In The Heart of a Valentine

One of your favorite family’s is now available on audio!

Hunter, Xavier, Lance, Raphael, and you even get a taste of the Rose men from my Falling for a Rose series in the novella, A Game-Changing Christmas. 

I know I might be a bit bias but baby, these men are yummy! Jakobi Diem is giving us dominant alpha male vibes as he narrates some of our favorite men.  

Wesleigh Siobhan has had me laughing, crying, and in all kinds of heartfelt moods with her narration as our favorite women, best friends, moms, and aunts! 

If you haven’t had a chance to dive into this series on audio, you should try it! With Audible, you can get a free trial when you join. Not only that, but I’m going to give away two copies of the entire audiobook series as it stands now. One through five! 

How to win:

Head over to >>Twitter<< 

And in a post, tell me why you love my In The Heart of a Valentine Series! Make sure to use this hashtag 

#WhyILoveInTheHeartOfAValentine

My retweet will enter you into the giveaway! 

Giveaway ends 10.9.2019 at 6 pm est.

Side note: If you’ve purchased this series on audio, then your entry will go toward signed copies of books 1 – 5 instead.

*** Whenever you’re done, listening, or reading, if you’ll take a moment and leave a review, it’ll let me know you’re enjoying this series in multiple formats. Ebook, paperback, and audio! Then maybe the Falling for a Rose series will be on audiobook next! ***

Unparalleled Love Series

๐‡๐ž๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ! ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฃ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž.

๐Ž๐จ๐ก ๐ฅ๐š ๐ฅ๐š… ๐Ÿ’‹

๐ˆ’๐ฏ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐”๐’๐€ ๐“๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญs๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐ข๐š๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐–๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญs๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ง ๐‚. ๐‚๐จ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž, ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž, ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ณ๐ณ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž. ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ญ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž! ๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ซ๐ž.

๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐‰๐š๐๐š ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง

๐‘ผ๐’‘ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ช๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’“ ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’๐’†๐’“

๐‘จ๐’•๐’๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’‚ ๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’†

๐‘บ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’ˆ๐’† ๐‘จ๐’๐’–๐’Ž๐’๐’‚

๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’”

5’6 150 ๐‘ท๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’”

๐‘พ๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’›๐’†๐’“

๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’…

๐‘ท๐’“๐’๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’‡๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’๐’•

๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’•, ๐‘บ๐’๐’๐’๐’Ž๐’๐’ ๐‘ด๐’„๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’Š๐’…๐’†


๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐Œ๐œ๐๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž

๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…-๐‘พ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’†๐’‡

๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ ๐‘จ๐’•๐’๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ผ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐‘จ๐’๐’–๐’Ž๐’๐’Š

๐‘จ๐’•๐’๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’‚ ๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’†

๐‘ท๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’Š๐’”๐’•

๐‘พ๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’›๐’†๐’“

๐‘ช๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’†๐’†๐’“

6’3 260 ๐‘ท๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’๐’†

๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’๐’‡๐’• ๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’‡๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’….

๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’•, ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’…๐’‚ ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’๐’

๐‘จ ๐’…๐’†๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’


๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ’๐ฏ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐‡๐ž๐ซ ๐๐š๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐š ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‰๐š๐๐š ๐š๐ง๐ ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž๐๐๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ง’๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ, ๐ง๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ’๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ. ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ’๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐‰๐š๐๐š ๐š๐ง๐ ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง’๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ซ๐ž. ๐Ÿ’‹

๐…๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ซ๐ž.

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Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), BRAB- Breakout Author of the Year 2014, and BRAB – Book Wifey of the Year 2018 (Vindicated). When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit,

https://www.sharoncooper.net/


Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet, sensual, passionate romance novels, born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. To get sneak peeks, notices of sale prices, and find out about new releases, visit her website and join her mailing list. Enjoy free reads and the first chapter of all her novels at,

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๐‘น๐’†๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’† ๐’…๐’‚๐’•๐’†: ๐‘บ๐’†๐’‘๐’•๐’†๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“ 5, 2019

๐ˆ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ฒ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ!

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’…๐’”. ๐‘จ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•. ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’“๐’†, ๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’๐’‰๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’….

๐‘ผ๐’๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’†๐’… ๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’†, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”.

A Sneak Peek!

Hola everyone! Today I have a snippet of my upcoming crime/thriller book, An Unfortunate Accident. This snippet is unedited so continue with caution (lol). This is for the sole purpose of giving you guys a piece of what I’ve been working on and please know I’m always writing. I have other projects I’m also working on and some that have been completed.

I do have a romantic suspense story coming that I’ve co-written with another author. I’ll post about that next, it’s fire! You’ll get a sneak peek of that one also but for now. Enjoy! Oh and if you’re not signed up for my newsletter you should do that asap. I’ve got contests/giveaways (plural) coming with these new releases and I want you to be apart of that but they’re only available to my subscribers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

An Unfortunate Accident

โ€œBaby, give me the gun.ย  Itโ€™s okay, itโ€™s alright.โ€ Nathan said.ย  He wanted her to focus on him.ย  It was obvious she was still in shock.ย  A sudden cry from the baby monitor sounded.ย  It was then that Renee snapped out of it.ย  When she came to she noted the gun in her hand, her grip loosened and it hit the floor with a thud. Shaking now, her eyes followed the deep red blood stain on their bedroom floor to the body laying still.ย  โ€œOh my God,โ€ she whispered at first.ย  โ€œOh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God!โ€ she said getting frantic with each exertion.

โ€œBaby, look at me,โ€ Nathan turned her to ย face him.ย  โ€œI need you to clear your mind.ย  Isaiah is crying, he needs your help.ย  Go to him.โ€ย  She folded her arms tight and her eyes traveled back down to the body.

โ€œRenee,โ€ he called. ย Her eyes snapped back to him. โ€œIsaiah.โ€ He said.ย  He grabbed a towel and wiped the blood spatter from her face.ย  He wrapped her in another towel and escorted her out of the room to the hallway.ย  โ€œIsaiah,โ€ he repeated.ย  She put one foot in front of the other, her babyโ€™s cry drawing her in the closer she got.ย  Nathan watched her disappear into the room before he disappeared into theirs.ย  He stood over the intruder with a million thoughts running through his mind.ย  Again, he knelt down and checked his pulse but there was none. ย A harsh expletive flew from his tongue.ย  This was bad, very bad.ย  How would they explain this, who would believe them?ย  There was the video, it could show that they were attacked because they had the incriminating evidence.ย  Nathan shook his head.ย  That wouldnโ€™t work.ย  No one would believe them.ย  They were an African American couple.ย  Their lives would be over as they knew it.ย  No one would come to their defense.ย  They would be hung out too dry, separated, thrown under the jail.ย  They would lose everything, their son, each other, their lives.ย  Beads of sweat surfaced on Nathanโ€™s forehead and lines creased as he frowned.ย  He needed to handle this, he had to make it go away, he needed to protect them.ย  His mind continued to race.ย  How did he get in here? Where did he come from? The gate was locked at all times, how did this happen? The questions were overbearing. ย Nathan stepped over his body and left the room, on his way downstairs he checked over his shoulder to make sure Renee was still in the room with Isaiah.ย  There was no sign of her.ย  He took the stairs two at a time and checked the front door.ย  It was unlocked.

Description

Nathan and Renee Johnson are more in love now than they were on their wedding day.ย  Their careers have sky rocketed and the move to Cleveland Ohio five years ago has been their best move. However, on the night of their eight year anniversary, Nathan and Reneeโ€™s life changes forever.ย  Leaving one of their favorite restaurants, tipsy and looking forward to an extensive night of passionate sex, a startled cry in the darkness of night captures their attention. Drawn to the sound, they discover a crime in progress and caught up in the horror of it all the couple take out their cell phone and begin recording. But to their dismay, theyโ€™re spotted by the perpetrator and he goes after them with a vengeance.

At day break, the magnitude of everything they witness hits the couple full force. Theyโ€™ve noticed the vehicle sitting outside the gates of their two story Tudor style home last night.ย  And quickly things around them start to change. ย With their lives in danger, the couple goes through any means necessary to keep their family safe and the costs weigh so heavy that they may not survive it.

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Hola! Welcome to this weekโ€™s Risky Retreat! Here you can find a teaser of the romance, drama, and suspense that flow through my pages when I write. Even though this is only a teaser, it will still feed your need to read. Some of these stories are coming soon, some are available now and some are simply free short stories I wanted to share with you! Enjoy and don’t forget to check back in two weeks for the next Risky Retreat!

Until My Last Breath (Trouble In Paradise Book 4)

The day had been long and exhausting. Caroline sat in her office chair, legs crossed, bouncing her pointy toe heels. The back and forth flights from Chicago to Atlanta were making her exhausted. Sheโ€™d done this so frequently that she now had enough frequent flyer miles to use to catch flights without using her credit card on file. In her thoughts Caroline pondered on Greg and the interesting morning they had. She wondered if he was serious about the things he said. A girl could hope, right? A part of her told her he was full of it and just telling her what she wanted to hear so he could get Victoria out of there safe and sound, but that would never happen. Even if he was serious, she would never let Victoria live where there was a chance she could come around and snatch him away again. Caroline had made that mistake on more than one occasion. She wouldnโ€™t make it again.

Since being out of the psych ward sheโ€™d pick up a few bad habits. One being the pack of cigarettes in the inside pocket of her Vera Wang handbag. She tried not to smoke unless she was done with business. Nobody wanted to be around a walking ashtray all day, and sheโ€™d known from personal experience how unpleasant it was to sit next to someone whoโ€™d just taken a cigarette break.

Her phone buzzed and her assistant came through. โ€œMrs. Banks, you have a visitor.โ€

Caroline straightened up and stood to her feet. She checked her schedule to make sure she didnโ€™t forget a client, but there werenโ€™t any other appointments. She buzzed her assistant back.

โ€œPick up,โ€ she said through the loud speaker. Caroline held the receiver to her mouth, โ€œWho is it?โ€ she said.

โ€œHe said his name is Mr. Faragosse,โ€ she said.

Caroline froze. โ€œFirst name, please,โ€ she responded.

โ€œBrandon,โ€ her assistant replied.

Caroline dropped down into her seat. She hadnโ€™t heard from Brandon Faragosse in a year, she wondered what he was doing here now.

โ€œSend him in,โ€ she said.

She quickly removed the mirror from her second drawer and checked her reflection. Confident that her look was on point, she replaced it no sooner than the mahogany double doors to her office opened, and in walked a sexy specimen of a man. Six foot two inches of dark skin, low fade, full beard, moist full lips, and dark brown eyes. Caroline crossed her legs letting her eyes roam the full length of him.

โ€œTo what do I owe this pleasure?โ€ she asked.

He smiled. โ€œThe pleasure is all mine,โ€ he responded. โ€œIโ€™ve been thinking about you.โ€

Carolineโ€™s eyebrows lifted. โ€œIs that so?โ€ She watched his eyes assess her, moving from her curls to her lips, neck, and down her blouse. โ€œWhy donโ€™t you have a seat,โ€ she said.

โ€œDonโ€™t mind if I do.โ€ He sat down and relaxed in his chair.

โ€œSo what can I do for you?โ€

โ€œIโ€™m glad you asked.โ€ He paused. โ€œI thought maybe we could get to know each other again. I miss talking to you, and more than anything I miss our midday office flings.โ€

Caroline grinned and shook her head up and down. โ€œYes, those were some good times, but you know I was a woman on a mission then. I needed you, and you wanted me, so we weโ€™re looking out for each other,โ€ she said.

He tipped his head forward in agreement, โ€œI think we still could be of service to each other.โ€

โ€œHowโ€™s so?โ€

โ€œI have a problem with an inmate who needs to get an early release. In order for that to happen sheโ€™ll need to have a professional on the stand tell the jury that sheโ€™s been evaluated and holds no threat to society. I figured since weโ€™ve done this before youโ€™d be willing to do it again.โ€

Caroline held the smile on her face. She stood and rounded the desk, once in front of him she perched her booty on the front of it and crossed her legs at the ankles. This man had lost his mind. He seemed so sure of himself too. It was too bad.

โ€œThat was a one time deal,โ€ she said.

He also stood, coming face to face with her. He smelled of peppermint and oozed masculinity. Caroline was very aware of his closeness and was not naรฏve to his hypnotic lure. โ€œI understand that, but it doesnโ€™t need to be,โ€ he said. โ€œBesides, I have something you want.โ€ He grabbed her arms and ran his hands down them to her wrists turning her full circle pulling her backside into his center.

Charmed, Caroline said, โ€œProceed.โ€ She couldnโ€™t imagine what he could possibly have that she would want, well she could think of a thing or too. A rumble wouldnโ€™t be so bad. She could definitely use the tryst but it wouldnโ€™t be enough to put her neck on the line.

โ€œLetโ€™s just say Iโ€™ll make sure,โ€ his lips touched her neck, his tongue tracing up to her ears, โ€œno one ever finds out about those two women you have chained up in your basement.โ€ Chills ran throughout her whole being. She jerked away instantly almost falling over her own two feet trying to get away from him. โ€œYou know,โ€ he said, โ€œyou can get Alexis to do it, sheโ€™s got the credentials too. It shouldnโ€™t be too hard since youโ€™ve got her wrapped around your little fingers.โ€

Caroline was completely disturbed. โ€œYou canโ€™t be serious. Blackmail, thatโ€™s what youโ€™ve got?โ€

Brandon tipped his head in agreement. โ€œWe donโ€™t have to call it blackmail, we can just call it a business deal. After all, blackmail is when youโ€™re threatening someone. I wouldnโ€™t threaten you, Caroline, because I know I donโ€™t need to. Youโ€™re a good friend and I know you would want whatโ€™s best for the both of us. Moreover, Iโ€™d be willing to be of some assistance if you needed me. Now that doesnโ€™t sound like blackmail, does it?โ€

โ€œWhat is in it for you? Is this person another one of your bed bugs?โ€

Brandon laughed. โ€œI would be offended, but you are so cute when youโ€™re feisty.โ€ He went to her and caressed her face. She jerked away. He put his arms around her waist and pulled her in hard, holding on to her tight. Their feet did a dance, backing up until he was pressing her against her windowsill. โ€œIโ€™ve always enjoyed this view from your office,โ€ he said. โ€œItโ€™s nice to see it again. You should really appreciate it more often.โ€

โ€œWhy are you doing this?โ€ she asked. โ€œWhat have I ever done to you?โ€

โ€œOh, come on now, is what Iโ€™m doing really so bad? I mean when you wanted to be rid of Victoria, did you not hire me to do the same thing Iโ€™m asking you to do. Put your neck on the line. Did I not get rid of the evidence you needed so that Danielleโ€™s charges could be dropped and she be released to wreak havoc on Victoriaโ€™s life? I did all you asked honey, and I didnโ€™t bat an eye about it, did I?โ€

โ€œI also paid you, not blackmailed you,โ€ she said.

โ€œWould you rather have payment? Iโ€™d be more than happy to pay you.โ€

โ€œYou know I donโ€™t need the money,โ€ she growled. He kissed her lips and she tried to bite him.

He laughed. โ€œWoo hoo, feisty!โ€ he said. โ€œI figured you would say you didnโ€™t need the money. Besides, you only paid me five thousand dollars. That wasnโ€™t nearly enough for what I did.โ€

โ€œOh, please, you got your fill of her, didnโ€™t you?โ€ He raised an eyebrow, โ€œOh what, you thought I didnโ€™t know? Please. Every chance you got you were rolling in the sack with her, and I was giving you more than money anyway. Donโ€™t act like you didnโ€™t like it,โ€ she said.

โ€œOn the contrary, I did like it, as a matter of fact I loved it. Tell you what, just name your price. Do you want money? Or do you want me?โ€ He licked his tongue out, tasting her lips.

His breath warm, sending chills across her skin. Although he was blackmailing her, he was still a force to be reckoned with. When theyโ€™d had their affair it was the most exhilarated sheโ€™d ever felt before, except of course, with Greg. She thought about his proposition. She didnโ€™t really have a choice.

โ€œAnd if I say no?โ€ she tried him.

He pulled back slightly to study her face. โ€œCome on now, donโ€™t make me beg,โ€ he said. He resumed kissing her neck moving to her shoulders. Slowly he unbutton her blouse. He kissed down her neckline to her breast. He drop to one knee and unzipped the back of her skirt. She grabbed his hands his gaze piercing through her. โ€œDonโ€™t stop me, you know you want this.โ€

Lord help her, she did want it, but she couldnโ€™t let him know that. Not just yet anyway. She stepped away from him. โ€œHow do you know about the two women in the basement anyway?โ€

โ€œAre we back to square one?โ€ He asked standing back to his feet.

โ€œI never asked you,โ€ she said.

โ€œI didnโ€™t think you needed to. Come on you know Iโ€™m good at what I do. I watch people, thatโ€™s how Iโ€™m able to be where I need to be when I need to be there. Thatโ€™s how Iโ€™m able to make moves and get what I want.โ€ He was back in her face now, โ€œThatโ€™s how I know about the two women in your basement, thatโ€™s how I know about Alexis Patrice, thatโ€™s how I know that youโ€™ve got two men in your attic. I see, I watched, and I know,โ€ he whispered into her ear. โ€œYou know, I canโ€™t believe youโ€™re still after him. After all this time youโ€™d think youโ€™d be tired of the chase by now. I mean, either he loves you or notโ€”

She slapped him hard. โ€œDonโ€™t pretend to act like you know whatโ€™s going on in my life.โ€ She sneered. Heโ€™d hit a nerve and she wasnโ€™t having it.

He put his hands up in surrender. โ€œI didnโ€™t come here to fight with you. Nowhere near it. I just came to get your help and maybe give you something in return.โ€

He stepped back in her face. โ€œI will never understand how any man could turn his back on a beautiful, educated, successful woman as yourself. The man must be blind, crazy and confused.โ€

โ€œDidnโ€™t you get enough of me the first time?โ€ she said.

โ€œNever. Anyway, you were done with me before I was done with you, so Iโ€™ve got some built up frustration.โ€ She stood with her back to him. He turned her around. โ€œListen, I need this done next week. Thursday to be exact.โ€

โ€œThursday!โ€ she said. โ€œThat is too soon, I have appointments, clients,โ€ she said.

โ€œI know. I wish I couldโ€™ve had the chance to get to you sooner, but itโ€™s okay. You can stand to cancel an appointment or two. Iโ€™ll be calling you Monday, but if you need me sooner,โ€ he pulled out a business card and placed it on her desk, โ€œyou know how to contact me.โ€

Brandon grabbed her throat forcefully and shoved his tongue in her mouth. She fell off balance and he made sure to tighten his hold on her. Finishing her off, he sucked her lips in his mouth. He backed up, winked, and strolled out of the office.

Caroline didnโ€™t know whether to be mad, horny, or irritated. She was starting to think it was a combination of all three.

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Until My last breath

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Until My Last Breath

Coming this month from Love Is A Drug, Ink is the finale to the Trouble In Paradise series Until My Last Breath. ย This romantic suspense story closes the chapter on Victoria and Joshua’s love story as well as their friends Dante and Shay, Caroline and Greg, and their nemesis Danielle. ย If you’ve never read Trouble In Paradise, I insist that you do so before picking up this book! The series is as follows;

Trouble In Paradise

Vengeful Intentions

For Better and Worse

Until My Last Breath

The finale picks up right were For Better and Worse left off. ย Check out the book blurb;

In the finale of the Trouble in Paradise series, Victoria finds herself in the worst position of all, hanging by her wrists in the basement of Caroline’s three story house. She knew that her own actions had sealed her fate and landed her in this position, but how will she survive it? After seeking help to get past his many infidelities, Joshua goes on the hunt for Victoria when he receives a cryptic telephone call from her. Instantly, he rushes to her rescue, but will he be too late?

Danielle’s misery becomes unbearable when her efforts to reach out to Joshua fail. Instead of going after him with vengeance, she falls into a deep depression. Her best friend, January, tries to pull her out of her funk when a person from January’s past resurfaces, determined to steal her heart again.
Have these couples finally hit rock bottom or will they fight for love until their last breath?

Until My Last Breath releases this month June 28, 2016. Be the first to get your copy and pre-order today.

Until My last breath