Welcome to my stop on the Beach Reads Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Stuck in Books!
Living in Oklahoma, I don’t get to see much beach time. Unless it’s the not so white, but sometimes sandy beaches of a lake so murky you can’t see anything no matter how hard you try. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t dream about them when I’m sitting on my porch reading with my feet in the pool. Okay, so not the same thing, but hey, it could be worse! Ha!
So what do I have for you on my stop of the hop? A $10 Amazon Gift Card and an eBook copy of my Contemporary/Humor The Parking Space set in the beautiful Bora Bora!!!
Helen Wright is done with love. Left at the altar then stood up by a blind date, her only significant other is her real estate career and her fat, orange tabby, Charlie. When her wealthiest client fires her then bad mouths her all over the city, Helen’s professional life becomes as pathetic as her love life. Her only consolation is a much-needed vacation to Bora Bora to attend a friend’s wedding.
Single again, veterinarian Rick Stark needs only three things: a new practice, a new city, and new place to live. He’s desperate to move on from his cheating ex-fiancée. Tired of spending the night on a friend’s couch, he jumps at the opportunity to apply for the perfect job on the beautiful islands of Bora Bora. Upon meeting the shy and introverted Helen, he finds himself oddly determined to help her have fun instead of letting her hide in her overwater bungalow.
Can they both find love again? And if so, what are they supposed to do when her old flame pops back into the picture wanting to reignite the engagement he once ended?
Pain seared through the shin of my left leg. I spit out my mouthpiece and screamed under water. Rick grabbed me, kicking his legs as he dashed to the surface, pushing me above the water.
“OUCH!” I bellowed. “What the heck was that?”
“You just got stung by a jellyfish.”
“Come on, we need to get you back to the boat.”
He turned me around, laying me on his chest as he swam. Waves fought against his movement, splashing on my face as I struggled to breathe. I tried to kick, but with each stroke, my leg felt like fire licked at my skin.
“I know it does. Just hold on.”
“What happened?” Hal shouted as he scurried to meet us on the back the stern.
“She got stung by a jellyfish.”
Without saying another word, Hal grabbed my arm underneath my armpit and hoisted me on the boat while Rick climbed onboard after me.
I glanced down at my leg. The blistered skin burned a bright shade of red. A scream hissed through my teeth, and I closed my eyes as I lay back against the stern.
“Holy cow, this hurts.”
“Do you have any vinegar?” Rick asked Hal.
“I did, but I ran out and forgot to restock it.”
Rick’s fingers clutched my ankle while his other hand grabbed my knee. “Helen, how bad does it hurt?”
“Bad. It stings and burns.”
“Okay, Helen, we don’t have any vinegar to pour on it, but I can still help you. There is one thing I can do, but I don’t think you’re going to like it.”
I opened my eyes, locking them on his.
Not too long ago, on a restless late night, I’d caught the middle of a show on an animal discovery channel. I knew the words that sat on the tip of his tongue.
Oh, Lord. Please. Please, no. Are you kidding me? Of all the things that could go wrong today it has to be this?
A lump caught in my throat. “I know what you’re going to say.”
My body began trembling as I sat on the stern.
“Helen, you’re going into a bit of a state of shock.” He glanced up at Hal. “See if you can find Logan and Flora. We need to get her back to the hotel as soon as possible.” He glanced back at me. “While we wait, I need to help with this pain.”
“I’m not going to lay here while you pee on me.”
He frowned. “You could have a serious reaction any moment from this.”
“I’m not going to lay here while you pee on me.”
“Fine.” He scooped my shoulders in one arm and my legs in the other to carry me to the seat.
Pain shot up my leg into my hip and down through the tips of my toes. “Ouch,” I howled. “I can’t. I can’t move. Don’t move me. Set me down. I can’t. It’s too painful.”
“I’ve got to get you in the back of the boat so we can leave.”
“Okay. Okay. Move me.”
He wrapped both arms around me again, but before he could even lift me more than a few inches, I screamed in pain again.
Oh for the love of all that is holy. Why? Why? Why?
“Okay, fine, fine. Make the pain go away.” I cringed with my words and covered my face with both of my hands. My whole body flushed fire hot, the embarrassment burned through every pore of my skin.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes!” I shouted. “Yes, I’m sure, just hurry up, and do it.”
Thousands of miles and thousands of dollars got me to this—a man I felt completely attracted to and wished to explore a possible relationship with now stood over me as he geared up to pee on me all because of some stupid jellyfish.
Cosmic karma was out of her ever-lovin’ mind.
“Now, no peeking, okay?” he mocked.
“Oh, you can be assured I’m not going to peek.”
A slight chuckle vibrated through his chest. “I’m so sorry.”
I closed my eyes. My hands were still firmly covering my entire face. Mortification trickled through the deepest parts of my mind.
How could I ever face this man again?
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