From the Author
Welcome back to The Paradise DinnerTheatre. I hope you enjoy Emma's tale. I've been fascinated by her since Ifirst decided she was going to be left to care for the half-siblings she barelyknows. It was so much fun "watching" her fight the attraction to Reece, who ispretty much her opposite in every way. Still, the developing relationshipbetween her and her sister is really touching. I also really enjoyed tellingMary Bertram's story. She represents all those amazing women who perhaps putother dreams aside in order to raise a family. I loved that in this book she also gets to find her ownhappy ending.
If you missed Book 1 in this series (Left Turn At Paradise), make sure yougo back and read Layla's story as well as the companion book (Coming Home To Paradise), which tellsher mother Beth's side of the story. Be sure to also check out Book 3 inShellwater Key Tales, Last Stop At Paradise. Hunky and sweet Noah Johnson finally getsthe girl in Callie's story.
From the Inside Flap
"That's not fair," she said, hating that he was trying to force her hand.
"Nothing about this situation is fair, starting with the fact that your father and stepmother are dead."
Lord, he was good at verbal fencing. Thrust and stab right in the heart. She closed her eyes to block out the pain, and in that moment he moved closer. She could feel the heat from his body as he stopped a few inches away. For a moment, she imagined leaning forward to rest her head on his chest. Maybe wrap her arms around him. Or maybe something more passionate that would make the agony go away, even for a few minutes.
Her breath caught at the idea, and her head came up. Reece stared down at her, and the heat behind those dark eyes could have powered an entire kitchen. She shivered as his gaze dipped to her lips.
"This is insane," he muttered.
"I know, and you hate me."
"I don't..." His eyes closed, head shaking as if in denial. Another beat went by, and then he opened his eyes. The wry expression returned."You're going to drive me crazy, Miss Bertram."
"Just returning the favor, Mr. Casings."
"Reece..." he said, the raspy word a command.
Emma didn't take commands well, but when he gave the orders..."Reece."
His chest rose and fell again. They stared at each other, the heady pulse in the room vibrant and alive.
Now what, Counselor?