The Earl of Goldthwaite had spent his entire adult life accumulating wealth. It was his life’s goal to never end up as his father had, penniless and rotting in some debtor’s prison. He has no time for such silly notions as love or romance. When he eventually marries, he’ll find a nice heiress to increase his holdings. But when Miss Penny Walters waltzes into his life, he knows she’s all wrong for him. As poor as her name implies, she’s nothing that he wanted. Just another woman attempting to part him from his gold. So why can’t he look away?
When a couple friends talk me into going back to their hometown in the Bayou for the summer and challenge me to break “the best damn lay in Galveston County” along with every single one of his ridiculous rules, I’m confident that I can get the job done. I’m no stranger to men. I have five older brothers. I’m a teacher and I’m used to being around rebellious teenagers. However, Zeke Declan is definitely not someone that I could have prepared for. He’s not a testosterone-fueled, immature boy. He’s a confident, arousing, playful, and mind-melting man. But, behind that sexy charming smile, I know he’s hiding a secret. And, in order to break him, I’m going to need to find out what it is…
She’s a human. Forbidden. My brother’s widow. But deep down, my wolf believes she’s mine. Before my brother died, he made me swear to stand by his human mate and their son. It’s been 10 years since his death, and I’ve done my best. I joined the military, got my sh*& straight. I sent money but stayed away from Julia and my nephew. Stayed out of their life. She didn’t need a screw-up like me hanging around. That was the lie I told myself. The truth was, I couldn’t resolve my attraction to her. And I can’t dishonor my brother’s memory by claiming his wife. But now her pup has entered puberty. He’s become a wolf. He needs me there to guide and protect him. Julia hasn’t forgiven me for the years I stayed away, but this time I’ll do right by her. I’d do anything for the two of them. But she’s the one I want to guide. Protect. Command. She’s the one I crave and will until my last breath.
She’s the one girl this player can’t have. A human. I’m dying to claim the redhead who lights up the club every Saturday night. I want to pull her into the storeroom and make her scream, but it wouldn’t be right. She’s too pure. Too fresh. Too passionate. Too human. When she learns my secret, my alpha orders me to wipe her memories. But I won’t do it. Still, I’m not mate material—I can’t mark her and bring her into the pack. What in the hell am I going to do with her?
Paige Anderson’s sales success hasn’t translated to relationships. With her husband becoming more distant, Paige is pulling out all the stops to keep her marriage together, and the last thing she desires is to have a scandal-plagued playboy athlete as a client. But the high commission she’ll get from the sale seems worth it… especially when he unexpectedly becomes a shoulder to cry on. Though Paige can’t stop thinking about the troubled all-star, she worries he’ll betray her like every other man in her life. Can this damaged duo put aside their fears and take a slapshot at love?
Christmas is the season of second chances. I’m not the same guy I was growing up, but I have some apologies to make for being him. My fifteen-year high school reunion reminds me of my biggest regret. Walking away from the love of my life to chase my career. By doing so, I fell in love with another woman, had a little boy, and life mended itself. Until my wife passed away. Love can suck it. I’m not interested anymore. And yet the minute I see my childhood sweetheart at our reunion, the ice melts inside my chest. But she hates my guts for leaving her without a goodbye when we were kids, and I can’t blame her. Or maybe she’ll recognize the truth. I haven’t changed at all.