Stepping Over the Line

Shamed

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If you love the stepbrother romances of Sabrina Paige, Caitlin Daire, and Krista Lakes, you’ll fall hard for Laura Marie Altom’s tale of forbidden love—a red-hot novel in her Shamed series featuring two tortured souls with an unbreakable bond.

As the chief legal counsel for dot-com billionaire Liam Stone, Garrett Marsden has grown accustomed to being universally loathed. In fact, he welcomes it. Because the bigger the fight, the easier it is to run from his desire for someone he can never have: his stepsister. But when Garrett flies back to Julep, Mississippi, for Savannah’s med school graduation, a steamy encounter makes all his wildest dreams come true—and leads to his undoing. Because that’s when he meets Savannah’s boyfriend. . . .

Five years later, Savannah Boudreaux couldn’t be happier as a small-town Southern doctor and single mom to a young son. There’s only one thing missing. Her stepbrother, Garrett, has just been released from prison, and although he may be a free man, he’s become a bitter shadow of the kind and caring man who once came to her rescue. Now Savannah will cross the line to save Garrett from himself: to prove that he can live his life, love whoever he wants . . . and be a wonderful father to their son.

The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.

Praise for Stepping Over the Line

“Laura Marie Altom definitely knows how to write a hero to die for. Strong, sexy and with a no-holds-barred attitude, Garrett Marsden takes sizzle to a whole new level.”New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff

Stepping Over the Line is a sexy, fast-paced story of forbidden love and a hero determined to win the woman of his dreams. Despite every obstacle put in his way, Garrett wins Savannah with equal parts dirty talk and tenderness. I loved this sizzling romance!”New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul

“Laura Marie Altom creates stories full of passion and angst, easily winning readers over with lovable characters and steamy chemistry. Stepping Over the Line will have you turning pages quickly, eager to find out what happens next!”—Sarah Robinson, author of the Kavanagh Legends series

“A gritty love story between a stepbrother and stepsister . . . Love the ending.”—Sportochick’s Musings

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Loveswept
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May 31, 2016
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244
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9781101883426
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Billionaires
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Women
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In Laura Marie Altom’s billionaire romance, the first novel in the Shamed series—perfect for fans of Sandi Lynn and J. S. Scott—a broken woman discovers release and redemption in the arms of the only man she could ever love.
 
Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes a shocking proposition.
 
A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he expects nothing more than a fling, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot stand the thought of ending things so soon, if ever. But when he tries to tempt her into joining him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.
 
Note: Control ends on a cliffhanger. Ella and Liam’s story continues in Possess!

The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.

Praise for Control
 
“Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you’ll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
 
“I enjoyed the roller coaster ride of the relationship between Ella and Liam. . . . I really enjoyed that Ella was a strong female character as you don’t see that many out there.”—Mademoiselle Snow

“Fabulous . . . I cried all they way through. . . . The story is amazing, the writing smooth and the characters are whole.”—Brit Nanny Reads
 
“This story takes you on emotional roller coaster because both characters find it hard to handle what they feel for each other and protect themselves because of the past scars.”—Books Movies Fandoms
 
“Loved it! . . . OMG, I laughed so hard with this book.”—Jamie Frederickson

“I really like the connection between Liam and Ella as well as the struggle that they go through, because life is messy and sometimes you have to have the pain to get to the solution, just like the book describes. This is a book about hope and love.”—Sportochick’s Musings

“Wow, do sparks fly! . . . [Control] is very well written [with] a great storyline. . . . I really love how Ella explains her feelings for Liam.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
If you love J. S. Scott and Helen Cooper, don’t miss Laura Marie Altom’s Shamed series! Ella Patton and Liam Stone return in Possess, the breathtaking conclusion to the steamy, contentious love affair that began in Control.
 
Will you marry me? Those four little words should be a dream come true. But for Ella Patton, they’re the start of a waking nightmare. For despite the insatiable desire she feels for Liam Stone, marriage is out of the question—not that she doesn’t want to . . . but because she can’t. Liam has taught her that love doesn’t need a document to secure commitment. Marriage is more than a piece of paper, so why can’t he be happy the way things are?
 
Liam has hit a brick wall. His fortune can’t buy Ella’s freedom, though that won’t stop him from having her. Liam didn’t become a billionaire by not pursuing what he wanted. Together they face the demons from her past, but above all they have one force greater than money and influence on their side: love. Will that be enough for them to overcome the obstacles and possess the life they both long for as husband and wife?

The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.

Praise for Possess
 
“Emotional, passionate, engaging . . . Liam and Ella are a couple to root for. Readers who loved Control will devour Possess in one sitting!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of Desired
 
“Well written and detailed with characters you aren’t likely to forget, Possess was a terrific story that took me from the highs of undeniable love to the lows of human depravity to the richness and rightness of what life can be for characters desperately needing a happily ever after.”—Written Love

“The author puts you ‘on your toes’ for most of this book with the ex-husband coming back into the scene and finding Ella. What happens next is a series of events that will curl your toes.”—Sportochick’s Musings
 
“Talk about a roller coaster, this book took Ella and Liam through the wringer!”—Saved by Suspense
 
“This book grabbed hold of me and refused to let go. I lived Ella and Liam’s life, I felt the pain and loss and love. I loved the first book but amazingly this book was better. An easy five stars from me.”—Gemma Reads Too Many Books For It to Be Normal
 
“One word of warning . . . You will become addicted to this book!”—Brit Nanny Reads

Praise for Control
 
“Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you’ll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
In Laura Marie Altom’s scorching new Shamed novel, perfect for fans of Kendall Ryan and Claire Kent, two broken hearts push one another to the breaking point—until love changes everything.
 
Having lost the woman he loves to his best friend, Nathan Black swears off dating and playing by the rules. He’s also tired of being broke. His new gig as a male escort isn’t exactly legal, but the cash will help him build a solid future. Then there’s the sweet, innocent woman he meets at the wedding. It’s not the last night that ends with the two of them in bed together, and Nathan sure could use a little stability. But how could a good girl like her settle down with a screw-up like him?
 
Feeling sorry for herself at her boss’s wedding, Carol Moore finds herself hooking up with a close friend of both the bride and groom. Nathan is hot, adventurous, and just a little bit dangerous. But when one of their sexy games goes too far, Carol discovers how out of control Nathan’s life really is. And before long Carol is forced to choose between her safe old life and the bad boy who makes her feel like the woman she’s meant to be.

The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.

Praise for The Escort
 
“I couldn’t put The Escort down! Laura Marie Altom delivers one hell of an exciting and wickedly hot story.”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series
 
“The Escort is about much more than a man with a naughty profession who finds love; it’s about a provocative couple who fight against the odds to find happiness for themselves.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers

“This is my first read by this author but it won’t be my last. I need to go back and read Liam and Ella’s story now.”—Fiction Fangirls
 
“Steamy!”—Thoughts of a Blonde (four stars)
 
“I am officially a huge fan of Laura Marie Altom!”—My Favorite Things
 
“Altom did a fantastic job of making The Escort unique and memorable. It is a book I won’t soon forget.”—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

“Under Carol’s self-righteous facade is a woman with secrets and pains—secrets and pains that eventually she shares with Nathan. When she does, Nathan turns into that protective, loving kind of guy I love to read about.”—Mignon Mykel Reviews
 
Praise for Laura Marie Altom’s Shamed series
 
“Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you’ll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
 
“Emotional, passionate, engaging . . . Liam and Ella are a couple to root for. Readers who loved Control will devour Possess in one sitting!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of Desired

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
In Laura Marie Altom’s billionaire romance, the first novel in the Shamed series—perfect for fans of Sandi Lynn and J. S. Scott—a broken woman discovers release and redemption in the arms of the only man she could ever love.
 
Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes a shocking proposition.
 
A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he expects nothing more than a fling, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot stand the thought of ending things so soon, if ever. But when he tries to tempt her into joining him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.
 
Note: Control ends on a cliffhanger. Ella and Liam’s story continues in Possess!

The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.

Praise for Control
 
“Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you’ll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
 
“I enjoyed the roller coaster ride of the relationship between Ella and Liam. . . . I really enjoyed that Ella was a strong female character as you don’t see that many out there.”—Mademoiselle Snow

“Fabulous . . . I cried all they way through. . . . The story is amazing, the writing smooth and the characters are whole.”—Brit Nanny Reads
 
“This story takes you on emotional roller coaster because both characters find it hard to handle what they feel for each other and protect themselves because of the past scars.”—Books Movies Fandoms
 
“Loved it! . . . OMG, I laughed so hard with this book.”—Jamie Frederickson

“I really like the connection between Liam and Ella as well as the struggle that they go through, because life is messy and sometimes you have to have the pain to get to the solution, just like the book describes. This is a book about hope and love.”—Sportochick’s Musings

“Wow, do sparks fly! . . . [Control] is very well written [with] a great storyline. . . . I really love how Ella explains her feelings for Liam.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
The bestselling Ethan Frost series introduces a tantalizing new hero—and the broken woman only he can save. Discover why Beth Kery once declared that readers of Tracy Wolff will “fall in love under the spell of a master.”

When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.

I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.

Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off.

But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.

Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.

Look for all of Tracy Wolff’s seductive reads:
The Ethan Frost series: RUINED | ADDICTED | EXPOSED | FLAWED
The Sebastian Caine series: PLAY ME WILD | PLAY ME HOT | PLAY ME HARD | PLAY ME REAL | PLAY ME RIGHT | PLAY ME: THE COMPLETE STORY
The Hotwired series: ACCELERATE
The Lightning series: DOWN & DIRTY | HOT & HEAVY | ROUGH & READY
The His Royal Hotness series: ROYAL PAIN | ROYAL TREATMENT
And her standalone novels: LOVEGAME | FULL EXPOSURE | TIE ME DOWN

Praise for Flawed

“This is the kind of romance you devour in one sitting. It’s addictive, sensual and worthy of any contemporary-lover’s library.”—RT Book Reviews

“[In Wolff’s] fun fourth contemporary, linked to her Ethan Frost trilogy, a socialite fallen on hard times gets an unexpected hand up.”—Publishers Weekly

“Readers of Wolff’s Ethan Frost series (Ruined; Addicted; Exposed) will enjoy this well-written glimpse into the lives of some of the series’ other characters and follow-up on Chloe and Ethan. Tori is a strong but vulnerable character that readers will enjoy getting to know.”—Library Journal

“Thanks, Ms. Wolff, for another amazing Ethan Frost book!”—Words We Love By

“This is my first Tracy Wolff novel. . . . Why did I not know about her? I am impressed! Tracy wrote Tori and Miles with such pizzazz that I had no choice but to keep turning the pages.”—Read-Love-Blog

“This story moved quickly and I found myself unable to put the book down.  Highly recommend this read! And get the rest of the books in the series while you’re at it!”—Books According to Abby

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
If you love J. S. Scott and Helen Cooper, don’t miss Laura Marie Altom’s Shamed series! Ella Patton and Liam Stone return in Possess, the breathtaking conclusion to the steamy, contentious love affair that began in Control.
 
Will you marry me? Those four little words should be a dream come true. But for Ella Patton, they’re the start of a waking nightmare. For despite the insatiable desire she feels for Liam Stone, marriage is out of the question—not that she doesn’t want to . . . but because she can’t. Liam has taught her that love doesn’t need a document to secure commitment. Marriage is more than a piece of paper, so why can’t he be happy the way things are?
 
Liam has hit a brick wall. His fortune can’t buy Ella’s freedom, though that won’t stop him from having her. Liam didn’t become a billionaire by not pursuing what he wanted. Together they face the demons from her past, but above all they have one force greater than money and influence on their side: love. Will that be enough for them to overcome the obstacles and possess the life they both long for as husband and wife?

The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.

Praise for Possess
 
“Emotional, passionate, engaging . . . Liam and Ella are a couple to root for. Readers who loved Control will devour Possess in one sitting!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of Desired
 
“Well written and detailed with characters you aren’t likely to forget, Possess was a terrific story that took me from the highs of undeniable love to the lows of human depravity to the richness and rightness of what life can be for characters desperately needing a happily ever after.”—Written Love

“The author puts you ‘on your toes’ for most of this book with the ex-husband coming back into the scene and finding Ella. What happens next is a series of events that will curl your toes.”—Sportochick’s Musings
 
“Talk about a roller coaster, this book took Ella and Liam through the wringer!”—Saved by Suspense
 
“This book grabbed hold of me and refused to let go. I lived Ella and Liam’s life, I felt the pain and loss and love. I loved the first book but amazingly this book was better. An easy five stars from me.”—Gemma Reads Too Many Books For It to Be Normal
 
“One word of warning . . . You will become addicted to this book!”—Brit Nanny Reads

Praise for Control
 
“Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you’ll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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