by Mignon Mykel
Loving Meadows, #1
Publication Date: December 19, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: He calms me.
An unexpected long-distance friendship showed Gracelyn Dewey the ease of some relationships. Very few people could get past her walls and even then, fewer had the ability to see through her anxieties.
With him, she finds more—but circumstances wouldn’t allow them to keep it. Instead, they find an easy friendship with one another.
Until it wasn’t easy any more.
She grounds me.
In his line of work, Sawyer Meadows sees some gut wrenching things. He sees broken people, wounded people, fearful people. He loves his job, yet is losing a piece of himself in the mix.
But there was always her. Drawn to her quiet smile, he has always known she was meant to be something special to him.
A fact that became painfully evident when she found someone else to hold her.
Somewhere along the way, we lost it.
They are given one weekend together to fix their friendship.
The days can’t go off without any hitches though. When her recent past and his career collide, they’ll have to decide—is the distance enough to keep them apart? Or are they through letting everything else dictate their happiness?
She’s my saving grace, and I plan on saving her in the process.
“Where are the kids?” I asked, reaching for the now freed seat as she finagled herself back out of the trunk and pushed some magic button that caused the seat to fold down on its own.
I thought I heard a smile in her voice, but I couldn’t be certain with her face turned down.
It wouldn’t be the first time she tried to get Grace and me together. I was pretty sure she was clueless that her friend and I slept together once. At her wedding, nonetheless.
Once the seat was completely lowered, I lifted my suitcase into the back, opening it immediately to pull out my gun case. I unlocked it and pulled out my disassembled Glock. With practiced ease, I put the gun back together and holstered it at my hip before repacking my bags. I caught Sydney watching me from the side of my eye. She stopped asking me to not wear my gun a few years ago.
After all was set, I rearranged the back with my suitcase and the booster seat, closing the trunk with yet another button.
So many buttons on this monstrosity of a sport utility vehicle.
“Ready?” Sydney asked.
I nodded, moving to the passenger side as she slid into the driver’s seat. No sooner than I buckled, my sister brought up her friend again.
Our friend, really.
“Grace and I were at coffee last night when Caleb told me you were coming. I asked her to come pick you up with me, but she declined.” She checked over her shoulder and eased into drive, heading toward her and Caleb’s La Jolla home. “I swear; you two are so fun together. You should give it a shot.” She glanced at me quickly with a small smile. “She’d be so good for you, Soy.”
“She’s here, I’m there… It wouldn’t work out, Sydney.” I kept my gaze forward. “Besides, she’s dating that dou—guy.”
“His name is Jeremy.” I could hear a laugh in her voice. “And she dumped him.”
Well that was news.
Grace didn’t tell me.
Then again, I hadn’t exactly been reaching out to her lately, either.
When I didn’t respond, Sydney cleared her throat, trying to get some sort of response from me, I was sure. “How’s life adjusting to a third kid?” I asked instead. “I hear that once you hit three, it’s smooth sailing.”
Sydney shook her head. “Changing the subject, huh? I’ve got your number, Sawyer Ryan.”
“Kids?” I repeated, looking over at her. Yeah, I was avoiding her statement about Grace.
ABOUT MIGNON MYKEL
Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O’Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.