Not that I’m trying to be like Moni or anything…that that could ever be a bad thing!…but I’m gonna share with you my own little gem that’s available for pre-order. Yes, I’ve already shared the cover for Forever Yours and all that, but now you can pre-order and that’s even more exciting. Isn ‘t it?
This was a bit challenging as the maximum word count for this series is 18K. I had to rein myself in a little with this, but I love the outcome. I hope you like it too. It’s a sweet little Finally Ever Aver installment for Musa Publishing.
Four years ago John Howard made the biggest mistake of his life. He walked away from the only woman he’d ever loved. Now he’s back, older and wiser, and all he needs is a little forgiveness and a second chance.
The last thing Megan Carter needs is to be reminded how much John hurt her. When she literally falls into his arms, the pain of his rejection resurfaces with a vengeance. John is best friends with Meg’s brother-in-law, making it impossible to avoid him so Meg agrees to put her anger aside. That, however, doesn’t mean she’s forgotten.
Despite John’s attempts to fix their relationship, Meg is determined not to give him another chance to break her heart. But how can she possibly resist him when all her heart wants is the love she lost so long ago?
Meg used the spatula to point to the living room. She ignored the sound of pasta sauce and chunks of melted cheese splattering on the tile floor. “You go in there right now and tell him.”
“Tell him what?”
“Oh, my God.” Meg rolled her head back and closed her eyes.
“Look at me. Meg.”
When Meg opened her eyes, she was surprised at the sheen of tears there.
“I’m not saying you have to like him, but you will have to learn how to be around him. Peacefully. And not just because this is a small town. I am not going to have my baby born with so much animosity in this family.”
“He is not your family. I am.”
“He’s the closest thing Steven has to a brother. That makes you guys aunt and uncle to this little one and I will not have you hating each other around her.”
Meg dropped the spatula and started for the door. “I can’t. I can’t.”
Suzanna waddled after her sister. “Wait, damn it.”
Meg stopped abruptly. The sound of a deep familiar voice on the other side of the door sent a shiver running through her.
Suzanna, unable to stop as quickly, hit Meg in the back with her stomach. “Ugh. What now?”
Meg turned and said with a panicked whisper, “He’s out there.” She glanced around the kitchen desperately, like a trapped animal, until she spotted the back door. “I’ll go that way.”
“You don’t have your coat.”
“I’ll be fine.”
“Or your car keys.”
Meg’s hope faded. “Damn you, Suzanna!”
“Honey, just go out there and say hello.”
The urge to strangle Suzanna took over. It was a feeling Meg had fought for the better part of her life. She took a deep breath to calm herself. She was about to tell her sister to distract John so she could sneak out, but before Meg could speak, Suzanna put her hands to Meg’s shoulders and shoved. Meg squealed as she tumbled backwards through the swinging door.
The unexpected push from Suzanna and Meg’s extremely high heels were a near-lethal combination. Meg tripped over her own feet, reaching out for the door in a failed attempt to stop herself from falling. She was anticipating a hard landing on the pinewood floor but instead, she fell into two arms. The strong limbs encircled her from behind and stopped her from bruising her ass.
Meg closed her eyes and exhaled slowly as a mix of relief and dread washed through her. The room was silent and it seemed time had stopped until the man who had caught her gently lifted her to stand upright.
Meg held her breath as she slowly turned. As she expected, John was staring at her with his mouth hanging open.