Without a Net.
From the Blurb:
Eva has always played it safe...and where has it gotten her? Betrayed by her husband, left alone to raise her young son, and fighting to hang on to what's left, the last thing she needs is another philandering male.
Max has always pursued adventure...until he gets sidelined by an accident. While recovering from his injuries, he discovers that the biggest adventure of his life may be closer than he ever imagined--in the form of Eva, his baby sister's best friend.
The problem? Convincing Eva to risk it all...without a net.
Eva had forty minutes to handle the most urgent messages, finish shopping, unload the groceries, and race to school to pick up her son.
That was why she nearly ran the man down.
Of course, it didn’t help that the shopping cart had a wobbly wheel and a mind of its own, veering left when she steered right. It wouldn’t have mattered had the aisle remained empty. Or if she’d been better at multi-tasking. The last six months had taught her a lot, but not how to manage a renegade shopping cart while catching up with emails on her iPhone.
She glanced up in time to see the man stagger back, straight into a display of organic, gluten-free quinoa flakes. Boxes went flying.
Eva froze. “Are you okay?”
He glanced around at the mess and then turned a pair of startling green eyes her way. “There’s a law against that, you know.”
“No texting while driving.”
“I wasn’t—” she broke off as he grinned. She experienced a sense of déjà vu. She’d seen him before, she was sure of it, but couldn’t remember where. “I’m sorry. Are you hurt?”
“Nah,” he said, setting his basket on the floor. “Been through worse.”
That was when she noticed the cane, and the stiff way he held his leg as he bent to pick up a box. She dropped the phone in her bag and skirted around the cart to help with the clean-up. “I really am sorry.”
“Is your leg okay?” She glanced at the twin furrows between his brows, the light sheen of sweat on his forehead. It was a balmy sixty-eight outside, a little warmer than average for Santa Monica in mid-May. But inside, the air-conditioning kept the temperature much cooler, enough to raise goose-flesh along her bare arms. If he was sweating, he was probably in a lot more pain than he was letting on.
“It’s fine,” he said, leaning awkwardly on the cane as he reached for another box. “Another month or two of rehab, I’ll be good as new.”
“Wait,” she said. “I’ll hand them up, you stack them.”
Their fingers brushed as he accepted the boxes, and she felt a frisson of awareness. It was so unexpected that she fumbled and one of the boxes fell again.
“Sorry,” she murmured. And then to cover up her confusion, she said, “What happened to your leg, if you don’t mind my asking?”
“Tibial plateau fracture. I was skiing, and that tree—I swear, it came out of nowhere.”
She winced. “Trees can be tricky that way.”
He laughed, a warm, mellow sound that set off a fluttery sensation in her belly. “Next time, I’ll try to give the trees a miss.”
About the Author:
Jill Blake loves chocolate, leisurely walks where she doesn’t break a sweat, and books with a guaranteed happy ending.
A native of Philadelphia, Jill now lives in southern California with her husband and three children. By day (and sometimes night), she works as a physician in a busy medical practice.
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Without a Net by Jill Blake is a contemporary romance, released June 28, 2014.
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