Rum & Coke
“We’ll always have the Dodgers.”
I took a sip of the rum and Coke I was nursing at the hotel’s bar. I should have been drinking something stronger than rum, or I should have been drinking the 151 proof version that would fuck me up. However, Bacardi had discontinued it, and I was left drowning my sorrows with my usual eighty proof drink of choice because nothing was going to prepare me for today. Not even alcohol.
Especially since it was her wedding day.
When I got the invitation on my doorstep last night, my world came to a screeching halt. Three and half months ago, she’d left me. One minute we’d just started dating, and the next minute she was moving in with the asshole. I tried to go talk to her, but I was never allowed. He lived in a gated community, and she told me on the phone that she was with him under her own free will.
Nothing was adding up, but in the end, I couldn’t get her back.
“We’ll always have the Dodgers.” Those were the last five words Tessa had ever spoken to me. The truth was, we didn’t have the Dodgers. She hated the Dodgers, and I knew it was code— an S.O.S.—but I couldn’t get to her. Couldn’t figure out if it was a cry for help because I was never able to see her again.
Now, she was marrying the guy, and I felt as though I was living in some sort of twilight zone. The funny thing was that I was planning on taking a break from escorting for Tessa. I wanted to see where things went with her because she was the first and only woman I’d ever loved. If she were to come back to me, I’d give it all up right now and whisk her away.
If I could.
But I couldn’t.
I drained the rest of my drink and then went in search of the room that would feel more like a coffin to me because watching Tessa walk down the aisle was going to be the death of me. My heart was already breaking, and I hadn’t even seen her yet. Just the mere thought of her taking someone else’s last name was enough to put a crack in my heart—shatter it into a million fucking pieces and cause me to never be whole again.
Why did I even come? Why did I get out of bed this morning? Why did I drive the forty minutes to Henderson and get out of my car? And why was I about to walk into my worst nightmare?
All the questions had the same answer: Because I loved her.
I loved Tessa enough to put her happiness before mine and let her go because now I understood that she did leave me on her own. Maybe I’d never move on. Maybe I’d find someone new and eventually quit escorting and start a family. Maybe. But truthfully, after today, I’d never open my heart to anyone else.
When I found where the wedding was being held, I realized it wasn’t in a room. It was a courtyard, and even though I wasn’t going to feel as though I was suffocating, the hundreds of flowers scattered around, and the altar in the center, taunted me. I made sure to get a seat in the back by the door to the hotel in case I couldn’t handle it and needed to leave.
I pulled a flask of rum from my black suit jacket and took a swig as people started to take their seats. I needed more alcohol to numb the pain. At any moment the wedding would start. Tessa was going to walk in on her father’s arm, and he’d give her away.
And no one would know that he wasn’t the only one giving her away.
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Andrea Smith is a USA Today and Amazon Best-Selling Author of the G-Man Series! She has a wicked sense of humor. No matter the genre, she is able to infuse laughter throughout.
She self-publishes Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Sensual Romance with a paranormal twist. She also writes New Adult Romance, and has recently collaborated with Author Eva LeNoir on three M/M Romances.
Here is a listing of her published fiction to date:
Baby Series (Contemporary Romance/Suspense w/erotic tone)
These Books should be read in order:
Maybe Baby (Book 1)
Baby Love (Book 2)
Be My Baby (Book 3)
Baby Come Back (Novella) (Book 3.5)
G-Man Series (Contemporary Romance/Suspense w/erotic tone)
These Books do not have to be read in order, but they are most enjoyable if done so.
Diamond Girl (Book 1)
Love Plus One (Book 2)
Night Moves (Book 3)
G-Men Holiday Wrap (Novella) (Book 3.5)
These Men (Spin-off) Part of the BEND anthology. (M/F/M)
My Men (Sequel to "These Men") (M/F/M)
Taz (G-Man Book 4)
G-Man: Next Generation (New Adult Romance)
Walk of Shame (Book 1)
Limbo Series (Contemporary Steamy Romance w/paranormal edge)
Clouds in my Coffee
September Series (New Adult- Taboo)
Need to be read in order.
Until September (Book 1)
When September Ends (Book 2)
Black Balled (Co-Authored with Eva LeNoir)
Guns Blazing (Spin-Off from Black Balled)
Hard Edit (Co-Authored with Eva LeNoir)
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Theresa Sederholt was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. She is a graduate of Campbell University in North Carolina, with a degree in Criminal Justice. Theresa now calls Delaware home, with her husband, a professional chef, and her two dogs.Theresa has been writing since 2014 when she released her debut novel, The Unraveling of Raven. She has since added to this with Darkness into Dawn and Shattered Lies, completing The Unraveled Trilogy. Not stopping there, she continued the story with The Letter: Dear Michael. During this time, she also published the first book in a second series, Uniquely Mine A Fitz Series. Experiencing life first hand is what she does best. Believing she can do anything has put her in many crazy situations. Whether it’s babysitting a pig farm or cutting the top off of a mini truck; nothing is ever out of reach. Her list is endless, A to Z. Theresa enjoys connecting with her fans. She can always be reached through her website at: http://www.theresasederholt.com
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Books by Theresa Sederholt
The Unraveled Trilogy
The Unraveling of Raven book one
Darkness into Dawn book two
Shattered Lies book three
Uniquely Mine A Fitz Series
The Letter: Dear Michael
Unraveled: The Next Generation
USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband, Tony. They have two son's Aaron and Shane.
She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football. She has recently retired from her day job to become a full-time writer. She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is "I got this."
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Anne Mercier is the author of the bestselling Rockstar, Truths, and The Way series. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and still lives there today.
She's an avid reader who gets inspired by reading the stories from her favorite authors as well as listening to various types of music. She is a huge fan of music, chocolate, fruit, desserts, autumn, M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold, and Milo Ventimiglia. Through my books, she is proudly creating new Avenged Sevenfold and Milo Ventimiglia fans one reader at a time. Anne truly believes - “The best part of being an author, to me, is being able to take the reader to that one place they long to go when they need to escape reality. Knowing I can do that, for even one reader, makes what I do worthwhile.” ~ Anne Mercier
Kadence(Rockstar #7) - Coming November 22
Harmony(Rockstar #7.5) - Coming December 12
A Very Xander Christmas 3(Rockstar #8) - Coming December 18
Alphas & Fairytales: A New Year's Eve Anthology - Coming December 19
Amazon Bestselling Author of the Rockstar, Truths, and The Way series.
Melanie Moreland New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company. Author Page https://www.facebook.com/authormoreland/ Amazon http://tinyurl.com/zrs3hhd Twitter @MorelandMelanie Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7355350.Melanie_Moreland Newsletter http://eepurl.com/b06k19
Bestselling Literary Fiction author Susan Ward is as eclectic as the books she writes. A #1 bestselling author in Gay Fiction, LGBT Erotica, and Rock Genre, and a bestseller in Contemporary Romance, Coming-of-Age, Women’s Fiction, Sagas, Erotica Humorous, Humor & Satire, Historical Romance, and Regency. She once explained her success in so many genres as: “I can’t say I believe in love unless I write about all love.” Known for complex, gritty, and unpredictable emotional reads, to the delight of her readers she is always expanding her fictional universe. Hello! Thank you for checking out my Amazon Author Page. My series include: The Half Shell Series; The Affair Without End Series; The Sand & Fog Series; and The Locked & Loaded Series. I’m the mother of grown daughters, a grandmother, and I live with my husband and dog, Emma. My favorite things to do are writing an angsty HEA love story, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, having a good glass of wine, traveling, watching sappy movies, and chatting with my readers. For future releases, upcoming book signings, or to contact me:www.susanwardbooks.com Or follow on Twitter @susaninlaguna Or Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanwardbooks?ref=hl Spare a tree. Be good to the earth. Donate or share your print books with a friend. PUBLISHED BOOKS The Deverells Box Set Broken Crown Pistol Whipped Rewind The Girl in the Mirror The Girl of Sand & Fog The Girl on the Half Shell The Girl of Tokens & Tears The Girl of Diamonds & Rust The Girl in the Comfortable Quiet The Manny The Signature One Last Kiss One More Kiss One Long Kiss One Forever Kiss
Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling Author that lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants win World Series and the San Jose Sharks kick butt. She’s also a two time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter that’s made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like watching hot guys waterski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading romance and erotic fiction.
Alyson Santos takes readers on two very unique and different journeys through her characters. She loves to interact with her readers. If you ask her what she she writes about she will tell you… "I write what needs to come out, whether it’s pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other. Amazon:http://amzn.to/1R3xSnA Facebook:https://www.instagram.com/authoralysonsantos/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorAlySantos?lang=en Website:http://www.alysonsantos.com/ Goodreads:http://bit.ly/1ROLHpU Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/authoralysonsantos/ Books by Alyson Night Shifts Black Tracing Holland TRICENT Commissioning
A M Madden A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling author, as well as 2016 eLit Gold Medalist for Best Romance Ebook, and 2016 Ippy Award Silver Medalist for Best Romance Ebook. A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author. "It's all about the HEA." A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House. Her debut novel was Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. In Back-Up, A.M.'s main character Jack Lair caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers, and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well to the rest of his band, Devil's Lair. A.M. truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romances that will stay with you after the last page has been turned. She strives to create characters that the reader can relate to and feel as if they know personally. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going. She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love. A.M. Madden, Independent Romance Author. Sign up for A.M. Madden's newsletter atwww.ammadden.com to get up to date information on new releases, cover reveals, and exclusive excerpts. Copyright © A.M. Madden, Author, All rights reserved. A.M. Madden is a Goodreads Author and can be contacted on Facebook, twitter, or at firstname.lastname@example.org Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorammadden/ Twitter @ammadden1 Website http://www.missycjohnson.com/
Missy Johnson A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Missy lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog...you get the picture). When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read. Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MissycJohnson/ Twitter @MissycJohnson
Jacquelyn Ayres I am a domestic engineer (born and raised in New Jersey) whose sole responsibility is guiding three young, impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine), and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work all of this magic from the beautiful state of New Hampshire. Before becoming a domestic goddess (not really), I spent over a decade working in the medical field, where I wore more hats than the queen. I have loved the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn't reading about people and the places they lived, I created my own characters and adventures. Finally, I started putting a pen to paper and allowing my characters to come to life. When I don't have a pen in hand, you can often find me laughing at the conversations my characters are having in my head. When I don't have a pen in hand, you can often find me laughing at the conversations my characters are having in my head. Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JacquelynAyresAuthor/ Twitter @jacquelynayres
Sapphire Knight is the International Bestselling Author of Secrets, Exposed, Relinquish, Corrupted, Forsaken Control, Unwanted Sacrifices, Friction, Unexpected Forfeit, Russian Roulette, Princess and 1st Time Love. The series are called Russkaya Mafiya, Oath Keepers MC, Ground and Pound, and Dirty Down South. Her books all reflect on what she loves to read herself. Sapphire's a Texas girl who is crazy about football. She's always had a knack for writing, whether it is poems or stories. She originally studied psychology and believes that it's added to her passion for writing. Sapphire is the proud mom of two boys and has been married for twelve years. When she's not busy in her writing cave, she's playing with her three Doberman Pinschers. She loves to donate to help animals and watch a good action movie. Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSapphireKnight/ Twitter @sapphireknight3
M N Forgy is a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. She started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn't live with the "what if" anymore and finally took a chance on her character's story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Author-MN-Forgy-625362330873655/ Twitter @M_N_FORGY
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Lexi Buchanan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance. When not writing stories that’ll make you sob, sin, or melt your panties, you’ll find her sitting in the sunshine or yelling at the cat to put the hamster down! Please sign up for my newsletter to keep up to date with all my books. www.lexibuchanan.net Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lexibuchananauthor/ Twitter @AuthorLexi
Hilary Storm is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Rebel Walking Series, Bryant Brother's Series, Six, and a co-author of the novel Seven, the Elite Forces Series and the Alphachat.com Series. She lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Oklahoma. She drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday like they are real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an MBA in Accounting. Her passions include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha coffee, and spending time with friends and family. Sign up for her newsletter here: http://www.hilarystormwrites.com Social Links Webpage: http://www.hilarystormwrites.com Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123141.Hilary_Storm?from_search=true Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HilaryStormAuthor/ Twitter @hilary_storm
Eva LeNoir grew up travelling with her parents to various countries in the world. Reading was her constant companion during her travels and her ability to adapt to different cultures fed her mind with endless possibilities. The characters swimming in her head are always from various horizons with a multitude of dreams and aspirations however they always have one thing in common: The women are strong and independent. A true believer in the female cause, Eva's wish is to portray the women in her books as the leaders. She sees them walking hand in hand with their partners and not be the sheepish followers of the male gender. But most of all, Eva LeNoir wants to offer her readers a moment of pleasure as they dive into the world of her mind's creation. Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/evalenoirauthor/ Twitter @evalenoirauthor
E S Carter is a mum of three from the U.K. She is a stay-at-home mum and a part-time advocate for families of children with special needs. Her life is pretty manic, and she often gets asked, "How do you find the time to write?" The answer is simple; she never sleeps, but not from lack of trying. Reading and writing are her therapy, her solace and often the one thing that gets her through the long nights. (That and copious amounts of caffeine and sugar!) She loves to connect with readers, so please feel free to friend/follow her on Facebook, IG and Twitter or join her reader's group, E's Elite <3 Goodreads https://goo.gl/2b0fDE Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/escarterauthor/ Twitter @escarterauthor
Willow Winters I'm so happy to be a #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. My dark romance novel Broken reached #10 on the US Amazon Kindle Bestseller list and my cowritten bad boy next door novel, Inked reached #9 in fall of 2016. I'm so grateful and honored! I like my action hot and my bad boys hotter. And I don't hold back on either one in my writing. Be the first to read my new releases and get my sexy, possessive bad boys FREE by joining my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/b2izzf Reading order for the Valetti Crime Family Series: Dirty Dom His Hostage Good Girl Bad Girl Bad Boy Standalone Novels Broken: A Dark Romance Shattered: A Dark Romance (coming soon) CoWritten Novels with Lauren Landish Inked: A Bad Boy Next Door Romance Tempted: A Bad Boy Next Door Romance Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWillowWinters/ Twitter @willowwintersbb
AJ was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, and currently resides in the United States. She has been married to the love of her life for over 30 years and has two grown children, and a dog named Max. She is an avid reader, writer and wannabe chef. Romance author AJ Harmon published her first romance novel "First Class to New York" after accepting a challenge from a friend to write a book. She self-published the book on November 17, 2012 in Amazon's Kindle eBook store as a contemporary romance. "I just write about what I like to read as a romance novel enthusiast myself," stated Harmon in a press release. It must be working as readers from around the world have downloaded thousands and thousands of her books and left rave reviews across the internet. AJ Harmon's 'First Class' romance series is available in paperback on Amazon and for digital eBook download from the Kindle store. She has released nine of the books in this series of contemporary love stories, including a boxed set that includes a bonus novella and has been ranked #1 in Top-rated Collections. Sky Romance Novels currently has three books available for purchase, San Diego and Las Vegas, and Chicago. AJ also has standalone novels and novellas available for her readers. You can follow AJ Harmon on her website, www.ajharmon.com, GoodReads, Facebook, www.facebook.com/authorAJHarmon, Twitter @1stClassNovels, and YouTube.