Begin Again

The Ludzecky Sisters

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 Welcome to The Ludzecky Sisters, a brand new contemporary romance series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. These six beautiful blond sisters try to make their way in the world after a tragedy strikes their family. Each book has a cameo appearance by one of the sexy heroes from Shay’s beloved O’Neil series.

BEGIN AGAIN tells the story of Paulina Ludzecky who, since her husband died three years ago, runs a contracting business with her twin, Antonia. She’s ready to dip her toes in romance, when she meets Adam Armstrong, the architect on the new music hall her company is building.

For Adam, opposites attract and he’s drawn to this no-nonsense, down-to-earth girl next door. She’s equally interested in him though he’s too different from her to settle down with. But alpha male Adam has other plans for Paulina and isn’t about to let her go, even when Paulina has trouble with committing to him. Sex, yes! Love, no! This second chance at love story will tug on your heartstrings.

If you like sisters in love stories, New York City romances and family saga romances, try the rest of the books in The Ludzecky Sisters: PRIMARY COLORS, RISKY BUSINESS, THE WAY WE WERE, HANDLE WITH CARE and LOVE STORY.

Praise for Kathryn Shay romance novels:

“Kathryn Shay writes some of the cleanest prose around, and it’s my belief she’d make the Yellow Pages sound interesting if the phone company put her on staff. And Ms. Shay knows her way around a steamy love scene.” The Romance Reader 
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About the author

 A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. Reviewers have call her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”

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Publisher
Ocean View Books
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Published on
Apr 15, 2015
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Pages
150
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ISBN
9781939501349
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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 Kathryn Shay creates a world of politics, gangs and her forte--the problems of teenagers. This is the first in the O'Neil Family trilogy!

“SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is a wonderfully written, emotional and extraordinary read and truly deserves a five-star rating.” Affaire de Coeur

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together on the mayor’s task force, the impossible happens—they’re attracted to each other. Their passion erupts early on, and only grows stronger the further they get into a relationship. When they fall deeply in love, their conflicting views drive a wedge between them. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.

Available also: the O’Neil brothers’ stories in CLOSE TO YOU and TAKING THE HEAT

"Once again, Shay shines in this starkly realistic story of gang members and people involved in prevention and intervention programs. Shay pulls no punches when describing brutal events, and secondary characters, including Clay's environmentalist son, Bailey's overprotective brothers, and Taz, a member of the notorious Good Girls gang, are especially well developed. This powerful story will stay with readers long after they finish the book. *Starred Review* Shelley Mosley, American Library Association.

“Shay’s writing trademark is taking seemingly impossible relationships and developing them into classic tales of true love, which is what she does here.” Fresh Fiction

“What we get in SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is Clay and Bailey fighting each other in the media but heating up the sheets (or the stairs, elevators, and the walls) with love making. Talk about a hot book filled with great dialogue and love scenes.” A Reader

Welcome to The Ludzecky Sisters, a contemporary romance series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. Follow these six beautiful blond sisters as they try to make their way in the world after a tragedy strikes the family. Each book has a cameo appearance by one of the sexy heroes from Shay’s beloved O’Neil series.

 Magdalena Ludzecky is a career woman extraordinaire. A child prodigy, she’s worked her way into a successful private equity firm by the time she was twenty-four. Seven years later, she’s still the gentle, good-hearted sister who hasn’t forgotten her roots, but in business she’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s a woman who has everything, including Logan Price, her coworker and her best friend outside of the family. They support each other through tragedy and loss, vacation together and make million dollar deals together.

But suddenly, they find attraction growing between them. And no, they both think, this can’t happen! They like the status quo. An office romance is unthinkable. It doesn’t seem to be up to them, though, as fate intervenes and brings them together as lovers. Yet fate can be cruel, too, and pulls them apart when Logan’s circumstances change dramatically. Does this friends to lovers romance have a chance or are Logan and Magdalena going to lose each other forever?

 If you like sisters in love stories, New York City romances and family saga romances, try the rest of the books in The Ludzecky Sisters: BEGIN AGAIN, PRIMARY COLORS, THE WAY WE WERE, HANDLE WITH CARE and LOVE STORY.

 Welcome to Sexy Men…Sassy Women

 

A bestselling author, a medevac pilot, a hotshot lawyer, a bodyguard, a football coach and a children’s book author…all sexy, sensitive men who can be stubborn and infuriating.

 

A reclusive artist, a CEO, a family court judge, a businesswoman, a college professor and a celebrity food channel host… all successful, smart and sassy women who try to tame the men they love.

 

In PLAYING FOR KEEPS, the Buckland Bulls professional football team sets up their summer training camp at Beckett College, and former linebacker, Mike “The King” Kingston, now a celebrity coach, upsets Dr. Jacelyn Ross’ academic life. First he mistakes her for a student where, in reality, she heads the business department. Then he accuses her of being a biased, stuffy teacher. But when he muscles his way into her personal life, and worse, falls for her, Jacelyn experiences a totally different kind of emotion. Faced with accusations of professional misbehavior, Jacelyn won’t admit she likes the rugged coach and, eventually, that she’s fallen in love with him. Because they can’t avoid contact, tension mounts. 

 

Based on the football training camp of the Buffalo Bills at a college in upstate New York (where the author did extensive research), PLAYING FOR KEEPS combines real life conflict with a fictional love story that will knock your socks off.

 

Praise for PLAYING FOR KEEPS:

“The best thing Ms. Shay does is create a strong sensual tension between two people with two very different goals. Congratulations Ms. Shay for a deeply emotional and well thought out story.” The Best Reviews

 

“A great hero…sympathetic as all get out…decent, warmhearted…a good dad…treats the new woman in his life like a princess.” The Romance Reader

 

“Kathryn Shay scored the winning touchdown with this sweet tale of love.” The Best Reviews

Don’t miss all the books in the Sexy Men…Sassy Women series. While not connected by characters and plot, in all six books, you’ll find the men sexy and women sassy.

 

The Betrayal (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 1)

Stay With Me (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 2)

Ties that Bind (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 3)

The Bodyguard ((Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 4)

Playing for Keeps (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 5)

Dancing in the Dark (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 6) 

 Travel from the small town of Hyde Park, New York to the charm, glamor…and danger of Paris and Rome in these sizzling contemporary romance novellas connected by three stormy relationships.

In CAUGHT OFF GUARD, Riley Sullivan and Jillian Kimball are on the verge of divorce. When Jill returns home from Paris a changed woman, intending to roadblock the final decree, Riley wants nothing to do with her. But as she perseveres, his defenses diminish and he remembers their sizzling and their softer times together.  Will they be able to get past old hurts and betrayals?

OPPOSITES ATTRACT picks up with Jillian’s sister Molly Sullivan and Riley’s best friend, Jase McKay. A free spirit, Molly fell for Jase, a somewhat uptight lawyer, despite the differences in their personalities and outlooks on life. But he broke off their relationship because he couldn’t open up, not knowing she was pregnant. When they’re miserable apart, he has to come to terms with his past and she has to forgive him for hurting her. Can they make this leap?

In AN IMPOSSIBLE MISSION, Logan Kane owns the restaurant next to Molly’s store and supports her through her ordeal with Jase. But Logan is no ordinary man. Previously involved in THE ORGANIZATION, a black ops group, Logan is lured back to Rome by a dangerous mission. Unfortunately he has to work with former colleague Belle Sachetti, the woman who loved him then broke his heart like no other.

Don’t miss these stories of love and loss and second chances that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion!

** These novellas were previously published by Harlequin Enterprises from 2002-2005 on their website as prequels to The Serenity House Series. Be sure to get a copy of the boxed set or individually, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, A PLACE TO BELONG, AGAINST THE ODDS.

 Welcome to one of Kathryn Shay’s high school dramas. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them!
“With a cast of memorable characters interacting on a myriad of levels from friendship to love, Ms. Shay has penned a fascinating and emotionally gripping story.” RT Book Reviews 4 ½ Top Pick

On her fortieth birthday, Zoe Caufield is expecting a marriage proposal but instead gets the news that Kurt Lansing, the love of her life, is going back to his ex-wife. Months later, Kurt is back in Bayview Heights. The reconciliation didn’t work, and he broke Zoe’s heart for nothing. But when he starts a clinic in town and Zoe’s students will be working there for their community service requirement, she’s once again drawn to him. But lack of trust, protesting friends, and especially the students who love her, make their relationship impossible. Can anything bring these two people together? Emotional and heart-wrenching, the Bayview Heights trilogy ends with a winner.

“Shay’s heart-touching, sympathetic approach, powerful story-telling ability and depth of characterization of not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters, speak of first-hand knowledge of teens, challenges, and matters of the heart. Consequently, COUNT ON ME comes very highly recommended.” Word Weaving

“Ms. Shay doesn’t disappoint with this one. I can’t say enough about this author—pure perfection!” Old Book Barn Gazette

“COUNT ON ME is a powerful story not only about the restoration of love but also about the relationships between teachers and students. This story will open your eyes and your heart and I highly recommend it to you.” A Reader
 He was the most upstanding lieutenant in the department, until he made a critical error in judgement that almost ended his career. And she’s a mistake just waiting to happen.

 

Fate has been cruel to Lieutenant Jake Scarlatta. His father died when he was ten, his best friend stabbed him in the back and his marriage went sour. When he’s saddled with a female firefighter on his crew, he knows trouble is coming his way again.

 

Chelsea Whitmore is a pariah in the RFD. A stellar firefighter and competitive weight lifter, she assumes none of that will matter this time around either. When Scarlatta says he’ll help her fit in, she doesn’t believe a word he says. She plans to keep her head down and her heart safe from more bruising.

 

But when she’s accused of one rookie mistake after another on the line, that she knows she didn’t make, all hell breaks loose.

 

If that isn’t bad enough Chelsea finds herself falling for Jake. And he feels the same.

Can things get any worse?

 

With cutting edge fire scenes, exploding passion at the station house, and emotions shooting off the charts, readers will gasp at the stunning conclusion to this suspenseful and scorching story.

 

Cameo appearances from your favorite guys in Hidden Cove will delight readers.

Be sure to follow up with the rest of the Rockford Fire Department Series: FEEL THE HEAT, RISKING IT ALL and NEVER FAR AWAY, as well as all of the Hidden Cove Firefighters series.

 

*** NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest.

Welcome to Sexy Men…Sassy Women

 

A bestselling author, a medevac pilot, a hotshot lawyer, a bodyguard, a football coach and a children’s book author…all sexy, sensitive men who can be stubborn and infuriating.

 

A reclusive artist, a CEO, a family court judge, a businesswoman, a college professor and a celebrity food channel host…all successful, smart and sassy women who can tame the men they love.

 

In TIES THAT BIND, Reese Bishop would like to think he’s gotten over his ex-wife, Judge Kate Renado, and vice versa. But when they’re thrown together to disprove an accusation by a former client, who they represented in their high-powered law firm, everything between them gets murky. They’re both involved with wonderful new partners, their daughter has finally accepted their divorce, and the cover-up in the prison system can’t quell the explosive attraction and deep love that surfaces when they work to prove their innocence. Readers will be shocked by the turn of events in this novel.

 

“Kathryn Shay writes some of the cleanest prose around, and it’s my belief she’d make the Yellow Pages sound interesting if the phone company put her on staff.” The Romance Reader

 

“Shay has crafted a novel with an intriguing premise and, best of all, with two protagonists who unleash tons of conflict in their wake.” RT Book Reviews

 

“Ms. Shay knows her way around a steamy love scene.” 

Don’t miss all the books in the Sexy Men…Sassy Women series. While not connected by characters and plot, in all six books, you’ll find the men sexy and women sassy.

The Betrayal (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 1)

Stay With Me (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 2)

Ties that Bind (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 3)

The Bodyguard ((Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 4)

Playing for Keeps (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 5)

Dancing in the Dark (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 6) 

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