GWEN REYES/ FRESH FICTION
“USES FOR BOYS”
By Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, brining home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.
Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up..
“KILL YOU TWICE”
By Chelsea Cain
Archie Sheridan should be healing—mentally and physically— from his past run-ins with serial killer Gretchen Lowell. But while he seems to be making some progress, he's just as haunted as the day she let him go. He tries to focus on his work: a cyclist has come across a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged and hanging by his wrists from a tree, his torso skinned. It is the brutal work of a killer bold enough to torture his victim for hours on a sunny summer morning in a big public park.
The investigation isn't far along before Archie gets a call from an unlikely source. In fact, after months of ignoring calls from a doctor at the mental hospital where Gretchen is supposed to be locked away forever, Archie is surprised to hear that she claims to have inside knowledge about the new investigation, and finally agrees to see her face-to-face. Archie is sure she is bluffing just to get close to him, but he can't take the chance of losing his only lead.
Serial killer Gretchen Lowell is still a threat to the sanity of Archie Sheridan, even in prison.
“FALL INTO YOU”
By Roni Loren
He'll do anything for you. But you'd better say please.
When tomboy sports reporter Charli Beaumonde loses a dream TV job because she's not girly enough for primetime, she's determined to land a big scoop and prove her boss made a mistake. But when she gets too close to a football scandal and finds her life threatened, Charli accepts an offer from family friend Grant Waters to hide out at his place--even if Grant predicts nothing but trouble from his buddy's hard-headed, uncompromising, irrepressible, younger sister. There's one more problem...
Grant's "place" is The Ranch, a BDSM resort in Texas, and he's used to being in charge--even if that means trying to keep Charli in line. But much to Grant's surprise, she's intrigued--even envious--of his trainees. They're the epitome of what she's never been: sexy, beguiling, and totally irresistible to a man. Still, Grant doesn't believe for a minute that the sharp-tongued Charli has it in her to be anyone's submissive. But Charli's already on her knees vying for the chance to prove that even the Master can be wrong sometimes.
Romance Erotica Sensual | Erotica
“THE MIDWIFE’S TALE”
By Sam Thomas
In the tradition of Arianna Franklin and C. J. Sansom comes Samuel Thomas's remarkable debut, The Midwife's Tale
It is 1644, and Parliament's armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels' hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget's friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.
Bridget joins forces with Martha Hawkins, a servant who's far more skilled with a knife than any respectable woman ought to be. To save Esther from the stake, they must dodge rebel artillery, confront a murderous figure from Martha's past, and capture a brutal killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. The investigation takes Bridget and Martha from the homes of the city's most powerful families to the alleyways of its poorest neighborhoods. As they delve into the life of Esther's murdered husband, they discover that his ostentatious Puritanism hid a deeply sinister secret life, and that far too often tyranny and treason go hand in hand.
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Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery | Mystery Historical
“AFTER THE RAIN”
By Karen White
From "one of the best new writers on the scene today" (The Huffington Post) comes the sequel to Falling Home, a novel set in the picaresque town of Walton, Georgia, where one woman is about to discover that the best journey is the one that brings you home....
Freelance photographer Suzanne Paris has been on her own since she was fourteen—and she has no intention of settling down, especially not in a tiny town like Walton, Georgia. She's here to hide out for a little while, not to form connections. Her survival depends on her ability to slip in and out of people's lives, on never staying in one place for too long.
But no one in Walton plans on making things easy for Suzanne. For one thing, it's a town where everyone knows everyone else—and they all seem intent on making Suzanne feel right at home. For another, Suzanne can't help but feel drawn to this tight-knit community—or to the town's mayor, Joe Warner, and his six kids. But Suzanne can't afford to stick around, even if she's finally found a place where she belongs. Because someone is looking for her—someone who won't stop until her life is destroyed...
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Unforgettable story of unconditional love.
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