I'm not sure if it's because I grew up reading the classic storylines of Harlequin Presents, or just because I have a highly developed sense of justice, but I love a good revenge turned to love plot. Throw in a woman looking for a marriage of convenience on *her* terms and really? That's my kind of romance!
CHANGE THE GAME was originally released as Come Up and See Me Sometime by Kensington, but never in ebook. Readers kept asking...I kept asking, finally, I got the rights back and chose to bring the book out in digital format. I changed the title because the original was just too long. I made one other change and added back in scenes my first agent had me take out. I'm thrilled to be able to share this book with readers again and have it in the Hometown Heroes bundle right now.
Change the Game
Alex is looking for revenge. Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions. Neither will get what they're looking for, but a whole lot more!
In a high-stakes game of love, attraction, and desire, two people playing for all the wrong reasons are about to discover how delicious it can be when plans go deliciously awry and love is all that matters.
Like father, like daughter.
That’s what businessman Alex Trahern thinks about Isabel Harrison. If the prestigious headhunter thinks she can steal his top employee, just like her father stole his dad’s ideas, she’s dead wrong. Alex is always a man with a plan, and his plan is to get revenge on John Harrison through his daughter. But there’s no contingency plan for the impact Isabel’s sparkling green eyes and honey brown hair have on the decidedly non-business side of his brain…
If at first you don’t succeed, change the game.
After some relationship flameouts, Isabel’s decided to leave love out of it and approach her search for a husband like finding a suitable job candidate. And according to her list of requirements, Alex Trahern certainly has potential. He’s sexy. (Check.) Forceful and fascinating. (Check, check.) Also arrogant, obnoxious, and way too hot for her own good. (Erase. Start over.) Now, if only she could find out what he’s really after…
Read a Teaser:
Shifting the Aston Martin into gear, Alex accelerated onto the highway, immediately transferring into the left lane as he continued to accelerate. A quick glance at the digital numbers of the clock on his dash confirmed that he was right on time. No need to rush, but he didn’t ease his foot off the accelerator. Soon he would be at Isabel’s condo.
Would she wear another business suit to dinner, or would she dress in something more feminine? He knew she was leery of him. He’d seen it in her eyes in her office that morning.
What the hell was he thinking? He and Isabel Harrison had no future. They had no relationship. He would be a fool to try to take them beyond anything more than a surface involvement. His words reminding Isabel that they technically did not have a business association came back to haunt him.
Was she going to expect romance? Perhaps asking her out had not been the most effective way to get the information he needed. It had seemed like an expedient plan at the time, but now he could imagine countless complications.
He said a word that he reserved for severe frustration. He was not used to being unsure of his judgment and his doubts were unnerving. As unnerving as the anticipation he felt at seeing Isabel again. She was the daughter of his sworn enemy and yet he couldn’t get the image of her sweet smile and clear green eyes out of his head.
Alex rang the doorbell for Isabel’s condo, unaccountably irritated that she chose to live in an unsecured building. Didn’t she realize how many dangers a single woman living alone faced?
The door swung open and Alex’s mental question about Isabel’s attire was answered. Her shimmery black dress with spaghetti straps clung in all the right places, covering about as much of her legs as an oversized T-shirt. Her feet looked sexy as hell in a pair of black satin shoes with three-inch, spiked heels.
Alex’s body reacted like a teenager on an overload of hormones. “Don’t you think you will be a little cold in that?”
This wasn’t exactly southern California. And although it was still early fall and an Indian summer made for warm days, the nights were plenty chilly.
Her smile faltered and her face took on a decidedly cool cast. “I have a jacket. I’ll be fine.”
Was her jacket going to cover the long expanse of exposed legs? He doubted it. “Where is it?”
“In the living room.” She pivoted on her heel. “I’ll get it.”
He followed her inside, closing the door behind him.
She stopped in the living room when she realized he’d followed her. “Would you like a drink before we go?”
A drink sounded good - anything to get his raging libido under control. Too bad they didn’t have time. “We have reservations in half an hour. We should leave in case we hit traffic going into downtown.”
She nodded and grabbed a little jacket off the arm of her white leather sofa. The entire room was done in white and shades of light brown. Beige, his mother would have called it.
He stepped forward to help her. She gave him a startled look, but allowed him to adjust the stiffened black silk across her shoulders. She’d pulled her honey brown hair into another twist on the back of her head, leaving the tantalizing, womanly column of her neck exposed. It took tremendous willpower not to brush it with his fingers.
If he didn’t do something fast, he was going to lose objectivity in this information gathering expedition.
He refused to think of it as a date. The word was rife with too many unwanted possibilities. He took a hasty step away from Isabel and out of temptation’s way. It didn’t help. Her fragrance, some kind of flowers, reached out and wrapped itself around his senses so that he might as well have been holding her in his arms.
She turned and faced him, giving him a tentative smile. “Ready.”
She didn’t look ready. The tiny jacket looked no warmer than her sexy little dress and both did more to accentuate the high curve of her full breasts than to disguise them.
He was glad the heater was already warmed up in the Aston Martin. He hoped he could find parking close to the restaurant. He didn’t want her walking outside in such flimsy clothes and he wasn’t about to tempt fate by putting his arm around her to keep her warm.
“We’d better get going then.”
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HOMETOWN HEROES--HOTTER EVER AFTER
They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right. Now, these sixteen stories are available in a single bundle for a limited time at the discounted price of $1.99. All proceeds from this bundle benefit the Pets for Vets charity.
Presenting a contemporary romance bundle of 16 novels with happily-ever-after endings, including previously published readers' favorites and brand-new material from USA Today Bestselling Authors: Melissa Schroeder, Lucy Monroe, and Nancy Warren, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Sabrina York along with bestselling and award-winning authors: Allie K. Adams, Destiny Blaine, Cathryn Cade, Jami Davenport, Kate Davies, Taryn Elliott/Cari Quinn, Rachel Grant, Sandy James, Adrianne Lee, Hildie McQueen, Katy Regnery and Sandy Sullivan
A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX by USA Today author Melissa Schroeder--When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life.
CHANGE THE GAME by USA Today author Lucy Monroe--Alex is looking for revenge. Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions. Neither will get what they're looking for, but a whole lot more!
WILD RIDE (Changing Gears, Book 1) by USA Today author Nancy Warren--Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride.
HEARTBREAK ON A STICK by USA Today and New York Times author Sabrina York--When the man who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town—a hot shot movie star—Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again.
MADRONA SUNSET by bestselling author Jami Davenport--Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and woman pining for her dead husband--both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.
BRACE FOR IMPACT by bestselling author Allie K. Adams--Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her.
HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine--Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister doesn’t believe in love until she reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.
SHE'S WORTH IT ALL by bestselling author Cathryn Cade--Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she's worth it all?
DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies—A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop - looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie's Monday get any worse?
ROCK, RATTLE AND ROLL by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott--A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered—until the future comes much quicker than they expected.
GRAVE DANGER by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant--An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim.
TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE by award-winning author Sandy James--Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with police detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined.
HIS ONLY DESIRE by Adrianne Lee--Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him? Not if her stalker has his way.
EVEN HEROES CRY by Hildie McQueen--War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.
THE VIXEN & THE VET by bestselling author Katy Regnery--In a Beauty & the Beast reboot, an ambitious reporter tracks down a wounded war vet for a scoop and ends up falling in love with him instead.
TROUBLE WITH A COWBOY by Sandy Sullivan--Can some slashed tires and an ornery bull bring two hard-headed people together for some fun in the sun...and a little more?
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With more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.
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