Prima Donna

Friends First

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In the latest Friends First novel from USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry—perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery—a woman who can’t slow down discovers that the perfect guy is in hot pursuit.
 
Even when her hair salon goes under and she’s on the brink of breaking, Regan Burke keeps her “I’m just fine” attitude. She’s had a tough life, coping with a difficult family and keeping her act together . . . barely. Right now, she just needs a job, any job, so she can pay her mother’s medical bills. It’s the exact wrong time for Carter Scott to come into her life—and to be so damn sexy, so distracting, and so determined to get close.
 
Carter isn’t looking for anything serious—his heart belongs to the kids who depend on his pediatric practice—but something about Regan makes him reconsider. Maybe it’s the scars she hides so well, the secrets she can’t share. Carter knows all about that kind of pain, and he wants to help. But offering Regan a job in his office only makes things worse, even if their chemistry is off the charts. Lucky for them both, Carter isn’t about to let go of love without a fight.

Praise for Prima Donna
 
“[Prima Donna features] strong, guarded characters. . . . Readers will peel off each layer of the plot to reveal who Carter and Regan really are.”Library Journal
 
“This book made me laugh, swoon, and even made my heart melt a few times. . . . You’ll simply want to know what happens next and if the two characters will get their happily ever after.”—Roberta Capizzi
 
“This author has a smooth style that’s elegant and holds your attention. . . . Her writing style is right up there with all the best authors. Well done!”—First Page to the Last
 
“Laura Drewry has perfectly combined humor, angst, and romance into an incredibly entertaining, emotional story that I’ll most likely read over and over again. . . . I can’t wait to read whatever Drewry comes up with next!”—Fic Central
 
“A sweet, amusing and sizzling romance.”—TJ Loves to Read
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER

In the debut of Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Friends First series, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.
 
Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place.
 
Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.

Praise for Plain Jayne
 
“This romance is a tale told well—without being overly steamy—and romance readers will find themselves awake well into the night, rooting for Nick and Jayne.”—Library Journal
 
“[Plain Jayne is] comical, sweet, cute and refreshingly innocent. It will grab you with its sage and witty eighties’ movie quotes . . . and keep you entertained with a great playlist sung, probably off key, by none other than Jayne, and its witty banter between well-developed characters.”—TJ Loves to Read
 
“A great friends-to-lovers story . . . If you enjoy slow-burn romance, then you’re in for a real treat.”—Girl Meets Books
 
“If you’re looking for a wonderfully romantic, touching story to curl up and enjoy, Plain Jayne is the perfect book for you.”—Tome Tender
 
“Funny, sweet and sad . . . I simply loved this book. . . . Four solid stars.”—You Gotta Read
 
“An emotional story of friendship, forgiveness, healing and the power of love.”—Red’s Hot Reads
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will love Laura Drewry’s warm and humorous new Friends First romance, a sexy romp about a good cop and a bad girl playing hard to get.
 
Ellie Palmer and cops don’t mix, and getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale—again—doesn’t help. Neither does being forced to take a safe-driving course with him. Brett’s by-the-book attitude leaves Ellie ice-cold, and his rock-hard body won’t change that. Still, the more time she spends with the guy, the more she finds herself warming up to his unexpected charms.
 
Even though Brett comes off like a boy scout, Ellie has sparked something he wants badly enough to get him to rethink his past mistakes. But when her ex shows up, Brett makes it his mission to keep Ellie safe in the here and now. His gut tells him the guy’s trouble, and Ellie must agree, because she doesn’t complain when Brett pulls her close. To keep her safe, though, he’ll have to choose between breaking her heart . . . and breaking the rules.
 
Praise for the Friends First series
 
“A tale told well . . . Romance readers will find themselves awake well into the night.”—Library Journal, on Plain Jayne
 
“A great friends-to-lovers story . . . If you enjoy slow-burn romance, then you’re in for a real treat.”—Girl Meets Books, on Plain Jayne
 
“[Prima Donna features] strong, guarded characters. . . . Readers will peel off each layer of the plot to reveal who Carter and Regan really are.”—Library Journal
 
“This book made me laugh, made me swoon, and even made my heart melt a few times.”—Roberta Capizzi, on Prima Donna
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Publisher
Loveswept
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Published on
Sep 23, 2014
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Pages
316
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ISBN
9780804177740
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
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Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will love Laura Drewry’s warm and humorous new Friends First romance, a sexy romp about a good cop and a bad girl playing hard to get.
 
Ellie Palmer and cops don’t mix, and getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale—again—doesn’t help. Neither does being forced to take a safe-driving course with him. Brett’s by-the-book attitude leaves Ellie ice-cold, and his rock-hard body won’t change that. Still, the more time she spends with the guy, the more she finds herself warming up to his unexpected charms.
 
Even though Brett comes off like a boy scout, Ellie has sparked something he wants badly enough to get him to rethink his past mistakes. But when her ex shows up, Brett makes it his mission to keep Ellie safe in the here and now. His gut tells him the guy’s trouble, and Ellie must agree, because she doesn’t complain when Brett pulls her close. To keep her safe, though, he’ll have to choose between breaking her heart . . . and breaking the rules.
 
Praise for the Friends First series
 
“A tale told well . . . Romance readers will find themselves awake well into the night.”—Library Journal, on Plain Jayne
 
“A great friends-to-lovers story . . . If you enjoy slow-burn romance, then you’re in for a real treat.”—Girl Meets Books, on Plain Jayne
 
“[Prima Donna features] strong, guarded characters. . . . Readers will peel off each layer of the plot to reveal who Carter and Regan really are.”—Library Journal
 
“This book made me laugh, made me swoon, and even made my heart melt a few times.”—Roberta Capizzi, on Prima Donna
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER

In the debut of Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Friends First series, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.
 
Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place.
 
Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.

Praise for Plain Jayne
 
“This romance is a tale told well—without being overly steamy—and romance readers will find themselves awake well into the night, rooting for Nick and Jayne.”—Library Journal
 
“[Plain Jayne is] comical, sweet, cute and refreshingly innocent. It will grab you with its sage and witty eighties’ movie quotes . . . and keep you entertained with a great playlist sung, probably off key, by none other than Jayne, and its witty banter between well-developed characters.”—TJ Loves to Read
 
“A great friends-to-lovers story . . . If you enjoy slow-burn romance, then you’re in for a real treat.”—Girl Meets Books
 
“If you’re looking for a wonderfully romantic, touching story to curl up and enjoy, Plain Jayne is the perfect book for you.”—Tome Tender
 
“Funny, sweet and sad . . . I simply loved this book. . . . Four solid stars.”—You Gotta Read
 
“An emotional story of friendship, forgiveness, healing and the power of love.”—Red’s Hot Reads
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “A must-read for fans of second-chance love stories . . . the perfect balance of sweet, sexy, and wonderfully romantic.”—Lauren Layne
 
Welcome to The Buoys, a West Coast haven where love comes in with the tide. The Fishing for Trouble series features three unforgettable brothers, each of whom is a great catch.

RITA FINALIST—CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: MID-LENGTH

Major league pitcher Liam O’Donnell knows his best days are probably behind him, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to retire and become a fishing guide. Still, after all the time he’s spent chasing his dreams, he owes it to his brothers to pull his weight around the lodge. The Buoys is their father’s legacy, and they can’t let some developer take it from them. The one snag Liam isn’t counting on is a blast from the past: his ex-wife.
 
The moment Kate Hadley steps out of the seaplane, she knows this assignment is going to be trickier than she thought. She has to persuade the owners to sell—and one of them is Liam O’Donnell. Ten years ago, she made the biggest mistake of her life when she married Liam during a fling in Vegas. Now he’s her only lifeline in the middle of nowhere. Kate’s trying to keep things cool, but Liam reminds her of the scorching few nights they spent together—and tempts her to make new memories that are just as steamy as the old.

Praise for Off the Hook
 
“A must-read for fans of second-chance love stories, Off the Hook is the perfect balance of sweet, sexy, and wonderfully romantic.”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
 
“Off the Hook is an entertaining, funny, and sexy second-chance romance. Laura Drewry struck the right balance between the heavier, more serious or emotional parts with humor and heat. . . . Fans of Kimberly Lang, Jenna Sutton, and Marie Force will enjoy Off the Hook.”—Harlequin Junkie
 
“Drewry kicks off another sweet, fun and sexy series. Off the Hook is a second-chance romance filled with emotion, easy-to-relate-to characters, witty dialogue and a smooth-flowing plot that had me hooked.”—TJ Loves to Read
 
“I absolutely love Laura Drewry’s writing style. She reminds me a lot of Jill Shalvis. . . . If you enjoy heavily family-oriented romances with just the right amount of angst, a touch of sexy and a true romantic feel, this is a book, and an author, that you should definitely pick up.”—Fiction Fangirls
 
“Off the Hook was well written, well paced, relevant, emotive, and engrossing. I adored these characters and fretted for them, cheered them on, and smiled and sighed with their pleasure.”—Books and Bindings
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.
 
They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
 
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
 
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

Praise for Worth the Fall
 
“I can’t remember the last book that had me crying for hours. I loved this hero and heroine and adored the kids. I didn’t want it to end.”—New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips​

“Worth the Fall is a beautiful, compassionate romance that hits you straight in the heart and will have you falling in love with this family.”—Smexy Books

“This debut mixes passion and compassion in a contemporary story that has emotional depth. Readers will find the story heartwarming but with enough heat to remind them of what falling in love feels like.”—Library Journal

“A brand-new author I think you’re really gonna like.”—New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins

“I can’t get enough of Claudia Connor’s heartwarming stories. Sexy, emotional, complex, dreamy—her characters satisfy on every level.”—New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul

“Worth the Fall is one of the most touching, heartfelt stories I have read in years. The characters are wonderful, from the Navy SEAL hero to the broken little heroine with her ready-made family just waiting for someone to come love them. I will recommend this book to everyone. It is nothing short of magic.”—New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala
 
“I loved this book. A lot.”—New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey

“This book was . . . wow! I can’t wait for Worth the Risk.”—Laura Drewry, USA Todaybestselling author of Prima Donna

“This book made me laugh, cry, and stay up half the night because I couldn’t wait to finish it. I loved watching this couple grow, would highly recommend the book, and cannot wait to read more from Claudia Connor!”—Cocktails and Books

“A book that truly touched my heart and had me fighting off tears as well as sighing happily. I am absolutely excited for the next book in the series.”—Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
 
“Definitely one of the best books of the summer . . . a must read!”—Underneath the Covers

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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