What A Girl Wants is book two in my Brookhollow Series and this one is about Bailey Sheppard and Ethan Bishop-the local mechanic and hockey coach/firefighter from book one-The Trouble With Mistletoe. If you loved Luke and Victoria from the first story-rest assured, they do make appearances in this next book, and I'm hoping you will enjoy Bailey and Ethan's story just as much. Here is a short, fun excerpt:)
At Victoria's bridal shower...
“Okay, well, if you aren’t seeing anyone, who have you been texting all night?” Rachel asked. “I saw those smiles, and it definitely wasn’t a female friend.”
Wow, these women were observant. Bailey waved a hand. “Oh, that was just Ethan.”
“Ethan, huh?” Lindsay pulled out the chair next to her and sat, leaning her elbows on the table and resting her chin in her hands. “Tell us more about that dreamboat.”
“You two are awfully close,” Victoria said, then added quickly, “Not judging.”
No, just interested in gossip like everyone else in town. “There’s really not much to tell. We’re friends…and lately I’ve served as a shoulder to cry on,” she said wryly.
“He has to be getting over Emily by now.” Lindsay refilled her glass, emptying the bottle.
“I don’t know about that, but he’s not moping around town as much anymore.”
Silence filled the room as all three women stared at her expectantly.
Victoria finally spoke for the three of them. “We’re just wondering when you plan on asking him out yourself.”
Bailey hesitated. It wasn’t that she hadn’t thought of it since Emily had left town, but to hear it suggested by others…
“Didn’t you just say you wanted a guy with similar interests?” Victoria asked. “Personally, I think you two would be perfect together.”
“Don’t say you haven’t thought about it,” Lindsay insisted.
These women were relentless. “Ethan’s a great guy and I like him…as a…”
“If you say brother, I’ll die,” Victoria interrupted. “I’ve met your brothers. Ethan couldn’t be more different than Brandon and Jordan. Those two are big and burly and tough.…”
“Hot in their own way,” Lindsay chimed in.
“But not Ethan hot,” Rachel interjected.
“Agreed,” Lindsay said with a nod.
These women were insane and they wouldn’t ease up until she confessed. “Fine, I’m attracted to him, but who in this room isn’t?” Bailey countered.
Victoria’s lone hand shot up, then she slowly lowered it. “He’s a firefighter, it’s the uniform. I may be getting married, but I’m not blind.” She took another sip of her coffee, then added, “Don’t tell Luke I said that. Poor guy is terrified that I’m going to back out of this wedding again and take off to New York while he’s out of town. As if I’d be that stupid again.” Her eyes took on a faraway, dreamy look.
“Anyway, I think you should make a play for him,” Rachel said with a definitive nod.
“No way.” Bailey stood. She had to get out of there, before they suggested that they call him right now and ask him out for her. A little too much wine had been consumed that evening.
“Why not?” Lindsay asked.
“He’d never go for it.” There. The truth was out. The main reason she would never gather the courage to ask Ethan out was her fear of being rejected. The same reason she hadn’t approached him years before and had stood by while Emily had asked him to prom. It didn’t matter though. Ethan had only ever seen her as a friend, and with or without Emily, that didn’t seem to change.
Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into What A Girl Wants, releasing Feb 1, 2014 from Harlequin Heartwarming.