Sunday Snippet: Just a Kiss by Erin Nicholas

Today’s snippet comes from one of my favorite series about family and friends. Erin Nicholas’s Bradford series is all sorts fun yummy deliciousness. If you haven’t yet read this series I suggest you correct this and do it all before Tuesday when the last book in the series Just a Kiss comes out. As a side note I have to admit I have NOT so patiently waited for this book to come as I have been half in love with Kevin ever since book 1.

“Third of all,” he went on, “I can’t sleep with her whether we’re married or not. It’s been too long. We barely know each other anymore.”

There was a pause as all the guys looked at him. Then Sam asked, “Is there a fourth of all coming?”

Kevin frowned. “No. Why?”

“Because the third of all kind of sucks.”

Dooley and Mac nodded. Kevin’s scowl got deeper. “Why does that suck? Just because a piece of paper says we’re married, doesn’t mean we’re married.”

“Don’t you want to be?” Sam asked. “Don’t you want to find the right girl and live happily ever after?”

Kevin opened his mouth but immediately realized there was only one thing he could say. He saw his friends living happily-ever-after every day. Did he want what they had?

“Yeah,” he admitted. “Of course I do.”

“Then doesn’t it make sense to at least see how it goes with the woman you’re already married to?” Mac asked. “This girl is the one that got away. You’re both single, you’re here, there’s still chemistry…why not find out what it means, if anything? The lawyer’s office and those papers will still be there down the road if you need them.”

That all sounded damned good to him. Too good. Too easy. Too…risky.

Kevin groaned and covered his face with his hands. It had been eight years. How could he be expected to not want to do all the things the guys were saying he could, and even should, do?

He might be a Christian, but he was still a guy. And it was still Eve they were talking about.

“It’s like I haven’t had candy in eight years and now someone threw open the door to the candy shop and said ‘it’s all yours’. I could make myself really sick doing that. Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should.”

“I disagree,” Dooley said, pushing himself up from the floor and tossing one of the game controllers to Mac. “I think you’re going to stand outside that shop staring, drooling, dreaming about it, distracted from everything else until you have a taste. You should march in there and eat until you can’t move. Then you’ll be able to tell if your cravings are because you haven’t been inside any candy store in so long or because you really want this candy.”

That sounded like a really good idea. A really, really tempting good idea. Which could lead to a major stomach ache. Or heartache.

“I…” Kevin started.

“I’m confused.”

They all swung toward the living room doorway. Eve stood holding a cardboard box with a paper bag balanced on top of it.

“Am I the candy or the whole shop?”

“I think you’re the whole shop, sweetheart,” Dooley said without missing a beat. “A variety of treats wrapped up in one tempting package.”

Though he couldn’t see him, Kevin was sure Dooley winked at her.

She’s unforgettable… and that’s exactly what got him into trouble the first time. 


The Bradfords, Book 5

As a paramedic in the busiest ER in the city, Kevin Campbell knows there’s no such thing as a typical night—but this one definitely has them all beat.

His dad’s been stabbed with a fork, his mom’s been in a fight, and it’s all because of a younger half-brother he never knew existed. And if that’s not enough, everyone seems to agree that Kevin should take the boy in for the six months during his mom’s rehab. Oh, and the annulment he thought he got fourteen years ago? Never went through.

It’s really too bad he gave up drinking and swearing.

Eve Donnelly is shocked to see Kevin again, but not surprised they’re still married. After all, she was the one who refused to sign the annulment papers. Now that she’s got Kevin back in her life, nothing else matters. Not even her past fourteen less-than-virtuous years. In fact, the truth about her life without Kevin isn’t even worth bringing up. She hopes.

When Eve offers to help Kevin with his younger brother, a sweet, devout preacher’s daughter seems like an answered prayer. Besides, things can’t get more complicated. Can they?

Warning: Contains a bad boy gone good, a good girl who knows all about being bad, and lots of hot, sweet, so-this-is-how-married-couples-do-it sex.




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