Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Blog Stop & Excerpt: The Best Kind of Love by Kerri Carpenter.



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The Best Kind of Love:

After twelve years away, organized consultant, Penelope Walker, doesn’t expect to return to Blue Lake, Virginia. But when her parents unexpectedly die, she returns to her hometown and finds out that general contractor and former love of her life, Ethan Callahan, is back too. Their relationship transcended the typical high school romance and his mere presence is enough to have all those feelings of passion return full force. Only she can’t forget that Ethan didn’t show up for their secret elopement and left her brokenhearted.

It doesn’t take long for Ethan to realize he wants Penelope back, but he knows she won’t let go of the past that easily. When she finds out what her parents asked him to do all those years ago, she’ll never let him back into her life. Even though he did all of it for her.

Penelope’s determined to unravel the mystery of their shared pasts, while Ethan wants nothing more than to move on to their future. If these two former lovers can learn to forgive and forget, will they be able to remember that they had the best kind of love?



Ethan considered himself a reasonable, levelheaded man. Sure, he’d gone through his rebellious stage as a teen, but that was a long time ago and he’d grown up. Still, something about the night, something about Penelope and the night, made him forget his sensible side and give in to the emotions.
She wanted to fight? So did he.
“You saying I’m not normal?”
“Clearly.”
“Interesting. Coming from you . . .” He purposely trailed his voice off and the comment had the desired effect.
Color flooded Penelope’s face and her eyes shone with the challenge.
“What the hell is that supposed to mean?”
“You want to talk about normal? How about abnormal? It’s abnormal to push me into the rose bushes one minute and then turn around and kiss me the next minute.”
“That’s hardly what happened.”
“Obviously you don’t know what you want. You used to be so opinionated. I guess you’ve become indecisive in your old age.”
She gasped. “Old age? Why you disgusting, idiotic, presumptuous . . .”
“Stubborn, selfish . . .” he began.
“ . . . baboon of a man. You disgust me.”
“ . . . self-entitled princess,” he finished.
“How dare you, Ethan? You come in here and make all this noise, in my parents’ house. To top it off, you insult me.”
“You’re the one who came in with guns blazing.”
“I was trying to get some sleep. I’m tired, you ass.”
He took a good, long look at her then. Even if he hadn’t known she was tired, the dark circles under her eyes would have revealed it. As fast as his anger had built, it dissipated. The emotions this woman brought out exhausted him.
Relenting, he raised his hands. “You’re right, Dimples. I’m sorry.”
Huffing out a breath, she crossed her arms in front of her. “Great, you apologize after you get me all worked up. You’re as infuriating now as you were back then. And I’m not old.”
He bit back a smile.
Clearly not done with their fight, she kept going. “You need to apologize to me and the entire house for this, this, this disruption,” she stammered.
“What if I don’t?” he challenged.
“You most certainly will or . . .”
Ethan took a step toward her. “Or what?”
She raised her chin. “Or we’ll fire you.”
“No, you won’t,” he said confidently. He took another step toward her. His lips twitched when she took a step back.
“Stop coming near me.”
“Or what?” he repeated.
She stepped back again but gasped when her back hit the wall. He zeroed in on her lips as he closed the distance.
“Ethan, I swear to God, I will scream bloody murder if you touch me.”
“No, you won’t.”
Any protest she was going to make was cut off when he covered her mouth.
 


Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times.

Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn’t get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.


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