Audra North writes steamy contemporaries featuring strong heroines and the men who fall in love with them. Her most recent release, Midlife Crisis, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.
SWAT officer Ben Crewes has never forgotten the mystery woman whose voice comforted him in the night after he was shot by a hostage taker . A voice he never managed to connect with a face.
Years later, a chance encounter with reporter Nina Lang feels strangely familiar, and although he regards bloodsucking newshounds with the same contempt as perps, he feels something he hasn’t felt since that sexy voice soothed him in the darkness.
Long ago, Nina learned the risks involved with men in dangerous professions. But by the time she realizes he belongs to the voice from that long-ago night, the connection sizzling between them is too hot to stamp out without leaving a mark on her soul.
The smart move would be to walk away. Before she gives in to the kind of heat that forges futures—the kind that could simply end in another painful memory.
If Beatrice Lawrence didn’t know better, she’d swear the universe is out to make sure she is totally, completely screwed. It’s not enough her family’s restrictive rules drove her away from home at a young age. She had to go and fall for a guy whose mere presence heats her body like Death Valley.
Except he seems to harbor a special brand of dislike, just for her. He even seems intent on ruining one of her biggest wedding photography gigs by dodging every key shot to make a phone call.
It’s not that SWAT officer Warren Davis isn’t attracted to Beatrice. He is. God, he is. But between supporting his parents and helping raise his single-mom sister’s kid, there’s no time to build a relationship.
Besides, Beatrice is too innocent for some of his darker…appetites. Until she catches him on the phone with a professional Domme. He must be crazy to let her talk him into hiring her instead. Even crazier to risk letting their professional relationship get personal…
Warning: Contains an out-of-her-element, wannabe Domme who has no idea the power she wields, and a SWAT officer who can’t wait to show her just how deeply he needs her command. Buckle up and keep your safeword handy.
Detective Derek Brewer believes in the clear dividing line between right and wrong. Years ago, his twin brother Alden fell on the wrong side of that line and Derek has never forgiven Alden for it. But lately Alden has been working hard to change his ways, so when he asks—no, begs—Derek to pose as him for a few days in order to help him out, Derek reluctantly agrees despite the misgivings of his conscience.
Toni Park is desperate to save her older brother from the grip of a terrible drug addiction. She’s put her life on hold to move back home and help him, but every day he seems to be slipping further from her grasp. When she meets Alden Brewer, she sees in the darkly sexy man the potential for a little selfish fun, even if only for a short time. Little does she realize that he’s not who he says he is.
Derek doesn’t want to lie to Toni, but he doesn’t have a choice when Alden’s future is at stake. He consoles himself with the knowledge that their intense affair is only temporary and no one will actually get hurt when it ends. But when their relationship grows deeper, the truth could end up costing them both more than they imagined…
Book 1: In the Fast Lane
Race car driver Kerri Hart might be the only female driver in the circuit, but she refuses to work with potential sponsors like Colt Hardware—men in suits who think being a woman in the sport means she should pose for commercials wearing skintight leather and a kiss-me pout on her lips. But that hardline stance, plus the image problem she’s facing because of an idiot ex-boyfriend, ends up leaving Hart Racing with no potential sponsors. Not a good position to be in for a family business that’s already got financial problems.
When her brother Grady surprises her with the news that he’s up and sold a majority portion of Hart Racing to Colt Hardware, angry doesn’t even begin to describe how Kerri feels. But Colt’s majority control over the business means she doesn’t have a choice but to work with holier-than-thou Ranger Colt, the rep in charge of turning Hart Racing around.
Colt’s investment provides a little financial relief, but Ranger’s plan to pretend to be engaged so they can fix Kerri’s image problem? Sure, she’s noticed how attractive he is, but the only reason she agrees is for the sake of her team—guys whose livelihoods depend on the success of Hart Racing. Ranger is too arrogant, too bossy, and—when she’s willing to be honest with herself—too good to be true.
Neither can deny the crackling chemistry between them, but at the end of the season, will their engagement be nothing more than a memorable performance, or can they stop pretending long enough to see just how real their relationship is?
Grady Hart is ready to move on. He’s been crew chief for Hart Racing for years because they couldn’t afford to hire anyone else. But now, with an influx of cash comes opportunity: Grady wants to quit Hart Racing and start his own company. The only hitch? He needs to find someone to replace him and then train that person up to do his job before the next season gets underway. The last person he’d expected to want the position is the very lovely, very proper Annabelle Murray, the literal Girl Next Door who’s definitely grown up since high school.
Annabelle came back to town after her divorce, feeling that her life was at an all-time low. Broke, with no contacts left in Charlotte since she left years before, she’s forced to move back in with her mother—which means also living with her mother’s impossibly high, restrictive standards of ladylike behavior. Annabelle is desperate to start over. She’s more than willing to take the chance to prove herself as crew chief. But Momma’s disapproval is the least of her worries when Annabelle realizes that her crush on Grady Hart is developing into a full-blown distraction. Because no matter how wonderful Grady is, is he just another man who blocks Annabelle’s path to independence?
The pre-race press conference was one of the last places that racecar driver Ty Riggs would have thought of when it came to meeting women, especially because he took so much care to keep his guard up when answering questions. But one look at the pretty blonde in the back—a reporter he’d never seen before—had him immediately thinking of nothing but getting much more personal.
Corrine Bellowes is on a mission to prove that she’s more than just a pretty face, which is tough enough already in the male-dominated world of sports reporting. She’s determined to keep things professional, but when Ty Riggs starts pursuing her, it becomes even more of a challenge, because she’s also got a secret that has everything to do with Ty’s future in racing.
But with a growing undeniable chemistry between them, Cori eventually finds it impossible to keep her distance. Will her decision to get closer to Ty end up destroying not only her career, but Ty’s, as well?
When Bríd Gallagher’s coach breaks down in the middle of a muddy road in West Ireland, she hardly expects that the man of her dreams will be the one to come to her rescue. After all, she is engaged–affianced to a man twice her age in a desperate attempt to save her family from poverty. When Gavin O’Leary appears and awakens an impossible desire in her, Bríd can hardly afford–quite literally–to succumb to the temptation of a village blacksmith.
Gavin cannot wait to quit his village and make his way to Dublin. He is tired of the unpleasant rumors that have plagued him for far too long, and the suspicious looks from those he once considered friends. Pursuing a woman like Bríd Gallagher is hardly a complication he needs to introduce into his life. Besides, she’s already spoken for.
But even the best intentions can sometimes be forgotten in the wake of such powerful attraction. When Bríd and Gavin find themselves closer than either of them expected, a future together is suddenly within sight… but without a stroke of luck on their side, will their happily ever after end up still too far out of reach to take hold of?
He says she’s a nuisance. She thinks he’s a jerk. Together they might be the perfect match.
Riordan Faraday is about to reach his breaking point. He’s got art classes to teach, a needy mum to care for, and most importantly, a painting to finish. But without time or inspiration, he hasn’t been able to paint a thing and it’s driving him mad. So when a silly American girl shows up on his doorstep with a wild proposal, he shoots her down perhaps a bit more harshly than she deserves…but it’s for the best. He can’t afford any more distractions at the moment, especially not beautiful brown-eyed ones.
Samantha Meyer—Sam, to her friends—is on a mission to find her late grandmother’s necklace. The long-lost piece of jewelry is the only thing she has left of Gram and Sam is determined to see that dream fulfilled before she returns home to New Jersey and takes up the reins of the family business. But she wasn’t counting on a sexy, surly painter to stand in her way.
One frustrated Irishman. One out-of-her-element American. They should have nothing in common, but each might be just what the other is looking for…
Fifteen years ago, Michael Faraday’s best friend walked out of his life without so much as a goodbye when her family moved to America. He managed to convinced himself that it didn’t matter… after all, they’d been only teenagers when it happened. But when he hears that she’s back in Ireland, even if only temporarily, feelings he thought had been buried long ago come rushing to the surface.
Aoife Fitzpatrick can think of a thousand places she’d rather be than Dublin, but it’s simply too difficult to establish a European headquarters for her cosmetics company from thousands of miles away. Her plan is to be in Ireland for only as long as it takes to get the ball rolling. As soon as she can, she’ll leave this country with its unhappy memories and hopefully won’t return for another fifteen years at least.
When Michael Faraday suddenly reappears in her life, Aoife realizes that her teenage crush on him has evolved into a very adult attraction. With their lives built firmly and separately across the expanse of an ocean, can she keep her emotions from becoming involved this time? Or will she find herself fleeing Ireland in heartbreak all over again?
Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.
Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.
No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can’t bring himself to fully embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.
A tricky ghost treats a lonely librarian to another chance at love…
Wilford town librarian Marnie Thomas has had too much loss to risk her heart ever again. She buries her hurt in books and finds her friends in stories, even though she longs for love and a family of her own.
Real estate developer Collin Morgan is back in town on Halloween to help his sister, but the last person he expected to see at his niece’s story hour is Marnie Thomas. The shy, awkward girl he remembered from high school has turned into a beautiful—but still shy—woman, and Collin can’t help the desire that rises up when he sees her.
But this year, the magic of Halloween conjures a wisecracking, cigar-smoking ghost named Bill in the library archives, frightening Marnie out from behind her books. Bill does everything in his power to bring Marnie and Collin together…but he can’t make them fall in love. Before the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, will Marnie finally open up to a second chance at happiness, or will she be forever haunted by the past?