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Lauren:

Graham is my brother's best friend. He’s always been my protector and my confidant because he accepts me the way I am—and not many do. I can’t imagine not having him in my life.

Our weekend together was supposed to be a celebration. I graduated from college, Graham got engaged and signed with a pro football team, and my brother landed his dream job. It should have been the best time of our lives.

Except that the weekend started with me walking in on Graham's fiancée going down on my brother.

I complicated the situation by having sex with Graham after that, but I wanted to comfort him and, damn, when I saw desire in his eyes—for me—I couldn’t say no. I’ve wanted him for so long.

Now he doesn’t want to see me. He says he has a darker side he needs to protect me from.

Where do we go from here? Do I try to pretend to be his friend again or push him to open up to me and possibly lose him forever?

Graham

Sleeping with one of my best friends was not exactly a brilliant idea. It made things complicated, and I didn't do anything that threw my life into chaos. The fiancée her brother Jack, had stolen had been part of my life plan, one more step I was taking to be somebody. Granted, I hadn't been in love with my intended bride, but I didn't really know how to love anybody.

I survived.

I pushed to achieve more.

I battled my way to the top of the heap in my pro football career..

I'm a total dick, and I don't want Lauren to see the side of me that would trample over anybody to work my way up in the world.

Lauren sees me as a hero, a title I'd never gain with anybody else in my life, so I wanted to keep her sheltered from the hard realities of my life. I wanted her to continue to think I was a nice guy when I was really just the opposite.

We never should have crossed the line of going from friends to lovers.

There's too much Lauren doesn't know about me, and I care enough about her that I don't want her to share my pain and the darkness that never sees daylight inside me.

I want her, but she's a woman I can never have. She's too smart, too sweet, and way too good for a guy like me.

Unfortunately, pushing her away becomes much more difficult than I'd planned...
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About the author

J.S. "Jan" Scott is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She's an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary steamy romance stories and paranormal romance. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can't seem to write them any other way! She lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two very spoiled German Shepherds. 

 

Ruth Cardello hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers Lists for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.

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Publisher
J. S. Scott
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Published on
Jan 30, 2018
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Pages
210
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ISBN
9781946660473
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
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This content is DRM free.
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Read Jett and Ruby's story to find out if two wary hearts can find out where they belong in Billionaire Unloved, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling series from J.S. Scott!   

Ruby:
My name is Ruby Kent, and I'm homeless, a virgin, and terrified when I'm kidnapped by human traffickers and put up for sale on the auction block.  I'm for sale to the highest bidder, and I have no idea what my future will be, but I know it's not going to be good.  
I'm waiting for a chance to escape, and that opportunity finally comes after I'm bought and paid for.  
Unfortunately, I have no idea that Jett Lawson has been sent to rescue me, not hurt me, and even after we're both injured during my desperate attempt to run away, he still wants to take care of me.  
Problem is, I have no idea how to trust anyone, or let anybody help me. I've always been alone.  It's safer that way. 
Jett Lawson is a mystery to me, an enigma that just gets more complicated with every nice thing he does for me.  
Is it possible for a woman like me to find happiness with a billionaire?  
Probably not, but the more I get to know Jett, the harder is is to resist the lure of having a safe place to be, and a man like no other.   
Jett is scarred just like me, but his wounds are all on the outside.  
Mine are carved all over my soul.  
Can two wounded people help each other heal, or will our profound differences tear us apart?  
                                                                *****

Trigger Warning:  This book contains themes of sexual assault and child abuse.  Although there are no first-hand accounts of these topics in the story, they are discussed openly in this novel.
 Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire 
Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex. 

Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn’t believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men - until she meets Dominic. He’s both infuriating and intoxicating, a heady combination. Their trip to China revives a long forgotten side of Abby, but also reveals a threat to bring down Dominic’s company. With no time to explain her actions, Abby must either influence the outcome of his latest venture and save his company or accept her role as his mistress and leave his fate to chance. Does she love him enough to risk losing him for good? 


The Legacy Collection 
Where my billionaires began. 
Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire 
Book 2: For Love or Legacy 
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire 
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh 
Book 5: Rise of the Billionaire 
Book 6: Breaching the Billionaire: Alethea's Redemption 
Recipe For Love: A Hot Andrade Christmas Novella 
Book 7: A Corisi Christmas Novella (available on pre-order now) 


Other Contemporary Romance Titles by Ruth Cardello: 

The Andrades: 
A spin off series of the Legacy Collection with cameos from characters you love from that series. 
Book 1: Come Away With Me (Free Download) 
Book 2: Home to Me 
Book 3: Maximum Risk 
Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way 
Book 5: Loving Gigi 


A new, seven book series about the Andrade’s Boston cousins. 
The first series in the Barrington Billionaire WORLD. 
Book 1: Always Mine 
Book 2: Stolen Kisses 
Book 3: Trade it All 
Book 4: Let It Burn 
Book 5: More Than Love (Coming 2016) 
Book 6: Forever Now (Coming 2017) 
Book 7: Never Goodbye (Coming 2017) 

*Look for a linked series set in the same world, written by Jeannette Winters (my sister) and Danielle Stewart (my niece). 
You won’t have to read the other series to enjoy mine, but it sure will make it more fun. Characters will appear in all three series. 

Author Jeannette Winters 
Book 1: One White Lie 
Book 2: Table for Two 

Danielle Stewart 
Book 1: Fierce Love 
Book 2: Wild Eyes 

Lone Star Burn Series 
Fun, hot romances that roam from the country to the city and back. 
Book 1: Taken, Not Spurred 
Book 2: Tycoon Takedown 
Book 3: Taken Home 
Book 4: Taking Charge (Coming soon) 

Temptation Series Bundle 
Guaranteed to put you on Santa's Naughty List. 
Book 1: Twelve Days of Temptation 
Book 2: Be My Temptation 


Taken by a Trillionaire 
Ruth Cardello, JS Scott, Melody Anne. 
Three hot fantasies about alpha princes and the women who tame them.
The final book of the Walker Brothers Trilogy!!!

What happens when your entire future is destroyed in moments? 

Dane

My name is Dane Walker, and I'm entirely, irrevocably damaged.  I lost my whole life in the plane crash that killed my father and left me scarred, both physically and emotionally, barely clinging to life in a hospital as the sole survivor of the accident..  I wasn't fit to function in the city, so I moved to my own private island in the Bahamas to lick my wounds alone. 

I'd spent my adult life building up my solitary existence on Walker's Cay. 

I was fine with being by myself.

I was resigned to my fate. 

But then I met her. 

My brothers sent her; I wanted to send her away. 

But...I couldn't. 

Something about Kenzie Jordan reminds me of myself.  She's broken just like me. I want to save her from whatever secrets she's hiding.  She was handed a pretty raw deal in life, and she's the strongest woman I've ever known.  I couldn't leave her alone on the streets somewhere, so I decided to keep her, even though it costed me my peace of mind.  

Sure, I wanted Kenzie in my bed.  The white-hot chemistry has been there since the moment I saw her.  But she leaves me craving something...more. 

I thought I was helping Kenzie...until I wasn't. 

Turns out, we may end up saving each other.  She's the cure for my profound loneliness. Can a messed up, solitary man like me ever be enough for a woman like her?  I hope so, because I don't plan on ever letting her go...

 
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