The only thing better than surviving graduate education—and completing my doctorate—is a weekend up north with my three best friends from undergrad.
Only all of them bail.
And the rental house is double booked. By a bachelor party. Who thinks I’m the hired entertainment.
So much for renting from a family friend.
Adding to the calamity? That pesky clanking sound I’d ignored the whole ride here results in a car that’s as dead in the water as these weekend plans.
Cue the last person I expect showing up at my driver’s side window. The ex-boyfriend who ghosted me nearly ten years ago the night before we'd planned to leave together for college.
Adam Hoffstetter, who happens to be rehabbing the house next door to the rental, also owned by his folks. He has the nerve to notice I’m stranded and the audacity to offer me a room at his cottage.
And the very worst part? I agreed.
It Happened One Getaway is a second-chance closed door romantic comedy. The upcoming Midwest Mavens series follows Jillian, Hudson, Marcy, and Noah-the-girl as they find their careers and love lives in need of a major reboot.
This story first appeared as Sweet Home Midwest in the Fall Back Into Love collection, published September 2022.
It’s spring break and I’m stuck cleaning up after animals at my mom’s vet clinic. Until one tiny terrier decides to make a break for it.
I’m chasing the speedy dog as she hauls it out the clinic door when I nearly run down the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. Lucky for me, he reacts quickly to my urgent situation. Now we’re both chasing the dog.
After my mystery guy catches the runaway terrier, I definitely owe him big-time. He has an idea how I can help him in exchange for keeping mum about almost losing a client’s dog: pretend to be his girlfriend at his grandparents’ upcoming fiftieth wedding anniversary party.
Fake date this hot guy? How could I say no? He needs me to be the capital-N nice girl to show off to his family. No problem there. I can be the nicest nice girl who has ever niced.
Too bad he’s actually into wild and interesting girls—things I’d never describe about myself. Too bad because I’m falling for him. Fast.
This Past Spring is a young adult romance that works as a prequel to the Love on Summer Break series or can be read on its own.