Terese Brock manages the Oakwood Tavern with style and grace. Unfortunately, she’s trying to avoid her employer’s IRS disaster and her own debts. She needs a new job—fast. Terese hopes to land an executive position at the new conference center, the perfect solution to all her money woes.
For months, Drew Drake has admired Terese from afar, but she doesn’t know he exists. He’s thrilled when his humor and persistence catch her eye. And when she takes him home, he discovers she’s everything he expected, and so much more.
Drew fails to mention he’s the heir to one of the most successful businesses in town, the force behind the new conference center. Rather than clue her in, he decides to let her get to know the real him. When she walks into her interview, ready to kick ass and take names, her universe shatters. Behind the desk sits her boy-toy, Drew.
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For years, Marley Volkov’s survival depended on conning people out of their life savings. One look into Alan Reid’s pained eyes, with his soiled reputation and heap of financial problems, awakens a new empathy inside her. She renounces grifting forever and not just because every inch of her burns to be with him. But his association with her and her checkered past will drag him further into the gutter. To save herself, to save him, she must walk away. Walk away from the unbridled desire he inspires, from the passion and sympathy that feel like home.
Alan Reid is buried to the neck in money issues. The understanding and compassion he finds in Marley is the exact thing he needs at the completely wrong time. Everything about her makes his blood run hot. She’s smart, irresistible, and a criminal. Why is the only person who’s ever shown him sympathy have to be a con artist? He can’t be with her, but he’s compelled to save her from herself.
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Where the hell is Conrad?
While his business partners back at The Oakwood Tavern think he’s on the run for tax evasion, for Conrad Bennett, it’s a whole other story. One that includes being stranded on an island in the South Pacific with no cell phone, no money, and no passport.
Good thing he just slept with the only woman on the island with a plane.
Vivian Costa has her own problems. She’s on this remote island for a much-needed, much overdue, self-imposed exile. But now her one-night stand wants not only a ride off the island but to find out who has set him up. So much for laying low and hiding out. Vivian knows she should walk away, but there’s something about Conrad that won’t let her.
It’s time to figure out how to rescue each other.
Kindergarten teacher, Margaret Porter, is looking forward to the best Christmas holiday in years. Without her irresponsible ex-husband causing chaos, she and her two children can finally have a fun, peaceful celebration. Everything looks picture perfect until her living room catches fire.
Volunteer firefighter, Ryan Kramer, never knew what hit him when he rescues a reluctant and quick-tempered Margaret from her burning home. But it’s more than sympathy for her situation that gets under his skin. Her sassy, no-nonsense attitude bowls him over.
Margaret finds her family rescued by Ryan again and again. Something about him speaks to her soul, and she discovers it hard to resist him. Unlike her careless and manipulative ex-husband, Ryan’s nothing but wonderful throughout the entire ordeal.
As Ryan investigates the damage to Margaret’s home, he discovers his family’s business, Kramer and Sons, worked on the fire-ravaged room. Did shoddy work by his family put a single mom and her two kids out in the cold at Christmas? Can Margaret see beyond his last name and fall for him too?
Josephine Lockwood spent her entire life in a sickbed being coddled by her anxious mother. Finally, after receiving the correct diagnosis for her illness, she’s standing on the edge of a new adventure. She’s finished her audition program for an online gaming platform and is poised to move out of her family home. But she must attend her mother’s annual Christmas party.
Brett Kramer, a hard-working handyman, is finishing up renovations at the Excelsior Hotel in Iverton when Jo drops into his life. She’s cute, friendly, and totally intriguing. Too bad he’s at work. The family contracting business is suffering thanks to a bogus complaint, and he doesn’t want any whiff of impropriety to taint the current contract. But when Jo flees from her mother’s party, Brett steps in to help her escape, disregarding his business’s reputation. Their departure only complicates the situation. A snowstorm, sibling rivalry, and an overprotective mother force them together and tears them apart. Jo and Brett must find a balance to make their relationship more than a Christmas Affair.
He’d heard the rumors she was back in town. He had to see for himself.
As Ted Kramer steeled himself to knock on the hotel room door, the last thing he was prepared to see was the woman who shattered him holding a baby. Cheryl Wintson-Bristol had been the love of his life. And when she abruptly left town last year after their secret summer romance, it destroyed him. He couldn’t eat. Couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t work. Yet here she is, baby and all. His baby. Merry Christmas to him.
When Cheryl realized she was pregnant, she knew her controlling and manipulative grandfather would never accept a Kramer child into his family. The feud between the Kramers and Winston-Bristols had dragged on for forty years and as long as that cantankerous man was alive, it would continue raging. Except now he’s dead, and Cheryl has taken the opportunity to return to Stonewater for the services. She knows she needs to tell her mother– and Ted– about the baby, but she never wanted him to find out about his daughter like this, though. Maybe, just maybe, baby Harper will be the Christmas gift these families need to move on and find love again.