With: Coleen Kwan
Life is giving Hannah Willmett nothing but lemons at the moment, and she’s not that fond of lemonade.
1. She’s divorced her cheating ex-husband and returned, virtually penniless, to her home town.
She started dating him when he was a pre-med student, then married him and supported him through all his years of studying to be a plastic surgeon. Then he cheated on her (and God knows how many times that happened before she finally cottoned on) and broke her heart. So now she’s moved back to her hometown of Pine Falls to rebuild her life, one brick at a time.
2. Her younger brother’s best friend, Derek, is back in town for a short visit. He’s all grown up now, and— horror of horrors— she’s attracted to him.
Derek has always been like a younger brother to her, but she hasn’t seen him for years, and now he’s grown up, drop dead gorgeous, and she can’t stop thinking about him. Worse, he’s started to flirt with her, making it clear the attraction isn’t one-sided, and she’s finding it very hard to resist him. Maybe they could indulge in a secret fling, but what would happen if her brother found out?
3. The consequences of her brief fling with Derek will have long-lasting consequences.
Their fling wasn’t supposed to lead to anything—that’s the definition of a fling. But now they have to deal with the consequences. Hannah, scarred from her recent divorce, fears putting her trust in someone and getting hurt again. Besides, she wants the best for Derek, too, and she’s pretty sure shackling him with responsibilities he’s not ready for would be terrible for him. This is one decision she can’t afford to get wrong.
Excerpt from Unexpectedly Yours
Hannah sucked in a breath. “I can’t tell you the details!”
“Ooh, was it that dirty, huh? I’m not surprised. That Derek is one sexy hunk, and from the look of him I’d say he knows his way around in bed. Just tell me one thing. Is he well hung?”
The image of Derek’s naked body that had taunted Hannah all day burst into vivid color, and the memory of everything he’d done to her last night sent her blood pressure soaring.
“Yes, he is,” she said, unable to suppress the grin spreading across her lips.
“Ha, I knew it!”
“It was a one-time thing. It’s not going to happen again.”
“Why not? Sounds like you barely got enough last night.”
“Oh God, Amber. Don’t talk crazy. Derek is halfway back to L.A. by now. It’ll be months before I see him again.” Which was a relief, so why did that make her heart pinch just a little?
The doorbell chimed, and a customer walked into the store. Derek. Hannah’s mouth fell open.
“Derek?” Her voice squeaked. “W-what are you doing here?”
Well-hung Derek, who was supposed to be hundreds of miles away from here, stepped toward her. “Change of plans. I’m staying for a couple more weeks.”
Staying? A couple more weeks? No, this can’t be happening. He shouldn’t be here at all! Her shopping bag slipped from her numb fingers and plopped to the floor, spilling some of its contents.
“Let me get that for you,” spectacularly well-hung Derek said.
Oh God, was she ever going to stop blushing? She dropped to her knees at the same time he did, and their heads almost collided.
“Sorry,” she muttered, reaching for a can of tomato soup.
“Here you go.” He helped her to her feet and handed her the shopping bag.
A light sweat had broken out between her shoulder blades, and her hair was sticking to her neck. “Why—” She cleared her throat, trying in vain to calm her racing heart. “Why the change of plans?”
“My filming schedule got changed. Plus, I need more time to sort out my grandpa’s care. So it’s all serendipitous.”
No, this was the opposite of serendipitous. This was a fricking nightmare.
He wasn’t what she was expecting...
Derek Carmichael has harbored a secret crush on his best friend’s older sister for years, but she’s always been out of his reach. Now that Hannah is back in their hometown and newly single, suddenly the five-year age gap doesn’t seem so huge. But convincing her to see him as more than just the kid she used to know is another story.
Hannah Willmett can’t believe how grown-up Derek Carmichael has become. The troubled kid from her youth has turned into a sexy, successful TV celebrity, but Hannah’s wary of his player past and the rampant rumors connecting him to beautiful socialites. Still, she can’t help but give in when their attraction reaches a boiling point.
Trying to keep their fling a secret from her overprotective brother is one thing, but when Hannah finds herself unexpectedly expecting, her life is thrown upside down. She and Derek may be becoming parents together, but that’s no basis for a happily-ever-after.
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.