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Adverse Conditions

Book one in Reclaimed Hearts

Xavier’s mission is to save Cooper Springs. But his efforts are being hindered by his stodgy, straight-laced, rule-following neighbor, Vincent Barone. Dark-eyed, broad-shouldered, and muscly Vincent, who Xav stealthily ogles when he toils in his yard sans shirt. For a high school shop teacher, Vincent is too sexy. And he has a kid. And he infuriates Xavier. And anyway, love is for suckers.

Vincent doesn’t have time to date. And he certainly wouldn’t date his flashy, arrogant, neighbor who he absolutely did not have a crush on in high school. Who did Xavier think he was, moving back to town and throwing his weight around, causing butterflies in Vincent’s stomach, and making his stupid heart beat faster every time he saw him?

Cooper Springs has changed since they were kids, and maybe two guys can move from hate to love. But are they ready? Will Vincent bend a few of his rules? Will Xavier rein in his chaotic tendencies? Is love in the air?

Then there’s the matter of the grisly discovery in the woods, murder is bad for business.

Welcome to Cooper Springs, home to UFO chasers, Sasquatch believers, conspiracy theorists, chainsaw artists, and regular folk just trying to make a living. And, quite possibly, a killer.

Adverse Conditions is the first in the Reclaimed Hearts series, set in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. It is an opposites-attract, older lovers. enemies to lovers, small-town romance, with a little murder.

May 25, 2023

Below Grade

Book Two in Reclaimed Hearts

Below Grade 

He’d known what he was getting into.

After a serious health scare, Martin Purdy knew something had to change. Quitting his job and moving away from the stress of the city is just the beginning. He scores a deal on a property out on the coast with a view of the ocean and a few cabins that will need a lot of TLC. 

There’s a teensy fly in his solution. Along with the property comes the single most aggravating man Martin has ever encountered. 

Nicholas Waugh had his own scare, bad enough he returned to the crappy town he grew up in. After a decade of roaming the world, hunting down the next story, the next picture, he is at loose ends. With no home to call his own, he finagles a gig keeping an eye on an old resort. The deal came with a free year lease and he’s not leaving anytime soon.

Not even if the jerk who gave him a failing grade a lifetime ago gets down on his knees and begs him.

Martin has never been an angry man but Nicholas is giving him a run for his money. He’s one suggestive chainsaw sculpture away from justifiable homicide.

#Opposites (professor + drop out), #maturelover, #neverlikedschool, #snarky, #smalltown #was-his-professor

July 2023

Red Flagged

Reclaimed Hearts

Red Flagged 

Andre learned early on that sometimes you just have to walk away.

Retired-US Marshal, turned Cooper Springs Police Chief, Andre Dear, isn’t looking for love. After the chaotic end to his USM career he craves the relative safety and peace of the sleepy coastal town. The eccentric and kind residents of Cooper Springs keep him busy and no one is actively trying to kill him.

Until someone from his past shows up. What is Dante Brown doing in Cooper Springs?

Dante Brown went into WITSEC for his older sister’s kid. The fifteen year old is the only surviving witness to her mom’s brutal murder by a drug cartel and Daniella needs her only living relative to help her survive and testify against the perpetrators. The tiny town of Cooper Springs is not what Dante expected–neither is the hot Police Chief who Dante remembers from his career as an undercover vice detective.

When you spent more of your life in the shadows sunshine can be blinding.

#WITSEC #ProtectiveLover #Bad-idea #Pastcomesback

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