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A Teaser from Royal Holiday

Royal Holiday is the Tuesday Teaser

Today’s teaser comes from my newest release, Royal Holiday.

Royal Holiday

 

Royal Holiday Excerpt

I started to follow Isabel back to the kitchen when the bell over the door rang out, announcing another customer. “Go ahead and eat,” I called after her. “I’ll take care of the customer and be back in a few minutes.”

I turned on my heel, surprised to see Layton approaching the counter. He was dressed in a tailored suit. It was a deep navy with a white dress shirt under the jacket and a brilliant light blue tie that emphasized the color of his eyes.

“I didn’t expect to see you today.”

He closed the distance between us and pulled me into a hug. A welcomed surprise, it awakened my desire for him, even though it never crossed the boundary of a friendly greeting.

Still, it sent a warmth radiating from my center. I held him close a few seconds longer than good manners would call for, but he didn’t seem bothered. Instead, he held my gaze as he slowly slid back. “You are all I’ve been able to think about today.”

Royal Holiday“I’ve been thinking about you too.” My cheeks warmed with the admittance.

Layton’s picked at a stray curl that had fallen from my ponytail. “I had to come thank you for the perfect cup of coffee you sent up this morning.”

“You’re welcome, but you didn’t have to drive all the way in to do that. I’m sure you’re very busy.”

“We have been this morning, but we’re on a break now. You must be dead on your feet. I’ve kept you out so late last night.”

“I’m a big girl. I made my own choices.” Conversation ceased, and I found myself mesmerized in his presence.

As the silence grew uncomfortable, Layton slid up onto one of the stools at the counter. “If I’m going to stay awake through the afternoon sessions, I’m going to need another large cup of your special blend.”

I turned toward my percolators to retrieve his order. “I’m sure they have coffee up at the lodge.”

“Not nearly as good as yours. I have another request. Rather, this one comes from your queen.”

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Constance Phillips

Wife, mother, and author, Constance Phillips spends most of her time in a fantasy land of her own creating. When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for their four pups.

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