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The Rocky Road To Romance by Shawna Delacorte is a Romance Readers Event pick #romance #summerromance #wrpbks #giveaway



Title: The Rocky Road To Romance (published by The Wild Rose Press for their One Scoop Or Two series)

 

Author: Shawna Delacorte

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Book Blurb:

 

History teacher Sarena Fallon has leased the ice cream shop at the Colton Marina for the last three summers. And every year, she looked forward to spending time with her friend, Drew. Only this summer, she wants their relationship status to move beyond the friend zone he seems to prefer.

 

Drew Braden was taken with Sarena the first time he saw her. But a disastrous marriage to a scheming woman has left him seriously commitment phobic. Then there's also the matter of his true identity. If she discovers who he really is, he could lose her forever.

 

Excerpt:

 

Sarena Fallon entered the ice cream shop and set her purse on one of the chairs. A quick glance around told her everything appeared to be in order. She ran her hand across the counter, then rubbed her fingers together. She wrinkled her brow into a scowl. It definitely did not feel very clean. I have the uneasy feeling a more detailed inspection is going to discover—

 

“Hi. I hoped I’d find you here.”

 

She turned at the sound of the smooth, masculine voice. She couldn’t stop the smile that came to her lips as her gaze fell on Drew Braden, all six feet one inch of him. Her breath came a little quicker, and her heart beat a little faster. His blue eyes sparkled as he blatantly looked her up and down. He wore his medium brown hair longer than last summer, but it was a length that looked good on him. It gave him a sexy appearance—even more sexy than she remembered from last year. She liked it longer. She definitely liked it.

 

“Hi, yourself.” Her smile widened, conveying her pleasure at seeing him. “I just unlocked the door. If you had arrived five minute ago, you would have beaten me here.”

 

He looked even more desirable than he did at the end of last summer, right before she returned to her teaching job at the beginning of the school term, when he had suddenly pulled her into his arms and captured her mouth with the hottest kiss she had ever experienced. A kiss that curled her toes and confirmed how much she wanted more of him. But more apparently wasn’t to be, much to her disappointment.

 

Fall, winter, spring—not a word from him, as if he had totally forgotten she even existed. But now, here he stood, as if he had been waiting for her to show up. The situation left her slightly perplexed. She briefly touched her fingers to her lips. All these months later, his parting kiss still burned hot against her lips. “You’re looking well. I like your hair longer like that.”

 

“Thanks…I think it might be the result of a bit of mid-life crisis. Trying to recapture a little youth.” His teasing grin said far more than his words.

 

“Mid-life crisis? You can’t be old enough for that.”

 

“I’ll be that dreaded forty in a couple of months.”

 

“There’s nothing old about forty.” Especially considering that I’m thirty-five.

 

He winked. “How would a sweet young thing like you know anything about old?”

 

“You’re incorrigible.” Her laugh surrounded her words. “It looks like you managed to survive the winter without any mishaps. Your brittle old bones didn’t snap?”

 

His spontaneous laughter filled the air. “No broken bones from slipping on the ice or falling into any snow drifts if that’s what you meant. And no broken bones from being thrown off a bucking horse, either.” His smile slowly faded as he pulled her into his arms. “I’ve missed you. I’m so glad to see you back this summer.”

 

“I have a phone, you have the number, and I only live fifteen miles from here in Coltonville. It’s not like you need to drive for several hours to get there.” She teased, but her comment contained a lot of truth.

 

A hint of something darted across his features but disappeared before she could read it. He slowly released her without kissing her, almost reluctantly so. After the goodbye kiss from last summer, she had anticipated more than just a hug.

 

“I haven’t checked the shop to make sure it’s been properly cleaned.” She touched the counter again. “And from what I’ve found so far, I suspect it hasn’t been.” A scowl darted across her face. “At least not adequately. Do you want to help me with my inspection?”

 

“Sure, I can handle that.” Drew nodded, pleased with the opportunity to check out the management office’s efficiency without it appearing to be his objective.

 

Drew Braden—Andrew Braden Colton V, to be exact—was fifth generation of the wealthy and powerful Colton family and at thirty-nine years of age, the corporate head of all the family holdings. He went by his nickname and middle name to separate himself and his personal activities from the family name and business empire. He found he accomplished more if people didn’t know he was one of the Coltons, specifically president of Colton Enterprises, Chairman of the Board, primary share holder, and in control of all the family businesses and investments of the privately held corporation.

 

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Sarena Fallon and Drew Braden have been good friends for the last three summers, from the first day school teacher Sarena took the summer lease on the ice cream parlor on the lake at Colton Marina. But this year, as she prepares to open for the summer, she wants more than just friendship with Drew. But she wasn't sure what Drew wanted. Even though he had her phone number, he never called her during the autumn, winter, and spring month during the off season months. But he was always there to greet her when she unlocked the business for the summer. What secret was Drew hiding that seemed to be standing in the way of expanding their friendship? Should Sarena give up on her desires and accept their relationship for what it is—just a seasonal friendship?

 

Giveaway –

 

Enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card:

 

 

Open Internationally.


Runs July 9 – July 17, 2024.


Winner will be drawn on July 18, 2024.

 

Author Biography:

 

USA TODAY Best Selling Author Shawna Delacorte lived most of her life in Los Angeles and worked in television production. She combined her avocation of photography and interest in writing to do magazine articles featuring her photographs. Her friends said she should utilize her television contacts and write scripts. She enrolled in a screen writing class at UCLA.  By the close of class, she knew screen writing was not for her but she did want to try writing a novel. Her first sale was to Harlequin followed by 20 more Harlequin novels for their Desire and Intrigue lines. Harlequin has re-issued 18 of her print backlist in e-book.

 

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3 comentários


andreadrake1
andreadrake1
4 days ago

One of my faves is G. Bailey.

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Membro desconhecido
5 days ago

My favorite romance author is Danielle Steel. Commenting under Michael Law

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N. N. Light
N. N. Light
10 de jul.

Thank you, Shawna, for sharing your book in our Romance Readers Bookish Event!

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