Nathalyia Fontaine has been the sole proprietor of the restaurant Fontaine since her husband died four years ago. She hasn't dated anyone in all those years, choosing not to open her heart again, or risk revealing her dark past. That is, until she meets Rafael Dunlap. Rafael is a hostage negotiator with his own set of problems. Though he loves women, he vows he'll never marry because his job is just too unpredictable. He can't imagine leaving a widow and children behind. But his thinking and game plan of loving and leaving changes when he meets Nathalyia.
Samantha Collins is stunned when her grandfather turns Collins Industry over to her, causing more than a bit of ill will among the other family members, especially her uncle, Evan. But nothing stuns her more than when she finds out that he has asked Dillon Montgomery to help her run the company. Her grandfather had fired Dillon and ordered him off the company property years ago.Twelve years ago Samantha made her feelings known to Dillon and the whole thing ended in disaster and they haven't spoken since.
Blackboard and Essence best-selling author Francis Ray has been honored with the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, as well as the EMMA and Golden Pen Awards. Here, she continues the saga of the Grayson family with Morgan's story. Mother Ruth Grayson is pushing her son to get married, but he resists - until he meets Phoenix, a beautiful artist with a secret.
Lance Saxton is a self-made man who enjoys every moment of his success. Running an auction house allows him to manage his own time and travel the world on a moment’s notice - so why rush to settle down? Fallon Marshall is at the peak of her career as a journalist. Any story she wants she can get. So when she hears about an auction being held at a fabled old estate in Santa Fe, New Mexico, off she goes…only to meet a man who makes her question her priorities.
"Nice Love Story"
Most musicians would do anything to work with the hot, young record producer known as “Rolling Deep.” R.D. can pick and choose any artist he wants - and he wants Laurel Raineau. A classical violinist, Laurel plays soaring music that touches R.D. to his very soul. But the last thing Laurel wants is to work with someone whose exploits with the ladies appear in the tabloids every week. Not one to take no for an answer, R.D. keeps trying - and failing - to let Laurel know that he’s not the player he’s made out to be.
"GOOD DEFINITELY.......... BUT JUST NOT GREAT"
Best-selling author Francis Ray chronicles the lives and loves of the Grayson family and their friends - and friends-of-friends who just might have a change of heart…Cicely St. John is not impressed by her friend C.J. Callahan’s so-called passion in life: running a New York City bar that he inherited from his uncle. So why can’t Cicely stop thinking about the dance they shared at their mutual friends’ wedding—or the mutual attraction she felt in C.J.’s arms?As far as C.J. is concerned, Cicely is a snob whose “passion” in life—writing for fashion magazines—is as pretentious as she is. So why can’t he keep his eyes off her?
"The narrator killed it"
Sexy, single sports consultant Payton “Sin” Sinclair has tackled the world’s most valuable players - and most eligible women. But ever since his two best friends found love, despite his dangerous secret, he’s tempted to take a chance himself. And that temptation is a woman named Summer…A self-made restaurant owner with a painful past, Summer has always counted on Sin. Beneath his smooth charm - and hard body - lies a tender-hearted friend who always keeps her going when the going gets tough.
In this first ever short story collection, New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray takes us on five steamy, sexy adventures. From a timid, dowdy duckling who turns into a confident, sexy swan which sends her into the arms of a handsome artist; to a bridesmaid’s explosive encounter with the best man; to an unproven actress who is being wooed to the stage by a handsome Broadway director.
"Really enjoyed all the stories."
When Skylar starts planning a huge charity auction at the resort, it's Rio's job to keep an eye on the prized art she collects from donors. Though he's not blind to Skylar's beauty, Rio is nothing if not professional - and he refuses to make a move. But when a mysterious stranger enters the picture - and puts Skylar's life in danger - Rio attempts to protect her - only to be told, in no uncertain terms, that Skylar is capabale of taking care of herself. Her brazen independence is enough to drive Rio crazy - with desire.
"Absolutely loved it!"
Dr. Cade Mathis learned early that he was not the son of the man who raised him. His adoptive father, a cruel, bitter man, had always been quick to tell him that he was a bastard and an embarrassment to the rich society family whose daughter got pregnant with him. So when Cade received a full scholarship to college, he was only too happy to leave the only home he had ever known behind and never looked back. Now a successful doctor and one of the best neurosurgeons in the state, the only thing he still wants are answers about where he came from.
Dianna Harrington is known throughout the world as "The Face" - the stunningly beautiful spokesmodel for her family’s fashion empire. She could probably have her pick of any man she wants. But Dianna would rather kick back and relax with a good friend - namely Alex Stewart, who she’s known, and harbored a crush on, her whole life.… Ever since they were kids, Alex has been Dianna’s protector and pal, a shoulder to cry on. But as the brother of her best friend, Alex always seemed untouchable. Now a handsome, successful New York lawyer, Alex never realized how lonely Dianna’s life has been - or how innocent she is in the ways of love.
"My first lover"
Naomi Reese is a divorced mother with a small daughter named Kayla, a new life in Santa Fe, and, finally, some distance from her abusive ex-husband. All she wants now is a home of her own where she and Kayla can finally feel safe. With one bad marriage behind her, she can’t even dream of falling in love again.
"This book was the Worst in the series"
Francis Ray's steamy Grayson novels thrill millions of contemporary romance fans. This installment follows the fortunes of restaurateur Brandon Grayson. Frustrated by a mother who wants him married and women always scheming after his money, Brandon has no luck in love. But when childhood friend Faith McBride hits the scene, he finds a woman he can trust. But could this become more?
"enjoyable but a bit graphic"
National best-selling author Francis Ray is a Romantic Times Career Achievement and Gold Pen Award winner. In this sizzling entry from her popular Grayson series, mother Ruth aims to marry off her last bachelor son. But Pierce Grayson isn't interested in being tied down - until he meets Broadway actress Sabra Raineau. Suddenly, marriage might be impossible to resist.
"I fell in love with Mrs. Ray!!!"