Contemporary romances of forbidden love, second chances, and friends turning into lovers.
Blush level – slightly steamy
“Behind the Altar by P.C. Zick is a romance with excellently drawn characters and marvelous chemistry between them.” ~Christoph Fischer, International Bestselling Author
Leah Bryant’s life satisfies all her needs. Her engagement to Jacob Davis, minister of the Sunshine Christian Church, gives her the security she requires after living in a car during her teenage years. She runs a food kitchen out of the church for homeless vets who are living on the banks of Deer River. All is perfect until the day her future mother-in-law Geraldine tells her the church is shutting down the kitchen, and Dean, Jacob’s brother, rides his Harley into her heart. Leah’s world begins to crumble as she falls into Dean’s muscular and tattooed arms. Dean, who’s been away from his home for ten years, finds himself irresistibly drawn in by Leah’s natural beauty and genuine goodness. As they fight to stay away from one another, Leah and Dean keep finding ways to be together. The more they fight the attraction, the harder it is to stay apart.
Behind the Bar, Book Two in the Behind the Love Trilogy
Blush level: barely steamy
“While being a thoroughly entertaining romance at heart, Behind the Bar shows a writer with much insight into human nature and psychology, which makes the characters so utterly relatable and the story so much more interesting than many others in the genre. An enjoyable and thoughtful romance.” ~Christoph Fischer, International Bestselling Author
Susie and Reggie return to the Behind the Love Trilogy as the main characters in this romance. Susie and Reggie have been together since high school. When they watch good friends Dean and Leah find happiness, they both know something in their relationship must change. Susie believes that means marriage; she didn’t expect it to be Reggie deciding they needed a break from one another.
While on break, a handsome publisher comes back to Victory to sweep Susie off her feet, while the voluptuous Sally Jean works her charms on Reggie. Meanwhile, the Victory Tavern owned by Reggie grows into a star attraction for the town. Susie’s sister Lisa returns home and provides Susie some much-needed answers to the questions about their father. Reggie nearly loses everything in a bet that jeopardizes the Tavern. Secrets revealed bring more questions. When Reggie realizes Susie is the woman he loves, Susie must decide if she can ever trust him again.
Behind the Curtain, Book Three in the Behind the Love Trilogy
Blush level: barely steamy
Behind the Curtain is a lively read right in step with the times. Lisa’s reunion with her small hometown forces her to take a look at what she really wants for her future. As she navigates the demands of her role in the reality show, she learns the reality of her friendships and discovers the true love of her life. P.C. Zick engages the reader in the twists and turns of the close knit community. ~Kathy Conley, reviewer
When Lisa Williams returns to her hometown of Victory, Florida, with a producer of reality TV shows, not everyone is happy to see her, particularly her sister, Susie. Lisa finds herself at odds with everyone in town, even her close friend Tommy who tries to understand and support her dreams of becoming a star. When Tommy is assigned to cover the show’s filming as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune, he finds himself at odds with Lisa who he’s beginning to think of as more than a friend.
Sally Jean returns to the Behind the Love series as Lisa’s best friend. But the show threatens to tear them apart as well when the producer wants to make Sally Jean the star rather than Lisa. As Lisa finds herself losing everyone in her life, Tommy struggles to remain her friend, hoping she’ll realize that her actor boyfriend Jet isn’t any good for her. If he can convince her of that, perhaps he’ll stand a second chance at winning her fragile heart.
Smoky Mountain Romances
I began writing my Smoky Mountain series soon after moving to southwestern North Carolina. I didn’t intend to set the first one, a Christmas novella, in my new location, but the mountains called to me.
Blush level: None at all, unless you blush at unashamed sweetness.
Minty’s Kiss is one that pulls at your heart strings. Little town folks with big hearts. You know you have a gem on your hands when you have the readers wishing the story was a full-length novel, so you could explore the characters even more. ~Goodreads Review
When Molly retreats to North Carolina with Gracie, her ten-year-old daughter, she’s surprised to find her childhood crush, Nick, still living in the area. Months before her retreat, Molly’s husband announces he’s leaving to sail around the world with his best friend. She divorces him and takes Gracie and Harold, her seventeen-year-old cat, to the Smoky Mountains where she spent many happy childhood vacations.
The morning after her arrival, Nick shows up on her porch, and he is even more handsome than she remembered. She feels the flush of her adolescent crush heating up. But first, they must find Harold after he runs out the cabin door and into the woods.
When Nick discovers Harold lying dead at the base of the tree where Molly always went to read as a child, they bury him. A broken-hearted Gracie and Molly return to the cabin and discover a gray furry kitty under the porch. Gracie names him Minty
Gracie refuses to believe her father won’t come back for them, so she resents Nick spending time with her mother and tries her best to pull them apart. Can a small kitty named Minty help Gracie accept the love developing between Nick and Molly in time for her first Christmas in the mountains of North Carolina?
Minty’s Kiss is a sweet romantic novella, filled with holiday cheer brought to life by an adorable kitten.
Blush level: None – very sweet romance
“I absolutely loved this novel. P.C. Zick has a way of making her characters come alive and her storyline so believable and enjoyable, the reader quickly is absorbed into the novel past the last page.” Avid Reader, Amazon Review
When Lacy and George begin dating, each of them keeps a shield around their hearts. Lacy’s been hurt so many times, she’s afraid to let another man come close. George, reeling from a bitter divorce, doesn’t trust women for fear they’re all like his ex-wife.
Working together at Misty Mountain in a small town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains creates its own set of problems, especially when the ex-wife moves into town. Lacy’s family history causes further complications when too many want to remind her of her sister’s bad reputation and subsequent death.
It’s a complicated mess, but the attraction between Lacy and George keeps them coming back to simpler solutions. If they can put down their shields long enough to discover the love growing between them, then nothing will stand in their way to finding happiness.
Blush level: Only sweet kisses – no blushing
“This sweet story is filled with the feelings and desires of a first true love relationship. Add some family drama and mystery and you have a recipe for a story that reminds you of your own first love.” Colleen Chesebro, Silver’s Book Reviews
Mountain Miracles once again brings back some of the beloved characters from Murphy, North Carolina. Two newcomers come to town to start new businesses. Sissy’s dream has always been to own her own business so she sets her sites on opening a coffee shop, right next door to David, who is also trying to start a new business — a small town newspaper. The two are undeniably attracted to one another and join a partnership of sorts to help one another get started. But life has different plans for these two who may have to give up their dreams in order to fulfill past obligations. With the help of Fran, they begin to hope that all is possible.
A Merry Mountain Christmas
Blush level: So very sweet it will bring cavities!
“This story is well done. It is filled with competing questions and situations.” Dave Parker, VINE VOICE
A Merry Mountain Christmas stars none other than Fran, the woman who has been a mother to all of the characters in the previous books. In this Christmas novella, it’s Fran’s turn to find love. She reunites with her first love and finds a passion for rescuing cats and dogs. This inspiring story shows its never too late to find love.
And two more!
Blush level: Steamy
“With great charm, humor, and sensuality, veteran author P.C. Zick gives us not only characters we really care about, her knowledgeable use of authentic, locker room baseball lingo throughout makes this very well-written romance novella a wonderful read. Five stars!” ~ S.R. Mallery
When Adriana Moretti meets baseball star Tomas Vegas, she’s surprised by his kindness. While Tomas puts all his energy into winning the World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he’s thrown off his game by the brilliant and beautiful Adriana, who owns a multi-million dollar business she started with her late husband. She’s determined to carry on his legacy, but she doesn’t expect to fall for the handsome Puerto Rican Tomas. His supermodel ex-girlfriend and Adriana’s tightly-knit Italian family threaten to tear them apart, which causes Tomas to disappoint his team and Adriana to ignore her business. The more they’re pulled apart, the more they yearn to be together.
Love on the Wind – A Kindle Worlds Book (Melissa Foster’s Remington World)
Purchase link: Only available on Kindle.
Blush level: Steamy
“I have read quite a few of PC Zick’s books and this is my favorite by far. While written a little racier than the others, it sets the tone for some sexual tension between Jeff and Kiley that is palpable. P.C. Zick has a way of drawing you into the fold and having you invested in the ins and outs of finding love on the wind. A great read to take to the beach and finish in one sitting, leaving you waiting for the next book!” ~Amazon review
Six years of traveling for her television series has left host Kiley Nelson longing for a place to call her own. Spending a weekend at her girlfriend’s beach house is the perfect reprieve, especially when she purchases property to finally settle down. But her peaceful escape is shaken when she smashes into a car containing the sinfully sexy and infuriated passenger, Jeff Hammond, who immediately melts her heart.
Jeff, staying at his friend’s Montauk home to relax after a trying week of building a home for a spoiled diva, doesn’t count on sharing his weekend with the flaky, yet incredibly sexy, Kiley. He agrees to build her house, despite the tug on his heart as Kiley turns him on in every delicious way.
Passionate weekends and shared dreams begin to shape the house they start to build together. As their relationship deepens, so do the wounds from past hurts, rousing ghosts from Jeff’s traumatic past. When a summer storm rolls in at the nearly complete house, they’re forced to deal with the past before it shakes and cracks the very foundation they’ve built.
Jingle Bell Love – A Kindle Worlds Book (Melissa Foster’s Remington World)
Purchase link: Only available on Kindle.
Blush level: Steamy
“I loved this story. The story was steamy, but I still felt deeply invested in both Denny and Jill and their personal stories. The steaminess between them seemed to escalate organically and add that fun and risque touch, but not at the expense of the readers investment in their story. My first question after reading it was, “Will there be more stories about Denny and Jill?” – Thanks PC for another great ride – I miss them already!!!” ~Amazon review
Denny and Jill find themselves lustfully drawn to one another. When friends disapprove, they hatch a pact to be friends with secret benefits. When those benefits explode into something more than primal urges, one of them breaks the pact, and the whole affair and friendship ends up unraveling as the holiday season approaches. This steamy romance jingles all the bells for the Christmas season.