Book cover artist Ryan Barlow of Martha’s Vineyard is having a cigarette break in a church parking lot when a bride falls out of a tree and lands in his arms. Candace Sabella, a 27 year-old drop dead gorgeous pole dancer has just runaway from a marriage to her finance Antonio Madera, a porn king and ruthless killer. She begs Ryan to take her into his home and hide her. He relents, with dangerous misgivings. He discovers that this little gal is full of piss and vinegar and carries more baggage than a Carnival Cruise.
Ryan can’t wait to get rid of Candace fast enough because he’s currently separated from his wife, Gloria, and attending marriage counseling. Gloria left Ryan to move in with her parents after suspecting he committed adultery. She also believes he enjoyed a tawdry sex act with a floozy at his high school reunion. Besides that, she can’t stand the smell of his oil paints, alcohol and linseed oil. Yet Ryan and Gloria are a hair’s breath away from reconciliation.
Candace, rightfully fearing for her life, will do anything to draw Ryan’s favor to her; including stripping for a portrait, spiking his food with aphrodisiacs, performing risqué dance routines, openly flashing him and trying to sleep in his bed. Ryan, with his Christian upbringing, is forced to use desperate measures to fight off her provocative advances. His arsenal includes a savage masturbation episode, shows of temper tantrums and prayers. Strippers and pole dancers are worthless trash, he keeps telling himself. His mother had taught him that even though he’d visited some clubs in his younger days. Yet this petite little gal begins to soften his heart and show him another side of life that he never knew existed.
Gloria discovers Candace in her home with Ryan and storms off, threatening to sue him for everything he has.
Antonio has put his entire Mob Squad on the hunt for his runaway bride because she saw him commit a murder and he needs to silence her. Antonio closes in on her location, forcing Ryan and Candace to pack their survival bags and run to a hideout in the bluffs for six days. During this time Ryan finds out that he is smitten and hopelessly in love with Candace and vows to protect her at all costs. Bouts of intense passionate lovemaking seals their pact and they fall more deeply in love with each other.
With the help of friends, Ryan and Candace escape on a shrimp trawler and are accosted by Antonio Madera on the high seas. A donnybrook fight ensues. Ryan and his friends are victorious, but the love of his life is shot through the chest during the end moments of the fight. He has no idea whether she will live or die, and he’ll do anything to be with her until the critical outcome.
Antonio and his Madera Mob Squad are captured and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by testimony and evidence provided by Candace during her hospital stay in ICU. Lengthy jail sentences are administered to the persons responsible for the murder.
Candace Sabella, teetering between life and death, survives and joins Ryan in his three-story Victorian home. Gloria, feeling sorry for Candace’s near fatal injury, serves Ryan with a no-fault divorce instead of a full-blown divorce suit.
The couple sails to the Bahamas for a grand wedding, attended by friends, families and bridesmaids consisting of rowdy strippers. Nine months later, Mr. and Mrs. Barlow welcome a new addition to their family, a daughter who is christened Cynthia Joan Barlow.
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HONEY AT HER LIPS
A salesman meets many beautiful woman during an ordinary work day—never expecting anything out of them besides some cash. But one day, he got lucky. Honey Babe was the epitome of the perfect woman—soft, sweet, sensuous. It didn’t take long for sparks to fly and a fantasy-like relationship to blossom. But with a girl like Honey, to love her was to take your life into your hands. Many men have gone down the same path and some don’t want to leave—like the champion fighter, who decided to make her his own, whether she liked it or not. With bodyguards now coming after him to hold Honey a veritable prisoner, this salesman now comes face to face in paying the ultimate price for love.
LOVE IN A HOT CLIMATE
Laura and Kingsley Gilbert were bored—with the heat, the insects, even the tropic tendency to make love at odd hours. Then tempting Renée Lumière arrived. Kingsley Gilbert knew on sight that he had to have her. The only question was where—and how to keep Laura Gilbert from knowing.
In the arms of an outlaw, she found the freedom to live out her wildest fantasies. Don’t miss this scorching erotic romance from New York Times bestselling author Opal Carew, now available for the first time as a complete novel!
When Laurie is kidnapped by bikers, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. From the moment she meets Steele–their sinfully sexy leader–she can’t deny their fierce attraction. Even though she’s completely at his mercy, his eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang know she’s strictly hands off. But the more time she spends with Steele, the more her body insists she wants his powerful hands all over her.
Now she’s about to discover a new life on the open road…and what it means to be part of a gang that shares everything. At first their wanton lifestyle shocks her senses–but once she’s had a taste of life on the edge, will she ever want to leave?
Marissa is shaken when her bad-assed biker ex-boyfriend begins to stalk her. After receiving an invitation to an exclusive resort called Eden, she jumps at the chance to get away.
But even in paradise, she can’t escape the man from her past. As he’s closing in on her, a passing stranger on a motorcycle pulls up and orders her onto his bike. Frightened and willing to take any chance to flee her dangerous ex, she does as he says.
Her knight in supple leather manages to lose her ex and take her to a secret hideaway, but now she finds herself overwhelmed by his potent masculinity and submitting completely to his authoritative commands.
Killer didn’t want to be her saviour. He had problems of his own. But once Marissa’s under his protection, he will do whatever he can to keep her safe. Even force her to face her deepest fears.