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Jennifer Millikin is an American bestselling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance novels.

She has written a couple of series such as Hayden Family, and The Time, as well as a number of standalones.

Passionate about writing, Jennifer is quite grateful that she lives her lifelong dream of writing for a living. All she has to do now is strike a balance between her imaginary world and her real one that’s full of laundry and soccer practice.

Jennifer wrote her very first novel, A Gust of Wind and He Was Gone, while in the fifth grade. As chaotic as the title may sound, she blames it all on her childhood soap opera habit.  

A native Arizonan, Jennifer currently resides in her home state with her beloved husband, two lovely children, and a frisky Labrador Retriever.

More about Jennifer Millikin

Genres: Contemporary , Romance, Women's Fiction

United States


Non Series

  • Full of Fire (2015)
  • The Day He Went Away (2016)
  • Good On Paper (2019)
  • Beyond The Pale (2019)
  • One Good Thing (2020)
  • Return To You (2020)

Hayden Family

  1. The Patriot (2021)
  2. The Maverick (2021)
  3. The Outlaw (2021)
  4. The Calamity (2021)

Omnibus Books

  1. Love You Now and Forever: Volume One (2021)

The Time

  1. Our Finest Hour (2017)
  2. Magic Minutes (2019)
  3. The Lifetime of A Second (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Full of Fire

Lila Mitchell decided a safe life behind her camera was all she ever wanted. Just a few more months and she’ll be a college graduate, able to escape the Las Vegas desert and go home to Califonia.

On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Lila says yes to an invitation she’d normally decline. By the next morning, she’ll have made friends with someone she has no business being friends with, and meet a man with whom she has nothing in common but can’t stay away from.

Xavier Townsend, a wealthy playboy nightclub owner with a not-so-great romantic history, can’t understand the inferno blazing away in his heart when he sets eyes on Lila. He knows she is exactly what he needs in life, but the question is: will he be the same for her?

They say opposites attract, but sometimes, they explode. Because by the time Lila learns about Xavier’s past, it’s too late. It’s back, and it’s angry. And Lila is bound to be burned.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B01608MPOY
Publisher: JNM LLC
The Day He Went Away

Life was roses. I was happy.

I had my dream job. I’d finally fallen in love with the man who’d been waiting for me since he was a boy. Soon his four years in the Army would be over, and we’d be together forever. My perfect life was squarely in my palm.

And then it was snatched from me.

The harshest, cruelest truth became my reality.

And I turned into a shell of my former self.

Then a stranger arrived, wearing Army fatigues and closely cropped dark hair.

Fulfilling a promise to his comrade-in-arms brought him to my front door.

And the focus of his promise, it turned out, was me.

His mission was simple:

Care for me.

Heal me.

Bring me back to life.

But what started out as an uncomplicated mission is quickly turning personal.

He came here to take care of me.

But neither of us expected how much he’d need me, too.

And we definitely didn't expect these feelings.

My broken heart knows how wrong it is.

We’ll fight it, harder than we’ve ever fought anything.

I’m afraid to win, and I’m even more terrified to lose.

Of all his missions, I may be his most dangerous.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0996784535
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
Good On Paper

Natalie Shay never imagined a day like this would come.

She did what she was supposed to do: graduate college and marry her handsome, popular college sweetheart. With the ink still drying on their divorce papers, Natalie tries to move on from an ending she thought would be happy.

When she feels a spark with her stubborn, charming best friend Aidan Costa, Natalie's life becomes even more unrecognizable. Aidan, the son of a famous romance novelist, has been Natalie's best friend for years. He stood beside her when she got married and wiped her tears when her marriage ended. He'd be perfect for her, if it weren't for his notorious aversion to relationships. As confusion and denial overwhelm them, their spark grows.

Held back by a secret he has been keeping his whole life, Aidan chooses to ignore his feelings for Natalie, but Natalie's discovery of his secret pushes them past the boundaries they've carefully constructed around their friendship.

For Natalie, this could be a second chance at her happily ever after.

But when a person from Aidan's past reappears, everything he has built with Natalie is threatened.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1732658721
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
Beyond The Pale

My whole life I’ve known Finn Jeffries and Brady Sterling would be my undoing.

The three of us were inseparable, but growing up with two boys as your best friends comes with it’s own certain type of growing pains.

As a child, Finn was wild and free, and grew up to be a devilishly handsome man with a smirk that frustrated me as much as it did other things to me.

Brady was brave and loyal, and the kind of man he grew into didn't surprise me a bit: devoted and gallant, with a handsome, trustworthy face that made my heart beat faster.   

We went our separate ways for college, but now it’s eight years later and a pact we made back then has brought us back to our hometown.

Back to the complicated situation we ran from.

Back to the love triangle we never really escaped.

I love them both, and it’s time for me to make a choice.  

I’ve always known one of them would be my forever, I just never knew which one.

And I still don’t.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1732658745
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
One Good Thing

Today's the day I was supposed to say ‘I do’.

Kiss the groom, cut the cake, and dance our first dance as husband-and-wife.

So much for forever.

Instead of sipping fruity cocktails and soaking up the sun on my honeymoon, I’ve escaped to Lonesome, Oregon. It seems as good a place as any to lick my wounds. It's peaceful, remote, and my favorite person in the world lives here: my grandma. She needs help running the Sweet Escape Bed and Breakfast, and I need a place to lie low while I attempt to recover from the mess my life has become.

And it appears I’m not the only person here who’s running from something painful. A gorgeous man with sad eyes has been holed up in cabin seven since he arrived. I told myself to stay away from him, but my curiosity got the better of me.

If only I hadn't knocked on his door.

That’s when things got a whole lot more complicated.

I came to Lonesome to recover from a broken heart, but with a man like him around? Something tells me I’ll be leaving with a heart more damaged than it was when I arrived.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1732658769
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
Return To You

We thought we had it all.

We were two kids, young and desperately in love, dreaming of a future together. Our love burned as bright as the red rock desert where we grew up, but we learned the hard way that sometimes love isn’t enough. One choice tore us apart, and we stood by helplessly, watching it burn us to the ground.

It feels like a lifetime ago, but when I’m called home to care for my sick mother after ten years away, my past with Owen Miller comes charging into the present. I expected him to be the same kind, confident guy he used to be. What I didn’t expect was the fire still raging between us, even after all this time.

Years of buried feelings emerge, as scorching as the Arizona sun. Anger, resentment...and passion. And the second time around, we burn even hotter. Giving in to Owen means finally facing the choice I made so long ago, but even old wounds still ache.

Is the possibility of a second chance worth the pain it could cause in the end?

NB: Co-authored with Leia Stone.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8529047750
Publisher: Independently published

Hayden Family

The Patriot

I'm a soldier.

A cattle rancher.

A Hayden.

My family's legacy is spread out in front of me, just waiting for me to seize it. If it weren't for one outdated rule, I'd be the owner of the Hayden Cattle Company and my aging father could retire.

When Dakota Wright shows up to buy and develop twenty acres of Hayden land, I see more than a pretty mouth and strawberry blonde hair. I see a way around the decree keeping me from getting what I want.

And, as luck would have it, Dakota has a big problem of her own. We strike two deals: one for the land, and a second that'll make both our problems a distant memory.

It isn't too long before I realize I'm in over my head. I've convinced myself the ends should justify the means, but everything begins to fall apart when my birthright is no longer all that I'm after.

I never thought there'd be anything I could love more than my ranch and my country.

I was wrong.

Turns out, I want it all.

Including her.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1732658776
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
The Maverick

I know you’ve heard about me.

The middle Hayden brother, the one whose wife ran off.

I’m not the short-tempered new owner of the Hayden Cattle Company, like my big brother. I’m not the wild stallion with a mystery ax to grind, like my little brother.

I’m Warner Hayden. Single-father, second-in-command of my family’s ranching dynasty, and my steady, secure world is about to get rocked by America’s sweetheart.

I’d heard Tenley Roberts was coming to our small town to film her latest movie, I just didn't think she’d be driving a 1976 Bronco. So, no, I didn't know the identity of the beautiful stranger I helped on the side of the road, but I figured it out a few days later. And I haven't been the same since.

Tenley is unexpectedly funny, and complicated. I’m recently divorced, fearful of the way she makes my heart beat double-time, and gun-shy.

Despite all this, we’re too wrapped up in each other to care.

But then things with Tenley take an unforeseen turn, and everyone assumes I’ll take my licks the way I always have.

Not this time.

Maybe I am the nice, dependable brother.

But I’m also a Hayden, born and bred.

And this bull has horns.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1737179009
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
The Outlaw

There’s a thin line between being a hero and a villain, and I’m well aware I walk right down the middle of it. My reputation precedes me, even when I’m making a bad choice for the right reason. This is how I wind up in the back of a police car late one night.

My infamous last name keeps my record clean, with a single caveat: community service at a ranch recently purchased by Jo Shelton. I think I’d rather go to jail than serve time with the woman who has made it clear she can’t stand me, even though we used to be friends.

Despite the tense atmosphere and how she keeps me at arms’ length, I show up every day, ready to work. Quickly I learn a valuable lesson: while it’s difficult being around someone I don’t like, it’s far more difficult being around someone I find myself intensely attracted to, but cannot have.

Because Jo, the woman who's driving me crazy with her quiet strength and beautiful face, is in a relationship. With a man who, I’d like to point out, is not out there getting his hands dirty on his girlfriend’s ranch. Possession is 9/10th’s of the law, and as far as I’m concerned, I’m currently in possession of Jo’s time and attention.

One day, the unexpected happens. Her blue eyes pierce my callused exterior, seeing deep down into a wound I work hard to hide. It’s in this moment, and so many that follow, that I become certain there’s no hope left for me. I’m in love with Jo, and I’m desperate to show her I’m someone worthy of her love in return.

Lucky for me, nobody rises to the occasion quite like an outlaw.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1737179054
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
The Calamity

I’ve made a mess of things again. Not that anybody is surprised.

After I’m politely asked to withdraw from college for my antics, I return home to my family’s cattle ranch. The sweeping views, the towering pine trees, and the whisper of the wind remind me I belong on this land. My heart is in the alpine air, my soul mixed into the soil. All I’ve ever wanted is to run the ranch alongside my oldest brother, but my family refuses to see me as anything but a walking disaster.

If I’m going to show them what I’m capable of, I have to prove myself. Lucky for me, I’m a Hayden through and through. I’ll dirty my hands in more ways than one.

That includes the man who showed up in town again after all these years. Sawyer Bennett. I’ve heard the stories about his family, and they don’t scare me. Our attraction is undeniable, and the best part? Sawyer looks at me with fresh eyes. When I’m with him, I get to be the woman I’m fighting to become. And I’m learning just how much I want to be that woman.

But then I make the ultimate mistake: I utter the word perfect. I should've known better. There’s nowhere to go but down after that. And down we go, until we hit rock bottom.

Sawyer unearths a long-buried secret, and challenges everything my brothers and I grew up believing. Nobody is surprised I’ve brought disaster to our doorstep again, but it’s not over.

Because when it rains out on the ranch? It pours.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1737179078
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin

Omnibus Books

Love You Now and Forever: Volume One

We’re in the habit of kissing and telling with these 8 full-length standalone romance novels.

From enemies or friends to lovers, forbidden or second chance romance - it’s all in this collection and most importantly, happily ever afters.

Featuring authors and titles:

Cuffed Kiss by Willow Winters

Forget Me Not by Q.B. Tyler

The Patriot by Jennifer Millikin

Kiss of War by Clara Elroy

All proceeds are going to the Live A Thousand Lives charity. Their mission is to provide easy-to-use audio players pre-loaded with a generous selection of books to those with low or no mobility in hospitals, nursing facilities, and care centers.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 979-8771871615
Publisher: Independently published

The Time

Our Finest Hour

Sometimes broken hearts need whiskey. Sometimes they need music. Other times, only a night with a stranger will soothe the pain.

On the night Isaac and I met, we tried all three. When it was over, we went our separate ways. We planned to never see each other again, but I should really know by now that plans don’t work out the way they're supposed to.

It has been four years since that night, and it’s a bizarre twist of fate that lands me in need of help only Isaac can give.

I don’t want to be attracted to him, but I am.

I don’t want my heart to skip a beat when it sees him, but it does.

And I really don’t want him to look at me that way, but he won’t stop.

Because things aren't like they were four years ago. And this time? We don’t have the option of parting ways when the sun comes up.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0996784559
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
Magic Minutes


I was eighteen when Noah Sutton entered my life. He was destined for greatness, and I could barely scrape enough money together to help my mother pay our rent.

We fell in love.

A summer of pushing limits, breaking rules, and living in moments I thought would last forever.

None of that stopped him from leaving.


All my life I had one passion, one goal, a singular pursuit. Then Ember happened. A free spirit, a girl who didn't need music to dance.

She filled my rigid world with the very thing I didn't know it was missing.

I’ve always regretted leaving her.

What’s the point of realizing a dream if she isn't there to share it with?

Getting her back won’t be easy. She’s moved on.

My whole life has been one big competition, and it just so happens I’ve never accepted defeat.

Game on.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0996784580
Publisher: Jennifer Millikin
The Lifetime of A Second


Escape. That was my sole focus. Forget the headlines, forget the threats. Forgetting what I’ve done? Never.

To disappear, I needed money. I fled the big city in the desert to hide in a small town amongst the pines.

The plan? Blend in, work until I have what I need, and then vanish.

The problem? Connor Vale ruined everything.

Falling for him would be easy, if it weren't for one inescapable truth: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and nobody around me is safe.


Brynn Montgomery slammed into my life like a category five hurricane. She stepped in front of my truck, and everything changed. One second to swerve, one second to jump from my vehicle, one second to never be the same.

I gave her a job. It wasn't a smart idea.

She’s guarded, withdrawn, and aloof. She wears shirts with snarky sayings and won’t let me get within a foot of her.

She doesn’t talk much, so I watch her move. Unspoken pain pours from her eyes, emotion moves with each twist of her lips. Hidden behind her prickly exterior is a tenderness that mesmerizes me.  

Every day she reveals a piece of herself.  

Every day I get closer to learning about the fear that grips her.

Every day I fall a little more in love with her.

Author: Jennifer Millikin
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1732658707
Publisher: JNM LLC