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Her Surprise Engagement (City by the Bay Stories #6) By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
July 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming
A football star and a single mom…
Teach each other to trust again
To impress the executives buying her app, Nichole Moore enlists the help of old friend and pro quarterback Chase Jacobs. A pretend marriage is the perfect ruse: Chase’s celebrity status will impress the executives, while likable, hardworking Nichole could fix his fading career. But as their fake relationship plays out under the glare of the public eye, Nichole realizes her feelings might be the real deal…
“I want Wesley to be proud of me.”
“We all are.” Her grandmother squeezed Nichole’s arm, her warm gaze full of sunshine and love.
“I feel like I’m getting this parent thing wrong most days. And making it up the other days.” Now she’d allowed Wesley and Chase to bond. Surely that was a mistake. She should’ve dropped Chase at his house like he’d requested. But she’d sensed the loneliness inside him and only wanted him not to hurt anymore.
“You’re too busy second-guessing yourself. You’re missing all you’ve done right.” Her grandmother retied her apron as if to support her insight.
“Wesley is a great kid.” Nichole added plates and napkins to the table. “He’s funny, smart and works hard.”
“You’ve taught him that.” Her grandmother handed her a serving bowl of creamed corn.
“I want to protect him.” From Chase. From getting hurt. From suffering. And she wanted to protect herself. But she worried she might already be too late.
Her grandmother shuffled back to the stove. “Sometimes the best we can do is love them with all we’ve got.”
“And when they get hurt?” Nichole picked up the salad bowl.
“We love them that much harder.”
Nichole clutched the stainless steel bowl against her stomach. “Is that enough?”
“Love is always enough.” Her grandmother smiled and tipped her head toward the wide windows.
Her love hadn’t been enough before. Nichole watched the trio crossing the yard from the stables. Wesley chattered between her grandfather and Chase. Both men laughed and added their own commentary to Wesley’s story. Three generations together. Wesley could learn from both her grandfather and Chase. Things she couldn’t teach her son. “Love is also a big risk.”
“Some risks are worth taking.” Her grandmother opened the stove and poked at her apple pie.
Nichole turned her back on the window and everything she was too scared to want. “But if I risk and take the leap, I might land wrong.”
“Or you might land exactly where you’re meant to be.” Her grandmother carried a large roasted turkey to the table.
How could she trust that? She’d landed wrong before.
Wesley burst through the back door and announced, “Grandpa Harland says we can ride tomorrow.”
“In the corral only,” Nichole cautioned.
“He’s ready for more.” Her grandfather pressed a kiss to her cheek.
Nichole shared a look with her grandmother and admitted, “I’m not.”
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About the Author
Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.
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