I looove wedding romances so when I heard that four of the Nine Naughty Novelists were about to release a wedding series I
Recently one of my Nine Naughty Novelists partners questioned some of us about reunited lovers stories for an article she’s writing, and her questions made me think about Jilted (available March 19!) (Book 1 of the Promise Harbor Wedding Series)
Adele’s song “Someone Like You” (in fact, that was the title of my book until we came up with Jilted, Bolted, Busted and Hitched) which was really popular at the time I started writing Jilted. The idea of a woman going home to see her former lover marry someone else, only wanting his happiness even though she’s miserable and not over him, really got to me. I’ve sort of been in that situation and I know how achingly painful and heartbreaking it is to love someone and see them with someone else.
Jilted) learns something about herself and grows throughout the story, well, that’s what should happen in a good story, right? But if that learning and growth also resolves the issue that’s been keeping the lovers apart, well, that just makes my heart melt.
Jilted, not only does the heroine have to overcome what kept her and her hero apart, she has to overcome the breakup of her friendship with her best girlfriend and her strained relationship with her father. Not all of those things get completely resolved in Jilted, but it’s a hopeful ending and if you read Hitched (coming April 30) you’ll learn even more. ;-) (Of course you should also read Bolted and Busted in between!)
Here’s the blurb and a short excerpt from Jilted:
Jilted by Kelly Jamieson
Book #1 in the Promise Harbor Wedding series
The wedding’s off but the honeymoon is on...
Devon can do this. She can show up at her ex-boyfriend Josh’s wedding, even though he’s marrying her ex-best-friend. She can show everyone she’s happy with her fabulous life in Boston, her great career, her amazing shoes — and she can show everyone she’s over him.
Truth is, her life isn’t so fabulous. She’s just been downsized out of her job, her Jimmy Choos won’t pay her rent, and...she’s still heartbroken that Josh chose family over her. The real reason she’s enduring this wedding is that her next stop is nearby Greenbush Island, her last hope of finding a new job.
Josh knows marrying long-time friend Allie will make everyone happy after the rough time their families have been through, and since the woman he really wanted to marry chose her career and big city life over him—why not?
But the perfect wedding turns into a perfect disaster when Allie leaves him at the altar for another man. He never saw that coming! But hey, Devon’s there, offering to help him look for Allie on Greenbush Island, where he’d planned their honeymoon. Only, all they find are their old feelings for each other and a temptation to risk their hearts one more time...
Warning: This book contains a firefighter hot enough to ignite flames, a woman who doesn’t want to get burned again, a honeymoon suite but no honeymoon, and sex not on the beach (sorry).
Josh had broken her heart too, something that had taken her a long time to get over. Coming back here had been meant to prove to everyone, and hopefully to herself, that she’d gotten over him, that she’d moved on with her life. But the way her insides tightened when she looked at him, the way her body tingled, the way her heart ached thinking about him being hurt, told her she wasn’t over him.
Which only meant this was an even worse idea. Helping Josh find his fiancée? Yeah, that sounded like a lot of fun.
At that moment, Devon was tempted to climb over the railing, jump off the boat and swim to shore. Her heart picked up speed and her breathing went shallow as anxiety gripped her. What the hell was she doing?
She forced herself to breathe normally, drawing air into her lungs slowly, fresh, briny sea air, forced herself to relax her death grip on the railing. William Mudge. The position at Heffington International. The job she so badly needed, not just to pay her rent, although yeah, that was pretty damn important, but because her career was who she was. It was, sadly, all she had. So, that was what she was doing. This was going to work out perfectly. She stole a glance at Josh.
What if they found Allie there? Then what would they do? Was Josh going to try to fight for her? This could get ugly.
But what if they didn’t find Allie? She had no idea what would happen then.
Josh leaned on the rail beside her, and they both stared out at the ocean, undulating in shades of gray and blue, creamy whitecaps dotting the surface here and there. Seagulls soared above, the lowering sun illuminating them, pure white against the clear blue sky.
“So,” Devon said. “You and Allie planned to spend your honeymoon on the island.”
“I planned it,” he said. “I just told her about it yesterday so she’d know what to pack.”
“Oh. That’s a beautiful inn.”
“Yeah.” He lifted one big shoulder. “I thought it would be nice. Not too far away. And there are lots of things to do on the island.”
Devon pursed her lips. On a honeymoon, you wouldn’t think they’d care about things to do—beyond getting out of bed to answer the door for room service. But what did she know about honeymoons? Nothing, that’s what.
“I haven’t been over here for years,” she said.
Josh’s phone buzzed again.
“Oh for Chrissake,” he muttered. “I feel like tossing this thing overboard.”
“Um. That’s an expensive-looking phone.”
“Yeah.” He sighed. “And I need to keep it on in case anything comes up at work.” After a brief pause, he added, “Or if Allie calls.”
“So if a fire breaks out, you might have to interrupt your honeymoon to go put it out?”
He turned and looked at her, and she caught the glimmer of humor in his amber eyes. “I’m not on my honeymoon.”
“True.” Her own lips quirked. “You know what I meant.”
“Yeah.” A smile ghosted over his lips. “I doubt if I’d have to go fight a fire, but I’m a shift captain, and you never know what might come up.”
“I didn’t know you were a captain. Congratulations.”
“When did that happen?”
“A few months ago.”
“Do you like it?” Devon studied his face. “It must seem awfully tame after what you were doing in Boston.”
Josh had graduated at the top of his class in college, and it hadn’t taken him long with the Boston Fire Department to work his way into the special operations command. That was the department responsible for all the special rescue services for the fire department, things like confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, hazardous materials and decontamination operations and a whole lot of other scary things she couldn’t even remember.
“I do like it,” he said slowly. “Yeah, it’s different. But I’ve worked my way up, and I like being a captain and having more responsibility. Chief Langley is retiring in a couple of years, and I might have a shot at being chief.”
“That would be awesome. And not surprising at all.”
He gave her a look. “Thanks.”
“What was the look for?”
“The look. You know. Like you’re surprised I’d compliment you.”
He grimaced and looked away. “Maybe I am.”
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