Can the island magic in Makenna’s heritage save their romance, or will Tom’s secret tear them apart?
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Series: Candy Hearts
Author: Willa Blair
Release: January 13, 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Editor: Fran Sevilla
Cover Artist: RJ Morris
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Theme: Valentine’s Day
Keywords: Valentine’s Day, Hawaii, Bakery, Surfer, Kailua-Kona
Word Count: 18245
ISBN: 9781509205011 Digital only
Heat Level: Spicy
COPYRIGHT © 2016 by Linda Williams
Makenna Stewart flees Scotland for the Big Island of Hawaii intent on making real a cherished dream–a bakery of her own. Hard work and long hours leave Makenna craving some fun in her life. Her best customer, Greek-god sexy surfer Tom may be just what she needs, but she suspects there’s more to him than board shorts and a devastating smile.
Retired professional surfer and real-estate multi-millionaire Tom Bensford is there when she opens every morning, but he’s not craving her magical Morning Glory muffins. Fascinated by the dark-haired, blue-eyed wahine with the creamy Celtic skin and devastating Scottish accent, he’s never met a woman like her. Too bad he’s about to destroy her dreams.
To him, it’s just business. To her, it’s the kind of betrayal she fled Scotland to escape. Can the island magic in Makenna’s heritage save her dream and their romance, or will his secret tear them apart?
Tom took her hand and gently feathered the inside of her wrist with his thumb. “We can’t leave yet. The sun will set in a few minutes. You don’t want to miss the view from here. We might even see the green flash.”
“I read about that. It’s rare, isn’t it?”
“Rare and lucky.” Tom gave her an evil grin. “Would you like some extra luck tonight?”
Makenna cocked an eyebrow his way. “It depends on what use you plan to put it to.” She fought back a grin, knowing full well what he meant. The promise he’d made before dinner at the ranch when she’d reached for his zipper and he’d stopped her by kissing her hand. That’s for some other time. He hadn’t pushed, but she knew he wanted her. Was she ready for this relationship to go to the next level?
Aye, she was.
Tom just smiled. “Look, the sun is touching the water. It won’t be long now.”
He scooted their chairs together to face the sunset and draped an arm across her shoulders. The breeze picked up, as if the wind was being drawn into the water with the drowning sun. Makenna could barely keep her attention on the display as Tom’s fingers gently stroked her shoulder, then traced up the side of her throat to tangle in her hair.
“So lovely,” he murmured, his breath warming her ear.
Makenna turned to face him, letting her lips meet his, gently at first, then more firmly. “People can see us,” she warned when they broke apart.
“I don’t care.”
He kissed her again, and she lifted a hand to his face, liking the rough scratch of his whiskers on her fingertips. A change in the light told her the sun had gone down. “We’ve missed it.”
“We don’t need it,” he answered and pulled her to her feet. “Let’s go.”
“Already taken care of. Your place, or mine? Mine’s closer.”
Willa Blair is an Award-winning and Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 Bestselling author of Scottish historical paranormal romance. She has been featured on and contributes to USAToday’s Happy Ever After romance blog, Savvy Authors, Romance University, and more.
Her books have won numerous honors, including Reader’s Crown finalist, NightOwl Reviews Top Pick, Marlene, Merritt, Crowned Heart; and Historical Romance finalist and Honorable Mention in InD’Tale Magazine’s prestigious RONE Award, honoring the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industries.
Set in a pivotal point in Scottish history, and filled with men in kilts, psi talents, and plenty of spice, her popular Highland Talents series is available in ebook, print, and audiobook formats. The Highland Talents series will soon be joined by a new Contemporary Romance and new Scottish Historical series.
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