Ravenswood Series (Books 1-3) by Talia Hibbert (Contemporary Romance) - Paperback
Book 1: A Girl Like Her
She's the town pariah. He doesn't give a damn.
In Ruth Kabbah's world, comic books are king, silence is golden, and human contact is a pesky distraction. She doesn't like people, which works out just fine, because the people in this small town don't like her. The exception to that rule? Evan Miller, her way-too-charming next-door neighbour...
Ex-military man Evan is all tattooed muscle on the outside--and a big, cuddly teddy bear beneath. He's used to coaxing prickly people from their shells, but he's never met a woman quite like Ruth. Blunt, sarcastic, and secretly sad, she's his exact opposite. She's also his deepest desire.
Soon, Evan's steady patience and smouldering smiles are melting Ruth's reserve. But when small-town gossip from her past begins to poison her future, she's forced to make a choice. Should she trust Evan completely? Or is her heart safest alone?
Sleeping with the staff wasn't part of the plan.
Sensible, capable, and ruthlessly efficient, Hannah Kabbah is the perfect nanny... until a colossal mistake destroys her career and shatters her reputation. These days, no-one in town will hire her--except Nathaniel Davis, a brooding widower with a smile like sin and two kids he can't handle.
Prim and proper Hannah is supposed to make Nate's life easier, but the more time he spends around his live-in nanny, the more she makes things... hard. He can't take advantage of her vulnerable position, but he can't deny the truth, either: with every look, every smile, every midnight meeting, Nate's untouchable employee is stealing his heart.
The trouble is, she doesn't want to keep it. Forbidden love isn't high on Hannah's to-do list, and trust isn't one of her strengths. When dark secrets threaten to destroy their bond, Nate's forced to start playing dirty. Because this reformed bad boy will break every rule to finally claim his woman.
Book 3: That Kind of Guy
She wants a fake relationship. He needs something real.
If there's one thing Rae can't stand, it's pity. She's forty, frazzled, and fed up--so attending an awards ceremony alone while her ex swans about with his new wife? Not an option. To avoid total humiliation, Rae needs a date of her own. And her young, hot-as-hell new best friend is the perfect candidate...
Zach Davis, king of casual hookups, has a secret: the notorious womaniser craves emotional connection, and anonymous encounters leave him feeling hollow. After years of performance, Zach's desperate to be himself. So why does he agree to play Rae's fake boyfriend? And why does it feel so easy?
When the line between pretence and desire blurs, Zach's forced to face an unexpected truth: there's nothing phoney about his need for Rae. But the jaded divorcée's been hurt by playboy men before. Can a weekend of faking it prove that Zach's for real?