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Title: The Runaway
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About The Runaway:
He knew she’d be nothing but trouble…
The moment she drifted into his marina, Mark Castellani knew Gracie was different. Resisting the blond pixie’s breezy approach to life is difficult, but Mark’s had years of practice living for simple pleasures that don’t extend beyond the next sunrise. Why long for anything lasting when he knows how quickly his whole world can be flipped upside down?
A bombshell long-lost memory finally explains why Gracie Rockwell never quite fit in with her boisterous family—she isn’t a Rockwell, after all. Desperate for answers, she leaves her beloved Rocky Peak Lodge in search of the little boy who saved her so long ago. Did he grow up to be the gorgeous-but-guarded Mark Castellani? What does he know about her true origins? If only she could pry some answers from her enigmatic new boss—and get rid of her massive crush.
But while she’s eager to uncover the past, he’d rather bury it forever. Mark was right—Gracie is the kind of trouble he never wanted. But she’s exactly the trouble he needs.
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“So, I notice you haven’t written down an address on your application.” He’d scanned the sheet of paper, then the applicant herself. At first glance, she looked much like the girls who filled the beaches of Southern California every weekend. White-blond hair, eyes more blue than green; she could have grown up at the beach instead of…double-checking…Rocky Peak, Washington.
“That’s right. I would never want to write something inaccurate.”
“So you don’t have an address?”
“Well, unless a license plate number counts, no. Not at the moment.”
A surge of protectiveness surprised him. Gracie Rockwell had a flyaway, elusive quality to her, as if a strong gust of wind could whisk her away. Someone needed to make sure that didn’t happen. “Don’t tell me you’re sleeping in your car.”
She said nothing, but her guilty expression gave her away.
“You can’t sleep in your car. That’s not safe.”
“Well, I’m sorry, but you’re not the boss of me. Unless you hire me, then of course you will be the boss of me, but even so, I still don’t think you can tell me what to do when I’m not on the clock. And I absolutely promise that I won’t sleep in my car while I’m on the clock. I would never sleep on the job. If you hire me, this cashier position will get my full and undivided attention.”
He’d stared at her blankly for a moment, taken aback by her waterfall of words. Was she trying to distract him with her odd logic?
“If I hire you, will you have a place to live that’s not a car?”
“If you hire me, yes.” Her definitive nod set his mind at ease.
He scanned the rest of her application. “No college?”
“No. How about you, have you been to college?”
He frowned at her. Kids were so cheeky these days. Not that she was so much younger—only about six years—but he generally felt ancient compared to others his age. “I’m not the one being interviewed.”
“Oh, sorry. I was just curious. This is my first job interview, so I’m not sure of all the rules.”
He checked her application again. “But you’ve worked at the Rocky Peak Lodge for over six years?”
“Yes, but I got lucky. I grew up there, so no one felt the need to interview me. It’s a good thing, because I never would have gotten hired if I had to go through all this.” She waved a hand at the application.
He smothered a laugh at the idea that filling out a one-page application was an arduous task. “Yeah, a lot of tough questions on here, especially that one about your address.”
“Oh, I didn’t mind. It was fun. You should try it.”
“Yes, fill out the application.” She pushed a pen across the table toward him. “Then we’ll start off on an equal footing because we’ll both know the same things about each other. College, mailing address, work experience, all the basics. It seems more balanced that way, don’t you think?”
Incredulous, he burst out laughing. “You know, I think I’d better hire you just so you don’t give any future interviewers a heart attack.”
“Okay. When do you need me to start? I’m available right away.”
She was so adorable that he hadn’t had the heart to tell her he’d practically promised the job to his girlfriend’s cousin.
And Sophie definitely let him have it when he broke the news to her. He knew she was adding it to the long list of ways he disappointed her. But when they inevitably broke up, at least he wouldn’t be stuck working with his ex-girlfriend’s cousin.
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About Jennifer Bernard:
Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious.