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Dane nearly had to run after his brother he was walking so fast. “Hey!” he yelled, but Russ kept going.
Finally, he caught up to him and with his hand on his shoulder, turned him around.
“What’s up with you?”
Russ shrugged off his hand. “Don’t let me bother you. You were busy. Go back and finish what you were doing.”
“What the hell are you so mad about?”
“Nothing,” he said and hurried toward his truck. But Dane was right on his heels.
“Don’t be an ass. What’s wrong with you?”
“Remember that you don’t live here, right? So waltzing in and taking the most eligible, most beautiful woman off the market is a crappy thing to do.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“You heard me. I live here. She lives here. We were getting along just fine before you came
“Getting along? Are you telling me you’re seeing Gia? Is that what you’re saying?”
His brother looked away for a moment then back at him. “No.”
“Oh, so you’re just pissed I got to her first.”
Russ stepped in until they were nearly chest to chest with each other. Dane didn’t remember the two inches Russ grew more than him, but now he saw them.
“Don’t worry, though. I’ll pick up the pieces when you break her heart and go back to your little job.”
He couldn’t help it Dane shoved him against the truck. “I don’t think she’s a piece of property that can be claimed with finder’s keepers.”
Russ shoved back and even raised his fist to him before they both realized that Gia was standing there watching with a hand over her mouth and the bag of gifts for their mother.
Russ lowered his hand, opened the door to the truck, and a moment later he sped away.
Dane scrubbed his hand over his face. “Damn it.”
“You forgot these,” she said holding the bag out to him.
He took the bag from her. “I’m sorry about that.”
“You have to go after him. You have to fix this.”
“Fix this? He will be fine. He’s a grown man and he doesn’t need”
She held up both her hands. “Fix it, Dane. You cannot let him go on like this. Especially when there is nothing to be upset about. The kisswellthe kiss was only”
He stepped in. “Don’t tell me you’re going to discredit that.”
“I will not come between brothers.”
“So you and him”
“No. We are just friends.” “You said that to me too.” “Do not turn this on me.”
Out of frustration, he pulled his keys from his pocket. “I’ll go after him and talk to him. Can I see you tonight.”
“Bachelorette party. You worry about Russell.”
“This sucks,” he groaned as he drug his fingers through his hair.
“Good bye, Dane,” she said as she turned around and marched back to her store.
He watched her walk away and that amazing feeling that had been stirring inside of him when he’d kissed her felt like lead now in his gut.
The Lord giving and his damn brother taketh away. Maybe it had been a mistake he thought as
he walked to his mother’s car and opened the door. A few more days and he’d leave, returning to his miserable life, but without such distractions.
Gia Gallow has traveled the world. Her wanderlust landed her in Georgia where she has created a life for herself away from the petty differences of relatives and domineering ex-lovers. Having settled in America, she has a successful business and dear friends—and the attention of both Dane and Russell Walker. Due to her own family’s dramas over dueling hearts, she might have to forget about her feelings for Dane to keep peace within the Walker family, but sometimes even running thousands of miles away can’t keep a heart from going after what the heart wants. And Gia’s heart wants Dane.
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Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.
In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.
Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.