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Small Town Hero

Brothers of Paradise series

by Olivia Hayle

Blurb:

My new boss is my best friend’s older brother and the golden boy of Paradise Shores. 

Me? I’m the misfit single mom who never wanted to fit in… 

Being forced to move back to my hometown after a decade away is embarrassing, but I’ll do anything to protect my little girl. 

I’ll even wait tables at the elite Yacht Club… now owned by the boy I once had a huge crush on. He’s grown up and claimed his rightful place as King of Paradise Shores. 

Parker Marchand was a star athlete and professional sailor who never looked at me twice. He’s strong and steady, everything my abusive ex wasn’t, but I’m a struggling single mom and professional screw-up. What could we possibly have in common? 

But Parker doesn’t believe in no win situations. He wants to be my knight in shining armor.

His plan: Charm my daughter. Take me sailing. Out to dinner…and into his bed. 

Make me forget everyone but him. 

The man I’ve always wanted is within reach, but I’ve been burned too many times to trust again.  Parker has a brilliant future and I’m running from my past.

Everyone knows knights in shining armor aren’t real, and I’m too old to believe in fairy tales.
Even if Parker is making it hard not to…

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Excerpt:

“Do I have to go first again?”

He smiles, slow and wide, and lowers his head. “No,” he says, and then he kisses me. It’s salty and warm and water drips from his hair onto my temple, cold against my flushed skin. 

My eyes are still closed when he pulls away. “There,” he murmurs. “Not too little, not too much. We did it right this time.”

“Don’t Goldilocks this, Marchand.”

He chuckles hoarsely and then doesn’t make another sound, not as I reach up on my tiptoes and kiss him again. It’s intoxicating being this close to him. 

And just like last time, he becomes a stranger under my lips. Familiar and yet novel, an entirely new landscape to explore. Parker and yet not Parker. 

“Jamie,” he murmurs, his hands finding my waist beneath the towel.

My hands settle against his chest. His bare chest. He’s warm and hard under my hands, skin deceptively soft over the strong muscle beneath.

“Jamie,” he murmurs again, moving his lips to my ear. He laughs softly. “We’re in the middle of the boardwalk.” 

“Oh,” I whisper against his chest.

“I don’t mind, but I have a feeling you might. You know how this town talks.”

“Yes.” I turn my head and peek past his shoulder. An SUV drives by us on Ocean Drive. “What do we do?”

He rubs a large hand up and down my arms, as if to warm me. It sends a shiver down my back. “We’ll go home,” he says, “and start our days, and do this again. When we’re alone.”

“I like that plan,” I say. My voice doesn’t sound like my own.

He smiles, small and crooked. “Come on, James. You’re getting cold, and I’m in danger of overheating.”

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Review:

Parker really is the golden boy – patient, kind, and understanding right from the start. If you are looking for any growth from him, you aren’t going to get it, but there’s plenty on Jamie’s side to go around 🙂 And I find it interesting that there are a number of reviews that didn’t like the book because of Jamie’s recovery from the abuse she’d received at the hands of her ex. I don’t know if they only want strong heroines … or those that quickly get over their troubles … or … I’m not sure. It’s not easy for her to get her confidence back. She feels like a failure for letting it go so long and still bears some of the emotional scars from his words. It’s hard for her to come home and face people she knows, people that seem to have everything together. With Parker’s help she starts to let go of some of her past, to realize she’s tougher than she thinks she is, and that she can start over with her daughter. It’s not easy for her and it does take some time, but she gets there.

Small Town Hero is a slow build but satisfying read about second chances and finding yourself again.

*****

Author Info:

Olivia is a twenty-something hopeless romantic who loves billionaires heroes despite never having met one. Taking matters into her own hands, she creates them on the page instead. Stern, charming, cold or brooding, so far she’s never met a (fictional) billionaire she didn’t like.

A voracious reader of romance, Olivia picked up the pen a few years back and what followed was a love affair of her own. Now she spends her days grinning at the steamy banter she’s writing or swooning at happily-ever-afters. Or, to be frank, struggling with writing about herself in third person for the purposes of marketing. ​

She’s been writing contemporary romance novels since 2018. 

They’re all exclusively available on Amazon and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. 

(Phew. Now I can go back to first-person love stories!)

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