Once a librarian, now a writer of romance, Lynn Shurr grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country. She attended a state college and earned a very impractical B.A. in English Literature. Her first job out of school really was working as a cashier in a burger joint. Moving from one humble job to another, she traveled to North Carolina, then Germany, then California where she buckled down and studied for an M.A. in Librarianship.
New degree in hand, she found her first reference job in the Heart of Cajun Country, Lafayette, Louisiana. For her, the old saying, "Once you've tasted bayou water, you will always stay here" came true. She raised three children not far from the Bayou Teche and lives there still with her astronomer husband and two big-boned, orange cats named Jake and Elwood.
When not writing, Lynn likes to paint, to cheer for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, and take long road trips nearly anywhere. Her love of the bayou country, its history and customs, often shows in the background for her books.
A pregnant young woman shows up at the Billodeaux ranch looking for Teddy, the handicapped adopted son of the family. Turns out Ella Sue Smalls is his half-sister looking for a place to stay until her baby is born. Good-hearted Teddy offers shelter at his very modest apartment. Though he will never be a member of the Sinners football team like his brothers, he is fiercely independent and earns his way as a freelance sports announcer and writer.
Ella has arrived at an awkward time for her brother; Teddy had just reconnected with a former cheerleader he had a crush on in high school. Injured in a tragic accident, Jessica Minvielle is hopeless and bitter about her life confined to a wheelchair. She reaches out to Teddy for help to live a full life again and salvage her career as a sports trainer. He is only too glad to show her what a man and a woman in wheelchairs can do. But, will the scheming Ella Sue come between them and ruin their chance at love?
Junior Polk wants only one thing more than to be drafted by the Sinners football team--the love of Xochi Billodeaux, whom he's adored since the feisty Mexican girl saved him from bullies as a weak, fat child.
Having the ability to see auras, Xo is distracted from seeing Junior for the man he's become because of the "dark men" who appear to be following her. Surely, people will consider her crazy if she tells them what she fears--even Junior who swears he would die for her.
When she is snatched off the street by a false Mayan priest who believes her sacrifice to the goddess Ix Chel will restore a man's vigor, Junior and three companions race to Cozumel to save her. Would Junior truly give his life for hers?
Kara Shafer decides to give up on her college crush, Will Collier, and begin dating guys who are actually interested in her. Considering herself very average, Kara is surprised when handsome wannabe rocker, Jeff Ryder, picks her out of a crowd to be his muse.
When Jeff's luck changes after meeting her, he asks her to elope. Throwing aside her usual good sense, she runs away with him and the band on a road trip toward fame and fortune, much of it based on the lyrics she writes.
As Kara experiences the tumultuous ups and downs of her marriage, she often wonders if she might have been happier if she'd connected with Will. Has his life turned out as he planned? Does he think about the girl who wanted him so badly in college? Will she ever see him again?
Tom Billodeaux, adopted son of a legendary Sinners quarterback, is making his mark as an outstanding kicker. When an opening occurs for a new punter, he is asked his opinion on the skills of Hall-of-Famer Andy Mortenson's grandchild, Alix Lindstrom. Not only is Alix a superb punter, she is also undeniably a tall, strong woman. For Tom, it's love the first time she removes her helmet, shakes out her blonde hair and gazes at him with her fjord-blue eyes.
Alix regards herself as an overly big, clunky female jock who must prove her ability to every man on the team. For years, she has adored Tom from afar. Unfortunately, she isn’t very good at flirting or making her desires known. As Tom helps her integrate with the Sinners, her feelings grow.
When Alix proves to be his equal in talent and gets roughed in a few plays, his mentoring and over-protectiveness prove his thoughts are in line with hers. But she doesn't want to be coddled. Can she establish her own identity between the goal posts while scoring touchdowns with him in private?
Dean Billodeaux, son of legendary Sinners quarterback Joe Billodeaux, strives to be his father on the football field but not off of it. Often accused of being "no fun", he possesses a stainless reputation. The only person who believes he isn't perfect is Stacy Polasky, an orphan raised by his parents. Stacy has maintained a bickering relationship with Dean calling him a big lout. He retaliates by dubbing her the Princess.
When Dean's sister sees though their antagonism and realizes they are attracted to each other, she suggests Stacy stop being so independent and allow Dean to rescue her a few times. They set up several situations in which he can be Stacy's hero, but one goes badly awry and descends into real danger. Dean learns of Stacy's ploy and feels like a complete fool. Can she regain his love and trust before another woman steps in and takes the prize from the Princess?
Cassie Thomas is all grown up and certain she is in love with Joe Dean Billodeaux, star quarterback for the Sinners and adoptive father to the son she gave away at birth. Joe only wants to expand his family with his wife, Nell, and deflect Cassie's advances. So why not set Cassie up with the Sinners’ new kicker and possibly the world's nicest guy, Howard "Howdy" McCoy?
Cassie sees through Joe's attempt and insults Howdy, telling him he is not a real football player and possibly even gay. Howdy knows neither is the case. Regarding Cassie to be as challenging as a sixty-yard field goal, he sets out to prove her wrong even if it involves a personal makeover and a tough new attitude.
But, will he be able to convince a woman who believes she can love only bad boys to give a nice guy a chance?
Jilted by his Island Princess fiance, Samoan cornerback Adam Malala seeks advice about women from his happily married, Sinners' quarterback, Joe Dean Billodeaux. But, Joe is preoccupied by two children who have showed up on his doorstep. Adam finds his own solution by applying the island maxim, "the best cure for a lost love is a new one." He sets his sights on the newly divorced Winnie Green, a nurse who has come to help with the children.
Winnie has always planned ahead and done what her family expects but free from an unhappy marriage, she is ready for a wild fling with Adam. When they travel to Samoa, she soon realizes Adam and his culture are far more complicated than she suspected. When Adam is accused of a terrible crime, she must use her outsider ways to prove his innocence.
Misunderstandings plague their relationship and all seems lost. Will a moonlit beach, a romantic dance and promise of commitment be enough to bring them back together?
Newly retired bull rider Bodey Landrum figures to settle down on his ranch and raise a family. But his ideal woman is still Eve Burns, the convent-schooled girl who snubbed him way back when. The last place he expects to find her is waiting tables in their hometown of Rainbow, Louisiana. After school, Eve put her dreams of being an artist on hold to care for her dying mother. Now she's working three jobs to pay off medical bills. When Bodey walks back into her life, he makes her heart pound just like he did when they were teenagers, but they're still worlds apart.
Everyone warns Bodey that Eve is his complete opposite. Only a miracle could bring them together. But Rainbow is known for small miracles, and Bodey never backs away from a challenge. Maybe Eve is hoping he won't give up so easily this time around.
Unlucky in love, sports photographer Stevie Dowd has given up on men on order to concentrate on her goal of getting a cover shot for a prestigious sports magazine.
Connor Riley, wide receiver for the New Orleans Sinners, has remained celibate all season to strengthen his game for a Super Bowl victory.
Their goals collide, literally, when Connor bowls over Stevie on the sidelines as she attempts to get her perfect picture. Realizing Stevie is the woman he had a crush on in high school, Connor feels his vow is about to be broken. Can he win both the Super Bowl and Stevie Dowd?