The Fiance’s Secret by Kimberley Montpetit
He’s a successful entrepreneur who almost has it all. She’s the long-ago crush—the girl who got away. When they meet again, fireworks explode once more. But will a buried secret steal their second chance at a happy ending?
Troy Thurlow let the girl of his dreams get away fourteen years ago, back when he was a high school football star. Now he’s a highly successful executive with a life most people only dream of. Still, he’s never stopped thinking about Jasmine, and wondering what would have happened if he’d ever had the courage to ask her on a date. When he meets her by chance on a New York business trip, he’s determined to take this second opportunity and run with it. That is, if his past doesn’t catch up with him first . . .
Jasmine Cervantes does “happily ever after” for a living, arranging dream-destination honeymoons for the fabulously rich and famous. But, so far, her own fairy-tale ending has eluded her. That is, until the boy she couldn’t stop dreaming about in high school barges unexpectedly into her office one day.
When the two start a whirlwind romance they begin to see that fate is giving them a helping hand. Until Jasmine ends up on Italy’s most romantic coast without him. Missing him desperately, she begins to believe that Troy is truly “the one.”
But he’s hiding something that could change everything . . .
“I have a confession to make,” she said, kicking up the sand with her toes.
“You—confessions?” Troy teased, but he seemed to tense as if unsure what she was about to tell him.
“I heard rumors that you were living out of the country. I figured I’d never see you again.”
“So why didn’t you come to our ten-year reunion?”
“I was on an important honeymoon trip right then. With Standing Ovation,” she quickly added with a laugh. “Not my own.”
Troy chuckled, but she thought she saw his jaw clench a little. “I figured that’s what you meant.”
“October in the South Pacific is very nice. That’s when the reunion was, right? At that point, the couple who wanted to honeymoon in Bali was our biggest client we’d ever had so I couldn’t tell my VP no.”
“I guess our lives weren’t meant to cross right then. Extended business trips that sometimes kept me away for a few months. Especially at the beginning of the founding of DREAMS. We were hustling like crazy. All of us keeping insane schedules.”
“That makes sense. Assumptions are often not true. Isn’t that human nature?”
They paused at the shoreline, warm waves tickling Jasmine’s ankles. She wrapped her other arm around Troy’s waist, snuggling into him tighter while he put his other arm around her, while they stood staring out at the Atlantic.
“You feel fantastic, Jasmine,” Troy whispered, brushing his lips against her hair.
“I was just thinking the same thing about you,” she whispered in return, her voice barely above the sound of the rushing ocean.
The water was black, but under the starlight, the waves were a soft, frothy white breaking along the shore.
Troy turned so that they faced each other, and Jasmine snuggled into his chest, his body warming hers in a perfect fit. She was dizzy with his closeness, longing for more.
“I can hear your heart pounding,” she told him, gazing up into his face.
“My heart’s going crazy because I’m overcome by the most beautiful woman in the world. If I go into cardiac arrest, just kiss me and I’ll come right back.”
“Like Sleeping Beauty kissing the prince instead of the other way around?”
5 stars! LOVED THIS ONE! I ended up binge reading it until I could barely keep my eyes open but it was totally worth it!
This book pulled at my heartstrings. I loved how the characters were developed so that I could clearly feel their emotions. This book was clean but still involved passion and I appreciate that. I loved every second.
Love, love, loved this book!!!!! If you want a book that will leave you feeling happy, satisfied, and so much more then read this book.
Author Kimberley Montpetit
When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.
She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and epic Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths Little.
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