“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect. Then it all changed. I was sold.” Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world. But lusty paradise is shattered. Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold. Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever? A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and hard to read subjects. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
From New York Times Bestseller, Pepper Winters, comes a BONUS EPILOGUE for the Dark Romance Trilogy, Monsters in the Dark. This bonus takes place as an additional snippet to TEARS OF TESS told from Tess's Point of View. Also included is a three chapter preview to PENNIES (Dollar Series #1) and CAN'T TOUCH THIS (romantic comedy standalone). Happy Reading!
When a school budget crisis pits the music program against sports, choir teacher Tess Johansson doesn't think things could get any worse. Her singers will need to prove themselves during halftime at every football game, plus take first place at Regionals. Then...she meets her competition. New head football coach Jack Marshall just needs to keep a steady job to win his custody battle for his young daughter. But when he realizes his competition for funding is Tess—the amazing summer love he never forgot—winning takes on a whole new meaning. With everything at stake, Tess and Jack find themselves torn between doing what it takes to win and doing what it takes to be together. Each book in the Perfect Kisses series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order. Book #1 - Playing at Love Book #2 – Speaking of Love Book #3 – Falling for Her Soldier Book #4 – Making Waves
Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend Nick Jamieson isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne; she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer; she was raised in a commune. He wants to get ahead in business; she just wants…him. But there's no way Tess will play second fiddle to his job. Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his fiancée on a weekend business trip that could make or break Nick's career. And while he's trying to convince Tess that he needs her in his respectable world, Tess is doing her best to keep her opinions to herself and her hands off Nick.
In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-book series that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Gatsby Era's Roaring Twenties and then on to the Great Depression, culminating nearly a century later in Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea." Set against a backdrop of mansions, the glorious America's Cup Yacht Races, and new money, the series traces the passions and adventures of three families from three different classes. Book One: TESS. From the wild decadence of late nineteenth-century Newport comes the tale of Tess Moran, a beautiful Irish housemaid in one of the grand summer "cottages," who makes a dark bargain with a man of commanding wealth -- and falls in love in the bargain. Also available: Book Two: AMANDA Book Three: LAURA Book Four: THE HEIRS Reviews "A quality, original book. Antoinette Stockenberg has done her homework. The saga ... contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. It is what makes, for example, Book One: TESS stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters." --Providence Journal "A riveting saga/mystery. Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading." --Rave Reviews "The action moves along at a speed that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. If I had had the time I could have read it non-stop, and I nearly did .... Here is a book to satisfy every sort of reader--those who crave fast action, Newport aficionados, and the romantics among us who love happy endings." --Newport This Week Magazine "Sizzling [and] entertaining reading. The well-researched novel uses real people and places--such as the Vanderbilts and Dennis Conner--as a backdrop to the unfolding drama. --Soundings Magazine
"OLSEN WILL SCARE YOU--AND YOU'LL LOVE IT." —Lee Child "YOU'LL SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON AFTER READING GREGG OLSEN." —Allison Brennan A schoolgirl found it on a nature hike. A severed human foot wearing pink nail polish. A gruesome but invaluable clue that leads forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman down a much darker trail--to a dangerous psychopath whose powers of persuasion seem to have no end. Only by teaming up with sheriff's detective Kendall Stark can Birdy hope to even the odds in a deadly game. It's a fateful decision the killer wants them to make. And it's the only way Birdy and Kendall can find their way to a murderer who's ready to kill again. . . Praise for Gregg Olsen's novels "Wickedly clever! Twisted." —Lisa Gardner "Olsen writes rapid-fire page-turners." —Seattle Times "Grabs you by the throat." —Kay Hooper “The fifth Waterman and Stark thriller from the very talented Gregg Olsen . . . it’s truly a great read.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
This is where it all startedthe adventures of Dustybear and that rag-taggle bunch of sillies nicknamed The Redneck Mafia. There he was, quietly minding his own business, when suddenly into his homeand his lifecame Frankie and Tess. Little did he know at that point that by merely listening to their story (and maybe getting a book out of it) that he would find himself drawn smack dab into the middle of one of the most bizarreand dangerousadventures he could have ever imagined Ahhh, but he was. Little did he know that he would find himself in so much danger...along with Frankie, Tess, and Ahhh, but pretty quick, he was. Little did he know that this large and very disparate group of people would become such an integral part of his futureand his life. That they would become as much a part of him almost as life itselfand that he, his safety and security, and his very life would become totally dependent on them. Ahhh, but Just exactly how did our hapless author, our trusty Dustybear, get so caught up in all that mystery and intrigue. Caught upIN MURDER? GASP! For that matter, how does sweet and innocent Tess come to be so caught up in organized crime, while dragging Frankie along with her? Then Bear? Then Ahhh, but Tess is where it all starts. But how? Why? Youll just have to read Dime A Dance to find out. Meanie, arent I. Dime A Dance. Book I, Part I The Dance is where it all starts, telling the story of Tess beginnings. Tess and Frankies beginnings. How they meet, and how they find themselves ultimately on the run from the Mafiaafter they fall in love, of course. It also introduces the rest of the group, including Dustybear. It sets the stage for all that is to follow, and a wild ride it is. Dime A Dance. Book I, Part II The Plan sees Frankie, Tess, Bear, and The Redneck Mafia going undercover and infiltrating one of the most powerful organized crime families in the country headed by Antonio Catalafanowith no one in that family the wiser as to their true identitiesor so they think. Then what happens? Ahhh, therein lies the mystery. With more twists and turns than a San Francisco street and more thrills than a roller coaster at full throttle, Dime A Dance will keep you on the edge of your seat, and keep you rooting for the good guys IF you can figure out just exactly who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. The lines get blurred, and frequently even Dustybear isnt too sureand maybe life just isnt always all that simple. Good vs evil. Black and white. Nope. It definitely isnt. Not for Frankie and Tess. Not certainly for Dustybear. Not for Rose and Billy. For Ofelia. Toneboi, Ryan, Derek, Eric, Brenda, Elkeand the rest. Its a real pandoras box. Bear opens that night when he opens the front door of his home in southern Louisiana. He opens it to Frankie, Tess, and Ahhh. But, therein lies the storydoesnt it. So, why dont you come along with Bear as he spins a tale of mystery, intrigue, sex and violence, and of courselove. I think you will find that you will get as caught up in the story, and the characters, and all the restas I did, when I wrote DIME A DANCETHE SAGA OF FRANKIE AND TESS BOOK 1 Parts 1 and 2, and BOOK 2
New York Times bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer, “famous for her heartrending slices of Americana,”* is at her best in this sweet, small-town romance about a country music star discovering the true meaning of love... Eighteen years ago, Tess McPhail left her tiny hometown of Wintergreen, Missouri for the bright lights of Nashville and never looked back. Now, one of country music’s biggest stars, “Mac” is a hardworking woman with little time for a personal life—until her sister insists she come home to help care for their widowed mother. The welcome Mac receives is less than warm, especially from her former next-door neighbor Kenny Kronek. With a teenage daughter to raise, the handsome divorcé refuses to give Mac the time of day. But when Mac discovers that Kenny’s daughter is a promising country talent, she begins mentoring the girl in the music of love—and opening her own hardened heart to a man who makes her soul sing...
With one reckless, irresistible kiss, Dante binds Tess to himself for eternity... He comes to her more dead than alive, a huge black-clad stranger mortally wounded and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, vet Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. But in a single erotically-charged moment Tess is plunged into his world - a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swathe of terror. Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need - and yet his touch has awakened in her hidden gifts and desires and a hunger she never knew she possessed... and bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to overcome the deadliest of enemies.