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Twelve strangers. Six marriages. One year in Esperance.
Amryn has many reasons to hate the empire. Her latest is her forced marriage to General Carver Vincetti, better known as the Butcher. If he learns even one of her secrets, he will kill her. And Amryn has many secrets. Not only is she an empath with forbidden magic, she’s also a newly recruited rebel intent on destroying the empire—starting at Esperance.
Carver knows the rebels have infiltrated the remote temple of Esperance. His job is to hunt them down before they can wreck the emperor’s new peace. Despite the demons that haunt him, Carver is intent on his mission—but he’s not prepared for Amryn. From her fiery red hair to her surprising wit, his new wife has captured his attention. The attraction that flares between them is undeniable. Now he just has to determine if she’s the enemy.
When the newly married couples become targets in a violent game, Esperance becomes more dangerous than anyone anticipated. Carver and Amryn are about to discover that no one is exactly who they appear to be—especially each other.
Esperance is book one in a New Adult fantasy romance series by Amazon bestselling author Heather Frost. If you love enemies-to-lovers romance, surprising twists, and an action-packed story you can’t put down, you’ll love Esperance!
Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon bestselling YA author who loves epic stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: http://www.HeatherFrost.com
Interview With Carter
Hello Carver, thanks for stopping by! Would you mind telling us a little about yourself?
Hello, I’m Carver Vincetti. I’m a general in the Craethen Empire’s military, and I’ve recently returned from the front in our war with Harvari. You may have heard that I was wounded, but I’m fine now. Completely. I’m ready to serve the emperor in this new capacity at Esperance.
That’s right—you’re about to get married to a stranger. Can you tell us a little about that?
Of course. The emperor decided that peace in the empire could be strengthened by arranging marriages between the eligible elite in all the kingdoms. Each kingdom offered a candidate, and the emperor paired everyone up. Now we’ve all come to the remote temple of Esperance to get married and live for a year, without distractions or outside biases.
And you really don’t know who you will be marrying? Even though you are a favorite of the emperor’s?
Well . . . can you keep a secret? The emperor learned that some rebels may have infiltrated the temple—they might even be some of the candidates that were sent here to be married. So, the emperor asked me to investigate everyone at Esperance, and make sure this venture succeeds. As part of that, I asked the emperor if I could marry Amryn Lukis. I’ve never met her, and I don’t know anything about her, but she’s from Ferradin, and that was one of the last kingdoms to be brought into the empire. There are some lingering anti-empire sentiments there, which means Amryn might very well be an enemy to watch.
“Keep your friends close but your enemies closer”, then?
Yeah, something like that.
How did you feel when you learned about your impending arranged marriage?
Honestly? I was a little wary. Hesitant, even. I always wanted to get married and have a family, but I’ve been fighting a war for years, and marriage has been the last thing on my mind. But I’m happy to serve the emperor however I can, so I will marry Amryn Lukis.
Where did you grow up?
In Westmont, near the coast. I may be biased, but I think it’s the most beautiful place in the empire.
You’re from a large family. Do you enjoy having so many siblings?
Saints, yes. I was lucky enough to grow up in a home filled with family, laughter, and love. I’m the oldest brother, though I do have an older sister. And I’m by far the favorite uncle to my niece and nephew, though some of my brothers might disagree.
Did you always want to be a general?
Going into the military was always my dream; it’s a family tradition that I’m very proud of. My father is High General of Craethen, and I’ve always admired him and wanted to be like him.
Who is your best friend?
Argent Vayne. He’s the future emperor, but he’ll always be the boy who told me it would be a great idea to jump off the royal stables roof when we were little. All jokes aside, I think he’ll make an incredible emperor one day, and I’m honored to have him as my friend.
What is most important to you?
My family. I would do anything for them.
What quality do you most value?
If your mother had to describe you in three words, what would they be?
Oh no. *Chuckles* Well, as a child, she probably would have labeled me as reckless, irreverent, and vexing. Today . . . well, she might actually say the same. But I’d like to think I’ve grown over the years. I calculate risks before I take them. I joke, but I can be serious. As for being vexing . . . I’m definitely still that.
I will have a more detailed review later, but I can’t help but to tell you how much I loved this book. I knew going into it that I would love it though. This author is so talented. She has a way with words that just draw you in and keep you hooked. If you haven’t already read them, I’d also recommend her Fate of Eyrinthi series. It’s so beautiful. I can’t wait to read more of it. I’ve read all three and the two novellas. I’m not going to lie. This book is different than that series. That’s not a bad thing though. I loved it and can’t wait to read it again. I can’t wait to read more books in this series. I’ll be buying a physical copy when I can.
When New Yorker, Abby Bradshaw, visits her sister, Amy, for the summer in Hope Ridge, she’s looking forward to a break, a chance to heal, and some peace. Abby has been through the emotional ringer and needs a breather, an opportunity to push the reset button.
What she gets instead is a constant barrage of unexpected turmoil. From the police showing up on her sister’s porch the second she arrives in Hope Ridge, to disturbing encounters with the neighbors, this definitely isn’t the small, friendly town Abby envisioned.
However, nothing prepares her for being a person of interest in a double homicide. The lead detective believes Abby is hiding something and refuses to allow her to return to New York.
Despite her new friends, Caroline and Vanessa rallying around her, and a sweet foster dog at her side, Abby faces an uphill battle at every turn. Even the handsome veterinarian, who has piqued her interest, gives her pause. She’s not sure who she can trust, including herself.
Is Abby guilty or is she an unwilling pawn in a plot of revenge?
About Rosemary Willhide:
Rosemary is an actress, turned fitness instructor, turned author of romantic suspense.
She’s told stories and entertained people her entire life. Writing is her favorite because she doesn’t have to leave the house or put on pants! Plus, the voices in her head do what she says, for the most part!
She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Bill and their adopted senior pooch, Brownie. She still teaches cycling classes. She claims they keep her sane-ish!
If you pick up one of her books you’re in for a ride full of suspense, humor and page turning drama. Also, there will be a rescue dog for some extra tail wagging fun.
Like he wants to devour my body and claim my heart.
But back then…
He treated me like a little sister, with just enough attention to make me think he loved me more than he should have.
Every time we drew closer, he would run away.
And my fourteen-year-old heart couldn’t take the rollercoaster of emotions.
Then, overnight, he disappeared completely.
Taking any dreams of our future with him.
It may have been nine years later.
And I may want him more than I ever have.
But I’m not sure I can risk my heart,
For what we could have now.
When I still haven’t recovered,
From what happened back then.
23 sizzling romances in a brand-new world.
These are all standalones set in the small town of Silverbell Shore.
Get ready for eighteen months of epic love stories with big secrets and all the feels from Alexandra Silva, Sophie Blue, Susana Mohel, Imogen Wells, DL Gallie, Ashley Munoz, Rosie East, Katie Rae, Lexi Noir, Zoey Drake, Lou Stock, Kathleen Kelly & Maci Dillon, Laura Farr, Dani René, K.L. Humphreys, DC Renee, Lissanne Jones, Harlow Layne, India R. Adams, Tracey Jukes, and Alley Ciz.
About Katie Rae:
Katie Rae was born in Florida where she currently lives with her husband of 19 years. She is a book obsessed beach bum that loves baseball and baking shows. She loves writing and reading to escape the craziness of daily life. Follow along as more titles are set to release. And relax–reading is what keeps us sane.
Have you ever stopped to think your actions will ever come back to bite you? Me neither.
Did I, Deakon Brosley of Screaming Shadows, ever think I would care? Not for a second.
For years I lived life to the fullest and could have cared less about what other people thought. That was until I felt a magnetic pull to someone I couldn’t ignore.
That person was Sadie, my bandmate’s damaged, snarky housekeeper who has the personality of a toad. The maddening thing about this is it’s girls like her I’d normally go out of my way to avoid. Sadie’s easy on the eye. Physically, she’s my type … from her incredibly long auburn hair, right down her cute, little painted toes. But that’s not the burning attraction. It’s more about the wired connection whenever she’s near me.
Part of my problem is I sense it’s a two-way thing, but the girl won’t budge on her mood. Not that I blame her. I usually don’t do romance or relationships, they’re more trouble than they’re worth.
She’s arrogant, discourteous, impertinent, and rude—this list is far from exhausted.
So how come I can’t get her out of my head and find I can’t resist her? Beats me.
The attraction I felt was instant, but that was before she spoke. Hell, perhaps in some sadistic way I get turned on by being slapped down by her vindictive, scathing tongue. This point is a real possibility because since I’ve lived with fame, it’s rarely ever done.
My bandmate, her boss, is overprotective of her, and constantly warns me off. So why am I so persistent and determined to get under her skin? Could it be that one damaged soul has found another?
Every girl with a brother grows up with one fundamental rule: his best friend is off limits. That’s one rule she longs to break when he crashes into her life.
Amelie Weston has been taking the safe path for as long as she can remember. Not disappointing her parents by pursuing the career she wants. And not pursuing the guy she’s been crushing on.
But she’s tired of being the good girl.
Her brother’s best friend is pushing her to stop being a people pleaser and open the bakery of her dreams. Little does he know he’s also at the top of the list of her heart’s greatest desires… and he’s making himself impossible to resist.
Levi Kingston fully intends to become a legend on the field as one of the best players ever. He must stay focused and work relentlessly toward his goal. He doesn’t have time for distractions… until he meets his best friend’s sister, and his well-laid plan is challenged.
Bad timing, responsibilities, and loyalty to her brother keep them apart. But the connection between them only grows stronger. Their feelings become impossible to ignore, and the fight against them is pointless.
Will they take a chance on love? Or waste an opportunity for long-awaited happiness?
About Bianca Borell
Bianca Borell is a contemporary romance author, voracious reader, nature lover, and unapologetic daydreamer. She spends her nights deciding between getting up to write or trying to silence the voices of her characters. The battle is never-ending.
She has a weakness for tormented characters, second chances, and happy endings.
She currently lives in Germany with her amazing husband and indulges in way too many pastries than she should.
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The time had come for Luca Conti to hang up his boots.
After a career travelling the world playing in some of the biggest games, his body was tired, and he was looking for the next step.
The only problem was, what came next?
After playing the game he loved day in, day out since he was a kid, Luca had no idea what life looked like on the other side.
Enter Elise McCoy.
Elise doesn’t do sports. She does margarita Mondays and tight-arse Tuesdays. With her job as a schoolteacher filling her days and her crazy best friends filling her nights, she’s not looking for anything more.
Elise is ready to play and Luca is out to win the most important game of his life.
Overtime is the first book in the Playing the Field series is a friends to lovers story filled with a flamboyant side, laughs and a HEA.
Overnight I go from being one of a kind to being told I’m next in line to take over…
He’s moody, pushy and won’t stop following me. He literally dropped me out of the sky. However, the intense need to lose control has me unable to stay away from him.
I know what she is, I sensed it the moment I walked through the door. Problem is none of us can figure out exactly who she is. Staying away is causing a physical need I’ve never felt before.
Everyone has been taught you don’t mess with another’s mate—no matter what kind of shifter you are. That didn’t stop them.
Now it’s time to fight.
About Tonya Clark:
USA Today bestselling author Tonya Clark lives in California with her hot firefighter hubby and two amazing daughters. She is a little over obsessed with the color purple and wishes she could wear a hoodie everyday of the year.
Not only does she write about hot guys for readers to fall in love with, she also has the amazing job of photographing those hot male and female models for the covers. Add in some very little spare time for the multiple soccer teams she coaches.
She writes contemporary romance, buts like to mix the sub genres up with a little suspense, sport, second chance, MC and shifters, and deaf romance.
Caught in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, Hope has no choice but spend the holiday at the Starlight Inn. Will she be touched by the magic of Christmas with a little help from a handsome stranger?
Hope Garland is at a crossroads. Nothing she does feels like it’s getting her to where she wants to be in life… It’s time for a change. Leaving everything in Dallas behind was a difficult choice, but she’ll have to make sacrifices to get the life she’s always wanted, even if that means being away from home for Christmas in order to show up on time for her new job at the prestigious firm in Chicago.
Determined to reach her destination, Hope doesn’t stop even when a snowstorm threatens. But after a near miss on the highway, she finally decides to pull over and have a coffee while she waits out the storm. But the snow doesn’t show any signs of stopping, and Hope soon realizes she has no choice but to spend the night at a nearby inn.
The Starlight Inn turns out to be the perfect place to spend Christmas Eve, and Hope is swept away in the comfort and cheer of the holiday—but can she put aside her worry over her new job and take the time to really appreciate what Christmas has to offer? Could handsome stranger Nick White, also stranded by the snowstorm, help her put things into perspective? Can she set things right before it’s too late?
If you could change your life by trusting in a stranger… would you?
Erevan has a problem. He grew up on the unforgiving streets of Bogudos and has the scars to prove it. His friend, however, is stuck in jail because of his mistake. But when a suspicious courier offers him a chance to fix things, should he lift his sword and journey across treacherous lands to aid her cause?
Meanwhile, Aireyal has been accepted into the wealthiest and most prestigious magical school in all the land. There’s just one problem. She can’t do magic. But that’s far from the only secret within the walls of Darr-Kamo. And what she discovers might just change the world.
Swordsman & Sorcerer Scholar & Spiritualist
All four have enemies. And all four need help to get what they want. But help is never free.
Review Quotes and Praise
“An intricate and enjoyable adventure with a striking cast.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Avery’s buoyant, character-driven debut… brings a fresh class consciousness to high fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Reviews
“The systems of magic are elaborate, immersive, and vibrant.” —Foreword Clarion Reviews
“Readers will find…thought-provoking insights about growth…and a vivid adventure.” —Midwest Book Review
“Exquisite Worldbuilding.” —Indies Today “A YA Fantasy that checks all the main boxes a fantasy lover would be thrilled to see in one book!” —Reedsy
I really enjoyed this book very much. From the cover, to the story, to the cute chapter graphics that started every chapter. It was an addicting read. It’s told in multiple points of view. I wanted to see them all succeed in their own way! I want to read more books by this author! Fully recommend this incredible book. It’s full of adventure, drama, chaos, and excitement!