Melanie Shawn is the writing team of sister duo Melanie and Shawna. Originally from Northern California, they both migrated south and now call So Cal their home.
Growing up, Melanie constantly had her head in a book and was always working on short stories, manuscripts, plays and poetry. After graduating magna cum laude from Pepperdine University, she went on to teach grades 2nd through 8th for five years. She now spends her days writing and taking care of her furry baby, a Lhasa Apso named Hercules. In her free time, her favorite activity is to curl up on the couch with that stubborn, funny mutt and binge-watch cable TV shows on DVD (preferably of at least eight seasons in length – a girl’s gotta have her standards!).
Shawna always loved romance in any form – movie, song or literary. If it was a love story with a happy ending, Shawna was all about it! She proudly acknowledges that she is a romanceaholic. Her days are jam-packed with writing, being a wife, mom aka referee of two teens, and indulging in her second passion (dance!) as a Zumba instructor. In the little free time she has, she joins Melanie in marathon-watching DVDs of their favorite TV programs.
They have joined forces to create a world where True Love and Happily Ever After always has a Sexy Twist!
Strong. Sexy. Skilled.
Seth Sloan is returning to Harper’s Crossing a decorated war hero. As the leader of a Special Forces Marine Elite Unit Seth is trained to handle any situation…except one. An injury sustained in combat forced him to accept a medical discharge. Now he’s heading back to his hometown to reconnect with his family and a world he doesn’t recognize. Out of all the familiar faces there to greet him, the one that he never expected to see again may just be the one that holds all the answers.
Beauty. Brains. Bella.
Amber Webb has everything she needs…she thinks. She owns Bella, a successful clothing boutique, has a close-knit group of loving friends and a full social calendar. She is perfectly content. Until her idyllic life gets turned upside down by random acts of vandalism and flipped right side up by the return of a mysterious man from her past.
Sometimes a one night stand is just the beginning…
*Intended for Adults 18+*
Cristal Hart is every bit as tough and smart as she is sexy. As a private eye she couldn't go into the seediest underground spaces in Los Angeles and pull out the truth - if she didn't have steel underneath her deadly curves. Men fall at Cristal's feet, which is how she got her start in the PI game - as a "bait girl" catching cheating husbands. Ambition drove her as she rose in the ranks at Red Hot Private Investigations. Now she's in charge of all undercover operations - leaving her field work behind her. She thought.
She'd be excited about the opportunity to get back into the action, working on a high profile case, except for one little wrinkle...Dominic. They spent one hot, steamy night together, two years ago...which she never lets herself revisit. Now they are going undercover, posing as "man and wife", living under one roof.
Will she be able to put aside her thoughts of passion and just concentrate on the job?
Dominic Charles heads the Private Security Division at Red Hot and is not the sort of man whose bad side you'd ever want to see. He's ex-military, from an elite unit, and tough as nails. Dominic loves three things: adrenaline, challenge, women. And women love Dominic. Normally he moves through them without looking back, but there is one woman he can't get off his mind or out of his system, Cristal Hart. They've never spoken about the mind-blowing night they spent together years earlier. Now he has one shot - they are living together undercover, and Dominic plans to take full advantage of that situation.
When the choice is now or never, for Dominic - there's no choice at all. He's making his move. Now.
Jason Sloan is known as Harper’s Crossing’s resident Romeo, and he’s never had to work too hard to live up to that nickname. With his easygoing charm, whiskey-colored brown eyes, and sinfully sexy half smile, women just seem to fall all over themselves when he’s around.
Well...most women, anyway. Katie Lawson’s the one woman who isn't putty in his hands, and she's the only one he’s ever wanted in his arms.
Katie Lawson left Harper's Crossing in the middle of the night ten years ago, immediately after her high school boyfriend Nick's funeral. She left behind all memories of Nick, and she left behind her life-long best friend, Jason Sloan.
Now she's on the fast track to junior partner at one of San Francisco's top law firms. She's made a life for herself that's all about maintaining order and sticking to the rules. Rule #1 is keeping herself WAY too busy to think about all that she ran away from. If she can do that, after all, she can keep everything under control.
But that rule is about to be broken. She’s headed back home to be the maid of honor in Nick’s little sister’s wedding. It's time to face the truth she's been avoiding all these years, the same one that sent her running ten years ago - that maybe she didn't lose her first love the summer after high school. Maybe her first love has been waiting for her all this time, at home in Harper's Crossing.
Lauren Harrison is used to being the top dog. A high-powered real estate agent dealing exclusively in high-end homes, she is at the top of a very competitive field. That’s why she doesn’t appreciate being talked down to by Ben Stevens, even if he does do it in the most maddeningly charming way ever! Lauren has had about enough of his nonsense, that’s for sure. She wishes he’d just pack up and go right back where he came from. But a small, niggling question in the back of her mind keeps asking her – if that’s all true, why is your stomach full of butterflies every time you see him?
Ben Stevens grew up in circumstances that could most kindly be called “humble.” He hasn’t been handed a single thing in life, he’s had to fight and scrape for every bit of success he’s been granted. Not like Lauren Harrison. He recognizes her type, he saw women like her all the time growing up. Graceful, beautiful, elegant – it was easy to pull off when you had money. Lauren only sees him now as the successful and polished real estate reality show host that he has turned himself into. What would this regal beauty say if she knew the truth about where he came from?
Samantha Holt has spent her entire life focused on her career as an Olympic snowboarder - to the point that she's never even had a boyfriend. Now the auburn-haired beauty has taken an early retirement to focus on her personal life, which is about to get a lot more interesting when a sexy man from her past comes to town. Can she trust him enough to be her first?
Luke Reynolds has moved back to the Sierra Nevadas to be closer to his family. A big bonus is the chance to finally be close to Samantha Holt, the girl he's been interested in for the entire ten years he's known her. Their snowboarding careers have put them in close proximity before, but Sam seems to have walls up when it comes to him. The bright blue eyes and sexy scruffiness that melt other womens' hearts seem to have no effect on her. Will Luke be able to show her that it's safe to let her guard down?
Karina Blackstone wants to leave her chaotic life of fame and record labels behind. She is moving back to Hope Falls to concentrate on her songwriting by returning to a life that is without complications. She can't imagine anything more wonderful than "simple." That is, of course, until she meets a tall blonde hunk who completely redefines her concept of wonderful...
Ryan Perkins moved to Hope Falls for one reason - to help his Granny Sue Ann run her cafe. He wasn't looking for romance. The moment he meets dark-haired beauty Karina Blackstone, however, his priorities shift. Now he's on a mission. Come hell or high water, he's going to show the stunning superstar that this small town boy is worth settling down with.
For Amanda Jacobs, dealing with the pain of losing her beloved Dad is the toughest thing she's ever gone through, and it comes with a lot of complications, as well - like taking over the family business, Mountain Ridge Outdoor Adventures. It makes her miss the simplicity of being a teenager, when she was surrounded by her amazing friends, The Fabulous Four, and she was madly in love with her Dad's right hand man, Justin Barnes. His sexy smiles and deep brown eyes had made her heart race in a way she's never felt before or since. When the Fabulous Four unexpectedly show up on her doorstep to support her through this complicated time, things seem to be looking up for Amanda. But that's not the only surprise visit in store for her...
Justin Barnes left Hope Falls ten years ago, in the dead of night, and didn't think he'd ever set foot there again. That was just fine with him, except for one little complication: Amanda Jacobs. He had fallen in love with her unruly blonde curls and sparkling sapphire eyes, but she had been a teenager then, five years younger than he - too young for him to act on his attraction. Still, he'd missed her every single day of those ten years. When Justin receives a phone call that his former mentor has passed away, he knows he has to return to Hope Falls. Justin just has one question - will the girl that once adored him have grown into a woman that can't stand him? Or will she still be the only thing in the world that feels like home?