A prologue set in 1968 provides the context for the future sparking and sparring between the two protagonists. Ten-year-old E.J. (Elizabeth Jane) Hatton meets twenty-two-year old Texan heartthrob, Reilly Donner, during one of her father’s raucous Hollywood parties while swinging from a fourteen-foot ladder. E.J.’s hoping for a soft landing but instead, falls hard…for Riley.
Fast forward to 1982. E.J. is emerging from a lengthy mourning period for her adored father. Though drowning in sorrow, she’s determined to prove to her Uncle Wade that’s she’s worthy of her promotion to associate producer for his latest project: a pilot for a prime time soap opera (think “Dallas”). When Reilly swaggers back into her life – as the director for the pilot – she refuses to swoon over her childhood crush and discovers that in real life, he’s “arrogant, patronizing and in love with the sound of his voice.” While she’s relieved that he seems to have no memory of their previous encounter, she’s furious when he dismisses her nickname as more suitable for a Dodgers’ third baseman and insists on calling her “Lizzy”.
Reilly believes that Lizzy needs to be taken firmly in hand and kept on a short leash. Her strategy for resisting such constraints as well as her attraction to him leads to a pattern of avoiding, eluding and running away from him. He, in turn, is mystified, frustrated and eventually, smitten with her.
Conflict arises when the soap’s leading lady, Evelyn Palmer, an old flame of Reilly’s, sees his budding infatuation as a threat to her plans for a rekindled romance. She’s also harboring a secret about Lizzy’s father that she plans to reveal at an opportune moment.
Over the course of the twelve-week production, Reilly evolves into a more nurturing, patient man while Lizzy sheds some of her defenses and reconciles her feelings for him. They become lovers during the last two weeks of the shoot, over a tempestuous forty-eight hour period. Will it be enough to sustain and secure them in a happily ever after future?
Adopted as an infant, Ireland Leighton grew up in the heart of the Midwest. After inheriting millions from her biological parents, she is determined to help others any way she can. The only string is a business engagement with another millionaire. Ireland returns to Iowa years later to plan her brother’s tropical wedding. The festivities would be easier if her sexy ex-boyfriend stayed out of reach and her future wasn’t already planned.
Time suppressed his feelings for the girl next door, but Gideon Taggart isn’t about to let Ireland escape again. Farmer by day, veterinarian by choice, his second chance with his first love is far from easy. He soon discovers that no matter how much he loves Ireland, she’ll always choose her family over a future with him.
When an actor, an engineer and a creep with date rape drugs cross paths, they launch a series of sexy and scary happenings that strut to a kinky beat. Gorgeous former engineer Virginia Will starts drumming in a DC trio. Used to taking challenges in stride and with a touch of humor, Virginia wobbles a bit when a secret fan approaches her after a show. The fan, the handsome, protective and artistically obsessive actor Jackson Leeds, had been the frequent focus of her masturbation. Healing from a recent divorce and long ago committed to enjoying BDSM, Jack gets well-informed about Virginia’s past. Jack’s plan for their first date falls apart when someone drugs Virginia at a listening party. The drugging triggers old fears, new art and Virginia’s biggest libido ever. Sane power exchange and sensual erotic sessions follow for the pair. For Jack, working to keep Virginia safe and to grow their connection despite their lusty and variably crazy ex’s and co-workers releases a beast he thought he had tamed long ago.
“Let other people volunteer to be brides and join the alien sausage party,” says mom with a deep frown.
“Okay, first of all, please don’t ever use the term ‘sausage party’ again. And secondly, Mom, my mind is made up. This might be our only chance. I will convince them to cure her. And I will be on a spaceship — with aliens!” responds Maya.
Maya Arnold was leading a normal life, working and helping care for her sister, until the Cerasteans arrived. Offering a cure for cancer if enough women volunteer as brides, Maya jumped at the chance. Saving her sister was her only goal. She never expected to actually fall in love with an alien, or find best friends in the other bride volunteers.
Since the mysterious destruction of Ceraste, Commander D’Avii and the surviving males have been searching the galaxy for a new home. Finding Earth and its women was a miracle. Like most Cerasteans, he finds humans to be fascinating creatures — none more so than bride volunteer Maya. His attraction to her is instant and intense. Still he knows Maya can never choose him, a warrior, with so many higher-caste scientists seeking their own mates. To do so would shame the scientists and tear the last of his people apart. Yet he aches at the loss of something he never even had.
Teaching high school is hard, and when you’re fresh out of college there is a legitimate pecking order when it comes to staff, faculty, tenured faculty, and administration. I just wanted to show up, decorate my classroom, and inspire these teenagers to be the best students they can be.
Why did the assistant principal have to be so handsome?
Now, it’s hard to focus on teaching when every meeting I have with him hints at something more. High school drama. If only the students knew what happened behind the teachers’ lounge door.
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Southlea Bay’s favorite sweethearts, Flora and Dan, are getting married and the members of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club are excited to help. Especially the group’s head honcho, Doris Newberry, who, much to Flora’s frustration, wants to control every detail, attempting to strong-arm Flora into accepting ridiculous wedding vows, wayward bongo players and into wearing a huge, old-fashioned wedding dress. But when a new resident arrives in town with information about Flora’s past that threatens her chance of happiness, the overwhelmed bride-to-be disappears overnight. To find her, The Rejected Writers set off on yet another zany road trip adventure, this time to a make-believe Bavarian town. Where they meet lederhosen clad, young men, are entertained by oompah bands, go on wild sleigh rides, and sing in a yodeling competition. But when they eventually find the bride and the bridegroom learns the truth about her, will he still want to marry her or will all the wedding plans be in vain.
Amanda Marks has just experienced a Love at First Sight (LAFS). The object of her adoration is the charming Attorney Jacob Meyers, whom she met during a juror interview. Jake has fallen for her, too (so the evidence shows). But Jacob is a high-profile litigator, very married into high society, and Amanda is, well, a Certified Loser Female (self-titled), who’s seriously partnered with the unemployed, “very OK” Louis. She and Jacob go their separate ways, but one huge problem remains for Amanda: She can’t stop thinking about him. To handle this obsession, she writes therapeutic letters to Jake. Her daily writings help her navigate through life challenges and relationships with friends, parents, coworkers, a faux mother-in-law (MIL)…and her occasional run-ins with Jacob, who still seems attracted to her. (But he does NOTHING. So typical.) Can Amanda’s letters work a cosmic magic and bring her beloved LAFS to her? Oh, come on. That doesn’t happen in real life. But you never know.
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