What Once Was Perfect

Wardham

Book 1
Zoe York
244

She shuttered her heart and walked away...
Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She's found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, and causes a renewed interest in love. Not with Kyle, of course. Never again. But as sparks fly and items of clothing disappear, she scrambles to keep her emotions in check.

...Now he has a second chance to get it right.
Kyle Nixon let Laney slip away once. Their chemistry together is undeniable, but steamy sex is not enough to convince her to let him back into her heart. Even if she did trust him again, her medical career is five hundred kilometers away from the hometown that he loves, and the life that he once chose over her.

Come home to Wardham. Come home to love.

What Once Was Perfect is a small town/big city romance between a doctor and a teacher who get a second chance at their first love affair when they are reunited at Christmas. Sexy times occur on both sides of the Canadian and American border, in a one-room school house, a boat and an elevator. 

The Wardham Series:

Between Then and Now (Carrie & Ian)

What Once Was Perfect (Laney & Kyle)

Where Their Hearts Collide (Karen & Paul)

When They Weren't Looking (Evie & Liam)

Beyond Love and Hate (Beth & Finn)

No Time Like Forever (Mari & Chase)


Keywords: small town romance, romance series, romance short stories, erotic romance, second chances, reunion romance, first loves, ex-boyfriend, doctor, farmer, teacher, boy next door, neighbour, friends to lovers, Christmas, sensual, sexy, modern, Canadian

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Zoe York
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Jun 15, 2013
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165
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9780991973637
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Erotica
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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When the girl next door...
Karen’s finally decided what she wants to do when she grows up. Too bad it’ll mean leaving behind her new neighbour, who’s stirred up a different kind of grown up feelings. But when he rebuffs her attempt to have a fling before she leaves Wardham, Karen knows it's for the best. A clean break, no messy emotional entanglements.

Meets the man of her dreams...
Intense and private, Paul has recently moved to Wardham for a more family friendly job, leaving behind a career as a homicide detective in the city. He only has his ten year old daughter a few nights a week, and he doesn’t want any distractions or drama while he tries to repair their relationship.

At exactly the wrong time.
But Karen is right next door, and everywhere he goes. His resolve to keep his distance only lasts until she needs a true friend in her corner, and he realizes he can’t imagine life without her.

Where Their Hearts Collide is a modern, sexy, small town contemporary romance about a Canadian cop who's also a single dad and the girl next door who wants to be a librarian. Warning: contains steamy phone sex, sweet kitchen table sex, and a whole lot of kissing.

The Wardham Series:

Between Then and Now (Carrie & Ian)

What Once Was Perfect (Laney & Kyle)

Where Their Hearts Collide (Karen & Paul)

When They Weren't Looking (Evie & Liam)

Beyond Love and Hate (Beth and Finn)

No Time Like Forever (Book #6 - Chase & Mari)

Keywords: small town romance, romance series, romance short stories, erotic romance, second chances, ex-boyfriend, librarian, police officer, cop, boy next door, neighbour, friends to lovers, single father, sensual, sexy, modern, BBW romance, Canadian romance

Book #3 in the Wardham series!

She’s not looking for love…
A girl can have just one night of fun, right? After years in a spirit-breaking former marriage, Evie needed to get her groove back. Cutting loose in the big city with no strings attached—no matter how cute her one night stand guy might be. Besides, she’ll never see him again once she goes home to Wardham.

…He’s not thinking about forever.
Liam knows showing up on her doorstep might throw Evie for a loop. But Wardham’s his new home now, and he just can’t get the sexy single mother out of his mind. A second date isn’t to much to ask, is it? Or a third, and a fourth!

It’s not what they expected. But it might turn out to be just what they need.
Life has a funny way of throwing curveballs, though. Just when things are finally going right for Evie, two little lines on a pregnancy test change everything. Now she’s running scared, and Liam has to pull out all the stops to prove a family with her is everything he’s ever wanted.

The Wardham Series

Between Then and Now (Carrie & Ian)

What Once Was Perfect (Laney & Kyle)

Where Their Hearts Collide (Karen & Paul)

When They Weren't Looking (Evie & Liam)

Beyond Love and Hate (Beth & Finn)

No Time Like Forever (Chase & Mari)

Keywords: small town romance, romance series, romance short stories, erotic romance, second chances, accidental pregnancy, reunion romance, first loves, ex-boyfriend, friends to lovers, Christmas, sensual, sexy, modern, baby, marriage, Pilates, engineer, millionaire, construction, carpenter, businessman, older woman, younger man, May/December romance, one-night stand, Canadian romance

First comes love, then comes marriage...
Beth Stewart is ready to find a nice guy and settle down. But the only man who makes her tingle also drives her crazy in the non-sexy, work-related way. When her bosses hire Finn Howard as a marketing consultant for their growing winery, Beth is sure working together is going to be a complete disaster.


Or maybe just a single night of passion, no strings attached.
Finn knows he can't give Beth what she wants--and a nice guy would walk away. But when a long day of work turns into a private night, fueled by wine and pent-up desire, he gives in to his baser instincts. Damn the consequences.

The modern, sexy small town Wardham series continues! Check out the other books in this series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York:

The Wardham Series
Between Then and Now - Carrie & Ian (the baker and the biker, marriage in trouble)

What Once Was Perfect - Laney & Kyle (the doctor and the teacher, reunited first lovers)

Where Their Hearts Collide - Karen & Paul (the librarian and the cop, Mr. Right next door)

When They Weren't Looking - Evie & Liam (the single mom and the younger man, accidental pregnancy)

Beyond Love and Hate - Beth & Finn (the dreamer and the committed bachelor, enemies to lovers)

No Time Like Forever - Chase & Mari (the bartender and the injured NHL player, opposites attract)

KEYWORDS: enemies to lovers, Canadian small town romance, sexy romance series, biological clock, marriage, pregnancy, babies, reluctant hero, one night stand, affair, fling, sexual tension, novella, workplace romance

Brand new release in the erotic romance small town series by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York!

It started with a kiss... 

Mari Beadie needed a boyfriend, and former NHL hockey star Chase Miller happened to be in the right place at the right time. The kiss that followed wasn't necessary, strictly speaking, but it sure was hot. 

Hot enough that when the tables are turned, Chase knows just the pretty bartender to ask to be his pretend girlfriend. Only this time, it's not a one-time deal. 

****

The pub was slammed, strange for a Sunday night, but it was one of the last weekends of the summer. The tips would make up for the sore feet. 

Mari was pouring a tray of pints when the phone rang. She hopped over and stuck the ancient handset under her ear, pinning it in place as she pulled the long cord back to the taps with her. 

“Danny’s.” 

“You sound busy.” 

Her heart didn’t leap a little at the sound of his voice. No, it didn’t. “Yep.” 

“What time do you get off?” 

“We close at ten tonight, then I need to do some clean up. Probably ten thirty, but I’m not sure.” 

“Okay. See you later.” 

She frowned as she hung up the phone. Two hours later, she was still confused when he sauntered in after last call. Instead of taking his regular stool, he started straightening chairs. 

“What are you doing?” 

“Helping you.” 

“Why?” 

“Because that’s what boyfriends do?” 

She looked around. They were alone. “Uhm…” 

“Because that’s what friends do?” He shrugged. “Don’t overthink it. I actually just wanted to give you my cell phone number, but when I called you sounded swamped, so I thought it would be easier to stop by. And I’m not going to watch you sweep, that would be a dick move.” 

“You watch me tend bar almost every day.” 

“That’s different.” 

“How?” 

“I don’t know. Give me that.” He took the broom from her hand, and she ignored the little thrill she got at the brief, hot press of his fingers against hers. 

***

The Wardham Series: 

Between Then and Now

What Once Was Perfect 

Where Their Hearts Collide 

When They Weren't Looking 

Beyond Love and Hate 

Perfect No Matter What 

No Time Like Forever 

Beneath These Bright Stars  (February 2015)

If you like Wardham, you'll love Pine Harbour! Check out Zoe's other small town contemporary romance series that begins with Love in a Small Town.

Keywords: hockey romance, millionaire, vacation, musician, younger woman, older man, NHL, small town romance, sexy romance, Canadian romance

 He definitely wasn't supposed to get that email...
Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?

Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.

I honestly can't wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I'm quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.

All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his "mouth of perfection" or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS--Please tell me your day is going better than mine...



Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven't already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you've sent me this email directly, I know now...

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)

You don't have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you're quitting. I'm standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )

No comment on your "fantasies," although I highly doubt they're "long over."


Your boss,
Michael

PS--Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours...
When the girl next door...
Karen’s finally decided what she wants to do when she grows up. Too bad it’ll mean leaving behind her new neighbour, who’s stirred up a different kind of grown up feelings. But when he rebuffs her attempt to have a fling before she leaves Wardham, Karen knows it's for the best. A clean break, no messy emotional entanglements.

Meets the man of her dreams...
Intense and private, Paul has recently moved to Wardham for a more family friendly job, leaving behind a career as a homicide detective in the city. He only has his ten year old daughter a few nights a week, and he doesn’t want any distractions or drama while he tries to repair their relationship.

At exactly the wrong time.
But Karen is right next door, and everywhere he goes. His resolve to keep his distance only lasts until she needs a true friend in her corner, and he realizes he can’t imagine life without her.

Where Their Hearts Collide is a modern, sexy, small town contemporary romance about a Canadian cop who's also a single dad and the girl next door who wants to be a librarian. Warning: contains steamy phone sex, sweet kitchen table sex, and a whole lot of kissing.

The Wardham Series:

Between Then and Now (Carrie & Ian)

What Once Was Perfect (Laney & Kyle)

Where Their Hearts Collide (Karen & Paul)

When They Weren't Looking (Evie & Liam)

Beyond Love and Hate (Beth and Finn)

No Time Like Forever (Book #6 - Chase & Mari)

Keywords: small town romance, romance series, romance short stories, erotic romance, second chances, ex-boyfriend, librarian, police officer, cop, boy next door, neighbour, friends to lovers, single father, sensual, sexy, modern, BBW romance, Canadian romance

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