Under a Georgia Moon
Cindy Roland Anderson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Winsome Press Publishing
Date of Publication: October 2, 2014
Number of pages: 266
Cover Artist: Casey Haberston and Zulu Six; Tomi Kennedy
Addie Heywood thought she was doing okay after her fiancé dumped her just weeks before their wedding, claiming he’d found someone else more compatible with his health food tastes. But when he marries the other woman three months later, Addie needs to get away. Leaving her home in Idaho, she escapes to Mitchel Creek, Georgia to visit her Aunt Janie. She just wants to spend the next two weeks enjoying her aunt’s southern cooking, not dodging the guys her aunt is determined to set her up with.
Chase Nichols isn’t looking for love. His dream is to trade his computer mouse for his guitar and make it big in the country music world. If he can land a job in Nashville, he might have a shot at getting discovered. His plans get derailed when he does his neighbor a favor and picks up her niece, Addie, at the airport. Things get even more complicated when his ex-girlfriend comes back into the picture. That’s when he hatches a new plan. Since Addie wants to avoid her aunt’s matchmaking schemes, and he wants to avoid his ex-girlfriend, they’ll fool the world by pretending to date. What neither of them counts on is actually falling in love.
Nervous energy buzzed through Chase, making his mouth a little dry. He wished he had a bottle of water, or at least some gum. “Just hear me out before you say no.”
“Okaaayyy.” She drew out the word as a wariness flickered in her eyes.
Chase did his best to explain about Hayden, their previous rocky relationship which hadn’t ended very friendly, and how Hayden’s father was his overbearing boss who’d ordered him to be his daughter’s escort at the party tonight.
Addie seemed to understand or at least appeared to be compassionate to his plight, especially when he told her about Hayden’s demands.
“So, let me get this straight, she’s threatened to tell Daddy to fire you if you don’t act the part of the doting boyfriend?”
Chase almost told her about the other part of the deal that might get him an audience with Tate Jepson, but decided to keep that part to himself.
“Yeah, but I was stupid and told her I had a girlfriend and I wouldn’t do it.”
“You have a girlfriend?”
“No, but I panicked and said I do.” Chase looked up and gave Addie a half smile. “I kind of told her you were my girlfriend.”
“So,” Chase said, deciding to hurry up and make the deal before she took off running. “I was thinking that if you and I pretended to be dating then I can avoid Hayden and you can avoid being set up with all the guys Janie has in mind.”
Addie didn’t say anything for several heartbeats. Chase finally dared to look her in the eyes and was surprised to see her smiling at him. “Hmm, so tonight you’ll have to pretend to be Hayden’s boyfriend while pretending to be my boyfriend?”
Heat crept up his neck. When she put it that way it sounded so ridiculous. “You know what. Just forget it. I’ll man up and let the consequences fall where they may.”
“Hold on, there. Let’s not make any rash decisions.” She nudged him in the shoulder. “We both know Aunt Janie isn’t going to back off until I go out on at least one date whether it’s with you or Pastor Daniel.”
“Whatever. The point is she won’t stop trying to set me up. She even mentioned another guy I might like to meet that works at the assisted living place her friend Hazel lives in. So, since you and I are friends, and if you really don’t mind faking our undying love for each other, let’s go for it. It will make both of our lives much easier.”
He studied her for a few seconds. It wasn’t going to be hard pretending to be into her. “Are you sure?”
“Positive.” She stuck out her hand and Chase felt some of the tension leave his shoulders.
He placed his hand in hers, and the second their palms met he could feel heat travel the length of his arm. “Thank you for doing this.”
Her eyes flickered down at their clasped hands and Chase realized the tricky part about pretending to fall for Addie would be to not let it really happen.
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Hi, I'm Cindy Roland Anderson. I write clean, contemporary romance with a combination of humor, romantic tension and some pretty great kissing scenes. I'm lucky to be married to my best friend. I love being a mother and have five amazing children. Our family has expanded by adding a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren. I'm a registered nurse and work in the newborn intensive care unit. I love to read, almost as much as I love writing. And I love chocolate, probably a little too much.
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