Clay McGavran was stuck in hell.
Otherwise known as Denson, Virginia - a small town in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains - a town shrouded in the pain and tragedy of the past.
As partner at one of Richmond’s most successful construction and design firms, building someone else’s dream home was his job. But when their dream brought him to the town of his nightmares, he was thrust into a past he’d worked diligently to forget.
The only respite to his misery came from an unexpected - and inconvenient - source.
His new assistant, Alison.
To Clay, Alison was the woman whose perpetual smile and hauntingly familiar eyes were a balm to his scraped and bruised psyche. She was the antithesis of the type of woman he usually took to his bed but he found himself wanting her more than any woman before her.
And, as his employee, she was the one woman he couldn’t have.
His company, friendships, and reputation were at stake. He couldn’t cross that line again. He’d been reckless in the past and it had nearly cost him his company – and his life. But it’s not so easy to walk away when, in the fires of his personal hell, he may have stumbled headlong into his salvation.
“I need a favor…”
Famous last words.
When Spencer was asked to check on a friend of a friend, he thought it was no big deal. Simple. A good excuse to take a nice long drive and burn up some of the free time he’d been forcibly handed.
But when he walked into Talia’s apartment and looked into her devastated eyes… simple went right out the window.
Despite two years of staunchly avoiding women, he was overwhelmed by the compulsion to help her — know her, avenge her, protect her.
All Talia wanted was to hide away and ignore the unwelcome, looming presence of a past she’d thought she left behind. She wanted to wallow, to drink, to slip into oblivion.
But a knock at her door changed all that.
She found herself wanting to let Spencer in — into her apartment, inside her head.
Into her heart.
And how selfish did that make her?
She knew from the start that she couldn’t be what he needed, couldn’t give him the life he deserved, but she couldn’t help herself.
So did he.
And now her past may cost them their future.
All the Broken Pieces
How far would you be willing to go for someone you love?
For Lauren Caldwell, the answer was: as far as necessary. She had done what she had to do to protect the one person who meant the most to her in the world—her uncle. She wasn’t proud of herself, but in the end, she had protected him just as he’d always protected her. A year later, a year of being ostracized in the small Virginia town she called home, she found herself helplessly watching her worst nightmare unfold.
She was alone.
Until a stranger became a friend who became the glue that might finally piece together the jagged fragments of her life, of her heart.
How far would you be willing to go for someone you love?
Brant Matthews never wanted to fall in love again; he had worked diligently to avoid emotional entanglements at all costs. He knew what it was to lose the one you loved, to fail them so irrevocably that the entire trajectory of your life shifted. But seeing the broken look in Lauren’s crystal-blue eyes, feeling that old pain flare anew and knowing from experience exactly how much she was hurting… he never stood a chance. She had him, whether she was ready to accept that or not.
And when her childhood tormentor set his sights on her once more, Brant knew exactly how far he would go to keep her safe.
He would die for her or kill for her.
There would be no middle ground.
(Thrill of the Chase, #1)
There's no such thing as too much fun…
Incredibly, immeasurably, categorically false.
Try: It's all fun and games until someone ends up in the tabloids.
Kade Edenfield was rock royalty. If every rock god in history gathered for dinner, his seat would be at the head of the table. He was that good. His band was elevated to a level few ever reached, and he was having the time of his life.
Until one misstep too many landed him on the front page of every gossip rag around the globe, and the band's label decided to saddle them with a PR priss whose sole mission in life was to suck the fun right out of his.
He wanted her gone.
Until he realized he just plain wanted her.
Aubrey Taylor didn’t ask to be assigned to babysit a band full of troublemakers, but she wasn’t given a choice. Wanted or not, she intended to fix the mess they’d made. She’d do it quickly, efficiently, and then she’d get the hell out of there. Unfortunately, after meeting their openly hostile singer—the one with the notoriously menacing stare—it was clear she was in over her head. When Kade made a point to challenge her at every turn, unafraid of using intimidation to get her to back down, she found herself in even deeper trouble.
While she ‘officially’ resented and feared him, their power struggle secretly turned her on.
She desperately wanted to win their little standoff, but what was she supposed to do when she realized she wanted him even more?
Off Script (A Standalone)
I’ve watched him for years.
He was every woman’s fantasy.
The famous actor.
Until he showed up at my front door.
Wanting something from me.
Something I wasn’t sure I could ever give.
It wasn’t safe outside my bubble.
So, I let him inside instead.
All the way in.
And once he was there,
I wanted to keep him.
Even if that meant risking everything.
Even my heart.
He thought he knew how the story would play out.
But I was taking our love off script.
(Thrill of the Chase, #2)
Leading a double life isn’t easy.
Leading a double life when you’re famous is nearly impossible.
Luckily, I'm always up for a challenge.
For years, I’d balanced both worlds.
More than that, I was killing it.
A successful music career,
Drummer for the most popular rock band in the world,
And I’d amassed a huge following as a painter—
Even if no one knew it was me.
I had it all.
Or I thought I did.
Then I went toe-to-toe with my alter-ego’s biggest fan,
Who tried to throw me out of my own art show.
And made me realize exactly what I’d been missing.
The thrill of sharing my secret bonded us,
But that wasn’t why she consumed me.
I never bought into the idea of love as the ultimate muse.
Emily Westin was about to make me a believer.
(The Broken series boxed set)
The Broken series follows best friends and business partners Clay, Spencer, and Brant as they go from building custom dream homes for high profile clients to realizing their own dreams with three feisty, fierce women who can't resist men who are good with their hands.