TITLE: Honeymoon Their Way
AUTHOR: Morticia Knight
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
LENGTH: 113 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2016
BLURB: Chad has pined for Raudel since high school, but he’s been avoiding him ever since Raudel caught him in an excruciatingly embarrassing moment. So when Chad’s sister invites Raudel to join them for her weeklong prewedding celebration at Lake Tahoe, Chad is horrified. He brainstorms his escape, until reality crashes down and he discovers he’s bunking with Raudel in the last available bedroom at the lakeside retreat.
Thrown together by the bridal party from hell, Chad and Raudel unite and attempt to survive Chad’s bridezilla sister, a crazy grandmother, an overbearing mother, and the search for the perfect chocolate fountain. Despite the little time they have together, they reconnect when unexpected discoveries come to light. Love may find a way amid the nuptial chaos, but it’s unlikely to be exactly the way they expect.
The door was still open due to the parade of stuff being brought into the rental, so Chad strolled out into the early April sunshine. The sun hadn’t warmed up the trees enough, so all he inhaled was the faintest aroma of pine. It would eventually become the prevailing scent as the summer heat took over. Tahoe had always been one of his favorite places to vacation when he was a kid.
Not so much right now.
But there was the hint of a chill in the air, and Chad prayed to the weather gods that rain, sleet, or snow wouldn’t disrupt Lindsey’s fantasy dream week. They’d probably have to rent a straitjacket for her otherwise. He idly wondered if those were available at wedding-party stores.
Both his mom and Daniel’s mom had encouraged Lindsey to have the ceremony in the summer, but she’d dug in her heels. According to her, the heat and bugs would be awful, and in addition everyone in the continental United States would be getting married then as well, so it would be too crowded when they went into town. It was about the only thing regarding her wedding that Chad had agreed with her on so far.
Chad tripped over his own feet and had to grab the side-view mirror of the Suburban to keep from face-planting on the cement driveway.
Lindsey had sworn he wouldn’t be showing up until later that evening, well after the rest of them had arrived. Chad didn’t have his game face on yet, hadn’t practiced in the mirror or rearranged the furniture.
Internally swearing wasn’t actually helping, so he refocused on what his opening line to the ex-crush of his life should be.
Raudel had parked on the carefully maintained dirt near the end of the driveway, over by one of the enormous evergreens surrounding the property. Either the management company or the owners of the lake house appeared to have verified that not one pine needle disgraced the cleared forest area that extended from the end of the driveway.
He seemed busy enough gathering items together from within his vehicle, so Chad thought he might not have even noticed him yet. Chad aborted all plans and raced back into the house, almost mowing his mother over in the process as he slammed into her. He grabbed her upper arms to keep her from crashing to the floor.
“Chad! Watch what you’re doing!”
She looked him up and down as if he was hiding something. “Where’s the fountain? You know I can’t carry anything too heavy. My back is still recovering from falling off Sassy.”
His mom had been cranky ever since she’d toppled off her prized mare—really more of a spoiled pet that she fawned over in their enormous backyard. The doctor wouldn’t let her ride for at least another month, and it was her favorite thing to do. She’d since turned her attention to other pursuits, most of which involved holding her daughter’s hand as Lindsey navigated through the previously unknown, treacherous waters of impending marriage. The rest of her focus was saved for sniping at him and his dad.
“I—” Think idiot, think. “—thought I’d search for a hand truck. I saw a shed in the backyard, so I’ll just go check real quick.”
He’d only made it one step forward before his mom stood defiantly in front of him, hands on her hips, effectively blocking his escape.
“Chadwick Barton. I don’t know why you’ve been acting so strange all day, but I’ve had it up to here!” He waited for her to indicate how far she’d had it up to, but she carried on with her rant instead. “You can really help out by simply doing what I say right now. We don’t have time for thinking. Stay on task.”
Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales of romance for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Since then, she’s been fortunate enough to have several books on bestseller lists, along with two titles receiving recognition from the Rainbow Book Awards. Once upon a time, she was the lead singer and songwriter in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. Morticia currently resides on the beautiful northern Oregon coast, and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men, she takes walks along the ocean and occasionally annoys the local karaoke bar patrons.
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