REKINDLING AN OLD FLAME, an adult romance novella by Samantha Gentry, is part of the Deerbourne Inn series from The Wild Rose Press.
Cameron and Skylar occupied a quiet corner table in the Golden Tree Bistro. They had placed their lunch order and were each sipping a glass of wine. She gestured toward his glass. “When did you start drinking wine? As I recall, you were strictly beer and occasionally scotch.”
“Those were college days. I’m happy to say I’ve grown up since then.” A slight grin tugged at the corners of his mouth. “I’m now officially an adult.”
“Yes.” She stared at her wine glass as she twisted the stem between her thumb and forefinger. “Internationally famous author, each book on the New York Times best seller list, even a couple of them made into movies.” She looked up, catching a moment of eye contact with him. “Why did you choose to live in a small town in Vermont with a population of…”
“Three thousand, maybe a little more.” He took a sip of his wine. “Since you’ve apparently followed my career, at least some of it, why didn’t you ever get in touch with me?”
Skylar looked away, her gaze traveling around the restaurant in a desperate attempt to find something to change the direction their conversation had taken. It felt too personal, certainly more personal than she was prepared to deal with. Seeing him after so many years had definitely left her unnerved. It had brought up too many memories. And definitely too many emotions, ones she didn’t know how to handle. Indulging the physical, making love with him again, was a very appealing possibility. But the emotional…
“You’re writing under your real name rather than a pseudonym. It was hard not to be aware of your success, what with all the publicity each time you had a new release.”
He covered her hand with his, the intimate gesture igniting an odd combination of emotions—desire mixed with a heavy dose of anxiety.
She managed to remove her hand without jerking it away, but the sense of physical loss instantly engulfed her, making her wish she hadn’t done it. “It never occurred to me that you would want to hear from me. After all, you never tried to get in touch with me. I have the same email address as I did in college, or you could have contacted my parents. They would have told you where to find me. Besides, if you recall correctly, I’m not the one who walked away. I’m not the one who needed to go out into the world to find myself.”
She tried but hadn’t been able to avoid the hint of sarcasm that surrounded her words. That had been fourteen years ago, much too long a time to still be carrying any emotional baggage attached to it. After all, he had never made any promises for their future, never offered a commitment, and had even told her of his plans ahead of time rather than simply leaving without a word. In retrospect, it obviously had been one sided on her part. Her hopes for the future, not his.
He reached for her hand again. “As I said, I’ve grown up since then. I very much regret that foolish decision.”
When interior decorator Skylar Rogers’ car breaks down in the small town of Willow Springs, she’s unprepared for a reunion with the man who once stole her heart and ripped it to shreds. That doesn’t stop the erotic desires he ignites. She’ll only be in town a few days, though. What could it hurt to take a little tumble down memory lane?
World famous bestselling author Cameron Amory is shocked to discover his college lover in his hometown. He never stopped loving her and has always regretted leaving her behind. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to win back her trust and her love. Has too much time gone by, or can he rekindle an old flame?
REKINDLING AN OLD FLAME, an adult romance novella by Samantha Gentry, is part of the Deerbourne Inn series from The Wild Rose Press. http://www.thewildrosepress.com
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