(Playing by the Rules, #1; Pleasure Cove, #.5)
by: Reese Ryan
Series: Playing by the Rules/Pleasure Cove
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Sinfully Sweet Publishing
When Meredith Jane encounters her ex’s elder brother at a saucy Valentine’s Day party for singles, the last thing she expects is to spend “seven minutes in heaven” with him or to discover that he has deep feelings for her.
Hunter Westbrook adored Merrie long before his competitive younger brother asked her out. Now that Merrie’s relationship with his brother has ended, he faces the hardest decision of his life. Will he risk his relationship with his brother and jeopardize the future of their family’s luxury resort empire by pursuing the woman he loves? Or will he suffer in silence to keep peace in the family and risk losing her forever?
Merrie discovers a startling truth: She’s been with the wrong brother all along. But as one of the few women on the management team at her firm, she can ill afford to get caught up in the gossip and scandal sure to come if she chooses to be with Hunter. Nor does she wish to hurt Liam’s family or disappoint her own.
Hunter and Merrie have spent their entire lives playing by other people’s rules. In a society where perception is everything, is true love worth risking everything they’ve worked so hard for?
"We need to talk about what happened tonight. You..." Merrie briefly touched her fingertips to her mouth, a dreamy look in her eyes. "You kissed me."
"I did." Hunter leaned forward, hands clenched between his knees. He studied her gray eyes, shimmering in the light. "And you kissed me back."
Her cheeks flushed. She lowered her gaze, lashes fluttering. "I don't know what I was thinking. What we were thinking. We're friends, Hunter. Nothing more."
"Because you were with my brother. That's why I needed to be sure it was over between you. I'd never have kissed you otherwise."
"So you thought it would be a good idea to make a move on your brother's ex? How do you expect he'll react?"
He massaged his temple. "He'll be furious. With me. With you. So what? When has he altered his plans to avoid upsetting one of us?"
Hunter tried to tamp down the anger rising in his voice. He loved his brother. Admired him. But Liam could be spoiled and egocentric. A failing that arose after their mum's death when his brother was barely a teen. Their father had tolerated the behavior, mostly out of his own sense of guilt over their mother's death. He'd done the same. Neither of them had done him any favors.
"So this is some sort of payback to your brother for being the occasional ass?"
"Have you never noticed how much I care for you? Besides, if you think me capable of purposely hurting Liam…" He raked his fingers through his hair, unable to finish the thought.
"Whether you mean to hurt him or not...if we..." She shook her head and lowered her gaze. "Which is why we can't. Not ever."
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Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring colorful characters and sinfully sweet romance. She challenges her heroines with family and career drama; reformed bad boys; revealed secrets; and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a well-earned happy ending.
A native of The Land (Cleveland, OH), Reese resides in North Carolina. She adores brilliant singer/songwriters and has an incurable addiction to musicals and movie soundtracks.
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