Surface Tension (Seychelle Sullivan Suspense Book 1) by Christine Kling

SURFACE TENSION is the first in this four-book suspense series featuring Florida tug and salvage captain Seychelle Sullivan. Working as she does in a man’s world, Seychelle has to work twice as hard just to compete. Some have even called her reckless. In her view, she’s just doing her job, salvaging boats and people’s lives.

FROM BOOKLIST

–Kling packs her debut with nautical detail, interesting characters, a well-tangled plot, and detailed descriptions of both the natural beauty and rampant tackiness of southern Florida. Recommend to James W. Hall fans and to all who like outdoor adventure along with their murder and mayhem. Carrie Bissey
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SURFACE TENSION

Years ago Seychelle Sullivan had the chance to save a person’s life. But on that summer night in Florida, lost in a world of teenage resentment and loneliness, Seychelle was not able to feel any pain but her own. Today Seychelle captains her father’s forty-six-foot salvage boat out of Fort Lauderdale’s New River. But she’s never escaped that one moment when she could have made a difference and didn’t.

On a steamy Florida morning Seychelle is answering a Mayday call launched from the five-million-dollar Broward yacht called Top Ten. Racing her fiercest competitor for salvage rights, Seychelle has a personal stake in this rescue: Her former lover, Neal Garrett, is the yacht’s hired skipper. But being the first to reach Top Ten leads to a bloody payday. A beautiful woman has been stabbed to death onboard. And Garrett is nowhere to be found.

While the police treat her as the prime suspect, Seychelle begins to unravel a tangled plot centered on a strip club where “all the girls are tens on top.” Seychelle is connecting human predators with innocent victims, and a mystery on land with a mystery buried deep beneath the sea. Now, to find out what really happened to Neal Garrett, Seychelle must retrace his last steps, through two murders and a horrific crime wave, to a final confrontation with someone who may want to kill her . . . or be her salvation.

About the Author

Christine Kling is the author of five nautical thrillers and one anthology of short stories. She lives aboard her 33-foot sailboat Talespinner and travels wherever the wind and free wifi may take her.

Author: Christine Kling

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
300 reviews

Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters) by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Spin-off book in the Addicted series | Book #1 in the Calloway Sisters series

This New Adult Romance can be described as Friends meets The Real World. Expect fist fights, drugs, sex of varying degrees, crude humor and competitive alpha males. Definitely for mature audiences only.

Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.

After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way.

Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted–Rose’s virginity.

Author: Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
234 reviews

The Bones of Others (Skye Cree, Book 1) by Vickie McKeehan

Some monsters live in your head. Not this one.

Brutalized as a young girl by a vile sexual predator, Skye Cree is a survivor. Guided by the visions of her mystical spirit guide to the whereabouts of abducted girls, she uses her unique abilities to turn her horrifying past into a positive force for justice. Fighting the demons that have haunted her for years, she trusts only in herself—until she falls hard for a man for the first time in her life. Now, discovering her abductor is back with a vengeance, she becomes locked in a deadly race against time to stop the horrors of an evil human-trafficking ring that threatens to tear her world—and her newfound love apart.

Author: Vickie McKeehan

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
331 reviews

The Forgotten Girls (Book #1 in The Suburban Murder Series) by Alexa Steele

In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn’t happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers’ need to live vicariously only makes it worse.

Bella DeFranco is one of the Bronx’s top SVU detectives. At only 37, she disarms everyone with her stunning good looks, yet she is as tough as most men—and a lot smarter, too. Yet when is summoned to Greenvale, she finds herself getting lost in a case that even she can’t comprehend. She stumbles into a land of secrets, a place where husbands hide their pasts from their wives, where friends are not what they seem, and where no one wants to know too much. As she digs deeper into layers of suburban dysfunction, she comes to learn that, behind all the fake smiles, there is a subtle violence–rivaling even her crime-ridden streets of the Bronx.

With a killer on the loose, time running out, and a new partner who never recovered from his washed-up alcoholic days, the odds are stacked against Bella. She is determined, though, to save these girls, whatever the cost. Yet as she gets close, the depth of psychosis she discovers shocks even her….

Author: Alexa Steele

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
935 reviews

Taken by You (Taken by You Book One) by M.L. Young

All I wanted was an internship. I never thought I’d end up dating a billionaire.

Penelope Wells is about to start her last semester in college and dreams of working at a large tech company in San Francisco. When her best friend and roommate, Nicolette, scores her an internship interview at RandomMeetX, a multibillion-dollar singles app, she couldn’t be more thrilled. But when she goes in for her interview, her life changes forever.

Blake Hunter is the CEO of RandomMeetX and a misogynistic billionaire who craves control and power. When he sees Penelope in his building, he’s strangely mystified, even though she isn’t the plastic type he usually goes for. After all, she’s a plain Jane and his usual type is pumped full of silicone.

He proposes something to Penelope that she knows will change the course of her future. All her needs will be taken care of—if she takes care of all of his. With her bank account running low, she agrees, but quickly finds out Blake’s needs involve handcuffs, blindfolds, and lots of handprints on her ass.

This is the first book in a planned trilogy. The book features alternating points of view by chapter.

Author: M.L. Young

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
101 reviews

There Are No Men: A Romantic Comedy (Rom-Com on the Edge Book 1) by Carol Maloney Scott and Nick Rissmeyer

THERE ARE NO MEN is the debut novel of Carol Maloney Scott, a promising new addition to the romantic comedy/chick lit genre. Look for even more laugh out loud humor in 2015!

Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.

After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice.

To further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.

When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.

Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?

Author: Carol Maloney Scott and Nick Rissmeyer

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
124 reviews

Warlord (Anathema Book 1) by Lana Grayson

Trapped…

For twenty-one years, Rose Darnell desperately searched for a way out of the Anathema MC, but the only thing more dangerous than the desecrated club is the rival chapter manipulating Rose into starting a war.

Bound to a world of bloodied knuckles and drug money, Rose is determined to use her musical talent to escape her abusive father and overbearing brothers. A chance audition would free Rose from the outlaw 1%, but her brothers ensnare her within Anathema’s shadow.

A rival club threatens Rose, and only Anathema’s President, Thorne Radek, can protect her from the bloodshed.

Betrayed…

A traitor lurks within the brotherhood, and Thorne will burn the world to scorch the rat. When an innocent diva with baby-bunny eyes and dark secrets needs his help, Thorne volunteers to protect the girl and secures his ultimate bait to lure out the traitor.

Thorne may be the only man who ever distracted Rose from her music, but his obsession with the club’s betrayal endangers the one woman easing his desire for vengeance.

Helping Thorne find the traitor will damn more than the club.

It will tear Rose’s family apart…

Author: Lana Grayson

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
84 reviews

Final Notice: A Damaged Goods Mystery by Jennifer L. Hart

She’s serving up mayhem in the Magic City….

FINAL STRAW
Dishing out bad news is Jackie Parker’s job until her boss grabs her assets one time too many and she serves him her notice and hopes he chokes on it. There must be a better way for a certified process server to make a living in Miami than working for a lousy lecherous lawyer. Whatever Jackie decides, her number one priority is spending time with her husband, Luke, preferably without his brother Logan—AKA the Dark Prince.

FINAL WARNING
Despite Logan’s objections, Luke asks her to join forces in their own property management team, Damaged Goods. Drawing the line between professional and personal lives proves challenging though, especially with Logan serving her an ultimatum—tell Luke the truth about what really happened the night they first met or he will. Sexual harassment is looking better and better.

FINAL NOTICE
Fester Gomez is three months behind on his rent for his pricey South Beach condo and Damaged Goods is on the job. Either they convince the tenant to pay up or he’ll face eviction. The simple task turns deadly when the team discovers Gomez missing and a Jane Doe slowly decomposing in his bathtub. Serving a killer up to justice, wrestling family secrets—it’s just another day on the job for Damaged Goods.

“…a very likable, sympathetic, savvy and smart heroine.” ~Gemma Halliday, New York Times Bestselling author

Author: Jennifer L. Hart

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
96 reviews

The One We Love: Suspense with a Dash of Humor (A Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery) by Donna White Glaser

Suspense, Humor, Romance – and maybe a killer or two.

The Letty Whittaker 12-Step Mystery series—edge-of-your-seat suspense sprinkled with laugh-out-loud moments. Fans of humorous mystery writers Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, and Harlan Coben have fallen in love with this wise-cracking amateur sleuth. Think: love child of Stephanie Plum and Alex Delaware after a wild night of Twister and tequila shooters. Book 1, The Enemy We Know, is available now as a free Kindle ebook. Don’t miss this funny mystery series!

“The Enemy We Know is an intriguing, funny, and moving story peopled with characters you will remember long after the last page. If Letty lived in my neighborhood I’d buy her a virgin margarita and talk about all the people we know who are just as odd as we are.”

-Lois Greiman, award winning author of Unzipped

THE ONE WE LOVE
Following the sudden death of a co-worker, psychotherapist Letty Whittaker learns she has “inherited” her colleague’s case load. As professional executor, Letty assumes responsibility for Regina’s clients, including those from Devlin House, the local domestic abuse shelter where Regina had worked . . . and died.

As Letty takes up her duties, she makes some disturbing discoveries: a set of files that Regina had stolen from the shelter; an AWOL resident, missing since the morning after Regina’s death; an ethics complaint Regina had made against an unnamed peer. Are the files—or the abused women they represented—connected with Regina’s death? Is the missing client on the run from her abusive husband or somebody even scarier? Who was Regina reporting to the state licensing board, and why?

And, more importantly, just what kind of trouble has Letty really inherited?

Series Order
Book 1: The Enemy We Know Newly recovering alcoholic and psychotherapist Letty Whittaker thinks the client whose campaign of harassment includes threatening to expose her deepest secret is her biggest problem. When the client and Letty’s own boyfriend are murdered and dropped at her feet like a cat’s dead mole trophies, she realizes bad can always get worse.

Book 2: The One We Love After the mysterious death of a colleague, psychotherapist Letty Whittaker “inherits” her friends clients from the local domestic abuse shelter, and makes some disturbing discoveries: stolen files, an AWOL resident, and an unexplained ethics complaint.

Book 3: The Secrets We Keep When psychotherapist and recovering alcoholic Letty Whittaker responds to a middle-of-the-night crisis call, she knows helping Trinnie face her demons won’t be easy. However, instead of finding her friend dead drunk, Letty finds her just . . . dead. And Paul, another close friend, is the primary suspect.

Book 4: The Blood We Spill When her best friend disappears into the depths of a religious cult, Letty Whittaker is forced to cut ties with her safe life and plunge into a world of fanaticism, hypocrisy, and danger.

Author: Donna White Glaser

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
192 reviews