Against The Boards is now live!

It’s here! Against The Boards is finally here. This book has been a long time coming, so for all those who have been waiting for Benny and Rox’s story, I hope you enjoy it.

It’s one of my favorite books, but I do have to admit I’m so nervous for it to be out to the world. But I’ve worked incredibly hard on this book, so I’m proud of what I’ve done with it. It doesn’t make the nerves of release day any easier though.

BUT to celebrate the new release, I put book one, Take The Shot as FREE and Score Her Heart as $0.99. BUT only through March 6th, so make sure you grab them now before they go back to full price.



I hope you love Rox and Benny and enjoy reading their story. I love them so much, and they are so far my favorite couple (that I’ve published! I have others I may like even more!).



Against The Boards Playlist

Against the Boards comes out next week! So I’m sharing the book playlist again here. I’m also listening to it on repeat right now, NGL!

Here’s the list of songs:

“Roxanne” By The Police

“Cold Hard Bitch” By Jet

“King of Brooklyn” By Devil Doll

“Sweater Weather” By The Neighborhood

“Bisexual Anthem” By Doom Wilson

“Truth Hurts” By Lizzo

“Elevator Love Letter” By Stars

“I Was A Fool” By Tegan And Sara

“Dope on a Rope” By The Growlers

“The Suburbs” By Arcade Fire

“Howling For You” By The Black Keys

“Take me To Church” By Hozier

“Are You Gonna Be My Girl” By Jet

“Amber” By 311

“Kiss This” By The Struts

“She’s Kerosene” By The Interrupters

Against The Boards Excerpt #2

Against The Boards comes out in less than a week! EEEEK! I have to say I’m a little nervous, as I’ve only heard from a handful of readers about the book so far. But I’m also excited too, because I had to delay this book so many times, so it feels like a feat that it’s actually coming out now.

With that in mind, I’m giving you another sneak peek at it!


“You want to talk about it?” I asked carefully.

She groaned. “First, I hate when they order dinner for me. Second, he spent the whole date goading me for information on Tristan. He knew who I was when he bought me that drink. What a fucking fuckety fuck!” I tried not to laugh at her cursing, but she noticed and slapped my shoulder. “Don’t laugh about it!”

“I’m sorry. I’m not laughing at you, just your colorful language.”

She ran a hand down her throat, and my gaze dropped to her ample cleavage. God, this woman was a goddess. Was it wrong of me to fantasize about running my hands and my mouth all over her curvy body? 

I realized I was staring when she placed her hands on her hips and glared up at me. 

“We gonna talk about that kiss? What kind of person kisses a girl like that and then fucks off for a couple of days?” she seethed.

I exhaled. “I was trying to not get murdered. Sorry!”

She growled and muttered another insult that I couldn’t hear.

“Not that it’s any of your business, but I went to see my family,” I tried to explain.

She sighed and gave me an apologetic smile. “I’m sorry. I’m making this about me.”

My eyebrow shot up in surprise. “Holy shit. Mark this day. Roxanne Desjardins has apologized to me, Michael Bennett, for snapping at me for no reason!”

She gave me the finger. “Shut up! I’m just…” She trailed off and didn’t look me in the eye as she searched for the right word. “Frustrated.”

“Frustrated how?”

She gave me a pained look. “Horny.”


“Anyway, why did you kiss me that night? You hate me!”

I placed my hands against the kitchen island behind her, boxing her in and staring down at her. “We need to talk about you thinking I hate you.”

“You do!” she snarled.

I gritted my teeth. This woman and her constant need to argue was grating on my last nerve. As much as she infuriated me, I’d never said that I hated her. Sure she got under my skin, and she was combative as hell, but hate was a strong word. The same couldn’t be said for her, though; I thought she lived to hate me.

“I don’t hate you. You make me so goddamn frustrated, you infuriating woman.”

I’m infuriating? Are you for real?”

“You want to know why I kissed you?” I growled at her. 

“Yes! I wouldn’t have asked if I didn’t want to know. I swear, you’re the most insufferable man I’ve ever met!”

I leaned into her, closing her in against me so she couldn’t escape. She looked up at me with wild eyes that looked equal parts pissed off and horny. That was sure interesting to my lizard brain right about now.

“I kissed you that night because you were annoying me, and it shut you up.”

“Yeah? Is that what you want, to shut me up again?” 

“Is that the only way to get you to stop yelling at me? Do I need to shove my tongue or my dick in your mouth?”

“You don’t have the balls.”

“Fucking watch me,” I growled.

She cocked a dark eyebrow at me as if daring me. “Watch you do what?”

I grabbed her face in my hands and slanted my mouth against hers.


Against The Boards Excerpt #1

Hey, all! Can you believe it Against The Boards comes out in less than two weeks! Actually 12 days away! So I’m popping in with a little excerpt from the book. Enjoy!

You can preorder it here, paperbacks are also live for preorder now too:


“You never answered my question. Where’s a good area to move to?”

“Okay, here’s the plan. You stay in my room while I’m overseas, and we can look together when I get back, or Kat can help you.”

I raised an eyebrow. “Who’s Kat?”

He barked out a laugh. “The GM’s assistant. Also my goaltender’s mom, so she’s off-limits.”


He suddenly looked very solemn. “I’d never break the code.”

I rolled my eyes. Hockey boys and their codes; it all seemed rather archaic to me. I’d never been interested in hockey players, mostly because they got mad I could outshoot them. Sorry, my dudes! When you grew up with a Stanley Cup winner for a father, not playing hockey wasn’t an option. 

“Noah won’t mind me staying at your place?”

“No, because he already moved in with his girl.”

“He moved in with Dinah already?”

He nodded. “A bit soon, eh?” 

We shared a concerned look.

Tristan’s roommate Noah had been in love with their next-door neighbor for a while. She broke his heart when she broke up with him a couple of months ago. They seemed better now, but I was protective of Noah. He was like a second brother to me, and I didn’t want to see him hurt again. Noah was way too nice, and I was afraid people took advantage of his kindness.

“Wait, so you don’t have an open room I could use?”

Tristan abruptly cut the engine and got out of the car.

I followed him towards the elevator. “Well?”

“I have a new roommate,” he said. His grim expression told me I wouldn’t like whatever bomb he was about to drop on me. 

“Tristan, who moved into Noah’s room?” I asked.



“Yes, Benny.”

“Like…Michael Bennett?” I asked and prayed to the hockey gods he meant literally anyone else. 

Please tell me he had another friend who went by the name Benny. Please, anyone else but the six-foot-four left-winger who took one look at me and asked me if my tits were fake. There was no way in hell I was living with Benny while I searched for a place. Even if he was nice to look at with his impeccably groomed beard that looked amazing against his brown skin. 

Please hockey gods, be on my side this time!

“Do you know another Benny?” Tristan asked and gave me the signature Desjardins grin. 

“Oh, you have got to be fucking kidding me!” 

My twin laughed the whole elevator ride up to his floor. I didn’t understand why he thought this was so goddamn funny. This was my worst nightmare.



Book Signing Events Upcoming

Hi, all!

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know about this, but I have some exciting book signing events coming up!

First up in my homestate of PA, I’ll be in Pittsburgh for Authors in Steel City on April 8th and 9th. This will be my first ever book signing! I’m nervous but excited about it. Make sure you grab your tickets here.

And then this summer on July 16th, I’ll be at RomantiConn, in Connecticut. I’m excited about this one because a few of my authors friends will also be attending and I finally get to meet them in person! Grab your tickets HERE.

One thing I did for both of these events is create a preorder form. So if you are planning to attend and you want to assure you get signed copies of my books, you can submit an order HERE. I will invoice you via paypal a couple weeks before the event. Once you pay your invoice, I’ll set aside the books for you so they will be ready for you at the event.

I hope to see you there and to of course meet some new readers as well!

I have plans for another event in the fall, but we’re still firming up details, so stay tuned for more info on that one!



Sign up for an ARC of Against The Boards

It’s the new year, so I have some new stuff going on. I’m so glad readers have loved my latest release Accidentally In Love. I’m not sure when/if I’ll publish the next book in that series, but I do have another book in my Bulldogs hockey series! Against The Boards is releasing on March 1st, and it will be here before we know it!

Are you interested in reading an ARC? You can sign up for just the ARC and no other obligations here. If you’re already on my ARC team, you will already get this so no need to sign up again. And if you can’t remember, shoot me a message, and I can check for you. I’ll also be posting 20 ARCs on book sprout, so if you miss it, check out that too.

I am so excited to bring this book to you all, but also really nervous about this book for a lot of reasons. Only a couple more months until it’s in your hands!



Holiday/End of the Year Sale

Surprise! I have one more final sale to end out the year. I put Take The Shot back on sale again, through 1/1. If you haven’t started the Bulldogs series, this is the perfect time to start. Especially since book three is coming this spring!

Grab it now from your favorite eretailer for $0.99!

Amazon —>
Apple —>
Nook —>
Kobo —> 
Eden Books—>
Smashwords —> 

Hope you have a great holiday and happy new year!



Avery’s Christmas Movie Picks

Hey, All!

Accidentally In Love released last week! YAY! If you read it already, you know that my heroine Avery loves cheesy Christmas movies. Guess what? So do I! So here are Avery’s favorite picks!

The Princess Switch

Do you love the parent trap? Do you love a switcheroo? This movie is for you. And you got three of them now! Avery is recommending the first one to get a feel for it. It’s very cheesy, but it helps if you prepare yourself for that.

Single All The Way

This one was sooo funny! Jennifer Coolidge is her normal ridiculousness, and it’s about a family that really ships their family member with his best friend. Highly recommend!

Love Hard

These one feels like a romcom, it has all the classical help me get the man of my dreams, with the added mistaken identity/catfishing element to it. I also like that we hero that I don’t think people see as a romance hero. And that was cool to see!

A Christmas Prince

I can’t believe this actress is a kiwi, her American accent is sooo good! If you like police procedural with a hint of weird fantasy (zombies) highly recommend also checking out IZombie. This one has a similar tone to The Princess Switch. It’s cheesy and predictable, but so much fun!

A Castle for Christmas

What I loved about this? Scotland! Nolan’s scottish! Also, an older couple! I really loved how the heroine meets and makes a connection with people right away in the town. She blows into the town to drive the hero nuts. Like a lot of these, it’s a little chaste, but fun!

There are Avery’s picks. Are any of these your faves? What are your recommendations?


Avery + Danica

Accidentally In Love Is Now Live!

It’s finally here! Accidentally In Love is finally live! You can find it in ebook across all platforms and also in paperback.

I’m so excited for you to all read it. I hope you love Nolan and Avery as much as I do!



Join me for a happy hour!

Hi, friends!

Accidentally In Love comes out TOMORROW! So I have some PR lined up, and I wanted to invite you all to join me for a happy hour on youtube this Thursday, December 9th at 8 PM Central/9 PM Eastern.

Join me with my friends from Buzzing About Romance as we talk about my book, bearded men, and BEER. I mean, duh. It will be a fun time. And if you can’t join live, you can always watch the replay later.