Her Unexpected Engagement
by Kyra Jacobs
Checkerberry Inn #2
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it…
Stephanie Fitzpatrick wanted out of the spotlight after her pro-golfer husband was caught on camera cheating. But when she returns to Michigan for a job interview and some much-needed R&R, a fib told by her well-meaning sister has her looking for a temporary fiancé, or she can kiss her new start good-bye.
Desperate to hide the truth, she goes to the one man who can help—her former best friend.
Miles Masterson is relieved to see the Checkerberry Inn beginning to thrive once more. Not only does it ease his mind about his grandmother’s financial future, but also about his decision to finally escape town. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing rescue. Now the temptation to change the “temporary” arrangement into something more is making it harder to think about leaving.
Each book in the Checkerberry Inn series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
“You really think I have a chance?”
“Are you kidding me? You’re a shoo-in. Especially with the glowing recommendation I gave you. And I should probably give you a heads up that— Oh, hang on.”
Stephanie shook her head. Livvy breezed through days at a hundred miles an hour, always looking ahead, never looking back. Stephanie had been that way, too, once upon a time. But then came college. And Liam. So while Livvy’s boyfriends tended to last about as long as her pet goldfish—which was not long, as she seemed to be at the pet store buying a replacement nearly every week—Stephanie had settled down in anticipation of starting a family of her own.
A family that’d never come to fruition.
“Sorry,” Livvy said. “Boss needs me. I’ll call you later. You know where you’re going?”
Stephanie blinked away images of toilets and belly-up pet fish. “Um, not really, but I plunked the address you sent into my GPS app so the annoying computer lady is giving me directions.”
“Good. Big yellow building, lots of windows, you can’t miss it. I’ll text Becka and let her know you made it okay, you just keep your eyes on the road. Because so help me, if you text and die before our lunch next week I will totally kill you.”
“If I text and die you’ll kill me?” Stephanie laughed. “I’m not back in our home state for half an hour and already feeling the love.”
“Don’t smear your car all over the median and I’ll promise to go easy on you. Deal?”
Stephanie glanced toward the space separating eastbound I-94 from its westbound twin. A mini forest stood at its center, dappled shade at its base. There would be no smearing here, only rental car pretzels around thick tree trunks. “Uh, yeah. Deal.”
“Good. I should be done with the boss by the time you get there. Call me after you get settled in, let me know how you’re doing, all right?”
Her throat tightened from the concern in Livvy’s voice. “I will.”
“You’ll be fine, I promise.”
Confidence rang clear in her sister’s voice, and a pang of envy stabbed at Stephanie’s heart. She’d been confident once, too. Thriving on attention, living life to its fullest. But this spring’s disaster with Liam had stolen that from her. All of it. Some days, she wondered if he’d stolen so much she might never be whole again.
And it scared the heck out of her.
God, she needed this job. It was the perfect excuse to get her life back on track, give her a sense of purpose. Prove to herself that she can survive anything life dishes out, and do it on her own.
“I sure hope so, Livvy. I sure hope so.”
“Of course you will. A little time away from Florida and all those loony photographers, and you’ll be back to the old you in no time. Oh, and by the way? I might have told Chris that you were totally over Liam. And engaged. Okay, we’lltalkmorelaterseeyabye.”
Stephanie’s earpiece beeped twice, leaving her in stunned silence, white-knuckling the steering wheel.
DON’T MISS HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR, BOOK #1 IN THE CHECKERBERRY INN SERIES!
Synopsis: Sometimes it’s not the destination, but the detour…
Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he’s hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do…
Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that’s been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won’t risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So…how exactly did he end up in Kayla’s bed last night?
But sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home…
ABOUT KYRA JACOBS
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.
Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com to learn more about her novels and ways to connect with her on social media.