Escape to the Sun

Destination Paradise

Book 2
Ink Blot Communications
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 Paradise is the perfect place to hide, but can a troubled past ever be left behind?  When Heather Holt’s marriage falls apart she longs for a change of scenery and jets off to the remote archipelago of Bocas del Toro where everyone has a story they’d rather forget. Taking a job managing a secluded bed and breakfast in the middle of paradise is the perfect place for Heather to start over and the sexy surfer who always seems to be hanging around only adds to the appeal. Ash Anderson has spent the last few years running away from his past and hiding out where no one knows him—or can get close enough to try. He may be a player but that’s only because the last thing Ash needs is a relationship. It’s too dangerous. But when Ash meets the sexy brunette who manages Casa del Sol he begins to feels things he hasn’t felt in a very long time and start’s to want things that are impossible. Heather’s not ready to get involved with anyone so quickly after her divorce so a tryst with the hot, enigmatic loner might be perfect. But when the intensity between them heats up beyond either of their control, life in paradise gets stormy and everything that matters is on the line. Can Heather let down her guard long enough to allow new love into her life? Can Ash escape the danger of his past or will loving Heather destroy both of them?
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Elena Aitken is a USA Today Bestselling Author of more than thirty romance and women’s fiction novels. Living a stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains with her teenager twins and their two cats, Elena escapes into the mountains whenever life allows. She can often be found with her toes in the lake and a glass of wine in her hand, dreaming up her next book and working on her own happily ever after. 

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Ink Blot Communications
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Feb 10, 2017
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
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He’s determined to leave his past behind. She’s committed to a new and better future. But a guarded heart and an inability to trust may be too much to overcome, even in paradise. A mountain man through and through, Archer Wolfe never imagined he’d be willing to give up rocky peaks and pine trees for white beaches and rainforests. But sometimes leaving your life behind to start over where nobody knows you is the only solution. And that’s exactly what he’s trying to do and the pretty little blond in the tight tank top just might be the person to help him stay. Working together to run a charter business on her sailboat seems like the perfect solution for both of them, at least it would be if he could convince her to give in to the growing heat between them because it’s only getting harder to ignore the attraction between them that’s quickly becoming more than just physical. 

Cass Cutler’s life is full—of nothing. Unless you count a dead end job and a pathetic excuse for a relationship with her boss—and she doesn’t. So when she gets word that her father, whom she hasn’t seen in twenty years, is presumed dead, and she’s the new owner of his yacht located in Panama, she jumps at the chance for a change. And what better place for a new start than the picture perfect beaches and crystal clear water of the San Blas Islands, especially when they come complete with a unreasonably gorgeous man who’s become the star of Cass’s very naughty dreams. And her dreams are exactly where he should stay, because the last thing Cass wants or needs, is another man in her life who’s just going to leave. Now all Cass needs to do is figure out a way to keep their increasing attraction from distracting her as she attempts to save her inheritance—and her heart—before she loses everything.

A boxed set of three novels and two novellas in the Portland Storm hockey romance series by USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle.


Fourth-line winger Cam Johnson fights like hell for his team—even if he has to break the rules. A vigilante on the ice, Cam takes on all the battles, whether they’re his fight or not. The Portland Storm is his team—his family—and he’ll take down anyone who threatens them. When one of his on-ice battles lands him in the penalty box, the coach’s fiery daughter calls him for a Delay of Game. Now Cam has to finish what he started.

Terrified that her father’s job as coach of the Storm will be the death of him, Sara Thomas wants nothing to do with the sexy hotheaded player who caused her dad to end up in the hospital. And Cam will do anything to rectify the damage he caused—even if it means taking the fall for something he didn’t do. After all, he’s the team enforcer. What he offers up just might save him, his coach, and Sara, too.


It’s the NHL’s draft day, but the whole Portland Storm team is back together for an entirely different event. Complete with a double wedding, an unanticipated guest, overdue apologies, unexpected goodbyes, and fresh starts, this big day has the potential to get them all called for a Double Major.


One night. Unimaginable passion. Total anonymity.

Star defenseman for the Portland Storm, Keith Burns welcomed the single night with a nameless beauty. The undeniable heat was exactly what he needed to let loose. When circumstances bring him face to face with Brianna Hayden after that night was long over, he wants to throw all the rules out the window. There’s no denying chemistry like theirs. But sometimes, desire isn’t enough…

If they’re going to have more than one night, Brie wants it all. But a star athlete like Keith can’t drop his guard that easily hiding an ugly and painful past. Refusing to open up might land Keith in the sin bin—for good. Now Keith has to get In the Zone if he’s going to have any chance at scoring the one thing he wants the most—Brie’s heart.


All Mitchell Quincey wants on his break from the Portland Storm this holiday season is to spend as much time as he can with his baby girl. If he can get his ex-wife to agree to joint custody, then it’ll be a holiday worth celebrating. But when he shows up on Mia’s doorstep, for the first time ever, Mitch is thrown off his game. He’s still 100% in love with her.

Mitch’s unannounced arrival has Mia all out of sorts. To argue over the phone is one thing, but looking at the one man she’ll always love is harder than she thought. With her family surrounding them, Mia tries to keep Mitch at bay, but he’s always been able to leave her flustered—and hot.

Suddenly, Mitch changes gears and has only one goal in sight: win back Mia’s heart for good. With assists from her family and a bit of mistletoe magic, Mitch just might end up with a Holiday Hat Trick.


Recovering addict Nicklas Ericsson, star goaltender for the Portland Storm, is ready for a comeback—both on the ice and in his personal life. But when his sister begs for his help with an earth-shattering request he can’t refuse, Nicky worries the stress will send him over the edge into a relapse.

As the vice-president of a non-profit organization, Jessica Lynch has worked with her fair share of addicts. She’s always managed to keep her distance and prevent them from pulling at her heartstrings—but Nicky Ericsson proves to be the one exception. Something about the goalie draws her to him.

With an instant and mutual attraction, Nicky and Jessica explore the boundaries of their relationship. While Nicky struggles with his recovery, Jessica fears he won’t be able to handle all that’s been thrown his way. Will his addiction get the best of him, or can Nicky pull off the Comeback of a lifetime?

The Portland Storm series reading order:

1. Breakaway

2. On the Fly

3. Taking a Shot

4. Light the Lamp

5. Delay of Game

6. Double Major

7. In the Zone

8. Holiday Hat Trick

9. Comeback

10. Dropping Gloves

11. Home Ice

12. Mistletoe Misconduct

13. Losing an Edge

14. Game Breaker

15. Defensive Zone

16. Power Play

17. Neutral Zone

18. Free Agent - coming soon

19. Journeyman - coming soon

20. Sleigh Bells & Slap Shots - coming soon

The Portland Storm series is a hockey romance series, but it is about a lot more than just hockey. Serious themes are explored in each book, including rape, cancer, addiction, miscarriage, molestation, grief, and many others. If you have triggers, please be aware that some or all of these books could contain material which would trigger you. Even if you don't have triggers, consider this your tissue warning. You could ugly cry while reading them.

KEYWORDS: sports romance, hockey romance, athlete, tearjerker, emotional romance, addiction, second chance romance, second epilogue, grief, death and dying, miscarriage, bbw, sexy romance

The love at the Springs continues with...The McCormicks!

After ten years, Ian McCormick was finally back in town and opening a brand new business. It was long past time to put his family drama behind him and maybe even have a little fun, just like the old days. And what better way to enjoy the summer than with the gorgeous brunette he’d just met at the bus depot? One hundred pounds lighter, with a hot new look and a successful social media career, Gwen Henderson has returned to Cedar Springs. The last time she was there, she was awkward, overweight and her heart was completely shattered. She knew there was a chance she’d run into him, but she wasn’t prepared for the man he’d become or for him to have no idea who she was. 

Gwen comes up with an innocent plan, a social experiment performed solely for the benefit of her social media followers, and maybe she’d even get a little closure at the same time. Would Ian be interested in the new and improved version of her? It was the perfect idea. At least until all the feelings she thought were dead, come rushing back. She can’t back out once she starts. But can her heart survive Ian a second time? And with their hearts on the line, can Gwen continue to play a game that could hurt them both and destroy the only real chance at love she’s ever had?

Meet the rest of the McCormicks with:
Book One- Love in the Moment (Ian & Gwen's Story)
Book Two- Only for the Moment (Mitch & Jade's Story) 
Book Three- One More Moment: Cal's Story (Available July 14, 2017)
Book Four- In This Moment: Declan's Story (Available August, 2017)

 For Chelsea McCormick, living in Cedar Springs is supposed to be temporary, nothing more than a chance to slow life down so that she can sort out the chaos of her life. Period. The painfully quiet lifestyle in a tiny, mountain town with a half-brother she barely knows—and certainly doesn’t like very much—is not where she sees herself for more than a couple of months. 
But when two very different men vie for her attention, Chelsea finds her beliefs challenged in ways she never thought possible. The owner of the town’s newest café, Scott Harding, has always loved the small town life. Settling down in a place with a sense of community, like Cedar Springs, then falling in love and starting a family is Scott’s idea of perfection. Is it possible to have the life he craves? Scott has had his doubts, until he meets Chelsea McCormick, a woman who makes everything he’s ever wanted, seem possible. The problem is, Scott isn’t the only man interested in Chelsea. New to town himself, Lucas Lee has been hired as the contract manager of Cedar Springs latest multifamily development. Driven and ambitious, Lucas sees this project as a turning point in his career, catapulting him into a more prestigious position, far from Cedar Springs. While Lucas has never been interested in a serious relationship, Chelsea just might be special enough to change his mind. As summer winds down, Chelsea realizes it should be time to move on. But now, she’s not so sure. Things in Cedar Springs have just started to get interesting with two available and smokin’ hot men who’ve just moved to town. Men who represent two very different paths. Men who both want her… Love, adoration and a future? Or, excitement, passion and the unknown? One man appeals to who she wants to be, and one to who she realizes she’s always been. How can she possibly choose?
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Meet the rest of The McCormicks with:

Book One - Love in the Moment: Ian’s Story

Book Two - Only for a Moment: Mitch’s Story

Book Three- One More Moment: Cal's Story 

Book Four- In This Moment: Declan's Story 

 When you're looking for a little escape to the rugged mountain landscape that's as beautiful as it is wild, unwind at Castle Mountain Lodge.

Morgan's looking to hide out from her life, but what she's not counting on is Bo, the handsome and rugged mountain guide at The Lodge who has his own heartache to bear and his troubled little girl who sneaks her way into Morgan's heart.

Opening her heart again means opening herself up to the hurt that threatened to destroy her once. But if she can let down her guard long enough, Morgan might just see that everything she's been looking for is right in front of her.

If it's not too late.

~A sweet, contemporary romance~

**Author's note: Like all my books, Hidden Gifts can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel, but are even more enjoyable when you read them as a series. Catch up with your favorite characters with the rest of the books!Book 1: Unexpected Gifts (Andi and Colin's Story)Book 2: Hidden Gifts (Bo and Morgan's Story)
Unexpected Endings- A companion short story (Andi and Colin)
Book 3: Mistaken Gifts (Jeff and Eva's Story)
Book 4: Secret Gifts (Gage and Megan's Story)
Book 5: Goodbye Gifts (Dylan and Carmen's Story)Book 6: Tempting Gifts (Jason and Lisa's Story)

And don't forget to check out the sexy new resort romances at The Springs
Book 1: Summer of Change (Trent and Samantha's Story)
Book 2: Falling Into Forever (Rhys and Kari's Story) 
Book 3: Winter's Burn (Slade and Beth's Story) Book 4: Midnight Springs (Jax and Bria's Story)

keywords: sweet romance, clean romance, romance series, holiday romance, vacation romance, single father

 If party-boy Gage Mitchell doesn't shape up, he'll lose the acting role of a lifetime, and with it, the only means he has to help his family.
PR rep, Megan Powers has only one job--keep Gage Mitchell out of trouble, or she'll be looking for a new career. And what better place to do it then the remote and beautiful Castle Mountain Lodge. After all, how much trouble could he get into deep in the mountains?

Surrounded by wilderness and away from the paparazzi, there isn't much for Gage and Megan to focus on--except each other. But when a dark secret from Gage's past threatens to ruin everything, Megan and Gage stand to lose it all--including each other.

>~A sweet, contemporary romance~

**Author's note: Like all my books, Secret Gifts can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel, but are even more enjoyable when you read them as a series. Catch up with your favorite characters with the rest of the books!

Book 1: Unexpected Gifts (Andi and Colin's Story)Book 2: Hidden Gifts (Bo and Morgan's Story)
Unexpected Endings- A companion short story (Andi and Colin)
Book 3: Mistaken Gifts (Jeff and Eva's Story)
Book 4: Secret Gifts (Gage and Megan's Story)
Book 5: Goodbye Gifts (Dylan and Carmen's Story)Book 6: Tempting Gifts (Jason and Lisa's Story)

And don't forget to check out the sexy new resort romances at The Springs
Book 1: Summer of Change (Trent and Samantha's Story)
Book 2: Falling Into Forever (Rhys and Kari's Story) 
Book 3: Winter's Burn (Slade and Beth's Story) Book 4: Midnight Springs (Jax and Bria's Story)
keyword: sweet romance, clean romance, movie star romance, small town series, romance series
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