Chick Lit

Chick Lit

Do you want to consider issues related to women, but perhaps not with the depth and heaviness that can come in the Women's Fiction ebook genre? Are you looking for something more upbeat and more humorous?  Then, ebooks in the Chick Lit genre are just what you need.  What else do you need?  Free and discounted ebooks in the Chick Lit genre, of course!

 

Definition of the "Chick Lit Genre": The characteristics of an ebook in the Chick Lit genre are that they typically address issues in the contemporary time, and they address womanhood issues for younger women (i.e., the "Chick" in "Chick Lit").  These ebooks are more upbeat and sometimes humorous than typical Women's Fiction or Contemporary Romance ebooks.  In fact, ebooks in the Chick Lit genre don't necessarily have to deal with romance, as that is not a central aspect of the genre.  More important for the protagonist in these ebooks is her relationship with family and friends, and how those relationships help her grow as a woman. 

 

Some examples of bestselling ebooks in the Chick Lit genre are Marian Keyes (Watermelon), Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale), and Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones's Diary).

Relatively Normal

by Whitney Dineen


"I laughed, I cried, and I laughed some more--this is one you don't want to miss!" -Loretta Nyhan, bestselling author of Digging In

"The perfect blend of laugh-out-loud humor and sweet sexiness!" - Amazon Reader

Catriona Masterton's fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.

He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He's responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.

In other words, he's the exact opposite of the Masterton clan.

Cat's mother has a kitchen gadget fetish, a father whose best friends are taxidermied field mice, and a super stoner man-child brother who lives--where else?--in the basement. Then there's Nan, her proud Scottish grandmother with a proclivity for profanity and mischief.

What on earth will Catriona's Normal fiancé think when he comes home with her to meet her parents? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat's ex to join them for Thanksgiving dinner?

Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love. A must read for fans of a true romantic comedy!

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Boss I Love to Hate: An Office Romance

by Mia Kayla

Dear Mr. Brisken,

How do I hate you?
Let me count the ways.

>I hate your smug, sexy millionaire face.
>I hate your cocky, skirt chasing, playboy ways.
>I hate working as your secretary--but, I love the pay. It almost makes dealing with you worth it.

>I hate how my friends call you a BILF, when really BILK (Boss I'd like to kill) is more appropriate.

>I hate that I need you to be my date for my best friend's wedding because my ex-boyfriend, the King of Heartbreakers, and his new busty blonde girlfriend will be in attendance.

>But mostly, I hate how once the charade is over, I might not hate you at all . . .it was so much easier when you were the Boss I Love To Hate.

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Hard to Kill (Cape Charade)

by Christina Dodd


When Captain Kellen Adams receives a job offer that sounds too good to be true, she finds herself balanced between fascination and fear. All she has to do is break a code and find a long-lost fortune…or die trying.

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd kicks off her Cape Charade suspense series with Hard to Kill, a short story of treasure, treachery…and murder.

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The Admirer's Secret (The Mental Madness Suspense Series)

by Pamela Crane


Now a national best-seller!

A standalone psychological drama about the masks we wear and the love that can destroy us.

Secrets are like dead bodies. They’re better left buried.

No one knows this better than Haley Montgomery, a woman haunted by loss. First her father, then her best friend. But when a woman’s body is found—and her death connected to the man Haley loves—is it a tragic accident, or murder?

Searching for answers that lead her into a disturbing revelation about her idyllic small town and her family, Haley is forced to dig into her past. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she risks. Chilling letters threaten to unearth her skeletons, unraveling a haunting childhood secret that decades later still consumes her. A secret that could shatter everything she’s tried so hard to bury. A secret that could cost her life.

But secrets aren’t the only things getting buried as an obsession soon turns lethal.

The Admirer’s Secret is a brilliant domestic noir thriller perfect for fans of BA Paris, KL Slater, and Teresa Driscoll’s I Am Watching You.

** Praise for Pamela Crane: **

"A twisted tale of love, secrets, lies, obsession, parenting, depression and forgiveness that may be fictional but also has a very heavy dose of gruesome reality." Nicki Richards - Reviewer

"This book knows how to grab you, throw your emotions around and then some" Nicki Murphy - Nicki's Book Blog

"What a gut punch! Pamela Crane perfectly captures the anguish that all moms feel at various times in their lives" Jeanne McAvoy - NetGalley Reviewer

"Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Paula Hawkins, Pamela Crane introduces a mind-twist that takes everything you love about thrillers, pushes it outside the box, and electrifies you with clever prose and a plot that will terrify you.” Southern Editor Reviews

"A literary thriller from an up-and-coming suspense writer to watch for... a story that marries grit and powerful prose, murder and mind-twisting mastery." reader review

"Nothing could have prepared me for the ending - and I wouldn't have wanted to miss experiencing the middle." BBMoreB

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The Soccer Player and the Single Mom

by Kyra Jacobs

 

For most women, working for a sexy soccer star would be a dream come true. All except single mom Felicity Shaw. She has no interest in playing personal assistant for a stubborn, injured playboy—no matter how nice his abs are. But with bills piling up and mouths to feed, she can’t say no to the job.

That’s when it gets interesting.

The last thing Scott Gillie wants or needs is a persistent and entirely too distracting PA while he’s recuperating in his small hometown. Unfortunately, it’s not up to him. Then Felicity and her son end up temporarily moving in—all thanks to his meddlesome grandmother. Now temptation is right across the hall and it’s driving Scott crazy.

His only option is to fight fire with fire.

He never expects Felicity to do the same.

 

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Cozy Leading Ladies

by M.A. Harper et al

 

COZY, CLASSIC TALES OF MURDER AND ROMANCE

A yummy anthology containing FIVE top-rated cozy mysteries, each featuring smart and savvy ladies—who aren’t afraid to kick some butt. PLUS a romantic puzzler bonus, which isn’t at all what you might expect…

From murder at a conference in fashionable Provence to an underground feminist bordello in San Francisco (with a pit stop on the Gulf Cost where a killer’s on the loose while a hurricane closes in), Cozy Leading Ladies is sure to satisfy mystery readers who love their independent female sleuths. (Friendly piece of advice: it’s probably best to read the collection with a box of chocolates or your favorite brand of potato chips really nearby).

Vol. 1: DEATH TURNS A TRICK, the FIRST book in the Rebecca Schwartz mystery series by Edgar Award Winner Julie Smith

A ROLLICKING TALE OF MURDER, ROMANCE, AND A BORDELLO…

Rebecca Schwartz, nice Jewish lawyer with a few too many fantasies, is happily playing the piano in a whorehouse when she suddenly finds herself assigned to make sure a near-naked state senator escapes a police raid. That dirty job done, a lovely evening turns even more delightful when she’s picked up by the cops and spends the next two hours at the Hall of Justice. Could this day get any worse? Of course! Guess who arrives home to find a dead hooker on her living room floor?

Vol. 2: THE AURA, the FIRST Kate Benedict Paranormal Mystery by Carrie Bedford

Life spins out of control for London architect Kate Benedict when she sees a dancing aura above certain people’s heads that seems to signal death. Suddenly she’s psychic. But that can't be! Psychic’s not acceptable in her circle, where the supernatural is strictly for the superstitious. And yet…people are dying. People close to her.

Vol. 3: THE 13th FELLOW, A Mystery In Provence by Tracy Whiting

POETRY, MURDER, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ... AND PROVENCE!

American Professor Havilah Gaie has always seen herself as “an academic version of Pam Grier’s characters: smart, quick on their feet, loyal with a keen sense of purpose.” Now she’s got a chance to suit up for action because suddenly she’s a witness in a murder.

Vol. 4: HURRICANE SEASON: Florida Panhandle Mystery #1 by Michaela Thompson

“Miss Marple meets Eudora Welty (with a trace of Erskine Caldwell)”Kirkus

The 1950s fairly leap off the page in this classic cozy mystery set in northern Florida in the Eisenhower era, complete with Johnny Ray on the jukebox and a Womanless Wedding—this one interrupted by an explosion at a moonshine still. Lily Trulock, owner of Trulock’s Grocery & Marine Supply, leads a pretty quiet life until a stranger comes to town. Before she can say, “down the hatch,” Lily’s at the center of a vicious murder and a no-holds-barred bootlegging war—and a nasty storm’s on the way.

Vol. 5: PICK-UP LINE A New Orleans Love Story by Patty Friedmann

ROMANCE IS THE BEST PAIN-KILLER…

Cupid’s working overtime in the unlikely venue of N.O. Drugs, where plus-sized beauty Ciana Jambon works with dread-locked pharmacy student Lennon Israel, and she’s got the crush of the century. Unbeknownst to her, Lennon’s carrying his own torch, but family problems distract both of them until tragedy leaves Ciana reeling. Lennon wonders if there’s a murderer in her clan, and he’s pretty sure he’s the only one who can help.

BONUS! DIAMONDS IN THE SKY: A mysterious Southern Love Story by M.A. Harper

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Her Detective Dragon: A Paranormal Romance (Lone Dragons Book 1)

by Alice Summerfield


Everyone knows that lone dragons don’t have perfect mates. Storm dragon Grissom Hale had long ago resigned himself to a lonely life. But when he stops to rescue a beautiful woman from a long walk down a lonely stretch of road during a terrible storm, he finds the woman that he was made for: his soul mate.

She’s the treasure that he wants most to protect, but can a human even feel a dragon’s mating bond?

Ana Alves meets Grissom on the worst day of her life, while walking home from the worst date of her life. Detective Grissom Hale is handsome, kind, and shockingly rich. He might be too good to be true. But when Ana’s luck turns from bad to worse, Grissom Hale is the only thing standing between her and an unfortunate end…

Her Detective Dragon is a complete, standalone novel containing a steamy romance between the Latina barista, who finds herself in over her head, and the storm dragon turned police detective that would do anything to protect her.

If you like paranormal romance with a dash of mystery, don’t miss this exciting read! Scroll up and one click today!

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The Walk That Haunts Me: A Ghost Hunter Cozy Mystery

by Rose Pressey

Ripley Van Raden can’t decide which she fears the most the dead or the living. She encounters the spirit world on a daily basis as librarian of a ghost-filled library and tour guide for the spooky town of Devil’s Moon, Kentucky. Ripley is in charge of judging the best tasting pie at the town’s first annual pie contest. However, Ripley has graver concerns than a crumbly crust when a woman is found murdered. Now the amateur sleuth has to find out why a trio of ghosts and the killer are coming for her. This recipe for murder isn’t as easy as pie.

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Almost: A Romantic Comedy

by Sally Mason

A new romantic comedy from the No1 Bestselling author of RENT A HUSBAND and MR. LOVE.

For advertising copywriter Holly Carmichael life has been a series of near misses. When a major career disappointment catapults her from snowbound Jersey City to a yoga retreat in balmy Thailand, will she find happiness in the arms of cute cartoonist Johnny Highnote, or will this be yet another "almost"?

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She Sins at Midnight

by Whitney Dineen


". . . a hilarious cat fight with a Hollywood starlet and her award-winning romance novel nobody knows about. This fun, quick read examines the envies and dissatisfactions in women's lives, reassuring readers that no one's life is truly perfect." --Kirkus Review

"She Sins at Midnight is clever and disarming. It's a very enjoyable, feel-good book and you don't have to be a chick to have a blast reading it. It's most highly recommended." -Readers' Favorite

Lila Montgomery, thirty-two-year-old Hollywood assistant extraordinaire, has a secret. On the outside, she’s a hard-working dedicated employee, a good friend, and a loving daughter. But above all else, she’s been raised to be a lady, which of course is why she’s determined to conceal her secret life. If her straight-laced friends and family back home ever discover that she is really the smashing new author of a steamy romance novel, their disapproval would shame her forever! That’s why Lila has chosen to publish her sexy narrative under the nom de plume, Jasmine Sheath.

With her fifteenth high school class reunion on the horizon, Lila finds herself at a crossroads. More than anything she wants to go home and see her childhood friends but is embarrassed that she hasn’t accomplished the things she feels she should have by this time in her life; mainly marriage and children.

After another brutal run-in with Melinda Forrester, Oscar nominated actress and client of her boss, Josh Furber, Lila decides that fleeing Hollywood for a month is the best thing for her. Lila packs her bags for her childhood home of Bentley Hills, sure that her friends and family will be the touchstone of normalcy that she so desperately needs. What she doesn't expect is that Melinda will follow her and a tabloid media circus will ensue!

Not only does Lila discover that her home is nothing like she remembers, but she meets and falls in love with the very man that inspired the hero in her novel.

She Sins at Midnight is full of laugh out loud hijinks that will make you never look at Hollywood the same way again!

Author, Whitney Dineen, swears that this novel is based purely on fiction and that any characters bearing any resemblance to any celebrities you know are completely and totally fictitious; even though she spent eighteen years in La La Land, with a celebrity client base for her real job…

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There Are No Men: Laugh out loud romantic comedy chick lit (Rom-Com on the Edge Book 2)

by Carol Maloney Scott

Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn't know who's in her dating pool--but she's doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she's riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she'll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.

After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she's drowning in choices. There's Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won't take 'no' for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he's cheating on her with his medical mistress--a demanding cardiology practice.

To further rock her boat, Claire's 'stable' career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company's launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren't selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves--and challenging Claire's attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.

When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea--he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend's nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.

Claire's dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?

THERE ARE NO MEN is Book 2 in the Rom-Com on the Edge series. All books are standalone novels, but read in order for maximum fun!

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Forever Theirs: (A MMF Romance) (The Thalanian Dynasty Book 2)

by Katee Robert


Meg Sanders enjoyed her wild night with a prince and his bodyguard—but now she’s moving on. She has enough problems without borrowing the kind of trouble Theo brings just by being who he is. But no matter how determined she is to leave that night a fond memory, she hasn’t seen the last of Theo and Galen…

Galen Mikos's life boils down to one goal. Keep Theo alive. But as long as Theo draws breath, he’s a threat to the powers that have taken over Thalania—and anyone they associate with runs the risk of becoming a target, too. Galen will never forgive himself if they let their selfish desire for Meg puts her in danger. But it might already be too late…

Theo Fitzcharles might be an exiled prince, but he doesn’t intend to stay that way. He’s only concerned with one thing—clearing his mother’s name and reinstating himself as Crown Prince of Thalania. There’s no room in that plan for distraction, especially when it makes him forget himself the way Meg does. But after spending one perfect night with her and his best friend, Theo has no intention of leaving her alone.

Even if it damns all three of them in the process.

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Dark Obsession

by Nicole York


Till Death Do Us Part

I’m the kind of guy that takes without asking.

Cause life hasn’t really done well serving my desires, but that’s about to change.

I’m knee deep in working a black widow scandal with my childhood bestie that’s paying rich-ass dividends.

Until beautiful Jenna Web shows up.

The daughter of the DA in New York. A goodie-goodie that I just can’t say no to.

But my partner in crime isn’t too thrilled with my new girl.

And my woman doesn’t know all of my secrets. She’d never accept me as-is.

With one foot in the light and one in the dark, I have to decide which way to go before it’s too late.

True freedom isn’t always what it’s chalked up to be anyways.

Especially not when vows are involved…

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Punish: A Dark Captive Mafia Romance (Protect Book 2)

by Olivia Ryann et al

 

A dark tale of obsession, beauty, and lust! Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.


Stolen and abducted… yet in the same stroke, saved.
On one hand, I escaped certain death at the hands of people who have already hurt me.
On the other, now I’m trapped with him.
The rival of my abuser, who is every bit as terrifying. Dark and sinfully handsome, he wants me.
He wants me to turn my back on the religion that has raised me.
He wants me to spread my legs for him and him alone.
He wants to punish me. He wants to teach me to like his lessons.
Or else he’ll kill my little sister and turn me over to the men who controlled me before.
Either way, I will have to make sacrifices. Sacrifices that have lasting consequences.
I walk on the knife’s edge between falling prey again and completely losing myself.
And if I’m not careful, I may end up worse than dead...


Reading Order:

Provoke (Protect Series FREE Prequel)
Punish (Protect Series Book 1)
Possess (Protect Series Book 2)
Protect (Protect Series Book 3)

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Almost Charmed: A Witch Cozy Mystery (Halloween LaVeau Witch Mystery Series Book 10)

by Rose Pressey


Something borrowed, something blue, something not so charmed. The wedding day has arrived for Halloween LaVeau. Will this be happily ever after for Hallie? Or will her leadership status of the Underworld jeopardize her relationship and produce deadly consequences?

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Afraid of Her Shadow: Laugh out loud romantic comedy chick lit (Rom-Com on the Edge Book 3)

by Carol Maloney Scott

Forty something, self-proclaimed cougar, Rebecca is committed only to her cats and her career. Her veteran single girl lifestyle has been peaceful and happy – that is until she started dating age-appropriate Steve, an entomology professor with a sweet smile and demeanor to match. Who knew an insect scientist could be so appealing?

The problem? Steve is a widower with baggage to spare. Memories of his late wife fill his home. Smiling photos and jars of bugs serve as constant reminders of Steve’s continued attachment to his dearly departed wife, Noreen, who shared his passion for creepy crawlies!

Now that Rebecca is facing her commitment phobia by moving in with Steve, she is becoming more unhinged. Behaving more like her zany friends than her level-headed self, she burns her butt at the tanning salon, crashes on energy drinks, and even loses a hamster. Throw into the mix a few delusional relatives, a sarcastic teenager, and a fluffy dog who sheds a new dog every day, and Rebecca doesn’t recognize her old self.

And if that isn’t enough to push her over the edge, her smokin’ hot ex returns, reminding her of a simpler time with a man who carries no more baggage than a wallet.

AFRAID OF HER SHADOW is Book 2 in the Rom-Com on the Edge series. All books in the series are standalone novels, however read in order for maximum fun!
 

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Embrace the Beauty: A Collection of Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Stories

by C S C Shows


Embrace the Beauty is a poetry and prose collection about the changing seasons of our lives and how our perspectives adapt and transform.

What makes a woman strong, tenacious, and amazing? It is her ability to weather the storms of life, to recognize the silver lining around the clouds, and to come through it all with grace and strength. The poetry in this collection revolves around one woman's changing perspective and resolve to find beauty through the seasons of life.

The second half of the book includes short story selections, such as "Balloons for Bee," a haunting story about a woman confused about her sister's birthday, "The Motherhood Club," about a woman who can't understand why women become so maternal and seem to lose themselves in motherhood, and "Job Hazards," in which a short-order cook thinks he has the safest job in the world but finds out differently.
 
The snippets of our lives, from childhood to old age, are a chaotic mess of puzzle pieces. Embrace the Beauty is a poignant collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories about putting the pieces together, stepping back, and finding the beauty through the pain and mystery of life.

Embrace the Beauty 
Embrace the beauty of life's pieces,
Pieces thrown onto a table, a mixed up puzzle,
A puzzle that puzzles the mind and the heart.
With heart, embrace each day,
A day, only 24 hours, at a time, 
Time will flow into tomorrow.
Tomorrow comes too soon,
And soon, you'll find that things fit into an order.
In order to see, step back, look at the whole picture.
The picture of your life is beautiful.

 

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Miss Kane's Christmas : A Novella (A Christmas Central Romantic Comedy Book 1)

by Caroline Mickelson


With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father’s request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea’.

Posing as Miss Kane, the children’s new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa’s only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists?

**Please note - this book was formerly titled 'Carol's Christmas'.

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Eating Her Christmas Cookies: A Holiday Romantic Comedy

by Alina Jacobs

 

Jack

In my perfect world it would always be winter and never Christmas.

I despise the holiday. I hate carols, shopping, and pretending to be a perfect family.

I walked away from my family, or rather they walked away from me.

My heart is like ice—

See it creeping up the walls.

Oh, wait, no, that’s royal icing.

I never should have allowed the Great Christmas Bake-Off to film in my tower.

And I never, ever, should have agreed to be a judge.

 

Chloe

I love Christmas! I love sparkly window decorations, heartwarming holiday movies, and themed coffee.

Most of all I love Christmas baking.

Even though his company is sponsoring the bake-off show, billionaire Jack Frost claims he hates sweets.

But after he tastes my goods I know he'll come begging for more.

 

And wouldn't you know it, that night Jack Frost asked me to come up to his penthouse and give him a special taste of my Christmas cookies.

Against my better judgement I went…

 

I baked him my signature gingerbread cookies and of course he ate them up!

 

It should have been a Christmas miracle, but Jack Frost couldn't have come into my life at a worse time.

Not only am I broke, but this was my first Christmas after my oma died.

Someone is trying to sabotage me in the Great Christmas Bake-Off.

I'm being stalked by a mall Santa.

 

Sleeping with one of the judges is a disaster waiting to happen. I needed Jack and his washboard abs about as much as I needed that third sticky bun. 

But when he says in his deep, sexy voice, "Can you make me some more cookies?" well stick a candy cane in me I'm done.

Eating Her Christmas Cookies is a standalone holiday novel. This full-length, steamy romance novel has no cliffhangers but does have a very happily ever after!

 

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The Sheriff's Woman

by Jackie Weger


Rachel Cameron prefers to lick her wounds and protect her children from gossip and shame in isolation on a small homestead in the Ozark Mountains.  But life-long bachelor and ex-Marine Sheriff Garrett Stark has other ideas. Drawn to Rachel, he wields all the power and charm he can muster to insist Rachel return to town for her safety and that of her children. Rachel balks, but does not anticipate the raft of dizzying emotions stirred by the Sheriff's relentless attention. The moment Garrett Stark takes her into his arms, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. Honor the truth and face her fears or live forever as an outsider.

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