Title Chocolate Caramel Dreams
Author Roni Denholtz
Genre Contemporary Romance Novella
Publisher The Wild Rose Press
As a teen, Damaris Mulligan had a huge crush on her history teacher, Greg Collins. Now she’s seeing him again at their 10th-year reunion. She quickly finds she’s attracted to the handsome and personable man who is now a college professor.
Greg is intrigued by the young woman who was once such a dedicated student. He asks her out for dinner, and they share teaching stories and their love of history.
But Damaris worries that he’s older and more sophisticated than her—and discovers he comes from a wealthy family. She’s afraid she can’t compare to women in his past, and she’s out of her league. The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes hers is not merely a schoolgirl crush—she’s falling in love.
Greg was hurt when a former girlfriend pretended she cared, when all she wanted was money and prestige. He’s hoping he can trust Damaris—but can he?
A note from the author:
I live in a Lake community much like the one in the story! Lake Lenape is fictional but typical of lakes in northwestern New Jersey.
“Hello, Damaris,” he said, his voice low.
“Hi, Mr. Collins.” Why, oh why, did her voice have too sound so breathless?
“We’re adults and equal now. Call me Greg. I hear you’re teaching US History at the high school now.”
“Yes.” She took a sip of her drink, which was icy cold. Yet inside she felt hot. “Your love of history and fantastic teaching inspired me to study American history in college.”
“Really?” He looked pleased. “That’s high praise, that I inspired a student to follow in my footsteps.”
“You did.” She took a deep breath, wondering if she sounded like a fangirl. “I’ve thought about you a lot during the last few years.” Senior year she hadn’t been in his class, but would try to run into him; but once in college, he still occupied a big space in her mind, even after she heard he went for his doctorate.
His smile was wide. “I’ve thought about you, too. You were always such a dedicated student. You left quite an impression.” Somehow, that last word sent another shimmer up her spine. It sounded almost…intimate.
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Roni Paitchel Denholtz is an award-winning author who has had stories, articles and poetry published in magazines such as Modern Romances, True Love, Baby Talk, Complete Woman, For the Bride and Women's Circle. She is the author of nine juvenile books, published by January Productions, an educational publisher. One of her books, "Jenny Gets Glasses" was ranked #7 of the top 20 favorites of first graders in a nationwide study by the Reading is Fundamental group.
Roni has six romances―five traditional contemporary romances and one traditional regency romance―published by AVALON BOOKS. "Marquis in a Minute" won the 2007 New Jersey Golden Leaf Award for Best Regency Romance. "Salsa with Me" was nominated for the 2009 National Reader's Choice Award for Best Traditional Romance; and was nominated for the 2009 Golden Leaf for Best Short Contemporary Romance.
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