Breakout star of the third season of the reality TV show Laguna Nights Cole Hayes was burned by the limelight and started a family. After a messy divorce and looking to move back into the dating scene, he agrees to a one-night stand.
Can Cole and Melanie create a relationship that will last a lifetime, or will their one-night stand crash in the waves of Laguna Beach?
**One Night in Laguna is a stand-alone novella but features characters from Chalkboard Romance, another magical match made by Master Draikoh San.
Melanie watched out the window as the limo pulled away from John Wayne Airport. It’d been ten years since she’d ridden in a limo, yet it never got old. The driver pointed out various landmarks along the fifteen mile trip from the airport to the seaside hamlet of Laguna Beach. Melanie marveled at the large beach homes which dotted the coast, as well as the amazing sandy beaches along California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Determined to enjoy as much of the sunny weather as possible, Melanie kept the window down during the thirty minute drive. She breathed in deep the smells of the ocean.
All too soon, the driver pulled into the long drive of her hotel and stopped the car at the entrance. He opened the door for her, pupped the trunk and retrieved her bags, before handing them off to the bellboy.
Melanie stepped out of the limo and slipped her sunglasses over her eyes. Her jaw dropped. The tropical beach atmosphere of the hotel showed in the white columns and wood shutters next to the entry. The lush landscaping with tall palm trees and flowing shrubs highlighted the stone walkway, drawing Melanie’s gaze. Smoothing the bottom of her blouse and skirt, she spun around, looking for a hidden camera. No way this beautiful hotel was where she was going to stay the night.
Entering the lobby, her feet sank into the plush carpet as she headed toward the smiling woman behind the counter. The sound of soft music and the smell of fresh carnations teased her senses.
“Welcome to the Mondrian, Laguna Beach’s premier resort,” said the pretty tanned blonde. “How may I help you?”
“Hello, I’m Melanie Whitman. I have a reservation.” Melanie adjusted her handbag on her shoulder. The receptionist was gorgeous, with the body of a supermodel, and made Mel self-conscious. Positive it was the California sunshine which made all the women tall and beautiful, she considered moving to Laguna if it’d mean she’d lose some pounds, gain a few inches, or even turn into a video star. But Melanie doubted it would work that way for her.