Hey bookies! The third standalone novel in the Winters Family Series is live!
Check out the teasers and excerpt below!
(Can be read as a standalone)
Welcome to the Winters Family Series, a sweet and sexy contemporary romance, where family comes first, romance is all around, and plates will be filled with many delicious meals.
Joshua Winters is a math teacher by day, bartender by night. He’s the middle Winters brother, and tends to be a bit of a wild child. Ten years ago he met the girl of his dreams in algebra class, his junior year of high school. He tries all of his sexy charm on this unapproachable girl, but then she mysteriously leaves Wilmington and he feels lost. Now seeing her standing in the bar where he works, he realizes this may be his second chance.
Kenzie Waters grew up a military brat and traveled everywhere while she was growing up. Since she relocates about every six months to a year she vowed to not make friends and just keep to herself. When she met Joshua Winters in high school, he managed to crack her tough exterior. Still guarded, she kept her distance from the cutest boy in high school. When her father is called for another tour of duty in Afghanistan, her mom moves them back to Arizona to be with family. Just two months after living back in Arizona, her father comes home injured. The next ten years, she endures so much, and yet Joshua always stayed in the forefront of her mind.
Now, Kenzie has made her way back to Wilmington, NC, and hopefully into the arms of the one man who had her heart all along. Sometimes we fall in love with someone even before we know it.
As she walked out of her office, a flash of movement caught her attention. She walked up front and saw Joshua sitting on a chair. He had his head bent, and was looking at his phone. She stopped and just looked at him, damn he was gorgeous. Somehow she had to tell him about her degrees, or lack thereof, but how? She walked towards him, and at the same moment he lifted his head and looked into her eyes. They both never took their eyes off each other, Kenzie stopped just inches from him.
With just a hint of a smile, “I thought you were heading to The Clam Bake with Izzy and Drew?”
He stood and walked towards her. Filling the empty space between them, “I decided to wait and walk over with you. Is that okay?”
“Of course.” She had her hands knotted together, and her thumbs were moving back and forth. Her head was bent, and she was looking at her hands.
Joshua was only about 4 inches taller than her, so he bent just slightly to look into her chocolate colored eyes. “You want to talk about what has you distracted?”
She looked up and wanted to just melt into him, smiling, “Not right now, let’s go get a drink.”
He wasn’t going to push, he didn’t know her enough to push. “Whenever you’re ready, you know I’m here.”
She looked confused, “Why?”
He was a little thrown off by the question, “Why what?”
“Why would you want to be here for me, after all I did to you? I was horrible to you in high school, and then never bothered to apologize – until ten years later.” She stopped talking, and turned away from him, then quietly whispered, “Shit, I still haven’t apologized.”
Joshua walked up behind her, wrapped his arms around her waist. He really could get used to this, the feel of her next to him. “I’m working on letting go Kenzie, and you should, too. Only forward, right?”
She leaned her head back onto his chest and let out a deep sigh, “I don’t think I can let go just yet, there are a few things that I need to resolve first.” She turned into his embrace, loving the way it felt in his arms. She really hoped he would still want to be near her once he knew about her, and her past.
Kenzie was laughing as she walked into The Clam Bake. Joshua was behind her, lightly poking her sides and trying to make her laugh. She suddenly turned and grabbed his hands in hers, “Oh my God, paybacks are a bitch!”
Joshua couldn’t stop smiling, with their hands still joined, he tugged her closer to him. He whispered for only her ears, “Ya, what’re going to do, spank me?”
Kenzie immediately flushed at his words, “Maybe?”
Joshua pulled her even closer, “I think we have a problem?”
Looking confused, “What kind of problem?”
But before he could answer her question, Izzy hopped over and stuck her head in between theirs. “Hi there chick-a-dees, you plan on joining us for dinner, or giving the restaurant a show of a lifetime?”
Kenzie pressed her head to Joshua’s chest, her mouth was facing his chest. With a muffled voice, “What are you doing to me, Joshua Winters?”
Isabel laughed, like full belly laughed, “Sweetie, it’s called the Winters charm…and they’re all freaking hot, of course.”
Joshua wrapped his arms around Kenzie, “My charm and looks have you flustered? Well now you know what you do to me, every single time you walk into a room.” He whispered in her ear, “You also make it hard for me to walk properly.” He bent and kissed her temple, “Want bourbon on the rocks to calm your nerves?” Then he poked her side again to get her attention.
She quickly lifted her head to protest, but instead was suddenly lost in his eyes. Just inches from his mouth, and all she wanted to do was kiss those gorgeous full lips. Then he smiled, full teeth showing and all, and that was it for her. She leaned up and kissed him, not a thank you or how are you kiss – it was a kiss that started to heat the whole room up instantly.
When she pulled back, they both had glazed looks, and half grins plastered on their faces. He pulled back, put his arm around her waist and walked them towards Isabel and Drew. Isabel was smiling, “I just ordered you both bourbon on the rocks, you need it.”
Kenzie finally found her voice, “Thank you, Izzy. Did you make it a double?” They all started laughing.
About the author:
Terra loves walking her dog, snuggling with her two cats, and relaxing with her amazing hubby. A steamy romance book is never far from her grasp, and 2:00 a.m. seems to be the sweet spot to finally put a book down and sleep. She laughs loudly, smiles often, is a bit of a klutz, and tries to always find the positive in everything.
Writing was not on the list of must-do’s for her career, but she always had stories swirling around her mind. Now, today she couldn’t imagine her life without writing. She enjoys writing when the mood strikes, and will stay up late to get all her thoughts out.
When she’s not writing, she’s creating recipes and learning all about bourbon and wine. Terra has had a food blog for over five years, at www.cafeterrablog.com. That’s why you will find recipes made by the characters in each of her books. Each recipe has been tested and devoured! She considers herself a bourbon and wine lover. Each book will express her love for both types of alcohol, along with beer thrown in the mix.
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