Title: Return of the Runaway Bride
Author: Nancy Fraser
Genre: Spicy Contemporary Romance
Five years earlier, Emily Bennett ran out on Chase Michaels on the eve of their wedding. At twenty-two, she wanted more than the island of Last Chance Beach could offer. Intent on making a name for herself as a world-class journalist, she left to take a job with a big city newspaper.
Heartbroken, Chase left Last Chance Beach and joined the Coast Guard in an effort to rebuild his life. Returning four years later for a family emergency, he decided to stay and go into business with his best friend.
Emily’s returning as well. Not as the journalist she’d hoped to be but as a bestselling romance author. One of her books is about to be made into a movie, and filming will take place on Last Chance Beach and in the nearby town of Summerville.
Will Emily’s return give them a second chance at the love they once shared? Or, will her ‘other’ reason for leaving put a wedge between three best friends that can’t be healed by time or intention?
Vernon Patterson, his new, much younger wife Tiffany, and Chloe stood off to one side of the yard, deep in conversation with the mayor and the head of the island’s historical society. From what she’d heard in passing, Emily realized they were discussing the coup of attracting a movie production to the area.
“You know,” her mother whispered, stepping close to her side, “It wouldn’t hurt to let them know it’s your book that made all their bragging possible.”
“I’m not quite there yet, mom. I’m still fielding questions about what I’ve been doing and how long I’m staying.”
“Let me guess. That last question came from Chloe Patterson.”
Emily pressed her fingers to her lips to hold in her laugh. “Yes.”
“No doubt she’s worried you’ll interrupt her pursuit of Chase—even though I’m pretty sure he’s not the least bit interested.”
“She’s got nothing to worry about,” Emily said, wishing she sounded more confident than she felt. “Chase and I are cutting one another a wide berth.”
The look her mother gave her was less than subtle.
“I’d better go inside and get another vegetable tray,” her mother said. “Why don’t you straighten out the food table and check the cooler while I’m gone?”
Emily gave a smart salute. “Yes, Ma’am.”
She’d gone no more than a few feet in the direction of the picnic tables and makeshift bar, when a large, warm hand gently grasped her arm. Without turning, she said, “Hello there, Jared. I was wondering when you’d finally come to visit.”
Jared’s familiar chuckle rang in her ear. “I wasn’t sure what to make of your return. Or, of how it was going to affect my best friend. I thought I’d give it a few days to see if I’d need to talk him off a ledge.”
Emily swallowed the dryness in her throat, and asked, “And did you? Need to talk him down?”
“No, apparently he’s doing just fine. Or so he says.”
She turned to face him then, meeting his green gaze. “I didn’t come home to cause anyone heartache, Jared. Least of all Chase. I came to see family, to straighten a few things out with friends.”
“And have you? Straightened things out?”
“So far, so good. It’s a work in progress.”
“I would imagine it is. Heaven knows it was for me. First, you left, taking away the only true confidant I’ve ever had.”
His words stalled and Emily realized how much he was struggling. Sometimes secrets ate you up inside.
“And, then, Chase left,” she said softly.
“That was a relief of sorts,” he admitted. “It kept me from having to admit I was part of the reason you left. And it put things in perspective for me.”
“Well, I’m back now, if you need to talk.”
“Thank you. You’re a good friend. Or, at least you were,” he teased.
“And I still am.”
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Well... it’s set on a beautiful island surrounded by ocean and beach. Then, there are also two hunky men and a beautiful runaway bride. Oh, and a stalker. Every NYT bestselling romance author should have one, at least once. Especially if they have a hero to step in and save the day (with the heroine’s help of course). And ... did I mention the beach??
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NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.
Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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