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Venetian Holiday by Christine Donovan @cmdonovan #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 Venetian Holiday by Christine Donovan. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

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Venetian Holiday by Christine Donovan

Mia Russo travels to Italy to spend the Christmas Holidays with friends, the Melchionne’s. Mia expects her best friend, Rosa, to welcome her to Venice, instead it is Luca, the eldest of Rosa’s brothers. Ever since she can remember the two of them fought and argued over everything and nothing. Several years ago Mia figured out why. Her feelings for Luca go deep and she’ll be damned if she’ll let him find out. As far as she knew, he still considers her his little sister’s annoying best friend.
Luca spent the past few years trying to ignore Mia and the feelings she stirred inside him. Pretending disdain and dislike only gets one so far. Will he be able to pull off his subterfuge once again this holiday season? From the moment he greets Mia, as she disembarks from her water taxi, he knows the answer is no. The piercing pain in the vicinity of his heart feels as though Cupid shot him straight through with an arrow. So the answer, once again, is no.
Will Mia and Luca find amore in the cool, crisp holiday air in the most romantico and bellissimo city on earth?
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Detour Ahead by Adriana KraftDetour Ahead by Adriana Kraft #FreeBookFriday #Read

Threatened race horses, city slicker attorney, sexy California wrangler—what can possibly go wrong?
Hot-shot Chicago prosecuting attorney Traci Steele works tirelessly keeping rapists off the street to prevent other women from suffering the hell she’s endured, so she resists her friends’ insistence that she take a two month R and R in their California Live Oak condo—until they persuade her to help their rancher friend as a private investigator.
Though he runs the stables at Live Oak, well-muscled mustached wrangler Scott McCord much prefers working with the race horses he trains at his ranch, and he can’t believe his old friends have sent a greenhorn female to help him with horse troubles.
The improbable dance between this mismatched pair barely fits in around the escalating suspense of whoever’s after Scott’s horses. Traci is as tenacious in her sleuthing as she is terrified about her inability to ever love a man. Can Scott succeed in gentling her – like he does his horses – before she flees in panic?
Traci Steele may be the most damaged of the heroines in our four-book horse racing suspense series, Riders Up. If she was a real person, she might stand up and say “Me, too” – except she’s never told anyone, not even her best friend, Cassie.
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Lies and Solace by Jana RichardsLies and Solace by Jana Richards #FreeBookFriday #Read

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own.
Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.
She can’t handle one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.
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Christmas on Wherever Island by Amber PoloChristmas on Wherever Island by Amber Polo #FreeBookFriday #Read

Genre Holiday paranormal romance
Book heat level PG
Marti Bell is facing the prospect of a very unmerry Christmas. Reluctantly, leaving her married lover she travels toward ice, snow, and judgmental family until a magic Santa sends her to a surprise destination in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
Wherever Island would be a winter paradise except the only place to stay is the beachside cottage of romantic globetrotting photographer Cliff Holmes. Cliff wants to unwind and treat Marti to a little romantic Caribbean Christmas fun but she’s determined to stay in the warm ocean and out of hot water.
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Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire by Kayelle AllenBringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire by Kayelle Allen #FreeBookFriday #Read

When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not. Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped in their pods and it’s up to Pietas to rescue them. A human abandoned with him has become a trusted friend. But before Pietas can save his people, he must reconcile them to the human and take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father. Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…
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Christmas Vows by Livia QuinnChristmas Vows by Livia Quinn #FreeBookFriday #Read

Love isn’t the only thing that happens when you least expect it.
Delilah and Luc and Samantha and Jed are looking forward to their special day, a double Christmas wedding at the Calloway Farm with their friends and family in attendance. And Beau and Maddie are expecting their baby. Great news, right? But after the women go missing with a storm approaching, and a desperate soldier threatens everyone, the men in their lives scramble to make sure Maddie’s delivery and the wedding come off as planned.
More than a Christmas novel. Stuff just happens in Rainbow Bayou at Christmas time (hint: weddings, births, kidnappings, and second chance reunions. . .) A continuing theme of overcoming whatever challenges life throws in your path.

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An Uncommon Love (Romantic Realms Collection 2) by MJ SchillerAn Uncommon Love by MJ Schiller #FreeBookFriday #Read

Princess Adriana had her life all figured out…
Or, to be more precise, she had her life all figured out for her. Before she was even born she was betrothed to Garin, and that was perfectly acceptable as he became her childhood friend, and then, eventually, the person she would swap kisses with inside the palace gardens. She never questioned it, never had a reason to, until the day a commoner was brought before her father, the King, to be punished.
…until the day her eyes conncected with blacksmith Seth Hobb’s across a stone courtyard.
When he creeps into the castle at night to thank her for freeing him, they begin to build a relationship with one another that is often as explosive as it is endearing. But fate ends up separating the two and they must undertake a long and arduous journey to be reunited.
But with everything against them, can an uncommon love like theirs survive?
Even then, can Adriana make Seth see her for herself and not as the princess he imagines? And if she does, will she ever be able to convince her father that, despite his objections over Seth being a commoner, there is nothing “common” about him at all?
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Let’s meet Pietas from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, a science fiction romance by Kayelle Allen. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not.

Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped inside their pods and it’s up to Pietas to free them. He can’t release one at a time. It’s all or nothing. He’s facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless immortals will call on him for rescue and he has no way to answer.

It’s not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he’s loved for lifetimes is at his side. He’s bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.

Before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.

Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…

Genre science fiction with romantic elements, sci fi

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13 (for violence) No explicit content or profanity

Introducing Pietas

Please tell me about yourself.

I’m what’s commonly called an Ultra. My race is genetically enhanced, created to serve mankind. To ensure we could fight their enemies, they made us “ultra” strong, invincible, unkillable. Without meaning to, they made us immortal. They also created us with the inability to gain our own freedom. My father accidentally discovered how to break those genetic shackles. Once we were free, mankind no longer told us what to do. We told mankind. It’s the only thing about my father that I can honestly say I’m proud of. I imagine I’ve told you far more about “me” than you wanted to hear. I’ll stop now.

Age: at the time of this story, 1,916

Gender: male

Birthplace: Earth, in a small country called Wales

Profession: king

Ethnicity: I’m what you’d consider white. My people come in many colors, but we are all Ultras.

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Ultra

What do you look like?

Physically, I’m 7 Terran feet tall, platinum blond hair, teal blue eyes (an illusion – they are actually quite startlingly blue with green flecks). I’m built more like a swimmer or dancer than a warrior, although I have all the strength of one.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Currently, her name is Joss.

Please tell us about your education.

I have an eidetic memory. I forget literally nothing, although I like to tease my sister by pretending to forget things she tells me. I’m a scientist as well as warrior. Not unusual among my people. I am a geneticist and credited with the creation of many races of non-humans.

Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?

I imagine all those would describe me. When one is immortal, one tends to pick things up.

On what special skills do you rely?

In addition to physical strength, I have multiple Ultra gifts, chief among them the ability to cast confusion, disarray, and fear. It’s called Chaos. I’m a master. So much so, my people refer to me as the Bringer of Chaos.

What is your family like?

How long do you have? I’ll shorten this. My father is a monster who deserves the worst possible perma-death. My mother– *pauses* I’m sorry. I can’t speak of her without emotion. She deserves far better than my father. I have a twin sister who is the bane of my existence. We look and act nothing alike.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

I put others ahead of myself. It’s what a king should do. I worry that I take too much for myself and look selfish. I strive to avoid that.

What is your biggest personal flaw?

Hubris. I tend to think I have situations completely in hand. Often, it turns out I was overthinking my ability and reach. That can be a fatal flaw in a king.

When there is a setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?

I internalize and think failure is my fault. I guard against self doubt, because that, too, can be fatal flaw in a king. Which then leads to hubris. It’s a frustrating cycle I continually guard against. I hope I’m moderately successful.

What is your breaking point?

If I ever reach it, I’ll let you know.

When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?

I told one lie in my life. I was a child and had omitted a duty because I did things out of order. I hadn’t intended to skip doing it. When my father questioned me, I knew what would happen to me if I hadn’t done it. I feared being punished. He was never gentle with me. I lied. He didn’t catch me, but the feeling of dread that he would discover my untruth kept my heart, mind, and stomach in turmoil. I swore I’d never lie again. Punishment would have been over and done with if I’d told the truth. I decided no consequences would ever frighten me into lying again, and they have not.

Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?

At this point, I’d say it’s my friend, Six. He’s human. Or he was. He was turned into an Ultra by artificial means, giving him the strength (at least temporarily) to kill one of us. His type of soldier is called a ghost, because he had to die before he was transformed. Despite the fact that he was my sworn enemy, there is no one closer to me. If he were to betray me… I cannot speak further about that. It would be the worst thing to happen. For me.

What would you like to tell your writer?

I’m glad I decided to trust you and tell you my story. Now get busy and write the rest.

What would you like people who hear your story to know?

I am real. Kayelle Allen writes about me and publishes it as fiction. I’m not in your dimension, but I am real. Never doubt that for a moment.

Where to buy Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

Amazon and in print. Free on Kindle Unlimited
The prequel to this book is Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas.

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Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home.

She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it’s hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories.

From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things.

No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s been married so long she’s tenured.

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