Laying a Foundation Combo Volume with The Groundbreaking (Prequel)

Love Under Construction

Book 1
Celtic Muse Publishing, LLC
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He has no idea how sexy he is.

Even as a successful construction business owner, Tony Walters’ ex-wife’s mental illness almost drove him over the edge. Too many years loveless and abused has left him afraid to try to meet another woman, much less form a relationship.

She's just too shy to even meet his eyes.

In one instant left a childless widow, Nikki Wilkes couldn’t imagine romance would ever be in her life again, much less passion and deep, never-ending love.

Two mature adults sidestep each other for five years until fate brings them together in a sweet, passionate, erotic adventure of sexual exploration and self-discovery. A perfect mixture of Southern charm and hospitality and European sophistication, the tall Italian-American sweeps the funny, smart, kinky Kentucky girl off her feet and into his bed, and together the sparks they throw off ignite their world.

The new home they build together draws them closer to his family and each other and into a new life filled with laughter and love, not to mention a big kitchen full of friends and fun as Nikki becomes the glue that holds the family together with her cooking, hugs, and mothering.

But just as everything looks rosy, a secret-fueled mystery unfolds when an unknown threat attempts to ruin Tony’s business and maybe even hurt him. As the criminal activity becomes more and more focused on destroying their happiness, it’s obvious it’s personal. And someone’s going to get hurt – or worse. It’s just a matter of time.

Sex, humor, and secrets collide in this blistering start to the series to prove that they’re not getting older – they’re just getting started!

Combo volume contains The Groundbreaking, a prequel that offers readers background on the nine main characters in the series.

BONUS: Each book in the Love Under Construction series features the recipe of a dish mentioned in the books. It’s like dessert meets drama!

WARNING: Strong, graphic, kinky sexual scenes and graphic criminal violence. Not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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"Boring? Tiresome? Predictable? We’ll see about that!”

When Trish's husband of almost 30 years announces that he's leaving her because she's "boring," she sets out to find an adventure. Her attempt to drink the heartbreak of her divorce away drops her onto a handsome gentleman who invites her to have an adventure, and Trish can't help but say yes.

He’s mysterious, aloof, and he’s got a secret.

She embarks on that journey, submissive training, at the hands of Dave, her mentor, but her path keeps crossing with that of another - Clint Winstead, a Dominant at the BDSM club, Bliss, and the one person in the place who seems to despise her. That's fine with Trish. After all, there are plenty of other Doms there who want to play, and besides, the obvious age difference between her and Clint would make her feel like a cougar, not at all how she sees herself. The lifestyle appeals to her, and what seems odd and scary to her initially turns into fun with the possibility that she’ll find love as she forges relationships with the other members of the club.

But when an annual event at Bliss throws Trish and Clint together for two weeks, both of them are horrified, not by the pairing, but by the feelings they're trying hard to deny. As the time passes, it's harder and harder to deny what they know is true - that is, until one nearly-tragic incident that almost changes both their lives irreparably. And when Trish realizes that continuing on with her commitment could cost her the ultimate - her life - she knows that it has to end. Doesn’t it?

Trish is the queen of second chances, but things are just too scary. Problem is, if she leaves, she’ll never learn his secret.

Or know his heart.

Join the crew at Bliss, the best BDSM club in the region, and get to know the Doms and subs who play there as they learn about bondage, discipline, punishment, and commitment. There’s fun, blistering-hot sex, and maybe even love! With Trish and Clint’s May/December romance, Adventurous Me starts the series with a bang – literally – and it just gets better from there!

WARNING: This book contains explicit sexual situations and BDSM themes. It is not suitable for readers under the age of 18. Reader discretion is advised.

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Celtic Muse Publishing, LLC
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Nov 24, 2015
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Fiction / Romance / Erotica
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Steve McCoy only keeps a submissive for a month. No complications, no regrets.

Steve McCoy has managed to keep his hideously painful past locked away and turned himself into a successful attorney and businessman. The blond Viking of a man has everything any guy could want - nice home, nice apartment, beautiful luxury car, plenty of cash, and access to all the subs he could ever want through the BDSM club he owns, Eden's Gate.

But that may change when cute, buxom, sexy little Kelly Markham walks into his life.

Kelly Markham's past was painful too, but she's managed to power on through. When her friend Nikki sends her to Steve for legal assistance and Kelly discovers he owns a club, she can't wait to visit. Adrift since her late Dom passed away, she's eager to find a way back into the lifestyle, and to possibly get to know the hot, blue-eyed hunk.

Steve can offer her that by signing a D/s contract with her, with one catch: It's only for one month. And that's fine with both of them when things go awry initially. But as they give it another chance and their chemistry starts to heat up, each of them begins to wonder what a permanent arrangement could offer. And neither wants to broach the subject, expose their true feelings, and risk heartbreak and pain.

As the month rolls by, Kelly makes a discovery about Steve's past and sets out to help him overcome his demons, a thing Steve considers the ultimate betrayal. But in the process, she unleashes a secret so deadly that someone will have to pay. Unfortunately, that person is her. And it looks doubtful that she'll get out of the demon's grasp with her life.

An angry Steve refuses to open himself up to help her until he’s confronted with a revelation that’s too important to ignore. He has a decision to make: Do the right thing or lose the one person who's finally made the commitment to love him.

Renovating a Heart, Book 3 in the Love Under Construction series, is full of hot D/s sex with a healthy dose of ménage, violence, suspense, and heartbreak. And it's a story of hope and forgiveness great enough to give the most jaded a reason to believe in love. Read it following Laying a Foundation with Prequel, The Groundbreaking (Book 1), and Tearing Down Walls (Book 2), to really get to know the characters intimately and follow their story.

BONUS: Each book in the Love Under Construction series features the recipe of a dish mentioned in the books. It's like dessert meets drama!

WARNING: This book contains graphic violence, explicit sexual acts, and scenes bordering on non-consensual. It is intended strictly for adult audiences and not for those under 18 years of age. 

There are moments in every life when we make a choice that defines who we really are. Peyton Stokes is about to step into that moment.

Peyton Stokes is pretty sure no woman will ever want him. When he strapped that prosthesis on his lower left leg, he took on the belief that he was off the market for a meaningful relationship forever. That self-imposed label of "cripple" has followed him and dogged him. On a whim, he decides to ask Molly Walters - mature, smart, and beautiful - to go out with him, only to be shocked when she asks him out first. One chance is all he needs to prove to her that he can get the job done, and he wants to take that chance.

Problem is, his best friend, José Flores, unknowingly decides that Molly looks like a pretty good prospect too.

Even though she's having fun with Peyton, Molly can't help but be drawn to the dark haired, dark eyed ex-cage fighter turned security specialist. The fact that he's almost two decades younger than her doesn't hurt her self-esteem either. While Peyton soothes everything in Molly's soul, José's brand of balls-to-the-wall, red-hot fun turns up the heat to scorching every time he touches her. She knows she eventually has to tell them about each other and make some kind decision, and Molly makes one.

She wants them both.

That revelation brings about a turn of events no one could've anticipated. When things fall apart, Molly tries to pick up the pieces, but that's hard when someone you love has disappeared. It'll take everyone who loves him to find him, with or without the help of the one man he loves the most. And that one man has to decide: Are his labels worth losing not one, but two people he loves? He's got to decide quickly. Otherwise, it may be too late - eternally. 

Revisit the world of the Walters family in this concluding novel of the Love Under Construction series. You'll find out who lives, who dies, and who expands their world - and their family. And in Renovating a Heart, Book 3, we were left with the question of Nikki Walters' health. That question lives large in Planning an Addition as Tony Walters is left to face the looming prospect that he may have to live out the rest of his life without the only woman who ever really loved him. He's not entirely sure he can do that, but all hope has been exhausted and time is running out. Someone in the family holds the key, but Tony will have to be willing to let her step in. And that will take a giant leap of the faith he's pretty sure he's exhausted.

Funny how everything changes when it's a matter of life or death.

BONUS: Each book in the Love Under Construction series features the recipe of a dish mentioned in the books. It's like dessert meets drama!

WARNING: This book contains graphic violence and explicit sexual acts, including ménage and a gay relationship. It is intended strictly for adult audiences and not for those under 18 years of age.

Steve McCoy only keeps a submissive for a month. No complications, no regrets.

Steve McCoy has managed to keep his hideously painful past locked away and turned himself into a successful attorney and businessman. The blond Viking of a man has everything any guy could want - nice home, nice apartment, beautiful luxury car, plenty of cash, and access to all the subs he could ever want through the BDSM club he owns, Eden's Gate.

But that may change when cute, buxom, sexy little Kelly Markham walks into his life.

Kelly Markham's past was painful too, but she's managed to power on through. When her friend Nikki sends her to Steve for legal assistance and Kelly discovers he owns a club, she can't wait to visit. Adrift since her late Dom passed away, she's eager to find a way back into the lifestyle, and to possibly get to know the hot, blue-eyed hunk.

Steve can offer her that by signing a D/s contract with her, with one catch: It's only for one month. And that's fine with both of them when things go awry initially. But as they give it another chance and their chemistry starts to heat up, each of them begins to wonder what a permanent arrangement could offer. And neither wants to broach the subject, expose their true feelings, and risk heartbreak and pain.

As the month rolls by, Kelly makes a discovery about Steve's past and sets out to help him overcome his demons, a thing Steve considers the ultimate betrayal. But in the process, she unleashes a secret so deadly that someone will have to pay. Unfortunately, that person is her. And it looks doubtful that she'll get out of the demon's grasp with her life.

An angry Steve refuses to open himself up to help her until he’s confronted with a revelation that’s too important to ignore. He has a decision to make: Do the right thing or lose the one person who's finally made the commitment to love him.

Renovating a Heart, Book 3 in the Love Under Construction series, is full of hot D/s sex with a healthy dose of ménage, violence, suspense, and heartbreak. And it's a story of hope and forgiveness great enough to give the most jaded a reason to believe in love. Read it following Laying a Foundation with Prequel, The Groundbreaking (Book 1), and Tearing Down Walls (Book 2), to really get to know the characters intimately and follow their story.

BONUS: Each book in the Love Under Construction series features the recipe of a dish mentioned in the books. It's like dessert meets drama!

WARNING: This book contains graphic violence, explicit sexual acts, and scenes bordering on non-consensual. It is intended strictly for adult audiences and not for those under 18 years of age. 

"Boring? Tiresome? Predictable? We’ll see about that!”

When Trish's husband of almost 30 years announces that he's leaving her because she's "boring," she sets out to find an adventure. Her attempt to drink the heartbreak of her divorce away drops her onto a handsome gentleman who invites her to have an adventure, and Trish can't help but say yes.

He’s mysterious, aloof, and he’s got a secret.

She embarks on that journey, submissive training, at the hands of Dave, her mentor, but her path keeps crossing with that of another - Clint Winstead, a Dominant at the BDSM club, Bliss, and the one person in the place who seems to despise her. That's fine with Trish. After all, there are plenty of other Doms there who want to play, and besides, the obvious age difference between her and Clint would make her feel like a cougar, not at all how she sees herself. The lifestyle appeals to her, and what seems odd and scary to her initially turns into fun with the possibility that she’ll find love as she forges relationships with the other members of the club.

But when an annual event at Bliss throws Trish and Clint together for two weeks, both of them are horrified, not by the pairing, but by the feelings they're trying hard to deny. As the time passes, it's harder and harder to deny what they know is true - that is, until one nearly-tragic incident that almost changes both their lives irreparably. And when Trish realizes that continuing on with her commitment could cost her the ultimate - her life - she knows that it has to end. Doesn’t it?

Trish is the queen of second chances, but things are just too scary. Problem is, if she leaves, she’ll never learn his secret.

Or know his heart.

Join the crew at Bliss, the best BDSM club in the region, and get to know the Doms and subs who play there as they learn about bondage, discipline, punishment, and commitment. There’s fun, blistering-hot sex, and maybe even love! With Trish and Clint’s May/December romance, Adventurous Me starts the series with a bang – literally – and it just gets better from there!

WARNING: This book contains explicit sexual situations and BDSM themes. It is not suitable for readers under the age of 18. Reader discretion is advised.

Editorial Reviews

"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words

"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens

"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog

"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews

Synopsis

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…

There are moments in every life when we make a choice that defines who we really are. Peyton Stokes is about to step into that moment.

Peyton Stokes is pretty sure no woman will ever want him. When he strapped that prosthesis on his lower left leg, he took on the belief that he was off the market for a meaningful relationship forever. That self-imposed label of "cripple" has followed him and dogged him. On a whim, he decides to ask Molly Walters - mature, smart, and beautiful - to go out with him, only to be shocked when she asks him out first. One chance is all he needs to prove to her that he can get the job done, and he wants to take that chance.

Problem is, his best friend, José Flores, unknowingly decides that Molly looks like a pretty good prospect too.

Even though she's having fun with Peyton, Molly can't help but be drawn to the dark haired, dark eyed ex-cage fighter turned security specialist. The fact that he's almost two decades younger than her doesn't hurt her self-esteem either. While Peyton soothes everything in Molly's soul, José's brand of balls-to-the-wall, red-hot fun turns up the heat to scorching every time he touches her. She knows she eventually has to tell them about each other and make some kind decision, and Molly makes one.

She wants them both.

That revelation brings about a turn of events no one could've anticipated. When things fall apart, Molly tries to pick up the pieces, but that's hard when someone you love has disappeared. It'll take everyone who loves him to find him, with or without the help of the one man he loves the most. And that one man has to decide: Are his labels worth losing not one, but two people he loves? He's got to decide quickly. Otherwise, it may be too late - eternally. 

Revisit the world of the Walters family in this concluding novel of the Love Under Construction series. You'll find out who lives, who dies, and who expands their world - and their family. And in Renovating a Heart, Book 3, we were left with the question of Nikki Walters' health. That question lives large in Planning an Addition as Tony Walters is left to face the looming prospect that he may have to live out the rest of his life without the only woman who ever really loved him. He's not entirely sure he can do that, but all hope has been exhausted and time is running out. Someone in the family holds the key, but Tony will have to be willing to let her step in. And that will take a giant leap of the faith he's pretty sure he's exhausted.

Funny how everything changes when it's a matter of life or death.

BONUS: Each book in the Love Under Construction series features the recipe of a dish mentioned in the books. It's like dessert meets drama!

WARNING: This book contains graphic violence and explicit sexual acts, including ménage and a gay relationship. It is intended strictly for adult audiences and not for those under 18 years of age.

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