It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The trouble is, when you run from your problems, you often find out your biggest obstacle is along for the trip–it's you! Reid Carrington realizes that when he finds Jennifer and recognizes the quiet desperation in her eyes. Can he save someone who doesn't want to be saved? Or like a lifeguard rescuing a swimmer, will she pull him down into the undertow in the end?
Recipes for Jennifer's Mango Salsa and Tilly's Bruschetta included.
She hadn’t looked at the menu, but she already knew what she wanted. “I’ll have a French dip beef with the French fries, please. Does that come with a salad?”
“Choice of salad or fries,” said the waitress, tapping the appropriate area on the menu in front of Jennifer. “Just like it says here.”
“Well . . .” Jennifer frowned with concentration.
She was famished. “Let me have a salad, too. With blue cheese dressing. And a vanilla shake.”
“Are you finished?” Reid asked dryly, and she nodded but kept scanning the menu. “I’ll just have a cup of coffee . . . black.”
It occurred to Jennifer that the more she ate, the less time she’d have for talking. “You know what, this dessert list looks awfully good. Could you add a hot fudge sundae to my order?” She smiled at the waitress. “And that’s all for now.”
The waitress wrote it down but shook her head in exasperation. “Honey, how do you think you’re going to keep that cute little figure if you eat like this?”
“I’m not little,” Jennifer protested, looking down. “I’m an active woman. I’ve got to keep my energy level up.”
The waitress sighed and leaned in close to Jennifer’s ear. “Forget your energy level, sweetie. What you want to keep is this good-lookin’ man, and you’re not going to do that on a thousand calories a throw.” She threw an elbow against Jennifer’s shoulder, glancing back at Reid, who’d heard every word. “Now, wise up, honey, and have the cottage cheese plate.”
Jennifer’s eyes met Reid’s across the table, and for the first time, she saw a sparkle of humor hiding there. “I’ll take my chances,” she said. “Maybe he likes chubby women.”
The waitress left, shaking her head, and Jennifer looked at Reid. “Do you?”
“Do I what?”
“Like chubby women?”About the author:
Helen Conrad is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 90 romances (over 15 million copies sold) published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept, and others. She is currently revamping and rewriting much of her backlist—mainly into the Destiny Bay Romances Series. The first six, the Forever Yours Series, are being rewritten as Sweet Editions.
Destiny Bay Romances-The Sweet Editions
These are basically the same stories that are found in Destiny Bay Romances- Forever Yours, but with the conflicts softened a bit, the language cleaned up, and no explicit love scenes. There are still a few adult situations, but they're muted. Consider these the PG versions.