Hunter, Kelly, The One That Got Away

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Hunter, Kelly, The One That Got Away,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The One That Got Away

Author:  Kelly Hunter

Imprint:  KISS (Modern Tempted)

Issues:  Child Abuse; Domestic Violence

Blurb:

“The man who’s always left her wanting more!”

Good job? “Tick.” Newly purchased apartment? “Tick.” Evie’s life is on a pretty even keel at the moment. The only thing missing? A man with an edge to keep things interesting.

Enter Logan Black. Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan has edge written all over him. He’s also the man who tipped Evie “over” the edge a few years back – she gave him everything, but he didn’t know when to stop taking.

Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie’s ever done. Until now. Because Logan’s back, the chemistry is as blistering as ever and this time he’s not going anywhere…

Dear Reader,

When it comes to reading and writing romance, I like my heroine smart, my heroes hot, the settings interesting, the story engaging, the romance intense and I do like to have a laugh.  Bonus points if the story makes me cry.  Harlequin’s new KISS series promises all that and more – in short contemporary romance form.  There will be four new KISS stories out each month, starting February 2013, and I’m thrilled that The One That Got Away is part of the launch lineup.

The One That Got Away is a reunion romance, of sorts.  When Logan Black walked out on Evangeline Jones all those years ago he thought he was doing the right thing.  He probably was.  But now he’s back and Evie’s grown into a strong and confident woman who knows what she wants, and she has never stopped wanting Logan.  All she has to do is persuade him to give her a second chance…

I love reader feedback – you can find me online at www.kellyhunter.net.

Dear Harlequin KISS,

You look so fresh and shiny and new.  I think I’m in love.  Here’s to a wonderful writing life together and a whole lot of happily ever after. 

XOX Kelly Hunter

Anderson, Natalie, Whose Bed Is It Anyway?

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Anderson, Natalie, Whose Bed Is It Anyway?,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Whose Bed Is It Anyway?

Author:  Natalie Anderson

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Celebrity Culture;

Blurb:

“You’re wearing my T-shirt.”

Returning home after a daring rescue mission, all James Wolfe can think of is sleep. So he’s furious to find a beautiful stranger curled up in his king-size bed! Normally no woman ever gets between his sheets without prior invitation—who does she think she is?

Disgraced celebrity Caitlin Moore has been offered a place to stay and she won’t give it up—not with the paparazzi outside, baying for her blood! Reluctantly she agrees to share the apartment with James—but, with enough electricity to short-circuit the whole of Manhattan, keeping to their own sides of the bed might prove impossible.

Logan, Nikki, Mr Right at the Wrong Time

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Logan, Nikki, Mr Right at the Wrong Time,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  Mr Right at the Wrong Time

Author:  Nikki Logan

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Divorce; Infidelity

Blurb:

‘Hi, I’m Sam, and I’ll be your rescuer today.’

With those words, Sam abseils into Aimee’s life…and changes everything. He stays with her throughout a long, terrifying night after her car crash – and, balanced perilously on a cliff, they form a bond that is compelling, all-powerful and…forbidden. For Sam is not free to give Aimee everything she deserves. What do you do when you find the one, but he belongs to someone else?

Lang, Kimberly, The Privileged and the Damned

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Lang, Kimberly, The Privileged and the Damned (The Marshalls, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2012).

Title:  The Privileged and the Damned (The Marshalls, Book 1)

Author:  Kimberly Lang

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Blackmail; Child Abandonment; Embezzlement

Blurb:

Introducing The Marshalls… A rich, powerful family: if the U.S. had a royal family, this would be it!

Running scared, Lily needs a fresh start– and, fingers crossed, she’s found one. After all, why would any of her new employers, members of the hot-shot Marshall dynasty, even think to look beyond her humble facade?

Until she catches the roving eye of infamous heartbreaker Ethan Marshall…

A fling with one of the Marshalls is a bad idea–especially for a girl with a scandalous past. But Lily is terrifyingly susceptible to Ethan’s lethal brand of high-class charm…

Hunter, Kelly, What the Bride Didn’t Know

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Hunter, Kelly, What the Bride Didn’t Know (The Wests, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  What the Bride Didn’t Know (The Wests, Book 3)

Author:  Kelly Hunter

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Amnesia; Injury

Blurb:

Shh…it’s a secret! 

Special ops expert Trig Sinclair is a man’s man, and that means he knows the cardinal rule of the bro code—no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend’s younger sister, she’s strictly off-limits! 

But when a secret mission to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married (and sharing a bed!), he finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture…. But if Trig thinks playing the honor-bound hero is tough, it’s got nothing on how Lena feels when she discovers what her “groom” is really hiding…

Dear Reader,

I love writing connected stories.  I’m particularly fond of exploring the dynamics between siblings and how those dynamics change when siblings start bringing partners into the family unit.  It’s fun.  Sometimes there’s conflict.  Sometimes I break out the popcorn.

What the Bride Didn’t Know is the third book in the West Family series, and I’m thrilled to finally be bringing Lena’s story to readers.  Lena and Trig have been friends since childhood and he’s such an integral part of her life that Lena doesn’t dare risk seducing him in case it all goes wrong.  Until she loses her memory in a foreign land a long, long way from home and then all bets are off.

The other stories in the West Family series so far are:

Flirting With Intent

Cracking the Dating Code

Best wishes and happy reading,

Kelly Hunter

Hunter, Kelly, Flirting With Intent

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Hunter, Kelly, Flirting With Intent (The Wests, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2011).

Title:  Flirting With Intent (The Wests, Book 1)

Author:  Kelly Hunter

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  ADHD; Embezzlement; Injury

Blurb:

Ruby’s Relationship Rules…

Ruby Maguire is done with being jerked around by men. Now she just needs to know three things about a potential bedmate: his name, where he’ll be in a week’s time and what it is he wants from her.

Damon West knows plenty about subterfuge and secrets, and nothing about being truthful with women. But Ruby demands honesty between them so Damon gives her as much as he can: I’m Damon West. I’ll be leaving Singapore in a week. And I want you to touch me.

At least, that was the intent…but something’s telling normally bulletproof Damon that one week with Ruby might not be so easy to recover from…

Hart, Jessica, Hitched!

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Hart, Jessica, Hitched!,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Hitched!

Author:  Jessica Hart

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:   Divorce; Embezzlement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Self Esteem

Blurb:

Planning the most-talked-about wedding of the year is enough to break engineer Frith Taylor out in a cold sweat. She’s used to construction sites, not wedding fairs! But estate manager George Challoner’s offer of help is one that’s too good to resist.

George may be the rebel of the prestigious Challoner family, but his insanely good looks are giving Frith wedding fever! Charm personified, he’s making her feel things she hasn’t dared feel before. Maybe her little sister’s wedding won’t be the only one Frith’s planning…?

George, Louisa, Backstage with Her Ex

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George, Louisa, Backstage with Her Ex,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Backstage with Her Ex

Author:  Louisa George

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Bullying; Learning Difficulties; Violence

Blurb:

Her ex…the VIP!

Hiding out in the gents’ toilet backstage is not the way Sasha imagined bumping into her significant ex. Especially when that ex is notoriously damaged, famously wild rock god Nate Noble! She has a massive favour to ask him, but one glimpse of his sinfully dark eyes and all she can think about is that he’s seen her naked!

Nate’s used to women doing anything to get his attention, but he never pictured bubbly schoolteacher Sasha as the groupie type—she’s far too sweet! And when the paparazzi get a hint of their reunion, it’s scandal all the way. Now the question on everyone’s lips is this: In this showdown between the girl-next-door and rock & roll royalty, who’s going to come out on top?

Dear Reader,

I’m so thrilled to be part of the Modern TemptedTM series!  The stories in this exciting new line are everything I look for in a romance:  sizzling sexual tension, a deeply emotional journey and lots of flirty fun along the way!

Nathan Munro, hero of this book, has had a lot of fun-almost too much-since he ran out on his first love, Sasha Sweet, a decade ago.  But when she falls back into his life, he is forced to examine his actions, his past and, ultimately, his future.

Sasha, however, is reluctant to fall for Nathan’s legendary rock-star charm.  She has her sights firmly set on Mr Boring by Safe, if only she could find him.  So Nate has his work cut out to convince her that My Very Wrong could possibly become Mr Very Right.

The settings for this book are two places where I’ve had a lot of fun:  amazing Tuscany, rich with history, fabulous food and delicious wine, and London.  What could be more exhilarating than the pulse of such a vibrant, sophisticated city?  It’s a fabulous place to fall in love (trust me, I know!).

I hope you enjoy reading Nate and Sasha’s story!  Look out for Cassie’s story in the second book of the Sweet Sisters duet.  Coming soon!

Louisa x

Wylie, Trish, The Inconvenient Laws of Attraction

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Wylie, Trish, The Inconvenient Laws of Attraction (Brannigan Siblings, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2011).

Title:  The Inconvenient Laws of Attraction (Brannigan Siblings, Book 1)

Author:  Trish Wylie

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Child Abandonment; PTSD

Blurb:

Lawyer Olivia Brannigan has faced down some cool customers, but client Blake Clayton takes emotional control to a whole new level. The man didn’t even bat an eyelid when he inherited a fortune from his estranged father!Blake doesn’t want guilt money—the only thing piquing his interest is the tough-talking, sweet-looking lawyer that comes with his new property portfolio.

Dating on the job isn’t in Olivia’s Guide to Good Client-Lawyer Relationships, and it certainly doesn’t sit easily with her “no strings” attitude…but aren’t rules always made to be broken?

 

Wright, Tanya, If Only…

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Wright, Tanya, If Only..,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  If Only…

Author:  Tanya Wright

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Bereavement

Blurb:

If only I hadn’t had that last drink…

It might be the toughest night of the year for Micah O’Shea, but one tequila too many and suddenly she’s seeing the world–and her best friend firefighter Josh Taylor–in a new light! Surely a bit of Dutch courage is all she needs to see if he tastes as good as he looks?

Why did no one tell her that the morning after is way more awkward when you’re friends with the man you threw yourself at? And that it gets more awkward when you start having X-rated dreams about him? Perhaps Micah should stop saying “If only…” and start asking “What if…?”

Dear Reader,

This story began fifteen years ago, long before I was aware of just how it could be used.  I was a young teenager, experiencing first love, when my boyfriend was tragically killed in an accident.  What followed was nothing short of heartbreak and pain, before I was eventually able to see that life went on regardless.

It was in 2013 that I finally realised my healing process had come to an end.  In that moment, on what would have been his thirty-third birthday, I began to ask myself the question every writer asks:  What if…?  I wondered what life would have been like if only he hadn’t died that day.  And so this novel was born.

It is not a biography by any means, but the story of two character on a journey of grief and healing similar to my own.  It was cathartic, writing Micah and Josh’s story.  You can watch them grow together as they struggle with the pain of their past and manoeuvre their way through unknown territory and burgeoning new emotions.

Even when I felt it shouldn’t, life went on-the world kept spinning.  It wasn’t the pain that defined me, but rather the way I handled it.

I have been writing for many years, but lacked the confidence to pursue my dreams.  My first step after finishing my manuscript was to get it out there  Such was my motivation for entering So You Think You Can Write.  You can imagine my surprise when I found out that the story so near and dear to my heart had won the public’s vote, awarding me a publishing contract.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.  And that you walk away inspired and encouraged by Micah’s story.

Tanya