The Playboy’s Pretend Fiancée

When elderly Aunt Wanda announces she has cancer, Sawyer must wed in order to fulfill her dying wish and to receive his inheritance.

Stephanie accepts the playboy’s proposal hoping to bring his aunt peace, but soon reality blurs and pretend feels real.

Can they keep appearances up while keeping their feelings at bay and will Wanda figure out it’s a ruse?

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“This list of items will belong to Mr. Sawyer Hickey if he follows these two stipulations.”

Sawyer nervously stared at his boots. Wanda squeezed his hand. “Don’t worry.”

Warren peered over his reading glasses. “One—Mr. Hickey must marry in order to receive the Cummings’ manor house and the acreage surrounding it. Two—Miss Malone will be allowed to live on the premises until Sawyer marries or she decides to move out.”

Sawyer glanced up and met Stephanie’s gaze. “What the hell?” he mouthed. Stephanie shrugged, blushing again. 

Nan came in carrying a glass and pill case. “Time for your medicine and a rest.”

Wanda yawned, then tried to stand. The fuzzy peach blanket fell to her stocking feet and she swiveled off balance, stooping for it. Sawyer caught her elbow and helped her into the bedroom. Stephanie brought the blanket and laid it on the foot of the bed.

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“Good night, Aunt Wanda,” Sawyer said, then kissed her cheek.

Nan waved them out of the room. “Goodnight, y’all.”

Warren handed them each a packet, then closed his briefcase. “My card is stapled to the top. Call if you have any questions or when you get engaged.” Warren winked as Sawyer threw his hands into the air.

“Married! I can’t believe her,” Sawyer groused. “It can’t be legal.”

“It isn’t,” Stephanie hissed. She put a finger over her mouth and motioned to the hallway.

Sawyer followed her as she continued down to the kitchen. “Your aunt only wants what’s best for you,” Stephanie said, hugging herself.

“What’s best for me?” Sawyer slammed a fist on the table. “I don’t think so.”

Stephanie’s sad eyes turned hard. She jumped in front of him, poking him in the chest. “You listen to me, Mr. Hickey. Your aunt is dying, and she doesn’t want you to be alone. Can you think about someone other than yourself for once?”

Words left him. He rubbed his face. The sweet smell of coconut caught his attention and calmed him. “You’re right.”

Stephanie’s eyes widened. “I am?”

He touched her face. She stepped back, bumping into the island.

Sawyer sighed. “I’m sorry, it’s just…” He turned around and glanced out the window. “I just found out about the cancer and now this—stipulation.” He shook his head.

“It’s fine.” She touched his arm. “It must be a shock.”

“Would you care to go to Hammered? I need a beer and to talk this thing out,” Sawyer said, throwing her a hopeful side-glance.

Stephanie had her bottom lip between her teeth. She sighed and finally mumbled, “I don’t know.”

“I’d really like to hear how the interesting caveat of Miss Malone living at the Cummings’ house came about.” Sawyer crossed his arms.

Stephanie blanched and sighed again. “Fine.”

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Here We Go Again

Lynette Dart had no intention to see her first love again. There are too many painful memories and a secret. But when Les  returns to Fortuna, her heart aches to rekindle the relationship.

Les Moore hadn’t planned on bumping into his ex let alone rescuing her. Yet holding her once more feels right, even if seven years ago she’d abandoned him in his hour of need.

Can Lynette and Les put the past behind them and find their happily ever after?

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“Oh, heavens be praised, look at what just walked in. Mm-hmm.” Bunny hummed, scanning Les from head to boots.

“That’s my ex,” Lynette mumbled. 

“Honey, why did you let that hunk of man-meat go?” Bunny asked.

“It’s complicated. We were young for starters.” Dredging the past up was not an option. “How do you like this color?” Lynette asked, directing the discussion away from the large tattooed man hovering by the reception desk.

Lynette applied the clear coat to Bunny’s nails, then led her to the nail dryer. “Thank you for stopping by, Bunny. I enjoyed our conversation.”

“Likewise, honey.” Bunny lowered her voice, “That boy’s gaze hasn’t left your body since he came in. There might still be something there. Just sayin’.”

Lynette returned polish to the shelf, then wiped down her station. Les approached her table and stared at a bottle of polish remover.

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“Not now,” Lynette mumbled. “I’m working. Can’t this wait?”

Les tensed, meeting her gaze, red-faced, and appearing constipated. “Another seven years?” He took a step closer.

Lynette couldn’t breathe. His bulk invaded her space, hogging the air. She clamped her shaking hands in her lap.

“I need to know one thing, Lyn. Why did you abandon me? Why did you give up on us?”

She studied her knuckles, tears filling her eyes. Lynette shook her head, her raven locks curtaining her face. “Please leave,” she croaked. “I can’t do this.”

“Why are you afraid to confront what you did?” he growled.

His words stabbed her heart. Lynette balled her fists, jumping to her feet. Her chair rolled across the room and slammed into the wall. White hot anger fueled her wrath. “What I did? How about what you did? You’re the one who ruined everything by getting arrested and going to jail.”

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Fortuna Texas Boxed Set Books 1-3

Boxed Set
Editions:Kindle: $ 9.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1-947561-08-3
Pages: 844

WARNING: this romantic comedy series contains sexy protective cowboys & cops, an ornery old lady, a crazy town prankster, and men obsessed with reading romance novels.

Books 1 - 3 of the Fortuna, Texas series.

The Double D Ranch
Plumb Twisted
More Than a Fantasy

Municipal Liaisons

Municipal Liaisons
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1947561069
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 193
Kindle: $ 3.99 USD

She aspired to renew the town; he desired to revive her love life

Who’d have thought Michaela Arschfick would like Texas? Particularly some Podunk town with the mighty Fire Ant as its mascot. But from first glance, Fortuna captivates Michaela.

With most of the residents, primarily men, keeping their noses glued to the pages of romance novels, they don’t notice Fortuna needs a makeover. Michaela takes on the challenge of opening the eyes of City Hall to Fortuna’s potential. The longer she stays in the cozy town the more it feels like home, especially with the sexy, young mayor giving her VIP treatment.

After his wife died in a flash flood, the mayor of Fortuna, Texas, Jasen Delay, delved into work. Two years later, he’s still wearing the placating smile, but when a vanload of unban consultants visit the town... a beauty catches his eye.

Determined to keep their relationship professional, Jasen and Michaela must stymie their blossoming feelings and focus on revitalizing Fortuna's downtown. A nosy newspaper reporter, a perverted prankster, and sightings of Jasen's wife's ghost have Michaela second guessing her choice to stay. Jasen will do anything to keep Michaela in town. Fortuna needs her but, more importantly, Jasen needs her.

With Jasen's help, can Michaela wade through small town bureaucracy, solve the mystery of the canyon ghost, and learn to trust to her heart?

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The restaurant’s door opened and Darren strode in, followed by Rodney. Michaela shrunk into the booth, holding her breath. The men spotted their group and started toward the table, but when Darren saw her sitting with another man, he changed direction.

His brow rose and his patented deal-closing smile appeared. Darren attempted to slide in next to her but Michaela wouldn’t budge. He balanced precariously on the edge of the seat.

Across the room, Michaela caught Kim’s attention. Kim rolled her eyes then pretended to yawn as Rodney and Chase carried on a lively discussion next to her.

“I’m Darren Arschfick, Mick’s husband,” he said, holding his hand out to shake Jasen’s.

“Ex-husband.” Michaela frowned and crossed her arms. She hated it when Darren claimed her, especially after he had neglected her during their marriage.

Jasen’s gaze jumped from Darren to Michaela.

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“So what’s good to eat here?” Darren asked, glancing toward the bar.

“Nothing,” Michaela said, giving Darren’s shoulder a shove. “Jasen and I are going somewhere else.”

She shoved again and, frowning, Darren stood. Michaela scooted out of the booth and pushed past Darren with her nose in the air. She hadn’t intended to abandon Kim and threw her friend an apologetic smile.

Jasen stood and opened his wallet. He threw a five on the table and followed Michaela out of Hammered. In the sunlight and fresh air, she inhaled deeply.

“I’m sorry. I hope you don’t mind?” she asked.

“It’s okay.” Jasen glanced up the street and pointed. “I know a place with great food. It’s a food truck of sorts.”

“Of sorts, huh?” She fell in step with his long strides as they headed away from Fortuna’s central square.

“It’s more of a wagon.” He glanced at her. “You’ll see.”

They walked in companionable silence as she inspected the different Main Street buildings. They passed the steps leading up to the town hall. "Darren wanted to meet with the mayor today. A woman told us he isn’t in this afternoon. I thought I might talk to him before Darren. Do you know him?"

Jasen caught his toe on the sidewalk and stumbled a few steps. "Me? Yeah sure, I know him."

“Do you think he would be open to an outside consulting firm cold-calling on him?”

“I suppose,” Jasen said, rubbing his chin.

If she could get inside information before her ex, she’d really make him irate. Michaela smirked. “What’s the mayor like?”

“He’s a hot young thing.”

Michaela turned toward a skinny, old woman with a cap of dark hair and an ornery grin. Jasen covered his face with his palm.

“He’s young?” Michaela asked. Her father could be considered young compared to the woman.

“And hot,” the lady reiterated, while wiggling her eyebrows.

“What’s he like?” asked Michaela, trying to stymie a giggle.

“He’s single.” The woman fanned herself.

“Desire Hardmann, let me introduce you to Michaela Arschfick,” Jasen said.

“Nice to meet you, Michaela. So why are you interested in the mayor?”

Michaela sighed, glancing behind Desire to where Darren poked his head out of the restaurant. Thank God, they were far enough away that he wouldn’t hear the conversation.

Jasen and Mick shared a look before she answered, “I’d like to meet him.”

Desire’s gaze jumped to Jasen’s, then back. “Okay.” The old woman shook her head. “Haven’t you met him?”

“No, she hasn’t,” Jasen said, then hastily continued, “We’re walking down to Hamish’s wagon for lunch. Would you like to join us?”

”Oh, that sounds heavenly. I haven’t had Hamish’s wiener schnitzel in a long time.”

They continued down the street, passing an old fire station that looked abandoned. Weeds grew out of the foundation and window panes were cracked. “Is that building for sale?” Mick asked.

“The building is owned by the city and hasn’t been used for anything other than storage since the eighties,” Desire said.

Jasen nodded. “Christmas lights. Props for the high school play. Those types of things are stored there.”

“That’s a shame it’s not utilized. It’s a neat building.” Sadness panged Michaela’s heart.

Kim had been on the lookout for a building where she could start a coffee shop. The old firehouse would be perfect.

“It is.” Jasen agreed. He led her across the street and a delectable scent had her stomach rumbling.

“Mm. That smells awesome,” Michaela smiled at Jasen.

Turning a corner, she spotted a line wrapped around a chuck wagon shaped contraption enclosed in glass. Bags of chips hung on a line like laundry. “Burger’s Kraut Wagon” was hand painted in an olde English font on a sign over the window.

Jasen introduced Michaela to an older man, Brad Davidson, and his daughter, Jessie, who stood in front of them in line.

“Brad’s in my book club,” Jasen said.

“Wait. The book club again,” Michaela giggled.

“The men of this town are obsessed with my grandma’s books,” Jessie said.

“I’m waiting for someone to act out a hero for me,” Desire said, staring at Brad. His gray mustache twitched.

Michaela spotted a man in camouflage pants sitting on a bench some distance from the wagon. He stared away from the people. Something about him made her suspect he was homeless. Before she knew what she was doing, she stood in front of him. He wore an old tattered t-shirt and a grimy backpack sat between his worn boots. His sunken eyes glanced up when she stopped and stuck out her hand.

“Hi, I’m Michaela,” she smiled.

He hesitated, and then took her hand. A thin grin lifted his lips.

“Thank you for your service,” she said.

He responded with a stiff nod and pulled back.

“Can I buy you lunch?” she asked.

His features hardened, and he shook his head. “No, thank you.”

Michaela didn’t want to push her luck or insult his pride so she nodded then returned to Jasen’s side.

Desire smiled at the man taking orders. “I’ll take the Fortuna fire dog,” she said. “Hamish, have you seen the mayor lately? This young lady wants to meet him.” She pointed to Michaela, but the man stared open-mouthed at Jasen.

“He’s always around, Miss. I’m sure you’ll talk with him soon,” Hamish said.

Mick nodded, reading the menu. “What do you recommend for a newbie?”

Hamish grinned. “I’ve got you covered. Just tell me the size.”

“As big as I can get,” Michaela said, standing on her tiptoes trying to see into the wagon.

“Wow, and I thought I had an appetite for wieners,” Desire said, taking the wrapped dog.

Jasen insisted on paying for Michaela’s food. She placed a hand on his arm. “Thank you. Let’s go sit by that man.” She pointed to the homeless veteran.

Jasen carried the food while Michaela held the bottles of water. He sat on one side of the bench opposite the man. She sat between them.

“I hope you don’t mind if we join you, Tom,” Jasen said.

“No, not at all.” Tom glanced away as they unwrapped the sandwiches.

Michaela bit into the sausage style meat with sauerkraut and other toppings. Flavors exploded in her mouth. She hummed as she chewed, making both men chuckle.

The conversation touched on Tom’s service stint and then turned to Michaela’s family.

“My grandpa was in the army. My dad too. He’s a long-distance trucker now. I don’t see him much because he travels across the country all the time. He loves the west.”

Jasen’s thigh rested against hers and as he moved to ball the sandwich wrapper, his arm brushed hers, sending tingles up it. She wished she didn’t have to return to traveling companions.

“Thanks for being willing to leave the restaurant. I’m sorry I acted the way I did.” Michaela glanced down at the sandwich, embarrassed she’d let Darren bring out the worst in her. She had eaten a quarter of it, but her appetite had fled.

“It’s not a problem. I was craving the Kraut Wagon anyway.”

She glanced hopefully toward Jasen. “Really?

“Actually, yes, but Darren acted like a conceited jerk. I don’t blame you for wanting out of his space.”

She nodded and glanced down again. Tears pricked her eyes. “He has a way of sucking all the oxygen from the room.”

Jasen’s arm fell along her shoulder and he squeezed her against him. Her wounded heart beat faster at his tender touch. She brushed a tear away. “You must think I’m crazy for working with him.”

“You must love the work.”

Michaela nodded again. “I do.” She sucked in a deep breath and raised her head, focusing on the building across the narrow street. “We put plans together to revitalize small towns. We breathe life into them.”

“You think Fortuna is dying?” Tom asked.

“No. But there are signs of decay.” She twisted to face Tom. “This town has a steady heartbeat. It’s crazy, but I feel it. I’ve never felt something in my gut like this. It’s weird and scary.”

Tom grinned and glanced over her head at Jasen. “It’s home.”

“Would either of you like the rest of this? I can’t eat any more.” She lifted it toward Jasen first.

“Sorry, I’m stuffed,” he said, shaking his head.

Michaela lifted it to Tom. He smirked but took it. He made a similar humming sound while he chewed.

Jasen winked at Michaela; she felt her face heat. She wanted to speak with the mayor, but she’d rather spend her afternoon with the handsome stranger, Jasen.

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Reviews:T. Christianson on Amazon wrote:

What an awesome book. Micheala is perfect for Jasen. She doesn't want to date her boss because the last time ended in divorce. But she has no problem with madly flirting with him.


More Than a Fantasy

More than a fantasy
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1947561052
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 187
Kindle: $ 3.99 USD

One night changed everything...

Finally content single, second grade teacher Kelly Greene doesn’t need a man screwing up her life, even a sexy cop like Ben. All she needs is her rechargeable double A batteries.

Operation: Win Kelly. For Officer Ben Moore repairing a creepy Victorian house, a workplace dalliance, and camping au naturel are beyond his comfort zone. Ben schemes to bring Kelly’s fantasies alive, but in Fortuna, Texas, where men read romance and cosplay is second nature, it’s hard to keep their rendezvous hidden from gossipmongers and, more importantly, her match-making momma.

When danger threatens Fortuna Elementary, Ben is assigned a case that keeps thrusting them together, Kelly has a helluva time ignoring her heart—let alone her girly bits.

Ben holds the key to the handcuffs but Kelly must decide if he also holds the key to her heart.

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Reviews:TurrleMom1 on BookBub wrote:

More than a Fantasy by Rochelle Bradley is the next book in the Fortuna, Tx series. This town consists of sexy alpha men who want to fulfill all of their women's fantasies and will do what ever it takes to make them happen. From climbing through the windows in a pair of wings for a visitation to reading sexy romance novels to get ideas.

Ben is the local law police officer and Kelly is the elementary school teacher and they could not be more different but the sparks ignite whenever the two are together. Since everyone knows everyone's business it is really hard to keep anything a secret and get away with it.

Character development is spot on and the secondary characters really add to the story. I love Desire the quintessential dirty old lady with all of her Innuendoes that keep everyone laughing. With a Mexican restaurant by the name of the Pink Taco how bad can this town be.

Once Ben decides to make all of Kelly's fantasies come true no matter how silly he feels the happy ending is a given. You will love this series and wished you lived in Fortuna, Tx.