What started as a $10 raffle ticket, turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of them saw coming. For Kevin and Lucy, it was just supposed to be a little fun but when they are served with a large dose of luck, everything suddenly becomes unexpected. Readers will fall in love with this rags to riches romance from Lauren Helms. The 425 Madison series is back with season three and Unexpected Expectations is now live!
With everyone around me settling down, I’m happy to continue living my life single and carefree.
That is unless I can convince the concierge, Lucy Wilson at 425 Madison to finally take me up on that offer to go out on a date.
She’s beautiful, friendly, and her compassion for each and every one of the residents is admirable. Something tells me that she doesn’t see herself that way at all though.
This is why I’ve made it my mission to break her out of her overly cautious shell starting with a lucky penny and a $10 raffle ticket.
It was all supposed to be a little fun but when a large dose of lucky graces us, everything suddenly becomes unexpected.
He thinks I don’t see him, but I do. Oh yes, I’ve been aware of the all too good looking Kevin Harper for quite some time now.
The thing is, I’m not sure that we have enough in common and I sure don’t have the free time for a social life between my job and school. Dating? That’s pretty far down on the list of things I’d like to check off – not by choice.
That is until Kevin convinces me that a little fun is good for the soul.
What started as a $10 raffle ticket turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of us saw coming.
I always believed in fairy tales, but I wonder if what we have is too good to be true. I can only hope that it’s true what they say…
After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.
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My fingers brush the smooth copper coin reminding me that I have a second mission to complete. I pinch the coin between my fingers and walk toward the concierge desk. Just like I hoped she would, there stands one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Standing around 5’4, the golden-haired beauty has curves in all the right places. She’s soft around the edges, but I can tell by the way her uniform fits her body that she’s got a sexy as fuck body underneath. Today, her thick locks are pulled low in the back, but her waves fall over her shoulder. I’d love to give that hair a yank in the throes of passion. Shit, I’d love to do a lot of things to this girl.
I’ve flirted with Lucy for a while now, and she’s one of my favorite parts of visiting the building. I’m not a shy man, and I enjoy a good romp between the sheets, but Lucy, I could tell right off the bat is the kinda girl you don’t have meaningless romps with. Nah. She’s a take-home-to-your-momma kind of girl.
My mom would love her.
Maybe, one of these days I’ll ask her out. Heck, I don’t even know if she has a boyfriend or not. It’s never stopped me from flirting, but flirting is harmless. The lady seems damn good at her job, maybe she is just that good at dealing with flirts like me every day.
I come to a stop in front of her, leaning my arm on the desk.
“Heya, Lucy. Seen any tangerine trees or marmalade skies lately?” The Beatles reference earns me a stunning smile.
“Hi Kevin, how are you today?”
I give her my sexiest smirk. “I’m better now that I’m seeing your gorgeous face.” My words hit their mark, and Lucy’s cheeks turn a sexy shade of pink.
“Okay, Mr. Charmer.” She giggles a bit. I always feel like an accomplished mother fucker when I get a girl to giggle. Especially a girl like Lucy, she’s not a giggler. Which is something I dig about her. Besides her looks, she seems to be whip-smart and down to Earth. Most likely, she doesn’t come from money, or why would she be working this gig? She has to deal with the rich and spoiled day in and day out, and she doesn’t lose her cool. I’ve seen her in action, and I’ve seen the way some of the residents treat her. I’ve had to bite my tongue a few times. As Jake has reminded me, this place is private property, I can be banned from the building.
I snap my finger, pretending to recall something important. “I actually have a gift for you.”
Two dainty eyebrows arch in surprise as I lift the penny between my thumb and forefinger.
“A penny?” Her tone is full of amusement.
“Yup. I found a penny outside the building. You know what they say, “If you find a penny, pick it up, if it’s heads, you’ll have good luck.” I smirk as I finish the saying. Pleased with the soft smile that plays at her kissable lips.
“You know, I’ve never told anyone this before…” She leans toward me and lowers her voice as if she doesn’t want anyone to hear. “When I see a penny on the ground, if I notice its tails up, I lean down and flip it over. Hopefully, I can help someone else find a little good luck.”
My heart slams against my chest. Her words nearly cause me to stumble. Who is this woman? She takes the time to flip over a penny just in case the next person who comes along can find a lucky penny? Why does hearing this nearly shatter my charming, nothing gets to me-exterior?
Because I do the exact same thing.
I clear my throat.
“Don’t worry, Lucy girl, your secret is safe with me.” I extend my hand toward her, and she holds out her hand. I carefully place the penny in her open palm and slowly drag my fingers across her bare hand. I’m expecting the sizzle from our touch, but I don’t miss Lucy’s reaction to our chemistry when I hear her tiny intake of breath.
She closes her hand around the lucky penny and pulls her fist in toward her chest, holding it to her heart.
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About Lauren Helms
Lauren Helms is a romance author her nerdy and flirty contemporary words. Lauren has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and write her first novel, Level Me Up. Several published novels later, Lauren, with her book bestie, also formed PR company, Forever Write PR, to help other authors promote their books.
Lauren lives in Indianapolis, Indiana sharing her love of books and video games with her own Gamer Boy husband and three little kid nerds who will hopefully grow up to share the love of things that united Lauren and her husband on their own happily ever after.
About the 425 Madison Series
Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Rounding out the summer with some hot city nights and coasting into fall with more cool characters at this famous high-rise, 425 Madison is returning for a third season!
With some familiar faces and some brand new residents – you’ll be sure to find an author you love and a trope to ignite your taste buds after all 425 Madison IS the perfect place to fall in love!
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Season One and Two feature stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, KC Enders, Marci Shumway, and C. Lesbirel. All these authors came together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy. Covering all of your favorite tropes each tale offers you something new, something different.
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Title: Bottom of the Chains
Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New
York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
He was an award-winning physician in his field of medicine.
A genius who could diagnose you with the barest of symptoms.
The best of the best.
Too bad he turned out to be an egotistical jerk.
Mere hours into my first day, I realized that the man I had idolized for years
didn’t live up to the hype.
He was rude, arrogant, and totally full of… himself.
It was clear that my presence bothered him, that I was nothing more than an
So, why did I want to melt into a puddle whenever those dark eyes were trained
And why didn’t I listen when my head warned my heart that he’d break it in two?
I had one goal: To learn from Sebastian Ryker, not fall in love with him.
is a man of few words. He justifies nothing for no one. He’s determined
to enter the political race in New York. Not even an astute and gorgeous woman
as Maya Armstrong will stop him. A bitter ex-lover blows up his playboy
lifestyle to the media and tries to ruin his chances with any woman that enters
reputation precedes her on and off the screen. As the host of Spotlight with
Maya, it’s her job to take people to task and hold them accountable, but when
billionaire banker turned candidate, Ethan West, sits on her proverbial couch,
sparks fly in more ways than one.
try and prove the other wrong throughout the campaign, but a past ex’s and a
one night stand may cause more drama than neither one wanted to see.
what happens when two alpha personalities collide! Will their rift end his
campaign, or will it be the beginning of something much, much bigger, like
BY K.L. MYERS
(Xander) Livingston left college with the dream of becoming CEO of his uncle’s
technology company. Nine years later, all his dreams have come true. All except
for one: marrying the love of his life.
(Maddie) Hightower had always been a loner until Xander came along. Devastated
after he left her behind to chase his dreams, she focused all her energy on
becoming president of a digital software company – the same business Xander is
slated to take over. Even after all these years, her attraction for Xander is
still sizzling and palpable. He still makes her heart sing, but she isn’t sure
if he feels the same way.
interested in the merger for two reasons. The first is the potential for growth
in the digital market, and the second is a chance to reconnect with Maddie.
He’s never forgotten her. She was supposed to be by his side as he climbed the
corporate ladder, and now he has the opportunity to swoop in, buy the company,
and have Maddie working under him. Literally.
had a secret. One she never told Xander when he left her in California and
headed to the East Coast— a secret she never thought he’d ever uncover.
of their companies will bring Xander face to face with Maddie’s life-altering
betrayal. How he handles this discovery will determine the future for both and
decide the fates of these two star-crossed lovers.
exactly the kind of man Brie Honeyweather swore never to love…or lust after
ever again: a sexy, arrogant, British bad boy in a designer suit. Alec is the
last person Brie wants to be stuck on an international flight to London with,
but hey…at least they’re in first class.When their flight has to make an emergency landing in a snowstorm just before
Christmas, Brie and Alec are thrown together in a single bedroom in a tiny
English village. As the snowstorm rages outside, things get intense and
emotions and lust run hot. Alec reminds Brie just how much she misses being
with a man and how easy it is to fall head over heels too fast.
What should have been an amazing one-night stand turns into a week-long secret
romance at Alec’s family estate when Brie realizes her new boss is Alec’s
mother, a British countess. While Brie tries to focus on writing a Christmas
book with the countess, all she can think about is getting back into bed with
She shouldn’t fall for the arrogant brit, especially when their lives are
oceans apart and neither of them wants a serious relationship. But Christmas
magic has a way of working miracles. Maybe Santa will bring her a happy ending
ago, he broke me.
back with a proposition.
a fake fiancée, and I’m the one he’s come to.
that’s how I would describe him. He was my first love, my first kiss, and my
first heartbreak, from which I never truly healed.
once the man of my dreams, on paper—strong, handsome, and a complete charmer.
But the problem is, he has never given a damn about anyone but himself.
witnessed a desperate man until Kane knocked on my door with literally the
proposal of a lifetime.
admit, it’s ironic he’s come to me given the way things ended between us.
possibly the worst idea ever, but I need the money. How do I not fall for Kane
all over again and risk history repeating itself? Only time will tell.
BY MAGGIE MUNDY
Australia working as a doctor sounds like a great idea to Autumn. She can
escape the cold English weather, her ex-husband and a stalker. A year to get
her life back together and not have any romantic involvements.
and leave them wanting’ is Brett’s motto. That is until he sees Doctor Autumn
Blake. This lady just might get through that tough layer he has built around
sexual chemistry they feel be just that, or could it be more?
long enough for these two people to forget their pasts and grab onto a chance
of love or will they lose it forever.
now sees as more than a friend, the man who makes her pulse race?
mesmerized by her over the last few years. The way she moves on the dance
floor… her grace… her beauty. He’s wanted nothing more than to make her his,
but there’s one problem. She’s with a man who has very little respect for her,
and she’s blind to it.
shattered and wondering if she could ever retake the stage. Now, it’s time to
go back, but she’ll never dance with a partner again. That is until she’s told
she’ll be dancing her friend Bentley. Despite her wishes, she’s pushed into
another partner routine. Her instructor told her it’s for her own good, but she
doesn’t believe it.
she knows it. Their magic leads to a connection she never thought possible.
She’s only just left the man, she thought she’d love forever. Can she move on?
Can she admit the feelings she has for Bentley? Will they finish this dance?
healing, and passion!
and the guys talking about?”
watching me. I wonder what is going through that pretty little head of hers.
“Nothing much. Aaron was thanking us for offering to work with him and Julie.
He’s nervous. If we can’t help them loosen up, he’ll lose his seat on the
She brushes it off.
that’s what I told him.” We continue to move to the music, but our movements
are a bit off as we get lost in our conversation.
girls talking about?” I stare into her eyes, hoping to get a glimpse of that
interest Aaron was referring to.
“You.” She pokes me in the chest.
surprised me but thrills me at the same time.
She spins around.
and fans her face. “I’m hot, wanna get a drink?” I guess I’m not going to hear
what she was talking about.
back toward the house together to grab something to drink. Destiny stocks the
coolers with tons of liquor options. She has mini bottles of wine, wine
coolers, beer, hard tea, and so on. We’ve all tried to kick in for the parties,
but she never allows us too. She hasn’t come out and said it but has hinted
that her parents left her very well off.
drinks. You grab us some seats.” She offers.
quieter area and grab us two empty chairs. I’m really hoping to get her to open
up. Jade and I have known each other a while, but Jade is not one to talk
freely with anyone anymore.
me a beer. “You know, if you keep drinking beer, your six-pack abs are going to
disappear,” she says with amusement.
noticed my abs?”
eyes and takes the seat next to me. “Bentley, let’s be real, I’m not dead. I
still see men.” She takes a sip of her drink.
about you seeing me that I’m interested in.” I take a pull from my beer. I work
out hard for my abs. Between dance and my community gym, there’s no way I’m
losing my abs to a couple of beers.
her lounge chair, crossing her long, lean legs at her ankles as she sips on her
spiked seltzer. I never realized how much I noticed her until she became
single, and I made it my mission to make her mine.
to move on, but when you’ve been hurt the way I have, it’s hard to trust.” She
glances over at me.
a bit closer to keep our conversation private. Leaning forward, I rest my
elbows on my knees. “I’m sure it is, but what if I told you I was willing to
earn that trust?”
say, I need to think about it.” She glances over at me. “I swore off dancers
five months ago and now…”
name, stopping her from going further. “It’s not dancers you have to watch for,
some men just suck. They are pussies and can’t admit when things aren’t working
out for them.”
watching the waves crash upon the shore. “It’s all over the studio that we’re
going to end up a couple because of the connection we have when we dance.”
There’s uncertainty in her voice.
connection?” I’m not sure she can. It’s obvious.
there’s no denying that.” She sits up and turns in her chair, our legs
intertwined, and she looks me in the eye. “The problem is dancing is my escape.
I leave everything out on that dance floor, my heart, and soul.” She shakes her
head. “I’m not sure I can handle being hurt by another dance partner.”
where she met her husband while serving in the Massachusetts Army National
Guard. Now that he has retired from the military, they’re living in sunny
Florida with their son.
Taekwondo. After a few years of taking class, her son asked her to join with
him and so she did. They take class and compete in tournaments together. This
is the only place he out ranks her.
most known for her Club Thrive series, Shattered Souls and A Coach’s Love. She
has a love for writing strong females and close friends. She’s also known for
intertwining her characters throughout a series.
Series: Folkestone Sins #1
Author: Samantha Lovelock
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
Halliday was an accident. A chance meeting that changed my life forever.
was too great to pass up. Heading west to meet an aunt I had never heard of, I
knew I was taking a risk, but I craved answers. Instead, I ended up with more
questions, and now the dark history of this town threatens to tear me apart.
I knew this was a mistake.Stella
Bradleigh was a distraction. Something to play with when my shadows got too
one way out.
Or so I thought.
stranger with the mysterious past, I thought she would be a good time, and then
I could just throw her away like all the others. Instead, she consumed me, and
now she’s made me question everything I know to be real in my life.
It’s all about her.
what seems most fragile can’t be broken.
Fragile Things is the first book in Stella and Poe’s duet, and the first book
in the series. This is a dark, mature high school/new adult romance. It
contains situations and flashbacks that may trigger some readers, language that
may be offensive, and scenes of a sexual nature (all consensual).
Recommended for 18+ only
help you?” I ask dryly without standing.
you get snotty with me, you trashy bitch,” she hisses back at me.
“Who do you think you are? There are rules here, and low-class sluts like
you follow them or else.”
taken aback by her hostility, it takes me a few beats to register the rest of
her words. Trashy bitch, I can handle. Low-class, well, she’s not entirely
wrong. But slut?
pulling myself up to my full five feet eight inches, and get nose to nose with
princess, I’m sitting over here, minding my own business. What the fuck have I
done to offend your delicate sensibilities? Nothing. You don’t fucking know me.
So. You. Don’t. Get. To. Call. Me. A. Slut.” I fire each staccato word at
her. Though I’m genuinely bewildered by this girl’s unmistakable hatred towards
me, I am also seriously pissed off by her shitty attitude. “Back the fuck
up, Barbie, and leave me alone. Shoo.” Flicking my fingers at her
dismissively, I stand my ground, waiting for her and her minions to leave. To
my surprise, she leans in even closer, her cloyingly sweet perfume wrapping
around me like a candy-scented lasso.
not how it works here. You don’t get to just show up out of the blue and jump
the line.” She peers spitefully down her clearly after-market nose at me.
“There are rules, and just because you’re a Bradleigh, don’t think they
don’t apply to you.”
humour, darknesses hidden in mind-closets that occasionally Jack-in-The-Box her
unsuspecting ass, and a love and loyalty for her friends and family that runs
deeper than any ocean. Her guy means the world to her, and so does her cat;
sometimes even in that order. Her Mum is her hero, hands down. She proudly
wears the crown of a Queen of Innuendo, and of Name That Tune, and has never
met a cliff hanger she didn’t like. She lives in the foothills of the Canadian
Rockies with her British cowboy and their Norwegian Forest Cat, Winston