Spring Serendipity

Romancing Wisconsin

Book 8
Stacey Joy Netzel
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Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.

Lora Howell is stunned to find out her husband cheated on her before his death, but drinking too much and picking up a one night stand to get back at him might not have been the smartest thing to do. Facing the stupidity of her actions, the thirty-two year old mother of two recognizes the emptiness in her heart can’t be filled by sex—especially not with the town playboy whose reputation for loving-and-leaving is legendary.

Charismatic SWAT Officer Shane Parker was perfectly happy with his carefree bachelor ways until that one night with the beautiful widow. Now he can’t get the woman out of his head, and the more time he spends with Lora and her young boys, the higher the risk to his heart. Convincing her he’s ready to settle down becomes the most important negotiation of his life—until one last unexpected bombshell threatens everything.

Romancing Wisconsin, a USA Today Bestselling Series from NY Times bestselling author, Stacey Joy Netzel

To everything there is a season...

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he's just met.


Romancing Wisconsin Series
Mistletoe Mischief
Mistletoe Magic
Mistletoe Match-Up
Mistletoe Rules – short story
Autumn Wish
Autumn Bliss
Autumn Kiss
Autumn Glimmer – short story
Spring Fling
Spring Serendipity
Spring Dreams
Spring Spark – short story



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Romancing Wisconsin Volume I Holiday Boxed Set includes Stacey Joy Netzel’s 2010 Write Touch Award-winning stories Mistletoe Mischief, Mistletoe Magic, Mistletoe Match-Up, and the bonus short story, Mistletoe Rules.

Christmas recipe for love—combine a matchmaking Santa, lots of mistletoe, one iron-clad rule, fated hearts; mix and stir. The Riley siblings don't stand a chance.

MISTLETOE MISCHIEF: Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken.

MISTLETOE MAGIC: Major Mark Riley plays Court Jester to Janelle Walsh's Snow Queen at the Christmas Parade and is instantly captivated by the cute redhead whose grandpa just happens to be Santa. When Mark learns she's the tenant he evicted from his newly purchased property, it's going to take a little bit of Santa's mistletoe magic to save their romance.

MISTLETOE MATCH-UP: When Lisa Riley comes home for her brother Mark's Christmas Eve wedding, her high school rivalry with his wife Janelle's cousin, Derek Walsh, picks up right where it left off, only this time Derek has the upper hand. Santa bides his time as they battle it out because he's waited a whole year for this mistletoe match-up.

Bonus story, MISTLETOE RULES: When Benedict Riley first meets Susan Whitcomb at a college holiday dance, she’s engaged to another man. In this story where mistletoe rules, you’ll learn how the Riley Family Mistletoe Rules all began one fateful Christmas, not too long ago…

Romancing Wisconsin Series continues with:
Autumn Wish, book 4
Autumn Bliss, book 5
Autumn Kiss, book 6
**Autumn Glimmer, short bonus story available through newsletter signup at StaceyJoyNetzel.com
Spring Fling, book 7

To everything there is a season...

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he's just met.

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Stacey Joy Netzel
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Feb 1, 2016
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278
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9781939143457
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When someone believes in you, there really is no place like home...

Nine years ago, Alex Riley left home in handcuffs. Now he’s back, sporting a chip on his shoulder bigger than the Grand Canyon—especially when a freak accident with the town’s beloved Santa Butch forces him into an Easter Bunny costume minutes after arriving. Worse, the man blackmails him into an extended stay helping out at the new teen center being built by the beautiful but righteous Ms. Emma Winston.

Former social worker Emma Winston is used to dealing with surly teenagers in a composed, encouraging manner, yet her first encounters with Alex make her want to smack the man. His first day at her construction site, she’s distressed to realize she also wants to kiss him—even with his obnoxious attitude. She knows better than to fall for a bad boy who’s made no secret he can’t wait to leave the town where, for the first time in her life, she’s planting deep roots. But the more she glimpses a good heart beneath his gruff exterior, the harder it is to remember they don’t share the same dream. 

Join Alex and Emma on a heartwarming journey of love and forgiveness – get your copy of Spring Dreams today!

EXCERPT: 

Her feet inched over, and she rationalized she was only making sure he was doing the job she’d hired him for. Might have bought the excuse, too, if she didn’t notice he’d taken off his leather jacket and red flannel shirt since the last time she’d looked, leaving just his snug, white T-shirt. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and his biceps flexed in the late morning sunshine as he fought to keep the machine going in a straight line through the dirt.

She truly hadn’t expected to see him again after the costume incident at Whispering Pines. Then there’d been the hospital, and now this morning. Each time, even when he was being an ass, that wounded look in his eyes the first time she’d seen his face refused to leave her mind.

Underneath his tough exterior, Alex Riley was a man who was hurting. A man who just wanted to be a part of his family, and she’d even go so far as to say, to be loved. He’d already be long gone from Pulaski if he didn’t.

She’d seen the same wounded look in the eyes of the teens she’d worked with in the foster system. The same look she’d seen every day in the mirror until she became an expert at avoiding her own eyes.

Problem was, every once in a while the wall cracked, and she got a vivid glimpse of what her heart wanted most and still hadn’t found.

Alex switched direction with the tiller, and she traced her gaze over his strong, rugged features. Those disquieting blue-gray eyes squinted against the sun, while his jaw was set with determination. He resembled his cousins Mark and Eric enough that she realized a smile—a real smile that reached his eyes—would turn good-looking into gorgeous.

With some time, acceptance, and understanding, she could probably—

Don’t you dare. You can’t fix that man any more than he can fix you. He’ll break your heart and never look back.

Romancing Wisconsin, a USA Today Bestselling Series from NY Times bestselling author, Stacey Joy Netzel     

To everything there is a season...

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Romancing Wisconsin Series

   Mistletoe Mischief

   Mistletoe Magic

   Mistletoe Match-Up

   Mistletoe Rules – short story

   Autumn Wish

   Autumn Bliss

   Autumn Kiss

   Autumn Glimmer – short story

   Spring Fling

   Spring Serendipity

   Spring Dreams

   Spring Spark – short story

 



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Will a salacious scandal ruin her career – or bring her the love of her life?

Mechanic Clay Westfield thought he was on the flip side of a crazy media storm after his sensationalized divorce from pop superstar, Dianna Skye. Then she gives an emasculating interview that goes viral, and his ego makes him do something stupid enough to throw him right back into the eye of the abhorrent tornado.

Actress Peyton Riley returns home to weather the scandal threatening to torch her career. But less than three hours back in town, Hollywood’s fallen sweetheart finds herself caught up in the arms of a man who’s as infamous as she—and the paparazzi are right there to fan the flames.

Some crafty maneuvering by matchmaker Santa Butch throws the two together at Clay’s mother’s secluded ranch and sparks fly as new rumors are ignited. If their relationship is to have any hope of survival, they’ll have to sort truth from lies as they withstand the scorching heat from a ruthless media spotlight. 

Romancing Wisconsin, a USA Today bestselling series from NY Times bestselling author, Stacey Joy Netzel             

Love is always in season...

Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, the Sullivan sisters, and friends. Best of all is Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Romancing Wisconsin Series

   Mistletoe Mischief

   Mistletoe Magic

   Mistletoe Match-Up

   Mistletoe Rules – short story

   Autumn Wish

   Autumn Bliss

   Autumn Kiss

   Autumn Glimmer – short story

   Spring Fling

   Spring Serendipity

   Spring Dreams

   Spring Spark – short story

   Summer Scandal 

EXCERPT:

The main room of the barn loft apartment—the only room—was a big square, with a double bed on one side, brown plaid couch on the other, small kitchenette, and a door she assumed was for a tiny bathroom. Everything looked old, and smelled...stale. Her nose wrinkled. Hopefully, at least one of the two windows opened because there was no air conditioner in sight.

There was also no coffee maker on the counter, and no TV on the ugly brown wall opposite the equally hideous couch. She had her laptop with her, but sincerely doubted there would be Wi-Fi.

Peyton faced Clay with a hand on her hip. “I was told your mother is opening a bed and breakfast.”

“She is.”

“Annnnd, guests stay in the barn? How quaint. You going to fix up a few stalls, too?”

“We’re not officially open because the house isn’t finished yet. Won’t be for a while,” he said without apology. “You’ve got two options. In the house, next to my bedroom, sharing a bathroom with me—”

Now why in the world did her mind have to jump straight to the fantasy image of him in nothing but a small towel, his wet, tousled hair dripping water down along his neck, onto his firm, bare chest? She avoided his gaze as heat flushed her body.

“—or, you can stay out here, with your own bathroom, and have complete privacy.”

And no sexy, half-naked man to run into in the hall. Hmmm—

Stop it. That’s a good thing! What is wrong with you?

“Of course, there is a third option,” he added. “If either of the first two aren’t good enough for you, no one’s making you stay.”

No, but she’d bet her entire paycheck from her last movie someone was specifically trying to make her leave. And no way in hell was she going to give him the satisfaction.

He has one month to make his bride fall in love with him before he deploys.

Kyra Sullivan has been left one too many times. If her father can walk out on his wife and children—twice—what’s to keep a man by her side? She doesn’t believe anyone will stay long enough to give her a happily ever after, until one night with Staff Sergeant Dane Owens opens her heart to dream.

But Dane has secrets. Obligations. Orders. Staying isn’t an option, and even worse, he has a feeling he’s not coming back alive this time. An honorable man would leave Kyra alone, but the moment he sees her again, walking away proves impossible. Can he convince her not being able to stay is different than leaving, or is he damned to repeat the past by once again ruining the life of someone he loves?

Romancing Wisconsin, a USA Today bestselling series from NY Times bestselling author, Stacey Joy Netzel. (All books in the series are standalone.)

           

Love is always in season...

 

Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, this bestselling, heartwarming series is set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, the Sullivan sisters, and friends. Best of all is Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Romancing Wisconsin Series

   Mistletoe Mischief

   Mistletoe Magic

   Mistletoe Match-Up

   Mistletoe Rules – short story

   Autumn Wish

   Autumn Bliss

   Autumn Kiss

   Autumn Glimmer – short story

   Spring Fling

   Spring Serendipity

   Spring Dreams

   Spring Spark – short story

   Summer Scandal

   Summer Bride

   Summer Secrets

   Summer Wager – short story 

Two years ago, she left a baby on her brother’s front porch in Wisconsin. No one knew why, or where she went—until now.

Leaving her baby with a brother no one knew about is the only way Raelyn Scott could protect little Ella, her brother, and herself. Trust no one has been her motto to survive by—until her sexy diner customer, Josh, saves her from the man she fears most.

Private investigator Josh Burke finds himself falling for the guarded beauty before he can suss out the information he’s been hired to expose. He’s beginning to doubt the facts of the case, and lying to the first person to believe in his worth since leaving the military eats away at his rigid sense of honor. But if he tells Rae the truth about why he was in the diner that day, she’ll disappear from his life forever.

Romancing Wisconsin, a USA Today bestselling series from NY Times bestselling author, Stacey Joy Netzel. (All books in the series are standalone.)

 Love is always in season...

Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, this bestselling, heartwarming series is set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, the Sullivan sisters, and friends. Best of all is Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Romancing Wisconsin Series

   Mistletoe Mischief

   Mistletoe Magic

   Mistletoe Match-Up

   Mistletoe Rules – short story

   Autumn Wish

   Autumn Bliss

   Autumn Kiss

   Autumn Glimmer – short story

   Spring Fling

   Spring Serendipity

   Spring Dreams

   Spring Spark – short story

   Summer Scandal

   Summer Bride

   Summer Secrets

   Summer Wager – short story

When someone believes in you, there really is no place like home...

Nine years ago, Alex Riley left home in handcuffs. Now he’s back, sporting a chip on his shoulder bigger than the Grand Canyon—especially when a freak accident with the town’s beloved Santa Butch forces him into an Easter Bunny costume minutes after arriving. Worse, the man blackmails him into an extended stay helping out at the new teen center being built by the beautiful but righteous Ms. Emma Winston.

Former social worker Emma Winston is used to dealing with surly teenagers in a composed, encouraging manner, yet her first encounters with Alex make her want to smack the man. His first day at her construction site, she’s distressed to realize she also wants to kiss him—even with his obnoxious attitude. She knows better than to fall for a bad boy who’s made no secret he can’t wait to leave the town where, for the first time in her life, she’s planting deep roots. But the more she glimpses a good heart beneath his gruff exterior, the harder it is to remember they don’t share the same dream. 

Join Alex and Emma on a heartwarming journey of love and forgiveness – get your copy of Spring Dreams today!

EXCERPT: 

Her feet inched over, and she rationalized she was only making sure he was doing the job she’d hired him for. Might have bought the excuse, too, if she didn’t notice he’d taken off his leather jacket and red flannel shirt since the last time she’d looked, leaving just his snug, white T-shirt. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and his biceps flexed in the late morning sunshine as he fought to keep the machine going in a straight line through the dirt.

She truly hadn’t expected to see him again after the costume incident at Whispering Pines. Then there’d been the hospital, and now this morning. Each time, even when he was being an ass, that wounded look in his eyes the first time she’d seen his face refused to leave her mind.

Underneath his tough exterior, Alex Riley was a man who was hurting. A man who just wanted to be a part of his family, and she’d even go so far as to say, to be loved. He’d already be long gone from Pulaski if he didn’t.

She’d seen the same wounded look in the eyes of the teens she’d worked with in the foster system. The same look she’d seen every day in the mirror until she became an expert at avoiding her own eyes.

Problem was, every once in a while the wall cracked, and she got a vivid glimpse of what her heart wanted most and still hadn’t found.

Alex switched direction with the tiller, and she traced her gaze over his strong, rugged features. Those disquieting blue-gray eyes squinted against the sun, while his jaw was set with determination. He resembled his cousins Mark and Eric enough that she realized a smile—a real smile that reached his eyes—would turn good-looking into gorgeous.

With some time, acceptance, and understanding, she could probably—

Don’t you dare. You can’t fix that man any more than he can fix you. He’ll break your heart and never look back.

Romancing Wisconsin, a USA Today Bestselling Series from NY Times bestselling author, Stacey Joy Netzel     

To everything there is a season...

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Romancing Wisconsin Series

   Mistletoe Mischief

   Mistletoe Magic

   Mistletoe Match-Up

   Mistletoe Rules – short story

   Autumn Wish

   Autumn Bliss

   Autumn Kiss

   Autumn Glimmer – short story

   Spring Fling

   Spring Serendipity

   Spring Dreams

   Spring Spark – short story

 



collections romance, back in town a small town series, return of the prodigal son, second chance romance novels, American bad boy, everlasting bad boys, bad boy seduction, Heartwarming Romance series, small town romance series, steamy romance, sexy romance, bad boy hero, matchmaker, Easter, Santa matchmaker, Wisconsin author, Wisconsin romance, fans of Hallmark movies, redemption romance, second chance romance, family drama, contemporary romance, books set in Wisconsin

It only takes one spark to start a fire...

Ashley’s best friend Reid has been the one constant in her life since her father left when she was in the fifth grade. She’ll never admit to wondering about kissing him a time or two over the years because mistakes like that ruin friendships.

Then one night, Reid crosses the line and changes everything between them. The spark he ignites reveals a possibility she never dared imagine, but fear of losing the friend she cherishes most keeps her from letting him pull her across the line with him.​

**This 13.5K bonus story is FREE to all newsletter subscribers who sign up at: staceyjoynetzel.com.**

EXCERPT:

“You really do look good tonight, Pez.”

She took the rose, then turned around to face him. The effects of the wine were suspect as she took a balancing step to the side.

The restaurant’s entrance light lit her up as she swayed her hips side to side, drawing his gaze down to where the hem of the dress skimmed against her bare thighs. His groin tightened at the sight of her creamy skin, and he quickly lifted his attention back up—only to be faced with her twirling the yellow rose petals against her tempting lips as she playfully batted her eyelashes again.

“You like my new dress?”

“Love it. You are smokin’ hot.” It was supposed to be a tease, but when her gaze met his, his pulse skipped with the realization he meant it in a way he’d never meant before.

“Why, thank you, Net.”

Even as he returned her smile, he wondered what the hell was happening to him tonight? It was like something had sparked when she’d asked if he was going kiss her goodnight, and everything she did since then fanned that spark into a full-on flame of desire.

Was it a full moon that had him thinking he’d like nothing better than to kiss his best friend…and more?

Romancing Wisconsin, a USA Today Bestselling Series from NY Times bestselling author, Stacey Joy Netzel        

To everything there is a season...

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Romancing Wisconsin Series

Mistletoe Mischief
Mistletoe Magic
Mistletoe Match-Up
Mistletoe Rules – short story
Autumn Wish
Autumn Bliss
Autumn Kiss
Autumn Glimmer – short story
Spring Fling
Spring Serendipity
Spring Dreams
Spring Spark – short story



Heartwarming Romance series, small town romance series, steamy romance, sexy romance, friends to lovers, girl next door, boy next door, Wisconsin author, Wisconsin romance, fans of Hallmark movies, contemporary romance, books set in Wisconsin, Santa matchmaker, happily ever after

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