The Black Sheep

Book 1: North Moon Bay Series

The Black Sheep by Patricia Ryan

“Catch me and you can have me,” she said.

He studied her eyes. “You’re not serious.”

Her eyebrows drew together. “I’m always serious. And I always do—”

“What you say you’re going to do. I know, but… I get it, you’ve got some loophole, some way of getting out of it if I catch you. That’s exactly the kind of thing they teach you in business school.”

“No loophole,” she said. “Catch me and you can have me.”

“‘Have me,’ meaning…”

“Have me for the night.”

“For the purpose of…”

“For any purpose you want, although I’ve got a pretty good idea what that purpose will be. Even virgins aren’t that dense.”

Formerly titled Hale’s Point

While house-sitting at a waterfront estate, sweet, straight-laced Harley is stunned by the arrival of her employer’s supposedly dead son, an Alaskan bush pilot with a bad boy rep who’s been wounded in an airplane crash. Coming home after years of estrangement—and a stint in prison—to make amends with the old man is difficult for Tucker, but not half as difficult as keeping his distance from the super-sexy but virginal Harley while they share the house, awaiting his father’s return.

Having given up on the idea that he’ll ever fully heal from his ravaged leg, Tucker balks when Harley urges him to swim as physical therapy—until she adds a unique incentive: “Catch me and you can have me.” Her certainty that he’ll never be able to swim that fast evaporates when he embarks on a rigorous training regimen, determined to claim her as his prize. But when she unearths the dark secret in his past, will she still be willing to pay up when the time comes?

The Black Sheep, formerly titled Hale’s Point, is a full-length, professionally edited novel that is Book 1 of the North Moon Bay contemporary romance series, but it can be read and enjoyed on its own. It was honored with Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award.

Book in the North Moon Bay Series: The Black SheepThe Marriage Arrangement (August 2016) | My Best Friend’s Girl (September 2016) | Back in My Arms (February 2017) | Join Patricia’s mailing list for release announcements for these and future books!



“Old wounds seem harder to heal than new ones for these wonderful, deserving characters. The healing power of a loved one is extraordinary. Passionate, playful, powerful!”

– Literary Times

“An engaging and fresh new talent, Patricia Ryan creates a richly blended texture of passionate desire and tender love to keep our hearts aflame through each and every page.”

– RT BookReviews

“Patricia Ryan’s first work is an amusingly tender and emotionally poignant glimpse into the souls of two people wounded by the very ones who should have nurtured them… a stunning debut novel that very nicely showcases the talents of romance’s newest star.”

– Affaire de Coeur

“Patricia Ryan has crafted a love story that will have readers begging for more. Harley and Tucker are unforgettable characters and this is an unforgettable story. Patricia Ryan has set a standard with this book. Read it and I know you’ll agree.”

– RomEx Reviews

“Patricia Ryan creates a wonderful story of two lost souls who discover that, in spite of their differences, they really do belong together. Passion and sizzle unite with humor and poignancy to create a moving story.”

– Rendezvous