An Alternate Beginning
"Justice?" Milan Cooper says, blinking her wide blue eyes at me from the kitchen doorway. She pushes her messy blonde hair away from her heart-shaped face, staring up at me. She's been sleeping. There's a pillow crease on her cheek and confusion in her eyes. She's soft and rumpled, the sweetest little princess I've ever met.
She tugs on the hem of her long t-shirt as if to hide her thick thighs from me. There's no point. I memorized every dip and curve on her body long before I should have. Those pale thighs and hard little nipples taunt me every day, demanding I give in and let the devil take my soul. If I thought for a minute that I could be worthy of her, I'd do it without hesitation.
Her expression clears as she processes the fact that I'm standing in front of her. She stands upright, her shoulders back and her jaw squared as if she's expecting a fight. Most people are afraid of me. Milan isn't most people. She pushes my buttons just because she can.
She thinks she's a lion. I know better. She's an innocent little lamb, a harmless kitten. She may scratch and hiss and claw, but underneath all that attitude, she's soft, sweet, and delicate. She fights like hell to hide it, but I see it. I see her.
She's a virginal little princess…and I'm the beast who jerks off to thoughts of her screaming for daddy to fuck her. My soul was black long before she was born. There aren't many crimes I haven't committed. My hands are stained with the blood of the men I've killed on my way to the top. My brother and his wife were among them, gunned down in vengeance because
I'm a merciless, unforgiving bastard.
I know what people say about me. They aren't wrong. I'm the monster other monsters fear. The one they wish they could become. I may have gone legit over a decade ago, but blood doesn't wash clean just because you don a thousand-dollar suit. Expensive fabric stains too.
"I thought you were out of town," Milan says, her voice rough with sleep.
I feel it in my guts, feel my dick reacting to her.
"I was," I murmur, holding my beer out to her. I shouldn't. She's only nineteen. Just turned it half an hour ago, in fact. Her birthday is the only reason I came home. Spending time around Milan is…not wise. I see the way she looks at me. I know what she wants from me.
My little princess needs a daddy.
I wish like hell I could be that man. She's been my obsession since I first laid eyes on her. And she has no idea just how deep that obsession runs. The men who follow her. The cameras that watch her. The pictures I have of her. No, she doesn't know those things. She wouldn't be standing in my kitchen if she did.
She takes the beer from me, her fingers brushing mine.
My dick throbs.
She squirms, pressing her thighs together. She tries to play it off, pretend I don't affect her. We both know she's full of shit. She wanted me long before it was right. Hell, it still isn't right. She may be nineteen, but I'm twice her age. She's my niece's best friend. There are a thousand reasons I can't have her. But watching her find happiness with someone else is going to destroy me. I have no illusions about that.
"Ainsley will be happy to see you."
"Didn't come to see Ainsley, princess." I shouldn't tell her that, but her prick of a father isn't coming home for her birthday. He's living it up on his yacht with whores and blow, neglecting his daughter like usual. The only reason I haven't killed the motherfucker is because I know it would break Milan's heart. She still loves him. She deserves to know someone showed up for her, even if it is just me.
"Oh," she whispers, her expression softening. She takes a sip from my bottle, grimacing at the taste.
I reach into my pocket, pull out the box hidden there.
Her curious eyes meet mine.
"This is for you."
"You bought me a present?"
I arch a brow. "Are you complaining, baby girl?"
"No, I…" She quickly shakes her head. "No."
I take the beer from her, dropping the box into her outstretched hands.
She opens it slowly, peeling the pink paper off as if she wants to savor the experience. I want to kill her father all over again. Since the day Ainsley brought Milan home for the first time, she's been alone. She lives in a mansion with memories of the mom who died when she was a baby and the shell of the man her death left behind.
Having her here is…inconvenient. But I'll swallow my own fucking tongue before I tell her that she can't stay here with Ainsley, or that Ainsley can't spend time at her house. It's the one place in this entire city where Ainsley's security guards aren't allowed to follow. I expect them to wait outside because the thought of any of them inside Milan's space pisses me off.
When she's here, I spend most of my time elsewhere to avoid her. It's easier than dealing with the guilt I feel every fucking time she gets my dick hard.
"Justice," she whispers when she finally gets the box open to reveal the locket nestled inside. "It's so beautiful."
She feels along the edge of the delicate two-tone heart until she finds the hidden release.
"Justice," she whispers again, her voice shaking. She strokes a finger across the picture of her and her mom I had placed inside. "How did you-?"
"Ainsley brought me a picture," I mutter.
"I was going to ask how you knew I was missing my mom," she whispers.
"Lucky guess," I lie. It's not luck. I know everything about her. God help us both, but I love every little thing about her. I don't tell her that though. I can't. Instead, I finish my beer before dropping the bottle into the trashcan.
"Will you help me put it on?" she asks, holding the necklace out to me.
I don't tell her no. Of course I don't.
"Yeah, I'll put it on you."
She smiles at me, lifting her mass of hair up and spinning to present her back to me.
My hands shake as I slip the necklace around her neck. It takes four tries before I finally manage to clasp the delicate chain. All I can think about is pressing my lips to the curve of her neck. Would she melt into me? Moan for me?
"Thank you," she says, though she doesn't move away from me.
I can't resist leaning forward to touch my lips to her cheek. Her scent swirls around me, clouding my mind. Lust swirls through me, muting my conscience. Her skin is soft as silk, instantly addictive. She makes a soft sound in the back of her throat; one I know I'll be hearing in my dreams for eternity. I want to be inside her when she makes that sound.
I take a step away from her and then another. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. But for her sake, it's the best thing I can do. Stay away from her. Pretend I'm not in love with her. Give her a chance to find someone who deserves her, someone who doesn't have blood on his hands and guilt in his heart.
"Justice?" I hear the confusion in her voice. The question.
"Happy birthday, Milan," I murmur…and then I flee like the fucking coward I am.
About The Billionaire's Big Bold Wish
This billionaire just broke every rule in the book.
People say I'm cold. Autocratic. Merciless.
They're half right.
There's only one woman in the world who gets my blood heated...my niece's best friend, Milan.
She's been taunting me for years, pushing every single one of my buttons just because she can.
Now, it's my turn.
She thinks she knows me.
She has no idea how long I've been obsessing over her.
I plan to show her just how merciless I can be.
And I'm not backing down until this curvy little firecracker is mine.
People say I'm spoiled. A princess. Mouthy.
They're half right.
There's only one man in the world who makes me want to misbehave…my best friend's uncle, Justice.
He makes me ache for things I don't understand.
Dream about things I shouldn't.
He thinks I'm afraid of him and his reputation. I'm not.
I was born to be his princess.
And I'm not giving up until he knows it too.
When this obsessed daddy sets out to win his sassy princess, he'll break every single one of his rules. If you enjoy curvy heroines, over-the-top billionaires, and age gap romance, you'll love Justice and Milan's story. This sweet, steamy romance from Nichole Rose comes complete with a sticky sweet and guaranteed HEA.
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We reflect back in the dark glass, him, standing like a warrior at my back. Me, trembling and wide-eyed in his arms. There's something captivating about the way we fit together, not as two individual pieces, but as one whole, as if we were made to fit exactly like this.
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Once upon a time, Adrian Kane was a football legend.
He now owns a small newspaper and writes romance novels.
He never leaves his little slice of paradise.
He's a mystery I'm dying to solve.
I'm an annoyance he'd rather forget.
Until I show up at his place during a fierce storm and fall right into his arms.
Now, my job isn't the only thing on the line.
My heart is too.
Stella Quinn is relentless in her quest to get me to talk.
She's also a curvy goddess I can't get off my mind.
She wants to share my sad story with the world.
I'd rather forget it ever happened.
Before she turned up on my doorstep, I thought I wanted her to leave.
Now I have to convince her to stay.
My past didn't kill me, but losing her will.
And in a town like Spring, Florida, there's always another man waiting to step in.
They can't have this one. She's mine.
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His Future Bride: When a billionaire agrees to help a country music star save his manager's company, he runs headfirst into love. Now he just has to convince his curvy girl to put her heart in his hands too.
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Loving his curvy lamb will be this former SEAL's easiest ride yet.
Ainsley Foster has the brightest eyes and sweetest smile I've ever seen.
Whatever she's running from sent her straight to my gym.
I want her to run right into my arms.
But earning her trust is no easy feat.
All she knows of motorcycle clubs is what she's seen on the news.
She knows nothing of men like me—those willing to die to protect the people they love.
No matter, though.
Teaching this sweet lamb will be the easiest ride of my life.
Shep Stratford is the strongest man I've ever met.
He's ex-military. Quiet. Ridiculously sweet. Wickedly hot.
He's also in a motorcycle club.
Yet, when I'm anywhere near him, all I feel is safe.
He knows I'm running from something. He says it doesn't matter.
But he doesn't know the biggest billionaire in Wyoming is looking for me.
When he finds out the truth, will he still want to keep me?
Or will my uncle's money ruin the best thing in my life?
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"Can I ask you a question?" I ask, shoving my hands underneath my bottom to keep from fidgeting. I lock my eyes on Shep's broad chest, not sure I want to see his expression while we have this conversation.
"Ask away, little lamb," he says, drumming his fingers on the desk.
"Why did you hire me?" I whisper. Of course my cheeks heat as soon as the question leaves my lips. My stomach clenches, my nerves jangling. "I mean…I don't exactly look like I belong at the front desk of a gym. I know I'm–"
I jerk my head up at the sound of his growl. My gaze tangles with his, and I swallow hard. Lord, he looks mad. His eyes blaze with heat, anger stamped into every gorgeous line of his face.
"You're fucking beautiful, Ainsley," he says, his voice as heated as his eyes. "You think you don't belong because you've got curves? Baby girl, those curves of yours are sweet enough to make a man crazy. Believe me, I know. I'm the one who dragged you out of the bar last night because I couldn't fucking stand for anyone else to look at you the way I do."
"H…how do you look at me?"
"Like a man who can't see anything but you," he growls, leaning over the desk toward me. His eyes prowl all over my body. I feel them like a brand on my skin, searing me in places no one has ever touched before, in ways I've never felt before.
My whole life, I've been sheltered, raised by a man who did everything in his power to give me everything I could have ever dreamed of wanting. I've been spoiled and pampered…and so damn lonely. Longing bubbles up from those deep-down places that brought me here in the first place, the ones that made me run, emerging from my lips in a whimper.
"You belong here, Ainsley," Shep says, reaching out to touch the side of my face. "This gym, this town, this is your home now. You'll never belong anywhere more than you belong right here with me."
"Shep," I whisper, my voice shaking. All of me is shaking, aching to feel his skin against mine, not just on my cheek, but everywhere. I've been in love with him since I walked through the front door of this place. But I never thought…I never knew… God, maybe I am blind.
"Sooner or later, you'll let me in," he says, his voice softer now.
"Shep, I…" I want to tell him so badly about my uncle, about why I'm here and what I'm running from, but the words die on my lips, the truth refusing to come. Everyone is afraid of my uncle. As soon as they hear his name, they crack, and I end up right back in a glass bubble. Protected. Pampered. Miserable. I don't want Shep to crack. I don't want to have to look at him from inside my perfect little cage.
I want to stay right here with him because he's right…this is where I belong.
"It's okay, lamb. I got time." He touches my bottom lip, smiles in reassurance. "I'm not going anywhere, baby girl. Promise you that."
She's the only thing this reluctant billionaire can't have…
Jessa Jordan is my dream girl.
She's sassy, cute, and her curves drive me wild.
The only problem?
She's completely off-limits.
She's my best friend's little sister…and I'm her new boss.
I knew inheriting my father's fortune was going to be a problem.
I did not expect it to be this complicated.
But I'm not willing to let Jessa go.
I'll find a way to make her fall for me.
Even if it means breaking every rule in the book.
I've been in love with Jaxon Archer since I was a teenager.
He's gorgeous, smart, and so darn good to me.
I've always had a rule about dating my brother's friends.
But I want to break it for Jaxon.
The only problem?
His whole life just changed.
He needs his friends now more than ever.
And I'm terrified being with me will destroy everything for him.
But how I am supposed to let him go when he's all I've ever wanted?
When this growly billionaire falls for his best friend's curvy sister, the rulebook goes out the window. If you enjoy sassy women, over-the-top billionaires, and forbidden romance, you'll love Jaxon and Jessa's smoking hot story. This sweet, steamy romance from Nichole Rose comes complete with a sticky sweet and guaranteed HEA.
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Her Alpha Daddy Next Door: A homicide detective falls for his nerdy neighbor in this hilarious romantic comedy. If you enjoy instalove, crazy dogs, and over-the-top alphas, you'll love Carter and Luna's sweet, steamy story!
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Every musician needs a muse...
Addison Kissinger blew my mind the first time I met her.
Those sweet little lips whispering my name made me crazy.
She hasn't spoken to me since.
That hasn't stopped me from watching her.
Or kept me from craving her.
Half the world is screaming my name.
I want her begging it.
She's soft. Sweet. Sexy. Mine.
She doesn't know it yet, but she's about to find out.
I've loved Clayton Devine since the first time I set eyes on him.
So has the rest of the world.
He's a massive country music superstar.
Those skilled hands and that little boy smirk drive women wild.
I promised my best friend I would speak to him.
My boss just sent me on the road with him.
He probably thinks I'm just another annoying little fangirl.
He doesn't know it yet, but he's about to find out different.
Because I plan to bring this superstar to his knees.
When this older musician and his dream girl are thrown together, sparks hotter than a five-alarm fire will fly. If you enjoy obsessed musicians, heartfelt heroines, and karaoke hookups, you'll love Clayton and Addison. This sweet, steamy romance from Nichole Rose comes complete with a sticky-sweet and guaranteed HEA.
Cutie Pie is part of a multi-author collaboration*
This bossy hockey star just met his curvy match.
Weston Davies, bad boy of the NHL, was my dad's hero.
He's a beast on the ice…and off.
He's also rude, arrogant, and way too hot.
I came to the game to thank him for making my dad's last year so happy.
I'm leaving as the winner of a Valentine's Day date with him.
Why do I get the feeling he's behind my random selection?
And why am I thinking about actually following through?
This has bad idea written all over it.
Nothing gets me as heated as a bad call on the ice.
Until I save Laney Briggs from a wayward puck.
She's got the brightest eyes and the cutest annoyed face I've ever seen.
I probably shouldn't have offered to sign her chest.
I really shouldn't have scammed my way into a date with her.
But there's something about her that drives me wild.
She thinks I'm an arrogant jerk.
I think she was made to be mine.
Now I just have to convince her that I'm worth the hassle.
*The Sweet Hearts series is a collection of swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day love stories from some of your favorite romance authors! Treat yourself to all the books in the series:
PUPPY LOVE by Kali Hart
SUGAR PIE by Mae Harden
YOU ROCK by Lola West
DREAM TEAM by Anita Knight
MY HERO by Mazzy King
HEART OF GOLD by Fern Fraser
1-800 CUPID by C.L. Cruz
TOO SWEET by Lana Dash
CUTIE PIE by Nichole Rose
KISS ME by Kat Baxter
LET'S KISS by Barbra Campbell
HONEY BUN by Eve London
Nichole Rose is a short romance author returning to life on the West Coast after a long stint in the Dirty South. Her books feature headstrong, curvy women and the alpha males who adore them. From grumpy detectives to country boys with attitude to instalove and over-the-top declarations, nothing is off-limits.
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