Today, I’m welcoming fellow Avalon author, Jennifer Shirk and her newest book, Sunny Days for Sam.
Sunnyva “Sunny” Fletcher is a firm believer in fairy tales. With the recent debt she’s acquired, the hope of something magical happening in her life is the only thing keeping her going. She needs a job fast. So when Sunny learns the sexy new vacationer in town is looking for a nanny, she starts to believe she just may have a fairy godmother after all!
Internet guru Sam Calloway is only in town for the summer and needs a nanny for his two small children. However, the beautiful and inexperienced Sunny is not exactly the kind of caregiver Sam has in mind. It doesn’t take long for Sunny’s tenderhearted and bubble-blowing ways to soon have the children—and Sam—enamored with her. She’s a dream come true. But after what Sam’s been through, he’s stopped believing in fairy tales long ago.
Sunny manages to work her way into Sam’s closed-off heart, but at the end of the summer, will the workaholic dad go back to his life in New York City, or will he decide his days are much sunnier here with Sunny?
“I’m fine, Sam,” she said hoarsely. “You can put me down now.”
Put her down?
Sam rolled his eyes. Yeah, right. He ignored her and kept walking.
The woman almost drowns at his home and she expects him to let her parade around his backyard as if she’d just been through a slight inconvenience. Not a chance. His hands tightened instinctively. There was no way he was going to let go of her now. She needed medical attention. If anything, he needed to make sure she didn’t accidentally walk into the bay again. He also needed to hold on to her a little longer for his own piece of mind—to make sure she was okay, that she was still safe. Alive.
“You’re all wet,” Sunny said with confusion, lightly mopping up the beads of water running down the sides of his face with her fingers.
“Yeah, well, that’s what happens when you’re forced to take an impromptu dip in the bay,” he snapped.
Sam kept his gaze focused straight ahead, but he could feel Sunny’s shocked stare. He wasn’t going to apologize for snapping at her, though. He knew his tone was harsh, but it was the only way he could deal with the rainbow array of emotions going through his system. She had put his children at risk. She had put herself at risk. What if something more serious had happened?
He reached the patio door and slid it open with his foot. As soon as he stepped into the kitchen, he slowly placed Sunny on her feet, allowing his hands to waver a few inches away from her arms in case she wobbled and needed him to catch her.
“I think we should get you to a hospital,” he told her.
Her eyes snapped up to his, and her face turned a degree paler. “I cannot go to the hospital.”
Her adamant refusal gave him pause. “What are you talking about? You almost drowned. You have to get checked out to make sure you’re okay.”
“No. I can’t afford— Uh, I can’t afford to leave Oatsie at the house by herself for so long. You know how backed-up hospitals are. Besides, like I told you I’m fine now.”
Sam stared at her through narrowed eyes. Sunny’s flimsy excuse didn’t sit well with him, but he decided not to press her on it. The woman had been through enough. He’d have to make sure Kim stayed with her through the night, just to be on the safe side.
“All right,” he agreed. “No hospital.”
Sunny smiled then her expression turned dazed as she took in his drenched ensemble— from the olive polo shirt plastered against his chest all the way down to his soaked shoes and socks. Self-consciously, he ran a hand through his wet hair.
He read the dawning of what he had done for her—jumping in and pulling her out of the bay—written all over her lovely face. She slowly tipped her chin up toward him. Her gaze locked with his, and that protective barrier he had so carefully placed around his heart cracked.
“Thank you,” she whispered in awe.
A sweet vulnerability—something more than just gratefulness—showed in her beautiful blue-green eyes then, and suddenly Sam couldn’t breathe. He swallowed hard. All the suspicions and questions about her prickled the back of his mind, yet he took a step forward. She licked her lips, and her gaze dropped to his mouth. He knew it was crazy, what he was about to do. But at that moment, he just didn’t care.
“Sunny…,” he murmured, allowing his hands to travel up her cool, bare arms. That simple touch of her skin felt so good to him. Or maybe it was the anticipation of what was to come, what he realized he wanted so badly. His fingers tightened on her shoulders, and he pulled her into him. Her body tensed, but she didn’t push away. She just continued to watch him as he leaned his face in closer to hers. Then slowly and gently, he touched his lips to hers.
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