Hearts beat together, breath for breath in perfect time.
Jude Renfro came to the small island town of Crawford’s Landing looking to start over. The bright lights of the LA music scene don’t shine as brightly after losing your greatest love. All he wanted was to fix up his rustic old house on the beach and start a quiet, happy life out of the spotlight for his five-year-old son, Kit. A new romance wasn’t in the cards. The last thing he expected was a sassy kindergarten teacher and a fall carnival to change his life forever.
You and I are fallin’ into rhythm. One more kiss and you’ll be mine.
Harper Winslow is not exactly the stereotypical old maid schoolmarm, but she’s never managed to find Mr. Right. Her greatest love has always been the students she teaches at Sojourner Truth Elementary. That is, until her rock star idol, Jude Renfro, and his adorable little boy waltzes into her life. His bad boy swagger and soul of a poet has her mind and body reeling. She doesn’t have time to fall in love, though. The school is on the edge of financial ruin and the whole town is depending on her and the annual Fall Crawl carnival.
Together, Harper and Jude are a perfect duet, but will it be enough for a happily ever after?
Falling Into Rhythm is a small town, second-chance romance for anyone who loves seasonal, Hallmark-style love stories.
Harper smiled and put the saucepan on the burner. She reached to turn it on, but when she turned the dial, it wouldn’t budge. She tried it a few times and couldn’t seem to make the damn thing work. “I can’t get your burner to come on. Am I not doing it right?”
“It’s kind of old,” he said, coming toward her. He came in behind her and reached over her shoulder to help. He laid his hand on top of hers. “You have to push it in, and then turn it.”
Harper looked back over her shoulder, watching him as he focused on getting the dial to turn. He was so close. She could feel the warmth of his arm, sticky in the humid air. She could smell the scent of his soap and cologne, heady and strong now in the heat of the evening. She closed her eyes and inhaled deeply, taking the leather and smoke scented heat deep into her lungs. “I… uhm….” Her voice cracked a little, and she felt her cheeks go red. “I think I got it,” she said, turning to look up at him.
Jude didn’t pull back, his eyes cast down with a gaze so heavy that Harper could feel herself crumbling underneath. The tip of his nose nuzzled against hers. His cheek was so rough as it brushed the corner of her jawline. Harper couldn’t help leaning into the embrace, just slightly so their lips were so close that she could taste his breath. In another second, it would be too late. His generous mouth feathered across hers. It wasn’t a kiss, just a slight caress.
“I’m not sorry,” he whispered, feeling her mouth against his.
“Me either,” she said. There was no turning back now, and she turned up her chin to accept his kiss. This time it was full on. His mouth covered hers, capturing her in a fervent kiss. She let her arms slide around his waist and utterly surrendered. His hands were in her hair, tangling the soft curls around his fingers. He made her feel so small, and she held him closer, wanting the kiss to go on and on.
Alexandra Christian is an author of paranormal and contemporary romance with an occasional foray into horror. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always been to write romantic adventures for people who think they hate romances. After all, love itself is life’s greatest adventure.
Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author Tally Johnson, in a small town just south of Charlotte, NC. In addition to her writing, she also has unhealthy obsessions with supervillains, Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. Questions, comments and complaints are most welcome at her website: http://lexxxchristian.wixsite.com/alexandrachristian
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