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“Catch me and you can have me.”

He studied her eyes. “‘Have me’ meaning…”

“Have me for the night.”

“For the purpose of…”

“For any purpose you want, although I’ve got a pretty good idea what that purpose will be. Even virgins aren’t that dense.”




Formerly titled Hale's Point


While house-sitting at a waterfront estate, sweet, straight-laced Harley is stunned by the arrival of her employer’s supposedly dead son, an Alaskan bush pilot with a bad boy rep who’s been wounded in an airplane crash. Coming home after years of estrangement—and a stint in prison—to make amends with the old man is difficult for Tucker, but not half as difficult as keeping his distance from the super-sexy but virginal Harley while they share the house, awaiting his father’s return.


Having given up on the idea that he’ll ever fully heal from his ravaged leg, Tucker balks when Harley urges him to swim as physical therapy—until she adds a unique incentive: “Catch me and you can have me.” Her certainty that he’ll never be able to swim that fast evaporates when he embarks on a rigorous training regimen, determined to claim her as his prize. But when she unearths the dark secret in his past, will she still be willing to pay up when the time comes?


The Black Sheep, formerly titled Hale’s Point, is a full-length, professionally edited novel that is Book 1 of the North Moon Bay contemporary romance series, but can be read and enjoyed on its own. It was honored with Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award.


“Harley and Tucker are unforgettable characters and this is an unforgettable story.” RomEx Reviews


“Passionate, playful, powerful!” The Literary Times


“Patricia Ryan creates a richly blended texture of passionate desire and tender love to keep our hearts aflame through each and every page.” RT BookReviews


“An amusingly tender and emotionally poignant glimpse into the souls of two people wounded by the very ones who should have nurtured them.” Affaire de Coeur


Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense by Patricia Ryan: (Other authors have started publishing in this genre as “Patricia Ryan,” which has led to confusion. Any full-length contemporary novel that is not on this list was written by someone else.)


Hot City Nights Books

A Burning Touch

Deep in the Night

Arm Candy


North Moon Bay Books

The Black Sheep

The Marriage Arrangement

My Best Friend’s Girl


Single Titles

Pure and Simple

Good to Be Bad


About the Author: Patricia Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen romances and mysteries, including the #1 national bestseller Still Life With Murder, written as P.B. Ryan. A RITA® winner and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two RT BookReviews Awards. Subscribe to her newsletter by visiting 

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