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Vital Signs

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Before Girl

She’s the girl next door. He’s the guy who’s loved her from afar. 

They’re in for an unexpected tumble into love.

She’ll juggle your balls.

For Stella Allesandro, chaos is good. She’s a rising star at a leading sports publicity firm. She’s known throughout the industry as the jock whisperer—the one who can tame the baddest of the bad boys in professional sports without losing her signature smile. 

But Cal Hartshorn is an entirely different kind of chaos.

He’ll fix your broken heart.

This former Army Ranger and now-famous cardiothoracic surgeon fails at nothing…except talking to a woman he’s adored from afar. Whether on the battlefield or operating room, he’s exacting, precise, and efficient, but all of that crumbles when Stella is in sight. 

Cal always knows—and gets—what he wants, and now he wants all of her. His forever girl. 

But Stella isn’t convinced she’s anyone’s forever.

The Worst Guy

Eight weeks of forced proximity is a long time to hate someone you’re trying not to love.

Sebastian Stremmel doesn’t need another headache. He has enough of his own without Sara Shapiro, the noisy new reconstructive surgeon, stomping all around his surgical wing with her chippy, chirpy cheerfulness. 

But Sebastian doesn’t usually get what he wants. 

No one gets under his skin like Sara – so much so a heated “debate” and an exam room left in shambles later, they land themselves in eight weeks of hospital-mandated conflict resolution counseling. Now they’re forced to fight fair…which quickly leads them to playing dirty when no one’s looking. 

They know it’s a mistake. 

They promise themselves it will never happen again. 

They swear they got it out of their systems.

They didn’t.

Author’s Note: Grumpy/recovering people-pleaser sunshine. Introverts attract. Enemies-to-lovers in the workplace. Banter, bicker, and button-pushing foreplay. Don’t tell the friend group, get jealous when the friend group tries to fix her up.

Heat: rip her clothes off before you get the front door open. 

Angst: big laughs, big feels, no ugly crying.