Title: The Wedding Dilemma
Author: Mariah Ankenman
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
My life has always been pretty predictable. Run into burning buildings, save those in distress, be a hero. Shoot the shit with my fireman buddies, come home, and do it all again tomorrow. Little did I know that a random SOS call from a woman stuck in a plaster cast with nothing underneath (I swear I only caught a flash of her smokin’-hot body) would throw me for a complete loop. Until I see the flighty artist again. At my mom’s engagement party. To her dad. Suddenly the unpredictable woman I couldn’t stop thinking about is my soon-to-be-stepsister. Yeah, the same one I mortified when I accidentally saw her a tiny bit naked. This should make family gatherings way more interesting. Except when your mom’s as loaded as mine is, you can never fully let your guard down when a guy comes sniffing around. So I can’t help but be suspicious, even though his daughter’s the perfect blend of beautiful and wild. The more time we spend together, prepping for our parents’ wedding, I start to wonder if there’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of fun in the meantime. But if she knew I was investigating her dad on the side, she would never forgive me…
Tamsen nodded back to the woman and watched as all the firefighters made their way out the swinging kitchen door into the restaurant. All but one.
“Um, so yeah, thanks for coming to my rescue. Again.”
He shrugged. “Seems to me you didn’t need any rescuing. Looks like you handled things fairly well.”
The destroyed microwave and soggy serving area would disagree with him.
“Well, thank you anyway, and I would really appreciate it if you didn’t tell your mother about this.” At his confused look, she clarified. “If you tell her, she’ll tell my dad, and then he’ll get all worried over nothing and it’ll be a big thing and I just—”
“Got it,” Parker said with a small laugh. “My lips are sealed.”
She wished he’d seal his lips over hers.
Oops! Those were the exact naughty thoughts she was trying to avoid around this man. Kind of hard to do when he kept constantly coming to her rescue. Although, like he said, he hadn’t rescued her this time. She’d put the flames out—the flames she started—but still, if she kept getting into such compromising situations around him, she was going to have to change her name and move to the south of France. Which would be terrible, considering she couldn’t speak French.
“You sure you’re all right?”
She nodded. “Tired, embarrassed, and my coworkers are never going to let me live this down, but I’m good. Nothing a hot bath and a good night’s rest can’t cure.”
And maybe some accident-proof insurance for her life. Yeah, where could she buy some of that?
“Well then.” He moved in a bit closer until his chest brushed against hers. “I hope you enjoy your bath.”
She’d enjoy it a lot more if he were there with her.
No! Naughty brain. Stop thinking those thoughts.
His hand came out to brush more foam off her cheek, only this time he lingered, stroking her skin with the rough pad of his thumb. The contrast of texture made her knees weak and her insides go all gooey. It took every ounce of self-control not to grip his fire jacket and haul him into her so she could kiss him until neither one of them could see straight.
But she didn’t.
Because she’d already made one bad choice today. She’d filled her quota.
“Kincaid.” Ward popped his head into the kitchen. “Time to roll, dude.”
Much to her disappointment, he dropped his hand and stepped away. For the best, really, no matter how much her body screamed to grab him and kiss him.
“See ya round.”
“Bye, Parker. Hopefully next time won’t be so... disastrous.”
He grinned. “With you, Tamsen, it’s always exciting.”
Then he followed his crewmate out the door. Warmth filled her chest at his words. Exciting. Not a hot mess or accident prone or even a walking disaster. No, Parker thought she was exciting.
How about that.
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Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes.
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