Christmas At the Meadowlark
Though nothing could be more clichéd, she’s had a crush on him almost from the moment she moved in with her foster family. For Carter, she was just his neighbor’s pain in the ass little sister and gaming buddy until the summer she turned sixteen. He realized his feelings for her right before he left for college and was compelled to let her know. Unfortunately, their love collapsed under the weight of anger, jealousy and bitter betrayal. Ten years later Carter has returned to town and is stunned to discover the truth about their break-up. The feelings are still there, and they might have a second chance but only if Casey is willing to believe in Carter, their love and most importantly, herself.
Sixteen years later Leonie is flying high and riding on a wave of success in the exclusive private equity firm she works for. She realizes she'd been lucky to have been placed in the foster home of the owners of The Meadowlark, one of the finest restaurants in Atlanta and will be forever grateful for having found another family that supported her and helped her get to a place in her life where she has control. Her hard-won control is as precious to her as a child is to its parents. The one person she can see herself willingly giving it up for is the boss's son and it terrifies her, which is why she has made it a point to keep him at arm's length.
Buck Kilpatrick, IV has loved Leonie almost since the moment he met her when they were 21-year old interns in his family's firm. He doesn't know everything about her, but he knows that her past is what's keeping her from letting go just a little bit and embracing a future with him. She knows they'd be good together, but is too afraid to try, and while he loves their friendship and the sexual teasing they engage in, he wants more -- so much more. He has a decision to make, and so does she: continue with the status quo, or cut ties completely.
She had known him for most of her life…
Having suffered horrific abuse as a child that left her deaf, Tabi has worked hard to assert her independence and learn how to survive and thrive as a deaf woman in a hearing world. Her foster brother Scrapper has always been there, lending his support and protection. He’s been both playmate and Knight in Tarnished Armor. One mistletoe-fueled kiss changes all that and now Tabi finds herself struggling with new and unexpected emotions. Intrigued by her attraction to Scrapper she wants to explore those feelings, but there is one major barrier; Scrapper.
Having lived most of his life in foster care Scrapper knows what it is to have nothing and no one, not even his own name. His foster family is the lodestar of his life, the foundation that helps him contain and conceal his deep-seated fears and insecurities, and he is determined to hold onto it at all costs—even if it means he can’t have Tabi, the only woman he has ever loved.
Libra wanted Saul from the moment they first met and he didn’t hesitate to let her know the feeling was mutual. After a shocking discovery, scars from her tragic past compelled her to push him away. Then came the Christmas she would never forget—the night he announced his engagement…to her sister. The wedding is fast approaching and torn between guilt and regret Libra is determined to keep her secrets and support her sister.
Confused and hurt by Libra’s rejection Saul decided to finally yield to family pressure and get married. It didn’t hurt that his fiancée’s ambitions meshed perfectly with his own. Though his intended bride is an excellent business partner, sweet Libra still has his heart.
When the wedding day finally arrives both are caught up in a whirlwind not of their making and in the end the question remains; which sister will be his bride?