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While I don’t live in a state where a beach is nearby, I do have a few “beach destinations” that are dream vacation spots I’d love to visit. My top one is Bora Bora, so with that in mind, it was no contest as to where I would set the destination wedding planned in my contemporary romance, The Parking Space. Yes, that’s right, the glorious white sandy beaches of Bora Bora . . .
“Left at the altar
Client from Satan’s army
Blind date no shows
And the most obnoxious Parking Spot Thief. Clearly Helen deserves a little break. She’s going to get one in the form of her best friend’s destination wedding. Or is she?” ~ Mom at Home Reviews
After her fiancé leaves her at the altar and a blind date stands her up, Helen Wright is done with love.
Married to her real estate career instead, the only thought on her mind is selling a top listed house in San Francisco so she can finally afford the home of her dreams. Unfortunately, fate decides otherwise. After her wealthiest client fires her, Helen’s vision of moving away from her cramped apartment and the person stealing her parking space vanishes and leaving her professional life as pathetic as her love life. When her best friend, Lisa, informs her that she’s getting married in Bora Bora, Helen packs her bags for a much-needed vacation and boards a plane with the excitement of leaving all her Mr. Wrongs behind.
A new practice and a new place to live, those are the only two things that veterinarian Rick Stark needs after finding out his fiancé cheated on him. With his trust in women shattered, he jumps at the chance for the perfect job, leaving San Francisco in the dust. However, while visiting his possible new boss on the islands of Bora Bora, he finds himself in the company of a familiar face—the attractive owner of a patient who he once thought he wasn’t interested in.
Could it be that maybe he was wrong about her? And if so, what’s he supposed to do when her old flame falls into the picture wanting to rekindle what they once had?
“After you, Miss Wright.”
I stepped through the threshold and into the large living room. My eyes instantly gazed upon the view from the sliding glass door and I caught my breath. Like nothing I could even imagine, the green mountain and teal water of the lagoon proved more beautiful in real life than any picture could ever touch.
“This particular villa does tend to get that reaction a lot.”
“I can’t imagine why.”
“This is your private living area, which as you can see, steps out on to the private deck. In through here is your bedroom.”
He led me around the oversized couch and lounge chairs. Their huge red and white pillows matched the similar red and white pattern on the area rug. Vases of island flowers rested on the end tables and along a long cabinet that lined the back of the room next to a dining table with four matching chairs. The dark cherry wood color of each piece of furniture played in contrast to the sand-colored walls and bamboo hardwood floors.
Just as stunning as the view from the living room, the view from the bedroom left me gasping for breath.
“Well, that certainly will be nice to wake up to.” I stood at the foot of the king-sized bed and looked out onto the deck. “Seriously, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to leave this place in a week.”
“Just another reason for you to return, then.”
Considering what this vacation cost, I doubt that will happen for a while.
“Yes, I guess it is.”
“In through this door is the bathroom. Beside the shower is your whirlpool, plus your double sinks, and lavatory, of course.”
I peeked inside and my hand clutched my throat. Double sinks sat against the wall across from the oversized sunken bathtub. Next to the tub was a three by three foot space boxed in with solid marble border that stood bout four or five inches tall. Cobblestones tiled the bottom of the box, and a stainless steel drain was housed in the center.
“What is that?”
“Oh, that is the shower.” Julien pointed toward the tree leaf-like ceiling. “Your shower head is up there.”
“So there’s no shower curtain?”
My cheeks flushed with heat. “Interesting.”
“And what’s that?” I pointed to a teal colored glass plate between a few of the boards in the hardwood floor.
“A view of the ocean below.”
“Are you serious?”
He nodded. “Go have a look.”
As I tiptoed closer to the glass plate, fish darted past it. “Hey, there are fish down there.”
“Yes, Miss Wright. There are fish down there.”
“I’ve never had fish in my floor. That’s really cool.” I faced him. “I mean, I don’t really know why I would need fish in my bathroom floor, but it’s still cool.”
“There is another looking glass in the floor of the bedroom.”
“Shall I show you the deck before I leave you to your vacation?”
“Oh yes. I’m sure Lisa and Ben are waiting for you, too. I’m sorry.”
“It’s not a problem.”
I followed him back through the bedroom and out onto the deck.
“Aside from the lounge chairs, you have another dining table and another whirlpool tub.”
I spun a few circles around and placed my hands on my hips. “Can I just move here?”
He gave a slight nod and chuckled, dropping his gaze.
“I’m sorry. I’m sure you hear that a lot,” I continued.
“No apologies necessary, and yes, I do hear that a lot.” He pointed toward a sunken part of the deck. “You can access the ocean right there. A step ladder is attached on the side to help you in and out.”
“So I can just jump off my deck into the ocean?”
“Well, now I really don’t know how I’m going to be able to leave this place in a week.”
Julien clasped his hands together and turned toward me. “Do you have any questions before I leave you, Miss Wright?”
“No, none that I can think of.”
“You can reach the main desk through the telephone. There you can order room service, book activities, make reservations at one of our restaurants or the spa, or if you need anything like extra towels, laundry service, or the maid service. Should you need me personally, just ask for me and they will transfer you through.”
“Okay. Thank you.”
“Are you ready to see your villa, Miss Carter?”
“Is grass green?” she laughed. “Heck yes, I’m ready. Let’s go.” Lisa bounced as she followed Julien a few steps. “Oh wait.” She glanced over her shoulder and pointed at me. “Dinner tonight. You with us, okay?”
“Oh no, you guys should have dinner by yourselves.”
“We aren’t going to let you eat alone on your first night here. No way.”
“I’m more than capable of eating alone. I do it all the time.” Geez, do I ever sound lonely. “Not to mention, I have a lovely deck with a beautiful view where I can enjoy some nice and relaxing room service. You know, this is pretty much your honeymoon. You might as well enjoy it as such.”
“I know. Look, Ben and I plan on spending a lot of time alone, believe me, but tonight, our first night here isn’t one of them. All right?”
Her lips curved into a half smile as she slacked her jaw and narrowed her eyes. A look I knew well. Never one to back down when she set her mind to something, I knew there wasn’t any chance I would get out of having dinner with them tonight.
“Fine. I’ll go.”
“Great. Six o’clock at the Le Lagoon Bar and Restaurant.”
With a wink, she trotted down the pathway toward Ben and Julien.
I shut the door and spun around to face the room, inhaling and exhaling several deep breaths as I closed my eyes and squealed. One whole week, one whole, wonderful week in this villa. All the stress and worry faded, replaced with the hardwood floors, yellow painted walls, palm leaf ceiling, and luxurious furniture surrounding me.
I would sleep as late as I wanted. I would eat whatever I wanted, and I would eat those meals outside, on my deck, with the view more beautiful than I had even dreamed. I would dive into the ocean whenever I wanted, and would soak in the hot tub with fruity cocktails chilling in my hand.
I glanced over my shoulder toward the bathroom.
And I would shower without a curtain.
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