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Title: After the Storm
Author: Katy Ames
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About After the Storm:Tristan Hurst is tired of running. He’s spent every day since he was 16 trying to escape the consequences of one inexplicable, horrible night. So when his cousin buys a Caribbean resort and offers him a job away from the family firm, Tristan jumps at the chance to leave behind his intolerable father and the life he barely lives.
Tessa Armstrong has a plan and moving to a tropical island isn’t part of it. But when she lands the position of head pastry chef at a luxury hotel, she can’t pass it up. A new country, a new kitchen. And a fresh start far away from the secrets that are becoming harder to ignore.
On an island where neither expected to end up, Tessa and Tristan discover something they’ve always wanted: a safe haven. And when friendship becomes something more, they think they’ve landed in paradise.
But there’s a storm coming, and the secrets they’ve worked so hard to escape aren’t far behind. And with them, a truth that has the power to wash away a love they never dreamed to find.
Finished at the stove, Tessa flicked off the burner and brought the pan to the counter, a thin line of steam curling up around her face.
Tristan stopped short of leaning forward and taking a deep inhale. Of it, and of her. “What is that?” Whatever Tessa was adding to the mixing bowl smelled sweet and dark and a little sharp, and Tristan’s mouth was watering.
“If you’d agreed to dinner, you’d have found out.”
“I—” Tristan had to suck in a breath, his grip on his neck was so punishing. “I didn’t think it was a good idea.”
“My point exactly.” Tessa’s focus was on the fragrant, dark ribbon she was pouring into the batter, each pass of the beater blending the concoction together. “You enjoy eating food. Especially mine, if our first two encounters are anything to go by. You don’t want me to be lonely, so you show up at my place to keep me company. But I invite you to do both at the same time, and you say no. Even though you’re standing here, now, in my kitchen, staring at this bowl like it’s an oasis and you’ve just crossed the Mojave Desert. Like I said. I don’t understand you.”
“I’ve changed my mind.” The words were out of Tristan’s mouth before he could stop them. “My answer is yes.”
“Too late.” Tessa dipped a spoon into the bowl and licked the tip. “I’m not interested in forcing you to do something you obviously don’t want to do.”
But, oh, how he wanted to. He couldn’t begin to wrap his head around how much he wanted to. Tristan was pretty sure the skin on his neck was about to crack open and bleed. “Ask me again.”
Something in his voice made Tristan flinch. And Tessa stop. When their eyes met, Tristan saw hers widen. God knew what she was seeing, but he had no doubt it was something he’d spent a very long time trying to keep hidden.
Tristan’s heart pounded just a little bit harder. His voice wasn’t the only one that sounded off-balance. “Ask me to dinner again.” Then, softly, “Please.”
Tessa waited a beat before she spoke. “Tristan Hurst,” Tessa murmured, cautious, “would you like to join me for dinner?”
That question had become a refrain over the past hour. And Tristan knew he didn’t completely believe his answer. “Yes.”
“Good.” The pieces of hair that had come loose from her braid fell in front of Tessa’s face as she resumed mixing. “Same time, same place.”
“I’m looking forward to it.” Tristan could almost feel the corners of his mouth curving up. At the very least, he didn’t think he was frowning anymore.
“Okay, now I really don’t believe you,” Tessa half-teased him from across the counter.
“Doesn’t matter,” he shot back. “Too late to take the invite back now.”
“Hmmm,” was her only response. She’d wandered away again, lining up cake pans along the counter. Tessa’s attention was back on her work. Tristan headed towards the exit, an unfamiliar prick of anticipation sliding beneath his skin at the thought of returning.
A question stopped him. “Tessa, why did you ask?”
Her head was still bent, but Tristan heard her answer clearly. “Because I don’t think I’m the only one who’s lonely.”
A standalone contemporary romance from the author of After the Island and After the Fall.
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About the Author:Katy Ames has spent most of her life on the East Coast and hopes to spend more of it in the UK. In part, so she can indulge in her serious plaid obsession. There isn’t a teenage drama on the CW or a period British TV show she hasn’t binge-watched at least twice. And she can be persuaded to do most things with the promise of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, or a nap, not necessarily in that order. Katy is mom to a small human who has an obscene amount of energy and a blissful ability to ignore swear words, and wife to a man whose reading habits are far too serious. Katy and her family reside in Washington, D.C., a city she where never planned to live and loves so much she’d be happy to talk about it for hours. Just ask.
Katy writes contemporary romances that feature heroes who are strong but not so silent, heroines who aren’t afraid to kick ass, and stories that get a little messy before they end happily ever after.
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