Holley Trent is a Carolina girl gone West. Raised in rural coastal North Carolina, she has Southern sensibilities but her adventurous spirit drove her to Colorado for new experiences. She writes romances with real-life humor and rural fantasy romances set in her home state.
Holley is a member of RWA and Colorado Romance Writers. She honed her critical reading skills at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's English department, but learned to tell a story from her big sister whose fantastic fibs during childhood left Holley agape and agog.
Fans have clamored for fallen angel Tamatsu’s story, which now unfolds in book two of the Masters of Maria saga by USA TODAY bestselling author Holley Trent.
Cursed by his vengeful elf ex-lover eight hundred years ago, Tamatsu lost not only his voice but his power, and became consumed by a ravenous hunger for food, sex, violence, and other earthly pleasures. Now he’s ready to make a deal with his former flame and tormentor: the return of his voice in exchange for the location of her missing elf queen.
But the Fates have a way of throwing monkey wrenches into the best-laid plans. After so many years in the human realm, Noelle isn’t sure she can remember what happened to his voice or even what made her mad enough to curse Tamatsu in the first place…
Can she find a way to make amends with the only person who’s capable of balancing her? Tamatsu must also decide if being intimate with Noelle again is worth exacerbating his insatiable appetites. It’s not a match made in heaven, but they could make a hell of a team.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Jim West, the New York Coyote pack alpha, has successfully defended his territory from external threats for almost fifteen years. Pack politics may be a pain in his ass, but his command has never been doubted, his authority never questioned.
Until Teddy, an argumentative pancake-house server, challenges more than his patience.
The lithe, pretty human calls to Jim's baser instincts. He knows instantly Teddy is his mate—but the timing couldn't be worse. Tension within his pack is growing, and adding a human mate to the mix could spark an uprising, with Teddy as the target.
Teddy's smart mouth may heat Jim's blood, but with a full moon only days away, getting Teddy to let down his guard and accept him—the man and the beast—is his main priority. There's no fighting the pull of a mate, but learning his lover is a literal predator might make Teddy run right into the danger Jim's desperate to control.
A sexy male/male paranormal romance anthology that will leave you hungry for more…
An exiled wolf shifter meets his mate and experiences a desire so intense it could be the death of them both.
A coyote pack alpha must convince a human to let down his guard and accept him—the man and the beast.
And a Kelpie naval officer discovers that the man marked for sacrifice is the man he's crossed oceans to find.
This anthology includes:
Wolf in King's Clothing by Parker Foye
The Alpha's Claim by Holley Trent
Dark Water by K.L. White
Stories also available for purchase separately.
This book is approximately 105,000 words
From USA TODAY bestselling author Holley Trent comes a new spark-laden shifter series!
Six hundred years after losing his wife and son to his cousin’s deadly scheme, the demigod cougar shifter known as Tito Perez still refuses to take a mate. He couldn’t protect his family in pre-colonial Tenochtitlan where Aztec gods freely roamed, and he won’t risk endangering another in modern New Mexico.
Too bad he doesn’t know he already has one from a tender affair with a sweet bar waitress he abandoned.
After waiting five years for Tito to return to his senses, December Farmer tracks her daughter’s absentee father to the small town of Maria, New Mexico, to make him step up, but he’s not the only one in for a shock. The town is overrun with supernatural beings and, apparently, her daughter, Cruz, is one of them.
December isn’t sure she can stomach being the mate of an immortal shapeshifter, but the stakes are higher for Tito. His cousin intends, yet again, to take away the only things Tito holds dear, and this time, Tito may have no choice but to cast his precious humanity aside and become the unflinching warrior he’s never wanted to be.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Having lost part of his leg in an oilrig accident, Nixon Tucker accepts his friend’s offer to join Norseton’s new wolfpack. At the age of forty-one, Nixon is finally ready for some stability, but the wolf goddess doesn’t make things easy for her favored ones. She drops a broken single mom of two kids onto his path, and immediately, his inner beast takes notice. In spite of Esther Denis-March bearing another man’s bite and scent, Nixon is more than willing let her complicate his life. She could give him the family he craves.
With her abusive husband dead by her hands, Esther arrives in Norseton hoping her brother’s pack won’t send her away. She’s certain that Nixon is the rightful mate her husband wasn’t, but there are no guarantees he’ll keep her. Wolf women aren’t supposed to fight back, and she fears that telling Nixon what she’s done will send him running.
She doesn’t know that Nixon’s got insecurities of his own. He thinks a woman like her deserves a physically strong mate. He was once a threat to other alpha wolves, but he doubts he ever will be again.
This Norseton Wolves story contains allusions that some survivors of domestic abuse may find triggering. Please take care.
-Part of the Reckless Desires collection of stand-alone shapeshifter romances.-
In the darkest corner of an alpha's broken heart, fate ignites a flicker of hope. From lusty wolves and burly bears to decadent dragons, these alphas hunger for inner peace which can only come from finding their perfect mate. Seven best-selling authors each bring you a series of standalone books filled with redemption, love, and reckless desire -- not to mention a whole lot of primal growling as these alpha heroes claim their fated mates.
A desperate entity trapped on the other side of an active hellmouth pleads for were-cougar Belle Foye's help, and she can't stop herself from running toward it, even though it means putting her own life in danger. As if that weren't bad enough, Belle is currently in heat, which means her body is acting in all sorts of ways her brain wished it wouldn't - particularly when it comes to her new babysitter.
Former soldier Steven Welch has been tasked with keeping Belle away from the hellmouth at all costs. It's just his luck her inner cat has taken a shine to his human self. Not only is Belle a bit young in his world-weary opinion, but sticking close to her means he has no choice but to confront a fear of the supernatural he'd hoped he left in the Afghan desert.
When the pair learns Steven could solve Belle's problem and rescue the mysterious soul calling to her, their differences collide. Steven insists he's no hero, while Belle wants to enter the hellmouth and end the trouble it's brought on her family once and for all. Will Steven's fears and stubbornness cause Belle to lose her fated mate and the one man she's ever trusted enough to call "partner"?
Variety is the spice of life, so check out these ten diverse romances featuring multicultural heroes and heroines that you’ll adore. With a wide array of cultures and heritages reflected in these emotional love stories, this collection offers passion and pleasure in vibrant, living color.
Making It Real: After five years in prison, Kareem Henderson is starting his life over and his barbershop is thriving. But the road back is rough, and he never expected his second chance to come from sexy female barber Neecie Baldwin.
Hiding Places: Mona Smith is on the run to avoid getting mixed up in some dirty business with a drug kingpin. Will she find escape or more trouble in unexpected savior Linc Dray’s arms?
My Nora: Matthew Vogel considers painter Manora Frederickson the perfect neighbor—unfortunately, she only has eyes for her artwork. How can he convince her to take a chance on love?
Acute Reactions: The man with allergies never gets the girl, but that may change for Ian Zamora when he makes an appointment with allergist Petra Lale. A little romance might be just what the doctor orders.
Nothing’s Sweeter than Candy: Brice Coleman is proud to be a player until he meets Candace Brown, who doesn’t believe in Prince Charming. What’s a fellow got to do to heal his woman’s broken heart?
Final Mend: Jake Inman needs a private investigator to track down his kidnapped goddaughter. Winona Wall left the PI game, but now to save herself she must team up with Jake—and avoid love at all costs.
California Sunrise: Dr. Raúl Mendez finds himself drawn to single mother Alicia Fuentes, but their blossoming relationship must withstand the political and personal battles that lie in wait.
Running Interference: An offensive linewoman for the Cleveland Clash, Tanya Martin is determined to save her father’s gym, even if it means calling in a favor from her former friend, Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons.
Singapore Fling: Lalita Evans has three weeks to jet across eight countries and prove her worth as the next CEO in the family business. The problem is, she also has to take along Jeremy Lakewood, the new director of marketing. Which comes first: love or career?
Island Pursuits: Former U.S. Marine Adrian Mendez returns to his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago only to run into a feisty island goddess with one flaw—she has no love of anything military.
Hannah Welch doomed were-cougar Sean Foye to spend the rest of his life in his animal form when she refused to accept him as a mate. But an attack at the Foyes' New Mexico ranch ended with Hannah becoming a cougar, too. She strikes a bargain with the goddess who cursed him: Sean will be freed from his furry affliction if Hannah can find him a more suitable mate.
Then the two are paired on a mission to root out a group of troublemakers, and as they work together, their icy feelings end up thawing quickly. Soon, Hannah's not so sure she should give Sean up. He's the only man who's ever made her feel comfortable in her own skin - and her own fur, too. Can she prove to Sean that destiny deserves a second chance?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Her life on hold for too long, Janette Hinson has returned to the United States in search of a mother she hasn’t seen in twenty-five years. But to find her Jan will have to accept help from the one man she desperately wants to avoid: Stephen Scott. Sexy, rich, powerful, and dominating, Stephen has been pursuing Jan for the last year, and she’s the first to admit he more than has what it takes to hold a woman’s interest. But her traumatic past has kept from true intimacy all these years. Yet she senses a darkness in Stephen, one that goes beyond the rumors of his kinkier side…
Stephen Scott is not a man to take no for an answer. Ever since he met Jan he hasn’t been able to get her off of his mind. And no matter how many hours he spends at work, he can’t get the hot little vixen out of his system. It’s time to prove he wants more than just a fling, despite his dark sexual history. What he wants from Jan is to Master her. In every way.
Seventeen years ago, beautiful blueblood Emilie Beaudelaire left New Orleans carrying a dirty little secret that could have sullied her family’s pristine reputation. At thirty-three, she’s content with her quiet life on her Texas ranch and the solitude that residence in the middle of nowhere brings her. When her uncle has a brush with death, she returns home, reluctantly, to lend her support…only to come face to face with the man half responsible for her leaving in the first place. It would seem the baseball team her big brother Henri sponsors has a blast from her past on its roster, and that man has never forgiven her for how she left.
The Reedsville Roosters’ first baseman Leary Marshall last heard from his high school sweetheart via a stack of paperwork sent by her family’s lawyers. Running into Emilie after so many years at her family’s hotel rips open old wounds…but reignites former passions, too. As if things aren’t complicated enough, Leary’s been in a committed relationship to his cowboy right fielder Ren Thompson for a year. He loves Ren, but Emilie’s allure as “the one who got away” is impossible to ignore.
When the sometime-dominatrix Emilie turns out to be a convenient teacher for Ren’s BDSM curiosity, Leary wonders if it’s possible the three of them could each have it all. They could make a perfectly balanced trio, but first, Emilie has to accept that being a Beaudelaire means scandal at every turn—and that the cause of her newest one may be the perfect cure for what ails her.
Believed to be kept under guard by his traveling circus’s owner, Fabian Castillo hasn’t been seen or heard from for more than seven months. Astrid Falk has one week to root him out. The private investigators at Shrew & Company always find their men, and Astrid is no exception.
When Astrid pulls the bewitching acrobat from captivity, however, he refuses to cut and run. He’s got a score to settle with his former foster father Jacques, and Astrid can’t leave Fabian on his own. He speaks no English, and she speaks no Spanish, but when they touch, they don’t need words. There are some perks to being psychic.
Solitary Fabian wants Astrid to be more than just his translator, and she just might be on the market for a new partner. But, the last man she gave her heart to left her high and dry when she needed him most. Committing to Fabian would require a leap of faith she’s not sure she can muster, especially if there’s no net below to catch her if she falls.
Stands Alone: Yes
Mark Mayer has fallen for a woman. Literally. He's given up being an angel to chase after his would-be beloved, a werewolf who's gone feral because she won't settle with a mate. But eons of existence have taught him that without love, he's not really living. He's certain that trading his halo and wings for a mortal life with Sweetie is worth it.
Sweetie Wolff has known all her life that she needs the right man to stabilize her shapeshifter magic. She wants perfect, and good enough won't cut it. Mark isn't just the right man, he's the perfect man. But Sweetie's just a hillbilly wolf with a meddlesome mother. Being with him feels so right, but so selfish, too. He's meant for greater things.
But Mark's determined to convince one stubborn werewolf that together they can find heaven on earth. It just might take a Christmas miracle.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
The last time Claude Fortier fell for a woman, a vengeful demon named Gulielmus killed her while she slept. Even worse? That demon happened to be his father.
Nearly 200 years later, Claude’s lover is back . . . sort of. Gail Colvard may have been born with his sweet Laurette’s soul, but her new-and-improved incarnation is a witch who isn’t taking any mess - not from him, and not from dear old dad, either. Unfortunately, it isn’t just Gulielmus she needs to worry about.
When an enemy intent on upsetting the balance of power in the supernatural world targets Gail, Claude fears he’s doomed to lose her again. And this time, it’ll be for good. Can love truly conquer evil?
Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to the Sons of Gulielmus series.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
He teaches about the Irish past. She worries about their Irish future.
Grant Fennell seems to lack the luck of the Irish. He’s had his nose broken three times, his dissertation advisor was a useless lump, he’s thirty-one and finishing his PhD, and he can’t find a teaching position in the US. Then he accepts a job in his native Ireland on the same day the stunning former student he’s been intrigued by for nearly eight years shows a shred of interest. Finally, he catches a break: Carla Gill needs his expertise.
Carla is at a dead end on her late Irish-American father’s family tree project. Who better to assist than an expert on Irish history? Especially one with the face of an Adonis and a brogue that makes her want to shed her clothes. She’ll be his girlfriend, all right, in spite of her overprotective brothers and nay-saying friend.
But when Carla accompanies Grant to Ireland to conduct her research, he makes it clear he wants to put her on the fast track to matrimony. The professor wants to teach her something about “happily ever after.” Does she really want her happy ending to start right now?
CONTENT WARNING: Contains swearing in two languages and scenes of explicit sensuality.
She married him to save face, but will it be at her heart’s expense?
Megan Coffman needs to put her divorce from one of rock and roll’s biggest womanizers behind her—fast. Dubbed “Poor Meg” by the music media, she’s sick of being pitied and thinks the best way to show the public she’s moved on is to flash her brand new engagement ring. But now she needs a man and a wedding to go with it...
Thirty-five year old Russian expatriate Seth “Red” Rozhkov likes the idea of an instant family and agrees to play husband for a year for a virtual stranger. Women just want him for one thing anyway, and it’s not happily-ever-after. A mutual friend swears if Red plays his cards right, he could have Meg for keeps. He’s willing to try.
Meg finds Red an enigma. He’s a gentle giant, solicitous almost to a fault—and the no-strings-attached sex is amazing, but she’s used to being used. What’s Red getting out of the deal? How can she trust a man who hasn’t asked her for anything in return?
Charles Edison has spent most of his 123 years courting women for Hell. As a faithful son of the demon Gulielmus, he's never known true affection for women. Which is funny, seeing as how he’s descended from a love god on his mother’s side. Now that he sees his brother falling head over heels, Charles wants the same for himself. He wants to belong to someone.
The Fates conspire to right old wrongs, and Charles learns the woman destined for him is one he shouldn’t want. Marion Wilder’s family has been on the supernatural Most Wanted List for twenty-five years because they were responsible for the demise of a demon. Gulielmus would kill her if he had the chance.
But Marion’s the only human woman Charles can touch without harming. She’s his one chance at having a normal life and a real family, and he would give up anything to keep her. Even his father’s favor.
Meet Colleen, the second of five unforgettable characters in the Emerald Springs Legacy.
Life in the small town of Emerald Springs, Washington, is anything but slow and peaceful. An old feud between former business partners Whitman and Sanders keeps competition on a high burner, fueling resentment, renewing rivalries...and love. Now someone is trying to bring down Emerald Tea Farm, and it’s up to both families to protect their future while still wrangling over the past.
Colleen Sanders watched her father, Joe, fritter away the family farm for twenty years. Now that she’s in charge of Split Acres operations, she plans to turn the outfit around, with or without his help. Unfortunately, with the farm finances in a mess and an unusual uptick of suspicious disasters to contend with, her savings aren’t enough to keep the business afloat.
So she marries a stranger to get it.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Sometimes Cupid works in mysterious ways. This diverse collection of Valentine tales proves that love can be found when you least expect it and in the least likely places . . . A farmer, a doctor, a biker, and a werewolf all get struck by the love god’s arrows in this sweet and super-sexy anthology.
Bloom by Rachel Cross
When L.A.’s charity fundraising maven Ava Bennett heads out to the middle of nowhere to check on a friend of her rock star client, she’s shocked to discover the surly farmer she meets is actually Nathaniel Robinson. Once an infamous music producer, Nate traded in his fast-paced lifestyle for sanity - and now lives off the grid as a small organic farmer. Can a career woman find love with a virtual hermit?
Laying Down His Colors by Debra KaynA year ago on Valentine’s Day, Kristen Mead had a night she can’t forget with Bruce Grennan. But the Bantorus Motorcycle Club member and Cactus Cove bartender has ignored her ever since. As a Club kid, she knows the golden rule: you never mess with a fellow member’s daughter. But she’s all grown up, and ready to stake a claim on her man. Will he risk everything - including the respect of his brothers - to make Kristin his?
Trapped by Cupid by Nicole FlocktonNurse Lisa Wheeler wouldn’t mind getting swept off her feet this Valentine’s Day, but it seems Cupid’s arrow has passed her by. Instead, she’s stuck working the late shift with arrogant Dr. Noah Collins. But when this couple gets stuck in a stalled elevator, it turns out the ER’s golden boy might just have a secret soft side - and Cupid might have better aim than she thought.
A Demoness Matched by Holley Trent
Liberated from a dangerous cult, Julia Tate needs protection from her incubus father. Luckily, her brother Charles, an eros demon, knows just where she can find it: at the home of reclusive former baseball star Calvin Wolff. The mysterious Mr. Wolff is hiding a hairy secret and doesn’t want to let anyone get close, but he’s drawn to this innocent young woman’s enthusiasm. When trouble finds them, they discover a werewolf and a demoness just might make an out-of-this-world match.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
She's a Carolina beauty queen, not a cowgirl, but one Wyoming rancher thinks she's perfectly qualified for the job that matters most.
A year in godforsaken Storafalt, Wyoming? No big deal…or so traveling tutor Veronica Silver tells herself. She needs hands-on experience with a special group of students to qualify for a grant, and her assigned passel of ranch kids are special cases, all right. Ronnie loves a challenge, but pitted against a small town’s far-too-active grapevine and a woeful lack of amenities, she worries she won’t be able to hack it.
With the education system in Storafalt sorely lacking, rancher John Lundstrom thought hiring a private tutor would ease some of his considerable stress. What he didn’t expect was a powerful mutual attraction with Ronnie or her steadfast refusal to let him properly court her. She’s on a one-year assignment and wants no entanglements when it’s time to go home to North Carolina.
An unplanned pregnancy and Ronnie’s ensuing deception spins the Lundstrom ranch into a major upheaval. John refuses to let Ronnie run away with his daughter, but he may be forced to compromise when her homesickness threatens to drive a wedge between the two lonely hearts once and for all.
Several times per year, New Orleans’s Hotel Beaudelaire invites a select few guests to make their sexual fantasies come true.
Eve and Brent Troy have been married three months and have yet to consummate their union. Faced with losing her claim to her family property, busy surgeon Eve had to marry before her thirtieth birthday. Brent was single and convenient, and more importantly, he said yes.
Now, she wants to light a flame under their cold marriage, but they’re strangers and don’t know how to connect. A New Year’s weekend at The Beaudelaire is supposed to give them the tools they need. When they arrive, they learn the tool they’ve been equipped with comes in form of Eve’s best friend and fellow doctor Remy Kelly. He knows Eve’s marriage is a sham, and is intent on claiming her for himself. But, when faced with Eve’s strapping new husband who comes onto Remy’s radar as exactly the kind of alpha male he likes, he has a battle of conscience. He wants to take Eve home, not Brent, but for some reason they seem like a package deal.
At The Beaudelaire anything goes, so instead of two people letting down their guards, three forge bonds. That’s all well and good for the weekend, but what will shake out of their tentative ménage à trois when it’s time to go home?
***WARNING: contains explicit sexual content, including male/male contact.***
Room service attendant Giselle Burke has worked at the New Orleans’s Hotel Beaudelaire for two years. While the rich and famous have their most carnal desires indulged during the hotel’s rare Den of Sin weekends, Giselle must remain an outsider looking in on the revelry. A hard thing for a woman who craves being touched.
When her longtime friend Max—known in BDSM circles as the “dark dom”—invites her into one of the hotel’s premium black rooms to help him break in his new submissive, she throws caution to the wind for just an hour. Max knows exactly how to extinguish her skin hunger, but he doesn’t recruit her into his play just because she sets a good example. With her, he doesn’t need to be the dark dom. Unfortunately, that’s the only way she’ll have him.
***Contains scenes of an explicit sexual nature and adult language.***
Shrew & Company is already down one investigator when the boss Dana sends Tamara Ursu out in search of a rogue Were-bear. Dana didn’t expect her Shrew to go rogue, too.
If it weren’t for the plea of Bryan Ridge’s sister, the ladies of the investigation firm would have happily left the missing Bear lieutenant on the run. They’re trying to extricate themselves from the Bear-Catamount conflict—not escalate it further. But when Tamara finds Bryan, he lays out a convincing case for them to partner up…and he wants her stay quiet about it.
Bryan intends to oust his Alpha and take the job for himself. Once known as the peacekeepers of the Smoky Mountains, the Bears are now known more for dealing pot than mediating disputes. Bryan wants to bring them back to their respectable origins, which may mean forcing a deeper rift in the already-fractured group. Much to his chagrin, he can’t do it alone.
Although Tamara and Bryan get on like fire and ice, she actually thinks his idea is a good one. The sooner the Bear drama gets resolved, the sooner she can return to her routines back in Durham. To complicate matters, proximity to Bryan negatively impacts Tamara’s health, and the Bear part of him wants to take her for a mate. He has little choice but to call in the Shrews for assistance.
They’ll help him eliminate his Alpha, but first, Tamara has to deal with the illness that Bryan seems to be both the cause of and cure for.
***Sensuality level: sexy. Also contains coarse language and shapeshifter violence.***
After twenty-eight years, skeptic John Tate is cast out of his cult. As he has neither money nor education, he’s completely without prospects. That is, until Gulielmus, his long-silent demon daddy, swoops in with a job offer this half incubus can’t refuse: seducing women for Team Hell. Sounds like a great gig for a virgin.
Ariel Thomas knows smart women don’t stop for hitchhikers, but the one she spots on the Arizona roadside lures her like an irresistible mirage. For once in her well-regimented life she decides to do something out of character, and offers the gorgeous hobo a ride. She’s got a long drive ahead to North Carolina, and what better way to stay awake behind the wheel than to have eye candy to ogle?
John’s unsophisticated charm makes Ariel swoon, and he’s enthralled by her worldliness. The two fall hard and fast, but Gulielmus wants to put the skids on their cross-country love affair. John may be hiding his true nature, but Ariel has some secrets in her family tree Team Hell won’t forgive.
Demon spawn aren’t supposed to fall in love with their prey, and John is forced to make the age-old choice: good versus evil. Who’d be easier to run from—his powerful demon father or the woman who actually thinks he’s worth loving?
She went to Ireland looking for a muse, but found a mathematician instead.
Photojournalist Erica Desoto has spent five weeks in Western Europe hoping for inspiration, with just one decent photo to show for her effort. And that shot was accidental. As her sabbatical comes to a close, she’s ready to give up on her portfolio altogether.
Serial dater Curt Ryan isn’t looking for love...or even a distraction. With a PhD to finish and his family under intense scrutiny by the Irish press, he already has too much on his plate. But when his godchildren barrel into a pretty American who just happens to live a few hours from where he studies in North Carolina, a new distraction is exactly what he gets.
Back in the States, Erica and Curt initiate an incendiary no-strings-attached affair that inevitably has both questioning what they want…and what they’re willing to do to get it. Mathematician Curt risks emotion clouding his logic. For Erica, keeping her muse close may mean embracing the exact things she ran from as a young woman. Is exposing their hearts a calculated risk both are willing to take?
CONTENT WARNING: Contains Cubana snark, adult language, and explicit sex including back door loving.
Mandy McCarthy is unlucky in love and hapless on the job. In six weeks, she couldn’t sell a single used car at her stepfather’s lot. Just when she begins to fret that her fortune will never turn around, her salvation arrives at Archie’s A-1 Autos in a surprising form: the governor’s son.
Not only does Aaron Owen want to recruit Mandy to work for his car charity, but the two have an instant attraction that has them sneaking off for trysts during test drives. Unfortunately, Governor Owen plans to run for re-election and he expects his grown son to keep his nose clean. That means no shagging his staff, and definitely no falling in love with wildcards - at least not until after the election.
Mandy doesn’t want to play secret lovers and would rather let the love of her life go than hide as if she’s a dirty little secret. With the governor blackmailing his son and threatening to pull his charity’s grant funding if he doesn’t drop her, Mandy figures her luck will run out again unless someone’s willing to swing a U-turn . . . but who?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
All Gillian wanted was to pick up a third job so she could buy her preschool students Christmas gifts. She didn’t think she’d be the one getting picked up instead.
Her new boss, Nicholas Roth, is the big man in charge at Santa Incorporated—what Gillian thought was a seasonal staffing agency. But the sexy CEO has a holly jolly secret; he’s an equal opportunity employer and most of his staff are elves.
Santa has another secret. When he’s not delivering toys for his charity, he’s contending with political unease in the magic realm. To take his father’s throne as king of the elves, he has to get married…and only magic-proof Gillian will do. Gillian agrees thinking Nick will cut her loose after the busy Christmas rush, but he has other ideas.
Nick wants a permanent Mrs. Roth but Gillian doesn’t think she’s it.
When painter Manora Fredrickson left Baltimore for a fixer-upper located in her ancestral Tyner, North Carolina, she figured she’d be getting away from the distractions of the city: the noise, the crime, the event invitations . . . her ex-husband. Happy to be a recluse at age twenty-eight, all Nora wants to do is paint, lick her wounds, and maybe sneak across the county line for some of Hattie’s artery-clogging fried chicken.
Enter Matthew Vogel. His little piece of Tyner abuts Nora’s and from the moment the consummate bachelor stops by her barn to find her dancing around like a Jersey City showgirl, he decides the spunky firecracker is the woman for him. Nora doesn’t agree, but she can’t get the brawny fisherman off her mind or her doorstep.
As much as Nora is attracted to her charming neighbor, she thinks Matt deserves better than a curmudgeonly hermit. Her last marriage fell apart because of her commitment to her art. Matt wants to convince her it won’t happen again - not with him.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Someone’s trying to sabotage the launch of Natural by Nicolette’s new line of nail polishes and Nikki is too danged pregnant for her usual brand of vigilantism. She tasks her ambitious junior chemist, Trinity, with the chore of rooting out the pest. As double insurance, she also bribes her Jack-of-All-Trades tech guy Jeremiah to lend his expertise to the investigation.
Trinity believes Jerry—a heavily tattooed former pro surfer—is lazy and immature. Jerry thinks Trinity—a twenty-three-year-old preppy know-it-all who fancies herself the company’s future Vice President—takes herself too seriously. They obviously hadn’t heard about how opposites attract. Then one night while watching security footage, Jerry stuns her with both his past and his kiss.
Trinity quickly learns that for as much as she tries to be Jerry’s boss, he’s the real alpha in the room. And when he cleans himself up, he’s damn near irresistible—not just to Trinity. With the nail polish’s launch in limbo and the company’s new ad campaign making waves, it’s Trinity who feels she needs to grow up. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her shot at the only man she’s ever wanted who’s smarter than her.
Lovebirds Nicolette and Charlie are back in this sequel to The Spirit of Things, and this time it’s not Nikki complicating the relationship. When Charlie’s high school girlfriend and the mother of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gabby, swoops into town, Nikki and the rest of Chowan County go into high alert. Becky is planting seeds of unrest and trying to rile Gabby up, but no one knows why.
With the gossip mill churning and Nikki’s insect repellant business being thrown into a state of flux because of a cosmetics company’s interest, Nikki second-guesses whether it’s the right time to marry Charlie. Can she and Charlie work through it or will Becky’s shake-up split them apart for good? (56 Pages)
Nicolette Stacy is a twenty-eight-year-old middle school teacher who's been saddled into advising her school's rag-tag cheerleading squad. The squad is hardheaded and reckless, going so far as to execute a dangerous stunt that puts one girl in the emergency room. Having already decided to quit and return to the corporate world, Nikki wakes up one morning on the sofa of Charlie, a squad member's father, having no memory of the previous night's events. Mortified, Nikki flees to her new life and new men, but the loose ends she left behind in Tyner won't let her stay away. Can she clean up the mess she made without getting further involved? (50 pages)