Smashwords Hotlist: Weekly indie romance bestsellers and hot preorders
By: Lea Franczak | April 20, 2018 12:01 am
HEA and Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of indie e-books, have teamed up to bring HEA readers the week’s bestselling indie romance e-books and the hottest preorders. Bestselling books listed below can be purchased through Smashwords as well as other e-book retailers, while preorders can be ordered through Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter
Book 2 in the Elemental Mysteries series.
When the world as you knew it has changed forever, is there any way you can turn back?
Beatrice De Novo thought she had left the supernatural world behind… for the most part. But when the past becomes the present, will she leave her quiet life in Los Angeles to follow a mystery she thought had abandoned her? Where has Giovanni Vecchio been, and why has he returned? Giovanni has his own questions, and he’s looking to her for answers.
Knight in Shining Suit by Jerilee Kaye
Sometimes, getting over pain and betrayal means Getting Up, Getting Even and Getting a Better Man.
Astrid has planned out her perfect wedding. That is before she found out that her fiancé, Bryan, is cheating on her with her cousing-slash-best-friend-slash-maid-of-honor, Geena. And worse, Bryan got Geena pregnant.
Just when Astrid thought it couldn’t get any worse, she received a wedding invitation telling her that her wedding will happen exactly the way she planned it. Except that she is no longer going to be the bride!
So when her parents urged her to attend the wedding “as family”, she planned the perfect revenge. She will put on a show for everyone to see. She’ll show them that she moved on with a better man—handsome, smart, rich and crazy about her.
She’s even willing to pay a guy to be her “Knight in Shining Armani”.
Then she met bartender, Ryder. Totally smoking hot and quite a charmer. Astrid thought he was perfect for the job. He pulled off the role quite well. Soon, her family thinks that Astrid was really with a smoking hot guy who wears Armani suits on a daily basis, drives a luxurious McLaren, and was totally in love with her. Astrid invented the perfect guy every girl would kill to date, and every ex-boyfriend would hate to be compared with. Or did she really just invent him? What if she really did kiss a frog, or tamed a beast? And that her quest for revenge was just the beginning of her happily ever after?
The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter
Book 3 in the Elemental Mysteries series.
How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
What would you sacrifice to kill the one you hate?
Join Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they travel to a hidden island on the far edge of China and seek the help of an ancient immortal court. Can they weave their way through the tangled web of centuries-old alliances and ruthless feuds to find what they’ve been looking for? Friends will be revealed, enemies will find them, and a dangerous secret will come to light.
New Vampire Disorder Series: Books 1-3by Marie Johnston
Demons are coming.
And who better to fight the underworld than vampires?
The New Vampire Disorder box set contains books 1-3, beginning with Demetrius. Only he can save Calli’s poverty-stricken life when a demon claims her as his own.
Then Rourke will need to prove he’s not the male in Grace’s nightmares.
Bishop has his own icy secret that melts under the fire demoness he’s pursuing.
Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Book 2 in the Fae Chronicles series.
I thought things were bad and weird before – hold on – it’s getting worse.
Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.
The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.
Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.
With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.
This time, destiny is taunting me.
I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.
This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds. Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.
HOT PREORDERS RELEASED WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH
Dangerous by Tory Richards (May 21)
Book 2 in the Nomad Outlaws Trilogy.
Jace is a nomad.
An outlaw biker who likes to work alone.
A killer when he needs to be.
He calls no place home, and no woman owns his heart.
Order Up by Barbara Valentin (May 15)
Book 5 in the Assignment: Romanceseries.
Nancy Braley is the Chicago Gazette’s food editor with a taste for hot chefs and talent for replicating their “secret” recipes. But when she finally gets up the nerve to ask out a hot local café owner, Doug Johnston, she’s crushed when he says she’s not the “marriage material” he’s looking for.
Doug is perplexed by his attraction to Nancy whose take-no-prisoners personality reminds him way too much of his cheating ex. To keep Nancy and his conflicted feelings at bay, he throws out the only excuse he can come up with—she’s just not marriage material.
Not one to be deterred, Nancy becomes obsessed with figuring out what exactly that means—partly because she doesn’t want to emulate her oft-married but divorce-settlement-wealthy mother, and partly because her attraction to Doug is driving her to distraction. So when a married and very pregnant colleague gets put on bed rest until her baby arrives, Nancy volunteers to feed her family, hoping to get a first-hand look at what marriage is all about. And when Doug’s ex opens a new coffee shop nearby, stealing business from his café, it’s Nancy who comes to his aid! Eager to call Doug’s bluff, can she convince him she’s the real deal?
Mr. Drake and My Lady Silver by Charlotte E. English (May 10)
Book 4 in the Tales of Aylfenhame series.
Grieving for a long-dead sister, Ilsevel is elated to learn that her twin may yet have survived — and angry, for at the centre of this decades-old tale is the traitor Wodebean. A cheat he may be, but he holds the key to her sister’s life, and Ilsevel will travel the length and breadth of England to find him. But can she do it alone?
Son of a disgruntled baker, Phineas Drake slaves away his days in his father’s pastry shop, dreaming of a better life. Delivering plum-cakes in the dark of a winter’s dawn, he sees a mysterious lady darting through the snow — alone, and in trouble. What can he do but follow?
Caught up in the chaos of Ilsevel’s quest, Phineas is far out of his depth — or is he? For the baker’s boy is clever, and fiercely loyal. Already a force to be reckoned with, My Lady Silver’s nigh-on unstoppable with Phineas at her side. And she’ll need to be, for her quest will take her deep into the lawless depths of the Hollow Hills…
How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Lessby Ava Stone (May 8)
A wager heard ’round town…
Known for his charm and silver tongue, Reese Delacy, the Earl of Darling, wagers that he can make any proper girl fall in love with him in less than a fortnight. Unfortunately, the boast catches the ear of the notorious gossip behind the Whispers of Lady X. In no time, details of Reese’s wager spreads through Town, making him a pariah in short order. All seems lost until he stumbles upon a Bermudian beauty who is seemingly unaware of his scandalous wager.
…that has the power to change everything.
With control of the Caribbean salt trade hanging in the balance, Miss Cara Beckett, left the pink, sandy beaches of Bermuda to represent the interests of her family’s empire and to solicit the support of parliament. She’d bargained for batting her lashes and flirting with peers, but she’d never imagined she’d become embroiled in a reckless wager with a handsome earl that has captured all of Society’s interest.
Chasing Dove by Brandy L. Rivers (May 11)
Book 4 in the Branches of Emrys series.
Secrets buried in the past will guide the way.
After solving the riddles of her father’s journal, Jacinda has finally found what she was looking for—and something she didn’t expect—love. With nightmares plaguing her, she runs away to protect the man who claimed her heart.
Unable to let her go, Chatan follows Jacinda, determined to prove she needs help. And not just his. She has more family than she believes, and they have the means and willingness to help stop Thanatos.
Chatan has to convince her running isn’t the answer while uncovering the deep secrets of the relics she’s found, and how she can use them to stop Thanatos.
To finally free her from the past, they will have to discover dark pieces of their families’ history. Their destiny is entwined with a prophecy, an ancient war, and each other. What side will they choose?
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