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Contemporary Romances from Sophie Jacobs

Navigating love, life, family....

Sophie Jacobs pens traditional contemporary romance novels and novellas that appeal to a variety of readers. Her romance stories are generally "sweeter" than those written by her alter-ego pen name, Maddie James. 

Sophie lives a quiet life in a small Midwest village. Yes, it's officially called a village and not a town. She holds a fondness for both mountains and the beach, and traveling to new and familiar places. When she's not writing, she can be found puttering around her garden, walking the dog, or delving into some sort of new crafty project.

Sophie is currently working on a mainstream women's fiction novel, The Promise, to be released in 2020. Learn more about Sophie and Maddie at www.sanddunebooks.net.


All of My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 1)All of My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 1) FREE!

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When Suzie Hart inherited the lakeside Victorian cottage that would soon become Sweet Hart Inn, she imagined her life all planned out ahead of her. She would run the inn, write her recipes, and pick up an occasional catering job with her cousin Sydney. What she didn't plan on was Brad Matthews.

Suzie Hart has it all. A beautiful home, friends and family, and the sweetest job in the world. She's the best darned cook in Harbor Falls, North Carolina, and has the street cred to prove it. She runs her own bed and breakfast, writes a food blog, and is working on her first cookbook.

Life is perfect. Right?

Wrong. You see, Suzie has a secret. And when that secret rides up to her doorstep on a bad-ass Harley and tosses her not-so-perfect little world into some kind of big, bad tumble, happy-go-lucky Suzie panics.

Brad Matthews doesn't have a secret, he has a plan--and that plan includes luring Suzie back into his life. When she worked as his sous chef in Asheville, he had no intention of falling in love with the sassy chef, or any woman for that matter. No room in his life for romance. But when Suzie disappeared and took Brad's heart with her, his good intentions shattered. Now that he's found her again, he's not about to let her alter the new path he's set out for his life--and hers.


Dance into My Heart (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 2) $3.99

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Gracie Hart lives a quiet life in Harbor Falls, North Carolina, until the renters next door move in and begin to wreak havoc in her life--and in her heart.

Gracie is healing from the tragedy that robbed her of the two things she loved the most and will never get back--her fiancé and ballet. The former ballerina now spends her time running a successful boutique gift shop called Romantically Yours, located in the heart of downtown Harbor Falls, North Carolina. With romance her business, who would guess she never intends fall in love again, no matter how loud her biological clock keeps ticking?

Rick Price only seeks a new life for himself and his young daughter--he's not in the market for a girlfriend or a mother for Izzie. Weary of juggling a demanding, although profitable, law career, and being a responsible father, he makes a bold move to leave his law position and rent a storefront property in the small town of Harbor Falls. He is eager to open a new business and start that new life.

But neither Rick's nor Gracie's plans hold up. When Rick and Izzie seem intent on wreaking havoc in Gracie's life--she realizes she has to face her past, in order to grab on to her future. Then Rick discovers his new life doesn't fix everything--his heart is still empty. Is Gracie the woman to put back the missing piece of his heart?


Take My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 3) $2.99

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When Shelley Hart ran off and married her sister's fiancé, the whole town of Harbor Falls was in a twitter. A few years later, with her husband deceased and two little girls to take care of, Shelley realizes her only recourse is to go home.

The last thing Shelley Hart wants is to go home for the holidays. She left her hometown of Harbor Falls, North Carolina nearly years earlier and hasn't returned. Her leaving humiliated her entire family and caused friction with her older sister Suzie. Who could blame Suzie for being upset? After all, Shelley ran off and married Suzie's fiancé, Cliff.

But everything has changed now--and going home is her only option.

Harbor Falls Police Officer Matt Branson values being alone, even during the holidays. Dubbed the town hermit, he prefers the solitude of his mountain cabin to socializing with friends--friends who say he still pines after the woman who got away. But the snowy day he pulls over an older model sedan speeding into Harbor Falls, things change. His gut slams against his backbone as a tearful woman rolls down the car window. His heart melts when she looks up into his eyes.

Shelley Hart is back in town--the woman who sent him into his cave in the first place.

The Christmas Nanny (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 4)The Christmas Nanny (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 4) $2.99

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When yet another acting rejection stuns Wynter Holly, she decides to give up acting altogether--until her friends' set her up for potential success with an unconventional, and perhaps unsuitable, intervention.

All Wynter Holly, aka stage name Wyn Hall, wants for Christmas is to be cast in a significant role in the upcoming Harbor Falls Actor's Playhouse production. What she gets is a gig playing nanny to four children who happen to be attached to the casting director of the play--the casting director who doesn't think she's suitable for any role in the play.

All Rob Black wants for Christmas is happy children and to be home. After all, he promised his brother and sister-in-law he would take good care of their kids while they enjoyed a second honeymoon, and that he'd provide them with a special Christmas. His niece and three nephews deserve a great Christmas but unfortunately, Rob has to fly off to California to satisfy his business partner, and can't deliver on his promise.

Can the nanny come to his rescue? And can Wyn play-act her way through this nanny business?

A series of twisted tales set both Wyn and Rob on a path of untruths they finally have to face. Have they both been cast in unsuitable roles? Or are they each exactly where they need to be?


Tame My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 6)Tame My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 6) $2.99

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What's a small town cop to do when the love of his life runs away when he pops the question? Call in the matchmaker for backup, of course!

Katie Long is not about to be saddled with commitment. She has dreams, plans, and she's working hard to fulfill them. Her relationship with local Harbor Falls police officer Chris Marks is fine just the way it is. Why does he think they need to change it up?

She knows why. She just doesn't want to deal with reality. But when Chris pops the question, reality hits her square in the face and she panics.

After Chris exhausts all hope of reasoning with Katie, he hires Suzie Hart to set him up with a romantic dinner for two, hoping she will work some of her matchmaking magic. Suzie does all she can to set the mood but Katie isn't about to be wooed. Then Suzie learns something about Katie and supplies Chris with a couple of items that might tame her wild heart, after all.

Will Katie react differently this time, when Chris pops the question?

Previously published as Hot Crossed Buns by Maddie James. Revised and updated 2018.


Match My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 5)Match My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 5) $2.99

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Suzie Hart Matthews is hard at work on her new cookbook, Perfectly Matched,when she asks the local wallflower, Mary Lou Picketts, to help her with a project.

Mary Lou fantasizes about falling in love with country music star Nash Rhodes, but is ready to settle for Barry Phillips down the street. After all, Barry is her real boyfriend and he has actually popped the question. The likelihood that Nash Rhodes ever will, is slim-to-none. Nash is nothing more than a celebrity crush waiting to never happen.

Nash Rhodes enjoys his newfound status in the country music world--after all, it is what he's worked toward for years--but he longs for a break in the action to ground himself in home and family after months of touring, night-after-night of concert halls, and days-upon-end of sleeping in his traveling bus. And while he also enjoys his adoring fans, and knows his career is dependent upon them, he's grown weary of being followed. Just when he has made plans to head home to Louisiana for a long weekend, the chance to play a benefit concert presents itself and he's not sure he can refuse.

When Nash comes to Harbor Falls for the music benefit to support the local children's hospital, Suzie wonders if she can perfectly match the miss-matched couple of Mary Lou Picketts and Nash Rhodes. After all, they seem perfect for each other, and she had managed to hook her little sister, Shelley, back up with her old high school boyfriend, Matt, hadn't she? Can she do it again?

 


The Dating Game: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 7)The Dating Game: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 7) $2.99

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Suzie Hart is earning quite the reputation as a matchmaking chef in the small town of Harbor Falls, North Carolina. Can she navigate the dating game for Lyssa Larkin?

When puppy nanny, Lyssa Larkin, tells her friends she has given up on dating and is devoting her life to dogs, Suzie realizes it's time to take matters into her own hands. She sets up a series of speed dating lunches for Lyssa at Sweet Hart Inn, designed to help the former Harbor Falls High Homecoming Queen meet as many men as possible in a short time period. Suzie knows Lyssa needs a push and some confidence--but soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Lyssa inspects and rejects her dates in two bites and sends them on their way. Suzie wonders if Lyssa really wants to date or just eat double lunches, and worries that soon Lyssa's hips won't fit her dainty dining room chairs.

That is until Suzie is approached by a potential suitor who is falling for Lyssa hard and fast--one who isn't on Suzie's original radar screen--and can't help working her matchmaking magic behind the speed dating scene. But will Lyssa reject this suitor as well?

The Dating Game continues the Harbor Falls, Sweet Hart Inn romance series featuring Suzie Hart's matchmaking antics. If you like a little humor with your romance, a bit of culinary expertise mashed up with snappy dialogue, imperfect characters, and a happily-ever-after ending, then perhaps The Dating Game is for you.


Miss Matched Hearts: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 8)Miss Matched Hearts: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 8) $2.99

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As local celebrity chef Suzie Hart starts to step out of her regional fame and into the bigger world, she launches her debut cooking show with some local flavor--a blind date matchmaking sketch with a friend that goes south quicker than geese in winter....

Becca North doesn't want a boyfriend--she is so off men. Her best friend Nora, however, makes boyfriend hunting a sport. When Nora, owner of the Harbor Falls' bookstore, Nora's Novel Niche, meets Suzie the matchmaking chef during a book signing at her store, she finagles her way into a romantic picnic blind date lunch on Suzie's new television show. Nora drags a reluctant Becca along for moral support.

Thing is, Nora's blind date would rather check out Becca.

Sam Ackerman understands the hazards of being childhood friends with Suzie Hart. Suzie has a way of convincing friends to do her bidding--whether they want to or not. How the landscaper gets finagled into this blind date scenario with a local book store owner is all Suzie's doings--and the fact that he is caught up in a matchmaking scheme is not lost on him.

Still, Suzie is persistent and he caves--but only as a favor. He's not interested in dating right now, let alone get joined at the hip with some blind date, husband-hunting, boyfriend-seeker. He's off women.

And then he spies Becca.


The Husband List: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 9)The Husband List: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 9) $1.99

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When Suzie Hart's success as the matchmaking chef hits the national foodie scene, her publicist produces a list of requirements totally unrelated to Suzie's newfound cooking show success. Interested more in Suzie's matchmaking talents, Patricia Plum presents, The Husband List.

Patricia Plum knows she's attracted to commitment-phobic men. Worse, they are attracted to her. Unlucky on her own in the couples department, she asks her new client for help. If Suzie Hart is as good as everyone claims, Patricia feels confident this hot new chef-turned-matchmaker will deliver the husband of her dreams. Just to move things along, Patricia presents Suzie with a specific list of husband requirements.

Ames Cooper is Patricia's commitment-phonic ex-boyfriend who screwed up royally in the past (both literally and figuratively) and watched her walk out of his life. He's a dozen years her junior and doesn't meet any of the requirements on her husband list because he's the exact opposite of every point on her list--not to mention the reason she compiled the list to begin with.

When photographer, Ames Cooper, steps into the photo shoot for Suzie's new cookbook and sees Patricia again, he realizes why his heart felt so empty these past three years. He regrets his past indiscretions and wonders how he can make things right with Patricia.

Will Patricia let him get close enough to prove he can be husband material, after all? And can matchmaker, Suzie Hart, really deliver Patricia's perfect mate to order?


The Heartbreaker (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 10)The Heartbreaker (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 10) $2.99

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Dr. Sam Kirk broke Lucki Stevenson's heart in high school. Years later, he's moved back into his childhood home--the house next door to Lucki. Will he leave her heartbroken again? Or can the good doctor mend her broken heart of the past?

Lucki spends most of her time coaching unruly teenagers and avoiding the unwelcome advances of a co-worker in her Harbor Falls Parks and Recreation job. So when all-grown-up, boy-next-door, Dr. Sam Kirk moves back into his childhood home, she doesn't hesitate welcoming him back into town and her life--as her childhood best friend, of course. Because that's all she and Sam will ever be--best friends.

She gave her heart to Sam once. She won't give him a second chance to break it.

Returning home to raise his younger brother after their mother's death, Sam feels fortunate that Lucki still lives next door, and is even happier that the tomboy he remembers is now a beautiful woman. Although reluctant to accept Lucki's expert advice about kids, thinking he knows what's best for his brother, Sam finally takes some advice from Lucki about how to handle the moody teenager. Convinced he's now on the road to success as a parent, Sam wonders if he can find similar success as Lucki's potential boyfriend.

Can Sam convince Lucki he is not the heartbreaker of her past? Can he mend her high school broken heart and risk a second chance at a future together? Perhaps, but Lucki is not easily swayed. That's when Sam gets the whole of Harbor Falls in on the act.


Chase My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 11)Chase My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 11) $2.99

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Suzie Hart is back in Harbor Falls after her television debut in New York. She and her cousin, Sydney, have a number of catering gigs lined up. She'd love to fix Sydney up with a date but when this new guy starts hanging around the bakery, her radar goes up. This guy is definitely not on Suzie's matchmaking list. Sydney, however, has other ideas.

High tea or sweet tea? As long as there are scones, it doesn't matter. In fact, Suzie's cousin Sydney Hart, owner of Sydney's Sugar High Bakery, makes the best damned scones east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon, and there was an article written in Southern's Best magazine to prove it. All is well and life is good, until a mysterious stranger comes to town, stalking Sydney's scones, and attempting to romance her out of her famous recipe.

Stone Kellerman isn't above romancing the scone recipe out of Ms. Sydney Hart. Although he has to admit he finds the woman attractive, and she appeals to him on a certain level, her scone recipe is what he is after. Her Double Orange Scone of Sinful Decadent Desire is among the best he has ever tasted. No wonder she stole the Best Scones of the South title from him. Stone's Scones of Atlanta had heralded that title for several years.

But hanging around her bakery shifts his priority from recipe to the baker. He's intrigued in the lovely pastry chef and finds himself tangled in his own plot to finagle her winning recipe out of her.

Will Stone romance Sydney out of more than her scone recipe?


Star Crossed (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 12)Star Crossed (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 12) $2.99

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When Jasmine Walker returns to Harbor Falls after a fifteen-year absence--she expects to tie up some legalities of a will and head back to her home in Atlanta that same day. What she doesn't expect is for her troubled teenage past to collide with her well-planned, professional future.

When Ms. Leinie Harbor Crockett dies and leaves something for Jasmine Walker in her will, Jasmine returns to Harbor Falls to meet with the attorney of the estate and learns she has inherited the contents of a safety deposit box. A letter explains Ms. Leinie's wishes and the stipulations around Jasmine's inheritance--stipulations and requests that Jasmine may not be able to fulfill. Ms. Leinie's wishes do not align with Jasmine's busy life in Atlanta, nor does running into her old high school boyfriend, Jack Ackerman.

The last person Jack expects to see at the bank that day is Jasmine Walker--but once he does, he knows he is not going to let her leave without a conversation. Fifteen years fell away in a heartbeat, and he needs to understand why she left Harbor Falls in the first place. Jasmine's confessions leave him confused and angry but he refuses to believe she no longer has feelings for him. When Jack learns his inheritance is intertwined with Jasmine's, things suddenly become clearer.

With her passing, is Ms. Leinie orchestrating a star crossed reunion from the grave, bringing two young lovers back together after fifteen lonely years of hurt, secrets, and misunderstandings?


No Sweeter Match: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 13)No Sweeter Match: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 13) $2.99

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When master chocolate taster, Scott Matthews, escapes to Harbor Falls to visit his brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Suzie Hart Matthews, he has only one request—no talk about work, and that includes any discussion of chocolate. He knows Suzie is a celebrity chef and warns them away from any fanfare, or discussion of his professional work with the Italian-based, world-renowned chocolate company, Bianchi Chocolates. All he wants is an uneventful few weeks to get away from chaos and relax.

What Jillian Bass wants is to make a success of her new business in Harbor Falls. This Manhattan transplant really wants to make it big in the small southern town. Forget New York, she is starting over small with her chocolate shop, Bittersweets, and setting out to impress the locals. Start small, think big, is her motto. What she doesn’t share is that chocolate runs in her veins, or that she has recently inherited her grandmother’s famous chocolate business—Chocolates by Jeaneva. This time she is doing things on her own terms, without help or influence from family. Bittersweets is her baby and hers alone. It’s time to prove herself.

All is fine until Jillian smacks straight into Scott outside of her shop, and he takes a whiff of her Belgian truffle… What follows is a flurry of spontaneous sexy encounters, a scandal, a couple of untruths, and a carefully orchestrated reunion by Suzie Hart guaranteed to result in no sweeter match than the one between Scott and Jillian.

Whether love comes with chocolate truffles, syrups, creams, or covered in sprinkles, this humorous and quirky story of dueling chocolatiers might leave you craving chocolate (and more!), all the while begging the question, “Is there anything better than chocolate?”


One More Kiss: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 14)One More Kiss: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 14) $2.99

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New Year's Eve is just around the corner and Emma Jo Baker has tried every trick in the book to land a date for the annual New Year's Eve Bash at Falls Lake Lodge. 
This year Emma doesn't want to spend New Year's Eve alone. She swallows her pride and hires matchmaker, Suzie Hart, to find her a date. She even tries setting up a kissing booth at the Harbor Falls Elementary Winter Carnival to meet a potential new date (under the guise of a school fundraiser, of course)--until the school principal promptly shuts her booth down, deeming it inappropriate.

She would love to show him inappropriate!

After eight years of teaching and five more in his role of principal, Will Craig knows he has just about seen it all. Between the students, their parents, and occasionally his teachers, school life is never dull. When he spies the kissing booth in the corner of the gym during the winter carnival, he knows things are about to get interesting--and he's not at all surprised that Emma Baker is behind the supposed fund-raising effort. That woman has both intrigued and frustrated him for far too long.

It's about time he does something about it.

There is one thing Will knows for certain--if Emma is passing out kisses, candy or real ones, he intends to be the first, and last, in line to sample the goods. And he definitely doesn't want to sample them in front of the student body.mazon Digital Services LLC


Not This Christmas (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 15)Not This Christmas (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 15) $1.99

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When Nora Patterson rear-ends Reverend Rock Peters' SUV on a secluded mountain road one snowy Christmas Eve, she finds herself temporarily snowbound with the attractive minister. 

Nora has prayed for someone to share Christmas with this year--and yes, for the rest of her life Nora has prayed for someone to share Christmas with this year--and yes, for the rest of her life. She'd thought time was running out, but could Reverend Peters be the one? Or will love pass her by again this Christmas?

Reverend Rockford Peters has accepted being alone but often longs for a special someone to share his life. He has experienced a couple of significant relationships over the course of his adult life, but no woman held his attention for long, or turned out to be the partner he needed and desired. That is, until Nora Patterson came crashing into his life.

But can love truly come so quickly to two people thrust together in an unusual circumstance?