Darlene Jacobs is an emerging author of romance books with breezy erotica moments. Between reading, riding horses and learning about fine wines, she creates characters who long for romance with a bit of naughty thrown in for good measure.
Ever heard of a fashion blogger without much fashion sense?
That's quirky, Lola. At 22, you can always find her donning hipster glasses and colorful knee-high socks. Her purses of choice? Circa 1940. She wears patterned feminine dresses and Birkenstock sandals. Yes, she knows they're ugly, but any Oregonian worth a grain of salt, has several pair.
And with the holidays approaching, Lola is poised to make a killing on Black Friday. You could say that Black Friday is the most important day in her life. More important than her own birthday or Christmas.
But this year, her boyfriend Austin, is determined to have a proper holiday. Months in advance, he planned a romantic, no cell phone, no wifi couples getaway at the Cooper Spur ski resort, which happens to fall on Black Friday weekend.
However, things don't go as planned, in fact they blow up in Lola's face. She is on the brink of losing the love of her life and missing the biggest shopping day of the year.
What is a girl to do?
Author's Note: This is a stand alone clean, sweet, cozy, holiday romance. HEA. If you want some steamy sizzle, check out my Stepbrother Romance Series and my Paranormal MMA Alpha Romance Series; first book, The Pretty.
An Alpha MMA Paranormal Romance
There is no man he can't beat, and no woman he can't bed.
Meet Roman; also known as, THE PRETTY.
A light-heavyweight MMA fighter known for his crippling blows in the ring, Roman got his nickname, The Pretty, for dominating the ring without a scratch to his face.
Roman has a following of men who want to bask in his presence, and women who only want a piece of The Pretty...
...the highly endowed piece.
What Roman wants, Roman gets.
That is, until secretive, curvy-sensation, Tuesday came along. An Ivy Leaguer who's taken over the gym management after her uncle's passing. Her tastes are platinum, standards high, her secrets, many.
The Pretty assumed Tuesday would be just another easy lay. He thought wrong. This one was a 'tough to impress' bitch, and that made him want her even more.
Finally, a crack in her stone-cold veneer gives Roman hope. He invites her to his championship fight where he expects to win big... in the ring and out.
But what happens next defies the laws of the universe and the rules of love and lust.
This is Book 1 of a 4 Part Series. Mature Audience. Order: The Pretty, The Broken, The Rising
Jake, an alpha male, star rugby player and Dean's Lister, happens to be my stepbrother by marriage... and also my lover.
At first I hated this golden boy. But we've been through so much together; from an intentional near drowning and him saving my life, to admitting we are hot for each other.
We've discovered ways to please each other six ways from Sunday. But, as my stepbrother, our relationship is taboo.
Our parents insisted we go with them on their second honeymoon, to the Maldives Islands. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to slip away with Jake.
But things didn't turn out as planned; in fact, they blew up in my face. Afterwards, Jake and I go our separate ways. I believe it's best because my mom deserves to be happy without the drama our relationship brings.
I settle into life after graduation. I work part-time with a startup and go to a local community college. I decide while I'm figuring out what to do with my life, this is the best course.
But out clubbing with friends one night, I run into, The Spence. The Spence and I met at a campus party. I had to put an end to his groping with a twist of his member, to get his attention.
But he's learned his lesson and we have a blast going out on 'no hands' dates. I wish Jake and I had this kind of fun.
Jake decides to play pro rugby in Ireland and gives me an ultimatum. He didn't phrase it as one, however, it is thinly veiled. I don't do well with ultimatums.
I'm faced with a decision that could have a devastating effect on our newly blended family.
I have to wonder... Would it be worth it?
My stepbrother, Jake, an alpha male, rugby player, is related to me by marriage only. Yet our relationship is still considered taboo.
I thought my life was over when he moved in. He became the apple of everyone's eye... accept for mine. I hated his perfect ways.
But Jake did more than rescue me from a watery grave; he awakened my urges. I never thought I was into, or even wanted a guy physically, until Jake.
I not only want him... I need him.
But while visiting his college campus, we both make mistakes, and find ourselves in an unexpected situation: Do we commit to each other and let our parents know, or go back to our old lives?
My mom plans an exotic getaway to the Maldives islands for a second honeymoon and has insisted both of us come.
I won't lie to my mom, so I am scared that she'll pick up on the connection that Jake and I have, and ask me straight out.
But I put that out of my mind and there is nothing better than a powdery beach, Jake and mind-blowing sex. Sign me up.But things don't go as planned, and Jake and I are faced with the ultimate decision...
40/20 Rule in rugby: The ball must bounce within the field of play at least once before finding the touch line.
I was the touchline.
My stepbrother, Jake, a rugby player, plays by all the rules... except when it comes to me. He saved my life... literally. I had planned to slip under the ocean's waves. But Jake was there to rescue me from myself.
At first I thought I hated Jake. He was the typical alpha male that gets whatever he wants when he wants it. The pride of our newly blended family; he's on the Dean's list, a star rugby player and the apple of both our parent's eyes. I've only known him for three months, but I had already formed a jealous, negative opinion.
However, my attitude would flipflop drastically about Jake the day he drove me up to his college campus to stay a few days, party, and watch rugby practice. The ride there was so hot and sexy, I couldn't possibly believe that experience could be topped.
Or could it?
Unfortunately, Jake neglected to tell me that someone was waiting for him on campus... a barbie that had a hold on him. While Jake figures out what he really wants; I don't wait around. His rugby teammate, 'The Spence,' has his eye (and hands) all over me.
What will it be, Jake?
I stand at the edge of the ocean with my toes buried in the sand. I remove my clothing one piece at a time. No one is around. I'm alone on this beach, so I feel liberated. It's a relief to have finally made the decision to leave this world the same way that I came into it.
No one would miss me. My mom remarried and now has a shiny new stepson to brag about named Jake. I can't stand Jake. He's an alpha male about as perfect as perfect comes. He's a star rugby player, and on the Dean's list.
Suddenly, I'm yanked by the arm, thrown over the shoulder and brought back to shore. It's Jake. As I lay naked in his arms, my eyes transfixed on his pink, smooth lips that curl up at the corners.
Why do I suddenly want to kiss him?