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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This content is DRM protected.
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Welcome to The Educators, a riveting contemporary romance series about today’s schools by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. Veteran teacher Shay returns to one of her favorite settings and vividly portrays the teachers, administrators and students of Crystal Corners High School. As is her trademark, sizzling romances are back-dropped by controversial, complicated and sometimes dangerous situations.

“As always Kathryn Shay tackles what most see as unthinkable material for a romance novel and ends up with a winner of a book. Her characters are just so human! Another one I couldn't put down…such a good read.” A reader

In STILL THE ONE, Annie Jacobs has made something of herself after a rough adolescence. A single parent, she’s now the mother of twin boys, a respected and well-liked English teacher and has good friends. But when her former high school teacher, Dylan Kane, comes back to town, Annie’s carefully created world starts to crumble. She and Dylan have a past, one which almost destroyed her. Now, he wants to be the next principal of her school. Annie’s afraid their previous relationship will endanger the job she loves. She’s even more fearful that her feelings for Dylan will rekindle, or worse, never died.

Dylan doesn’t know he almost destroyed Annie all those years ago, but he feels guilty about developing feelings for her, a student! He did the honorable thing by leaving town, but now he’s back, unaware that she teaches in the school where he’s applying for a principleship. But Dylan is sure of one thing—this time, he can never leave the wonderful woman she’s become.

If you like books about teacher romance, high school romance, reunion romance and teacher student relationships, look for the other two stories in the Educators series: SOMEONE LIKE YOU and MAYBE THIS TIME

Reader Praise for STILL THE ONE:

"Kathryn Shay never shies away from tough or controversial subject matter. I thought all the issues in this book were handled with care, and ably so. She made both characters immensely appealing, so I was really rooting for them to make it work. It was as difficult for the reader to find a way out of their predicament as it was for Annie and Dylan. But Shay comes up with the perfect (and only, IMO) solution available to them." Lori Sherden, Goodreads

“I love this series by Kathryn Shay. She writes such passionate stories that take you into heart and lives of the story.”

“I am a retired librarian from a middle school where I worked for 25 years. Ms. Shay's books make me feel like I am right there again.”
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.

Far Hills Ranch has bound together the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

A stranger rescues her, then disappears when she needs him most... Until he knocks on her door, years later and half a world away...

On assignment in distant Santa Estella, hardheaded journalist Kendra Jenner finds herself in the middle of a vicious hurricane . . . and unexpectedly in the arms of a stranger who speaks virtually no English. Fear leads to passion that months later leads to a baby, which Kendra fully expects to raise on her own, since her search for the father is a fruitless one.

Three years later, "Paulo" shows up at her Wyoming home, speaking perfect English and identifying himself as Daniel Delligati. He says he's come for his son -- and for her.

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Lost and Found Groom by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn begins the A Place Called Home contemporary western romance series. It delivers an emotional, compelling adventure with international intrigue, at the same time the first element of the curse tests the strength and heart of the family that calls Far Hills Ranch home.

"...bursting with wonderful Patricia McLinn romantic touches -- powerful characters, strong interplay and fiery moments." -- Romantic Times

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Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Book 1 – Lost and Found Groom

Book 2 – At the Heart’s Command

Book 3 – Hidden in a Heartbeat

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Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Liked the twists and turns.”

“I couldn't put it down. I bought the second book, At the Heart's Command. As soon as I finish it, I will buy Hidden in a Heartbeat.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

“A book you will read more than once.”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

A family of heroes, all in dangerous jobs, all irrevocably tied to those they love. Read about the Marino clan in this fast-paced, emotional new series, To Serve and Protect, by NYT bestselling author Kathryn Shay. 

 

Nick Marino is the top guy on POTUS’s Secret Service detail. But he’s temporarily sent to upstate New York to guard the president’s sister, Isabelle Barton, who is being threatened in anonymous notes. There, Nick becomes involved with the widowed mom and twin boys, who quickly win over what he thought was his hardened heart. Amidst the heightened anxiety of tracking down the threats, the constant vigilance and an ever-growing sexual attraction between Isabelle and Nick, these two people must uncover not only the plot against her, but determine what to do about their impossible romance.

 

ABOVE AND BEYOND provides a deep dive into the life of a Secret Service agent, the glamor of Washington politics and a close look at being related to the most powerful man in the world. The story will keep you fascinated and capture your heart with its tender and sometimes hot romance.  

 

If you liked ABOVE AND BEYOND, be sure to read the entire To Serve and Protect series:  ABOVE AND BEYOND, SAY YOU’LL STAY, ONLY WITH YOU, NO OTHER LOVE and COME BACK TO ME.

 

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF KATHRYN SHAY 

“With brilliant characterization and sizzling sensuality, fast rising star Kathryn Shay gifts us with an emotional powerhouse of a love story.” RT Book Reviews  

 

“This is an enjoyable romantic suspense thriller. The story line is action-packed and filled with angst.” Harriet Klausner  

 

“Well developed characters, vivid descriptions and some tense moments…must read.” Romance Reviews Today 

 

“A wonderful work of contemporary romance, with a plot ripped straight from the headlines. Kathryn Shay never disappoints.” NY Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner 


Classic Kathryn Shay contemporary romance—with a time travel twist…

The PORTALS OF TIME trilogy combines heart-wrenching emotions and biting social commentary with unique futuristic elements. Three women travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men they unexpectedly come to love.


In JUST IN TIME, Dorian Masters must save the life of research scientist Jess Cromwell by preventing his murder in five months. Cromwell’s work would eventually set the standard for eradicating all carbon emissions. But Dorian has to find the assassin first, while Jess’s brother Luke, cynical New York cop and exasperating man, seems determined to stand in her way. Unaware of her background, Luke questions her suitability as a bodyguard and challenges her on the mistakes she makes about everyday things, including how she talks.  But the stakes are high and together they race against time to save Jess’s life.


“The characters were real and engaging. I laughed out loud several times…but deeply complex in human emotions.” A reader


In PERFECT TIMING, Celeste Hart, a sensitive, travels to Washington D.C. to sabotage the life’s work of Dr. Alex Lansing. Unbeknownst to him, his research into human sexuality drugs causes infertility in the centuries to come. When Celeste becomes his children’s nanny, she falls head over heels for the kids—and for their brilliant, sexy father. But can Alex forgive her deception when he discovers how and why she’s tricked him? With the survival of society hanging in the balance, everything hangs on Alex’s decision.


“Here is a book you cannot put down until you are finished! Thought provoking, full of humor, romance, mystery and worry what is coming next!” A reader


In ANOTHER TIME, anthropologist Alisha Law has accompanied her two colleagues to the present day because she understands the customs, morés and convoluted language of the 21st century. Not only does she dislike everything about this time period, but she’s mystified by its odd sexual customs. When Pastor David Ryan befriends her, she’s confused about him, too. He actually believes in a Supreme Being and the archaic concept of religion, neither of which exist in her time. But when they grow close, and fall in love, she becomes wary when he asks her break all the rules of time travel.


“The ending of this book just killed me. Especially the Epilogue and my sudden realization of what it meant for all of them. Shed a few tears, I did.” A reader 

 Ever wonder about the dangers of visiting online dating websites? Or the benefits? NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay’s contemporary romance series, RIGHTMATCH.COM, is based on the premise, “Everybody lies on these sites.” The stories show how a lie told between each couple can have devastating effects!

 

In BETTER THAN BEFORE, charismatic and super rich venture capitalist Spence Wickham makes a bet with his brother to join an online dating service and prove people lie on these sites. But his deceit trips him up with sweet and generous Annie Hopkins who’s looking for the type of man he’s pretending to be.

 

“Kathryn Shay has done it again! I loved every minute of this book! This book kept me up late at night because I couldn't put it down! Give all of her books a try and I believe that you will love them as much as I do!” A reader

 

In WAITING FOR YOU, tough cop Joe Moretti meets the love of his life, Dana Devlin, on his brother’s dating website. Little does he know she’s harboring a very big secret, one that almost destroys their relationship. Joe must find a way to prevent that secret, and his own personal ghosts, from ruining their chance together.

 

“Loved...Loved...Loved this story. My heart just broke as Dana and Joe faced their struggle together.”

 

In MEANT TO BE, thirty-four year old Cole Matheson gets himself entangled with Beth Montgomery, forty-five, while he’s lying to her about his age. When he finally tells her the truth, she reluctantly forgives him. But he’s unable to be completely honest with her and, eventually, Beth cannot deal with his consistent deceit. Now, sexy, adorable Cole must convince her he can be the kind of man she deserves.

 

“Kathryn Shay is a brilliant writer. In MEANT TO BE she has created her trademark characters who could be your friends and a storyline that packs a Shay wallop. A must read hit!”

 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. Read the novellas that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!
“Shay’s powerful characters and emotional topics strike a chord with her readers and have earned her a well-deserved place among the top romance authors.” Waldenbooks Romantic Reader

IN TOO DEEP is the first novella in Shay’s powerful, new anthology, AMERICA’S BRAVEST. (All six novellas are available in a boxed set.)
In the Hidden Cove Fire Department, Gabe Malvaso is a favorite among firefighters. He’s tough, fair, has a good sense of humor and loves his work. But for eighteen months, he’s avoided a member of his crew, Firefighter Rachel Wellington, despite his knife-sharp attraction to her. She is also drawn to him but is equally determined to keep things professional between them--until they’re trapped in a basement for a day, thinking they’ll never be rescued. Then, their feelings for each other explode like the building around them.

Praise for Kathryn Shay’s Firefighter Books
“Readers will appreciate the powerfully written, tense emergency situations. The Malvaso clan and the other key characters seem genuine in and out of emergency scenarios. Kathryn Shay pays homage to rescue workers with this exhilarating tale.” Amazon Reader

“Powerhouse author Shay follows up After the Fire with another dramatic and dynamic thriller. Her complex and unforgettable characters breathe life into this truly intense novel.” Romantic Times Book Club

“Superb contemporary romance that grabs you in the prologue and won’t let go until you’ve read the final page. Bravo, Ms. Shay!” The Romance Readers Connection

“One of the best running collections on the market today.” Amazon Reader
 He’s a fire chief who curses out the mayor at every turn. She’s the mayor who needs him in a crisis.

 

He’s a line firefighter attracted to the mayor’s daughter. She’s a woman who wants nothing to do with a man like him.

 

Chief Chase Talbot has butted heads with Mayor Vanessa Jordan since she was elected to office two years ago. And since he’s the head of the fire department, she’s his boss. Still, he takes no grief from her. But after a fire involving her parents, Vanessa turns to Chase for help. When the situation calms down, both are unable to get their relationship back to what it was. Throw in troubled teens, estrangement from family, a possible arson and you get a complex, gripping plotline and an emotional and scintillating love story.

 

Interweaved with Chase and Vanessa’s lives is Joe Santori, the young, brash and immature firefighter of book one. Now Joe is a wiser, more settled lieutenant running his own crew. When Holly Michaels, a fourth grade teacher, and the mayor’s daughter, moves into the condo next to his, she intrigues him. But Holly doesn’t want to get involved: Joe is worldly, gorgeous and way out of her league. The problem is, he doesn’t think so. These young people go on a rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows, but even after they give into their passion, the old Joe resurfaces and Holly’s having none of it.

 

It comes as a shock to both couples that contrary to what each thought, they don’t have all they need!

 

Cameo appearances of readers’ favorite firefighters from Hidden Cove, as well as Shay’s trademark tense and nail-biting rescue scenes, sizzling sexual encounters, and emotions exploding on every page, this book will pull you in and not let go until the characters find their way back to each other.

 

If you haven’t read the first four books of The Rockford Fire Department, be sure to grab FEEL THE HEAT, RISKING IT ALL, CODE OF HONOR and NEVER FAR AWAY, all intense firefighter romance books.

 

*** 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.

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