Rise (Liz & Luke) (Seaside Valleria #5)

Seaside Valleria

Book 5
Marianne Knightly
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Liz has a secret. No, it’s not her cheating ex who won’t leave her alone (everyone knows about him). No, it’s not her crazy mother acting crazier (which everyone, especially her identical twin, knows about). Her secret is about Luke.


No, it’s not the fact they’ve been sleeping together (though that is a secret, sort of). Her secret is that she might be in love with him. But, after everything she went through with her ex, she’s done with love.


Luke has other plans. He’s watched over Liz for years while she was with a man that didn’t deserve her. Now, he’ll prove to her that they do belong together, even while a woman from his own past reenters his life, challenging his and Liz’s love.


Between dueling exes, frustrating family, and the wedding of the year, can they find their way towards a future together?


Come for one last visit to the seaside to find out…


*Includes multiple epilogues featuring characters from the series (and some Vallerian royals) in the future!

 

Note: This book contains content that may be considered triggers.


This book contains content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger. However, you may prefer to read the other book in the series first.


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Welcome to Valleria, a country nestled along the Mediterranean. Whether it’s the small towns or larger port cities, you’re sure to find a friendly face—or more—along Valleria’s seaside shores. Far from the politics of the palace, follow this group of friends as they find love, support each other, and perhaps even meet a royal or two at the local Masillian pub, the Seashell.

 

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Book 1: Rush (Hector & Millie)

Book 2: Ripple (Persy & Sully)

Book 3: Raw (Frannie & Aiden)

Book 4: Ravage (Beth & Everett)

Book 5: Rise (Liz & Luke)

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About the author

MARIANNE KNIGHTLY is the pen name for the author of over twenty novels and novellas of contemporary romance and romantic suspense, and is most well known for her Royals of Valleria series set in her fictional country of Valleria. Marianne lives in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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Marianne Knightly
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Published on
Jun 28, 2019
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Pages
275
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ISBN
9781942729198
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English
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Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Workplace
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“I’m messed up,” she confessed. He’d probably figured that out, but she needed to say it.

 

“I know, baby,” he said softly. “That doesn’t turn me away. It only makes me want to hold you closer.”

 

***

 

She feels she doesn’t deserve him…

He feels he doesn’t deserve her…

What happens when they finally discover they’re both wrong?

 

Millie could do this. Easy. No problem. So what if her former Hot Man Customer was now her current Hot Man Boss? So what if he also wanted to date her? With her terrible family and the burdens she carries, no way will Hector stay with her long term. He deserves someone better than her.

 

Hector liked his Millie—his Amelia—since nearly the first moment they met. So what if she’s shy? He’ll wait for her. So what if her evil half-brother is making a repeat appearance? He’ll protect her. He’d never thought he’d be successful—not running a pub or being in a relationship—after losing his legs in the army. It’s been years and he’s still recovering, but he’s learned to live with his demons. He’ll work hard to make his pub and his relationship with Amelia a success, even if some days he doesn’t believe he deserves it.

 

When Amelia’s circumstances take a dangerous turn, Hector will do whatever it takes to help her, whether or not she wants it. Can they both overcome their fears and histories for a future together?

 

“Rush” is a slow burn romance about loving and believing in yourself, as much you do the one you love.

 

*Please note: This book contains sensitive content that may be considered triggers.

 

This book contains content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger.

 

 

***

Welcome to Valleria, a country nestled along the Mediterranean. Whether it’s the small towns or larger port cities, you’re sure to find a friendly face—or more—along Valleria’s seaside shores. Far from the politics of the palace, follow this group of friends as they find love, support each other, and perhaps even meet a royal or two at the local Masillian pub, the Seashell.

 

***

 

Book 1: Rush (Hector & Millie)

Book 2: Ripple (Persy & Sully)

Book 3: (coming 2018)

Book 4: (coming 2019)

Book 5: (coming 2019)

 

Her voice was a rough whisper. “Sometimes I feel like I’ll never have peace.”

 

He reached up to cup her cheek. “Honey.”

 

She loved the way he said that. Sometimes his ‘honey’ was thick and sweet, sometimes low and gruff. Other times it was full of need and want and passion for her. She wanted to drown in his words, in him.

 

He leaned over and pressed a chaste kiss to her lips. “I’m right here with you. I know it won’t be easy, but we’ll get through this. We’ll find our peace.”

 

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Persy has been restless and running from her tragic past for years. Since leaving Ireland, she’s stayed the longest in Masillia, soaking in the quiet calm of the sea and now working at the local pub, the Seashell. Is she staying because of the peace she finds here? Or because of the passion she shares with the sexy cop who spends his nights with her?

 

Sully never planned to stay in Valleria long-term. His one-year assignment with the local police is coming to an end, and soon he’ll return to his life back in Ireland. Yet, every night, after work, he finds himself at the Seashell. When the bar closes in the early hours, he walks Persy home—then takes her to bed. Their nights are full of passion, not promises, which works for them both.

 

Or it did.

 

One night, everything changes for Sully and he realizes he wants more than an affair. He wants her, all of her.

 

Can their relationship move past the lure of the night to the bright light of day? Can they move beyond the aches of the past to the dreams of a future together?

 

*Please note: This book contains sensitive content that may be considered triggers.

 

This book contains content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger. However, you may prefer to read the other book in the series first.

 

***

Welcome to Valleria, a country nestled along the Mediterranean. Whether it’s the small towns or larger port cities, you’re sure to find a friendly face—or more—along Valleria’s seaside shores. Far from the politics of the palace, follow this group of friends as they find love, support each other, and perhaps even meet a royal or two at the local Masillian pub, the Seashell.

 

***

 

Book 1: Rush (Hector & Millie)

Book 2: Ripple (Persy & Sully)

Book 3: (coming 2018)

Book 4: (coming 2019)

Book 5: (coming 2019)

 

One kickass chef.

The critic who nearly destroyed her career.

A love neither of them expected.

 

Frannie has spent years searching for herself. She’s tried ten different names so far (because why should she be saddled with Frannie just because her parents chose it?) and her latest, Jasmine, just might stick. Despite her insecurities, she’s always been confident about her abilities in the kitchen. She is a chef extraordinaire, thank you very much, and she won’t have anyone tell her different. Especially not some stuffy customer who doesn’t appreciate her work, even if he is tall and sexy and a loving father to boot.

 

Aiden is a stickler for privacy, so much so that he uses a pseudonym for his work as a famed restaurant critic. He’s received threats from irate chefs before and he doesn’t want anyone to know who he really is, especially since he has a son to protect.

 

During his working visit to a local pub, the Seashell, his life erupts. His ex barges in and decides it’s time he takes full custody of their son so she can go off on another flighty adventure. In the midst of the dramatic scene, it’s Frannie who comes to his rescue.

 

Frannie who comforts his son, while he deals with his ex.

 

Frannie who captivates him, and it’s Frannie’s food he loves.

 

And it was Frannie’s food years ago that he decimated in the paper.

 

So, he can’t tell Frannie who he really is, because he and his son could risk losing her forever.

 

Then she finds out, and all hell really breaks loose.

 

This book contains content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger. However, you may prefer to read the other book in the series first.

 

***

Welcome to Valleria, a country nestled along the Mediterranean. Whether it’s the small towns or larger port cities, you’re sure to find a friendly face—or more—along Valleria’s seaside shores. Far from the politics of the palace, follow this group of friends as they find love, support each other, and perhaps even meet a royal or two at the local Masillian pub, the Seashell.

 

***

 

Book 1: Rush (Hector & Millie)

Book 2: Ripple (Persy & Sully)

Book 3: Raw (Frannie & Aiden)

 

He’s never needed someone…until her…

Everett wants her. In bed. On the stairs. Against the fridge.

He wants the inexplicable connection they have to deepen and grow.

Beyond the bed, he wants to soothe her aches and comfort her, defend her against the evils of the world.

But his own world is crumbling around him, and he needs her, too.

Needs her kindness and warmth, her strength and comfort.

They nearly made it, they almost had everything.

Until one misunderstanding derailed it all.

 

She’s never been needed…until him…

Beth’s never been the long-term lover and not by her choice—by theirs.

She’s the quick fix and the one-night stand, the one they use and leave.

As the curvier version of her identical twin, Beth has always been compared to her—and never favorably.

Throw in the rough way she grew up, her cruel mother and never-ending family drama, and no one’s wanted Beth to stick around.

Until Everett.

What they had was beautiful and intoxicating and dizzying, and warm and lovely and safe.

But it won’t last…not now…not after everything fell apart.

Can they ever find a way back to each other?

 

This book contains content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger. However, you may prefer to read the other book in the series first.

 

***

Welcome to Valleria, a country nestled along the Mediterranean. Whether it’s the small towns or larger port cities, you’re sure to find a friendly face—or more—along Valleria’s seaside shores. Far from the politics of the palace, follow this group of friends as they find love, support each other, and perhaps even meet a royal or two at the local Masillian pub, the Seashell.

 

***

 

Book 1: Rush (Hector & Millie)

Book 2: Ripple (Persy & Sully)

Book 3: Raw (Frannie & Aiden)

Book 4: Ravage (Beth & Everett)

 

Carter Clark

I had it all figured out: a gorgeous girlfriend, a baby on the way, and a firefighter career I’ve always dreamed of. Life was perfect… until piece by piece, it all fell apart, and I lost my will to live.

 

Molly Fowler, my best friend from grade school, has saved my life countless times. She helped me heal and move on. She guided me to be a better man, while she herself held pain I failed to see.

 

I was too blind to see her deep scars. I was too blind to see that we needed each other. I was too blind to see what was right in front of me.

 


Molly Fowler

I left Hope Bay the moment I could, but a force by the name of Carter Clark kept pulling me back home. I fought and resisted, but I was too blind to see what was right in front of me. I was too weak to trust our friendship. 

 

Above all, I was too blind to see the danger ahead — a man I’d never thought I’d see again, waiting for my return in disguise.

 

Read about Carter and Molly’s nail biting romance in Right in Front of You.

 

 

Note: Right in Front of You is a standalone novel. It follows Carter and Molly’s story from Yours and Mine. Contains spoilers to Yours and Mine. Intended for mature audience only.

 





For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to you (Crossfire Series), this exciting, friends to lovers story, will make you crave more!


Categories: alpha/dominant male, romance, romantic, erotic, erotica, contemporary, women's fiction, suspense, lacey silks, bad boy, badboy, mystery, sweet, sexy, spicy, steamy, hot, brooding, secrets, sex in the rain, bestselling / bestseller, firefighter romance, humor, thriller, funny, female protagonist, racy, secret, secrets, erotic literature, erotic fiction books, friends to lovers romance, friends with benefits romance, happy ever after romance, tear jerker romance.

“I’m messed up,” she confessed. He’d probably figured that out, but she needed to say it.

 

“I know, baby,” he said softly. “That doesn’t turn me away. It only makes me want to hold you closer.”

 

***

 

She feels she doesn’t deserve him…

He feels he doesn’t deserve her…

What happens when they finally discover they’re both wrong?

 

Millie could do this. Easy. No problem. So what if her former Hot Man Customer was now her current Hot Man Boss? So what if he also wanted to date her? With her terrible family and the burdens she carries, no way will Hector stay with her long term. He deserves someone better than her.

 

Hector liked his Millie—his Amelia—since nearly the first moment they met. So what if she’s shy? He’ll wait for her. So what if her evil half-brother is making a repeat appearance? He’ll protect her. He’d never thought he’d be successful—not running a pub or being in a relationship—after losing his legs in the army. It’s been years and he’s still recovering, but he’s learned to live with his demons. He’ll work hard to make his pub and his relationship with Amelia a success, even if some days he doesn’t believe he deserves it.

 

When Amelia’s circumstances take a dangerous turn, Hector will do whatever it takes to help her, whether or not she wants it. Can they both overcome their fears and histories for a future together?

 

“Rush” is a slow burn romance about loving and believing in yourself, as much you do the one you love.

 

*Please note: This book contains sensitive content that may be considered triggers.

 

This book contains content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger.

 

 

***

Welcome to Valleria, a country nestled along the Mediterranean. Whether it’s the small towns or larger port cities, you’re sure to find a friendly face—or more—along Valleria’s seaside shores. Far from the politics of the palace, follow this group of friends as they find love, support each other, and perhaps even meet a royal or two at the local Masillian pub, the Seashell.

 

***

 

Book 1: Rush (Hector & Millie)

Book 2: Ripple (Persy & Sully)

Book 3: (coming 2018)

Book 4: (coming 2019)

Book 5: (coming 2019)

 

Not all royal secrets were meant to be revealed…

 

Captain Ethan Santoro, youngest son of Valleria’s king and doctor in the Navy, has kept a lot of secrets. There was the time he officiated his brother’s elopement—his mother still hasn’t forgiven him for that—and all the many secrets he’s kept for his royal siblings. Keeping secrets, however, has its price.

 

He just didn’t think that price would be blood, namely his. All to protect the one woman he should stay away from, Anda Salamanca. The only woman who knows his secret, which, if revealed, could divide his royal family.

 

But he’s not the only one with a secret…he knows hers, too, and he’ll risk death to keep it.

She might never survive the royal spotlight if they got together again (neither will he at this rate). She might never survive his family (especially if they learn the truth). She might never fall in love with him again either…Or will she?

 

If they can both survive the onslaught, they might just have a chance, as long as no one gets caught in the crossfire. This time, they’re not only fighting for their lives, but for each other.

 

It’s safe to say this isn’t your typical prince and a movie star romance. No, nothing about them is typical at all. Yet, as he’ll soon discover, she’s worth the threat of death and of danger.

 

Because she’s worth everything.

 

A second chance prince and a movie star romance.

 

This novel contains sexy content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger. However, you may prefer to read the other books in the series first.

 

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Welcome to Valleria, a country as old as the fall of the Roman Empire. The reigning king and patriarch rules with his beloved queen. Nine children, now grown, ranging from the eldest twins to the youngest son, watch over the country they love and care for. Bound by honor, duty, and loyalty, follow their lives as they fall in love, face tragedies, and triumph against the evils facing them.

 

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Want more Royals?

Book 1: Alexander & Rebecca

Book 2: Marcello & Grace

Book 3: Arianna & Finn

Book 4: Charlotte & Nate

Book 5: A Royal Holiday (Novella)

Book 6: Catharine & Edward

Book 7: Royally Ever After

Book 8: Lorenzo & Lily

Book 9: Sarah & Vittorio

Book 10: Permanently Princess (Novella)

Book 11: Ethan & Anda

 

Box Set: Books 1-3

Box Set: Books 4-6

Box Set: Books 7-9

One royal baby (at least).

Two royal weddings (sort of).

Three royal secrets come to light (definitely).

 

Future Queen of Valleria, Princess Rebecca, holds a pregnancy test in her hand. Is she carrying the next royal heir at that very moment?

 

Lady Grace’s tragic past meant a child would be nearly impossible. Could one pregnancy test change everything for her and her prince?

 

Charlotte “Charlie” Wyler is great in the kitchen but doesn’t think she’d make a good mother. What happens to the life of her and her prince if her pregnancy test comes up positive?

 

Not only that, shadows from one princess’s past come to light, threatening everything she once knew, and on the day of a wedding.

 

Who’s pregnant? Who’s getting married? And whose lives will change forever?

 

Come visit Valleria to find out.

 

*Please note: This novella contains sensitive content that may be considered triggers.

 

This novella contains content suitable for mature audiences only. This is a standalone novella in the series, with no cliffhanger. However, you may prefer to read the other books in the series first.

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Welcome to Valleria, a country as old as the fall of the Roman Empire. The reigning king and patriarch rules with his beloved queen. Nine children, now grown, ranging from the eldest twins to the youngest son, watch over the country they love and care for. Bound by honor, duty, and each other, follow their lives as they fall in love, face tragedies, and triumph against the evils facing them.

 

***

Want more Royals?

Book 1: Alexander & Rebecca

Book 2: Marcello & Grace

Book 3: Arianna & Finn

Book 4: Charlotte & Nate

Book 5: A Royal Holiday (Novella)

Book 6: Catharine & Edward

Book 7: Royally Ever After

Book 8: Lorenzo & Lily

Book 9: Sarah & Vittorio

Book 10: Permanently Princess (Novella)

 

Box Set: Books 1-3

Box Set: Books 4-6

Box Set: Books 7-9

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