“He always said she was the first beautiful girl he loved and now he’s determined to make her the last.”
Last Beautiful Girl, a small town second chance romance in the Magnolia Sound series by bestselling author Samantha Chase is available now!
LAST BEAUTIFUL GIRL
Author: Samantha Chase
Series: Magnolia Sound #6
Release Date: September 28, 2020
About the Book
Kyle Jones loves women. All women. And just because he’s seen all his siblings settle down it doesn’t mean he has any intention of following in their footsteps. After all, he’s happy to keep going through life like it’s one big party and getting tied down to someone would just get in the way of having a good time. Or so he thought until the one woman he could never forget returns to Magnolia Sound.
Sydney Albright never thought she would become a mother by losing her sister and brother-in-law. But for the sake of her niece she’ll do whatever it takes, even move into the money pit that is her sister’s home. But the good thing about small towns is there’s always someone ready to help. She just never thought Kyle would be the one to land on her front porch to help with the renovations.
Sydney vows she’ll never fall for Kyle again – the past is in the past and that’s right where it should stay. Never mind that she doesn’t even have the time to think about a relationship. But Kyle has other plans. He always said she was the first beautiful girl he loved and now he’s determined to also make her the last.
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The sight of Kyle’s truck in the driveway made Sydney want to pitch a fit of her own. The front stairs were halfway demolished, which meant they were going to have to either go in through the garage or around the back of the house.
“Why did they have to start today?” Haley cried, shoving the car door open and running around to the back of the house.
“It’s going to get better; it’s going to get better…” she quietly chanted. After a minute, Sydney slowly climbed from the car. Kyle stopped what he was doing and faced her. Clearly he could tell something was wrong and came jogging over. “You okay?”
She shook her head. “First day back at gymnastics camp and she had a bit of a meltdown and only wanted Tracy.”
He looked confused and then into the car. “Um…where is she?”
Now it was her turn to be confused. “Didn’t you just see her bolt out of the car and into the house?”
His eyes went wide. “That’s your niece? I thought she was little! Like a toddler!”
Rolling her eyes, she asked, “Then who did you think ran into the house?”
“I don’t know. The babysitter?”
As much as she wanted to be annoyed, there were more important things for her to focus on. “Look, it’s been an emotional morning and I really need to go and make sure Haley’s okay.”
“Damn. I’m sorry. Is there anything I can do?”
“Not unless you have any words of wisdom to help a grieving pre-teen.” She tried to make light of it and laugh, but deep down, she seriously wished someone had the answers.
She was about to say something more when Haley came stomping back over to the car.
“I forgot my bag,” she murmured but stopped and stared at Kyle like he had two heads. “You’re the contractor?”
He glanced nervously at Sydney before looking at Haley again. “Uh…yeah.”
“Seriously? Isn’t your hair a little long for that?”
His hand immediately reached up and started smoothing it back. “Not really.”
She shrugged. “I would think it would be a liability around the power tools.”
Sydney had to stifle a laugh.
Kyle took a step toward her niece and as much as she wanted to stop him, she was mildly curious about what he was going to do or say.
He nodded toward her duffle bag. “You into gymnastics?”
“My future sister-in-law was one of the top gymnasts in the country. She almost went to the Olympics. You can see some of her routines on YouTube. Her name’s Violet Drake—
soon to be Jones. You know, if you were interested.”
Haley’s eyes went wide. “Seriously?”
He casually shrugged. “Why would I make that up?”
Haley mimicked his move. “How would I know? For all I know, you gave me the name of some weirdo with inappropriate videos on YouTube.”
“Haley!” Sydney cried, but Kyle held up a hand to stop her.
“Why would I want you to look at inappropriate videos?” he demanded lightly, staring at Haley as hard as she was staring at him. “You know, you’re kind of suspicious for a nine-year-old.”
“Hey! I’m twelve!”
“Really?” he said, his high-pitched tone showing his surprise. “Are you sure?”
This time, Haley laughed. “Yeah, I’m sure. I’ll be thirteen in January.”
“Huh. I never would have guessed.”
“What’s that supposed to mean? I’m not some little kid, you know.”
He held up his hands in surrender. “Hey, what do I know? The only kids I’m around are my nephews. One of them is four and the other is barely one. You all look little to me.”
Snorting, Haley crossed her arms over her chest. “Sure, like you’re Jack the Giant Killer.”
Kyle looked over his shoulder at Sydney is disbelief. “You’re not going to step in here?”
As much as she tried to keep a straight face, she couldn’t. “I don’t think she needs my help.”
“Not her, me!” he cried. “She’s killing me here!”
Shrugging, Sydney walked over to stand next to her niece. Placing her arm around her, she said, “Some guys don’t like to be called out on their…size,” she said with a smirk in his direction. “You should play nice.”
Nodding, Haley smiled at him. “I’m going to go look up your sister-in-law, so you better be telling the truth.”
“I never lie,” he said confidently, and this time Sydney was the one to snort.
Clearing her throat, she looked down at Haley. “Why don’t you go inside and see what you want for lunch? I’ll be right in.”
Haley waved goodbye to Kyle and took off around the back of the house. Once they were alone again, Sydney studied him. “Is your sister-in-law really a gymnast?”
“Future sister-in-law and yeah. It would be a weird thing to lie about.”
She wasn’t about to open any cans of worms here over his lying, so instead, she simply nodded. “Well, thanks for distracting her. I honestly wasn’t looking forward to going inside and arguing with her.”
“My brother Hunter is a fireman now and has a four-year-old and I’ve done a ton of babysitting. I learned quickly what it takes to distract a toddler mid-tantrum. Granted, it doesn’t always work, but I’ve got a pretty good success rate. I figured I’d try it with her and see if it worked.”
“I had no idea what I was even going to do when we got back here. All I knew was that I needed to get her home.”
“It’s going to get better,” he said, his voice soft and calm.
And for some reason, a nervous laugh was her first response. “Are you sure? Because right now, it doesn’t feel that way.”
He looked up at her and smiled and…damn. He had a really great smile. His sandy brown hair, gray eyes, and dimples made one very appealing package.
“Um…I should go in and…you know…lunch.” She took one step back and then another. “Can I get you something to drink?”
“That would be great. Thanks.”
With a smile of her own, she turned to walk away.
“Thanks, Pixie!” he called out, and all the good feelings she had just seconds ago disappeared
I don’t know what it is about this series, but it’s my favorite by this author and it just keeps getting better with every book! I love the vibe this book had. It was a hopeful book. When I started to get deep into the storyline, the phrase “out of the ashes” kept scrolling thru my thoughts because this horrible situation happened but it caused a beautiful situation to occur. It’s bittersweet but so hopeful and full of heart. *sigh* I could have done with less of the naysayers all around Kyle & Sydney but it didn’t bother me enough to rate this story less than the 5 stars it deserves.
This is an emotional book for a lot of reasons, some are obvious, but some are subtle, and could be triggering. I don’t say that to warn anyone away from the book, it’s just a fact. It’s a good story, you should give it a try 🙂
Meet The Author
Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.