Wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta...
Piper Tierney is busy wrapping up the school year and planning the music for Marietta’s Wedding Of The Century. She does not need one of her parents’ backpacking hippies under foot. Except the guy they let stay in their house is so much more than the California couch-surfer he resembles. Before she knows it, she’s making time to make time, even though he’s only in town for a couple of weeks.
Taking a break from working on his doctorate in political science, Sebastian Bloom wants to reassure himself his sister isn’t making another mistake with her upcoming wedding to a Marietta rancher. He’s definitely not looking for a bride for himself. Marriage and family are a trap. But Piper is cute, funny, and wants to move on from her ex.
They agree to a no strings affair, but will they wind up tying the knot?
"Hi, my name is A-R and I'm addicted to Marietta, Montana..." Ever since I started to read the books by Tule Publishing, and found the place called Marietta in Montana, I keep on going back there, like it was my own hometown. The characters are intertwined with and from different series, and you never have to say goodbye to them, since they keep popping up in different stories, in different series.
This story, His Blushing Pride, took my breath away.
Piper has a large birthmark on her face, that made her growing up years difficult, because of the teasing and mobbing. It didn't help, that her father was the music teacher at the local high school, and mother was overly protective of her, because of the loss of son by car accident. Now Piper is a grown woman, music teacher herself at the high school, but still virgin, and no prospects of even dates around. Until Sebastian Bloom rides to town, staying at her parents house. He has seen the world, traveled all over, smart, educated, and sinfully handsome, just 'panty-melting' hot.
It was suppose to be a fling. A hot fling. And a lot of the story centers around Pipers innocence, her learning all about the sensual world and possibilities. And it is hot, the chemistry is scorching, the connection real. And the heartbreak at the end, when Sebastian leaves the town, was devastating. The pain, when they run into each other again, was palpable. The story has a great lesson, on many different ways, about casual hookups, and how they rarely work. But Piper and Sebastian, after the desolation of their springtime fling, have a dire face off, that had me in tears.
This novella has a lot of story packed into it, romance that makes you think, big meddling families, and Marietta, Montana small town feeling...
~ Four Spoons