🏆 2020 BIBA® Romance Winner! –
John and Em meet on the boardwalk as the moonlight dances off the Chesapeake Bay.
She thinks he’s gorgeous and comes down with a case of instalove.
He thinks she’s a panhandler and gives her five dollars.
The embarrassment is enough to send Em running for a life makeover. The only problem is, she’s spent the last decade looking after everyone else in her little town and now she’s totally forgotten how to self-care.
Adding to that garbage heap of a situation is tonight’s blind date.
Of course it turns out to be the man who mistook her for homeless. And, of course, he’s a Navy test pilot stationed a stone’s throw away from her antiques shop. All the whiskey and chocolate in the café can’t help the awkwardness between Em and this cold and stoic modern-Mr. Darcy.
Fortunately, their tiny, tight-knit community won’t let one (or two) bad nights come between what everyone knows might just be an uncannily perfect couple.
When they both let down their guard, Em and John’s chemistry creates more sparks than a jet’s afterburners, but there’s a lot to lose if she tries—and fails—at this relationship.
Unless she decides to trust John to help her navigate, Em might be stuck circling the runway in a loveless holding pattern.