Monday, April 12, 2021

Before Summer Ends

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Synopsis:  A long, hot summer with her secret crush…What could possibly go wrong?

Nissa Lang knows Desmond Stilling is out of her league. He’s a CEO, she’s a teacher. He’s gorgeous, she’s…not. So when her house-sitting gig falls through and Desmond offers her a place to stay for the summer, she vows not to reveal how she’s felt about him since their first—and only—kiss.

Desmond should’ve known better than to bring temptation into his house. He decided long ago that his best friend’s sister was too sweet, too good, for him. She deserves a guy who can give his heart. For her sake, he’s stayed away. But as her laughter breathes life into his lonely mansion, he’s not sure how long he’ll be able to resist.

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

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Excerpt: Her parents would happily welcome her for the summer, but they lived in a small town in Eastern Washington. There wouldn’t be many job opportu­nities if she stayed with them. Plus Nissa didn’t want to be that far away from Marisol and her kids. Not when a transplant could show up at any time.

Crashing at Marisol’s place wasn’t going to work. While her best friend would welcome her, the house was tiny and already overcrowded. Which left one option.

She grabbed her phone and scrolled through her contacts. Shane picked up on the second ring.

“Hey, kid.”

She smiled. “You think you’re such a big brother, don’t you?”

“It’s kind of my thing.”

“I’m surprised I caught you. Why aren’t you slic­ing and dicing?”

“I just got out of surgery. Knee replacement. The patient is going to be very happy with the outcome.”

Shane was an orthopedic surgeon in a busy sports medicine practice. Four years older and definitely the smarter of the two children in the family, he’d always been driven to be the best. Nissa knew she was much more in the “average” category and was comfortable there. She didn’t need to change the world, just im­prove her small part of it.

“I’m glad for your patient,” she said. “I need to come live with you for the next two months. And don’t you dare say no. You have that extra bedroom. I know you do—I helped you decorate it.”

She explained how her house-sitting job had fallen through.

“I’d love to help, but I can’t.” Shane’s voice dropped nearly an octave. “I’ve met someone.” 

She resisted rolling her eyes, mostly because he couldn’t see her doing it. “Shane, I refuse to accept that as an excuse. You’ve always met someone. You spend your life ‘meeting someone.’ It’s the sticking with them for longer than three weeks that doesn’t work for you.”

TLC Book Tours:  Make sure you check out the other stops on the TLC Book Tours.  Each of us have a different excerpt. 

Sunday, April 11th: From the TBR Pile - excerpt #1

Monday, April 12th: Books and Spoons - excerpt #2

Monday, April 12th: Seaside Book Nook - excerpt #3

Tuesday, April 13th: Jathan & Heather - excerpt #4

Wednesday, April 14th: Palmers Page Turners - excerpt #5

Thursday, April 15th: Pacific Northwest Bookworm - excerpt #6

Friday, April 16th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy - excerpt #7

Saturday, April 17th: The Lit Bitch - excerpt #8

Sunday, April 18th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers - excerpt #9

Monday, April 19th: Novel Gossip - excerpt #10

Tuesday, April 20th: Moonlight Rendezvous - excerpt #11

Wednesday, April 21st: The OC Book Girl - excerpt #12

Thursday, April 22nd: Romantic Reads and Such - excerpt #13

Friday, April 23rd: Books and Bindings - excerpt #14

Friday, April 23rd: View from the Birdhouse - excerpt #15

Saturday, April 24th: What is That Book About - excerpt #16

Sunday, April 25th: Books Cooks Looks - excerpt #17

Monday, April 26th: Nurse Bookie - excerpt #1

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