Series: A Series of Moments
Author: M.L. Broome
Genre: Erotic Romance
From the Moment We Met (Book 1)
Sometimes you’re interested. Sometimes you can’t be bothered. Sometimes love doesn’t give you a choice. In Jacob and Lilly’s case, love isn’t letting either of them go.
Jacob Edmonton has a plan for his life, but it doesn’t include love. He was Hollywood’s quintessential golden boy—until a flash-in-the-pan fling with a high-profile singer upended his world—and his reputation. Now he’s nursing more than a wounded ego and his only goal is to repair the damage.
But his return to superstardom is shot to hell when his sister winds up undergoing emergency surgery. There he meets Lilly Staver, a straight-shooting nurse who’s as brutally honest as she is beautiful. She sees through his suave façade and he wants to hate her until he realizes he can’t resist her.
Lilly knows all about men like Jacob Edmonton—if you’ve seen one pretentious, egocentric celebrity—you’ve seen them all. She’s unimpressed with his Hollywood pedigree and his belief that love is reserved solely for maniacs. So why can’t she stop thinking about him? Her mind tells her to run as fast as she can from Jacob…but her heart isn’t listening.
Love as they know it just took a hairpin turn into uncharted territory, but when Jacob’s former girlfriend shows up with an opportunity to salvage his career, will he choose the life he knows or the love he never knew existed?
“I was going to call bullshit on your statement.”
Jacob’s eyes widened as he walked over. “Excuse me?”
“There is nothing like love. Sure, sometimes it hurts like hell, but it’s worth every second. Maybe you just fell in love with the wrong woman. Next time, you’ll fall in love with the right one.”
“You’re such an expert?”
“Not by a long shot, but I know if you gave it a chance, you’d be a happier person.”
“I’m happy,” Jacob growled, an inner fire emanating from him.
Lilly laughed at the blatant lie. She saw right through this man. “Successful, yes. Talented, sure. Gorgeous, you’re adored by millions. But happy? Not a whit.”
Jacob leaned in, their faces only inches apart. “You don’t know anything about it—”
Lilly’s eyes blazed as she leaned forward. “Don’t I? I think I hit the nail right on the head, you’re just too scared to admit it.”
She saw his jaw tick, his fists clench and his nostrils flare. She waited for his retort, round two of his verbal assault.
“God damn it, Lilly.” Without warning, Jacob grabbed her arms and pulled her against him, claiming her mouth with a savage kiss.
This kiss was unlike the earlier theatrics in the bar; this kiss bled emotion. It was raw, angry and needy. Lilly’s hands moved up to push him away, but Jacob grabbed her wrists as he delivered a bite to her lower lip. Lilly gasped, and Jacob took that opportunity to slide his tongue into her mouth, possessing her completely.
She released a soft moan and Jacob deepened the kiss, one hand coming up to hold her head, tangling in her hair. As the shock wore off, the sparks set in, flooding her every cell.
Unguarded Moments (Book 2)
“From the Moment We Met”, the first book in the romantic saga, A Series of Moments, introduced us to Jacob Edmonton and Lilly Staver, and a love neither believed possible. But life is all about the choices you carry with you and those you leave behind. Love is no different.
Now, in “Unguarded Moments”, Jacob realizes that his actions have consequences, and his heart is paying the price.
Jacob made a choice. Now, in “Unguarded Moments”, he realizes he’s made the wrong one. The lights of Hollywood do shine, but not nearly as bright as the light of love. He’s ready to fight tooth and nail to bring Lilly back into his life but is it too late to undo the damage?
Lilly saw the writing on the wall, but she chose to follow her heart instead. Her foolish, naïve heart. She’s learned her lesson many times over—loving Jacob was a bad idea in every sense of the word. She vows to never make the same mistake again…but can she resist the one man who still holds all the pieces of her shattered soul? She gave him her love, but instead of loving her back—he watched her walk away.
Thousands of kilometers lie between them now, but the distance isn’t Jacob’s toughest hurdle. It will be far more difficult to convince Lilly that loving him wasn’t the gravest mistake she’s ever made.
The heart wants what the heart wants—but can Lilly believe in Jacob again, or will her fears end any chance of their reconciliation?
“Actually,” Lilly hissed, “it’s simple. You had a choice, and it wasn’t me. What did you expect from this call? Closure? You want to feel better after the way the two of you treated me? I told you when you left that I understood your decision. I didn’t like it, but I understood. I wished you happiness, and I wished you love”—she paused, angrily wiping away the tears filling her eyes—“and I don’t know what you want from me now, or why you even called me.”
Jacob’s eyes were glassy with unshed tears as a muscle twitched in his jaw. Her words had gotten the point across. “Lilly, I told you before I left that I’ll do anything to make this up to you. Just tell me how to fix this situation because you’re breaking my heart.”
Lilly took a deep breath, her body shaking with emotion. “I want you to let me go, Jacob.”
Her statement rammed into him like a fist, and he looked down, breathing hard. “Lilly, don’t say that.”
“Let me go, Jacob,” Lilly reiterated, her voice a strangled whisper.
“Is that really what your heart wants?”
Lilly attempted to bite back her tears, but a few escaped and tumbled down her cheeks. “It’s what my heart needs.”
Beautifully Broken Moments (Book 3)
A Series of Moments follows the journey of Jacob Edmonton, a world-famous actor, and Lilly Staver, the nurse who saved his life on every level. Beautifully Broken Moments is the stunning conclusion in the trilogy, but after all the upheaval, will Jacob and Lilly ever find their Happily Ever After?
All it takes is a moment—one moment can change the course of your life—and love.
With a single statement during a press conference, Jacob upended his world, destroying his happiness and heart in the process. When his ex-girlfriend Victoria claimed she was not only engaged to the acting legend but also expecting his child, Jacob went along with the charade. But his actions were not to salvage his reputation or career, they were to protect the only thing that mattered to him—his real fiancée, Lilly. To save her from the backlash of Victoria’s jealousy and rage, Jacob let go of the only woman he had ever loved.
As the truth behind the events of the last several months shifts into sharp focus, Jacob is left with one final choice—move on without Lilly or fight with everything in his being to reunite with the love of his life. For Jacob, it’s the easiest decision he’s ever made.
Lilly watched her dreams crumble on international television when Jacob claimed she was “a brief fling”; too bad her heart never received the memo. Devastated by his most recent betrayal, she plans to flee England and Jacob forever, intent on escaping their tempestuous romance…until she learns the reality behind Jacob’s actions.
Just as their plans start falling back into place, the wheel of life doles out a tragedy that will test them on every level. Is Jacob’s love enough to carry them through or is the trail of heartache too difficult for Lilly to traverse again?
Tears dripped down Lilly’s cheeks as she shook her head. “You cannot keep breaking my heart—one wonderful week is not worth six weeks of torture.”
“It’s torture for both of us. This isn’t a one-way street, but the moments we shared are worth any degree of madness I’m suffering now.”
“Are they? I don’t know how to fix my heart, how to move on from loving you.”
Jacob closed his eyes at her agonizing words. She wanted freedom from the claim he held on her. “All I’ve ever wanted is your happiness. I don’t want you to move on, Lilly. I know that’s selfish, and you deserve—”
“I deserved you.”
Jacob’s intake of breath was sharp—he didn’t expect such a direct response. “You still have me.”
Lilly shook her head sadly. “I never had you.”
“How can you say that? I proposed marriage, bought us a home, desperately wanted a baby with you—”
“I didn’t need those things. I needed you. Just you.” Tears streamed down her cheeks. “I don’t want to be your dirty secret, some anonymous woman in London you have to hide. I know the reasons you felt it necessary to conceal our relationship, but it doesn’t make the knife cut any less deep.”
“You were never my dirty secret, you’re the love of my life.”
“The one no one knows about, the one who has to pretend our plans never existed, so that your ruse with Victoria can continue,” Lilly gritted out, her words biting.
Life is a series of adventures, waiting to be explored.
That’s how I look at life, the greatest adventure we will ever experience. My name is Julie Soper and I write under the pen name M.L. Broome (the M.L. stands for Mezza Luna). The name came to me in a dream, which is how many of my story ideas also appear.
My motto is that I’m a believer in love and a lover of life, even when life isn’t being kind or pretty. I’ve seen the darker side of human suffering through my years as an ICU nurse and nurse educator, but in those dark days, I also witnessed the depths of strength present in everyone. We are extraordinary beings when we allow ourselves the freedom to dream.
I’ve always created stories, with most remaining locked in the vault of my mind. But the story of Jacob and Lilly wasn’t satisfied being relegated to the confines of my head, and their tale of love found and lost was birthed into the world.
I hope you enjoy their love story. I know I do. I love these characters, even when their actions drive me to the brink of madness.
Love, light, and magic.