Diamond Lake, Texas Book 2
Sand Castle Resort Book 2
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
An ex-Navy SEAL agrees to play fake lover
for the Maid of Honor at a destination wedding
only to discover that what happens on a Caribbean Island
can sometimes follow you home.
Nicholas Falcone, aka Nikko, aka Falcon, is five months out from active SEAL duty, putting his pre-service accounting degree to use while going to law school at night. He’d love to take a vacation between semesters, but every buck is earmarked for his education. When a fellow accountant approaches him about his sister needing an escort for a destination wedding, Nikko jumps at the idea. With the wedding families footing the bill, what does he have to lose?
Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Pierce is still stinging from a broken engagement. Going to a destination wedding at the Sand Castle Resort in the Caribbean would be great if only her ex-fiancé and his new wife weren’t also attending. Her options are to find a date or not go, but not going isn’t really an option. That means letting her brother set her up with a guy from his accounting office…Heaven forbid. When did accountants start looking like this?
** Cold Beer ** is part of the Diamond Lakes, Texas Series and Sand Castle Resort series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. They do not have cliffhanger endings.
**Hot SEAL, Cold Beer** is also in the “SEALs in Paradise” connected series. Each book in the multi-author branded SEALs in Paradise series can be read stand-alone, and individual books do not have to be read in any particular order.
I am really loving this multi author series. In this one Nicholas ‘Nikko’ Falcone agrees to help out a co-worker’s sister by attending a destination wedding with her. He needs a vacation after tax season and this trip is all expenses paid.
Dr. Jennifer Pierce wasn’t looking forward to this wedding. He ex would be there with his pregnant wife. The one he got pregnant while he was engaged to her. Jenn was really hoping the guy her twin brother is sending her will be the perfect date, she couldn’t face this event alone.
These two have an attraction neither saw coming, which is fortunate since they would be portraying lovers on this trip.
A favorite scene is when they board the plane and encounter Jenn’s ex for the first time.
She jerked toward her name and looked at her ex. He was dressed in khakis, a green polo shirt, and a puzzled expression on his face. Had his hair always been that thin? And his face…had it always looked so sallow? For some reason, she didn’t remember his lips being so thin and his cheeks so puffy.
Her stomach twisted with nerves as she faced her past for the first time. “Lamar. Sherice.” And that was as nice as she planned to be.
“Hi, Jennifer,” Sherice said, shoving her hand under Lamar’s elbow so she could wrap her arm around his.
Jennifer wanted to laugh. The woman was staking her claim as if Jennifer might try to lure him back.
“Who’s your, um, friend?” Lamar asked.
“Oh, I’m sorry.” She looked down at their fingers intertwined. “This is Nicholas Falcone. Sweetheart, this is Lamar Johns and his wife, Sherice.”
Nicholas extended his right hand across Jennifer. “Nice to meet you. Call me Nikko.”
“Hmm,” Lamar said. “I didn’t know you were bringing a date.”
Nicholas chuckled. “A date?” He knocked his shoulder against Jennifer’s. “It’s been a while since we were just dating. What a fun idea. A weeklong date.”
She giggled and almost gagged at that. She never giggled. The sound had the puzzled look on Lamar’s face even more strangled.
“It will be fun. Remember those early days? How nervous I was around you?”
Nicholas chuckled and put his hand over their interlaced fingers. “Like it was yesterday. I’m so glad I hung in.”
“Sir, madam,” the airline attendant said. “You two need to find your seats so we can take off.”
Lamar gestured to the two across from Jennifer and Nicholas. “Can we sit here by our friends?”
Nicholas squeezed her hand, and out of the corner of her eye, she saw him shake his head at the attendant. The young lady, as enthralled by Nicholas’s smiled as Jen was, shook her head at Lamar.
“I’m sorry, sir. No. Please take your assigned seats.”
Sherice pulled on Lamar’s arm. “Come on, Lamar. We are in the first row.”
Lamar allowed Sherice to tug him forward, but he scowled over his shoulder.
“I don’t think your ex is happy you have a date,” Nicholas said.
“Yeah, well, breaks my heart.” She leaned on his shoulder. “I remember him being better looking.”
“You can do so much better.” He leaned over and kissed her.
“Okay, you two. Knock it off,” Deloris said from the row in front of them.
“Yeah,” Tony, Deloris’s fiancé, said. “You’re making the rest of us look like slackers.”
D’Alba, Cynthia. Hot SEAL, Cold Beer (SEALs in Paradise) (Kindle Locations 561-583). Riante, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
The teasing playfulness of the interactions between these two eventually comes to a head. I loved the slow build of this relationship and then the heat that reaches white hot.
Plenty of fun with the activities the bride and groom had planned for this week of celebration and an encounter with the ex that had me cheering Nikko on.
Laughter, fun, snark, sizzle and so much more, make this a must read!
5 Contented Purrs for Cynthia!
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Hi Y’All! I’m Cynthia D’Alba from Arkansas.Here’s a little about me…New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun.She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.