It’s been almost twenty years since Claire met her ex in high school, and now she finds herself thrust into the dating world for the first time as an adult, armed with little more than confusion and lack of experience. Not only is Ron the only man she’s ever been with, she’s also coping with the loss of her fertility, and if she goes on one more hideous blind date – possibly her mind. Determined to avoid both online dating and meetup groups, she endures fix-ups with all sorts of memorable characters, such as weepy Pete, the drunk skunk, the cheap hot-dog eater, and let’s not forget - the unholy speed dater.
As Claire becomes more depressed over her plight, her best friend Jane prompts her to redirect her maternal longings by adopting an adorable wiener dog puppy. Dixie is not a human baby, but hopefully she will provide her new Mommy with a diversion from the parade of loony men marching through her lonely nights – that’s if Mommy’s house and sanity survive the destructive cyclone that is an untrained three-pound ball of craziness!
Unfortunately, while Claire is trying to move on, Ron is trying to pull her back into the past, and his life. Determined to win back his wife’s affections, he offers to help Claire with home repairs as he tries to implement ‘Operation Friends’ in an effort to persuade his wife into giving him another chance. However, Ron is struggling with his own adjustment to single life, and isn’t finding it easy to ditch the Amazon woman, or his new ‘mail order bride’ dating site hobby, no matter how much he has convinced himself that he and Claire belong together.
Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.
After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice.
To further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.
When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.
Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?
Forty something, self-proclaimed cougar, Rebecca is committed only to her cats and her career. Her veteran single girl lifestyle has been peaceful and happy – that is until she started dating age-appropriate Steve, an entomology professor with a sweet smile and demeanor to match. Who knew an insect scientist could be so appealing?
The problem? Steve is a widower with baggage to spare. Memories of his late wife fill his home. Smiling photos and jars of bugs serve as constant reminders of Steve’s continued attachment to his dearly departed wife, Noreen, who shared his passion for creepy crawlies!
Now that Rebecca is facing her commitment phobia by moving in with Steve, she is becoming more unhinged. Behaving more like her zany friends than her level-headed self, she burns her butt at the tanning salon, crashes on energy drinks, and even loses a hamster. Throw into the mix a few delusional relatives, a sarcastic teenager, and a fluffy dog who sheds a new dog every day, and Rebecca doesn’t recognize her old self.
And if that isn’t enough to push her over the edge, her smokin’ hot ex returns, reminding her of a simpler time with a man who carries no more baggage than a wallet.
Now that her dating days are finally behind her, Claire is enjoying a blissful life with her new husband and baby boy. Gone are the drunken nights in impractical shoes, and Internet dates with men who lose their hair…and their pants.
Unfortunately, she’s discovering that life as a married, working mom isn’t turning out to be the perfect happily ever after she dreamed about. She adores her little boy, but her husband’s behavior is about to make him eligible for the Most Disappointing Spouse of the Year Award.
His unwillingness to help around the house and his slacker work ethic are frustrating enough, but the constant parade of beautiful, single women in his life has Claire in a constant state of distress. Didn’t she realize that the cute front man of a popular cover band would attract hot, young women with perfect cellulite-free legs? And whose idea was it to hire the curvy nanny with the sexy accent?
When an unexpected business trip pops up – with a super-hot, much-too-young former love interest, Claire’s own loyalty is put to the test. A publishing conference in Key West may be the ideal escape from her troubles, but will she be tempted by the forbidden in a town full of swingers and breakfast alcohol consumption? And why does everyone they meet think the business colleagues are on their honeymoon?
Scrambling to cover up innocent, but suspicious circumstances, the couple struggles with honesty, loyalty and what to share with each other. As they sink deeper into their marital gloom, will they find their way back to wedded bliss, or finally succumb to the enticement of new…and uncomplicated romance?
Spend Valentine's Day with characters from the Rom-Com on the Edge series! Enjoy three short stories narrated by Justin, Amanda and Zoe. As always there are hot guys, cute dogs, and lots of laughs and misunderstandings.
Justin’s State of Denial
Justin is an original cast member from There Are No Men, Book 2 in the series. He made another appearance as a POV character in The Juggling Act, Book 4, where he whisked his handsome, charming self to Key West on a business trip with a colleague, and former love interest. Take another journey with Justin as he takes his new girlfriend, Marissa, to meet the family for a big Valentine's Day weekend. What is he hiding up in the wealthy Philly suburbs? And who does Marissa resemble?
Amanda’s White Lie
Amanda was the receptionist at Bella Donna Press in There Are No Men, and was promoted to the CEO’s assistant in Book 3, Afraid of Her Shadow. Although she possesses the innocence and sweetness of a Disney princess, Amanda is keeping a big secret from her boyfriend, Marcus. Will their Valentine’s Day celebration move their relationship forward, or will she ruin it with deception? Or perhaps she will figure out how to get around the truth and keep her man?
Zoe’s Secret Crush
Zoe was introduced in The Juggling Act as the new female singer in Brandon’s band, Chain. Young, fairly new in town and full of energy, Zoe is sleeping with her boss at the tattoo shop, but secretly in love with someone else. The forbidden crush is eating away at her while she tries to decide – should she leave the band? Tell the truth? Make a go of it with Axl, her sexy boss? Or just leave town and head back to Chicago, where the cold might freeze her illicit thoughts?
Valentines on the Edge is set in time between Book 4, The Juggling Act, and Book 5, Accidental Makeovers!
Twenty-something, single mom Bianca yearns for more. The cosmetology license she worked so hard to get is collecting dust while she waitresses for her mother’s catering business, but she has no clue how to turn her dreams of being a makeup artist into reality. Adding to her unhappiness is her dead-end relationship with her immature, video game-obsessed baby daddy, Max. Although he runs a successful business and Bianca still gets a thrill whenever she sees him play the drums in his cover band, Chain, she can’t deny that he’s starting to feel like her big, tattooed second child.
In desperate need of a life makeover, her fortune takes a positive turn when she crosses paths with an impulsive, runaway bride who has the connections to help Bianca achieve her goals. Suddenly, doors are being opened for her and she has a fabulous, new job that’s reigniting her zest for life. Too bad Max isn’t on board with these changes, and he starts acting like a jealous jerk, which brings their faltering relationship to a boiling point just about the time Bianca meets Eric, a sexy and charming financial manager. Eric comes from a different world, but one Bianca is increasingly eager to join.
Bianca expects her friends and family to be supportive of her budding romance with Eric, but to her surprise, they’re all on Team Max and they rally behind him when he launches a campaign to win her back. Nothing wrong with bar fights, fake girlfriends, and strategically placed rodents when they're all in the name of true love, right?
Quite by accident her world is transformed overnight, but can a career makeover beautify her love life?
Enjoy three short stories from the male POV!
Eric's Latest Project
Join Eric from Accidental Makeovers, right before he moves to Richmond and meets Bianca. It's New Year's Eve in New York City, and Eric is slumming it in a dive bar, instead of attending his employer's posh party. Feeling sorry for himself over the loss of his fiancée, Raven, he becomes smitten and entangled with a beautiful, but tough bartender with mermaid hair. Seeing a spark in Kiara, he's determined to 'help' her, Pygmalion style. As he coaches her entry into his upper-class, professional world, she continues to baffle and surprise him. Is she really in need of his help? Or is she the one teaching him a lesson?
Mike's Sleuthing Partner
Catch up with Mike from Dazed and Divorced and There Are No Men, as he launches a game of private detective after spotting his wife, Jane, in a lingerie store with his best friend, Tom - the day after a disappointing Valentine's Day for Jane - who gives a woman potholders with hearts on them and thinks he did a good job? He soon realizes he needs an accomplice in his espionage, and it's just not appropriate to drag Chloe, his hot but very young employee, into his schemes. Desperate for help, he enlists the unapologetically brash Helena, Tom's ex-wife, as his sleuthing partner. Will he have his 'ah-ha!' moment, or look silly trying to catch the suspected lovers in the act?
Brian's Escape Plan
Tag along with Brian from Afraid of Her Shadow, as he plots his escape from Richmond - with a secret love. It's St. Patricks' Day at The Wild Banshee, and bartender Brian is preparing for his middle of night trip with Megan, his much younger and secret girlfriend. She started coming to the pub for trivia night with her stepfather and his fiancée, and she fell hard for the handsome Irish bartender. Once she turned eighteen, Brian couldn't resist her beauty and brains, but they knew her family wouldn't be happy with her dating a man eight years older, and one without a college education. When Brian is offered a great opportunity to become a partner in a pub in Dublin, he and Megan devise a plan to move to the Emerald Isle. There are good schools in Dublin, and she's not leaving much behind at the community college. After all, her family is preoccupied with their own problems, and they won't even notice she's gone. Or will they?
Enjoy Books 2-4 of the Rom-Com on the Edge series bundled for one low price!
There Are No Men – Book 2
Meet thirty-something Claire, and join her on a wacky ride through online dating, office shake-ups, and unexpected romance. Her infertility and lack of experience with men is creating turmoil, as she tries to decide who might be Mr. Right. Will it be the boy next door? The charming doctor, or the hunky young co-worker?
Afraid of Her Shadow – Book 3
Follow forty-something Rebecca on her journey from single, cat-loving career girl to committed girlfriend of a widowed entomology professor, with way too many bugs...and baggage to spare. Can they make their relationship work despite crazy relatives, a surly teenager, a very fluffy dog, and a house full of shadows of the past?
The Juggling Act – Book 4
Catch up with Claire as she juggles a husband, baby, and career, while her rock star wannabe husband is pursued by multiple hot chicks. When an unexpected business trip with a much-too-young, hunky former love interest surfaces, will she be able to resist her own temptations? Or will marital bliss win out, despite dismal communication and a plethora of misunderstandings?