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Holly Thomas has a simple plan for the summer—take care of her favorite aunt and celebrate Burkesville’s centennial. Her immediate attraction to the town’s newest resident quickly proves problematic. Joe Mercer’s keeping secrets behind his blue eyes.
Holly’s instincts are good. Joe Mercer’s reasons for coming to Burkesville are two-fold. On the surface he’s the pub owner he looks to be, but he’s also undercover for the government. Holly’s everything he wants in a woman and he’s trapped. He can’t confide to her that he’s in the middle of this little covert assignment, and he can’t stay away from her.
When the deal goes down, Joe scrambles to stay on the right side of everything. Holly has it all wrong but he’s in too deep to back out of the operation. It’s all coming to a head and he’ll be able to tell her everything—if he can just hold on to her for one more day.
Courtney Nichols Collins’s life is off-track. She’s forty, divorced, childless, and lonely, living in a house she used to share with her best friend, Tyler Morgan. To make matters worse, Courtney is starting to see long-time acquaintance Barry McWaters in a new light. A lustful light.
Barry McWaters has spent fifteen long years waiting for Courtney. This time, she’s not getting away. Now it no longer matters that she’s “the older woman.” He’s an older man, too. Little by little Barry’s been chipping away at her defenses—and he’s making progress.
A friendly lunch turns passionate and there’s no turning back for either Courtney or Barry. A night of love brings more than either had dared hope for. But there’s the little matter of not pausing for protection during a round of lovemaking. Courtney thinks Barry would make a great father—it’s the husband part she’s not sure about.