Today is the final day of THE WEDDING SEASON week on CABR
Each of the four authors has written a guest post about her book in the series
because you know I love giveaways,
each day you get the chance to win that day’s featured book
Dylan Brookes actually existed in Aimee Carson’s imagination before he existed in mine. Of course, at that point, he was merely the jilted groom of Reese’s Wedding-That-Wasn’t, a character who’d play his small part and then disappear out of the series.
He didn’t have a name at that point, but Aimee imagined him as Patrick Dempsey, in a combination of his characters in Sweet Home Alabama and Enchanted. Plus, he looks awesome in a tux.
But then Aimee, Heidi, and I got together for some brainstorming at the RWA conference in California, and we realized this jilted groom was going to get his HEA with Marnie in book four.
By then, he was firmly established in my mind as Patrick Dempsey, but with a new name and some tweaking, he went from jilted groom to hero pretty quickly.
Sunday afternoon was beautiful – sunny and warm with white puffy clouds floating in a blue sky – and Dylan was in his office going through piles of paperwork and an overflowing inbox. Yes, this could definitely kill a man.
Although it did give him a handy excuse to decline his mother’s invitation to brunch, so that was a plus. If he went, his parents would feel like they had to dine together – not necessarily for his benefit, but more so that one of them would not feel like the other was overly influencing their only child. He’d sat through hundreds of meals just like it, and though it no longer would put a knot in his stomach like it did when he was a child, it would be stilted and awful and just the thought of it killed his appetite.
He knew a dozen good divorce attorneys who’d be happy to facilitate the proceedings – with the utmost discretion, of course – and end his parents’ misery.
Or at least his. He had to be the only child on the planet who used to honestly wish his parents would divorce. He’d certainly like them better if they did.
Shaking his head, he signed off on the final plans for the Foundation’s fundraiser and then opened the email from Julia with the subject line “Marnie Price.”
It was a standard offer letter – salary and benefits in line with the Foundation’s employment package – and once he approved it, Marnie would be all but hired.
That would get Reese off his back, and he deleted the three unread emails from her that also had the “Marnie” subject line.
As much as he needed to focus on actual work, he was sitting at a desk that had had a half-naked Marnie writhing on it just a couple of days ago and that image made it very hard to concentrate on anything else.
Good Lord, he still couldn’t quite believe he’d had sex, on his desk, behind an unlocked door in the middle of a workday. There was something about Marnie, though…
And that’s what bothered him. That something about Marnie that made him act unpredictably and out of character. He didn’t know what it was, but he was damn sure he didn’t like it.
It was almost enough to make him not want to sign off on Marnie’s offer letter. Don’t be ridiculous. Marnie really was an excellent choice for the position, and it wasn’t like whatever that something was could somehow waft up three floors through the building’s ductwork and distract him on a daily basis.
He sent through the approval and decided he was done for the day.
Whatever it was about Marnie, it wouldn’t last forever. That much he was sure of. Chemistry had a way of diminishing over time, and it was only those who confused chemistry for an actual solid relationship base and tried to build on it who got burned by it.
He glanced back at his desk one last time as he left. He couldn’t deny the chemistry was attractive, possibly even addictive. It certainly gave him new perspective on how people ended up in bad relationships and why they’d stay.
Maybe it even explained why instead of going home, he went to Brooklyn instead.
Marnie Price’s guide to surviving the bridesmaid blues 1. Get a new man
2. Find a new job
3. When in doubt, drink wine!
Having watched her three closest friends all find love, Southern belle Marnie Price feels as if she’s the only single girl left. Luckily she’s found a solution—one sizzling night with Dylan Brookes. This man wears a wedding tux better than anyone, but all Marnie wants to do is get beneath it!
Dylan is all about making the sensible choice, and a fling with his ex’s friend Marnie is about as far from sensible as he can get! Marnie might prove to him that taking risks is worth it, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to give up his bachelor status quite yet, does it ?