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Mistletoe Misconduct

Originally published in the charity anthology 12 Christmas Romances to Melt Your Heart, now available separately.

There’s one primary rule of thumb Jim Sutter uses to guide every aspect of his life: everyone deserves a second chance. In his job as general manager of the Portland Storm, he’s in a unique position to grant second chances to countless people, giving them opportunities to turn their lives around. Yet, he’s never used that rule on himself. His coaches’ and players’ wives know it’s well past time for Jim get a dose of his own medicine. They covertly sign him up for a dating website, hoping to bring some cheer to his holiday. They never expected for the first woman to respond to be his ex-wife, Elaine.

Elaine arrives in Portland at the team’s Christmas break with one goal in mind: she’s going to stuff Jim’s stocking with a Santa-sized dose of forgiveness and a sleigh full of love. No doubt about it, he’s made his fair share of mistakes. But she’s made mistakes, too, and it’s time for Jim to move on…and for her to move back in. As far as she sees it, a bit of mistletoe could go a long way toward wiping out Jim’s previous misconduct.

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In any other family, Levi “501” Babcock would have been the golden boy. Instead, he’s lived his entire life in the shadow of his almost-perfect older brother. They both play for the NHL’s Portland Storm, but Levi is tired of being the second-best Babcock brother. He’s determined to find at least one thing he can do better. He thinks he’s found it when Cadence Johnson, Canada’s darling at the last Winter Games, shows up in Portland; he’s going to land a girlfriend who’s more famous than his brother’s Hollywood-starlet wife. 

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After Levi charms his way into Cadence’s life, hope that it’s all been laid to rest blooms within her. But even the darkest of secrets eventually seek the light. Soon, Levi comes to realize that life with Cadence might not be all sunshine and roses, and attraction isn’t going to be enough to her. Now being the man she needs in her life seems a lot more important than finally besting his brother, but with every step, he feels like he’s Losing an Edge.

Releases February 25, 2016

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The best night of Dmitri Nazarenko’s life quickly turned into the worst night of his life. In a few short hours, he went from winning hockey’s Holy Grail to making a decision that nearly ended both his best friend’s life and his own. They each still bear scars, but some wounds never heal. Dima’s body is now a shrine to his memories, with a beard meant to hide ugly scars and tattoos designed to prevent ever forgetting the mistakes he’s made.

London Hawke knows all about incurable injuries, but she’s never let hers get in the way of living her life. Seeing a man haunted by the ghosts of his past is a surefire way to trigger her annoyance, and that’s exactly what she finds in Dima. He’s able-bodied, but he acts like he should be the one in the wheelchair instead of her. Someone needs to slap some sense into him, but London doesn’t want to be that someone even if it’s fun to butt heads with him when they face off.

Trading barbs leads first to flirtation and then to dancing between the sheets. London won’t accept sharing the bed with his past for long, but Dima can’t remember how to live in the here and now. He’ll have to figure it out or London will leave him to dance with his ghosts alone.

Releases May 19, 2016

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