Sometimes the holidays are so busy—work, kids, shopping, baking, partying, wrapping, decorating, planning, and Christmas music—that you don’t have time for the one you love most. Can the spirit of the season bring the first two Wicked Lovers closer forever? Join Jack and Morgan for some holiday cheer.
(Best after having read Wicked Ties.)
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
Jasmine Landers wants to make a difference, a difference in the lives of children. Not only does she want a change in her life, but she wants to help change the world for the better. Leaving her career in the fashion industry, Jasmine begins anew at Brookhaven Elementary as a substitute teacher. But after encountering her new boss, the alpha principal Monte Davis, Jasmine wants to focus more on her extra-curricular activities instead. After all, the last time she saw him, he taught her the true definition of pleasure. As the school year heats up, the teacher and the principal spend their days and nights teaching and learning--a lot more than the state standards.
Helen Marshall can’t believe Ricardo’s outrageous proposal, or that she’s considering it, but she must help clear her parents’ debts or her family faces financial ruin. The small print on the marriage contract states they’ll be husband and wife for three months in every way—including in the bedroom. But there’s nothing in the contract about falling in love, or what they do when the three months is up and they want to negotiate a clause binding them forever.
I have a long history of acting first and thinking it through later. In fact, I'm the definition of a screw up.
Case in point - I’m having a baby with a woman I can’t stand, my ex is now my best friend’s wife, and I’m in love with a woman I can never have.
My biggest secret is falling for my best friend’s sister twelve years ago.
My biggest mistake is thinking I could live without her.
And now my biggest regret is the look on her face the moment I tell everyone I’m already married to the woman they hate most.
When Carter Malone's father has a heart attack, he runs back home to take care of his family. He revels in the small town life, so when he hears Lauren's plans for commercializing Paradise Key, he steps up as her most vocal opponent. However, he can't forget the summer they shared and everything unspoken between them.
If Lauren falls for Carter, she risks losing everything she's worked for. Will this second chance at love be doomed before it has a chance to rekindle?
But then her mother asks me to marry her.
I say yes.
Now this woman will be mine forever.
Maybe the prophecy really is true. I’m committing to a woman that will never love me in return.
But it was better to be her husband than allow someone else to take my place. It was better to conquer her body every night than be lonely with someone else.
Brandon Ross paid a steep price when he fell for a former friend's wife. Years later, he still holds all women to his old flame's standard. And Emberlin Evans, Brandon's secretary, knows she can’t measure up. She would do anything to make her boss notice her. But when a phone call from his ex sends Brandon chasing her, Em knows it's time to stop waiting for him and move on. Funny how her resignation gets Brandon's attention in a way short skirts didn't.
When Brandon confronts Emberlin, he realizes that he's been blind to his feelings for her—and that the way she always calls him Sir and says “please” has his thoughts turning wicked…
Gabriel Legend is unlike any other man I’ve ever met.
He came into my life like a hurricane, shattering all my assumptions and preconceived notions.
I wasn’t prepared for him. I wasn’t prepared for any of it.
But life doesn’t wait until you’re ready. Whatever happens next, I know one thing for certain.
I will never be the same Scarlett I was before I met him.
House of Scarlett is the second book in the Legend Trilogy and should be read after The Fall of Legend, book one in the utterly addictive Legend Trilogy.