As I promised the other day, I’m back with the details for The Birthday Fantasy. The official release day is tomorrow, but you can order it now from Amazon.
Heâ€™s her kidnapper. Can he be her fantasy?
Tate always knew Jamie’s fiancÃ© wasn’t the man for her, so when her father approaches him with a plan to kidnap her in order to the stop the marriage, Tate believes this might be his last chance to convince Jamie he’s the man for her. He whisks Jamie away to Fantasy Lake, Colorado, for her twenty-fifth birthday, hoping to rekindle the passion theyâ€™d once shared. Jamie canâ€™t believe her father and childhood best friend and former lover could do such a thing to her two weeks before her wedding to a rich Dallas land developer. But with hot days and scorching nights, her sexy cowboy kidnapper could be just what she needs to fulfill her every fantasy.
Tate leaned against the frame of the living room door in a much too relaxed pose with his arms folded over a dark green western shirt nearly matching his eyes. He looked her up and down with a smugness irritating her further.
â€œWhat are you doing here?â€
Removing his hat, he grinned and pushed away from the doorframe. â€œItâ€™s nice to see you too, princess. Iâ€™ve been fine. Thanks for asking.â€
â€œIâ€™m in no mood for your sarcasm.â€ Glaring at him, she entered the living room and headed for the cabinet in the corner where her father kept a bottle of good Kentucky bourbon. After pouring two shot glasses, she handed one to him.
He raised a dark brow. â€œItâ€™s a little early, isnâ€™t it?â€
She lifted the glass and smiled. â€œIâ€™m celebrating. Isnâ€™t that why youâ€™re here?â€
He shrugged and tapped the edge his glass to hers. â€œSure.â€ He glanced around and sat on the rawhide couch. â€œIâ€™m here to lighten your mood.â€
Jamie tossed back her drink and set the glass on the end table. Crossing her arms in front of her, she leaned against the liquor cabinet. â€œI havenâ€™t seen or heard from you in nearly four months and now you show up and act like we talk every day. And youâ€™re avoiding my question. What do you really want?â€
â€œWell, you havenâ€™t actually been around much.â€
Which was true. Lately sheâ€™d been spending a lot of time in Dallas. She tapped her foot and narrowed her eyes on him. God, why was he so damned handsome? His black hair curled around the collar of his shirt. Green eyes danced with mischievousness reminding her of Rhett Butler when he saw Scarlett after she tossed the vase over his head in the drawing room of Tara.
Heâ€™d set his hat next to him on the seat, and her breath caught. It was the tan Bailey sheâ€™d bought him for his birthday the wonderful summer theyâ€™d been together.
Tate looked into his glass of whiskey before drinking it in a single swallow. He winced and set the glass next to hers on the table. â€œI have a gift for you.â€
â€œYou didnâ€™t have to get me anything. I got you a gift for your birthday, but itâ€™s upstairs.â€
Why did her heart always race like a horse out of the gate when he smiled at her like he was now?
â€œReally? You thought of me on my birthday?â€
â€œIâ€™ve always gotten you something for you birthday.â€ Shrugging, she glanced down at her crossed arms and shifted her feet. â€œI just never got a chance to get this yearâ€™s present to you.â€
â€œTell you what. You can give it to me later, but youâ€™ll have to come with me to get yours.â€
She thought that was odd, but smiled anyway. â€œOkay.â€
â€œAfter you.â€ Standing, he set his hat on his head and gestured through the door.
The last thing she remembered was him putting something over her face and the devilâ€™s voice in her ear.
â€œSorry, princess. Iâ€™m hoping someday youâ€™ll thank me for this.â€
Sara Walter Ellwood is an award winning author whose novel Gambling On A Secret was named by bestselling author Carolyn Brown in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today as one of her favorite romances of 2012. Although Sara has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her stories. Sheâ€™s been married to her college sweetheart for nearly 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes sheâ€™s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia.
She also writes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name of Cera duBois.
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