The Gold Standard by (VIBE a Steamy Romance Book 8)
Pain can be pleasurable, but secrets never are.
Troy Curtis knows pain; he lives with it day in and day out. The one thing that keeps his mind from being consumed by pain is his daily workouts. When he gets a new trainee at his gym, he wonders if his pain could be her pleasure.
Gold Falls needs to destress, and one way of doing that is working out with a group of other VIPs, where she meets Troy. She finds his gruff, trash-talking nature sexy and intriguing.
She senses more than sees there’s more to his bluster.
As he introduces her to his world of pain for pleasure, a secret he holds could sever their tender relationship.
“…and a creme brûlée,” the gruff voice was saying.
Gold gnawed her lower lip. Of all the bakeries he had to wheel into, he wheeled into her favorite one. She sidled a little closer and caught a whiff of man and sweat, along with a hint of something woodsy. His scent always made her a little giddy. The last person she expected to see this bright and early was Troy.
“Hey, Gold,” Avery greeted. “I’ll be with you in a minute.” As he spoke, Avery placed croissants and another pastry in a small box. “You want your usual?”
Troy swiveled in his chair, pinning her with liquid brown eyes filled with amusement. “Your usual?” he queried, with one eyebrow raised.
“They have these fantastic breakfast sandwiches,” she explained. Realizing what she was doing, she paused. “Not that you really want to know.”
He rolled closer before touching her hand, as he gazed into her face. “You look very pretty today.”
Gold gasped. Of all the things she thought he would say, telling her she was pretty was not one of them. “Um, thanks.” She stared at his hand on hers. Lean, strong fingers gave way to calloused palms. At least they would be calloused if they weren’t encased in fingerless gloves.
Avery stepped around the display case. “Here ya go, Troy.” He extended the bakery box.
“Thanks.” He reached for the box Avery held out. “You coming to class tomorrow?”
“Of course,” she answered quickly. “It’s why I can eat PB & J’s amazing breakfast sandwiches.” Face. Palm. How could she say something so lame? Here was a golden opportunity to flirt with the man she’d been crushin’ on for weeks, and all she could talk about was food.
Smiling, Troy set the box in his lap, waving away the change Avery offered. “Tip jar.”
Nodding, Avery returned to behind the counter, dumped the bills and coins into a gallon-size glass jar already half full of money.
“You’ve been working hard,” Troy said. “There’s nothing wrong with a little reward.”
He tapped the box in his lap. “See ya’ later.”
He wheeled out the door, another patron holding the glass as he left. Gold only stared, wondering again why she hadn’t said more.
“You want a hot chocolate to go with your sandwich?” Avery cut through her thoughts.
“Yeah. I think I will.” She glanced at the case. “Could you box up a couple dozen cookies too? I want to surprise my dad.”
VIBE Steamy Romance Series
Valentine’s is always a busy time of year for PB and J Bakery.
With love fueling the need for sweet confections, there’s always room for romance. Even the anonymous gifts left for Penelope, by a secret admirer, are a welcome distraction from the chaos of chocolate and spongecake.
Penelope Bishop has an idea who’s sending the gifts, or at least she hopes it’s her sexy mystery man who stole a kiss on New Year’s Eve. The trouble is, she’s never seen him. Her only clues are dancing skills, a great pair of lips, and a sensual voice that haunts her dreams and every waking fantasy. All that pales when her assistant, Avery, inspires those same lustful thoughts.
Avery has loved Penelope from afar, but with her recent breakup, he doubts she’ll view him beyond the current role he has in her life...seeing eye person. He has one chance to woo a woman who defines her world through touch, scent, sound, and taste--think outside the dating box. When an old flame comes courting and makes Penelope an offer she just may accept, Avery has one last opportunity to make her his Valentine...he’ll have to bare all.
When one is blind trust is important, but who can you trust when someone is trying to kill you?
Wealthy, blind and grieving, Amelia Hastings-Bedford would gladly give away her fortune if it would bring back her beloved, Joshua. Knowing her money can’t, she forges into a marriage of convenience with Gareth, family friend and law partner.
Gareth Bedford knows two things; someone is trying to kill Amelia and someone is embezzling company funds. Gareth does all he can to protect Amelia from her enemies., but doing so places him in the crosshairs.
When a family member’s action creates tragic consequences only one thing can save Amelia. Joshua.
Geneva Martin enjoys photography and has earned quite a reputation for her prints. Armed with an ordinary smartphone, Geneva captures the world around her. What’s amazing is she can’t see.
Serefina Gellar has idolized Geneva from afar. When she gets the opportunity to meet Geneva, Serefina realizes she wants to be Geneva and will do anything to achieve that goal.
Geneva doesn’t realize she now has a stalker. However, after taking a random photo, Geneva also becomes a killer’s target.
Stalker. Killer. It’s just a matter of time before one of them gets to her first.
There’s a crazed killer on the loose and part-time pro wrestler/full-time private investigator Swift Time fears this case just might be his last.
Luckily this PI has an advantage in the ring and when it comes to tracking down fugitives: he's got a touch of ESP and he's not afraid to use it. Swift Time has no problem utilizing his unique skill to find a missing person, solve a murder, or bring in the bad guy but when it comes to his affection for successful bar owner Abigal Alexander, his power is useless.
While their love blooms, bodies are stacking up and only Swift Time can put a stop to it. With his wrestling career and new relationship hanging in the balance, can he protect Abigail while tracking down the relentless murderer? Or will he lose everything because he neglected his supernatural ability to see it all coming?
Samson “Stx” Denver had a fabulous life until a careless mistake robs him of his sight. Angry and bitter, the last thing Stx wants is a relationship. No matter how much he shoves away the woman with the siren’s voice, the more she gets in his head and heart.
August “Sol” River knows what it’s like to have one’s world rip apart. She, too, is visually impaired, but she has to put away her personal feelings in order to raise a child that isn’t hers.
The heart wants what the heart wants. Neither can deny the attraction or love, but will their love be enough to overcome their personal challenges?
Blind does not mean helpless.
Friends Penelope and Amelia have faced challenges their entire lives, but they didn't expect being hunted by a maniac hellbent on ridding the world of successful blind people to be one of them.
The way Mr. VIP sees it, he's waited long enough to seek revenge on those who have wronged him. After breaking out of jail, he hopes to join forces with other like-minded criminals to carry out his plan. But can there truly be honor among killers?
When both Penelope and Amelia's sighted husbands are kidnapped, the women know they are going to have to face off against Mr. VIP and his band of villains. But they refuse to be afraid. They are not easy targets and will not go down without a fight.
Jason wants to break his rules, but sabotage is on the horizon.
As a rule, Jason Michaels never dates co-workers or subordinates. Whenever his assistant GG it around, he finds the rule difficult to keep. Not only was she his sous chef before a tragic accident left him blind, but she’s followed him to help in his lucrative food truck business.
Greta “GG” Gaines has loved Jason as long as she’s known him. She knows he lives an alternative lifestyle, but she’s willing to learn in order to be with him. At long last, romance blossoms between them, but her efforts will have to face one more challenge.
As the two pursue the chemistry between them a much larger threat looms. Someone is intent on sabotaging the business. Will their love and devotion be enough to overcome their obstacles? Or will yet another villain prevail?