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  • Writer's pictureBrigham Vaughn


I wrapped up the final couple of chapters of The Husband Game this past weekend!

The book has been a real struggle. Charlie and Dustin did not make my life easy but I truly do love the way the story has come together and they really are an amazing couple and I can't WAIT to share their story with you.

The book is currently with beta readers and will be off to my editor next week, which means we're on schedule for the release on June 30th!

I hope you enjoy the excerpt below and the official cover reveal. The minute I saw Jennings Brower, I knew he was the perfect Dustin.

Charlie was not pleased to wake up married to him. I don't know about you but I sure wouldn't complain if I did!


“You’re amazing,” Dustin said earnestly, slowing to a stop.

Charlie stilled too, looking up at him through his lashes. “You mean that?”

“I’ve never meant anything more in my life.”

Charlie wet his lips and Dustin leaned in a little, wondering if he was reading Charlie’s body language right.

God, he was dying to kiss Charlie. Maybe it was all for show but damn it, Dustin didn’t care. With a greedy fierceness that took him by surprise, he realized how much he wanted this marriage to be real.

“Oh dear, it’s much worse than I feared.”

The dry tone behind them made Dustin straighten and he turned to face Kate Foster.

She was average height for a woman but that was about the only thing about her that could be called average. She was one of the most formidable people Dustin had ever encountered in his life and he’d faced down his share of grizzled NHL veterans.

“Worse?” he asked with a lift of his eyebrow.

“You’re completely smitten.”

Dustin grinned.

“Guilty. Kate, this is my husband, Charlie Monaghan.” He settled his hand on Charlie’s back. “Charlie, this is Kate Foster. She’s the head of the PR department for the Toronto Fisher Cats.”

“Nice to finally meet the woman behind all of the sternly worded emails,” Charlie said in a pleasant tone as he shook her hand.

Her blue eyes were coolly assessing as she raked her gaze across Charlie. “Well, I see you’re no shrinking violet.”

Charlie laughed. “Oh, I’m quite sure you had that pegged about twenty minutes after you found out my name.”

Her grin widened. “You had quite the reputation in the skating world for flouting the rules.”

“Oh, trust me, I held back most of the time when I was skating.” Charlie’s smile was sweet but there was something in his tone that made Dustin step a little closer, silently offering his support.

Dustin liked Kate a great deal but she hadn’t gotten a position like this by being a shrinking violet either and she was formidable to go up against. Dustin was usually on her good side so they rarely butted heads but he wasn’t going to let her try to push Charlie around either.

Charlie could handle her but Dustin never wanted him to feel like he’d have to do it alone.

Now, Charlie and Kate reminded Dustin of hockey players silently circling each other on the ice, gloves off, ready to duke it out at the first sign of encouragement.

But he’d underestimated Charlie.

He patted Dustin’s stomach, the diamond on his finger glinting in the light. “I can feel you getting all worried from here, dearest, but don’t fret. Kate just needs to be sure I’m good enough for you.”

“Of course you are!” Dustin protested.

Kate laughed and shook her head, her blond hair swishing as it tumbled over her shoulder, her polite smile melting into something more genuine.

“I can see you two are going to be fun to deal with.” Her tone was very dry again and she turned on her spiky heel, gesturing for them to follow. “Well, come along then.”

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