Growing up poor with a mother who would do anythingâeven sell her bodyâto help him get ahead in life had a profound impact on Ray âRazorâ Chambers. Now heâs a defenseman for the NHLâs Tulsa Thunderbirds, which allows him the means to make sure his mother never needs to do anything like that again. Heâs in Vegas because his best buddy is about to get hitched, but not before Razor and the guys throw him a bachelor party. Viktoriya Dubrovskaya had been studying ballet in California, but money is tight and thereâs no help coming from home in Russia. She started out making some extra money as a dancer in a club, and that eventually led her to the adult film industry. Porn may have paid her well, but it stripped her of everything she was and all she wanted. Sheâs left the business behind, but too late. Now sheâs out of time, money, and options. In desperation, Viktoriya makes herself available to Razor on the casino floor. Thereâs no chance heâll take her up on what sheâs selling, but he offers a counter-proposalâone involving a ring, a green card, and the chance to reclaim her body. Itâs an opportunity she canât pass up. For Viktoriya and Razor, learning to live together as husband and wife is as foreign as interpreting Smoke Signals, but where thereâs smoke, thereâs usually fire.
Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of Regency-set historical romance and contemporary hockey romance with a New Adult feel. Sheâs a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monsterâs next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.
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