Love is in the air. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it’s time for candlelight dinners and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. For Claire and Parker, however, a circus protest goes awry and their date ends with them being chased by the cops.
Yeah, not the romantic date they were hoping for…
Parker Townsend raised his children alone after he lost his beloved wife to cancer. When his two little hellions placed a ‘Mom Wanted’ ad in the local paper, Parker found himself roped into an unwanted blind date.
Claire Lauer answered the want ad with few expectations and met Parker on Valentine’s Day, a day she hated with a passion. As an animal rights activist and a divorcée, she felt more comfortable with a placard in her hand than in the company of a handsome man with emotional baggage.
After a protest takes a turn for the worse, she seeks shelter in her date’s arms and loses time in his bed. Will Parker and Claire find the courage to lay their fragile hearts on the chopping block by morning, or will they forever live in a world of gray?
Parker didn’t care about Glenn’s speech, not when he needed to find Claire and make sure she was safe. Police sirens wailed in the distance—someone probably called them before the tiger prowled free which is how they arrived so soon—and he finally spotted his wayward date. Claire climbed up on the cab of Glenn’s truck as though for a better vantage point and waved her arms in the air. He forced his way to her, relief flooded through his veins like a drug, and he reached up to help her down.
“Stuff like this doesn’t happen often, Parker. It’s just a crazy night.”
She braced her hands on his shoulders as she slid down the length of his body. People shoved past them in an attempt to flee before the police arrived or to escape a freed tiger out for blood, and Parker tightened his arms around her before she had the chance to fly the coop. Claire gripped the lapels of his jacket with her fists, a strange gleam lit her eyes like blue fire, and she kissed him as though her life depended on it. His head swayed from the fevered onslaught of her lips and her body pressed against his, but he couldn’t savor the moment.
Red and blue lights flashed down the street and headed right toward them.
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