Friday, November 14, 2014

TVBT: CAN'T WAIT by Jennifer Ryan (e-original Novella) #HolidayRomance #HuntedSeries @Avonbooks #Review #Giveaway #Excerpt

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From the All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy Anthology comes Jennifer Ryan’s story of Caleb and Summer. Before the Hunted series they had a whirlwind romance not to be forgotten...

Caleb Bowden has a lot to thank his best friend, Jack, for - saving his life in Iraq and giving him a job helping him run his family’s ranch. He also introduced him to the most incredible woman he’s ever met. Too bad he can’t ask her out. You do not date your best friend’s sister. Summer and Caleb share a closeness she’s never felt for anyone, but the stubborn man refuses to turn the flirtatious friendship into something meaningful. Frustrated and tired of wishing to be happy, Caleb tells Jack how he feels about Summer. With his friend’s help, he plans a surprise Christmas proposal she’ll never forget - because he can’t wait to make her his wife.


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So, if you are like me and you have read the Hunted Series by Jennifer Ryan, then you have met Jack and Sam, two of the heroes within the series, and I have to say, reading CAN'T WAIT was like getting to see old friends again, well,before they found their lady loves, but still, so much fun!

Jack...still grumpy..haha...and Sam, still the voice of reason...and Caleb...well...hullo!  I likey likey the strong and silent type, and apparently so does little sister Summer.  Best part of the novella was at the bar when Summer lets it "Slip" that she has met the man she wants to marry...Caleb's reaction was priceless...I like a woman who knows what she wants!

CAN'T WAIT is a sweet novella that sets to remind us that when it's meant to be, nothing can get in the way of True Love...Not even an oblivious older brother!

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“Relax. Teri made Jack sit facing away from us.”

Caleb glanced over at their table, and sure enough, Teri sat facing them, Jack’s back to him, and she talked, keeping his attention. She caught him staring and gave him a slight nod and a bright smile.

“Your friend thinks she sees something between us.”

“Everyone but Jack sees what’s between us. Deny it all you want, but I can feel the truth.”

“Summer …”

“Relax. Dance.”

She settled into him and laid her head on his shoulder. He gave in and wrapped his arms around her, steering her across the dance floor and as far away from Jack’s sight as possible. Shrouded in the back of the crowd, he held her close and prayed this song would never end, and if it did, that he could stop time and keep her close forever.

The song blended into the next slow song that kept the couples entwined and the atmosphere in the bar sultry. He didn’t need the music or the mood, he only needed the woman in his arms. For those few minutes, he didn’t think of anything but her.

The song ended and Jack let out a familiar whistle. One they used on night raids in the military.

“Time to go.” Reluctantly, he stepped away and took her hand to lead her back to the table. She stood firm and tugged him back.

“Don’t do that. Don’t leave me because he called you.”

“This can’t be.”

“It can if you want it.”

He didn’t want to do it. Hurting her hurt him more than he could bear, but he endured it for both their sakes. “I don’t want it.”

“You lie.”

He put his hand to the small of her back and pushed her toward the table. She resisted, but fell in line with him after a few steps. He hated to do it, but the woman had pushed him time and again. A man could only take so much.

“Let’s go,” Jack announced when they reached the table.

Charlie stumbled over, hooked his arm around Summer’s shoulders, and pulled her close. Caleb had enough. He grabbed the guy’s hand, pulled it up and over Summer’s head, and wrapped it around the guy’s back and up behind his shoulder blades.

“Ow! Let go. I didn’t mean anything.”

“Caleb,” Summer snapped. “Let him go.”

“Summer’s my girl, I’d never do anything to hurt her,” Charlie swore, setting off Caleb’s temper even more. He pulled up on the guy’s arm, ready to snap it and him in two for even thinking, let alone speaking, that Summer belonged to him.

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.


erin said...

I love holiday romances b/c it seems to me at least, that the romance is sweeter. And I'm willing to set aside my dislike of instaluv :) Thanks for sharing!

Bube said...

The feeling,the atmosphere :)

Thanks for the great excerpt and giveaway! :)

Mary Preston said...

Holiday Romances always seem to have a touch of magic about them. Special!!

Quilt Lady said...

I love reading holiday books it helps put me in the mood for the holiday. Also think they are sweeter romances. Entering under the name of Virginia

Maari Hammond said...

There is always so much magic around the Holiday season, then add in romance and ahhhh!!

bn100 said...

the setting