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He’s a playboy hockey captain who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Totally not my type. So my new job as his live-in assistant should be a breeze. Right? Psht—please. Allow me to introduce Ronan Brighton. Messy golden brown hair. Cheekbones cut from stone. Lips that were genetically-engineered for making out all night. And let’s not get started on his muscled-up body. After a string of hockey losses and a bar brawl gone viral, I just got hired to be Ronan’s babysitter—erm, live-in assistant. I’m determined to get the job done right. Because I won’t let this devilish troublemaker tear down the hockey team my older brother just invested millions of dollars into. So I establish a firm professional boundary with Ronan. A boundary he’s determined to cross with each glittering smile and every flirty remark. Then he witnesses me getting brutally dumped on my birthday. And I’m forced to admit that the romance department is the one area of my life I’m struggling to figure out. Ronan says I just need practice. A ‘study buddy’, if you will. Practice makes perfect, after all. And of course, Mr. Trouble volunteers for the part. That’s how I become Ronan’s plaything and he becomes mine. But when the lines between ‘practice’ and ‘the real thing’ start to blur, my heart becomes involved. And I’m beginning to realize that this thing between Ronan and me is no game at all. 

In the idyllic small town of North Carolina, set in the tumultuous era of the mid-late 60s, two souls find solace and connection in the most unlikely of circumstances. Paul, a shy and introverted black boy, and Bernadette, a spirited and rebellious white girl, share a secret meeting spot by the riverside, where they escape the constraints of their divided society. What begins as a platonic companionship soon flourishes into a love that defies the boundaries set by their community. Paul and Bernadette navigate the complexities of their relationship, finding solace and understanding in each other’s arms. But their love is not without its challenges. As news of their forbidden affair begins to spread, the town becomes a hostile and unforgiving place. The weight of prejudice and societal norms bears down on Paul and Bernadette, forcing them to confront the harsh realities of their time. With their love hanging in the balance, they must summon the courage to defy the expectations placed upon them. Amidst the backdrop of civil rights movements and societal upheaval, Paul and Bernadette’s love story becomes a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit. Their journey is one of resilience, sacrifice, and the unyielding pursuit of love against all odds.

Wren: I fell hard and fast for Brady Conner, even though I knew in my heart that he wasn’t ready for me. Sure enough, he messed up. And I did too. I wanted to make him regret what he’d lost. Hence the break up sex. It was an impulsive move for someone who failed to consider the consequences, or practice safe sex. That’s how I ended up with a souvenir. And that’s why, as much as I wanted to, I had to be even more careful about giving bad boy Brady a second chance. Brady: I wasn’t ready for Wren Jacobs, even though she was the best thing to happen to an ass like me. No wonder I cracked under pressure. She’d warned me. She’d predicted this. And she promised me just one chance. Still, I wanted more. I wanted all of her for always. Too bad I figured that part out too late. She moved out. And from the looks of the guy hanging around her apartment, she’d also moved on. I couldn’t blame her, but I also couldn’t let her go without trying harder and proving I could be the man I should’ve been all along. Then I’d move her back in and it would be just the two of us, like it was before. Only this time, I’d make sure we were forever.  

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