With: Christina Hovland
I’m so excited to share this excerpt from The Honeymoon Trap! The book is available August 20th from Entangled Publishing.
In the book, a news producer and a consumer reporter go on a hidden camera honeymoon exposé. But first, William has to convince Lucy to play the part of his (pretend) wife. Enjoy!
“So…” He unceremoniously folded the newspaper. “Will you marry me?”
The slice of bacon she had raised to her mouth stopped just short of her lips. “I hope you do dishes, too. I don’t do dishes this early in the morning.”
“Did you hear me?” He ran his hand over the delicious stubble on his chin. “I need a wife.”
“And I need sleep. Oh, look.” She gestured between them with her fork. “We both have needs. Unfulfilled needs.”
Molten gold eyes bored through her. “Tell me more about your unfulfilled needs.”
“Sleep. Only sleep. That’s the only thing I need right now.” Her resolve cracked a bit with the way he stared.
“Sleep?” The intensity of his expression didn’t change with the question.
“That’s what I said, right? The only thing I need from you is a little time with my mattress.”
Oh my God. She wanted to scoop those words up and shove them back in her mouth.
“Your mattress,” he confirmed.
Still with the expression not changing. The man was unnerving and ridiculous and the idea of him with her on her mattress sounded nicer than she’d ever want to admit.
She drove an icicle stake through the thought. “Alone. Alone with my… You know what? Never mind.”
“Bridgett isn’t available. I need you.” The little muscle in his jaw ticked. “Please.”
“There is literally no one else you could marry?” No other “next, please”?
Apparently, not all the bristle got washed off in the shower.
“You are a behind-the-scenes employee at the station. A female employee, unmarried, with no plans for the next few days.”
“How do you know I don’t have plans?” At least the man had a way with eggs. What could she say? They were fluffy and perfect.
He gestured at her with his fork. “Do you have plans?”
“I have to work. I’m covering for Bridgett, plus my shifts.”
“It can’t just be handled. It’s my job.”
“Parker’s taking care of it.”
The persistence. Dear heavens, the persistence.
She pressed her eyes into slits. “I would rather have a colonoscopy on national television than parade around as your wife.”
His expression darkened. “Lucy, do you know how many stations my family owns?”
She didn’t answer.
“Enough of them. So that if it’s true, and you’d like to have a colonoscopy on national television, I can make it happen. Your choice is simple. You’re either my wife for the next few days, or you’ll be backside up under a curtain on Good Morning America by Monday.”
She bit into her bacon, but now it tasted like ash. “Fine,” she muttered. “Let’s get married.”
He grinned brighter than the sun coming through the window. “It’ll be great.”
She was positive that wasn’t true.
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THE HONEYMOON TRAP
THE HONEYMOON TRAP
"The Honeymoon Trap is adorable, clever, funny—in short, completely charming." --Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Do Over
How to Survive Your Next Relationship Disaster 101
Step 1: Get pumped. Your new house, in your new town, comes with a sexy and shirtless man next door. Score!
Step 2: Don’t let your freak-out show when Mr. OMG Shirtless turns around—and it’s your old crush.
Step 3: Hold your head high when you run into him again on the first day of your new job—literally—and spill coffee all over yourself.
Step 4: Stay calm when he introduces himself as your new boss…and then announces that your first assignment is to go on a fake honeymoon together.
Step 5: Keep your $h*t locked tight when the new boss/old crush and you are forced to sleep in the same room…with one bed.
Step 6: Try to ignore just how freaking hot he is, and how much you want to touch him…
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Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.