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My new boss is a former fighter pilot — and it should be illegal to be that hot. But this city-boy condo builder doesn’t know the first thing about construction in a place like Kasper Ridge.
Will hired me to oversee the renovation at the old Kasper Ridge Resort – a job that will make my company and guarantee that Papa can live comfortably to a very old age. I just need to keep my eyes on the prize.
And the prize is not Will Cruz’s ocean blue eyes or those rock-hard abs. Besides, all those muscles and that killer smile are temporary. I’ve lived in the mountains long enough to know that slick city boys don’t stick around for the long run.
So I tell myself the things I need to hear to stay strong, hold firm, maintain my distance.
Until Will kisses me one night and I forget pretty much everything I’d been telling myself about protecting my heart.
I know it’s only a fling, but what if there’s a chance Will Cruz is the one? What if I give him my heart, and he doesn’t stay?
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Excerpt from Only A Fling
I watched Lucy Dale climb into the cab of her big white truck as my head tried to wrap itself around the conversation we’d just had. This woman was a walking set of contradictions, and I was slowly coming to terms with the surprise I’d felt as she’d revealed each one. The first one, of course, had been her actual physical presence. I’d called Lucy Dale of Kasper Ridge Construction expecting someone like Markie back at my dad’s company. Maybe a little rougher around the edges, since this wasn’t Southern California. Maybe someone rugged and tough. A touch of flannel here and there, maybe a pair of boots. Maybe a pit bull.
It wasn’t my style to judge a book by its cover, but Lucy Dale had a hot, tight little cover I just hadn’t been prepared for. I hoped I hadn’t let it show.
Who expected a construction foreman to turn up in high heels that made her curvy legs look three thousand miles long, and a dress? Her dark hair had been pulled back into a high ponytail, and it had taken every ounce of self-control to keep my mind from wandering into fantasies where I pulled that rubber band out and watched as the waves fell down her back and shoulders. Or wrapped that ponytail around my fist and backed her into a wall.
Couple the sheer attractiveness of the woman with the ferocious take-no-prisoners attitude beneath it, and… well, shit.
“How’d the interview with the forewoman end up going?” Ghost asked, striding back into the bar where I’d returned to do my best to make some notes on Lucy’s proposal. He was smirking, which told me he knew exactly how it had gone.
“About like that. Too hot for the job, probably.”
Ghost slid into the chair across from me, his dark eyes on my face. “She was hot. And I’m definitely not trying to hire a fuck buddy for you to play with all summer, man.” One hand came up to rub at his chin, which sported the scruff most guys let grow once they’d left the restrictions of active duty behind. “But she’s also the best up here, according to everyone I’ve talked to.”
“According to her too,” I pointed out.
Ghost smiled at that. “So she’s a little cocky. You’ll get along great.”
“If by a little, you mean she pretty much told me I’d be a moron not to hire her and tried to make it clear she thought I had no idea what I’d be doing up here.” A hot little zing ran through me, remembering the way she’d cut down her competitors in that matter-of-fact way. It took some balls, and it also led me to believe she probably had the ability and track record to back it up.
“You talking to a few more today?”
I nodded, my mind already settling pretty firmly on Lucy Dale as the only real contender, despite my dislike of her condescending attitude. “I’ll see who else there is. Having her around could be distracting. Plus, she thinks she knows more than me.”
“She probably does. I’m guessing she was learning about high altitude construction when you were still building Lego jets and planning to be called Maverick.”
“Can we let that go?”
Meet Delancey Stewart
I’m USA Today Bestselling author Delancey Stewart. My contemporary romances run the gamut of settings and setups, but they always deliver humor, heart and heat. It’s a guarantee.
I write from my home in Denver, CO, where I manage a household full of boys and men. Okay, only one man. The hubs. But two boys. I mean, three if you count the hubs. (You see why I do words and not numbers. I was told there’d be no math in this bio. Someone lied.)
I grew up in California and have had more jobs than anyone on earth (personal trainer, pharmaceutical rep, copywriter, tech writer, marketing director, wine seller, elementary school teacher… I’m not kidding. The list. It goes on.) But the one I love the most is writing, in part because I get to meet people who love books and stories as much as I do! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to say hello, and don’t forget to join my newsletter!
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Interview with Delancey Stewart
Q: Hi, Delancey. Tell us about your publishing journey, did you always want to be an author?
DS: I did! I read every book in the library as a kid, majored in English, and have always worked as a copywriter and editor. But I didn’t have a story idea until I started editing romance for a small publisher. That was when a lightbulb flickered to life and it’s never switched off!
Q: Why did you choose your setting?
DS: I love writing small towns and big friend groups around the theme of “found family.” My own family has just moved to Colorado, and I wanted to write about my gorgeous new home state.
Q: Is any part of your story or the characters based on personal experience?
DS: I think every story is based on personal experience. This is my 25th (26th? 27th?) book, and every single one of them draws something from my real life, whether it’s something funny my husband and I have been joking about, or a character quirk I’ve noticed in someone I know…
Q: What were some challenges while writing this book?
DS: They were many, actually. This is the first new series I’ve launched in a couple years, and beyond all the difficulties we’ve all faced through these last two years, I also lost my dad. It was just a very different process, writing this book. Plus, it’s the first I’ve written in a new house, in a new office… and the physical setting makes a big difference to me when I’m writing.
Q: Do you listen to music while writing? Share your Spotify list with us!
DS: NO… I used to be a dancer and I cannot listen to music of any kind without moving. And that makes it hard to write. My brain detours from words to choreography, and I get very little done! If I need focus, I’ll switch on brain.fm.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a published author?
DS: I’ve been part of “romancelandia” for almost a decade now, and the very best thing about this world is the people you meet. This is the most giving and sharing professional community I’ve ever been a part of, and I’ve made friendships in this world that I know will last a lifetime.
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Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke
Morning or Night? Morning!
Shower or Bath? Shower
Spiders or Snakes? NO
Haunted Mansion or Un-haunted Shack? Haunted Mansion
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