Free fiction Kindle books for 17 Dec 17

The Hard Way: a Sports Romance

by Katie Ashley

Cade Hall has always been the golden boy of the gridiron. Because of his talent at football, coupled with his father’s wealth, he’s always gotten his way. But when a night of drunken debauchery lands him in hot water with the college athletic board, neither his influential father nor his charming grin can save him. Cade finds it a total buzz kill when he is sentenced to community service with troubled youth at an inner-city shelter. But his nightmare is only beginning when his greatest high school regret is the very one in charge of the program, and she has him by the balls in more ways than one.

For Avery Prescott, senior year was a nightmare of epic proportions, and Cade Hall played the lead villain. After she fled her small town for college in the bright lights of Atlanta, she thought she had escaped the painful memories of her past. She never could have imagined Cade would waltz through the door of the outreach program she presided over. But Avery has news for Cadeâ??she isn’t the same shy, doormat of a girl she was in high school. Since she holds Cade’s football future in her hands, she’s more than ready to make payback a real bitch.

Will they stay in the defensive zone or discover that sometimes life’s greatest lessons are learned the hard way?



Naughty List: Romantic Suspense

by Luna Wild

You’ll be happier if you submit to me.

4 hot, suspenseful books… Just for Christmas!

All I can think about is doing filthy things to you…

  • Beautifully Damaged
  • Dark Cravings
  • Glock
  • Killer
  • What do you want me to do to you tonight?

    At a glance:

    Themes: Romantic suspense, murder, mystery, and angst.

    Notes: Standalone, Happily Ever After (HEA), sexy romance with lots of heat!



    Awe before the meeting

    by Justin Dunce

    Adelaide, Jack and Neil moved to Ottery St. Catchpole with their parents from their London flat when they were three years old. Sara had finally told her husba
    enough: she could not raise such energetic triplets in such a small flat: they needed space.



    Allan Quatermain

    by H. Rider Haggard

    Allan Quatermain is the protagonist of H. Rider Haggard’s 1885 novel King Solomon’s Mines and its sequels. Allan Quatermain was also the title of a book in this sequence.

    The character Quatermain is an English-born professional big game hunter and occasional trader in southern Africa, who supports colonial efforts to spread civilization in the Dark Continent, though he also favours native Africans having a say in their affairs. An outdoorsman who finds English cities and climate unbearable, he prefers to spend most of his life in Africa, where he grew up under the care of his widower father, a Christian missionary.

    In the earliest-written novels, native Africans refer to Quatermain as Macumazahn, meaning “Watcher-by-Night,” a reference to his nocturnal habits and keen instincts. In later-written novels, Macumazahn is said to be a short form of Macumazana, meaning “One who stands out.” Quatermain is frequently accompanied by his native servant, the Hottentot Hans, a wise and caring family retainer from his youth. His sarcastic comments offer a sharp critique of European conventions. In his final adventures, Quatermain is joined by two British companions, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good of the Royal Navy, and by his African friend Umslopogaas.

    The series spans 50 years of Quatermain’s life, from 18 to 68; at the start of the foundation novel King Solomon’s Mines, he has just turned 55. Physically, he is small, wiry, and unattractive, with a beard and short hair that sticks up. His one skill is his marksmanship, where he has no equal. Quatermain is aware that as a professional hunter, he has helped to destroy his beloved wild free places of Africa. In old age he hunts without pleasure, having no other means of making a living.



    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    by Jules Verne

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne.

    The novel was originally serialized from March 1869 through June 1870 in Pierre-Jules Hetzel’s periodical, the Magasin d’Ã?ducation et de Récréation. The deluxe illustrated edition, published by Hetzel in November 1871, included 111 illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Ã?douard Riou. The book was highly acclaimed when released and still is now; it is regarded as one of the premiere adventure novels and one of Verne’s greatest works, along with Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth. The description of Nemo’s ship, called the Nautilus, was considered ahead of its time, as it accurately describes features on submarines, which at the time were very primitive vessels.

    Jules Verne’s wrote a sequel to this book: L’Ã?le mystérieuse (The Mysterious Island, 1874), which concludes the stories begun by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways. While The Mysterious Island seems to give more information about Nemo (or Prince Dakkar), it is muddied by the presence of several irreconcilable chronological contradictions between the two books and even within The Mysterious Island.

    Verne returned to the theme of an outlaw submarine captain in his much later Facing the Flag. That book’s main villain, Ker Karraje, is a completely unscrupulous pirate acting purely and simply for gain, completely devoid of all the saving graces which gave Nemo–for all that he, too, was capable of ruthless killings–some nobility of character.

    Like Nemo, Ker Karraje plays “host” to unwilling French guests–but unlike Nemo, who manages to elude all pursuers, Karraje’s career of outlawry is decisively ended by the combination of an international task force and the rebellion of his French captives. Though also widely published and translated, it never attained the lasting popularity of Twenty Thousand Leagues.

    More similar to the original Nemo, though with a less finely worked-out character, is Robur in Robur the Conqueror–a dark and flamboyant outlaw rebel using an aircraft instead of a submarine–later used as a basis for the movie Master of the World.



    The Horned Mage: Broken Curse

    by Hayden Harper

    Caleb Marshal is horny. No seriously, he’s under a curse and has grown up with a set of antlers growing from his head. Now he’s in his second semester of college and hoping to find a way to break his curse because not only does he have antlers, but the curse is preventing him from using his magic. Fortunately his beautiful best friend is a very skilled mage.

    Unfortunately, Caleb’s professor would rather study his curse than help him break it. It’s up to Caleb to break it on his own. Only he might have been better off before breaking it, because now he’s got a whole host of complicated problems new problems, most of them stemming from his new magical connection to his best friends stepsister. She’s in trouble with some meth dealers and now so is Caleb. Will his new powers be enough to keep them safe? Or has he only created even bigger problems for himself and those he cares about?



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