Maggie never felt as though she belonged until Chris Stevens showed her what true happiness meant. Ten years into their marriage, miscarriages and infidelities have scarred them both. Despite their perfect-couple image, Maggie can’t look at Chris with anything but resentment. When a charismatic stranger offers the opportunity for a little harmless flirtation, she jumps into the game.
But charm soon turns to malice, and a deadly split-second decision forces Maggie and Chris onto a dangerous path fraught with secrets, lies, and guilt. With no one else to turn to—no one she dares trust—Maggie will ultimately learn just how binding marital ties can be.
New York Times Bestselling Author Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.
She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn't get to do those things as much as she’d like.
Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.
Ellie Sanders is pregnant and alone. Carrying a child she’d conceived the one and only time she’d lain with her closest friend, Jarrett Tanner. A man she’d agreed to marry for the sake of their child. A man she’d loved, but not as he’d deserved. And now he was gone.
Lucas Tanner returns home to settle his younger brother Jarrett’s estate only to discover his brother left behind a very pregnant fiancée. Having lost his own wife and their baby she’d been carrying years before, he’s bound and determined to stick around and make sure Ellie’s child makes it safely into the world. Even if it means facing the ghosts of his past.
Struggling financially and emotionally, Ellie is torn between keeping her baby and giving it up for adoption. She wants to give her child the chance she never had - to be raised by two loving parents. If only she could make Lucas understand. And, if only she wasn't falling for a man with no heart left to give.
Lucas finds himself wanting more. Wanting Ellie. But what if he gives in to his deepening feelings and loses her, too?
One fears abandonment. The other fears loss. Can Ellie and Lucas put their painful pasts behind them and finally find true happiness? Or are the emotional walls they've built up around their hearts too strong to tear down?
Ellie reminded him of a winter woodland nymph with those big green eyes and hair dusted a shimmery white.
“I see the snow hasn't stopped.” He reached out to brush several glistening flakes from her hair.
“Not completely,” she said softly.
A horse whinnied somewhere in the barn.
The intimacy of what he was doing hit him and he jerked his hand away.
Ellie took a step back. “What are you doing out here?”
“Would you believe I have a thing for sleeping on straw-covered floors?”
“As opposed to a warm bed?”
Reaching out, he took the broom from her hands. “I’ll see to the floors.”
“Like you saw to more firewood?”
His dark brow quirked. “It’s on the porch. I couldn't get back into the house last night. The door was locked.”
A frown pulled at her lips. “It wasn't locked. The latch sticks sometimes. You have to use your shoe to whack it loose.”
“I’m moving that to the top of my things-to-do list.”
“Why didn't you knock? I could've let you in through the back door?”
“By the time I’d looked in on the animals and gathered up the firewood, your bedroom light was out. As tired as you were earlier, I wasn't about to wake you up when I had a perfectly good barn to sleep in.”
“You could have frozen to death out here.”
He stood looking down at her, suddenly aware of how petite she really was. She couldn't stand much more than five foot one or two in her stocking feet. He supposed her stubbornness and determination made up for her size, but she was still a woman alone. One who was biting off more than she could chew.
The concern in her eyes had him offering a reassuring smile. “I’d like to think I’m a little tougher than that.”
“You’re also human,” she reminded him with a frown. “People die.” Turning, she walked out of the small storage room.
That was one thing he didn't need reminded of.
This is a story of loss, trust and love. Ellie has been left pregnant and alone after the death of her fiance. Ellie is struggling with the decision whether to keep her child or give the baby up for adoption, she wants this baby to have a better life than she did growing up. Her dead fiance's brother returns to settle his brother's estate finds Ellie living on his brother's ranch. Lucas is still dealing with his own emotional upheaval after the loss of his wife and unborn child years earlier. Can two people with such tragic backgrounds overcome their fears and allow the feelings for each other to surface and come together. You can sense the attraction and feelings these two have for each other, the H/h just need to admit their feelings that yes they can have a loving, happy life. If you are look for steamy sexy chapters you are not going to find them in this book. You will find a story where two people deserving to have happiness and love in their life find that and more. Sometimes we all just need to read a book and cheer on the Hero/heroine and feel good after reading it. You'll find that by reading Loving Ellie
Romance author Lindsey Brookes has finalled in/or won more than 75 RWA chapter sponsored contests with over a dozen different manuscripts. She is also a four time RWA Golden Heart finalist as well as a past American Title III finalist and winner of Harlequin's Great American Romance Novel contest. She writes for Kensington Publishing, Amazon Publishing, as well as Indie pubbed several of her young adult and adult contemporary romances. Ms. Brookes was a finalist in the Booksellers Best Awards with her contemporary romance – Kidnapped Cowboy. She is represented by Michelle Grajkowski with 3 Seas Literary Agency.
Nikki Carmichael is confused. Her head’s telling her one thing while her heart is sending another message.
She believed her first husband, Sky, was her Prince Charming. They got married expecting to live their happily ever after, but the happiness dwindled right along with their checking account. Their divorce legally ended the marriage, but not the love and uncontrollable desire between them.
Then she meets Jeff. He’s hotter than an August day in Florida, and can offer her everything she’s always thought she wanted.
Jeff is committed to his life as a bachelor, but his high-powered nature has finally brought him to a crossroads. He’s face-to-face with a quandary; his decisions will affect his professional and personal life forever.
Nikki’s tenacious efforts to live a dream life, while still keeping her heart shielded, are coupled with wrestling an ongoing dilemma – her heart still belongs to Sky.
But Nikki isn't the only one who’s twisted by desire.
As I stood, Jeff placed his hand on my lower back, which was the equivalent to pushing the floodgate button while touching me with an electric wand. I inhaled slow and deep. The tingles radiated through me. I could feel the wetness breaching the tiny silk barrier. After staring into his inviting eyes and listening to his deep, husky voice throughout dinner, I longed for him to kiss me.
We walked out to the car, where the perfect gentleman opened my door for me. Before I was able to lower myself into my seat, he stroked my face with his hands, our eyes fixed on each other. I tilted my head slightly into his hand as he caressed me with the gentlest touch. Is he reading my mind? I was waiting for him to lean in and kiss me. I leaned forward and held my gaze on him, wanting his mouth to consume mine, waiting to taste him. Instead, he pulled back. I sighed and sat down, and once I was situated in my seat, he shut the door. Fuck, fuck, FUCK!
Desiree was born and raised in Iowa – corn country. She married her high school sweetheart and moved to the Philadelphia area after high school and has been happily married for over twenty-five years. She’s the mother of two sons and a daughter. She’s a Project Manager by day, Writer of Erotica by night.
She’s been predisposed to erotica since she was twelve. She was obsessed with sneaking into her parents smut stash in their closet.
Over the past two plus years she’s been working to get her thoughts in print. She finally is writing what she wants to write.
Desiree also enjoys traveling and spending time at the beach.