Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.
When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.
Loving You is Easy
By: Wendy S. Marcus
By: Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing December 9th, 2014
One man separated from the rest, a tall, muscular man with a handsome face very similar to the one that visited her in her dreams.
Brooke stopped and called out, “Shane!” Lifting her arm high over her head and waving, she tried to get his attention while forcing her legs to remain still. She wouldn’t run to him, or hug him, or show him any affection unless he gave her some indication he wanted it. They were only friends, after all. Nothing more. At least not yet.
He stopped, their eyes met, and his expression lit up with the biggest, happiest, most perfect smile she could have imagined.
Thank goodness. Surprising him at the airport had not been a mistake after all.
“Hey.” He turned in her direction, still smiling. “What are you doing here?”
So big and handsome. He carried himself with confidence and a physical strength she found most appealing. She started toward him, controlling her pace, trying not to appear overeager. “Welcoming you home.” Because his mom had recently undergone a medical procedure of some sort, and he didn’t want to bother the family to come pick him up. Because every soldier deserved a warm welcome home. And because she’d desperately wanted to meet him in person, to see for herself that he’d arrived safely and unharmed. She met his smile with one of her own. “Maybe I should have brought a sign and some balloons to spell it out for you.”
He came to a stop right in front of her, so tall she had to tilt her head back to see his beautiful blue eyes staring down at her.
“Maybe you should have jumped into my arms and greeted me with a big hug and a kiss. Then there’d be no doubt.”
Oh no. Brooke shook her head. “I think you have me confused with a girlfriend. You see when a girlfriend greets her boyfriend it’s perfectly acceptable for her to run out and launch herself into his arms. Whereas a female friend tends to hang back so her actions won’t be in any way misconstrued.”
“You and your big words.” He smiled again. “To be honest, I’m pretty sure when welcoming a guy home from war it’s perfectly acceptable for a female friend to lay a big, wet kiss on his lips. It’s a special circumstance.”
“Really?” she teased, enjoying their banter, so happy to finally meet him for real. “Funny, I haven’t heard of that.”
“So the guy knows how happy the girl is to see him home safe and sound.” He removed his backpack and set it at his feet. “I mean how else am I supposed to know, seeing as how you neglected to bring a poster or balloons?” He cupped her head with both hands, threading his fingers into the hair behind her ears while he studied her face, his gaze dropping to her lips. “I’m not gonna lie, I have been dreaming about kissing you for months.”
Gulp. This was it! But she couldn’t stop herself from asking, “You dream about kissing all your female friends?”
He shook his head. “Never. Even so, after traveling over sixty hours to get here, the only thing I want more than a shower and a bed is you.”
Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.