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Married over twenty years with three grown children, Tess is a former dog foster mom who ended up failing and adopting them instead. She and her husband (and their six dogs) split their time between the desert of Arizona and the lakes of Michigan, so she's always in a climate that's not too hot and not too cold, but just right!
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Decorated Marine General Ron Thompson isn’t looking for love. Lust maybe, but not love. As a military star on the rise, he’d rather keep his head down and his focus on the prize—promotion.
That all changes, however, when he meets Brenna. The first time she blushes under his stare, it’s game over.
Beautiful, successful, and sexy, Brenna instantly falls for the mysterious walking definition of masculine after he offers her a drink at the Sterling’s wedding reception.
The more time they spend together, the more she’s convinced he’s hiding something—or someone—and she’s already been there, done that, and is not doing it again… thank you, very much. Being with a Marine means long periods of time alone, leaving at the drop of a hat, and unable to discuss what he does. The sex may be the best she’s ever had, but the rest may be too much for her to handle.
She said actions speak louder than words—luckily for him, he’s always been the type to go big or go home. They’ll discover falling in lust is easy but falling in love is more than they ever imagined.
This is Book 2 in the San Diego Social Scene series. Each book is a stand-alone with an HEA and no cheating.
Book One: Operation Sex Kitten
Book Two: The General’s Desire
Book Three: Playing Dirty
Book Four: Cinderella and the Marine
Book Five: The Heiress and the Mechanic
Book Six: Burning Her Resolve
Bonus Novella: This Is It: A Second Chance Romance
I’m a career woman. I wear success like a second skin, and I’m rarely satisfied with anything less than the best. This includes my love life. If you want to date me, you better bring your A game because I don’t play with the B team.
The only type of commitment I’m interested in is the one I have with my career. There is no man strong enough to tame me. Bold enough to rattle me. Or confident enough to win my heart. But then again, I have never met a man like Luke Rivas.
Cassie is one feisty, fiery, demanding woman who has enough confidence to intimidate even the bravest of men. She’s driven, ambitious, and clearly has no interest in anything more than a casual fling.
But here’s the thing. I want her, and once I have her, there will be nothing casual about it.
I will crack through that tough exterior she wears so well and bend her into submission. I’ll make her break every one of her own damn rules just for me. And in order to accomplish just that…
I’m willing to play dirty.
Book 3 in the San Diego Social Scene series can be read as a stand alone. There's no cheating, no cliffhangers, and, of course, a HEA.
''Looking for a romance page-turner written with heart? You're in luck! PLAYING DIRTY is the new offering from Author Tess Summers that will satisfy your needs. The story is a splendid cocktail of Cassie's innate blend of sexual energy and Luke's irresistible alpha confidence. The pages all but ignite with their passion. This is a novel that delivers. Why play nice when you can play dirty?"
- USA TODAY Bestselling Author Vanessa Fewings
Ben McCallister wasn’t like any man attorney Harper Finch had ever dated. For one, his hands were rough and calloused from working all day at his mechanic shops; two, his muscled arms, back, and chest were covered in tattoos; and three, he rode a Harley. The men Harper dated were the ones her daddy would approve of: white-collar, with hands as soft as hers, and the most ink any of them had ever had was a fraternity seal that stayed hidden under short sleeves.
But there was something about this bearded man… how gentle and caring he was with her—outside the bedroom, that is. But his manners in the bedroom? Let’s just say he didn’t have any—which suited Harper just fine.
He was a dream come true. If only she were allowed to dream anymore… But her family and her secret made that impossible. She’d have to settle for a fun summer fling.
She should have known Ben McCallister would never ‘settle’ for anything less than all of her—forever.
**Note -- this steamy standalone has no cheating, no cliffhanger, and of course, an HEA! It's the 5th book in the San Diego Social Scene series on Kindle (there is a 6th one for free).
Getting involved with Ryan Kennedy almost guaranteed her face would be plastered all over Page Six. She couldn’t afford to be in the gossip section again. Not now. There was too much at stake.
Grace had things to do—finishing med school and keeping her nose clean for her upcoming residency match, to name a few—and she wasn’t going to let anything or anyone derail her this time.
No matter how broad his shoulders were. Or how perfectly styled his messy hair was.
Or what his sexy grin did to her insides.
It wasn’t fair. No man should be allowed to be that gorgeous.
Certainly not the sexy firefighter who she was supposed to be keeping at bay.
Women’s eggs dropped at the sight of him. But not hers. Nope.
But the sexy firefighter seemed determined to burn her resolve to the ground.
And staying away was starting to feel like an impossibility...
Ava Ericson thought she had her life planned out: graduate with her PhD, marry Brad Miller when he finished law school, have 2.5 babies… and mediocre sex for the rest of her days. But when Brad dumps her upon learning he’s passed the bar, citing new “opportunities” available, she has to rethink her future. Believing her lack of experience was the reason Brad broke up with her, she launches Operation Sex Kitten (OSK), a plan to become a vixen in bed and get Brad back. Things might go astray when she meets the notorious attorney, Travis Sterling, the bachelor who she is sure can teach her a thing or two in the bedroom. As she enjoys putting OSK theories into practice, she realizes the real ‘operation’ will be for the two not to fall in love. Fun and romantic, Operation Sex Kitten turns up the heat with explicit scenes while you root for love to conquer all.
When I woke up Christmas morning, I didn’t know if I’d been on Santa’s nice list this year—or his naughty one. Thinking back to the prior evening’s events, I decided it was definitely the naughty one. There had to be a mistake—I was always on the nice list. But the gorgeous, naked man snuggled next to me seemed to suggest I had a lump of… something waiting for me. Maybe the nice list was overrated. Or maybe naughty girls really did end up with coal in their stockings.
I was now on the ‘every-other-weekend and alternating holiday schedule’ with my kids—one more thing about divorce that I detested. Attending my law partner’s Christmas Eve party seemed like a better alternative to drinking alone in my boring beige condo, staring at my new pipe-cleaner tree with its new, shiny ornaments. The last thing I expected was to be propositioned by a former PTA President. Or to wake up Christmas morning not wanting to leave her bed. But you don’t get to be our age without plenty of baggage. The question was, did ours match?
This sexy, feel-good second chance romance will have you cheering for Paige and Grant to finally find their happily ever after together. But not before they discover that dating—at any age—isn’t so easy.
He's the ruthless patrón of the Guzman cartel... she's a nerdy, naïve software analyst, nursing a broken heart, poolside in Ensenada.
Their paths should have never crossed, but once they did, Ramon Guzman decided he's keeping his sweet American nerd. One way or another.
Even if that means he has to trick her into marrying him.
I was pretty happy living the carefree life of a successful bachelor. Money to spend, a revolving door of women, no commitment, no relationship troubles—it was perfect. At least, that’s what I thought until I held my friends’ newborn baby in my arms, and she smiled at me.
That was the moment I realized what life was all about. That was also the moment it occurred to me I needed a baby mama—stat.
So… the hunt is on for the perfect candidate. But first, I might have to have one last fling—you know, go out with a bang. Literally.
Thanks to making a few wrong decisions along the way, I’m now busting my ass waiting tables while putting myself through college. It’s not ideal, but I’m determined to stand on my own two feet and take care of my responsibilities the best I can.
But I’m still a woman. I have needs. I just don’t have the time for any kind of commitment. Naturally, when a smoldering hot Marine offers me a no-strings-attached one-night stand, I’m all on board.
Turns out… he wants more than I’m willing to give.
I’m a special agent with the CIA, and I’m good at what I do. In fact, I’m considered one of the best. I can play the role of anyone and eliminating bad guys without them seeing me coming is my forte—which is why I was chosen to take down the head of the Guzman family.
Dante Guzman is a ruthless, sexy, cold-hearted cartel money-man. And now it’s my job to study him, learn his likes and dislikes—in and out of the bedroom—so I can gain his trust and access to his uncle, the head of the Ensenada cartel.
I just didn’t count on falling into Dante’s clutches.
Every second I spend with him he manages to pull me further and further into his world. And the more time I spend there, the deeper I slip into the darkness with him, the more I realize…
I like it.
Don’t let my good manners fool you—I’m one cold-hearted SOB, and I control the family’s monetary affairs with an iron fist. There’s no place for weakness in my world. Show weakness, and you die. As simple as that.
So when a petite, feisty, hot-as-hell bombshell storms into my life, I didn’t stop to think about the consequences of keeping her. I wanted her, and I always get what I want. Period.
Turns out, the stakes were too high…for the both of us. And there’s going to be hell to pay if we’re going to be together, to one form of the devil or another.
Note from the author: Inferno is Book 1 in the Agents of Ensenada series. It can be read as a standalone and has a guaranteed HEA. There is foul language, kidnapping, and certain power exchange situations that some may find offensive. If you think you might be offended, skip this book.
Seven long miserable years since he’d ripped his heart from his chest and left it on her doorstep when he walked away from her. But, he’d had no choice. At least, he’d thought he hadn’t. He was too entrenched in the CIA’s underground world to safely ever have a wife and family. But now, after turning his CIA dealings into a very lucrative mercenary career, here he was, about to embark on a ten-day cruise with his cabin next to hers, not by coincidence—although she didn’t know it yet.
He wasn’t known as a ‘fixer’ for nothing. Maybe it was time to try to fix his broken heart, and hers—if she’d let him. And that was a big if, given how he’d shattered hers so long ago.
Reignited is Book Three in the Ensenada Heat series. Each book is a standalone, with a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers.
This book has themes of domestic discipline. If that's not your thing, please don't buy this book.
As a decorated CIA agent, I know better than to kidnap a former colleague’s sister and hold her hostage on a ship in the middle of the ocean. The agency tends to frown on that sort of behavior. But desperate times call for desperate measures; I have my reasons, and they’re good ones. I’ll be forgiven with a slap to the wrist—at least for that part of the mission.
Until I tie Reagan Jones up and can’t resist her when she presses her tight little body against mine. That’s probably not so forgivable.
Then there’s the issue of falling in love with her and refusing to let her go once the mission is over. Definitely not forgivable.
I have no idea what I’m thinking—we can’t be together; it’s not safe for her. I’m a spy, and she’s a feisty art instructor from Fargo. Not exactly the perfect match.
Or is it?
Note from the author: Combustion is Book Two in the Agents of Ensenada series. Each book is a standalone, with a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers. There is foul language, kidnapping, and certain power exchange situations that some may find offensive. If you think you might be offended, skip this book.
He knew within hours that Ruby Rhodes, the sexy little auburn-haired beauty, who just happened to sit next to him at his favorite bar and flirt with him all night long, was not who she appeared to be. Redheads were his kryptonite—everyone knew it, including his enemies who wanted to see the Guzman cartel destroyed. Just exactly who sent her and why was something he was going to have to figure out. At least playing along with her was enjoyable since part of her ruse seemed to entail sleeping with him and indulging his… let’s say, darker desires.
Or maybe that wasn’t supposed to be part of the plan, and she broke the rules.
Falling in love with Ruby was definitely not part of his plan, and Dante was going to have to punish her for making him do just that. Especially after he learns who she really is and why she was sent to seduce him.
**This is a prequel to Inferno, Book One in the Agents of Ensenada series. It ends in a cliffhanger.