Title: Love Him or Leave Him by Sara Daniel
A Small Towns, Big Dreams Novel
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 224 pages
Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them
Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor’s back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.
Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.
Connor made one final pass through the quiet downtown, then pulled in front of Becca’s house. He resisted the urge to finish off the evening with a good-night kiss. They hadn’t been on a date. “Thanks for keeping me company tonight.”
“You bet. I had no idea so much excitement and adventure happened on a daily basis.” She glanced at the dash clock. “Is Zelda really going to call you in four hours?”
“Are you really going to have ladies over at your house in four hours to exercise?” he tossed back.
Becca groaned. “Will she let you sleep in if I don’t?”
He considered the possibility. “No, she’ll be frantic, convinced something’s wrong because no one showed up. And if she doesn’t call, I’d have to check in to make sure nothing happened to her.”
Becca laughed. “Looks like neither of us is getting much sleep tonight.”
He guessed she found the prospect unusual, but if he got four hours of sleep any night, it would be a goddamn miracle. He considered the predictability of his small-town wake-up call a blessing. “Well, unless you want me to be the reason you don’t get any sleep, I suggest you get out now and take the little shut eye you can get.”
Her eyes widened. “Did you just suggest what I think you suggested?”
“No,” he lied.
“You did,” she insisted, her tone incredulous.
She didn’t have to sound so surprised. She’d always known he’d wanted her beyond the acceptable limits. “Okay, fine, I did. Consider it an offer for mutual companionship—you know, if you start to feel the same desperation that made you give your virginity to some loser who didn’t know how to make the experience good for you.”
He expected her to lambast him. Instead, she leaned across the seat, ponytail swaying, the vented air in the vehicle blowing feather light strands against his cheek. Then she followed the same path with her lips, brushing them softly over his skin. “Good night, Connor.”
She opened the car door, stepping into the night. A moment later, she’d locked herself inside her house.
He lifted his fingers to the warm delicate imprint on his cheek, savoring her gift as he drove home. They’d ended with a good-night kiss after all. Not on the lips and not nearly long enough to satisfy, but more than enough to stir his needs and memories into a maelstrom.
I write what I love—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. On the personal side, I’m a frazzled maid, chauffeur, and slave to my children. I was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. (The children’s book The Bravest Squirrel Ever by my alter-ego Sara Shafer is the squirrel’s fictionalized version of that experience!) I’m crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. And I have my very own happily-ever-after romance with my hero husband.
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