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HER HOTTEST SUMMER YET

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Everything she needs for a hot summer!

Ten years ago, New York society princess Avery Shaw had the perfect holiday…right before her parents divorced. Now, desperate to recapture that lazy, carefree feeling, she's returning to tropical Australia's Crescent Cove to see her friend Claudia. 

Only everything is different! Claudia's busy working, there are creepy-crawlies everywhere…and deliciously ripped surfer Jonah North is always there at the wrong time. He's every kind of wrong—the lust is uncontrollable, and in her experience that always ends badly. But she's leaving in two weeks—can she really turn down a tough, sexy Aussie man?

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Did you know...?

 

HER HOTTEST SUMMER YET is the first book in the THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS duet with Amy Andrews?

 

 

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REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES

 

 

THE DOG

 

 

Hull

 

 

 

 

THE BEACH

 

 

Crescent Cove

 

 

 

 

THE CAR

 

 

Vintage Camaro

 

 

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PINTEREST

 

For more images that helped inspire this story, check out Her Hottest Summer Yet Pinterest inspiration board here

 

 

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THE WORKING TITLE

 

"SUMMER LOVIN'"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT

  

Jonah North pushed his arms through the rippling water, the ocean-cool sliding over the heat-baked skin of his back and shoulders, his feet trailing lazily through the water behind him.

Once he hit a sweet spot - calm, warm, a good distance from the sand - he pressed himself to sitting, legs either side of his board.  He ran two hands over his face, shook the water from his hair and took in the view.

The town of Crescent Cove was nestled behind  a double row of palm trees that fringed the curved beach that gave the place its name.  Through the gaps were flashes of pastel - huge resorts, holiday accommodation, locally run shops, as well as scattered  homes of locals yet to sell out.  Above him only sky, behind and below the endless blue of the Pacific.  Paradise.

It was late in the morning for a paddle - there’d been no question of carving out enough time to head down the coast where coral didn't hamper actual surf.   Who was he kidding?  There was never any time.  Which, for a lobsterman’s son, whose sea legs had come in before his land legs, was near sacrilege.

But he was here now.

Jonah closed his eyes, tilted his face to the sun, soaked in its life force.  No sound to be heard bar the heave of his slowing breaths, the gentle lap of water against his thighs, a scream --

His eyes snapped open; his last breath trapped in his lungs.  His ears strained.  His gaze sweeping the gentle rolling water between himself and the sand, searching for --

There.  A keening.  Not a gull.  Not a jet ski.  Or music drifting on the breeze from one of the resort hotels.  Distress.  Human distress.

Muscles seized, ready for action, every sense on red alert, he waited.  His vision now locked into an arc from where he’d heard the cry.  Imagining the reason.  Stinger?  No, the beach was protected by a stinger net this time of year so it'd be tough luck if they'd been hit.

And then he saw it.

A hand.

His rare moment of quietude at a fast and furious end, Jonah was flat on his belly, arms slicing through the water, propelling him forward, before he took his next breath.

With each swell he glanced up the beach to see if anyone else was about.  If anyone was on their way.  But the life saving flags were further around, this part of the beach clear bar a furry blot of brown and white dog patiently awaiting his return.

Jonah kept his eyes on the spot, recalculating distance and tidal currents with every stroke.   Even after the hand disappeared beneath the waves.

He’d practically been born on the water, reading her was as natural to him as breathing.  But the ocean was as cruel as she was restorative, and if she decided not to give up, there wasn’t much even the most sea-savvy person could do.  He knew.

As for the owner of the hand?  Tourist.  Not a single doubt in his mind.

The adrenalin thundering through him spiked when sunlight glinted off skin close enough to grab.   Within seconds he was dragging from the water a woman.

Her hair was so long it trailed behind her like a curtain of silk, so pale it blended with the sandy backdrop behind.  Her skin so fair he found himself squinting at the sun reflecting off her long limbs.  And she was lathered in so much damn sunscreen she was as slippery as a fish and he could barely get a grip.

And that was before she began to fight back.  “No!” she spluttered.

“Bloody hell woman,” Jonah gritted out.  “I’m trying to rescue you, which will not be possible unless you stop struggling.”

The woman stopped wriggling long enough to shoot him a flat stare.  “I’m an excellent swimmer,” she croaked.  “I swam conference for Bryn Mawr.”  

Not just a tourist, Jonah thought, her posh American accent ringing in his ears.   From the whole other side of the world.

“Could have fooled me,” he muttered.  “Unless that’s what passes for the Australian Crawl stateside these days.”

The stare became a glare.  And her eyes...  A wicked green, they were, only one was marred with a whopping great splotch of brown.  Strangest thing he’d ever seen.

And while he stared, her hand slipped.  Lucky she had the smarts to grab the pointy end of his board, leaving him to clench his thighs for all he was worth.  When her glare reached epic proportions that time he probably deserved it.

“Honey,” he growled, by then near the end of his limited patience, “I understand that you’re embarrassed.  Getting yourself into a position where you need to be rescued must be humiliating.  But think on this; would you rather be humbled or dead?”

Her strange eyes flinted at the Honey, not that he gave a damn.  All he cared was she gave a short nod.  The sooner he dumped her back on the sand and got on with his day the better.  And if a dose of reality was necessary to get it done then so be it.

“Good.  Now, hoick yourself up on three.”  When her teeth clamped down on her bottom lip to suppress a grimace, and her fair skin came over paler again, he knew there’d be no hoicking.  “Cramp?”

Her next grimace was as good as a yes.

Damn.  No more finessing.   In for a penny, Jonah locked his legs around the board, hooked his elbows under her arms and heaved.

She landed awkwardly in a mass of gangly limbs and sea water.   Only Jonah’s experience and strength kept them  from ending up arse up, lungs full of sea water, as he slid her onto his lap, throwing her arms around his neck where she gripped like a limpet.  He grabbed her by the waist, what little there was of it, and held her still as the waves they’d created settled to a gentle rock.

Jonah wondered at what point the woman would become aware that she was straddling him, groin to groin, skin sliding against him all slippery and salty tacky.  Because after a few long moments it was just about all he could think about.  Especially when with another grimace she hooked an arm over his shoulder, the other cradling the back of his head, and stretched her leg sideways, flexing her foot, easing out the cramp, her eyes fluttering closed as her expression eased into bliss.

He ought to have cleared his throat, or shifted her into a less compromising position, but with those odd eyes closed to him, he got a proper look.   Neat nose, long curling lashes stuck together with seawater, mouth like a kiss waiting to happen.  If he had to have his paddle disturbed, may as well be by a nice-looking woman...

Tourist, he reminded himself.

And a much as the tourist dollar was his life’s blood, and that of the entire Cove, most of them forgot to pack their full compliment of common sense; not enough room in the bag with their Hawaiian shirts, Havana shorts and Havaiana thongs.

And they were the uncomplicated ones.  The ones who were happy to come, and happy to go home.  Lanky Yankee here - a city girl with clear dibs on herself - had complication written all over her pale face...

 

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