The Wedding March
(The Business of Weddings #4)
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she's not a two album wonder. But her case of writer's block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.
The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids' lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they're not as different as he thinks…
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On pure instinct, he wound his arms around Cassie, protecting her from the icy onslaught. Her back against his chest, he tugged her close and spun, taking the brunt of the freezing shower.
“Surprise,” came a chorus of voices.
Cassie sputtered in shock.
He wound his arms tighter, enjoying holding her close. He was treading on dangerous territory here. Moisture dripped from his hair and down his face, landing on the creamy skin of her slim neck. When she shivered, he loosened his hold, using one hand to wipe his eyes. It was then he saw his kids standing on either side of them, laughing their fool heads off.
“We got you good, Mr. H.,” Denny crowed, clearly the ringleader.
Shaking water from his hair, Luke noticed the tables they’d set up earlier against the building on either side of the entrance. Since they’d gotten dumped on from overhead, he assumed the empty ice chests on the grass had been the ones filled with ice.
“What’s this all about?” Cassie asked, finally finding her voice.
“You’ve seen how sports teams dump water on the coaches after a victory?” Denny explained. “We wanted to show you how much we care.”
“This is caring?” Luke asked, wringing the hem of his shirt.
Kyle tossed Luke a towel. “We just meant to have fun.”
Erin approached Cassie, handing her a towel that she immediately wrapped around herself. Despite the warm day and blazing sun, their body temperatures would need a while to warm up.
Luke eyed Denny. “This was your idea?”
“Well,” Denny glanced away.
“It was mine,” Kyle admitted. “We used to get my coach when I played pee-wee football.”
“I need to keep a better eye out in the future.”
“C’mon, Mr. H., you liked it,” another boy called out.
He wrapped the towel around his neck. “Liked is too strong a word.”
“Are we in trouble?” Erin asked from her spot a few feet away.
“Nah. But I want to remind you, payback is never fun.”
“Ooh, we’re shaking,” Kyle cooed in a mock frightened voice.
Luke grinned as he viewed the scene before him. Denny and Kyle high-fived, laughing, while a group of kids clapped over their success. Erin stood on the periphery, biting a fingernail. Cassie stood beside him, dripping wet, but smiling. Despite the fact that Luke had just learned someone had stolen money from the Klub, his heart expanded. He’d figure out what was going on and fix this mess, just as Cassie suggested. Maybe even with her at his side.
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