Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Three Swoon-Inducing Heroes

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This month, Crimson Romance released Modern Love, a contemporary romance book-bundle that includes top-selling romance authors and is currently on sale for $0.99.  

To celebrate, I’ve brought over three swoon-inducing heroes to answer some fun questions: Evan Burke from Falling for You by Heather Thurmeier; Carter Phlynn from On The Fly by Katie Kenyhercz and Luke Cannon from Destination Wedding by me!

Okay fellas, tell us about your first kiss in the book. When did it happen?

Evan:  My first kiss with Cassy was a covert-ops situation. See Cassy was on this silly dating reality TV show and I was there to film her. But, let’s just say there’s only so long a man like me can watch a girl like Cassy walk around in her hot pink bikini, making sexy eyes at me—No matter how hard she denies it!—before I had to give into temptation. Luckily, we happened to be in a spot where the overhead, wall-mounted cameras couldn’t catch us. Good thing too, because that kiss was way too hot for prime time TV.

Carter: The first was so fast, I'm not even sure it counts, but she'd just held a press conference denying that we were involved. It was the best move at the time for both our sakes, and it went really well. I went to her office to thank her, and when I saw her, I guess I got carried away and just kissed her. I think the real first kiss was on Halloween night. A lot of firsts happened then, but I'll let you read about that.

Luke: I’ve got you two beat because I kissed Kate in Chapter One. Of course I only did it to calm her down on our rather turbulent flight from New York City to Hawaii, and there was the little issue that I was pretending to be my identical twin brother when I did it.

When did you know your heroine was the one?

Evan:  From the moment I opened the door to the adjoining room and found Cassy standing on the other side, I was done for. I mean, I wouldn’t have admitted that at the time, of course, but there was something about that long mahogany hair and those jade green eyes that took root inside of me. But the moment that put me over the edge was when douche bag Bachelor Brad started making the moves on my girl. I don’t care if Brad was the guy she was “technically” on the show The One to date or not, the second what I had with her was threatened, I knew she was my one and that’s all I could focus on.  

Carter: It was Halloween. We'd just survived a disaster of a night out, and she was worried about her brother even with all of the trouble he'd given her. She said if he needed her, she'd be there. It's just who she was. That's when I knew I needed her too. I've never met anyone as selfless and giving, but she stands up for herself. How could I ever settle for anyone else?

Luke: I was smitten with Kate from the moment we met. How could I not fall in love with a klutzy wedding planner wearing her tomato juice all over her white suit; empty vodka bottles on her tray and chanting her calming mantra "I do. I do,” while not taking her eyes off of the fasten seatbelt sign. (sighs) She was a bit of a mess, albeit an adorable mess. 

The time we spent alone in Maui confirmed my feelings. I wanted to know anything and everything about the beautiful woman I’d kissed silly while pretending I was my brother.

You three are known for being super romantic. Describe your perfect date?

Evan: My perfect date with Cassy would be a hike into the Colorado Rockies to this remote lookout spot I love near the cabin. There’s a small lake up there and a view that makes you feel like you’re looking at a slice of heaven. Of course, I’d have a blanket up there and a picnic basket full of delicious snacks. But the best part of all would be having Cassy all to myself—no other contestants flaunting and flirting, no competitions getting in the way, and no cameras. Just Cassy, nature, and privacy. Heaven.

Carter: Jacey and I like to go ice skating. It holds special meaning for us, and we like to show off for each other. End the night with pizza, beer, and a movie at home. Perfect.

Luke: Now that Kate’s relocated to New York City, we enjoy going to the theater, taking in a concert, picnics in Central Park. Sometimes the best nights are sitting on my balcony with a tropical drink in hand reminiscing about our time in Hawaii. Although Kate’s assistant, Miles, and my brother’s ex-fiancĂ©e, Lauren, recently moved here and have been coming over quite a bit.

You can learn more about Evan, Carter, and Luke and how each reaches his Happily Ever After in the Modern Love bundle. Purchase Now for $0.99!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Second Chance Romances - Part Two

By: Barbara Phinney

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When I tell people I am a writer, the question most frequently asked is "Where do you get your story ideas?" The answer is not always the same, but most often, my stories come from a place first. Yes, a setting usually sparks my ideas.

In Cape of Secrets, the story I have in Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances, it was indeed the setting. Consider this: A cape on the upper edge of a bay, jutting out into water that perpetually churns and froths, water called The Dory Rips, for they will chop up a small boat by force alone.  Consider a cape so often shrouded in fog, a foghorn must sit beside the lighthouse. This is Cap D'Or in Nova Scotia. The day we visited there was beautiful, clear as a bell, and warm. The driveway down to it was steep, a danger, no doubt, in the fog. This sparked my interest. What if someone accidentally walked off the cliff? Or worse still, was pushed?

So Cape of Secrets is started. It's fun to develop a story from an area, asking questions about who would live there and why. And what would happen if...

My heroine comes to the cape, but in this modern gothic, she's not an innocent, victim-like heroine in a filmy, flowing nightgown. Marika is a street smart acerbic woman who refuses to put herself in danger, or bow to her body's desires. She won't be told what to do. It's her life she's living and her rules she's living by. Things, though, have a way of twisting around. And Marika finds herself exactly where she fought so hard to avoid. 

And this smart city gal soon faces secrets as dangerous as The Dory Rips themselves. 

So, for those writers and budding writers out there, what entices you to want to write a story? A situation? An emotion? A quirky character, perhaps? Tell us. We'd love to hear it.

Barbara Phinney

Today I’m going to gift a copy of the FIRST Romance Super Bundle (RSB) to someone who’s willing to share a second chance that made a difference in their life.

Comment to win the first RSB, then grab your copy of the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances for the great price of just $0.99 to get your second chance with the authors!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Second Chance Romances

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Everyone deserves a second chance, right? Well...maybe not everyone (serial killers, come to mind), but in our romances, definitely the hero and heroine do. I love books that offer the people we fall in love with a chance at redemption as they fall in love.

In the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances, you’ll get eleven books with the second chance theme. We’ve got a lonesome cowboy, a spurned bride-to-be, a heartbroken widower and an unexpected pregnancy, along with a tasty smattering of intrigue, murder and suspense. Almost half a million words and two thousand pages of strong heroes and daring heroines who’ll do anything for a second chance at love.

My book in the bundle is The Heart of the Matter, book 6 of the Welcome to Redemption series I write with Donna Marie Rogers.

Allie Daniels wants a family of her own, but she can’t have children. She hides her desolation from everyone—especially the town veterinarian, whose three-year-old son is a painful reminder. Rick Wilde liked Allie back in high school, but life took them in different directions. Now a single parent, his interest in Allie is renewed despite the fact her shoulder is colder than the bitter winter wind. Brought together by an orphaned kitten, Allie is helpless to resist Lukas’ impish innocence and Rick’s charm. Does she risk her heart on an impossible dream, or will Rick’s desire for more kids devastate their future?

EXCERPT: (Allie is not yet open to giving Rick a second chance...)

Allie folded her arms across her chest and lifted her chin while staring straight out the windshield. “There’s a lot you don’t know about me.”

Direct hit. He grimaced and put the truck back in drive so he could turn down her street. Despite it feeling like ninety-degrees in the truck with the heat blasting, her tone threatened to give him frostbite. And now they were at her house. He couldn’t let the night end like this, but she was already out of the truck and slammed the door before he shifted into park.

Man up!

Opening his door, he called, “Allie, wait.”

House keys in hand, she whirled on her front porch as he approached, looking smaller than ever against the large columns supporting the overhead roof. “Don’t expect me to thank you for ruining my evening, Rick, because it’s not going to happen. Now go away.”

He ruined her evening? A defensive reply formed on his tongue until he remembered he still needed to apologize for his unintended insult. Before he could come up with those more difficult words, he saw her shiver again. So he said the first thing he could think of to get both of them inside her house.

“I was going to ask if I could use your bathroom.”

She turned to insert the key into the lock and spoke over her shoulder. “Use a tree.”

He let out a disbelieving laugh. “Oh, come on. I’m not Bennie.”

She opened the door and stepped inside. She wasn’t really going to leave him outside like the Bassett hound she dog-sat every week, was she? He cocked a brow and offered a hopeful smile to counter her glare.

Her shoulders dropped, and she huffed out an annoyed breath. “Fine. Come in.”

Boy, did he have his work cut out for him.

You’ll get laughs, love, heartbreak, and the promised second chance in The Heart of the Matter. (Pretty much all the books in the WTR series offer second chances.)

In my own life, I count my growing career as an author my favorite second chance. After 20 years as a travel agent, almost two years ago, I was very happy to ‘start over’ doing something I love. I had been writing for over 10 years by then, but finally was able to quit my job to write full-time. The last day at my old job I felt like I’d won the lottery.

Now here’s your chance to win!

Today I’m going to gift a copy of the FIRST Romance Super Bundle (RSB) to someone who’s willing to share a second chance that made a difference in their life.

Comment to win the first RSB, then grab your copy of the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances for the great price of just $0.99 to get your second chance with the authors!

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Thank you so much for stopping by, and come back tomorrow for more on the RSBII as well as for your second chance to win the first bundle.

~ Stacey Joy Netzel

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dreams of Perfection

Congratulations to "Marcy S." the winner in Rebecca's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Ever had one of those girlfriends who went on one date after another only to find something wrong with every guy she went out with? One of those women who’s looking for Mr. Perfect, instead of Mr. Right? Well, that’s my latest heroine, Darcy Butler, in Dreams of Perfection (Book #1 in the Dreams Come True Series). 

See, Darcy’s a best-selling romance writer whose endless round of dates never live up to the guys she creates from her own juicy little imagination. She’s had her heart stomped on for sure, but her defense mechanism is to her standards a tad too high. 

Admittedly, some of her blind dates were, well, a little creepy. Like this one, where she’s meeting a guy at a coffee shop on the recommendation of her accountant.

“Now, let me tell you about myself.” He opened his briefcase and pulled out three files, laying them carefully on the table. “I’m looking for a mate, not a date. I don’t have a lot of time to waste dating, and I understand neither do you, if you want to become pregnant before you’re too old.”

He glanced up, clearly mistaking her expression for awed speechlessness rather than horrified incredulity. He patted her hand. “Oh, don’t worry, I am not opposed to children. I have a strong sex drive, so children are inevitable, but I don’t believe in premarital sex, so marriage is mandatory and soon.” 

Aghast, Darcy looked around the coffee shop, expecting her family and friends to storm the table, laughing and teasing, certain this must be a joke. 

He gestured to each file in turn. “This is my resume.”

Resume? He did realize this wasn’t a job interview, right?

“These”—he pointed at portrait size photos of happy, smiling, neatly dressed children—“are my three children, Kempton the Third, Angela, and my youngest, Thornton. 


“And these”—he picked up a stack of paper— “are letters of recommendation.”

Flabbergasted, and not a little intrigued, Darcy waited for him to continue. After all, she enjoyed a good joke, even if it was on her.

He placed his resume in front of her, which she noted included his salary and net worth. Seven figures—impressive. Next came a description of his home on Long Island and his country club privileges. 

Darcy suppressed a giggle, still waiting for the punch line. Let everyone think they’d pulled a good one over on her. 
I had so much fun writing Darcy’s story. She’s a little ditzy, a lot adorable, and I just wanted her to find the happily-ever-after (HEA) she writes about—after I finished torturing her, of course. Darcy learns many things on her journey to HEA, like not to take people for granted, and that when you love someone, you love them warts and all. 

She learned some of these lessons while visiting her Aunt Rosie and her Uncle Al, who were celebrating their sixty-third wedding anniversary. I modeled Rosie and Al’s relationship after cousins of mine whose long, happy marriage I admired. 

To spend time with my cousins, let’s call them Mary and Bob, was to see first-hand what two people still in love after all those years looked like. The little gestures of affection, the flirtations, the sparkle in their eyes when they looked at each other, and the deep respect they had for one another, made you hope for that very thing when you reached those same milestones in your own life. Bob never hesitated to tell you that he’d married his best friend and the love of his life.

Mary and Bob had been married sixty-three years when he passed away, and along with their daughters, they can boast four grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. Quite a legacy.

As a romance author I write stories with happily-ever-after endings—modern-day fairytales. But my stories can’t compete with Mary and Bob’s. They lived the fairytale. 

Darcy makes a mess of things trying to figure everything out, and it takes her aunt and uncle’s anniversary party for the light bulb to finally come on:

It suddenly occurred to Darcy that fairytales weren’t found in books. They were found in real life—everyday life, with both its triumphs and its tribulations. And her aunt lived that real-life fairytale every day, while she had been wishing for the wrong fairytale all along.

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I’m giving away a free Amazon eBook of Dreams of Perfection to one lucky commenter. 


What if perfection isn’t truly perfect?

Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.
Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.
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Friday, July 18, 2014


            When I started writing for Brazen, I realized I had a problem. Brazen romances are about the shift and change in a relationship as reflected in sex play and because of the sex. Sure, there’s more to a Brazen than just the hubba hubba, but I’ve been married for over 30 years. What I’ve got in the bedroom is more like “huh.” So I decided it was time to try something new.

            My husband is all for anything that gets him laid, so he was up for whatever I suggested. And yes, I do mean literally. First thing we tried was mild bondage play. I tied him to the bed and started to torture him just like all those feisty heroines I’ve read about (and written!). Then I remembered an appointment that I’d forgotten and zipped out of the house. 

            When I returned, he suggested I should see if I like spanking. I wisely declined.
The next thing I tried was a couple’s yoga DVD that a friend of mine loaned me. She said she and her husband love it and it had made a hot difference for them. Since it had been a while since our bondage mistake, my husband was happy to try. What my friend hadn’t told me was that it was about feeling the energy between husband and wife without touching. There’s an energy flow between people and the class was meant to increase the chi between husband and wife.  We made it through about half the class when my husband said, “F*** this, we’re doing it American Style now.”  Turns out I was okay with that. So that experiment worked.

            The most recent attempt turned into the pool table scene in Two Week Seduction. If you read the reviews, everyone loves this scene. It involves the hero talking dirty as a way to win the game. So I thought my husband and I should try dirty talk. 

            The problem is that my husband is a finance guy and computer programmer. Titillating dialogue is not in his wheelhouse. He said, “I want to do you right now.” Then after some thought, he tried, “I mean, I really want to do you. Like now. Like, you know, do you.” And when I started laughing, he tried again. “I’m a guy. And I want to do you. Cause I’m a hot hero like guy.”

            Fortunately, John in Two Week Seduction had me helping him with his sex talk. So give the book a shot. And then tell me if you think I made John witty enough. And hard enough. And hot enough! 

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She’s going to break all of his rules…

Tech Sergeant John O’Donnell was never fond of his hometown. Too many reminders of poverty, his rocky family life, and the girl he was never allowed to have. Now he has exactly two weeks to sort out his mother's finances before he heads back overseas. Two weeks that he's determined to spend as far from his best friend’s little sister as possible. 

Alea Heling has a naughty streak a mile wide. Sweet and simple? Boring. She’s been craving a bad boy like John since their wild days together in high school, and this time, she’s not taking no for an answer. But with every panty-meltingly hot encounter, Alea forgets one hard, cold reality—this soldier won't let a fortnight turn into forever...and forever might be exactly what they both need.

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Kathy Lyons is the fun, contemporary side of USA Today Bestselling author Jade Lee.  She loves sassy romance with lots of laughter and sex.  Spice is the variety of life, right?  Okay, so maybe two kids, two cats, two pennames, and writing over 40 books has messed with her mind, but she still keeps having fun. Check her out at  Or hang out with her sexy historical half, Jade Lee. Titled heroes with dark secrets are Jade’s passion.  Especially when they fall for women who add more than just spice to their lives.  Find her at  Facebook: JadeLeeBooks   Twitter: JadeLeeAuthor

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Want It

With: Nina Crespo

Years ago, someone I met at a seminar asked me if I liked where I was living. I didn't, but not wanting to give the wrong impression (whining malcontent=avoid for the rest of the day at all costs), I said it was fine. I went on to list the positives, but she saw the crack in my armor. She said, "It sounds to me like you're trying to convince yourself. You're settling." Her comment stayed with me for the rest of the day, along with the realization that she was right.

My heroine Jasmine in Take Me If You Dare settled for a guy who looked great on the outside, but he broke her trust and her heart. Because she no longer trusted her instincts, she almost missed out on finding Ethan. Her story reminds us of the importance of not settling for less or letting the past rule our lives. We have to move past disappointments, learn to trust ourselves again, and reach out for the good stuff that's just up ahead.

Do I still find myself in places or circumstances that I don't like? Sure I do, but I'm becoming more honest about what's not working (sometimes it takes awhile) so I can make a conscious effort to move toward what's important to me. 

Deciding to release my debut novella to the world was my latest stretch into the unknown. I've faced highs and lows, favorable and not so favorable circumstances, but I'm having a blast as I learn more about my craft, connect with other authors, and meet new fans. What I love about writing romance is that the hero and heroine never settle for less…and maybe neither should we.

Take Me If You Dare

It’s been a year since Jasmine Stewart dumped her cheating ex, so when her best friend dares her to have a one-night stand during a business trip to Miami, Jasmine is all in. But just as she hits her cheesy-come-ons limit, a wickedly hot former soldier comes to her rescue.

Security specialist Ethan Worth’s instincts tell him the gorgeous woman at the bar is trouble. After a sexy dance and even sexier kiss, he knows she is. But when their scintillating night leads to more, the possibility of another long distance relationship sends Jasmine running for the door.

 Until the unthinkable happens. Jasmine’s company assigns her to Bode-Wynn, the military security firm where Ethan works. Forced back together, the undeniable heat between them flares to life. But sex is all it can ever be, because taking it further goes against everything Jasmine wants…and everything Ethan fears.
She stared at the cup. How would it taste—too strong, too weak, too sweet?

Giving herself a mental shake, she focused on finding her underwear. What she and Ethan shared last night was the perfect encounter. Why ruin it by letting him come back to find her with bedhead and clumpy mascara eyes, with her bare butt in the air searching for her clothes?

She found her underwear and worked to untangle the lace that had suddenly turned into a set of intricate puzzles in her hands. She managed to put them on without ripping them to shreds, but panic seized her when she couldn’t find her dress. The memory of Ethan taking it off sped up her heart rate and her exit from the bedroom. Pausing on her way down the staircase, she stopped to listen for Mitch in the house. No soft snores, no squeaky beds, no movement from the kitchen, just the waves crashing in the ocean. As she hurried down to the living room, a part of her felt
like Cinderella’s vampy twin running from the prince’s bed at sunrise. She stumbled over her high-heeled sandals next to the gray couch and saw her dress lain out neatly over the cushioned arm near her purse.

Coffee, an offer of breakfast, and he’d taken care of her clothes? He wasn’t making this easy.

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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine with her own real-life hero, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a "borrowing spree" in her older sister's bedroom, where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what's beyond the stars, fuels her writer's imagination. This wellspring of inspiration allows Nina to create sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales, which she hopes will feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Does Letting Someone In Make A Character Weak?

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I think everyone wants to believe that the heart once broken can be healed again. As vulnerable as we are to pain, we have to believe that otherwise what is the point in trying again. Why would we bother looking for love once we’ve lost it, or been wounded/broken by someone who was supposed to love us?

I believe as readers and writers we gravitate towards this theme in books because there is something life-affirming about knowing there is something or someone waiting for us at the end of heartbreak. Like a modern fairytale, mending the broken heart is a trope that has resonance in the real world.

In my recent release, The Possibility of Us Cassie the main character has gone through something pretty horrific at the hands of an ex-boyfriend from her past and it has closed her off from being able to trust anyone. One of the ways she learns to trust again is by learning to love again, through the other main character Ben. I think this is key, learning to love again, not having someone love her. I wrote it that way purposely because I wanted it to be clear that her falling in love with someone was a choice she was making.

Here's the thing, some people might think that she should have been able to get over her trauma without help from a guy. I believe this statement and I agree with it and so it made me wonder, how do you write a story like this and give your broken female the appearance of strength if she ends up with the guy? Would Cassie choosing to be alone have made her seem stronger? Is that even realistic?

What about the guy? In The Possibility of Us Ben reunites with Cassie three months after they have broken up. He’s been hurt too. How strong is it of him to give her another chance? Would anyone call him weak for being willing to love her again after she’s broken his heart?

As an older teen that had my own traumatic experience at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, very different from Cassie's but just as life-altering. I personally chose instead to be with everyone. That was what being raped by my ex-boyfriend did to me. It made me crave companionship and sex from anywhere I could get it. I was broken like Cassie, but dealt with it in the complete opposite way.

Cassie pushes everyone including women away. It isn’t just about keeping guys out or letting guys in. She deals with her trauma by closing herself off, by putting up walls. Her choosing to let someone in isn't about him being a guy. It isn't about being rescued. It's about her starting to believe she deserves to be loved, to let people in again, regardless of who or what they are.

I suppose in some ways my acting out with guys was the same as Cassie’s walls. I was letting them in, but only sexually, emotionally my barricades were up. By being with them in a physical way, by making it my choice I suppose I was able to take any power away from them. I was able to decide not to be hurt.

Cassie opening up to someone emotionally was all about illustrating her growth. It was not about being swept off her feet, or saved by some guy. At least that was not what I intended when I wrote it.

I'm not sure what reaction is more authentic? Stronger? I'm not sure it matters. What does matter, or did matter to me was showing that someone can get past heartbreak, past a trauma and be able to let people in again. Whether that's strong or weak, I don't know. I just think it's human.

What do you think?


One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old camp counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

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