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Read and excerpt from Just One Kiss by Jami Wagner

Just One Kiss Synopsis

A first kiss is hard to forget—and Kelsey Brian’s just walked into the bar where she works and isn’t planning to leave anytime soon. It figures. With her last semester of college finally here, Kelsey can’t wait to finish the year smoothly and start a new chapter. She doesn’t need to drive over yet another bump in the road.

Ethan Connelly has spent most of his adult life trying to be accepted by his father, and now he has the chance to make him proud. He’s also just stepped into another chance with the girl who got away. Deciding who matters most to him isn’t an easy choice. If he picks his father, he’ll lose her again—if he picks her, everything he’s worked for will be for nothing.

Can Kelsey learn to trust him, or will Ethan’s secret of why he’s really back in town tear them apart?


“Kelsey, dude…you’re freaking me out.”

I blink myself back to the present at the sound of Logan’s voice. He’s standing right in front of me with his hands on my shoulders and he’s squatting down to meet me at eye level.


“You look like you’ve seen a ghost, and you were focused on the pool table like you were trying to make it float or something,” he says, removing his hands and waving them in the air. “All you needed was the snap of your fingers or a wand or some shit.”

He takes a step back, shaking his head as he laughs.

“Man, would I love to know what’s going on it that head of yours.”

No. No you would not.

I let out a deep breath and turn around to fill a couple of beer buckets with ice.

“It wasn’t anything important.”

“Yeah, okay,” he says with disbelief.

“Hey, Kelsey, do you have those beers ready? My table is getting antsy,” Beth says as she pretty much bounces her way to the end of the bar. She bats her eyelashes at Logan.

“Hey, Logan,” she says in a flirty tone. He looks at me then glances at Beth.

“How’s it going, Beth?” I know him well enough to know he is just trying to be polite, but that he also doesn’t really want to talk to her. It’s the tone he uses when he isn’t in the mood to talk to anyone. He’s been in a bad mood ever since he got off the phone with Sara earlier today.

“It’s going,” she says. “Are you working late tonight?”

Logan lets out a long sigh. He looks up at the same time Abby appears.

“Hey, Logan.” She smiles flirtatiously. “Want to get a drink after work tonight?”

Well, this just got awkward and interesting. I set Beth’s beer bucket on the counter and then lean my hip against it and cross my arms as I watch.


“Shit, Ethan’s here,” Beth announces, cutting Logan off before he can say anything.

Ethan in blue jeans and a button-down shirt will never get old. There is an unfamiliar smile on his face as he comes down the steps. His grin grows bigger when his eyes land on me. I can feel my cheeks beginning to heat up.

“Crap! He sees us,” Abby whines and both she and Beth quickly scatter from the bar.

“Well, that’s one way to solve my problem. Guess Ethan is good for something after all.”

About Jami Wagner

JAMI WAGNER was born in Wyoming. Still living in the Cowboy State, Jami and her boyfriend are currently writing their own love story with their yellow lab.

Jami enjoys writing New Adult and published her debut novella Date in the Dark in 2015.

Visit and connect with Jami at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at @Jami_Wagner, or on Instagram at @JAMIWAGNER_.

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