Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Faithful One - a new Billionaire Bride Pact Romance for Christmas

Yay for the billionaire bride pact! Jeanette Lewis asked me to write two more stories in the set. The Faithful One was originally dubbed The Lost One because Trin is the only friend who everybody has lost track of. I found her and she is awesome. Honestly, I just loved her and her story, most especially the billionaire heartthrob who literally shows up at her door, well, the door of her family's bed and breakfast that is now owned by said heartthrob's father. It's all kinds of drama, but that's what I love about it. I hope you enjoy the book. Hugs!



Find The Faithful One on Amazon.

Spend Christmas in a welcoming bed and breakfast filled with romance and heartache in the latest Billionaire Bride Pact by bestselling inspirational romantic suspense author, Cami Checketts.
Zander Keller survived a stint on reality TV and the addiction recovery center that fame forced him into, but he should never have agreed to do an undercover boss ploy to help his father. The beautiful manager of the Southern bed and breakfast makes him laugh and forget his troubles, until she tries to solve his commitment issues like every woman has since his mother's murder.
Trin Dean has no intention of becoming besotted with Zander like every other red-blooded female who drooled over him on television. But when he begins helping out at her ancestral bed and breakfast, she discovers the true Zander, who has overcome more heartache than most people can understand. Can she risk falling for him and jeopardize her job and the home her family has treasured for generations?

Excerpt of The Faithful One
“I try not to eat sugar, but there must be exceptions.”
Trin eyed him warily. “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t eat sugar.”
Zander chuckled. The warmth and depth of it washed over Trin. She had to resist fanning her face. Darn southern heat, right? It wasn’t him that was heating her up. But it was November and the high today was only seventy. She couldn’t really blame the environment for the flush to her skin.
“I’m eating it right now.” He took another bite of the cookie and a crumble of cinnamon sugar clung to the side of his lip. “Does that mean you can trust me?”
“You’re wearing it right now.” Trin reached up and brushed the crumble from his lip. Her fingers seemed to linger of their own accord. His lips and beard were much softer than they looked.
His eyes flashed up to meet hers. She swallowed hard and dropped her hand.
“Thank you,” he murmured.
Trin nodded and spun on her heel. Her heels clicked merrily on the tile floor. He followed her to the grand staircase and they walked side by side up it. He ran his hand along the oak banister. “Wow. I just keep feeling like I’m stuck in Gone with the Wind.”
“You say that like it’s a bad thing.”
“That show terrified me. I’m waiting for Scarlett to sweep down the stairs and tell me off.”
Trin laughed. “I’m scared of spiders,” she commiserated.
“And you live in the south?”
“I know, dumb, right?”
“I’ll kill all your spiders if you keep Scarlett away from me.”
They reached the landing and Zander extended his hand. Trin shook his hand, loving the feel of his strong fingers surrounding hers. “Deal.” She pulled her hand back, lest she forget she had a lot of reasons to be wary of this good-looking, lying man. “Women scare you?”
“No, just harpies.”
Trin had a flashback to him being on The Bachelor. He had gotten rid of any snarky or demanding women as quickly as possible. He’d ended up with some real sweethearts, but they still hadn’t made the cut. She would love to ask him about it sometime. If he ever owned up to who he was.
“I’ll keep the harpies away.” She smiled at him and pointed to her right. “Just down this hall, sir.”
“Oh, no, not you too. Everybody in the south calls me, sir, and I have to look around for my dad.”
Trin understood thinking only older people should be called sir and ma’am, but she saw an opportunity and pounced. What if she was one of the harpies she’d just promised to keep him away from? She thought how to phrase the question, but settled for, “Are you close to your dad?”
He nodded quickly. “He’s good to me.”
They reached the Sunny Suite.
“So, this is me?” Zander asked. He leaned against the door and Trin was reminded all over again why women thought he was such a heartthrob. The casual elegance. The perfectly sculpted facial features. The nicely-formed muscles that were large enough to be noticeable, but not bulky. He was obviously quite the athlete. She sighed and then caught herself.
“Yep.” Producing the key, she turned it in the lock, swung the door open, and handed him the key.
His fingers clasped around hers with the key between them. “No key cards at the Cloverdale Mansion?”
“No, sir.” Her house was old school and she liked it.
He smiled and released her hand. Trin took in a quick breath, reeling from his touch and the look in his eyes. He still hadn’t turned from staring at her to look into the room. It was one of her favorites—spacious and sunlit. He should probably check it out and stop checking out her.
“Are you pleased with your accommodations, sir?”
Zander cast a quick glance around the huge suite with large windows overlooking the rear lawn and gardens, a sitting area, huge bathroom with the original claw-foot tub and a brand new glass-enclosed shower, the four-poster bed that wasn’t original, but was period specific. He refocused quickly on Trin’s face. “It’s exquisitely beautiful.”



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