Can an independent, successful designer learn to trust her heart with the one man who crushed it twelve years ago?
Returning home to the Oregon town of Graciella after twelve years away, international real-estate guru Turner Brockman intends to make amends for having disappeared, then vanish again. He didn’t plan on meeting a figure from the past he tried to escape—beautiful Lily Moreno, now all grown up and the independent creative owner of Dragonfly Design & Construction.
Lily never expected to see Turner again and she’s determined to hide the love she’s felt for him since she was a girl, when he crushed her heart and killed her trust in men. Creating and owning the top construction company on the West Coast and being there for her friends and family are Lily’s only desires now. Except…there’s an intense chemistry between her and Turner, one she gives in to, only to harden her heart after every encounter.
Welcomed back into the beauty of Graciella and the family farm with loving open arms, Turner falls quickly for Lily, but faces his greatest challenge yet—seducing Lily into trusting him completely. Will his intense love, patience and good old-fashioned wooing be enough to capture his dragonfly’s heart?
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“Lily?” His breathing was heavy. Sunlight bounced off the car, lit their faces. The glare shocked him back to earth. He traced the soft skin of her cheek. Even their shadows caressed. The raw vulnerability of the moment struck him like a healing over of some ancient scar. “Look at me, Liliana.” But when she did, he wished he hadn’t asked.
It wasn’t fear or confusion he saw. She was downright pissed. The full force of her grenade powered toward him. He might have started it with that kiss but if she hadn’t grabbed onto him and kissed him back like he was her next breath, if he hadn’t been absolutely certain she wanted him, in that moment he would have pulled away. “Don’t glare at me. You wanted that to happen too.” He rolled away and sat up.
“Oh, now you know me so well, Turner Brockman. You think I make out with random men on my front lawn every day.” She struggled to button her shirt.
He stared at her. She’d tried to hide it, but he heard the tremble in her voice that matched her shaking fingers. She was afraid, of him, of herself? He couldn’t tell, but he was determined to find out why.
“No, Lily. I don’t think that, not even close. Don’t put words in my mouth. It doesn’t suit you. We kissed each other.” He gestured between them. “It’s called getting carried away. The sparks have been there since I came back. Intense sparks, I might add.”
He offered a hand to help her up, which she smacked away before standing on her own and starting toward the house.
“Be pissed at me if it makes you feel better. You’ve perfected that. Add whatever wound I’ve inflicted on you this time to my list of transgressions. But that was the most explosive, amazing kiss I’ve ever had.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Puget Sound based writer, Sara Ohlin is a mom, wannabe photographer, obsessive reader, ridiculous foodie, and the author of the contemporary romance novels, Handling the Rancher, Salvaging Love and the upcoming contemporary romance Seducing the Dragonfly.
She has over fifteen years of creative non-fiction and memoir writing experience, and you can find her essays at Anderbo.com, Feminine Collective, Mothers Always Write, Her View from Home, Under the Gum Tree, and in anthologies such as Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak about Healthcare in America, Take Care: Tales, Tips, & Love from Women Caregivers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Although she’s the author of many essays about life, grief, motherhood and the connections we make through delicious food and shared meals, Sara loves creating imaginary worlds with tight-knit communities in her romance novels. She credits her mother, Mary, Nora Roberts and Rosamunde Pilcher for her love of romance.
If she’s not reading or writing, you will most likely find her in the kitchen creating scrumptious meals with her two kids and amazing husband, or perhaps cooking up her next love story. She once met a person who both “didn’t read books” and wasn’t “that into food” and it nearly broke her heart.
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