by Lori Ryan
***First Place Winner Romance Category, Lucky Cinda Publishing’s Annual Global Writer’s Contest, 2013***
To keep her, he’ll have to gamble it all!
Andrew Weston and Jill Walsh had to be the two most unlikely people to fall in love. When Jill’s first husband’s love for her simply fizzled and died, Jill knew she’d never trust that love could last again. After Andrew’s first love betrayed him in the most brutal way possible, he knew he might fall in love again someday, but there was no way he’d ever make himself vulnerable again by confessing those feelings if he did.
Fate had a different ending in mind for these two, though, and when Andrew discovers his love for Jill, he knows the only way to get her to stay with him forever is to offer her an iron clad penalty clause in a prenuptial agreement. He stays with her forever or he loses everything he owns. The millions he’s worked for, his property, his cars, everything. Now he just needs to hope that’s enough to hold onto Jill forever.
Five out of Five Stars “Lori Ryan has done it again…I am just drawn in. On the hook. I want to know what is going to happen next. There were times when I really was physically holding my breath!”
Five out of Five Stars “I’ve been waiting for this book and wasn’t disappointed. Great story and great characters. Andrew is sexy and steamy and hot!”
“Nora asked me what my intentions toward you were. When I told her we were just spending time together, she told me you have a reputation for being – and I swear to you, I’m quoting here – ‘good in the sack.’ It was by far the most uncomfortable conversation I’ve ever had,” Jill said.
Andrew’s fork hung in midair as he stared, open mouthed at Jill, a horrified expression on his face. “She did not. Please tell me she did not say that to you. Of course she did. Who am I kidding? This is Nora we’re talking about.”
Jill just laughed as she watched Andrew try to process her conversation with Nora. “At least you didn’t have to sit there and figure out how to explain our relationship to her,” Jill said.
Andrew grinned at that. “‘Spending time together,’ huh?”
“I couldn’t think of any other way to tell her I was banging her grandson.” Jill blushed furiously as the frank colloquialism left her mouth. She picked up her wine glass and sipped to try to cover her embarrassment, but Andrew leaned in, moved the wineglass out of his way and kissed Jill soundly on the cheek.
“I like banging you, Jillie Walsh.”
Lori is an award winning author and stay-at-home mom. Her second book, Penalty Clause, won first place in the romance category in Lcuky Cinda Publishing’s Annual Global Writer’s Contest in 2013.
Lori has had a number of careers before embarking on her newest adventure of writing novels. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law for three years, working primarily in the areas of utilities law and intellectual property litigation.
More recently, Lori owned and operated a dog training business in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in aggression and became an expert in the field of dog bite analysis. Lori sold her dog training business in 2013 and is now a full time writer and mother of two.
Lori still lives in Austin with her husband — who is endlessly supportive of her changing career paths — and her two children, one cat, and three dogs.
The Footsteps I Follow: Authors I Admire (Guest Post by the Author)
There are so many, it’s hard to choose just a few to write about. My favorite author lately has been Bev Pettersen. I love all of her books and can’t wait for more. Her heroes are just so dreamy and steamy and hot. I love that her books have a mystery element to them and I love the way she’s able to transport me to the back of the race track and make me feel like I’m truly there with her characters. I strive to write like her someday. To have that same ability to transport readers and really make them feel the scenes and feel the setting as if it were real.
I also strive to write with the light humor of Jill Shalvis and R.L. Mathewson. Those two always make me laugh. I love the Wilder Adventures Series and the Lucky Harbor Series from Jill Shalvis and the Neighbor from Hell series from R.L. Mathewson.
Naturally, I want the self-published success of Bella Andre and Marie Force, but what author doesn’t?
Someday, I hope to write something more angsty than the books I’ve written so far and to do it well like Jasinda Wilder in Falling Into You or Real by Katy Evans.
I always shoot for strong female leads like Nora Roberts, although they don’t always know how strong they are. Oh, to be like Nora Roberts someday… Who wouldn’t want that?
But mostly, I want to continue to be able to write and I want to build my fan base. I love to hear from fans. That’s been the most rewarding thing for me as an author. If I can keep connecting with fans who appreciate my work, I’ll be happy!
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