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He wants her back.

She wants him gone.

Can a fake engagement solve everything?


Rock star Cole Hanson has always taken care of the people in his life—first his younger brothers and now his bandmates. It wasn’t a role he chose, but he’s good at it and it brings security to the people who matter to him. But when a near-death experience forces Cole to decide what he wants, there’s only one name on his lips…

Mia Durant’s heart (and her singing career) was crushed by Cole years ago. Between her work as an ER nurse and raising her best friend’s son, she doesn’t have time for anything more, least of all second chances. But when Mia is on the brink of losing everything — again —  Cole offers her a solution she can’t refuse.

Problem is, that solution involves a huge, though temporary, diamond on her finger. Now Mia has to keep her world on track while guarding her heart, something she’s never been able to do around her first love.

When Cole’s fame endangers Mia’s welfare, he’s faced with the ultimate test of responsibility. How can he be with the only woman he’s ever loved and still keep her safe?

Featuring a steamy second chance at first love surrounded by familiar characters and places, This Time For Us delivers a story of new opportunities and undeniable passion for anyone who believes it’s never too late to have the life you’ve dreamed of.


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About Elena


Elena Markem writes emotionally rich contemporary romances about dreams, love, and taking a chance on both. Her stories reflect her belief that life is about the passions we pursue, the people who support us along the way, and never giving up on what we want.


She can't start work without coffee, fall asleep without reading, or listen to Broadway musicals without singing along (badly). She loves time spend with her husband and sons as well as weekends with girlfriends, rom-com and old movies, and anything that sparkles. 

Feel free to join her on her ongoing quest for the perfect planner, the best diner breakfasts, and the gooiest chocolate chip cookie. In the meantime, she hopes you'll enjoy spending time in her sexy books where you’ll find strong heroines, heroes who find them irresistible, and at least one scene involving comfort food.

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