Melinda Dozier Breaks The Rules!
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A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who—even strapped in a cast—has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.
Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk.
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He shook his head. “I can’t believe we’re doing this.”
“Doing what?” She looked around, confusion in her eyes.
“Talking about the weather.” He scooted closer to her, making her back up toward the railing.
“Colin—” A warning came from her mouth.
He scooted her all the way back. “You can’t go around saying stuff like you did back there and just pretend nothing’s happening.”
“I’m sorry, Colin. I didn’t think before I spoke.”
He put his arms around her, holding onto the rail. “Sometimes it’s better to just speak what’s on your mind.” He lifted one hand and caressed her cheek. “Damn it, Hope. Life is too short to ignore the truth and the truth is that we are extremely attracted to each other.”
She opened her mouth, then closed it before saying anything. He was right, but she didn’t know what to do about it.
“Don’t deny it.” He brought his thumb down and touched her bottom lip.
Leaning into his touch, she said, “Remember we’re just friends.”
He shook his head. “To hell with friends, Hope. I haven’t felt like this in so long.” He placed his forehead on hers and leaned in more. Enough that she could feel his quickened breath on her chin.
“Me too.” She sighed. Leaning back, she looked in his eyes. “I know it’s not fair, but we can’t.”
“I’m not going to lie—this is freakin’ frustrating.” He scraped his hand over his face. “I mean, I haven’t been on a date in months, because I just don’t feel it with anyone. Then, when I do feel ‘it,’ I can’t do anything about it.”
She looked down. “I feel the same way and I’m frustrated, too.”
“Then why are we ignoring it? Even the tarot card lady said we should be more than friends.”
She rolled her eyes. “Oh, and she is a knowledgeable source to trust.”
“Just hear me out, Hope.” He stroked her hair, causing her heart to beat faster. “We’ve had an amazing afternoon together.” He pointed back and forth between them. “This is who we really are. You. Me. Hope and Colin. Just two people having an incredible time together. See how much fun we can have if we forget all the labels? No principal, parent, doctor bull crap. Just us.”
She sighed and looked into his eyes. “It has been a great day.”
“You need to just stop thinking about all the reasons why we shouldn’t be together and look at the one reason why we should.” He held her chin up. “Us.”
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