A pact with her best friends had Sarah Daley promising to make time for love after a long period of retreating from relationships. But before she embarked on finding her happily-ever-after, she wanted to do something she'd never done before--experience a short, hot fling. And the hunky Jeffrey Carmichael, grandson of the elderly lady who'd hired her as a private nurse, was the only guy who attracted her for that purpose.
Jeffrey Carmichael had long discovered that flings, not commitment, were what worked best for him. After being dumped by an ex-fiancée shortly after the most devastating period of his life, he'd decided that serious commitment wasn't all it was cracked up to be. So when he was presented with an opportunity to start a casual relationship with his grandmother's fun and pretty nurse, he simply couldn't resist.
When love entered uninvited, could they admit to wanting something more than temporary? And when Jeff couldn't avoid welcoming his ex-fiancée back into his life, could Sarah push aside her ghosts of the past and learn to trust again?
Time for Love #2
By: Miranda P. Charles
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“I’m interested, as in I find him attractive, which we all know he is,” Sarah explained. “That doesn’t mean he’d be my New Year’s Resolution Guy. He doesn’t fit the bill.”
“What do you mean?” Rebecca asked.
“He’s commitment-phobic. He said he never wants to get married,” Sarah replied, telling them about the conversation with Jeff at the hot tub earlier.
“Really? That’s a shame,” Rebecca said. “It would be nice to have you for a sister-in-law.”
“Hey, aren’t we soul sisters already? Besides, didn’t you say he’s sleeping with Marilyn?”
“Not anymore. Apparently, their fling is over.”
“Oh really?” Sarah asked, pleased with that little piece of news.
“So now he’s free to have a one-night stand with you,” Rebecca joked.
“I wouldn’t mind that,” Sarah quipped.
“What?!” came another round of incredulous cries from the laptop.
“Since when have you become the one-night stand kind of girl?” Gemma demanded.
“Since I boarded this damned ship! I tell you, it does something to your libido. So, I’m thinking, why not forget my personal rules on land and enjoy myself while I’m here? I have to hurry though, as we only have three nights left at sea.”
“Isn’t that telling?” Rebecca mused. “You’ve been saying you wanted some casual sex since week one of this trip. The cruise is almost over and you still haven’t done anything about it. I’d say that’s proof you don’t really mean it.”
“Hmm. I don’t know. Maybe I’ve just been waiting for Jeff…”
Rebecca frowned at her. “That doesn’t sound like wanting something casual, Sarah.”
“It is!” she insisted. “Just because I’m only looking for a one-off experience doesn’t mean I’ll settle for someone I’m not highly attracted to.”
“Or is this just another excuse to get yourself out of finding your New Year’s Resolution Guy?” Gemma asked.
“No. I’m still going to look for him. But what’s wrong with not wanting a serious relationship at this point? We have plenty of time before next New Year’s Eve.”
Rebecca put an arm around her and squeezed her tight. “Nothing at all, honey. Except that you said you really want to break the shackles of the past this year, and begged us to help you. You even said you’re sick and tired of being afraid to fall in love again.”
She sighed. “I am sick and tired of being afraid to fall in love again, and I am eager to meet my soulmate—whoever and wherever he is. I just hope I won’t be stupid enough to fall for a heartless, lying jerk again.”
“That was five years ago, Sarah. You’ve grown up since then,” Amanda said teasingly.
“Oh God, I certainly hope so,” she answered, theatrically posing in prayer.
“Getting back to Jeffrey Carmichael,” Brenna interjected. “You said you’re highly attracted to him. If he doesn’t do serious, doesn’t that make him dangerous then? Wouldn’t you be setting yourself up for hurt and disappointment?”
“I don’t think so,” Sarah replied. “Like I said, I’m only interested on a one-night stand with him. And why shouldn’t I go for someone I’m really in lust with?”
“But if you’re so into the guy, wouldn’t you find yourself wanting more than one night?” Brenna pressed.
“How would you choose a one-night stand guy then?” Sarah asked.
“I don’t know. I’m too shy to have one. I imagine I’d have to be real drunk and real horny to have the guts to go through with it.”
“Sarah’s making this decision when she’s completely sober and… well, we don’t know if she’s feeling horny right now thinking of Jeff,” Gemma quipped.
Sarah flushed. “Thinking about him does kind of make me hot and bothered.”
“Oh God,” Gemma said with an eyeroll. “I do think Jeff is dangerous for you. Plus, like you said, he doesn’t fit the bill for your New Year’s Resolution Guy. So why bother with him?”
“But I don’t plan to find my New Year’s Resolution Guy on this ship,” Sarah said. “Look, I can’t remember the last time I’ve done something adventurous and out of the ordinary since that heartless jerk proposed to me, then had the hide to call me by his ex-girlfriend’s name in the middle of sex. For the first time in a long time, I just really want to let my hair down and experience something I’ve never done before. For whatever reason, that includes enjoying no-strings-attached sex—and it’s Jeff I want to do that with. I know it’s weird that I’m so stuck with this idea, but… it’s just there, taunting me.”
“I suppose out of the five of us, you’ve had the longest sex drought,” Gemma said. “Maybe you’re drunk with horniness.”
They all chuckled, then Sarah let out a big sigh. “You know what? Just because I want to do it doesn’t mean I’ll have the guts to ask for it. I might end this trip with my sex drought still unbroken.”
“If you really want to break the drought, is there anything you want me to do?” Rebecca asked. “Like give Jeff some hints that you’re interested in some casual sex with him?”
A picture of Rebecca whispering into Jeff’s ear popped into Sarah’s head. Her mind followed the scene her imagination created, and she watched Jeff’s eyes register surprise. Then his lips started to twist—into a… smirk. A smirk?!
She felt herself go red. The thought of Jeff rejecting her for a no-strings-attached romp proved way too uncomfortable and embarrassing. Hurtful, even.
“No, thanks, Bec. I want to be as subtle as I can about it. I’ll play it by ear and see what happens.” What she really wanted was for Jeff to suggest it. That way, she could avoid being rejected if he wasn’t interested.
Ever since I was a young teenager, I have loved reading romance novels. My auntie used to send me boxes of her books and I would devour them one after another.
Every so often, I would read a mystery or a suspense or a paranormal novel as I love those genres too. But romance is still my favourite. :)
For many years, I wrote technical and non-fiction materials for professional use and had only dreamt about writing a novel. Then, one day, after a period of binge-reading sexy romances, I decided to sit in front of my computer and start writing my first fiction book. The result? My debut novel Will To Love, the first in the hot and sexy Lifestyle by Design series. After that, I knew that I would love to tell more beautiful love stories through my books.
I live in Sydney, Australia with my amazing husband who lovingly cheers me on in my journey as a novelist.
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I reviewed book one, Forever, awhile ago. You can go here if you'd like to see my thoughts. This book followed Forever perfectly! The same meddling characters were present, the setting changed from the cruise ship to a new charming location, *swoon!* the pace was swift, and the plot was engaging. There is no surprise that I liked it. :D
Sarah has been hurt before but she made a pact to get back in the saddle. Before she does that she want to have a one night stand with the deliciously gorgeous Jeff Carmichael. Because she is on a cruise ship being a nurse to his grand mother, she doesn't have many other options. Most of the men on the ship just don't appeal to her. Jeff does though! He is also a great option because he doesn't do commitment either.
What happens is out of their hands when cupid steps in and they are bitten with the love bug. ;-) These two are very explosive together.
It would not be a very interesting story if there wasn't some kind of disturbance to their relationship. Obviously there was some trouble in paradise.
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought Finally was a quick paced, charmingly sexy romance with great characters. ;-)
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