OUT NOW—Love You Now (Love You, Maine, Book 4) by Julia Kent (@jkentauthor) #romance #romanticcomedy #romcom #contemporaryromance
Ana DaSilva is looking for a palate cleanser. A one night stand. A reboot.
Instead, she got fireworks, sparks, chemistry, and the perfect guy. No one wants to meet Mr. Right when he should just be Mr. Rebound, but Mr. Right is so, so right.
But then he went from Mr. Right to Mr. Never, because when she learns she’s pregnant three days after that wonderful night with Dennis, she realizes her sleazy drug dealing ex not only left her with the legal mess she knew about, he gave her a life-long present.
One that means ignoring Dennis’ texts and phone calls, no matter how much she wants to answer.
Dennis Luview wants to escape his pain. Coming back to his hometown of Luview, Maine – the cheesy tourist trap where every day was Valentine’s Day – means facing a past he left behind twenty-four years ago. Yes, his family is loving, and sure, he has roots that go bone-deep in the small town community where people step up for each other.
But the naive eighteen-year-old who left to serve his country is now a retired Special Ops vet with a heavy entourage of ghosts and PTSD. No woman deserves all the baggage he’s lugging around.
Including Ana, who clearly wants nothing to do with him, no matter how intense their one haunting encounter really was.
Which is why six months after that hot night, he’s stunned to find her in his hometown, at a bridal shower, her ripe, pregnant belly swelling under a gorgeous yellow sundress.
A public confrontation turns into a very private reunion, and as Dennis pursues Ana she opens up, but is he crazy to want her — and what turns out to be another man’s baby — to settle down and find stability and love?
Or is he deluding himself that he’s remotely worth the happiness an instant family could offer, after his terrible past?
If you’re looking for a secret(ish) baby, one-night stand, strangers-to-lovers romance set in a town where every day is Valentine’s Day, with a veteran with PTSD who volunteers at an animal-rescue sanctuary and a therapist who keeps picking the wrong men (until now), then settle in with a cup of coffee to read the final book in the Love You, Maine series that features the Luview family.
Strangers to lovers
… and a sugar glider named Magic
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09XVL9JCZ
Her scream broke his heart.
And triggered a flashback.
Instantly, the elevator was filled with the whirl of helicopter blades, the piercing Doppler effect of bullets whizzing past his ears so crisp and real. Hot air filled his lungs with a suffocating pull, chest expanding with his sharp inhale. Dust crowded his nose, nostrils burning, as memory obliterated the present.
The hard stop from the elevator’s brake system shocked him back into the moment, Ana sobbing in his arms, shaking as if her tendons were about to snap. None of this was tenable. A cold sweat broke out across his face and chest.
It was all too much.
“Your heart–it’s racing so fast!” She pulled her face away from his neck, mascara streaking down her cheeks. His dysregulation seemed to yank her out of her own.
“I’m fine,” he grunted, both of them knowing damn well he was lying.
“Nothing.” Speech was hard, his tongue moving slower than it should. Ears ringing, he felt like his lungs were out of sync with his mouth, which was working to funnel air into him.
All he could do was frown.
“Tell me. Tell me what happened.”
“What do you see? In your mind’s eye?”
“I’m not your patient.”
“Of course not. But you can tell me. You can share. There’s nothing you can’t say to me.”
“Ana, twenty seconds ago you were shrieking like you were dying. Suddenly, you’re tough?”
“Not tough. Still freaking out. But you need attention, too.”
An acrid gunpowder smell burned in his nose.
“Your jaw looks like it’s about to break in half. Your shoulders are blocks of granite.” Her hand was on his arm, rubbing his shoulder cap lightly.
“I work out. Thanks for noticing.”
“Ah. I see. Deflection.”
“Lady, if I didn’t deflect, I’d have died long ago.”
“I’m sure that’s true for parts of you,” she said softly, her doe eyes soft and smart, inviting him to be softer, too. “But it’s not true any longer. You can change. You can let other parts of you step in.”
“What parts are those?”
“The part that’s retired and never has to be in combat again.”
He laughed, his mouth opening so abruptly, it hurt along the jawline. He almost said, You’ve never been in Luview on Valentine’s Day, have you? but the joke would fall flat.
And he didn’t want to get into the whole “You’re a Luview?” b.s. conversation he’d had hundreds of times in his life. Last thing he needed right now was more complication.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 21 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French, German, and Italian, with more titles releasing in the future.
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire she met in a romantic comedy).
She lives in New England with her husband and three children where she is the only person in the household with the gene required to change empty toilet paper rolls.
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