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Second Chance Love
Women Of Digby, Book 1
by Jennifer Labelle

Secret Cravings Publishing

eBook ISBN: 9781618850133

Is it possible to find the love of your life when you’re eighteen? After returning to her hometown, Teegan Hallowell realizes she’s still in love with the man she left ten years ago, but it’ll take a disappearance, and some heroics for them to finally realize if they were meant to be.

Chapter One

“Oh shit!” She whispered in a panic, and threw him off of her. “Get under the bed, quick.” He did as she said, knowing they only had a second or they’d be caught.
Thankful her nightgown was still on, she threw the blankets on top of her and pretended to sleep restless. There had to be an explanation for her blasted headboard making noise. Too absorbed in the moment, they’d been careless of any consequence.
Her door creaked open and her mother peaked in. “Teeg?”
Teegan laid there pretending to sleep and exaggerated her movements as she purposely smacked the headboard, hoping that her mother would buy into her dramatic display, praying not to get caught. “Teegan, honey, are you all right?”
Her pulse beat faster as she felt the edge of the bed dip, and her mother wiped her hair from her forehead. “Teeg?”
“Mom?” She whispered trying to sound groggy as if she’d just woken up. Good Lord, please just leave, please just leave. “What are you doing here?”
“There were strange noises coming from in here that woke me up, and I thought I’d make sure everything was alright. You were very restless…”
“It must have been a nightmare.” Teegan gulped, after interrupting her. “I’ve been having a few of those lately. It must be the stress of starting college soon. You know leaving home and all that…”
“Well, you can always go to college somewhere closer to home.” Her mother’s mouth twitched fighting a smile. “And, of course we’ll always be here whenever you want to come home when you decide to leave us.”
Teegan looked around the room nervously trying to figure out how to wrap this up. Poor Liam was stuck under the bed. “Thanks mom, I have a bit of time to work through the jitters, but right now I think I’d like to get back to sleep.”
“Alright, baby.” Her mother stood and headed towards the door, stopping as she opened it, she spoke. “I love you, Teeg.”
“I love you too, Mom.”
The light from the hallway slowly dimmed, the door creaked shut, and she sighed in relief. “That was a close one. I must be a better actress than I thought.”
“Very close,” Liam whispered, laughing quietly to himself as he crawled out from beneath the bed. “But maybe I should just go.”
“Please don’t.” Teegan scooted towards the end of her bed to reach for him. “I’m not finished with you yet.”
“Really?” He smiled, and embraced her. “I think I like the sound of that, Ms. Hallowell, but the bed isn’t an option right now, so what do you propose we do?” He leaned forward to close the distance, and brushed his lips lightly over hers to tease her.
She nipped his bottom lip and then rolled her eyes. “Honestly, Liam, I’m pretty disappointed with you right now. You’re the one that’s supposed to be more experienced, yet I seem to have more imagination than you do right now.” She looked around the room noting several possibilities, and then watched as his eyes followed hers.
“Hmm, my little nympho, I believe you’re right, and I have to say I’m liking the Sex Goddess that I’ve created here.” He teased, making her laugh.
“Oh, shut up already.” She playfully shoved at him, as he lowered her to the ground. “I love you, Liam.”
Their lips parted and tongues met with an equal desire. Circling, tasting, and loving their moment as one. Her first love, oh how she missed it. Coming out of the memory, it made her wonder if Liam would still be there, and if he was single? She sighed looking out the window of the greyhound bus, destined to bring her home again.
Home.
She was determined to pick up the pieces in her life, to start fresh and never let anyone, especially Oliver, dictate how she lived anymore. Teegan was proud that she’d finally had enough courage to leave. Smiling to herself at the thought of his expression, and outrage when Oliver finally figured it out. She wasn’t turning back, had enough of his abuse, and sighed wanting to reminisce in old memories of the only love that meant anything to her, Liam.
* * * *
Spring 2001, ten years earlier
“Busted!”
Her brother jumped at the sound of her voice. “Damn, Teeg, are you trying to give
me a heart attack?” He nudged her arm playfully, looking relieved that it was only her.
“Where you been?” Teegan asked. With James it was hard to say, but she’d guessed he was either back from sneaking around with his girlfriend, or out with his friends getting into mischief. “Geez, James, you should be more careful sneaking in and out of here. It could have been Mom or Dad coming down. They would’ve been pissed.”
“Whatever.” He rolled his eyes. “We’re eighteen, Teegan. Mom and Dad have to stop treating us like babies and realize that we’re old enough now to come and go as we please.”
“Come on, James. They’re not that bad.”
“Says the favorite to the black sheep.” He chuckled, and shook his head. “What the hell are you doing up so late anyway?”
“I was thirsty.” She shrugged and he followed her into the kitchen. “Sooo, you going to tell me where you’ve been or what?” She went in the fridge to grab some juice, and placed two glasses in front of them. Filling them, she took a sip.
“Susan’s.”
She smiled, “I like her. Did you two have a good night?” She wiggled her brows, and then started to laugh.
“You’ll certainly never find out.”
“Oh, ew, James, I didn’t mean to imply I wanted details. That’s just gross, loser. I was only teasing you.”
He laughed at her. “It’s not like you’d know what I was talking about anyway, virgin.”
“And, you would know that how?” She challenged, hating how predictable her life was. James always read her like an open book. Despite their teasing, they were actually pretty close for step-siblings. Their parents married when they were seven, and it was history from there. They were the same age and hung out with a lot of the same people. Only Teegan was the book worm, followed the rules, and was the dependable one, while James had his own set of rules to abide by. Coming and going whenever he felt like it.
“You’d better be.”
“Oh spare me the bull, James.” She rolled her eyes, choosing to ignore that comment, or be pissed off. He had no right to judge, or dictate morality. He was right though, and it pissed her off. She was a virgin and her innocence drove her nuts sometimes. One of these days she vowed to get wild, but right then she’d settle for taking the subject off of herself. “So, do you do this often?”
“What?”
“Sneak out.”
“Just the past couple of months. Sometimes Susan comes here, sometimes I go there.” He shrugged and downed the rest of his juice.
“I guess I hadn’t realized you two were that serious.”
“Not really, we’re just having fun. I mean don’t get me wrong I like her a lot, but we’re not considering marriage or anything.”
“Serious?”
He shook his head. “That right there is one of the reasons I know you’re so innocent. Who’s busted now?”
He called her bluff, and she became defensive. “Ya well, it’s hard to lose your innocence when you have a brother that threatens everyone who’s tried to take it.”
“Hey, hey—” He reached across the table to hold her hand. “I’m only looking out for you, Teeg, I know what guys our age think about, and I don’t want you to get hurt.”
“I can take care of myself you know, and besides it’s not like anyone’s interested anyway.” She hadn’t had a date in months, and it was starting to affect her self-esteem.
“Oh, I know a few.”
“Really?” She perked up. “Who?”
“Goodnight, Teegan.” He smiled and slid his chair across the floor. She’d probably be up half the night guessing who it was, and knew he mentioned it on purpose.
“Oh, come on, James, just tell me.”
“Nope.” He walked away. “You’re attractive, Teegan, don’t ever doubt it. Being your brother isn’t easy sometimes, but the least I can do is keep you away from my degenerate friends.”
“Come on, James.”
“Nope,” he called, not bothering to look back as he made his way to his room. “Pleasant dreams, Sis.”
And she smiled remembering how much better she felt about herself that night. James always managed to know how to perk her up when she was down, and that moment had been the beginning of it all.

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Meant To Be
by Jennifer Labelle

Secret Cravings Publishing

eBook ISBN: 9781936653133

Jenna Baker is shaken up after her recovery with a near death experience. As if, being haunted with visions and losing her husband in a car accident weren’t hard enough. Could she be losing her mind? She finally moves on, only to have the husband she thought was dead suddenly reappear.

Chapter One

Jenna Baker had sat in the passenger side of the car for long enough. They were driving in the middle of a rainstorm. The Gravol she’d taken wasn’t doing anything for her nausea, and the uneasy feeling at the pit of her stomach just wasn’t going away.
“Oh, my God, pull over.”
“Relax, Jenna.” Tyler sighed, “I was just about to.” Putting his hand on her thigh, he gave it a little squeeze.
Tyler was right. She needed to rid herself of this frustration, but relaxing was easier said than done and bad weather seemed to be their curse in life. Since waking up that morning, she just couldn’t shake the feeling something bad was about to happen.
Her odd dreams weren’t helping. Last night she’d been drowning, seeing herself alone and tangled in weeds, trying desperately to gasp for breath. Now it was pouring down rain harder than she’d ever seen before, and it had her nerves on edge. Maybe it was the water relation that had her so worked up. They couldn’t even see two feet in front of them. Hell, maybe it was just anxiety, because she missed her baby boy so much. Jayden had been visiting her parents in Cornwall for the last week. It was his annual summer visit, and Tyler insisted they surprise them by picking him up a few days early.
“So how long do you think we’ll have to wait this out?” she asked.
First they were stuck on the side of a road because of the rain, and then the stupid radio would only pick up static. Turning the radio off, she looked at him for an answer.
“Relax, Jenna,” he repeated, his mouth twitching not to smile at her. “We’ll get there soon enough. Honestly, sweetheart, I don’t know how you made it through the entire week without him.”
She knew he was treading carefully to avoid an argument and sighed, because he was right again. “I know, but I feel like a caged animal in here. And you know very well how I made it through the week.” Thinking about him, the two of them, and their fabulous week of busy hands, hot bodies, and spice made her need to have him all over again.
“Hmm.” she mumbled, making him smile. Her facial expression gave her away, and she could tell he knew what was coming next. “What better way to pass the time than to recreate some of those memories right here. How about it, Tyler?” Unbuckling her seat belt, she slid towards him before she finished the proposal. “Let’s turn back time. It’ll be like high school all over again.”
Her kiss was hungry, desperate to have him. The rain still fell heavily outside creating a soothing background noise. Her butt hit against the horn, startling them both. “Oops.” She laughed, turning breathless as she continuously rocked against him. The delicious friction was driving them both insane.
“I need you, Jenna,” he whispered, flexing his fingers across her thighs towards her ass.
She’d started the game, knowing he’d play along, and looked forward to finishing it. With her skirt hiked up to her waist the only barriers between what they both wanted were his jeans and the tiny panties she wore.
“I think we should fix this,” she said, moving aside to discard the obstacles. “The back seat looks awfully spacious. Care to join me so we can finish?”
She climbed towards the back, letting out a surprised yelp when Tyler nipped at her bottom.
“God, Jenna, you’re good enough to eat,” he growled, “On your stomach, ass up a little. I want you from behind.”
He just settled into position when Jenna felt his whole body tense. Before she could ask what was wrong, bright lights hit them. She looked behind her to see the horrified expression on Tyler’s face. Cool air replaced where his body had been only seconds before. A loud bang accompanied a jolt that threw her forward, and then sudden blackness surrounded her
* * * *
Memories came to mind, with an instant replay of her two favorite people, but it was like a dream. She felt so light and carefree, as if floating on a cloud.
Meeting Tyler her senior year in high school, the first time they’d slept together in college, their marriage and the birth of their first and only child was all coming back to her in flash images.
What the hell was going on?
She couldn’t concentrate properly, but seemed to find comfort in her memories. Her thoughts drifted to her son. She became a spectator in one of the most special moments of her life. It happened to be one of her son’s favorite stories. Jenna must have told him a million times before and only hoped to tell it a million more.
* * * *
“Tyler,” she cried. Holy shit is it supposed to feel this way? “Tyler, ahh.” She was in agony.
“Jenna, what’s wrong?”
“Isn’t it obvious?” she snapped, muttering a curse under her breath. “We’re stuck, and I’m about to push your big headed child from inside me.”
In the middle of January, they were stuck in the biggest snowstorm of the year. The piece of junk they liked to call their car was completely snowed in, and her water had just broken.
“You’re doing great, Jenna,” he encouraged, getting her back inside the house.
Her labor had started off as back pain, and her contractions only started about two hours before. They had plenty of time right? Wrong.
“What do I do, what do I do?” He panicked, yelling into the phone. “Where are they?”
“Relax, sir, they’re on the way. Now I need you to remain calm. Can you see a head crowning?”
The nasal voice on the speaker phone seemed to annoy the hell out of him judging from the expression he held. Jenna would have laughed if she had not been so uncomfortable. Remain calm, how the hell was that supposed to happen? Neither of them were doctors, and it sure as hell wasn’t supposed to be Tyler delivering their child. Besides that, Jenna felt awful. She was flushed, wet with perspiration, and between heavy breaths, she wanted to bite his head off. He was having it way too easy at the moment.
“Nothing yet, what’s taking so long?”
“We’re in the middle of a snow storm, sir. They’re on the way.”
“Tyler,” she moaned. “Argh, do something. This is your fault, you sorry sack of…”
“You’re doing great, Jenna, that’s it. Take deep soothing breaths. How do you feel?”
Later, when she was back to a rational state of mind, she might think that he gave her encouraging words because he hadn’t the slightest clue what he was doing. At the time it just wasn’t the thing to say. Damn, that ambulance better get here pronto. I need it out. Tyler definitely wasn’t suited for this type of crisis. What if something went terribly wrong?
“Don’t tell me what to do,” she snapped. “I’ll soothe you one. How do I feel? I’ll tell you how I feel. I feel like I’m being torn in two. Get it out.”
He chuckled for the first time, despite those ‘if looks could kill’ glares she gave him. It didn’t last long as the last gush of fluid rushed towards him.
“Oh, no,” he breathed. She watched his eyes bulge as he did a double take. “God help me, there’s the head.”
“I’m so tired,” Jenna whispered. Now that it was time to push she was exhausted.
“Hang in there. Push on the next contraction, Jenna, push. That’s it, just a little more.”
They’d tuned out the sirens in the distance. It was down to business now. “Please.” She tried to catch her breath. Would this ever end? She felt like she’d been at this forever, and if it took much longer, she was bound to pass out.
She was finally rewarded with the most beautiful sound imaginable; her baby’s first cry filled the living room.
“It’s a boy.” Tyler beamed, placing the baby in her arms.
The night’s events must have overwhelmed Tyler because he fainted as soon as the paramedics arrived. Knowing Tyler was being taken care of and having her perfect baby cradled in her arms, she was finally able to laugh. Tyler never did enjoy the sight of blood, and it was a wonder he’d lasted as long as he had. In the meantime, she had the most precious little pink colored bundle imaginable.
“Hi, Jayden,” she whispered, kissing him for the first time. “Mommy loves you.”
* * * *
Pain, there was so much pain. Her eyes fluttered open and closed a few times before noticing all the machines and tubes sticking out of her. “Ugh,” she groaned, trying to suppress a grimace. “What the hell happened to me?”
Trying to clear her dry throat, the fog that seemed to envelope her mind cleared a little. She was obviously in the hospital but why?
“Tyler?”
“Jenna? Oh, thank God.”
“Mom?”
She teared up, reaching for Jenna’s hand. “Oh, my God, you scared us, but you’re going to be okay, honey.”
“I don’t feel okay,” she whined. “Where’s Jayden? Is he okay? Please tell me he’s okay. I can’t remember.”
The machine beside her bed started to beep loudly. “Try to relax, honey. Your heart rate is starting to pick up. Jayden’s fine. He’s with Dad and can’t wait to see you. I just didn’t think it would be appropriate to bring him until I knew you were okay.”
Sighing with relief that her little boy was okay, she had a sudden flashback. “There was a light; I remember a blinding light. What happened?”
“There was an accident, and it was pretty bad from what they tell us. It was raining hard, and you guys had pulled over to wait it out. A truck was coming the opposite way and swerved to keep from hitting an animal. The visibility was poor, and he didn’t see you guys until it was too late.”
“Mom, where’s Tyler?” A panic attack was threatening to surface. If she was this badly hurt, how was he? And, where was he?
“Mom, please… Where is Tyler? I want my husband. Please, just tell me where he is.”
The commotion of her hospital machinery drew attention. A nurse monitored her distressed condition and interrupted them. “Mrs. Baker, you need to calm down, or I’m going to have to give you a sedative and put you under again.”
Nodding, she tried her best to calm down. The last thing she wanted was to get knocked out, but she couldn’t control her emotions until she had answers. She needed Tyler, had to see him, and wanted to feel him. She had to know that he was okay. It seemed nobody wanted to give her answers, but she was determined to get them.
“Mom, please, where is my husband?”
Looking at the nurse for approval before addressing her daughter, she sighed. “Jenna, when they found you, you were in the backseat, honey. Neither of you had any seat belts on and…” She paused, starting to cry. “Tyler didn’t make it, honey, I’m so sorry.”

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Drawn Together

by Wendi Zwaduk

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eBook ISBN: 9781419947957

Graig wants his fantasy girl to be his best friend, but fantasy and reality don’t always mix. Tessa indulges in her one treat—dancing naked. No emotions involved means no one gets hurt. Except when they end up working in the same school, in the same hallway. Then all bets are off.

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by Michelle Hasker

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eBook ISBN: 06857-02208

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by Zenobia Renquist

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eBook ISBN: 06836-02201

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by Alexa Egan

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by Megan Slayer

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eBook ISBN: 06431-02067

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by Cynthia Sax

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eBook ISBN: 06362-02044

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