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The Dangers of Dating a Diva!: Kissing the Debutant (Standalone Novel)
by Michelle MacQueen & Ann Maree Craven
Can a ballerina and an amateur put aside their differences for the sake of dance?
A ballerina only wants to dance…
Lillian Preston has always known who she is, a debutant. The daughter of a famed prima ballerina, she is destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps. While attending the prestigious Defiance Academy, ballet is her life until a mishap with a choreographer leaves her without a routine weeks before a competition that could shape her future.
An amateur wants to prove his worth…
Jack Butler loves his family, but he also wants more. A chance to live his dreams. A chance to dance. As an employee at his cousin’s studio, he sees dancers come and go, but he’s never seen anything like Lillian Preston. She is everything he isn’t allowed to want, but the one thing he wants? To dance with her.
A Deal is made…
A school project forces Jack to share his passion for dance as he choregraphs steps for the entire class to see, but he needs a partner. There’s only one girl who can fill that role, one in desperate need of a choreographer. Lillian might hate him, but if she wants to win, she’ll need his help. She agrees to dance for his video, but as they work together, Jack realizes there is so much more to Lillian Preston than ballet. And he’s going to prove it to her.
A sweet stand-alone high school romance. Check out all the books in The Dangers of Dating a Diva series for the full reading experience.
- Kissing the Player – by Maggie Dallen
- Kissing the Hero – by Christina Benjamin
- Kissing the Debutant – by Michelle MacQueen & Ann Maree Craven
- Kissing the Shy Guy – Stephanie Street
Tomboys Don't Kiss the Quarterback
by Christina Benjamin
The plan was to catch footballs, not feelings.
Tomboy Marissa Munns has a passion for acting and athletics.
And she’s just landed a role of a lifetime—fake dating Northwood High’s golden boy quarterback, Archer Montgomery.
Marissa wants to catch the eye of her fellow soccer star crush.
Archer wants to save face after being dumped.
A fake relationship gives them both what they want.
The tomboy gets popularity. The quarterback gets privacy.
The plan is perfect.
Until the lines they’ve drawn begin to blur.
While mending his broken heart, Archer begins to realize that Marissa is everything that’s missing from his life. But how can he convince her his fake feelings have turned real?
Archer’s good at throwing footballs, not throwing his heart on the line.
Falling in love with his fake girlfriend was never part of the plan.
But if he doesn’t tell her how he feels, it could cost him more than just the big game.
A sweet stand-alone high school sports romance.
The Running Back and the Prima Donna (The Ballerina Academy Book 2)
by Anne-Marie Meyer & Maggie Dallen
He thought he had her figured out.
Turns out, he was wrong.
Everyone at the ballet academy think they know me—the prima donna. The diva. The mean girl.
What they don’t know is that I’m moments away from losing my meticulously planned out life. I’m not one to show weakness but my ankle has a different agenda. Adding Ryan to that equation only complicates things more and suddenly the only person who can save my future—and my secrets—is the one person I’m not sure I can trust.
I’ve spend my life not caring. If it doesn’t involve Mom or my kid sister, Rosie, I don’t care.
But there’s something about Bianca. Something about her desperate desire to hide the fact that she’s a pageant queen that I can’t help but involve myself in. Sure, it’s black mail—she does what I ask and I keep her secret—but I really think I can help her loosen up. After all, that’s my speciality.
Until things aren’t as simple anymore and suddenly, my feelings are deeper than I like. I come from a man who leaves, so why do I think I’d be different with Bianca? It’s better for me to stay away than for me to break her.
And the last thing I want to do is break her.
For fans of Kasie West, To all the Boy's I've Loved Before, and The Kissing Booth, you'll love this brand new series by two Amazon best selling authors!
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Dating Washington (Discovering Me Book 2)
By Michelle MacQueen & Ann Maree Craven
I live in a fishbowl. Sometimes I call it a prison.
The White House is the only home I’ve ever really known. Yeah, that White House.
The entire world idolizes my family. And me? I’m the president’s gay son, Asher Brooks. Some people cheer for me, others only want me to go away.
I wish they’d all just see me, Asher.
I come with a lot of baggage in the form of a team of secret service agents following me wherever I go and a codename that reminds them all just who I am.
It’s no wonder I’ve never been kissed.
Now it’s my birthday and my present? A huge, stuffy party, Washington style.
I didn’t expect my former best friend, Kenny, to show up. I didn’t plan to escape my own party with him. I’ve hated him since the day he decided he couldn’t be friends with the gay kid.
So, why did I let him kiss me?
And why do I want to do it again?
Hockey is life.
Well, I want it to be. I have a three letter goal: N-H-L.
Focusing on my dream helps me tune out my parents’ constant disapproval.
Because I’m that guy, Kenny Montgomery, son of the conservative senator. Only months ago, every media outlet posted pictures of me kissing another boy.
Yep, outed in epic fashion. Go big or go home.
I’d rather just go home.
Now, here I am at the White House of all places, forced to sit through a party for someone I once considered my only friend. But that was before. Before I abandoned him, afraid people would assume I played for his team (News flash. I did.)
He’s become this tall, insanely talented artist. Even if it was possible for me to leave every doubt behind, Asher Brooks is out of my league.
It’s better to focus on that three letter goal.
No, not that one.
Yeah, I’m screwed.
Dating Washington is a full-length sweet M/M romance with a HEA. If you like swoony boys, heartbreaking moments, and a love that transcends everything, this book is for you.
The Discovering Me series:
Dare you to Fall for the Catcher
by Lacy Anderson
A little dare never hurt anybody...
Running is my life. It’s one of the few things I’m good at and I dominate on the track. But my take-no-prisoners reputation doesn’t scare everyone. There’s still one boy who’s not afraid to get under my skin...
Catcher of the varsity baseball team. Hottie of the year.
And the thorn in my side ever since we kissed in sixth grade (on a silly dare!).
When my track career gets sidelined by an injury and Coach forces me to help manage the baseball team, I’m determined to stay far away from the one boy who can make me lose my cool. But this catcher won’t catch a clue. He’s there at every turn – with his teasing grin and the hungry way he looks at me.
The last thing I need is to be distracted. Not with my mom's heart condition and my little sister hanging with the wrong crowd. My family and my track scholarship are my top priorities.
But Jayden might not be the bad guy I thought he was.
And kissing my enemy might just be the one other thing I’m good at.
This is Mandy’s story - a sweet young adult romance in the Rock Valley High series of stand-alone novels.
Nate and the Invisible Girl (Culf City High Book 4)
by Michelle MacQueen
Rule #1 of falling in love with the girl you left behind: This time, stay.
Even when said girl is the one pushing you out the door.
Ten years ago, Nate Madison left Gulf City when his parents divorced, splitting up their family. He never expected to return, to have to face everyone he left behind.
When he crashes in the most important surf competition of his career, it takes away the one thing he’s always relied on, a love for the ocean.
And he isn’t sure he wants it back.
Broken, he returns to the last place he remembers feeling safe, the last people who loved him. Only, none of them are the children they were when they last parted.
Not his two siblings.
Not the girl next door, the one who’d been his best friend, his everything.
Samantha Reed thinks she’s invisible, that no one sees the girl beyond the illness clouding her days.
But he does. The more time Nate spends letting Sam heal the rift between him and the sea, the more he realizes all he sees is her.
When his old life comes calling, will he have to choose between Sam and the future he always saw for himself?
Beware of strong girls overcoming struggles, cute surfer boys, and definite beach envy.
The Gulf City High series:
- Jesse and the Ice Princess
- Roman and the Hopeless Romantic
- Spencer and the Younger Girl
- Nate and the Invisible Girl
The Wrong Costar (The Wrong Match Book 2)
By Alexandra Moody
When Teagan lands the lead in her school play, the last thing she expected was for Hollywood heartthrob and notorious bad-boy Liam Black to be cast as her costar. The whole school is buzzing with his arrival, but she couldn't be more annoyed. How can she possibly shine on stage when the limelight is focused entirely on him?
Liam might be at Lincoln High to prepare for his next movie role, but just because he can act doesn't mean he's the perfect guy for the part. He's got a bad reputation. He doesn't take their play seriously. And, worst of all, he and Teagan can't stand each other.
They'll have to learn to work together if they want the play to be a success, but the more time they spend together the harder it is to ignore the sparks flying between them on stage.
Good chemistry is just a part of acting though. Teagan and Liam are only pretending. Right?
This book is a full length, standalone romance.
by Ali Novak
When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry—lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?
First a hit on the online community Wattpad, Ali Novak's second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
Popularity is Just an Equation
by A.R. Perry
Sometimes even the best-laid plans go awry.
This isn’t how the rest of junior year is supposed to go. Prom is in a month and a half, and it should be a magical night with my boyfriend and all our friends.
Except there’s one little problem.
The guy who I’d been planning a future with kicked me to the curb out of the blue with little explanation.
But don’t worry, he still wants to be friends.
Now I’m out to prove a point. He wants to be popular? Well, I’ll beat him there and I have the perfect person in mind to help me get there.
Carter Jackson the golden boy of Center High is about to become my Yoda.
I've seen all the movies. How hard can it really be?
My future is on a set trajectory with me as an unwilling passenger. Piper Greenly isn’t part of that plan, but she asks for my help and even though I should say no, I agree to her ridiculous scheme to snag the guy and a spot at the popular table.
It all sounded so simple at first. But I guess nothing really is as easy as it sounds.
In a matter of weeks, my present is shaky and my future might not be as set as I thought. But I do know one thing—the girl with fiery hair and a matching spirit has ignited something in me.
Too bad she wants my best friend.
Popularity might be a simple equation, but what happens when variables of the heart aren't considered?
by Amanda Abram
Cassie Briggs never thought she’d be married at age sixteen—especially not to Dylan Meyers, her boyfriend’s best friend. Of course, they’re not married for real. It’s just a project for their Life Economics class, where each student is randomly paired up to manage finances, make important life decisions, and deal with catastrophic events.
It was supposed to be an easy A, but now Cassie is not so sure. Getting paired with Dylan is bad enough, but then Cassie’s boyfriend Elijah gets paired with his ex-girlfriend, Hannah: the former childhood sweetheart who broke his heart. The girl who took him months to get over—if he’s ever gotten over her at all.
When the project leads to inevitable heartbreak for Cassie, she begins to find comfort in the most unexpected place: her pretend husband...her now-ex-boyfriend’s best friend...the last guy in the world she should be growing closer to. And as Elijah vows to stop at nothing to win back Cassie’s heart—despite being the one to break it—Cassie soon finds herself facing her own important life decision: does she want to give Elijah a second chance? Or could she be ready for something new?