Not all Mondays are bad, CRC readers, because some Mondays are–you got it!–release days! Today, I’m thrilled to share an excerpt from Problems in Paradise (book #3 in my Texas Nights series) with you. Eden and Beck’s story was a little more challenging to write because they’re both fairly serious people. I loved getting to know them as they lightened up with one another :-).
Praise for Problems in Paradise:
“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” – Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author
“Beck, we were both wound tight the other night, and now you’re running for sheriff.” She put a hand against his chest. He stepped closer, backing her against the open truck door because he wouldn’t let her flirt all night and then run scared. Her breathing was choppy, and he was so close, her breasts skimmed his shirt. And dear God, that fabric was thin and her nipples were as hard as little diamonds. “I’m just not sure this is a good time.”
“Well, I am.”
“One date can’t be worth giving up your Slim Jims. After all, they’re the love of your life.”
His heart contracted at her words. He didn’t know this woman nearly as well as he wanted to, but something told him she might be the love of his life. “I haven’t had one since…”
“The morning after we made the deal, dammit.”
Finally, she laughed. “Then I could rightfully renege.”
He couldn’t walk away now. They would play this thing out until he could determine if this was all flash and hormones or something more. He crowded closer, working a leg between hers. The warmth from her bare thighs penetrated the fabric of his shorts. The sensation shot through his lower body and radiated through his belly. By God, he would get between her legs when neither of them had a stitch of clothing on, if it was the last thing he did. He slipped his hand under her hair—that dark, thick mass she usually kept under tight rein—and pulled her up to her toes.
Then he did what he’d been fantasizing about doing again for the past week. He kissed her.
Problems in Paradise Summary
Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.
Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.
As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.
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