Phoenix has been stumbling through life since her brother Adric's tragic death but after eight years, she is finally piecing what remains together. She has a nice apartment, a steady job and not to mention a fresh new 'relationship' with her childhood friend, Kade Haze. He's the sexy boy next door that she never even dreamed of falling for, but can’t seem to stop the pull she feels toward him.
Just when life began to make sense again and a feeling of normalcy was on the horizon, Phoenix's carefully constructed walls come crashing down.
When walking into the tattoo shop one day, the last thing that she’s expecting to see is Kellan Haze, Adric’s best friend that no one has seen or heard from since the day that they found her brother’s body. He’s nothing as she remembers him as a child, with his wild messy hair, tattoos that cover most of his undeniably sexy body and eyes so intense that it makes her legs quiver with one look. The one thing that even she can’t deny is the instant rush that she feels just by being in his presence.
But how can you choose between love and lust when one of these hold a dark secret, one that can crush your world to pieces and leave you gasping for air. Who can you trust when your mind is pulling you in two different directions and your heart has to choose for you?
The Haze brothers are sexy, daring and possibly . . . dangerous.
This Regret is a story of love, lust, betrayal and danger with an ending that no one saw coming.
I sit there fighting to catch my breath as I watch him run his hands over his face before running his fingers through his hair, tugging it.
“That’s all I’ll ever be to you, isn’t it? Adric’s little sister,” I say stiffly. “I’m not a child anymore and I have taken more pain than you know. You think you’ve been hurting over the years, well fuck you Kellan because I’ve been hurting worse.” I stand up from the desk and pull my skirt down. I’m in so much heartache right now, especially after getting to feel those lips on mine, just to take the feeling away and never give it again. It hurts like hell, but I refuse to show it. “Oh and don’t ever kiss me again. I don’t think your brother would like his lips to be where yours has been.”
The look on his face is as if I’ve just slapped him. It’s the same look that Kade had given me when I called him by his brother’s name. I don’t even know why I just said what I said. Maybe I want to hurt him just as bad as he has hurt me over the years.
He rubs a hand over his mouth and looks me in the eye. “You’re right. I don’t think he would like that either.” He stares me in the eyes while walking over to stand in front of me. His eyes trail down to my lips as he speaks again. “But I think I fucking hate his lips on yours more.”
Before I can speak, his lips crush mine again as he backs me up against the wall. This time he doesn’t even ask for entrance, he just takes it. He places his hand on my chin and pushes my head back, causing me to gasp as he slips his tongue into my mouth. His tongue hungrily caresses mine and this time, I feel the coolness of the steel in his mouth as he swirls his tongue around mine, before sucking it into his mouth. “Fuck the rules and fuck what Kade wants. Here’s to making this day better. Today, you’re mine.”
I look at his mouth as he runs his tongue over his lip and looks me in the eye. “Kellan, you don’t have to-“
“Come with me,” he breathes. “I have places that I want to take you.”
His Adams apple bobs as he looks at me waiting for a response. “What about the party and your family?”
“Screw the party, Phoenix. This day is about you and being sure that you never have to suffer on this day again. Give me a chance to change your mind.”
He looks at me pleadingly and I can’t help but to give in. A part of me doesn’t even care where he’s taking me as long as I’m with him. “Okay, take me anywhere you want.”
I hope this is the right decision or I’m in for a world of hurt.
~ About the Author ~
Victoria Ashley grew up in Rockford, IL and has had a passion for reading for as long as she can remember. After finding a reading app where it allowed readers to upload their own stories, she gave it a shot and writing became her passion.
She lives for a good romance book with tattooed bad boys that are just highly misunderstood and is not afraid to be caught crying during a good read. When she’s not reading or writing about bad boys, you can find her watching her favorite shows such as, The Vampire Diaries, Dexter and True Blood.
She is the author of Wake Up Call and is currently working on her next book, This Regret releasing in February 2014.
Please check out her author page https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaAshleyAuthor1.
Jennifer Foor is a YA and Contemporary Romance Author. She is married with two children and spends most days running around like a chicken with her head cut off. She enjoys reading (especially Indie Authors)watching shows from her DVR, and writing.
Evan Martin was a country boy at heart with big dreams.
He grew up in a small town in Utah, playing football since middle school. He
thought his future with his girlfriend would be perfect, until she became
pregnant and ripped his heart out. Evan decided then he was never going to play
football again and he wanted as far away from Utah as possible.
Evan had always wanted to be a lawyer and decided to
move to New York City to attend NYU and pursue becoming a criminal lawyer. He
never wanted to look back at his past. The past that at one time was his future
- his everything.
Evan had plans to go through his college years being a
bachelor and playing the field. Little did he know that he would meet Lila
Carls and fall madly in love. The only problem was Lila was already in a
Although Evan knew Lila was in love with another man,
that didn’t stop him from stealing her heart as well. He knew he could never
have all of her, but he wanted it all. After losing someone very close to him,
he decided to act on his feelings he had developed for an attached Lila. Even
though Lila had a boyfriend she acted on those feelings as well.
Once Lila breaks his heart after stringing him along
and borrowing his love, he thought he would never want or love anyone as much
as he did Lila. That was until a friend from his past Tatum Kelley walked back
into his life. He had known her all of his life and never once looked at her
the way he was now. Would she steal his heart and heal him again?
Years after Lila was married to another man and lived
miles away, she walked back into Evan’s life and that one night of love and
lust changes everything. Lila has a secret and it could ruin Evan’s future with
Tatum or only make it better.
Lynn grew up in Columbus Ohio and loves Buckeye football. After working in
retail photography for sixteen years, she wanted to take a different path and
attended college where she received a diploma in Medical Assisting. She married
her high school sweetheart, and moved to the Midwest, missing the east coast
they decided to move back and are now residing in Western New York with their
fur daughter Sophie. Delisa has always had a passion for reading, and has
wanted to write her own novel. Delisa loves the outdoors, traveling, shopping
and family time. When not writing, you can find her snuggling up with her fur daughter
and reading a good book or watching a good movie. Delisa is currently writing
Borrowed, a Novella from Evan Martin’s POV. Also look for Embracing Us and
Embracing Hearts, all releasing early 2014.
of the Heart, an unexpected twist of fate caused Abby Renard to fall into
womanizer Jake Slater’s bed. What started out as a small spark between the
unlikely pair, grew into a deep and intense love. After a year-long engagement,
the two have finally been able to set a wedding date. It’s off to Mexico for a
destination ceremony on a private beach. After a heated week long honeymoon in
a tropical paradise, the two return to the real world of touring and making
newlyweds settle into married life, another twist of fate challenges their
love. For once, Abby isn’t able to be the rock of strength that Jake needs. Can
the two of them hold on to the strong foundation of love they have built, or
will it crumble under the pressure?
Long after the last footsteps
could be heard pattering down the hall or the sound of water in the pipes, I
finally threw back the covers and hopped out of bed.
I knew exactly what I wanted to
wear, and it only took two seconds to pull it out of my suitcase. I then
slipped into the bathroom and got dressed. As soon as I was done, I crept out
of the bedroom and down the hall. I could hear my dad snoring in the guest
bedroom, while the sound of muted TV came from the office where Eli and Gabe
were sleeping on an air mattress and the pullout couch. Grabbing a flashlight
out of the hall closet, I then snuck out the front door. I jogged as fast as I
could in my robe and slippers across the front lawn and down the hill.
Thankfully, Angel had actually listened to me when I told her to stay on the
porch. The last thing I needed was for her to start a barking marathon and
alert everyone that I was running around half-naked outside.
When I got to the barn, I reached
under one of the potted plants to get out the hide-a-key. Gently, I unlocked
the door and stepped inside. When I closed the door behind me, I heard rustling
in the bed upstairs. Without hesitation, I made my way across the living room
toward the stairs. Of course, I didn’t expect Jake to have left his shoes in
the middle of the floor, causing me to trip and bang into the ladder.
“Ow!” I cried before I could bite
down on my lip.
“Abby?” Jake questioned. Within a
few seconds, he was peering over the railing of the loft.
Gazing up at him, I teased, “Yes,
it’s me. Were you expecting someone else?”
His brows furrowed. “I wasn’t
expecting anyone, especially you.”
Jake gave me a funny look as I
started climbing the stairs. When I got to the top rung of the ladder, he
helped me off. “What are you doing here?”
To answer his question, I undid
the tie on my robe. I then shimmied it off my shoulders and let it fall to the
floor. Jake’s eyes widened while his mouth gaped open at my skimpy lingerie.
“Do you remember this?” I asked,
running my hand over the silky material.
As the revelation washed over
him, desire burned in his eyes. “You were wearing that the night we made love
for the first time.”
“Yes, I was.” Stepping forward, I
wrapped my arms around his neck. “I want you to finish what you started earlier
this afternoon. But most of all, I want you to make love to me again on our
wedding eve in the same place we first came together.”
Jake’s gaze left mine to
momentarily flicker over to the clock on the nightstand. “But it’s after
midnight. That means it’s our wedding day. What about the bad luck?”
“We make our own luck. But more
than anything, we make our own memories, and I want to make one with you
As his arms wrapped tighter
around me, he cocked his head at me. “Trust me, Angel, I certainly don’t want
to argue with you. I just don’t want you to regret it later.”
“There hasn’t been a single
moment I’ve regretted with you.”
Jake’s brows rose in surprise.
He smiled. “I’m really glad to
“So are you down with my plan?”
“Oh, hell yeah,” he said, as he
backed us over to the bed.
Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The
Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled
dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The
Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and
11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English
until she left to write full time in December 2012.
writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.
Heidi is the author of
USA Today, Kobo, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling
novel, Forever My Girl
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in
picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their
home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi
is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the
many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s
Meet Damian Castillo. The man, the legend, the heartbreaker. As a self-proclaimed man-whore, Damian doesn’t believe in love or commitment. In fact, he can’t remember the last time he’s had feeling for a woman that went beyond hot, no-strings-attached sex. The only things he cares about are his bar, his appearance, and his needs.
But then he meets Alexis.
Meet Alexis Blythe. A small town girl that has lost a lot of love in her life. Wanting to leave her past behind her, she moves to San Francisco looking for a big change. Yet, despite everything she’s gone through, she still believes in true love.
But then she meets Damian.
When Alexis shows up at his bar, Damian’s caught by surprise. She’s different. She’s sweet, innocent, and feisty. But above all, this woman didn’t respond to his charm and piercing-blue eyes the way every other woman did. To Damian, she’s his ultimate challenge.
Could Alexis be the girl that will break through Damian’s wall of perpetual bachelorhood without getting hurt? Or will Damian remain true his ways and break Alexis’s heart and her hopes of true love?
It was 9:10 p.m.
on a Thursday night and two hours into my shift. I had just made three gin and
tonics for a group of girls at the bar when I saw a ridiculously hot redhead
walking toward me. Definitely a 9, I
thought. Also, she looks familiar.
across the bar and seductively whispered into my ear. “Hey Damian.” I saw her
full breasts heave as I felt her hot breath against my face.
beautiful?” I caught a scent of her floral perfume. She sat down on the bar
stool in front of me. I looked at her and gave her the signature Damian smile.
“Have we fucked
before?” I asked. I saw the hurt look on her face, but she quickly played it
Yes, we must have fucked before.
“Uh—No. No, we
haven’t,” she said, avoiding my eyes.
Liar, I thought.
“So what can I
get you?” I asked as I grabbed a clean glass from under the bar.
Orgasm,” she said seductively as she licked her lips.
I smiled and
knew very well she was not just referring to the cocktail.
“I want it in a
shot glass, and I want it Damian style.” She bit her lower lip and gave my body
I chuckled. Of course. A Damian style shot was
something I had came up with when I opened Damian’s. It had became an instant
hit. It involved taking the shot you ordered as a body shot off the bartender
you ordered the shot from. I got a lot of business from the Damian style shot,
and I loved having girls take shots off my body.
Courtney, by the way,” she offered. I wondered if she had been waiting for me
where’d you like the shot from?” I asked as I made the shot.
She gave me a
meaningful smile and bit her lower lip. “From your mouth.”
“Sure thing.” I
turned away from her and leaned my head back until my head and shoulders were
flat against the bar table. I then placed the bottom of the shot glass into my
mouth and waited for her to take it.
She looked down
at me with lust in her eyes, and I knew I must have fucked her hard. And now she
was coming back for more. She purposefully placed her hands on my chest as she
bent down to take the shot with her mouth. She knocked the shot back quickly
and removed the shot glass from her mouth. She then grabbed my face as she bent
back down and kissed me hard with her lips. This usually happened after a
Damian special shot off my mouth, so I was not at all surprised by her
aggressiveness. I opened my mouth and her tongue eagerly explored me as moans
escaped her lips.
finally went up for air and released me from her grip, I stood back up and
turned back to her to give her a wicked smile. I love my job.
And then my
entire body tensed and my heart stopped when my eyes locked onto the last
person I had expected to see.
Wood writes new adult contemporary romance.
has lived in countless cities throughout the U.S., her heart belongs to San
Francisco. To her, there’s something seductively romantic about the Golden Gate
Bridge, the steep rolling hills of the city streets, the cable cars, and the
a strong, masculine man with a witty personality. While she is headstrong and
extremely independent, she can’t resist a man who takes control of the
relationship, both outside and inside of the bedroom.
to travel internationally, and tries to plan a yearly trip abroad. She also
loves to cook and bake, and—to the benefit of her friends—she loves to share.
She also enjoys ceramics and being creative with her hands. She has a weakness
for good (maybe bad) TV shows; she’s up-to-date on over 25 current shows, and
no, that wasn’t a joke.
goes without saying, she loves books—they’re like old and dear friends who have
always been there to make her laugh and make her cry.
Exclusive clubs and endless money...
By day, Judas Woods practices Law in New York City.
By night, he’s forced to portray a playboy image he despises.
Past resentments his father holds against him have made Judas a prisoner in his own life. Just as he is ready to give up on life, he meets her—Grace Winters. Beautiful, intelligent andwayout of his league.
Years have passed since the tragic accident that destroyed her family in just one night, and Grace Winters has finally found her new normal. Congressman Ellis Randall is charming, charismatic, flawless...and he wants to marry her.
Things are perfect.
Almost too perfect…
When Grace meets the enigmatic and troubled local bad boy, Judas Woods, she is swept into a whirlwind affair of passion, desire, and secrets.
What is Congressman Randall hiding?
And can Grace trust the bad boy she is falling hopelessly in love with?
~ About the Author ~
Leigh Nicole Songstad found her love for writing during her college years while earning degrees in Political Science and Human Services. She lives in The Black Hills with her husband and their three children. With many more characters and stories patiently waiting on her hard drive she hopes to continue writing, for as long as God allows.