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She could almost hear the fish laughing at her… Cody Ryan’s father never missed fishing the annual Loon Lake tournament until his unexpected passing. This year, Cody packs up her how-to fishing videos and her dad’s old johnboat and gives him one final entry. Gage Connor needs some R&R away from his coast guard deployment catching drug smugglers along the Louisiana coast, so he borrows a bass boat from his buddy and heads to Loon, Alabama to do some fishing. When Gage and Cody meet at Loon Lake, their attraction is immediate and intense—until the two discover there is only one boat slip left on the lake and they both need it, and there’s only one vacant hotel room left in Loon and they both want it. And so, their competition begins. Both vow to keep their distance from the other for their own peace of mind, but fate has other plans. The tournament pairing party picks the two-man teams and chooses Gage as Cody’s partner. For two days. Alone on a boat. Working as a team. Good things come to those who bait…
Instinct demands I claim her—no matter the cost to her, to my species, or to my soul… Salvatore: No females of my kind remain. Humans have the closest physiology to my species, but our reproductive urges are very different. For their safety, direct contact with human women has always been strictly forbidden. When my time ends, so will countless generations of Gallo lineage. The chains in my dungeon will never have to contain another mating-frenzied beast. I will have done my part to bring a peaceful end to my species while protecting the nearby human population. That was my resolution, my life’s mission, until the day I caught her scent in the woods behind my ancestral home. She shouldn’t have been there. It wasn’t time in the lunar cycle for me to enter the frenzy. Her scent triggered my long-deprived beast. For close to a century, I’ve lived on the outskirts of Hemlock Woods, alone in Gallo Hall, successfully avoiding the town’s residents. My days of solitude are over, along with adherence to species’ law. Instinct demands I claim her—no matter the cost to her, to my species, or to my soul…
Barrett: Everyone knows Montgomery men are doomed to love only one woman. Even if she hates the mountains, which we can’t leave without. I don’t believe in curses, however, I’m not the type of man to stake my peace of mind on flimsy serendipity. I choose a marriage of convenience. A cold contract devoid of the wrenching heartache of love that turned my father’s life into a living hell. Yet, the moment I lay my eyes on Keisha’s innocent smile and alluring curves, all I can think about is her. When my young, love-shy bride finds out the truth, will she stay or am I doomed to a life of loneliness?
I’ll cheat death to claim her. She belongs to me. I owe everything to Emilia’s father. I’d do anything for the man. When he asked me to marry his daughter, I thought he was insane. I was only going to protect her. That was my job. Yet, one innocent kiss changed everything. Now, it’s not about what her father wants. It’s all about her. When enemies try to take her and the life we could have away, they will learn why they call me the devil. I’ll show them no mercy. Emilia is mine and God help anyone who tries to come between us.