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Karen Booth is a midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on '80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. Karen writes steamy contemporary romance, almost always about the dreamy guy you never thought you'd get. Her stories are full of breathless kisses, tearjerker moments, messy family dynamics, and more than a few things she's glad her grandmother never read.
Karen is co-founder of Seasoned Romance, a reader and author group devoted to the promotion of romance with characters 35+. She has been a finalist for RT Magazine’s Series Romance of the Year, RT Magazine’s Gold Seal of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award (NERFA), the Booksellers Best Award, and the Holt Medallion. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages. Stay up to date on new releases from Karen by clicking the "Follow" button, sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/kbnews, or visit her website at karenbooth.net.
When Karen isn't creating fictional dream men and the women who test them, she's listening to everything from Otis Redding to Duran Duran with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills (she makes some mean collards), or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into making her a Dark & Stormy.
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Everything went wrong. And then she went gray.
At 47, newly divorced makeup artist Lela Bennett is dreading her next steps. Dating. Meeting people. Not letting herself go. But then she runs into Donovan James and tries something different—sleeping with her sexy crush from college. Unfortunately, in a post-orgasm stupor, Lela confesses she was in love with Donovan all those years ago. He responds by leaving while she sleeps. The next morning, her gray hairs are practically taunting her. She knows she has to get it together. Forget men. Embrace her age. Own her gray.
Donovan James is a marketing genius, but his ex-wives will tell you—nothing freaks him out like feelings. Three years after his one-night stand with Lela, he’s focused on his daughter’s lifestyle company, but unprepared to meet the face of their new beauty brand. It’s Lela. With stunning silver locks and new confidence, she’s no longer swayed by his charms. When business starts booming, the universe seems intent on throwing them together time and again. And suddenly, two people convinced that romance was behind them are wondering if love could be what’s next.
“Get ready to embrace the force that is Lela Bennett in this sassy, funny romance that will suck you in right from the first wedding crasher moment!” –Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn
“You could use a lesson in
giving in to temptation.”
But who’s Autumn Kincaid to talk? Her reputation as a wedding planner is on the line after she’s left at the altar. So is her job at Moonlight Ridge—unless she proves herself to grumpy Grey Holloway, whose family owns the resort. Grey doesn’t even believe in true love. She has to convince him romance is real, that all he needs is to give in to the heat threatening to burn them both. Maybe this time Autumn will get her own happily-ever-after…or is this just another best-laid plan?
From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.
Love triumphs in these uplifting romances, part of the Moonlight Ridge series:
Book 1: Homecoming Heartbreaker by Joss Wood
Book 2: Best Laid Wedding Plans by Karen Booth
Book 3: Just a Little Married by Reese Ryan
Uptown girls who think they have the upper hand?
They don’t know Jack!
Jack Bowden has met enough rich women to know that Lone Star socialite Lexi Alderidge doesn’t take him seriously, even though their connection is instant. Still, the rugged contractor built his fortune from the ground up—surely he can build real rapport with Lexi the same way? But when “getting along” becomes “getting into bed,” will his brand of rough-and-tumble success ever truly fit into her high-class world?
From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.
Love triumphs in these uplifting romances, part of the Texas Cattleman’s Club: Heir Apparent series.
Book 1: Back in the Texan’s Bed by Naima Simone
Book 2: At the Rancher’s Pleasure by Joss Wood
Book 3: Blue Collar Billionaire by Karen Booth
Book 4: The Trouble with Bad Boys by Katherine Garbera
Single mom Claire Abby is the glue that holds her dad and her college-bound daughter together, so when her journalism career takes a nosedive, she has to save it. Now the biggest interview of her life hinges on convincing a notoriously private man to spill his secrets. If only he wasn’t one of the sexiest guys ever…
Tall, square-jawed Christopher Penman isn't simply a famous Brit. He was Claire's celebrity crush when she was a teen. In person, he’s as achingly handsome, utterly charming, and completely nerve wracking as she feared. Claire has no choice but to ask the tough questions, the ones he’s avoided for a decade, but Chris isn’t talking…he’s flirting.
An improbable friendship forms. Then there’s a kiss…and an invitation…and ultimately, nights Claire once only dreamed of. But as they grow closer, she learns that Chris’s pain runs deep. When his heartbreaking history repeats itself, will Claire risk it all to save her love with the man she could never forget?
"For every woman who had a teenage crush on a rock star and still secretly wishes her fantasy would become reality. Smart, sexy and fun, with enough realism that it could be you."-USA Today bestselling author Louise Bay
This box set includes:
Blue Collar Billionaire
Texas Cattleman’s Club: Heir Apparent
By Karen Booth
After heartbreak, socialite Lexi Alderidge must focus on her career, not another relationship. But she makes an exception for the rugged worker at her family’s construction site, Jack Bowden. Sparks fly, but is he the man she’s assumed he is?
Consequences of Passion
Locketts of Tuxedo Park
By Yahrah St. John
Heir to a football dynasty, playboy Roman Lockett is used to getting what he wants, but one passionate night with Shantel Wilson changes everything. Overwhelmed by his feelings, he tries to forget her—until he learns she’s pregnant. Now, he vows to claim his child…
Six Nights of Seduction
By USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child
CEO Noah Graystone cares about business and nothing else. Tired of being taken for granted, assistant Tessa Parker puts in her notice—but not before one last business trip with no strings seduction on the schedule. Can their six hot nights turn into forever?
For more stories filled with scandal and powerful heroes, look for Harlequin® Desire’s April 2021 Box set 1 of 2.
Love, career, kids—Brooklyn Monroe wants it all. Her beauty company? A triumph. Her love life? Total fail. At 42, that makes motherhood her top priority. With no man in her life, she’s prepared to fly solo, but her plan is derailed when a mailing list mishap turns Brooklyn into a someone-get-me-pregnant internet meme. Making her PR nightmare go away entails a soul-baring interview on national TV. And the guy asking the questions? Her all-too sexy ex.
Talk show host Alec Trakas is the king of bad timing. Case in point, his heartbreaking romance with Brooklyn. Alec was all about commitment but Brooklyn was launching her start-up, and forever wasn’t in the cards. Now a shot at his ultimate dream job depends on convincing Brooklyn to spill the secrets leading to her viral celebrity. It sets Alec’s star rising, but puts Brooklyn in a sea of flirty men. Fate has thrown them back together. Sparks are flying. But is the timing finally right? Because having it all might not be worth the risk of losing each other again.
Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All will be released October 25, 2021. It's set in the beauty circles of Manhattan, just like Gray Hair Don't Care, and includes appearances from Lela and Donovan. Happy ending guaranteed!
"With this funny, surprising novel, Booth might just have written the definitive Gen-X romance." -Publishers Weekly starred review for Gray Hair Don't Care.
Don’t bet on it!
Mindy Eden’s on-again, off-again affair with Sam Blackwell left her with regrets. So when her sisters bet her she can’t attend a wedding as her gorgeous ex’s plus-one without falling for him again, Mindy stakes her future to prove she’s over Sam. Will a week of passion with Sam be the one gamble she’s ready to take?
With divorce and infidelity hanging from every branch of her family tree, Katherine Fuller sees no point in marriage. Boyfriends? Sure. Sex? Of course. Wedding vows? No, thanks. Still, when her younger sister Amy gets engaged, Katherine’s on board with everything—dress fittings, the florist, and bridal showers. She won’t let Amy down. She did enough of that as a kid, and she's not sure she'll ever make up for it.
Amidst the flurry of planning her sister's big day, Katherine’s college love walks back into her life. It broke her heart to part from sexy Irish musician Eamon a decade ago, but falling back under his spell means facing two secrets she’s been hiding for years. One will forever ruin the sunny way Eamon sees her. The other will destroy her bond with Amy. But these bits of family history are too explosive to hide, and when the worst comes to light, the only thing that can save Katherine is the one thing she’s never trusted—love.
"For those who love sweet and angsty romance with a heavy dose of family drama, this is not to be missed."-NPR
"Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl had it all for me--a second chance romance and a tender resolution of past family hurt and secrets."-5 stars, Red, Hot and Blue Reads
Agents of Romance Best of 2018
Finalist, 2019 Booksellers Best Award
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Best of 2018
Author's note: Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl features a heroine with one-in-a-million eyesight, a dead-sexy Irish musician, his precocious daughter, a close sisters' relationship fraught with complications and full of love, Corgis named after the Backstreet Boys, trips from New York to Connecticut and back again, and ultimately, a happy ending to leave you smiling.
Christopher Penman and Claire Abby know very well that their break-up was the ultimate test of their love. Now back together, they’re looking only to the future. Christopher’s band is making a run at it after a long hiatus. Claire lands a magazine job she never dreamed of. Only a ring on Claire’s finger and a baby on the way could make their new life more complete, and Chris is determined they’ll have it all.
But when her college-bound daughter starts pushing the limits and they get news about Claire’s dad that shakes her to the core, Chris and Claire’s picture-perfect plans unravel. Only love can get them through the tests they never saw coming. Back together was one thing, but can they hold on to forever?
“I fell even more in love with Claire, Chris and Sam in Back Forever than I thought was possible.”-Book Crush
they go from the bedroom to the war room!
It’s bad enough that high-powered attorney Isabel Blackwell is spending her Christmas on a high-stakes case. Then she discovers she’s up against the man who took her breath away one very special night. As a litigator, Jeremy Sharp shouldn’t be underestimated, but as lovers, Jeremy and Isabel can’t resist another rendezvous. Will this duel mean playing to win—or playing for keeps?
When Samantha Abby loses her magazine job and her musician boyfriend, she says goodbye to New York, her writing career, and guys with guitars. Back home, she discovers her parents have a houseguest—ridiculously-sexy-in-Chuck-Taylors rock star Duncan Hall. She doesn’t want to share her bathroom or her family with the exact kind of trouble that broke her heart. Plus, Duncan is brilliant. With her writing dream in a dumpster, spending time with a beautiful guy whose creativity earns countless accolades is just salt in the wound.
Duncan should be on top of the world, but after losing his best friend to drugs, success feels like a joke. Meanwhile, his parents express their continued disdain for his music and the film he made to cope. Samantha’s step-dad, Christopher Penman, is as close as Duncan gets to a father figure, and working with him on a new record is a dream-come-true. Duncan doesn’t want to lose out on this found family by getting romantic with Samantha, but she’s not only gorgeous and smart, she sees right through to his core. Duncan and Sam find themselves no longer wishing to disappear. But do they have the courage to let themselves be found?
“Emotional, fun, and sensual. I loved Wishing!”-5 stars, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Wishing is the final book in the Forever series, set 8 years after the end of Back Forever. It is a stand-alone novella with an HEA. It originally appeared in the Exposed anthology.