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Chasing the Fire – First Responders Book 6 by Jen Talty


Chasing the Fire
First Responders Book 6
By
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Jen Talty

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Dr. Eloise Porter has worked hard to become an emergency medical doctor. She has no time or inclination for romance. Not even for Rick “Edge” Honor, the sexy firefighter/paramedic who has an uncanny ability to make her smile, even on the darkest of days.

Edge doesn’t take no for an answer very often and he doesn’t give up easily. He’s determined to get the sexy Eloise Porter to go out on a date if its the last thing he does. It takes some doing, but he finally wears her down. While their budding romance heats up, so does a series of suspicious fires, all targeting urgent care facilities, doctors’ offices, and emergency rooms.

Determined to keep his doctor friend safe, Edge puts himself in the line of fire only to create a perfect storm that will put his life, and hers, in grave danger. He’ll be able to save Eloise, but will he be able to save himself?

This book opens with Edge making his way to join his crew at the Boardwalk, a popular bar with good bar food and live music. He is stopped by Dr. Tamara Blossom, she’d like to have a drink while waiting for a friend but Edge wants no part of it. He’s tired of her flirting and having to reject her over and over. There’s only one doctor that interests him and it’s not her.

Dr. Eloise Porter works the emergency room and at Tamara’s clinic. Student loans are rough for young doctors and Eloise is trying to pay them off as quickly as she can. While Edge is socializing, Eloise is working at the clinic. Her last patient was Tamara’s brother, once again looking for pain-killers. His injury doesn’t need them an over the counter anti-inflammatory will work fine. There’s no way Eloise would jeopardize her career falling for his ploy.

Eloise keeps telling Edge she doesn’t have time to get involved so he’s kind of in the friend zone. That is until a bomb comes too close for comfort.

Edge and Eloise get closer even as it becomes apparent she’s the target. She just can’t figure out why.

Lots of suspense and intrigue in this perfect length for the beach read.

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Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Color Me Home – The Monroes Book 6 by Jen Talty


Color Me Home
The Monroes Book 6
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Jen Talty

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Rose Monroe has always prided herself on being fiercely independent. She lives her life on her terms and doesn’t need, or want, a man telling her what to do, or how to do it. She views being in a committed relationship as a life sentence in losing not only her freedom, but a one way ticket to stifling her free spirit. However, when a close friend asks her to help him pick out the perfect engagement ring, she finds herself in unchartered waters and she’s drowning.

Kadon Anders has been in love with Rose since the first grade, but she’s kept him in the friend zone their entire lives. For years, he’s tried everything he can think of to get her attention, but nothing worked and he’s tired of waiting. When Rose finally starts noticing him, it’s too late. He’s with someone else. However, has he really moved on Rose, or is he simply trying to protect his heart from shattering into a million pieces. Again.

Rose Monroe has just been dumped and she wants nothing more than to talk to her best friend about what happened. Unfortunately he’s in the process of getting to know Stacey a lot better than Rose would like.

Kaden Anders has always been Rose’s best friend. No matter how hard he tries to take that friendship to the next level it never happens. That is until the one night he was going to try to move on with Stacey. Instead of talking in the parking lot of the bar, Kaden takes the almost tipsy Rose to his place. What happens is explosive and Kaden declares his love for her, only to be friend zoned once again. This time Kaden levels some ground rules not to be broken if he is ever going to move on.

Kaden starts dating Stacey and things move forward quickly but there’s such a jealousy with regard to Rose. Kaden won’t compromise on his friendship and work relationship with Rose. She’s the best investigator his firm has and that isn’t going to change for Stacey.

Plenty of ups and downs, arguments, and the realization that love shouldn’t be so difficult.

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Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Fly With Me – With Me In Seattle Universe Book 3 by Jen Talty


Fly With Me
With Me In Seattle Universe Book 3
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USA Today Bestselling Author
Jen Talty

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Troy Bowie has no desire to do anything but fly the friendly skies at twice the speed of sound. The only relationship he’s ever wanted is one with the military. His career means more to him than anything—except his family. And he does whatever he can to be there for his parents and his siblings whenever possible. So, when the Navy gives him a few weeks off to attend his niece’s christening, he takes it. He loves being at home—at least, for short periods—but after a few days, he’s ready to get on his private plane and return to Hawaii to get back to work.

Until he meets an intriguing young woman with a broken heart and decides to help her put it back together before he leaves for his next deployment.

As a Navy brat, Priela Sloane traveled all over the globe—a lifestyle she valued but not something she wanted for herself. She cut a deal with her father and served her time in the military before heading off to culinary school. Now finally on her own, Priela wants nothing to do with strong, alpha males. And she sure as hell doesn’t want to date a fighter pilot. All the military ever did for her was destroy the only person she ever loved: her brother. However, Troy isn’t a typical Navy man, nor does he come from a typical family, and he keeps breaking down her defenses and proving all her theories wrong.

​At the end of his leave, will she let him fly away, or will she fly away with him?

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Troy Bowie’s mother is always trying to fix him up when he comes home on leave. This time is no different, but she’s invited several single females to this welcome home party. There’s one in particular she wants Troy to spend time.

Priela Sloane is catering this welcome home bash for the Bowies. She’s also been seeking information from anyone she can. She doesn’t accept the Navy’s ruling on her brother’s death, she wants the truth.

The first thing Troy notices about Priela is her stance. She has a military bearing that one doesn’t lose no matter how long you’re out. When Troy’s mother pushes them together, he convinces her sitting for a couple minutes is the best course of action.

That’s when Troy learns the reason for her anger at the Navy and he makes a decision to see what he can find. He has already been assigned to evaluate her brother’s flying for training purposes. Now he’ll look from yet another angle of course he can’t say anything because it’s all classified but he’ll try to get some answers.

The interaction between Troy and Priela really gets started when she invites him for coffee to apologize for being rude. That turns into a lovely day together and the possible beginning of a relationship. Of course there is also the ex that doesn’t seem to go away. Now neither one of them wants a relationship, but isn’t that always when things happen?

We see Jager and Callie in this one and also Darcie and Reid. Let me just say Troy babysitting for Jag and Callie’s daughter had me giggling.

As Troy digs deeper, he finds he needs more resources and his friends definitely help out there. Boy do some feathers get ruffled with all this inquiry.

Plenty of suspense, some action and a relationship that goes up and down, then sizzles off the pages.

I hope Jen writes more of these delightful tales.

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Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Legacy of Lies – The Legacy Series Book 2 by Jen Talty


Legacy of Lies
The Legacy Series Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Jen Talty

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What if the mother you thought had died, was alive and well and living fifty miles away?

Katie Bateman’s mother died years ago, or so she thought. That all changed the day a stranger came into her office asking her to find his missing wife, who looks an awful lot like her late mother. Katie, a little spooked by the resemblance, goes to her FBI friend, Jacob Donovan, whose father had been close friends with her mother and her uncle. Jacob chalks it up to someone who just looks like her mother. How could it be anyway? She was dead. Besides, Jacob is pre-occupied with a case where young girls are going missing and now turning up dead.

Katie starts to uncover some inconsistencies in her new client’s missing wife’s case. As she digs deeper, she finds a picture of Edward’s wife and it’s the exact same picture, the only picture, that Katie has of her late mother.

The closer Katie gets to finding Edward’s wife, her mother, the closer she comes to the final game. Edwards game.

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Private Investigator Kate Bateman and her partner Jackson have a new client. His wife is missing but he hasn’t reported that to the police which is suspicious in itself. His reasoning is that he believes she is in the Lake George area and her relationship with her family isn’t a good one. She had changed her name because of that. Something that raises Kate’s hackles though is the photo he gives them, the woman shares a likeness to Kate’s deceased mother.

Kate’s Uncle Owen, has been out on parole for two years now. He was charged and convicted with her mother’s murder, even though no body was found and a lot of money is still missing. One of the first things we get to see is a break-in at Kate’s home.

There is another mystery playing out here as well, there have been a series of murders that look suspiciously like some from years ago by a perpetrator nicknamed the Doe Hunter. Agent Jacob Donovan is trying to link the cases so he can get the green light to pursue his theory, he’s also enlisting his partner Cameron Thatcher in looking for connections. He hears about the break-in at Kate’s from the office receptionist, it appears her boyfriend is the local officer on the scene.

Jacob is also Kate’s best friend and roommate, concerned about her since she shares some physical characteristics with the murdered girls.

This is a twisted, spellbinding mystery with edge of your seat suspense and a simmer to sizzle romance.

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Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Irish Whiskey – It’s All In The Whiskey Book 8 By Jen Talty


Irish Whiskey
It’s All In The Whiskey Book 8
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USA Today Bestselling Author
Jen Talty

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Irish Whiskey left his cousins farm years ago to join the Army and he never looked back. That was until he gets a phone call from one of his relatives informing him that one of the many broken hearts he left behind showed up at Whiskey Ranch claiming to be carrying his child.

And she won’t leave until he comes back and decides if he wants to be a father, or he’s going to do what he’s always done—run from his responsibilities.

Lorelei Sheldon knew the second the sexy Special Forces officer walked into her diner she was in trouble. But she hadn’t expected it to be the kind of trouble that would change the course of her entire life. With no way of reaching him, except through his family’s ranch in Buhl, Idaho, Lorelei packs up her things and sets off to find the man who she knows without a doubt she wants to start a life with, but also understands he might want nothing to do with her.

But she has to try. She owes it to their unborn child.

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Irish left Whiskey Ranch and joined the Army right out of high school. It was a good fit at the time. Now he’s getting out, he wants something more but he’s not sure what that is.

Before his last deployment he goes to dinner with Gunny but Gunny really had other plans if someone showed up. Left to his own devices and because of prompting from her boss and best friend he has pleasant conversation with the hostess Lorelei. He’s determined to not do the whole love ’em and leave ’em thing, but when Lorelei finds him trying to sleep in his jeep, he ends up in her studio apartment.

Lorelei is recently divorced and everyone is pushing her to move on. Her ex has remarried already, his wife pregnant. Lorelei has had two miscarriages and that really added to the hurt. Now faced with the extremely sexy Irish, she wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity for one night. Irish really didn’t fight her too hard on that.

The outcome of that night has her trying to reach Irish but all he leaves is a note for her instead of facing her. With no other choice left she travels to Whiskey Ranch to talk to him.

I love the Whiskey family, their names are funny, their love intense and family is everything. Irish and Lorelei have much to resolve.

Lots of ups and downs in this emotional and sizzling read.

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Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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A SEALs Honor – Lady Boss Press Navy SEAL Collection – By Jen Talty


A SEALs Honor
Lady Boss Press Navy SEAL Collection
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Jen Talty

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Navy SEAL Dante Fallon spent the last year of his enlistment haunted by his best friend’s murder. He swore that once his time in the service was up, he’d get his revenge. However, he didn’t anticipate finding the only woman he’s ever had real feelings for working for the enemy.

When Kaia George buried her brother, she swore she’d seek revenge for his death. For the last twelve months, she’s developed a relationship with the crime family that killed him. The last thing she needs is Dante walking back into her life, trying to fix things. No way will she take his help—until bullets fly, and she’s left with two choices:

Work with Dante to take down the crime family.
Or meet her brother on the other side.

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A SEAL’s Honor is part of Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle Universe.

Dante and his team are headed to Jupiter, Florida for a fishing trip. At least that’s what their telling everyone. In reality they have a plan to get their former teammate, Beck, out of a very sticky and dangerous problem. Just to add some additional problems, Dante and Beck’s sister Kaia have had a thing for a couple of years, but haven’t shared that information with anyone.

As Dante and Caleb drive to Beck’s trailer near the marina, Caleb infers he knows exactly what’s going on between Dante and Kaia. They also need to be sure she doesn’t know of their plans with her brother. They don’t want her involved.

This is a favorite scene.

Dante wasn’t exactly sure how he felt about Kaia, other than he couldn’t stop thinking about her when he wasn’t with her, and he worried about her brother pulling her down into his shit. On the one hand, Dante wished Beck would be more upfront with Kaia about the problems her father had faced before he died, and how much their dad had owed the Russells. However, Dante’s instincts were to protect Kaia, which meant keeping her in the dark about her father’s financial troubles and her brother’s involvement.

But when her father died, Dante had made a promise to Beck to never breathe a word to Kaia about how bad it had gotten. And Dante was nothing without his SEALs’ honor.

“She’s not the kind of person anyone messes with. I mean, she looks like a lady, all sweet and gorgeous, but watch out, she’ll eat you for dinner.”

“I’m married. You don’t have to warn me off. Now, Walli, he’s the one you need to worry about. Or maybe Morty. We know he’s got no shame.”

“When do they get in?” Dante decided to redirect the conversation.

“Around midnight,” Caleb said. “They will meet us at the docks before this shit goes down.”

Dante stared out the window. Having grown up in Seattle, he wasn’t accustomed to the bright sunshine pelting his eyes, but he loved how the warm rays heated his skin. There was nothing but tall palm trees stretching toward the blue sky. A few white, puffy clouds floated over the ocean as they got off Interstate 95 and headed toward the sleepy little seaside town. In the distance, Dante could see the Jupiter Lighthouse.

It almost felt as though he’d returned home.

“Does Kaia have any idea?” Caleb asked.

“I promised Beck we wouldn’t tell her anything, and he thinks she’s oblivious, but she knows more than she lets on.”

“She’s never talked to you about it?”

“Only that she’s worried about Beck, and I’ve shared the same concerns.” It’s hard not to when he shared a bed with Kaia. And he hated lying to her about what he thought was at the root of Beck’s troubled soul, though he did tie it to their father’s father’s financial problems and then his sudden death last year.

“I can’t believe how bad things got for Beck,” Caleb said. “He made it look like he had it all taken care of.”

“He got stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Beck said. “I’m just glad he finally called for backup.”

Caleb punched the gas, heading north on A1A past the Juno Pier. Beck lived in a trailer right on the Intracoastal a few miles up the road, walking distance from the marina where he kept his charter boats.

He’d also managed to purchase a surf shop, and Dante wondered where Beck had gotten the money for the third charter boat and the new shop. Things just seemed too good to be true, and Beck didn’t appear to be the happy-go-lucky man he’d been before he left the military.

Now, Dante knew why. H

is pulse got caught in his throat the second they pulled into the driveway.

The beautiful Kaia, her long hair pulled into a ponytail at the nape of her neck, sat on the front porch of the modular home. She’d twisted the tail over her shoulder and ran her fingers through the strands, her nose in a book. She glanced up and smiled, then set her reading material to the side and stood. Her toned legs went on forever. Her white T-shirt with a picture of a turtle on the front didn’t cover her stomach, showing off a taut midriff and a silver belly button ring.

“Seriously. Don’t say a single word to her about our plan. She’ll either want in on it, or she’ll be up my ass all night about it, and I’ll never be able to sneak out,” Dante whispered. “And I promised Beck she would be kept in the dark.”

“Understood.”

Dante did his best not to let his gaze linger on her voluptuous breasts, but he couldn’t help himself. He opened his mouth to say something, anything.

But all he did was grunt.

He’d been all over the world and had had his share of beautiful women, but no one could hold a candle to Kaia— and she was way out of his league.

She lifted her sunglasses to the top of her head. “Look at what the cat dragged in,” she said.

“It’s been a while,” Dante finally managed, keeping up the ruse that he and Kaia hadn’t seen each other only a few months ago. “I hear you’ve never met Caleb.”

“I’ve heard a lot about the man— the legend. And I’ve had the pleasure of a phone call or two. But, no. Can’t say we’ve been in the same space.” She stretched out her hand and shook Caleb’s before kissing Dante on the cheek. Her hot lips scorched his skin. She squeezed his biceps.

“So, what’re the sleeping arrangements?” Dante asked, keeping up the ruse for her sake.

“Unfortunately, Beck only has two guest rooms. Caleb, you get the bigger one with the queen bed. Walli and either Andrew or Riker get the one with two beds. The other one gets the couch here, or the couch at my place. Dante, you get my guest room.”

“You are a lifesaver.” He smiled, dropping his rucksack onto the porch. He pulled his cell out of his back pocket and quickly sent Beck a text, letting him know that they had arrived and would head over to the docks shortly.

Beck responded immediately with a thumbs-up emoji.

“He’s done.” Dante waved his cell. “Why don’t you head over? I’ll drop my stuff at Kaia’s and meet you there.”

Caleb arched a brow. “Seriously?”

“I’ll be fifteen minutes behind you.”

“You better be.” Caleb slapped Dante on the back. “We wouldn’t want people to get the wrong idea.”

Dante waited until Caleb was out of sight before pulling Kaia into his arms. “I guess we haven’t been as discreet as I thought because it seems Caleb and the guys are onto us.”

“My brother acts like he doesn’t know.” She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and wasted no time slipping her tongue between his lips. “But I suspect he might.”

When it came to sex, Kaia was certainly the best he’d ever had. He couldn’t imagine it getting any better. And if he were honest, he didn’t want it to get any better— at least not with anyone else. If he never experienced anyone else, he would actually be fine with that.

A reality he struggled to accept.

He ran his hands up and down her back, letting his fingers dance over her soft skin. Whether she knew it or not, she’d helped him get through a few tough nights during his last deployment. “Does it bother you that I don’t want—?”

“I don’t want my brother to know. He gets weird when I have flings with his friends, so it’s best if we just keep things under the radar.”

Dante leaned against the railing, resting his hands on her hips. “Have you dated anyone while I was gone?”

Kaia shook her head. “A few friends have tried to fix me up, but I wasn’t feeling it.”

“You are allowed to do whatever you want when I leave. We don’t have exclusive rights or anything.” The second the words left Dante’s lips, he regretted them, but being in a full-time relationship wasn’t something he’d ever done before.

Not just because of his job, but because his heart started pounding at the mere thought of being with a woman for more than a few months.

Except for Kaia. All bets were off where she was concerned. If he could say he had any real feelings for a woman, it would be Kaia.

“That sounds like you’re having second thoughts.”

“No. I’m actually jealous of the idea of you being with another man. But I don’t have the right to tell you that you can’t.” Jesus, he sounded like a fucking lovesick idiot. “But I’m only in town for a few days, and I’ll be deployed again for months. I don’t think it’s fair to ask you to sit around and wait for me when I don’t even know if I’m…” He glanced at the sky. “I’m not very good at this.”

“No. You’re not.” She cupped his cheek. “Are you saying you want more?”

“Do you?”

“I asked first.” He groaned. “Kaia, I want more, but I don’t know what that looks like.”

She smiled. “I like the idea of more.”
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This mission of theirs goes FUBAR before it even really gets started. Beck knew he’d been targeted and in spite of their efforts to thwart the inevitable Beck ends up dead.

When Kaia realizes that it was their plan to put an end to Beck’s involvement with the Russell boys drug running business, she flips out. She blames them for her brother’s death and wants nothing more to do with Dante and his friends.

Plenty of ups and downs in this intriguing tale as Dante works his way back into her life.

I have two more from this multi author collection and I intend to read and review them all. Some new to me authors in this group.

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Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Tempting Tavor – Enemies To Lovers- Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection Book 3 By Jen Talty


A look. A judgment. A string of words.
Bitter rivals and sworn enemies have been around
since the beginning of time.
But make no mistake, once the spark is ignited
and the fuse is lit,
the fine line between love and hate will go up in flames.
So stand back or cross over,
but be prepared to strap in for the ride.

Seven USA Today and bestselling authors are bringing you the next in the line of Hot Hunks. Enemies to Lovers, where tempers flash, messy situations erupt, and mouths and hands seek each other.

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Enemies To Lovers
Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection Book 3
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Lieutenant Tavor Bale knows only one thing: Delta Force. When a dangerous mission goes sideways and Tavor finds himself not only unable to perform his duties, but the Army informs him that his only option to remain in service is in an administrative position. For the first time in his life, he hasn’t a clue what to do. Instead of turning to family and friends, Tavor turns to the bottle, but those who love him won’t tolerate his self-pity and the next thing he knows, he’s at a wellness ranch in upstate New York singing feel-good songs around the campfire wondering how this is going to solve the fact the only thing he’s ever known has been ripped from him.

Paulina Hoover is no stranger to physical and emotional pain. Ten years she’d been in a car accident with her father. He didn’t survive the accident and during the first year following the incident, there were times Paulina wished she hadn’t as well. But now, she owns and operates a ranch dedicated to helping those regain their inner hope and help them find a new path. Only, she’s never met anyone quite like Tavor. His anger, hostility, and self-loathing she can deal with, but what she can’t handle is her growing affection for a man who wants nothing to do with an entirely new world of opportunities. All he sees her as the enemy and he’s determined to prove her methods of self-healing are nothing but smoke and mirrors.

This book opens with a look at the mission that left Tavor wounded. His injuries are such that he won’t be able to return to his Delta team but there are many options for him. He just doesn’t want to hear them. Instead he’s cocooned himself in his home, drinking and making decisions that aren’t really the best for him. One of which is leaving the Army when his current tour is done.

He hasn’t been going to his physical therapy or psychologist appointments which have been mandated. Since he is still considered active duty this is a big problem. His brother Ledger and his sister Serenity show up on his doorstep with an ultimatum. He goes to Jack’s Place for rehabilitation or he leaves the Army with a dishonorable discharge.

Tavor can’t do that to his father, so he reluctantly goes with his siblings to check in.

Pauline Hoover started Jack’s Place because she understands the feelings of loss, of those things held near and dear, of career especially a military one. She’s pretty sure Jack’s Place can help Tavor, but he’s going to have to put the effort into it.

She takes Tavor on a little tour, stopping in the gardens to chat with him.

This is a favorite scene.

A couple of birds flew overhead, landing on the big oak tree in the center of the garden. She sat on the bench, making room from Tavor. When she’d been a little girl, she used to love to come to this small patch in the backyard, hidden by thick brush, tall trees, and beautiful flowers, and lie in the grass, staring at the sky. She would dream about being a fighter pilot and screaming across the sky at twice the speed of sound. Being in the Navy had been all she’d ever wanted or cared about.

She had no secondary plan. She’d never thought about doing anything else, especially going to medical school, but after her accident, she had to change not only the direction of her life, but her entire mindset. It hadn’t been easy, but she did find a career path that had more than fulfilled her heart and soul. Helping others like her had become her calling and she wouldn’t change a thing.

“We always have choices and you can leave, but there are consequences to that decision.”

“A dishonorable discharge isn’t an option.”

“But death is?” Normally, she wouldn’t come in this hot and aggressive, but she could see the bottomless pit into his soul through his empty eyes. He thought, just like his buddy Drake, that his new limitations were so damning that he had nothing to live for.

“Excuse me?”

“You heard me.” For effect, she took off her jacket, something she rarely did in front of people she’d just met. She’d become comfortable with the scars, but she knew how shocking they could be to a complete stranger. She set the article of clothing on the back of the bench.

She’d had a dozen or so skin grafts, but there wasn’t much the doctors could do. The burns on her arms, back, and legs would never go away. While they’d healed and didn’t look so hideous, if she were to go to a beach, people would try not to stare, but they wouldn’t be able to look away.

Tavor’s jaw slacked open. He cleared his throat. “Is that supposed to be some kind of bonding thing?”

“Yes,” she admitted.

“Did you do this with Drake?” Tavor leaned back on the bench, stretching out his legs, crossing them at the ankles.

“Not when I first met him,” she said. “And while I don’t hide what happened to me, or any of my past from the clients here at Jack’s Place, I don’t always open up about it so quickly.”

“Then why are you?”

“Because what I see in you is exactly what I saw in my father right before he died.”

“I’m sorry for your loss.” Tavor tilted his head. “But what does that have to do with me or your burns?”

She traced a finger up one of the more veiny parts of her arm. It was never easy to discuss what happened, but if her story could help him, or anyone, then she was happy to share. “My dad had just picked me up from the airport. It was Christmastime and I had a couple of weeks before I had to return to the Naval Academy.”

“You were in the Navy?” His eyes grew wide.

“Not for very long.” She twirled her hair between her finger and thumb, staring at two chipmunks fighting over an acorn. “I was halfway through my junior year and I had no desire to come home for the holidays. My father and I were at odds. He’d been drinking a lot and he was constantly putting me and my career path down.”

“What do you mean?” Tavor shifted, resting his arm on the back of the bench.

“I wanted to be a fighter pilot and he didn’t think I had what it would take, but it wasn’t really about that. His body was failing him as he’d gotten older and being a rescue swimmer wasn’t something he could do anymore, but it was all he had.”

“That’s a tough job.”

She nodded. “The Navy pulled him from his station and he felt demoralized and he struggled with my success.”

“He was jealous? Of his own child?” Tavor gave her shoulder a slight squeeze.

“His entire world was changing. My mom had died a few years before that from cancer and he was depressed for a variety of reasons. Back then, I had no desire to be a doctor. I was focused on my education and a woman in the seat of a fighter jet isn’t an easy career choice.”

“Nope. I hate to admit it, but being a woman in the military still has its pitfalls, and that’s really too bad.”

“I appreciate that.” She nodded. “Anyway. My dad was stationed in Jacksonville back then. He picked me up at the airport and we immediately got into a fight. He actually told me I should pursue something different and that he would even support me leaving the Academy. I was so angry because my dreams had once been his too and I didn’t understand what was going on with him.” She turned, catching Tavor’s gaze. “He pulled off the highway, heading toward the house he rented in the middle of nowhere. He looked at me and told me that what I was doing wasn’t worth it. Then he pressed his foot on the gas pedal and wrapped his car around a tree at a hundred miles an hour.”

“Jesus. With you in the passenger seat?”

“The next thing I remember was waking up a few weeks later with about forty percent of my body covered in burns. My back and both my legs were broken. All the doctors thought I was lucky to be alive. I didn’t agree with them. I thought my father was the lucky one considering he died instantly.”

“That’s rough.” Tavor ran a hand across his shaven face. “So, that’s why you became a shrink.”

She laughed. “No. I did that for me. I didn’t die for him.” She jutted her chin toward a rock strategically placed to the far right of the gardens. “I made that memorial for him the day I decided ending my life might stop the pain and solve what I thought my problems were, but it wouldn’t prove to my dad, or anyone, that we all have purpose, even when it’s not what we thought.”

“I’m sorry about what happened to you, but I don’t want to die. I just want out of the Army, and then I’ll figure out what’s next.”

“Really?” Feeling a bit too exposed, she slipped on her coat. “Because it seems to me you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

He jumped to his feet. “You don’t know anything about me or my life. Just because your military career never even got started, or you suffered life-altering injuries, doesn’t give us common ground.”

“Maybe not. But your death wish does.”

“I don’t want to die. I wouldn’t do that to my family.” He ran a hand across his head. “And to be totally frank with you, I’m only here to save my father the shame of having a son who left the military with anything but honors. So, I’ll do what you ask of me and I’ll even do it with a smile on my face, but you and me, we’re not friends.” He waved his finger. “I’m truly sorry about what your father did. That’s horrific. But I’m not your father and I’m not Drake. Now, if you don’t mind. I would like to go to my room.”
Jen Talty. Tempting Tavor: Enemies to Loves: Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection (Kindle Locations 467-520). Jupiter Press.

While Tavor doesn’t think that chat helped, it certainly has him thinking, as does his first group session.

More surprising is the conversation he overhears while visiting the horses. He really didn’t like Gill, his therapist for group, but what he hears in the discussion with Pauline disturbs him. Gill is harassing Pauline and apparently they were once a couple.

I love the build up in this book, both of Gill’s obsession and the relationship between Pauline and Tavor. We meet all of Tavor’s sibling in this book as well as things come to a head.

Lots of intrigue, revelations and a relationship that sizzles right from the start.

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I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Protecting Marlowe – Special Forces: Operation Alpha – Search & Rescue Book 6 by Jen Talty


Protecting Marlowe
Special Forces: Operation Alpha
Search & Rescue Book 6
By
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Everything in Marlowe Chapmen’s life is falling into place. Her career as an actress is finally taking off, but there is one thing missing. Ever since Marlowe became an adult, she’s been searching for the man who had saved her life when she’d been ten years old and who had made all this possible by literally killing her past. As she travels from one Navy base to the next, looking for Slade, she hadn’t expected she’d fall in head over heels for another Navy man. Nor could she anticipate that her secret had already been exposed, setting off a chain of events that would not only put her life in danger, but could expose her true identity as the daughter of a Russian terrorist.

Bryce Carson has dedicated his adult life to the Navy and protecting the United States of America, an oath he doesn’t take lightly. When the famous Marlowe breezes into his life, he’s shocked she even gives him a second glance. She teaches him there’s more to life than chasing the adrenaline rush at work and playing video games to relax. But there is one thing Bryce can’t tolerate—or forgive—and that’s deception.

So, when he finds out Marlowe isn’t exactly who she says she is, Bryce has to decide can he forgive the betrayal, because under the circumstances, would he have done the same thing?

Bryce and Lincoln were having a drink after returning from deployment. Princess and Wolfie had returned home after greeting them and Lincoln was going home in a few minutes. That’s when Marlowe and her friend/PR agent Jamie walk in.

Bryce is a big fan of Marlowe and had been a fan for a while, more so since her parts in a couple of Marvel movies, and the trailer for her new movie looked just amazing. He needs a bit of a push from Lincoln to go say hello and Lincoln escorted him over while making it clear he was taken.

It didn’t take long for Jamie to pretty much push Marlowe on Bryce so she could go back to the hotel and call her boyfriend.

This is a favorite scene.

Marlowe dug into her purse and thankfully her hands didn’t shake as she handed her friend her rental keys. However, her insides rattled like an earthquake. It wasn’t like her to let Jamie push her into spending time with a random man, and Jamie had a tendency to try to fix her up left and right.

“Love you, girl.” Jamie gave her a quick hug and kiss, before making a beeline for the door.

His friend, Lincoln, was only a couple steps behind after slapping his buddy on the back.

“Did you really recognize me?” Shit. Why the fuck did she ask that stupid question? If Jamie had heard her, she would have kicked her and then went on to discuss how great she was in every role, including the stupid toilet paper commercial she’d done a few years ago.

“I’m really a fan.” Bryce sat across from her as he waved down the waitress. “Do you like red wine? There is a local cab that is fabulous and getting it by the bottle is reasonable.”

“Sounds perfect,” she said. “Would you mind if I ordered an appetizer? I’m starving.”

“Why don’t we get the special. I could eat more.” “I’m in.”

He placed the order with the waitress while she took the opportunity to study him a little more closely.

He had a small scar above his right eye that etched into his brow. He had another one under his chin and still another one on the side of his neck.

She wondered how many more he had covering his body.

“I take it you live out in LA or something,” he said.

“No. I call Upstate New York home.”

“I love the Adirondacks. When I was a kid, we used to go to Lake George in the summertime. It’s beautiful.”

“I moved there when I was eleven.” She nodded. “It’s hard to let go of the area, even though I’m almost never there lately.”

“Why are you vacationing here if you don’t get to spend much time at home? If you don’t mind me asking.”

“I like to travel and ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had this goal that I wanted to see as much of the country as possible.” She shrugged. “I like beach towns. Lakes. Mountains. Hell, I like it all and I want to see it all.”

The waitress returned with a bottle and two glasses. Marlowe leaned back, took in a deep breath, and waited patiently for the young lady to leave.

“To new friends.” Bryce lifted his glass.

“Cheers.” The rich, smooth flavor coated her throat and warmed her belly, taking the edge off her nerves. She had no idea why she let Jamie leave, other than being in a bar filled with SEALs made her feel like she was closer to the man who gave her a second chance at life. “I can guess you’re in the Navy.” She waved a hand over her hair.

He nodded.

“Thank you for your service.” He blinked. “My pleasure.”

“What do you do, exactly?”

“I’m a SEAL,” he said with a slightly flat tone as he sat up a little taller, as if he were uncomfortable stating his employment status.

“Oh. That’s cool. But dangerous.” She wished she could just come out and ask him if he knew Slade, but then she’d have to come up with a story on how she knew the man, and she’d yet to develop one that made sense.

Besides, Slade had told her that she had to forget about him. That she needed to pretend he never existed. What he’d done had been unprofessional and illegal and he could lose his job if it ever got out. She often wondered if he’d been overly dramatic in order to scare her from ever saying anything about what had happened.

He warned her that she had to remember that her old self had never existed and that the new identity he and his friends had given her was the only person she’d ever been. For weeks, Slade quizzed her on her past until even she’d begun to believe the lies.

“It can be.”

“You don’t like talking about your job, do you.” She didn’t pose that as a question.

“Sorry. It’s not that, it’s just there are a lot of aspects of my career I can’t discuss, and then there are those that just want to…” He laughed, shaking his head. “I bet you get the same thing. People wanting a piece of you because you’re famous.”

She waggled her finger. “I’m not famous yet. But you’re right. As much as it’s nice to be seen, like with you tonight, there are times it feels icky and people can be weird about it.”

“Especially men, I’m sure.”

“I knew this special forces guy once a long time ago,” she said, staring into her glass. “He was friends with my folks.” She wasn’t the best liar in the world, but she told herself all she was doing was acting. Playing a character and that she was good at it. “He grunted more than he talked half the time, but I remember once being out at a restaurant with him. I wasn’t more than eleven and women just flocked to him like hot fudge on a sundae.”

“It’s not so much that as much as it’s what happens after the relationship gets real.”

“What do you mean?”

“My job is hard and it requires me to be gone for long periods. Even worse, there are times when I think I’m going to be home for a long stretch and I get a phone call in the middle of the night telling me to pack my bags and I won’t know for how long. It takes a special kind of woman, or man for that matter, to deal with someone in my job.”

“I can respect that, but your buddy found someone.”

Bryce laughed. “Yeah. My ex-girlfriend.”

“Seriously?”

“Sort of. He’s married to a girl that was my high school sweetheart. We broke up years before they met and they are perfect for each other.” He took a long sip of his wine while one of the staff placed a large tray of food in front of them with a couple of plates. “I have a lot of friends who are married and it works well, and others who’ve gotten divorced. It’s not an easy life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love what I do and I get to see the world from a completely different perspective than most.”

She snagged an onion ring and plopped it into her mouth. Closing her eyes, she enjoyed the fried flavor. “Making movies looks so glamorous on the outside, but half of it is done on a set, inside, with people yelling at you, staring at you, and sometimes you end up doing the same scene fifty times in one day.”

“I can’t tell you how many times we sit around waiting for something to happen. I swear, that’s ninety percent of my job and the toughest part sometimes,” he said.

“I can imagine.”

He smiled as he nibbled on one of the sliders. He had an easygoing personality that she admired. It was as if they were old friends catching up. It wasn’t very often she made that kind of connection.

And so quickly.

“So, can I ask what your next big role is going to be?”

“I don’t know,” she admitted. “Since I’ve finished shooting Rushing Wind, I have to film two more of the Marvels because of my contracts, but in the meantime, I’m on the hunt. However, I think some are waiting to see the reviews of this latest film.”

“That’s exciting.”

She nodded.

“Are the Marvel movies expanding your character?”

“I have more lines and scenes, but not much more.” She pushed her plate to the side, tossing her napkin on top. “Anyway, Jamie and I are here to go over a couple of scripts that were sent to my agent and pick a couple to audition for, though I’m finally in a position where it’s less of an audition and more of me saying I’ll take the role if you still want me. But I have to make up my mind this week with a couple of them, one way or the other.”

“That’s really cool.”

“Thank you.”

He topped off their glasses and leaned back. “Do you have free time to do some sightseeing? I’d love to show you— and your friend— around.”

“If you haven’t noticed, she’ll do whatever it takes to pawn me off on you,” she said with a laugh.

Bryce leaned forward. His smoldering grayish-green eyes that reminded her of the Caribbean sparkled. “I wouldn’t mind that.”

“To be honest, neither would I.”
Jen Talty. Protecting Marlowe (Special Forces: Operation Alpha): search and rescue, Book 6 (Kindle Locations 203-270). Aces Press, LLC.

Now the reason Marlowe was visiting different towns where their are Navy bases is because a SEAL named Slade saved her life many years ago. She would love to see him again and thank him for all he did for her.

A couple of SEALs in the bar recognized her, but didn’t let on. Keanu, Bryce’s boss was there with Wolf. They were both part of the mission that led to them doing something just a bit underhanded to save Marlowe from a worse fate.

With Marlowe getting threating texts on top of a strange note before she came to Virginia, Bryce calls Keanu. Neither one of them thought this was anything other than the normal type stalker. That is until Wolf and Slade get involved.

Lots of twists and turns as Bryce and Marlowe begin a relationship. Plenty of suspense and a few surprises as the bad guy turns up the heat.

I just realized I haven’t read all of the books in this series in the Operation Alpha crossovers. I really need to catch up before Jen releases another one!!

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Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Whiskey Cobbler – It’s All In The Whiskey Book 6 by Jen Talty


Whiskey Cobbler
It’s All In The Whiskey Book6
By
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Jen Talty

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Heather Cobbler has dedicated her life to the love and care of the horses at Whiskey Ranch. Having been born and raised on the land, her loyalty runs thick and deep. So, when horses start getting sick on her watch, Heather will stop at nothing to find out who is harming these glorious creatures and why.

Even if that means teaming up with the veterinarian who has been hitting on her for nearly ten years and doesn’t know how to take no for an answer.

Not much happened in the sleepy little town of Buhl, Idaho and that’s exactly why Detective Crew Irvin had moved there from the big city. So, when it appears a horse is murdered out on the Whiskey Ranch, Crew wants to wrap it up neatly, and quickly. That means slapping the cuffs on the super sexy ranch hand, Heather Cobbler.

Crew’s detective skills might be rusty, but he didn’t have cobwebs for brains and Heather was about as guilty as the sky was pink.

Only he couldn’t prove it without putting himself in the line of fire.

The vet Jim Casey has wanted more than friendship with the Whiskey Ranch’s head trainer Heather Cobbler for many years. Unfortunately for him, she doesn’t feel the same. Now the new detective on the Buhl PD. Crew Irvin is a different story all together.

A night out with friends turns into a challenge one that is a bit embarrassing for Heather. She’s going to ask Crew out on a date. This does get interrupted by Jim though.

This is a favorite scene.

He wiped a hand over his face, trying to cover his smile. “I’m curious as to what brought you to my table like a nervous cat because the few times we’ve crossed paths, you’re always quite confident.”

“I usually am, but this is an unusual circumstance and I’m about to put you in an awkward position.”

“I doubt that,” he said, waving the waitress over. “Could you please bring the lady a drink?”

She glanced up. “Oh. A glass of the house red is fine.”

The waitress nodded and scurried away.

“You didn’t have to do that,” Heather said, going back to playing with her hair. “But thank you.”

“My pleasure. Now tell me about this strange position you’re putting me in.”

“You know Doc James Casey, right?”

“I do.” Crew nodded. “He takes care of my dogs.”

“You seem like the big dog kind of person. What kind do you have?” Heather smiled that bright grin that made her eyes sparkle like the ocean dancing under the sun. It reminded him of a hot summer morning at the beach, just him, the water tickling his toes, and the salty air awakening his senses.

Christ. Crew needed to get a grip. Heather wasn’t for him. No woman was for him. He couldn’t ever be with someone he cared about again.

It would kill him.

“I have a couple of mutts, actually. They look like they could be maybe a Lab-shepherd mix, but not sure. However, you’re changing the subject.”

The waitress quietly and quickly set a glass of wine in front of Heather before taking off for a different table.

“He and I are friends, but as of late, he’s been putting the pressure on. I didn’t see it and my sister and my friend over there are pushing me to ask you out in order to get him off my back.”

“I see.”

“God, that sounded awful. I mean, I meant to ask you out, but I thought it only fair to tell you about Jim and… shit. I’m just making it worse. Now, I’m acting like my sister, Alyssa. Shit. I’m really sorry.”

“Don’t be. I’m flattered.” He rested his elbows on the table. “But in order for something like that to really work, for him to really get the hint, we should probably go out on a proper date and not just have this one little drink where I’m on duty and I’m going to have to leave as soon as my check comes.” Nothing like having diarrhea of the mouth. Hopefully, she’d turn him down, believing this would be enough.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Jim leave his group of friends and meander across the patio.

Not good.

“That’s really sweet of you, but I’m not trying to make Jim jealous or anything. I can handle Jim. I mean, we’re friends. Pretty good friends, actually. He’s not a bad guy.”

Why the hell was this woman rambling on about another man? “I’m confused. Do you like Jim and want to go out with him?”

“Oh God. No. I’m trying to keep my friends from coming over here, fixing us up, and telling Jim you and I are going out or something, making this even weirder.” She smacked her palm against her forehead. “This is not going how I expected it to. I think a glass of wine before I had food wasn’t a good idea.”

“Relax,” Crew said with a slight laugh. “I’d love to go out on a date, but I’d like to know if Jim is actually my competition.”

“We’re just friends,” she said with a bright smile. “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m—”

“My, my,” Jim said as he tapped his finger on the table. “Detective Irvin. How are you this evening? How are Duke and Daisy?”

“They’re both doing well, thank you.” Crew had seen Jim go chat up the girls about a half hour ago and now that Jim was standing at his table, Crew wondered what game Heather was really playing.

The make a man jealous game?

Or get rid of a man game?

Either way, he shouldn’t be playing. Dating wasn’t something he was prepared to bring back into his wheelhouse. Not even for Heather.

“I see you’re wearing your badge and gun belt,” Jim pointed out. “Does that mean you’re on duty?”

“I’m on my dinner break.” Crew didn’t need to explain anything to Jim, especially since Crew didn’t keep the same hours as a beat cop. Technically, he was the only detective on the payroll, so he was always on duty, but he currently was punching the clock. As in, he should probably be in uniform, but he’d gotten away with not wearing one since he rode into town and he hoped to keep it that way.

Jim held his hands up. “No judgment here. I was just hoping my taxpayer dollars weren’t paying for a date or something.”

Heather arched a brow and opened her mouth, but Crew cut her off.

“I was about to ask Heather here out to dinner, but you interrupted me,” Crew said.

“Actually, you did ask. I just hadn’t had the chance to accept.” She smiled. “And I’d love to. How about Friday night?”

“I’m technically off tomorrow, so that works. As long as I don’t get called in, we should be good.” Crew nodded.

“Heather, can I speak to you for a moment?” Jim asked. “Um, well, I was going to walk Crew to his car,” Heather said.

“I’ll wait,” Jim said.

Crew stood, taking Heather by the hand. “Have a good night.” He led her through the crowd, stopping at the bar and settling his bill before pushing open the front door. “Well, that was interesting.”

“You don’t have to take me out if you don’t want to.” She ran her hand through her hair.

“This is the last time I’m going to ask this. Did you want to go out with Jim?” Crew scratched his jaw. “I’m asking because now I’m really confused.”

“So am I.” She let out a long breath. “My sister and Zuri warned me that Jim wanted more, but I didn’t see it and I don’t want to use you.”

He reached out and curled his fingers around her biceps. “Do you want to go out with me? Because I definitely want to go out with you. To be honest, I’ve thought about asking you out the last couple of times I’ve seen you, but I’m a bit of a loner for reasons we can talk about another time.”

“So I’ve noticed.” Heather leaned against his patrol car.

“You haven’t answered my question.”

“Yeah. I’d like to have dinner with you.” She smiled.

“Good.” He pulled out one of his cards. “This is my personal cell. Don’t hesitate to call me. Day or night.”

She took it between her fingertips.

“Why don’t you text me now so I can put your number in my contacts, and I will text you with the details for our date.” His heart pounded in his chest. He couldn’t tell if he was nervous, or if it was something else.

No. He knew it wasn’t guilt, only he wished it was because that would make it easier.

His mother told him a desire to start over would eventually kick in. That was unless he returned to the dark place and even he didn’t want to go back to living with one foot in the grave. His precious Darla and sweet little Gypsy wouldn’t appreciate that. He needed to at least do what they’d want him to do— expect him to do— and go about the business of living and doing the right thing.

He could do that in small-town Idaho.

“Why do you look like you really don’t want to go out with me?” Crew took her hand and ran his thumb over the soft, tender skin of her wrist.

Her cheeks turned a pretty pink. “It’s not that. I just don’t have a lot of room in my life for dating and I feel weird about this. About how it all came about.”

He leaned in and pressed his lips over hers in a gentle kiss. It was short, and not necessarily romantic, but he did let them linger more than a few seconds.

A slight moan tickled the back of her throat. Without thinking, she gripped his shoulders, leaning into his strong frame.

He wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling her close to his chest, keeping the kiss going. He tasted like strawberries dipped in chocolate milk. His tongue twisted and twirled around hers in an exotic dance.

She blinked as he pulled back.

“That was unexpected,” she whispered.
Jen Talty. Whiskey Cobbler: It’s All In The Whiskey Book 6 (Kindle Locations 300-369). Jupiter Press.

Now of course in the way of small towns gossip starts, but it’s the sudden incriminating things that start happening on Whiskey Ranch that are far more disturbing.

The fact that Jim is one of those fueling that fire hurts as well. Fortunately Heather has a very qualified ally in Crew.

Intrigue with a few twists and turns and a romance that is both sizzling and healing.

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Coming Soon!

Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Dark Legacy – Legacy Book 1 By Jen Talty


Dark Legacy
Legacy Series Book 1
By
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Jen Talty

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Shannon Brendel, a therapist for troubled teens, wants to find the daughter she gave up when was sixteen. She doesn’t want a relationship. She only wants to know her child is safe and has a better life. One free from her father’s dark legacy. However, when she begins the search, she will lead the evil man she feels she helped create right to her daughter’s doorstep. This is a man she’s vowed never to see again. A man who could easily pull her back into the depths of hell her father had placed her in. He is a man who is hell bent on revenge and will stop at nothing to see that Shannon, and their daughter, pay the ultimate price.

Jackson Armstrong, a private investigator will take just about any case except those involving adoption. He has his reasons. So, when his super sexy neighbor asks him to help her find the little girl she gave up years ago, he says no. That is until Shannon’s patients start mysteriously disappearing, showing up dead, and Shannon becomes the best suspect. Jackson will do whatever it takes to prove Shannon is innocent and protect her and her daughter.

But will it be enough to save them from such a dark legacy.

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This book opens with a glimpse at Shannon’s past and a bit of the horror from it. We progress to the present day as Shannon is sort of celebrating the anniversary of her freedom. A sailboat at the end of her dock, a Tartan, the same boat of her nightmares causes her to drop her coffee.

Her neighbor Jackson attempts to help her not cut her feet. He bought the sailboat to celebrate his divorce. He didn’t know it would cause his neighbor to be upset. He does agree to get a visual on her friend so she knows she’s okay, but he gets upset when she asks him to find the daughter she gave up for adoption. He won’t do searches for adoption, it’s personal.

This is a favorite scene.

“Here you go.” Jackson handed her a cup. The bitter aroma filled her nose like pure, unsweetened cocoa. “Are you free for dinner tonight?”

She laughed. “I’m actually having dinner with my stepmother, but maybe we can have a drink after.”

“Are you actually agreeing to a date?” he asked with wide eyes and a big, goofy smile.

The man was too cute for his own good.

“Not a date. Just a drink with a friend. Say around nine? Right here? We can build a fire.”

“Sounds great to me.” He raised his mug.

“Can I ask you a work-related question?”

“Sure,” Jackson said.

“Do you ever take on cases for friends?”

“All the time. Why?”

She stole a peek at the sailboat. That night had changed her life in more ways than one. “I’d like to hire you.”

“For?” He set his coffee on the railing, easing closer, leaving his arms dangling at his sides.

He must have taken a ton of psychology courses because he knew exactly how to put someone at ease. Anyone would bare their soul to this man and not even know they were doing it.

She let out a puff of air. The only person she’d ever spoken to about her daughter had been Annette. Even her mother couldn’t bear to hear about it, always telling Shannon that she’d been a horrible teenager and to pray for forgiveness.

“Two things, actually. I don’t like doing this, but a… a friend of mine missed a lunch date on Friday, and I haven’t been able to reach her all weekend. She’s never done that, and I’m a little worried. Could I trouble you to just check on her or something? I don’t mind paying you.”

“I can do that,” he said, but the way he tilted his head indicated that he wasn’t buying the friend part.

Shit. She could get fired for that one.

“I’m just concerned, and I want to know she’s okay.”

“You just want me to get a visual? Or do you need me to contact her?”

Shannon looked at the sky for an answer. Deep down in the pit of her stomach, she knew that something wasn’t right with Belinda, and she couldn’t let it go. “Just a visual. Her name is Belinda Montgomery, and she—”

“Name is all I need. If I want more, I’ll call,” he said.

“Thanks.”

“No problem. And no need to pay me. Now, what’s the second?”

“This one is a little bit more detailed, and I’ll insist on compensating you for your time.” She reached for her pendant, running her finger up and down the feathered sides. Not a day went by that she didn’t wear the necklace. It drove her mother crazy, but only because of where it had come from and the fact that Shannon still had a relationship with her father’s second wife.

“If it makes you feel more comfortable, your case will be confidential. The only other person who will know the details, or your name, will be Katie, my partner.”

“I can’t say that makes me feel better. This is pretty personal and not easy for me.” But she wasn’t going to turn back now. She just needed a few deep breaths. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Slow and controlled. “I want to find the child I gave up for adoption.” Her fingers trembled over the silver jewelry dangling from her neck. Her gaze darted toward the parking area, focusing on Jackson’s shiny pickup truck. A diesel. It had rumbled many a late night, loud and proud. But it always calmed her nerves, even when it woke her up.

Jackson was one of the few men who always made her feel safe.

“You want me to find the kid you gave up?” Jackson’s tone had an edge she’d only heard when he got upset with the lawn guy for ruining his rose bush. Jackson hadn’t ever yelled at the groundskeeper, but the anger lacing his words was more terrifying than any screaming match could be.

Shannon swallowed the thick lump in her throat. This was turning out to be harder than she’d thought. Her fears over being judged ran wild, and she knew that she read too much into Jackson’s attitude. “This may sound odd, but I just want to know if she’s okay. That she was placed in a good home.”

He raked a hand through his long hair. “I’m sorry. I’m going to have to say no. I don’t do adoption cases under any circumstances.” He turned his back and leaned against the deck with his arms folded across his chest.

Closed-off. And the tension that filled the air nearly choked her. The therapist in her wanted to ask probing questions to tackle the problem at hand. To figure out why adoption cases were a trigger for him. But she reminded herself that he wasn’t her client, and this was about her finding her daughter and getting some closure for her past.

“Why not?” she asked. The thumping of her heart roared in her head. “I would think you’d get a lot of cases like this in your line of work.” She didn’t care what his issues were, only why he didn’t want to do her a favor.

Or at the very least, take her money.

“And I always turn them away. It’s nothing personal—”

“Like hell.” She took him by the shoulder and yanked until his body twisted. She caught his gaze and gasped at the judgment staring back at her. “This is very personal to me, and you’re not only saying no— which, okay, you have that right— but you’re also condemning me and my decision, and that’s not fair. You don’t know my history. Or anything about why I might have been completely incapable of raising a child at sixteen.”

He let out a long breath, nodding as if he understood. But he didn’t. How could he? “Please understand, I’m not judging what you did. I do, however, have a problem with what you’re asking me to do.”

“I think you owe me the reason why, at least,” she said under her breath. For years, she’d let her mother pretend that Shannon had never had a baby. She allowed the shame her mother felt to become hers. Not anymore. And she’d be damned if she would let Jackson— or anyone for that matter— make her feel shitty for one of the most difficult decisions she’d ever had to make.

“Do you want the truth?” he asked, glancing over his shoulder, his dark orbs conveying a resolve that could only mask a crushing pain. She saw it every day in the eyes of the patients she treated.

The same look stared back at her every morning.

And today, she could see it cut deep into Jackson’s psychological make-up. Her pulse steadied as she braced herself for his explanation. “I expect nothing less from you,” she said.

“You might not like what I have to say.”

“I don’t like what you’ve said so far, so I don’t think you’re going to make it worse. At least maybe I’ll understand and respect your decision.”

“I don’t think it’s right for birth parents to insert themselves into the lives of the children they gave up. Maybe if it were the other way around, and the child wanted to know… But even then, I’d still decline the case. I’ve seen what it can do to families.”

“But you’ll spy on a woman because her husband thinks she’s cheating.” She smoothed her hands down her slacks. “You’re right. I will,” he said with a steely tone. “I’m not the only private investigator in town. I can recommend someone who will do an excellent job. In the meantime, I’m still happy to check in on your friend.” He downed his coffee in one gulp. “I’ll text you contact information for a buddy of mine. I send him a lot of cases like this. He’s good, and he’ll be discreet. I’m really sorry, but it would be like asking you to perform brain surgery just because you have a PhD. It’s not your specialty.”

She opened her mouth and snapped it shut three times. His specialty was finding people. Said so right on his business card that he’d given her when they first met. She had half a mind to call him on his bullshit, but the sudden screeching of tires spinning on the pavement of the road above caught her attention.

A van nearly missed a vehicle at a standstill at the top of their driveway.

“Stupid place to park a car.” Jackson flipped his mug, tossing the last few drops of the liquid to the grass. “Do you happen to know the owner of that vehicle?”

She stared at a light blue sedan. “I don’t think so.” She shook her head. “But the first cabin on the hill isn’t rented this year, that I know of. Maybe it’s someone looking into it.”

“Third morning in a row that I’ve noticed. But it’s never there before I go to bed at night.”

“Do you think it’s something we should be worried about?” she asked.

“I’m probably being paranoid. I should really get going.” He tipped his hat.

“I’ll see you tonight at nine.”

“I know you’ve got plans with family, so take your time. We can do drinks another night.”

“Are you canceling on me because I had a baby when I was a young girl and gave her up?” She drew her lips into a tight line, breathing in through her nose and exhaling with purpose. It wouldn’t be the first time a man had taken offense to her choice.

Or maybe it was because she’d had sex at such a young age. Imagine if he knew the truth. That would blow his mind into a million tiny pieces.

“It’s not that. I just think with it being the anniversary of your father’s death and being around your family, it might be best if we do it another night.”

“I don’t need you to think for me.” She shoved the mug at his chest. “Thanks for the coffee.” She turned on her heel and stomped into her house, slamming the door.

She didn’t need Jackson to find her daughter.

She didn’t need him to have a drink with her.

Hell, she didn’t need him one damn bit.

Her phone buzzed.

She glanced at her mother’s name flashing across the screen. “Sorry, Mom, I’m not dealing with your drama today.”
Jen Talty. Dark Legacy: The Legacy Series (Kindle Locations 347-351). Jupiter Press.

Now Jackson already has a case open on Belinda and things aren’t lining up with the interviews they’ve done. They’ve managed to talk their client into filing a missing persons report in the hopes it will open more doors.

It’s when Belinda’s found and they find some connections that don’t quite make sense that things get very interesting.

Between her mother, and having a couple patients die, Shannon is feeling out of sorts. On the bright side, Jackson takes her adoption case and they also start a relationship. One that gets pretty steamy quickly.

There’s a lot of twists and turns in this one and I love Jackson and Shannon.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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