Bayou Born (paperback)




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Branna Lind's self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her "wedding of the decade," though she isn't saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal.

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire--Branna.

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? Even if she stands her ground, can she convince James that she truly is his "type"?

Rating: Sensual
Page Count: 320
Word Count: 77531
ISBN: 978-1-61217-820-2 Print

Excerpt:

Branna closed her phone and turned to James. "I'm grateful for the help. You've got stuff to do, so please don't feel obligated to stay." In truth, she hated to see him leave. Being close to him, despite her injuries, made her pulse beat stronger. Faster. She could finally admit to herself, there was only one reason for that, even if she wasn't ready to speak the words aloud.

"I'll have some food delivered for you. I've a class this afternoon. I'll call you later this evening."

He surprised her when he moved close and cradled her face with his hands. His warm lips pressed firmly against hers. She leaned in and kissed him back, wishing she could melt into his arms and hold him tight forever. The accident had brought focus to her mind and clarity to her heart. Being near him heightened each of her senses. Her toes curled. In his arms, the connection to him ran deep.

He touched her as though he cherished her. Tender and light. She loved that about him. Her heart skipped several beats. Her pulse pounded faster. Quivering sensations flooded her body.

This was love. The real thing.

James owned her heart.




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