by: Kerri Carpenter
Series: Something True
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 2020
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
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Could their ceasefire extinguish a secret attraction?
They need to get along…
For the sake of planning their best friends’ wedding shower, divorce attorney Xander Ryan and wedding coordinator Grace Harris are calling a truce. But Grace longs for her own happily-ever-after, and Xander doesn’t believe in them. So finding common ground might be a challenge. When an argument leads to a passionate kiss, neither plans to tell a soul. Because they’re all wrong for each other. Right?
Kerri: Can you believe this is my tenth romance novel?
Grace: That is so amazing! Congratulations!!
Xander: Romance novels! (snorts) Please! Who reads that stuff anyway?
Grace: Are you kidding me? I love romance novels! (gets dreamy look) No matter the genre, romances have this ability to take us away from the world for a little while. And there’s always a happy ending. Just like real life.
Xander: Real life? You’ve gotta be kidding me. Happy endings don’t always happen in real life.
Grace: (turns away from Xander) I reserve the right to think that I am going to get my very own happy ending.
Xander: Yeah, just like my parents.
Grace: What was that?
Xander: Nothing. You’re delusional.
Kerri: Time out! We’re supposed to be having a nice, civil conversation for this blog.
Grace: I have to have a conversation with…him?
Xander: (frowns) What’s that supposed to mean?
Grace: (rolls eyes) Oh please. I think you know.
Kerri: Guys, we just started. Can you maybe try to be on your best behavior? People want to know about your story.
Grace: I don’t know what there is to tell. I mean, I barely know Xander.
Kerri: Well, let’s talk about how you guys met.
Grace: It all started when my best friend Emerson met this really cute bartender named Jack—
Xander: Who happened to catch Emerson when she fell out of a window wearing a wedding dress.
Kerri: I think the readers might want to know why Emerson was climbing out of a window while wearing a wedding dress.
Xander: It’s a long story.
Grace: There’s a book you can read about it. (winks)
Kerri: (playing innocent) You mean book 1 in the Something True series, The Dating Arrangement?
Xander: That was a shameless plug.
Kerri: (smiles) Anyway, now that your two best friends are getting married, I guess you guys are going to be spending a lot of time together.
Xander: You know, most people really like me. I’m a fun guy.
Grace: Well, most people like me too. I’m a happy, positive person.
Xander: You’re not hard on the eyes either.
Xander: (runs hand over face) I mean, come on. You know you’re gorgeous.
Grace: I’m more than just a pretty face. I am a successful, smart, talented, business-owning…
Xander: Okay, okay, down girl. I was only trying to be nice. You should try the same. And I realize how smart and accomplished you are.
Grace: You do? (takes a step toward Xander)
Xander: (takes a step toward Grace) Sure.
Grace: Well, um, thank you.
Xander: You’re welcome.
Kerri: So anyway, like I was saying… (notices characters are no longer paying attention to her)
Grace: You know, you’re pretty handsome too. In a classic movie star kind of way.
Xander: You could be a model. (long silence)
Xander: (shakes head) I mean, you could definitely go into modeling, in case your little profession of wedding planning doesn’t work out.
Grace: (narrows eyes) Why wouldn’t my business work out?
Xander: Actually, I hope it does. The more couples you help get married, the more people who will come to see me for a divorce.
Grace: You are so cynical.
Xander: You are so unrealistic.
Grace: I can’t believe I have to deal with you during Em and Jack’s wedding. I don’t know how we’re going to get through it.
Xander: (shrugs) I guess we’ll just have to deal.
Kerri: Well, I’m not really sure what’s going on, but I think it’s clear that these two are definitely going to have to come up with some kind of truce to get through this wedding! Because if they don’t, who knows what’s going to happen. Then again, maybe something is bound to happen anyway….
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Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry.
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