It was late afternoon and Dr. Alexavier Wyndham was exhausted. He glanced from his laptop screen to the door of his office when a crisp knock sounded. "Enter," he called.
His office assistant, a middle-aged, no-nonsense woman over the age of fifty, poked her head around the door and grinned. Since Gladys Buttons rarely smiled at him, he frowned. "Yes?"
It wasn't a secret that he and Gladys often butted heads, so her smile puzzled him. Then he decided it was because she was a short-timer. Her contract with the organization would be over as soon as he authorized her replacement.
She said, "My replacement is here." Her grin widened.
Now he was completely baffled. "Okay, show him in." He heard Ms. Buttons laugh as she closed the door and he got an uneasy feeling.
A few minutes later there was another knock. He yawned and turned his attention to meeting his new assistant. He'd been up most of the night with a child suffering from malnutrition and the ailments associated with it. The child had been brought to the only doctor within a hundred miles—him. The poor mother hadn't been in much better condition after her three day journey on foot. He typed one last notation into his laptop, hit the save button, and closed the screen. The door opened and Ms. Buttons entered, blocking his view of whoever was behind her. With a flourish, she waved her hands and stepped aside. "Dr. Wyndham, meet Miss Hannah Tanner, your new assistant."
Alexavier's eyes widened and then narrowed. He had specifically requested his new assistant be male. Life in a third world country was grueling, and other than cantankerous Ms. Buttons who could survive anything, he'd already witnessed the affect it had on young women in the organization. Often, they came believing their ideals were all they needed. He never doubted they were well-intentioned, but after weeks of sometimes unbearable heat, unusual food, little sleep, and the overwhelming needs of the population, the women began to fade. The sparkle left their eyes as they attempted to become all things to anyone who needed them.
Alexavier pressed his hands onto the top of his desk and glared at Ms. Buttons. He said, "What the bloody… Tell me you're kidding."
After writing books six and seven in this series, I knew I had to reveal Hannah Tanner's story. The aforementioned books, Rock Star Kisses and Forever Kisses, are about Hannah's twin brothers, Preston and Toby, and their rocky roads to romance. Hannah's story is just as rocky, maybe more so. While she is working in a third world country she meets the doctor she will fall in love with. However, she has little hope that he will consider her anything other than his office assistant. He's older, worldly, and the son of an earl. Something tells me she's wrong...
Liliana Merrill learned to love the rodeo with her ranching family. Now heading their stock operations, she attends an event where she gets the ride of her life from the sexiest bull rider she’s ever seen. But one pregnancy test later, she discovers that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there…
Up-and-coming Brazilian bull rider Adriano Silva has been careful to avoid entanglements during his time in America. The money’s great, the fame fun, and the ladies enticing, but he plans to head home once he’s won a championship. That is, until he gets a call from the one woman who tempted him like no other…
Lil is determined to raise the baby on her own. Adriano is resolved to be the father he never knew. He’ll show Lil he’s got what it takes to tame her—if she doesn’t tame him first…
Brazilian hero, rodeo romance, billionaire, bull rider hero, pregnancy, cowboy,
USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novella in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series.
Rising hockey star Jamie Babcock is ready to take the most important shot of his life—and this time, it’s not on the ice. Dating his teammate’s daughter might be riskier than going head to head with one of the Portland Storm’s rivals. But time is running out—it’s now or never.
High school senior Katie Weber knows all too well the woes of adolescence, but throw in a leukemia diagnosis, and her life just got a lot more complicated. With prom looming and a shiny bald head to contend with, Katie might sit at home on the most important night of her potentially very short life. Unless Jamie Babcock, her ultimate crush, finally makes the move she’s been praying for. But that’s not the only miracle she needs.
Now Jamie must show Katie just how important she is and how hard she must fight.
Before it’s too late…
This 20,000 word novella was previously released as part of the Seduced by the Game anthology.
The Portland Storm series reading order:
2. On the Fly
3. Taking a Shot
4. Light the Lamp
5. Delay of Game
6. Double Major
7. In the Zone
8. Holiday Hat Trick
10. Dropping Gloves
11. Home Ice
12. Mistletoe Misconduct
13. Losing an Edge
14. Game Breaker
15. Defensive Zone
16. Power Play
17. Neutral Zone
18. Free Agent - coming soon
19. Journeyman - coming soon
20. Sleigh Bells & Slap Shots - coming soon
The Portland Storm series is a hockey romance series, but it is about a lot more than just hockey. Serious themes are explored in each book, including rape, cancer, addiction, miscarriage, molestation, grief, and many others. If you have triggers, please be aware that some or all of these books could contain material which would trigger you. Even if you don't have triggers, consider this your tissue warning. You could ugly cry while reading them.
KEYWORDS: sports romance, hockey romance, athlete, tearjerker, emotional romance, cancer, forbidden romance, jock, sweet, athlete, book boyfriend
SOMEWHERE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS
Is there somewhere that wishes come true?
When the bus Sunny Fairbanks is traveling on stops for a layover in the small seaside town of Somewhere, she decides to walk on the beach at sunrise—and falls in love with the area. Her decision as to whether to remain in Somewhere for a few days, or continue northward, is unexpectedly made for her when she steps on a shard of glass. A young man jogging along the shoreline comes to her aid and she is forced to do something she hates—accept help.
Vicky Patterson continues to be amazed that her brother was able to send her a message from beyond the grave through her friends Faith Bennison and Baxter Hope. And that message has set her free from a lifetime of guilt. In fact, she's so free, that she takes on the task of heading up a group of protesters against Wainwright Resorts, the corporation that wants to purchase a portion of the town's public beach and build a world class resort that will, of course, destroy the quaintness of her community. She's angry with Michael Wainwright, III, and intent on stopping his plans.
Gabby Hope, a widow, and owner of Hope Bed & Breakfast, wants to get Leo Constanzo, a widower, out of her system, so she proposes something utterly inappropriate and is shocked when he agrees.
Belinda Hope, who died decades earlier, kept a diary that revealed the happenings behind her daughter's disappearance, and then her own, years later. Now that she's ready to step into the light of eternity, she needs to get a message to someone on the other side about where the diary is hidden.
Not intended to be read as a standalone.