They say that when a love burns too bright, it’s bound to burn out—especially those wrapped in secrets and doused in lies.
After a risk is taken and a confession is made, one relationship heats up while another hangs in the balance. When everything rests on shaky ground, we find the stability we need tangled up in each other. Guards are let down and trust is repaired, but all vulnerability comes with a side of weakness. And the betrayal that hits us is one we never saw coming.
Revenge is a dangerous game, especially when fueled by jealousy. We’ll do whatever it takes to protect our own, even if it means seeking help from unlikely sources. While every favor comes at a price, choices made in distress have a tendency to backfire.
As our world comes crashing down around us, loyalties are put to the test. Nothing should be able to shatter the promises we made, but there’s a fine line between tenacious and toxic.
Someone should’ve warned us that even a drop of pretty poison will spread until all that’s left are shattered pieces and broken memories.
Sweater Weather [ swet-er weth-er]
Noun: A slang term meaning hockey season used exclusively by the Fulton University hockey team and their fans.
Saffron Briggs—Fulton University’s newest pitcher—hates me. I shouldn’t like that fact, but I do. Maybe too much. She claims I’m not her type, which is ridiculous. There’s a reason they call me Levi “Sexy” Sexton…I’m everyone’s type. And thanks to my dad, who just happens to be her softball coach, I’ll get my chance to thaw out the ice queen. I’m her new tutor, so she has no choice but to spend time with me. It may be Sweater Weather, but I’ll make time to show her what a god I am. On and off the ice.
Levi Sexton—captain of the FU hockey team and my new tutor—drives me crazy. The man has zero boundaries. He doesn’t care that I have a boyfriend, that I’m friends with his sisters or that I don’t like him. And I don’t. Not even a little. Not when he’s winking at me from the ice or when he’s telling me how good I look in his hockey sweater and especially not when he’s kissing me, which he absolutely should not be doing.
And definitely not when I find myself kissing him back.
I’m pretty sure Sweater Weather isn’t supposed to be this hot.
I’ve been in love with Rian Walsh for as long as I can remember. He has held many titles over the years. He’s my brother’s best friend. One of the Bastards of Grove Hill—part of the Five Families.
He’s also responsible for every single time my heart has been broken.
I’m the good girl of our bunch of miscreants. I get good grades and I do what I’m told.
I only ever buck up to Rian and it’s a toxic cycle I crave. I love him and I hate him at the same time. I need the push and pull like a drug, but when the push and pull become one entity, how can I be expected to walk away from the one thing I’ve always wanted?
Him. It’s always been him.
Careless is the third book in the Bastards of Grove Hill series. The series starts with Reckless which follows Finn O'Reilly and Francine Gray. It's not necessary to start the series with Reckless but it will give added context to what happens in Careless. For a full list of content warnings, please visit the author’s website.
My father's business partner will do anything for the empire they built together...Even marry me.
Declan Hardy, All-American heartthrob and retired NFL billionaire, is my complete opposite.
He's commanding where I'm cooperative.
Spontaneous while I am deliberate.
Loud when I stay quiet.
The only thing we have in common is that both our names are on my father's will.
He'll inherit the fitness and hospitality empire and I'll keep the one thing I hold dear.
As long as I marry him—with conditions.
One year of a fake marriage.
One year of living together.
One year of pretending I belong in his luxury lifestyle.
But stipulations are never that simple.
Especially when I can't tell if his kisses are fake or if I'm pretending when I kiss him back.
And as more conditions arise, it's clear there's a fine line between commitment and betrayal... and neither of us knows where that line falls.
Between Commitment and Betrayal is a billionaire, forced proximity, fake marriage of convenience and a father’s business partner novel. It is a complete standalone by Shain Rose.
If my parents had it their way, I’d be off at college. Instead, I’m drowning in secrets, every one of them involving my brother’s best friend.
Hayes Wilder is a walking red flag, warning me to stay away. And yet, all I can think about are his calloused hands on my skin. He’s a total player, on and off the ice, but right now, the only playing he wants to do is with me.
Sneaking around isn’t easy, especially when you live in a small town where nothing stays hidden. And when our secret ends up in the wrong hands, decisions and regrets come as a package deal.
I’ve got everything I’ve always wanted right in front of me. All my dreams lying at my feet. But I’m forced to decide if loving him is worth losing myself.
I wish someone would’ve told me that the prettiest of poisons are also the most lethal.
Once upon a time she became mine. Mine to protect.
I have it all.
A loving husband who adores me.
A future full of possibilities.
A perfect fairytale nothing can break.
Until a ghost from my past sweeps in and shatters my world.
A new serial killer is on the loose.
And he won’t rest until he gets what he wants.
Once again, I’m part of a twisted game the monster is playing.
And the only way I can survive in it?
Trust a man who I once vowed to hate and then promised to love till my last breath.
Grey Blackwell drives me crazy.
He has ever since high school, even before I had a tiny lapse of judgment for a couple of months and he promptly broke my heart. I’ve avoided him ever since, but now we’re both back in our hometown for the summer for the first time in years and he’s just as annoying as ever.
Annoying and hot.
To top it all off, he’s now a successful NFL quarterback and more popular than ever. I’m determined to stay away from him, but then he suggests an arrangement.
Just for the summer. Just two old friends seeing to each other’s needs. No complications and absolutely no feelings involved. I know I should say no. I know it’s not a good idea, but I can’t help it. I’m tempted.
I mean…what could possibly go wrong?
They say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.
They say the best way to stay sober is to love yourself.
I’m great at making bad decisions.
Addict? Check. Poor impulse control? Check. Obsessed with the guy I’m sponsoring? Check Check Check.
There is no one worse for me to want in my bed than Jake Tully. He’s hot and grumpy and literally a terrible idea. Terrible. Worse, no one has ever made me feel the way he does — valued. But here I am - thinking about him again.
Falling for my sponsor is not my worst idea yet, but it’s damn close.
Felix Fields is everything good. He’s thoughtful and kind. I can’t help but think about every bad thing we could do between these sheets.
But we can’t be together. I’m not willing to risk my recovery for anyone – even if he might be perfect for me.
Finding a love like this is nothing short of a tragedy.
**Author's Note: This book ends in a Happily Ever After, but getting there isn't easy.
I remember the first time I saw Sutton Barnett in perfect detail- like a fragment of time suspended in front of my eyes. I remember his shirt- faded blue against tanned skin that had seen countless hours of the summer sun. Wet droplets peppered his shoulders from where his still wet hair had dripped onto the fabric. He rounded the bottom of the stairs, our eyes meeting for only a fraction of a second before he looked away, but it was long enough for me to know right then and there that nothing would ever be the same again.
And I was right. At thirteen years old, I had predicted exactly what was to come. Some things you just know are an absolute inevitability, and Sutton was that for me. The one thing I couldn’t escape no matter how far or fast I ran. But the distance only made me want him more. Time intensifying the deep ache that I could not outrun no matter how hard I tried. I loved him so much it hurt. But I also hated him almost as intensely.
Over the years I found comfort there- in the space between love and hate. But even I knew I couldn’t stay there forever- that one day I’d be forced to face Sutton again. I just wish I was a hell of a lot more prepared when that day finally came…
The Space Between Love & Hate is the first book in The Space Between Duet.
Simon Fletcher is a busy single dad. Between bringing up his daughter and moving cross-country to start a new life, he’s focused on making a fresh start for them.
Amy McNeil isn’t in his plans.
But the pretty, wild, and free woman who has caught his eye is so different from his cold, removed ex-wife, he can’t help himself. He’s drawn to her. Her warmth. Her light.
When he discovers she is everything he wants, everything he needs—and more—how will he handle this unexpected second chance at love?
Is he ready to grab happiness and run with it?
Or will he simply run away?