The next in USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke’s sexy and emotional family saga about seven siblings who reunite in a small Oregon town to fulfill their brother’s dying wish…
Years ago, golden-boy Kyle Archer left Ribbon Ridge without a word. Now, with heartbreak on the verge of tearing his family apart, the black sheep is back and he’s determined to earn their trust by uncovering the truth behind Alex’s death. But the moment he confronts Maggie Trent-the therapist his parents blame for the tragedy-Kyle is stunned by his powerful attraction to the beautiful doctor… and drawn to her like no woman he’s ever met before.
When gorgeous, charismatic Kyle approaches Maggie about his brother’s death, she agrees to help him search for answers. And as they piece together Alex’s last days, their undeniable chemistry turns too hot to ignore. But when their relationship becomes more serious than either anticipated, Kyle may be forced to choose between the woman he’s desperate to hold on to and the family he almost let slip away.
Home is more than a place . . .Breaking free from her structured life, Chloe English quits her high-powered job and moves across the country to work as an art teacher. The simple life is all she hoped it would be until her house burns down, leaving her homeless. When a handsome firefighter swoops in to save the day, she can’t believe her luck. He’s laid-back and unassuming, everything she’s looking for in a man—or so he seems. It turns out he’s as ambitious as her ex, comes with a family who could be more stifling than hers, and harbors dark secrets he may never be able to share.
Orphaned as a teenager, Derek Sumner has found a place in his best friend’s family. However, the love and support of his surrogate parents and siblings can’t erase the grief and loss he struggles every Christmas to banish. But this year he meets the fun and sexy Chloe, whose optimism and sense of joy are incredibly contagious. Can she help him face his bleak past so they can forge a happy future?
Only In My Dreams (Book 1)Fed up with her self-imposed single life, successful event planner Sara Archer heads to a bar for a night of dancing … and bumps into Dylan Westcott, a high school crush she hasn’t seen in years. Harmless flirting leads to a hot, completely uncharacteristic one-night stand. But when she wakes up alone, Sara knows there won’t be a repeat.Dylan, a divorced, ex-military construction contractor, limits himself to casual flings—his failed marriage proves he’s better off alone anyway—but he can’t stop dreaming about Sara. And when his firm is hired to oversee the renovation project run by the Archer siblings, the two are unable to resist their explosive chemistry.
But when their secret affair grows beyond “friends with benefits” and neither is willing to admit they want more, family drama and emotional scars may ruin their chance at a love they believed was only in their dreams.
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In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best-kept secrets don’t stay buried for long…
Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.
After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed…fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets—the former stars of a reality TV show—to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.
But Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. Yet their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
Straightening, she crossed her arms. She was more attractive than he’d envisioned. He’d pictured a middle-aged, dried-up hag with a pointy nose. Maybe with a little greenish tinge to her skin. He’d imagined a monster. How else would he see the woman who’d counseled his brother and failed to stop him from killing himself?
However, life was a cruel bitch, and Maggie Trent was quite pretty. She was about Kyle’s age—twenty-eight—but had little pleats between her eyebrows that gave the sense she worried too much. Maybe she had anxiety.
She blinked—her eyes were the color of Dad’s special recipe Christmas stout, dark and rich like bittersweet chocolate. A light freckle dotted her upper right cheek. He couldn’t get a good sense of her hair because it was wound up on her head, though it was also dark, and little springy curls grazed the back of her neck.
“If you’re done staring, you should go.”
“No, I don’t think so.” He cracked a lazy smile, which didn’t reflect the animosity roiling inside of him. “The going, I mean. I’m done staring.”
She finally strode to the passenger side of his car and rapped on the window.
He rolled it down and arched a brow at her from the driver’s seat. God, he was sexy. That really sucked.
“Aren’t you going to leave?” she asked.
“I was waiting until after you went inside.”
“Let me guess, another lesson in gentlemanliness from your mother?”
His mouth tried to smile, but he suppressed it. “You don’t have to sound so annoyed by it. Any other woman would be impressed.”
Her purse strap slipped down her arm. “Is that what you’re trying to do, impress me?” Was she flirting with him? Why in the hell was she flirting with him?
“You’re comparing me to Russell Crowe in Gladiator. Damn, that’s about the best compliment I’ve had all week.”
She punched him in the arm, reminding him sweetly of his sister Sara. “All week? You’re pretty full of yourself, you know that?”
“Look at me, baby; wouldn’t you be too?”
She pursed her lips.
“When you do that, I just want to kiss you, and it looks as though your mouth wants me to too. Does it?”
She blinked up at him. Her tongue darted out and glossed her lower lip.
“I’ll take that as a yes,” he murmured before claiming her mouth.
“Because I can’t believe you came from a family of self-absorbed jerks.”
The intensity of his stare would’ve burned her if it had been a tangible thing. “Why not? Most people think I’m the most self-absorbed jerk of them all.”
“Then you aren’t showing them who you really are.” She moved her hand up his arm, skimming over his muscled flesh until she reached his bicep. “You aren’t showing them what you show me.”
He reached out, grasped a curl beside her cheek, and brushed it back, his fingertips grazing her scalp. “What do you see when you look at me?”
“A thoughtful, caring gentleman who wants to do right by his brother, by his family. Who wants to find a way back home.”
“I know this is therapy, that you’re saying this as a professional, but I don’t care.” He bent his head toward her. “Thank God you’re here.” His lips brushed over hers. The contact was gentle but soared through her like a bird taking flight. Triumphant, joyous.
“I’m not saying that as your therapist,” she said against his mouth. “I’m not your therapist. I’m . . . hell, I don’t know what I am.” She curled her hands around his neck and pulled him down to kiss him more deeply.