Title Orange Cream Dreams and Murderous Schemes
Author D. M. Grant
Genre Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Callie Clark's ice cream shack on Chocolate Lake is finally up and ready for business, but a murder and an ominous warning throws her into a decades-old treasure hunt with the brooding groundskeeper who can't seem to keep his hands to himself.
Dean Lowry can't stand Callie's spoiled superiority complex, but that doesn't stop him from admiring her outrageous bikinis from afar. When the promise of a killer's return threatens the woman he loves to hate, the tug of war between heart and mind begins.
Can they put their differences aside, or will status and small-town secrets tear them apart?
The sound of an engine coming closer made the killer's body stiffen against hers. His harsh, ominous words scrambled her thoughts. “I'll be back to get what I came for.” He turned her swiftly to face him and smiled through the mouth hole in his ski mask before bolting across the narrow, freshly paved road to the tree line.
Seconds later, a lake truck skidded to a halt in front of her heaving body, and Dean Lowry's pitch-black, onyx-colored eyes stared into hers. She fell into his solid chest, her body tingling from the lack of oxygen and an overdose of adrenaline.
“Callie, are you all right? I heard you screaming down at the dock. Are you hurt?” Dean lifted her arms, spinning her around, examining her for injuries.
Dazed, confused, and now dizzy, she lifted a wavering arm, ushering to the motionless body on the black asphalt. “I'm f-fine. C-check on Alan.”
In a few long strides, Dean made it to the man's side. He checked for a pulse. “Nothing,” he said, beginning compressions and tossing her his cell phone. “Call 911.”
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I am a coffee and tattoo-addicted author who moonlights as a stay-at-home mom and full-time college student. I have always loved to read and desperately wanted to try my hand at writing. In June of 2020, I sat down at my desk and wrote my first horrific manuscript. Since then I have two books under contract with The Wild Rose Press and savor the time I get to spend with my husband, daughter, and our two dogs.
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