After thinking about this I decided to use my second novel, Little White Lies, for my post. It is really in Little White Lies, that readers get introduced to the O'Malley family when Maggie takes Nick to her parents house for Sunday dinner. That is where you discover the love this huge Irish-America family has for one another and begin to understand the family dynamics.
Blurb: Maggie O'Malley Cassidy has a problem. Well, actually several problems. She's a widow, raising three children and trying to make ends meet, or at least get close enough to wave to each other. She has the unfortunate habit of skirting the truth now and then, not really a problem unless she gets caught, but still a very tiny character flaw that she planned to work on just as soon as she has a free minute. But by far, her biggest problem is Nicholas Kord, who just found out that her oldest son, Jason, is also his only son. I mean really, who would have thought he'd show up after fifteen years and go all paternal on a child he hadn't even known existed. What were the odds of that coming back to bite her in the ass?
Nicholas Kord has his life on track; he is an accomplished attorney, and considered his trip home to be Best Man at his brother's wedding a long-overdue opportunity to reconnect with family and have a good time as well. He is still single and in all honesty, the man oozes sex appeal.
Nick was crazy about Maggie, always has been and always will be. When he saw his son for the very first time, he knew exactly who Jason belonged to and what Maggie had done. He was furious at first, but came to realize that a good portion of the blame fell on him. If he hadn't been so stubborn years ago, things might have turned out differently, but Nick is also a realist. The past cannot be relived; it's the present and future that matter. He still loves Maggie and he means to have her, one way or another, and he intends to cure her of her bad habits along the way. As far as he's concerned, Maggie had gotten her way for far too long, and it hasn't served her well. Her children need a father and whether she knows it or not, she needs a husband who will provide guidance and love; he can be all that and more. Nick has no problem applying a firm hand or taking a wooden spoon to Maggie's adorable butt when she misbehaves, which seems to be quite frequently. Who would have thought one knock on her door would change everything forever?
Maggie’s heart pounded erratically as he briefly let her go, pulled her sweats and panties down and bent her over the washer. Before her tummy quit contracting from the cold metal, he was sliding heat into her from behind. Delicious tremors started even before he reached under her to circle her clit and she slapped her hand over her mouth. Being the gentleman he was, Nick grabbed a clean towel off the dryer and shoved it into her face which came in very handy a few minutes later when she screamed her pleasure into it. Nick, a member of the stronger sex, collapsed on her back and roared into her sweatshirt while waiting for his teeth to stop tingling.
“There. Let that be a lesson to you,” he scolded her. “It doesn’t pay to tease me.”
Maggie burst out laughing.
“It does Nick. It definitely does.”