Take me, take my
kids. Simple. Unless the woman of your dreams has the best reason in the world
Single dad Jesse
Carmichael met the perfect woman in Last Chance Beach, but when she heard about
his three children, she bailed. Hard.
But Jesse has a plan.
Eva Fontaine has
stepdaughters in the custody of their grandparents. She’s the only mother they remember,
and she moved across the country to be near them. Her life is centered on
staying in their lives while avoiding handsome, caring Jesse.
Eva refuses to get
involved with another single dad. Falling for Jesse means loving his children.
She’s done that once and her heart can’t take another beating if she should
lose them, too.
But Jesse has a new
plan to help her and desperate Eva’s onboard with it.
Until his children
throw another insurmountable obstacle in their paths.
Now, Jesse has a plan
for that, too.
At Last Chance
Beach love takes a stand…
Excerpt: Take Me (and
A Last Chance Beach
July 4 Last Chance
“But you promised I
could see them this weekend.” Eva Fontaine clutched her phone so hard she
thought the screen would crack. She eased her grip and held her breath. Her
dead husband’s mother-in-law held all the cards, and she knew it.
“I don’t recall promising
any such thing,” Estelle Morgan responded. “We’re taking Sophia and Jillian to
visit their uncle and cousins. Their real family.” The girls’ grandmother never
missed a chance to slash Eva’s heart open. That organ bled out, down her chest
to the ground beside her fun Italian scooter as she stood in her sun-drenched
Her driveway. Her
scooter. Her children. Eva stood outside Rook’s Nest Cottage, her new home in
Last Chance Beach and wanted to scream.
But of course, she
didn’t. Grown women in a battle of wits and cunning didn’t scream in despair.
No. They handled their problems. Like a boss.
Estelle had no idea
who she was up against. Yes, the older woman had won a major legal battle, but
Eva had brought this fight clear across the country and it wasn’t over yet.
She’d sold her SoCal family home, quit her job, and followed the Morgans and
her stepdaughters to the East coast.
Custody. She wanted
full custody of her girls and she wouldn’t stop working for it. Not ever. Maybe
the Morgans had won legally, but morally? They were contemptible.
“They’re Sophie and
Jilly,” she corrected, desperate to keep their names in her heart.
were always the same and had been since her husband had been killed in a car
crash. What had once been a cool but reasonable relationship had become a
series of emotional skirmishes, tactical ambushes, and legal attacks.
Sophie, nine, and
Jilly, six, despised visiting their cousins. They were emotionally abusive
bullies who had reminded them constantly that their real mom was gone, and they
had to suffer having a stepmother. Now that their father was gone, too, Eva
could only imagine the cruelty the boys dished out.
Estelle gave a
long-suffering sigh on her end. “If you’re finished interrupting our day…” And
the call disappeared. Estelle had hung up on her again. Soon, Eva suspected her
calls would go unanswered.
Numbly she wondered
how she’d live every day if Estelle and Bernie cut off all contact. Estelle
could get a restraining order if Eva started showing up at their door. As it
was, she’d barely controlled her urges to follow her girls just to catch
Eva had kept herself
busy the last few months by moving here, buying her cottage, and deciding to
open a daycare. She even found a new friend in Farren Parks. She was heading to
meet Farren now and maybe it was time to confide a little more. She had to do
something to ease the pressure she lived with daily.
She slipped her phone
into her backpack and then stowed the bag on the rack behind her seat. Eva was
due at The Landseer Motel for a morning of lifeguarding, a joyful pursuit that
kept her mind off her troubles.
Hoping to patch her
heart by keeping busy amid a crowd of single parents and happy children, she
settled herself for the short trip. Her little Italian ride was all she needed
here on the island and the breeze on her face helped dry her tears and blow
away the pain she lived with every waking moment.
Bonnie Edwards has been writing all her life,
starting with a poem about Santa suffering with gout. She was seven, Santa was
a thousandteen years old. Delighted with writing, she went on to write family
sagas, humorous contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic paranormal
ghost romances and more.
She may jump around within romance, but all her stories come with a tear, a laugh, and a happy ending. Published by Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) Bonnie’s stories stretch from short stories to novellas and novels. Now, she's happy to be publishing her work herself.
With 40 titles to her credit, she has been translated into several languages and sold books worldwide. Aside from standalone romances, she has six romance series that include Christmas romances and beach reads. Contemporary family sagas find a home in Return to Welcome. Learn about more exciting releases and get a free romance by subscribing to her newsletter, Bonnie’s Newsy Bits
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