Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 8th 2013
Nicole Morgan, the new second grade teacher at Pineview Elementary school, has it all together in the classroom; it’s her personal life that she can’t find peace with. Unable to let go of the guilt that she is harboring from her past, she punishes herself by running from all potential relationships.
Her patience is put to the test when Dailan O’Maley the obnoxious but very sexy uncle of one of her students enters her life. She slowly cracks away at Dailan’s crude, crass exterior when they are forced to work together for the sake of his nephew. The two of them learn a lesson in love that neither had planned as they discover that the guilt they are hiding deep inside isn’t the only thing they have in common. Unbeknownst to her, he holds more than just the key to her heart.
“Why are you staring at me?” I asked.
“Because I think you’re hot,” he said as he chewed on his straw and his smile became even
wider. Ryan started to giggle, never taking his eyes from his coloring.
I pursed my lips and shook my head. “What, are you twelve?” His only response was the
arrogant smirk that I had become so acquainted with over the past few months. “You know
what – why did I even agree to come out with you tonight? Oh wait—that’s right, I didn’t
agree, you just took it upon yourself to barge into my classroom and demand that I go,” I
said, not finding any humor in his immature behavior.
“Do you always take demands like that from a man, darlin’? If so, I think I need to get you in
the bedroom,” he said as he rubbed the scruff on his cheek.
I couldn’t take his obnoxious behavior anymore. I shook my head and shot him a dirty look
before giving him a swift kick in the knee.
“Ouch, that wasn’t very nice,” he said as he rubbed his knee under the table.
“Keep it up and I’ll aim just a little higher.”
“Then that would be your loss.”
“Oh, I’m sure it wouldn’t be,” I snapped.
Ryan seemed unfazed by it all as he continued to color. I realized now exactly where Ryan
got his colorful vocabulary - from the immature, arrogant male chauvinist sitting across
from me. Did I mention incredibly sexy as well?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed creative writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage stepson, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy – but we’ll keep that between us, I don’t want him getting a big head!