Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One More Kiss/Band on the Run

...from his fans
...from his past
...from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

VIVIENNE FORRESTER IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES HER ALL her friends and family her online food blog the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway...

ONE MORE KISS is book one in my new Band on the Run series and it is an off-shoot of the Shaughnessy Brothers series.  I am SO excited about it because I have always wanted to write a rock and roll based series and this is it!

Playing lead guitar for the rock band Shaughnessy has been Matt Reeds life for almost ten years.  When the band goes on hiatus, he decides to embark on a new career path - Broadway.  When his big debut crashes and burns, he is the number one target of tabloid fodder.  Desperate to get out of the public eye, he accepts an invitation from a childhood friend to come and hide out for a while. 
Life couldn't be better for Vivienne Forrester.  Her food blog is thriving, she's just gotten a promotion to assistant editor of an online lifestyle magazine, and her dream cottage is finally ready for her to move into.  Sure it's on her brothers property, but it's important to her for them to stay close.  The last thing she wants is to have anyone bring her down right now, and when she shows up at her brother's house and finds that Matt Reed is staying there, all of her joy sees to disappear.
Matt is instantly attracted to Vivienne and feels like he's seen her somewhere before.  He realizes that the two grew up together, but the last time he'd seen her she was fourteen and had braces.  So why was she so...familiar?
Two years ago, Vivienne had done something completely out of character and gone to a Shaughnessy concert and then backstage to see Matt.  It had been hot and steamy and sexy and...rudely interrupted.  And to make matters worse, Matt seemed to have no memory of it!

Forced to be neighbors.
Encouraged to be friends.

Destined to be lovers.

I love this couple - everything about them.  Their relationship is a slow-build but once they realize there's no denying their attraction? It's hot and sweet and so very satisfying!

Here's a glimpse at ONE MORE KISS:
Matt continued to silently stare at her.

   “Please say something,” she prompted nervously, chewing on her bottom lip.

   “I…I don’t know if I can do that.”

   A nervous chuckle came out before she could stop it. “What – you mean you don’t know if you can say anything?”

   He shook his head. “I don’t know if I can start over.”

   Vivienne was completely confused. “Why not? I think it would be a good thing. For both of us.”

   “I disagree,” he said, resting his elbows on the table so he could lean his cheek in the palm of his hand. 

   “I don’t understand why…”

   “I kind of like where we are right now. I don’t want to pretend the past didn’t happen. I’m enjoying the banter we have and the way I find it so easy to talk to you. I think if we ignore that night – that kiss – then we’re both denying a part of who we are.”

   Well damn. That was a pretty powerful declaration, she thought. “But…it wasn’t me that night,” she argued. “I honestly don’t know why I did any of it. This is who I am,” she said, patting herself on the chest. “I’m an introvert who likes things neat and orderly. I hate chaos, and I plan out everything. I hate leaving anything to chance, and I rarely take risks. I like my world to be predictable and organized. I make lists, and I like to check things off. The person you’re remembering, doesn’t really exist.”

   “Again, I disagree.”

   “Ugh,” she groaned and stood to clear the table. “Do you deliberately go out of your way to make things difficult all the damn time?”

   Matt stood and helped her with the dishes. “Viv, I’m not trying to make anything difficult. If anything, I’m simplifying things. You came to see me. We kissed. We didn’t see each other for a while. Now we’re both here and we kissed again.” He placed the dishes in the dishwasher before turning and looking at her again. “And – if we're completely honest for the sake of keeping things simple – we’re both still attracted to one another.”

   Great. She wanted to stamp her foot and tell him to leave, but she would only be proving his point. So now what?

   “I…I don’t know what it is you want me to say to that,” she admitted. And if she wasn’t mistaken, he almost looked pleased.

   “What I want is for you to tell me I’m not wrong. That this isn’t all completely one-sided.” Before she could answer, however, he started speaking again. “But I’ll understand if you’re not ready to yet. I can be patient, Vivienne, and I believe you’re worth waiting for.”

   And then, in a move that took her totally by surprise, Matt leaned down and placed a whisper-soft kiss on her cheek before stepping back. “I know you have some shopping to do and errands to run. I’m going to go back over to Aaron’s and relax and maybe watch a little TV. When you’re ready to start working on dinner, let me know, and I’ll come over and help.”

   All Vivienne could do was nod and watch him walk out the door.

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