Levi and Eli are like brothers and they were supposed to go herding together, but when Eli had an accident, his wife had to come instead. During the time spent herding sheep together in the prairie they start to feel attracted to each other. But fearing the community’s and her husbands response and consequences of their actions Rebecca and Levi have to sort out their real feelings and decide what is the correct thing to do.
Nobody wants to talk about them, but there are events that occur in our lives that become deep dark secrets we hold inside. And they dramatically influence who we are and how we experience the world.
Such is the case for seventeen year-old Nicky Young who was raised by an alcoholic father and disengaged mother. While Nicky tries to make her way into the world she is confronted by the demons of her dysfunctional and sometimes violent upbringing.
As a young child, Nicky witnesses her older sister having her head slammed into a bowl of creamed corn by her father and then yanks his belt from the loops of his pants and begins to relentlessly beat her sister. It is experiences like this that ravage her self-esteem and make trusting men next to impossible…until at 17, Nicky meets Ryan Tilton, a high profile professional baseball player eight years her senior, who expresses an interest in her.
While she is interested in Ryan, Nicky questions his ulterior motive for wanting to be with an inexperienced girl. Is this man a scoundrel or does he genuinely care about her? Nicky is torn between protecting her vulnerable heart and wanting to trust Ryan and develop a relationship. Ryan brings his own demons to the party – losing his father at the age of fourteen, his early fame and a sexual partner from his past who will not leave him alone.
Will their young, uncertain love be enough to help them open their hearts and experience intimacy they both crave so deeply or is Nicky and Ryan on a collision course for failure?
Loosely based on the author's life growing up in San Francisco, this inspired work of fiction deals with the disturbing secrets siblings share, the dance between love and protecting one’s heart, and the innate desire to connect with another even when it means risking everything.
Madison never cared much about money. A plain, bookish college girl from a middle class suburb, she is content to live a simple life. But when her father drops dead after bankrupting the family and her mother has a mental breakdown, money is suddenly the only thing that matters. Unless she can come up with a lot of it fast, the bank will take the beloved restaurant that’s been in her mother’s family for generations.
Enter Madison’s glamorous best friend Enzo, who invites her to stay with him in Mexico City. There beautiful, foreign women make big money working at The Gentlemen’s Club, an elite establishment for the country’s wealthiest men. And after a spectacular makeover and a mortifying audition, Madison is hired at the club.
From extravagant billionaires to dangerous drug cartels, Madison must force a charming front for all of her clients. But when she meets Pierre, a wealthy businessman as enamored with her intelligence as he is with her beauty, Madison is afraid she might really fall in love.
With time running out, she is tempted into a menacing underworld where the stakes are high and the money is big. But just how far is Madison willing to go in her desperate quest for plata?
Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life. But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position. Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms. Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society…
One wild quickie with a sexy stranger will change Rae’s life forever.
Rae Stone is majoring in psychology so that she can open a clinic for autistic kids, but when her scholarship is yanked because she failed an impossible statistics course, she thinks she’s out of luck and doomed to return to her poverty-stricken hometown. Because she has three weeks of college freedom left, she goes to an upscale party and has a wild quickie with a stranger, who turns out to be the sexy owner of the Devilhouse, a BDSM club. He offers her a job that scares the heck out her. She’s found the money to stay in college, but will the secretive Wulf turn out to be her Prince Charming or the Devil who tempts her to ruin?