Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Date of Publication: June 5, 2019
Number of pages: 184
Word Count: 59,000
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber
Ted Harper knew moving to Milford to open his dream bar wouldn’t be easy. But he could have never imagined he would be so easily distracted from his goal. Violet Marino is beautiful, smart, captivating, and unfortunately, his next-door neighbor. Now Ted has a dilemma on his hands he didn’t anticipate as his life becomes entangled with a woman he can’t seem to forget.
Violet Marino has spent decades caring for her family and working at her father’s restaurant as a waitress. Hardly the life she dreamed of living when she was a little girl. But after her mother died, she was never a little girl again. Thrust into the parenting role for her two younger siblings, Violet sacrificed everything for their well-being.
When a handsome business owner offers her more than just a sweet escape, Violet is tempted to take him up on the offer. Even if that means jumping into the unknown.
“Watch this,” he said. And then he took a running start and leaped onto the third monkey bar, swinging his long legs back and forth, before jumping the fourth and fifth bar to grab onto the sixth.
She watched him swing toward the next bar, trying to hide her appreciation. He somehow managed to make such a childish thing look good. He was a big man, but he moved his body with agility and grace. And he had no hesitation in doing something so ridiculous. He was fearless. Something she admired.
“Are you done playing around?” she asked in a hopeful tone. She was starting to become jealous. Ted was free to play around and do what he wanted, while her life was like a cage.
“I’m not playing. This is serious work.” Ted jumped the last bar and swung for a flying dismount that landed him directly on his butt.
She stared down at him, fighting the urge to laugh. “That looked serious.”
“It felt serious.” He stood up, rubbing his lower back. “I guess I’m showing my age now.”
She nodded. “I guess you are, old man.”
He put his arms around her waist and pulled her close. “You could make me feel young again.”
Her body tingled with awareness. Ever since he’d kissed her last night, all she wanted was for him to do it again. And yet, there was this little voice in the back of her head warning her to keep her distance. This man was too goofy to be serious, and she was not a woman who desired a fling. As of yesterday, she wasn’t a woman who desired a man for any reason.
How quickly things have changed.
About the Author:
Romance Author, Susan Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.
Twitter handle: @susanvaughn1124