Return to Welcome #2
by Bonnie Edwards
She lives by three rules: Don’t date. Don’t sleep with the boss. Don’t believe in happily-ever-after.
Elle Foster left Welcome broke, pregnant, and with a bad-girl rep.
Now, she’s returned to Welcome, still broke, with four children, but has vowed to never get pregnant again.
Logan Hughes is younger and establishing a new business. Adopted, he wants nothing more than to have a family of his own. He needs an assistant and Elle needs the work…
A pirate raider lurks inside Logan and when he lets him loose, even a determined woman can fall under his spell. And that sexy pirate may make Elle Foster break all her rules.
Can Logan give up fatherhood for the one woman he wants more than life itself?
In Washington State, June could bring the last of the cold Arctic air and some days the wind held a nasty bite. Today was one of those days. He zipped up his windbreaker and walked by the trailer and ancient sedan that squatted in Clay’s driveway. At the far end of the yard, near a cedar hedge that bisected the lot, Clay’s sister, Elle Foster, or whatever her married name was, shepherded three children toward the trees. A cute, smiling baby dressed in pink clung to one hip. On the other hip bounced a diaper bag that slid around with each sway of her hips.
He jogged to catch up to them.
Excited screeches came from a boy and girl who were hopping around like live wires while a taller boy walked sedately beside Elle. With his hoodie up, it was no wonder Clay hadn’t recognized his nephew as the kid had peered into the window. A camera could only see so much.
The baby on Elle’s hip was the first to see Logan as he approached. She smiled wide and he could just make out some teeth. Dark-brown eyes glued to him, she bounced and wriggled on Elle’s hip, as if she couldn’t wait to meet him.
He smiled back at the pretty curly-haired baby with the Cupid’s bow lips and gave her a wiggly-fingered wave. She giggled—a high, pure, sound that lit the air around the happy group. He covered his eyes with his hands and suddenly popped them wide open. She screeched with laughter.
Peek-a-boo. He was reduced to peek-a-boo to impress a little lady. He chuckled and lost a slice of his heart to the cherub.
He didn’t remember Elle Foster as a beauty back in high school. She’d been hard-looking as a girl. Her natural black hair had been bleached to white, her makeup harsh. Tough and gruff and bold and older than him by three years, Elle had not been a girl for a guy like him. He’d been intrigued and had wondered what secrets she could reveal because she’d obviously learned a few things he hadn’t yet.
The picture she offered today was completely different. She was softer, rounder, and her voice had gentled over time. Her hair had returned to black and with the bright-blue eyes he remembered, Elle was a female version of her brother Clay.
Maybe it was motherhood that had smoothed her edges. Maybe it was time. Maybe she’d grown up and come to terms with who she was.
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Check out Book 1: Finding Mercy
Seriously? Return to Welcome? She’d rather chew rusty nails…
Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high—a golden-girl beauty queen who stepped confidently into a bright, exciting future. But that was a long time ago and that girl is far, far, away. She’s failed in her career, failed in love, failed her family—and she’s dead broke.
All Mercy wants is to forget her failures and move forward into a new life with a fresh set of dreams—and get out of Welcome before it sucks her back in for good. But one look at her precocious niece who desperately needs her sends Mercy on a journey into her past that will change everyone’s future.
Clay Foster used to be Welcome’s bad boy, but marriage and his daughter Dilly transformed him into a devoted father. Widowed now and struggling to be the daddy his child needs, Clay fights his sudden and unexpected attraction to Mercy. But, tempted as he is, Clay can’t afford to be taken in by a golden girl. Beautiful, talented women like Mercy always have an exit strategy and when her career beckons, Clay knows she’ll leave him and Dilly flat. His daughter has already lost her mother and he won’t put his little girl’s heart on the line.
When Mercy learns her tattered dreams and dead career have been reborn, will she leave the man and child who need her? Will Clay believe in their future and accept that Mercy has found there’s no place like home?
Multi-published author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. Her earthy, irreverent, love stories sometimes have a paranormal twist like curses and ghosts but other times not. Her books always entertain and guarantee a happy ending.
With four ongoing romance series (Tales of Perdition, The Brantons, and The Christmas Collection) and contemporary family novels in her newest series, Return to Welcome, she rarely spends a day without writing. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself. Look for more exciting releases throughout 2018…
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