Read an excerpt from the O'Connor Family Series by Katie Reus

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Merry Christmas, Baby:

Warm up with a sexy holiday tale of love and romance from USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus…

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor.

When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance.

Tease Me, Baby:

She never wanted perfection, but that’s what she finds.

Pastry chef, Fallon O’Connor is torn between her dreams and her obligations.  Right before she reluctantly sets off for a degree she doesn’t want, she’s reeling from a mind-blowing encounter with Mr. Perfect.  But one sexy, toe-curling kiss isn’t nearly enough when a Boy Scout like Sheriff Fulton lights her fire.

After one delectable taste, he’s never letting her go.

Brad Fulton would do anything for more time with Fallon.  After all, he’s wanted a chance with her ever since she moved back to town.  And just when things start to heat up, Fallon starts packing her bags—for a future without him.  Now, it’s up to Brad to show Fallon that everything she’s ever wanted is right in Holly, North Carolina. But can Fallon trust her heart enough to stay?

Length: NOVELLA

It’s Me Again, Baby:

She lost him once…

Years ago Samantha made a mistake and lost a chance at something real with Maguire O’Connor. Now that she’s living in Holly again, she knows seeing him is inevitable. But the last thing she ever expected was to take him on as a client.

Now they have a second chance…

Maguire never got over Sam. Thanks to a meddling family member, he mistakenly hires Sam as his real estate agent. With her in his sights again, he’s not letting her go. But someone from her past followed her back to Holly with a sinister intent. Now Maguire will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he intends to claim as his forever.

Mistletoe Me, Baby:

She needs a fake fiancé…

With the holidays fast approaching, Miranda Flores makes up a fake fiancé so her well-meaning family will get off her back. She just never expected them to suddenly show up on her doorstep a couple weeks before Christmas, wanting to spend the holidays with her. So she turns to Nolan O’Connor, her sexy best friend, and asks him for the favor of a lifetime: she needs him to act the part of her fiancé until her parents leave town.

He wants forever…

Pretending to be engaged to the woman he’s already fallen for? No problem. Nolan agrees to Miranda’s fake engagement scheme because as far as he’s concerned, she’s the one. But he plays his role too well, because soon the entire town thinks they’re engaged and things get more complicated—especially since he can’t pretend with her anymore. Then tragedy strikes and Miranda tries to shut him out, but Nolan won’t let her. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her that he wants to make her his forever.

Excerpt

Mistletoe Me, Baby

Copyright © 2017 Katie Reus

Miranda’s heart skipped a beat when she heard the doorbell. It had to be him.

Nolan O’Connor, the man who starred in all her fantasies. With clear blue eyes she could get lost in, and a body that made her weak in the knees, he was walking, talking sex. Not that it was the only reason she was attracted to him. Oh yes, when they’d first met, she’d nearly lost her breath he was so good looking. But after getting to know him—she still couldn’t figure out how he was single.

He was always kind to her nephew, helped out at the community center with free labor and coaching, and was quick to help her out if she needed it. Usually when she didn’t even ask for it. She’d actually stopped asking him to assist with anything because he wouldn’t take any payment. And food didn’t count. Tonight she’d made an exception because it was freezing outside and she had four loads of laundry—and really didn’t want to lug everything down to the local laundry mat.

Okay that was mostly true. She’d missed getting to talk to Nolan today and needed her ‘fix’. Ugh. So pathetic. She loved spending time with him and was glad that they didn’t have all the messy complications that a sexual relationship brought. They were just friends. Good friends.

She wanted more, but no way was that happening. Because even if he was interested in her—and clearly he wasn’t or a man like him would have made a move by now—she had too much to deal with right now to even think about dating. As Mateo’s legal guardian for the foreseeable future, she had too much on her plate.

Taking a deep breath, she pulled the door open and tried to steel herself—as always—to see him. It was a fruitless effort as he still took her breath away. Over six feet tall, his shoulders were broad and his jacket and T-shirt couldn’t hide the muscular chest he was hiding. His jet-black hair was cut short, but he’d grown a bit of scruff in the last week—making him even sexier.

“Hey, thank you for coming over. I really appreciate it.” She could feel her cheeks flush and cursed her reaction. If he noticed, he’d never let on.

He made a sort of grunting sound and glanced around as he stepped inside, as if looking for someone. Around him, she always felt small, which made sense given his size. She wondered who he was looking for—

“Mateo’s gone,” she said.

He nodded. “How are you handling it?”

“I’m good.” Her voice sounded a little too high pitched even to her own ears. Because she wasn’t handling it as well as she’d thought she would.

He just raised his eyebrows as he slid off his jacket and hung it on the coat rack.

“Gah, fine, I’m not okay,” she said, shutting the door behind him. “The house is so quiet. I’m happy for him. I really am, I just… miss him. Which is stupid because he’s been gone for three hours. And I keep having all these worst-case scenarios running through my head, like what if the bus runs off a cliff or what if he breaks his leg on the slopes or… Now I’m rambling and sound kind of insane.”

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About the Author

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.

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