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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Serena has learned to live with her past, locking her secrets deep inside her. But when her boyfriend of six years abruptly leaves her, she’s catapulted back into pain, nursing a broken heart. When indulging in mountains of chocolate doesn’t work, Serena decides the best way to deal with her shattered heart is to indulge in something else. A rebound . . . The night she swaps her usual Sprite for tequila, she meets James. The encounter is breathtaking. Electrifying. And best not repeated. James is a successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A man who has amassed a fortune by taking risks. A man who has shunned commitment completely, and still does. He’s the exact opposite of Serena. But sometimes opposites attract. Sometimes they give in to burning passion. Sometimes opposites are perfect for each other. James is everything her damaged soul could want. His kisses are intoxicating, his touch out of this world. He makes her forget. He grants her peace from her pain. But as they grow closer, Serena discovers she isn’t the only one with a past. James carries the scars of a past much darker than hers. One that has left him damaged, hurt, and wary of love. A past that gives him the power to shatter her. Now James and Serena must find a way to mend one another. Or risk losing each other forever. *This read is recommended for 18+ due to romance and sex and mature themes.The book was re-published with content changes on June 18th 2015.*
Psalms of Sonorous is a book of free verse truth, magnified by God’s love. It was transcribed by the Holy Spirit through the faith of one believer’s heart and then poured out on paper for the glory of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Most High God. Love, worship, and obedience are words that describe the walk of faith. Within these pages, the reader will discover varying degrees of openness, self-reflection, and a fearless will to be closer and move forward to and in Christ. The author opens her heart as the reader opens the pages of Psalms of Sonorous, a collection of intimate interactions with the only living God, I Am. Walk along this literary path as you read a thinker’s style of poetry and prose. The words of a believer’s heart pasted on the truth of God’s existing and everlasting cornerstone, Jesus Christ.
In business circles, I’m known for being cutthroat and demanding. Robert Dumont is a hardass, they say. And it’s true. I thrive on challenges. Taking the family-owned restaurant chain to the next level is my passion. When my sister’s marriage implodes, I head back to New York, to be there for her and my niece. These are my only two priorities: growing the business and taking care of my family. My new neighbor is a temptation I hadn’t counted on. Skye Winchester is bold, sensual and I just can’t keep my distance. I’m determined to make her mine. But once I’ve touched her, I want more. I want to worship her all night long. As a business owner herself, Skye’s got enough on her plate. I was expecting her to run in the opposite direction when she realizes how complicated my life is. Instead, she does the opposite: making my sister laugh, charming my niece… She completely wins me over. Neither of us expected our attraction to grow until it obscures everything but each other. And neither of us can afford to allow that. But how can we stop now?
This sexy and heart-warming romance about a sworn bachelor falling for his best friend’s sister will melt your e-reader. Happy Ever After - guaranteed! Can be enjoyed as standalone. Ian Gallagher loves taking risks. It’s how he turned the business he’s built with his brother into a success. But even he can’t cross some rules. His best friend’s sister is strictly off-limits, but when Ellie moves to New York, he jumps at the chance to help her settle in. One look at her, and he realizes that not flirting with her will be a lot harder than he thought, and not just because she’s stunning. He enjoys her laughter and merciless teasing. How can he stay away when all he wants is to get closer? Ellie Cavanaugh is living her dream. She’s finally working in a Michelin starred restaurant in New York. Her plan is to get as much experience as possible before opening her own place. Kissing her brother’s best friend is definitely not part of the plan. Neither is opening up to him in ways she never did with anyone. Ellie knows that Ian isn’t looking for forever though. After all, her brother warned her that Ian was a sworn bachelor. And if she’s honest with herself, Ellie isn’t ready for love either. She’s never let anyone in before. But she can’t help giving in to the growing bond between her and Ian, even if it means putting her heart on the line.
It all began in Rome… I was supposed to show Cole the city, as a favor to a friend. I was aware of his reputation, a seductive charmer hellbent on bachelorhood, but I hadn't prepared for him to get past my defenses. Cole was nothing like the serious businessman I imagined. He was sinfully hot, funny and way too flirty for my broken heart. But, it was just vacation after all. I thought I'd never see him again. Only I do. Cole calls me the very day I return to New York. My residency has been my sole focus for the past few years—my passion and my refuge. I've loved and lost and I don't know how to open up again. But Cole is melting my fears with every kiss and touch, willing to move mountains to make me happy and help me heal. And what scares me the most? I might just let him.
USA Today Bestselling Author Layla Hagen brings you a sizzling new romance I swear I didn’t mean to flirt with the world-famous Brayden Clarke—especially not right in the middle of an interview for a job. It was a slip—or perhaps a gut reaction to his smoldering eyes and deep, sexy voice. To my total disbelief, they give me the assignment. My task is simple: advise Brayden and his band on how to communicate with their fans. Easy-peasy. Or so I thought... I can handle the job, but the sexy lead singer who's intent on getting under my skin might be too hot to resist. But our lives are too different. His life is under constant scrutiny. I thrive on freedom and spontaneity. I like exploring the streets of New York and meeting up with my siblings without needing security detail. But when we’re together, all our differences fade, and I can’t get enough of this man. And he won’t quit until he makes me his.
It all starts as pretend… My best friend, and one of the most powerful men in New York, needs my help. Our first kiss is unexpected—but it still makes my skin sizzle, my knees go weak. The next one is in front of his tight-knit family. We have to be convincing. But it’s so wicked hot, it almost fools me too. On our first night together, he tells me that I have to keep us both in check, because he doesn’t know how to keep the lines from blurring… He touches me like I’m precious, and holds me close… barely stopping his fingers from pushing down the straps of my dress… Our second night is sexy as hell. Intense. Alluring. How am I supposed to not fall in love?
Take New York by storm and steer clear of serious relationships. That's the plan. That's the goal. It's easy too;, now that my software company is making headlines. Nothing is getting in the way of that--not even my sexy personal trainer. I don't care how sexy and intriguing she is. Mel Dawson keeps talking me into doing things, like watching the sunset and slowing down to enjoy life. When she trains me, and I watch her body, I'm constantly fantasizing about exploring every inch of it all night long, claiming her mouth every time she gives me a sassy reply. I don't even know who I am when I'm with her. I’m suddenly a completely different man. But, I like this version of myself better. Mel's smart, determined, and keeps me guessing. She's everything I need and want, but I've been burned before. I'm used to taking chances in the boardroom, just not in my personal life. How much am I willing to risk for a chance to make her mine?
Tess Winchester loves her life. Her family is growing with new nieces and nephews for her to spoil. And her lingerie business is really taking off, so in order to keep up with demand she needs more capital. Though Tess had always dreamed about finding Mr. Right, and having a family of her own, dating hasn’t been easy so working extra hours is never a problem. When an opportunity of a lifetime arises, Tess jumps at the chance to present to the CEO of Harrington & Co, New York’s hottest investment firm. She’s determined to make the right impression, but when Liam accidently walks in the ladies room during a wardrobe malfunction, things get off to an… interesting start. Tess isn’t Liam’s type, they’re too different: She’s a romantic. He’s a realist and doesn't believe in love. She’s a dreamer. He’s a practical man. Besides, if they’re going to sign a deal, it’s best not to mix business with pleasure. Something they both agree upon. Despite their differences, Liam finds himself doing anything in his power to win her over. She’s captivating, and he won’t back down until they explore the connection that keeps him on his toes. He can’t get enough of her sassy mouth, her tenacity, and the tenderness that encounters him at every turn. Her blushes drive him crazy. Liam wants Tess. And Liam always gets what Liam wants.
Landon Connor is a man of many talents–all business magazines agree on that. My family calls me a workaholic, but being driven and career-focused is what turned me into a hotshot CEO. I have good reasons for keeping my personal life on hold. Then Maddie Jennings walks into my life and makes me question all my choices. Maddie says she hasn’t met anyone like me before, and hopes she never will again. Good. I can’t stand the thought of anyone else getting the reactions I do out of her when I boss her around, when I stand just a little too close. Pretending to ignore the way I make her feel is becoming her full-time job. I’m not ignoring anything about her, from her curves to the sweetness in her smile. She’s all I see, and everything I want. Maddie can’t help giving in to my romantic overtures and the intoxicating feeling when we touch. But even as our passion grows, I can’t help but wonder—can I prove I’m ready to open my heart for longer than a summer?
It’s hard to be Nate Becker in a Bennett world. But we’ve always considered ourselves family. I travel the world as a TV producer, never able to spend much time with them. Which might be a good thing. Because my best friend’s little sister has never felt like that to me. That sexy little spitfire has always caught my attention. If I don’t stick around too long, Sebastian will never notice the way I look at her. But Alice Bennett has other plans. Her new restaurant would be a perfect feature on one of my network’s shows. It’s almost too easy to set up meetings with her. Invent excuses to need more information. To boss her around the way she seems to like. It’s harmless, I tell myself. I’m moving to London in three weeks, I tell myself. I’m not going to upset Sebastian, I tell myself. Famous last words. I can’t cross the line with her. We can’t jeopardize the family relationships. But between stolen kisses and wicked-hot nights, it’s spinning out of our control. When the chance of a lifetime comes knocking at my door, it’s time to decide what has more allure–my career, or a chance with her?
Winston This year, Christmas is just a reminder of the deadline looming ahead. Saving the store my parents build is my top priority. At least until I find my branding manager singing and dancing to carols while hanging twinkling lights in my favorite meeting room. I can’t get the sexy sway of her hips out of my mind…or her determination to make me smile. When I ask her to stay overtime, work isn’t the only thing on my mind. Before long, I’m willing to do anything for one more kiss, one more night together. I fall so hard for Sienna, that I can’t imagine ever letting her go. But with my future up in the air, can I promise her anything more than an unforgettable Christmas season?
I’ve always relished being a man of mystery. My LA hotel empire is public, but my private life as plain old Reid Davenport stays that way. Right up until it doesn’t, and the tabloids threaten not just my privacy, but that of my family. I’d do anything to protect them from the limelight. But must it involve Hailey, the fiery PR consultant I can’t stop fantasizing about? Hailey Connor keeps warning me she won’t take on an uncooperative client. So why is she so compelled to help me? Maybe it’s something about how her face softens when I talk about my family. Maybe it’s because she genuinely wants to help. Or maybe it’s my brooding demeanor that causes her to melt so fast when I kiss her. Even though I’m constantly infuriated by this little spitfire bossing me around, every time she smiles, I can’t help wanting to pull her close and not let go. I think Hailey is starting to fall for me, despite being my polar opposite. But when our worlds collide, can I convince her we’re a perfect match?
I made my name winning cases. Carter Sloane is known for being sharp, astute, and never taking no for an answer. At home, though, I’m fumbling my way through raising my two nieces and saying yes to far too many bowls of ice cream. If only I wasn’t so distracted by the woman across from my new office. Running a booming fragrance business gives Valentina Connor a great excuse to avoid dating. But I see right through her. I’m not going to be another bad decision. I can’t believe how easily Val slips into our lives, doting on my nieces and making me fall for her. I'd move mountains to make her happy, but with Val's career soaring, how can I ask her to commit to the chaos of my life?
I am wildly successful in my career. Everyone knows Graham Frazier, soccer club owner, is a winner. In my love life? Decidedly less so. But just because I’m divorced doesn’t mean I can’t throw my best friend the wedding party of the year. Even if marriage is a mistake. I hadn’t expected the long hours with Lori to make me wonder. Wedding planning is Lori Connor’s favorite thing, a vicarious escape from her life as a single mom. I doubt she’s ever had a client fluster her like I seem to. She says she’s supposed to keep my sarcasm in check, but I keep finding her eyes on my abs more than my best man’s speech. Maybe that’s how her guard got lowered enough to end up spending the night with me. I was already pursuing her relentlessly before I met her son, but damned if that kid doesn’t have me wrapped around his finger even faster than his mother did. Lori seems charmed by the bond forming between her little guy and myself. They’re rapidly consuming my every waking thought—but can I truly rekindle a belief in forever?
The best part about being Christopher Bennett is that no one ever really says no to me. I’m persuasive. I’m witty. And boy, do I know how to turn on the charm. If only I could turn my family’s attempts at persuasion off. Their meddling is out of control. No one asked them to matchmake. Certainly not me. And certainly not with an interior decorator raising her younger siblings. Then Victoria Hensley turns out to be more than just a decorator. Her laughter is contagious. Her beautiful lips and curves are beyond tempting. Sparks are flying between us, to my dismay and my family’s delight. Next thing I know, I’m training her brother in soccer and reading bedtime stories to her sister. Who am I? Turns out I can’t say no to Victoria. And I refuse to let her say no to me. I know I’m a client, that I’m technically off-limits. But doesn’t that make it all the more exciting? I’m determined to see this thing through to the end. And I won’t settle for anything less than a happily-ever-after.
I have a lot of titles. Sexiest Soccer Player. Top-Scoring Athlete. America’s Favorite Party Boy. But I’m sick of Jace Connor being what other people expect. Starting with the last one, I’m ready to earn some new nicknames. So I absolutely, positively, can’t go anywhere near my coach’s daughter. Brooke Darringer was warned up and down about my rep as a reformed bad boy when she got hired as sponsorship manager. What no one told her was that all my swagger hides a gentle family man who loves his nieces and nephews even more than soccer. And she likes it. She couldn’t be more off-limits, especially as she tries to prove she wasn’t hired for her name. I truly want to stay on the straight-and-narrow, but it isn’t just her sexy-as-sin body that’s tempting me. Her warmth and bubbly personality are everything I never knew I wanted. Brooke is trying her best to keep things strictly professional, but all these late-night gym sessions and covert dinners might just convince her I’m finally done playing.
I know what people say about me. Eric Callahan, ‘The Shark’. I own it. I’m a powerful man. My sharp business sense earned me that nickname. My façade is my armor. Underneath is where I keep the devotion I have for my daughter. Since her mother died, I’ve devoted my life to her. Expanding my business on the West Coast is one way to ensure I build the legacy she deserves. And that’s all I plan to do for our three months in San Francisco. Until I meet Pippa Bennett. I swear, I didn’t mean to start flirting with her. It was a complete accident. So was continuing. I can’t resist the pull between us any more than I can change the tides in the Bay. We have the same sense of humor, we have chemistry for days, and she’s as kind and sweet with my daughter as my family is. This is fast spiraling out of control. She’s a divorcee, I’m a widower. Neither of us was prepared to take a chance on love again. Besides, we always had a time limit. But as it grows closer, I can’t help but wonder–can I let her go, or could this one be forever?
I believe in rules to live by. It’s how I built my reputation as Will Connor—the tough cop, and how I’ve survived being one. I give a hundred percent to the job, I care for my family, and I never, ever ignore my instincts. So when Paige turns my head, all my senses go on high alert. As the developmental director of a non-profit, Paige Lamonica meets a lot of people. That’s how she got so good at reading them. But I enjoy surprising her at every turn. She keeps expecting a jerk. Maybe it’s my confidence. Maybe it’s my looks. But every layer I pull back for her reveals someone she didn’t see coming. I need a date to my sister’s wedding, and it’s not just to throw my relatives off. I want her for real, and I’m determined to close this case. Paige grew up in a military family and knows full well the toll loving a man in uniform takes. Can I persuade her to take a chance on me?