Coming back to Sweetwater Valley wasn’t the plan when I went off to school. I needed to find myself and I thought my dreams were bigger than the small town I grew up in. There was also the little matter of getting over the crush I had on Clint which didn’t go away when he left me behind as kids.
The longer I spent away, the farther I felt from home. Coming back to open the Sit & Sip was like a dream come true, but seeing Clint again brought my crush back full force. The distance feels insurmountable between who we were growing up and the lives we live now. I came back to find a man, a stranger, in the place of the boy I once knew, but he can still make my knees weak with one look.
I have a plan to make my business a success, starting with a renovation. Maybe as I upgrade my shop, I can give myself a new life too, one which leaves old crushes behind.
When Jake, the local handyman, is willing to pitch in, I think I might get everything I want. Why does Clint showing up to help send butterflies through me? What does it mean when Clint tells me he’ll be the only person to build my bookshelves? Who does he think he is?
I’ll accept Clint’s help because maybe it’ll help me get over my feelings for him and I can move on. Then why does the thought of Clint and I being strangers again once all the measuring and painting is done make me feel like I’ve lost something I never had to begin with?
I didn’t know how much Lana meant to me and how much I missed her friendship until she wasn’t around anymore. I hated how I couldn’t make it right between us. I didn’t think I’d see her again. She was always meant for bigger and better things than Sweetwater Valley anyway. Lana was my only exception and my biggest regret.
When she showed back up, a dream in her heart and plan to make it happen, I didn’t know what to do. She seemed to avoid me and with every day that passed, it was harder to bridge the gap between us. I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t know if she wanted me to.
Maybe it was better to let it go and move on, even though I knew I never would. Seeing her again was different, she was different. She stole my heart when we were kids, when we were friends, and she stole my soul when she came back as the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. I’m so proud of the way she’s chasing her dreams and I want to be part of it.
I won’t let any other man help my woman make her dreams come true. It’s time for me to step in and step up. I’ll show her I can be the man for her. I’m not the same guy I was back then. I’ve worked hard alongside Maverick to make The Goose an important part of our community. I can do the same for her.
I’ll build anything she needs and be the one she can rely on. I won’t mess it up again because a future with Lana in it is the only one for me.
**18+. If you like alpha heroes and an insta-love story that is sweet but isn’t necessarily simple, then this is for you. No cheating with a guaranteed HEA. It is a standalone and the second in the Sweetwater Valley series.**
Ember Davis loves alpha heroes with a range of emotions, but a strong sense of how to take care of their women. She loves her heroines from all walks of life, just like her heroes, and she wants them to be real and relatable. Her heroines tend to be sassy, opinionated and smart.
Ember is a stay at home mom of two who recently refound her love of books and all things romance and is so glad that she did. She’s always been creative but writing and creating stories that she would love to read that satisfies the dreams she had as a little girl. She loves butterflies, the color purple and enjoying time with her family.
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