Second Gift Series, Book 2 (Full Novel Version, 230 pages)
Cassie escapes to Ocean View Stables on the Oregon Coast to cope with the three year anniversary of her husband’s death. She’s starting to dream about her future, being happy, and even romance again. A safe romance, that is, where people don’t die. She runs into Ethan Caldwell, the cute boy who teased her through grade school. He sure grew up – into a man who would catch anyone’s eyes. Now he’s a single dad to nine year old Isabel, who talks about her parents getting back together, as soon as her mom is out of rehab. “Isy” also talks about her dad’s work trips. Apparently Ethan has some kind of dangerous and secretive government job. Cassie wants to run but she loves spending time with both Ethan and Isy. This isn’t at all what Cassie is looking for! So why is she running full speed into another broken heart?
“Want to go swimming?” Ethan asked.
She was busy thinking and thought she misunderstood him, but the expectant smile on his face told her otherwise. “Right now?”
He got up and stuck out a hand. Before she could think the situation over, or create a good reason to say no, he had grabbed her hand and was pulling her toward the river, looking back once to grin mischievously. “We’re being sneaky!”
“I’m not wearing…” a swimsuit. “Same old Ethan!” He’d always been a dare devil.
He let go of her hand to pull off his shirt. The moonlight silhouetted his body as he walked closer to the water, his shorts dropping. Either he hadn’t been wearing underwear or he dropped them with his shorts. It was nothing but skin. She looked away, pretending she didn’t just see his naked body…his very toned, naked body.
“I can show you the world…” he sang as he walked toward the water. “Take you wonder by wonder…”
Was that from the movie Aladdin? She giggled. She couldn’t help it; she giggled like a little school girl.
“Over, sideways and under…”
Could he possibly be thinking the same things she was? This man was not like those other guys, the ones who wanted to sit in a restaurant and ask her about life plans.
“I won’t look,” he said, wading in, with a hint of repressed laughter.
From the author:
I'm so excited about this story! Ethan might be my best hero yet. He's deeply committed to people he loves, like Trent is from More Than Memories, and he's wounded like Jason in Embers of Hope. He's also daring and super romantic. I'm dying to share this story with you!
Also by Kristen James:
It's All In My Head
In A Field of Oranges
Embers of Hope, Book 1, Second Gift Series
More Than Memories
A Wedding To Remember
A Cowboy for Christmas
The Cowboy Kiss
A Spy for Christmas
A Special Ops Christmas