Finding Teagan

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Growing up as an abandoned orphan, Teagan Smith is determined to make something of herself while providing justice for abused women and children. As a ballsy, independent police detective, she does just that. Her career is fulfilling even while her personal life is nonexistent…

Until the moment she looks up and sees her identical twin sister on television, a sister she didn’t know she had. Using her detective skills, she discovers not one but two identical sisters. Triplets.

Teagan suddenly goes from having no family to an instant sibling group. Not only does she have two sisters to contend with, but her brother-in-law’s best friend is a dominant, nosy, and incredibly sexy former navy Seal who won’t take no for an answer. He challenges Teagan to love not only him, but herself as well. He makes demands that even her training could have never prepared her for.

Will Teagan open herself up to be loved unconditionally by the new people in her life, or will she put up her defenses and shut everyone out once and for all?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange.

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Teagan shivered. The cold wood beneath her legs and the late November temperatures were frigid. She should go back inside the house and grab her coat—should but wouldn’t—she didn’t want to take the chance of being noticed and having to talk. She didn’t want to talk any more. She needed a break from the boisterous board game competition going on. It was too normal, too functional for her. Sure, the day had started out rough, with Ro’s dad confronting Ro about her fertility treatments, and both of her sisters seeming off, but after a sister pow wow under the tree, everything had become easier.

It was Teagan’s first real Thanksgiving. As a child, she had spent some time in a group home where different churches would bring turkey and fixings over to feed the poor, lonely foster children. The pity in their eyes had enraged Teagan. None of them offered to take the kids home. Dropping off food or the occasional used toy would be enough to make them think they were helping; they would be so very proud of their charity. It wasn’t that the food or toys weren’t appreciated; they were. More than anything, these kids, young Teagan, needed emotional nourishment. They needed love, acceptance and attention.

The food was delicious, but besides the food, Thanksgiving inside the group home was a normal day. Reading alone in her bed, in a room with five other girls, eating on trays like inmates at a prison, timed, ten-minute, lukewarm showers. There was nothing that made it feel like a holiday. Once, a home had become available, but by then, she was too old to be considered adoptable. She wouldn’t end up in a good home, with foster parents who were looking to add a child permanently to their family. Her final foster home couldn’t care less about any of their foster children. They never had turkey on Thanksgiving or even sat around a table to eat. Everyone who was old enough, fed themselves. Teagan was tasked with feeding the younger children. She didn’t know how to cook, so they ate a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

In college, she busted her butt at the mall working Black Friday. They paid more for the holiday hours, and she signed up for every last shift. She needed the money as much as she needed to keep busy. Sitting alone in her studio apartment, it could be hard to keep the depression at bay. After completing the police academy, she picked up extra shifts during the holidays so her coworkers could spend time with their families. Teagan had spent her entire life trying not to think about her biological family, until fate had intervened, and she found not one, but two, identical triplet sisters, which is how she found herself shivering on a cold, wooden swing on Thanksgiving night.

“You seem lost in thought, darlin’.” The large, tall, dark and handsome man approached her. Lorenzo De Luca. Teagan had learned quickly that no one called him Lorenzo. The former Navy SEAL was her brother-in-law’s best friend. No man had ever had the effect on her that he did. To be honest, she was tired of squirming in her seat with him around.

“I thought I told you to stop calling me that,” Teagan said. She sighed loudly in irritation when he sat down next to her.

“Decided to escape before I could challenge you to another game of Yahtzee? You know, I was letting you win.”

“Sure. That was it. You were letting me win. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I could actually roll a combination that worked,” Teagan said, chuckling. If she was honest, she enjoyed their playful banter.

“We could go back inside, and I could prove it to you.”

“I was enjoying the peace and quiet,” Teagan said, looking pointedly at Luca.

“I can be quiet,” Luca replied, scooting closer to Teagan. She felt the warmth of his body and had to stop herself from leaning into him. He smelled good, too good. Masculine. Spicy. He was all male, not the type who had to flaunt his alpha personality but a natural born leader. His men respected his leadership, a respect born from the ruins of combat. His body was toned, muscled, not from hours at the gym, but from hard work. He had grown up working on a cattle ranch. She laughed the first time he had told her that, an Italian cattle rancher. He quickly told her the only part of his heritage he knew anything about was his last name. His family had been in America for over a hundred years. No one in his immediate family spoke Italian or cooked it, either. He had volunteered the last part before she could ask.

“What made you join the Navy?” Teagan spoke first, the silence getting to her.

“I love my family and my small hometown, but I needed more. We were the typical middle-class family. Dad wanted me to take over the ranch, but I wanted something… more. I was the captain of my high school football team, and during my junior year, college recruiters started knocking. College was never on my radar. I had enough of sitting behind a desk in high school. My senior year, an Air Force recruiter called. It was the first time I had thought about joining the military as an option. I’ve always been the competitive type, so I went online and did some research. Navy SEALs were the best of the best, the hardest to make. If I was going to do something, I was going to do it all the way.”

“That doesn’t surprise me at all,” Teagan replied, feeling Luca’s arm drape around her shoulder, giving her a light squeeze. He pulled her close to him, and Teagan felt herself stiffen.

“Why do you keep fighting this, darlin’?” Luca asked.

“I don’t know what you mean.”

“I don’t like you lying to me. You know exactly what I mean.” Luca’s dominant tone sent butterflies into Teagan’s belly.

“Trident has been whining at the door. Apparently, you went outside and forgot about him,” Octavius called from the front porch. Teagan smiled widely as the German Shepherd came bounding toward them, grateful for the interruption.

“Traitor,” Luca muttered when, instead of going straight to his owner, Trident nudged his large, hairy head underneath Teagan’s hand.

“He knows I love him,” she said, petting Trident. Standing up, Luca offered Teagan his hands. As she allowed him to help her stand, she was unprepared to be pulled into a deep embrace.

“You are freezing, darlin’,” Luca said, wrapping his arms even tighter around her. The chill she was feeling instantly disappeared. He lowered his lips and kissed her forehead gently before speaking again.

“Next time you decide to go out into the cold, make sure you dress appropriately. I don’t like my girl putting herself at risk,” Luca scolded. “In fact, once you stop fighting us being together, this type of behavior will earn you a nice, warm bottom to go with your ice-cold fingers.” He let her go then, and she rushed back toward the house, his laughter following behind.

Dammit. For the umpteenth time since meeting him, Teagan was reminded why she needed to keep a spare, clean pair of underwear in her car.

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10 reviews for Finding Teagan

  1. Rhea

    I really liked this book. The concept of identical triplets separated at birth, with very different pasts and personalities, getting to know each other is a very good one and is well played out. The book is not overly long, but the characters have depth and are very likable. Teagan’s struggles come across realistically without being dramatic and although only shortly described, I like that Luca’s discipline is varied. The book is very well-written and easy to read. I very much recommend it.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  2. Stats23

    This second installment in what is sure to be the “trilogy of the triplets” reads very well as a stand-alone story but is much better enjoyed if you have read the first story. That story focused on Rowena while this book delves into the personality and psyche of Detective Teagan Smith. She is the orphaned sister who had the toughest of upbringings and has real issues with self-worth and trust. Luca is the ultimate alpha head-honcho at S.E.A.L, who has taken an immediate interest in, and desire for, Teagan. He makes it his personal goal to lead her to become all that she deserves to be. How their relationship plays out and develops into a loving D/s lifestyle is a fun read. The banter between the two, amongst the three sisters, and within the group at large keeps everything entertaining and often humorous. Needless to say, there are lots of spankings and an abundance of erotic sex but there are also some very real emotions and societal situations being dealt with. The ultimate rescue of Evie is the plot line that keeps the story flowing. Now that Rowena has Octavius and Teagan has Luca, what will Evie’s fate be? I’m sure the next book will reveal all, and I can’t wait. 5 Stars.
    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  3. Redrabbitt

    I have waited patiently for the release of Finding Teagan and I can say that Ms. RJ Gray did not disappoint. The story picks up beautifully after Finding Rowena by Rachel Blake. The story involves three identical triplets who were placed in foster care and only two adopted, leaving Teagan Smith in the foster system. Reading what her life was life, all the disappointments, and how she learned young that she had to look out for herself—it just gets you in the feels. I cried at the end of chapter one and by the end of chapter two, I was laughing out loud. The story is a roller-coaster ride of emotions with a new beginning for Teagan because it not only includes having two sisters, but it includes Lorenzo De Luca, better known as Luca.

    Both Luca and Teagan are strong-willed, determined people. Each set goals in their lives and accomplished them. Meeting each other comes with mixed emotions—Teagan has firmly decided that she won’t lose herself or her heart and does everything to rebuff Luca—be he is determined that she will be his and pursues her. It will be a challenge for Luca to show Teagan that surrendering to him is not defeat, but in fact, her submission is part of her strength.

    “He refused to hide the developing feelings he had for Teagan, even if she fought them at every move. Luca was a protector, and the idea of not being able to protect Teagan was frustrating.”

    The other thing, Teagan knows that Luca is like her brother-in-law, Octavia, he spanks, and she acts like that bothers her, but deep down, she is intrigued and has a Kindle full of domestic discipline books. But reading it and experiencing it are two different things.

    “Darlin’, if you mean, a dominant man who set standards and rules for his woman to follow to encourage open communication, safety, growth in both her personal life, their relationship, as well as a healthy sex life, then, yes, I guess you could say that I am a spank happy type.”

    “I wouldn’t steer you wrong. He has already fallen for you. All you need to do is let him love you. Teagan, if you surrender to him, if you let him lead you, I truly believe you will be the happiest you have ever been.”

    The story involves the relationship that is developing between Teagan and Luca and how they handle the dynamics of a Daddy Dom and submissive. While he believes that Teagan has little tendencies, he won’t force them from her. Getting her submission is a huge step, her acquiescing to calling him Daddy, and accepting his control is enough for now.

    “His heart beat faster and faster as the kiss deepened, and he knew he had found the one, his girl. He needed more than sex. He needed her heart, her soul, and her submission.”

    “When I am your Daddy, your well being becomes my biggest responsibility. There is nothing that won’t be my business. I know you can do this, but I want to do it. Let me take care of you.”

    The story will also focus on issues revolving around the third sister, Evelyn, and problems with her fiancé, Branson. With the help of Rowena and Teagan, they will hatch a plan to try and rescue Evie, but Octavia and Luca, along with S.E.A.L. employee, Jason, will all become involved. Escape plans are in the works and will be revealed in the next story.

    The story has explicit scenes between Luca and Teagan, including power exchange, spankings, and sex scenes. While the language used includes Daddy talk, the relationship isn’t age-play.

    “No more running. Being with me means understanding that I am going to demand better from you. I can only do that with open and honest communication. Teagan, don’t give up a beautiful future because of an ugly past.”

  4. Ronald

    Teagan was orphaned as an infant, and grew up in foster homes without love or anyone who cared for her, so she was very independent. As an adult, she is a successful detective working on child and family issues. She discovers she has two other identical sisters – they were triplets – all brought up in different families. She also meets Luca, a former navy Seal – who is a close friend of her brother in law. As they develop a relationship, with Luca’s help and some well timed spankings, she learns a lot about herself and comes to understand the limitations her early upbringing put on her ability to develop a normal relationship. Both Luca and Teagan were strong and interesting, as were her sisters and other persons in the story – I was only disappointed that the mystery regarding her sister was unresolved at the end of the book. Perhaps it is the basis for a follow-on story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. Hope W

    Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this book! Finding Teagan is book 2 in this series but can stand alone. However, I enjoyed them more by reading them in order. This is a great story of how our pasts don’t have to define us or our future. Luca and Teagan are the perfect match. She is a lost soul looking for true love and acceptance while he is there with strong, open, and willing arms. Teagan is fiercely independent ( from necessity ), feisty, full of sass and yet lonely and unsure of herself on a personal level. Luca accepts her career on the police force, but also knows there is another side of her that he craves to hold, love, and protect. Luca is dominant and strict but also has a soft side that only those close to him will ever see. Together their chemistry is off the charts! The author brings characters from the first book back and the shared scenes brought smiles to my lips, tears to my eyes, and giggles along the way. There is plenty of sex, spankings in all the right places, friendships, love, and so much more. I highly recommend this book as well as book one of this series and can not wait for the 3rd book to come out and continue this story!! I voluntarily received an arc copy of this book.

  6. Donna

    Donna L
    5.0 out of 5 starsSo Good
    Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
    Format: Kindle Edition
    I was pleasantly surprised,when Finding Teagan, was right up there with the extraordinary
    entertaining Finding Rowena.Teagan has found herself with not just one sister, but two.
    Having two Identical sisters has made her life challenging in more ways imaginable.She not
    only has Rowena’s interfering in her love life, but one determined,alpha male who will not
    take no for a answer.

    Teagan’s first Thanksgiving was overwhelming.Teagan had never known the love of a family
    until she was welcomed by Rowena’s mother.Growing up in foster care ,she had never, never
    thought she was worthy or lovable.Former Navy Seal,Lorenzo De Luca was determined to
    prove her wrong even if it meant punishing her every day.

    His dominant tone sent shivers down her spine.She had been curious about letting him take
    control but she did not want a spank, happy man.Luca cared for her like no man ever had.She
    should feel angry and defensive,not turned on by his dominance.Luca takes control and knows
    Teagan needs a Daddy who will love love .She is scared to love.Scared of heartbreak.She kept
    fighting him.Could she ever give herself completely.Body,mind and soul.

    I loved every minute of this story with moments that sparkled and twinkled like the triplets as
    they each face difficulties in their lives.

  7. Rjr

    I enjoyed this romance about tough detective Teagan and Luca, the equally tough man who loves her and wants her to accept that they have a chance for a happy future together. Teagan grew up under some very tough circumstances and that effects her ability to trust, especially when the man she is attracted to wants a domestic discipline relationship. I enjoyed watching this couple navigate their way to a relationship that just might work for them. That said, Teagan’s relationship with family members felt forced to me and their interactions felt way over the top. Also, a plot point, that while not central, was certainly prominent in the story was left incomplete. I feel like it will be another book and that didn’t sit well with this reader. All in all, I did enjoy the story and recommend it with four stars but for me it missed the five star mark of the author’s book, Absolving Amy.

  8. Toni

    This is middle book in a trilogy & while technically it’s standalone, there is an overarching storyline that commenced with Book 1 (Finding Rowena) & will no doubt conclude with Book 3 (Finding Evie). Teagan has only recently discovered that she is an identical triplet & has reconnected with her sisters. This brings her into contact with Luca. Now, I’m not a huge Daddy Dom fan. There have been some that I’ve enjoyed, some that I haven’t. It’s certainly not a go-to genre for me. However, this book just did it for me. Luca is everything you could possibly want in a dominant man & I just melted through almost every interaction between Luca & Teagan. Loved it. Can’t say anything else.

  9. Donna

    Donna L
    5.0 out of 5 stars So Good
    Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
    Format: Kindle Edition
    I was pleasantly surprised,when Finding Teagan, was right up there with the extraordinary
    entertaining Finding Rowena.Teagan has found herself with not just one sister, but two.
    Having two Identical sisters has made her life challenging in more ways imaginable.She not
    only has Rowena’s interfering in her love life, but one determined,alpha male who will not
    take no for a answer.

    Teagan’s first Thanksgiving was overwhelming.Teagan had never known the love of a family
    until she was welcomed by Rowena’s mother.Growing up in foster care ,she had never, never
    thought she was worthy or lovable.Former Navy Seal,Lorenzo De Luca was determined to
    prove her wrong even if it meant punishing her every day.

    His dominant tone sent shivers down her spine.She had been curious about letting him take
    control but she did not want a spank, happy man.Luca cared for her like no man ever had.She
    should feel angry and defensive,not turned on by his dominance.Luca takes control and knows
    Teagan needs a Daddy who will love love .She is scared to love.Scared of heartbreak.She kept
    fighting him.Could she ever give herself completely.Body,mind and soul.

    I loved every minute of this story with moments that sparkled and twinkled like the triplets as
    they each face difficulties in their lives.

  10. Donna

    Donna L
    5.0 out of 5 stars So Good
    Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
    Format: Kindle Edition
    I was pleasantly surprised,when Finding Teagan, was right up there with the extraordinary
    entertaining Finding Rowena.Teagan has found herself with not just one sister, but two.
    Having two Identical sisters has made her life challenging in more ways imaginable.She not
    only has Rowena’s interfering in her love life, but one determined,alpha male who will not
    take no for a answer.

    Teagan’s first Thanksgiving was overwhelming.Teagan had never known the love of a family
    until she was welcomed by Rowena’s mother.Growing up in foster care ,she had never, never
    thought she was worthy or lovable.Former Navy Seal,Lorenzo De Luca was determined to
    prove her wrong even if it meant punishing her every day.

    His dominant tone sent shivers down her spine.She had been curious about letting him take
    control but she did not want a spank, happy man.Luca cared for her like no man ever had.She
    should feel angry and defensive,not turned on by his dominance.Luca takes control and knows
    Teagan needs a Daddy who will love love .She is scared to love.Scared of heartbreak.She kept
    fighting him.Could she ever give herself completely.Body,mind and soul.

    I loved every minute of this story with moments that sparkled and twinkled like the triplets as
    they each face difficulties in their lives.

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