Please all welcome Railyn Stone to the blog! She’s here to promote her latest release, The Christmas Tree Guy!
Sydnee Garrett has a lot on her to-do list. Wrangle her young and rambunctious twin boys. Check. Get her life back in order since her husband decided to leave her for a much younger woman. Check. And buy a Christmas tree. Check.
What she wasn’t expecting was adding one more thing to her list. A young, sexy personal trainer. Check.
Quinn Masters is a man who knows what he wants and doesn’t take no for an answer. He isn’t fazed by age or race differences and he does everything in his power to win Sydnee over.
Will Sydnee continue to fight for her orderly life or welcome in the chaos that’s threatening to change her entire world?
“Are you stalking me?” She swallowed hard and shuddered slightly as his voice somehow reached out and gently stroked her skin, making every hair on her neck stand on end.
“I was about to ask you the same thing. How’s the hand?”
Slowly, he turned his hand over to reveal his scar. “See, I knew you cared. It’s healing. How are your little guys? I guess Charlie’s on the mend? It’s Charlie, right?”
“Yes. Thanks for asking. They are great. It’s almost like he never got hurt.”
“Kids are amazing that way. And how are you?” He flashed his million-dollar smile at her and she felt her knees go weak. Standing so close to him, his cologne infiltrated her nose yet again and she leaned against the bar for support.
“I’m okay, and you?”
“Honestly, I can’t let you stand here and put yourself down like that, when clearly you are so much more than okay. And I’m great now that I’m getting the chance to talk to you.”
“You’re quite the charmer you know that? You are also on a date, I see.” Sydnee looked over his broad shoulders at the table where McKenzie was still droning on to JJ and Kate, and he smirked in the same direction before turning back to her.
“Jealous much?” He raised an eyebrow and she breathed deeply, clasping her hands together and tried desperately to keep them from shaking. Why was she so nervous? I’m a grown woman. Sydnee get it together.
“No. Observant is all.”
“Ah, well, I guess then, you’re observing I can’t keep my eyes off of you and I would much rather spend time with you than go back to that table.”
“Well, that would be rude of you, and somehow, I just don’t see you as a rude kind of person.” She wasn’t sure she was hearing herself right. As much as he was flirting with her, she was flirting back, and it was shocking how easy it was.
“I appreciate that. It’s nice to know you are interested, care about my well-being and are observant.” His eyes sparkled as he teased her and she could barely contain herself.
Raising her eyebrows at him, she smiled and crossed her arms. “Well, you just know everything about me, don’t you?”
“Not everything, but if we go get coffee, then maybe I’ve got a shot at it.”
“Why not?” he challenged as his eyes flashed underneath his dark lashes. “Sydnee, you are very attractive and that’s something that’s very superficial. Anybody who knows me knows I’m not a superficial kind of guy. So, that’s why I want to know more about you.”
“Okay you can quit with the lines,” she laughed.
“No lines. Just fact. I’m telling you the truth about how I feel. So what do you say?” He was so sure of himself. On any other guy it would have been a complete turn-off to Sydnee, but on Quinn it was the sexiest thing imaginable.
Cocking her head to the side, she hesitated and then reached into her purse. She pulled out her business card and slid it to him. “I’m not sure if I should even entertain this, but you’ve been the most persistent man I think I’ve ever met, and I have to admit I’m a little curious. Why don’t you call me when you aren’t on a date?” She wasn’t sure of anything but how intriguing the man standing in front of her truly was.
“Then I could call you right now.” He said, and she watched his delectable lips curve upward, exposing the one dimple she was quickly becoming enamored with and she swallowed hard, trying to maintain some sense of composure.
“What about your date over there?”
“Well, if you must know, I’m doing someone a favor. She’s a sweet girl, but I’m much more interested in a woman I met recently who was buying a Christmas tree.”
“Hmm, okay. I tell you what, why don’t you enjoy the rest of your evening and give me a call when you’re free from doing favors,” she offered, playfully squeezing his arm before turning to walk back to her table. She knew he was watching her walk away and she couldn’t explain it but she felt energized and more alive than she had in a long time. Reaching the table, she sat down with the biggest grin on her face and looked back to see him wink at her before he turned and walked away.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: $10 Amazon gift card and an autographed The Christmas Tree Guy bookmark
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer the following question. My mom started a family tradition when I was young to decorate our Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving. She would choose the colors we would use that year and we would make bows in that color to decorate the tree. What family traditions have you kept for Christmas since you were a child?
Deadline: Contest ends Friday, 11:59 EST November 28, 2014
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prize open to U.S. entrants only.
About the Author:
Writing since she could pick up a pen, Railyn Stone hails from the TarHeel State and is a romantic at heart. She believes you can find romance in the simplest aspects of life and enjoys letting her imagination run wild. Listening to music, playing golf and writing stories about ordinary people are the hobbies she cherishes most.
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Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”