She has a lot of plans. None of them involved him. Until now.
Lennon Cole has it all mapped out, bright lights, New York and living the high life. Until a shady deal in her father’s business world brings everything she knows down around her. With nothing left, Lennon ends up in the one place she doesn’t want to be; at her grandparents’ holiday home in Ealynn Sands.
Justin Navarro has it all sorted. The bad boy of Ealynn Sands, his reputation precedes him. If there’s one thing he can’t abide, it’s tourists flying into his hometown and leaving again without a backwards glance. Like Lennon Cole. Sure, they’ve had moments… Near misses and almost kisses, but he could never be interested in a pampered princess like that.
Until the night he saves her life.
Now the tourist and the bad boy are seeing each other properly for the first time… but it’s just a summer fling… isn’t it?
Kiss Me Ever After is a standalone romance, where opposites attracting could just change your life forever.
Lennon was always part of the summer crowd in Ealynn Sands, spending that time at her grandparents home. Her best friend Amber lives next door and it was all about fun and parties. This year is different for Lennon, her father is under investigation and all their money is frozen. Instead of heading to New York for a fabulous internship, she’s back in Ealynn Sands, with a job so she can return to Uni in the fall.
Justin is Amber’s brother Alex’s friend, they work at the hotel bar together along with their other friend Curtis. It’s from them that Justin hears Lennon is in town and working at The Blue Goose Cafe.
Lennon is surprised to see Justin when he stops in after his shift, it’s not like they were friends although he was really nice to look at. The last time she saw him he was with Candace and she wasn’t letting anyone near him. When those two were on the outs with each other Justin was quite the flirt and there have been a couple of close but not quite kisses.
Things are much different now, Justin has made a final break from his toxic relationship with Candace and is now realizing there is far more to Lennon than the privileged princess he knew.
Things start to heat up quickly between these two as Justin confronts his home life and Lennon adjusts to the changes in her life.
A couple of scares for Lennon just intensifies the relationship, even as Candace tries to destroy it.
Julie takes on a couple of difficult topics in this book and does it very well. I loved the ups and downs, conflicts and the simmer to sizzle relationship.
5 Contented Purrs for Julie!
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“Remind me why we’re doing this again?” I winced as a woman literally stuck a pin into me.
“We’re saving my mum’s skin,” declared Amber, my best friend.
Which was why I stood in a freezing cold corridor in a thin satin slip dress, having the bodice altered to make it fit properly.
“Keep still,” hissed the woman through a mouthful of pins. “I don’t want to get blood on this dress.”
I did as I was told, trying not to shiver and inadvertently get pricked.
Amber had roped me into modelling at the Ealynn Sands Annual Summer Fashion Pageant. Her mother worked in the hotel which hosted it, and two girls they’d lined up to model had dropped out at the last minute. So Sonya had spoken to Amber, who’d spoken to me, and before long we were trying on outfits and now being made up to within an inch of our lives.
While I enjoyed fashion, my interests lay on the other side of the industry in marketing and PR. This week, I’d got the news I’d been accepted for an internship next summer with a prestigious consultancy in New York. It was everything I wanted… Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Central Park and yellow cabs…you name it, I was ready. Anything to do with the Big Apple and I wanted it. When I’d told her, Amber had been excited for me, even though it meant missing out on our usual summer plans. Selfishly, I didn’t care. One summer away from here wouldn’t hurt anyone, well, except maybe Amber. She would miss me.
“Excuse me, ladies,” a male voice cut through the excited chatter in the corridor, “coming through!”
My gaze fell on the waiter pushing through the hallway with a tray full of empty plates and dirty cutlery.
Dark curly hair, brown and gold eyes, and a muscled body clad in the regulation uniform of black jeans with a black and white horizontal striped t-shirt. I practically drooled.
For years, he and I had danced around each other every summer.
Almost getting together.
Almost, but not quite.
He brushed past me, his arm skimming my nipples, which tightened enough in response that he noticed and paused. The corner of his mouth quirked, his eyes catching mine.
“Sorry,” he murmured.
The low octave of his voice sent waves down my spine.
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Author of contemporary romance featuring rock stars, small towns, a healthy dose of angst, some steamy times and always a happy ever after!
When not writing, I can usually be found binge watching teen drama series on Netflix, or supporting Spurs from my armchair, and running around after my two feline children, Corey and Elsa.
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