MF; Erotic Romance; 25,039 words
A steamy no-strings affair isn’t all it’s cracked up to be for a sassy egg seller and the sexy businessman trying to take her farm.
Haunted by her traumatic childhood, forty-year-old Lindie Brewster finds a measure of peace living alone in rural Ohio with her chickens and gardens to keep her company. Living life on her own terms has gone off without a hitch, until her sexy new neighbor threatens to ruin everything.
Divorcee and reconfirmed bachelor Blaine Stockwell has always had a life plan, and regaining possession of his grandparents’ farm is at the top of his priority list, in addition to being a good father to his nephews. When his lawyer’s generous offers don’t convince the current owner to sell, a little reconnaissance is in order.Finding Lindie naked in the backyard tempts Blaine to enjoy another kind of arrangement while searching for a solution to their standoff. A no-strings affair improves both their dispositions until a more-than-business proposal and the past threaten to scramble their newly hatched feelings for each other.
When her fingers aren't attached to her keyboard, Mellanie Szereto enjoys hiking, Pilates, cooking, gardening, and researching for her stories. Many times, the research partners with her other hobbies, taking her from the Hocking Hills region in Ohio to the Colorado Rockies and the Adirondacks of New York. Sometimes, the trip is no farther than her garden for ingredients and her kitchen to test recipes for her latest steamy tale. Mellanie makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband of thirty years and their son. She is a 2016 recipient of the RWA Service Award and a member of Romance Writers of America, Indiana Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, and FF&P Romance Writers.
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Erik Fielding is successful in every way, except in his quest to find a wife. When a former lover reappears in his life, the temptation to indulge in a red-hot reunion is more than he can resist. But falling for her may cost a part of himself he hadn’t counted on—his heart.
Layla Krause has a promise to keep to her recently deceased mother—meet the half-sister she didn’t know she had. Crossing paths with the man she’d helped through his grief in college offers an unexpected perk to spending a month getting to know her newfound sibling. The outlet he provides is balm to her body and soul.Long dormant sparks between Erik and Layla become a raging fire, but the secrets she hides could do more damage than the flames from their attraction. He’ll have to sweeten the deal to get her out of a self-imposed jam.
Widower Drew Fulton wants nothing more than to give his boss an earful for taking him away from daughters and tricking him into spending four days—and a blizzard—with his quick-tempered new client. Unfortunately, her temper isn’t all that’s hot.
Deli owner and single mom Pepper McCann might be attracted to her marketing guy, but she has no intention of falling for her cousin’s underhanded matchmaking scheme. She has enough complications in her life without getting involved with a man who still mourns his dead wife. Unfortunately, the road to hell’s kitchen is paved with good intentions.
Sparks fly—in temperaments and body chemistry—and cooking together seems easier than resisting desire, especially when real life isn’t around to interrupt. The challenge will be preventing the flame from spreading so fast they both get burned. But his kids and a blast from the past just might douse it first.
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Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.
The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.
But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…