EXCERPT: Blushing Kisses by Nazarea Andrews
You are cordially invited… River City is a town full of secrets and family and love. Like any small town, they come together to celebrate their own.
To the wedding… For one weekend, all eyes are on the town’s favorite couple. As their friends and family gather around them, new love is found, and some people muddle through their own complicated happily ever after.
Of Dempsey Jones & Taite Riddley… Return to River City one last time, and for one weekend look into the lives of some of familiar--and new--characters, and see how their happily ever after ends…
She closes her eyes as he carefully puts everything away, then he shifts, lifting her and settling her in his lap. He does this, sometimes. A lot, actually.
They have very few boundaries. Between their friendship and the hours they spend working together, Lola spends more time with Tiny than almost anyone, and sometimes—when he’s carelessly affectionate, drawing her into him on the couch when she’s half-asleep, when he carries her to the breakroom for sleep and makes her favorite on his nights to cook at the station, the way he always seems to be looking after her—it makes it very hard to remember that they’re friends, that Tiny doesn’t see her as anything more than the tomboy Dempsey befriended that never did go away.
She’s ok with that, with being the tomboy sidekick. She knows Dempsey and Tiny and even Cal adore her, knows she has a place in their little group—and she’s ok with that place being the one of the guys' friends.
Sometimes, though, moments like this when his hand strokes broad and warm protectively over her back and his chin nudges into her hair, and she feels small and sheltered—moments like this, she hates it. It’s hard to remember her boundaries, and what she isn’t, when he holds her like she’s precious.
“You ok, Lo?” he murmurs.
She nods against his chest. “We should go back,” she mumbles.
“Take your time. They’re not gonna miss us.”
“We’re half the groomsmen, Tiny. They’re gonna miss us.”
He laughs this soft huff that makes her belly squirm. Everyone says that Tiny is quiet—that he doesn’t talk, that he’s closed off.
And she knows a lot of it is just that she’s been friends with him for so long that she’s slipped past that silence and reticence, but she sees him, with Dempsey and Cal, with their other friends, where he’s content to be quiet and observe.
He’s talkative with her—laughs with her, his placid calm mask cracking to reveal the wide smile that’s sarcastic, warm, genuine, and soft.
She wants to believe that means something.
She knows she needs to get up and get some distance because the wedding and the hand still sweeping over her back is fucking with her head.
“You ready?” she asks, shifting away. His arms tighten for a moment, steadying her before he releases her entirely and Lola scrambles out of his lap.
Tiny is watching her, eyes dark and patient as he nods, standing. “Yeah, I’m ready. Let’s go.”
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Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to. And I don’t want to.
It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…
In a small town, rumor is everything… Life came easy to him. Town playboy Aidric Jones has it all: money, women, a life without responsibility. Until his house burns down and a daughter he doesn't know lands on his doorstep. No one expects him to step up, to grow up, but he finds disappointment is different when someone is counting on him. And everyone is whispering… Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks everyone knew Olivia Buckley was going to end up pregnant and stuck in River City with a deadbeat boyfriend. Now she’s a single mom working for her parent’s construction company, unable to escape a reputation she hates. She’s fighting like hell to make a life for herself and her son, to prove everyone wrong. They’re two people with nothing in common except a falling down house, two angry kids, and a town full of rumors--but maybe that’s enough They’ll give them something to talk about…
Vivian Fitzpatrick is a big dreams girl stuck in a small town.
She likes her job, and she adores her friends, but there’s a tiny part of her that still wants adventure. Wants all the unfulfilled dreams to come true. She still wants to base jump and skydive and do everything her ex-boyfriend said she was too chicken-shit to do.
Which is probably how she ends up moonlighting for a phone sex line.
Matteo Soto is just trying to figure out how to live again.
A bomb in Iraq left half his unit dead, and Matteo broken. He puts on a good act--the rookie at RCPD, taking care of his dead best friend’s family. But it feels too much like going through the motions, too much like marking time.
He needs a reason to get up in the morning.
She needs to feel alive.
Calvin Landers is a mess.
He has a great job and a steady string of men and women in his bed, and has been in love with the same couple for so long he can't remember a time when he wasn't.
Coming off fresh heartbreak, he's ready to move on, to give up on romance and sex altogether and moves in with his best friend, Davis, while he looks for something more permanent and tries to figure out what the hell he's doing with his life.
Ava Liu isn't looking for anything more than something to distract her from the book she's supposed to be translating. Something to distract her from why the hell she's in River City in the first place. But the boys who share a fence are more than a little distracting and pushy, when they realize just how much Ava needs someone--and how much they all need each other.
Sometimes life happens just when you stop looking.
Meet The Author: Nazarea Andrews Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next. ⭐️ Find Nazarea Here: NazareaAndrews.com | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | StreetTeam | Newsletter