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Liquid Silver Publishing, September 2011, $5.95 (now $4.19)
Cass Pendleton and Jaime Dalton have been mortal enemies since the first day of kindergarten when Jaime pulled her hair and Cass knocked him flat on his ass.
Jaime is on the verge of superstardom in the NFL; all that’s missing is a Super Bowl ring and a personal assistant who can handle his business without handling his business.
Cass seems to be the best person for the job. She’s smart, mouthy, dependable, pig-headed, loyal, and completely not his type. So why can’t Jaime think of anything except Cass?
He knows one thing for dead certain. If the game doesn’t kill him, sex with Cass Pendleton most definitely will.
“You aren’t man enough to try that, Mr. Dalton.” Wrong move. Oh Jesus Christ, she knew to the very millisecond when Jaime Dalton decided to accept her challenge. All she could hope for now was to make it up the stairs and into her room before he could…. “Oh, fuck.”
Frenemies-to-lovers plot, a bit of angst, a bit of suspense, some pain (wanted and unwanted), a lot of smartassitude, a lot of hot sex and an HEA. Just go ahead and push all my buttons, why don’t you?
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Behind Iron Lace
Silver Publishing, October 2011, $4.99
Darcy Butler is a fish out of water and is suffocating in the humid New Orleans heat. Dissatisfied with his career, his life, he is homesick and heartbroken. Above all Darcy is straight. Or so he believes until he meets the drop-dead gorgeous photographer he wants to revamp the art department of his e-magazine.
Caleb Mitchell, bad boy extraordinaire, lives life on the edge. He’s been around the world covering murder and mayhem. Back in New Orleans to tend his dying mother, Caleb is worn down by grief. He seeks the diversion of working at a local e-magazine to help keep him sane. He doesn’t expect the instant attraction to the bright-eyed editor/owner. That Darcy is probably straight doesn’t matter to Caleb. Because when Caleb wants something, nothing will stand in his way.
Not even Darcy.
Shit, he didn’t want to feel this way. As if he were floating on air and drowning at the same time. As if he didn’t take everything Darcy had to give and take it now, he’d somehow never get the chance. This need for the man scared him. His body screamed for him, all of him, now. He wasn’t prepared.
Unforgettable story and characters, in a steamy New Orleans setting that plays a big role in the heroes’ relationship. I’ve read this at least five times.
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The 51st Thursday
Self-published, January 2012, $2.99
Shelby Bainbridge, former championship winning quarterback and son of an Alabama Senator with presidential aspirations, lost everything one Thursday night fifty-two weeks ago. Lost, alone, battered, and broken Shelby finds comfort in the local bar called Deacon’s Place. Week after week, he finds himself drawn to Deacon’s for the beer, for the atmosphere, for the solace and for Deacon himself.
Deacon can no longer deny the desire he feels for the man he calls Thursday. When Deacon wants something Deacon is a hard man to resist. The problem is, Deacon never planned to lose his heart. Especially to a man who could be destroyed by an unexpected night of forbidden passion.
“…I just came to a complete fucking halt. Except for here. I came here every Thursday because I craved this place. I craved your company even if you never knew it. Then I caught you watching me. Something curled inside me, sort of liquidy warm and scary as hell.”
Another steamy Gulf Coast setting, this time during a hurricane that forces our heroes together. I’d love to see this short story get a full-length novel treatment, because I really want to learn more about their backstories and the impact of Shelby’s coming out.
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