May 28, 2014

Welcome To Wardham!!!!

The first three books in the Wardham Series by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York, have been put together into one delicious bundle!

TitleWelcome to Wardham, The Wardham Series (Three book bundle)
AuthorZoe York
GenreContemporary Romance

Buy Links: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ iBooks ~ Kobo ~ Google Play ~ All Romance

Welcome to Wardham, a sleepy village ready to explode with new-found passion. This bundle contains the first three titles in The Wardham Series by Zoe York.
Between Then and Now

Their story didn’t start with a fairytale romance. Their marriage wasn’t chosen for love. But they still chose each other, time and again.

Romance is the last thing on Ian's mind. He's juggling the family farm and a second job, his kids are a crazy handful and every time he gets close to his wife, Carrie, she snaps at him. Their relationship has always had a sizzling physical connection, and he needs to find a way to leverage that into reconnecting on a deeper level before it’s too late.


From Between Then and Now

“I know what Ive got. I dont always show it, but Im lucky to be your husband, Carrie Nixon.”
         “Best mistake ever?” She meant the words to land lightly. It was a standing joke between them, but all that had gone unsaid between them over the last few months weighed the words down on her tongue, and her voice cracked.
         “Dont do this, not tonight.” His features pinched together. He didnt let go of her hand, but the easy softness in his grip faded, replaced with a subtle tension that told her it was an effort to keep touching her.
         “Im not doing anything,” she whispered. Tears threatened, hot bubbles at the edge of her vision.
         “Youre dragging old shit into a new argument. Shit I didnt even know was in your head. An argument I didnt even know we were having.”
         “Were not!” Were they? Was it all one big fight that just ebbed like the tide? “I don’t know why I said that.”
         He didnt answer. He didnt need to. She tentatively lifted her gaze to read his expression, but he didnt look over at her, instead keeping his eyes on the road ahead. A muscle twitched along his jaw, and she squeezed his hand, willing him to turn and see her. See that she wasnt mad. That she was just scared and strangely alone and not dealing with that well.
         “I don’t think we were a mistake.”
         “Damn straight.
         “But we werent in love when we got married, Ian. Thats never going to be something I forget.”
         “Never asked you to.”
         “We just can’t talk about it.”
         “We can talk about it, babe. But you cant yell at me about it.”
         “I didnt yell.”
         “You cried. Thats worse.
         “Didnt cry. No tears.”
         “Sad voice, choked up…sounded like crying. Carrie, that kills me, you know?” He dragged a deep breath into his lungs. “I just wanted an evening without a fight. Come on, lets go in.”
         With a start, she realized they were home. “Wait—” She unbuckled her seat belt and reached across the center console. “Slide your seat back.”
         “Carrie, Im not—”
         “Give me a chance to get the mood back, please?” She was grateful shed worn a skirt tonight. “Scoot back, and close your eyes.” He still hadnt moved, but at least he wasnt getting out of the truck. “I want to show you what Ive got on under this skirt.”
         Thank god for his healthy libido. A lecherous grin spread across his face as he flicked his gaze to her hemline. “Please tell me the answer is nothing.” She waited for his gaze to hit hers again before offering a slow nod. His already smoldering interest caught a burst of oxygen from her answer, and while he slid his seat back with his left hand, his right arm was hauling her into his lap. “We gotta stop fighting, babe.”
         “We werent fighting,” she whispered.
         “We were doing something,” he muttered as he arranged her thighs on either side of his, his thumbs pressing hard into soft flesh. “And it wasnt this.”

What Once Was Perfect (Book #1)

She shuttered her heart and walked away. Now he has a second chance to get it right.

Kyle and Laney shared a perfect summer 12 years ago, and have never moved past their breakup. Now she’s back for the holidays and they have a chance to work out things out and move on with their lives. But moving on doesn’t make sense when you’ve finally reconnected with the only person you’ve ever truly loved.


From What Once Was Perfect

They sat like that for almost an hour. At one point, Kyle was convinced that she had fallen asleep, but he didnt want to risk losing the moment, and he couldnt see her face without shifting. Her head was tucked under his chin, and he didnt mind, because her hair smelled amazing, an intoxicating blend of honey and some kind of fruit. Thank god her ass was perched high on his thigh and her legs were bent over his other arm, because in the space beneath he had developed a brutal erection. He couldnt remember ever being this turned on by cuddling before, except maybe in those first few weeks of dating when they were still working on rounding all the bases.
            He remembered every single day of that spring, the long string of her firsts: Laney slowly peeling off her t-shirt in the barn, then crossing her arms against her chest; her sliding across the bench in his truck, straddling him, grinding her jean-clad pussy against his cock; getting completely naked in a hotel room after the Science Society Formal Ball, wanting to punch a hole in the wall after their only condom broke. Laney had made that night worthwhile anyway, sliding his cock between their bodies, holding herself open, rubbing against the length of him until they both shattered apart. Theyd spent the night twisted up in each other, and when Laney wrapped her warm little hand around him in the shower the next morning, he thought hed died and gone to heaven. He returned the pleasure before check out, and two weeks later when he moved into his first apartment, they had an entire box of condoms at the ready.
            She lifted her head and he was torn between wanting her to see where he had wandered in his mind, and hoping shed return to her original position so he could keep smelling her hair like a pervert. He didnt dare think that she might be wandering around the same spots on memory lane, even when she pressed her forehead against his chin, then rubbed up his face until her lips connected with his jaw. Kyle stifled a groan and eased her legs down to the ground, freeing his arm to press between their bodies.
            “Laney, sweetheart, thats not a good idea.” Its brilliant, asshole, shut up. He could barely grind out the words. His body was not on board with being noble.
            “Probably not.” She pressed against his hand, flat against her upper chest, stretching her body to reconnect with his face, and the upper swell of her breast filled his palm. This time the groan was louder. “Tell me to stop.”
            “Were going to regret this.” Freud would have a field day with what was going in his head. Baser instincts were definitely gaining traction.
            “Probably. Tell me to stop.” Her lips found the corner of his mouth, at an angle, and then her face turned again and they were sharing the barest of open mouth kisses, her bottom lip resting on his, pressing it down. Her eyes were wide, pupils dark and full of want. He didnt see any hesitation, only heat, and his resolve slipped. One kiss. He let her breath slip into his mouth, hot and moist, and he was lost, disoriented in a mixed fog of memories and unfulfilled fantasies.
            With a slight jerk, his extended arm relaxed, allowing Laney to crawl back on his lap, straddling his hips this time, and she looked down at his erection with a smirk. “I knew you didnt want me to stop.”
            “Wanting you to stop and knowing you should are two different things. Hell no, I dont want you to stop.” He dragged a ragged breath into his chest and ran his hands down the sides of her body, squeezing her hips, tracing over her thighs and then up again, harder this time, sliding his palms under her sweater and over the thin cotton tank top hiding underneath. “But I don’t want you to hate me, either.”
            “Im not an innocent college kid anymore, Kyle.” She wiggled her hips, trying to slide closer to the bulge in his jeans. “I like sex. You make me think of sex. Im all fired up from fighting. Lets go.”
            It should have been an ardour-dousing wakeup call, the casual offer of something that was once so special to her, to them. The higher-thinking part of his brain was protesting that something was wrong, that Laney couldnt possibly want a booty call, but all Kyle could focus on was the easy confidence that she had gained, how she must have gained it, and his primal need to re-possess that which he had lost took over. He could hear raspy need in his voice and he didnt care. “Now its your turn to tell me to stop, sweetheart.”

Where Their Hearts Collide (Book #2)

The girl next door meets the cop of her dreams at exactly the wrong time.

Karen’s finally decided what she wants to do when she grows up. Too bad it’ll mean leaving behind her new neighbour, who’s stirred up a different kind of grown up feelings. But when he rebuffs her attempt to have a fling before she leaves Wardham, Karen knows it’s for the best. A clean break, no messy emotional entanglements. Too bad Paul’s right next door, and everywhere she goes. And he makes a pretty convincing case for getting entangled.

The Wardham Series continues: pick up When They Weren’t Looking (Book #3), available now, and look for Beyond Love and Hate, a Wardham novella coming in June 2014.

From Where Their Hearts Collide

“I need to apologize for what happened when you met Susan.”
         She really didnt want to talk about that. Ever, but definitely not at that moment. “Its fine.
         “Its not even a little bit fine.” He rubbed his thumb over her bottom lip. “Ive missed you.”
         Behind her eyelids, hot pressure was building up. “Dont,” she whispered. “Just kiss me and lets pretend, just for this afternoon—”
         “I don’t want to pretend, Karen.” His voice was low and soothing, hypnotic. If she wasnt careful, the walls around her heart would crumble before she even noticed. “I…I want to explain.”
         “No!” She gasped the word. “Please dont.” She crawled into his lap and pressed hungry, needy little kisses over his jaw and down his neck as she reached for the buttons on his pressed shirt.
         His hands closed over hers and he tugged them into her lap. He choked out her name and tipped his forehead to lean against her chin. “Thats not a good idea.”
         She wanted to weep. It was the first thing that had felt right all day. Longer than that. For weeks, shed been hollow. Hed given her a taste of being something special, and she wanted that again. She didnt want nice words or kindness. She wanted what shed never had before. To be irresistible. She wanted to make him want her like she wanted him.
         But she was in his lap. She could feel that he did. And even though she knew he would stop her again, she rocked against his erection, and at his stifled groan, she let the tears fall. It shouldnt be this hard. 

About the Author:

Zoe York lives in London, Ontario with her young family. She has an English degree and works at a university, so it was probably a foregone conclusion that she'd write a romance novel one day. She's currently chugging Americanos, wiping sticky fingers, and plotting super-secret books about heroes in and out of uniform. | Twitter

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