The Harder He Falls

Kick

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RITA Award finalist Lynda Aicher fires up a thrilling series featuring rugged men who play hard for a living. When it comes to one another’s hearts, they never back down—because behind closed doors, the games they play are very different.
 
Expert whitewater-rafting guide Grady Kelley lives for that rush of adrenaline: at work, as the newest employee of a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and off the river, where liaisons with anonymous men keep him satisfied. Grady prefers no drama and no strings attached, but when tragedy strikes, fate leads him to Micah Swaine. He’s hot, masculine, distracting—and offers the kind of deeper connection Grady has sworn off, no matter how badly he craves it.
 
Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.
 
The Harder He Falls is intended for mature audiences.

Praise for The Harder He Falls

 
“[Lynda] Aicher’s character development is really excellent. . . .  This is a nice start to what looks to be an engaging series.”—Joyfully Jay

“A sizzling, insightful romance with two powerful, wonderfully human protagonists.”RT Book Reviews 

The Harder He Falls is sexy, angsty, and features two wonderfully flawed heroes.”—Wit and Sin

“Smoking hot.”—Gay Book Reviews

“A solid read . . . The story kept me engaged the entire time, and I was completely invested in these guys and their journey.”—The Novel Approach

“A highly fulfilling read.”—Queserasera Book Blog

This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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About the author

Lynda Aicher is a RITA Award finalist who loves to write emotionally charged romances. She spent years traveling as a consultant, implementing computer software into global companies, until she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is the only limitation on where she can go, and writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner, and mediator.
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Publisher
Loveswept
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Published on
Jun 7, 2016
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Pages
233
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ISBN
9780425285121
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / LGBT / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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In this wild and sensual Kick novel from the RITA Award–nominated author of The Harder He Falls, a sizzling affair tempts the tech guru of a popular outdoor-adventure-sports company to come out of the closet and embrace his desires.
 
Asher Ruggiero, a partner at Adrenaline Kick Adventures, is living a lie. As a control freak whose big Italian family thinks he’s straight, Asher likes his encounters concise, dirty, and discreet—until his company’s new rafting guide walks into work, dripping with brooding, intense sexuality. Sawyer Stevens is a mystery man with secrets and rough edges, and he makes Asher want to get to know him inside and out.
 
Ever since the tragic death of his parents, Sawyer has dedicated himself to the rush of adrenaline that comes from pleasure and pain. Moving from one guy to another, hiding when life gets too complicated—that’s all he can handle. So why does Asher make him long for something lasting and honest, when the gorgeous geek can’t even be true to himself? Sawyer wants to give Asher his heart, but he just doesn’t know how. After all, a life without integrity is a life without passion—and that’s the one thing Sawyer craves.
 
Praise for The Deeper He Hurts

 “The second Kick novel is a fascinating insight into the damage a family tragedy can cause. [Lynda] Aicher takes the reader on an amazing journey.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Hot, sensual, intense, and fraught with tension . . . This is a beautifully portrayed, brilliantly written love story.”—Pretty Sassy Cool
 
“Compelling, emotional, and memorable.”—Wit and Sin
 
“Aicher makes her protagonists likable and empathetic, and their romance is uplifting.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“More than just a steamy romance.”—Jezabell Girl and Friends
 
“Such a serious subject and handled so well by this talented author. This series just intrigues the heck out of me!”—Kitty’s Book Spot

The Deeper He Hurts is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Four talented authors, four sexy contemporary romance novels, all in one collection!

Everything for Her by Alexa Riley

Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she’s landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of growing up in foster care.

She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.

Giving Chase by Lauren Dane

When landscaper Kyle Chase takes notice of Maggie Wright, all of Petal, Georgia, wonders what the quiet schoolteacher is hiding underneath her tight bun and boring blouses. Even Maggie doesn’t quite get it, but she’s no match against the famous Chase charm, and Kyle has it in spades.

Kyle wants Maggie in his life—and in his bed—and he doesn’t mind getting down and dirty to prove it. For years he’s avoided the kind of trouble that comes with “good girls” like her, but Maggie’s the best trouble he’s ever been in.

After Hours by Lynda Aicher

Assistant Avery Fast watched from a distance, mouth gaping, blood roaring wildly in her ears as she stared at the naked woman on the table before her. At executive Carson Haggert ordering a man to pleasure her. It made her feel guilty, embarrassed…and hot.

Carson watched and waited. Waited for Avery to notice him in the Boardroom. Waited for her to like what she saw. Waited to see what she’d do the next day. And the next. He couldn’t stop thinking about the desire in her eyes, the flush on her cheeks.

Working late has its rewards.

Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge. He sees Vivienne Moore’s hidden wild side and knows she’s his perfect match, if only he can break it free. Earning her trust is a task unlike any he’s faced so far, but Jace didn’t get where he is by giving up.

Jace is everything Vivienne swore she never wanted, but he loves just as fiercely as he fights. He’s proud of who he is and where he came from, and he’ll be damned if he lets Vivienne go before showing her the safest place of all is in his arms.
Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations…

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO—and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semianonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction—they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.

Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.

But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime…and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good.

With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.

This book is approximately 77,000 words

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In an explosive novel of long-awaited release from the award-winning author of The Deeper He Hurts, two emotionally exposed Marines learn to lean on each other—and discover the courage to act on their innermost needs.
 
After years away from home, Tanner Dorsey is back and sorting through feelings that have him in a stranglehold. The hardened Marine will do anything for a fallen comrade, so when an accident leaves Finn Kelley fighting for his life, Tanner’s eager to be there for him. In fact, Tanner’s ready and willing to do anything Finn asks—especially if it means finally acting on the sexual tension that’s always kept him craving more.
 
Finn senses it too—when he brushes against Tanner’s stubbled jaw, when he inhales the scent of the T-shirt that clings to Tanner’s body like a second skin. Now that he’s more vulnerable than ever, Finn knows the time is right to take control, even if it means risking the heart and soul of their friendship. The bond they share goes beyond desire; it’s a bond of brotherhood, forged under conditions few could imagine. But once they cross that line, there will be no more secrets. No more boundaries. And no turning back.
 
The Farther He Runs is intended for mature audiences and includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title. 

Praise for The Farther He Runs

“[Lynda] Aicher delivers an emotionally nuanced and poignant tale. . . . Aicher’s stoic, honorable Marines are exquisitely drawn, flaws and all. Deft plotting helps the author explore the very real struggles of two men in the post–‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military, and a subplot of loss adds a painful but necessary layer to the story. This is an emotion-packed, satisfying read.”—Publishers Weekly

“The chemistry and connection between the men [are] great from the start. . . . Aicher does a really nice job letting us feel the intense bonds of their friendship and their closeness, while at the same time seeing how their feelings have changed to become more romantic and sexual.”—Joyfully Jay

“This story is heart-wrenching without being over-the-top. . . . It’s sweet; it made me cry and it had me rooting for [Tanner and Finn] as they navigated the rocky path from friends to lovers. Absolutely beautiful.”—Alpha Book Club
HelenKay Dimon’s suspenseful, provocative series of double agents and dark desire continues with a novel featuring two men bound by a dangerous job—and by the cravings they feel for each other.
 
As the son of an international crime lord, Will Rivers only inherited one thing after his father died: trouble. The Pentasus organization deals in kidnapping and murder, and Will wants no part of the power grab that’s tearing leadership apart. But the only way he’ll be able to escape is with some help from his former bodyguard, Hunter Cain, whose sculpted body and brooding looks keep Will awake at night. Somehow, Hunter has resisted the tension between them . . . until, suddenly, he gives in.
 
As a German intelligence officer working deep undercover, Hunter has a very good reason to keep Will in the dark about his identity and his intentions. Although the sex is hot, Hunter’s true feelings are a growing liability. Now the only way to save Will from his old life is to push him deeper into danger. But when two strong men are each determined to protect the other, the heat isn’t just combustible—it’s a firestorm.

Fall in love with the men of HelenKay Dimon’s thrilling novels:
 
The Tough Love series: MR. AND MR. SMITH | THE TALENTED MR. RIVERS | GUARDING MR. FINE
 
The Dirty series: DIRTY DEEDS | DIRTY GAMES

Praise for The Talented Mr. Rivers

“[Helen Kay] Dimon is one of the absolute best. . . . She’s one of the queens of romantic suspense.”—The Book Reading Gals
 
“The Talented Mr. Rivers is a story of mystery, suspense, betrayal and revenge. . . . The characters are intelligent, strong, charismatic and intense, [and] the romance is energetic and passionate.”—The Reading Cafe
 
“The chemistry between these guys in intense . . . both sexy and exciting.”—Joyfully Jay
 
“If you enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope with a dash of witty banter and hot encounters, then this book should be on your shelf.”—Scandalicious Book Reviews
 
“With The Talented Mr. Rivers you’ll find action, humor, love, enthralling suspense, and non-stop action. . . . It’s the total package. . . . This is basically the perfect romantic suspense novel.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Série The Team TOME 2

« La romance est bouleversante et les scènes de sexe incroyablement hot.» - RT Book Reviews
« Honnêtement ? On ne fait pas mieux qu’Addiction.»- The Romance Reviews
Une dose de testostérone, un soupçon de drame et une tonne d’émotion, ce nouvel opus de la série The Team donne une toute nouvelle profondeur à l’archétype du sportif très sexy.
Et si l’amour était la pire des drogues ?Un cachet pour la douleur, un pour patiner plus vite, puis un autre pour oublier... Scott ne saurait dire depuis combien de temps c’est devenu son quotidien. Trop, sans doute. Mais c’est un bien faible prix à payer pour tenir son rôle de capitaine de l’équipe des Minnesota Glaciers. Le hockey, c’est toute sa vie, son oxygène... jusqu’à sa rencontre avec Rachel Fielding. Rachel est belle, libre, excitante. Rachel lui donne envie de croire qu’une autre vie est possible. Mais peut-il vraiment changer ? Sans les cachets, il ne peut pas jouer. Et sans le hockey, il ne sait plus qui il est... A propos de l'auteur :Après des années passées à courir le monde pour une multinationale, Lynda Aicher a mis un terme à son mode de vie nomade pour élever ses deux enfants et réaliser son rêve : écrire un roman (et si c’est une romance érotique, c’est encore mieux) avant ses 40 ans. Depuis, son imagination est sa seule limite, et c’est dans un monde torride et sulfureux qu’elle s’échappe lorsque ses activités de mère et d’épouse (comprendre aussi : chauffeur, cuisinière, infirmière, coach et professeur particulier), lui en laissent l’occasion.
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