Linda Carroll-Bradd is joining us today with her new contemporary romance, Rekindled Dreams!
Because their relationship is a quasi-reunion (Vena had a crush on Finn during the time they grew up in the same small Montana town), Vena and Finn don’t have anything that resembles a real date during the novel, Rekindled Dreams. So I thought I’d share what a romantic night out would be for this couple.
A half-hour drive west puts them in Shelby, named for Peter O. Shelby, general manager of the Montana Central Railway. Their restaurant destination is a converted rail car from the late 1880s called The Express Car. Outfitted with gas lighting and velvet cushioned booths with privacy drapes, the restaurant provides the perfect atmosphere for a menu that includes exquisite dishes of Montana beef, free-range chicken and fresh seafood. Finn orders a new beer from a local micro-brewery, and Vena enjoys her favorite pinot grigio. Expertly trained staff welcome patrons who enjoy the ambiance as much as the cuisine and allow Vena and Finn the time to chat and enjoy their three-course meal at a leisurely and romantic pace, spiced with kisses and snuggles.
Title: Rekindled Dreams
Author: Linda Carroll-Bradd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 7 October 2013
You can find more about Rekindled Dreams on the Entranced site, you can also find the buy links here as soon as One Wicked Night is available.
When museum curator Vena Fenton returns to her small Montana hometown, she’s forced to live under the same roof as Finnian Quaid, the star of more than one teenage fantasy. Finnian is now an environmental lobbyist, making a bid for senate, and is as dreamy as ever.
Finnian needs a more settled image if he wants to get ahead in the polls. In order to do that, he needs a wife. With Vena living under his roof, his problem seems solved. As the romantic sparks fly, there's more at risk than Finnian's political aspirations. Can they keep their eye on the prize, or will their growing love derail them both?
Finn stood at the entrance of the gazebo, grinning. “Should have figured you’d be here.”
“Hi.” Her jumbled thoughts prevented a clever response. “You look tired.”
“Today’s been hard—full of facts and figures.” He stepped forward and held out his arms. “Just seeing you makes me feel better. I need a hug, Elfie.”
Without hesitation, she walked into his embrace, melting against his firm body. His arms grasped her shoulders, and then crossed slowly over her back and molded her body to his.
Finn groaned. “You don’t know how much I’ve wanted this since this morning.” He turned his face into her hair and inhaled. “This is what’s important. Not what’s going on in some corporate boardroom.”
Vena stroked her fingers along the corded muscles of his neck and played with the ends of his hair. Their children would all have heads covered with masses of curls. Whoa. She was letting herself get carried away. What mattered was he was holding her, telling her with his body that he needed her. She could give him a calm place to come home to, could be his anchor in life’s storm.
His head dipped lower, and his lips nuzzled kisses along her neck to her shoulder. The brush of his stubble on tender skin made her shiver.
“Don’t you have anything warmer than this?” His voice was gruff, but his eyes were caring as he arranged the crocheted shawl over her exposed shoulders. Using his grip on the cloth, he pulled her close, and his mouth covered hers in a possessive kiss. “How was the rest of your day? I’ve been—”
Lips still tingling, Vena came to a decision. She didn’t want to talk. The hours since he’d left her in this exact spot had dragged, especially when every single thought came back to Finn.
From under the shawl, she twined her arms around his waist, hands locking behind his back. Pressing against the heat at the tops of her legs, she gave herself up to the rush of wanting. She tasted his mouth from one angle and then another, the pull of desire tugging deep in her belly. So often, she had thought of this, and vowed to make this night unforgettable.
No matter what came tomorrow.
About the Author:
As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Rekindled Dreams. One winner will win a 10$ gift card from Amazon and 2 other winners will each win 1 e-copy of Rekindled Dreams by Linda Carroll-Bradd.
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