Bestselling author Laurie LeClair writes contemporary romance, romantic comedies, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. Laurie has a not-so-secret love for characters who make her laugh, cry, and who linger in her mind long after the story ends. Laurie’s habit of daydreaming has gotten her into a few scrapes and launched her to take up her dream of writing. Finally, she can put all those stories in her head to rest as she brings them to life on the page. Laurie loves to write, read, bake, travel and discover new adventures. She considers herself a New Texan (New England born and raised and now living in Texas). She lives in Central Texas with her husband, Jim. Laurie loves to hear from her readers.
NEW from the bestselling romantic comedy Once Upon A Romance series by Laurie LeClair! If you love fairy tales, you’ll love this funny, heartwarming modern day twist on the classics.
What happens when a royal princess in line for the throne doesn’t want to be found?
Rumors of her upcoming arranged marriage of convenience—to someone she’s never even met—prompts Princess Sophia to escape her royal duties and join her best friend to work incognito at King’s Department Store for the next few weeks. However, Sophia’s adventure of a lifetime is in jeopardy as her true identity comes to light when she meets her match as well as the man of her dreams…
Bachelor businessman Sebastian McLeod longs to secure a lucrative deal for the future of his countrymen with King’s to spotlight his ancestral castle for destination weddings and honeymoons in the famous store’s registry. However, once he meets Sophia, he’s inexplicably drawn to the funny, sexy lass who gets herself into all kinds of antics and trouble. Now, he’s torn between what his country needs and what his heart wants.
Sparks fly and heat blazes between Sophia and Sebastian, even before they share that perfect first kiss. But when he soon discovers who she really is and meant for a royal match with another will all hope be lost?
Can a royal and a commoner share a destiny and a love forever more?
Start reading this romantic comedy, modern day twist on the classic fairy tale Princess And The Pea filled with heart and humor now…
Rising country music star Cassidy James McCall is living her own version of a bad country song. After undergoing vocal chord surgery, her future is uncertain. To escape the constant presence of tabloid reporters, she accepts an invitation to celebrate Christmas with her McCall cousins. But her idea of a quiet and peaceful holiday comes to a screeching halt the moment she crashes into her former boyfriend, the tough yet noble cowboy that she's never gotten over.
Widowed, single father and ex-rodeo bull rider, Ryder Hadley, longs to raise his precious little girl in his safe, secure small hometown of Honor, Texas while bringing his ranch back to life. It’s a simple wish that goes haywire when the mega country sensation and the woman who stole his heart years ago gallops back in to town, igniting a firestorm of emotions in her wake.
As Ryder tries to protect his heart from falling once again under Cassidy's spell, he soon learns he's not the only one who can't resist her–his daughter wants Cassidy as a bride for her daddy. With the help of some Christmas magic, will Ryder and Cassidy get the second chance that they've always wanted?
When Dallas society bride Elizabeth Eve Barrington discovers her intended’s financial ulterior motives for marriage, she hightails it out of the church in her wedding gown and hops in the back of a parked and beat-up pickup truck.
Happy to leave the big city, sexy cowboy Connor McCall jumps in his truck, revs up his engine, and then heads home to Honor, Texas with the goal of saving his family's failing ranch. Hours later and miles down country roads, Connor discovers the stowaway bride, and he’s pretty sure she’s feigning amnesia.
What’s a cowboy to do? Cowboy up, of course. He takes Eve home, determined to solve her mystery. What he discovers is a lot of smoke–and where there's smoke, there's fire, with the heat generating between them hot enough to burn. Will Connor be damned if he falls for the beautiful runaway bride or will he be damned if he doesn’t?
Jenny Wentworth returns in disgrace to her hometown of Honor, TX. After being left high and dry at the altar, she's done with men. However, there's nothing more precious to her than being a loving mother and creating the family she's always longed to have. But she needs help in the baby making department..
Sheriff Caleb McCall longs to save his family’s ranch and legacy. His beloved Gramps nearly lost it all, so he and his brothers are doing everything in their power to bring it back to life again. Hard work and dedication aren't enough. Unexpectedly, help comes from his buddy's sister Jenny, who he refused to get involved with all those years ago.
When Jenny reunites with her brother’s best friend, she can’t ignore her growing feelings for the honorable Sheriff McCall. Are his kisses real or just a temporary distraction for his ongoing fight for the McCall Ranch? Can she risk her battered heart one more time to find out the answer?
Best friends for life. That was their pact.
Feisty, spitfire Hannah Prescott yearns to get the bulls she raises to the top rodeo circuit finals. Being a woman in a male-dominated career means she fights harder for what she wants, and romance plays no part in her goals. But when everything's on the line and her best friend asks her to play pretend, what's a girl to do?
Sexy, life of the party cowboy Cody McCall is determined to save the legacy of his family’s ranch and give his beloved, widowed grandfather something to live for again. Options are limited until he hits on the perfect plan–pretending to marry the girl who’s been his confidante and friend all these years. After stealing sweet kisses with Hannah, Cody starts to dream of something more permanent...if he can only convince Hannah to agree that the move from friendship to marriage is worth the fight. He wants a forever bride, but there's only one cowgirl he desires.
Can he ever melt her frozen heart?
Ice sculptor Krystal Winters yearns to get her less than cooperative, younger sister through college. When Krystal takes on a high-paying gig for King’s Department Store to help pay for tuition, she has no idea her carefully carved out single life is about to shatter right before her very eyes.
Sexy firefighter Dante Powers—dumped by his longtime girlfriend—uses laser focus to concentrate on his career. His promotion is in sight. That is until he’s unexpectedly sidelined when he attempts to rescue Krystal’s falling ice sculpture at the party.
Now, Dante is broken and out of commission for six, long weeks. He’s already using precious energy dodging his matchmaking sister. It can only get worse if he doesn’t do something quick.
What’s a guy to do but enlist the aid of the woman who did this to him? If only his lie to convince Krystal to give him boyfriend lessons didn’t backfire on him…
Heat sparks. Attraction burns bright. But when Dante starts feeling a great deal more, can his attempts at melting Krystal’s frozen heart work?
Start reading this modern-day fairy tale and romantic comedy now…
Here’s the NEW book from the bestselling romantic comedy series Once Upon A Romance by Laurie LeClair.
When bakery owner Gretchen Hart crosses paths with billionaire wine maker Noah Blackstock will it end up being a delectable treat or a recipe for disaster?
With sales plummeting and her business in jeopardy, bakery owner Gretchen Hart enters King’s Department Store Baking Contest in hopes of winning the ten-thousand-dollar grand prize. Her family’s livelihood is at risk; she’s desperate to help raise her niece. And what better way to infuse cash and buy new equipment for her place so she can stir up the gorgeous, pricey wedding cakes she dreams of creating, right? However, there’s plenty of lumps along the way to the finale, especially her distraction over a certain hottie disguised as her delivery guy…
Noah Blackstock, owner of the generations-old Blackstock Winery, longs to inject new life in the lackluster enterprise. Keeping a lid on his parents’ secret divorce, their constant bickering, and halting their invasion of the money coffers proves challenging, to say the least. And his meddling sisters wonder why he stays far away from the marriage trap!
He pairs up with King’s to spotlight his wine only to get roped into accepting a role in their new on-air contest. It’s pure torture for Noah when he comes face-to-face with the super sexy and sweet bakery shop contestant who he’d lied to in order to help her meet her delivery deadline. Much to his dismay, it’s not just her raspberry-filled, lemon cake with buttercream frosting he wants after all.
Discovering it’s a baking reality show, Gretchen’s dose of stage fright and her usual open-mouth-insert-foot disease jars her nerves while raising the stakes against her. Oh, yeah, and not to mention that a certain sizzling guy turns out to be one of the judges! In hot water doesn’t even come close to describing how her growing attraction is derailing her chances.
Now, with so much on the line, can their relationship stay under wraps? Or will Noah and Gretchen’s heated looks and stolen kisses flare out of control and put an end to all their hopes and dreams?
NEW from the bestselling Once Upon A Romance Series by Laurie LeClair. Read HOODWINKED BY A WOLFE Book 9 in the romantic comedy modern day twist on fairy tales series now!
Going from best friends to lovers never crosses Rachael Elizabeth Darling's mind. Denial works fine. Until now. Does she dare risk upsetting the status quo? If so, will she discover Logan Wolfe is really the bad boy billionaire he makes himself out to be to the rest of the world?
Can best friends dare to dream for more?
Naïve and sheltered, Rachael Elizabeth Darling longs to get her new designs for her RED line from paper to product asap. That and see her grandmother after six long months. But, she discovers someone else sitting behind Grammy’s desk. What the heck’s been going on since she’s been away anyway?
Billionaire bad boy, Logan Wolfe is desperate to officially dismantle Darling Enterprises in ten short days. That’s all the time he’s got before the jig is up and confession time. He’s doing his friend, Rach, a favor. Or so he says. But there’s other things involved and he’s not coughing up the details one second before.
Now, their longtime friendship is tested by more than just his business antics. Awareness and growing attraction sideline both their plans and upends their lives. They begin to wonder if a girl and a guy can remain just friends.
Logan’s put everything on the line. So when Rach finds out the truth will she ever forgive the Big Bad Wolfe in him for what he’s doing to her and her family? Can their friendship survive the fallout? Well, for that matter, can her heart?
New from the bestselling author of the romantic comedy series, Once Upon A Romance!
Can trusting in love make you dream bigger than ever before?
Annabelle O’Connor desperately needs a real, live hero—not for herself—for her young son who’s living in a Superhero fantasy world. He’s in trouble. If only she could help him…
As the owner of Mermaid Landscapes and Waterworks, Annabelle’s had her fair share of water mishaps. None compare to when she finds herself on the wrong end of a car sailing through a huge puddle. She’s drenched in a nearly transparent dress as she comes face-to-face with the handsome driver.
Ditching law school and becoming a cop is high on Max Whitfield’s wish list. All that’s left is to deliver the news to his brothers. But they’ve lost both their parents already and he knows the orphans don’t want to lose him, too.
To add to his woes, Max is sinking fast for the spunky woman he splashed. He can’t bring himself to walk away from Annabelle. The attraction pulls him in and keeps him coming back for more. And her son looks up to him. His need to protect them from drowning in hurt again—even by him— beats strong and steady.
He’s a heady distraction she can’t afford. However, his charming ways soon work their magic on her and she’s nowhere near to trusting herself around him, especially when she discovers Max is ready, willing, and able to put his life on the line. She knew getting involved with him was a bad idea.
But how can Annabelle turn away from what she’s feeling when Max seems like the perfect real, live hero for her son and maybe the one she never knew she ever wanted for herself? And will Max put loving Annabelle on the top of his to-do list and forgo his own dreams?
New romantic comedy in the bestselling Once Upon A Romance Series by Laurie LeClair.
With Mr. Wrong long gone and a sparkly ring from Mr. Right, Madison’s put her past behind her and her future looks bright. Or does it? She yearns to find her birth mother. However, Madison has two measly weeks to do so before returning home and officially announcing her engagement to her lawyer/wannabe politician fiancé. Keeping her wishes top secret on dredging up family skeletons is a must.
The only clue Madison has to her real mom directs her to King’s Department Store. Desperate, she applies for a coveted job at the famous store. Can things go more wrong when perfume is spilled on her vintage dress, she gets a bad case of the giggles during the interview, and the bosses turn her down flat? At wit’s end, Madison can’t imagine that her last chance could arrive in a white lab coat…
Dex, also known as King’s ‘mad scientist’ and the inventor of the perfume, is determined to snag the newly created director of product development position. But, when no one considers he’s more than a lab genius, he sets out to come up with the formula to prove them wrong. If only he hadn’t bumped into adorable, funny Madison. Now, she’s a heady distraction and jeopardizing his chances when red flags go up at King’s as the head honchos wonder what she’s really after.
The alliance Madison and Dex form leads to a chemical attraction they can’t deny. However, the more combustible they become the more in danger they are of losing everything they long for.
Can a ‘mad scientist’ get the awesome job and the dream girl? And as time runs out, will Madison finally find her birth mother while realizing that Mr. Just Right may be the perfect guy for this ‘Goldilocks"?
New romantic comedy novella in the Once Upon A Romance Series from bestselling author Laurie LeClair.
Can’t a girl just lead a normal, humdrum life around here?
Artist, Paige Sumner is desperate to stay far, far away from the spotlight. She had her turn there with disastrous results. Yet her plans to stay under the radar fall apart when the owner of King’s Department Store sees her designs and enlists her in a highly visible venture.
Ex NFL football player, Jay Whitfield longs to keep his promise to his late mother and care for his three brothers. Knocked out of the game, Jay searches for another long term way to support his family. When King’s offers him an exclusive merchandise deal, he jumps at the chance. However, he gets more than he bargained for when he gets tangled up with Paige and finds success for him depends on her cooperation. Jay needs her to agree to participate in a steamy, hot new ad campaign for the store and she’s determined to sit this one out on the sideline.
Can Paige get past her fear of the spotlight to help Jay earn the money he needs to raise and feed his kid brothers? Or will Paige turn her back on her one chance of redemption and walk away from the man she’s falling head over heels in love with?
A new romantic comedy novella in the Once Upon A Romance Series from bestselling author Laurie LeClair.
Can a kiss change your life?
Evelyn White wants a baby. On her own. It’s ironic that the King’s Department Store wedding assistant doesn’t plan on having a wedding for herself. She’d rather tackle parenthood on her terms. Less fuss. Less mess. And there’s no one to have to deal with when making decisions. Will being a single mom be everything it’s cracked up to be? Evelyn questions herself when her heart goes pitter-patter after clumsily dropping her tote bag and its contents, and then staring up into the breathtaking baby blues of the man she practically maims.
Shane Weston fears divorce. He’s been put through the wringer ever since his parents’ messy break up years ago. To this day, he’s still refereeing their ongoing squabbles. So, when he hears who his cousin is marrying, he rushes to stop the certain disastrous union and save his cousin from the worst mistake of his life. But he needs allies to achieve his goal. He’s doing everything in his power to enlist the help of King’s wedding assistant. Only he’s not so sure his reasons are pure anymore when Evelyn and he pretend to be a couple and he starts falling for her, hard and fast.
Attraction leads to a kiss. The kiss awakens Evelyn to things she never knew she wanted. The same kiss puts Shane’s heart at risk.
Neither Evelyn nor Shane want a romance. They have better things to do with their lives. But will one spectacularly amazing kiss change both their views on marriage and their dreams forever? And can Evelyn and Shane put aside what they long for in order to make way for a love of a lifetime?
He needs answers…
She wants her family found…
A night of passion stands in their way…
In book 2 of the romantic suspense The Bounty Hunter Series, Jackson Riley demands to uncover who was behind his father’s murder. But, the man who knows the truth has vanished.
Now, Storm Weatherly, the woman he had an incredible passion-filled night with years ago, needs Riley’s bounty hunting services to help in finding her kidnapped family-one of them is the man who holds the key to the murder. Does she dare allow Riley that close to her family, but especially to her heart?
Riley still burns at her disappearing act the morning after. He wonders, when she gets what she wants, will she so easily dismiss him again? Can his heart withstand another blow?
In this romantic suspense, can Riley and Storm fight their burning attraction and put aside their differences to join forces and track down her family and take down the bad guys while trying?
Don’t miss out on the sequel to the romantic suspense Murphy’s Law. Start reading Riley’s Rules now to unlock the whereabouts of Murphy and Echo and discover Riley and Storm’s action-packed confrontation with the killers!
In this Once Upon A Romance Series romantic comedy novella, tall, quirky Peg Newbury needs a date for a day, or two tops, when her strikingly beautiful and perfectly coiffed family comes for a visit. They worry about their ugly duckling daughter and long for her to meet a prince, settle down, start a family and live a perfect life just like them. However, Peg loves her job as the executive assistant at King’s Department Store and accepts she’s a career woman, far from pretty, and not likely to end up a happily ever after.
She can’t convince her family, though. At her wit’s end, she resorts to drastic steps and thinks her best solution is to get a guy to pose as her beau. She hopes that a pretend boyfriend will get them to stop worrying and let her be. Yet as much as she protests against a relationship her heart is in for a surprise when she hires a rent-a-date who prefers her just the way she is.
Rocker Austin Rhoades, fresh off a two year around-the-world gig, wants out of the spotlight. He’s in Dallas to see his half-sister before he hightails it out of town and heads for his much-needed R&R. When he meets and becomes fascinated with adorable Peg and her funny sayings, he ends up extending his visit. He realizes that his cover is sure to be blown the longer he stays and the more time he spends with her. But, Austin thinks he has escaped notice until her family, assuming they’re engaged, blabs to the press and starts planning the non-existent wedding.
The more Peg and Austin try to keep the status quo the more difficult it is to keep their growing attraction under wraps.
Can a reluctant beauty who’s never considered herself a love interest accept that she’s the perfect catch?
In this romantic comedy, bull rider Jake Lassiter unexpectedly finds himself the sole guardian to his three teenaged cousins, and it’s a disaster. So far they’ve let his prized bull out and nearly got them all killed, put a hole in the shed roof, and turned his quiet orderly ranch into a chaotic deathtrap. He needs to rid them of their city ways and teach them how to survive on a Montana ranch or they are all going to end up dead. At the end of his rope, Jake places an ad for someone with some magic to transform the boys.
Longing for roots and a place to settle down, Callie Jean Andrews is back in the only place she calls home, her late grandfather’s small hometown. However, things aren’t working out for this professional child wrangler. She’s without a job, has no place to stay, and her money supply is dwindling fast. So when she sees the unorthodox ad in the county newspaper, she applies, keeping her fingers crossed all will work out.
Jake and Callie discover they’re fighting a powerful attraction to each other, torn over what to do about it, and at odds over what the boys want and need, especially after the boys get it in their heads that Jake and Callie as a couple would be the best solution for all of them.
Can a cowboy with a gypsy soul accept the love he’s always needed but never knew he wanted? And can a fairy godmother wave her magic wand and get the family and home she’s always longed for?
What happens when a modern day Cinderella's dreams don't involve getting married?
Romance? Love? In this Once Upon A Romance Series Book 1 romantic comedy, Charlotte (Charlie) King doesn't have time for either one. All she wants is her late father's dream to come true by making his beloved King's Department Store thrive again. However, her stepmother has other ideas. Charlie agrees to help her stepmother find grooms for her sheltered stepsisters. In exchange, the stepmother will release her stronghold on the store's budget. After all, one good deed deserves another, right? But, Charlie has no idea what her heart's in for when...
Alexander (Alex) Royale, dubbed by society newspapers as Prince Charming, arrives for dinner to meet the all-female King family. His ailing grandparents yearn for his marriage and then the baby carriage. Well, that and running the family company. Having unsuccessfully searched for months, Alex doesn't hold out any hope in finding his future bride among the King sisters. However, all his expectations, including his idea of a business-like marriage of convenience, vanish the moment Charlie crashes into him.
When Alex sets out out to win over Charlotte, he has no idea he has to bargain with the stepmother, secretly buy the store, court Charlotte after the wedding, and, oh yeah, be featured in Charlie's new fairy tale ad campaign, The Charmings, based on them. Can a guy ever get a break?
The couple never factored in falling in love with each other. Now, faced with losing all their families ever wanted, Charlie and Alex must choose: Do they live their families' dreams or do they finally live their own?
This is the first book in the contemporary romantic comedy trilogy Once Upon a Romance
Is real life better than any dream you can imagine?
In book 2 of this Once Upon A Romance Series romantic comedy, sheltered, naive Francine (Francie) King longs for her dream wedding. Now, if only she can find the perfect groom for her perfect wedding. Added to that, she's just walked out on her meddling, controlling mother and has lost her trust fund money. What's a girl to do? And how will she ever afford the wedding she's planned for all her life?
Successful, single Marcus Goode wants to be closer to his ailing mother and hold onto the only family he has left in this world. He agrees to return to Dallas to take over the temporary running of King's Department Store while the new owner searches for a permanent replacement. What he doesn't anticipate is just how involved he will get with the King family, especially Francie when he's caught up in a make-believe courtship for a fairy tale ad campaign for the store.
When Marcus finds Francie in a wedding dress asleep in the store after hours, he kisses her awake. Neither one of them will ever be the same. Can a hopeless romantic learn to survive in the real world? And can a confirmed bachelor remain that way when his heart falls for a sleeping beauty?
Can following misguided dreams end up making you better than you ever imagined you could be?
In book 3 of this Once Upon A Romance Series romantic comedy, Priscilla King wants to make her own unique stamp on the family store. However, she's the littler sister no one takes seriously. She longs to prove she's worthy of the King name. Who would have ever thought a man she barely knows is the only one who will listen to her?!
Hell-bent on revenge against her mother, Griffin James, seeks to destroy King's Department Store. But when he meets Priscilla, he only wants to protect her from himself. How can he move forward with his plans when his heart won't follow along?
What happens when a carefree, fun-loving Pixie and an intense, sexy McGruff cross paths? Will their hearts get in the way of their dreams?
They share a past…
He wants a future…
If only she could remember him…
Desperate, Murphy leaves his bounty hunter business after numerous threats. But when Echo asks for his services, he can’t say no to the woman who holds his heart.
Is betraying the man who’s kept her safe for the last two years to get what she wants the only answer?
In book 1 of this Bounty Hunter Series romantic suspense, with everything on the line, can Murphy risk it all and save them before Echo gets her memory back and discovers the terrible truth?