He was convinced he’d be a bachelor for life. And then he met the girl of his dreams. Jordan Reeves has fully embraced the carefree, uncomplicated bachelor life, figuring that the poor example he’d been provided by his parents of so-called marital bliss was reason enough to remain single. He’s more than content to date one woman after another and never even consider settling down, especially since the only female who’s ever seriously caught his attention belongs to another man. But during a vacation in Hawaii, Jordan unexpectedly meets a woman who could very easily change his mind about the joys of bachelorhood. Aubrey Larson is young, gorgeous, fun-loving, and has a wicked sense of humor to match his own. She’s also a dead ringer for the woman Jordan’s had an admitted crush on for the past few years, enough to be mistaken for her twin. Aubrey recognizes the handsome Doctor Reeves as a player of epic proportions the first time they meet, but even her usual disdain for that type of male can’t diminish the overwhelming attraction she feels for him. But as their relationship deepens, Aubrey has no idea that becoming involved with Jordan will lead to a startling discovery about her own past, and cause her to question his true feelings for her.
Cara has an admitted problem with hot men, falling so deeply and so quickly under their spell that she loses a little bit of herself with each toxic relationship that always seems to end badly. Every man in her young life thus far has let her down – her high school sweetheart, a college fling, and most of all her self-centered playboy father. She’s determined not to be a sucker for a handsome face and a hard body any longer, and has stuck to her guns for more than two years. And then she meets Dante. Dante knows he has no business messing with cute little Cara. For one thing she works for his best friend, and more importantly she’s all kinds of wrong for him – too young, too innocent, too kindhearted. And given the mood he’s in these days – after the woman he was ready to propose to chose her career over him - a sweetheart like Cara should be running as fast as she can in the opposite direction. But the only place Cara wants to run is right into Dante’s arms and stay a good long while. Will he wind up being the one for her – or is she destined yet again for another heartbreak?
After the breakup with Dante, Cara resolves to take better care of herself, and subscribes fully to the concept that "looking good is the best revenge". She's pleased to notice that the changes in herself go far beyond the physical.
Cara's been worried for the past week that Dante is getting ready to break up with her, due to his uncharacteristic moodiness. Are her suspicions correct, or is it just her long list of insecurities that are making her concerned?
After running out of job options - and money - Katie contrives to worm her way back into Dante's good graces, figuring he's not such a bad consolation prize. Will she be able to convince him that she's still in love with him and, more importantly, that he should take her back?
Cara longs for the courage to tell Dante how she really feels about him, as well as for him to return her ever deepening feelings.
Dante has to reflect on what happened between him and Cara the previous evening, and decide whether or not it's the best thing for her to take their budding relationship to the next level.
When Dante gets his first glimpse of Cara all dressed up for their date, he realizes that this evening might be a whole lot more than he bargained for.
Cara bemoans the fact that she'll be spending her birthday more or less alone, and solely in the company of women. Too bad there wasn't some hot guy just waiting to ask her out!
Seeing his ex-girlfriend on the arm of another man is the push Dante needed to finally move on with things, and start living again. But given his current mindset, the woman lucky enough to grab his attention might not be as fortunate as she thinks.
Matthew Bennett has suffered the worst sort of betrayal a man can ever know, and he’s trying to put his life back together after years of unhappiness and emotional neglect. He desperately needs the care and devotion of a good woman, someone who will not only erase the hurt he’s experienced, but help him cope with the tremendous stress and responsibility he endures daily as the CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation. Through the yoga classes that she teaches, and her successful massage practice, Sasha Fonseca spends her days helping others improve their health and wellbeing, and also learning to combat stress. She leads a simple but serene life, content with the little she has, but shies away from any sort of long term commitments or serious relationships. Her unconventional upbringing has also made her fiercely independent, and she won’t let anyone try to mold her into something she’s not ever again. Sasha is enlisted to help Matthew in a professional capacity, but it isn’t long before she finds herself drawn to him on an emotional and physical level as well. With a woman like Sasha in his life, Matthew finally believes he’s found the happiness that’s eluded him all these years. But will his scheming, soon-to-be ex find a way to destroy him once again, or will he get the happy ending that he deserves?
Sasha is still reluctant to admit her real feelings for Matthew - or perhaps she's just not sure what it is she feels for him.
In this scene Sasha is getting ready to join Matthew at a formal dress event, a very different sort of scene from what she's used to. But she's determined to make him happy and steels herself for what could be a challenging evening ahead.
Matthew lets Sasha know how much it has meant to him to have someone like her in his life.
A short time before Sasha and Matthew encounter each other again, she reflects on how being single has never defined her - but that having someone in her life might not be such a bad thing, either.
Tessa's comments could be a foreshadowing of what might come of the next day's meeting between Sasha and Matthew.
Matthew finally receives a much-needed push to make some changes in his life.
The first time our hero and heroine meet the spark is ignited.
The long-awaited prequel to a love story for the ages. She was the only woman he wanted…but the only one he couldn’t have Ian Gregson had been born into wealth and power – one of the privileged heirs of the top luxury hotel chain in the world. To the outside world, he was seemingly the man who had everything – money, prestige, good looks, charisma – a man who could have any woman he desired. But the only woman he’d ever truly coveted was forbidden to him for far too many reasons to count – her youth, her employment within his company, and especially her commitment to another man. Tessa Lockwood’s young life has been one of deprivation, misfortune, and heartbreaking loss. Working for the Gregson Hotel Group offers up a glimpse into a world she had never before imagined – one of affluence, sophistication, and splendor. And meeting the suave, elegant Ian Gregson for the very first time awakens feelings in her that she struggles to repress, never imagining that a man like him could find a nobody like her attractive. Ian and Tessa fight their feelings for the other, knowing that a relationship between them can never exist. But when matters of the heart are involved, things are never quite that simple. How long will both of them be able to hold on before betraying their forbidden attraction to each other? Or will they be destined to remain forever apart?
Little does Tessa know it, but her handsome, sophisticated boss was most definitely giving her far more than a second glance.
Try as he might, our iron-willed hero simply can't stop thinking about the beautiful woman who's forbidden to him for too many reasons to count.
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