The Devil's Invention (paperback)

ISBN Digital: 978-1-62830-841-9
ISBN Print: 978-1-62830-840-2
Page Count: 314
Word Count: 77830
Rating: Spicy
MSRP: 16.99

Marriage? Been there, done that, have the divorce papers to prove it.

Last thing Kelly wants is a relationship. Then a sexy firefighter moves into the neighborhood and her ex-husband decides he wants her and their girls back. Kelly must choose between the man she wants and the life that will keep her family together.

Finn believes that love is nothing more than the Devil's Invention. Love them and leave them is a way of life. But when he falls for his neighbor, Finn risks his life and his heart to protect Kelly from her ex-husband.


“Finn, I don’t know how much you overheard tonight.” Kelly ran a finger along the rim of her mug, her eyes following the movement. She was obviously embarrassed, but he gave her credit for starting a conversation he’d been struggling to begin.

“Don’t worry about it. Neely was out of line and I get you responded with the first thing that came to mind.”

Kelly took a sip of her coffee and finally, finally looked him in the eyes.

“I told the truth.”

Finn froze, his mug halfway to his mouth. What did she mean? He put the mug down on the counter, careful not to slosh the hot liquid.

“About having been married and not wanting to go down the same road again?” Hell, he couldn’t even understand why people got married anymore anyway. Too many ended in divorce and he’d seen too many of his friends, his family, torn apart by the pain it caused.

Kelly nodded. “And wanting you for your body.”

She said it calmly, yet he saw the tension in her shoulders, in the way she gripped her mug with both hands, in the defiant thrust of her chin as she put herself out there. Kelly moved quickly away from him and sat down, putting the kitchen table between them. And then the words poured out, as her need to explain herself prevailed.

“I can’t deny I find you sexy and I’ve had, umm,” Kelly stumbled a moment, but continued on, “well, dreams, about you. I have no intention of getting married again, but it doesn’t mean I’m not interested in sex.”

She’d been having dreams about him, too? The vision of his own dream, of Kelly in the huge wood-carved bed of his friend’s ski-lodge, filled his mind.

“I think you already know I’m attracted to you, as well,” Finn responded, bringing a tinge of pink to Kelly’s face. Her sprinkle of freckles seemed to glow. But Kelly took another sip of coffee and seemed to gain her confidence again.

“Yes, well, here’s the thing,” Kelly continued. “I have two impressionable young girls and I don’t want them thinking there is more to us than friendship. You and I are adults and can handle a no-commitment relationship, but I don’t want my girls to see us as anything more than friendly neighbors. They don’t need to get attached.”

Kelly proposed the affair as though it were a business negotiation, and Finn found it, and her, highly arousing. He moved slowly toward her, stopping when he reached the table.

“So what you are suggesting is a quiet, behind closed doors affair. To protect your children, of course.”

Kelly looked up at him and nodded.

“No commitments. Just sex.”

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