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Julie Collins fell hard and fast for Lt. Jason Steyner, but actually marrying the guy is proving easier said than done. First the winery they’d picked in Napa burned down, then his next tour of duty got moved up. Now they have four weeks to find a new venue, tell everyone about the change of plans—and oh yeah, get married.
A whirlwind trip to Laguna Beach gets the wedding plans back on track, and gives the Navy SEAL and his flight attendant fiancé a much-needed weekend away from the chaos of work and planning. The countdown is on. One month to go until Julie is wed by the SEAL…
The countdown is on to the first day of the rest of their lives! A SEALs Undone reunion story.
They needed a new venue, obviously.
And everyone would need to be notified…she’d need to order new invitations. And what if the new location wasn’t a winery? Would the corkscrew favors still make sense? Maybe they should have gone with the breath mint tins after all.
They still could.
Then she’d have a hundred corkscrews, though. Maybe she could find a place to donate them…
Jason’s key turned in the lock, and she ran to the door to let him in.
“Hey,” he said as he leaned over an overflowing paper bag to give her a quick kiss. “You still freaking out?”
She nodded quickly. “So much.”
“Shitty news, I’m sorry. I read the news report while I was waiting in line to buy the groceries.” He shifted the bag so he had an arm free and he used it to herd her toward the kitchen.
Taking over and being in charge, just like she needed. “Thank you,” she whispered as she leaned into his side.
“We’ll figure this out. Drink first or plan first?”
“Drink. No, plan. We need to—”
He dumped the bag on the counter and cut her off with a kiss, his lips soft but demanding. We need this and nothing else. She melted into him and let his mouth play with hers, at first a gentle caress meant to distract. Then as his tongue slicked against hers, the familiar but still exciting rush of heat.
“Don’t distract me with sex,” she whispered as he kissed down her neck.
“I wouldn’t dare.” He scraped his teeth against the fluttering pulse point right above her collarbone. “I’m making you a margarita and we’re talking about where else we can get married.”
She laughed. Sure, it was still tinged with an edge of nervous panic, but he was funny, and this felt good, and it was going to be okay.
Between them, his phone vibrated. He straightened up and put his finger to her lips again. “Stay in this position. I’m not done with you.”
She rolled her eyes and moved away, pulling out the margarita makings as he answered the call.
“Yes, sir. It’s fine. I just got home.”
She watched as he rolled his shoulders back, squaring off in that unconscious way of his, pushing his six-foot-plus frame to its full extent. Ready for action. And as the conversation played out in front of her, she had a weird sense of deja vu.
“How badly injured is he?”
His gaze flicked to her on the next silent pause and her stomach clenched. “I…I’m getting married shortly, sir. Yes, I understand.” His jaw clenched. “Of course. Oh-five-hundred tomorrow. Thank you.”
Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach, Book 1)
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Laguna Heights (Laguna Beach, Book 2)
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Laguna Lights (Laguna Beach, Book 3)
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Laguna SIghts (Laguna Beach, Book 4)
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Laguna Dreams (Laguna Beach, Book #5)
Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.
Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 coming winter 2015. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and is part of Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World with THE CELEBRITY DARE.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books and on her website, KairaRouda.com.