Once Upon a Time…
Welcome to 1001 Dark Nights… a collection of novellas that are breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic. Some are paranormal, some are contemporary. Each and every one is compelling and page turning.
Inspired by the exotic tales of The Arabian Nights, 1001 Dark Nights features New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.
In the original, Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with nightly stories so that he will postpone her execution.
In our versions, month after month, each of our fabulous authors puts a unique spin on the premise and creates a tale that a new Scheherazade tells long into the dark, dark night.
…Happily Ever After
The Bed Mate
(A Room Mate Novella)
by Kendall Ryan
I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.
Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.
She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.
Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my … other parts … all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?
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An Exclusive Interview With Kendall Ryan:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
Oh, how I loved Maggie and Sam! How did you choose them for this novella?
First, thank you so much! I had been dying to write a true best friends to lovers romance for a long time—the kind where everyone knows (but them) that they’d be perfect together. And Sam’s character just popped into my head—this sweet guy who was always there for her, letting her borrow his jacket when she was cold, and looking out for her always, and ahhh, I just knew he’d be so sweet. The perfect bestie, and really the perfect boyfriend if they were brave enough to cross over the friend zone territory.
I adore a good friends-to-lovers story. What is one of your favorite tropes to write?
I have so many favorites … a good old surprise pregnancy is great, as is accidentally married in Vegas. I’ve never done that one, and now I want to!
If you could cast Sam and Maggie for a movie, who would you choose to play them?
Oh my goodness, that is such a hard question to answer!!! I truly do not know. But I do know, they’d need to have that great, flirty chemistry, and work as both friends and as lovers.
What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
I love the 90s! I like everything from Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins to Janet Jackson!