(Unexpected Love Series, #3)
Publication date: October 11th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Can two friends fake love or will their fake relationship end their real friendship?
Irritated by their families continued efforts to get them together, good friends widow Brooke Johnson and Gavin Wilson decide to fake a relationship for the next two weeks. But then Gavin kisses her, making her aware of the desires she’d suppressed for so long.
Suddenly, Brooke struggles to focus on finishing paintings for an upcoming exhibition and her simple life becomes way more complicated than before.
When a creepy gallery manager makes her life unpleasant, Gavin wants to take control of the situation and red lights flicker. Brooke had made a vow to handle her own problems rather than relying on someone. Her husband’s death had left her in the dark about finances. She couldn’t let Gavin take over but will their new romance stand up to her hands off attitude? Or will Brooke learn that it’s okay to lean on the ones you love sometimes?
But in the small town of Alisson, Montana, love will find a way.
She blinked, but she wasn’t hallucinating. On her porch, with Connor next to him, was Gavin Wilson holding two bags of what looked like groceries in his hands, if she wasn’t mistaken.
Speechless, she could only stare. Fortunately, Connor started babbling the minute she opened the door. “I told him we can just open the door, but he wanted to knock.” Connor hugged her legs. “Hi, Mom, I’m hungry. I’ve fetched Uncle Gavin to cook for us. Where is Grandma? I saw her car. Grandma!” he yelled and rushed inside.
Stunned, Brooke stared after Connor.
Gavin cleared his throat. “I found him at my front door.”
“What do you mean?”
“Connor. He came to the house.”
“I don’t believe it. But…why?”
Gavin grinned. “He’s told you.” He lifted the two bags of groceries he was carrying. “I’m happy to oblige.”
Brooke frowned. Had she heard correctly? Her son had gone to Gavin’s house to ask him to come and cook for them?
“But…it’s totally ridiculous; you can’t come and cook for us. Gavin, really…”
“It’s no secret in town you and your mother…how shall I put it? You don’t like cooking?”
“I cook,” Brooke began heatedly, but before she could finish her sentence, her mother appeared, all smiles.
“Yes, my dear girl, we cook, but nobody wants to eat what we cook! Come on in, Gavin, I’m on my way. I’m so glad you’re here.”
Gavin smiled. “Hi, Eleanor, lovely to see you.”
Beaming, her mom gave Brooke a quick hug. “I still have some things to do before I drive back to the ranch. Enjoy your dinner!” She stopped halfway down the stairs to look back at them. “Gavin, ask Brooke to show you her new painting.”
Brooke gnashed her teeth. “Goodbye, Mother.” She quickly closed the door before her mom could utter something even more embarrassing.
“I’m so sorry Connor bothered you. I’ll talk to him. You really don’t have to cook for us.”
“What about bourbon-grilled pork chops?”
Her tummy growled.
Gavin grinned. “I’ll take that as a yes.”
Elsa has been reading love stories for as long as she can remember and when she ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during her Honors studies, she was hooked for life.
She married her college boyfriend and they are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa.
She adores writing kissing books with strong, beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong heroines and dashing Alpha heroes who loves fiercely and protects the ones they love. Her stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.