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About Marika Ray
Marika Ray is a USA Today bestselling author, writing steamy RomComs to make your heart explode and bring a smile to your face. All her books come with a money-back guarantee that you’ll laugh at least once with every book.
Marika spends her time behind a computer crafting stories, walking the beaches of southern California, and making healthy food for her kids and husband whether they like it or not. Prior to writing novels, Marika held various jobs in the finance industry, with private start-up companies, and then in health & fitness. Cats may have nine lives, but Marika believes everyone should have nine careers to keep things spicy.
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She’s texting him her heart. But she’s got the wrong number…
When Isabel “El” Watson applied for a sales job with her company, she had no idea a jelly donut would explode on her blouse, or that her grumpy boss would practically laugh her out of the interview. Accountants could be salespeople, she was sure of it, even if that jerkface didn’t think so.
So when a lady at the local wine festival offers her a sales job on the spot at a new boutique winery, El jumps at the chance. She also jumps at the chance to text with the guy who danced with her at the festival. Life was finally looking up.
Boston’s friend, Chad, never should have given Boston’s number to the girl at the wine festival as a joke, but the damage was done. When El sends Boston a text later that night, believing he is Chad, he’s too nice to hurt her feelings by telling her the truth. But there are a few other truths Boston might have thought about:
Truth #1: He’s her boss
Truth #2: She just accepted a job at his mother’s new winery
Truth #3: He’s always had a crush on her
Even though Boston is no longer El’s grumpy boss, they still work together at his mom’s winery. And while sparks are flying as they get to know each other for real, El’s kind of sweet on the guy who always seems to know just what to say via text too.
Obviously, things will come to a head.
Will Boston come clean about the flirty texts being from him? Or will El figure out on her own that she’s been Texting With the Enemy?
From two USA Today bestselling authors, a RomCom so sweet you'll want to hug your kindle and never look at texting the same way.
Pamela Cunningham isn’t sure whether it’s the smell of cinnamon in the air, the glowing lights in every festive window, or the fact that each of her four grown sons has recently fallen in love, but she’s finding herself thinking about things she hasn’t considered since her husband died.
All thanks to the debonair winemaker she hired from France to teach her to turn her dream winery into a success.
Jacques, in the meantime, gets a text that his work visa will not be renewed, which means he’ll be starting the new year back in France. He thinks he may have misread the entire situation with Pam, and that she does not have warm Christmasy feelings for him that match the ones he holds for her. He vows to enjoy the short time they have left, however.
Will the text before Christmas ruin this second chance at love?
The Text Before Christmas is a novella-length story featuring a holiday misunderstanding, all the Cunningham brothers and their significant others, every side character you’re hoping to see once more, and a traditional Cunningham grand gesture.
The first time I met her, she was running away from her own wedding.
The second time I met her, she tried to get me fired from my job.
The third time? I had to haul her drunk self off the bar before she completed her amateur—and hot as hell—striptease.
She’s messy, chaos in human form, and not at all who she claims to be. Everything I’ve worked so hard for depends on her not screwing things up for me. I should run, not walk, away from her, but all I want to do is strip her layers until I get to the…heart—yeah, that’s what I was going to say—of who she really is.
I may be smart, but love might be the most clever of us all.
Lincoln Cunningham doesn’t do relationships. Mostly because he learned in college that he doesn’t do them well. Translation: book smart guys focused on learning the art and science of vineyard tending aren’t always girl smart, and the humiliation that comes from being the only one invested in the relationship, well, that’s enough for him.
Lincoln’s mother, however, isn’t so sure. Her oldest son found his match, and now her sights are set on Linc. Why she insists on setting him up at the Paint it Pal pottery shop is beyond anyone’s grasp.
Hannah Delacourt never dreamed of a life spent handing customers ceramic monkeys and pots of paint and explaining the inner workings of a kiln. But she also never intended to spend a year trying to figure out whether the vineyard she inherited should be sold or might actually produce wine.
When the same cute guy comes in to paint on date after miserable date, she figures out what’s going on pretty quickly. He slips her an SOS and she texts him to help him out of the latest painful date. When he texts later to thank her, they hatch the perfect scheme.
She’ll pretend to be his girlfriend while he helps her figure out if her grapes are worth keeping. Everyone wins, right? But what happens when you fall in love when you’re texting with your fake boyfriend? Worse yet, what do you do when he’s clueless?
From two USA Today bestselling authors, a RomCom so sweet you'll want to hug your kindle and never look at texting the same way.
Their dance video--and their love--is about to go viral...
Dalton Cunningham has always been the comic relief in his family. And he's worried they may never see him as anything else, and that they might be right. It might be too late for his father to see Dalton prove himself as an adult capable of helping build the family business, but it's not too late to show his brothers and his mom.
His tool of choice? Social media. He's got the marketing down pat, and when he pulls in a classical dancer to build his brand, things really take off.
The problem? That dancer is Rae Trask, and she doesn't appreciate some goofy hot wine guy stealing her dance videos and making a mockery of them. She's busy trying to save her studio and her dream. Even though no one else seems to believe a dream is something to build a life around.
When Rae and Dalton combine forces, they set the app on fire, and find a little heat erupting between the two of them.
Can they work together to accomplish their goals? And will their spark burn into something much hotter?
A sweet, but focused woman. A stalker out to bring the woman down. A man willing to swoop in and save the damsel. And a ride or die best friend. All the right ingredients for a comical romance with heart.
After college, I vowed to focus all my energy on fulfilling my promise to my mom: to open up the hot chocolate store we’d always dreamed of running together. No distractions. My plans are set.
But things heat up faster than I can handle when a bronzed lifeguard pursues me in the most delicious of ways. Mix in a stalker determined to throw me off my game, and a comical, ass-kicking Squad of friends…well, then you have a situation that requires time I don’t have.
I may appear to be a damsel in distress, but I can save my own damn self, thank you very much. And I might just keep that hottie lifeguard as the whipped cream on top of my sweet dreams.
Sweet Dreams is the first book in a series of comedic contemporary romance novels. If you like strong, sassy heroines, witty bantering, and happily ever afters, then you’ll love the first book in Marika Ray’s Beach Squad series.
When your infuriating new boss turns out to be your hot new neighbor...
Prim and proper Oakley Waldo seemed just fine riding solo at work and in her personal life. But when I walk in on her and discover we're neighbors, she’ll have to work double time to keep the tension between us at a low simmer.
My mission? To bring out the wild woman I know is hiding underneath that tightly wound bun and perfectly unruffled uniform. Only problem is, she seems dead set on discovering the past I vowed to keep hidden away.
With stolen moments of heated passion in between calls, creative uses for those handcuffs, and four meddling sisters who won’t butt out of Oakley’s life, our rocky partnership is set to explode!
It was only supposed to be a one night stand...
You could say I was a successful twenty-four year old, if you looked at my house sitting on the edge of a cliff with killer views of the Pacific Ocean. Or my bank account with seven figures from my coaching business. But according to my frenemy, the girl who invited me to her bachelorette party at an exclusive resort in Lake Tahoe, I was just a sad, lonely girl without a man by my side. I’d show her who was living the dream by finding a tall, dark, and handsome man to rock my world for one night.
I accomplish everything I set out to do in life, and that dark haired stranger was no exception. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan on him standing on my doorstep three days later, calling me his wife.
It was only supposed to be one hot and pleasurable night. He wasn’t supposed to ruin my business with his risky proposition to save his own. And I definitely wasn’t supposed to develop feelings for the cowboy who knows how to wear a pair of jeans. They say to bring your A-game to the negotiating table, but we may find out the hard way there’s no winning in love….or one night stands.
All that sawdust in every muscled crevice of my half-naked neighbor looks like man glitter when he handles his wood…
I’m an ER doctor on a mission. My reputation is in tatters from my stint in the big city. I have an urgent care to build in this small town and I won’t let anything stop me from building a new life. Not even that awful saw going in the middle of the night next door. Not even my gorgeous neighbor covered in sawdust. Nope. I’m a goddamn professional.
I’m doing just fine on my own. Got my wood working, my dog, and a steady supply of moonshine. The last thing I need is a hot neighbor with her panties in a twist wreaking havoc on my bachelor life. But she barrels in anyway, making me cut my hand wide open, stitching me up, and living with me until I heal. It would have been torture if teasing her hadn’t become so much fun.
Can opposites get along when forced to live together in a small town named Hell?
Man Glitter is a laugh-out-loud RomCom featuring a hippie carpenter who's allergic to wearing shirts, an uptight doctor with a past, and a dog with bad breath. Man Glitter is a standalone companion novella in the Jobs From Hell series.
This opposites attract romantic comedy is a stand alone novella in the Beach Squad series featuring a sassy heroine and an alpha cop too serious to handle her.
In my world as a cop, things were either black or white. Right or wrong. Then Bailey arrived, challenging all my principles. She had a mouth on her, the level of sass matching the exaggerated swing of her hips. I couldn't get her out of my head, even knowing she wasn't right for me. I tried to stay away, I really did. But once I had a taste, I kept coming back for more. Something didn't add up though, and I would figure it out even if it ultimately meant we couldn't be together.
The only thing sexier than his dimple was the set of handcuffs the hottie detective threatened to use on me. If only he'd give me a chance to show him I was more than the tough-girl exterior I'd carefully crafted over the years. Oh yeah, and if I wasn't engaged in criminal activity that would land me in handcuffs...and not in a sexy way. More like an orange jumpsuit way, and I can tell you now, no way in hell would I be caught dead in an ugly jumpsuit.
No matter which way this thing ends, I'll be in handcuffs. The question is, will Jack join me in the grey area? Or will I have to do the impossible and admit I was wrong?
It’s hard to tell your best friend you’re in love with her when she’s busy dating everyone but you.
I’ve been called a smart-mouthed, tattooed firecracker with a penchant for running straight into trouble, but after coming off the worst break up in history, all I want is to get my life together. No more trouble, no more surprises.
So when my best friend changes the rules on me, I’m not sure how to react. Side note: my body sure knows how to react seeing him without his shirt on...where did all those muscles come from? And when my ex comes back to town to wreak havoc, my lofty plans go right out the window.
I fell in love with Amelia in the sixth grade when I pulled her off another girl in a hair pulling fight. And she put me directly in the friend zone. We’ve been through everything together from ER trips after skateboarding mishaps to fighting off a peacock with a mean streak. But the one thing I’ve never told her is how I really feel. Now that Amelia is single again, it’s time to make my move. But Amelia has never gone down without a fight involved, and this will be no different.
Either she’ll fall in love with me like I hope, or Amelia will unfriend me forever.
Author’s note: The sassiest heroine with a heart of gold takes off her blinders and sees the hero with new eyes. And Titus…good Lord, you're guaranteed to cheer—and swoon—for the nice guy to win. Plus there’s a peacock, a flamboyance of flamingoes, an Elvis impersonator wedding in Vegas, and lots of small town craziness to steal your heart and guarantee laughter.