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A Good Man (Winner of the 2018 Northern Hearts Contest in Contemporary Romance)
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Release date: June 9, 2020
Contractor Michael Zorn is one of the leading men on the successful home improvement show Handymen. He is also revered for an act of bravery he’d rather forget. The press may hound him, but all he really wants is to help couples realize their home renovation dreams.
One of these couples is Emily Daniels and her fiancé, Trent. When Emily inherits an old home in Toronto’s Little Italy, she sees it as the perfect location for her small business. The house needs a lot of work, but her appearance on the Handymen show means Michael and his contractor brothers will help her renovate at a reasonable cost.
When Michael and Emily meet, their chemistry is intense. Emily wants to stay true to Trent, but her fiancé has done nothing but disappoint her. Michael recognizes Trent for what he is—a cheater. And it isn’t long before he breaks Emily’s heart.
At first, Michael only intends to comfort Emily, but their friendship soon flares into passion. Unfortunately, Michael has secrets and wounds of his own, ones he has never trusted to another. Emily is determined to break down his walls, but can she trust her heart to a man who can’t trust himself?
Content warnings: The hero is a civilian with PTSD who witnessed a shooting at a home daycare. No children were harmed in the event, but the shooter kills the owner of the daycare (his ex-wife.) There are a couple of short flashbacks in the book. Cheating is discussed as well, but does NOT occur between the hero/heroine. The heroine’s ex-fiance is a gaslighter. Graphic sexual content.
An Irresistible Force
Release date: September 29, 2020
TV landscaper Eli Zorn has always been a fixer. But when a family medical situation teaches him there are some things you just can’t fix, he’s desperate to return to work for a distraction. The demolition of an old cottage in tranquil Muskoka, Ontario, is just the ticket.
Unfortunately, a gorgeous woman has handcuffed herself to the cottage and she won’t let it go down without a fight. Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Nolan has history with the place, and she won’t let Eli and the Handymen team get their hands on her refuge.
The cottage belongs to Eli’s mentor. Not only is Peter Nolan a giant in the landscaping business, he’s also Bernie’s uncle. And it becomes clear very quickly that relations in the Nolan family are more than strained.
As Eli and Bernie grapple with old loyalties, they are determined to see each other as the enemy. But this is one attraction that cannot be denied, and one that they’re losing the will to resist…
Content warnings: this story deals with the theme of bullying, in particular, its aftermath. Both the hero and the heroine were bullied as teens and are confronted by those emotions again when they meet each other. They both have confrontations with their bullies in this book, and help each other in those situations. There is a brief mention of body shaming, as part of the bullying that occurred. Graphic sexual content.
A Reluctant Attraction
Release date: April 20, 2021
Contractor and Handymen host Nick Zorn needs a change. He’s been feeling listless, and when his ex-girlfriend embarrasses him in a viral post by sharing private details of their sex life, he’s downright ready to escape. When an opportunity to reinvent his career arises, Nick takes it, even though it might mean the end of Handymen. However, the team has one more project to tackle together first—a struggling cat sanctuary in dire need of renovation.
When Nick arrives at the shelter and meets its owner, a lovely widow named Claire, his life is once more thrown into disarray. Neither of them is looking for a relationship, but the attraction is fierce. As he helps Claire fix her workplace, he realizes he wants to help her in other ways too. Their flirtation sizzles, flaring into a friends-with-benefits arrangement.
But the more time they spend together, the more reluctant these ‘friends’ become to fight their deepening connection, even though they know their inevitable break will devastate them…
Content warnings: Grief (the heroine’s husband passed away three years before this story begins and she is struggling with the idea of finding love again.) Erectile dysfunction (the hero is dealing with stress-related erectile dysfunction and there are several honest conversations about sex.) Graphic sexual content.
Un Bravo Ragazzo (Italian translation of A Good Man)
Translation by Cecilia Metta