Meet the Author:

Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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About the Book:

Over-forty, single mom Tess Howland’s life is all about caring for other people. Indulging in a one night stand is just what she needs. She doesn’t expect to meet anyone she would introduce to her kids, especially not some rich playboy who acts like a big kid himself. Even if he keeps giving her the best sex of her life.
Millionaire Miles Prescott can’t get the sexy nurse he met at a fundraising gala out of his head. For the first time ever, he doesn’t want a woman with no-strings-attached. He wants everything—even it comes with a ready-made family with a woman in her forties. Suddenly, helping with homework doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world, especially if it means being near Tess.
But what happens when he’s ready to step up and she says no?

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Miles lay in bed with Theresa snuggled on his chest. Just as he’d begun cursing himself for only having one condom, Theresa countered with two of her own. They’d exhausted their bodies, and Miles had been lucky enough to call down to room service before they closed for the night.


After two more very satisfying orgasms, they’d gorged on ice cream and cake. Then they’d shared a shower, where they’d indulged in pleasure without penetration. In between kissing and coming, they’d talked and joked, and Miles thought he might’ve just experienced one of the best nights of his life. Theresa played things close to the vest, though, and he had no way to read her.


“When can I see you again?” he finally asked as she started to doze.

“I dunno. I work a lot.”


“So do I, but everyone needs some time off. Even if we just meet for drinks.” He stroked her shoulder and down her arm, hoping for agreement.


She rolled over, taking the whole blanket with her, and mumbled, “Talk tomorrow.”


He settled for her answer even though she hadn’t agreed to see him again. He’d had more than his fair share of one-night stands, especially after being forced to wear a tux and play nice all night. But more often than not, it had been all about the sex.


Being with Theresa was the first time in a long time that it had been more. Of course, the sex was at the top of his list, but he’d enjoyed every minute they’d been together. He trailed his fingers down her back.


Usually, at this point in the evening, he was itching to leave. Or expecting her to. Theresa sighed into sleep beside him. He waited for the itch that didn’t come.


More disturbing was that it didn’t bother him.




Tess rolled over, and her muscles protested as she reached for the bedside clock. Shit. Five a.m. How the hell did that happen so fast? Miles’s arm was draped across her hip. She’d forgotten how nice it was to simply share a bed with a man, have his arms around her in the middle of the night.


She sighed and slipped out from his light grasp. She stood next to the bed and took a moment to admire him. He was sexy and funny and had given her everything she’d wanted for her night. Part of her felt bad about sneaking out now, but after their night together, and despite his reputation, Miles hadn’t said, “Thanks for the good time. See you around.”


He wanted to see her again. She didn’t even know what to do with that. She didn’t know how to date. How would he react when he found out she had three kids? That alone was enough to send most guys running. She’d learned that little tidbit when she’d first dipped her toes in the dating pool after the divorce.


She’d rather be a good memory for him, let them have this night, than ruin whatever image he’d created in his head about where this might go. After quickly gathering her clothes, she pulled them on and carried her shoes. She yanked her hair into a messy ponytail. Hopefully, no one would look at her like she’d just spent the night being thoroughly ravaged.


She slid quietly from the room and put her shoes on as she waited for the elevator. It wasn’t until she walked through the lobby that she realized she’d left Nina’s necklace by the table where she’d taken it off last night. Damn. There was no going back now. She’d have to buy Nina a new one.


Overall, not a horrible price to pay. The memories of this night would be enough to fuel her fantasies for a good long time. She turned in her valet ticket and didn’t inhale deeply until she was in the safety of her van. This early on a Sunday meant traffic was nonexistent, especially going away from downtown.


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