Third Time Lucky

The Coxwells

Book 1
Deborah A. Cooke
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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. 

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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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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

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Careful what you wish for…

A mysterious book given to Sylvia by a handsome stranger plunges her into a hidden world, awakening her ability to see a paranormal realm and the Others who live in it. It also makes her a target for the Dark Fae who want the book back—and who will kill her to reclaim it. The stranger, Sebastian, becomes Sylvia’s reluctant defender—but his ability to influence her dreams is almost as dangerous as the fact that he’s a vampire. On the run with Sebastian, Sylvia learns about the plan of Maeve, Queen of the Dark Fae, to eliminate all other paranormal creatures. Possession of the book means that Sylvia is caught in the middle of a war between the Dark Fae and the Others, with a predator as her only ally. If she can decipher the book, will that help the Others to fight for their survival? Should she trust Sebastian? Or does the vampire who ignores all the rules have a secret plan of his own?


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The DragonFate Novels continue the story of Deborah's dragon shape shifting heroes called the Pyr. Maeve’s Book of Beasts is a prequel to DragonFate that introduces both Maeve’s evil plan to eliminate paranormal species from the world (including the Pyr) and the cast of characters assembling to defeat her. In it, you’ll meet Sebastian, a vampire who has escaped Maeve and is building the team to destroy her, and Sylvia, the mortal librarian he chooses to hide the ancient volume stolen from Maeve. Sebastian gets more than he expects from Sylvia—never mind that Maeve wants her book back—and Sebastian’s slow-burn romance with Sylvia will arc over the entire series.


The other slow burn romance in this series features Mel, an immortal fae who needs to find true love to break the curse placed upon her. She's haunted by her late husband, Raymond, who betrayed her but wants to make it right. You can read Mel and Raymond's story, a romance that doesn't end happily and a retelling of a medieval French fairy tale, in Claire Delacroix's An Elegy for Melusine.


1. Maeve's Book of Beasts

2. Dragon's Kiss (October 2019)

3. Dragon's Heart (January 2020)

4. Dragon's Mate (April 2020)


dragon shifter romance, vampire romance, librarian, new york city, manhattan, underground, hidden realms, dark fae, shifters, friends to lovers, opposites attract, destined mates, melusine, ghost romance, love triangle.

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Deborah A. Cooke
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Feb 1, 2013
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266
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9781927477137
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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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

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... 

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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, 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. 

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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, 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.

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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.

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...

* * * *
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, 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

Scotland, 1314: After the Scots reclaim Edinburgh Castle, Alasdair MacAuley only wants to celebrate. But the revels are interrupted by an old crone who claims the castle's true owner is the legendary witch Morgaine le Fee. Dared by his fellow warriors to go meet the witch, Alasdair heads down a flight of stairs—and tumbles right into another century…

Scotland, 1998: American Morgan Lafayette is in Scotland to enjoy the history, not to ogle men in kilts. So when she stumbles upon a brawny man in a kilt, she is less than enthralled. She is certain he'd drunk, for he claims Morgan is a powerful sorceress who has brought him to her magical kingdom! Despite her reluctance, she is intensely drawn to this handsome Highlander and the mystery surrounding him, a mystery that has the power to alter history—and her heart—forever...


Finalist

Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence for Best Paranormal, Fantasy or Time Travel Romance


“The Last Highlander is a tremendous time travel tale that stars two wondrous lead protagonists. The brisk story line will grab onto readers from page one and not let go until the story is complete.”—Affaire de Coeur


“With an ending guaranteed to bring a tear and a smile to your face—The Last Highlander is a quick-paced, thoroughly entertaining read. A winner!”—Writers Club Romance Group on AOL Reviewer Board


“At times humorous, at times heartwrenching, this unique time travel deftly combines historical facts with a shimmering romance that defies time and place…The resolution is simply wonderful, and I’m not going to give it away. You will just have to read it yourself to savor the feast Ms. [Delacroix] provides.”—Old Book Barn Gazette


“Sensual beyond belief and romantic enough to quench even the most thirsty of those who read the genre, Ms. [Delacroix] scores a big ten out of ten with her latest novel. One peek between the covers is all it takes to hook you. An exciting delight and a marvelous read; clearly one of this year’ s best.”—Under the Covers Reviews


“Long after the last word, you will bask in the afterglow of this fascinating story.”—Rendezvous


“A touching and heartwarming story. [Delacroix]’s characters are easy to love and the story is fast paced. Anyone looking to escape with a Highland rogue will definitely love The Last Highlander!”—Compuserve Romance Reviews


“The best time travel I have ever read!”—The Literary Times


“You’ll love this story of how love can bring two people back together to give each their heart’ s desire. Splendid!”—Bell Book & Candle.


“The Last Highlander is a delightful tale of a love that crosses centuries.”—The Romantic Bower


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time travel romance, scottish romance, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, star crossed lovers, highlander, vacation romance

Kyle wants it all…

Kyle Stuyvesant doesn’t believe in love and romance. His parents taught him there’s no such thing as forever, and he took the lesson to heart. After all, there’s only one woman who ever tempted him to want more than one hot night together. Fortunately for his convictions, she’s married to another guy. Problem solved—until Lauren’s husband cheats and Kyle isn’t just the bearer of bad news, but the man she calls for comfort. 

Lauren demands his all…

After Lauren’s marriage implodes, she wants to lose herself in pleasure. Who knows that territory better than Kyle, who once seduced her completely? Lauren never forgot that wonderful night and, now that she’s suddenly single, Kyle’s rule of no love or romance has a new appeal. All she wants is satisfaction, but when Kyle realizes he needs more, will he be able to convince Lauren to take a chance on forever again, this time with him?


An earlier version of this story was published under the title, Addicted to Love.

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Deborah Cooke's Flatiron Five Fitness.

Straight out of college, five friends with a dream joined forces to build success. Ten years later, their exclusive fitness club, Flatiron Five Fitness, is the hottest destination in Manhattan. People flock to F5F to get fit, to get lucky, and even, to fall in love. The founding partners have been immune to F5F’s romantic spell—at least, so far…

The Flatiron Five Fitness 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. Just One Fake Date

2. Just One More Time

3. Just One Night Together

4. Just One Hometown Hero

5. Two Weddings & a Baby

6. Just One Second Chance

7. Just One Silver Fox

In Just One Night Together, 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. 

The Flatiron Five Tattoo 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. Just One Snowbound Night

2. Just One Vacation Night

3. Just One Unforgettable Night

4. Just One Christmas Night

***** 

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