In the aftermath of a devastating breakup Emmaline Bartlett flees the city leaving behind a faithless boyfriend and her half-interest in their successful restaurant. A normally determined redhead, Emma struggles to repair her self-esteem and accept the revelation that toppled it. Risking the last of her reserves to convert a trio of weathered outbuildings into a rustic Italian bistro, she soon discovers that winning over locals and building profitability is easier than denying her growing attraction to the property owner’s nephew.
Conner Mitchell, ruggedly handsome despite wounds more visible than Emma’s, isn’t living the life he expected since quitting the rodeo circuit to help run the ranch. Devoted to his aunt, he is as suspicious of Emma’s motives as he is resentful of the hunger she immediately inspires.
Just as Emma gains enough confidence to share her secret, her old life comes calling with the unexpected arrival of her ex. To complicate matters, a series of baffling mishaps and anonymous complaints threaten the restaurant’s reputation. Now both Emma’s new, simmering relationship and Sweet Corner’s future could be in danger.
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I got hooked on romance novels as a teenager when I discovered my mother’s stash of Harlequins. In no time, I was devouring everything I could get my hands on. The habit probably would have eventually drained my finances and free-time, were it not for the unexpected distraction of a job in technology. After years drifting around the country pursuing lifestyle choices and career options, I settled in Colorado with my wonderful husband and our two rambunctious cats.
A few years ago I decided to give the logical side of my brain a rest and take a sabbatical. While reuniting with my old reading habit I happened to stumble upon a regency romance series. I became obsessed again! I’d forgotten the simple pleasures of great character and conflict minus the cliché meanness prevalent in a lot of writing these days. These books transported me in time; not only to their richly described historical eras, but back to a time when I adored a good romance with a spunky heroine, handsome hero and a happily ever after ending. Those renewed feelings have inspired me to begin writing my own versions of those themes. I hope the appeal of my first work, Sweet Corner, is that while it began as a contemporary romance the tapestry of characters broadened into a more satisfying blend of genres.
I’m currently spending my days running on Colorado trails and biking scenic roads while I mentally draft my next novel. I come home grimy and exhausted, and anxious to get back to my laptop to capture the exploits and foibles of the characters who accompany me on my journeys.