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Canadian Summer by @KimberlyAnnAuth is a Summertime Event pick #romance #summerreads #giveaway
Title: Canadian Summer
Author: Kimberly Ann
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Brody Walker was everything Kade wasn’t looking for. He was not only handsome, but kind. Such a breath of fresh air from the jerks that she was finding in the city. After a perfect weekend together, she thought she had found her other half - until his girlfriend showed up.
Five years have passed and she finds herself back in Logan Creek and face to face with the man that broke her heart. Will Kade be able to move on from the past for another chance at love?
Five years ago, Brody got wrapped up in a whirlwind weekend with a stranger and found himself falling in love. Unfortunately, his heart was broken just as fast as the relationship started, all over a misunderstanding. With the prospect of love gone, he threw his head, and his heart, into his family farm.
Just when he’s moved on, Kade Green shows up as a new owner of the bakery in his small town, and all the old feelings of hurt and love come flooding back. Will he be able to work through the hurt to find his way back to her?
She’d done her research before making the appointment, or tried to at least. The farm didn’t have a website, only an Instagram account that had very few photos of some crops that were in season. There wasn’t much information online about the owner or the farm itself. She figured with it being such a small town, they didn’t need much of an online presence. The business owner in her just saw all the potential for marketing a beautiful farm like this.
She’d just come from a meeting with the local dairy farmer, and it hadn’t gone the way she wanted. They’d been ruthless at their negotiating and Kade ended up paying a little more than she wanted, but it was local and that’s the brand they were trying to build.
The A/C in her car also decided to die, leaving her in a button up blouse and pencil skirt in the hot June heat. She plucked at her shirt, trying to prevent her sweat from making it stick to her skin.
Of all the days that the air had to die…
The man she spoke to on the phone was nice and seemed interested but said that the final decision was with the owner.
Let’s see if I can win over a fruit farmer.
Kade parked her car, grabbing her purse as she got out in time to hear a familiar voice.
“You have got to be kidding me.”
Kade’s eyes shot up to see a very angry looking Brody on the porch she’d been admiring. Even with his scowl he was still the most handsome man that she had ever seen. He had filled out over the years, no doubt from the hard work on the farm. She cursed herself that her body still reacted to him the way that it did.
“Are you following me now, Kade? This isn’t funny.”
Kade pushed her sunglasses onto the top of her head. “I didn’t know this was your farm. Believe me, I wouldn’t have set up this meeting if I had.”
Brody looked down at her with his arms crossed over his massive chest. Him standing on the porch and her down by her car, she could see how he could be very intimidating. But she knew he would never hurt her, no matter how angry he was.
“I’m sorry that I wasted your time. I’ll just go.”
Kade opened her car door back open but saw Brody let out a breath and drop his hands.
“That’s it? What, no sass? No witty comeback?”
Kade dropped her head to her shoulders, letting her shoulders fall. “No, not today. Look, I’ve had a shitty day, and the last thing I need is a fight with you.”
“Wait,” he said, sounding defeated. “It looks like we are going to be living in the same town, so we need to figure out a way to make this work.”
As much as she hated to admit it, he was right. They were going to be running into each other often it seemed, so they may as well find a way to get along. She nodded, closing her door and walked up the steps.
Brody opened the screen door for her, ushering her inside. He smelled so good; his body wash reminding her of the woods. Images of the two of them at the campsite ran through her mind.
Nope, not going there.
He led her into a cozy family room with a gorgeous fireplace as the main focal point. Beautiful Eldorado stone surrounded the hearth and ran all the way up to the ceiling. She didn’t get to see much more as he motioned for her to follow him into an office to their left.
She took a seat at the chair in front of the desk, pulling out her paperwork from her bag as he walked around to his own.
“Let’s just get this over with. What are you looking for?” Brody said as he took his seat.
“A fruit supplier. We are trying to use as many local products as we can in the bakery. We plan to use the fruit in our tarts, cupcakes, cakes and other pastries. We would base the flavours off of what’s in season.”
Brody nodded. “We have been having a good year with the crops, so I think we can accommodate that.”
They discussed a few more specifics, timelines and prices. Kade did her best to remain professional but the longer the meeting went on, the more frustrated Kade got. Brody would barely look at her. He kept his eyes focused only on his computer screen or the papers she provided. It was only after they settled on a price that he looked at her.
“Well, I think that’s it,” he said as he stood from his desk.
“One more thing,” Kade said, staying seated in her chair.
He gave her a look that told her that he wasn’t happy about it, but he sat back down.
“If we are going to do business together, we should talk about this.” Brody opened his mouth to say something, but she held up her hand, stopping him. “I’ve had time to think about it, and I want to say I’m sorry. I’m sorry I pushed you out. I’m so sorry that I didn’t give you the chance to explain. I can only say that I was young, rash and hurt. I hope that we can get a fresh start.”
Kade stood up and held her hand out to him. Brody looked at her and took a moment before he stood and grabbed her hand. She tried not to react as she felt the electricity at his touch. This was only going to be a business relationship. She couldn’t pay attention to any lingering feelings she may have for him.
Before she could dwell too much on what she had lost, she took her hand from his and showed herself out.
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Canadian Summer is a story of a young summer romance wrecked by jealousy. Years later, a chance meeting back in the small town that held so many hurtful memories for Kade Green brings her and Brody back into each other’s lives. Their insta-love turned enemies to loves bring a city baker and an apple farmer into a romance for the ages.
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Kimberly Ann lives in BC, Canada with her husband, two children and ridiculously cute German Shepherd. When she’s not dreaming of stories, she homeschools her two children as they explore and learn the world together, reads anything she can get her hands on, and drinks a lot of coffee.
Growing up with her head lost in a book, it was no surprise when she picked up a pen, or her laptop, to write her own. Kimberly Ann’s stories are based on the world around her as she brings her imagination to life with stories of small towns, swoon-worthy men, and the women that keep them on their toes.
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