4 1/2 stars for Seducing Liselle from Manic Readers!

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I’m so happy that Manic Readers loved Seducing Liselle. They gave it four and a half stars!

Seducing Liselle is a good little thriller, that I enjoyed.

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Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Rubenesque,  MF
Word Count: 36,000
Heat Level: 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

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Liselle isn’t looking for a hero, especially not at the ripe old age of forty-three, but when John saves her from a blizzard, she can’t help falling just a little bit in love. He’s sexy, strong, and ex-military, with a sassy niece and four older sisters who clearly adore him.

Even so, looks alone aren’t enough to convince her that he can be trusted. After all, her brother and father tormented her for years—she knows better than to think a man can make her happy.

When John comes to her rescue, will she let old habits rule? Or will she let him heat her up and melt the fear in her heart?

 

Manic Readers loved Loving Lily!

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I’m so happy that Manic Readers loved Loving Lily. They gave it four stars!

Ms. Blossom gave us two characters with depth. I believed their chemistry and was hopeful they would manage to move past their insecurities to find each other.

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Contemporary, Suspense, Erotic Romance, Rubenesque,  MF
Word Count: 35,000
Heat Level: 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

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Lily desperately wants to start over after her family dies in a series of suspicious accidents, but just as she’s moving on, her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, a handsome hero comes to her rescue.

Matt is everything Lily didn’t know a man could be: strong, kind, and willing to stick around, even when they discover someone is trying to kill her, too. Lily isn’t sure she’s worth his protection: she’s forty years old and too outspoken to be sweet, but Matt can’t help loving the curvy woman with the fabulous sense of humor. Lily can’t help falling for the sexy ex-SEAL who seems to like her just as she is.

When a storm and a dangerous vendetta threaten Lily’s life, will Matt’s strength and Lily’s resilience be enough to stand between love and disaster?

 

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Devotion by Marie E. Blossom – Goodreads giveaway now complete!

My giveaway in celebration of Devotion’s new release as a paperback is now complete! I have two lucky winners and two paperback copies of Devotion ready to go into the mail. If you would prefer to read with paper instead of via pixels, you can buy copies of Devotion in print at the following links:

Paperback buy links: Createspace – Print – Amazon – Print

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Erotic Sci-fi Romantic Suspense, MF
Word Count: 61, 270
Heat Level: 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

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Queen Ximena is devoted to her people and will gladly sacrifice herself for them, even if it means her death. Her bodyguard, Zefirino, is devoted to her and will gladly sacrifice himself to keep her alive.

When a terrible enemy suddenly attacks their planet, how will they protect those they love without losing each other? Together they survive an assassination attempt, invasion, and capture, but they both know that their duty may eventually tear them apart.

How can Ximena give her life for her people when she knows that Zefirino will die trying to save her? Who does she put first: her planet, or the lover she isn’t even supposed to have?

1 nomination for Evernight Readers’ Choice Awards!

I’m thrilled beyond words that my vampire paranormal, Bitten by Darkness, is nominated for a Best in Category Award for Evernight’s first ever Readers’ Choice Awards. Thank you to my most awesomest readers. :-). Voting is going on now until November 30. To vote, click HERE!

My categories:

Best in Category: Paranormal — Bitten by Darkness

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES HERE! POLLS OPEN UNTIL 11/30.

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Shifters/Vampires, Paranormal, Erotic, Sci-fi, Romantic Suspense, MF
Word Count: 54,200
Heat Level: 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

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Sienna knows she’s different, knows she’s missing some essential part of her soul, and she’s okay with that until she encounters Jasper. Unfortunately, meeting the love of her life for the first time while he’s standing over her wounded best friend in the middle of the woods isn’t the most auspicious beginning.

Jasper is dangerous. Alluring. Everything she should fear, especially when she discovers he’s out for revenge against the vampire who murdered his brother. Her mother warned Sienna to stay far away from the monsters, but how can she let Jasper face them on his own?

Revenant, vampire, slave—darkness is coming for them. Will evil consume Jasper and Sienna, or will love prevail?

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Devotion by Marie E. Blossom – Goodreads giveaway

In celebration of Devotion’s new release as a paperback, I’m giving away two copies on Goodreads! Enter the giveaway to win!

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Devotion by Marie E. Blossom

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by Marie E. Blossom

Giveaway ends December 02, 2013.

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Erotic Sci-fi Romantic Suspense, MF
Word Count: 61, 270
Heat Level: 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

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Queen Ximena is devoted to her people and will gladly sacrifice herself for them, even if it means her death. Her bodyguard, Zefirino, is devoted to her and will gladly sacrifice himself to keep her alive.

When a terrible enemy suddenly attacks their planet, how will they protect those they love without losing each other? Together they survive an assassination attempt, invasion, and capture, but they both know that their duty may eventually tear them apart.

How can Ximena give her life for her people when she knows that Zefirino will die trying to save her? Who does she put first: her planet, or the lover she isn’t even supposed to have?

Devotion by Marie E. Blossom now in PRINT!

Do you like the scent and feel of a paper book? Do you enjoy cracking the spine for the first time? If so, I am delighted to announce that you can now get copies of Devotion in PRINT! Links to buy a paperback copy are here: AmazonCreatespace

 

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Queen Ximena is devoted to her people and will gladly sacrifice herself for them, even if it means her death. Her bodyguard, Zefirino, is devoted to her and will gladly sacrifice himself to keep her alive.

When a terrible enemy suddenly attacks their planet, how will they protect those they love without losing each other? Together they survive an assassination attempt, invasion, and capture, but they both know that their duty may eventually tear them apart.

How can Ximena give her life for her people when she knows that Zefirino will die trying to save her? Who does she put first: her planet, or the lover she isn’t even supposed to have?

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Bitten by Darkness – what Jasper sees

 

Bitten by Darkness came out this past January, but I wrote it in late autumn. For me, the seasons really influence my writing. When I imagine walking through the woods or down a city street, the wind tells me what season it is. If there are flowers, their color reminds me of spring or autumn. If it’s rainy or cold or snowing, I need to write that feeling of being part of the world into my books. In honor of that visceral sense of season, here’s what I imagined Jasper saw when he first came back home to Earth at the beginning of Bitten by Darkness:

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From Chapter Five:

The star-skimmer woke him up at the appointed time. Jasper checked the controls, satisfied when he saw that he was in Earth’s orbit. He knew the technology on Earth had grown at a breakneck pace since he’d last been here, two hundred some years ago, and he’d adjusted the ship’s systems accordingly when he built it. It should be invisible to all but the most sophisticated sensors. If anyone did happen to see it, they would think it one of the small asteroids that passed close to the planet. Harmless. Inert.

It had only been two days since he’d left Dekcol. Two days to cross nearly twenty-one light years. His research had paid off, the grav-lensor functioning perfectly. No one else could travel the stars so fast. No one else would, especially not those vermin he’d left behind. It took them at least a few weeks’ travel, still, to journey from star to star. He knew they’d catch up with him eventually, but he had enough time to complete his plans. To perfect the vengeance he’d hidden so carefully for so long. Everything would happen perfectly in its time. No one would ever suspect his hand when they all died. They would have administered the poison to themselves. He smiled grimly, feeling a sense of peace for the first time in centuries.

He adjusted the thrusters and prepared to enter the atmosphere, first hacking into the planet’s information networks. His computer quickly assimilated the latest information: maps, air traffic control, and possible weather issues. When he was satisfied that he could make a quiet landing, he tapped his screen and entered the command for entry. Then he sat back and tried to enjoy the view. Earth didn’t look much different from when he’d left, except for the proliferation of artificial light. It was rather pretty. He’d kept abreast with all the changes by skimming Dekcol’s classified information databases. Even though the Blood Council told the people they’d stopped all extra-planetary activity, Jasper knew better. He was one of them, after all, a viper in a pit of fat pythons. He smiled again, amused that even his metaphors veered toward native Earth species. Soon he would be home.

Dekcol had been systematically harvesting life from numerous planets for centuries. Earth was just their latest conquest, and of course, the most seductive. Jasper grimaced, tightening his fingers on his harness. He thought about his brother. Ambrose had fallen in love with a native and married her. Had a child that even now Jasper regretted being unable to find and care for, all those years ago. The people here weren’t perfect, but they did their best to care for their children. The Blood Council, on the other hand, enslaved the ones they loved and ate the weak. He’d hated being one of them.

The ship rattled as the atmosphere heated the hull. Jasper closed his eyes. No sense dwelling on it now. He knew there were some Dekcolians left on Earth, blood-drinkers like him, except for one crucial difference: he never, ever took sustenance from a sentient creature. It was not only pointless, it was also unethical and immoral. Living in such a way poisoned the eater. That way lay madness.

Unfortunately, most of the Dekcolians stranded on Earth after the last exodus, when Jasper was forced to leave, thought differently. They believed feeding on humans conferred gifts. Strength. Longevity. Psychic powers. Drinking sentient blood was also addictive. Once begun, there was no stopping.

The ultimate tragedy, as far as he was concerned, was that eventually, all Dekcolians developed the same gifts over time. There was no need to hurry the process and lose whatever sense of compassion they had in the process. At a little over five hundred years old, Jasper was one of the oldest of his people, though some rare few could live to see a thousand. Like Alucard, may he die soon and badly. Jasper had all those gifts of strength and mind and more, as well as the wisdom to use them wisely.

No, they’re not my people. Not now, not ever again, he thought, forcing his eyes open. The viewport was flaming orange as the friction of the ship heated the air’s molecules. Soon enough, though, the fire gave way to soothing darkness. He shut off the automatic protocols and took control of the skimmer.

It was time to go home. He’d programmed the ship to zero in on the North American continent then used the old beacon embedded in the east tower of the mansion to orient himself. The soft, rolling Appalachian Mountains stretched out below him, dark and comforting. As he flew closer to the surface, his heart began to beat faster and faster. Calmly, he told himself as he spotted the light stone of his family’s manor, hidden in the trees that had grown wild over the centuries.

There it is. Home, he thought, dipping the nose of the ship down until he hovered over the flat surface of the back courtyard, protected by the east and west wings of the house. Not even a leaf stirred as he set the ship down, the anti-grav dampeners working just as well here in Earth’s lighter gravity as they had when he was testing the systems back on Dekcol. He sat silently for a moment then shut everything down. He had to force his fingers away from the controls. He felt light, as if he were dreaming, though he knew better. He tapped one last command. The ship’s canopy dematerialized and he took the first free breath he’d had in longer than he cared to acknowledge, lifting his face to the night sky.

He was home.

 

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Sienna knows she’s different, knows she’s missing some essential part of her soul, and she’s okay with that until she encounters Jasper. Unfortunately, meeting the love of her life for the first time while he’s standing over her wounded best friend in the middle of the woods isn’t the most auspicious beginning.

Jasper is dangerous. Alluring. Everything she should fear, especially when she discovers he’s out for revenge against the vampire who murdered his brother. Her mother warned Sienna to stay far away from the monsters, but how can she let Jasper face them on his own?

Revenant, vampire, slave—darkness is coming for them. Will evil consume Jasper and Sienna, or will love prevail?

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Loving Lily is 50% off at All Romance Ebooks – today only!

 

Yes, that’s right, Loving Lily is 50% off at ARe!

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Lily desperately wants to start over after her family dies in a series of suspicious accidents, but just as she’s moving on, her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, a handsome hero comes to her rescue.

Matt is everything Lily didn’t know a man could be: strong, kind, and willing to stick around, even when they discover someone is trying to kill her, too. Lily isn’t sure she’s worth his protection: she’s forty years old and too outspoken to be sweet, but Matt can’t help loving the curvy woman with the fabulous sense of humor. Lily can’t help falling for the sexy ex-SEAL who seems to like her just as she is.

When a storm and a dangerous vendetta threaten Lily’s life, will Matt’s strength and Lily’s resilience be enough to stand between love and disaster?

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Night Owl Reviews loved Loving Lily!

 

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What are people saying about Loving Lily?

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Rating: 4.5 stars, Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!

When Matt and Lily, adults in their forties, decide to go for it watch out! Their romance moved at the speed of sound but I liked it. They are definitely old enough to know what they are doing and at their age, why waste time? As to the black cloud hanging over Lily it worked as a method to move along the story but the reason behind it came out of left field for me. That was a bit distracting but I thoroughly enjoyed the story as a whole. And I especially liked the epilogue; I wish more stories included them. It gave a nice feeling of closure.

Reviewer: Chris

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Loving Lily is STILL a bestseller! Win a free ebook copy!

ETA: I’ve picked a winner! Thank you everyone for stopping by and playing my little celebration game. :-D

 

BookStrand Hh bestseller

Yes, Loving Lily is still on BookStrand’s Older H/h eBooks bestseller list, for weeks now at number TWO! In celebration, I’m giving away a free ebook copy of Loving Lily. Answer the question below (leave a comment on this post) after reading the short excerpt, and I will pick a winner at random on Friday!

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Question:

What is Matt riding when Lily first sets eyes on him?

a. a Harley

b. an ostrich

c. a mountain bicycle

d. a hot blonde

Excerpt from Chapter One:

Lily stared at the enormous bra the lingerie lady held out to her.

“Really, I don’t think my boobs are that big,” she said, trying to edge away from the outstretched hands. The woman stepped closer.

“Honey, you really should just try it. You told me you couldn’t figure out why your bras were always uncomfortable. This is why.” She held up the lace and elastic as though it were a flag. “You’ve been wearing ones that are too small.” The silver haired woman smiled kindly. “Trust me. You’ll be a lot happier in this bra. It’s really pretty, too!” The lights of the dressing room made the tiny gems sewn into the bra’s center seam sparkle.

Lily reluctantly took the purple satin from the woman. It was pretty, but she didn’t care. She didn’t want to try it on. It looked like something made for a hippo. “I’m not making any promises,” she said reluctantly, frowning down at the bra.

“Trust me. You’ll look good in it. You have a nice bosom, why not show it off?”

“Because men already have a tendency to miss my face and talk directly to my chest,” she muttered under her breath. The old woman smiled kindly at her and Lily knew she hadn’t heard.

“It can’t hurt to try it,” the woman urged.

Lily tried not to shudder as the lady closed the fitting room door.

Five minutes later, she scowled at herself in the mirror. “Fuck,” she said, then clapped her hand over her mouth. She’d been trying to cut down on the cursing, but every time something bad happened, the f-word slipped out.

And this qualifies as a mini-disaster, she told herself. The bra fit. It looked fantastic, in fact. It was comfortable and her breasts were contained in a way that proved she actually did have a waist.

“Dammit,” she muttered, turning to look at her back in the mirror. She held her wavy brown hair off her shoulders and glared at her reflection. Even the rear view was lovely: no bulging flesh, no side-boobs. She let her hair fall down and sighed. She could never decide if she hated her body or loved it. She wasn’t skinny by any stretch of the imagination, but she wasn’t huge, either. She had a small waist, but it was usually hidden because she had to buy clothes that fit both her top and her bottom. And because her breasts were rather generous, the standard clothing sizes that worked usually made her look like she had no shape. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how she looked at it, her curvy ass balanced the ridiculous size of her breasts rather well. She looked okay naked, but as soon as she put on a blouse or a sweater, all her confidence went out the window.

If I could live somewhere long enough to find a seamstress who could alter my clothes, I’d probably look great, she thought, not for the first time. She laughed at herself. She knew even if that were true, she wouldn’t bother. She just didn’t care enough to settle down. She hadn’t cared since her husband Jack died three years ago.

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“For God’s sake Matt, you need to get out of your house sometimes and talk to people. You’re going to rot up on that mountain. We’ll find your body in your foyer someday, desiccated and pathetic.”

Matt sighed loudly. “Stephanie, I’m sitting in a park with you right now. We’re surrounded by people.”

His sister sniffed as she watched her five-year-old twin girls run up the jungle gym steps so they could go down the slide again. “That’s only because I dragged you out today. You’re a hermit. Admit it.”

“I have work to do. I’m just about to finish up the edits on my latest novel. I do have deadlines, you know. And I like being alone,” Mat said absently, smiling as his little niece Keri shrieked on her way down. Her sister, Annie, swooped down right after, landing on top of her. Keri pushed her off with a disgusted look, and then the two were off again. “They never seem to get tired of the slide, do they?”

Stephanie leaned back against the bench, hands twirling the seeded dandelion her daughters had given her just a few minutes ago. “Oh, they will. And then we’ll be pushing them on the swings for about three hours.”

Matt grinned, glad he’d managed to deflect his sister’s nagging. He liked his house. He liked being alone. He liked writing the novels that paid his bills. “I don’t mind. They’re sweet.”

Stephanie gave him a look. “Sweet. Uh-huh.” She smiled grimly and turned to him. “I need a babysitter for Friday night.”

Matt backed away, almost falling off the bench. “Oh no. No way. The last time you roped me into babysitting alone I ended up at the clinic with them.”

Stephanie rolled her eyes. “How can a Navy SEAL be such a wuss?”

“Ex-Navy SEAL. I haven’t been in the military in ten years,” Matt reminded her.

She mouthed whatever at him and waved her hands belligerently.

He crossed his arms, not about to be taken in by her. How his little sister managed to annoy him so much, he had no idea. She was thirty, thirteen years younger than him, and they hadn’t even really grown up together, but she still drove him mad. “And seriously. I needed stitches, remember? They maimed me,” he said, disgusted just thinking about it.

His sister laughed. “You were the one who let them play outside with those sticks. I hope you learned your lesson. You’re supposed to be the one who rescues people. You’re not supposed to need rescuing. From two tiny little girls.” Stephanie’s whole face was alight with glee.

He coughed, trying to cover up his sudden embarrassment. That episode with the girls wasn’t his finest hour. “Yeah, I learned all right,” he said grimly. “Don’t let little girls pretend they’re pirates using sticks as their swords. I figured that out real quick.” He ran a finger over his right forearm where the scar from that particular lapse of judgment resided.

His sister rolled her eyes at his tone. “Oh please, you were fine. It was just a little blood.”

He stared at her. “I had to take them to the clinic with me.”

She looked back, nonchalant. “So?”

“Twin three year old girls. The clinic’s urgent care room.” He waved an arm toward his nieces, still running around like wild animals on the jungle gym. “Do I really have to explain what it was like trying to corral them there while keeping myself from bleeding to death?”

His sister patted his arm. “You survived. It was good for you.”

He slumped back on the bench. “That was worse than anything I had to do in the Navy. I kid you not.”

“Stop being so melodramatic.” His sister wasn’t even looking at him now as she grinned.

She didn’t care about his tender feelings, not the least little bit. She thought he was being ridiculous, and in a way, he understood. It was funny. On the other hand, he’d been so worried for his nieces that he’d almost lost it and started bawling in the clinic along with them. They really hadn’t liked watching the doctor stitch up their Uncle Matt. The crying had gone on for a long, long time. Abruptly, he stood up. “I’ve gotta get going. I have a deadline to meet.” He loved Stephanie, really he did, but sometimes she made him want to tear out all his hair. And he knew how stupid he looked without hair. He had pictures from boot camp.

“Don’t forget, we’re having dinner at Mom and Dad’s place at the end of the month. Tell Alex. I never see him. I think he’s trying to avoid me.” She smiled at him, standing up to give him a hug.

“I’ll tell him.” He squeezed her hard, picking her up slightly just to hear her oof.

She smacked him on the head. “Stop squeezing me to death. I need air, you know.”

He laughed, squeezing her again before putting her down. “You’re just so tiny. It makes me want to squish you.”

She huffed. “Yeah, well, my kids need their mom upright and walking, not passed out on the grass. And I’m not tiny. You’re a giant.”

He rolled his eyes this time. “Six-two is not that tall.”

“Says the giant.”

He ignored her, calling out to the twins coming down the slide again. “Bye girls!”

“Bye Uncle Matt! Bye!” they yelled back, running over to hug him goodbye.

“Be good for your mom, okay?” he said, running a hand over their sweaty hair.

The older one nodded. “We will.” She grabbed her sister before she could say anything and dragged her back over to the slide.

Matt waved at them and turned to go, but not before he got one last dig into his sister. “I’m not that big, you know. You’re just shrinking. I’ve heard that having kids can do that. Brain cells are the first to go.” He ducked away before she could swat him again, laughing at the look of ire on her face.

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“Fuck. Double fuckity fuck,” Lily muttered, kicking at her stupid, dumb, loser flat tire. She didn’t even bother trying to keep the cursing down this time. She was in the middle of freaking nowhere with her entire life packed into her stupid SUV. And what happens? I get a flat. Of course.

“If you’d bothered to plug your cell phone in, this wouldn’t be a big deal, now would it?” she berated herself out loud. “But no. You couldn’t remember to do that, could you? Of course not. You’re lost, your cell battery is dead, and your car is going nowhere. Fuck!” She yelled out the last part, kicking the tire again.

She looked up at the trees, judging it to be late afternoon by the angle of the sun. She’d been looking forward to checking into the bed and breakfast she’d booked, and then heading somewhere for dinner. Now she was stuck on the side of a mountain, in the woods, in rural Vermont, with no way to get help.

“Looks like I’m walking. Probably for hours,” she said aloud. “Because I’m too dumb to plan ahead. Soon as I get settled, I’m buying an extra phone battery.”

She locked her car and started off down the road. At least it was summertime. And not raining.

“I shouldn’t have stopped in the mall this morning. I didn’t really need a new bra.” She kicked a rock along the side of the road. It made a satisfying sound so she kicked it again.

“I could have stopped for lunch. There was a sandwich shop right off the interstate.” She’d been thinking about the new bra and the trauma of finally accepting that she’d been stuffing herself into lingerie two sizes too small. When she’d driven past the sandwich place, she decided she wasn’t that hungry. “But you’re hungry now, aren’t you, Lily?” She stopped for a moment to look up at the sky. The blue expanse just beyond the treetops mocked her. “Idiot,” she snorted.

The thing was, she really did need a new bra. She didn’t have many because she hated shopping for them so much, so she tended to wash and rewash until the few she owned were falling apart. She was at the point where all of the bras she owned were falling apart.

“Fuck. This stupid bra really is comfortable,” she said aloud, kicking the rock again.

“Hello there! I saw a car with a flat back there. Is it yours?” a male voice called out.

Lily jumped, heart knocking against her ribs. She spun around, surprised to see a man standing over a mountain bike just behind her. What the hell? Where did he come from? And also, oh shit, did he just hear me talking about my bra? Out loud?

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you,” he said, unbuckling his helmet.

Lily stared, still too freaked out to speak. He was huge. Like, really, really tall. And built. Her eyes wandered over his green t-shirt, down his cargo shorts to his feet. He was wearing some sort of hard boots with metal clip things on the bottom. Given all the crap that had happened in her life, she should probably be frightened about being caught alone in the middle of rural USA with a strange man, but she just couldn’t work up the energy for it right now. Plus, he had kind eyes.

And he’s extremely good-looking, she thought to herself, a little bit star-struck. He was movie-star hot, especially with the hint of silver at his temples. The crows-feet at the corner of his eyes made him seem real. Approachable. He looked like a man who’d been through a lot and come out the other side even better. He smiled appealingly. Lily stared some more. His teeth were perfectly white.

“Are you okay?” he asked, making no move to come closer. It was as if he knew how intimidating he could look if he tried. He stood there casually, one hand cradling his helmet, the other held palm out near his hip. It was a distinctly unthreatening gesture.

Lily took in his bright hazel eyes, his messy dark hair, the width of his shoulders, and swallowed, hard. If he knew I was speechless because he’s insanely gorgeous, not because I’m afraid, he’d probably turn tail and run to get away from the crazy woman, she thought. “Um, yeah. That’s my car,” she finally managed to say aloud. She grimaced. “And my flat tire.”

He cocked his head.

He looks adorable when he does that, she thought absently, eyes wandering back over him again.

“Do you have someone you can call?” he asked.

She shook her head. “No. Even if my cell phone wasn’t dead, I’d just be calling the nearest tow company. I’m not from around here.”

“I figured that,” he said, smiling. “The nearest tow place would be my brother, Alex. He owns the town’s only mechanic shop.”

Lily grinned, holding out her hand. “That’s good to know. I’m Lily Solton, by the way. Do you, by any chance, have a working cell phone?”

He walked closer, wheeling the bicycle with him. It was mud-spattered, but bright green paint shone through the dirt. When his hand closed over hers, she gasped at how gently he held it. His hand was warm and dry and strong—she could see the muscles in his forearm flexing, but he didn’t use it to hurt her like some men would. Instead, he shook her hand and let go politely.

“I do,” he said, then blinked. “Have a phone, that is.”

Lily laughed out loud. “If I said ‘I do’ too, does that mean I get to buy you dinner? I mean, if we’re going to get married, the least I can do is ask you out on a date, right?”

To her astonishment, he blushed.

Whoa, she thought, inordinately charmed. He’s hot and nice and he blushes, oh my.

“Um, yeah.” He stumbled over his words. “I mean, no. Wait, that didn’t come out right.” He stopped and took a breath and tried again while Lily grinned at him. “I would enjoy having dinner with you, but marriage on the day we meet is a bit too hasty for me.” His hazel eyes twinkled down at her. “It’s not you, it’s me,” he added, chuckling.

Lily laughed, stepping back. “I get that, sure.”

He reached into his pocket and extracted a phone. “Want me to call my brother?”

“If he’s the guy with the tow truck, yes, please.”

He nodded and Lily watched him punch a button.

“Hey,” he said, phone to his ear, lips quirking up on one side. “I’ve got a lady with a flat out on Rock Creek Road.” He nodded. “Yeah. Sure, we can wait.” He slid the phone back in his pocket, shaking his head. “Not like you can go anywhere, not with that flat.” He jerked his thumb back down the road.

“How long?” Lily asked him, trying not to stare at the way his shirt stretched over the luscious perfection of his pectoral muscles.

“He says fifteen minutes. I’ll walk you back to your car.” He hooked his helmet on his handlebar and turned the bicycle around.

“You don’t have to do that,” she protested. “I don’t want to hold you up. Looks like you were in the middle of a ride.”

He shrugged. “I ride almost every day. It’s no big deal.” He began walking. “You coming?”

Lily hitched her purse higher on her shoulder. “Yeah. I’m coming.”

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Lily desperately wants to start over after her family dies in a series of suspicious accidents, but just as she’s moving on, her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, a handsome hero comes to her rescue.

Matt is everything Lily didn’t know a man could be: strong, kind, and willing to stick around, even when they discover someone is trying to kill her, too. Lily isn’t sure she’s worth his protection: she’s forty years old and too outspoken to be sweet, but Matt can’t help loving the curvy woman with the fabulous sense of humor. Lily can’t help falling for the sexy ex-SEAL who seems to like her just as she is.

When a storm and a dangerous vendetta threaten Lily’s life, will Matt’s strength and Lily’s resilience be enough to stand between love and disaster?

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