Friday, July 17, 2020

Book Tour ~ Her Surprise Engagement - City by the Bay Stories by Cari Lynn Webb

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Her Surprise Engagement

(City by the Bay Stories #6)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
July 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A football star and a single mom…

Teach each other to trust again

To impress the executives buying her app, Nichole Moore enlists the help of old friend and pro quarterback Chase Jacobs. A pretend marriage is the perfect ruse: Chase’s celebrity status will impress the executives, while likable, hardworking Nichole could fix his fading career. But as their fake relationship plays out under the glare of the public eye, Nichole realizes her feelings might be the real deal…

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He sat on the couch beside his grandmother and checked his phone again.
“Something more important on your phone than your family?” Nonna dabbed a napkin against her cheek.
“I’m waiting to hear from Nichole.” Chase flipped his phone over in his hands. Had Nichole changed her mind about car pool pickup? About their deal? “This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.”
Nonna placed her hand on his arm, drawing his gaze to her wisdom-aged whiskey-brown eyes. “We can plan all we want, but love has its own mind and its own agenda.”
Love. This wasn’t about love. This was about contracts and reputation repair. Chase rose and stuffed his phone in his back pocket. “I have to go. It’s car pool day today, and I don’t want to mess that up on my first day.” His mind raced to cover any other loose ends. “This weekend won’t work for a family gathering.”
Conversation stopped. His mother and sisters stood shoulder to shoulder and eyed him. They’d been forming their impenetrable wall since he’d started kindergarten to make Chase squirm. To make him confess to putting hot sauce on Mallory’s pasta instead of spaghetti sauce. To make him admit he purposely scared Ivy and her friends during their sleepover. To force him to concede he ate the entire family-sized bag of potato chips in one sitting. Now they wanted another confession.
“Nichole and I are going on a ski-moon.” Chase slammed his lips together. What?
“Where are you going?” Mallory’s arms crossed again, her eyes narrowed, her foot tapped against the hardwood floor.
He didn’t envy his future nieces and nephews. Mallory would make a formidable mom one day.
“I’ve never heard of that.” Ivy scowled and considered him as if searching for a weakness. “What is it?”
Chase wanted to know the very same thing too. He ran his hand through his hair. His family watched him, silent and judging. “You know.” He rushed on. “It’s like a honeymoon. But it’s in Tahoe and we’ll be skiing. Get it?”
Ivy caved first and laughed. “It can’t be a real honeymoon if Nichole’s son is joining you guys.”
“He is going, isn’t he?” his mother asked. Suspicion wove through her words.
“Of course,” Chase managed. He hadn’t met Wesley yet, but what kid didn’t like the snow. “We’re family now.” Family. The idea pinned him in place like an ambush.
His mother’s nod remained stiff and small as if she held back her full approval.
“I really have to go.” Chase backed toward the door, searching for the handle and some semblance of balance. He’d built a career on his agility and sure-footed skill. What had happened to his poise? Finally, his fingers curled around the brass door handle. But his balance remained off-kilter.
His grandmother’s voice stopped his escape. “Honeymoon or ski-moon or whatever, you’ll bring Nichole here to see me tomorrow at her convenience.”
That wasn’t a request. Or an invitation. It was a direct order. Chase agreed and fled the small apartment. And hopefully, the faint whisper of love’s arrow.

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About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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