Rising from a homeless and battered street fighter, Damon Pierce fights through the ranks of an MMA champion, carrying success in the palm of his hands. But the very fists that brought him to stardom quickly destroy it all.
Finally getting her fresh start, Annie Hedges is ready to take on the world. After nearly twenty years in a stifling and loveless marriage, Annie finds her courage and strength to build something new for herself.
When Pierce and Annie meet, the chemistry is undeniable, but their confidence is as broken as their spirits. Unable to to resist the fire between them, Pierce and Annie succumb to their desire. As they carefully forge a path of passion and need, their horrific pasts come back to threaten everything they've tried to build. Can these two fighters battle the pain of their pasts for a chance at a future together?
Ryan Richards returned from Afghanistan with more than a shattered body. His heart was in tatters, too. For the three years since then, renovating houses and patching up fighters has been the only thing to quiet his demons—those foisted upon him and those he has created himself. At DS Fight Club, he has a purpose. And when he spends time with sexy trainer Junior Maldonado, he feels more like a real man than a shadow of one.
Injured in the Middle East while an Army Ranger, Junior shared an instant camaraderie with wounded corpsman Ryan…and more than a little bit of attraction. And although Junior has reunited with his high school boyfriend, Ryan’s haunted whiskey eyes are never very far from his mind. He knows Ryan is hurting, and wants the best for his friend.
When Junior returns to Atlanta after his second-chance romance fails, he finds Ryan careening toward rock bottom. Overwhelmed by uncontrolled physical and emotional pain, Ryan is fighting for his life…and hiding the truth. It’s up to Junior to help him see that real men come in many forms, and they are all entitled to love
The Pressure Fighter
Five years ago, Bridget Doherty walked away from a promising MMA career in order to salvage her failing marriage. Now, newly divorced, Bridget is training again with hopes that a new gym in a new city will reignite her passion–both personally and professionally.
The Former Chef
Ever since his heart attack, Nolan Harper is playing it safe–afraid to really start living again. Turning in his high stress restaurant career for a desk job drains the zest right out of him.
Southie meets Southerner
When Bridget steps in as Nolan’s personal trainer, the fast-talking girl fighter from Southie intrigues the gentle Southern giant. These opposites definitely attract. But will Bridget and Nolan's pasts smother the fire that burns between them?
The Single Father
While a genius at pairing up fighters to make the most exciting matches inside the octagon, Buddy Thomas hasn’t had much success in finding his personal perfect match, not that he’s really been looking. His daughter, Lucy, is the only woman he needs in his life.
His Daughter’s Teacher
Molly Mayhew isn’t looking for anything but a fresh start. After a disastrous liaison that almost cost her career, she vows never again to date the father of a student.
The Matchmaker Meets his Match
Buddy intrigues Molly, who finds the matchmaker’s frank attitude a little unnerving. Likewise, Buddy finds Lucy’s sweet and soft-spoken teacher a refreshing change from the brash women who populate the fighter world. But Molly is gun-shy about getting involved with another parent, especially when he has a complicated past. Can Buddy convince Molly that he’s not like the other guys?
Nothing is going right for Kate Fahey, a forty-two-year-old risk analyst, on her last-minute business trip to Ireland. From one screwup to another, the trip has the potential to be an unmitigated disaster. The handsome Southern gentleman she meets on the flight provides a welcome distraction from her very bad day, but in her rush to a get to a meeting, she leaves the plane before she can turn her flirtation into something more.
Forty-five, fresh from a divorce and recently unemployed, Cal Harper decides to go on what should have been a delayed honeymoon to Ireland alone. Cal only wants the comfort found at the bottom of a bottle. Even hungover after a trans-Atlantic flight, he knows it was a mistake not to make future plans with the beautiful woman who sat next to him the entire time.
When the luck of the Irish brings the two strangers back together, they throw caution to the wind and agree to a wild, holiday fling. Will their short time together be enough? Or will they be forced to go back to their separate lives when they return to the US?
Forty-eight-year-old Liddie Hopewell doesn’t quite know what to do with herself after her husband passes away after a long illness. When one of her beloved uncles encourages her to come back to Hemlock Creek, she heads home, with her daughter and granddaughter in tow.
Tobias Harper moved back to north Georgia after three decades in Nashville, hoping to recharge and regroup. A successful musician and songwriter, Tobias is searching for inspiration but a vindictive ex-wife and the ghost of his overbearing father seem to be all he’s finding.
High school sweethearts more than three decades before, Liddie and Tobias have a chance meeting at the local tavern. A second unexpected encounter leads to answers of long-unresolved questions. Will Liddie and Tobias be able to rebuild the relationship they once had, or will the burden of the past prove to be too much for their newly-rekindled love affair to bear?
Tallulah Douglas is starting over. She’s left her abusive husband behind in California and is building a new life for herself and her teenage daughter in the North Georgia mountains. Between working at her family’s vintage shop, volunteering at the local legal aid office, and avoiding the scrutiny of the town’s Gossip Brigade, dating is the last thing on Tally’s mind.
Only two things are worthy of Robert McFerrin’s attention: his eight-year-old daughter and his fledgling distillery business. He just wants to keep his head down and live his life, but unfortunately, memories are long in Hemlock Creek and getting a fresh start is easier said than done.
A captured bouquet and too much muscadine wine sends Tally into Rob’s arms, and smarmy suitor makes her stay there. Can a fake relationship develop into something more?
Learning to Live and Love Again
Daniel Beaujardin spent fifteen years serving his country in the United States Marine Corps until a roadside bomb ended his military career. When a former teammate offers him a job in Atlanta, Dan, left scarred and partially blind from the accident, jumps at the opportunity for a fresh start.
Three years after his partner’s death, Alexander Westport is still simply going through the motions. Work as a high school English teacher, softball practice, and the occasional family dinner is how he spends his time, but he knows that’s not really living.
An anonymous encounter at a local gay club first brings Dan and Alex together, and after a second chance encounter, the men strike up a friendship that quickly turns romantic. When professional and personal troubles threaten their fledgling relationship, Dan and Alex learn battles fought together are won more easily than those faced alone.
Em Davidson is a curvy, never-married, 43-year-old Internet security analyst who has been working at the wrong job, living in the wrong house, and involved with the wrong man for about 10 years too long. All she wants is a challenging career, her very own home, and an age-appropriate Mister Ideal who will make her toes curl when he kisses her.
Mick Brennan is a bearded, tattooed widower of 20-plus years who thinks, maybe, just maybe, he might be ready to dip his foot back in the dating pool. He might not know exactly what he’s looking for in a relationship, but he knows he doesn’t want a girl half his age.
When Em moves into her dream home, she had no idea that her downstairs neighbor could be her Mister Ideal. When Mick meets his talkative upstairs neighbor, he’s more intrigued by the her than he has been in any other woman in two decades.
Can these two lonely people overcome the wounds of their pasts to discover love again?
Rory Doyle likes to be in control: in control of his career, in control of his home, and in control of his relationships. The one thing he can’t control is his reaction to feisty ex-pageant queen-turned-real estate agent Ashley Richards.
Ashley Richards is a woman with a plan; always has been, always will be. She’s got her sights set on conquering the Atlanta commercial real estate market, and the last thing she needs is Rory Doyle disrupting her carefully planned life.
After their best friends get their happily ever after, Rory wants to take his relationship with Ashley to the next level, but Ashley has other things to worry about, including planning the perfect wedding for her best friend. Add a bonus complication of the biggest challenge of her professional career and she definitely does not need the distraction of Rory’s sexy Irish brogue and his hot dancer’s body.
Can Rory convince Ashley to listen to her heart or will she decide that he doesn't fit in with her plans?