What Happens in Lowrie Banks …
The nightmare that Dillon can never forget drives him from the corporate world to the laid back beach house on Lowrie Banks, but he soon discovers he’s not alone. His get-away-from-it-all escape draws him to feisty Tessa who’s far too fascinating for him to ever forget.
Welcome to the idyllic Outer Banks and the easy-going residents of the quaint little town that will capture your hearts and leave you rooting for more.
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The corporate axe hurt her and those she loves. His secrets lead to sleepless nights. Will the truth make them enemies or lead them to forgiveness and a chance to love?
When Tessa Carlisle loses her job, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer at her friend’s beach house. Her plan is simple—she’ll work at the local bakeshop until she’s ready to rejoin the corporate world.
Dillon Lowe is on the fast track at his company until the board makes a decision that makes him reevaluate his life goals. What better place to make that decision than the family beach house no one uses anymore.
Except Tessa’s using it. After she artfully explains they can’t both stay there, they draw the boundary lines. Dillon agrees to their marked territories. Too bad he didn’t realize her charm is the weapon that can chip at the barrier he’s built around his heart.
Secrets don’t stay buried. When the past is exposed, will it destroy a friendship or bring to light what they’re really fighting—a chance to fall in love?
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This Excerpt from Love Calls Softly Will Pull You In
Tessa Carlisle hummed one of those tunes that sticks in your mind and pushed her bicycle along the Outer Banks boardwalk toward the beach house that had been her home for the past month. Towering and majestic and way too big for just her, Hawthorne House stared down at her from the grassy knoll that overlooked the lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The wispy clouds floating toward the horizon gave no hint of the storm that had everyone in Lowrie Banks buzzing.
After an exhausting day at Betty’s Bakeshop, Tessa was relieved to be home. She may not even eat, because she was that tired. She locked her bike to the newel at the base of the steps and climbed the stairs to the front door.
When she slipped her key into the doorknob, an odd sense made her stiffen. Something seemed out of place, but it wasn’t a smell, and it wasn’t a sound. The house looked like it did when she left for work this morning.
Shaking her head, she unlocked the door. No one would be here. Before her friend Stella Duvall left for her African safari, she’d suggested Tessa stay at her family beach house until she could find another job. Stella had said her family hadn’t visited the place in years.
The Beach House
Having a beach house to herself? That sounded perfect to Tessa.
She stepped into the entryway and dropped her backpack and bike helmet on the carved bench. Her gaze dropped to the floor.
To a pair of men’s shoes, and Expensive shoes like the ones the Wall Street brokers wore.
They lay haphazardly beneath the bench as if someone had kicked them off and then walked away.
Tessa’s heart picked up speed, and she glanced into the living room. Had one of Stella’s family members come here after all? It wouldn’t be a thief. A thief wouldn’t leave his shoes in the entryway … Tessa hoped.
She snatched up the walking stick propped near the front door. Hefting it over her shoulder, she held her breath and listened.
Had this unannounced guest left? Not without his shoes⸻unless he was walking along the beach. She tiptoed through the living room. A man’s suit jacket had been tossed over a sofa arm. She pressed her lips together. This uninvited guest had not only invaded her home⸻well, almost her home, he was slovenly to boot.
The Uninvited Guest
Turning down the hallway, she crept to the bedroom door and peered around the corner. The duvet she’d smoothed over the bed this morning had been tossed to the side. The pillows she’d fluffed had sunken middles. She tightened her fingers around the walking stick. This person hadn’t just invaded her home, he’d rumpled her bed. Had Goldilocks invaded her house?
The bathroom door opened. A cloud of steam floated into the bedroom. The powerful form stepping through the mist was the embodiment of masculine grace and power. His sandy hair was damp and fell over his brow. Ridged chest muscles tapered to washboard abs and disappeared into boxers hugging a narrow waist.
Shock stole Tessa’s voice, and she uttered a strange sound. To worsen her humiliation, she gasped.
The man stopped, and then his eyes narrowed. His gaze locked onto her.
“Hello,” he said. Tilting his head, he stared at her with a bemused smile. “May I help you?”