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10 things about the Assassins and Sweethearts Series by S.J. Maylee #RomSuspense

I’ve talked about my assassins and few times here already, here, here, and here. 😀 Today, I’m I’m going to share a bit about the whole series, Assassins and Sweethearts. When I started writing the first story, I had no idea I was writing about an assassin. I did know immediately that he was dangerous and that my heroine was taking a huge risk falling for him, but I couldn’t stop her. The result is a thrilling ride of lust, suspense, and heart pounding love.
Here are Ten Things about the Assassins and Sweethearts Series:

  1. The four assassins are Ethan, Aidan, Max, and Gavin. You get to meet each of them in Desire Unexpected, book 1.
  2. In each book in the series, I will attempt to find a sweetheart for one of the assassins. Book 2 is a free read where Ethan’s story continues. Always love finding out what happens after the initial end and I’ve done that with the 2nd book.
  3. Aidan and Gavin are brothers and they’ve known Ethan all their life. Eventually you’ll see how Max fits in. He keeps telling me I can’t share his secrets. But now that I’ve dangled his sweetheart in front of him, he’s loosening up. <3
  4. Each assassin has a skill that helps them to excel in this chosen profession. They are each smart enough to know when they should lean on one another. They’re a team in more ways than one.
  5. Ethan has a head for business. He takes full advantage of his success and often hides in plain sight.
  6. Aidan is a ghost. You’ll never see him coming.
  7. Max is brute strength, but don’t let that fool you. He’s also the sweetest one of the bunch.
  8. Gavin is the foundation and looks out for everyone, keeping his eye on the big picture.
  9. The sweethearts play a huge role in the series. Not only do they need to find a way into the hard hearts of these assassins, but they’ll unravel the threat that will be growing throughout the series.
  10. When each assassin has their sweetheart, a new series will spin off with a whole new crew.

These men may kill for a living, but they’ll capture your heart. And once they have you, they’re not going to let go.

Desire Unexpected, Assassins and Sweethearts Book 1

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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
Nadia and Ethan

Sparks fly when two art lovers find common ground. When his ruthless life threatens to tear them apart, he must choose between all that he desires and keeping her safe.

Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts Book 2 (FREE Read)

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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
Nadia & Ethan

When a woman fears her fiancé is straying, she follows him and walks right into his Op. Now, he must incorporate her into his plan before they’re both killed.

Unexpected Destiny, Assassins and Sweethearts Book 3

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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
Liz and Aidan

When an assassin falls in love with the woman he’s contracted to kill, he’ll stop at nothing until she’s safe.

S.J.’s First Assassin – How it all started #romanticsuspense

I’m back and happy to report that I had an absolutely lovely time at the book fair last weekend. You can read about my experience here. <3

Right now, I’m deeply immersed in my WIP. I’ve surrounded myself with assassins and their sweethearts.  Gosh, I love this series. The physical risks they take totally matches the emotional risks. It’s one wild writing ride.

It’s got me thinking about how it all started. Once I had the series title it all came to me. I also have spin-off series planned. I’m going to be writing in this world for some time to come.

Ethan Wright started it for me. I saw his story first, a man so used to being in control. Oh, he’s delicious. Then one woman is set in his path and his whole life is flipped upside down.

Aidan’s story came to me next. I shared a bit of his story the first time I was here. See that link up above.

Now, I’m all about Max. This man knows things. Wow! His heroine is one lucky lady. I’m off to a writer’s retreat in a few weeks and I’m hoping to finish or come awfully close to finishing his story. Fingers Crossed. Knock on wood. I’m all over it. 😀

For now, I leave you with Ethan. The man who started it all. Swoon!



Book Description:

Life is passing Nadia Duskin by from her position in the mailroom. It only fulfills two necessities, keeping the repo man away and keeping her up to date on her sexy CEO.

Ethan Wright is prepared to frighten and fire the nosey girl who sorts his company’s mail. After engaging with her at one of his favorite places in the world, he digs deeper.

Together, they find the kind of pleasure that could keep them satisfied for a lifetime. Her love may be the key to putting both of their lives back on track, but to what end? When a man he’s been contracted to kill threatens Nadia’s life, he forces her to face reality. Either they’ll delve deeper into the desires neither expected or they may die trying.

Be Warned: spanking, light BDSM, public exhibition

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He pressed up against her and she lost herself in his ever-changing eye color. The hall was dark enough that she couldn’t see any of the gold tones or the green. All she saw was varying shades of darkness and him watching her. She should have felt trapped, but she’d never felt safer. It was in that moment she realized she was losing her common sense and it was time to shake off this stupor his presence seemed to put her in.

“You know, I’m surprised to see you here tonight. Where’s Mrs. Big—I mean Mrs. Windthrop?”

“You sound jealous.”

“And you’re evading the question.”

He claimed her wrists, and pulled them above her head. Her breasts pushed out and attracted his attention, sending power through her veins.

“You seem distracted. Am I tempting you?”

“Fuck, Nadia. You’ve been on my mind since I left you.”

“You left me in the middle of the night, naked and alone.”

“I tried to stay away, but, honey, you’re the worst kind of distraction. When I’m hard for you, I can’t think of much else.” With one hand holding both of her wrists, his other hand explored her body.

“Hell, Ethan, how am I supposed to respond to that?”

“You can tell me why you skipped out on work today. I have to say, you don’t appear sick to me.” He seized her throat. His fingers wrapped back to her nape and his thumb caressed her jaw. His eye’s darkened further as he looked her over. “In fact, you look good enough to eat.”

She rocked her pelvis back, fighting the wanton desire she couldn’t eliminate. She shook her head back and forth and tried to pull her hands down. “I wasn’t a distraction today.”

“Ah, you are jealous.” He pushed her wrists firmly into the wall. His free hand dragged down the side of her breast and then made a direct shot under her short skirt to her pussy.

Their gazes locked and her breathing increased. She struggled to remember her spot in their conversation. “You’ve made no commitments to me. So, that’s ridiculous.”

“Now who’s evading the question? Would it make you feel better to know I’ve been thinking about your hot pussy all day?” The heel of his hand abraded her clit. “I spent the day trying not to think about you and ended up trying to figure out a way forward for us because I can’t seem to give you up.”



Meet the New Dirty Birdy – S.J. Maylee @SJMaylee

red-roses-100x100There’s a new Dirty Birdy in town! I’m so excited to be here and rubbing feathers with the other birdies. I’m a big fan of each one. This is pretty thrilling for me. So cool! *pauses to recover from a fan girl moment*

This weekend I’ll be attending the Ignite Your Soul Author Event in London, ON. I’m so excited AND nervous. Last year I attended my very first book fair. Having a table at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together was amazing. I was surrounded by incredible authors and such friendly readers. It took me over a week to recover from the nerves generated by putting myself out there like that. So, here I am again putting myself out there for the first time with all of you. Be gentle please. 🙂


This weekend I’ll need to share who I am and what I write. I thought you’d like to know that too.

I’m S.J. Maylee, just had my 3rd authorversary and my 12th release. My stories so far are all Contemporary Erotic Romance with D/s. My Love Projects Series takes on office romances and my Assassins and Sweethearts Series dives into Romantic Suspense.


I like to think I write about real people. Well, they’re real to me anyways. What I mean is, my stories highlight my heroine’s fantasies, but what happens next is very real. What happens when the fantasy has been explored and real life steps back in? Can they stuff those desires back in the box? I don’t think so.

Oh man, exploring my characters and writing wherever they lead me is an incredible experience, but one of the best things about being an author is connecting with other authors and readers. This weekend I’m meeting and tackle hugging my long time crit partner and our very own Dirty Birdy, Kacey Hammell. Squee! I cannot wait! This gal keeps me going. I can’t tell you how much she means to me.

In my new release, for the first time, I named my heroine after one of my readers. I’ve named characters after fictional people before, but this is the first time I’ve named a character after someone I’ve met on my writer’s journey, a reader who has allowed me to become a part of her life. She’s a real friend. What a gift this writing ride truly is.

Here are all the details and a dirty little excerpt from Liz’s book, Unexpected Destiny.

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Book Description:

Elizabeth Martin thought she had her happily ever after, until her husband mysteriously disappeared. Aidan Clery is a skilled assassin-for-hire who wants nothing more than to find the love of his life. Fate throws Liz in his path and everything is perfect, except Aidan just won the contract on her life.

The truth surrounding Liz’s estranged husband takes the pair on a dangerous journey. Nothing in their lives will ever be the same. Destiny may be unexpected but it will be up to Aidan and Liz to discover the truth and claim their real happily ever after.

Be Warned: light BDSM, bondage, anal play

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Aidan turned off the faucet and caught the reflection of those gorgeous brown eyes in the mirror.

“Oops. Wrong door,” said his girl as she turned around.

“I can share.” He could handle the surveillance later. This woman deserved his attention.

She stopped and turned around. “Okay then.” She took a step toward him. “You know what? I should have asked for confirmation earlier.” Her gaze was full of mischief.

“You’re right. You should have asked.” He took a hold of her hand and pulled her close. “I sure would like to see that tiny scrap of lace.” And just like that his night got infinitely better.

She stopped her forward movement when their chests were a mere inch apart. A nice rosy blush heated her cheeks. He kept hold of her hand while her other played with the lapel of his dark leather jacket. “I can’t believe I’m doing this.”

“You need to get back to your friends?”

“Yes, but…” She licked her bottom lip. “Maybe I could stay here for a few minutes.”

“At least a few.” He tapped the bottom of her chin. “How about you start by telling me your name?”

“Liz.” Her gaze met his and he wanted time to stop. Something about the lonely look in her eyes called to him to not let her get away. She shifted closer. “Who are you?”

He pushed his finger over her waistband, rubbing her hipbone. “I’m Aidan.” He squeezed the hand he still held. Her soft body relaxed against his.

“I should probably go. I need to get my friends home.”

“I don’t think you should go anywhere.” He brushed his nose against hers.

A delicious moan slipped from her lips. “I don’t want to leave but I need to make sure they get home safely.”

“It’s nice of you to look out for them.” Damn, she smelled good. It was lilacs or roses or something.

“I’d rather stay here with you.” She leaned in and their lips almost met. “My friends are always right. I should have gone out with them months ago.”

“Stay a few more minutes.” He caressed over her hips to her round ass. Hot tension filled his thoughts. Forget a few more minutes, he’d take all night and then some to explore this beautiful woman.

“More.” She scraped her teeth over her bottom lip.

A second later, the door opened. “Lizzy, we got to go. Emily isn’t feeling well.”

She dropped her head to his shoulder and he wrapped his arms around her.

“Oh, I’m so sorry, Lizzy.” The woman held the door open. “You’re right. He is cute. Bring him with you. Emily won’t mind.”

“She’ll be right out,” he said. Once the friend left the bathroom, he brushed her hair behind her shoulders and stroked her back.

“I feel like I’m cursed.”

“You and me both, sweetheart.” He didn’t let her go.

“Well.” She looked up at him from under her long, dark lashes. “It’s not what I had in mind but would you help me with my friends?” The soft tone of her voice had him imagining how she’d purr if he made her come. “I think I might be the only one sober and they can be a bit much to wrangle into a cab. They live north in Edgewater and then we could do something, maybe go back to my place.” She worried her poor bottom lip once more.

“I’d like that.” He squeezed her ass. “Sure. I’ll help, Lizzy.” He tugged on her hair. Then he’d help himself to more of her.

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S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.

When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.

As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.

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