Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2019
rekindle a romance with his first love.
dreams was the kindest thing she could have done for a man with talent to take
him far beyond Last Stand. Except now he’s back, and the fireworks between them
haven’t faded a bit. If she gives into the temptation of a kiss, will she be
able to let him go again once his injury heals and baseball wants him back?
for some fresh air and he took Keely’s hand to avoid having to talk to anyone
else. He wanted her all to himself a little while longer. “Want to walk down by
parking lot toward the long slope that led to the water.
his time picking their way down the hill.
show what I can do this summer. I just resent getting hurt when it finally felt
like I might be making an impression.” Stepping around a sharp-edged rock, he
reached back to make sure Keely navigated it too. “But I didn’t ask you out to
dinner so I could grouse about what’s going on with me.”
though he couldn’t see her expression anymore as the darkness expanded around
the tree branches where a patch of moonlight shone on the creek bank.
now, making a soft gurgle as it spilled over a span of muddy sticks and leaves.
you’ve come to the wrong place because I know exactly nothing about growing
vegetables.” She joined him on the soft earth above the creek, her sandals
glimmering in the pale glow of the moon.
garden outside the farmhouse kitchen when they were still in high school, a
task that had made her seem light years older than him at the time. But no
doubt she’d only done it to ensure she and Alexis got fed on the days her
father was too compromised to work or shop. “But I wasn’t expecting you to be
my agricultural resource either.”
bank. He folded it in his now and felt his pulse quicken from being next to
her. Alone. The perfect distraction from his concerns about the future, a
chance to resolve their past.
or two from his while the frogs and crickets made their own night music.
bluegrass song made the crowd shout in appreciation. His eyes had adjusted
enough to the dim light that he could see Keely now, her dark eyes searching
softness of her skin. The light floral scent of her hair. “I asked you here
because I can’t get that kiss out of my mind.”
admitted, her voice a whisper of sound that still managed to reverberate through
him as if she’d shouted.
trailed it down to the fullness of her lower lip, wanting her so much he ached.
because that kiss had felt like a new beginning? A first time all over again?
lips over hers to take a slow, thorough taste. The sweetness hit his veins
harder than any whiskey shot, firing through his nerve endings and sizzling
over his skin.
around her to pull her fully against him. The feel of her breasts through the
gauzy top would be enough to rattle any man’s thinking, and he had to suppress
a growl of primal hunger that he had no business feeling during a simple kiss.
and hotter kiss. Just for one more minute, he let the tantalizing feel of her
narrow hips in a frayed denim skirt wreak havoc on him, ratcheting up the
temperature between them to something that would singe the eyelashes if they
didn’t break apart soon.
a bandage since he couldn’t have worked up the resolve to part from her
otherwise. Now, breathing in gulps of the humid night air, he clenched and
unclenched the fingers of his good hand where he’d wound up clutching the back
of her blouse. Realizing it, he let go completely, willing the hunger for her
back into submission.
it more than upset.
this firestorm of sensations.
clear his vision of her blond waves turned white in the moonlight.
by the dark leaves and twisting branches of old live oaks, she looked like a
a shoulder against the rough bark of the tree closest to her. “We’ve done this
before, and the aftermath was too painful for us to make the same mistakes.”
He reached overhead to rest his splint on a low-hanging branch. “Last time, it
all fell apart because I got drafted a year earlier than we thought it would
around a tree root. “No, it fell apart when you broke your promise to graduate
five years later. “You know that getting drafted is like getting called up—I
have no control over when those things happen,” he reminded her. “I had to be
ready to go when the opportunity came.”
adamant about breaking things off instead of trying to make it work while
living apart for that last year when her sister was still in school.
the crowd whistled and applauded. But down here by the water, the sound of the
crickets and katydids was louder, wrapping him and Keely in a world of their
own. A breeze rustled the leaves.
sides. “You were ready then, and you’ll be prepared to go again when your hand
is recovered. Maybe this crazy thing happening between us is just a delayed
goodbye. We were both so upset five years ago that things ended too abruptly.
We didn’t get closure.”
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