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Jake’s Bar

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Painted Hearts Publishing
7 July 2022
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Opposites Attract…T R O U B L E…

Jake Devlin knows trouble when he sees it and he wants no part of it. His quiet, peaceful life is a hard-fought dream. And the man who stumbles through the backdoor of Jake’s bar—beaten to hell—he is trouble with a capital T. The last thing Jake needs is to get involved with the sexy and secretive stranger. He definitely shouldn’t offer him a place to stay. But…he does…

Murder and mayhem follow Detective Miguel Conway. One minute he’s working a case, and the next, his cover is blown and he barely escapes with his life. Con didn’t expect Jake to offer help when he needs it most. And he definitely wasn’t prepared to fall for the grumpy ex-Marine. But…he does…

Attraction sparks as the two men are thrown together to figure out who wants to keep Con quiet and why. Well, at least Con is trying to solve his case. Jake is mainly trying to protect the young, impulsive cop. Midnight stakeouts, a celebrity wedding, and passion-filled nights—can Jake and Con find the balance between taking risks and keeping safe? And turn attraction into happily ever after?

But none of that matters if they fail to get the target off Con’s back…

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Before we start talking about your new book, tell us a little about yourself. What made you fall in love with writing?

…fall in love with writing? That’s a fantastic question for a romance writer.

I definitely was in love with reading first and have been devouring romance novels unapologetically all my life. Writing came much later, but now I’m completely addicted to it. There’s just something incredibly satisfying to see a character that has been floating around in my head for a while come to life. Once they’re on paper they’re real and I’m on a mission to make sure they get their happy end.

I admit, at times, writing can be a pretty torturous love affair, but writing End of the Line has been a lot of fun. I don’t know why I never thought about a bar as the central location for my stories before. It’s a writer’s dream, I get to invent backstories for every single person walking through the door.


So, give us a little more insight about Jake’s Bar and the two main characters of End of the Line? Who are they?

Jake’s Bar is a special place. It’s a safe haven—free of judgement and hate. Jake, the owner, and his staff are fiercely protective of their home-away-from-home. And, of course, a bar is also a great place to find the one and fall in love…

Jake is a lone wolf. He’s guarded and keeps his past and his secrets close to his chest. His neighborhood bar is hard-fought dream: A quiet place for a cold beer at the end of the day. Oh well, best laid plans and all that…when out-loud, colorful and diverse invades his monochrome world, Jake’s life is turned upside down. And he’s not happy about it. Jake doesn’t like change.

And it gets even more crazy when detective Miguel Conway (Con) stumbles through the back door. Con is impulsive, emotional and has something to prove to the world. He’s a firestorm racing through the defensive walls around Jake’s heart.

But of course, opposites don’t only attract, they also create tension. Jake and Con are extremely different. They don’t instantly understand each other motivations. There’s a need for intense vulnerability and a lot of give and take.

And that’s beside the fact that they’re trying to solve a police corruption case. End of the Line combines a character-driven romance with a fast-paced suspense plot.


How did you come up with the title?

In the opening scene Con is on the run. And for a moment it looks like he escaped, but then he turns into a dead-end road. Trapped. With nowhere to turn. That’s when Jake opens the backdoor to his bar and in a case of mistaken identity offers him a job for the night.

The scene became a bit of a theme for the series. Jake’s Bar is a place to find support when life spins out of control. Even if grumpy, growly Jake, the owner, is the most unlikely hero.

Jake hummed in response. “Sad truth is, people can’t be trusted. You think you know somebody, but you don’t really.” Con wanted to object, but Jake raised his hand. “Sometimes it’s not even intentional. I doubt most people wake up with a plan to fuck up somebody else’s life, but it happens anyway.”

Ouch, that’s a pretty bleak assessment of the human race.

“Well, sometimes people can surprise you—in a good way,” Con said, leaning closer to Jake. “There’re days when you don’t expect much, and then bang, a stranger opens a door in a dead-end road.”


Will we be seeing these characters again?

Yes, JAKE’S BAR, is a series. Each book will be a stand-alone romance with a new couple and there will be a satisfying end for the suspense plot, you know, villain caught! and boy gets boy at the end!

But the Jake’s Bar will be the central location throughout and characters introduced in the first book don’t disappear, but are part of the next story, which will come out in the Fall of 2022.

CROSSING THE LINE—Broken trust doesn’t give second chances…

Holden Wright had it all—and lost it.

Brent Northwood has it all—except the man he loves.

Their love started with a wild, crazy hookup in the rain, but it all came to an abrupt end when Brent lied—with best intention—but a lie is a lie and Holden can’t forgive.

But with secrets from the past threatening Holden’s future, Brent is the only one who can protect him.








A gay bar. Thank you, Jesus. A fucking gay bar. Loud and proud. Con’s kind of place, but none of Murphy’s men would be caught dead in here. Con’s body hurt all over, but they hadn’t found him. He’d given his pursuers the slip and was out of the rain.

About an hour ago—close to two in the morning—Jake had flipped the lights on and kicked everybody out. People barely dared to finish their drinks when the big, bulky man with his booming voice told them to go the fuck home. Con would be surprised if any of them would come back. Damn, Jake was something else. Con had a thing for guys who took charge and thinking of it sent sparks down his spine.

Jake had offered Con to call it a night as soon as the last guest had left the place. Clearly, he hadn’t missed that Con was moving slower and slower as the night progressed. And fuck, his ribs hurt something fierce. Still, he had declined Jake’s offer to leave right away. The bar owner had raised an eyebrow, but much to his relief, Jake had started to put the chairs up himself while Con got a broom. And every time he tried to do anything but sweep, Jake had thundered at him to stay out of the way.

“Are you trying to dig a hole with that broom? I think that corner is clean enough,” Jake said quietly from across the room, his tall frame propped against the bar—arms crossed—watching. Jake’s calm focus sent chills over Con’s body as he forced himself to relax with a few more long inhales and exhales. His overtired brain fired some images of being at the receiving end of Jake’s laser sharp attention under different circumstance—with a whole lot less distance between them, and fewer clothes. Jake was hot in an angry, pissed-off way. Square. Solid. A force to be reckoned with.

Loud tapping of Jake’s fingers onto the bar brought Con back from his wayward thoughts. For a moment, the impatient rhythm was the only sound, then Jake let out a huff of air and said, “Listen, I’m not sure how to ask this, but—do you have anywhere to go tonight?”

“Yes, of course, I—” Con’s answer had been a reflex, but he actually had no idea how to end this sentence.

“You can stay here if you have nowhere safe to go.”

Nowhere safe. How did he know? Con’s heart skipped a beat and then started to race again in his chest. His eyes shot over to the front door. How the fuck did he know?

“Hey, calm down.” Jake pushed himself up from the counter and walked a few steps closer but then stopped again. “You have no defensive wounds. And, well, you’re a big dude, so I wonder what happened to you tonight.”

Three against one. I never had a chance.

“It’s fine. You’re safe. Is it okay if I touch you?” Jake was suddenly by his side, his voice soft. Gently, a hand came down on his shoulder. “It’s okay. Why don’t you just stay on my couch tonight?”

The warmth of Jake’s hand seeped through his skin. Con gritted his jaw to steel himself against the sudden need to lean in. Any other time, he’d have given Jake crap for treating him like a wounded animal, but his beat-up body was starting to give in on him. “That would be great,” he managed through clenched teeth.


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Eighteen years ago, AG Meiers came to the US for adventure and stayed for love. Currently, she lives in New England with her husband and two awesome kids—balancing work, friends and family, and writing.

When she has some free time, her favorite thing to do is travel and visit new places. Her past trips have already brought her to a variety of countries on four continents. She never passes up an opportunity to experience different cultures, diverse people and amazing locations.

Even though she has been dreaming up stories all her life, she has only recently started to write them down and share them with the world. As a writer she loves to put her characters through a lot of challenges, conflict and heartbreak, before she allows them to find their happy-ever-after.

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