Bestselling and Award Winning Author
The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.
A rescuer at heart, paramedic Jaxon Chapman enjoyed kicking back when off the job and that included the ladies. But, as his friends began to find meaningful relationships, he wondered if his world was missing something.
An Olympic hopeful, Morgan McAlister, had control of her water destiny and that included standing on the platform at the next Olympics. Meeting the charismatic Jaxon had her wondering if there was room for him in her life. But one moment in time, changed her world forever.
Finding her place in a new world, Morgan is ready to move forward with Jaxon, but a secret he has kept may tear them apart.
From the shattering of broken dreams, can two people from opposite worlds find happiness?
Loosely based on The Little Mermaid.
Author Note: Scenes and language in this book are similar to what you would find in an R rated movie. For 18+ years only.
A new favorite in this series, this book tears at my heart even as Morgan finds strength.
Morgan is an Olympic hopeful, she has trained her entire life for this. After a little excitement at the pool, where EMTs were called. She definitely noticed one of the EMTs, but her father called her back to her training before she could say anything.
Jaxon heads to Grimm’s Bar and Grill after a busy day answering calls. He notices the bachelorette party in progress at the table next to the rest of the guys.
I really liked the meet up here.
She scooted her chair back to stand and, in the process, bumped his chair. Looking up, he got a front view of her heart-shaped face with a sprinkling of freckles across her nose. She looked down at him and her blue eyes landed right on his face. Her pink lips curved into a smile and her eyes widened as though in recognition.
He grinned in return before realizing it was not one of his practiced panty-dropping smiles, but one that simply came from within.
“Sorry,” she said, her soft voice melodious. melodious. “I didn’t mean to bump into your chair.”
Before he had a chance to speak, she scooted her ass around the table and walked toward the bathrooms with one of the other ladies she was with.
“Damn,” Sean said. “What a fine piece.”
Nodding his agreement, he kept drinking but watched for her return. He was not disappointed at the front view of her walking back toward the tables a few minutes later. Her tall, long-limbed, extremely toned body was showcased in tight jeans, boots, and a blue knit top that had little flounces over the shoulders. It was obvious she worked out and an image of them working out horizontally together ran through his mind. Her hair, unadorned, falling in what appeared to be natural waves, flowed over her shoulders.
Several of the women at the table next to them intercepted her and they all moved to the dance floor. With music pouring from the jukebox, they laughed and danced with each other, capturing the attention of most of the men around.
“Gonna join ‘em?” Jayden asked, his chin lifting toward the women as he his attention returned from the game to his brother.
He sat for a moment, spellbound by her as she threw her head back in laughter with her friends, but was uncertain if he wanted to interrupt her joy. Just then, he watched as another man approached, placing his hands on her waist from behind.
She whirled around and moved quickly from his grasp. Jaxon was on his feet in a second, moving between people to get to her. The man had taken his hands away, but the desire to make sure he stayed away filled him.
“Sweetheart, sorry I’m late,” he said, moving straight to the red-head. Getting close, without touching her, he locked eyes with her and smiled widely.
She stared for only a second before her smile matched his. “Um…Honey…you’re here,” she cooed, throwing her arms around his neck and moving in for a hug.
Wrapping his arms around her, he was struck by how her body lined up perfectly with his. Leaning back, she planted her lips on his and his eyes popped open in shock, until instinct kicked in, and he angled her head for maximum contact.
“Sorry, man,” he heard a male voice say, but continued to focus only on her lips. She tasted of lemon drops, sweet and tart. Hearing a cross between a sigh and a moan, he took over, plundering her mouth as all other thoughts fled his mind. His fingers pressed against her back, pulling her tighter to his chest, and barely aware of her fingers trailing through his hair.
Her tongue tangled with his and he felt the electricity straight to his cock. The bar noise fell away, leaving only the two of them in the universe. Nothing existed but the feel of her soft lips against his, her body in his arms, and the taste of sweet lemons on her tongue.
After a long, wet kiss, she finally mumbled against his lips, “Ih heh gah?”
Brow lowering, he tried to clear the lust-fog before looking into her eyes. “Huh?”
Giggling, she sucked in her kiss-swollen lips as an adorable blush covered her face. “Is he gone?” she enunciated, her voice as soft as a whisper.
Shifting his gaze from side to side, he nodded, but kept his arms wrapped tightly. “Yeah.”
“Um…you want to let me go now?” she asked, her arms still clutching his shoulders.
“Not particularly,” he replied, a grin curving his lips.
“Good. Let’s dance,” she laughed, stepping back slightly as she began to sway back and forth.
Never willing to turn down a dance partner, he placed his hands on her hips, checking her face to see if it was wanted and with another smile from her, moved her body along with his.
The beat of the music blared around them, but he felt cocooned with her, as though no one else was around. Now that he was close, he could see the shades of blue in her eyes, indigo near the pupil and sky blue toward the outer rim. Her light freckles did indeed cross her cheeks and over her nose. Her cheekbones were high and her mouth full. And as he focused on her mouth once more, he leaned back down, unable to keep from tasting her again. Definitely lemon drops.
Jordan, Maryann. Jaxon: Heroes at Heart (pp. 44-48). Kindle Edition.
Now the interesting and fun filled evening turns in to something more and definitely hot. Jaxon is more than a little surprised when he goes to return the mermaid earring she lost. He finds her at the pool just as she wins a place at the Olympic team trials.
Unfortunately fate is a cruel mistress and Morgan is in an accident that fortunately the ambulance witnesses. The sent another ambulance to their original call which likely saves Morgan’s life, but here injuries are severe.
Plenty of family drama as her father causes havoc wanting her back in the pool. Morgan on the other hand is re-evaluating her life and instead of staying with her parents, ends up at Jaxon’s.
A long slow build up as this relationship heats up, but she doesn’t remember the events before the accident that she had pulled over to let the ambulance through the intersection when the truck that hit her ran the red light.
A truth that when it comes out causes her to doubt everything she thinks she’s worked out.
I laughed a lot, cried a bit and cheered Morgan as she overcomes so much. I really love these two together.
5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!
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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.
My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.
Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.
I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!
I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.
When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
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