Can't make time for love?
The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother's untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he'd like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?
She'll show him how to find it
Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it's not easy to break down walls you've spent years building up. Now there's a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.
“I had a really good time tonight, Aidan,” Zoe said softly. “Thank you for dinner. And for getting my tire fixed. I really appreciate it.”
“It was my pleasure,” he said gruffly. His fingers were gently wrapped around her wrist; she could move away any time she wanted to, but Aidan hoped she wouldn’t. He knew it was late. He knew he should go.
He knew he wanted to kiss her.
But he also knew he couldn’t, not only because she was going to be working for him, but also because it was too soon. They’d just met this afternoon, and Aidan wasn’t the type of guy who liked to rush things. He didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.
Very carefully, he pulled his hand away, his fingers gently grazing the inside of Zoe’s wrist, and he felt her shiver. Their eyes met and held, and he had to force himself to look away. “Come on. Let me walk you back to the house.”
Zoe looked over her shoulder and saw that whoever dropped off her car was already gone. “It’s just right there, Aidan. You don’t have to.”
“Not up for discussion,” he said as he came to stand beside her. They fell into step with one another until they reached the back steps to her house. A typical beach house, it was up on stilts and there were about a dozen steps up to the deck. Aidan sat on one of the steps and put his shoes and socks back on, and Zoe picked up her purse. “Good night, Zoe. I’ll see you in the morning.”
Zoe watched him walk away and contemplated standing there until he pulled out of the driveway. But she had a feeling he’d sit in the car until she went inside.
Climbing the stairs, she pulled her keys from her purse and went to unlock the door. By the time she was inside, Aidan had pulled away.
Normally, she was someone who enjoyed solitude. Except for right now. For a brief moment there, she had thought Aidan was going to kiss her.
And she was going to let him.
Stepping away from the window, she sighed happily. For the first time in what seemed like forever, she was actually excited about going to work tomorrow.
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About Samantha Chase
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.