Sweetville

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POSTCARDS IN THE SAND

Lexie

I think it’s time to move. Don’t get me wrong. I love Sweetville. I love my students and watching them grow and thrive in our small town. But the dating pool... Not so great. The only man who interests me is ten years younger, and I’m completely off his radar.

 

So it’s time to weigh my options. I crave my happily ever after, and I always thought it would happen by now. The wedding, the man of my dreams, our family… But it’s not happening in this town. After one lonely night too many, I’m taking matters into my own hands. I have a plan.

 

First, I’m heading to a resort before my summer break ends.

Second, I’m going to find someone to make me feel…not quite as lonely. If it’s a vacation fling, so be it.

And third, I’ll decide if it’s time to move to the city or not.

Sun and sand, here I come.

 

Tristen

 

Oh hell no.

I have a plan of my own.

 

First, I’m making it clear Lexie is mine. I’m claiming her once and for all.

 

Second, I won’t take no for an answer.

And third, we’re having our happily ever after even if I have to spend the rest of my life convincing her.

 

Lexie better watch out. ‘Cause, here I come.

 

CUDDLE UP, BUTTERCUP

It's the nomad life for me. All my life, I've dreamed of packing up and traveling the world. And I've been making that happen. It's just my camper van, my pug and me. No one will nail down Buttercup Peters.

 

Until Elvin. He makes me think of holding hands, kissing in front of a fireplace and sipping hot chocolate on Christmas morning. He makes me think of home, and not one on four wheels. He makes me think of forever. And when he crooks his finger, opens his arms and calls "Cuddle up, Buttercup," I might just launch myself right into him. But can I so easily say goodbye to my dreams for something that might be just a holiday fling?

 

Elvin has roots and I have wings. I might settle in the shelter of his embrace for a while, but I know this can't last forever. Nothing ever does.

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PANTS ON FIRE

Sweetville has a problem, and I've been brought in to solve it.

As a federal firefighter, I'm used to fighting wildfires and even smoke jumping, but when a string of fires starts in my brother's new hometown, I get roped into helping. Though...roped might be too strong a term. I love visiting my family, but small town life can be a little dull. Diving into a blaze is just what I need. Getting to investigate and track down this firebug? Sign. Me. Up. I'm all for it.

Until I get burned. I land in the ER and meet the woman who changes my outlook. Life in Sweetville just took a pulse-pounding turn. But as they say, it's all fun and games until it appears your lady love's brother is your suspect.

 
 

NO MORE RUNNING

Jory
 

I’ve wanted to claim Penny since the day she came to town. But every time I approach, she runs the other way. I’ve had enough. I don’t know her secrets, but there will be no more running after I get her in my arms.
 

Penny
 

After years of being told what to do, I finally have freedom. I have my business, and I’m fulfilling my dreams. If I’m a little lonely, that’s the price I’ll pay. But Jory… He threatens everything I think I want. Can I give in? Let him love me? The thing is, no matter how much I fight, I think I might just love him, too.

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IN PLAIN SIGHT

I don’t exist.

 

After witnessing a crime, I’m shuttled away to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Once a math genius on my way to a doctorate, now I’m hiding out in high school. What better place to conceal me than in plain sight, right?

 

But there’s a girl. The sweetest, most beautiful female I’ve ever seen--perfect yet totally off limits. Even if I want her, how can I fall for her when everything she knows about me is a lie? When even loving her could endanger her life?

 

There’s no easy answer. All I know is, case or not, when I’m able to walk away from Sweetville, leaving her won’t be an option.

 

HIS SUGARPLUM KISSES

Who says there are no secrets in small towns?
 

I have one, and no one in Sweetville knows. Least of all the man who’s been trying to date me for the past few years. Sebastian Johnson is perfect; he really is. And I’m really not.
 

I was raised by a negligent mother on the outskirts of the outskirts of the nearest small city where she engaged in the career as old as time. I moved away as soon as I could, but I didn’t go too far in case my little brother or sister needed me. If I could take them with me, I would, but I’m no good either. I work hard to hide it, but I can’t even read. I couldn’t even graduate school.
 

And Seb, the town’s ultra-successful Christmas tree farmer, thinks he wants me? He’s wrong. He’s so wrong. He doesn’t even know me.
 

But this holiday season, things are coming to a head. He’s laying down the gauntlet, but I’m just not the one to pick it up.

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PAWS FOR LOVE

Miles
For as long as I can remember, animals have been my life. Until her.

When Ariel shows up at my clinic for an emergency with an abandoned puppy, my whole world shifts. Suddenly, I don't see her caring for baby animals. I see her caring for human babies, our babies, and I know I'm in big trouble. That becomes all-too-evident when my new receptionist shows up the next day, and it's the woman I've just fallen hard for.

Ariel
People leave. Only animals are faithful. After I found myself abandoned yet again, I was fortunate to find the perfect job, in the perfect little town, a perfect distance from my past and the bad memories. That is until I find myself face-to-face with the man who could turn everything upside down. The one who got away. Only he doesn't know it.

Now, he's my boss and off-limits. Only... He doesn’t think that should be a rule. Not at all. He’s determined to show me the magic of Sweetville, starting with the magic between Dr. Miles Fellows and me.

Paws for Love is a closed door romance.