Virtual Book Tour Dates: 3/12/14 - 3/26/14
Genres: Sweet, Contemporary, Romance
Series: A Brookhollow Story
Friendship is overrated, if you ask her
She's always just been one of the guys…until she falls in love with one of the guys. Except Bailey Sheppard has carried a torch for firefighter Ethan Bishop since high school. And now that his long-term girlfriend has left him brokenhearted, she's free to go after what she's always wanted.
Not that Ethan sees Bailey as anything but a friend. A best friend maybe, but still not a woman he'd be interested in. Pining for his ex has made him blind to the possibility of happiness with anyone else…. But can Ethan resist a woman who knows what she wants?
Ethan snatched the phone away before Jim could answer the text, which he knew he was aching to do, and slid it into his shirt pocket. He pulled the truck to the side of the highway behind an old, rusted red Volkswagen Jetta and jumped down onto the gravel. He positioned two traffic cones in the inside lane, forcing the oncoming traffic to take the outside lane, as Bailey’s tow truck pulled in front of the Jetta and she climbed out, clipboard in hand.
“I’ll be here if you need me,” Jim called from inside the truck, reclining the seat and shutting his eyes.
“You’re not even going to get out of the truck?”
“It’s a simple backup call. I only came along to get out of clinic duty.”
Ethan shook his head as he closed the truck door. It amazed him how their work ethic differed so drastically. Jim was four years older, yet he’d never shown any interest in advancing his rank at the fire hall. Ethan had worked hard, proving himself to his senior coworkers and landing the position of captain by the time he was twenty-four.
He approached Bailey at the front of the vehicle where she spoke to a short, frazzled-looking bald man. “I’ll just need your driver’s license and your credit card…and I’ll have you hooked up and ready to go in just a few minutes. Feel free to sit in the truck to wait. The air-conditioning is on and it’s much cooler in there.”
The man disappeared inside the cab of the tow truck and Ethan waited until he was out of earshot before saying, “This car has to be at least thirty years old.” He leaned against the bumper to watch her work and the metal frame creaked in protest.
“That thing looks about to fall off,” she warned as she put the tow dolly’s coupler in open position by lowering the locking lever all the way down and inserting the locking pin to secure it in place.
Good point, he thought as he stood. “So, before I forget, we’re holding Luke’s bachelor party at the fire hall tonight—poker, darts, beer, the baseball game.… If you’re not doing anything, stop by.” Bailey was a regular at their weekly poker games, much to the dismay of the other guys, whose wallets she emptied.
“Stop by? To Luke’s bachelor party—the ultimate boys night?” She sounded incredulous as she inserted the electrical plug from the dolly into the switch on the back of the tow truck. That way the brake lights and turning signals on the dolly would work while en route to the shop.
“Yeah, why not?” He knew Luke wouldn’t mind. Bailey had always been like a third, less-annoying sister to the groom to be, and she kept his ancient, rusted-out truck on the road.
“I have Victoria’s bachelorette party tonight. A wine and cheese in the backyard of the Brookhollow Inn.” She crisscrossed the chains and connected them to the eyelets on the bumper of the car.
“That sounds awful.”
“You’re telling me.”
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My Review: 4 1/2 starsThis was a great read. I felt so badly for Bailey almost the entire book, because she’s just one of the guys. While that’s good in some ways, in others, it’s awful and heartbreaking. Bailey has stood by and watched as her best friend Ethan loved someone else for years. Then she stood by and held his hand to get through the breakup. When she finally talks to some of the girls in town about it, the girls realize it’s not so great to be “one of the guys”, because the guys just don’t see you as a woman. When Bailey made her move and Ethan rejected her, I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry for her. Talk about hurt feelings. This was an emotional book from start to finish for me, because I can relate to Bailey’s feelings throughout the book. Ethan, I understand never took the time to look at Bailey as a woman, only as his best friend. That’s just how guys are. But once Ethan did, he just kept getting more and more surprised at how strongly he was feeling for Bailey. And just how quickly those feelings were turning into something more. Then once things finally start coming together, they lose it all because of Ethan’s ex. She just shows up after six months and rips everything apart, thinking only of herself. At the last moment, Bailey once again goes and tells Ethan exactly how she feels and walks away, because it’s all she can do. Ethan, finally has seen the light and knows exactly what he’s losing when Bailey walks away again. But he feels he has no choice in the matter. To be honest, I was very surprised with the ending. I loved it, but was still surprised. Very realistic story line, wonderful characters that I really cared for and a great ending. I still would love more from Brookhollow!
About the Author:
Jennifer Snow is an Edmonton based author writing sweet contemporary romance fiction through Harlequin Heartwarming, The Wild Rose Press and Secret Cravings Publishing. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author Association, and SheWrites.org. More information can be found on her website www.jennifersnowauthor.com
Connect With The Author:
Author Jennifer Snow is giving away an ebook copy of What A Girl Wants, The Trouble With Mistletoe, and Mistletoe Fever at each tour stop. She’s also giving away five print copies of What A Girl Wants – tour wide! Open internationally. To enter, simply leave a comment with a valid email address. Follow the tour and enter at each stop for more chances to win! Winners will be randomly selected by the author after the tour is over. Enter 3/12/14 – 3/26/14 .