Caterer Emma Cook isn't having a good day. Pregnant at thirty-three by a rich and engaged man, she is forced to sign an agreement to keep the baby a secret. She's more than willing. The sooner this is settled, the sooner the whole mess is behind her. Yet when she arrives for the meeting and spies Lucas Benjamin, her real trouble starts.
Luke’s life, since the death of his beloved wife, has been taking care of his older brother’s problems. So he’s not surprised when a lawyer contacts him with the details of his latest affair. What does surprise him is his reaction to the woman. Usually he just offers a large sum of money and the difficulty is resolved. But this isn't so easy. This woman doesn’t want anything from the Benjamins, except to raise her child alone. An easy solution, so why isn’t Luke happy about it?
It’s too easy for both of them to let down their guard and trust. Can they overcome the fact that another man's baby grows inside her? Will the closer she gets to her due date change everything?
WINNING The Bet
Now Maggie has something else to worry about—her heart.
Maggie and Jack were introduced to the kinkier side of sex by partners with the wrong idea about the lifestyle. They are now careful and leery around others, and for good reason. Jack is afraid he will hurt the women he dates, and Maggie is just afraid.
The two live in the same apartment complex, and they’re very aware of each other, but that’s as far as things have gone. Neither one of them knows how to get past the mental block. Then one day Jack shows up at the VA clinic where Maggie works, and their lives begin to change due to the interfering actions of her coworkers and a stupid bet.
When Jack suddenly shows up at their usual Friday night dinner out, Maggie ends up spending the night with him. It’s a passionate, sexy encounter, and they both begin to hope that they might be able to get past their previous experiences. But things are still not well. The two may have given each other their bodies, but now they have to decide if they can give their hearts. And the trust required to do that doesn’t come easily.
Content Warning: contains strong language, sexual content, and light BDSM
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A BETRAYAL of Friendship
Sometimes friendship is enough to get over betrayal—sometimes it’s not.
Charlene McIntire and Mason Hamilton used to be the best of friends. But when she began dating his younger brother, Mace started to change. It almost seemed like he was jealous, but that wasn’t possible, because he never saw her as anything other than a friend.
Tragedy struck when Mace’s brother, Charlie’s boyfriend, unexpectedly committed suicide. Everyone believed it was Charlie’s fault—even Mace. After the funeral, he left town without a word.
Now, two years later, Mace has returned. And Charlie doesn’t like it one bit. She’s gotten her life together, focusing her attention on the career she loves—flying planes in the rugged state of Alaska. The last thing she needs in her life right now is a pain-in-the-butt, hardheaded man—a man who still holds her responsible for his brother’s death.
But wanting him? That’s an entirely different story. Despite everything that’s happened, there is no denying the sparks between them.
Content Warning: contains graphic sex and strong language
Note: This book has been previously published.
A deep bass voice roared in the air, stopping her near the sofa and loosening the beats of her heart into a rapid rush of a thundering waterfall. She recognized that voice. "Matt", she whispered.
Suddenly large arms encirled her, lifting her up and throwing her down onto the red and green flowered sofa, capturing her hands high up over one of the arm rest. She whispered his name again, feeling the heat burning off his body like rays of a tanning bed in the middle of a Seattle rain storm.
"Kate?" Mint scented breath breezed over her face, sending her heart rate once again dangerously out of control. "Damn it, I could have hurt you."
Jerking up off her melting body, he moved to the nearest lamp and switched it on before twisting around to face her. HIs features blanked like a mask, hiding the concern lightening in his brown eyes. "Sit up."
"Get up." Dark eyes glared at her, focusing on the exposed expanse of her tiny middle. "And you might as well cover up, it won't work on me."
"What won't work on you?"
"I don't care how sexy you are, how beautiful you look laying there in the dim light, TopNotch Security is not going to finance that damn television show." He glared harder at her. "I don't know what Erin was trying to do, bringing you here, but it still won't work. My answer is still no."