Title: Stone (Bad Boys of Willow Valley)
Author: Shannyn Leah
Genre: Contemporary Small Town Romance
About Stone: Stone is the second book in Willow Valley’s Bad Boy stand-alone series. These hot contemporary romance books feature alpha males heroes and strong, independent women.
Fall in love with Stone Patino, a retired underground fighter turned mechanic in his best friends restoration business. He’s strong, solid, independent, until the woman who walked away, walks back into his life.
It’s hard to resist a Good Man who’s a Bad Boy
Stone Patino was once a bad boy, but not since moving to Willow Valley. He left that bad boy life behind years ago. Left it in the underground fighting ring he used to call his home. Now, he lives in the country and works on cars. He prefers the simple life without someone trying to put their fist through his face on a weekly basis. There’s just one thing about that life he misses.
Bowie Blake was once a bad girl too. But now she’s a socialite turned reality TV star who turned her back ten years ago on the love of her life, Stone Patino.
Full of regret and needing help, she seeks out Stone again. She drags Stone back into the ring to fight her battles and save her wheelchair-bound brother. Stone agrees, but must fight through his own demons and his love for Bowie. Both soon learn it’s not easy to fight the same battles they’d already fought and lost so many years ago. But now it’s a fight they both aim to win.
BONUS EXCERPT :
“I called you because you have a visitor.” Stone’s dad said.
“What are you deaf as much as stupid today? You have a visitor.”
His dad nodded to someone over his shoulder and Stone turned, saying, “What the hell are you talking about?” His sentence was cut short as his eyes fell upon the one woman who had promised then him everything and left him with nothing.
His heart stopped beating like time itself had stopped and his inhale of air caught in his throat.
Was he imagining her?
Why the hell would he imagine her?
But why the hell would she be here, in his dad’s gym, walking toward Stone?
He could have pinched himself a dozen times and he still would’ve considered her a figment of his imagination, but then he smelled her. Long before she took her first step, the familiar smell of Bowie Blake, the cities well-known socialite, drowned his nostrils—designer perfume with a blend of island smell, jasmine, if he recalled correctly.
When the sudden realization that she stood in front of him as real as the men around them who didn’t hide their gawking curiosity, something deep inside him snapped—instant, dark, and familiar.
Each step she took toward him in her expensive high heels pounded layer upon layer of anger inside him.
What the hell was she doing here?
She had a lot of nerve showing up at his father’s business when she held a restraining order against him.
Now, he knew exactly who the Jaguar belonged to—the predator herself. Sauntering toward him, in a dress that dipped down her front and hugged her curves, she shared the animal’s sleek outer skin as much as it’s stalk and ambush qualities. Her expensive taste hadn’t changed much either. The oversized purse hanging off her shoulder looked bigger than the guy’s gym bags.
She looked like money.
She walked like money.
And when it came down to love or money, she chose money.
His body froze in the spot, paralyzed as he watched her approach. He dug deep within him for the strength to move, to walk away and not demand answers to questions that had plagued him all these years. To not damn well lay it on her for being the spoiled princess everyone had warned him about and not the woman he’d believed her to be behind closed doors.
Damn it. He’d been the fool and he sure has hell wouldn’t fall into her trap again.
Finally, his legs kicked in and he started moving, but there wasn’t a chance he’d be walking out of his father’s gym. This was his turf and no one had invited her.
She blinked the darkest, brownest eyes at his abruptness, as she should. He ignored the worry lines her face carried and even inwardly snickered at the reluctance he saw in her eyes. Reluctance and fatigue mixed with even a dash of hope.
What the hell kind of game was this?
She stopped, but he didn’t even slow as they reached each other. “I have nothing to say to you.” He continued straight past her and, damn, it felt good.
Screw being the victim this round.
But as he passed by, she caught his forearm with both of her cold hands. “Stone, please.”
He had to give his head a shake so he wouldn’t get lost in the sound of her desperate pleading. Knowing better, but unable to resist, he glanced over his shoulder. His vision landed where her frantic hands gripped his arm before rising to her now desolate eyes. No matter the emotions running through him, all he saw were lies, deceit, and pain.
He jerked his arm free, disregarding the gasp that passed her lips. “Get the hell out.” Each slow, calculated word looked like it thrust down on her already slumped shoulders.
Setting his sights on the men’s locker room as his escape, he stalked toward the door. Just as his hands lifted and slammed the swinging doors, he heard, “I’m in trouble.”
He stopped dead cold and watched the doors swing until they no longer could.
Son of a bitch.
He couldn’t walk away from that.
WANT MORE WILLOW VALLEY STORIES (The McAdams Sisters):
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Lakeshore Legend (Colt)
Lakeshore Love (Jake)
Lakeshore Candy (Riley)
Lakeshore Lyrics (Avery)
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About Shannyn Leah
Contemporary romance author Shannyn Leah loves olives, lip gloss and reading (and writing) romance novels. Her love of words started at an early age and soon grew until, during her teenage years, she’d started writing her own novels. When her mom pushed to finally publish some of the stories, she quickly amassed two complete romance series (By The Lake and Caliendo Resort series) and, in 2016, released her first Fantasy Romance entitled The Gatekeepers (Part One of the Winters Rising series).
When she’s not writing contemporary romance books into the early hours of the morning, Shannyn can be found antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and sister, in their picturesque London, Ontario hometown.
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