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About Melanie Shawn
NYT & USA TODAY bestselling author Melanie Shawn lives in Southern California and is a mama to two adult people (she doesn't know how that happened...they were babies like two seconds ago!). She loves all things romance from books (of course!), movies, songs, and even reality TV...please don't judge.
She writes small-town romances that are filled with sweet and sassy heroines, cinnamon roll alphas, casts of supportive *cough: meddling* friends who put the fun in funny, toe-curling combustible heat, and sugary sweet "aww" moments that will have your hearts and e-readers melting.
When she's not writing or reading, listening to love songs on Spotify, or binge-watching TV she loves spending time with her dog Romeo, teaching Zumba classes, and drinking lotsa Dr. Pepper. Oh, and she also has a girl crush on Julia Roberts and is a die-hard Dawson's Creek fan. #Pacey4Ever
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JJ Briggs knew he had started something he couldn't finish four years ago. But now, he was back to set it right. The sexy Major League pitcher never forgot about his fiery redhead. The love and passion he felt for his “Pip” never faded.
They say old wounds cut deep...will JJ be able to heal the pain he caused all those years ago? Or will history repeat itself, keeping his Destiny just out of reach?
There was only one female in Glenn Maguire’s life that mattered to him, his daughter Aubrey. After becoming a single dad, he decided he didn’t want a string of women coming in and out of her life. So, to that end, he’s taken a break from dating. But when he gets to town and meets his sexy, curvy, sassy neighbor who happens to be a Jessica Rabbit look-a-like, his resolve is put to the test.
Author's Note: Flirting with Fate is a single dad, next-door neighbor, road trip, small-town romance. This heart-bursting happily ever after tale is jam-packed with a sassy, sarcastic heroine with a potty mouth and a heart of gold, a stubborn, reluctant single dad hero with a daughter who is six going on sixteen, a colorful cast of supporting characters including (but not limited to) a ninety-two-year-old, tattooed, Taylor Swift fan and a matchmaking aunt who thinks she knows best. You will also find the following: tearjerker moments, sparks from sexual tension so bright you might need welder’s goggles, ovary-melting heat, and an oh-so-swoony epic HEA.
Hotshot Evan Bishop was taught at a very early age that love was something to be taken seriously. The thirty-four-year-old alpha firefighter had only loved one woman his entire life, his childhood sweetheart who just told him she was engaged to another man. So when he locks eyes with a blue-eyed, blonde bombshell who has him falling fast at first sight, his instinct is to deny it, ignore it, and resist it.
Actress Shayne Fox was taught at a very early age that love was a luxury that she couldn’t afford. From growing up in foster care to working in Hollywood, the beautiful ingénue's only concern was survival not love. So when she locks eyes with a tall, dark, and sexy stranger who has her wanting something that she never allowed herself to feel, her instinct is to dismiss it, suppress, and avoid it.
He was used to being in control of all things at all times but would he be able to control his heart? She was used to life giving her lemons but would she recognize it when it gave her love?
Sometimes the path of least resistance is the one that is the hardest to take.
Stand-alone Hope Falls romance, complete with HEA—and plenty of heat and heart along the way!
Author's Note: Coming in Hot was previously published as Fire and Temptation
She loved her business. She loved her community. And she loved her best friend. Scratch that, she was in love with her best friend. For years she’d kept her feelings (and virginal status) to herself. But one accidental confession while Dining in the Dark could change everything. Or at least, she hoped it would.
Josh Bianchi survived his life. It’s what he’d done from the time he was a kid. He survived growing up with an absent mother and an alcoholic father. He survived seven years in the Army and a career-ending blast from an IED. He survived each day with back pain and each night with night terrors.
The one bright spot in his life was is his best friend. Her smile was a lighthouse in his sea of darkness. His feelings for her were more than love, more than attraction, more than anyone could ever understand. She saved him when no one knew he needed saving. She was a walking, breathing angel. His angel. He would never do anything to jeopardize his relationship with her. Or at least he thought he wouldn’t. One intimate confession made in the dark tempted him to cross the line and risk it all.
Author’s Note: Resisting Fate is a friends-to-lovers, forced proximity, virgin, small-town romance. These soulmates' rocky road to HEA is paved with a wounded hero, sweet and steady heroine, rescue dog named Thor who is...wait for it...afraid of thunder, well-meaning (read: meddling) family members with behind-the-scenes plots and schemes, and an abundance of swoon-worthy awws, chuckle-inducing hahas, and ohs so hot you may need to fan yourself. Disclaimer: fan not included in purchase.
After nearly twenty years on the force Asher Ford thought he could handle anything, but becoming a single dad to a rebellious teenage girl overnight was proving to be more difficult than he’d expected. In a hail Mary move, he decided to quit his job as a homicide detective in New York City and move his daughter across the country to a simpler life in a small town. Things were going as planned until his fresh start was threatened after running into a breathtakingly beautiful woman whose smile made him feel like a teenager again and he also happened to share a complicated history with.
Sometimes it's best to leave the past in the past...spoiler alert: this isn't one of those times.
Author’s Note: Falling in Fate is a hot cop, jilted bride, single dad, slow burn, small town Hope Falls standalone romance. This happily-ever-after tale comes complete with a damaged hero, optimistic heroine, a misunderstood teenage daughter, a meddling sister, town folk who all think they know best, a plethora of heartwarming moments and swoony sexiness that will warm up more than just your heart. Warning: this HEA may restore and/or ignite your belief in fate and true love.
She was already questioning her sanity when she found herself stranded on the side of a mountain road, in a snowstorm, with a flat tire. Things went from bad to worse when headlights shone in her rearview mirror, and her first thought was a psycho was coming to kill her. When she rolled down the window and saw the face of the most perfect male specimen on the planet, she was no longer in fear for her life...but her heart was another story.
For the first time in his life, Easton Bishop knew exactly what the future held. After nearly fifteen years of nomadic living across the globe, he was finally putting down roots. His plan was to spend the next year of his life writing the novel he’d been putting off for the past three years, and more importantly, reconnecting with his family who he’d barely seen over the past decade and a half. That plan was immediately sidetracked when he showed up to surprise his parents only to find out they were on a three-week vacation in Palm Springs.
Always one to roll with the punches, he hopped in his 1989 Ford pickup truck and decided to make the three-hour drive to Hope Falls where his brothers lived. He found himself sidetracked once again when he saw a white SUV on the side of the road with its hazards on. When the driver turned out to be a knockout blonde with eyes bluer than the Mediterranean and lips that made him sweat in below-freezing temperatures, he knew that his plans might need to be expanded to include her.
Author’s Note: Trusting Fate is an opposites-attract, lust-at-first sight, fake(ish) relationship, small-town Hope Falls romance. This HEA includes (but is not limited to): a competition reality show, a type-A control-freak heroine, a unicorn go-with-the-flow Alpha (with a capital A) hero, meddling siblings, a colorful cast of townspeople, an extremely jealous rescue cat, cold days and very hot nights. Side effects of reading this book may include swooning, sighing, falling in love, and a strong desire to move to and/or visit Hope Falls (which, full disclosure, is a fictional town). Read at your own risk.
Thirteen years ago…she made the hardest decision of her life. For every tear, every heartache, Tessa Hayes reminded herself that she made that sacrifice out of love. Sweet, caring Tessa always put the interests of others before her own, no matter what the cost.
She sacrificed her heart for his life. He lived without living. Now they had the chance to mend their broken hearts together...but would Tessa and Jake have the courage to do it?
**Author's Note: Each Hope Falls full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone**
Author's Note: Forever Your Girl was previously published as Let It Snow
Logan Dorsey left the military and his job as an undercover detective, but he still couldn’t shake the nightmares that haunted him. The only thing that had ever silenced the horrors for the chiseled former Marine was the one woman that was untouchable for so many reasons…
She’d lost her husband…
Emma Locke wrote romantic stories for a living despite the fact that her happily-ever-after had been taken away years ago. The gorgeous, blue-eyed, twenty-six year old widow and single mom had nothing in her life to connect her with the love and heat she needed to write about. Nothing to inspire that kind of passion...except the one man that was off limits.
They say time heals all wounds, but can it also be enough to grow new love?
*Each Hope Falls full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone
Author's Note: Last First Kiss was previously published as Magic Kiss
Harmony Briggs always knew what she wanted—until she realized she wanted more. The gorgeous Southern beauty knew that only one man would be able to fulfill her wildest dreams and fantasies, but unfortunately, he was just out of reach…
Hudson Reed was used to playing by the rules and sticking to reality. And for the rippling cop, reality meant loving her from afar…
When it comes to love, she’ll learn that the heart wants what it wants, and he’ll learn there’s more to her than meets the eye in Discovering Harmony…
Trace Briggs found the woman of his dreams when he was nine years old. For years he’d been forced to be a spectator on the sidelines of her life. But now circumstances had changed. The sexy, chiseled cowboy knew the time had come to claim the woman he’d loved since she was in pigtails.
Convincing Cara would take all of his heart, and Trace was ready to put it all on the line. Will Cara finally allow herself to truly live…and love?
That was all it took for Gabe Maguire to realize something was missing in his life. After beating cancer and returning to the cage to claim victory in the octagon, Gabe was ready to settle into his life in Hope Falls as a firefighter. The sexy MMA champion was grateful to be alive but still felt like he was just going through the motions until he laid eyes on her.
That was what Adriana Hale was determined to keep. As a young, single mother raising her twin girls and her late cousin’s son, Adriana was willing to sacrifice anything for her kids, including her heart.
That was what brought them together, but could it also be what would tear them apart. After realizing a connection that will change everything, will Adriana and Gabe find the happiness and love they both deserve or will fate have other plans for them?
Stand-alone Hope Falls romance, complete with HEA--and plenty of heat and heart along the way!
Author's Note: Too Hot to Handle was previously published as Fire and Foreplay
Mackenzie Sutton was an award-winning documentary filmmaker who had put her past where it belonged, behind her. But when her old flame’s hometown becomes the setting for her new project, she’s forced to remember what she wanted with all her heart but never got to have.
Eli Bishop achieved his goal and became a firefighter. And although the sexy hero risks his life daily, in reality, he has nothing to lose since he lost her all those years ago. With fate giving them a second chance, both Mackenzie and Eli will be forced to relive the past if there is any hope of them having a future in…Hot Summer Nights.
Stand-alone Hope Falls romance, complete with HEA--and plenty of heat and heart along the way!
Author's Note: Hot Summer Nights was previously published as Fire and Love