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Things We Left Behind
THE ALL NEW NOVEL FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO TIKTOK SENSATION THINGS WE NEVER GOT OVER AND 2023’S THINGS WE HIDE FROM THE LIGHT ________________________________________________________________________ There was only one woman who could set me free. But I would rather set myself on fire than ask Sloane Walton for anything. Lucian Rollins is a lean, mean vengeance-seeking mogul. Determined to erase his abusive father’s mark on his family name, he spends every waking minute pulling strings and building his empire. The more money and power he gains, the safer he feels. Except when it comes to one feisty small-town librarian. Although they are bonded by a dark secret from the past and their current mutual disdain, Sloane Walton only trusts Lucian as far as she can throw him. Until their bickering accidentally turns to foreplay, fanning flames of desire that can’t be put out. But with Sloane eager to start a family and Lucian refusing to even consider the idea, these enemies-to-lovers are stuck at an impasse. And when Lucian learns the hard way that leaving Sloane is impossible, he vows to do everything he can to keep her safe. Whatever the cost . . .
More books by Lucy Score
1. The Christmas Fix
From the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Things We Never Got Over She’ll save Christmas just to spite him… There’s only one thing standing in the way of Cat King saving Merry, Connecticut’s Christmas festival: Grumpy town manager Noah Yates. Single dad Noah takes his responsibilities seriously. When a late season hurricane turns his town into a disaster, he’s left scrambling to pick up the pieces of the town he loves. At least, until home renovation expert and smoking hot reality TV star Catalina King arrives with a camera crew and a budget big enough to put the town back together again. But Noah doesn’t want a celebrity diva capitalizing on their tragedy or filling his young daughter’s head with visions of glitz and glam. Blonde bombshell Cat is used to being underestimated, but Noah has an uncanny knack for getting under her skin. They can’t be in a room together without rubbing each other the wrong way…except that time in the dark alley where the rubbing was just right. Can these enemies work together to pull off a Christmas miracle or will their fighting leave them both on the naughty list? Author’s Note: These enemies-to-lovers deliver the holiday feels with a dirty-talking hero, ballsy blonde who never backs down, steamy hot break-the-dining-room-table sexy times, and a small town that still believes in the magic of Christmas.
2. Highball Rush
Bootleg Springs – die erfolgsreiche Reihe der Bestsellerautorinnen Claire Kingsley und Lucy Score! Gibson Bodine liebt seinen Ruf als harter Kerl und Bad Boy. Er lebt und arbeitet alleine und seine einzige Leidenschaft – neben einer guten Schlägerei – ist es, auf einer schäbigen Bühne zu sitzen, Gitarre zu spielen und über Dinge zu singen, die er nie haben wird. Als ein Video von ihm viral geht, ignoriert Gibson die unerwünschte Aufmerksamkeit. Er hat einfach keine Zeit für Ruhm oder Liebe, sondern ist mit seiner Familie und den neugierigen Nachbarn beschäftigt. Eines Abends, fünfzig Meilen von zu Hause entfernt, trifft er dann sie und es ändert sich alles. Nun muss Gibson ein Geheimnis entschlüsseln, das ihn schon seit 13 Jahren quält. Und finden, was er die all die Jahre vermisst hat – die Liebe.
3. Gin Fling
Bootleg Springs – die erfolgsreiche Reihe der Bestsellerautorinnen Claire Kingsley und Lucy Score! Für Personal Trainer Jonah Bodine ist Bootleg Springs aufregender als ihm lieb ist – bis vor kurzem hat er noch nichts von seinen Halbgeschwistern geahnt. Hinzu kommt die ungeklärte Rolle seines Vaters in einem Vermisstenfall und der unerträgliche Kleinstadtratsch. Jonah nimmt sich eine Auszeit von all dem Trubel und flüchtet in eine einsame Hütte am See. Diese Idylle wird jedoch ruiniert, als seine Halbschwester ihm eine Mitbewohnerin aufhalst. Eine äußerst attraktive Mitbewohnerin … Shelby Thompson ist in Bootleg Springs auf der Suche nach Antworten und wird von Scarlett Bodine überredet, sich ein Haus mit dem gutaussehenden Trainer Jonah zu teilen. Ein unverbindlicher Sommerflirt kommt ihr da gerade recht. Doch während sich das Verschwinden von Callie Kendall langsam aufklärt, wird Shelby von ihrer Vergangenheit eingeholt. Es fällt ihr immer schwerer ihre Geheimnisse zu bewahren und die Gefühle für Jonah zu kontrollieren.
4. By a Thread
From Sunday Times and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Things We Never Got Over Dominic: I got her fired. Okay, so I’d had a bad day, but there’s nothing innocent about Ally Morales. Maybe her colourful, annoying, inexplicably alluring personality brightens up the magazine’s offices that have felt like a prison for the past year. Maybe I like that she argues with me in front of the editorial staff. And maybe my after-hours fantasies are haunted by her brown eyes and sharp tongue. She’s working herself to death at half a dozen dead-end jobs for some secret reason. And I’m going to fix it all. Don’t accuse me of caring. She’s nothing more than a puzzle to be solved. If I can get her to quit, I can finally peel away all those layers. Then I can go back to salvaging the family name and forget all about the dancing, beer-slinging brunette. Ally: Ha. Hold my beer, Grumpy Grump Face.
5. Protecting What’s Mine
From Sunday Times and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Things We Never Got Over Fire Chief Lincoln Reed is known for his heroics in the fire department and in the bedroom. Life is a never-ending good time. Until flight trauma surgeon Mackenzie O’Neil lands right in the middle of an accident scene he’s working, as well as in his back yard. Too bad she’s immune to flirty first responders . . . After experiencing severe burnout, Mackenzie’s temporary job as a small-town family physician is just what the doctor ordered. She’ll learn to meditate. Sleep more. Take up gardening. But Linc and his tattoos are very persuasive. It’s all naked fun and games until the shadows from Mack’s past find their way into her present. Can Linc be her hero when she needs him the most? One thing is certain: Someone is going to get burned.
6. Bourbon Bliss
Bootleg Springs – die erfolgreiche Reihe der Bestsellerautorinnen Claire Kingsley und Lucy Score! June Tuckers Welt besteht aus Zahlen, Daten und Statistiken. Menschen hingegen sind für sie schon immer ein Rätsel gewesen. Im kleinen Bootleg Springs fühlt sie sich als Außenseiterin, die mit den Partys und Line-Dance Veranstaltungen so gar nichts anfangen kann. Nur bei George Thompson fühlt sie sich wohl und angekommen. Doch je mehr Zeit vergeht, umso größer wird Junes Angst, dass sie ihm nicht geben kann, was er braucht. George “GT” Thompson war auf dem Höhepunkt seine Football Karriere, als eine Verletzung all seine Träume zerstörte. Jetzt hofft er, in der Kleinstadt in West Virginia zur Ruhe zu kommen und sich über sein künftiges Leben klar zu werden. Nie hätte er damit gerechnet, sich zu verlieben. Doch June, die so ganz anders ist als er und all die anderen, fasziniert ihn. Als der Vermisstenfall von Bootleg Springs eine schreckliche Wendung nimmt, ist er an Junes Seite, um die Wahrheit herauszufinden. Aber wird ihre Freundschaft das überstehen oder scheitern sie an ihren Unterschieden?
7. Moonshine Kiss
Bootleg Springs – die erfolgreiche Reihe der Bestsellerautorinnen Claire Kingsley und Lucy Score! Cassidy Tuckers Dating-Leben ist eine Katastrophe und dabei würde sie so gerne endlich ihren Seelenpartner finden, um mit ihm durchs Leben zu gehen. Jemanden wie den attraktiven und charmanten Bowie Bodine. Doch leider wird aus ihr und Bowie nichts – irgendwie ist sie für ihn schon immer in der „strictly friends-zone“. Zudem hält sie der ungeklärte Fall des Verschwindens von Callie Kendall auf Trab. Doch ihre Ermittlungen stellen die Freundschaft zu allen Bodines auf die Probe. Vor allem zu Bowie … Bowie weiß, dass er die beste Freundin seiner kleinen Schwester nicht lieben darf. Er hat es vor langer Zeit versprochen und ist fest entschlossen, sich daran zu halten. Doch es ist nicht leicht, Distanz zu wahren – schon gar nicht, weil Cassidy direkt nebenan wohnt. Außerdem ermittelt sie weiter und versucht die Schuld seines Vaters zu beweisen, was die Sache auch nicht unkomplizierter macht. Es sieht so aus, als würde Bowie diese Schatten der Vergangenheit niemals loswerden. Seine Gefühle für Cassidy allerdings auch nicht …
8. Whiskey Chaser
Bootleg Springs – die erfolgreiche Reihe der Bestsellerautorinnen Claire Kingsley und Lucy Score! Scarlett, die von ihren drei Brüdern aufgezogen wurde, hat eine harte Zeit hinter sich. Doch niemals lässt sie sich unterkriegen. Wie ein Wirbelwind sorgt sie überall, wo sie auftaucht, für Unruhe und reißt mit ihrem offenen Wesen alle mit. Ihre Lieblingsbeschäftigungen? Jeden Mann gnadenlos unter den Tisch zu trinken und Two-Step zu tanzen. Romantik oder gar tiefe Gefühle haben in ihrem Leben keinen Platz. Und der sexy Typ, der nebenan eingezogen ist? Da ist ihr Interesse rein nachbarschaftlich. Was auch sonst? Devlin ist am Tiefpunkt seines Lebens angelangt: Ehe, politische Karriere und alle anderen Zukunftspläne sind mit einem Mal zerstört. Nun ist er im Haus seiner Großmutter in Bootleg Springs gestrandet, diesem winzigen Ort in West Virginia, der nur für zwei Dinge berühmt ist: schwarzgebranntem Schnaps und dem ungeklärten Fall eines verschwundenen Teenagers. Doch Devlin interessiert das alles nicht, denn er ist damit beschäftigt sich selbst leid zu tun. Leider versteht das seine neue Nachbarin nicht, die ihn ständig nervt und ihn aus der Reserve locken will. Als sie dann seine Hilfe benötigt, muss sich Devlin entscheiden: bleibt er zurückgezogen in seinem Schneckenhaus oder hilft er dieser Frau, die ihm merkwürdigerweise einfach nicht mehr aus dem Kopf geht?
9. Things We Hide From The Light
Bestselling author Lucy Score returns to Knockemout, Virginia, following fan-favorite Things We Never Got Over with Knox’s brother Nash’s story. Nash Morgan was always known as the good Morgan brother, with a smile and a wink for everyone. But now, this chief of police is recovering from being shot and his Southern charm has been overshadowed by panic attacks and nightmares. He feels like a broody shell of the man he once was. Nash isn’t about to let anyone in his life know he’s struggling. But his new next-door neighbor, smart and sexy Lina, sees his shadows. As a rule, she’s not a fan of physical contact unless she initiates it, but for some reason Nash’s touch is different. He feels it too. The physical connection between them is incendiary, grounding him and making her wonder if exploring it is worth the risk. Too bad Lina’s got secrets of her own, and if Nash finds out the real reason she’s in town, he’ll never forgive her. Besides, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. A hot, short-term fling with a local cop? Absolutely. Sign her up. A relationship with a man who expects her to plant roots? No freaking way. Once she gets what she’s after, she has no intention of sticking around. But Knockemout has a way of getting under people’s skin. And once Nash decides to make Lina his, he’s not about to be dissuaded…even if it means facing the danger that nearly killed him.
10. The Mistletoe Kisser
Just because I don’t run around with a stupid grin on my face all day every day doesn’t mean I’m grumpy. Ryan Sosa, grumpy former corporate accountant, has had it up to here with surprises. He didn’t see getting fired coming. And he certainly didn’t anticipate flying across the country to the world’s hippie-est, happiest, most annoying town to save his great-uncle from some mysterious emergency. Not only is there actual snow on the ground, it also appears that elves on psychedelics have decked Blue Moon’s halls. But he doesn’t have time to be snarky about the impending Winter Solstice and Multicultural Holiday Celebration–whatever the hell that is. Not when he’s got a farm to save, a free-range sheep that he may or may not have nudged with his stupid microscopic rental car, and some small-town veterinarian telling him she can’t take the animal off his hands. Dr. Sammy Ames has a practice to manage and a fundraising crisis to attend to. She doesn’t have time to deal with a big-city grouch who doesn’t remember being her first kiss ever. Especially not since he wants to dump a sheep named Stan on her. So not happening. No matter how cute–and pantless–Ryan is when he’s drunk. Besides, as soon as he solves his uncle’s problem, he’ll be on the first flight out of Blue Moon, never to return again. It will take a Winter Solstice Miracle or perhaps some matchmaking interference from the Beautification Committee to get these two to see eye-to-eye under the mistletoe…unless he’s the wrong Ryan after all.
11. No More Secrets
Are you calling dibs? She’s a woman, not the last piece of f**king pie. And yes, I’m calling dibs if it keeps your hands off her. Carter Pierce wants to spend his days tending the family farm he inherited and that’s about it. After a tour of duty and a few bullet holes, he’s looking forward to some peace and quiet in his hometown. Unfortunately for the sexy, bearded farmer, hippie-dippie Blue Moon doesn’t believe in peace and quiet. And his nosy neighbors sure as hell don’t know how to mind their own business. Neither does the big city journalist who arrives to interview him for a magazine article. Summer Lentz is out of place with her designer wardrobe and workaholic schedule. She asks too many questions and gets under his skin with her smart mouth and those denim-blue eyes. Now she’s typing his family’s story a mile a minute at his kitchen table and sleeping in the bedroom across the hall. His only option is to scare her away from farm life so he can go back to his nice, solitary life. But Summer’s got a stubborn streak and secrets of her own. And once Carter starts pulling at those threads, he’s not so eager to send her packing. Will a nudge from the matchmaking Beautification Committee result in a happily ever after or a homegrown disaster?
12. Where It All Began
This would be a lot easier if you had a sense of humor. This would be a lot easier if you were a man. John Pierce has plans for these two hundred rundown acres. He sees a farm, a family, a future here. He’s not about to drag someone in on the ground floor. Not before he’s put in the work to turn rubble into a home. But his nosy neighbors have other ideas. Now, he’s saddled with a grad student who was supposed to be a he. But the curvy, opinionated Phoebe is a smart-mouthed woman who seems to do nothing but question his every move. She’s ruining his nice, quiet life. And if she doesn’t finish her thesis and get out of his guest room soon, he’s going to have to scare her off. Phoebe desperately needs this degree and the money it will bring. What she doesn’t need is this stubborn farmer’s attitude and his pathological need to avoid her. She’s trapped in this tiny hippie town, trying every trick in the book to get the stalwart John to open up. Her future is on the line. Her family needs her. And she’s not going to let a stubborn farmer stand in her way. Author’s Note: John and Phoebe’s story is a prequel to the Blue Moon series. It follows the heart-warming, hilarious story of how they met, fell in love, and raised their boys together. But do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read this book first. Read it sometime after book four. I’m protecting your reader experience here. I promise.
13. The Last Second Chance
You were made for me. Shut up, Jax. There are two things Joey Greer is great at: Raising horses and holding grudges. Eight years ago, her high school sweetheart abandoned her, skipped out on his family, and fled to Hollywood of all places. She vowed never to forgive or forget. Now big-shot screenwriter Jackson Pierce is back in Blue Moon demanding another chance. No place is safe from him. Not the stables. Not the only bar in town. Not even the clawfoot tub on her own deck. No matter how good it feels when he sneaks past her defenses to land a kiss or a compliment, she is determined to pretend he doesn’t exist. Except maybe when he’s naked in her bed. Jax can’t tell Joey the truth about the night he left. It would ruin far more than just their relationship. All he can do is sweep her off her reluctant feet with orgasms, flowers, bacon, and a rescue dog. Oh, and maybe handcuff himself to her for charity too. The Beautification Committee has a few tricks up its devious sleeve where Jax and Joey are concerned. Tricks that will either leave the past in the past or ensure these two lovebirds can never be in the same room again.
14. Fall Into Temptation
Your kids are great, he said, changing the subject. Don’t be sweet. I can’t resist sweet, Gianna warned him. Your kids are monsters, and I hate your face. Beckett Pierce is the most eligible bachelor in the nosiest small town in upstate New York. But after his last girlfriend handcuffed herself to his porch and set his welcome mat on fire, he’s not looking for any more romance. Especially if it lands right in his own backyard. And has miles of red hair. Gianna Decker has her hands full–no, overflowing–with problems. With two kids, a useless ex, and a brand new yoga studio, the last thing on her mind is finding a man who’ll demand more of her time. Fantasizing about her hot, broody landlord? Mistake. Lusting after the sexy mayor of her new town? Terrible idea. Getting naked with the favorite son of her father’s new lady friend? N-O. Getting involved with Beckett has disaster written all over it. Those stolen kisses were accidental. A few moments of strings-free, sizzling passion couldn’t possibly cause any trouble. At least, not until tempers flare when their families complicate things and the interfering citizens of Blue Moon step in with their special brand of chaos.
15. Undercover Love
I’m confused. Do you want me to spy on my fiancé or get naked with you? Both. I thought that was obvious. Revenge. It’s the only thing Ashley can think about after finding her supposed fiancé, Steven, with his tongue down the throat of the worst human being in the history of the world–his colleague, Ice Queen Victoria. Turns out it’s not the only body part he’s betrayed her with. Humiliated and furious, Ashley finds herself being propositioned by security expert and ridiculously sexy Jason Baine. But he’s not just looking to get her into bed. He needs her help taking down Steven and Victoria and rescuing his family’s company before it’s too late. Ashley’s a regular girl, a normal person. She doesn’t dabble in corporate espionage or illicit affairs. At least she didn’t until Jason… But now she’s in too deep and things are getting dangerous.
16. Holding on to Chaos
I want to be upfront with you. No surprises, no secrets. I want you, Eva. And I think you might be it for me. Romance novelist Eva Merrill is a hot mess running from her past. She doesn’t mind telling a fib or two to protect her secrets and her family. It’s too bad that she moved to the nosiest small town in the world with Sheriff Sexy–the tall, built, human lie detector. He’s showing way too much interest in her and treating every conversation like it’s an interrogation. Maybe that’s because she accidentally showed him her boobs in the middle of downtown Blue Moon. Or maybe it’s because he thinks she’s about to commit a crime. It’s definitely not that he’s attracted to her. That only happens in her novels. Donovan Cardona loves his nice, quiet hometown, and he’s got some pretty strong feelings when it comes to a certain klutzy redhead too. But his gut says she’s hiding something. Just when he starts to peel back those layers to get to the naked truth, the entire town loses its collective mind–and inhibitions. Can he save the girl from her past and the town from itself?
17. Heart of Hope
Why would a professional hockey player fly out here, seduce me, and then vanish again? I can’t believe I fell for a liar. I was an idiot. A blinded-by-lust, hopeful idiot who threw myself into bed with a sexy stranger, invited him to dinner with my entire family, and then woke up alone to a note. I hope you can forgive me for lying. Ha. Like that’s ever going to happen. If Beau French or Evanko or whatever the hell his name is ever shows his hot, bearded face in this town again, I’ll make sure he regrets it. To be fair, I practically threw myself at his crotch. And okay, fine. Getting naked with him was the first time I’d felt anything worth feeling since losing my little sister. It’s almost kinda nice to be fueled by the fires of rage instead of the numbness of grief. But I’m certainly not going to thank him for lying and then sneaking out of my bed like a thief in the midafternoon. Thankfully, I have my older sister’s Christmas wedding to distract me. There’s no way he’d show his face there. Besides, there’s no excuse good enough to make me forgive him.
18. The Fine Art of Faking It
Davis Gates. Naked. Tossing her a handful of orgasms like he was on a lust-themed parade float. Innkeeper Eden has got it all. Well, mostly. She’s cornered the hospitality market in Blue Moon offering visitors a place to stay in her hippie-dippie hometown. Business is booming, she’s close–but not too close–to family, and she’s got her dogs and her friends to keep her company. Unfortunately, she also shares a property line with the crush who broke her teenage heart. Davis spends his days wrestling control of the family winery from his father’s semi-retired hands. He doesn’t have time for things like dating or dealing with his grudge-holding next-door neighbor. Besides, they’re just the latest generation to participate in their families’ fifty-year feud. When the Beautification Committee resorts to an unprecedented–and disastrous–matchmaking scheme, enemies Eden and Davis join forces to take them down. These two frenemies can survive being fake lovers for a few weeks if it means teaching their neighbors all’s not fair in love and war.
19. Pretend You’re Mine
I only wanted to protect you… Luke Garrison is a hometown hero, a member of the National Guard ready to deploy again. He’s strong, sexy, broody. The last thing he’s looking for is a woman to ruin his solitude. When the wildly beautiful Harper stumbles into his life, though, he realizes that she’s the perfect decoy. A fake girlfriend to keep his family off his back until he’s deployed. So what if kissing her sends his mind to wicked places? He can control himself. Can’t he? Harper was on her way to starting a new life… again. But something about Luke makes her want to settle down in this small town and make his house a home. When she’s in his arms, she finally knows what it’s like to feel safe. Protected. One night of sharing a bed turns into something much, much more… and soon Luke can’t keep his mind off Harper’s wide gray eyes or his hands off her luscious curves. He never thought he’d feel this way about a woman again. But he knows that he can’t tell her the truth about his dark past. And she can’t reveal what she’s running from. At least this isn’t a real relationship. It’s only for a month. It’s only pretend. Until it isn’t…
20. Finally Mine
If he doesn’t end up naked and spread eagle on my bed I. Will. Die. Gloria is due a happily ever after. She’s lost ten years to a toxic, dangerous relationship. Now that she’s finally free–and medicating with makeovers and margaritas in her mother’s kitchen–she has a long road ahead of her remembering who she really is. She’s scarred. But scarred doesn’t mean broken. While Gloria’s deciding to take the next decade off from men, along comes larger-than-life, hometown hero Aldo Moretta. He’s saying all the right things and flirting in all the right ways. He’s deploying for six months and wants a date…with Gloria…when he comes back. Swoon. Panic. One kiss, one dazzling, remember-for-a-lifetime kiss and he’s gone. But life and happily ever afters don’t always take the straight path. When Aldo’s deployment is cut short by an injury, it’s up to Gloria to be the hero for them both. Author’s Note: You will laugh, cry, and fall head over face for Gloria and Aldo. And the evil rescue kitten. Also the four-letter-word-loving, commando-going Mrs. Moretta who’s just in it for the cookies.
21. Rock Bottom Girl
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Things We Never Got Over “You may be faking the relationship, but you’re not faking the orgasms.” Downsized, broke, and dumped, 38-year-old Marley sneaks home to her childhood bedroom in the town she couldn’t wait to escape twenty years ago. Not much has changed in Culpepper. The cool kids are still cool. Now they just own car dealerships and live in McMansions next door. Oh, and the whole town is still talking about that Homecoming she ruined her senior year. Desperate for a new start, Marley accepts a temporary teaching position. Can the girl banned from all future Culpepper High Homecomings keep the losing-est girls soccer team in school history from killing each other and prevent carpal tunnel in a bunch of phone-clutching gym class students? Maybe with the help of Jake Weston, high school bad boy turned sexy good guy. When the school rumor mill sends Marley to the principal’s office to sign an ethics contract, the tattooed track coach, dog dad, and teacher of the year becomes her new fake boyfriend and alibi–for a price. The Deal: He’ll teach her how to coach if she teaches him how to be in a relationship. Who knew a fake boyfriend could deliver such real orgasms? But it’s all temporary. The guy. The job. The team. There’s too much history. Rock bottom can’t turn into a foundation for happily ever after. Can it? Warning: Story also includes a meet-puke, a bouffanted nemesis, a yard swan and donkey basketball, a teenage-orchestrated makeover, and a fake relationship that gets a little too real between the sheets.
22. Forever Never
You don’t fall for your brother’s high school sweetheart, your boss’s daughter, or your ex-wife’s best friend. Especially when they’re all the same woman. Under Brick Callan’s mile-wide chest beats a loyal heart with a few cracks in it. He’s the steadfast, overprotective type. Especially when it comes to the one woman he can never have. It’s a long, complicated history punctuated by fights, friendship, family, and an attraction that strains his iron willpower. When Remi Ford returns to Mackinac Island in the dead of winter with a secret, Brick makes it his mission to find out what put the shadows in those green eyes. Even if it means breaking down the walls he’s built between them. Even if it means falling for the one girl he’ll never get over. The free-spirited artist just needs to lay low for a few weeks so she can figure a way out of this nightmare. She’s definitely not staying. Not when the man who broke her teenage heart into splinters keeps showing up at her parents’ dinner table. Remi doesn’t need broody, bearded Brick riding to her rescue…again. Not when it will put them both in danger, costing them much more than their hearts. Author’s Note: Frenemies-to-lovers. Opposites attract. Slow burn. Girl in danger. Glorious, glorious banter. Fighting as foreplay. Small-town shenanigans. Big, grumpy, pining, overprotective hero. Wild-child, trouble-finding heroine who keeps on pushing the hero’s buttons. Steam Level: Lava. Suspense: Nail-biting. Feels: Big time.
23. The Worst Best Man
Newsflash. You don’t buy me, a$#%^*e. You earn me. The bride is a doll. The groom is the perfect gentleman. But the rest of the wedding party? They’re the stuff of nightmares. Rich? Check. Vapid? Double Check. Entitled? Not enough checks in the world. And the Best Man? More like the Worst Man. But Maid of Honor Franchesca takes her duties seriously. Kidnapped groom? She’s got this. Rude attendees? You just watch her handle them. So a Best Man with a big attitude and an even bigger…checkbook? Yeah, there’s no way she’s going to let that pretentious, judgmental jackhole ruin her best friend’s wedding. No matter how sexy he is. (Well, that’s the plan anyway…) Aiden Kilbourn doesn’t do long-term relationships. He’s busy ruling the business world, and has yet to find a woman he can tolerate for longer than a month, two at the outside, anyway. Conquering the unconquerable is basically his bread and butter. And he hasn’t met a challenge that he can’t win. But Franchesca Baranski? This smart-mouthed girl from Brooklyn may just be his downfall.
24. Mr. Fixer Upper
He started to work the laces of his boots loose. Toeing them off, he tugged his t-shirt over his head. Oh my God. What are you doing? Paige’s voice barely rose above the spray from the showerhead. I’m washing your damn hair. It’s a constant battle on set between sexy home renovation reality star grumpy Gannon and his no-nonsense field producer. Paige has zero time for temperamental talent, especially one who acts like being in front of the camera is the last thing he wants. Mr. Sex in a Toolbelt has made it his mission in life to get a rise out of her, but Paige is a master at locking down her temper. They’re on the road together working long hours fixing houses and changing lives. When cracks in her legendary coolness start to show and sparks fly, Gannon is infatuated and the cameras are there to capture it. But he’s fallen for pretty packages before and Paige won’t be taken seriously if she’s caught sleeping with the star of her show. She also can’t seem to resist those big, rough hands. Those smoldery hazel eyes. The dimples. The toolbelt. That fiercely protective vibe. Too bad it’s all about to fall apart. She never should have trusted him. He never should have let her go. Author’s Note: A protective grumpy hero, a not easily impressed heroine, the worst human being on TV ever, a grand gesture so big you’ll need a box of tissues, and THAT SHOWER SCENE.
26. Riley Thorn and the Blast from the Past
27. Riley Thorn and the Corpse in the Closet
28. Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door
29. Maggie Moves On
Can these opposites turn up the heat… without burning down the house? House-flipping sensation and YouTube star Maggie Nichols can’t wait to dig into her next challenge. Arriving in tiny Kinship, Idaho, with only a cot and a coffeemaker, Maggie is prepared to restore a crumbling Victorian mansion in four months or less. She has her to-do lists, her blueprints, and her team. What she doesn’t have is time for sexy, laid-back landscaper Silas Wright. The man takes flirtation to a whole new level. And he does it shirtless…sometimes pants-less. He and his service school-dropout dog are impressively persistent. But she’s not interested in putting down roots. Not when fans tune in to watch her travel the country turning dilapidated houses into dream homes. A short-term fling on the other hand could fit nicely into her calendar. After all, Maggie remembers what fun is like. Vaguely. As their summer gets downright steamy, Silas manages to demolish the emotional walls she’s spent years building, sending Maggie into a panic. He’s the wrench in her carefully constructed plans. With the end of the project looming, she has a decision to make. But how can she stay when her entire career is built on moving on?
30. Things We Never Got Over
Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride. Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way…with fists and beer. Usually in that order. Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of. There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life. At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.
31. The Price of Scandal: A Bluewater Billionaires Romantic Comedy
CEO Emily Stanton has her hands full with a corporate scandal, a billion-dollar deal hanging in the balance, and a suave crisis management expert who might manage her right into his bed.
32. Not Part of the Plan
“He’s the kind of man who would talk you into dropping your panties in a coat closet at a party, dole out orgasms like after dinner mints, and then never call you again.” From the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author comes a new installment to the Blue Moon small town romance series. A womanizing bad boy with a motorcycle and sexy-as-sin smile is not part of Emma’s life plan. She moved cross-country to be close to family and finally settle down in hippie, trippy, nosy Blue Moon Bend. But when famed fashion photographer Niko shows up with his leather jacket, underwear-melting voice, and a problem, she sees nothing but trouble. He’s all wrong for Emma, but that doesn’t stop the attraction from boiling over. Niko doesn’t let being friend zoned get in his way. Once he gets his hands-and his mouth-on her, will their friendship survive? Or will he lose everything he’s worked for back in New York to the redhead who dominates his every thought?
33. Crossing the Line
From #1 Amazon bestselling writer of Pretend You’re Mine, Lucy Score delivers once again with the two-book Sinner & Saint story. Xavier Saint’s by-the-book rules are thrown out the window when he finds himself crossing lines to keep his beautiful client in line. His business is protecting clients-often from themselves-and as co-founder of one of the top private security firms in the country, he’s seen it all. But when he’s contracted to protect Waverly Sinner, the stunning and rebellious actress, he finds that some rules are made to be broken. Waverly Sinner is a second-generation Hollywood goddess living in the gilded cage of expectations. She’s reluctantly playing her role while counting down the days to her escape from the life she never chose. But meeting sexy, rule-bound Xavier Saint slams the door shut on her own private prison. She doesn’t trust him and will do anything to shake him loose. Sparks fly and ignite when Waverly and Xavier’s agendas clash. But when a dangerous stalker threatens her life, can Waverly trust Xavier to stand between her and a potential killer? Or will their growing feelings for each other endanger them both? Author’s Note: This is the first novel in a two-book series. The stories take place five years apart so my astute readers can guess that this one doesn’t have the happily ever after we all love. But I promise, I more than make up for it with the conclusion of Xavier and Waverly’s story in Breaking the Rules.
Last updated on Sunday, September 17, 2023