(The Key West Escape, #2)
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: May 8th 2018
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Janet Evanovich, this action-packed sequel to Rum Runner from a fresh voice in contemporary romance offers a sexy and comedic take on love, adventure, and what it means to trust your heart.
Troubles are piling up for Molly MacBain. Between navigating the moods of an increasingly sassy teenage daughter, battling mounting financial difficulties, and dealing with her daughter’s deadbeat dad, Molly certainly doesn’t need any more stress in her life. But when she learns that her best friend, Sophie, has been keeping a huge secret from her, she’s beyond bowled over. Apparently, Sophie’s soon-to-be brother-in-law is Molly’s idol, country music superstar Anders Ostergaard and after years on the country music circuit herself, Molly can’t help but have a fan-girl moment when she finally meets him.
Anders flies to Key West to attend his brother’s wedding and keep a low profile after a Vegas scandal makes him a tabloid target. Usually, he has a strict rule about getting involved with fans, but Molly MacBain’s sharp wit and refreshing openness draws him in like no one has before.
But romance and flirting take a backseat when Molly’s daughter witnesses a murder and winds up in Jamaica. Anders offers Molly the use of his private plane to bring her home and together, they set off for Montego Bay. Between racing against her ex’s impending visit and the hitman hunting for the witness to his crime, both Molly and Anders are completely unaware they’re being stalked by an even greater danger.
In the sultry Caribbean, Anders and Molly discover when a man who’s sworn off love and a woman who guards her heart can’t keep their hands off of each other, something’s gotta give. If their luck doesn’t run out first.
Molly stepped into place, standing in front of the altar by herself.
“Best Man, where you’d go?” The photographer looked up from his camera.
Anders was talking to Mitch and didn’t realize he was being summoned.
“Anders, hurry.” Sophie tugged his arm. “We’re losing light.”
When he turned around and looked directly at Molly, her heart fluttered and she suddenly felt hot all over.
He joined her at the altar resting his big hand possessively on her hip as he pulled her close. “Sorry, about that.” She barely registered the sexy half smile he gave her because she was too distracted by the searing heat of his palm cupping her hip like a football he was about to lob down the field.
“Maid of Honor, relax,” the photographer said. “Smile. Best Man, whisper something shocking in her ear to loosen her up.”
A sly smile spread across Anders’ lips as if he was intrigued by the challenge. Bending down, he put his mouth to her ear. His warm breath tickled the tender skin, sending a thrill spiraling through her body. “If you were a vegetable, you’d be a cute-cumber.”
What? She looked up at him confused, unsure she’d heard correctly. He met her gaze with a devilish twinkle in his eye and they both laughed.
“That’s terrific,” the photographer said, directing them as he snapped pictures. “Now look this way.” He took several shots before he stopped to change his flashbulb. “Thanks, guys. Maid of honor, you’ve got a killer smile.”
“Yeah, she does,” Anders agreed.
It wasn’t the first time in her life a man had complimented her on her smile, but it was the first time Anders Ostergaard had ever complimented her and for that reason alone she blushed so hotly the roots of her red hair flamed blue.
“Let’s finish with the bridesmaid and groomsman…” The photographer moved on and Molly and Anders stepped to the side.
Molly hated feeling so flustered around him. She needed to push through her nerves just like she did when she stood up on stage in front of a large audience. Inhaling deeply, she blew out her breath forcing the jitters out of her system. Then, with determination, she turned and met his eyes.
Her heart skittered a little when she found him studying her with mild curiosity. She fought the urge to shrink away and studied him right back.
A smile rested on his lips. Beyond his dark blonde head, the sky was deep purple as the last remnants of the day disappearing beyond the horizon. Dozens of globe string lights crisscrossed above the patio space, casting a soft golden glow over the rooftop. The breeze lifted the fine curls escaping from her loosely piled up-do and tickled the top of her shoulders. She shivered even though the air was warm. The scent of the sea mingled with the smell of the mouthwatering meal Oscar’s team was preparing downstairs.
“That was the best line you’ve got?” Molly raised her eyebrows skeptically.
“What? You didn’t like that one? Don’t worry. I’ve got a million of ’em.” He cleared his throat with all seriousness before his eyes took on a smoky cast. “Are you a baker? Because you’ve got nice buns, hun.” His tone was an intimate rumble she felt deep in her abdomen, but as far as pickup lines went, it was ridiculous. “Are you a beaver? Because, dam, you look good in that dress.” His gaze raked over her body as if he meant it and butterflies unfurled in her stomach.
If he’d been flirting with her for real, she would’ve melted like a stick of butter on a hot dashboard.
Tricia Leedom writes romantic adventure novels with a sense of humor. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Tricia enjoys funny hashtags, cheap airfare, and fangirling over a TV show based on her favorite book series. She lives in Southwest Florida.
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