Cross My Heart
Heroes of Seaside Point, Book 2
Sometimes honesty is a bitter pill to swallow. Attempting to escape a minor distraction in her medical career, Dr. Verity Thomas finds that statement to be true when she keeps her past private and her present, secret. Only, her meticulously-planned intentions go horribly wrong when her skeletons escape from the closet and take center stage. Paramedic Travis Dupree vows to keep Verity's secrets, determined to crack her resolve in the process. Although he isn’t quite sure of her motives, intuition tells him he is wired to cope with the female psyche. After all, he has raised a pair of mischievous twin girls – he deserves a gold medal for patience. When minor distraction becomes a major roadblock, Travis is forced to break his word and the couple must dismember the skeletons bone by bone in order to build a future.
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Annessa finished her brownie, licked her fingers, and then reached for a napkin. “Let’s get this party started.” Verity nodded in agreement. “Who was in charge of entertainment?” “Me.” Annessa’s sly grin almost made her wish she hadn’t asked. “Any requests?” She raised an eyebrow. “Did you call a stripper?” “No. That’s what started the trouble last time.” Lexi frowned. “I though Tequila was responsible.” “That too,” Annessa mumbled. “This time, I planned a scavenger hunt.” “That sounds fun!” Lexi sat forward in her chair, obviously intrigued. “Did you warn the neighbors?” “No.” Annessa grabbed several cards from a table beside the sofa. “I highly doubt the neighbors will have the items on this list.” Verity accepted her card from Annessa and then read the items she was supposed to collect: a badge, a helmet, a pair of men’s boxers or briefs, a baseball bat, a twenty dollar bill, and a slice of chocolate cake. Severely competitive by nature, she knew without a doubt she could commandeer each and every item on her list in less than fifteen minutes. Explaining how to her friends, however, would take more than forty five. Time stood still as she attempted to wrap her brain around the minute possibility of giving up before the game began. Finally, she cleared her throat. “How on Earth am I supposed to get number three?” Annessa leaned down to read the list and then grinned while she straightened. “Surely you know someone who will hand over his boxers.” No need to hand them over, there was an extra pair in her dresser drawer – a fact she refused to share with the other women. Instead, she attempted to turn the tables. “I see an unfair advantage here.” “Don’t worry, Verity.” Lexi shrugged, obviously not as concerned about acquiring a pair of men’s underwear. “I’m in the same boat.” Annessa raised an eyebrow. “Are you in or out?” “I’m in as long as we agree that you and Vanessa have to ambush someone other than Dane and Casey.” “Fine, but I have another stipulation. You can’t buy them, they have to come off a warm body.” “You guys are always so much fun!” Lexi giggled and stood. Annessa cocked her head to one side. “Travis hasn’t given you the steer clear of the Dupree twins warning?” Verity laughed out loud and then immediately realized she’d given them a wealth of information. A shiver crossed her neck when Annessa moved her gaze directly into hers. “He warned you, huh?” “He might’ve mentioned something like that.” “Oh, really? When?” Vanessa swallowed hard and held her ground. “He carted me out of McGill’s the same time Casey did you, remember?” “He did, didn’t he?” Her friend simply nodded. “Better you than me.” “So, how long is this hunt going to take?” Vanessa gestured at the kitchen. “I don’t want the pie to burn.” “We each have six items to collect,” Annessa explained. “I say we meet back here in an hour. The first one to return with all her booty wins.” Still hesitant, Verity rubbed her card against her palm. “What’s the prize?” “Well, if you’re lucky, you’ll find your own prize. But at far as the party is concerned, you win bragging rights.” “For what?” Annessa’s mischievous grin returned. “Talking a man out of his boxers.” “I’m taking the pie out.” Vanessa headed for the kitchen. “I’ll finish cooking it when we’re done.” Annessa lifted her wrist and glanced at her watch. “Synchronize your watches, ladies. As soon as Vanessa returns, the game begins.”
Cross My Heart Playlist
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Something’ Bad – Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood
Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
Fighter – Christina Aguilera
About The Author
I write contemporary romance novels with sexy, alpha males and females with attitude to boot. I live in a zoo,hold down a full time job, and am trying to coax my creative muse from her cage. So BEWARE, the madness may rub off on you!
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