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He doesn’t know that home is where his heart will be….

Firefighter Tyler Banik has seen his share of adventure while working disaster relief with the Red Cross. But now that  he’s adopted Abey, he’s ready to leave the danger behind and put down roots. That means returning to his hometown—where the last thing he anticipates is falling for his high school nemesis.

Alan Pettaprin isn’t the boy he used to be.  As a business owner and council member, he’s working hard to improve life in Scottville for everyone. Nobody is more surprised than Alan when Tyler returns, but he’s glad. For him, it’s a chance to set things right. Little does he guess he and Tyler will  find the missing pieces of themselves in each other. Old rivalries are left in the ashes, passion burns bright, and the possibility for a future together stretches in front of them….

But not everyone in town is glad to see Tyler return….

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A Christmas Cabin for Two

Dreamspun Desires | #93
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A match as perfect as cold nights and cozy fireside heat.

Gentle giant Matt Haskell and urbane teacher Mikah Cerullo are as opposite as the Teton Mountains and downtown Manhattan.

Hardworking organic farmer Matt has little time to think about love, but when Mikah, a sexy and snarky New Yorker, arrives at his farm to buy a Christmas tree for the family’s Jackson Hole mansion, the attraction is immediate for both of them, and they agree to share a cozy cabin in the Wyoming woods. The clock is ticking on their holiday fling, since Mikah is due to take a teaching position back in the city, but as the holiday magic envelopes them, they wonder if their budding romance might withstand the their differences.

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It's Complicated

Tucker Springs
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A Tucker Springs Novel

Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden have broken up countless times, but now they’re starting over from scratch. Finally it seems that they might actually have fixed their problems, taking it a day at a time, dating. Making time for each other. Things look good after a hundredth first date until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner announces she’s pregnant—with Jeff’s baby.

Brad loves Jeff, and he’s determined to make it work. But Jeff’s business already puts a lot of demands on his time. Now it looks like Brad will have to compete with a baby too, and contend with the possibility that Jeff is still carrying a torch for his ex. 

Then Jeff’s ex says she’s leaving Tucker Springs—and that leaves Jeff in an untenable situation. He can either do double duty at the shop and share custody between Tucker Springs and Denver, or follow her there. Either way, how can he find room for Brad?

 

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First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, April 2014.

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First Impressions

Auckland Med.
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An Auckland Med. Story

Michael:

Two years ago I made a mistake—a big one. Then I added a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life, but I survived. Now I have the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in NZ. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to rebuild my life. But I’m taking my new set of rules with me. 

I don’t do relationships. 

I don’t do commitment. 

I don’t do white picket fences.

And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking-hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world. 

 

Josh:

One thing’s for certain: Dr. Michael Oliver is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I barely survived the last one of those. He might be gorgeous, but my daughter takes number-one priority. I won’t risk her being hurt again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop, and a son to pain-in-the-ass parents. 

I don’t have time for games. 

I don’t have time for taking chances.I don’t have time for more complications in my life. 

And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is.

 

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First Edition published by Blackout Books, 2018.

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Milt Grabaur ha lasciato la sua vita, la sua casa e la sua carriera di insegnante in Ohio per ricominciare da capo. Il parcheggio per roulotte Summer Winds di Palm Springs, vicino alla catena montuosa di San Jacinto, sembra il posto ideale per dimenticare gli anni trascorsi ad assistere l’adorato marito malato di Alzheimer fino agli ultimi istanti di vita.

Billy Blue ha l’aspetto del tipico surfista californiano; un tempo sognava di fare il cantante ma adesso lavora in un supermercato e vive in una roulotte al Summer Winds. La sua priorità è superare la dipendenza dall’alcol, che lo ha costretto a rinunciare ai suoi sogni.

Billy è subito attratto dal suo nuovo vicino, quell’uomo dagli occhi grigi la cui tristezza e solitudine risvegliano in lui un sentimento che non ha mai provato prima: il vero amore.

Quando un temporale estivo provoca un’inondazione che danneggia la casa di Milt, Billy va in suo soccorso, con la speranza di conoscerlo meglio… e forse iniziare una relazione romantica.

Tuttavia, Milt è ancora devoto al suo defunto marito e teme che cedere all’attrazione per qualcun altro sia un tradimento.

Riusciranno i due uomini a liberarsi del peso del loro passato e a scoprire che proprio l’amore li può salvare?

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Slow Dating the Detective

Cowboys and Angels | Book Three
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Cowboys and Angels: Book Three

A gentle bartender might have what it takes to mend a relationship-phobic detective’s broken heart… but first they have to admit they’re dating.

Keenan Day could kick himself for letting the hot, dark-haired stranger he met outside a strip club get away. Instead of a phone number, he gets a punch in the face—from the boyfriend of his prospective employer at the Cowboys and Angels bar. When two cops come to check up on him, one is the sexy stranger, Detective Nate Gordon.

The initial attraction hasn’t cooled, and though Nate is leery of commitment, one hookup turns into another until they’re seeing each other in everything but name. After a recent nasty breakup, Nate balks at being part of a couple, and Keenan agrees, even though that’s all he’s ever wanted.

Just as they reach a standstill, a crisis shows them what their friends have known all along—they’ve already moved way past hookups. Now they just have to decide how to move forward.

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A Love You So Anthology

Opposites really do attract in this collection of beloved contemporary romance novellas. This volume includes:

 

Love You So Special:

Plumber Artie Haynes doesn’t seem like much on the surface—he’s just an average-looking blue-collar guy. But to world-famous classical pianist Francois Desmarais, Artie’s presence is as intriguing as it is inspiring. Only when Francois’s debilitating fear of crowds leads him into danger,  Artie must step up and protect the music—and the man—he loves.

 

Love You So Sweetly:

Remy Merced is fighting to save his wealthy family’s company when his meddling mama hires him an assistant he doesn’t want--and who is everything Remy isn’t. Cute Harper Treadwell from rural Arkansas is openly gay, and his wit and charm could confirm Remy’s suspicions about his own sexuality. But before he can forge a future with Harper, Remy will have to  come to terms with his own past.

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Beau's Redemption

My Brother's Keeper Collection | Book Two
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My Brother's Keeper Collection: Book Two

My past is riding my back. I can still hear them chanting my name— Beau James, Beau James. I’m not the Beau James Dalton everyone rooted for. The man I love lost his life at my hands. I don’t deserve redemption after what I’ve done. I certainly don’t belong in a boxing ring. I left my heart in that ring that night. At least, I thought I did.  

I can’t live my life like this. I’m a Marine. I was built to survive and conquer. Still, I know I’m not the same Angel. That last tour took the biggest chunk out of me, and I’m fighting every day just to keep my head above water. My twin brother has offered me a chance to catch my breath at the gym he works for. I’ve been staying my nights there. Well, that’s until his boss, Beau, walks in and finds me in the shower after hours.

We both need a lifeline. Interestingly enough, an unexpected special little someone may be just what we both need to heal enough to move on. Or will PTSD get the best of us all? 

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The South Pacific Archipelago is home to a tiny island community of around three hundred scientists… and twenty thousand dinosaurs. As a paleogeneticist, Kit Sterling leads a team studying the dinosaurs to unlock the unanswered questions of evolution.

But there is something more dangerous than dinosaurs on the islands.

Head ranger Logan Beck discovers evidence of poachers, while rumors of a black market for dinosaur leather swirl around the community. Kit and Logan haven’t always gotten along professionally, though that has nothing to do with their attraction to each other. So when they’re thrown together to save an injured infant dinosaur, their professional disdain turns into a clandestine romance.

With not just the injured dinosaur at risk, but all of the precious dinosaurs on the islands too, Kit and Logan have to figure out how to balance their budding romance without letting their careers go extinct.

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From Brussels, With Love

World of Love | Belgium
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Dispirited after a recent breakup, Irish project manager Trevor is guilted into a trip to Brussels with his best friend. A chance meeting with cute and funny tour guide Jerome turns into a weekend of sex and friendship. Forgetting his phone at Jerome’s apartment shifts their fling into a long-distance relationship held together by postcards, texts, and stolen weekends. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart—Trevor is a workaholic who values his success, while artistic Jerome is carefree but insecure.

Starting a life together means facing major challenges, but the loving words they’ve shared build a bridge across the sea—one that might let them meet in the middle.

 

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Grand, ténébreux et sans visa

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #31
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Traverser la frontière de l'amour.

Décisions hâtives sur idées malencontreuses rapprochent le Portugais Mateus Fontes et l'homme d'affaires Crawford Hargrave au poste de frontière canadien.

Mateus se retrouve dans une impasse. Avec un permis de tourisme qui expire sous peu, son entrée au Canada lui est refusée et on rejette sa demande pour repasser la frontière des États-Unis. En inventant de toute pièce leurs prétendues fiançailles, Crawford pense avoir réglé le problème, et cela fonctionne, jusqu’à ce qu’ils apprennent qu’ils doivent réellement se marier avant de pouvoir rentrer aux États-Unis. Mais Crawford s’est déjà fait avoir une fois par le mariage et il est déterminé à ne pas reproduire la même erreur.

Aucun d’entre eux ne s’attend à ce que de réels sentiments naissent de ce mariage blanc, et c’est pourtant ce qui est sur le point d’arriver. Ils devront apprendre à être honnêtes l’un envers l’autre s’ils espèrent que cela fonctionne entre eux, chose particulièrement difficile lorsque leur mariage entier est basé sur des mensonges.

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The Winter Quarters

Dreamspun Desires | #92
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Snow, steam, and a second chance.

Reluctant socialite Kai has thirty-five days before his family starts shooting the next season of their reality TV show, revealing a life he’d rather keep private—and one that feels increasingly scripted. Desperately needing a break, Kai escapes to his childhood best friend Hiro Asada’s inn in rural Japan. He finds peace in the thousand-year-old hot springs, but his yearning for Hiro resurfaces at the worst time: Hiro is about to inherit the inn, and his parents expect him to marry within the year.

Hiro’s traditional family loves him for who he is, but they can’t imagine two men running the inn. Meanwhile, Kai has a TV contract his lawyer insists can’t be broken. Hiro and Kai need to think outside the box—and solve their problems before Christmas Day, when Kai’s show shoots its annual holiday special.   

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Summer of Hush

Summer of Hush
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A Summer of Hush Book

Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.

After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.

For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.

The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the summer of Hush?

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When the pickiest eater in America is tapped to judge a cooking competition along with his chef ex-boyfriend, will it be a recipe for a second chance… or disaster?

Luke Walker’s humor about foods he can’t stand made him an internet celebrity and his blog, The Pickiest Eater in America, a huge hit. He plans to bring that same lighthearted comedy to the show—but he won’t be the only host.

Meyer Thibodeaux might be a famous chef, but he’s solemn, uptight, and closeted. He’s also  Luke's ex. As different as they are, the sparks between Luke and Meyer never really went out, and as they work together, each begins to see the other in a new light, and the passion between them reignites, hot as ever. But secrets, gossip, and rumors on the set could sour their reunion.

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Power Players

States of Love | District of Columbia
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Jeffrey knows the underbelly of Washington, DC, well. Once homeless, he’s now the director of a massive coalition of shelters. The last person he’s interested in meeting is wealth consultant Derek T. Hinsdale III, another slick-talking, privileged jerk. Jeffrey has had enough of those.

But Derek’s latest project could impact Jeffrey’s organization—with a multimillion-dollar gift awarded at a special dinner and ceremony. Jeffrey and Derek seem so different, but in their convictions, they find common ground, and the heat they call up in each other can’t be ignored. Can they salvage a disastrous evening and a painful reminder of Jeffrey’s past?

 

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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Drawing the Prince

Stars from Peril
Dreamspun Desires | #91
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A Stars from Peril Novel

Painting themselves a life together will be a royal ordeal.

Small-town boy Cal Walters doesn’t know whether he owes his phenomenal success as an artist to talent or to his connections to famous people. Doubt leaves him secluded—until a lost bet lands him on yet another blind date. But this one is different.

To Teofilo Vabriga-Kastav, playboy prince of the tiny nation of Porvunia and passionate art lover, Cal’s paintings are as intriguing as Cal himself. When Teo invites Cal to his country for an art competition, a whirlwind romance sweeps them up. But it can’t last—loyalties and obligations bind them to lives that are worlds apart.

Cal and Teo might’ve found their perfect complements in each other, but to hold on to their happiness, they’ll have to get creative.

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L'amico del dottore

Copper Point Medical (Italiano) | Libro 2
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Seguito di Il segreto del dottore

Copper Point Medical: Libro Due

Il  peggior partito dell’ospedale e il freddo direttore del personale si odiano… e allora perché fingono di stare insieme?

Il dottor Owen Gagnon e il direttore delle Risorse Umane, Erin Andreas, sono noti per i loro scontri accesi in corsia. Non è quindi difficile immaginare la sorpresa della città quando Erin offre un’ingente somma di denaro per vincere un appuntamento con Owen all’asta degli scapoli dell’ospedale… e il dottore dal canto suo alza la posta in gioco insistendo che Erin si trasferisca da lui.

Copper Point non avrà idea di cosa stia succedendo, ma nemmeno Erin e Owen ne sono tanto sicuri. Il gesto di Erin voleva essere un modo per esprimere interesse nei confronti del dottore, ma Owen sospetta un secondo fine: crede che Erin voglia approfittare di lui per sfuggire al padre dispotico.

Quando il direttore del personale si ritrova immischiato in una spiacevole indagine interna, Owen si mette in testa di aiutarlo e di essere l’eroe che l’altro non ha mai avuto. Erin, dal canto suo, preferisce spendere le proprie energie cercando di salvare il dottore dalle tenebre di un passato che l’uomo non vuole raccontare.

La loro relazione sarà anche finta, ma i sentimenti che provano sono reali. Tuttavia, quel legame non potrà durare se non riusciranno a mettere a tacere i demoni che li perseguitano. Per farlo non gli basterà lavorare insieme: dovranno avere fiducia l’uno nell’altro per guarire il proprio cuore.

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Un esprit libéré

Secrets (Français) | Tome 2
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Secrets, tome 2

Rob Daniels est déterminé à prouver que son frère Alex se trompe sur toute la ligne. Alex pense avoir trouvé l’amour à travers la pratique du BDSM ; Rob est certain que ce n’est pas possible. Il se rend à plusieurs reprises dans un club de Londres pour lui donner tort. En assistant à la soirée d’inauguration du Secrets, Rob a droit à une mauvaise surprise qui le fait fuir en jurant de ne plus jamais revenir… Mais il ne peut pas s’empêcher d’y remettre les pieds et tombe sur un homme imposant : le Dom Vic Prentiss. Leur première rencontre est un désastre.

Mais plus Vic passe de temps avec Rob, plus il est convaincu de deux choses : primo, ce jeune homme est rongé de l’intérieur et deuzio, il est à la recherche de quelque chose. Son instinct le pousse à lui venir en aide, mais une clé est nécessaire pour libérer les secrets dissimulés dans l’esprit de Rob. Il suffit de la trouver. Alors seulement pourra-t-il découvrir le véritable Rob, l’homme qui est effrayé à l’idée de lâcher prise…

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