When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she's finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents' property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him "get his head straight." The last thing Will expects is to fall in love...with his hometown and with Annie. But Will's life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie's love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?
Will’s hand closed over Annie’s as they crossed the parking lot to the quiet neighborhood street leading back to the café. Becca and Ryan had decided to stay for another drink at the bar, which meant…she and Will were alone.
Heading back to her place for the night.
She was the one who’d started this. She was the one who’d decided to take this step. But was she really ready? Was she really going to do this? Risk her heart like this?
It was only one night, right?
Then why did it feel like so much more?
“Look at me.”
She lifted her gaze to his. In the moonlight, his eyes seemed impossibly dark. Dark and deep and full of secrets. She couldn’t stop thinking about what Colin had said at the table, that Will could get out of any trap, any bind, any knot.
Did he see her as a trap? As someone who would tie him down, make his life complicated?
He could get out of any knot, but she was just learning how to tie them. All she wanted was to root herself to this island with as many knots as she could.
“You’re nervous,” he said.
He stopped walking, pulling her close under the shivering boughs of an ash tree. His hand came up, cupping her cheek. “You have nothing to be nervous about.”
But didn’t she? Didn’t she know exactly what she was getting into? There was no way she would have decided to spend the night with him if she wasn’t already halfway in love with him. And if she was already halfway in love with him, there was no way he could leave now without breaking her heart.
He ran his thumb gently over her bottom lip before his mouth lowered, brushing over hers.
Butterflies, low in her belly, began to stir. They floated up, fluttering tentatively, then flapping their wings faster, until an orange glow fanned out around her heart.
The word pulsed inside her, a reckless hope that built with every beat of the wings.
First thoughts after…
I really hope theres another book after this!
How distracted did I get?
Wind Chime Cafe is a wonderful, emotional and fun romance! From the beginning I was attached to Annie and her daughter Taylor. Annie is an amazing supportive mother. She has a wonderful relationship with Taylor who has been through more than any child should have to. Will, well, my goodness he's a Navy Seal! Need I say more? Though he prefers his solitary existence, I think deep down he's tired of being alone. He's sweet, yet rough around the edges at times. I love how he and Taylor connect. The connection between Annie and Will is unmistakable. The chemistry, is just, wow. Wind Chime Cafe is perfect for snuggling up under a blanket and sitting next to the fire, or sitting on the beach depending what the weather is! ;)
I give Wind Chime Cafe…
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