Hot reads for cold nights

Considering it’s winter (in the Northern Hemisphere), staying warm on chilly (or snowed in) nights, can be far easier when you’ve got a great read. This holds especially true when there’s a Happily Ever After (HEA), great characters, and sexy storylines to rival a scene from a video on an adult website like to keep you entertained.

Here are a few of my favorites that were featured on San Antonio Living. I’d have the video here, but the embed code isn’t working. I’ve left a message about it, but if you’re at all interested, click here:

**all buy links are to Amazon**

You ever wanted to read erotica, but didn’t know if you’d actually like it? The Cowboy 12-Pack is a perfect start. A dozen books for less than you’d spend on a regular coffee at your local convenience store. Authors are:

2015 1 21 ellejames_cowboy12pack_1400A COWBOY’S SEDUCTION – Cynthia D’Alba
I AM NOT YOUR MELODY – Shoshanna Evers
THE HARDER THEY FALL – Beth Williamson
THE REAL MCCOY – Sabrina York
BADASS – Sable Hunter

Like Greek Mythology? Check out Andrea Stehle’s Daughter of Athena is perfect for you.

2015 1 26 Daughter of Athena

Eons ago the gods of Mt. Olympus ruled over the developing civilization of ancient Greece. From the heights of their mountain retreat the gods manipulated and forced mankind to their will. But one day the Olympians grew bored with the mundane world – as immortals are predisposed to do. They looked away from their children for just a moment and the Earth changed. No longer were the names Zeus, Hera, and Athena whispered with awe and terror, but forgotten until they were nothing more than myths from the dawn of time. To their regret the Olympians discovered no amount of manipulation or terror could bring mankind back into the fold, and so they were obliged to start again. Transplanting a small group of humans to the distant world of Arcadia, the gods created their own perfect Utopian society. In their self-absorbed way each Olympian reigned over a cult of followers in a personal city-state where their word was law. To promote harmony, the Great Law of the Olympians sought to suppress the volatile nature of humanity by forbidding war on Arcadia. Unfortunately, the Olympians learned nothing is ever perfect. Once every hundred years the Son of Ares is born to disturb the delicate balance of their world. Although Ardella of New Athens was the chosen of Athena, blessed with the gift of empathy, she was young and naïve. She made the ultimate mistake – she allowed the Son of Ares to manipulate her and escape. Almost a decade later, the Daughter of Athena is still battling the chaos caused by that moment of weakness, when her brother is captured by the enemy. To save her twin, Ardella travels to Metropolis, the fortress at the heart of the Son of Ares’ empire, and offers herself in exchange. Exiled in a strange new city, the Daughter of Athena soon learns that the enemy she had come to know reading reports in her Tower in New Athens is not the same as the one she now faces in the thriving, very human culture of Metropolis. Bewildered by her growing admiration for the Son of Ares, Ardella must not only save her brother, but decide if she stands with or against the Gods of Arcadia.

Like a sweet read and a bit of happily ever after? You’ll love Laurie LeClair’s Once Upon a Romance Series:

2015 1 26 Laurie LeClair Once Upon a RomanceIF THE SHOE FITS – BOOK 1
Romance? Love? Charlotte (Charlie) King doesn’t have time for either one. Charlie has no idea what her heart’s in for when Alexander Royale arrives for dinner to meet the all-female King family. What happens when a modern day Cinderella’s dreams don’t involve getting married, but Prince Charming won’t take no for an answer?

Francie King longs for her dream wedding while Marcus Goode agrees to temporarily run King’s Department Store. When Marcus finds Francie in a wedding dress asleep in the store after hours, he kisses her awake. Neither one of them will ever be the same again. What will happen when a hopeless romantic meets a confirmed bachelor?

Priscilla King longs to prove she’s worthy of the King name. Who would have thought intense, sexy Griffin James would be the only one who listened?! He seeks to destroy King’s Department Store. But after meeting Priscilla, he only wants to protect her from himself. Can a carefree, fun-loving Pixie tame the wounded heart of a McGruff?

Do you love Outlander? Who doesn’t? Guys in kilts? Sure! Author Willa Blair completely understands the importance of writing about said hotties and does so beautifully in her Highland Series. The third book, Highland Troth is out now.

2015 1 26 Highland Troth

Years ago, after tragedy struck Jamie Lathan’s family, fosterling Caitrin Fletcher was sent home, out of danger. Heartbroken, young Jamie never expected to see her again. He certainly never imagined he’d be called upon to escort her to be betrothed to another man.

But now, as their attraction reignites during the trip, Jamie’s longing for Caitrin deepens, and he despairs to lose her again. The secret he hides, however, may prevent any chance for a future with her. Can Jamie find a way to claim her himself without starting a war involving three clans?

Caitrin is torn between her duty to make the marriage her father wants and her feelings for Jamie, the lad she’s loved for years. When she meets the man her father has chosen, her secret Highland talent tells her he cannot be trusted. Can she refuse the powerful lord without revealing how she knows he’s lying…about nearly everything?

What if you’re more of a contemporary (modern day) romance kind of reader? Gail Hart has you covered in her Golden Heart nominated book Confessions of the World’s Oldest Shotgun Bride.

2015 1 26 ConfessionsRules were meant to be broken; condoms not so much…

Business executive Katie St. John has given up on love, which she sucks at, to focus on her red-hot career. All she wants from Steve Tyler, an ultra-sexy, surprisingly sweet, and much younger Air Force pilot, is help crossing some items off her secret to-do list of sexual fantasies. Sure, the chemistry between them is hotter than the Cayman sun, but once this vacation’s over, she’ll say good-bye and go back to plotting corporate coups.

But Steve won’t settle for being her temporary boy toy. He’s lusted after Katie, the glamorous older woman who lived next door when he was a kid, since he was old enough to know what lust was. Now that she’s finally moved from his fantasies to his bed, he’s not about to let her go without a fight– especially once he learns she’s returned home with the mother of all souvenirs!

What about the teen readers in your house? Sasha Summers wrote a YA book that’s as sweet as Fredericksburg Peaches (seriously, they are really good). Cowboys and Kisses, set in the fictitious town of Black Falls, Texas (based on the Bandera area) will have any romance reader smiling from ear to ear.

2014 3 14 Cowboys and kisses Goodreads cover

Allie had big plans for the future. Falling for a cowboy wasn’t part of it.

1. Get out of Black Falls, Texas – aka Redneck Hell
(Graduation was eight months away. After that, she was out of there.)
2. Avoid Wyatt Holcomb at all costs.
(Except he was everywhere and kind of hard to ignore since he was hot—and a really nice guy.)
3. Avoid her parents.
(Shouldn’t be too hard to do since her father hated her and her mother pretended nothing was wrong.)
4. Stop thinking about Wyatt.
(Which would be a lot easier if he wasn’t so sweet… and he’d keep his shirt on.)
5. Decide what she really wants.
(Instead of holding onto the past and the guilt.)

Maybe falling for a cowboy could work after all?

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