Acute Reactions (Practice Perfect #1)
Petra and Ian
The man with allergies never gets the girl, at least according to the movies—and Portland restaurateur Ian Zamora wants to be the guy who gets the girl. To rid himself of the sensitivities brought on by his sometimes-girlfriend's cat, he makes an appointment with allergist Petra Lale. But he suddenly finds himself acutely attracted to the very woman who is supposed to be helping him take care of his problem.
Petra is intrigued by Ian's quiet strength and sexy body, but her solo practice is new and struggling. She can't afford to compromise her ethics—or risk her medical license—by dating a patient. Falling in love certainly wasn't this doctor's order.
Notes and tropes: forbidden love; beta hero; medical; female friendship
CW depression, self esteem, anxiety, mother-daughter relationships
Hard Knocks (Practice Perfect #2)
Helen and Adam
Neurologist Helen Chang Frobisher is on a mission to ban hockey from Portland to prevent the kind of concussive brain injury that plagues her father. Luckless Oregon Wolves player Adam Magnus is desperately trying to secure his career and his retirement despite his young team's dismal record.
But while Adam and Helen spar over the future of the sports franchise, in private, they find themselves battling an impossible attraction. Will their relationship end up in the penalty box, or are they a winning combination?
Notes and tropes: enemies to lovers; opposites attract; hockey; concussion; medical; female friendship
CW Parkinsonism, angry depression, parental decline, dementia
Clean Breaks (Practice Perfect #3)
Sarah and Jake
Sarah Soon may have recovered from cancer—in body—but her brush with mortality has left the usually confident ob/gyn shaken about her future and herself. One thing is certain, she doesn't want Jake Li, her brother's annoyingly good—and disturbingly hot—best friend hanging around while she sorts herself out.
Everyone tells freshly divorced social worker Jake Li that he shouldn't be looking for a serious relationship right now, especially one with Sarah Soon. But Jake doesn't want let go of the irrepressible Sarah and Sarah can't keep away from soulful Jake. This is one break that neither of them can make.
Notes and tropes: enemies to lovers; reunited; best friend's little sister; recovering from illness; medical; female friendship
CW cancer, difficult family relationships
Practice Perfect: The Complete Series
Now available exclusively in e-book format: Acute Reactions, Hard Knocks, and Clean Breaks, in one handy-dandy, easy-to-digest (and relatively inexpensive) bundle.
Three peppery heroines, three hard-bodied (and mush-hearted) heroes, three happily ever afters—all else confusion. Plus, furtive masturbation, unruly pets, kale puns, Jimmy jokes, and much, much more!
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Playing House (Uptown #1)
Fay and Oliver
Real romance blossoms between thirtysomething Asian-American city planners Fay Liu and Oliver Huang as they tour historic Harlem homes while posing as newlyweds. Open houses become the backdrop of their pretend play. Exposed brick meets exposed emotions, walk-in closets open up closed-off feelings. And in life, as in real estate, they find themselves asking what they really want--and what they can truly afford. Coming August 12, 2019, from Carina Press. Standalone. First in a loosely related three-novella series set in Harlem.
Notes and tropes: fake relationship; friends-to-lovers; (slightly) older MCs; real estate; burnout; family
CW harassment, depression, anxiety, difficult family relationships
Open House (Uptown #2)
Magda and Ty
Rugged accountant Tyson Yang butts heads with debt-ridden real estate associate Magda Ferrer over an empty-lot-turned-urban garden in Harlem. This books also features sexy dumpling eating, a stately townhouse, an NYC blackout, and lots and lots of zucchini. (And also "zucchini.") Coming November 11, 2019, from Carina Press. Standalone. Second in a loosely related three-novella series set in Harlem.
Notes and tropes: enemies-to-lovers; forced proximity; food; real estate; student debt; burnout; family
CW cancer, difficult family relationships; microaggressions
House Rules (Uptown #3)
Lana and Simon
Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kuo are long divorced, but after being offered a deal on a Harlem townhouse apartment, they find themselves living together once more. Also features noodles, a Steinway piano, and an asshole cat. Coming February 10, 2020, from Carina Press. Standalone. Third in a loosely related three-novella series set in Harlem.
Notes and tropes: lovers reunited; second chance; roommates; food; real estate; burnout; older MCs
CW difficult family relationships, chronic illness
"The Long Run" in Rogue Acts (Uptown -ish)
Annie and Monroe
Harlem stalwart Monroe Webb is reluctantly drawn to cheeky gentrifier Annie Wu, who has moved in across the hall. Annie knows that Monroe opposed her bid for a space in his building, but she can't help but be fascinated by his style and his dedication to local causes. Can these neighbors mend fences or are they better off breaking them down?
Rogue Acts, book 3 of the Rogue series of contemporary, resistance romance anthologies. Featuring new stories by Stacey Agdern, Jane Lee Blair, Ainsley Booth, Andie J. Christopher, Olivia Dade, Ruby Lang, and Molly O'Keefe.
Notes and tropes: enemies to lovers; neighbors; older MCs; opposites attract; burnout; CW current affairs
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