From New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey comes TOO CLOSE TO CALL, a novella in her Romancing the Clarksons Series published by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy today!
“Bree.” Her blood snapped with electricity at the sound of her name, said in that low drawl. Kyler stepped to the forefront of the crowd. The green eyes that still graced her dreams zeroed in, raking over her like they couldn’t help it.
Heaven above, four years looked incredible on him. Extra inches had been added everywhere. His height. The athletic breadth of his shoulders. The corded biceps that tested the stitching of his T-shirt sleeves. Even his thighs, which were wrapped up in faded denim, were exploding with muscle; thighs she’d spent a good portion of her youth perched on since Kyler never allowed her to sit anywhere but his lap, no matter where they were or whether it was appropriate. “Hello.”
“Hello,” she whispered. “You’re in town.”
His slow nod was so familiar a ripple moved through her. “Here for the week. Can I get you that coffee?”
“No.” She flushed over her own abruptness. “I meant to say, I can’t stay. I’m going to be late for an appointment.”
“Fine. I’ll walk you out.”
His expression dared her to say no. Challenged her. And for the first time since Kyler left, sexual awareness danced in her middle, sending a swift tremble down the length of her legs. Because her body hadn’t forgotten what often lay on the other side of those challenges. “Fine,” she breathed. “Suit yourself.”
For all his sexual energy, Kyler was a gentleman, straight down to the soles of his feet. So Bree wasn’t one bit surprised when his long gait ate up the distance between them. He reached over her head to push open the glass door, sending his scent crashing into her senses, the combination so familiar, Bree’s nipples tightened until she winced. Grassy fields and Nautica Blue aftershave.
Their gazes clashed, but Bree couldn’t decide if he’d worn the scent on purpose. His steady eyes gave nothing away. Before hers could betray her curiosity, Bree turned and passed through the door Kyler held open. And hell if it wasn’t the longest walk in history, his presence behind her looming larger than a mountain. Every eyeball in the diner was sure to be on them and the attention made Bree twitchy, her fingers yanking on the strings of her hoodie.
She needed to get this reunion over with as soon as possible. Being around Kyler would only make her wonder what might have been. That kind of thinking was pointless. Destructive.
Back in high school, the writing had been on the wall when it came to Kyler. Everyone knew he’d been destined for greatness. That he would shake off Bloomfield and put his name in the history books. She’d been selfish to stay with him for so long, absorbing his love and attention, all the while knowing she’d wave good-bye to him someday. The decision was a painful one, but it had been made and now she would stick to it.
About TOO CLOSE TO CALL:
All-American wide receiver Kyler Tate’s life is about to change. A fairytale college career skyrocketed him to the NFL draft. Adoration and opportunity are thrown in his direction wherever he goes, thanks to being chosen in the first round by the Los Angeles Rage.
None of the accolades mean anything, though, without his high school sweetheart, Bree Justice, by his side. Four years ago, she walked away from Kyler, choosing a quiet life over the flash and notoriety his career would someday bring.
Now he’s back in their Indiana hometown, refusing to leave for Los Angeles without her. Demanding she give their life together a shot. Her heart never stopped bleeding for the love of her life, but Bree’s decision was final. Too bad their wild attraction has only been amplified by their separation, and Kyler won’t quit until Bree is wearing his ring.
REVIEW (By Cindy)
Too Close to Call is
part of the 1001 series. It's installment
3.5 of Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the
Clarksons stories. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books; you won’t
be lost. Readers met Kyler Tate in Too
Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons 3). Too Close to Call is Kyler and Bree’s story, and it reads beautifully
as a stand-alone novella. I was hooked from page one. Did someone mention football?
Kyler Tate has It all.
An All-American wide receiver, and first round draft pick for the Los
Angeles Rage, everything Kyler has hoped for is becoming a reality. Except for one… With his NFL dream on the horizon, the only
thing Kyler can think of is that none of it means a thing without Bree Justice to
share it with.
Bree and Kyler were inseparable. As childhood sweethearts
in their small town of Bloomfield, Indiana. Kyler simply never imagined a life
without Bree. He’d planned it all in his mind. They would leave Bloomfield
together and attend college. Bree would focus on her pre-vet studies while
Kyler built his football career. But the night of their senior prom, Kyler’s plans
were crushed when Bree told him she wouldn’t be on the train to Cincinnati with
When I pick up a Tessa Bailey romance, there are a few
things I know I can expect. Romance. Well, duh. Heat. That’s a given. Dirty
talk. Yes Please. Some of my favorite Tessa Bailey heroes are the rough-around-the-edges,
determined tough guys. It’s always fun to see how they evolve in Tessa’s
capable hands. Kyler Tate is a different kind of hero. Kyler is lovable from
the start. Determined, to be sure, but with a different approach.
I loved these two characters. Their interactions were authentic
and believable. They were real. Perfect. Like that love young girls dream
of. You just knew from the minute Kyler and
Bree laid eyes on each other again that four years later, the connection was still
there. Undeniable. Now all Kyler has to do is convince Bree…
Five warm and fuzzy stars.
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What Is That Book About – ExcerptAbout Tessa Bailey: Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.