Double Trouble

The Coxwells

Book 2
Deborah A. Cooke
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Two sisters. One disaster.

First things first: I'm the bad twin. While my sister, Marcia, has the perfect family in the perfect suburb, I've been making my living as an Internet advice columnist and designing Web sites in my downtown loft. I always thought I had the right answer—and hair color—for any occasion. That is, until Marcia ran up loads of debt and ran out on her husband and kids, and I was left helping to pick up the pieces. Her husband, James, is a lawyer who I hate on principle alone.

But for a guy who's just lost his job, his marriage, and his expensive toys, he's keeping it together—and making me rethink my feelings toward him. It's not that he's traded in his conservative suits for sexy jeans. It's that he's not giving up what's important to him, and oh baby, I'm a sucker for a guy who hangs tough.

That doesn't mean I'm ready to step into Marcia's designer shoes now that she's gone A.W.O.L.

And it doesn't mean that I'm going to fall for James' easy charm…not again, anyhow. Besides, I've had a lifelong policy of not being mistaken for my twin and I'm not backing down on that one now—no matter how convenient it might be for a certain sexy (and persuasive) man...

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The first four books in the Coxwell Series of of contemporary romances and romantic comedies features the four siblings in the family. In December 2018, Christmas with the Coxwells was added to the series. This short story brings us up to date with the family, so the series can continue with the stories of the next generation.

1. Third Time Lucky (Philippa and Nick's second chance, small town romance)

2. Double Trouble (James and Maralys' second chance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, and secret baby romance)

3. One More Time (Matt and Leslie's on-the-rocks, second chance romance)

4. All or Nothing (Zach and Jen's fake date, enemies to lovers, holiday romance)

5. Christmas with the Coxwells (a holiday short story)

The Coxwells Boxed Set includes the first four books in the series.

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contemporary romance, secret baby, second chance at love, twins, mistaken identity, rich hero, hero with kids, divorce, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women's fiction, enemies to lovers

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Tyler McKay has had enough...
Going to his fourth sister's wedding without a date will only encourage his female relations to “help” him find romance. Ty's ready to wait for Ms. Right and is busy enough as the finance guy for F5. When he learns that the cute woman who works in his building is in the same predicament, he's sure that fake dates are the perfect solution. She agrees, but Ty soon realizes that there's far more to Amy than meets the eye. When she enrolls in a bondage class at F5, he finds himself taking a disguise as dangerous Matteo to keep her safe. How far will he go to win the heart of a woman he finds...simply irresistible?

Amy Thornton can’t get enough...
Amy can’t resist another romance about a hot hero and the woman who steals his heart away with naughty games. When she decides to write her own book, she knows she needs to do research. Her fake date, Tyler, is gorgeous but too nice to play naughty games—unlike Matteo, Amy’s mysterious personal instructor at F5, who plays them so well. When Amy has to choose, will she pick the nice guy or the promise of the forbidden pleasures she finds...simply irresistible?

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Deborah Cooke's Flatiron Five World.

Once upon a recession, five friends banded together to find success. Ten years later, their exclusive fitness club, Flatiron Five, is the hottest destination in Manhattan. People flock to F5 to get fit, to get lucky, and even, to fall in love. The founding partners have been immune to F5’s spell—at least, so far...

The Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances and romantic comedies are set in New York City, and feature the partners in a successful gym. The books should be read in order.

1. Simply Irresistible
Tyler needs a fake date for his sister's wedding and the pretty woman who works in his building seems like the perfect choice. Little does he know that Amy has a taste for hot romance novels, much less that he'll take on a secret identity to ensure that he's the one to fulfill her fantasies. What if Amy wants his alter ego more than Tyler?

2. Addicted to Love
Kyle has always known that Ty's sister Lauren is the One, even before he realized she was Ty's sister. He also knows that he isn't the right guy for her and that he'll only let her down. When Lauren's marriage collapses, though, and she asks Kyle for sexual satisfaction, he can't say no to a fling. In this second chance romance, both Kyle and Lauren have to reconsider their assumptions. Can they find a happily ever after together?

3. In the Midnight Hour
Haley wants to learn therapeutic massage and the guy who visits his mom at the hospital and eases her pain with his touch is clearly the teacher she needs. He's also incredibly hot. She learns a lot more from Damon than she anticipates, when his touch awakens her sensual side, but Damon knows his nightmares mean he can never fall asleep with anyone. He thinks he's better off alone, but can Haley heal him with her love?

4. Some Guys Have All the Luck
Cassie returns home to the small town she couldn't wait to leave, only to meet the high school bad boy one more time. Reid is a local success, against all odds, but just as tempting as before. Cassie surrenders to a fling, just to satisfy her curiosity, not realizing that Reid wants a whole lot more. In fact, he's hoping to convince Cassie to stay this time...

5. Going to the Chapel
This short story is subtitled Two Weddings and a Baby, which pretty much tells you what it's about.

6. Bad Case of Loving You (January 2019)

In In the Midnight Hour, the partners add a tattoo shop to F5's services for members. A legendary tattoo artist, Chynna, runs the shop and gives away a tattoo on each full moon. The rumor is that the tattoo will bring true love to the recipient. Cassie gets the first one in In the Midnight Hour. 

The Secret Heart Ink series are shorter contemporary romances, telling the stories of those full moon tattoos and their bearers. They should be read in order. The first three feature three friends who were on a girls' weekend in NYC when one of them won the first tattoo.

1. Snowbound
Olivia doesn't believe in magical tattoos or relationships lasting forever, but the tattoo is a good reminder to take advantage of everything life offers. She's always wanted her best friend's brother, Spencer, and she's leaving the country. Her best friends help her plan one seduction, an hour with Spencer that will disguise her identity from him - but once Spencer realizes it's Olivia who is seducing him, he changes all the rules in his determination to turn this fling into forever.

2. Spring Fever
Reyna wants a taste of the new resident in town, a hot guy who walks like a cop and is just what she believes she needs to end a long run of celibacy. But Kade wants more than just sex with the gorgeous woman who runs the most successful business in town, selling cupcakes - he intends to unravel Reyna's secrets and once he starts, there's no stopping him from falling love. Can he convince Reyna to take a chance on love again?

3. One Hot Summer Night
One hot summer night, Lexi takes a chance and seduces Gabe, whose intensity and principles have interested her for a long time. Little does she realize that Gabe has been waiting for her to make a choice, so that he can share a secret with her. The revelation changes Lexi's life, but can she find a way to have a future with Gabe? 

4. Under the Mistletoe (coming 2018)
Chynna, the tattoo artist, travels to Honey Hill for Gabe and Lexi's wedding, never guessing that she'll find some romance of her own over Christmas. Can Trevor convince her to try for forever, or are Chynna's scars too deep?

***** 

stranded, contemporary romance, best friend's brother, return to hometown, disguise, friends to lovers, fling, secret baby, fling to forever, reunion, second chance, tattoo, disguise, fake date, bad boy, secret, small town, wedding, friends to lovers, romantic comedy, pride and prejudice, rich hero, new york city, romance writer, sexy romance, sexy read

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Deborah A. Cooke
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Feb 4, 2013
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9781927477151
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Can you know what you want before you have it?

Or do you have to lose it know for sure?

Mild-mannered Matt Coxwell has finally found something worth fighting for. In fact, it's only after he's left his marriage that he realizes he hasn't fought this hard for anything since he fell like a ton of bricks for his wife Leslie. How did their marriage shift from idyllic into idle? And is there any way back?

Leslie Coxwell, long rumored to be the most organized working mother alive, is suddenly having a tough time coping. Her job's in jeopardy, her teenage daughter has attitude to spare (well, that's not new), and her formidable mother-in-law has moved in unexpectedly…with two very large poodles

She could juggle it all with the right motivation. Unfortunately, her husband, Matt—the motivation for everything Leslie has ever done—turned into a sexy enigmatic stranger right before he walked out the door. Even better, he's gone to stay with his free-spirited ex-fiancé, the one woman who makes Leslie feel as sexy as dirty dishwater.

The only good news is that Leslie still has the greatest lingerie collection known to womankind and she's prepared to use it. After all, to give her marriage one more chance, to take the chance on falling in love one more time, she'll need all the support she can get... 

* * * *
The first four books in the Coxwell Series of of contemporary romances and romantic comedies features the four siblings in the family. In December 2018, Christmas with the Coxwells was added to the series. This short story brings us up to date with the family, so the series can continue with the stories of the next generation.

1. Third Time Lucky (Philippa and Nick's second chance, small town romance)

2. Double Trouble (James and Maralys' second chance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, and secret baby romance)

3. One More Time (Matt and Leslie's on-the-rocks, second chance romance)

4. All or Nothing (Zach and Jen's fake date, enemies to lovers, holiday romance)

5. Christmas with the Coxwells (a holiday short story)

The Coxwells Boxed Set includes the first four books in the series.

* * * *

contemporary romance, contemporary women, saved marriage, on the rocks, second chance at love, love triangle, romantic comedy, starting over

Some people will do anything for love—even if they have to fake it.

Jen Maitland had no use for handsome guys with easy charm—until she met Zach. He's the perfect fake date to end her mother's matchmaking scheme before it starts. Besides, he'd probably just use her and leave her like her ex-fiancé did. At least that's what Jen tells herself. The only problem is that Zach isn't as predictable as he appears…

Zach Coxwell hates commitment, but loves a challenge. Like the pretty bar waitress who turned him down flat for a date—only to invite him to her family's Thanksgiving dinner. Zach knows he can make Jen smile—and he's betting that he can unravel her mysteries—even if he has to do it over candied yams.

A tofu turkey, a sister who threatens to have Zach's love-child, the untimely appearance of a knitted avocado—and Zach's discovery of her real motive—combine to turn Thanksgiving dinner into Jen's worst nightmare. Zach, on the other hand, has the time of his life. And when he makes Jen smile, he finally finds a commitment he's willing to make…but persuading Jen to believe him will take everything he's got. 

* * * *
The first four books in the Coxwell Series of of contemporary romances and romantic comedies features the four siblings in the family. In December 2018, Christmas with the Coxwells was added to the series. This short story brings us up to date with the family, so the series can continue with the stories of the next generation.

1. Third Time Lucky (Philippa and Nick's second chance, small town romance)

2. Double Trouble (James and Maralys' second chance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, and secret baby romance)

3. One More Time (Matt and Leslie's on-the-rocks, second chance romance)

4. All or Nothing (Zach and Jen's fake date, enemies to lovers, holiday romance)

5. Christmas with the Coxwells (a holiday short story)

The Coxwells Boxed Set includes the first four books in the series.

* * * *

contemporary romance, women's fiction, romantic comedy, chick-lit, bad boy hero, fake date, Christmas, Thanksgiving, cancer survivor, knitting, holiday romance, enemies to lovers

 Twelve years have passed since events in All or Nothing and it’s time to check in with my favorite family again. When last we heard, Jen had opened a yarn shop, Zach had his first photography show, Matt had finished his first book, Leslie had left the college to teach at a new and smaller school and Annette was going to learn to drive the Jag. James had moved over to the DA’s office, Maralys had become a soccer mom and was pregnant, Nick was growing heritage seeds, and Phil was running her garden design business even as she expected her first child. Beverly had adopted a pair of standard poodles and was dating Ross, the veterinarian, and Matt was buying out his siblings’ shares of the family house, Grey Gables, in Rosemount. There have been babies and changes galore, so come and catch up with the Coxwells in this holiday short story.

***

The Coxwell series of contemporary romances and romantic comedies currently contains four books, each featuring one of the siblings:

1. Third Time Luck is Philippa Coxwell and Nick Sullivan's story, a second chance romance and reunion story featuring a curvy girl and a bad boy.

2. Double Trouble is James Coxwell and Maralys O'Reilly's story, a second chance romance and secret baby story, featuring mistaken identity, twins and a newly single dad.

3. One More Time is Matt and Leslie Coxwells story, a second chance romance featuring a marriage on the rocks (which works out just fine).

4. All or Nothing is Zach Coxwell's romance with Jen Maitland, a bad boy romance with a cancer survivor who has forgotten how to laugh.

All of the Coxwell stories feature the fictional small town of Rosemount, just outside of Boston.

5. Christmas with the Coxwells is a short holiday story which revisits the family twelve years after the end of All or Nothing for their family Christmas dinner in Rosemount. Catch up with the kids of that earlier generation in preparation for their romances, coming soon.

I always get the math wrong.

Is the third time the charm?

Because I can think of three good reasons not to let Nick Sullivan back into my life.

First, I got over my infatuation with him—cold turkey. So what did he have to offer anyway? Mystery? Adventure? A sexy grin and a killer sense of humor? All of the above, if I think about it. Which I don't. Ever.

Second, he had the nerve to come back! After fifteen years, he shows up looking (better than ever) for a place to hide, with a story about being framed for murder. Only problem is, there's no corpse. As if I'd fall for that old line…

Third, I'm now old enough to know better—and smart enough not to be seduced all over again by the warmth in his eyes. I should give him the boot. But is it murder. And he does need a place to stay. This time it's strictly business. Nothing personal. Just harboring a fugitive. For old times' sake. And just maybe to satisfy my own craving for a little adventure…

So what does that add up to? 

Third Time Lucky. 

* * * *
The first four books in the Coxwell Series of of contemporary romances and romantic comedies features the four siblings in the family. In December 2018, Christmas with the Coxwells was added to the series. This short story brings us up to date with the family, so the series can continue with the stories of the next generation.

1. Third Time Lucky (Philippa and Nick's second chance, small town romance)

2. Double Trouble (James and Maralys' second chance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, and secret baby romance)

3. One More Time (Matt and Leslie's on-the-rocks, second chance romance)

4. All or Nothing (Zach and Jen's fake date, enemies to lovers, holiday romance)

5. Christmas with the Coxwells (a holiday short story)

The Coxwells Boxed Set includes the first four books in the series.

* * * *

reunion, homecoming, second chance at love, bad boy hero, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, women's fiction, contemporary women, bbw, high school crush, small town, friends to lovers, black sheep

Can you know what you want before you have it?

Or do you have to lose it know for sure?

Mild-mannered Matt Coxwell has finally found something worth fighting for. In fact, it's only after he's left his marriage that he realizes he hasn't fought this hard for anything since he fell like a ton of bricks for his wife Leslie. How did their marriage shift from idyllic into idle? And is there any way back?

Leslie Coxwell, long rumored to be the most organized working mother alive, is suddenly having a tough time coping. Her job's in jeopardy, her teenage daughter has attitude to spare (well, that's not new), and her formidable mother-in-law has moved in unexpectedly…with two very large poodles

She could juggle it all with the right motivation. Unfortunately, her husband, Matt—the motivation for everything Leslie has ever done—turned into a sexy enigmatic stranger right before he walked out the door. Even better, he's gone to stay with his free-spirited ex-fiancé, the one woman who makes Leslie feel as sexy as dirty dishwater.

The only good news is that Leslie still has the greatest lingerie collection known to womankind and she's prepared to use it. After all, to give her marriage one more chance, to take the chance on falling in love one more time, she'll need all the support she can get... 

* * * *
The first four books in the Coxwell Series of of contemporary romances and romantic comedies features the four siblings in the family. In December 2018, Christmas with the Coxwells was added to the series. This short story brings us up to date with the family, so the series can continue with the stories of the next generation.

1. Third Time Lucky (Philippa and Nick's second chance, small town romance)

2. Double Trouble (James and Maralys' second chance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, and secret baby romance)

3. One More Time (Matt and Leslie's on-the-rocks, second chance romance)

4. All or Nothing (Zach and Jen's fake date, enemies to lovers, holiday romance)

5. Christmas with the Coxwells (a holiday short story)

The Coxwells Boxed Set includes the first four books in the series.

* * * *

contemporary romance, contemporary women, saved marriage, on the rocks, second chance at love, love triangle, romantic comedy, starting over

I always get the math wrong.

Is the third time the charm?

Because I can think of three good reasons not to let Nick Sullivan back into my life.

First, I got over my infatuation with him—cold turkey. So what did he have to offer anyway? Mystery? Adventure? A sexy grin and a killer sense of humor? All of the above, if I think about it. Which I don't. Ever.

Second, he had the nerve to come back! After fifteen years, he shows up looking (better than ever) for a place to hide, with a story about being framed for murder. Only problem is, there's no corpse. As if I'd fall for that old line…

Third, I'm now old enough to know better—and smart enough not to be seduced all over again by the warmth in his eyes. I should give him the boot. But is it murder. And he does need a place to stay. This time it's strictly business. Nothing personal. Just harboring a fugitive. For old times' sake. And just maybe to satisfy my own craving for a little adventure…

So what does that add up to? 

Third Time Lucky. 

* * * *
The first four books in the Coxwell Series of of contemporary romances and romantic comedies features the four siblings in the family. In December 2018, Christmas with the Coxwells was added to the series. This short story brings us up to date with the family, so the series can continue with the stories of the next generation.

1. Third Time Lucky (Philippa and Nick's second chance, small town romance)

2. Double Trouble (James and Maralys' second chance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, and secret baby romance)

3. One More Time (Matt and Leslie's on-the-rocks, second chance romance)

4. All or Nothing (Zach and Jen's fake date, enemies to lovers, holiday romance)

5. Christmas with the Coxwells (a holiday short story)

The Coxwells Boxed Set includes the first four books in the series.

* * * *

reunion, homecoming, second chance at love, bad boy hero, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, women's fiction, contemporary women, bbw, high school crush, small town, friends to lovers, black sheep

Some people will do anything for love—even if they have to fake it.

Jen Maitland had no use for handsome guys with easy charm—until she met Zach. He's the perfect fake date to end her mother's matchmaking scheme before it starts. Besides, he'd probably just use her and leave her like her ex-fiancé did. At least that's what Jen tells herself. The only problem is that Zach isn't as predictable as he appears…

Zach Coxwell hates commitment, but loves a challenge. Like the pretty bar waitress who turned him down flat for a date—only to invite him to her family's Thanksgiving dinner. Zach knows he can make Jen smile—and he's betting that he can unravel her mysteries—even if he has to do it over candied yams.

A tofu turkey, a sister who threatens to have Zach's love-child, the untimely appearance of a knitted avocado—and Zach's discovery of her real motive—combine to turn Thanksgiving dinner into Jen's worst nightmare. Zach, on the other hand, has the time of his life. And when he makes Jen smile, he finally finds a commitment he's willing to make…but persuading Jen to believe him will take everything he's got. 

* * * *
The first four books in the Coxwell Series of of contemporary romances and romantic comedies features the four siblings in the family. In December 2018, Christmas with the Coxwells was added to the series. This short story brings us up to date with the family, so the series can continue with the stories of the next generation.

1. Third Time Lucky (Philippa and Nick's second chance, small town romance)

2. Double Trouble (James and Maralys' second chance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, and secret baby romance)

3. One More Time (Matt and Leslie's on-the-rocks, second chance romance)

4. All or Nothing (Zach and Jen's fake date, enemies to lovers, holiday romance)

5. Christmas with the Coxwells (a holiday short story)

The Coxwells Boxed Set includes the first four books in the series.

* * * *

contemporary romance, women's fiction, romantic comedy, chick-lit, bad boy hero, fake date, Christmas, Thanksgiving, cancer survivor, knitting, holiday romance, enemies to lovers

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