,” he muttered. “Thinking out loud.”

But also not a lie.

This wasn’t a happy day.

And tomorrow didn’t look good, either.

Welcome to his life, lately.

“Why don’t you take a break, come back here for a bit, and reset—”

“That’s Alessio?”

Cree.

In the call’s background, Dare confirmed what Cree asked. A shuffle of the phone sounded before more movement echoed through the speakers. Alessio heard the slam of a door before Cree came onto the phone.

“Where are you?” Cree demanded.

Alessio arched a brow over at Gian. The man didn’t even glance his way. “Away.”

“Doing what?”

“Thinking.”

Cree let out a harsh sound. “You don’t call people?”

“I’m a grown man, I can—”

“Tell the people who give a fuck that you’re safe, Les.”

His throat jumped as he swallowed back a biting retort that would have only saved his pride but hurt someone else. “I’m safe.”

A second passed. Cree sighed. “Good.” Then, after a brief pause, he added, “Corrado called two days ago looking for you. You should at least tell him where you are, Les. You don’t have to go back—I understand things are going on that hurt you, but he’s worried.”

Good for him.

Because he hadn’t given a shit about Alessio before.

As fast as the seed of doubt drifted through his mind, the pain following behind just as fast, Alessio tipped his head down, and shook it away. It wasn’t true, and a huge part of why this happened was because Corrado hadn’t wanted to hurt him.

Yet, here they stood.

The same result.

Alessio didn’t do well with pain, and especially not if someone he loved caused it. He had a handle on this shit—this thing between them. He assumed they were comfortable, but this had taught him he had been lying to himself.

Complacent.

It took nothing to be ruined.

Nothing but a woman.

“I’m not calling him,” Alessio said, “there’s nothing for me to say.”

Hadn’t he said enough when he showed up to the penthouse over a week ago? He believed so. His words had cut with each one said—landing like knives against the man he loved to the ends of the earth and back. Alessio didn’t need Corrado to tell him how much he hurt him with the things he said. He was aware.

But that was good, too.

Partly.

Why should Alessio be the only one to hurt?

He wouldn’t be alone.

He needed to get his shit figured out before he went back for a second round. He didn’t want to keep cutting into Corrado. As much as he hurt, it wasn’t fair he continued hurting Corrado, too.

Because he loved.

He gave a shit.

He would have never done this to Corrado.

Ever.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Cover Reveal: Forever With You by Jennifer Labelle

Forever With You

Misfit Tattoo, Book 1
by Jennifer Labelle
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Preorder: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

We’re both broken. Together we’re a disaster waiting to happen.
I know what it’s like to bleed. To have so much pain you can barely breathe. My entire life got burned down in flames, and now I’m nothing.
My escape? Friends, booze, and willing women. They make me feel numb. Better yet, they keep me distracted from the memories that plague me.
When a curvy brunette walks into my tattoo shop I immediately recognize the sad look in her eyes. Pain. Regret. Grief.
But I’m drawn to her, wanting to be near her all the time. Maybe it’s because we have something in common. A broken heart.
Harlow has just about as many walls around her as I do. We’re both ruined, but despite being shattered into a million pieces, the more time we spend together the more she’s beginning to show me what hope looks like. It’s terrifying.
If I keep on pursuing her, there are only two ways this could end. We’ll either help each other mend, or we’ll destroy the last bit of humanity we have left.

About Jennifer Labelle

Jennifer Labelle resides in Canada with her husband and three beautiful children. After her third child, she became a stay at home mom. In her busy household, Jennifer likes to spend her downtime engrossed in the stories that she creates. She is an active reader of romance, mystery, and anything paranormal. With an education in Addictions work, she’s decided to take a less stressful approach in life and hopes that you enjoy, as she shares some of her imagination with all of you.

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Pre-Order Blitz: Brash by SC Daiko




Title: Brash: An Enemies to Lovers Romance
(Standalone spin-off from BRUTE, BEAST and Nanny and the BRATVA BOSS)
Author: SC Daiko 
Genre: Enemies-to-Lovers/Trapped Together/Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a. Designs
Release Date: June 17, 2019
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Survive a plane crash. Get marooned on a deserted island with a dirty, damaged alpha-hole. What could be worse?


Alyona


They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.
I believe it.
Brash sure lives up to his nickname.
Impetuous and rude, the billionaire hotel developer can’t possibly offer me anything but a much-needed paycheck.
Except, everything changes when our plane crashes.
Not only do we have to face the dangers of this tropical island, we must also endure our growing attraction to each other.

Brash


The spoiled, self-entitled mafia princess isn’t all she appears.
Beautiful and alluring, Alyona also possesses an innocence that calls to something long buried.
That’s risky for a man like me and a woman like her.
I’m a dirty bastard at the best of times, and this isn’t the best of times.
The perils we face are pushing us together.
And keeping things professional is no longer an option once I’m set on making her mine.
We’ve survived a plane crash, but can we survive the island with our hearts intact?





The current was strong and pulling us away from the wreckage. I kept my arm around Aly, lifting her face. I creased my forehead, trying to work out our flight path. Where the fuck were we? 
An ice-cold shard of panic pierced the pit of my stomach. I tried to ignore it. Fucking impossible. For the first time in my life since I was a child, events had overtaken me. Were out of my control. And there wasn’t a damn thing I could do other than try and survive. 
Aly moaned and I whispered, “I’m here. You’re safe.” 
She shivered and I held her close to share my body heat. Not that there was much of that. I was chilled to the bone. 
I looked around again. 
We were surrounded by nothing but rolling waves.  
Stay calm. I repeated the words to myself like a mantra. 
Hours passed, it seemed, although I wasn’t sure. I felt completely disoriented. 
Aly had passed out again; I kept checking her pulse. My eyelids grew heavy and I wanted to doze off, but we’d be separated. 
The sound of splashing.  
A pod of dolphins had arrived, eyes flickering with curiosity.  
“Hey, guys,” I managed to rasp. “Come to rescue us?” I laughed at the absurdity of my question. 
With a wave of their tails, they left in obvious pursuit of some lunch. 
The current took us further and further away from where the plane had gone down.  
More splashing.  
Rhythmical this time.  
I swept my gaze around again and a slow smile of relief spread across my face. I let out a whoop. The sound I’d heard was the noise of waves hitting the barrier reef to an island. I could just see it in my peripheral vision. 
I kicked my feet so frantically my shoes came off. Using the arm not holding Aly, I swam hard, fighting the current that was sweeping us parallel to land. 
Kick, kick, kick. 
I spotted a break in the waves and managed to propel us through it into the calm waters of a lagoon. 
My lungs burning, I kept swimming until my feet touched the sandy bottom.  
With the last vestiges of my energy, I heaved Aly out of the water onto the shore.  
I turned her onto her side and tilted her head backwards. Then, totally wrung-out, I collapsed next to her. 



SC Daiko, aka Siobhan, is an award-winning British author of fast-paced international bestselling contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Siobhan loves to swim in the sea, travel around Europe, sample different food and enjoy local wine. She has worked in the City of London and taught languages in a Welsh high school before moving to Italy, where she now lives with her husband and two cats. Nothing makes her happier than connecting with readers and fellow authors.