Series: Sander’s Valley, Book 2
Wyn Sander is surprised when his brother Kyle asks him to be best man at his wedding. Wyn’s even more shocked to learn the woman who later walks into his garage is Ronnie’s half-sister, Iona. He’s instantly attracted to her. She’s sophisticated, beautiful, and confident. At least she is until Wyn stands up. She flinches and a look of terror passes over her face. It bothers him to see. Luckily, desire replaces it, but it doesn’t stop Wyn’s curiosity. For the first time in his life, he wants to find out what made Iona fearful and fix it.
Iona can’t believe her luck. The man she lusts after is her new sister’s soon to be brother-in-law. The kiss they share shatters her, but her attempt to stop any involvement with him ends up with her agreeing to three dates. She decides Wyn is unlike any man she’s ever known, and it’s unfortunate she can’t enjoy him. She isn’t in the market for a boyfriend. All she wants is sex. The only problem is—she doesn’t think Wyn sees things her way.
Wyn tapped out a rhythm on the hood of his ’57 classic truck. The noise drowned out his brother Kyle as he talked and talked and talked some more. Wyn had listened until the word “wedding” came up. It had killed his attention span, not that he had much of one. Probably why he was the only Sander who hadn’t gone to college. Hell, he’d barely made it through high school.
“If you don’t want the job, I’ll ask someone else,” Kyle snapped.
Wyn forced his fingers to still and glanced at Kyle. “What job?”
Kyle closed his eyes on a sigh. “Best man.”
“Me? What about Neil?” Wyn had thought Kyle’s best friend would’ve held the honor. Kyle and Ronnie had pushed their wedding date back specifically until Neil’s deployment in whatever third-world country he’d been stationed ended. A chilling thought surfaced. “He didn’t get hurt, did he?”
“No. He opted to stay longer. He’s not sure when he’ll be home.” Kyle rubbed the back of his neck. “And well, Ronnie and I don’t want to wait any longer.”
“Why not? You two are already living together. It’s not like it matters if you’re husband and wife.”
Ronnie had moved in a couple of months ago while she recovered from a gunshot wound. She’d been lucky the shooter’s aim was off. A couple of inches lower and Kyle would’ve lost the love of his life.
“It’ll matter to Mom,” Kyle said.
Wyn crossed his arms and studied his brother, an older and rougher version of himself. Kyle fidgeted, and a tinge of red stained his cheeks. There weren’t many things that would make him nervous, except a stern lecture from their mama. Eliza Sander was a force to be reckoned with. Wyn went over the possible reasons and chuckled.
“You got Ronnie knocked up, didn’t you?”
A grin spread over Kyle’s face. “First month we were trying too. We thought it’d take longer.”
“Congrats, man.” Wyn smacked Kyle’s back. “That’s great news.”
“Yeah, it is, but we’re not making it common knowledge yet. Ronnie wants to wait until we hear the heartbeat.” Kyle dropped his gaze to the floor. “You know, just in case.”
Wyn tensed. “Do you suspect something’s wrong?”
“No, but I’d hate to get Mom’s hope up, then break it. Besides, you remember how adamant she was about us not having kids out of wedlock. I refuse to be the one who breaks her rule.”
Wyn shrugged. “I think she’d make an exception. She loves Ronnie.”
“Probably, but it doesn’t matter. We’ve set the date for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.”
“That’s as good a time as any. At least you won’t forget your anniversary.”
“Yeah.” Kyle crossed his arms over his chest. Silence stretched. Finally he sighed. “So are you going to take the job or not?”
Best man, right. “Of course.”
Kyle blew out a rough breath. “Great. I didn’t want to have to pick between Jack and Levi.”
Wyn didn’t blame him. As twins, Jack and Levi were close and always had each other’s back, but they argued constantly.
“What do I need to do, other than plan the bachelor party?”
“I’ll get you a list, but the good news is you don’t have to worry about a date. You’ll be seated with Ronnie’s sister.”
Thank goodness. He’d been debating which ex-lover to bring. “Iona, right?”
Kyle nodded. “She’ll be arriving in a few days.” He leveled a hard glare at him. “Be nice to her, okay?”
Wyn held up a hand. “Hey, I’m always nice to women. I just tend to lose interest before they do.”
“Iona’s had a rough time of it. Her—” Kyle’s phone buzzed. He pulled it from his pocket, glanced at the display, and groaned. “Look, I’ve got to go. Ronnie’s decided to cook me dinner. I need to save my kitchen from being turned upside down.” He grimaced. “Or my house from being burned to the ground.”
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She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.
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