Title: Sweet Adventure
Author: Tamie Dearen
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Publication Date: June 13, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amberâs PR
Will Katie jump into the shark-infested waters for a second chance at love?
Katie Carson is afraid of everything. Spiders. Sharks. And especially loveâ¦ thanks to her ex-fiancÃ©. That's why her immediate attraction to the reckless Gary Lassiter scares her to death. Sure, he looks like Superman and he saved her from a giant arachnid, but he's an adrenaline junkie.
Gary Lassiter owes his life to his best friend, Steven. But his loyalty is tested when he meets Steven's PA, Katie. Though Steven and Katie are probably a better-suited match, Gary wants Katie for himself. He sees a lot of spunk behind her overtly timid faÃ§ade, and heâs determined to bring it out in the open.
When the three spend a week at Indigo Bay, Katie starts to fall for Gary, even stepping outside her comfort zone. Itâs all fun and games until her adventure brings her to a moment of life or death. Thrown into the nightmares of her past, sheâs convinced they canât have a future together. Will Gary get past her defenses?
This is the sixth book in the Indigo Bay Second Chance Romance series. All books have been written as standalones, so feel free to dive in anywhere!
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Tamie Dearen lives in Texas with her very romantic husbandâher own personal romance hero. Sheâs been involved in creative writing since elementary school, though her degrees are in the science fieldsâChemistry and a D.D.S. But a more recent masterâs degree in higher education sparked her writing bug again. And with a zany and wonderful bunch of family and friends, thereâs no end of inspiration for her stories. Contact her on her website at TamieDearen.com.
Katie screamed, jumping up so fast her desk chair crashed to the floor behind her. The spider on her desk was gargantuanâapproximately the size of Godzillaâcovered with spiky brown hairs. She could tell by the menacing look in each of its ten million beady eyes it was preparing to leap at her and inflict a lethal bite.
Maybe it already bit me!
She checked her arms for signs of puncture wounds.
âIs something wrong?â
The deep voice startled her, and she whipped around, stumbling on the overturned chair. The room tilted and a sledge hammer impacted the back of her head. She looked up from the floor, stars swirling in front of the face that bent over her. Thick brows furrowed over crystal blue eyes.
I know that faceâitâs Superman!
Pain thudded in her skull, forcing her eyelids closed.
âAre you okay?â
âJust hit my head,â she mumbled.
Her eyes came open as gentle hands lifted under her shoulders. The blue-eyed hero was kneeling beside her, so close she caught a whiff of his enticing scent, a combination of minty clean and a dash of masculine aftershave. Curling her legs to the side, she sat up and groaned, raising her hand to the back of her head.
âLet me see,â he said.
Her face was pressed against his clean black t-shirt, as his fingers parted her hair to probe the tender scalp on the back of her head. She inhaled deeply, enjoying the intoxicating smell.
âItâs not bleeding,â Superman announced. âGood thing you have this padded rug under your desk. The tile wouldâve split it open.â
As her hero uprighted her chair, she couldnât help noticing how his back muscles flexed and bulged, pressing against the thin cotton.
Thatâs strangeâ¦ Iâve never wished I was a t-shirt before.
Stretching to his full-height, something over six feet, he turned to face her and bestowed a slow smile that sent warmth furling in her belly. Damp tendrils on his forehead suggested heâd been in the shower moments earlier.
Had he come from the company gym? She only interacted with a few of Gherring, Inc.âs employees, the ones who came to the board room to meet with Steven Gherring, her boss. Sheâd certainly never met this guy before. No way she could forget Superman.
He rubbed his hand across the stubble of dark beard on his square jaw, and she imagined her fingers doing the same, tracing the sharp angle, relishing the masculine feel of the soft bristles on her sensitive skin.
His eyes sparkled as if he somehow read her thoughts, and blood rushed up her neck to highlight her embarrassment.
As if it wasnât humiliating enough to meet Superman when Iâm sprawled on the floor.
âIâll help you up,â he said.
She placed her palms in his outstretched hands. Big mistake! Charged like an ongoing static shock, his touch sucked the air from her lungs in a whoosh. Before she could escape his electrifying grasp, his large hands folded over hers. With what seemed to be little effort, he hefted her up and eased her into the chair. Then he sat back on the edge of her desk, folding his arms.
âStand up! Get off the desk!â she yelped.
At her cry, he jolted to his feet and whipped around, staring at it as though it might explode at any moment. âWhatâs wrong with the desk?â
She aimed a wobbly finger at the desktop, the last place sheâd seen the spider, whoâd now retreated into some unseen place. No doubt, his plan was to hide away, waiting patiently until sheâd forgotten about him, only to spring out and clamp his jaws on her skin.
âThereâs a spider.â
He glanced at the desktop, empty except for her laptop, the dark wood pristine as always, not a scrap of paper marring the gleaming surface. âWhere?â
âHeâs hiding now. Probably went underneath or in a drawer, but he was humongous.â She stretched her arms as wide as they would go.
âThat big, huh?â The corners of his mouth twitched.
âHe was huge. And poisonous. A brown recluse.â She put enough certainty in her voice to properly warn him, though she hoped her hero was brave enough to slay the skulking beast.
âVenomous.â He sank to his knees, peering under her desk. âSpiders are venomous, not poisonous.â
âEither way, I hate them.â
âIt wasnât a brown recluse, though.â
âHow do you know? Do you see him?â
âNot yet, but I know we donât have brown recluse spiders in New York City. It gets too cold here.â
Too her horror, half his body disappeared under her desk, deep into the spiderâs lair. âDonât go in there.â
A muffled chuckle sounded, before he backed out and stood, miraculously unmarked, brushing his fingers on his jeans. âI knocked a little spider web down. That should take care of it.â His hand swept toward the desk, as if all were clear.
âNo, thanks. Iâll just do my work over here until the exterminators come.â Katie stood, crept toward her laptop and snatched it, retreating back to her chair, well away from the spiderâs domain. Then the monster emerged, charging across the rug. âThere he is!â she yelled, on her feet and scrambling away. âGet him before he makes it to the bookshelves!â
With amazing calm, her hero stepped on the spider. Relief flooded Katieâs system, knowing she wouldnât have to be on guard for his reappearance. Superman bent down and examined the conquered foe.
âYouâre that afraid of a tiny little spider?â He cocked his head at her, fingers shoving through his damp locks, pushing them into adorable disarray.
She shrugged. âHe looked bigger on the desk.â
He coughed behind his hand, but it sounded suspiciously like a laugh. âNow that weâve ended this horrible arachnid infestation, Iâm here to see Steven.â
Katie snapped into her role, Guardian of the CEO.
âIâm sorry. Do you have an appointment, Mr. â¦?â She left the question hanging.
âLassiter. Gary Lassiter. And no, I donât have an appointment, butââ
âIâm afraid Mr. Gherring wonât be able to see you without an appointment. His schedule is quite full. Letâs see when we can fit you in.â She opened her laptop and pulled up his schedule, with no real intention of making an appointment. Steven Gherring had given strict instructions not to schedule any appointments he didnât initiate himself. One of Gherringâs subordinates would no doubt handle this man, clearly an intruder, even if he did look like Superman and valiantly slayed large spiders.
âI think Steven will want to talk to me. Weâre partners in a business deal.â
âIf you arenât willing to follow protocol, Mr. Lassiter, you may find your business deal canceled.â
âIâll take my chances.â With an arrogant grin, Gary edged toward the entrance to Gherringâs private office, an ornately carved wood door.
In a flash, Katie was on her feet, racing for the door. With the element of surprise on her side, she reached it first, barring the entrance with her body. Her chin lifted in dogged determination as she glared up at the invader, who towered over her by at least six inches.
âNo one goes through this door without an appointment.â
His devastating blue eyes crinkled at the corners as he retrieved his cell phone and held up his index finger. âOne moment, please.â
He tapped once on his screen and held the phone to his ear. âHiâ¦ Iâm hereâ¦ No, I canâtâ¦ Because your very attractive pit bull is guarding the door, baring her teeth at me.â
Katie heard her bossâ laughter from the phone in Garyâs hand just before the door opened behind her.
She barely kept her jaw from dropping. This interloper had Steven Gherringâs personal cell number?
âI tried to tell you.â Gary shook his head.
Her face radiated heat. But for the recent spider web, she mightâve crawled under her desk to hide. Instead, she aimed a glare at her boss. âYou made an appointment with this man and didnât bother to tell me?â
âAn oversight on my part, Ms. Carson. It wonât happen again.â
His lips curved into the trademark, billion-dollar smile that left most women swooning. Katie, however, was impervious to his charms. Not because he was thirteen years olderâhe certainly didnât look itâbut because sheâd sworn off men two years ago. All men. Including handsome billionaires, like her boss.
And hunky spider-killers whoâre too smug for their own good.
âIt was nice to meet you, Ms. Carson,â said Gary, apparently unaware of the poison darts her eyes sent his way. âI hope you donât encounter any more giant arachnids.â
âThank you for disposing of that one,â she mumbled, more irritated than grateful.
He followed Steven inside the door, but turned to his head to toss over his shoulder, âJust thought you might want to know, I noticed a bunch of empty spider eggs in that web.â
The door clicked closed behind him, but the sound was drowned out by the bass drum her heart pounded in her ear.