I don’t do relationships. I don’t do romance. I do kinky AF strangers I never speak to again. Or I did, until Cris Ardmore comes along.
Handsome, charming, and cooks almost as well as he f*cks—which is to say phenomenally—Cris makes me want to break all my carefully cultivated rules. I don’t want to like him and I definitely can’t afford to trust him. Not after what happened the last time I fell in love. The only thing Cris is supposed to be in charge of during our dirty weekends is my body, he needs to keep his too-talented hands off my heart.
**Please note: Alpha in the Sheets is the first book in The After Hours Series and is NOT a stand-alone. Bound in the Streets, the second half of Cris and India's story, is out now!**
ROMANCE TROPES: enemies to lovers, policeman hero, holiday romance
The truth is that I more than like him. I other-L-word him, which doesn’t solve anything; it makes everything worse. I’ve loved people in the past and it got me heartbroken, betrayed, and abandoned so no thank you.
My job that I’m usually so competent at is killing me, Cris wants more, and I can’t handle it all. I can give Cris grand gestures and dirty weekends, but despite everything he’s given me I still can’t hand over my heart. Which sucks, because I don’t think he’s willing to accept any substitutes. Now what the hell am I supposed to do?
**Please note: Bound in the Streets is the second book in The After Hours Series and is NOT a stand-alone. You’ll want to read Alpha in the Sheets, the first half of Cris and India's story, before you read Bound in the Streets.**
Blaze Bellamy is the bad girl of the short track speed skating world. Looking like a roller derby bruiser when she’s not in her Team USA uniform, she’s an unlikely American heroine. She’s got a punk attitude to match her provocative dress and her dyed hair, and she’s determined to get onto the front pages of the papers regardless of how she has to do it.
Maisy Harper is the workhorse of the Canadian women’s figure skating team. Serious, modest, and above all, polite, Maisy would prefer to win her victory on the ice rather than in the press, and is exasperated by Blaze’s antics. When she’s not lusting after her anyway. After they both failed to make the medal podium at the last Snow and Ice Games, they drowned themselves in gin—and each other.
Despite their hookup being drunken, they both harbor fond memories of their night together and are keen for a repeat. But they’ve got different ways of going about getting what they want, and Blaze’s willingness to go to any lengths for the spotlight could ruin any chance she has with Maisy.
Camp will be closing in a few weeks, and Van’s barely spoken to Willa despite sharing a cabin. But when the two get thrown together to plan the last session of camp, s’mores might not be the only thing getting sticky and sweet before the season’s out…
The recluse billionaire of New York
Once, he had everything a man could want. Then, he lost the only thing that he ever loved.
So, he spent four years holed up in his mansion doing the only thing he knew how to do: make money.
We are all wrong for each other. He’s cold, uninterested and demanding.
I’m impatient and inexperienced.
The only thing we have in common is that we both have secrets.
And the closer we get, the more they threaten to destroy us.
Praise for Charlotte Byrd's Black Edge
“Decadent, delicious, & dangerously addictive!” - Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Titillation so masterfully woven, no reader can resist its pull. A MUST-BUY!” - Bobbi Koe, Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Captivating!” - Crystal Jones, Amazon Review ★★★★★
"Exciting, intense, sensual” - Rock, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Sexy, secretive, pulsating chemistry…” - Mrs. K, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Charlotte Byrd is a brilliant writer. I've read loads and I've laughed and cried. She writes a balanced book with brilliant characters. Well done!” -Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Fast-paced, dark, addictive, and compelling” - Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Hot, steamy, and a great storyline.” - Christine Reese ★★★★★
“My oh my....Charlotte has made me a fan for life.” - JJ, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
"The tension and chemistry is at five alarm level.” - Sharon, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
“Hot, sexy, intriguing journey of Elli and Mr. Aiden Black. - Robin Langelier ★★★★★
“Wow. Just wow. Charlotte Byrd leaves me speechless and humble… It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down.” - Amazon Review ★★★★★
“Sexy, steamy and captivating!” - Charmaine, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“ Intrigue, lust, and great characters...what more could you ask for?!” - Dragonfly Lady ★★★★★
“An awesome book. Extremely entertaining, captivating and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down.” - Kim F, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to read about and more. Such a great story I will read again and again. A keeper!!” - Wendy Ballard ★★★★★
“It had the perfect amount of twists and turns. I instantaneously bonded with the heroine and of course Mr. Black. YUM. It's sexy, it's sassy, it's steamy. It's everything.” - Khardine Gray, Bestselling Romance Author ★★★★★
Teague Martell has been License to Game’s bassist for over a decade, and he’s played Casanova for just as long, sleeping with almost everyone in his path. But unbeknownst to even his bandmates, it’s always felt like going through the motions.
His best friend and LtG drummer Christian Vogel has secrets of his own. Like that he’s had a crush on Teague for as long as he’s had crushes. And while LtG’s lead singer may have made his solo plans public and sent the band into a tailspin, Christian’s got a side gig as well—one he’s been keeping under wraps.
A nude photoshoot for a charity calendar has Teague seeing Christian in a different light—suddenly he knows what it is to want. But disagreements about the future of the band could impact their future as a couple. Christian and Teague have to decide whether their differences of opinion create a sweet harmony or if there’s too much discord in the duet they’re finally playing.
**Please note: Thrown Off Track appeared originally in the Exposed anthology. This version includes a bonus scene.**
**Please note: Needs is a 15k word short story which originally appeared in the Winter Rain anthology. This ebook also contains the first chapter of Personal Geography**
"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words
"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers
"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens
"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog
"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews
Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.
The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.
But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…
Astrid’s a dapper-dressing med student whose brazen confidence and sense of style awaken Kinsey’s dormant attraction to women. Despite Astrid’s own fascination with the redhead, she shies away from their connection, suspecting Kinsey’s not looking for anything more than an ego-boosting flirtation.
But after an impromptu date in Boston’s chic South End, it seems as though the spark between them could turn into something more. They’ll have to decide whether to let fears of rejection and disingenuousness hold sway, or take a chance on each other and an entanglement neither of them were seeking, but might be exactly what they were looking for.
**Please note: Looking for a Complication originally appeared in the For the First Time anthology in January 2016. Also, LfaC is a 10k word short story. This ebook also contains a sample chapter of Personal Geography**
An unfortunate incident involving salad dressing and his tuxedo finds Nate face-to-face with struggling single-mom Ruby Hudson who’s moonlighting as a cater waiter. After their calamitous meeting, they have a far more satisfying end to their evening in the back of Ruby’s ancient station wagon.
Nate is keen for a repeat or even a relationship, but Ruby doesn’t have time for the handsome tennis player no matter how sexy his forearms are. But after convincing her to give him a shot, Nate thinks their relationship might be able to go the distance.
The end of the season is fast approaching and Nate is ready to put his heart on the line, but his assurances and their chemistry may not be enough for Ruby to upend her life. After all, in tennis love means nothing.
Ever since bad boy Zack Hunter left her ten years ago, breaking her heart, Sky MacKenna hasn’t been able to find a man who sets her on fire the way he did. Then he comes striding back into her life—bigger, badder, and sexier than before.
Zack Hunter never thought his job as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent would lead him back to his small hometown, and he never thought he’d set eyes on Sky again. Leaving her behind had been the stupidest thing he’d ever done, but this time he isn’t going to let her go. And as soon as Zack lays eyes on Sky, he makes it clear that he intends to make her his all over again.
When Sky becomes entangled in the case he’s investigating, Zack can’t help but take the threat personally. As the danger mounts, their passion burns even hotter.
**Please note: ”Zack” was published in print only with St. Martin’s Griffin. Zack was originally published in eBook and print with Ellora’s Cave under the title “Wildfire.” Character names were changed at St. Martin's request, and the “Armed and Dangerous” versions were expanded considerably from the original "Wild" series.
**Please not this story appeared originally in the Rogue Affair anthology, and this edition contains the first chapter of Thrown Off Track, book one in the License to Love series**
"Sorry Christian and Gideon, there’s a new heartthrob for you to contend with. Meet Talon. Talon Steel." -Booktopia
"Possession brings Talon Steel's story to a conclusion, wrapping up a thrilling mystery intertwined with some amazingly hot sex scenes... the buildup to the protagonists discovery keeps the pages moving at a rapid-fire pace. " -RT Book Reviews
"I'm dead from the strongest book hangover ever. Helen exceeded every expectation I had for this book. It was heart pounding, heartbreaking, intense, full throttle genius. " -Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog
"WOAH. Helen Hardt has truly blown me away with this series. It is dark, emotional, intense, horrifying, and utterly beautiful all mixed together. " -Pretty Little Book Reviews
"Such a beautiful torment - the waiting, the anticipation, the relief that only comes briefly before more questions arise, and the wait begins again... Check. Mate. Ms. Hardt..." -Bare Naked Words
"The love scenes are beautifully written and so scorching hot I’m fanning my face just thinking about them." -The Book Sirens
Jade Roberts’s love for Talon Steel is the real deal, and she’s more determined than ever to help him come to grips with whatever is haunting him. To that end, she continues her investigation of the Steels…and unknowingly attracts some dangerous foes from their shrouded history.
Talon loves Jade deeply and longs to possess her forever, so he faces his worst fears and exposes his rawest wounds in an attempt to heal. The road is icy and treacherous, but if he perseveres and comes out whole on the other side, he’ll finally be worthy of Jade’s love.
The untamed passion between the two still blazes, but as the horrors of Talon’s past resurface, Jade and Talon aren’t safe…
In Her Service by Suleikha Snyder
U.S. Vice President Letitia Hughes has one thing that's hers and only hers: her relationship with much younger Secret Service agent Shahzad Khan. When push comes to shove, what will take precedence: political ambitions or protecting their hearts?
Run by Emma Barry
Public defender Maddie Clark doesn’t want to be a candidate for the state senate—but she’s running. Her high school nemesis turned campaign advisor Adam Kadlick shouldn’t be back home managing campaigns—but he is. They definitely should avoid falling for each other—but they won’t.
The Rogue Files by Stacey Agdern
Reporter John DiCenza wants to go back. To New Jersey, to his life, the hockey team he covers, and the fanbase he’s proud to know and support. Back to before he had the Rogue Files, documents rumored to be the final nail in President Crosby’s term.
Journalist Sophie Katz wants to move forward. Toward her new TV show, and a life where the stories she tells will make a difference. She needs the Rogue Files and the story behind them to get there.
But when life comes at them, John and Sophie realize that the true story behind the files is standing up for the truth right where you are.
Coming Up Rosa by Kelly Maher
When her mother's health crisis forces Rosa Donnelly back to her hometown, she crosses paths with her former crush, and town golden boy, Ian Stroman. Ian's shine is even brighter thanks to his advocacy work to fight inhumane government policies. However, their past hurts and a current business threat may spike their chance at happiness.
The Sheriff & Mr. Devine by Amy Jo Cousins
There’s a new sheriff in Clear Lake and he has Eli Devine, the town librarian, on edge. Between arguing with the town council about inclusive library programming and keeping his three grandmas from getting into trouble, Eli has enough on his plate already. He doesn’t need the imposing Sheriff Baxter to be so very . . . distracting. Luckily for Eli, John Baxter is full of all kinds of good ideas, both for the town and for one stubborn librarian in particular.
Good Men by Tamsen Parker
Laid-back Benji Park is the keyboard player for the world’s hottest boy band, License to Game. While LtG is no stranger to charity gigs, Benji’s never been what you’d call a social justice warrior. But when smart, sexy, and ruthless immigration lawyer Jordan Kennedy comes along and asks Benji for a favor, he just may change his tune.
Paige Robinson has been working out her angst about the new administration in spin class, until a handsome stranger with maddening politics harshes her mellow. Now she’s determined to get even…in the bedroom. Always awkward Carter Cox is shocked when his crush propositions him, but there’s no way he’s turning her down. Will their filthy assignation provide the catharsis Paige has in mind, or can they truly cross the aisle to find more?
*These books can be read as standalones*
PRAISE FOR THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION:"Talk about sexual tension! A delightfully sweet, yet steamy read with an underlying Cinderella feel. Reading Secret to Seduction was like watching a passionate dance unfold right before our eyes." - Kristen S., reviewer
"The steamy scenes in this book are so well written and leave just enough to the imagination to leave you wanting more. I can't wait for the next book in this series!" - Brittany S., reviewer
"Reading an Ember Casey novel is like sitting down in a comfy chair with an adult beverage and your best friend for an evening of gossip: easy, fun, intriguing and informative at times, heartbreaking quite often, but you always want a repeat, you always want more." - Vera B., reviewer
Ten all-new resistance romances for readers who take their happily ever afters with love, hate, and all the dirty bits in between.
DEDICATION OF A LIFETIME
by Tamsen Parker
School counselor Sean wants to fix the world. No social justice slouch himself, Sean’s chemist husband Isaiah is exhausted. Their world crumbling, their marriage in trouble, Isaiah suggests they run away, but Sean balks. Will they honor their vows or will their relationship be a casualty of the country gone mad?
by Ainsley Booth
Brianne can’t afford a crush on her boss. Thanks to a media blitz, she’s fled her old life and needs to please the demanding Astrid. So she ignores the zing when they touch, and the ache as she falls into a lonely bed. But as their work gets harder, their boundaries crumble and Astrid makes an unexpected proposal.
WORK OF HEART
by Olivia Dade
Artist Jenny needs money, but when a politician tries to pay for his portrait with charity funds, she balks…and contacts David Redi, the most trusted reporter around. A romance with his source would wreck David's credibility, but Jenny is one lead he can’t refuse to follow. Soon it’s not only truth and justice at stake—it’s love.
THE PRESIDENT'S PROTECTOR
by Kris Ripper
Miriam is a good president—though she’d say she’s not good enough. Ram is a Secret Service agent who garners some side-eye because he’s trans, but in this administration, that doesn’t stop him from being part of the president’s protective detail. She’s the president. He’s her bodyguard. Nothing can happen. Until it does.
FALLACIES AND FLIRTATIONS
by Amy Jo Cousins
She’s an ex-chain mail bikini-wearing actress-turned-mayor, and I’m a speechwriter still paying off student loans. She’s my boss, nothing can happen. But somehow it’s always Anna and me in the office at 2 a.m., and I’m starting to think I’m not imagining the heat between us…
THE FOURTH ESTATE
by Emma Barry
Drew wants to report on the corrupt president, but readers only care about the bombshells penned by his rival Brynn. But when he goes after Brynn’s source, he finds himself snagged on more complicated feelings. Brynn doesn’t have time for Drew, even with his sexy smolder, and they’re soon tussling over the truth with their hearts on the line.
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS
by Adriana Anders
Reporter O’Neal is a sucker for a good story. Which is why she can’t resist following high school crush Kurt on his trip up a North Cascades peak. But when it’s time to come down, she’s not sure she can go back to real life. Could one night with Kurt change everything?
DISSENT AND DESIRE
by Kelly Maher
With her future crumbling, Frankie focuses on fighting in the war against science. PhD candidate Rafe is unsure about continuing his career at the EPA. Neither expects to see their crush at a meeting, but networking turns into dinner, which turns into more. Hope in the future may be possible after all.
MR. KLEIN GOES TO ALBANY
by Stacey Agdern
When the Canadian government—via hockey player-turned-diplomat Adam—proposes a work around to the president, legislative aide Tamara knows she needs to set them straight. She arranges a trip to show Adam the state, tricky business given their history. Can she give Adam a second chance?
TAKE A KNEE
by Jane Lee Blair
After police kill her cousin, Rochelle turns to her high-school crush turned NFL player Jack to bring attention to the cause. Jack just wants to play football, so he refuses. But as Rochelle’s passion continues to affect him, he realizes justice and the heart of the woman he loves are worth the struggle.
Urban Fantasy, kidnapping, revenge, alpha male, possessive male, paranormal romance, Paranormal romance series
Tess is set to catch her husband. She runs toward the hotel in a thunderstorm seeing a couple in a clench on an outside balcony. She opens her mouth to scream at them when a man grabs her, shutting off her scream. Tess learns the tall, dark, and powerful man is Vincent Whitehorse and it’s his wife having an affair with her husband.
Vincent and Tess find themselves drunk in a rainstorm trying to cover their pain, then they find they have an amazing and instantaneous connection of the lips. When Tess falls into bed with Vincent they combust like nothing Tess has felt before. However both their ex-spouses are crazy. Tess’ ex-husband has unwittingly hooked up with the mob while Vincent’s ex-wife thinks she's the next Cher.
Can Vincent convince Tess to believe in him when things around them are unbelievable in this hot and very sexy second chance at romance?
*This is the completed serial of Their Ex's Redrock 1-4 (Texas Alpha) bundled and with a bit more dialog for Vincent added with no cliff-hangers involved.
* New Cover
Keywords: multicultural romance, alpha hero, billionaire, western romance, native american romance, second chance romance, bbw, bbw romance
Then he shattered my heart into thousands of pieces.
I can’t let him back in. It was hard enough surrendering my heart the first time. If he hurts me again, I’ll never survive. No matter what he thinks, we’re beholden to our past.
"Made my heart stop in my chest. Helen has given us such a heartbreakingly beautiful series." -Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog
"Each book unfolds leaving readers feeling immensely satisfied." -Pretty Little Books Blog
"Helen outdid herself with Burn." -My Girlfriend's Couch Blog
Jonah Steel is knee deep into trying to solve the mystery surrounding his family and his brother’s abduction, and the arrival of his best friend has complicated the situation…although not as much as his infatuation with his brother’s therapist, Dr. Melanie Carmichael. The quiet humility of the blond beauty has him enthralled, and he burns for her as he never has for any woman.
Melanie Carmichael is intelligent and driven, yet filled with regret. She has fallen in love with gorgeous Jonah Steel, but fears she may never be able to tell him. The demons from her past have come for her…and she may not get out alive.
I thought I would finally be free, finally get my life back.<br>But Balto has other plans for me. Now I'm his prisoner. He'll keep me and enjoy me as long as he wants.<br>Until Lucian gives him back the Skull Diamond.<br>I never want to return to Lucian again, not after being with a man like Balto. The only chance I have is to become more valuable than that diamond, to have Balto want me enough not to trade me back to Lucian.<br>But can I ever compete with a diamond worth billions?
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.
But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.
One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.
"WOAH. Helen Hardt has truly blown me away with this series. It is dark, emotional, intense, horrifying, and utterly beautiful all mixed together. "
-Pretty Little Book Reviews
"The love scenes are beautifully written and so scorching hot I’m fanning my face just thinking about them."
-The Book Sirens
Jonah Steel has fallen in love with Melanie Carmichael but refuses to make a commitment until he has solved the mystery of his family’s past. A new threat has surfaced, and he needs to eliminate it.
Melanie loves Jonah but has yet to surrender completely to his needs. Still, she wants a promise that he can't yet make. While the ghosts of her past still hover around her, she joins him on his quest for answers. Together, they vow to find the truth.
But the deeper they dig, the more danger they uncover…
“Another hot Friessen Man. It is a pleasure watching Andy learn how to be a real husband and father." Reviewer, Miranda
“This definitely proves money doesn't buy love. What a suspenseful love story.” - Reviewer, April
Six months ago, Laura walked out on the only man she’s ever truly loved. Even though wealthy Andy Friessen has been looking for her what he doesn’t know is the secret Laura has been hiding. And when Andy finds out he’ll risk everything to get her back.
Want to read The Friessen Family Series in reading order? Start with the worldwide bestsellerTHE FORGOTTEN CHILD now translated in two languages.
Reading Order for The Friessen Family Series now spanning Three Series:
The Outsider Series
The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)
A Baby And A Wedding
Fallen Hero (Jed, Diana & Andy)
The Awakening (Andy & Laura)
Secrets (Jed & Diana)
Runaway (Andy & Laura)
The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)
The Friessens: A New Beginning
The Deadline (Andy & Laura)
The Price to Love (Neil & Candy)
A Different Kind of Love (Brad & Emily)
A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas
The Business Plan
First Love (Katy)
Leave the Light On
Family sagas, contemporary romance, big family romance, romance series, autism, series, love story, pregnancy, second chance romance, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Lorhainne Eckhart alpha male, western romance, westerns, family, hope, brothers, sisters, marriage, family life, parent & children, sister, The Friessens, The Outsider Series, collection
"Helen has given us a series with men that will not only Melt your heart, they will heat up your soul."
-The Book Fairy Reviews
"Made my heart stop in my chest. Helen has given us such a heartbreakingly beautiful series."
-Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog
Ryan Steel is known in Snow Creek as the handsomest Steel brother with the most jovial personality. Now that his busy grape harvest and winemaking season is over, he's happy to spend time with his family and help his brothers, Talon and Jonah, celebrate their impending nuptials. The Steels are taking a well-deserved break from the conspiracy surrounding them...until an unlikely woman and a long-buried secret shatter Ryan's world.
Detective Ruby Lee has been on her own since she was fifteen. When her past collides with the Steel family's mysteries, she's determined to find the truth. She has her own issues, and she's not looking for a relationship, despite her all-consuming attraction to Ryan Steel. The gorgeous dark-haired man gets under her skin anyway...and he needs her.Together they explore both of their histories, but those pasts could cost them a future.
I hate him with every fiber of my being.
The only reason I haven't killed him or tried to run away is because of the promise I made. I sold myself to save someone I loved...and this is the price I have to pay.
I was sitting alone in a bar when the most handsome man walked inside. Striking blue eyes, cheekbones as sharp as glass, and a muscular body fit for a war. He was gorgeous. I couldn't take my eyes off him. When he bought me a drink, I didn't say no. I'd been unfulfilled for so long, and I wanted a real man for the night. My husband had his affairs so why couldn't I?
I noticed the peculiar ring on his right hand, a diamond carved into a skull. If only I'd known what that meant, I would have known who this man was.
The Skull King.
A man more cruel and ruthless than my own husband.
When the occupant of the house shows himself, he claims he’s a beast and that Belle should stay far away from him.
But Belle doesn’t always do what people tell her to.
Contemporary Romance Novella. Approx 20,000 words.