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Protecting Princess – Special Forces: Operation Alpha – Search and Rescue Book 5 by Jen Talty


Protecting Princess
Special Forces: Operation Alpha
Search and Rescue Book 5
By
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Jen Talty

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Navy SEAL Lincoln Thomas loved only one woman and he’d walked away from her almost five years ago when he realized he’d never fit into her world and she’d never accept he couldn’t turn his back on his country. Never in a million years did he expect to see her standing on his front doorstep on a stormy night, totally drenched, and in a wedding dress, covered in blood.

Naomi “Princess” Grant, daughter of Edward Grant, one of the biggest real-estate moguls in the world has never had to worry about anything a day in her life, hence, the name Princess. However, her life isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Five years ago, her forced to break up with the only man she would ever love and pushed her into a relationship that met the needs of the family business. And now, on the eve of her wedding, her father, and her betrothed are murdered, and she’s the one holding the smoking gun.

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As this book opens, it’s Naomi ‘Princess’ Grant’s wedding day, she’s facing off with her father having acknowledged see doesn’t love her fiancé Sean and can’t marry him. Her father a manipulating real estate mogul brushes her off saying she just has cold feet and leaves to assist his mother with something in the reception hall. She goes to Sean’s suite to tell him her decision and is please to know he’s come to the same conclusion. Then everything goes to hell.

Lincoln Thomas is very much aware of what day it is when his roommate and fellow SEAL, Bryce tries to convince him to go out. Using the one card he has in his arsenal Naomi, he convinced Lincoln to go. However, they get quite the surprise when he opens the door.

Naomi ‘Princess’ stood there drenched.

This is a favorite scene.

“Fine. Let’s go.” He chugged his drink. He’d heard enough and it was high time he admitted that his good buddy had his back. He’d spent the last few years of his life pining for a woman who, when things got real tough, turned to the solace that only her daddy’s money could provide, and not the comfort of the man she supposedly loved.

And the father of the child they’d both lost.

“Are you fucking kidding me right now?” Bryce jumped to his feet like a little boy who was just told he could have a second piece of cake. “You better not be joking, dude. Because that shit ain’t funny.”

“I know better than to pull your leg when it comes to Princess and my moods.” Lincoln shook his head. The effects of the one alcoholic beverage he’d chugged made him slightly dizzy. He stood in the front hallway and snagged his raincoat. “Besides, I know you’re right. I’ve got to put the past where it belongs and the best day to do that on is her fucking wedding day. So, let’s go celebrate that I’m finally willing to get over her.” He yanked open the front door and gasped. “Holy fuck, Princess, what the hell are you doing here? More importantly, is that your blood?”

She shook her head. Water dripped from her thick, clumpy eyelashes.

He curled his fingers around her cool biceps and helped her to the foyer. “Bryce, get some towels.” Lincoln stared at Princess in her drenched white wedding dress speckled with blood. Her hair stuck to the sides of her face and her makeup ran down her face like chalk colors on the pavement washing away in the rain.

“Wait. What?” She blinked, brushing her wet hair from her face. “Bryce Carson? You two know each other?”

“We’re on the same SEAL team,” Bryce said. “And that happened about three months after you took off in the middle—”

“Not the time or place,” Lincoln said, taking the towels Bryce handed him while ignoring the arched brow. He wrapped the larger one around her body. “How did you know where I lived?”

“I called Caroline Steele.”

“I hope she’s the only one you called,” Bryce said, pointing to the television. “Did you know you’re wanted for both your fiancé’s murder as well as your father’s along with Sean’s dad?”

“I’m what?” She dropped the towel and shoved Lincoln aside. She stood dripping wet in the middle of the family room. “Turn it up.”

Lincoln inched closer, taking the terrycloth material and wrapping it around a shivering Princess. He honestly never thought he’d lay eyes on her again. His heart beat faster than normal and he couldn’t slow it down. Not even with all his training.

“This is all bullshit,” she said.

He focused on the words coming from the reporter on the screen.

“Naomi Princess Grant is wanted as a person of interest for the murders of her father, her fiancé, and her fiancé’s father. It’s possible that she may be injured as well. Please, if anyone has seen her or knows of her whereabouts, please call the Metropolitan Police Department at the number on your screen.”

“What the fuck happened? And don’t leave out a single detail or start with the damned tears.” Bryce clicked off the TV and set the remote down. “I’m so glad my parents didn’t go to that shitshow of a wedding.”

“It’s good to see you too, Bryce.” She swiped at her face. “And thanks for your condolences. Especially for my father. A man you once used to go fishing with every weekend.” If looks could kill, Bryce would be dead, times ten.

“I’m sorry about your dad,” Bryce said. “I really am. But excuse me if I’m not thrilled you just put me and Lincoln in a really shitty spot.”

“I didn’t know you were going to be here, and my father said I should come to Lincoln. That he was the only one who could help me.”

“So, your father has no problem making me a criminal,” Lincoln said behind gritted teeth. He knew the moment the words dribbled off his tongue like thick tar he shouldn’t have said them, but the damage was done.

She cupped her cheeks and started sobbing. “He was alive when I left him. I heard people coming. I called for help. I didn’t think he’d die.”

Lincoln looped his arms around her and pulled her close. “Shhhh. It’s going to be okay.” Besides being shocked her father would want her anywhere near him after he tried to get in contact with her shortly after she took off four and a half years ago and the choice words Edward had, he was a little dumbfounded by the events of the evening. Her father hadn’t trusted him back then, so why would he believe that he could protect Princess now? “Why don’t we start by getting you out of these wet clothes.”

“Before you do that, we need to know what car she brought to our doorstep and if we are going to have the Feds knocking down our door any minute.” Bryce stood in the foyer with his hands on his hips and a scowl on his face.

She buried her head in Lincoln’s neck. She sniffled. “Sean’s car.”

“I’ll go pull it in the garage until we can figure out what to do,” Bryce said. “I can’t believe I’m doing this. For her.” He shook his head. “And here I thought I was the spoiled one who used people and then walked away after creating a massive mess.” Bryce disappeared into the garage, but not without slamming the door shut first.

Lincoln nodded. “We’re lucky he’s not turning you in right now.” “Should I be saying the same about you?” She took a step back. “I almost didn’t come, but I couldn’t think of anyone else who might be able to help me figure out what the hell just happened because I’ve been going over it in my head the entire drive down and I can’t make sense of it.”

“First things first. You need to get out of this bloody wedding gown. I’ve got some sweats that will work up in my room. From there, we’ll get some food in you and we’ll sit and talk this through. Sound good?” He lifted her chin with his thumb and forefinger, catching her gaze. Her big chocolate eyes tore into his heart. He’d never stopped loving her and standing in the middle of his family room with her in his arms, he realized he wasn’t sure he could ever stop. He leaned in and brushed his lips over her mouth. A slight spark tickled his skin, reminding him of the flame that burned deep in his soul. “I’m going to take care of this. Of you.”

“I don’t deserve your help after everything I did to you.”

“No. You don’t. But we’ll talk about that much later.” Actually, he planned on sooner, but no point in upsetting her any more than necessary.

She had enough on her plate.

For now.
Jen Talty. Protecting Princess (Special Forces: Operation Alpha): search and rescue book 5 (Kindle Locations 229-281). Aces Press, LLC.

Along with the mystery of who killed her father, Sean and his father. Princess and Lincoln have to address the things that broke them apart.

Caroline, Wolf and more work to find the answers to the murders.

There are many twists and turns with plenty of suspense and intrigue plus the simmer to sizzle rebuild of Princess and Lincoln’s relationship.

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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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Caught in the Flames – First Responders Book 5 by Jen Talty


Caught in the Flames
First Responders Book 5
By
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Morgan Farren, a ranger in the Adirondacks, hasn’t thought much about settling down. He likes his nice quiet life in the mountains where most of his interaction with people limited to those who enjoy the great outdoors as much as he does. However, when his sister shows up with her friend Izzy not only does he find himself questioning life away from civilization, he questions why he chose this path in the first place.

Senior Firefighter, Lizzy Cohen is the kind of woman who likes to party. If she’s not out at a nightclub, she’s not having a good time. And spending time in the great outdoors isn’t her idea of blowing off steam. But when a sexy park ranger starts pointing out the constellations, she finds herself realizing there’s more to life than Tequila.

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After a large and traumatic crash, Lizzy is approached by her Captain Cade, to be sure she speaks with the psychiatrist before leaving the station. He knows that this incident could be a trigger for her with all the death and trauma. He also sends her co-worker and friend Emma to be sure of it. Emma invites her to get drinks and dinner with her and her brother Spencer and his wife Echo. While Lizzy could turn down Emma, she couldn’t ignore the text from Echo also inviting her. She and Echo had been friends years ago when Lizzy was known as Eliza. She didn’t know if Echo recognized her or not, it had been years and the circumstance surrounding her leaving were not pleasant.

Apparently Morgan, Echo’s brother was in town. Morgan is a forest ranger and preferred to spend his time on the mountain, he even had his home up there away from everything. This of course makes him a very desirable catch to the female population of Lake George. Even Lizzy has fantasized about a fling with him, but after more than one effort for a match-up between them has shown they aren’t really compatible.

This is a favorite scene.

Spencer held up his phone. “It’s the babysitter. We need to take this.”

“We should go out to the parking lot,” Echo said.

“It takes both of you to answer a call?” Lizzy twisted her hair. She was more girly-girl than the other firefighters that worked at the station and that surprised Morgan. Not that it was a problem, because he could do high heels and a skirt, but Lizzy was badass, so it just seemed like a bit of a contradiction.

But Lizzy was a walking contradiction to begin with.

“If you don’t have a child, you don’t have an opinion,” his sister said as she followed her husband out the front door. “I might join you in a shot,” Morgan said as he offered his arm. “I have a feeling this is going to be one of those nights.”

“You mean like that last time your sister tried to fix us up?”

“No. I mean more like the time my mom got in on the action.” He nodded in the direction of his folks, who were chatting with Spencer’s mother. “I have no idea why they think we’re a good fit. We’re worse than oil and water.”

“Actually, we have no idea. We’ve never taken each other out for a test drive.” Lizzy gave him a little hip check as they headed into the one of the side rooms where, thankfully, it would be quieter than the main room, but that could end up working against him if Spencer’s mother got in on the whole Morgan needs a good woman discussion.

Morgan’s father, in this particular scenario, would have his back for about five minutes. His brothers would absolutely stand up for him, and he suspected Lizzy would tell them all how she wasn’t even remotely attracted to him, but other than that, he was on his own.

“Are you suggesting we give all these people something to talk about?” he said with a short laugh.

“Abso-fucking-lutely-not. That would be like me buying anything generic. Not going to happen.”

“Ouch. That hurt.” He pulled out one of the chairs at their table.

“Oh. And I’m your style?”

“Can you go more than a day without taking a shower?”

“I can, but why would I want to? Besides, I generally smell like a fire, so I like to get rid of that smell.”

“You know, the smell of a campfire is pretty sexy,” he said.

“You’re not weird. You’re bizarre.” Lizzy leaned back. She always came off as strong and independent, but Morgan could see a darkness and perhaps a bit of sadness in her eyes. Of course, Morgan was a shitty reader of people and their inner secrets. He never trusted his first instincts, and his first of hers had been pretty bad.

But Lizzy had grown on him.

Though not as much as his mother would have liked.

“Are you serious about doing a shot with me? Because here comes our waiter.” Izzy pointed to a young man heading in their direction.

“Sure. Why not.” He wasn’t much of a drinker, so he would need to make sure his next round was water or he might be crawling home.

“Look at you taking a walk on the wild side.” Lizzy ordered a round of shots, for the entire table, along with a plate of appetizers, which he was insanely appreciative of since he hadn’t anything to eat since breakfast.

“So, what have you been up to these days? I think it’s been a couple of months since I’ve seen you last.”

Morgan wasn’t much of a conversationalist, but he’d mastered the art of small talk, which came in handy in situations like these.

“I’m looking to move.”

He arched a brow. “Really. Why?”

She shrugged. “It’s time for a change. New York is boring. I’m thinking about the Carolinas.”

“Have you already quit your job?”

“Nope.” She shook her head. “I’ve asked Cade to keep it quiet until I can find something and I’m going to have to do some recertification, so I want to be able to do that on my time off. I won’t be leaving for a few months. Unless Cade forces me to leave sooner.”

“He won’t do that. If he didn’t want you to stick around, he would have told you to consider the conversation your two-week notice.”

The Nash family and the Farrens were intertwined and while Cade was older than Morgan, he’d gotten to know the man since his brothers started working at Station 29. Cade was the kind of guy you wanted in your corner, but don’t cross him if you want to survive long term.

“He’s already asked me not to leave and told me he’d give me a glowing recommendation,” she said.

The waiter returned with their drinks.

He lifted the shot. “Here’s to you staying for the summer.”

She cocked her head. “Why?”

“I think you should come up to my neck of the woods and get away from all this noise. Let me show you how beautiful nature can be.”

“Are you propositioning me?”

He tossed his head back and laughed. “Lizzy. Trust me. I know better.”

“Good.” She raised her glass. “But I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll go to your mountain if you come dancing one night with me.” She wiggled her finger. “One night. And I know you’ll be back for the birth of your friend’s babies.”

“You’ve got to come to me first.”

“Deal.”

He tapped the shot glass on the table before bringing it to his lips. He downed the clear liquid and pounded his chest. “Jesus. I forgot how harsh that shit was.”

“Are you kidding? It’s as smooth as butter.”

Before he could respond, the waiter set down a platter with a plethora of pre-game food for them to enjoy.

“Do you think your sister and Spencer are coming back? Or is it part of some bigger plan to get the two of us alone?”

“They’re in the building.” Morgan raised his water glass toward the front of the restaurant. “But they seem to be stalling.”

“In that case, I’m drinking your sister’s shot.” Lizzy reached across the table, snagged one of the shot glasses, and downed it in less than five seconds.

It amazed Morgan that she didn’t even make a face or need a chaser.

“I might as well follow suit since I’m staying across the street and don’t have to worry about driving home.” He downed the horrible liquid in one swallow, but he needed to chug his water after, and he knew he made the worst face known to man. He didn’t do shots well when he was younger, and it didn’t get better with age. “The last time I drank tequila, I had the worst hangover, and I hate to admit it, but I was throwing up all day.”

“You’re a lightweight.” Lizzy laughed.

“That is a truth I won’t try to deny.” He leaned to the side, eyeing his sister. “Damn it. She’s prepping to leave.”

“Seriously?”

Morgan nodded. “I can’t tell if maybe Spencer is staying or not.” He took out his cell.

Morgan: What the hell is going on?

Spencer: Our babysitter’s dad just went to the hospital. And that’s no bullshit.

Morgan: Shit. Sorry. What can I do?

Spencer: Not give your sister shit for leaving and I’m going to go with her even though she wants me to stay.

Morgan: Just go. Tell Echo I’ll stop by for breakfast.

Spencer: Thanks. She’ll like that.

“So, are you going to fill me in?” Lizzy leaned forward, taking a potato skin and stuffing half of it in her mouth.

He waved to the waiter. “Can we get the bill and a couple of to-go boxes?”

“What the fuck?” Lizzy dropped the tasty appetizer on the table. “You’re going to leave me here with all these people?”

“That’s up to you.” While he loved his family and he enjoyed all the Bryants, this was not how he wanted to spend his evening. “I’m going to take these fun foods and go hang out on my parents’ dock and watch the moon and stars dance over the lake. You are welcome to join me.” He leaned forward. “I know my dad has some good tequila, though I will stick with beer.”

“Suit yourself.” She pushed back and stood. “I’ll see you in the parking lot.”

He laughed. Now, all he had to do was sneak out without anyone noticing.
Jen Talty. Caught in the Flames: the FIRST RESPONDERS series book 5 (Kindle Locations 357-360). Jupiter Press.

This time there really is some heat between Morgan and Lizzy, as they talk and get to know each other.

While Lizzy is contemplation leaving Lake George, a complication arises. Her past is about to bite her as her parents are coming up for parole. The fire they set years ago, killed her best friend Karen and almost took her life as well.

There are more questions about that time and Lizzy has to face her past. Fortunately she has Morgan beside her this time.

Plenty of intrigue as this story unfolds and Morgan and Lizzy heat up the pages in their own inferno.

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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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Sail With Me – With Me In Seattle Universe Book 2 By Jen Talty


Sail With Me
With Me In Seattle Universe Book 2
By
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Darcie Bowie spent the last year of her life putting the pieces of her shattered heart back together while trying to get her family off her back about her chosen career in the yachting industry. The last thing she needs is for her ex-boyfriend to show up as a surprise guest.

Reid Carson is going on this charter for one reason and one reason only: to take back his company. He never expected to see the woman he let slip through his fingers nearly a year before. Nor could he anticipate the deadly game of deception and betrayal that will put him and Darcie right in the line of fire.

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Sail With Me is a stand alone novel set in Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle Universe.

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Darcie is looking forward to taking the last part of her Captain’s exam. This has been her goal for a long time. It was put on the wayside while she got over a broken heart. After this charter she is planning on taking the week to study. Unfortunately her boss takes on an additional charter and the guests are not ones Darcie is ready to see. At least she has the time to see her family for her parent’s anniversary before that. A single night turn around is the pits, but she has a good crew and knows they’ll get the job done.

She didn’t expect to run into said guests on the way to her car. Reid Carson looks as good as ever and her heart, well she still loves him. He just can’t accept her chosen career goal. His business partner Preston is another story entirely, he never liked her nor she him.

Reid knew Darcie was living on a sailboat here at the marina, seeing her was a surprise though. He still loves her and realizes he made a big mistake breaking up with her. He needs to apologize and maybe get another chance with her, but first he needs to figure out what’s going on with the company.

After an initial greeting where Reid and Preston were having a drink, Reid finds himself waiting for her return by her boat.

This is a favorite scene.

It took a fair amount of pizzazz to impress Reid, and Darcie had done it in spades.

“Stalking me?” Her sweet voice rolled through his ears and slid down his throat, coating his stomach with the most decadent flavor. Who knew sound could be so tasty?

“Not you, the boat. I saw you get off here, and with the name and all, I assumed she was yours.”

“That’s a lot of dangerous surmising for a man who likes facts and nothing but the facts.”

“I’m also a man who likes to live on the edge, so this is me being wild and out of control.” He shrugged his shoulders and leaned against the post. The last time he’d seen her had been a random meeting in New Orleans that hadn’t gone well at all.

At least, what he remembered of it. Honestly, it had been an encounter he’d prefer to forget.

She laughed. “I bought her a few months ago. When I’m not on a charter, I live on her.”

“I was surprised to see you, and even more shocked you’re running charters out of Seattle and not some exotic port. It’s not like you to be in a mundane city such as this one.”

“I wanted to be close to home for a bit.” She waggled her index finger under his nose. “And don’t you go knocking my hometown, or I’ll start picking on your Southern drawl, Mr. Texas.”

“You always loved when I got all cowboy on you and did the two-step.” He looped his fingers into his belt buckle and did a little kick with his feet.

She laughed, shaking her head.

He couldn’t help but wonder if she was lying about wanting to be close to home, or if the family had put the pressure on. While she was tight with her siblings, she struggled with being overwhelmed by anyone encroaching on her space.

Something he could relate to.

When he’d last seen her, she’d been in New Orleans with her brother, visiting an old friend.

It looked more like a pity vacation, and she’d looked like shit.

Not that he’d looked any better. He had gone to Bourbon Street with one thing in mind: to get shitfaced every night and try to forget that Darcie ever existed. He’d thought he’d been hallucinating when she rounded the corner. He’d actually poked her in the center of the chest to see if she were real.

Jagar hadn’t liked that.

Her friend, Asher, liked it even less.

Reid rubbed his jaw. “The last time I saw you, I said some things I shouldn’t have.”

“I’m surprised you even remember that day.”

“A lot of it’s still fuzzy, and that is both embarrassing and sucky as well as a bit of a saving grace at times.” He let out a sarcastic chuckle. “But I owe you, your brother, and his friend a huge apology.”

“Yeah. You do,” she said. “And for more than just being a jerk in New Orleans. Your list of transgressions is long.”

“I guess I walked into that one,” he said, running a hand through his hair. “We both made mistakes in our relationship.”

“Some of us made more than others.”

“Wow. You’re just not letting go of any of it, are you?” He tossed his hands to his sides, slapping his thighs.

“Sorry. You’re the last person I expected to see. You kind of ruined my plans this week with this charter.”

“What plans? Did you have a hot date? Are you seeing someone? In a long-term, committed relationship?”

“Wow. And what if I am?”

“Are you?” he asked.

“No. But I did have plans.”

“Doing what, exactly? Because isn’t being on charter what you live for?” He groaned. “Sorry. Old habits die hard.”

“I guess they do,” she said. “I’m taking the written portion of my captain’s test next week. I wanted to use this time to study. You ruined that for me,” she said.

“I’m shocked you haven’t already taken it. You wanted to be a captain by now when we were together.”

“Another thing you fucked up for me.”

“How am I responsible for you not taking your test?”

“You’re not.” She huffed. “Other than it took me a little while to get my head on straight after we broke up.”

“I can relate to that,” he said. “I’m sure you’ll ace it. You’ll make a great captain.” He desperately wanted to pull her into his arms, hold her close to his chest and kiss her sweet, tender lips. Letting her go had been the dumbest thing he’d ever done.

No. Telling her to leave her career had been.

“You didn’t have that much faith in me when we were a couple.” She wrapped one arm around her middle and brought her thumb to her mouth. She swayed back and forth.

That always drove him mad with desire. “Yes, I did.”

“Really? Because near the end of our relationship, I seem to remember you telling me that my job was a waste of time and energy.”

“I didn’t mean it.”

“Then you shouldn’t have said it.”
Jen Talty. Sail With Me (Kindle Locations 665-706). Lady Boss Press, Inc.

That conversation almost led them to bed but common sense prevailed. At least for the moment.

Darcie enlists her brother Jared’s aid and he has better ways of finding out what Reid wants to know. Of course Jager is also going to get all protective of his sister with regard to Reid.

Once the charter leaves things get even more interesting. Not only in the information Reid finds but also with regard to Darcie. Let’s just say these two sizzle off the pages.

I couldn’t put this book down as the pieces come together, implicating more than just Preston.

I can’t wait to see what Jen comes up with next in this Universe.

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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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Limited Edition – 1001 Dark Nights Short Story Anthology


1001 Dark Nights Press
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of the 2020 short story challenge.

1001 Dark Nights Short Story Anthology
Featuring
Fiona Archer ~ Louisa Bacio ~ Laura M. Baird
Kait Ballenger ~ Asa Maria Bradley ~ Eden Bradley
Boone Brux ~ C.G. Burnette ~ Cara Carnes
Caraway Carter ~ Sierra Cartwright ~ S.A. Clayton
Katana Collins ~ Janie Crouch ~ Patricia D. Eddy
Zoey Ellis ~ Zoe Hill ~ Sara L. Hudson
Tracey Jerald ~ A.D. Justice ~ Terri E. Laine
Michelle Mars ~ Gina L. Maxwell ~ Kayt Miller
Dani René ~ Gen Ryan ~ Blue Saffire
Ella Sheridan ~ Mayra Statham ~ Delancey Stewart
Jen Talty ~ Mary Ting ~ Reina Torres
Magan Vernon ~ Jennifer Woodhull ~ Khloe Wren

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When we started 1001 Dark Nights back in 2014, it was with the goal of discovery—creating a way for readers to find new-to-them bestselling authors and fall in love with their stories and their worlds.

This year, we held a contest where romance authors could submit a short story to be included in a 1001 Dark Nights anthology, and we were blown away by the results. We received hundreds of entries, and while we wish we could include everyone, we’re thrilled to introduce you to these thirty-six incredible authors.

We hope you love the stories as much as we do. If so, we encourage you to check out the other books by these wonderful authors. Each and every one is unique and special.

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Shadow Lover
Louisa Bacio

Toni had joined Carnevale to escape her parents and their choice to be her husband, Zoro. Zoro was the definition of evil, and she’s sure he’s killed all his previous wives. She would not be next.

Marco came to have his cards read by her, when she touches him for a closer look she’s thrown into a vision and throws him out.

The next day they meet up in public and the attraction is still there. For some reason she feels safe with him.

This is a favorite scene.

Hand on his chest, she pressed him into the darkened alleyway, marveling at his crisp features. He placed one hand on her waist, drawing her tightly against him. The other hand wound through her curls, cradling the back of her neck. He cast his eyes down, staring at her lips, and the moment stretched in time. Her breath hitched. Whatever was to come, her future would be forever altered.

Raising on tiptoe, she tilted her head and brushed her lips against his. Mouth against mouth, they let their lives seam together.

A hunger rose between them. Desire flamed from low in her belly and spread throughout. From this kiss, she imagined being with him, celebrating their union of bodies.

Something shifted, and the more they kissed, the more lightheaded she grew. His kisses felt like they possessed the power to suck her energy, along with her good sense. They broke the connection. She swayed.

“Whoa, hold on there.” Marco steadied her. “Maybe we should slow down.”

“Give me a moment.” Even to her own ears, her voice sounded drunk, floating in and out of volume.

“It’ll be all right.”

She focused on a point of light and watched as it grew smaller and smaller until everything went black.

And she felt herself falling.
Bacio, Louisa, Shadow Lover. 1001 Dark Nights Short Story Anthology 2020. 1001 Dark Nights Press. Kindle Locations (5706-5716). Kindle Edition.

Marco knows he needs to protect Toni, it’s more than just an urge. It’s something he has to do and is proven when Zoro shows up.

I loved this tale of shadow, light and love.

5 Contented Purrs for Louisa!


Exit Wounds
The Arsenal

Cara Carnes

Callista Yate’s husband Owen was MIA, the company he worked for wouldn’t send in a team to get him out. At her friend Kayla’s insistence, Callista Yates goes to the Arsenal accompanied by Boomer her guard dog. She wasn’t sure what her reception would be but she needed them to get her husband out of wherever he was. Time was running out.

This is a favorite scene.

The door behind Callista opened. Boomer shifted at her feet as a brunette and a tall man resembling Jesse entered. The latter knelt near the dog and smiled.

“Hi there, Boomer. You and I ran a couple of ops together.”

They had? Callista glanced down at the dog, who’d somehow become the focal point since her arrival. Fear clawed its way up her throat. “My husband was Army but left the service so he could be home more.”

For her.

“It’s always about what you want, Callista. What about me?”

“What about you?”

“We keep chipping away on my dreams to make this work between us. I’m not sure how much I have left to give.”

“Don’t say that.”

Owen turned and headed toward his truck. “We’ll talk when I get back. Maybe you’ll pull your head out of your ass by then and see I’m doing the best I can.”

Regret soured her stomach. The argument they’d had before he left for the mission recycled in her brain, an unwanted reminder that she’d put him in this situation. He never would’ve signed on with Jaxsun if she hadn’t demanded he leave the service.

“He contracted with Jaxsun after he left. Are they planning a retrieval?” the woman asked.

“No.” Callista pulled out the crumpled check from her pocket and tossed it on the table as the woman and man sat. “They knocked on my door less than a day after they received word of his capture and offered their condolences, along with this. Five thousand dollars dollars is the going rate for an operative’s life, in case you didn’t know.”

The two men regarded one another. Jesse fisted his hands while the other man cursed. The woman took the folder and shifted through the contents. From what Kayla had said, The Arsenal was the best private paramilitary organization around. They never failed on a mission.

“We have some money in savings, and I can get an emergency mortgage on our house. My friend said she could cover the rest of whatever your fee is.” Her eyes burned as she watched the three people rifle through the scraps of intel she’d accumulated. “Please. You’re his only hope.”

“Your friend is Kayla Dunn? Her father is a colonel.” The woman shut the folder and looked at Callista. “Why didn’t you involve him?”

“He’s plans D through F,” Callista replied.

Amusement flickered across Jesse’s face. “I’m curious to know what these plans were.”

“I’m thinking Callista isn’t leaving without a yes,” the second man commented. “I’m Dylan Mason. My five brothers and I run The Arsenal.”

Two of the five head honchos in the meeting was a good sign. Right? “I’d say it’s good to meet you, but this whole thing is a nightmare.”

Dylan’s gaze cut to the woman at the head of the table. “Is it doable?”

“Anything’s doable with enough time,” the woman answered as she looked to Jesse. “Levi’s team is already nearby. You ran their last op. Are they usable for this?”

Callista’s pulse quickened. Hope bubbled to the surface as she held her breath and awaited an answer. If they said no…

No wasn’t an option. Owen needed them.

She needed them.

“Even if they weren’t, they wouldn’t turn away from this,” Dylan commented. “It cuts too close to the bone for them, and for us.”

Tension thickened the air as the two men regarded one another. The woman broke the silence. “It’s your call, Jesse. I’m only here out of curiosity.”

“They’re mission ready. We’ll need to restock supplies, but that’s doable. Since Lexi’s with them, we’ll have an easier entry and exfil if we commandeer a helo.” Jesse thrummed his fingers on the table and glanced at Callista.

Relief and shock filled her. Was that a yes?

“Which plan is Boomer part of?” Jesse asked.

Damn. They’d put two and two together quickly. “C.”

“I’m missing something,” Dylan said.

“Kayla is on the top of Marshall’s acquisitions list,” the woman said. “I’m Mary, by the way. HERA alerted me when your background flagged her. We’ll do what we can to get Owen home. Maybe when this is over, she’ll finally answer Marshall’s phone calls.”

Tears streamed down Callista’s face. She wiped them away and nodded. “Thank you. I-I can’t say that enough.”

“Before we forget, this one’s on the house. We won’t charge to bring one of our own home.” Jesse stood. “I’ll have Ellie get you situated and show you around.”
Carnes, Cara, Exit Wounds. 1001 Dark Nights Short Story Anthology 2020. 1001 Dark Nights Press. Kindle Locations (1318-1356). Kindle Edition.

This is yet another example of how the Arsenal takes care of not only their own but other former military.

The reunion between Callista and Owen brought tears to my eyes, and I fell in love with Boomer too. He is a very special dog.

Love, Laughter, Tears and a Touch of Sizzle in this quick and satisfying read.

5 Contented Purrs for Cara!


Some Day My Ranger Will Come

Jen Talty

Ella Cane really thought she knew what she was doing when she set out for the Black Park Island campground. Instead of finding it she ends up on a sandbar where Phillip Prince, the Ranger she really wanted to impress, found her.

This is a favorite scene.

The roar of an engine caught her attention. She glanced north and saw him heading her way.

Wonderful. Not how she wanted to see Philip for the first time on this trip. The entire idea had been to impress the hell out of him, not need him to save her. That would only perpetuate the concept that she was a high-maintenance female who only cared about her next mani-pedi.

She glanced at her toes and groaned. She was overdue.

“Looks like you’ve gotten yourself into a little bit of trouble.” Philip sat behind a steering wheel in a watercraft that looked like a blow-up toy with a motor. It reminded her of the tender on her father’s yacht that the deck crew used to taxi them back and forth from anchor to port.

“It’s just a little sandbar type thing. I can get out and push it and jump back in.” Yeah. She’d seen people do that on the private beach by her parents’ place all the time. It shouldn’t be too hard as long as Mr. Sexy Ranger Man stopped staring at her with amusement dancing in his teal-blue eyes.

“Ella, you don’t want to do that.” He shook his head. “The bottom isn’t like the beach. It’s more like quicksand. You’ll sink to your knees.”

She shivered. The only time she wanted to be caked in mud was at the spa.

“The mistake you made, besides passing the campgrounds a half-hour ago, was turning around back there. Had you just backed out, you would have been fine.”

Thanks for the lecture. “What do you suggest I do now? I’m supposed to go live to my followers…”—she glanced at her Apple Watch—“in a little over an hour. I’m doing a whole series on different parks and some of the history they have in our community, along with their great outdoor activities.”

He covered his mouth, and his shoulders moved up and down.

She scowled. “I don’t see what’s so funny.”

“I’m sorry.” He cleared his throat. “I’ve seen some of your YouTube videos, and camping on an island that you won’t be able to get off until the tide comes back in doesn’t seem like your cup of tea. Especially all alone. Unless we had some sort of holistic yoga healing studio with a juice bar.” He pointed to the sky. “And the storm’s rolling in.”

“Well, if you think that, you haven’t been watching enough of my live feeds.” She tilted her head. Dark clouds hovered a few miles away. The weather app mentioned it would most likely rain, but that was all supposed to happen north of Martin County. “That’s all moving out to sea.”

“If you say so,” Philip said. He maneuvered his boat, pushing his bow up against hers. “Hop on.” He held out his hand.

“What about all my stuff? The boat? We can’t just leave it here.”

“We’re not going to.” He patted the bench. “Think you can manage putting this in reverse and hang out in the open water over there while I unstick the rental?”

“Of course.” Instead of taking the help he offered, she stepped from her vessel. “Oh, shit.” She lunged forward, being flung into his arms. She dug her fingernails into his thick shoulders. “Well, hello, there.” He groaned, wrapping one arm around her and stretching out the other as he grabbed the steering wheel. His body twisted as his butt landed with a thud on the bench.
Talty, Jen. Some Day My Ranger Will Come. 1001 Dark Nights Short Story Anthology 2020. 1001 Dark Nights Press. Kindle Locations (3844-3867). Kindle Edition.

Ella struggles with even the simplest things as Phillip watches amused. He’s still wondering why she’s doing this but having seen some of her latest podcasts he wants to get to know the real Ella.

There’s more than one scene that has me laughing out loud and a twist in the weather that had me holding my breath.

A fast and fun read with a couple of twists and a touch of heat.

5 Contented Purrs for Jen!


Prince of Seattle

Fiona Archer

Kayla met her boss Adam Justice at Gabriel Prince’s home. What she didn’t expect was for him to leave her there to go over the vetting information. She and Gabriel have history and she’s not sure she’s forgiven him for that humiliation so long ago.

Gabriel is more than aware of the mistake he made years ago, he had Adam to thank for her being here today.

This is a favorite scene.

After seeing Adam off, Gabriel closed the front door of his Vashon Island home as a gust of wind sent fallen leaves dancing about in the front circular driveway. On the horizon, heavy gray clouds filled the October sky, bringing with them the chaotic energy of an approaching storm. The atmosphere was charged, prevailing conditions changing at a moment’s notice.

Gabriel shook his head. Not unlike the situation he was in right now.

Kayla was here in his house.

Whatever fates had aligned to make this miracle possible, Gabriel was grateful.

There was one life truth that had been rammed into him over the last few years: If you ever had the chance to right a wrong, grab it—or her—with both hands, and don’t let go.

An unfamiliar tension tightened in his gut. Nervousness? For a man known for conquering any stated goal, the sensation was a sobering reminder of what was now at stake: getting back the woman he loved.

Walking back to his living area, he studied Kayla.

Her blonde hair fell in a thick, sleek sheet past her shoulder blades. Years ago, she often wore her hair up in a ponytail, especially during the summer. Having it down suited her. Her cashmere sweater showcased beautiful full breasts, and the navy skirt her rounded hips. How many times had he dreamed of running his hands over her supple body, undressing her, and discovering what drove her to beg for pleasure?

Gabriel gave a self-derisory snort. Christ, those thoughts were a pathway to hell he should dodge for now.

Kayla looked up, her hazel gaze narrowing and distrust radiating from her.

He deserved no better.

Six years ago, Gabriel had kept his promise to Max. Force Kayla away, keep her safe from the playboy Max had known him to be before he dated Kayla.

He could see Max’s logic. Twenty-two. In his first year working for the family firm. No way could Gabriel guarantee he wouldn’t end up breaking Kayla’s heart.

At the time, Gabriel had believed that, in turning her away, he was doing the right thing.

That decision had become his biggest regret.

“It’s already past eleven. We should get moving here.” A tiny frown creased Kayla’s brow.

His finger itched to smooth the wrinkle away. Instead, he slid his hands into the pockets of his jeans. “How about some coffee?”

At her hesitation, he reminded her, “We’ve got hours of work in front of us, Kayla.”

She pressed her lips together, as if weighing his suggestion before giving in. “You’re right. Coffee would be good.”

Taking her agreement as a victory, he poured two cups and added cream to hers.

As he set the mug in front of her, she thanked him with no reaction to him remembering how she took her coffee.

He sat opposite her. There was so much he wanted to say, which could set Kayla off like a bomb. For now, sticking to business was safer. “Where do you want to start?”
Archer, Fiona. Prince of Seattle. 1001 Dark Nights Short Story Anthology 2020. 1001 Dark Nights Press. Kindle Locations (2810-2832). Kindle Edition.

By the time they finished going over the files, the weather had changed and now Kayla is stuck in Gabriel’s home overnight. The storm had flooded the ford at the end of his driveway and the back exit was still blocked by fallen trees from the last storm.

Kayla’s boundaries come down and then go back up. Gabriel has much explaining to do if she’ll listen.

A fun and sensuous read.

5 Contented Purrs for Fiona!


Louisa Bacio’s Bio and Links

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A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.She shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.


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Cara Carnes’ Bio and Links

Cara Carnes

Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13. In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves traveling, photography and reading.


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Jen Talty’s Bio and Links

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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Fiona Archer’s Bio and Links

Fiona Archer

Fiona Archer is an Aussie author who writes contemporary romance spiced with suspense. Her books feature masterful alpha heroes teamed with sassy heroines who limit their submissive side to the bedroom.

Her favorite hobbies include watching Nathan Fillion on television, shopping for that ever-elusive perfect shade of lipstick, and drinking iced coffee.

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Color Me Smart – The Monroes Book 2 by Jen Talty


Color Me Smart
The Monroes Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Jen Talty

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When Jackie Monroe finds out the man she’s been seeing for the last three months has been leading a double life and is married, it nearly destroys her world. Giving up on men, love, and any chance of having a relationship or a family, Jackie dives into her career as a child psychologist. One of her specialties is forensics child custody evaluations and she’s appointed a case where a man is fighting to have full custody of his one-year-old daughter.

At first glance, the case appears to be a simple one, but soon, Jackie learns nothing is at it seems and she finds herself not only putting her job on the line, but her heart.

Alston Walsh never wanted to be a father. Hell, until six months ago, he didn’t even know he was a father. But when me meets his little girl for the first time, he falls instantly in love. And when he sees first-hand how his ex-girlfriend is living and raising his daughter, he takes matter into his own hands. He will do whatever it takes to make sure little Coralie is removed from her mother’s home and placed, permanently, with him, including retiring from the Military and taking a job that will keep him stateside.

But what he doesn’t anticipate is falling in love with the woman who has the power to crush his heart and take away everything he holds dear.

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One of the things I really love about these books is the camaraderie between the siblings. In the prologue of this book we get a glimpse of Hawk and Kennedy, now married and expecting a child. This is where Jackie finds out the man she’s dating is still married and living with his wife. Seems these women have pretty bad instincts when it comes to men. I base this on Kennedy’s relationship prior to Hawk.

Now Jackie has sworn off men for at least another six months. While waiting in line with her sister Rose, the subject of her brother Fitz’s latest instagram post comes up. Not half naked this time but it’s a picture of him licking a jello shot off a woman. They get their order just in time to witness the cute guy who had been in line before them slam his coffee down and make a mess, muttering an apology before storming out. This becomes important later.

Jackie’s boss hands her a new case, as a child psychologist she would be looking out for the child’s best interest in a custody case. The mother had made some serious accusations regarding the father, however she couldn’t back them up with any evidence. The child has also had several hospital admissions that seemed a bit mysterious.

Jackie is surprised when she meets Alston Walsh, it appears the angry man in the coffee shop is her client’s father. The initial visit goes well and there is a supervised visit scheduled for the next day.

This is a favorite scene.

“My role is to make a recommendation to the judge about what is best for your daughter. If I were you, I’d stop trying to insert your opinions into my process. I’m very good at my job. You need to trust the system,” Jackie said. “Now, I’d rather you and Alston not cross paths this morning. He’s scheduled to be here in twenty minutes. His visit is for two hours. You can come twenty minutes after that to pick her up.”

“I don’t like this one bit.” Kari set a diaper bag down on the ground. “I left a detailed note inside. Please don’t give her anything other than the food that is in the bag.”

“We’ll be just fine, won’t we?” Jackie bent over and lifted Coralie into her arms, resting her on her hip.

Coralie immediately started twisting at her hair. “Baba.”

Kari handed the little girl her bottle. “You be a good girl.” She kissed Coralie on the forehead. “I will be on time, if not a few minutes early.”

“Let’s get you all settled.”

Coralie fussed a little bit as her mother disappeared, but not too bad, especially when Jackie set up a blanket filled with all her toys and a plate of cherries along with a sippy cup of juice.

Jackie made herself comfortable on the floor, leaving the door open. She held out a book for Coralie, who crawled over and plopped herself on Jackie’s lap. Jackie laughed. “I guess you want me to read this one.”

The sound of knuckles tapping on the door startled her. She glanced over her shoulder. “Look, Coralie, it’s your daddy.”

“Hi, baby,” he said, immediately getting down to her level. “How are you?”

Coralie shied away a little, grabbing ahold of Jackie’s arm and almost hiding her face behind it.

“Remember me?” He pulled out his phone, tapping on the screen. He held up a picture of him and his daughter.

Coralie reached for the phone and giggled.

Jackie made a mental note that Coralie seemed to be more timid around men than woman. Not necessarily abnormal, just an observation. “How are you this morning?”

He swiped at his face. “Better now.” He reached out and tapped on Coralie’s thigh. “Guess what Daddy brought?” He reached into his back pocket and pulled out a small pocketbook. “Grandma sent this. It’s pictures of our entire family that she had made into a baby book.”

Quickly, Jackie glanced at it, noting that each page had an image or two with names. “That’s very sweet.”

“That’s my mom.”

“And what a great idea to help a child remember or get to know family.”

Jackie knew what she was going to make for her niece as a gift for her first birthday, when it came around.

As gracefully as she could, she rose and made her way to her desk. “I know this is awkward but try to pretend I’m not here.”

“Okay,” he said as he stretched out on the floor, resting his head on his hand. He fiddled with a puzzle that Coralie had been playing with.

Jackie sat in her leather chair and focused on paperwork while observing father and daughter. It was a refreshing sight to behold. Most fathers in this situation were uncomfortable and often looked to her for guidance on how to interact with their kids.

Or they felt self-conscious with her in the room and it showed in the behavior.

Alston was able to truly ignore her presence and enjoy his daughter to the fullest, right up to the point where she laid her head on his lap and fell fast asleep.

“Well, at least the visit is almost over,” Jackie whispered, helping him put the sleeping child in the stroller.

“I wouldn’t mind sitting and watching her sleep for hours if that meant I could be with her longer.”

“Well, the good news is, I’ve got a nice schedule for you. The judge just sent it over this morning. I’ve sent it to yours and Kari’s attorneys while you and Coralie were playing.”

“Can I ask what it looks like?”

“Of course,” Jackie said, waving her hand at the sofa and chairs. She made herself comfortable on the couch. “You will have your daughter two nights a week and every Saturday. I have to tell you that you will need to tell me what you plan on doing and where you plan on going, and I can show up at any time.”

His jaw slacked open. “Are you serious?”

“Do you have a problem with that?”

He shook his head, running his hand over his face. “God, no. Absolutely not. I mean, I’d like more, but it’s a start.”

“One more thing. For now, I’ve recommended that I be the one to be the go-between. So I’ll pick up Coralie and bring her to you.”

He narrowed his eyes. “Is that normal?”

“No. Not always.”

“Then why?”

“Because I think it’s best for all parties considered.” She glanced at her watch. “Unfortunately, Kari will be here in about ten minutes. I think it’s best if you leave now. I’ll be in touch tomorrow, okay?”

He nodded. “I’m at your mercy.”

She stood and stretched out her hand. “I wish you wouldn’t think that way.”

“What the hell is he still doing here?” Kari’s voice bounced off the walls, startling Coralie who jolted from her nap.

Alston bolted into action. He reached into the stroller and lifted a screaming Coralie into his arms. “Shhhhh, it’s okay,” he whispered, patting her back, and she immediately calmed down.

“Give her to me,” Kari demanded.

As gracefully as possible, Jackie stepped between Kari and Alston. “Kari, please, let’s not upset everyone.”

“His visit is over. I want him away from my daughter.” Kari held up her phone. “Give her to me now, or I’ll call the police.”

“There’s no reason for that.” Not only was there no logical explanation to bring in a third party, Jackie couldn’t understand why Kari would go to such a drastic measure for a non-issue. “We were just finishing up.”

“I was about to leave.” Alston kissed Coralie. “Daddy loves you. Don’t you ever forget that.” He handed her to Jackie. “Thank you for today. I can see myself out.” He strolled right past Kari without even giving her a second glance.

She, on the other hand, glared at him as if her eyes were machine guns waiting for someone to pull the trigger. “If something like this ever happens again, I’ll have you fired.” Kari snagged the stroller and stomped out of the office with Coralie waving frantically over her shoulder.

“Well, that was weird,” Jackie mumbled. Nothing that happened today that warranted that kind of response. And Jackie hadn’t found anything in the short three-week fling that Coralie’s parents had that would warrant that kind of bitterness.

Something else was going on here, and Jackie was determined to find out what.
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Now things are going to get interesting, as Jackie keeps running into Alston. Her ex showing up doesn’t help either. Jackie is attracted to Alston and he to her, but she really shouldn’t do anything about it until the case is settled. The fates, however, have other ideas and their attraction sparks into some sizzling heat.

Plenty of suspense and intrigue as this story unfolds and Jackie and Alston find their Happily Ever After with Coralie.

5 Contented Purrs for Jen!

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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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My Everyday Hero – Ledger: A Bale Family Novel – Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection Book 4 by Jen Talty


My Everyday Hero – Ledger
Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection Book 4
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Army Counter Intelligence Agent, Ledger Bale traded in the adrenaline of deployments and special operations for a desk job so he could not only be closer to his family but so he could find a family and enjoy life’s finer points.

Only the objection of his affection wouldn’t give him the time of day.

The last thing Temperance Malone needs is another high strung, a thrill-seeking junkie for a boyfriend. But when she finds herself with a flat tire on the most important day of her life, she lets her super sexy neighbor give her hand, but no way in hell will she allow him to steal her heart.

An athletic director, a doctor, a construction worker, a CI Army agent, a rancher, an engineer, and a military pilot are all leading a somewhat normal life. So what do these seven men have in common? They are your average man going about their day until something out of the ordinary happens in front of them. To the victims, the strangers, and their loved ones, they went from an everyday man to an everyday hero!

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Temperance Malone is recently divorced and has moved into a the same neighborhood as Ledger Bale and his sister Serenity. All efforts to get to know her have fallen through until she gets a flat tire on the way to her new job. That’s when she finds out her ex had canceled her road side service. It’s Ledger comes to her rescue as she is trying to get her ex to help.

This is a favorite scene.

“I couldn’t leave you stranded on the side of the road, now could I?” He pointed to the trunk. “Can you pop that so I can get at your spare?”

“Sure thing.” She dug into her purse and found her keys. If she’d learned anything in the last year it would be to never be in debt to anyone. That meant she’d have to repay Ledger and she’d have to do it quickly. They lived two doors down from one another and she couldn’t deal with him constantly coming around, so she’d have to come up with something good.

He was always smiling and waving and being overly nice as it was. Of course, everyone on the block was that way.

“My sister said you haven’t responded yet about her party. Will you be coming?” Ledger’s biceps flexed as he yanked the tire from the trunk. He pulled out all the tools that went with it and lit the flares, setting them on the pavement around the vehicle.

Shit. She’d forgotten all about the spring into summer party one of the other neighbors was throwing this weekend. “Sister? You and Serenity are related?” Temperance’s heartstrings tugged. All she’d ever wanted had been a family to call her own and Mathis had been her Prince Charming. They had the perfect plan and she thought they’d been happy.

Then he took a job in his hometown without even really discussing it with her, leaving her world turned upside down.

“Yup,” Ledger said with a grunt.

Temperance folded one arm across her middle and chewed on her thumbnail all while staring at one hell of a specimen for a man jacking up her convertible.

When she’d been fourteen, her father had died suddenly, and her mother had no life skills to take care of herself. Worse, she’d found out her father had another family. Wife. Kids. A second house. Even a fucking dog.

Six months later, Temperance found her mother in the bathtub filled with more blood than water.

With no other family, Temperance landed herself in the foster care system where she found an entire world she had no idea existed. She learned very quickly not to trust or allow anyone to know what she thought or felt. And she never judged a book by its cover.

However, it took her until last year to learn that just because a man dressed up nice, appeared to be nothing like her father, or foster father, and had the means to give her everything she dreamed of, didn’t mean he would love her the way she deserved.

“This party means a lot to my sister. She’s not the Susie Homemaker type so she’s really stepping out of her comfort zone, and ever since she and Cove moved into the neighborhood, about a month before you did, she’s been trying to play cruise director.”

“What does your sister do for a living?” Temperance had always been attracted to men like Ledger. Men with a rough-looking exterior, much like her father, which is why she always avoided them as if they were the plague. Her father had a toughness about him. Of course, being in the Marines had hardened her father in a way she’d never understand. Her mother would constantly make excuses for his occasional drunken outbursts or the way he’d often sit by himself and sulk.

Today, Temperance knew two things about her dad. He’d suffered from PTSD as well as massive guilt over having two families, only she believed he loved his other family more than Temperance and her mother since he left them what little money he had along with the house he owned.

It had come as quite a shock to Temperance and her mother that they’d actually been the second family.

More like the afterthought.

“She’s a federal agent.”

Temperance’s jaw slacked open. She quickly shut it and cleared her throat. “Really? That’s a cool job.”

“According to her it’s boring most days and I think my job is better.”

“Oh yeah. What’s that?”

“I’m a counterintelligence officer for the Army.”

“Now that is interesting.” Temperance didn’t know if she should be excited or terrified. Could these people be there to spy on her because of her husband? Or could she use them to help put her ex where he belonged? “How long have you lived on the block?” Temperance asked, not wanting to be alone in her thoughts anymore.

“About six months.” Ledger twisted the lug nuts and pulled the tire off the vehicle with ease. “A buddy of mine owns the house, so I’m just renting. I was glad Cove and Serenity were able to buy so close to me though. I’m going to enjoy watching them attempt this parenting thing. They were both pretty much destined to be single forever when they met.”

Temperance had spent about five minutes with Serenity and her husband since she moved in a few weeks ago. Everyone in the neighborhood had been super nice, and that had made Temperance want to join in and get to know everyone, but being Mathis Browne’s ex-wife made her take a step back.

“They seem like a sweet couple,” she said.

“They are.” Ledger wiped the sweat off his brow before shoving the new tire onto the wheelbase. “So, are you going to go to the party? I’d be happy to give your RSVP to Serenity.”

“I don’t know. I’ve still got a lot of unpacking and things to do to my place.” Temperance had struggled to make friends while in foster care and it continued after she’d aged out of the system and she fumbled her way into the job world. She thought meeting her ex-husband was the one thing in her life that would change everything.

Well, it did, just not for the better.

“It’s just a couple of hours.” Ledger tightened the bolts as if he were the strongest man on the earth. “And only the neighbors. It will be casual and stress-free.”

“You don’t understand. I bought that place at a really low price because it needs a lot of work.”

Ledger lowered the jack. “Oh. I get it. We all walked through it during the open house. I know what you have to work with and if you’re looking to hire a handyman, look no more.” He pointed to himself and grinned. “I’m your guy.”

“What are you, some everyday kind of hero or something?”

Ledger chuckled. “I wouldn’t go that far, but I’m happy to help. Now, please, let me escort you to my sister’s backyard barbecue. That is, unless you have a boyfriend or something?”

“I don’t.” She jerked her head back. “Is this a date now?”

“I wouldn’t say no to the concept, but that’s up to you.” He wiped his hands on his jeans before picking up the rest of the tools and meticulously putting them away in the trunk of her car.

She’d bought this house with her ex’s blood money because she felt like she deserved to use that as her foundation after everything she’d been through with Mathis. It’s not like he’d given her millions, which he and his family had. She’d chosen to stay in New York City to spite her ex as well as to show the world she wasn’t either a prostitute or a gold digger.

Although one reporter had declared they were basically the same thing.

But mostly, she needed to prove to herself she could do what her mother couldn’t.

Turn lemons into lemonade.

Perhaps that meant making friends.

That had been her plan until she’d uncovered more ugly truths about Mathis. Her heart hurt thinking about the devastation and destruction his family had caused innocent people.

If only she knew what to do with the proof. If only she thought the proof wouldn’t destroy her as well as others.

“You can tell your sister I’ll be there.” She held out her hand. “And you can tell her brother that I’m sorry, but it’s not a date. However, how can I repay you for helping me with this?”

He smiled. “I’d say go on a date with me, but I’ve already crashed and burned.” He pushed his shades up on his nose and snagged his helmet. “No need to repay me. I’m happy to help. I look forward to seeing you at my sister’s.” He switched a key and flicked his wrist.

The engine revved.

Her heart hammered and her skin heated.

As he drove away, she fanned herself. If he ever turned up the charm, she’d be in a heap of trouble.
Jen Talty. Everyday Hero Ledger: A Bale Family Novel (Kindle Locations 242-302). Jupiter Press.

In spite of the fact that she first thought Serenity and Ledger might be investigating her, she accepts the invitation to Serenity’s party. It’s after that Ledger turns on the charm and Temperance finds herself falling for him.

In fact Serenity is investigating Temperance’s ex-husband and his father, there’s just some things that aren’t quite coming together. Ledger is also involved in the investigation but from a slightly different angle.

Plenty of intrigue and suspense as the relationship between Ledger and Temperance heats up and so does the investigation.

I think I need to read Cove and Serenity’s story next (link below) and then check out the other authors who write in this series.

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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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Color Me Yours – The Monroes Book 1 by Jen Talty


Color Me Yours
The Monroes Book 1
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Kennedy Monroe lost her boyfriend to her best friend. Or maybe her best friend to her boyfriend. It didn’t matter. All she had left was her job, and she’d be damned if she was going to lose that too. So when her boss asks her for a favor, she’s not about to say no.

Except, she didn’t know the favor included pretending to be his girlfriend in front of his parents.

Hawk Jefferson was tired of his parents constantly trying to marry him off to their rich friends’ daughters. He was nearly forty years old, and he was more than happy to spend the rest of his life as a bachelor. The last thing he wanted was a wife and a bunch of babies. In order to keep them off his back, he told them he’d been dating his assistant for the last six months. So, when they decided to take a last-minute trip to spend the weekend with him and his girlfriend, Hawk had to take drastic measures.

Except, he never anticipated he’d fall in love, much less want to settle down and give his parents the grandchild they’ve always wanted.

Only, getting Kennedy on board with that plan seems to be harder than anticipated.

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This book opens with Kennedy Monroe finding her boyfriend John in bed with her bestfriend Tallulah. This after she’s sublet her apartment as they were planning on her moving in with him. Angry is not the word for her feelings at the moment.

Deciding she could use a drink as she gets drenched walking in the rain, she stumbles on Thirsty’s a small piano bar. Perfect since she didn’t think she’d know anyone and could drown her sorrows and take an Uber home.

Hawk Jefferson has been frequenting Thirsty’s since he started representing the rich and famous. It was a place he could relax and not worry about being seen and annoyed by up and coming wannabees. The last person he expected to see wander in is his assistant Kennedy.

They talk about her breakup and his as she gets very drunk. Hawk gets her home safe and sound but that’s just the beginning. You see he sort of told his parents he was dating his assistant and now they’re coming to town. He convinces Kennedy to play along, but things get a bit out of hand before that comes to pass.

Another ex, Heather comes out with a damning accusation against him and damage control is needed, all this as he runs into an old college buddy Rusty and his wife Lilly at Thirsty’s. Little does he know that Rusty, while helping, is going to cause quite the uproar for both him and Kennedy.

A story breaks about him and Kennedy with a picture of them leaving Thirsty’s the next morning. Rusty who’s now on that show wants them to come on the show and help stop the gossip mill before things get worse.

This is a favorite scene.

Rusty said, glancing over his shoulder and nodding at someone. “We’ve only got a few more minutes, and I need to warn you, Cindy is a huge Heather fan, and she’ll go off script and go low.”

“I’m used to Cindy and her antics, but Kennedy isn’t.” Rusty rubbed his temples. While Kennedy helped him write great press conference speeches, could craft a killer email, and had a sharp tongue, she’d never had to do so on the fly or in front of the cameras. Nor did she have to tell a whopper of a lie in front of the world.

This was a bad idea, and he needed to put an end to it.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Kennedy round the corner. Her dark hair bounced over her shoulders, and she took long, confident strides wearing a blue sleeveless dress that hugged her curves, showing off her sexy figure, but in a conservative way. He blinked.

She rested her hand on the inside of his elbow. “I’ve never had anyone do my makeup or hair before. I have to say that was kind of fun.”

“Let’s get you two all mic’ed up and on the sofa,” Rusty said.

“I’m willing to put an end to this right now,” Hawk leaned in and whispered.

“Nope. I’m committed,” Kennedy said. “However, my insides are shaking like the start of a massive earthquake.”

“Well, you’d never know by looking at you.”

He made himself comfortable on the sofa as close to Kennedy as he could without putting her on his lap. After shifting three times, he decided to lean back in a relaxed position with his arm around Kennedy, resting it on her lower waist, while she leaned into him, and her hand was strategically placed on his thigh.

“Thirty seconds out,” the producer called.

Some chick came out and primped Cindy, who sat in a single chair next to Hawk, while Rusty had positioned himself directly across from him.

“And in five, four…”

“Welcome back to The Morning Dose,” Rusty said. “Cindy and I are here with an old friend of mine from college, but you know him as the manager and agent to some of the most famous stars of today. Let’s give a warm welcome to Hawk Jefferson and his assistant Kennedy Monroe.” Rusty turned his attention from the camera to the sofa. “Thanks for coming today on such short notice.”

“We appreciate the invitation,” Hawk said. He kept his hand firmly planted on Kennedy’s hip, rubbing a gentle circle with his thumb. While she looked completely poised, her fingernail dug into his thigh.

“Why don’t we cut to the chase and get right to the heart of why you’re here.” Rusty turned his gaze to a screen on the far side of the studio. “And since there is more than one topic, why don’t we start with some of the more unpleasant ones.”

Hawk nodded, holding his breath, waiting for the first question.

“Heather Sinclair is currently in the hospital, and at first, she accused you, Hawk, of putting her there,” Cindy said.

“I’ve proved without a shadow of a doubt I had nothing to do with Heather’s accident. We hope she recovers quickly and wish her well,” Hawk said. He kept his tone level but made sure he laced his words with a touch of emotion.

“What about you, Kennedy? It’s must be hard to know that your boyfriend is the father of her twins,” Cindy said. “I’ve been told by a reliable source that the police are looking into your possible role in Heather’s fall.”

“Stop right there, Cindy,” Hawk said behind a clenched jaw. “That’s not true, and I don’t appreciate you twisting this situation and making defaming accusations.”

“Nor do I,” Kennedy said, sitting up a little taller. “For the record, I was with my sisters, which is the statement I’ve given, as did my sisters. And as to paternity, well, Hawk agreed to a paternity test which will prove he is not the father.”

“Are you sure about that?” Cindy asked. “He has quite the reputation.”

“I’m absolutely positive,” Kennedy said. “If we want to talk about reputations, we could talk about yours and how you twist things during interviews, going off your producer’s script. As a matter of fact, I heard just this morning that your polling is way down, and it’s possible the network is looking for a replacement.”

Cindy gasped. “That is called slander and how dare you say that on my show.”

“Welcome to Hawk’s world. It happens every time he steps outside his house. Someone is reporting on half-truths, rumors, and all-out lies. Which is what you are doing right now, and we don’t appreciate it.” Kennedy twisted her back and pulled out a piece of paper. “And for the record, here is the entertainment magazine where I got my information about your job. It came out this morning, so you might not have seen it yet. So, it’s not slander. I’m simply repeating what your colleagues are reporting.”

Hawk bit down on the inside of his cheek to keep from bursting out laughing.

Cindy sat there with her jaw slacked open, looking like a doe in headlights.

The Morning Dose music started softly in the background.

“We’re going to take a short break, and we’ll be right back with Hawk and Kennedy,” Rusty said.

As soon as the producer said they were off air, Cindy bolted upright. “Who the fuck do you think you are repeating this crap on my show?” Cindy tossed the paper at Kennedy.

Hawk went to stand, but Kennedy squeezed his thigh.

“I’ve got this, babe.” Kennedy stood, smoothing down the front of her dress. “I wouldn’t have used it had you not gone low. Keep it up, and I’ve got more where that came from. In my career, I might be the girl behind the man, but trust me when I say, I’m not someone you want to fuck with.”

Hawk couldn’t contain his laughter anymore. “That’s my girl.”

“I warned you, Cindy,” Rusty said between chuckles.

“You’re on thin ice. This is my show, and I can and will have you fired,” Cindy ground out.

“No, you won’t,” the producer said as he stepped up on the stage. “I apologize for the way Cindy handled that segment. It won’t happen again, will it?” He glared at her.

She narrowed her eyes and shook her head.

Hawk cleared his throat, trying not to enjoy this too much, but he loved watching Kennedy put Cindy in her place, and nothing would make him happier than to see her get the boot. She always tried to make him look bad, and no one liked her anyway.

“But I’d also appreciate it if you didn’t put down my anchors,” the producer said. “I wish I didn’t feel as though I had been left no choice,” Kennedy said. “To imply that I—”

The producer raised his hand. “Yes. It was. And it will be addressed. Now, let’s get through this next part of the interview without incident, okay?”
Talty, Jen. Color Me Yours (The Monroes Book 1) (pp. 727-775). Jupiter Press. Kindle Edition.

Kennedy proved in that interview she could handle anything the press throws at her and had me laughing as much as Hawk and Rusty did at the way she turned things around.

In spite of the fact this was supposed to be pretend, things heat up for Hawk and Kennedy in more than one way. I really loved this romantic journey. The fact that Kennedy’s family has the Monroe name wrapped up with several JFK versions is hysterical and so much fun.

Now I need to read the second book to finish catching up.

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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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Color Me Ice – The Monroes Book 5 By Jen Talty


Color Me Ice
The Monroes Book 5
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Fitzgerald Monroe had a two-track mind. Woman and Ice Hockey and not necessarily in that order.

After a little too much partying, Fitz finds himself having to serve his community by acting as the coach for a local travel team. The last thing Fitz wants to do is deal with a bunch of pre-pubescent youngsters with attitudes and their parents who all think they are going to the NHL.

Emery Anderson had been doing it alone her entire life and she wasn’t sure she could do it anymore. The bills were mounting, and she was at the breaking point with her son and his entitled behavior. However, when her ex-husband’s business is investigated for shady dealings, she and Maverick find themselves relying on a perfect stranger. And in more ways than one.

Will Fitz be like every other hockey playing idiot that walked in and out of her life, or will he be the won who scores where mama hides the cookies?

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I have to laugh every time I read the names, all the Kennedy names linked with the last name of Monroe.

This book opens with Hockey Star Fitz Monroe in the hot seat. He never should have gone to his ex’s wedding, he was set up but good. Now the judge has to decide his fate, jail or fines and community service. The jury had found him guilty of aggravated assault a crime with a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Thanks to a video not seen by the jury of the incident, the judge comes to the conclusion that bringing the case to trial was a personal vendetta and sentences Fitz to three years probation, a five-thousand-dollar fine, and three hundred hours community service which the judge himself would assign.

I love what the judge decides for community service. Apparently the judge’s grandson’s travel hockey team lost their coach and Fitz is his choice to fill that spot. Emery Anderson is the judge’s daughter, her son Maverick is a talented hockey player. She is also the team manager and also works at the rink. A possible problem would be her ex Kace. He’s Maverick’s father and there has always been friction between Kace and Fitz. Kace blames Fitz for his short-lived hockey career in the NHL.

Fitz’a first meeting with Emery amusing and filled with some interesting facts about their past. All that before practice, but it’s the events after that truly upped the bar. Once the parents had the packet Fitz had prepared in advance of the parent meeting, Kace shows up giving us a taste of things to come.

This is a favorite scene.

He quickly untied his skates, whipped the ice off them, and slipped on his sneakers.

Across the rink, the parents had gathered in the stands, huddled on the lower level, and a couple of them waved the packets in the air.

This was going to be amusing, to say the least.

Fitz was glad he wasn’t ever going to be a parent.

As he rounded the corner, he skidded to a stop before he ran right into Kace.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” Kace asked.

“Coaching a hockey team; what does it look like?” Fitz said. “And it’s good to see you again too.” He stretched out his hand and smiled.

“I’m lucky I was in the area when one of the parents called with this bullshit.” He waved the parent packet in his face. “And what is this crap about kicking me off the bench? You can’t do that.”

“I can. And I did,” Fitz said. “I don’t want a part-time coach.”

“Right. Like this is a full-time gig for you.”

“I have this time through August. That’s four months I will be dedicated to the boys on this team, and only this team.”

“The only reason you are here is because you can’t keep that temper of yours in check.” Kace inched closer. His eyes narrowed.

He was baiting Fitz and Fitz wasn’t going to be reeled in like an idiot fish on a hook.

“It doesn’t matter how I got here; I’m not leaving, and I’m going to ask you respectfully to follow my rules. They aren’t that much different than what our parents had to follow when we were kids.”

“These are bullshit and you know it. Besides, why the hell would you keep Steve on the bench and not me? He barely played juniors. I played pro for a couple of years. I know a hell of a lot more than he does.”

“Do you really want me to answer that question?”

“Yes,” Kace said.

“Because he shows up.” This was the last thing Fitz wanted to do, but he needed to put Kace in his place from the get-go. If he didn’t set the tone from the start, the other parents wouldn’t have any respect for him and that meant the parents wouldn’t do shit. “I looked at the regular season and how many practices you logged and games you showed up at and that isn’t what these kids need. They need consistency, especially at this—”

Kace poked Fitz in the chest. “Don’t you dare tell me what my son, or any of these young boys need. Do you have any kids?”

“Not the point.”

“I think it’s exactly the point. Now either put me on the bench, or I’ll take my son off this team.”

“You will do nothing of the sort,” Emery’s voice tickled Fitz’s ears. She stood next to him and planted her hands on her hips. “And I saw you assault Fitz.”

“I did not,” Kace said.

“Technically, you did.” Fitz shouldn’t be enjoying himself, but he was, just a little. “I hope you won’t remove your son. He’s a damn good player and a nice kid. Now, please join me for the team meeting.”

“This conversation isn’t over,” Kace said under his breath as he stomped off toward the bleachers.

“Sorry. I didn’t expect him to come back.” Emery tucked her long blond hair behind her ears. “He’s going to give you a lot of problems.”

“I can handle your ex-husband,” Fitz said. Though he wasn’t so sure he’d be able to deal all that well with her kid. He might be talented, but he had a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas and he wasn’t a team player and he sure as hell had a big fucking problem with Fitz. “I noticed the ice before my clinic tomorrow is free. I’d like to book it.”

“Sure, but for what, if you don’t mind me asking.”

“Not at all. I was hoping to have Maverick with a couple of the other boys for a private lesson. I’m actually planning on doing this at some point with all the kids.”

“I’m sorry, but I can’t afford any extra lessons or ice time.”

“Well, that’s the beauty of it. My lessons are free, and before you go jumping to conclusions, this isn’t part of my community service. Your father wouldn’t allow it.”

“Then why do it?”

“Because I don’t do anything half-assed and I don’t like to lose. I plan on taking this team to the spring playoffs and being the last team standing.” That was a true statement.

“The ice is yours, as soon as you pay me for it, and I’ll have Maverick here. Who are the other boys that he’ll be working with?”

“Does it matter?” he asked with an arched brow.

“Not to me, but it will to his father.”

“Well, Kace doesn’t have say in the matter, and I’d prefer it if neither of you sat in the stands and watched, but I can’t prevent you from doing so.”

“It’s Sunday, so Kace will be at his other son’s practice and then church, so he won’t be here, and I generally don’t watch practice, so no worries.”

“All right. Now let’s go piss off some more parents.”
Jen Talty. Color Me Ice: The Monores Book 5 (Kindle Locations 415-456). Jupiter Press.

Aside from being an opinionated arse regarding hockey, Kace is also behind on child support and other things he’s supposed to be paying for his son, all while driving a hundred thousand dollar car.

Fitz overhears some stuff and now he’s even more determined to help Emery and maybe break down the wall she has when it comes to dating hockey players.

Maverick in gets conflicted between what Fitz wants from him as his coach, and what his dad expects from him. I loved the scenes with the team both on and off the ice.

Fitz’s siblings show up in this one too, I do love seeing them. Bobby and Navy play an important role in this one. Now I really have to go read the first two books in this series.

I loved Fitz and Emery’s story, a simmer to sizzle relationship, with plenty of ups and downs caused by Kace.

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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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Color Me Lucky- The Monroes Book 4 by Jen Talty


Color Me Lucky
The Monroes Book 4
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Robert Monroe sold five romances under a pen name and they did well enough. He sold his first gay romance under his real name and it hit number one. The pressure to follow it up with a second bestseller is overwhelming and Bobby is afraid that not only will his story suck, but he’ll go down as a one hit wonder in the book world.

Or worse, the publisher will make him go back to writing straight romances under the name Roberta.

Wendel “Navy” Sinclair has spent forty years chasing the adrenaline rush in his career while keeping his personal life private. Other than his boss, a few close friends, and his mother, most people never knew he was a gay man. He never liked drawing attention to himself, so when he begins a romantic relationship with Bobby Monroe, an open gay man, Navy isn’t prepared for being tossed into the spotlight, having his privacy invaded in the middle of the night, or having his darkest secrets plucked from his closet and plastered all over page 6.

The question is: will Navy be able to come to terms with what being in a committed relationship really means, or will he go back to his lonely existence, only reading about true love in books.

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We meet Wendel ‘Navy’ Sinclair during his recovery from a crash that nearly took his life and ultimately ends his military career. It’s also when he loses the man he loves because of his demand for secrecy. His best friend Casper made sure he had the best of care and when he was about to hit bottom, Casper and his father made Navy their personal pilot.

On the other hand Robert Monroe has just published a book that hit the NY Times list. He is openly gay but he doesn’t flaunt it and his family is loving and supportive. In the process of writing his next book he is struggling a bit. The doubts that hit aren’t that different from any other writing process, but the stress he is feeling could overwhelm him.

These two meet at Robert’s sister Ethel’s birthday party, the family is gather to celebrate. Ethel has an ulterior motive in inviting her boyfriend Casper’s friend and pilot. Navy is a big fan of Robert’s books and he is gay. Robert usually avoids getting close to fans but something about Navy has him thinking otherwise.

This is a favorite scene.

Navy took the book in his hands and held it to his side, forcing himself not to look at whatever Bobby had signed. He’d read it in private later. Whatever it was, he’d appreciate the gesture.

And he’d remember this evening for the rest of his life.

It had been a perfect combination of lighthearted conversation with a deep connection that he wondered if Bobby shared as well.

As much as he’d like to pursue even a short-lived romance with Bobby, it wouldn’t be in the cards, for a variety of reasons.

“It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for signing my book.” Navy leaned against Bobby’s Range Rover in the far parking lot of the country club. The second his hip hit the metal, he realized his mistake, but it was too late to backtrack.

The damage was done, and the message was sent.

Navy found it interesting that Bobby had tipped the valet even though he hadn’t used them. He was a sucker for kind and generous souls. One of the reasons he ended up working for Casper.

“I take it you’re flying Casper and Ethel to Turks and Cacaos on Sunday?” Bobby asked.

“I am.” Navy should really learn to come up with more than a grunt for an answer sometimes, especially when having a conversation with a writer. Being a man of few words probably didn’t appeal to an intellect.

Not that Navy was trying to impress Bobby or anything.

He was his boss’ girlfriend’s brother and there was a fifteen-year age difference.

And that wasn’t even the biggest problem.

“Do you get to stay for the week and hang out, or do you fly back and forth?”

“Technically, I work for his father and Walgreen Industries, and his dad needs me to fly a bunch of executives back and forth to New York next week before retrieving your sister.”

“How often do you fly?”

“Almost every day. And if I’m not flying for work, I have a few of my own flying apparatus toys I like to take up in the sky.” Apparatus toys? Jesus. What the fuck did that mean? Just shut the fuck up and use normal words.

Bobby smiled with an arched brow. “I’d really like to know what kind of toys you have.” Navy pressed his hand over his stomach and burst out laughing.

“That came out so wrong,” Bobby said.

“But it was so perfect based on my ridiculous description of the fact I have my own small plane and helicopter and my favorite place in the entire world is in the sky.”

“I used to be terrified to fly. It’s still not my favorite thing, and I almost never go up in a small plane if I can avoid it. I once drove five hours just so I didn’t have to fly a prop plane.”

“Flying is still the safest way to go, even when it’s a prop. You should let me take you up in mine. I built her myself. I bet I can change your mind about flying the friendly skies. It’s so much different in a—”

Bobby held up his hand. “You built a plane? And you expect me to get in it? You’ve got to be kidding me.”

“It’s perfectly safe. The FAA had to come out and inspect Destiny and I’m diligent in making sure she’s in tip-top shape.” Navy had to wonder what Bobby knew about Navy’s career in the military. During their forty-five-minute private conversation before they were interrupted by birthday festivities, they hadn’t covered that aspect of his life. They pretty much stuck with superficial surface-level topics along with favorite books, movies, and television shows.

Besides, his past career wasn’t something that he discussed often or in detail. Granted, Casper knew everything, but Casper certainly wouldn’t discuss Navy’s personal business with anyone.

Not even Ethel.

So, it was probable that Bobby had no idea that Navy’s military career ended because he’d crashed.

Something he should tell him if he chose to take him up on what he was about to offer. “I don’t have some big death wish. I’m not a thrill-seeker or anything. Do you have plans tomorrow?” Fuck. Why did he have to do that?

“I have to get in my word count, but other than that, not really, why?”

“Let me introduce you to Destiny and Dreamer.” Navy swallowed the thick lump in his throat. He hadn’t felt this nervous since he’d tried to get back together with Shamus about ten years ago.

That had been disastrous. No matter how much he had truly loved Shamus, they were a toxic couple. Shamus wanted things Navy wasn’t capable of giving. Shamus demanded Navy be someone he wasn’t, and Shamus would never understand or respect that Navy preferred to live a quiet life. It wasn’t that he was ashamed. He just didn’t want to flaunt it. He once tried to explain to Shamus by pointing out straight couples who didn’t kiss passionately in public. It wasn’t that he wasn’t willing to hold hands or even give Shamus a kiss goodbye. It was just there was always a time or place.

Being loud and proud just wasn’t his style.

Shamus needed the world to know he was gay. He wore it as a badge of honor.

Navy preferred being honorable instead.

“Who or what is Dreamer?” Bobby tapped the key fob in his hand. His Range Rover beeped and the lights flashed.

“My helicopter. And for the record. I didn’t build her, if that makes you feel any better.”

“And by introduce, do you mean we take a ride in the sky? Or I just sit back from a distance and wave?”

“You’re funny,” Navy said.

“I have my moments.” Bobby waved to his brother Fitz who had a beautiful woman on his arm. “I’m regretting saying yes to letting him stay at my place tonight.”

Navy chuckled. “I don’t normally watch those entertainment pieces, but since I’ve been flying Ethel around, I couldn’t resist. No offense, but Fitz certainly knows how to land himself in the limelight.”

Bobby shrugged. “Fitz thrives on being the center of attention. And other than that one chick, he has a good method for weeding out the real crazy women. My only concern is that he’s going to end up a dad and not be prepared to take care of the kid.”

“You’re not worried he’s going to drag you or your family into the media frenzy?”

“Have you met my sister Kennedy? She already did that once,” Bobby said. “And so did I when I wrote that book.” He tapped the novel in Navy’s hand. “For the most part, the media is good to me and they treat me well, but there is always one asshole that wants to smear my good name by making one for himself.”

That right there is why Navy needed to walk away.

No. He needed to run.

“That’s got to be tough,” Navy said. “Well, I best be going. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around.”

“Does that mean your offer no longer stands for tomorrow?”

Just because he wouldn’t be entangled romantically didn’t mean he couldn’t be friendly. Besides, it would be rude not to be nice to the boss’ potential in-laws. “Not at all.” Navy pulled out his business card. “Would one in the afternoon give you enough time to get your words in?”

“That sounds perfect.”
Jen Talty. Color Me Lucky: The Monroes (book 4) (Kindle Locations 356-414). Jupiter Press.

Navy also has issues with his family and he’s beginning to realize he needs to deal with them if he’s ever going to have a meaningful relationship. Bobby is the one who helps him with this in a subtle way.

Navy also helps Bobby with his doubts about the book he’s writing.

I loved the way this relationship develops, the two of them fit so well. There is romance, a touch of family drama and a bit of heat in this page-turning read.

5 Contented Purrs for Jen!

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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 Sour – It’s All In The Whiskey Book 5 by Jen Talty


Whiskey Sour
It’s All In The Whiskey Book 5
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Jen Talty

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After the death of her mother, Paget Sour did what she could to help her father, but she had no idea how bad things had gotten, both financially, or medically. As things begin to unravel, and her father’s health takes a turn for the worse, Paget faces some of the tough decisions she’s ever had to make. All she wants is to is make her father’s last few months on this earth as comfortable as possible in the safety of his home.

But she can’t do it alone. Not if she wants to pay the bills, keep the house, and protect her father.

However, the last thing she needs is the pesky bartender who happens to make the best Whiskey Sour showing up offering his help, among other things.

Boone Wilder wants one thing, and one thing only. He wants to make Paget Sour his, and his alone. She comes into his bar regularly, orders a Whiskey Sour has a good chat, and then leaves, always refusing a date. So, when he hears about her sick father, it’s Boone to the rescue.

Only, Paget isn’t easily that won over, and Boone soon realizes, if he’s going to get the woman he loves, he’s going to have to make a few changes of his own.

And he’s going to have to come clean about one very big lie.

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Paige Sour has a sort of routine on Thursdays. She’d go to Boone’s bar and grill, order dinner for herself and her dad, drinking the best whiskey sour on earth while she waits. The owner Boone also spent time with her, flirting a bit while she waited. This night would prove to be a bit different than the others though.

Paget finds her father unconscious when she arrives at his home. The verdict at the hospital is that he’s had a stroke, but signs are good that he’ll get back most of what he’d lost. She wasn’t going to leave him alone at the hospital, he was very confused and angry. She needed to be there if he woke during the night.

She never expected Boone to show up.

This is a favorite scene.

Paget glanced at her wrist. “Shit. My Apple Watch is dead.”

“Your phone must be too, because I tried calling and texting a dozen times.”

“How’d you find out?” She leaned back, resting her head on the armrest of the sofa. Dark, puffy circles lined her eyes.

“A couple of neighbors talking about it at the bar who saw the ambulance. I don’t know them by name. I think they live a few streets over.”

She let out a long breath. “I appreciate you coming, but there is no need for you to stay. You should go home and get some sleep.”

“So should you. You’re not going to do your father any good if you get run-down and sick.”

“I can’t leave him here tonight. He’s scared and still doesn’t really understand what happened. The nurses said they’d come get me if he wakes up in the middle of the night.”

He eyed the size of the sofa. For a hospital couch, it was fairly wide and comfy. He had to wonder how many people crashed here overnight. “Well, if you’re staying, then I am too.” He lifted the blanket and scooted in behind her, wrapping his arm around her body, keeping her back tight to his chest, tucking his knees against hers. They fit together like the last piece of a puzzle.

“Hey. What the hell are you doing?” She wiggled, glancing over her shoulder.

He bit back a groan. “This sofa is big enough for the both of us.”

“Like hell it is.” She elbowed him in the gut. “You are not sleeping here with me.”

“I’m not leaving, and this is the only place to sleep. I’d say I’d keep my hands to myself, but that’s impossible.”

“You’re not funny.” She tucked her hands under her cheek.

He took the opportunity to slip his other arm under the pillow. What he really wanted to do was press his lips against her temple, but he wasn’t going to press his luck.

Not tonight anyway.

“Thanks for coming,” she whispered. “I owe you.”

“Nah. That’s what friends are for.”

“Is that what we are? Friends?”

“I’d like to think so,” he said. “I mean, I don’t save a bar stool for anyone else.”

“Thanks. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me and my dad.”

“Don’t think twice about it. Now close your eyes and get some sleep. You need it.” He ignored the voice in the back of his head that told him that kissing her would be a mistake. It was just a little peck on her cheek. It meant nothing and at the same time it meant everything. “Good night,” he whispered as he closed his eyes.

This wasn’t the time to go making a pass at Paget. But he would be there for her, and when the time was right, he’d make his feelings known.
Jen Talty. Whiskey Sour: It’s All in the Whiskey (Kindle Locations 286-309).

Boone has been keeping a lot of things from the people her in Buhl, a big one is his real identity. He really needs to tell Paget who he really is. After all the supplement Paget believes is responsible for her mother’s death was produced and marketed by his ex-wife. The woman actually used a compound created by him, but it was never meant to be used in a supplement, and had problems of it’s own.

The plot thickens further as Paget puts her cabin on the market, she had been struggling with the debts her father had incurred with her mother’s illness even before she died. This hospitalization would put too much of a strain if she had to support two households and the treatments her father requires.

She firmly refuses monetary help from her employers, the Whiskey family, and is determined to work shifts at the bar to pay for Boone’s time sitting with her dad.

Boone is falling for Paget and she for him and they definitely heat up the pages of this book.

A few twists and turns, some surprises and a simmer to sizzle relationship.

5 Contented Purrs for Jen!

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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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