Martha O’Sullivan – April 2014




Martha O’Sullivan

Lindsay Foster has convinced herself that marrying Paul Webster is the right thing to do. But she and Brian Rembrandt have some unfinished business. And Brian never met a rule, or a woman, that couldn’t be broken. So when Lindsay won’t come to him, he goes to her.  But this love triangle has an extra side. And even Brian is no match for what happens next.

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Review for Second Chance
Loved this story and the rich, developed characters. Excellent setting description. I really felt like I could see and feel through the eyes of Lindsay. Can’t wait to continue this love story in the next book!

This was a wonderful love triangle love story that does not disappoint! I could not put it down once I started it! Looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy!

Martha O’Sullivan is an up and coming romance author I recommend following. I have read the first two books of her Chances Trilogy and have been very impressed with her writing skills, imagination and her ability to write provocative prose. I highly recommend giving all three of her books a read.



Eight hours later Lindsay rolled onto her back and opened one eye and then cautiously, the other. Her head, the apparent bounty in a volleyball tournament, was splitting in two. She sat up slowly, promising herself she would never, ever drink again and cursed the summer sun. Surveying the room, she noticed a blanket and pillow strewn upon the narrow couch in the corner. She sprung up, hand on heart, and realized she was still in her dress.

And that Brian had stayed here. The panic rising inside her would have been enough to keep her cowering in bed, but for the rich, earthy aroma floating through the crisp morning air. She rose gingerly, stomach pulling in apprehension and anticipation, and headed downstairs.

“You really need to do something about those creaky floors.” Brian was standing on the bottom landing, legs crossed at the ankles, with a wide grin on his face. It accentuated the crow’s feet that framed his eyes and reminded Lindsay of wondering what color eyes a baby of theirs would have. The most perfect shade of blue, no doubt. He handed her the steaming mug in his right hand, adding, “Good morning.”

“Good morning.” Lindsay imbibed the coffee, sighing dreamily as it slid down her throat. “Thanks.”

“I sweetened it with honey. Does wonders for a hangover.” “I’ll take the hive, then”

“You look great if that’s any consolation. Love the pjs.”

Lindsay ignored his attempt at humor. “You stayed here, didn’t you?”

His expression instantly collapsed. “I couldn’t leave you like that. Plus,” he hesitated, then finished quietly, “I still need an answer.”

“An answer?” she stalled, averting her eyes to the open deck door. A wave runner roared by, leaving a zigzag of foamy footprints in its wake.

“Yeah.” He was so close now she could smell the morning on him. “Why did you run away?”

The pull in her stomach became incorrigible twinges of angst. “I didn’t run away,” she countered briskly. “My grandmother needed me.”

Brian tipped her face to his. “I needed you.”

Her heart soared in her chest, but she bridled it. Not enough, she silently disdained. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have ended things that way. I know that now.”

“You can’t end what’s not over. And it’s not over between us.” Linking his arms around her waist, he made quick work of the small space between them.

“It has to be.”

“It’s not,” he muttered, kissing that spot under her earlobe. The one he knew sent a quiver coursing through her body that wicked between her legs.

Like it was right now.

But it would be the last time. The last time her head would slant, allowing his lips to tantalize and devour her throat en route to her mouth. The last time their tongues would meet and part rhythmically, lasciviously. The last time his hands would scoop her up at the buttocks, and she would instinctively coil her legs to circle his hips and her arms to wreathe his neck. The last time her delta would press against his urgency. Because somehow she would learn to live without his scent, his touch, his weight on her.


Insides blazing, she went boneless as he carried her to the couch. His hands crept up her back, fumbling with the knot at her neck. She felt the ties of the halter fall into the valley between her breasts. Pangs of molten desire flooded her stomach as Brian suckled one breast, then the other. Straddled between his brawny legs, she arched beneath him on the cool leather. Sighing endearments, Brian fondled, nipped, and licked. His tortuously slow tongue worked her bare throat and chest while his lightning fast hands claimed her torso and hips. Then a primal reverberation began to quicken in the essence of her. And just as it was about to break free, he clutched her face and heaved, “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anything more than I want to make love to you right now.”

Lindsay recognized the feral need in his eyes and knew it mirrored her own. “I don’t think I have either. But we can’t.” She shook her head, trying to clear her mind despite the vapor steaming between their bodies. “I’m getting married.”


About the author

Martha O’Sullivan has loved reading romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing her own novels is the realization of a lifelong dream for this stay-at-home mom. Martha writes contemporary and erotic romances with traditional couples and happy endings. She is the author of the Chances trilogy from Red Sage Publishing. Her current work-in-progress in a sweet and steamy Christmas romance set in Costa Careyes, Mexico. A native Chicagoan, she lives her own happy ending in Tampa with her husband and two daughters. Please visit or for reviews, excerpts and more.

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Also by Martha O’Sullivan


Martha O’Sullivan’s Chances trilogy is available now from Red Sage Publishing. Second Chance, the trilogy opener, is a reunion/love triangle romance that keeps the shores of Lake Tahoe blazing hot long after the sultry summer sun has set. Chance Encounter, the trilogy’s second installment, heats up San Francisco’s chilly days and blustery nights with white-hot passion and pulse-pounding suspense. And in Last Chance, the conclusion of the trilogy, lifelong friends-turned-lovers melt the snow-packed Sierras into lust-fueled puddles despite the single-digit temperatures of the Lake Tahoe winter.


Interview with Holly Hewson

HH: Martha, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Second Chance and is the first in your Chances trilogy. First, what can you tell us about this fabulous trilogy?

MO: The books are about finding true love and trusting in it, even in the wake of unexpected and seemingly unsurmountable circumstances. And the various leaps of faith it takes each couple to overcome them. Each book focuses one couple’s story, with the other couples as secondary characters. They are contemporary, soft erotic love stories with traditional M/F couples and happily ever after endings. The stalwart heroines are effortlessly beautiful and wonderfully flawed and the alpha heros are wildly handsome and unapologetically successful. Like old-fashioned romance novels cranked up a few notches! The books are set Lake Tahoe and San Francisco, two places for which I have a long-held affinity.

 HH: How does Second Chance kick it off?

MO: With a bang! Lindsay Foster has convinced herself that marrying lifelong Paul Webster is the right thing to do. But an inadvertent reunion with Brian Rembrandt rekindles the unfinished business, and passion, between them. And Lindsay finds herself torn between the life she’s always wanted and the man she’ll always love.

Brian’s up for the fight; he’s used to getting what he wants. And he still wants Lindsay.

But this love triangle has an extra side. Lindsay’s best friend Moira Brody has a game-changing secret. And she’s not the only one. Even Brian is no match for what happens next. The chain of events set in motion on the tranquil shores of Lake Tahoe come to an astonishing end on a foggy San Francisco night. And alter the course of four lives forever.

HH: What do you like best about Lindsay and what will readers like about her?

MO: Fate has not been kind to Lindsay, but she’s a survivor. But her need to have a family of her own to close the hole in her heart is tearing that very heart apart. She has to get out of her own way and follow her heart instead of her head to finally be whole again.

HH: What do you like best about Brian and Paul and why will readers love them?

MO: I’ll concentrate on Brian. There’s not much not to love about Brian Rembrandt. He’s handsome, successful, a perpetual gentleman and good father. But under that macho exterior is an unexpected vulnerability. And there’s nothing sexier than watching those tough guy layers peel off. Among other things…

HH: What can you tell us about the other two books?

MO: The books are really about taking chances and making choices. In Chance Encounter, the second installment of the trilogy, Delaney Richards finally trusts her once-betrayed heart and lets herself return the love of renowned ladies man Mike Savoy. But when blackmail turns to ransom, that choice becomes her only chance to survive… And since Paul and Moira’s love story has been years in the making, what better way to end the Chances trilogy than to bring them, and everybody else, full-circle in Last Chance.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

MO: I’m writing a sweet and steamy Christmas book set in beautiful Costa Careyes, Mexico.

HH: What inspires you in your writing?

MO: I got tired of reading other people’s books! Stories are everywhere; I like to people-watch to get my creative juices flowing. And my favorite place in the world is Lake Tahoe, so I combined the two.

HH: What are you reading?

MO: I’m reading Vision in White by Nora Roberts.

HH: What goals have you set for yourself this year?

MO: In addition to promoting my Chances trilogy, I want to finish my WIP by year’s end, but with a daughter graduating from high school and going off to college, that goal might be a bit lofty.

HH: Where can readers find you online?


One Comment

  1. Martha O'Sullivan
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 13:16:40

    Thanks for a great interview and feature month, Holly!


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