Black Tie Optional: A Wild Wedding Novel

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The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice in Ann Marie Walker's new standalone romantic comedy, Black Tie Optional, which New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst calls, "a fun, sexy romp that will keep every reader entertained!"

Everything about billionaire Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection.

Too bad he's an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.

Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.

So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober.

Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.

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About the author

Ann Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl. If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her on Twitter, where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.
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May 30, 2017
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Editorial Reviews

"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…

Lauren Layne, the bestselling author of Blurred Lines, has been called “a fresh new voice in the New Adult genre” by Jen McLaughlin and “a force to be reckoned with” by Rachel Van Dyken. Discover why her signature blend of heart and humor is making a splash with this must-read ebook bundle, which collects three of her steamy, emotional novels: Isn’t She Lovely, Broken, and Crushed.


Stephanie Kendrick gave up her summer to ace her NYU screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with preppy, spoiled Ethan Price as her partner—until a ready-made screenplay idea presents itself. Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget his ex. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, what with her piercings and goth wardrobe, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. But when Stephanie joins the Hamptons crowd, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. And Stephanie faces a question she’s afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?


When Olivia Middleton abandons Park Avenue for a coastal town in Maine to help an injured war veteran reenter society, her client isn’t a grateful elderly man. He’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s charity project . . . and whose smoldering gaze might be her undoing. A hotshot quarterback before the war, Paul Langdon prefers self-imposed exile, even if he must tolerate the newest caretaker for three months to keep his inheritance. But Olivia makes him long for things he can never have. And the further she slips past his defenses, the harder keeping his distance becomes.


A lifelong New Yorker, Michael St. Claire just found out the identity of his real father, a total stranger with a family in Texas. It’s there that Michael meets the exquisitely refined Kristin Bellamy, who’s everything he’s always thought he wants. The only problem is that Kristin’s dating Michael’s new half brother—who just so happens to be the longtime crush of Kristin’s mouthy, curvy, sister, Chloe. When Michael offers to help Chloe break them up, she agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. But after Chloe finally gets her man, she no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

Praise for Lauren Layne’s Redemption series

“Fresh and authentic, Lauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely packs intelligence, wit, and an addictive romance into one fantastic read! I loved the bold characters, the slow-building yet steamy romance, and the raw and painful edge of self-discovery. I couldn’t put it down!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

“Isn’t She Lovely is full of complex characters you want to root for—and a hero that will make you swoon.”—New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“A solid tale and a quick read, with plenty of steamy romance and sex.”—Library Journal, on Broken

“I read Crushed in one sitting because I was utterly unable to put it down. Lauren Layne’s characters are so witty and real. This story warmed my heart and left me feeling good all day. Go, Team Curvy Girls!”—New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole
Editorial Reviews

"The love is intense with the steamy hot sex these two have you can't go wrong."
–Panty Dropping Book Blog 5 STAR REVIEW

"My heart was pounding hard in my chest, hands know it's a good book when you feel! Awesome book."
–Hooks and Books Blog

"Everyone once and awhile the hero in the book is so sexy, possessive and sweet that you know he will become your new book boyfriend; Chase is my new book boyfriend. I will suggest a glass of wine and a change of panties after reading both books!"
–Books and Beyond Fifty Shades

"You will have anxiety, warm feelings, and moments that make you squirm in your seat. How can you not feel connected to the characters when they are so well written? Simple answer, you can't."
–Give Me Books


I’m a magnet for evil and controlling men. Chase, my big business tycoon and love of my life, thinks he can protect me…he can’t.

No one can.

It became clear far too late how serious my stalker was, that his threats weren’t idle. He proved more than once that he would do what it takes, that there were no stakes too high to his sick and twisted games and delusions of worship.

We should have been better prepared. The roses, images, lingerie soaked in his seed, even his calling card written in blood didn’t penetrate. I had faith that my love could make it go away, that eventually he’d be caught.

I was wrong.


In the second highly anticipated erotic suspense novel in the Trinity Trilogy, MIND digs deep into the heart and psyche of Gillian and her stalker through dueling POVs.

While Chase and Gillian plan their wedding, follow them and the entire gang as the stalker acts out his revenge and plots his attack on Gillian, Chase, and their friends.

This book can be considered dark, erotic, and thrilling. As in Body (Trinity Trilogy Book 1) the issue of domestic violence plays heavily in the storyline, and Gillian experiences many disturbing flashbacks of the past, alongside tragedy the stalker brings to the present. There is also a lot of love, devotion, and friendship.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. MIND is book 2 of a three-part trilogy. Body (Trinity Trilogy - Book 1) must be read prior to reading MIND.

First in a tantalizing new trilogy about reigniting a forbidden desire from long ago…
As heiress to a media empire Alessandra Sinclair was raised to put family obligations first. But everything changes the night her first love walks back into her life and turns her whole world upside down. Haunted by the memories of a secret romance with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, she can't seem to get Hudson Chase out of her mind. Once again torn between two worlds, Allie must decide how much she’s willing to risk to have the love she’s always longed for.
Ten years is a long time to wait, but billionaire Hudson Chase didn’t become CEO of one of the country’s fastest growing companies by giving up on what he wants. Now that he’s got Allie in his sights again, he’s determined to make her regret breaking his heart. And this time, he’s going to make damn sure he’s not so easy to forget. 

Includes a preview of Release Me book two of the Chasing Fire trilogy.

"Remind Me is an exceptional debut; seriously sexy and sinfully steamy. Can't wait for more from this writing duo!" - Tara Sue Me, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Walker and Rogers strike the perfect balance between blistering physical desire and heartfelt connections.”—RT Book Reviews

Though thousands of miles apart, Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on twitter as @AnnMarie_Walker and @Amy_KRogers.
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