Jennifer Gracen writes contemporary romance and romantic women’s fiction. She likes to write about tangled mature relationships, with equal doses of humor, warmth, passion, and gravity. Read more about Jennifer Gracen here.
THE HARRISONS series, ‘TIS THE SEASON – Book Three
As the eldest son of the illustrious Harrison clan, Charles Harrison the III has always done the right thing. With his family’s legacy to uphold, he can’t afford a scandal, even if temptation is living right under his roof. His well-publicized divorce was a disgrace, so Charles is sure an affair with his bewitching nanny would bring his family even more infamy. And yet, he can’t resist the alluring Lisette . . .
With her usually reserved boss sending her heated looks, Lisette Gardner is in a bind. The nurturing nanny has always loved the eldest Harrison from a distance. But coming from a vastly different world, with a painful past that still haunts her, Lisette is determined to resist Charles’s advances. Because Lisette can accept nothing less than forever with Charles . . . and forever might be too much to hope for with the reigning prince of the Harrison clan.
Gracen’s third contemporary featuring the Harrison siblings (after Someone like You) is her best yet, the story of a straitlaced, high-profile businessman and the shy but charming nanny to his three kids. Unlike most of the Harrisons, eldest child Charles Harrison III has always toed the line, and after his well-publicized divorce, he’s not sure love is for him. Lisette Gardner, who’s overcoming her own painful history, has always been in love with her employer but is determined not to show it, thinking he couldn’t possibly reciprocate her feelings. At Charles’s surprise 40th birthday party, Charles realizes that his feelings for Lisette go far beyond the boundaries of employer/employee, and after a few post-party drinks, he makes a move. But their relationship may not survive the differences between their worlds, Charles’s snobby father, and Lisette’s insecurities. Gracen skillfully takes a common setup far past its usual limits to deliver a story that will tug hard at the heartstrings and make readers root for a happy ending. In particular, readers will fall in love with Lisette, whose anguish about aspects of her past rings all too real. – Publishers Weekly
“Charles Harrison III knows he works too much, that he doesn’t spend enough time with his kids, and he fears that he’s turning into his cold, distant father. Lisette Gardner is wary, her past and personal life kept behind an impenetrable curtain of loneliness and responsibility. Their relationship is simple: she’s employed as his live-in nanny and doesn’t believe such a powerful man could ever fall for a girl like her. Then, one night, they give in to their secret passion. Assuming the worst, Lisette prepares to lose her job, but Charles insists that they take a shot at a real relationship. As their romance heats up, it quickly becomes apparent that transitioning from employer/employee to something more isn’t easy. With gossip and disapproval from Charles’s social circles and the emotional stress of change and insecurity, they’ll have to fight hard for their love.
Verdict: Including several steamy scenes, this next series installment from Gracen (after More Than You Know and Someone Like You) is an appealing and passionate love story framed around themes of class conflict and family. Recommended for romance fans who believe love has no boundaries.”- J. Harris, New Hampshire — Library Journal
“In the newest emotional and compelling romance from rising star Gracen, the oldest Harrison sibling gets his shot at love. Over the course of this series, Gracen has explored the dysfunctional family dynamics that have kept a distance between the siblings and their dictatorial father. The protagonists in this story have known each other for a couple of years, but a night of forbidden passion changes everything. Gracen’s skill and storytelling ability grows with each new tale.”- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
Pierce Harrison–yes, that Pierce Harrison, black sheep of the wealthy Harrison clan–has come home to his family’s luxurious Long Island compound. The big question is why the dangerously sexy soccer star agreed to coach a kids’ soccer team. His co-coach Abby McCord should be grateful. Instead she’s fending off some seriously smoldering advances from the scandal-ridden athlete. Good thing bad boys are so not her type . . .
Abby is definitely not lacking in passion, but the sweet-faced beauty needs to learn a thing or two about taking a team to the championship–and a whole lot about how to let a man into her once-broken heart. Pierce definitely knows how to make the moves, but will Abby trust that the bachelor the world has condemned as a scoundrel can settle down with the one woman who has taken hold of his heart?
“Gracen’s second Harrison contemporary (after More Than You Know) is an engaging romance between a disgraced soccer star and the hometown sweetheart he unexpectedly falls for. Pierce Harrison is the wild child in his wealthy family. Accused of sleeping with the wife of his soccer-team owner, he leaves the U.K. in disgrace and heads back to his Long Island hometown. Abby McCord is a grade school teacher, doting aunt, and owner of a thoroughly broken heart. At first, Abby is reluctant to give Pierce any sort of a chance. But once Pierce falls in love with her, he decides he’ll do anything to make himself into the man she wants him to be. Feisty Abby is a universal heroine, full of hope and doubts; Pierce is a deeply damaged soul whose father has taught him he’s not worth fighting for. A cast of strong supporting characters add charm. This installment will whet readers’ appetites for the next Harrison siblings romance, whether it’s the tale of Pierce’s vulnerable sister, Tess, or his straitlaced brother Charles.” – Publishers Weekly
“The wealthy but dysfunctional Harrison family returns in rising star Gracen’s second installment of her dynamic series. Families can be difficult and have a huge impact on the way relationships are perceived. Gracen’s newest protagonists have been burned badly and are relationship-shy for different reasons. Infusing the story with warmth and compassion ensures that readers are engaged and enchanted with this tale!” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
Hotel owner Dane Harrison, middle brother of a wealthy Long Island family, needs a lounge singer for his new luxury property. With her stunning voice and amazing curves, Julia Shay is perfect. She also seems to be the only woman in New York City who isn’t falling at Dane’s feet. And despite her feisty attitude and his rule against workplace affairs, he wants her—in his arms, in his bed, anywhere and everywhere.
Julia loves her new job, and she knows better than to think she can keep it and Dane. Even if he wasn’t her boss, Julia’s painful history has given her ample reason to steer clear of rich, powerful charmers. Still, their chemistry is unlike anything she’s known, and when it becomes too much to resist, they agree to one no-strings night together. But instead of quenching the fire, the intense encounter only proves how much they have to lose—or win…
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW of MORE THAN YOU KNOW 11/02/2015
Gracen (Autumn Getaway), launching the Harrisons contemporary series, pairs an emotionally wounded singer with a wealthy hotelier. Julia Shay has been deeply hurt by powerful men in the past, so when Dane Harrison shows up at the Long Island bar where she’s performing and offers her a dream job singing at his posh new hotel, she’s sure it comes with unacceptable strings attached. Dane is attracted to more than the feisty redhead’s talent, but he’s determined not to get involved with an employee. Despite that vow, the pair’s crackling chemistry soon gets the best of them. Julia’s wary about giving another wealthy man the power to hurt her, but in denying her feelings for the charismatic Dane, she may just be punishing herself. After two unexpected visitors rock her world, Julia quickly learns who deserves the gift of her love—and who does not. Gracen’s characters easily charm the reader.
MARRYING HIS BEST FRIEND – (The McKinnon Brothers #3)
Single mom Maura Callahan never anticipated that at age 29 she’d be living with her mom in the suburbs, raising her young daughter, Chloe, and working a job that pays the bills but not much else. Her daughter is worth the struggle– and she still has her best friend Aidan, who makes her laugh, keeps her on her toes, and provides the oh-so-toned shoulder to cry on when necessary.
Aidan McKinnon, exec at a high profile social media company in the heart of Dublin, has longed to change his bestie status with Maura for years, but it seems Maura’s relegated him permanently to the friend zone. Still, she and Chloe are his world. But when Chloe’s father shows up out of the blue and demands shared custody when he’s never once met the little girl, Aidan sees a way to finally have what he secretly wants most while ensuring Maura and Chloe’s safety… and the diamond ring is just the beginning.
Will Aidan’s fiercely protective, knight in shining armor proposal of convenience end up starting the love of a lifetime?
Jennifer’s THE DOCTOR’S LOVE is the second book in the McKinnon Brothers Series, published by Tule Publishing.
A DOSE OF GELT, is in the BURNING BRIGHT: Four Chanukah Love Stories anthology. Other authors are Megan Hart, Stacey Agdern, and KK Hendin, with a Foreword by Sarah Wendell. New Release by Avon Impulse.
Lawyers in love, Shari Cohen and Evan Sonntag are happy together. But in a moment of doubt, he pushes her away-then soon realizes he made a huge mistake. To win her back, it might take something like a Chanukah miracle.
There are four books: AUTUMN GETAWAY (Book 1), WINTER HOPES (Book 2), SPRING SHADOWS (Book 3), and SUMMER CHAMPAGNE (Book 4).
- Book 4, SUMMER CHAMPAGNE, was released on January 30th, 2015. Here it is… Summer Champagne – Amazon or Summer Champagne – Barnes & Noble
- Book 3, SPRING SHADOWS, was released in October 2014. Here it is… Spring Shadows-Amazon or Spring Shadows – Barnes & Noble
- Book 2, WINTER HOPES, was released in July 2014. Here it is… Winter Hopes – Amazon or Winter Hopes – Barnes & Noble
- Her debut novel, AUTUMN GETAWAY, was released in April 2014. You can get it here: Autumn Getaway – Amazon or Autumn Getaway – Barnes & Noble
Her short story, KILLING THE FANTASY, was one of 39 short stories picked for a charity anthology, ORANGE KAREN: TRIBUTE TO A WARRIOR. She also wrote the Foreword and did all copy editing for the book. It was published in April 2013 and can be found on Amazon.
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