hard to handle

"heartwarming, heartbreaking and charming..." ~The Romance Reviews

LOVE IN THE BALANCE, BOOK 2 ・featuring Aiden & Sadie

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Once Burned

Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she’s bumping into him at every turn, driven to distraction by his wicked grin and rock-hard body. Now she can’t resist finishing what they started-as long as she doesn’t let herself fall in love . . . 

Twice as Tempting

Aiden Downey threw away the best thing he ever had when he let Sadie go, and now he’s determined to win back the woman he’s always wanted. Sadie agrees to let him into her life-and her bed-as long as there are no strings attached. But Aiden’s not about to make the same mistake again. Can he convince her to take a second chance on a once-in-a-lifetime love?





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Dear Reader,

[from the back of the book]

I love a scruffy-faced, tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy as much as the next girl, so when it came time to write HARD TO HANDLE, I knew what qualities I wanted Aiden Downey to possess.

For inspiration, I needed look no further than Charlie Hunnam from the famed TV show Sons of Anarchy. I remember watching Season 1 on Netflix, mouth agape and eyes wide. When Charlie’s character, Jax Teller finished his first scene, I looked over at my husband and said, “That’s Aiden!”

In HARD TO HANDLE, Aiden may have been crafted with a bad-boy starter kit: he has the scruff, the tattoo, the knee-weakening dimples that make him look like sin on a stick, and yeah, a custom Harley Davidson, to boot. But Aiden also has something extra special that derails his “bad boy” image: a heart of near-solid gold.

When we first met Aiden and Sadie in TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE, (and again in the e-novella CAN’T LET GO) there wasn’t much hope for these two hurting hearts to work out their differences. Aiden had been saddled with devastating news, and familial responsibilities, and Sadie (poor Sadie!) had just opened up her heart to Aiden, who stomped on it, broke it into pieces, and set it on fire for good measure. How could they forgive each another after things had gone so horribly, terribly wrong?

Aiden has suffered a lot of loss, but in HARD TO HANDLE, he’s on a mission to get his life back. A very large piece of that puzzle is winning back the woman he never meant to hurt; the woman he loved. Sadie, with her walled-up heart, smart, sassy mouth, and fiery attitude isn’t going to be an easy nut to crack. Especially after she vowed to never, ever get hurt again. That goes double for the blond Adonis with the unforgettable mouth and ability to turn her brain into Silly Putty.

The best part about this good “bad” boy? Aiden’s determination is as rock-hard as his abs. He’s not going to let Sadie walk away, not now that he sees how much she still cares for him. Having been to hell and back, Aiden isn’t intimidated by her. Not even a little bit. Sadie is his Achilles Heel, and Aiden accepts that it’s going to take time (and plenty of seduction!) to win her over. He also knows that she’s worth it.

Think you’re up for a ride around the block with a bad-boy-done-good? I have to say, Aiden left a pretty deep mark on my heart and I’m still a little in love with him! He may change your mind about scruffy, motorcycle-riding hotties…. He certainly managed to change Sadie’s.

Happy reading!



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