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About Magdalen Braden
After pairing up lawyers romantically in her head for fifteen years, Magdalen Braden traded in her job as an attorney to set her inner matchmaker free. Today she draws on her past adventures in a Philadelphia law office to write her sexy contemporary romance series, The Blackjack Quartet.
Blackjack & Moonlight, the third installment in the series, was a finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest in 2012. All four books contain love, romance, and a solid dose of legal humor.
Magdalen connects with readers at her local satellite of the Lady Jane's Salon® reading series, and with fellow writers at her Romance Writers of America® chapter.
When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her crossword-loving husband, their Rhody-mix dog, and two omnipresent cats in the Endless Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania.
Fiona Wheeler has built a career as a math tutor. Her resolve to remain professional is shaken when Aarón Gabriel looks at her “that way”. She’s attracted to the divorced man—he’s beyond sexy!—but it would be wildly inappropriate to date him. Then he asks her to dance…
With a busy law practice and a teenage daughter to raise, Aarón has no interest in dating. Then he sees Fiona, a gorgeous woman he wants in his arms. Will she let him lead her off the dance floor and into his bed?
Hotshot litigator Elise Carroll doesn't have time for romance--she wants to make partner at her Philadelphia law firm. Despite her mother's urging, Elise avoids settling down by keeping her relationships short and sexy. Her idea of a perfect date? Beer and pretzels at a Phillies game.
When Jack "Blackjack" McIntyre--Philly's super-sexy new judge--falls for Elise in court, she's horrified. He "claims" to be in love with her--but that can't possibly be true. He doesn't give up trying to wine and dine her, though, so she devises a new scheme. Like all men, surely he'll leave after a short and sexy fling.
Only problem--Blackjack refuses to sleep with her! They compromise--she'll go on his romantic dates if he'll alternate them with her "just sex" dates. Their contract works surprisingly well--until Elise can no longer find the line between love and sex.
Can Elise get her life back where she wants it--in a partner's office? Or will Jack McIntyre use his superpowers to win their contest of wits?
Meghan Mattson's chances for a stellar law career evaporate when her con-artist mother steals her identity. Forced to quit law school, Meghan keeps her history a secret and works as a paralegal at a top Philadelphia law firm, where everyone on the Complex Litigation team resents her.
Everyone, that is, except the new team leader. Dan Howard, fresh from the US Attorney's office, knows that Meghan was at the top of her law school class. He doesn't care that she's a paralegal ... what matters is her first-class legal mind. He insists she work on the big class-action lawsuit that would land his first client. All he has to do is keep his attention on the case and off his oh-so-sexy paralegal.
As Dan and Meghan tackle the tricky case, their mutual attraction heats up in the office and the bedroom. Rivals inside the law firm want them to fail. Secrets from the past threaten their relationship. Will their office romance have a fairy-tale ending? Or will their enemies cost them their chance at happiness?
The Cost of Happiness is a stand-alone legal romance. It's also Book Two in Magdalen Braden's Blackjack Quartet, following Love in Reality.