Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day


Giveaway Alert!


Happy Valentine’s Day, a 24-hour time period that celebrates ROMANCE! And what better topic to write about than Hallmark Romances? Do you watch? At Christmas or year-round?

I can’t say that I have a Hallmark movie being filmed right now for next Christmas season BUT, I have a few screenplays that are being shopped around Hollywood for just that purpose. One of them has big interest from a producer and I’m waiting for a call from him today. Stay tuned to my social media to find out if/when the cameras start rolling at a snowy mountain lodge when two very different groups show up to rent the same house at Christmas time.

I write in two genres – Romance and Suspense. Sometimes I merge the two as in the case of my most successful novel NECESSARY DETOUR. As I type this, I’m on a break from writing the screenplay in hopes of Lifetime buying it. 

I also write in two formats – Novels and Screenplays, if you haven’t guessed. This all started when my 3-Book series The Dream Jumper was optioned for film and the producer asked me to write the screenplay. Then, my agent asked me to write a Hallmark type Christmas movie seeing it’s a growing phenomenon. I adapted my novella Christmas in Whistler to a screenplay, but my villain was too mean for Hallmark and the main characters too edgy. I rewrote the screenplay but left the book edgy. When you read Christmas in Whistler, see what you think. Then, I wrote another screenplay and another with the Hallmark movie template in mind and gave them to my agent.

At this time of year, I always give my Christmas books a break until October. This year, however, I’m keeping them on Amazon, in hopes of announcing a movie deal soon. Join my Facebook Beach Club for all the news—link is below.

Christmasin Love is 4 Books, all set during Christmas. Two are kind of sexy, one is sweet and the last one is a Suspense. They are perfect Valentine’s Day reads, especially if you’re shut up in the house with snow and a Kindle. Kisses under the mistletoe and sleigh rides under tartan blankets, Christmas cookie baking, present wrapping and caroling in a fluffy snowfall.

I made the set .99 for affordability purposes and hope you get hours of enjoyment reading the novellas. If you do, I hope you’ll review.

Happy Romance Day, Everyone!

Do you watch Hallmark movies? What’s your favorite and why?

GIVEAWAY 
Kim is giving away two eCopies of Christmas in Love (4 Books) Comment below to be in the running.

Keep in Touch with Kim

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Passion and Ink


I have a confession to make. I luvs me some stepbrother romances. I blame my obsession on Penelope Ward’s Stepbrother Dearest and K.I. Lynn and N. Isabelle Blanco’s Need series. They started it all with their stories of forbidden love and passion that ignites and explodes between stepsiblings. So for a long time, I’ve wanted to write a stepbrother romance, but never had a chance to. Until Passion and Ink.

The Sweetest Taboo series presented the perfect opportunity to indulge in one of my fave tropes. This series is all about the forbidden. And when Jude Gordon has a sizzling hot one-night stand with a gorgeous dive bar waitress who turns out to be the stepsister he hasn’t seen in ten years, things definitely become taboo—and complicated. Yet, even knowing Cypress Winters is his stepsister, he can’t purge her—or the feel of her under him—from his mind.

Here’s a peek into Passion and Ink! Below, Cypress arrives at her father’s house for Sunday dinner and is introduced to his second oldest stepson. The man she recognizes as “Jay,” the tattoo artist with whom she spent an unforgettable night.
Aaaaand scene!

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No.
No-no-no-no.
This can’t be happening.
God couldn’t possibly hate me this much.
Then again, considering the last year of my life, maybe He could. And this—coming face-to-face with the man who turned me out six ways to Sunday a week ago in my father’s house—is further proof that He has some kind of personal vendetta against me.
I blink. Blink again. Hoping against hope that maybe my cranky vagina and overactive imagination just conjured him up and are playing a cruel prank on me.
But no. I can flutter my lashes until a windstorm kicks up; he’s not disappearing. Jay still stands there, as big, powerful, and hot as he was the night he walked into The Rabbit Hole. The last time I saw him, he’d been asleep, naked, a sheet tangled low around his beautiful, inked body. Heat twists and dances low in my belly, flickering to dark and inconvenient life.
Jesus Christ. What are the odds? What is he doing here with Dan…?
“Ro?” Dan questions, frowning at Jay then shifting his confused regard back to me.
My heart bangs out a drum solo against my chest, and the shot of Patron I’d downed in my motel room to get me through this dinner swishes in my stomach, waving hello.
“It’s short for Rowena. My middle name,” I remind him, as if that answers the real question: How do Jay and I know each other?
“I used to call her Ro when we were younger. To irritate her,” Jay adds, his tone even, much calmer than the stunned gasp of my name earlier…
Wait. Oh God, wait.
I used to call her Ro when we were younger.
The “when we were younger” spins in my head, gathering velocity and volume with each revolution.
Jay... Jay... One of Katherine’s sons had been named Jude.
I suck in a silent breath, shock pummeling me so hard, I lock my knees to keep from swaying into my father.
Goddamn.
I screwed my stepbrother.
My stepbrother gave me multiple orgasms.
That must be a sin. There aren’t enough beads on a rosary to give me absolution from this.
Stupid. So stupid. How did I not know? But, hell, how could I know? The huge, beautiful, golden man before me who practically vibrates with an intense sexuality doesn’t resemble the tall, skinny kid with hair dyed varying shades of the rainbow and with holes in his ears, nose, and mouth. Not at all. And God knows I’ve changed from the overweight, awkward girl with bad hair and coke-bottle glasses. Still…
Damn.
This clusterf**k just got a lot more f**ked.

PASSION AND INK

Blackballed from my job.
Moved back to my hometown with my tail between my legs and family issues crushing my back.
Slinging drinks in a dive bar.
Yes, the past year has been hell. So when a man who’s temptation wrapped in golden skin and sin offers me one night of no-holds barred, dirty sex, I’m all in. I deserve it.
But now those few unforgettable hours have me facing blackmail from my own father: He'll pay for my mom's medical bills, but only if I never again touch the man who has quickly become my obsession.
Because the man? My obsession?
He’s my stepbrother.
Each book in the Sweetest Taboo series is STANDALONE:
* Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
* Passion and Ink by Naima Simone
* The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Standby Guy


Congratulations to "Jo-Anne B.", the winner in Natasha's giveaway. Please contact JUST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE to claim your prize!

I love friends-to-lovers stories, don’t you? So many questions. What happens if they cross that line? Will it be worth the risk? Will they lose that friendship they’ve treasured for years? Add in a pretend relationship and how do they react when they discover their friends and relatives think they’ve been enjoying benefits all along? Stir in a small town rumor mill and you have the recipe for The Standby Guy, the second book in The Men of Lakeside series.

THE STANDBY GUY – The Men of Lakeside book 2

Single mom and photographer Katie Dixon is more than ready to embrace her “me time” after her only son has gone to college. She’s even ready for a fling or two, she just needs to find her confidence again. Best friend Carter Colburn is the perfect guy to help her—until he takes their temporary arrangement a little too seriously and Katie is terrified by the prospect of losing herself all over again.



Excerpt: 
“I need my mojo back. Did I ever have any to begin with? I was still in school when I started dating Tim. I didn’t even know what the word meant back then.” She huffed. “I want to be sexy and confident. I want to be able to flirt and not feel stupid. You do it all the time. You must or you wouldn’t be the guy women love to run to.”

Did he encourage her or try to discourage her? But immediately, he was ashamed of those thoughts. Just because he hated the idea of her going up to a stranger in a bar and flirting with him didn’t mean she didn’t have every right.

Don’t ever feel like you need to pretend. All you have to do is be yourself.”

Katie rolled her eyes. “Everyone says that. If I don’t try to be more than I am right now, I might as well stay home for the rest of my life. I’ll always feel like something was missing.”
“What I meant is you’re a smart, funny, thoughtful woman. Say what’s on your mind. If you have to lie to talk to a guy, then he’s not the guy you want. You have to be able to be truthful. And he has to be someone you can trust with your heart. With your life.”

Somehow she’d taken a step closer to him, and their bodies were almost touching each other. Her soft scent mingled with the flowers to turn into an aroma that made his head spin.
“But I’m not looking for anyone to be serious with. I’m not going to trust anyone with my heart.”
That was because Tim still had it. “Well, then what are you looking for? A casual hookup? A one-night stand? That doesn’t sound like the Katie I know.”

“I’m not a child. I’m a forty-year-old woman, and I know what I want. I’m just out of practice.” Instead of her cheeks pinking with embarrassment, her eyes flashed. “I suppose you’ve never flirted with women at a bar. Never had a one-night stand. Ha. Why should it be any different for me? I don’t hold with any double standards, and I didn’t think my friend Carter did either.”

Katie…”

“This was a bad idea. A terrible idea. You’re too close to me. You can’t be objective. I’ll ask Anita to help me. She’s had flings all over the world. She’d be a much better person to help me. Forget I said anything. Then you won’t have to worry about me.”

Like he wouldn’t worry about her even more if he didn’t have any idea what she was thinking. What she was doing. Where she was going. What Noah’s wife-to-be might be teaching her. Who Katie was planning to hook up with.

Katie? His Kat? Hooking up?

“If you need someone to practice with, it’s going to be me,” he snapped. Her gasp sounded breathless, like it might during sex. His body started to react, hardening as it hadn’t in a while now. His gaze dropped to her mouth, and she ran her tongue over her lips. “Anita might be reluctant to do this…”

He leaned in, and Katie met him halfway. At first, he lightly brushed his mouth over hers, tentatively tasting her, testing her. So sweet. She didn’t pull away but leaned forward, rose on her toes, and wrapped her arms around his neck.

If she wanted to practice, they’d practice.

Giveaway:
Natasha is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Feb. 12th. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Brynley Blake Talks about Bucket Lists and Resurgent, Her Upcoming New Release


Bucket lists have always intrigued me.  This small snippet of conversation between Navy SEAL Liam and obsessively organized Charlotte, the main characters in my new release, Resurgent, sums it up well.  As the two walk along the beach in Playa del Carmen, Liam points out the Southern Cross constellation, telling Charlotte that seeing it in person was something he just crossed off his bucket list.

“You have a bucket list?”
“Don’t you?” he teases. 
“I don’t need a bucket list.  I have a life list,” I retort. 
            “TouchĂ©,” he says with a low chuckle.  “Same difference.”

In a way, a bucket list is a life list, ensuring that you make every moment count…that you take that trip you can’t afford but will never forget, push yourself to run that marathon, or continue to step outside your comfort zone and try new things that make you feel alive.

My own personal bucket list has a few things in common with Liam’s, such as riding the Pacific Coast Highway on a motorcycle and learning to salsa dance.  In contrast, seeing the Northern Lights tops mine, while many of the items on Liam’s list are a bit too daring for me (if I ever jump out of an airplane, it’s going to be because that sucker’s going down in flames). Another stark difference is that Liam’s bucket list is a map to some guns he illegally smuggled and sold to a drug cartel, but never delivered. Definitely not a problem I have!  

Resurgent is a fun and sexy not-so-typical road trip romance about Liam, a Navy SEAL accused of selling smuggled guns to the Mexican drug cartel, who is on the run with Charlotte, his little sister's best friend whom he rescues after she's kidnapped by the drug cartel.   Unfortunately, Liam was injured in an explosion while on a mission in Afghanistan and he doesn't remember anything—why he was involved with the cartel, where he stashed the guns the cartel paid for but never received, or the night of passion he shared with Charlotte.   Now he and Charlotte have to find the guns before the cartel finds them, and all they have to go on is his bucket list. 

Following is one of my favorite excerpts from Resurgent, when Charlotte decides to embrace a few of Liam’s bucket list activities herself.  Tell me what’s on your bucket list in the comments for a chance to win one of two e-book copies of Rogue, the first book in the Phoenix Rising series.

Excerpt from Resurgent by Brynley Blake

I want to do every damn thing I can that’s left on my bucket list that I don’t remember putting on it. Anything might be a clue.”  I move my finger down the list, stopping at each unmarked item. “Let’s start with salsa dancing. We can do that tonight. I saw a sign about it in the hotel lobby.  When I talk to Tony, I’ll ask him about the Dominion, maybe get him to check it out for me, so we can skip that. Tomorrow we’ll fly to Malaysia and check off diving and getting a tattoo.”

Charlotte looks at me incredulously.  “You’re going to get a tattoo, just like that?”

“Sure.” I wink at her. “Never underestimate the power of fuck it. I have a couple of days to think about what I want.”  I look back at the list. “Tweet from the equator…we can manage that while we’re in Malaysia.  Sail the Philippines…probably won’t have time for that.” I look at her and wink. “Want to join the mile-high club?”

Her grin is contagious.  “Sounds interesting.”

“Let’s see… Get a dog?  Another one that doesn’t make sense.  I travel too much to have a dog.”

“I’ve always wanted a dog,” she says wistfully, looking over my shoulder at the list. 

“I can totally see that.  One of those frou frou rat-looking things that you carry around in your purse?” I tease.

“No!” she retorts.  “A big goofy lab from a shelter.  Maybe one whose owner died or didn’t want him anymore. One that’s big enough to hug when I’m feeling sad.”

I have a sudden image of a forgotten little girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders, whose life might have been a tiny bit better if she’d had a dog to confide in.  But before I can say anything, she quickly changes the subject.

“What about this one?” Charlotte’s perfectly manicured finger is pointing to “kinky sex,” and although her tone is nonchalant, I can feel the vibrations of arousal coming from her body that I can somehow read like my own. 

I arch an eyebrow at her.  “You want to?”

She flushes.  “Just to make sure we cover all the bases and don’t miss anything.” She’s trying to act casual, but I don’t buy it for a minute.  And there’s nothing I want more than to see her unravel as she gives her all to me.

“Oh sweetheart, we’ll definitely cover all the bases.  And I’ll make damn sure you don’t miss a thing. But first things first. Go put on your dancing shoes.”

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Must Love Coffee


Congratulations to "hefleyl2169", the winner in Leigh's giveaway. Please contact JUST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE to claim your prize!

I love second chance romances and more so—I adore stories that center around couples in their late thirties and early forties. With Gwen and Leo, it’s the wisdom that comes from their past relationships that help them to understand what they truly want in life. The inspiration from this book comes from many. Gwen’s profession comes from mine and her love for all things fandoms is a combination of my children whose lives revolve around the latest DC and Marvel movies.

Must Love Coffee is Gwen and Leo’s story about two lost souls who have been burned from their first marriages. Gwen is a free spirit and Leo is driven and highly motivated. They clash as Gwen challenges Leo. Very few people challenge him. In her dare, he sees something he’s not even considered since his wife left. And that’s a second chance.

Gwen and Leo were fun to write because they were so different but as they say—opposites attract. And for that very reason, I hope you fall in love with them as much as I did!


MUST LOVE COFFEE

After being stripped of all her own wants, Gwen Ambrose is determined to find a man who will put her first. Real Estate mogul Leo Eastman quickly realizes he wants more with the quirky teacher. Fans of second-chance romance will devour this story like a steamy cuppa joe. The first book in the highly anticipated 425 Madison series is now live! Read MUST LOVE COFFEE by Leigh Lennon today.

Only on Amazon + Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited


Gwen
I was stripped of all my own desires and wants when I was married to my ex-husband. I now carry a list with me—a list that will help me choose a man that will put me first in life. Then the storm cloud of an entitled millionaire appears in my life and knocks me off my axis. This man sends so many mixed signals, my body either quakes with anger or passion when I’m around him.

I'm his son's teacher and his tenant, but I find myself wanting more.

Leo
My life is run with precision with little regard for others until a woman in crazy clothes challenges me to be a better father. She’s one of the few people that puts me in my place and maybe for this very reason—I want her more than I can articulate. With her failed marriage and list of requests she needs from her next partner, I know she’s my future. My life is less than perfect, and with it—baggage that follows me everywhere. Does she want my kind of crazy in her life?

I'm her landlord and an a**hole, but  I find myself wanting more.

Where to begin? For starters, you must love coffee...

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

Giveaway:

A $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Unfiltered—another second chance romance written by Leigh Lennon.

Author Info:

Leigh Lennon is a mother, veteran and a wife of a cancer survivor. Originally with a degree in education, she started writing as an outlet that has led to a deep passion. She lugs her computer with her as she crafts her next story. One could say she loves pretty nails, big earrings, and spiky hair. She can be found drinking coffee or wine, depending on the time of the day.


About the 425 Madison Series

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.

Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol' enemies to lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425

For more information, visit the series website ➝ www.425madisonseries.com

Follow the series on Facebook ➝ https://www.facebook.com/425MadisonSeries
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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Feb. 5th. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

THE WAY YOU LOVE ME


Giveaway Alert!


THE WAY YOU LOVE ME is my new small-town romance release this week, Book 2 in my Angel Falls series (but easily a stand-alone)! I would love for you to love it!

In the back of all editions is a fun bonus novella by Alison Bliss. Check out Alison’s fun story and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter book giveaway below!

In addition, I’ll give away 3 e-copies of my first Angel Falls book, THEN THERE WAS YOU, to commenters on this post who tell me if they have a favorite single-dad romance.

WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

Gabby Langdon is a successful but unfulfilled lawyer who’s made some bad decisions—in picking a career she doesn’t like and a self-absorbed ex-fiancĂ©, for instance. She’s determined to make better choices but is afraid to trust her heart—so she’s vowed to follow her family’s advice and pick someone uncomplicated who meets their approval.

Her secret dream of being a writer makes her sign up for a writing class with a bestselling novelist who happens to be really hot and gorgeous, but is also, unbeknownst to her, suffering from the world’s worst case of writer’s block. He’s also a single dad whose reputation is in complete shreds from his divorce.

So he’s anything BUT uncomplicated!

Cade Marshall is trying to do the best for his little daughter Ava after his ex accused him of stealing her ideas for his book. He’s given up on writing completely and is focusing on teaching to give his daughter a stable life back in his hometown of Angel Falls.

Neither Gabby or Cade expect to fall for the other—Cade doesn’t want to have anything to do with anyone who writes anything for a living. Plus the last thing he needs is to jeopardize his new job, no matter how tempted he is by Gabby.

My books always have some fun and complicated family issues going on, this time revolving around secret romances. If you’ve enjoyed Nonna from the first book, she’s back, as well as Gabby’s hunky firefighter brother Rafe (whom I adore), whose book will be next.


WHY SHOULD YOU READ THIS BOOK?

For a fun, heartwarming love story with family and friends to help and hinder along the way.

I had a lot of fun unmasking the real Cade from the serious, Heathcliffish professor he first appears to be. Gabby is just the kind of spirited, fun burst of sunshine to make him see that life isn’t all that bad. And who doesn’t need that? While Gabby has flitted in the past from interest to interest, Cade calls her out on that and makes her stop running away—and helps her see she can achieve what she really wants.

Also, Gabby is a seeker, and aren’t we all? Aren’t we all looking for the best ways to use our talents and pursue the passions that soothe our souls? How many of us are lucky enough to find our passion early in life and pursue it with all we’ve got? I feel that this book shows that there is always time for a second look at your life and a second chance.

One of the themes of the book is that being able to pursue your passion is a gift. One that should not be taken away by other choices you’ve made (Gabby has status and makes great money as a lawyer, but she’s unhappy) or by other people (Cade’s ex accused him of stealing her ideas in an effort to steal his happiness and his success—and this has shaken his self-belief and dried up his creativity). Both my hero and heroine must stand up for what they want, as we all must in order to determine how we live our lives.


THE WAY YOU LOVE ME

Gabby Langdon has always tried to make people happy. She even went to law school to please her father, and now she's a highly successful-albeit bored-attorney. But Gabby secretly dreams of being a writer, so for once she does something for herself-she signs up for a writing class taught by best-selling novelist Caden Marshall. There's only one problem: her brooding, sexy professor is a distraction she can't afford if she's finally going to get the life she truly wants. 

Recently divorced and suffering from the world's worst case of writer's block, Caden is in Angel Falls to get his life back on track. He's focused on teaching and providing a stable and loving home for his young daughter, Ava. The last thing he needs is to jeopardize his new job, which means keeping plenty of distance between himself and his talented new student-no matter how tempted he is by Gabby's beauty, kind heart, or the sparks that fly whenever they're together. 

Includes the bonus story "Meant to Be" by Alison Bliss!

Angel Falls series:
Then There Was You
The Way You Love Me

EXCERPT

Cade runs into Gabby outside of the classroom, at the wedding of a mutual friend:

Cade. She’d called him by his first name without even realizing it. The sound rolling so easily off her tongue did something visceral to him he couldn’t quite describe. So he focused instead on taking an hors d’oeuvre from the offered tray. It was decadent, buttery, and flavorful. “Wow, that is good.”

“Told you,” she said, taking a last bite. “My goal at weddings is to hunt down and taste every single appetizer so that my appetite will be completely ruined before dinner. Want to join me?”

He laughed. “I can see why Ava can’t stop talking about you,” he said. “You’re…fun.”

She looked at him, seeming a little startled. “You think I’m fun?”

There was something in her eyes that looked like she was hoping for a yes. Gabby with her antique bike and her chicken nuggets and her quiet teasing. And her kindness to Ava and to her grandmother. And to him.

“Yeah,” he said softly, “I think you’re fun.” He held out his plate. “Have another. You know you want to.”

“Hmmm.” She tapped her chin with her forefinger, pretending to be deep in thought. “Okay, if you insist,” she said before snagging the last one from his plate. She popped the whole thing in her mouth and groaned from pleasure.

He chuckled, then grew quiet. Because the look on her face reminded him of another pleasure entirely, and it wasn’t culinary.

“Don’t laugh at me,” she said.

“I’m smiling because you have no idea how beautiful you are.” Oh hell. Had that just come out of his mouth? And he’d only had one drink so far.

She sucked in a breath. “Wait, am I hallucinating? Did Professor Heathcliff just pay me a compliment?”

A sort of inappropriate one, and he’d better watch himself. “Professor Heathcliff?”

“Yes, you know. Dark, mysterious…a little cranky.”

“I’m trying to decide if that’s a compliment.”

“Well, you do sort of have a different personality in front of our class than you do in the wild. Much more intimidating.”

He shrugged. “I wish you’d tell that to my daughter. She’s not intimidated by me at all.” In truth, Gabby had called it exactly right. The fact that he couldn’t screw up his teaching gig, and the stress of returning to town with everyone knowing—and many believing—the scandal about him, had made him crotchety.

He assessed her as she looked around at the crowd. If she hadn’t been in his class, he’d be taking her off to the dance floor or maybe they’d forget the dance floor altogether and just head straight back to his room. This was the first time since his divorce he’d felt such powerful attraction—and wanted to act on it.

All the more reason to go back over to his friends and enjoy the evening with any of a number of women who were single, eligible, and not in his class.

Cade looked around. “Everyone’s taking their seats for dinner. I should go.” Funny thing though, he didn’t want to. But he’d already overstepped his bounds.

In the second that he hesitated, she grabbed his elbow. His forearm muscles contracted under her touch. “Wait. Don’t go.”

He shot her a questioning look.

“I saw you fooling around with your friends earlier and I think you’ve got the moves,” she said. “Prove it to me.”

Dancing. She was talking about dancing, he reminded his sex-deprived brain.

“You promised me a dance,” she reminded him.

“I did, but now I’m thinking maybe that’s not such a good idea.”

She frowned. “Why not? Are you a klutz? Two left feet?”

He smirked. “No, I’m a great dancer.”

“Sprained your ankle? Pulled a muscle?”

“No.”

“Is it me?” She pulled a face. “You don’t want to be seen dancing with me in front of your friends? I promise I’ll behave from now on with the hors d’oeuvres.”

“Stop. None of that. It’s just that I’m…your teacher.”

“Oh for God’s sake, we’re an hour from Angel Falls. No one cares about that.”

He shrugged. “I care.”

She scanned his face. “Okay, I get it. I respect that.” Her hand dropped from his arm.
He was suddenly free to bolt, the safe thing to do. Yet his body refused to comply. In the background, the clinking of silverware against glasses grew louder throughout the room as people called for the groom to kiss the bride.

“I-I’d better go,” she said with a small smile.

She started to walk away. He noticed the fire department guys watching her, one in particular. And there was his friend Jack, holding a drink, ready to pounce.

“Gabby,” he called after her. Applause and cheers sounded through the room as the bride and groom acquiesced to the crowd’s demand.

She turned and lifted her brows. “Yes?”

“You’re right. I’m taking things too seriously. Will you save me a dance?”

She tapped her index finger on her cheek. “Okay, fine, but you seem a little fickle. And my dance card is almost full.”

He laughed out loud. She was gorgeous, spirited, irresistible. Who could blame him for wanting to spend more time with her?

And it was only a dance, right?



Author bio:
Miranda Liasson is a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the National Readers' Choice Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids in a charming old neighborhood which is the inspiration for many of the homes in her books.

Miranda loves to hear from readers! Find her at mirandalisson.com,  Facebook.com/MirandaLiassonAuthor or on Twitter and Instagram @mirandaliasson.

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