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Every first love deserves a second chance
June Hamilton left home to pursue her dream of dancing on Broadway. Seven years later, she has one regret: Mel Preston, her teenage crush and onetime summer love. Now a single dad and the head of maintenance at Starlight Point, her family’s amusement park, Mel’s easy smile still makes her heart beat in triple time. But June came home with a plan. She would spend the summer revitalizing the park’s aging theaters, then make a graceful exit back to the big city. Until Mel and his young son start making a powerful claim on her emotions, and June faces an impossible decision…
Twilight softened the lines of the ballroom and sharpened the contrast of the lightbulbs outlining and illuminating the grand old entrance. Mel had enjoyed dinner at his parents’ house and supervised Ross’s bath and pajama ritual. His son would stay there tonight, freeing Mel to spend a precious evening with June Hamilton.
He found her leaning against a pillar on the edge of the dance floor. Several couples were attempting some moves, awkwardly holding each other and counting steps aloud under the direction of some performers from live shows. June wore a deep green dress with no straps, her bare shoulders glimmering in the soft lights.
Something about the way she bumped one trim hip against the ornate post made her seem like part of the architecture. He’d been in this room countless times for staff meetings, STRIPE lessons, but tonight, the ballroom was a ballroom. Pillars edged the parquet floor, refreshment tables and chairs waited in the wings, starlight would be visible through the tall Art Deco–styled windows.
June was beautiful in the knee-length dress and strappy high heels.
“Got time for a lesson?” he whispered, his lips brushing her ear from behind.
Goose bumps rippled across her shoulder despite the warmth in the ballroom.
She turned into him, placing them both behind the pillar and partially hiding them from sight.
“Depends on what talents you bring to the table,” she said. “Some students catch on faster than others.”
“I’m good with my hands,” he said, facing her and settling both hands around her waist.
“I know, but you have to dance with your feet.”
“Seems to me that hands are an important part of the deal.”
She smiled. “If you do it right.”
June took Mel’s right hand and moved it to her left shoulder. Goose bumps again, he noted when his fingers met her bare skin.
She left his other hand at her waist and moved away from the pillar, giving them a shadowy, secluded dance floor behind it.
June took a small step backward with her left leg. “Follow me. Pretend your thighs are glued to mine.”
“I think I can remember those directions,” Mel said, swallowing hard.
June stepped back with her right leg, forcing a small turn. “Like a square,” she said. “Basic math. But you’ll have to lead.”
Heat collected under his shirt collar and he wanted to tear off his tie.
“I think I’m going to need a drink.” He closed in on her, keeping his hands where she’d placed them. “Or a bucket of cold water.”
“This is just a ballroom step. Wait until we get to the tango,” June said. “You might incinerate.”
Trying to cool his thoughts, Mel looked over June’s shoulder and concentrated on the smooth and simple steps. He had danced before at weddings and thought he knew the basics.
Having a good partner made a difference the size of the peninsula Starlight Point sat on. June was light and graceful, her love for the movement clear in every step and sway. Leading her as a dance partner was like being behind the wheel of a Ferrari. The only way he could go wrong was if he lost control.
Other Books in the Series
Everyone’s counting on him
With the sudden death of his father, Jack Hamilton finds himself running the family amusement park, Starlight Point. His first job? Balance the books, and that means raising the rent for vendors like baker Augusta Murphy.
Gus won’t accept the new contract…not without a fight. She rallies the other vendors and sets out to negotiate with Jack. At least, she tries. How do you play hardball with a man who’s charming and kind and still grieving? Gus needs to figure it out fast, because the closer she gets to Jack, the more she risks losing everything.
Amie Denman lives in Ohio with her husband, sons, cats, and dog. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and playing outside. Born with an overdeveloped sense of curiosity, she’s been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what’s going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.
August 22nd: I Am A Reader, Falling Leaves & Wishful Endings
August 23rd: Hardcover Feedback, Katie’s Clean Book Collection & underneath the covers
August 24th: Book Lover in Florida & EskieMama Reads
August 25th: Harlie’s Books, Reading Is My SuperPower, Christy’s Cozy Corners & With Love for Books
August 26th: Bookworm Lisa, Rockin’ Book Reviews & Thoughts of a Blonde
August 28th: Grand Finale
10 copies of the first book in the series, Under the Boardwalk (print if US, ebook if outside the US)
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