Ainslie Paton

Ainslie Paton

Sydney, New South Wales

Ainslie Paton always wanted to write stories to make people smile, but the need to eat, accumulate books, and have bedclothes to read under was ever present. She sold out, and worked as a flack, a suit, and a creative, ghosting for business leaders, rebel rousers and politicians, and making words happen for companies, governments, causes, conditions, high-profile CEOs, low-profile celebs, and the occasional misguided royal.
She still does that. She also writes for love, and so she can buy shoes, and the good cat food.

Contemporary, Crime, Military, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, New Adult & College, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sports, Thriller & Suspense

Sixteen Reasons: Sally & Greg from Hooked on a Feeling

Sally’s mother keeps playing Connie Stevens’ Sixteen Reasons when she should be playing ABBA or The Bay City Rollers. Sally wants four things. For the world’s handsomest man, Ray to notice her, for Greg the dag, to rack off, to get her ears pierced, and to experience her first kiss. It’s 1975, everything is changing. Anything could happen. Sixteen Reasons is a novella. It includes day dreaming, pain for beauty’s sake, balloon dogs, zombie guts, long haired men in leather, fireworks, and the sweetest lip lock this side of the hip, cool and groovy 70s. It's a companion story to Hooked on a Feeling which ideally should be read first.

Menu Choices

Long distance relationships don’t work Nix Sutherland is at a crossroads. She loves running the family business, the famous Sydney Harbour-side Cafe Nix, and she also loves Linc, whose vet practice is in Melbourne. After months of jumping on planes and swapping cities, both of them too stressed and tired to enjoy being together, it’s all come to a head. In the middle of a typically busy day at the cafe that includes everything from broken hearts to breaking waters, cops to canoodling couples, Nix realises that loving the cafe means giving up Linc. Or does it?

Desk Jockey Jam: A Grease Monkey Jive Story

Anthony Gambese thought he had life sussed. Happy family, good mates, the freedom of surfing, a new career, and enough action in the bedroom to keep him well satisfied. He had no idea. But two chicks were about to show him the error of his ways, trashing his love-life, stealing his promotion and challenging his honour. And that was before he discovered what a roller-derby doll could do by skating over his heart. Like a roller derby jam, this novella is tight packed, fast and furious. It can be read alone or as a follow up to Grease Monkey Jive. It tells the story of Ant Gambese, the last of Dan’s mate’s not felled by a girl who was exactly what he needed, and didn’t see coming.

White Balance

He saw the world in grey. She gave him back his colour. In one stolen moment, a man bared his soul. She only saw him through her camera lens but she’s overwhelmed by the desire to comfort him. When Bailey meets scarily attractive Aiden, she’s struck by the oddest feeling he’s in pain. He soon proves how bogus first impressions can be. He’s not in pain. He causes pain, belittling with his intelligence and humiliating with his wit. Aiden’s life is wildly out of balance. But no-one needs to know that, least of all the sparkling Bailey, even if it means ruining a perfectly good professional relationship with the only woman who ever made him forget Shannon. Then together they save a man’s life, Aiden’s two realities collide and Bailey discovers she’s stolen his soul.

Hooked On A Feeling

From bestselling, groundbreaking author Ainslie Paton comes a groovy romance about changing times, growing up, breaking out and second chances. Set in Sydney in 1975, when pants and collars were wide, hair was big, eyelids were blue and neighbours shared each other’s lives. There’s a sexual revolution going on, but not in Gayle’s life. She’s never felt so old, so unattractive, and so helpless. Your husband asking for a divorce could do that to you. Now she’s the scandalous new neighbour, the single mum, the divorcee, who needs a job but doesn’t know how to balance her own cheque book. And then Steve and Ray arrive in her life, the former with chocolate hair and hurt eyes, the latter with a tomboy daughter and an uptight attitude. Suddenly, being separated doesn’t feel so shameful. This is the story of how Gayle lost her home to find true friends; her marriage to find a new life; and her husband to find love.

Unsuitable

Can they make trailblazing and homemaking fit, or is love just another gender stereotype? Audrey broke the glass ceiling. Reece swapped a blue collar for a pink collar job. She’s a single mum by design. He’s a nanny by choice. She gets passed over for promotion. He struggles to find a job. She takes a chance on him. He’s worth more than he knows. There’s an imbalance of power. There’s an age difference. There’s a child whose favourite word is no. Everything about them being together is unsuitable. Except for love.

Getting Real

From the bestselling author of Grease Monkey Jive comes a rollercoaster rock-and-roll ride of confronting fears, making music, and learning to be true. Rielle Mainline is a rock star with a hardcore image, a troubled heart, and a twenty-five-city tour to front with her band, Ice Queen. She should be ecstatic. But the tour includes Sydney and Rielle has spent years running away from that city. Jake Reed knows Rielle's reputation as a prize bitch will make being Ice Queen's tour manager a challenge, but Jake's confident he can handle her -- until he meets her. Then he's off-balance, not sure if he wants to kiss her or throttle her. Sparks fly, tempers flare, and boundaries are crossed. It's rock star verses roadie, alpha girl verses boy-next-door and neither of them will survive unchanged.

Shotgun Wedding (Sidelined Book 4)

Marry in Haste. Hell, Yeah Warning: Do not read this book if you dislike weddings. Reid wants a ring on Zarley’s finger, but Zarley doesn’t need a wedding to feel married to Reid. Owen is ready to start a family, but Cara isn’t sure she wants kids. Sarina is pregnant and proposed to Dev and he wants a wedding—by the weekend. Venue, guest list, invitations, the dress, the suit, rings, vows, catering. It’s a lot to get done in a few days. What could possibly go wrong? Only one thing is certain with this shotgun wedding, love is the trigger and hearts will take a direct hit of happiness. For better, for worse, forever. This is for readers who enjoy catching up with the HEAs of couples in the Sidelined series. All the stories in Sidelined can be read independently, in any order, except Shotgun Wedding, which is more fun if read after Offensive Behavior, Damaged Goods and Sold Short. Shotgun Wedding includes a bonus Sidelined Origins story, Running Interference, about how Reid and Dev met Sarina and Owen.

Sold Short (Sidelined Book 3)

Friendship is Overrated This is the story of a woman moving on with her life and the man she needs to leave behind Sarina Gallo is on a timeline. Graduate with a top degree and start a business with friends. Check. Rock that business so hard it’s made her a Silicon Valley identity and seriously wealthy. Check. Fall in love and start a family. Wait. Because the man she’s been in love with forever is more comfortable falling asleep in front of a movie than making a move on her. Dev Patel has been friends with Sarina Gallo since he tripped over her in college and they started a business together. He likes to cook. She likes to eat. It’s the perfect relationship for two busy people and if he’d rather fall asleep on the couch next to her, than sleep with her, it’s because he’s not willing to risk their friendship over sex he can have causally with others. Until Sarina announces she plans to have a baby with a donor and her decision challenges everything Dev thought he knew about their relationship. Question: How do two people who love each other find a way past friendship to become family? Answer: A rip your heart out argument, a makeup session that’s almost too hot to handle and sheet scorching sex.

Damaged Goods (Sidelined Book 2)

The Hard Part is Getting Back Up This is the story of a man who can’t get it up and a woman who’s never gotten it on Sidelined by a broken back, CEO, Owen Lange is confronted by two things: his sex life will never be the same and he’s dependent on his pain meds. He never expected to have his dependence called out as addiction by a junior help desk employee. Cara Douglas knows all about pain and loss. She’d had her sights set on the US Olympic Gymnastics Team before an accident landed her at a help desk screen. The last thing she expected to be helping with was an intervention for her boss. Owen doesn’t thank Cara for her trouble. He calls her a snitch. But even through his paranoia he knows she’s right. After all, addiction runs in his family. He also knows he has to make it up to her, but the only thing Cara wants is the one thing Owen can’t give her. Question: What do an injured athlete finally ready for no-strings sex and a nice guy who can’t get it up have in common? Answer: Sexual awakening.

Offensive Behavior (Sidelined Book 1)

Everyone is virgin at something This is the story of a man who's never done it, and a woman with the experience to teach him how. Reid McGrath is drunk and intends to stay that way. It's what a man does when the world he built gets ripped out from under him. He's staked a claim on the back booth at Lucky's where he can fixate on a dancer who makes him wish things were different. Zarley Halveston dances under shimmering lights in a barely there costume, but it's not the gold medal life she trained for. She expected to stand on an Olympic podium, instead she glitters under disco lights, gyrating on a chrome pole. Zarley can't see the brooding man in the back booth, but she knows he's there. He's toxic, but it's not her job to care, until the night he collapses at her feet and she has to choose to step over him or help him up. Reid thought he'd hit bottom when he was fired as CEO of his own company, but knowing he'd needed the kindness of a stranger, and realizing she was the dancer he'd lusted after was a new low. Question: What do a fallen golden girl turned exotic dancer and a sacked, socially awkward tech tycoon have in common? Answer: A deep understanding of the whiplash sting of failure, a need to re-build their dreams and the sexual education of a frustrated geek.

Hoodwinked Hearts

A master jewel thief meets his match in a daring romance of love and larceny… Confidence man, master thief and professional crook Cleve Jones knows a thing or two about risk. Ten years ago, he risked his freedom to fall in love with a dangerously sexy, foulmouthed, punk-ass professor's daughter and she disappeared, stealing his future happiness. Vegas hustler Aria Harp is back, she's in disguise, and she's snatched the famous diamond Cleve's been casing in a bold heist. She would've gotten away clean if her old nemesis hadn't figured out her sleight of hand and come after her. This time around, Aria's too smart to let Cleve break her heart, but he'll do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means a dirty double cross and losing the only woman he's ever loved—all over again.

Grease Monkey Jive

A romance about changing the game, finding the truth, and fancy footwork. When ballroom teacher Alex Gibson dances with Dan Maddox she's reminded of the time she stuck a knife in the toaster, gave herself an electric shock, and saw stars. He's precisely the type of man Alex's mother warned her off - a player, like the father who abandoned her. Dan Maddox comes from a long line of men who were hiding under the hood of a beat-up car when the 'successful relationship' gene was given out, but he was first in the queue for an extra jolt of chick-pulling power. The chicks in Dan's life are universally gorgeous, random, and disposable, until one drunken night when he picks the wrong girl, hurts a good friend, and realises that unless he does something to change, he'll end up like his violent, unstable father. It's Pimp My Ride meets Dancing With The Stars as Alex and Dan come together to compete in a ballroom dancing competition that changes the way they both feel about relationships and love.

Floored

Foreplay on Four Wheels They're a cheat, a con, a car crash waiting to happen...he's messed up and she's on the run. From the moment Fetch gets knocked off his Harley, crawls into Driver's car and offers her an obscene amount of money to drive him from Sydney to Perth -- no questions, no names, no chit chat -- they're stuck with each other. By the time they arrive, they're stuck on each other. It's lust at full throttle, with no seat belts. It could be more, but he's a fake and she's a liar. They're both neck deep in crime, and only one of them is on the right side of the law.

The Love Experiment (Stubborn Hearts)

Can you fall in love in thirty-six questions? The closest rookie lifestyle writer Derelie Honeywell gets to megastar reporter Jackson Haley is an accidental shoulder brush in The Courier's elevator. That is, until the love experiment: a study designed to accelerate intimacy using thirty-six questions and four minutes of sustained eye contact. As far as Derelie is concerned, Jack Haley has always been a man best imagined in his underwear. He's too intimidating otherwise. But participating in the love experiment is her make-or-break chance. With another round of layoffs looming, Derelie knows holding on to her job means getting the story no matter what. Even when the what is kissing Jack like a maniac. Jack Haley has zero interest in participating in a clickbait story. He didn't plan on finding Derelie smart and feisty and being mesmerized by her eyes. He certainly had no intention at all of actually falling in love with her. The conclusion to this experiment? Thirty-six questions might lead to love, but finding the answer to happily-ever-after is a lot more complicated.

Detained

From one of Australia's hottest new authors comes a story about an international scandal, a billionaire, and a fearless reporter who might just save the day... Confined in a cold, dull room in the depths of a Shanghai airport, a journalist chasing a career break and a businessman with a shadowy past play a game of truth or dare — deliberately not exchanging names. They tell each other their most painful secrets and burning desires. One dare leads to a kiss and a wild night of illicit passion, setting off a dangerous sequence of events, bringing exposure and disgrace. Only the brutal truth can save them. But it will also rip them apart. And it will take more than daring before they can build a new truth together.

Incapable (Love Triumphs)

Love can be a great healer, except when it hurts... As voice actor royalty, Damon Donovan is trouble. He's professionally intimidating. He's also charming, funny and genuinely talented. And he triggers the nurturing instincts newly separated Georgia Fairweather has sworn to ignore. Damon Donovan is used to three types of women: those who fawn, those who mother, and those who want to fix him. So a reticent, prickly engineer he can neither awe nor charm piques his interest. A recording engineer and a voice actor should be a match to sing about, but the thrilling rhythm they create is soon drowned out by static. Georgia doesn't know who she is, and Damon doesn't know who he'll become. Can a man facing his insecurities and a woman afraid of her own instincts harmonise, or are they destined to sound good in theory, but be out of sync in life and love?

Inconsolable (Love Triumphs)

Sometimes the only way to forgiveness is through love Foley has a new boss she doesn’t like, a flatmate who’s been known to wear odd shoes, and a car that’s ready to pack it in. She hasn’t met a guy worth lipstick in forever, and though she planned a life less ordinary, the only thing unique about her is a badly thought through tattoo. Until Drum. Drum wasn’t always the cliff guy, a homeless man sheltering in a cave tucked above a popular tourist beach. He wanted to get as far away from his previous life as possible. Now he wakes with the sun, runs on the beach, does odd jobs for cash to buy food, and is at peace. Until Foley. It’s Foley’s job to find Drum a safer place to live, but the only home Drum wants is the one place he can never stay: Foley’s heart.

Insecure (Love Triumphs)

The worst thing a man can do is not be with the woman he loves. She could have him sacked quicker than licking her lips. He could ruin her reputation with an email. Jacinta was the CEO in waiting. Mace was the geek from IT. She had an office suite on the top floor. He worked in cubicle hell. She had power, influence, her life mapped out. He had big dreams, and an appetite for risk. They had one hot night written all over them, except the city conspired to turn that night into a weekend of unexpected passion and deep connection. Will love be enough when Jacinta’s star falls and Mace’s dream takes flight, or will ambition, expectation and insecurity pull them apart?

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