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About Tiffany Patterson
I have always been fascinated by storytelling, books, and reading. After years of diving in between the pages of one romance book after another, I decided to try my hand at writing. I haven't looked back since. I enjoy bringing my readers stories of hope, perseverance, and most importantly, love. When I'm not writing you can find me enjoying time with friends, hiking, or daydreaming about my next novel.
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One night a deadly fire almost kills my best friend and squad mate, Corey. A fire I know is the result of arson.
As the squad investigator, it's my responsibility to get to the bottom of what happened that night. When the leading investigator at headquarters shows himself useless, I resort to working with Jocelyn, Corey's twin sister. It's enough figuring out how I'm going to solve this case while also keeping her safe. The biggest challenge is figuring out how to get her to trust that I won't hurt her like the men in her past.
Men can't be trusted when it comes to matters of the heart. That's not me being bitter. It's a reality that I've learned from experience. Now, I use my skills as a private investigator to help women find out the truth. I'm happy doing it, and it affords me a good living.
While I don't hate all men, I do believe most are unapologetic cheaters. As such, I don't have any false notions of riding off into the sunset with one or getting my happily ever after. It's an easy stance to keep up as long as I stay away from the one man who brings out a longing in me I didn't know was still there.
Distance proves difficult when I discover someone is after Rescue Four, and that same someone is responsible for my brother's injury. Once I step in to help Don, I have to remind myself falling for him is not an option. No matter how many nights he ends up in my bed.
Love only leads to heartbreak.
Unfortunately, I soon have to contend that Don is not only good at putting out fires. He's adept when it comes to starting them too. The fiery blaze of want and desire he ignites.*Strong language and mature love scenes.
Angela Moore is having the time of her life, having opened her neighborhood bar, Charlie’s, a year and a half ago. Neatly positioned between two fire stations, Charlie’s is a frequent stop for the firefighters in her city and the women who love to chase after them. Growing up the daughter of a firefighter and the younger sister of one, Angela thought she was immune to their charms, until she finds herself in the cross hairs of Eric’s. With eyes as dark as sin and a body built for pleasure, Angela finds herself opening up to Eric unlike anyone she ever has before. Just when the couple think they’ve made it, tragedy strikes and Eric’s job presents them with the biggest hurdle they’ll face together, leaving them wondering if one will even survive.
I walked right into him outside my hotel room while on vacation. Somehow that turned into my spending the following three days in Cabo San Lucas with him. Emanuel, the firefighter and obvious heart breaker. But I don’t have time for love. Not anymore, after a recent break-up, career change, and relocating to a new city. The last thing I need is to get involved with a man who’s just not right for me. I’ve been strung along enough. So, I give Emanuel a fake name, thinking at the end of my time in Mexico I’d never see him again.
How wrong I was.
Her name’s Janine, not Nadine as she’d told me in Mexico, and she’s my new neighbor. It’s like the stars align, pushing us together. In spite of the push back on her part, I know we’re meant to be. Steadily, I wear her down, breaking through the fears and insecurities her past has given her showing her that I’m not the man of chaos I once was known as. And while my recent transfer to a new firehouse is going well, there are some lingering secrets that pose a threat not only to myself but the new woman in my life. When everything seems to finally be coming together for us, her past and the lingering threat to Rescue Four threaten to tear us apart.
I was doing fine. Just fine. I’d long since left my cheating, two-timing, slime ball of a husband, and was doing well making my way in the world. I had a career that I loved as a financial advisor, great friends, and family. I didn’t need for anything. Especially not love. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t completely soured on the whole falling in love thing. However, after having my heart crushed once by the man who claimed to love me and only me, I wasn’t exactly itching to take another walk down that aisle. Especially, not with another athlete of all people. Then, in walks Tyler Townsend. Or rather, I walked into his life. And from then on out, it was a struggle to keep my heart tucked behind the armor of self-defense I’d erected to prevent myself from getting hurt again.
When you know, you know. Or so say, the men in my family. While I was never one to run from love, marriage or commitment, I knew it’d take a strong woman to handle everything that came with being with me. Not only was my family well connected and wealthy, but as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, I had made a success of my life on my own. In my world, women came a dime a dozen … or so I thought. All of the teasing I’d done to my older brothers once they’d fallen in love was coming back to haunt me. I just knew it. Because as soon as Destiny McDonald blew into my world, all the games were over. No other woman would do. And I do anything to ensure that she knew it. And I do mean anything. Because this time I’m playing for keeps.
She was supposed to remain in the past. A past I worked long and hard to forget. I run a multi-billion dollar company. I am at the top of my game. I didn’t have time for petty memories and silly indulgences like love. Making deals and taking names in the boardroom were what fueled me.
But one night everything came flooding back.
There she was, just like she was waiting for me. Oh, she was pissed, upon seeing me, but that wouldn’t keep me from touching her, or taking what has always belonged to me. When our worlds collided again, soon after, I discovered another secret she’d been keeping from me. Now, I’m not willing to let her walk away.
I didn’t walk away. I was pushed away by his secrets. I wasn’t sticking around to find out his reasons either. I left the city I grew up in to keep my distance from him after his final act of betrayal. I fought every day not to think of him. It was hard, but I managed to make a life for myself. But one trip for a work conference and I was putty in his arms again. Whatever, it was just one night. I could go on with my life as I had been.
That is, until a call came that beckoned me back home. Another run in with Aaron, this time leading him to discover my secret, and now I’m forced to make an impossible decision. Be his, or else.
On a day that, to her, must’ve seemed like the wrong place and wrong time, is where I met my destiny. Michelle Clarke. Our worlds collided and I knew instantly that she was mine. Everything in my life up until this point has been preparing me for her.
The eight years I spent in special forces.
And the last six years spent as a proud member of the Williamsport Fire Department’s Rescue 4 squad.
All of it was preparation for her. And nothing, not her reluctance, not my brother, and not even her son’s father will stand in the way of what belongs to me. My job is to rescue people and put out fires, but I will set anyone who stands in our way, ablaze. I will happily pour the gasoline and light the match and set all of this shit aflame, just to ensure she is where she belongs … with me.
Book 1: Black Pearl
Book 2: Black Dahlia
Andre Collins is not looking for love. In fact, love is the last thing on his mind as he continues to run one of the country’s most successful financial services firms alongside his brother. Andre is steadfast in the belief that love and marriage just aren’t for him. Or are they?
Life for Stacey Coleman hasn’t turned out the way she dreamed as a young girl. After a devastating injury ended her ballet career, she is finally finding happiness performing as a burlesque dancer while finishing school to become a social worker. Stacey’s not looking for love, but sometimes life has other ideas. When she meets the charismatic Andre Collins, the chemistry between them will not be denied, least of all by Andre. Andre will find that the one woman that is meant for him will challenge all of his previously held notions about love and marriage.
Just as the couple’s relationship deepens, an intruder from Andre’s world emerges and threatens to tear them apart.
Seven years ago I left Williamsport, carrying with me the grief of losing my best friend and the shame of the feelings I’d developed for the man she left behind. I spent time running from those feelings and the guilt that tried to suffocate me. But something much worse is forcing me to pick up and relocate again. This time back home. To the city I’ve always loved and missed, and surprisingly back to the man I tried to forget. But it could never be. The stark, anger-filled expression in Joshua’s emerald eyes when he first lays eyes on me, warns of his unforgiveness. At least, that’s what I thought it was, until he invites me to stay in his home. Once there, the friendship that was always between us, changes into something more...something different.
I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed her until I saw her for the first time in seven years. She was different. Hell, we both were but the confident, outgoing woman I remembered wasn’t the same Kayla Reyes that come back from the West Coast. No matter how much I wanted to forget about it, to give her the cold shoulder for leaving the way she did, I couldn’t. And when she moves into my home, things get worse. Not only is there trouble brewing at my multi-million dollar real-estate company, but Kay’s got her own secrets. Secrets that sent her scurrying back to the city she left behind. I resolve to get to the bottom of both these issues and get rid of them, root and stem. What I hadn’t banked on was breaking the vow I’d made years earlier; to never lose my heart to a woman again. And this time, it’s deeper than ever before. This time it’s starting to feel as if it were meant to be.
I’m well aware of this singular fact of my life. Even as I stitch up patients, correcting their perceived imperfections, I know that there is no cosmetic surgery that will fix what’s broken inside of me. Which is why I don’t let anyone get too close. I learned early on, most people can’t be trusted. The ones who were entrusted with protecting you can do the most harm.
So I deal with life the only way I learned how. I fight. On the days when work gets to me, or the memories from my past become too much, I head to the Underground. A place where even a plastic surgeon such as myself, can let my guard down and give in to my base emotions. It works, for the most part.
But then in walks Grace.
She is the very embodiment of her name. A new nurse on the surgical unit. All bets are off. The sparks that fly between us don’t end once we exit the operating room. For the first time, I’m challenged to give in to the feelings I never believed myself capable, and all that comes with it, or push her away to save her from an ugly past I worked long and hard to forget.
Jeremy noticed Tasha the first time he laid eyes on her. He also told himself she was off limits. That look of sadness that always hid deep in those golden-colored orbs warned him that she had an ugly past. It takes one to know one. After one dance with Tasha at his cousin's wedding, Jeremy promises himself he'll keep away from the beautiful woman with skin the color of dark chocolate, killer curves, but a dark past. Now, if he can only keep her out of his dreams at night. He manages for a while, but when Tasha initiates the first move, can he turn her away? Is Tasha ready for everything that comes with being Jeremy Bennett; floggers, ball gags and nipple clamps included?
He came out of nowhere.
One moment I was sitting at a bar alone, sipping on my drink, and the next instant there he was. We shared a powerful night together. Months later, that night continues to invade my dreams. Then, just like in New York, he appears out of the blue. Looking as delectable as he was that night. Yet, I keep my distance. I’ve been burned one too many times.
That is, until I need his help.
I don’t believe in coincidences. Not when it comes to Resha. She’s been on my mind ever since the night we shared. Now, she needs my help and I will use every resource available to me to keep her safe. Because in such a short period of time, she’s become my entire world.