2018 Maggie Award for Excellence Winner
Brock Walker, part-time mechanic and full-time farmer, prefers figuring out what’s wrong with an engine over deciphering people’s actions—especially women. But when his standard aloofness prevents him from landing the classic car of his dreams, help comes from an unexpected source: the sister of the man his family put in jail.
Josie Alvarez, bookkeeper for her dad’s garage, knows their last chance is in the collectible car she’s been sent to acquire. But after hearing the history under the hood, she can’t bear to hand it over to her dad, who’d just flip it and sell it. Bad blood between her family and Brock’s doesn’t overshadow his passion for the classic car, so she jumps in to help Brock negotiate the car’s future.
Walking away from the car proves easier than leaving the quiet mechanic. He’s refreshingly different from the other men in her life, opening her eyes to her own potential. And she’s the only woman to ever accept him just as he is, without underestimating or coddling him. Brock’s cousins don’t want her on Walker land, but he wholeheartedly disagrees…until Josie’s desperate father comes up with a plan to fix everything
2018 Aspen Gold Readers Choice Contest Winner
After returning home from the Army, Dillon honors his father’s last request to get help for his “drinking problem,” but it’s a waste of time. He has other matters to worry about than the few beers he has after work…every day.
When Dillon Walker swaggers into Elle Brady’s office, she fully understands the appeal of a small-town farm boy. He’s handsome, charming, helps run his family’s successful farm and ranch, and he’s definitely interested in her. Too bad she’s an addiction counselor still caring for her recovering alcoholic father, and she’s more than gun-shy of someone with Dillon’s baggage.
Elle scraps their professional relationship after a smoldering kiss. She attempts to quit seeing Dillon altogether until his truck is stolen and used in a crime, and only she can provide an alibi. As she falls for him, her past with alcoholism taunts her with all the reasons why a future with Dillon won’t work. If he refuses to admit to his problem, not even she’ll be able to help him, and she won’t stick around to watch.
As a millionaire, a workaholic, and one of the Twin Cities’ most eligible bachelors, Flynn Halstengard is happy to let his friends auction him off for charity. If the lucky lady who wins him wants a little action on the side, well, any sex is better than no sex, right? Unless the lady in question is the girl from high school he dubbed “Crazy J.”
For her first vacation ever, Tilly Johnson has spent her life savings on a good cause, a deluxe lakeside cabin, and the superhero from her high school years. Flynn is looking better than ever, and Tilly’s not the same damsel in distress he rescued years ago. But a girl can only outrun her past so long before she’s back to being Crazy J.
All Flynn wants is to ignore her—and the ugly past he left behind. But Tilly’s not the kind of woman who can be ignored—or resisted. After a week together, the millionaire business owner and the special ed teacher realize they’ve got more in common than just bad memories. Like raging lust, a love of comic-book geekery . . . and some unfortunate mutual acquaintances. When a villain steps into the frame to accuse Tilly of a horrible crime, Flynn will have to risk everything he’s built for the woman he was only too happy to escape once before.
Mara Baranski is living the fangirl’s dream, running a comic book shop that supports her and her ailing mother. She is even given the chance to buy the building—for a dollar. That is, until her dear friend and landlord dies before the sale goes through. Now Mara has forty-five days to clear out her shop or convince the resentful son of the old owner to change his mind—if she can only corner him long enough to ask.
Despite being abandoned by his father years ago, Wesley inherited all of his dad’s assets and ambition—but not his gullibility. When the tantalizing woman at his nightclub turns out to be the woman who scammed his lonely father, he seizes the chance for a little revenge. But after using a fake name to get close to his target, Wes is soon coming up with excuses to keep his identity secret a little longer.
As the forty-five days count down, Mara’s loyal customers swoop in to help save her store. Even more, her handsome new boyfriend is making her believe in happy endings again. Too bad secret identities only last forever in comic books.
Craig Trenton hated to be away from his wife, but loved his job of shooting jets off the aircraft carrier. But four months into his Navy deployment, mail day brought divorce papers. Willing to test out his newfound bachelorhood during Fleet Week two months later, Craig strikes up a conversation with a stunning redhead looking for her own good time.
Audrey Clemens didn’t want to be the hookup who showed up on Craig’s doorstep with a startling announcement. While he was determined to create a life with her, she was intent to make her own way, unwilling to settle with a man just because he felt it was his duty.
When Craig leaves for several months of training, he worries he’s missed his chance at convincing the beautiful artist to commit to a life of roaming the world with him.
Navy Lieutenant Kane Swenson wasn’t heading into Fleet Week looking for a hook-up, definitely not lasting love. This Fleet Week, he was tasked with fulfilling best man obligations for his brother, but their dinner out led him to a beautiful, fuming Olivia Penguilly. He makes it his mission during Fleet Week to convince the sharp beauty he’s worth more than a few days, he’s worth a lifetime.
Olivia was done with men, especially ones who constantly put their career before their relationships. When Kane hits on her, right after she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, she’s willing to indulge herself in a little flirtation with the handsome sailor. Then she finds out he’s not only career military, he also lives in another state and is being deployed for several months. Olivia soon realizes a quick fling with Kane is not enough, but how can she commit to a man she just met, who is contractually obligated to put his career before his personal life?