Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, Sarah Bird

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Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my mama never let me forget it.

Though born into bondage on a “miserable tobacco farm” in Little Dixie, Missouri, Cathy Williams was never allowed to consider herself a slave. According to her mother, she was a captive, bound by her noble warrior blood to escape the enemy. Her means of deliverance is Union general Phillip Henry “Smash ’em Up” Sheridan, the outcast of West Point who takes the rawboned, prideful young woman into service. At war’s end, having tasted freedom, Cathy refuses to return to servitude and makes the monumental decision to disguise herself as a man and join the Army’s legendary Buffalo Soldiers.

Alone now in the ultimate man’s world, Cathy must fight not only for her survival and freedom, but she vows to never give up on finding her mother, her little sister, and the love of the only man strong and noble enough to win her heart. Inspired by the stunning, true story of Private Williams, an American heroine.

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Daughters of the Air, Anca L. Szilagyi

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Tatiana “Pluta” Spektor was a mostly happy, if awkward, young girl — until her sociologist father  disappeared during Argentina’s Dirty War.

Sent a world away by her grieving mother to attend boarding school outside New York City, Pluta wrestles alone with the unresolved tragedy and at last runs away:

to the streets of Brooklyn in 1980, where she figuratively- and literally -spreads her wings.

Told with haunting fabulist imagery by debut novelist Anca L. Szilagyi, this searing tale of love, loss, estrangement, and coming of age is an unflinching exploration of the personal devastation wrought by political repression.

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Lights Out Lucy, Elicia Hyder

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Lucy Cooper isn’t looking for love when she finds it- or slams into it, rather -during rush hour traffic. But her heart, like her car, is a total loss the moment West Adler steps out of his truck to inspect the damage.

West truly is the perfect guy:
handsome, funny, rich.

The benefactor of not one, but two children’s hospitals.

And he’s the main sponsor of the Music City Rollers, Nashville’s championship roller derby team.

When Lucy discovers the Rollers are actively recruiting “Fresh Meat,” she puts her life on the line to catch West Adler’s attention. But will accident-prone Lucy skate off with the heart of Nashville’s Most Eligible Bachelor? Or will she get herself killed in a sport that promises, “It’s not a matter of if you’ll get hurt — but of how bad and when.”

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Burn So Bad, JH Croix

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Lucy

Levi drives me crazy, and not the good kind of crazy.
He’s smoldering hot and so damn sexy, it’s dangerous.
He’s a hotshot firefighter and nearly sets me on fire whenever he’s around.

Perhaps it’s an occupational hazard.

He teases me every chance he gets and tempts me to let down my guard.
I certainly don’t need a man.

But Levi’s more than a man. He’s a man on octane fuel — pure, raw, primal masculinity practically oozes from his pores.
One night of weakness, and I tumble into the flames.
It’s more than lust. It’s how I feel when I’m with him — safe and protected. I never want to let go.

I might get burned if I’m not careful.

Levi

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and hate can always turn into love.
Or at least lust.
Lucy hates me. She especially hates how much I want her.
And sweet hell do I want her.

But she can’t be bothered to even give me the time of day.
I should give up the chase, but I can’t.
It’s more than a spark between us, it’s a bonfire.

Fate rolls the dice and lands Lucy right where I want her.
She needs my help, and I need her, every inch of her lush curves.

One taste, and I’m lost. I’ll do anything to have her and to hold her.

To make her mine.


Author’s Note:
This is a steamy, full-length standalone romance with a guaranteed happily-ever-after. No cliffhangers.

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Thirsty, Mia Hopkins

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My name is Salvador Rosas.

Back in the barrio, my past is written on the walls: ESHB. Short for East Side Hollenbeck, my father’s gang — my gang. Hell, it’s a family tradition, one that sent both my brothers away. They used to call me “Ghost” because I haunted people’s dreams. Now I’ve got nothing going for me except a hipster gringo mentoring me in a new career. An ex-con making craft beer?

No mames.

Still, people in this neighborhood look out for one another. That’s how I became Vanessa Velasco’s unwelcome tenant. Chiquita pero picosa. She’s little, but with curves so sweet they’re dangerous. I remember Vanessa from the old days, the straight-A student with big plans. Plans that were derailed by another kid stupid enough to think he was bulletproof. Now Vanessa knows better than to believe in empty promises. There’s fire in her… and if I touch her, I might get burned.

I’m trying everything I can to go straight. But when East Side Hollenbeck comes calling, I might have to risk it all to find out if there’s a future for Vanessa and me. Because she’s the only one who can quench my thirst for something real.

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