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Adult Contemporary RomanceMass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming
She’s over her crush…isn’t she?Luci Monroe is on top of the world. She’s just graduated from journalism school and she’s already landed her dream job in PR. Then Cody Jarvis saunters into her office. Nothing like finding out that your teenage crush, now a gorgeous, globe-trotting, freelance photographer, is going to be your staffer for the summer. Never mind. They’re both professionals. And she’s over him. Kind of. Anyway, he’s not interested. Cody is always waiting to disappear on his next assignment, and Luci needs someone stable. Someone who wants to build a life right here in Willow Beach…
EXCERPT: CHAPTER ONE, Part 3
“Luci.”She turned and, sure enough, there he stood, camera raised to his eye. He took a few shots and then backed away and took some more. Still more while down on one knee and yet another couple while standing with feet planted apart. Finally, he lowered the camera.“Are you finished now?” Her words came out sharper than she’d intended. She must be in worse shape than she’d realized.He frowned. “Not okay to take your picture? You’re the guest of honor. Besides, you’re a good subject.”“You didn’t give me any warning. I probably need to comb my hair or something.”“Your hair is fine. The sunlight caught it just right.” He tilted his head. “It’s been—what?—a year since we’ve seen each other?”“Yes, about that.”“Your last year at the U go okay?”“It did.”She looked toward the water again—where the lowering sun spread rays of red, yellow and orange along the horizon—and wanted more than ever to take that walk on the beach. But the talk and laughter drifting across the lawn reminded her that the party offered an escape, too.“I’d better get back to my guests,” she said. “But thanks for coming, Cody, and good luck with your next assignment.”He laid a hand on her arm. “Don’t say goodbye yet. I’ll be around for a while. In a town as small as Willow Beach, we’re bound to run into each other.”Just then, Don came toward them, waving his hand. “There you are, Cody. Been looking for you. Glen Thomas wants a word.”Cody raised his eyebrows. “The chamber of commerce president wants to talk to me? Why?”“Don shrugged. “Don’t know. He didn’t say.”“Okay,” Cody said. “See you later, Luci.”“Sure. See you…later.”Luci hugged herself as she watched Cody and Don head back to the party. She’d thought she was telling the truth when she said she was over Cody. But the moment she laid eyes on him tonight, all her old feelings came rushing back.Why did he have to return to Willow Beach, even for a short while, just when she was settling in again with her family and her new job?* * *
Linda Hope Lee writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. She enjoys traveling especially to small towns in search of story ideas. She’s also an artist, specializing in watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Photography provides inspiration for both her writing and her art. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where many of her stories are set.
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