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Tag Archives: Contemporary Romance

For the Love of Max by Gabbi Grey @GabbiGrey #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceGabbi Grey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

For the Love of Max by Gabbi Grey

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Ironworker Dodge Vasilius has been in love with LGBTQ social worker Maxine Reeves since he first met her at a party when her date abandoned her. She’s way out of his league. Except she’s finally left the abusive jerk. Dodge is just checking to make certain she’s safe. Because making a move on the newly single Maxine would be classless… Right?

Where to buy For the Love of Max

Amazon CA
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Gabbi Grey Social Media

Gabbi Grey has written a lot of words and is now focusing on sharing them with the rest of the world. She writes contemporary, gay, and dark erotic BDSM romances. She believes in happy endings.
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Know the hero in Midnight Escape by Constance Bretes @constancebretes #RLFblog #ContemporaryConnie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Midnight Escape by Constance Bretes

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Suzanne Pacheco is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder and helping to put the killer in prison. Her trip across the country brings her to a small town in Alaska. But once again the mob’s hitman has tracked her down. She’s disheartened at the thought of leaving the town she’s developed a real fondness for, but there’s nothing else she can do. Until she finds help in the unlikeliest of places and embarks on an adventure like never before.
Commercial fisherman Jax Devereaux has his hands full fishing for crabs in the formidable Bering Sea, but when Suzanne needs his help, he adds yet another thing to his list of responsibilities. He takes her with him to the one place he thinks she might be safe—the middle of the sea. But there’s danger everywhere. Can he keep Suzanne safe, and will he lose his heart in the process?

Know the Hero from Midnight Escape

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
He spends most of his time on the ship in the middle of the Bering Sea, he would sit and chew the fat with his crew members if he was bored.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
Drunken Mussels
Does he know how to fix things?
Fixes things on the boat
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
When he was in the US Coast Guard, he took a helicopter on a rescue operation and came down to land and got tangled in the electrical wires.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
He was a father of a little girl, he has nieces and nephews, so he’s very comfortable around children.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
Can he use chopsticks?
Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?
Coffee is his vice. Most captains chain smoke cigarettes while manning the boat, he drinks black coffee.
What apps would he have on his phone?
Weather channel, US Coast Guard, location app, storm tracker
Android or iPhone?
On the boat, neither, he’d have a satellite phone, but on land, he owns an iPhone.
Beard or clean-shaven?
Mostly clean shaven, occasionally a stuble.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
US coast guard emblem tattooed on his arm.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Personal, he owns a truck.
Recycle or toss?
Well that depends. On the ship, he’s only allowed to capture male crabs a certain size, he must dispose of the others back into the sea. If he’s overloaded, he must either dump the load in the sea or load it on to another ship. For the most part, he recycles.

Where to buy Midnight Escape

Publisher Beachwalk Press
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Constance Bretes Social Media

Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense. Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She retired from the State of Michigan after 38+ years of service and now writes and research full time. She is married to her best friend and have recently moved from Montana to Alabama. Her hobbies are basket weaving, sapphire digging, checking out old ghost towns, and visiting the towns that are the backdrop for her books.
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Karen Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

An Unexpected Encounter by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17
After losing her dream job in Los Angeles, Jill returns home to New York, to a new job and a new love, only to have her life twisted upside down. Will Jill be able to forget and forgive the one person who has brought new life into her?
Why did you write this book?
I hadn’t written a true contemporary romance is quite some time, and decided it was time to write one.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy women’s fiction that takes place at the beach, cozy mysteries and anything Stephen King.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
One of my favorite characters is Stephanie Plum. I love her spunk and her comic aura.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on Boo 2 in the 5 Beach Road Series and Book 4 in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Down at the Shore – Book 1 in the 5 Beach Road Series

Where to buy An Unexpected Encounter

Publisher Mandolay Press


Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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Read the thriller, Snatching Dianna by Seelie Kay @SeelieKay #RLFblog #romanticsuspense #lawyers #lawSeelie Kay, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Snatching Dianna by Seelie Kay

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The hours are counting down as investigators try to prove that Dianna Murphy has been snatched. Unfortunately, without witnesses and solid evidence, all the police really know is that she is missing.
When suburban Milwaukee law student Dianna Murphy fails to connect with her roommate, there is no real evidence that she has been snatched. Until Law Professor Janet MacLachlan, a former covert agent, discovers a single clue, one that points to a taking by a slave trafficking cartel. In a race against time, Janet recruits her husband, secret agent Cade Matthews, small-town Police Chief David Manders and his wife, criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant, and other law students to uncover the truth. Can they prove she has been taken, before Dianna disappears without a trace?

Where to buy Snatching Dianna


Seelie Kay Social Media

Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink.
Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in seven works of fiction, including Kinky Briefs, Kinky Briefs, Too, The Garage Dweller, Kinky Briefs, Thrice, A Touchdown to Remember, Kinky Briefs, Quatro, and Kinky Briefs, Cinque, as well as the romance anthology, Pieces of Us.
When not spinning her kinky tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!
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Read Sensual Stranger by Tina Donahue @tinadonahue #RLFblog #contemporaryTina, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Sensual Stranger by Tina Donahue

Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Into his life she came—wanting…willing…wanton.
It’s no ordinary morning when Toni Starr arrives at Zach’s garage. Flat broke, with a past she won’t share, Toni’s instantly taken by such a potently virile man. Direct and unashamed, she tells him she’s a motorcycle performance artist who needs work and knows motors.
Zach knows women, and Toni’s unlike any he’s met. Lushly sensuous, exceedingly assured, she’d easily be his match in business and bed. A provocative challenge that stirs him as nothing has since losing his wife. A chance he’s reluctant to take, offering no more than a month’s employment, then she’ll have to be on her way.
The hours tick by. Each word and glance intensifies their denied yet escalating desire, forcing them to surrender to passion. Driven by carnal hunger, conquered by yearning, they face the unforeseen truth of Toni’s past and a future neither of them expected.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Without question, roasted turkey and gravy, steamed red potatoes, corn, and a huge salad with ranch dressing.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Mexican, Mexican, Mexican. I could eat it 365 days a year.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Not a toy, but crafts. I loved anything that had to be put together, created, or built. I worked for hours or days trying to get everything just so. I was never satisfied until I made the craft look different—and better—than the picture on the box.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Those with gripping themes, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, the Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and The Girl Who Played with Fire), The Lovely Bones. When I read, I want to feel. To be happy, cry, get angry…
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
Anything I can find on the net regarding the theme, locale, or the characters’ occupations. For example, in Sensual Stranger, Toni is a motorcycle performance artist. An unusual occupation for a woman. I scoured news stories to learn about women in the field and the dangers they faced from performing. Fascinating stuff.

Where to buy Sensual Stranger

Publisher Extasy Books

Tina Donahue Social Media

I’m an Amazon and international bestselling author who writes passionate romance for every taste – ‘heat with heart’ – for traditional publishers (NY) and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work. I’ve won Readers’ Choice Awards, was named a finalist in the EPIC competition, received a Book of the Year award, The Golden Nib Award, awards of merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competitions, and second place in the NEC RWA contests. I’m featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, I worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction. My romance genres include erotic, erotica, romcom, historical, contemporary, PNR, SciFi, and suspense.
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Read free: La Roe's by Dee Carver @PMnP + 4 books #FreeBookFriday #RLFblog #ReadIt’s #FreeBook Friday on RLFblog! Join us for a collection of free reads and downloads. All genres and heat levels. This week’s featured book is La Roe’s by Dee Carver. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

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La Roe’s by Dee Carver

Can Emerald put 300 years of anger aside to save them or will she sacrifice all their futures and kill him as she swore to do?
When Emerald La Roe ran away 300 years ago, she had not planned to return. However after repeated dreams from Goddess Morrigan, Emerald finally realizes she has no choice. Emerald not only finds a magical sword waiting for her, but her dead husband also.
It seems Stefan O’ Duff wants’ reconciliation and help to cure the curse they share. Emerald would rather see him dead than be with him again, she has someone else to consider though. Her new love, Maxwell Howard a werewolf, who through sharing blood with Emerald, now faces the same fate as Emerald and Stefan. For the cure to work, Emerald has to put her hatred of Stefan aside and consent to share his bed again.
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Russian Pride by Holly BargoRussian Pride by Holly Bargo #FreeBookFriday #Read

Contemporary Mafia Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Rescued from domestic abuse, Bratva princess Inessa recuperates from the latest beating in the home of Giovanni Maglione, the mafia captain of Cleveland. Learning that her husband double-crossed the Chinese triad, and they want their pound of flesh–and they’re happy to take it out of Inessa–her parents ask Giovanni to marry their newly widowed daughter. The Chinese triad will be looking for a Russian mobster’s wife, not the wife of an Italian mobster. Inessa agrees to this marriage of convenience which, of course, isn’t so convenient. The ruse fails, which forces Giovanni into a violent and bloody mob war, because he protects what’s his… and Inessa is most definitely his.
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Tag Team Beauty Queen by Lynn Chantale

Alexa has always followed her heart, but when her feelings lead her to bed The Tag Team of Perfect Storm, well she’s in heaven, until another wrestler threatens the happy balance.
Tono and Daniel, known as Perfect Storm, don’t mind sharing Alexa. In fact, they’ve embraced all the pleasure a threesome will bring. When a heel, Virgil, decides to interfere, well the guys will just have to show him why they’re the champions.
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Re-Scue by Laura Tolomei

Re-Scue spans four different lifetimes connected by an insane passion for sex and blood. The players – a hunter and his prey – change shapes and sexes, but their sensually seductive game is always as exciting as the first time. The rules are simple. Sex without emotions is what the hunter wants, but the prey seems unwilling to give, refusing to play by this incomprehensible rule.
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Bro by Kayelle AllenEven an invisible man can see the truth. Bro by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SciFi Romance

The tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible. Finally, the young halfbreed thief will be out of sight, shielded from the taunts humans fire at him. But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who’s bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to save his brother from abuse and win his freedom — even though Senth is a slave himself.
There’s just one problem. The new Thieves’ Guild tech might make him invisible, but it can’t shield him from the truth…
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