Apr 20 2021

Excerpt Tour: Before Summer Ends by Susan Mallery

Posted by Jennifer in Book Spotlight, Contemporary Romance, Excerpt / 1 Comment

A long, hot summer with her secret crush…

What could possibly go wrong?

Nissa Lang knows Desmond Stilling is out of her league. He’s a CEO, she’s a teacher. He’s gorgeous, she’s…not. So when her house-sitting gig falls through and Desmond offers her a place to stay for the summer, she vows not to reveal how she’s felt about him since their first—and only—kiss.

Desmond should’ve known better than to bring temptation into his house. He decided long ago that his best friend’s sister was too sweet, too good, for him. She deserves a guy who can give his heart. For her sake, he’s stayed away. But as her laughter breathes life into his lonely mansion, he’s not sure how long he’ll be able to resist.

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

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“Why would you think you mess up your relationships?”
“I’m not like you,” he said. “I’ve never made being in love work.”
That surprised her. “Not with any of the women you’ve dated?”
He shook his head. “There’s always an issue.” One corner of his mouth turned up. “Unlike you and Desmond.” He made kissing noises. “You’ve always had a thing for him.”
She willed herself not to blush, then socked him in the arm. “I had a crush on him when I was a kid. So what?”
“You followed him around like a puppy.”
“He was dreamy.”
Shane scowled. “Please don’t say dreamy before I’ve finished my breakfast.”
“Deal with it, brother of mine. So when do I get to meet the magical Coreen?”
“Not for a while. I want to make sure it lasts. What about you? Who’s the new guy?”
“There is no new guy.” Her love life was sadly lacking.
“You haven’t been involved since you broke up with James. Come on, Nissa. That’s been what? Two years? It’s time to move on.”
“I know and I want to. But it’s hard to meet people. My luck with online dating is nonexistent and all the guys I meet through work are married.”
“There have to be a few single dads with kids in your class.”
She looked at him pityingly. “I don’t date students’ fathers. It’s tacky and against policy.”
“That makes sense. What about when you go to Italy? You can meet someone there. A handsome Italian with a nice accent.”
She laughed. “Technically if we’re in Italy, I’ll be the one with the accent.” She was less sure about a vacation romance. Not that she would object to being swept off her feet for a week or two but she doubted the affair would last past her time there.
“Want me to ask around at my practice? See if any of my work friends know of a single guy.”
“No. Absolutely not. I shudder at the thought.” The last thing she needed was her brother finding her guys to date.
“Hey, I have good taste.”


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