ONE NIGHT IN TAHOE by Kaira Rouda
This is a Hope Falls Kindle World novella!
Can one night fix a generation of heartache?
Jack Thomas just started working the job of his dreams in Laguna Beach when his dad calls asking for his help. Jack loves his dad but he’s reluctant to miss work, even if it’s for the weekend. With his boss’ blessing, he plans a quick visit to the snowy mountains he used to call home, not expecting anything more than helping his dad and trying to keep warm in a snow storm. What Jack doesn’t know is that heat won’t be a problem.
Sandy Davis is a new real estate agent excited for her first listing presentation at a multi-million dollar home in Lake Tahoe. She has no idea why the home owner picked her, but she’s committed to landing the listing. She makes the drive from Hope Falls to Lake Tahoe as a snowstorm hits. When the front door is opened by a handsome stranger, Sandy’s breathless. What she doesn’t know is that more surprises are waiting inside.
What happens when a huge snowstorm traps two strangers in a beautiful mountain home?
“What’s on your mind?” Jack smiled, looking at her with his blue eyes that were softer now in the waning light. He sliced a piece of cheese and popped it, along with an almond, into his mouth.
“Sorry I was just thinking about the call with my boss. About how lucky I am.” Sandy followed his lead, slicing a piece of soft white cheese and spreading it on a cracker before taking a taste. The entire bite melted in her mouth. “This is so good.”
“If you like this, you’re going to love dinner.” Jack grinned. “So, tell me about yourself, Sandy. Now that we’re stuck here together for the night, we might as well get to know each other better.”
Sandy’s heart pounded in her chest as she watched Jack slice a piece of cheese and put it on a cracker before handing it to her. She was a goner. She’d convinced herself she’d never find love, she’d never be enough for anyone. But having met Jack, she knew she could be. With him.
“Do you feel this between us?” Her hand covered her big mouth, mortified that she’d just blurted that out. She dropped her chin to her chest.
Jack slid his fingers under her chin, lifting it up, forcing her to meet his eyes. “Look at me Sandy. I don’t know what this is, but I’ve never felt anything like this before. It’s crazy chemistry, or something. But all I can think about is kissing you.”
Sandy’s heart pounded as she realized he felt it too. This thing between them. She leaned forward, so close to him she could feel his breath on her face. “I think we should kiss, then, don’t you?”
She couldn’t believe how bold she was acting. How sure of herself. This was a new Sandy, a Sandy who had the confidence to ask for what she wanted.
Jack cupped her face between his hands and pressed his lips against hers in a tender kiss that caused butterflies in her belly.
Her lips parted and she reached for him.
Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.
Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 coming winter 2015. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and is part of Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World with THE CELEBRITY DARE.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books and on her website, KairaRouda.com.