Lipstick Diaries: Chemical Reaction

LIPSTICK DIARIES…WHERE KISS AND TELL ARE REQUIRED.
FOUR SINGLE VIBRANT WOMEN. ONE PACT. FOUR SENSUAL LOVE STORIES.


CHEMICAL REACTION

Five years ago, Simone Austin walked away from Chris Alexander, the possible love of her life. Their mad chemistry still haunts her, and no other man has been able to live up to the man she left behind. Tired of being single, Simone, two of her cousins, and her best friend make a pact. They vow to be sexually fierce, completely open, and purposeful in getting what they each want from men.

Even second chances.

After a thirst-trapping pic of Simone is posted on IG, she receives plenty of male attention, including a private message from Chris. Simone can feel the heat through his words and decides to reconnect. Soon old insecurities seep in, and Simone questions if she’s too afraid to get burned again to take another risk on Chris.

**This is a follow-up to Chemistry and the beginning of Lipstick Diaries**

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Just in time for the holidays, dive into this second-chance romance of love after the happily ever…

ALL TRE LASALLE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS IS HIS WIFE…

With his upcoming re-election bid, new conflict with his former rival/best friend, and his approaching holiday party, Tre needs his wife more than ever. And since Raini has been preoccupied with their temperamental infant son and her own thriving art gallery, Tre may not get his wish.

*This story can be read as a standalone or as a part of the Unforgettable Series.*

Pre-Order Available for Unforgettable Christmas

I can’t wait for those Unforgettable fans to read Unforgettable Christmas…it’ll be a short, spicy, and sweet continuation of Tre and Raini’s journey of love now that they are married with a baby.

Just in time for the holidays, dive into this second-chance romance of love after the happily ever…

ALL TRE LASALLE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS IS HIS WIFE…

With his upcoming re-election bid, new conflict with his former rival/best friend, and his approaching holiday party, Tre needs his wife more than ever. And since Raini has been preoccupied with their temperamental infant son and her own thriving art gallery, Tre may not get his wish.

*This story can be read as a standalone or as a part of the Unforgettable Series.*

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Forever Begins is now live!

EVERY LOVE STORY WANTS A FOREVER AFTER.

Alonzo “Zo” Taylor was the number one worldwide hip-hop artist when a sex scandal destroyed it all. Now five years later, he’s become an angry recluse, preferring solitude and loneliness to the full life he once enjoyed. Until he encounters a teen who reminds him of his past. And a woman that makes him believe in a future.

Sage Parker, a single mother and bartender in Las Vegas is inexplicably drawn to the handsome stranger who frequents her lounge utterly alone. Decidedly celibate and too busy keeping her wayward teenager on the right side of the law to think about love, she resists the gravitational pull of Alonzo. After an unexpected incident forces them into close quarters, Sage and Alonzo decide to take a chance on forever.

Inspired to create and perform again, Alonzo wants the fiercely independent Sage by his side as he faces the family and the world he left behind. As challenges face them, Alonzo worries Sage may be unable to embrace all it means to be with him. Blindsided by the magnitude of his star power, Sage is thrust into a spotlight and a life she never wanted. And Sage begins to doubt their love story will end in the forever after they both so desire.

COVER REVEAL OF FOREVER BEGINS!

The latest in the FANtasy series, Forever Begins, is my next WIP. I’m working diligently to get it out to you before the year is out!!

Alonzo “Zo” Taylor was the number one hip-hop artist in the world when a sex scandal destroyed it all.  Now five years later, he’s become an angry recluse, preferring solitude and loneliness to the abundant life he once enjoyed.  Until he encounters a teen who reminds him of his past. And a woman that makes him believe in the future. 

A reclusive musician is inspired to perform again by a beautiful, feisty bartender.

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You take away my numbness and make me believe in the sun on a rainy day. – Aaron Youngblood

BLURB:

SHE WAS EVERYTHING HE NEVER THOUGHT HE WANTED…

Aaron Youngblood thought he had it all. A beautiful wife, a gorgeous home, and a thriving business. He never expected his secret to be revealed or be blindsided by heartbreak. Still reeling from the ultimate betrayal of his brother and wife, Aaron finds himself seeking casual relationships, no longer believing in marriage, and unable to trust others.

Except he can’t stop thinking about LaTisha Blackwell, a no-nonsense single mother who has had her own issues with trust, especially for men like the charismatic Aaron. And he can’t quite understand why he is so irresistibly drawn to a woman whose everything he never thought he wanted in a woman and his ex-wife’s best friend.

As Aaron battles his lingering anger and resentment about the demise of his marriage and revisits the past, he wonders if he will be able to learn from his mistakes and find love again. More importantly, can he truly forgive the one person he never thought would hurt him?

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Blurb:

SHE WAS EVERYTHING HE NEVER THOUGHT HE WANTED…

Aaron Youngblood thought he had it all. A beautiful wife, a gorgeous home, and a thriving business. He never expected his secret to be revealed or be blindsided by heartbreak. Still reeling from the ultimate betrayal of his brother and wife, Aaron finds himself seeking casual relationships, no longer believing in marriage, and unable to trust others.

Except he can’t stop thinking about LaTisha Blackwell, a no-nonsense single mother who has had her own issues with trust, especially for men like the charismatic Aaron. And he can’t quite understand why he is so irresistibly drawn to a woman whose everything he never thought he wanted in a woman and his ex-wife’s best friend.

As Aaron battles his lingering anger and resentment about the demise of his marriage and revisits the past, he wonders if he will be able to learn from his mistakes and find love again. More importantly, can he truly forgive the one person he never thought would hurt him?

EXCERPT:

Dominick opened my car door with the widest gap-toothed smile like mine and hurried to my car. Joy spread through my core at the only constant in my life, the love I have for my son. He would be a much better man than me, and I could see it in his patience and kind regard for everyone he met. I stepped out of the car and grabbed him in a chokehold playfully. “Can you break loose?”

He struggled, though I held fast. Every time he grew stronger, I had to fight harder to hold on to him. I’d been doing this with him since he was five, looking forward to the day he would be strong enough to win.

I heard Vonni’s soft voice, which always reminded me of a girl instead of a woman. “When are you going to stop grappling with that boy? One day you’re going to hurt him.”

“No, he won’t.” Dominick panted, and he fought harder, determined to break free.

“Did Aaron used to do that to you?” she asked someone.

“Yeah, and he won’t hurt him.”

I looked up at the sound of Kari’s voice. And Dominick used the slackness in my body to slide out of my arms. I slumped against my car as Dominick jumped around in victory. Bakari Youngblood, my younger brother who invoked so many painful emotions, stood at the door with his hands in his jean pockets with a half-smile. “Hey, Ron Ron.”

Barely nodding my head in acknowledgment, I wondered why through the swirl of emotions, I detected a sense of relief rather than the anger I expected at seeing my brother again.

Warily, I looked at Kari, whose anxious expression ironically reminded me of the little brother I’d always protected. He remained near the front door, probably uncertain if he should approach me.

Vonni nervously wrung her hands as she walked toward me. “I invited Kari to come after he told me he didn’t think it was a good idea.” Dominick had the chance to be ranked nationally in tennis if he at least finished in the top four. He’d already been ranked third in his junior division in Florida. “You and he are Dominick’s family, and this tournament is important.”

I spoke low, “You shouldn’t have done that.”

Dominick stopped celebrating his victory over me and grabbed my hand, pulling me toward Kari. “Come on, Dad. This is my most important tournament ever. I need both of you here. It’s bad enough Nanee and Grandpa can’t make it.” My father had a Cardiology conference this weekend in Sacramento and was one of the speakers.

Vonni nodded enthusiastically and hurried to Kari, tugging him to me. We met midway on the pebbled path to her home. Kari offered his hand, his slightly haunted eyes pleading with me, with only a hint of his twin deep dimples. He needed a shave and a haircut, or maybe this was his new look since he still appeared strong and healthy.

I looked at his outstretched hand for a long moment before taking it in mine. Once I did, he grabbed me into a hug and apologized near my ear, “I’m sorry for hurting you.”

Trying desperately to hold on to my emotional brick wall that threatened to crumble at seeing his vulnerability, I held my arms tightly around him. He looked like he did when he was sixteen, and I had to quickly block out the flashback of that horrible day years ago.

We pulled apart, and I averted my gaze toward the front door, not yet ready for the healing we both needed. Healing meant true forgiveness, and I’m still unwilling to accept his apology for the intentional act of stealing my wife away from me.

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SHE’S THE ONLY WOMAN HE WANTS BUT CAN’T HAVE. HE’S THE ONLY MAN SHE CAN’T RESIST. IF THEY GIVE IN TO TEMPTATION, THEY WILL LOSE IT ALL…

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BLURB (WARNING: SCENE MAY BE TOO 🔥)

“You like what you see?” He grinned and sipped on a beer, still standing in front of the fridge.

“You should put on a shirt when you’re a guest in someone’s home.” I ignored his question. I was grateful it was too dark in here to see my blush.

“And you shouldn’t walk around naked when you have guests.”

I crossed my arms. “I’m not naked.”

“You are beneath that robe.” He tilted his head to slowly peruse my body, making me hot for him.

I could kick myself for walking out of my bedroom with just a robe. Aaron and I usually slept in the nude, which I did even when he was out of town. “Could you just go back to bed? You’re so annoying.”

He leaned on the counter next to the fridge, holding the door open for me, forcing me to move closer to him. I rolled my eyes at him and pushed his hand out of the way.

Bakari laughed. “Let me not stand in the way.”

The tension between us was crazy thick, and I couldn’t concentrate enough to do something as simple as get a bottle out of the refrigerator. “Hey, listen. I’m sorry about earlier. I shouldn’t have said what I did.”

“I don’t want to talk about it.” I got irritated thinking about his assumptions about my marriage and my feelings toward him all over again.

“Because you know that I’m right. I should have approached you differently, but you know I’m right,” he spoke in a softer tone.

“Leave me alone, Bakari.” I slammed the refrigerator door without getting anything and turned to rush back to the safety of my bedroom. Suddenly, he captured my hand in his and put his beer down on the counter before pulling me to him.

“Let me go. What are you doing?” I whispered angrily, afraid Leela could walk in any minute. Not that I cared about her. I just didn’t want her to tell Aaron if she caught us.

Gone was his playful expression, replaced with longing. “No, the question is: what are you doing to me? I can’t stop thinking about you. About our kiss all those years ago at my graduation and then again on your wedding day.”

He seemed so earnest that my feelings of indignation dissipated, and I looked down at the hand that still held mine. “You have to forget about that. I had a moment of weakness, and I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

“Oh, so I’m the only one that has dreams of us making love?”

I closed my eyes because I’d had those dreams ever since I’d met him. “It doesn’t matter, Bakari, and besides what about Linda?” I said dismissively, pressing my other hand against his chest, trying to keep distance between us.

“Leela,” he corrected. “You know her name. Jealous?”

“Of what? Let me go before Lila comes in here.” I tried to break free, but he put both of his arms around me and leaned in to kiss me. I turned my head, so he kissed my cheek. Although the touch of his full lips on my cheek made me tingle, I knew I had to stop this madness. “Come on, you have to stop.”

“What if I can’t?” He nibbled on my neck.

Oh my God, his strong arms were now around my waist. Enjoying his full lips on my neck, loving his natural scent, and feeling his thick length against my thigh made me languid with desire. My nipples were sensitive to the fact that only thin material separated me from his bare chest. I resisted placing my arms around his neck and let them hang limply at my sides. He put the pressure on, and I failed as Tisha had predicted.

When Bakari inched his way back to my lips, I placed both of my hands on his face and leaned back to look into his sexy eyes. “Hey, whatever this is between us has to stop. You have to leave me alone. We are in your brother’s house. I am his wife. We could hurt two people deeply. I could lose my husband, and you’d lose your brother. Forever. Not to mention your fiancée or whoever the hell she is, who’s sleeping right upstairs—”

“Right now, the only person who matters is standing in front of me.” He kissed me softly. Damn, those lips made it impossible for me to not respond when he opened my mouth with his tongue. I wrapped my arms around his strong neck and gave in to his sweet kiss. He felt so good I never wanted this kiss to end. He cupped my ass and lifted me onto the counter. I made a soft sound of protest and tried to close my legs, but his strong hands held them open.

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THE EXPERIENCE IS NOW LIVE

WHAT HAPPENS IN JAMAICA STAYS IN JAMAICA…

All work and later for play has always been Nikki Wade’s motto. Until the enticingly hot yet complicated Bakari Youngblood convinces her otherwise while at a conference in Jamaica. After a tough emotional two years of pain and loneliness and one night of unexpected passion with Bakari, Nikki gives in to his request to be uninhibited. And soon, she re-discovers herself and realizes that love is possible again. But is that love possible with Bakari who seems to be holding something back?

*This is a prequel of sorts to the Forbidden Trilogy*