Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.
"Could not stop listening!"
Following the breakdown of a turbulent relationship, Frank moves from Canberra to a shack on the east coast once owned by his grandparents. There, among the sugar cane and sand dunes, he struggles to rebuild his life. Forty years earlier, Leon is growing up in Sydney, turning out treacle tarts at his parents' bakery and flirting with one of the local girls. But when he's conscripted as a machine-gunner in Vietnam, he finds himself suddenly confronting the same experiences that haunt his war-veteran father.
The first novel in a provocative romance series that will captivate, exhilarate and intoxicate you like no other, perfect for those who loved the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey but were left wanting more...It started with a spark...Everything changed when I met Dominic. My heart had just been broken, split into jagged fragments that can jigsaw together to make me look enough like a normal, happy person. Dominic has shown me a kind of abandonment I've never known before. He takes me down a path of pure pleasure, but of pain, too - his love offers me both lightness and dark.
"OMG.... details...details.... details!!"
On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through the freshman dormitory at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who made their families proud by getting into college. They managed to escape the fire, but both were burned terribly.
New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's heartrending collection of poetry and essays recounts a dark chapter of her own life, her first marriage to an alcoholic - a powerful look at the emotional cost of addiction and an inspiring story of courage and triumph in the wake of crushing defeat.
In 1670, in the turbulent time following the Great Fire, a series of chilling murders shakes Restoration London. All are linked to the new Dorset Gardens Theatre where feisty young Betsy Brand is playing First Witch in Macbeth. It seems that a shadowy figure called The Salamander, who haunted London during the Fire, has returned to wreak cruel revenge on his enemies. With the authorities utterly baffled, Betsy takes on a new role as an investigator.
Frank and Leon are two men from different times, discovering that sometimes all you learn from your parents' mistakes is how to make different ones of your own. Frank is trying to escape his troubled past by running away to his family's beach shack. As he struggles to make friends with his neighbours and their precocious young daughter, Sal, he discovers the community has fresh wounds of its own. A girl is missing, and when Sal too disappears, suspicion falls on Frank. Decades earlier, Leon tries to hold together his family's cake shop as their suburban life crumbles in the aftermath of the Korean War.
Alles verändert sich für Elizabeth, als sie Dominic begegnet. Sie ist nach London geflüchtet, denn gerade ist ihr das Herz gebrochen worden. Nun liegt es in Splittern da, Bruchstücke, die gut genug zusammenpassen, um sie wie einen normalen, glücklichen Menschen wirken zu lassen. Aber er weiß, dass das nicht stimmt. Und er begehrt sie. Dominic eröffnet ihr eine Welt der hemmungslosen Leidenschaft, von der sie keine Vorstellung hatte.
Beth steht vor den Trümmern ihrer leidenschaftlichen Liebe zu Dominic. Kann sie retten, was ihr eine Welt ungeahnter Lust und tiefer Erregung eröffnet hat? Sie muss das Fieber des Begehrens zwischen ihr und Dominic wieder entfachen und ihn dazu bringen, ihr endlich zu vertrauen. Aber das erscheint unmöglich, so lange ihr Chef, der mächtige Kunstmäzen Andrei, noch ihr Leben bestimmen kann. Er begehrt Beth. Er beherrscht die Kunst von Verführung und Kontrolle. Und er will, dass Beth Dominic vergisst.
Die leidenschaftliche Liebe, die Beth und Dominic verbindet, verändert ihr ganzes Leben. Doch Dominic fürchtet die Gefahr, die seine dunkelsten Wünsche für Beth bedeuten. Er darf sie nicht mehr sehen. Beth fühlt sich verletzlich - und ist umso attraktiver für den arroganten, magnetischen Kunstmäzen, für den sie nun arbeitet. Aber Beth ist inzwischen dem verführerischen Spiel von Geben und Nehmen verfallen, dem schmalen Grat zwischen Risiko und Lust, zwischen Hemmungslosigkeit und Erfüllung.
It began almost like a fairy tale. Plain Jane and Prince Charming met in college, fell in love, and were married soon after graduation. She shelved her dreams of a career as a painter to help him through medical school and to be the perfect doctor's wife. He became a successful plastic surgeon and they had two beautiful children. But real life is no fairy tale.