A Calling It Novel
By: Jennifer Doyle
Releasing August 29, 2016
There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.
Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.
With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she's back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.
What a fun, adorable, and sexy story that had me from the first page, and left me swooning with the last scene. The characters captured my heart, there's a lot of them, all with their quirks, and I mixed them up for some time until they all started to line up correctly for me. But they are charming and likable, families of heart and blood, and they look out for each other and have each other's backs.
Deke and Fitz, they were just delightful! Best friends, the connection, the trust, the loyalty, the honesty, the adoration, the attraction, I loved every moment of it. And I understand the fear Fitz had about the possibility to lose their friendship if they messed up the burning attraction, so the back and forth they did for a considerable time was fine with me, since there was so much on the line, so much they could mess up and lose. And they have to work for it to find the peace and balance, and the courage to take the leap, but the wait is worth it.
Fitz's past, her family history, has always been something she felt the need to hide to survive. The bullies of the town were after her from the moment she arrived and seemed to be at it still years later. All those are issues Fitz has to deal with and solve, until she can move forward in life and live fully, love freely.
A small town with its charismatic folks, friends for life and families living and loving together, facing life's ups and downs together, little baseball, lot of blazing attraction, alluring secret affair, and love that makes you smile, sigh, and melts your heart. What a luscious tale, indeed!
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”
Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and...
Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?
Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”
Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.
She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.
And was that…?
Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.
Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.
“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”
Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.”
A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).
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