New York Engagement

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Love takes you to unexpected places

Krista Lopez has traveled from the white sands of Boracay Island to the bright lights of New York City for love. With Carpe diem as her motto and her boyfriend by her side, she is confident she can take on The Big Apple and the prospect of …

Meeting the Parents

Blake Ryan won the approval of his girlfriend’s conservative family when they met in the Philippines. Now, he’s eager to introduce the woman he loves to his Irish-American clan. To share his past with her as he prepares to ask her to be part of his future. But an urgent call in the middle of the night reminds him that things can change …

In a New York Minute

When a life-changing secret is revealed, will the ensuing fireworks blow up Krista and Blake’s romance? Or will they signal the celebration of a lasting commitment?

New York Engagement is the sequel to Boracay Vows, Book 1 of the fun and steamy multicultural contemporary destination romance series Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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Deborah Kerr is right, Krista thought. The Empire State Building is the nearest thing to heaven in New York City. The bright lights of The City That Never Sleeps twinkled before her from the 86th-floor open-air observation deck of what was once the tallest building in the world. Snow blanketed the floor beneath her and the rooftops nearby, creating a winter wonderland of enchantment. Despite the bracing air, inside she felt warm, joyful.

Krista stepped away from the railing to rest her head on the hard chest of the man who was the primary reason for her contentment. Blake stood behind her, patiently allowing her to take in her fill of his birthplace. Her pulse skittered when he wrapped his arms around her and clasped both of her gloved hands in his.

“Cold?” he asked, his hold on her tightening when she shivered.

Krista shook her head. “No, I’m fine. I’m warm and toasty.” Between the protection of her coat and the heat from his big body, she spoke the truth. His nearness made her tingle, not the wind of the frosty night, four days before Christmas.

They’d been together for nearly two months, but she still marveled at her body’s reaction to him. At their office in Makati, she never had to turn around or look to check whether he was in the same room. She had developed a sixth sense when it came to Blake Ryan.

Before they found themselves falling in love in Boracay, she had avoided being close to him, had made it a point to keep her distance. He was her boss, a foreigner, an American: someone Krista knew her mother wouldn’t approve of. Marissa Lopez’s own experience with an American, who she’d only known by the name “John,” had left her alone, pregnant, and full of shame. She didn’t want the same for her eldest daughter. But Krista’s heart wanted Blake. His heart wanted her.

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Reviews NYE

five star review MB

“What a wonderful continuation of Blake and Krista’s story. It filled out some of her back story and added a lot to the Carpe Diem world. Can’t wait for the next one!

~ MB, Amazon Reviewer

NYE Sera five stars

“A sweet and engaging followup to Blake and Krista’s story … I enjoyed meeting the rest of Blake’s family and the resolution of a long standing mystery. I particularly enjoyed the meaningful ways Malby incorporates Krista’s culture and the realistic negotiations Blake and Krista must still make as a newly in-love couple. “

~ Sera Taíno, author of The Broken Horse

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