her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment,
Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one
person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children
into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.
mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection
with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to
uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and
her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching
for, but will she run back to her old life?
imagined for her?
I shook my head.
“It’s Japanese,” he explained as he trailed his fingers lightly down one of my arms. “It doesn’t have an English equivalent. Roughly translated, it’s a term for the feeling that you have when you first meet someone.”
“Like love at first sight?” I asked, tipping my head up toward his.
“No, not quite like that. It’s more like you know that a future love with that person is inevitable, but it doesn’t exist in that moment.”
“I don’t want there to be a pause button,” I said.
He leaned in and I thought it was going to happen. I thought he was going to finally kiss me for real, instead of what I think happened last night but was possibly imagined in my delirious, scared brain.
I even shut my eyes in anticipation, but it never happened. I opened them to find him staring out the window behind me. It was finally snowing.
This was not how I pictured this moment in my head.
“Earth to Dean,” I said, slightly annoyed as I waved my hand.
He snapped out of his reverie and smiled bigger than I’d ever seen him smile.
“What’s going on?” I asked warily.
He looked like a kid in a candy shop. He stood and pulled me to my feet, and then knelt down before me all in one fluid motion. Whenever this guy proposed to someone, it was going to be smooth as hell. I knew he wasn’t proposing, but I was curious about what he was doing beaming at me from the floor as he clutched my hands dramatically.
“Lauren Annabelle Lindsay.”
He paused for effect.
“Would you do me the honor of accompanying me to the Snow Ball?”
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