Straight On Toward Paradise
Shellwater Key Tales (Book 2)
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Reece stared down at her, and the heat behind those dark eyes could have powered an entire kitchen. She shivered as his gaze dipped to her lips.
“This is insane,” he muttered.
“I know, and you hate me.”
“I don’t—” His eyes closed, head shaking as if in denial. Another beat went by, and then he opened his eyes. The wry expression returned. “You’re going to drive me crazy, Miss Bertram.”
“Just returning the favor, Mr. Casings.”
“Reece…” he said, the raspy word a command.
Emma didn’t take commands well, but when he gave the orders… “Reece.”
His chest rose and fell again. They stared at each other, the heady pulse in the room vibrant and alive.
Now what, Counselor?
Chef Emma Bertram doesn’t believe in the fantasy of happily ever after. As a teenager, she witnessed the destruction of her parents’ marriage when her father left for another woman. Lingering bitterness and a demanding career have kept her apart from her father’s new family for years. Then he and stepmother are suddenly killed. Returning to her childhood home of Shellwater Key, Florida, Emma suddenly finds herself with custody of her two half-sisters. Left with no choice but to stay in Shellwater Key, Emma accepts a job offer from her best friend Layla McCarthy as Head Chef at the old Paradise Dinner Theatre.
Renovating the dilapidated kitchen just might kill her and nothing has prepared her to become an instant mother. But it’s not her new job or her sisters that threaten Emma’s peace of mind. No, that honor belongs to her father’s law partner, Reece Casings. The buttoned-up, so-wrong-for-her, but oh-so-sexy lawyer makes Emma’s blood boil. Or is it heart race? How can she be attracted to a man who is so wrong for her in every way? A man who clearly blames Emma for the fractured relationship with her father and who loves to point out everything she’s doing wrong?
Except she cannot deny that Reece touches something in her that no man has before. Then an explosive secret boils to the surface that reveals Reece’s real connection to her family. Can Emma get past the truth? And can she ever learn to forgive her father – and herself – in order to serve up a delicious happily ever after?
Straight on toward Paradise by Kristin Wallace
This book was a joy to read! Kristin wound her
way thru a story of love and led the readers on her way! Emma was called back to small Florida town when her father and step mother
died in a car accident. Her father put her two step children in her care. A fourteen old and eight year old were more then Chef Emma was prepared to raise! But, her best friend, Layla
had also, returned & her family had bought the
Paradise Dinner Theater. The story progresses from there to interacting with her sisters, her mom and a man! This is a very lovely story that I would recommend reading!
I was given this ARC to freely read for an honest review.
I was glued to this book. I love the way the scenes and chapters flow together and the characters seem about as real as you and me, I think this book is amazing and I'm looking forward to the rest of this series
I voluntarily received an advance reader copy of this book
I loved it because it was so REAL. Nothing in the plot felt contrived and everything was so very believable. Loved the characters and you get drawn into the story until you can't put it down.