Title: Forever in a Moment
Author: Charlotte O’Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A stormy encounter...
Samantha DeMartino's Christmas wedding is two weeks away when her fiancé calls the whole thing off. Word on the street: his cold feet are being heated by an old flame. With her well-ordered world in complete disarray, Sam's friends convince her to go on her honeymoon—alone. A week at a charming Vermont inn away from the city and her demanding corporate career could be just what she needs to figure out her next steps. Between his twenty-four seven work schedule on his family's dairy farm and teaching tourists to ski, Jed Armstrong's too busy to think about how lonely he is...until Sam sings her way into his life during a Christmas blizzard. Now he has to figure out a way to convince her to stay. Can a vivacious city girl find forever with a reclusive farmer?
Will her secret keep her from trying?
“Samantha.” If his voice were angry or commanding I’d have kept going. But his voice is low and there’s an anguished, guttural quality to the way he says my name. And I won’t have it. I can’t have him thinking anything negative about me after I go.
When I turn, he takes a step toward me and I raise a hand. “Stop…I can’t think when you get too close.” My face heats as those damning words spill out and he chuckles, a genuine laugh and it’s the only one between us today.
“Glad I still amuse you.” I fold my arms across my chest.
“I feel the same way, Sam.”
“Jed, don’t make this tougher,” I say but he keeps speaking in that same harsh voice.
“When I’m near you everything fades away except the need to be closer. Close enough to watch your eyes cloud up when I’m about to kiss you, close enough to hear your breathing get ragged when my hands are on you.”
“Jed, we agreed…”
He shakes his head. “No, I gave in. Because you asked me to. If I had my way, I’d see you all day, every day and… sleep with you every night. I…”
“Stop,” I say. “This, us, whatever this is—can’t happen. I go back to New York in a couple of days.” “Sam, I…” “No.” I slash my hand through the air. “I don’t know what’s happening to me.” I’m on edge, close to tears at the way I can’t control my response to him. And all my precious logic is eluding me.
He plows a hand through his hair then captures my gaze with his and I can’t look away.
“What’s happening is us. We’re happening. This is our beginning. You and me together. I’d started to think it would never happen. But it did. When I saw you that first night…I knew. And you did too.”
“No.” My denial is swift. “No. I didn’t. It’s not that simple. We hardly know each other…” I lift my chin in spite of the flush I know covers my cheeks. I think of Jed kissing me awake in bed after a perfect, unforgettable night and I squeeze my eyes shut at the sharp stab of need the recollection brings. But it’s true, isn’t it? We don’t know each other. I surprise myself when a tear trickles down my cheek and I swipe it fast.
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Forever in a Moment is a standalone story but it’s one of a two-book duet. The second story is Home in Your Arms. Both contemporary romances are set in the small-town Vermont.
Forever in a Moment takes place this time of year in snowy Vermont. It’s a fish out of water, jilted bride story. I love the way vivacious Sam faces up to the unexpected changes and challenges in her life with humor and grit. She grows in this story and I hope you laugh and cry along with her. Of course, Forever in a Moment is a romance and Jed one of my swooniest heroes, but it’s also about taking chances, finding new paths and just plain getting back up after life knocks you down.
Home in your Arms picks up after the first story with some of the same characters in the quirky town of Willow Springs. This love after loss romance completes the duet and readers who met Karla Payne in the first story will understand her much better and appreciate her emotional journey to a well-deserved happily ever after with Zane.
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There's only thing bestselling, award-winning author Charlotte O'Shay loves more than reading page-turning romance where happily ever after always wins. Writing them.
Charlotte believes home is where the heart is and hers is in NYC. She lives with Mac, her IRL hero, 2 subway stops from her childhood neighborhood, where walks along the Hudson River serve up fresh story ideas every day.
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