No flirting. No Dating. No sex.
Those are the rules pediatric surgeon Derek Foret lives by during his three-month fast from women. He’s determined to end the toxic dating patterns that kept him from true love. But when Amira plows into him at the airport, one look into her soulful eyes triggers Derek’s deepest longings, and he knows he’s in trouble. Now, he can’t get her out of his mind.
Therapist Amira MacKenzie may be living in a state of overwhelm, but she can still recognize a player on sight. Yes, Derek’s voice settles into her skin like a soothing balm, but when she looks at him, all she sees is DANGER in a solid wall of muscle. Discovering her best friend is marrying his best friend doesn’t make her trust him. Besides, between helping families heal from trauma and raising a pre-teen alone, the last thing Amira needs is romance.
When New Orleans floods, self-reliant Amira has no choice but to accept the safe harbor Derek offers her and her child. Stuck together for weeks, they can’t deny their growing feelings. But if Derek follows temptation and ends the fast early, both he and Amira will doubt he’s dropped his old habits. For their connection to flourish, Amira and Derek must learn to trust themselves, each other, and the relationship.
Can Amira and Derek learn to tell the difference between the storms that rage outside and the ones they keep brewing inside their minds?
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Sparks fly when rising artist Sage DesChamps tries Acro yoga for the first time and the instructor pairs her with sexy Doctor Wesley Williams. As Sage and Wesley connect on the mat, they discover they can help each other off the mat, also—by collaborating on a project to show that climate change is increasing rates of cancer in farming families. As Sage walks away, the doctor can’t help feeling he’s just met his future wife. But just as Sage starts giving into her fantasies about Wesley, she receives a warning. The man isn’t just a heartbreaker; he’s like a tornado when it comes to women — he sweeps in, destroys the territory, and leaves.Can Sage get past the rumors to see the man behind the path of broken hearts? Can Wesley drop his facade long enough to explore the love he believes is possible with Sage? When work and disaster bring them together, it seems they are destined for union. But can love born in a tornado survive?
Claire Dessalines is a single mom in a small coastal Delaware town. She’s taking a second chance at life, starting a career in the world of wildlife biology. When widower Brian Melodus moves to town and tries to connect with her, it looks like she’ll have a second chance at love, too, not that she wants it. She’s cynical about romance, and sure she can’t trust him. Just because he’s running some of the State’s most important wildlife rehabilitation programs doesn’t mean he’s relationship material. But when tragedy strikes and Brian is the only person available to help her, Claire has no choice but to rely on him. Circumstances and their shared passion for environmental issues keep bringing them together, and if Claire truly wants to heal, she’ll have to try letting someone into her heart.
First and foremost, For the Birds is a contemporary romance set in a fictional small town on the Delaware Bay. Despite its fictitious setting, this love story is filled with environmental themes based on real science. My research included interviews with scientists, doctors, and others, as well as lots of reading of articles and books.
“Today, and in the forseeable future, real success is something we can only achieve together, each of us doing our part to stop climate disruption. If you haven’t already started, begin today — empower yourself with knowledge and then act on it. It’s not too late… yet.”Claire Dessalines, from For the Birds, Chapter 1