From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby, comes TEMPTING BROOKE, a new novella in her Big Sky Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a new story in her Big Sky series…
Brooke’s Blooms has taken Cunningham Falls by surprise. The beautiful, innovative flower shop is trendy, with not only gorgeous flower arrangements, but also fun gifts for any occasion. This store is Brooke Henderson’s deepest joy, and it means everything to her, which shows in how completely she and her little shop have been embraced by the small community of Cunningham Falls.
So, when her landlord dies and Brody Chabot saunters through her door, announcing that the building has been sold, and will soon be demolished, Brooke knows that she’s in for the fight of her life. But she hasn’t gotten this far by sitting back and quietly doing what she’s told. Hustle is Brooke’s middle name, and she has no intention of losing this fight, no matter how tempting Brody’s smile — and body — is.
Brooke and Brody used to be the best of friends until one day he just disappeared and she never saw him again.
Now 10 years later Brody is back and he’s not the same boy who left Cunningham Falls all those years ago. Brody is in town to kick Brooke out of the building where Brooke’s Blooms is located. But if Brooke has anything to say about it, that won’t be happening.
Brody walks in and Brooke can see the boy she once knew but the problem is she doesn’t really know who he is anymore. And he doesn’t know her. She can tell he wants to leave but she makes a bet with him and Brody ends up staying for a week, while Brooke tries to convince him to let her stay.
Brody ran as far away from home as soon as he could. He’s made a name for himself and the last thing he wants is to stay in the one town that holds most of his nightmares. But then there’s Brooke. The girl who always got him, and she’s all grown up now. He’s never been able to say no to her and now he’s staying at least for a week.
The two reconnect on a level neither of them thought would happen. But now that the week has come and gone, can Brooke convince Brody that there is more than meets the eye about Cunningham Falls and that she’s worth sticking around for?
Once again Kristen draws you in a fast to characters who are charming and fun and you want to make your best friend immediately. I loved the sexy swagger of Brody and the way that Brooke played back and forth with him in witty and flirtiness. A fun quick read!
“Hello?” Brody calls through the screen.
“Hey.” I hold it open, gesturing for him to come inside. “Enter at your own risk. I’m living inside an oven.”
“Is your air conditioning broken?” he asks, but my eyes are on the cold beer and pizza in his hands.
“No, I don’t have it. Are we having a party?”
“The game’s on,” he says with a grin. “It’s been a while since we watched the Cubs together, so I grabbed some game food and came right over.”
I feel the smile slip over my lips. He thought to come here to watch the game with me.
Brody always was the sweetest guy I knew. Seems that hasn’t changed.
“Fun,” I reply. “I’ll grab some plates. We should sit on the floor.”
“It’s cooler down there.”
He blinks at me, considering, and then shrugs one shoulder and sets the pizza in the middle of the floor, sits, and opens the box.
“Thin crust pepperoni,” he says. “I hope this is still your favorite.”
“It is. I’ll be right back.” I hurry into the kitchen to get the plates, and take a moment to lean on the countertop, my hand over my chest, to catch my breath. If he keeps this up, I’ll fall in love with him, and that can only lead to disaster.
“The Cubs are winning,” he calls from the other room. I grab our plates and join him, sitting a few feet away, and reach for a slice of pizza.
“O’Shaughnessy has been badass this year.”
“He’s badass every year,” I reply around a bite of food, and then laugh when he frowns at me. “What? It’s true.”
“Hmm.” He swigs his beer, and we fall into a comfortable silence, eating and watching baseball. “Oh, come on! You should have caught that!”
“You always did get riled up watching baseball.”
He smiles at me, then wipes his mouth with a napkin. “There’s no other way to watch it. God, you weren’t kidding. It’s damn hot in here.”
“I know, I’m sorry. We could go somewhere else to watch the game.”
“No, I like having you to myself,” he replies, surprising me. “I’ll just take my shirt off.”
Before I can find enough brain cells to form a sentence, he whips his shirt over his head and tosses it onto the couch.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Times a million.
I blink rapidly, trying not to stare at the tanned, toned, muscley goodness that is Brody Chabot, but it’s impossible.
He’s like the most glorious work of art in the world, and I’d challenge anyone to be able to look away.
His arms, his abs, his freaking shoulders, flex as he moves to grab another slice of pizza. How he can eat while all of my synapses are exploding one by one is beyond me.
I think I just lost all bodily function.
And I haven’t even seen him all the way naked. This is just the upper half.
I bite my lip and take a sip of my beer, trying to distract myself.
About Kristen Proby:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.