Eliza Gordon books in order
Eliza Gordon is an American author of chick-lit, rom-com, and contemporary romance novels.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Eliza has lived all over the American West Coast. She however decided to settle in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, where she has lived since 2002.
Eliza Gordon also writes Young Adult Fantasy under the pen name Jennifer Sommersby.
Whenever she isn’t writing witty tales that will make you believe in Happily-Ever-Afters, Eliza works as a copy editor.
She is a bibliophile, Superman freak, a wife and mother to three very spoiled tuxedo cats.
Other than being passionate about books, Eliza Gordon also loves shoes, movies, and the company of friends.
She is represented by Daniel Lazar at Writers House.
Genres: Chick Lit, Comedy, Contemporary , Romance
- Neurotica (2014)
- Dear Dwayne, With Love (2018)
- I Love You, Luke Piewalker (2019)
- F-Stop (2019)
- Must Love Otters (2017)
- Hollie Porter Builds a Raft (2015)
- Love Just Clicks (2020)
Welcome to Planet Lara
- Welcome to Planet Lara (2021)
- Planet Lara: Tempest (2021)
Detailed book overview
If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, keep the conversation on Star Wars and rubber ducks—best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Because Jayne is fine with the way things are: writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night.
But her crippling fear of intimacy has made her the butt of jokes since forever, and hiding behind her laptop isn’t going to get her lightsaber lit. After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won’t let her kiss and tell.
Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet. When her adorable, long-time friend Luke, co-owner of the popular Portland food truck Luke Piewalker’s, hears she’s been demoted, he insists on hiring her to sling éclairs and turnovers at his side.
Her secret must be kept, but sparks ignite between them, sending Jayne and her X-Wing into a tailspin that will either make her face down her neuroses or trigger a meltdown of Death Star proportions.
Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol.
He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think. When Dani learns that he’s planning a fund-raising event where the winning amateur athlete gets a walk-on in his new film, she decides to trade pastries and self-doubt for running shoes and a sexy British trainer with adorable knees.
But when Dani’s plot takes an unexpected twist, she realizes that her happy ending might have to be improvised—and that proving herself to her idol isn’t half as important as proving something to herself.
If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, limit the conversation to ducky collectibles and Star Wars. Best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Jayne’s fine with the way things are—writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night. But a crippling fear of intimacy has kept her love life on ice, and hiding behind her laptop isn’t going to melt it anytime soon.
When her therapist recommends she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne is hesitant—until she’s unexpectedly downsized at work. Since rent and cat food won’t pay for themselves, Jayne adopts an intergalactic pseudonym and secretly publishes her sexy stories to make ends meet. To help out, her adorable, longtime friend Luke, co-owner of the popular Portland food truck Luke Piewalker’s, hires her to sling turnovers at his side.
Right on schedule, sparks ignite.
As Jayne’s secret career soars, she has to juggle the unforeseen demands of her alter ego alongside her newfound feelings for Luke, threatening a tailspin that will either make her face down her neuroses or trigger a meltdown of Death Star proportions.
"Sometimes, love just clicks."
Frankie Hawes is happy to shrink into the background and play personal assistant to her superstar photographer father and prodigy older brother. But when her brother breaks his leg, and her dad is off on vacation, Frankie must step up to the plate and fill in for the Meyer-Nelson wedding.
Held at the picturesque Revelation Cove in British Columbia, Frankie is more than a little nervous about playing photographer for the weekend. Other than a few snaps of canines here and there, Frankie is inexperienced, underprepared, and overwhelmed at the prospect of dealing with an incessant and irritating bridezilla who just so happens to be an old school bully.
Enter wedding guest Sam—a childhood friend turned handsome bachelor who helps Frankie see that her black and white existence in the sidelines has the potential to snap into full high definition color. If only she’d see it. As feelings grow between the pair and Frankie juggles dealing with the business during a family emergency, Frankie begins to realize that maybe it’s time for her to pull focus in her own life.
“When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough flee to Canada…”
Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at 25, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweetheart’s Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo.
Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change of circumstances, the island works its charm and she dares to believe rejuvenation is just around the bend.
But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day...and maybe even herself in the process.
“Raft (noun): when two or more otters rest together, often holding hands, so they don’t drift apart.”
Hollie Porter has put her old gig as a 911 operator and sad single girl in an attic-bound box, right where it belongs. She’s rebounded nicely from her run-in with Chloe the Cougar in the wilds of British Columbia, and this new life alongside concierge-in-shining-armor Ryan Fielding? Way more fun. After relocating to Ryan’s posh resort at Revelation Cove, Hollie embarks on an all-new adventure as the Cove’s wildlife experience educator, teaching guests and their kids about otters and orca and cougars, oh my!
When darling Ryan gets down on one NHL-damaged knee and pops the question of a lifetime, Hollie realizes this is where the real adventure begins. It’s all cake tasting, flower choosing, and dress fittings until a long-lost family member shows up at the Cove and threatens to hijack her shiny new life, forcing Hollie to redefine what family means to her. What is she willing to sacrifice to have one of her very own?
As Ryan’s words echo in her head—“Our raft, our rules”—Hollie has to face facts: a raft isn’t always tied together with blood and genetics. Sometimes it’s secured by love and loyalty … with occasional help from the clever creatures that call Revelation Cove home.
Francesca “Frankie” Hawes has felt one click short of a full roll her entire life. Her dad and brother—both world-class photographers—can’t be expected to file paperwork, manage clients, or book their own dental cleanings. So Frankie does it for them. But when they ask her to step in and shoot the Meyer-Nelson wedding in secluded Revelation Cove, BC, they go one bridezilla too far.
It’s one thing to take Instagram pics of her brother’s dog, but unless an Alaskan malamute wanders into the bridal portraits, Frankie fears the worst. Enter wedding guest, childhood friend, and hot ginger snap Sam McKenzie, who brings with him the tricks he learned hanging around the Hawes family, possibly saving Frankie from full-frame disaster.
Her colorful reunion with Sam makes Frankie’s Portland routine of work, sushi, and aqua-fit feel pathetically underexposed. When a family emergency calls her home, Frankie must deal with a jarring reality that’ll require her to confront if life in her family’s shadow is as cozy as it seems, or if she’s strong enough to call her own shots in the harsh light of the world outside the studio.
Welcome to Planet Lara
Lara J. Clarke is used to getting her own way. Motherless at ten and raised by her oft-absent eco-warrior/philanthropist grandfather, she lives the high life afforded by her seemingly bottomless trust fund—swanky downtown Vancouver loft, apartments and villas around the world just a chartered flight away, a passport overflowing with stamps from the chicest hot spots, a closet bursting with catwalk couture, and a spoiled B-list actor boyfriend whose interest in Lara is tied to her exclusive L’Inconnu wallet.
That is, until Grandfather Archibald sheds his mortal coil in a very public manner, and Lara’s privileged life is set adrift—and headed for a collision course with the gorgeous, private Thalia Island off the coast of British Columbia. According to the will, Lara will step into the role of Project Administrator, wherein she has one year to fulfill her late grandfather’s dream of a self-sustaining, eco-friendly, family-centered utopia.
The stakes are real: fail, and lose access to the family fortune—forever.
Convinced Thalia Island will be an extension of the heiress lifestyle she’s long led, Lara is surprised to find her new coworkers—and neighbors—aren’t as pliable as the underlings of her former life. Even with the hunky lead engineer Finan Rowleigh showing her the ropes, Lara quickly learns just how unprepared she is to trade her Louboutins for steel-toed Timberlands.
When a series of calamities reveals a sinister element undermining the security of the island and her residents, Lara and Finan must reach beyond their job descriptions to protect Archibald’s precious utopia from those who would do her harm.
And while keeping her late grandfather’s flame alight, Lara finds her own flame burning hot for a charming, kind man who wants nothing from her but her heart.
Although the Dea Vitae cult has been evicted from Thalia Island, Lara J. Clarke and her grandfather’s eco-utopia are still in peril. Rupert’s ongoing lymphoma treatment in Vancouver deposits Lara at Thalia’s helm—with no idea how to navigate the rough waters. Finan is back from the mainland after two tense weeks of silence, but the sting of his unscheduled departure lingers.
Beyond the grind of running her own “planet”—while privately grieving the loss of her beloved grandfather and worrying if the cancer will take Number Two—Lara must contend with the reappearance of Jacinta Ramirez, a fugitive Clarke Innovations has been shielding all these years. Jacinta unveils disturbing secrets that reshape the history Lara’s been fed about her late mother’s past—and how much that past threatens to derail their cumulative future.
When overwhelming stress sends Lara to the bottom of the whisky bottle, Finan gently reminds her that slipping into old habits won’t fix what’s broken. As she tries to pull herself together, a tragedy strikes that brings her and Finan close again, but with a series of cryptic clues arriving on the island, the mystery of Dea Vitae and its sought-after treasure deepens, with menacing consequences.
Lara and Finan must work with investigators, and a few unsavory players, to dismantle the sinister machinations of Dea Vitae before it destroys their blossoming romance—and the sanctity of Thalia Island herself.