A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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His gaze strayed to the picture on the table next to the couch. It was of Tori on New Year’s Eve, a tropical flower tucked into her hair. He’d met her at a swanky party in Kuala Lumpur. It was hard to believe how hard and fast he’d fallen for her, marrying her just five weeks later.
His phone vibrated and he pulled it away from his ear to glance at the screen.
Mike: I just got here, I’m coming up.
Shit. “Mum, I have to go. Can I call you back in a bit?” He glanced at the clock—he had absolutely no concept of time after traveling the past day. It was late in England. “Or tomorrow?” He got up and buzzed the door to let Mike in.
“You’re always so busy, but that’s a good thing I suppose. We’re so proud of you even though we wish you hadn’t moved so far away.”
Five years ago, he’d taken an internship with a production company in LA. It had been just what he needed to get his foot in the door in the television capital of the world. “Mom, you know I couldn’t pass up that opportunity.”
Another sigh. “Of course I do. I just hoped you would’ve come home by now.” She laughed and he knew she wasn’t really upset. She missed him, but she understood why he’d decided to pursue his producing dreams in Hollywood—there was no better place to be in this industry. “Call tomorrow—but in the afternoon, I have my garden club meeting in the morning.” He’d still be sleeping during her morning. In fact, he hoped he’d be sleeping during her afternoon too.
“Will do,” he said. “Say hi to Dad.”
“I will, sweetheart. Love you!”
“Love you too.” He ended the call as a rap sounded on the door.
Sean didn’t bother summoning a smile as he opened the door. Mike wouldn’t have noticed anyway. He pushed inside with a “Hey.” No “welcome home” or “how was your trip?” just “hey.”
“Hey,” Sean replied. “I just got home.”
Mike walked over to the granite-topped bar, nodded toward the beer and said, “You got another one of those?”
“Sure.” Sean, his nerves on edge, went to the fridge and grabbed another of the six-pack he’d bought on the way home. He popped the cap off and slid it over to Mike. “You couldn’t have just called?”
Mike lifted his bottle. “I was in the neighborhood.”
Like hell. Sean’s apartment in West Hollywood was nice enough for a guy starting out in LA, but it was a good half hour from Mike’s house in Brentwood.
“Anyway, I needed to see you in person. The shoot in Europe—”
“Was a disaster.” Sean swallowed. “Are you here to fire me?”
“No.” He took another drink of beer. “Not yet anyway.”
Sean’s gut clenched. He needed this job, much as he might dislike Dale, the owner of the company. It was a necessary step to gaining experience and saving enough money to start his own production company. But that was still a long way off.
Mike clanked his bottle down on the counter and pressed his lips together. “Dale doesn’t love what you came back with.”
“It’s rough,” Sean said, trying not to be defensive. They’d done the best they could, given all the problems they’d encountered. “There’s a lot of footage. I’m sure we’ll come up with something Dale will like.” Dale was a giant prick who didn’t seem to know what he wanted. He changed his mind during projects, demanded impossible results, and never seemed to be satisfied.
“Heh, unlikely, but I’ll let him know. Anyway, it doesn’t matter. I have something else I need you to do. I need you to go to Oregon.”
Page Count: 245 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (May 26, 2015)
In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best kept secrets don’t stay buried for long...
Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.
After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed… fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets-the former stars of a reality TV show-to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.
Only, Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. But their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.
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