Genre: Contemporary Romance
Successful, driven and divorced mom Addilyn Tate writes romance novels. She has only eleven weeks to deliver the next one to her publisher and scout for her first film. So, this year’s annual beach vacation with her three kids Bexley, Ryker and Laken will be a working vacation for Addilyn.
Upon arrival, the family soon meets their new next-door neighbor and landlord, buoyant, reckless surfer Declan Torrance, with whom they will be sharing walls and a patio for the next two months. Declan cranks up his music at night, sleeps late, and allows his furry friends to run around at will.
As Addilyn bangs away at her novel with little success, Declan’s volleyball matches and irregular hours keep her from much progress. But when Declan finds himself bonding with Bexley, Ryker, and Laken; Addilyn begins to see a different side of this man child. Soon the two begin to see each other in a whole new – and attractive light.
When I come downstairs to unpack a few staples I knew I’d need, like coffee, I notice there’s already coffee and breakfast items. Just simple things, like cereal, milk, and oatmeal, but thank God for small favors. I barely get a drink of coffee when Laken and Ryker are coming down the stairs with Bexley.
“Mommy, I’m hungry,” Lake whines.
“Yeah, can we go out to eat?” Ry pleads.
I smile at my loves. “Bex, there’s cereal, oatmeal, and milk in the fridge, fix them something to eat while I finish up our shopping list.”
Bexley just nods at me and goes about making breakfast for herself and her siblings. They aren’t even sitting at the table for a minute when she speaks up.
“Uh, Mom, why is there a naked man on our patio?”
“What?” I ask as I turn to see the guy I dealt with last night. Jesus Christ. I shut the blinds and tell the kids, “Stay here and don’t look out.”
I slip out the door and walk closer to the naked man who is in the process of pissing in the wind. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I whisper-shout.
The guy scratches his ass before turning his head. “Where’d you come from?”
“I’m renting for the next eleven weeks. I talked to you last night?”
“Yeah, it did, and I have three kids inside that just saw your backside.”
“Well, I suggest you go inside unless you want to catch a look at my front side.”
“Ain’t nothing I haven’t seen before.”
He turns to face me, then calmly walks past. “See ya later,” he throws over his shoulder.
“I hope not,” I growl.
After breakfast, we all get dressed and head out to the store. It’s afternoon when we finally make it back to our home for the summer.
“Lake, I think your toys are over by the patio doors if you want to play while we carry everything in.”
“Okay, Mommy,” Laken says as Ryker and Bexley help carry stuff in.
“Bex, you can put stuff away and keep an eye on your sister please.”
“Yeah,” responds my moody teenager. I’m walking out the door at the same time the blonde bimbo is coming out of the neighbor’s and she’s dressed in the same thing as last night. The walk of shame. I just shake my head and back down the steps I go.
“Hi, how are you doing?” Cherry says.
“I’m well, thank you.” I grab another bag from the back of my car as she hops into her convertible and drives away.
I check on Laken before I go back to get more. She’s on the patio with two dogs pretty much accosting her. I try to shoo them, but they don’t move. I walk over to the neighbor’s and knock on the door loud enough to be heard over his snoring. UGH! The man is naked again. The guy grunts and mumbles something, but I can’t understand him.
“Want to try that again?” I ask with my hands on my hips. He goes to get up, but instead, trips and falls flat on his ass. “Do you ever wear clothes?”
“Can I help you with something?” He asks me, throwing a blanket over himself.
“Dec, was it? Well, Dec, I’m pretty sure your dogs are accosting my four-year-old.”
“Is that all?”
“Is that all? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me! How do you know she’s not allergic or something?” I all but shout.
The guy stands and holds the blanket so it’s just covering his goods, then takes two steps in my direction. “Frankie, Johnnie, come!” He says very sternly. The dogs come inside and sit down by their door. “There, the dogs are no longer accosting your child.”
“Thank you,” I say as I walk away.
About the Authors
J. Haney was born and raised in Kentucky, currently residing in Greenup County, Kentucky with her family, where she is the proud mamma to Jessalyn Kristine and co-owner to Proud Momma Designs, which she runs with her amazing Momma. J. Haney’s work tends to lean toward sweet and sexy, with suspenseful undertones giving her readers something to hold onto. It’s what she calls Real Life Romance.
S.I. Hayes was born and bred in New England, currently living in Ohio. Running around Connecticut, she used all of her family and friends as inspiration for her many novels. When not writing Paranormal Drama or Erotic Romance she can be found drawing one of many fabulous book covers or teasers, to see them check out her web site.
The pair met while working for a previous publisher and became fast friends, their split dynamics and views on life, family and love in general led to the idea of A County Fair Romance and A Sex, Drugs and Rock Romance adding to it Working Class Beauties and soon Kincaid Falls. Along with various Standalone novels. So, keep your eyes open and a fresh pair of panties close by, you know just in case.