Series: The Sweet Contradiction Series #1
Author: Peggy Martinez
Published: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count: approx. 55,000
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: Minor Violence, sexual references
Age Recommendation: 17+
When Beth Michaels hightailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral.
There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating.
#1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type.
#2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal.
#3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem.
Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.
Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys aregood. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior.
His own … Sweet Contradiction.
“You know, I’m beginning to think you’re stalking me.”
I whipped around, my eyes wide in surprise. What were the odds? I rolled my eyes and clucked my tongue. “Don’t you wish, Matthew Wright?”
He was grinning crookedly at me, an almost-full basket of apples in his hand. “You know, if you’d just text me your agenda each day, we could just carpool to all these places instead of running into each other. Save gas.” He shrugged. I laughed loudly. Matthew Wright was something else.
“Is that your way of asking for my telephone number? You could’ve just asked,” I said with a cocky smirk. Matt walked closer and sat his basket on the ground nearby.
“Would you have given it to me?” he asked, his voice low and serious. I inhaled sharply, realizing the error of my ways. I didn’t want to lead him on. He was an amazing guy. I frowned.
“Hey, looks like you’ve still got some pickin’ to do.” He picked my basket up off of the ground to carry it along with his. I blew out a breath of relief. He’d changed the subject, and I was grateful. I reached up on my tippy toes to get an apple just out of reach.
Matt came up behind me and reached out next to me, his arm skimming mine, his body heat enveloping me. He reached the apple easily, plucked it off the tree, and held it out to me. I smiled shyly and wrapped my fingers around the fruit. Matt didn’t let go right away. His eyes captured mine, and I held my breath. He leaned in just a bit, just enough to make my heart pitter-patter in my chest.
“I’m going to kiss you, Elizabeth Michaels.”
He made his intentions clear and even though I knew I should shut him down, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Both of our hands were still wrapped around the apple when his lips met mine. He feathered a tender kiss across my lips, tasting and teasing just a little. The apple dropped to the ground between us, forgotten. Matt wrapped his arms around me and held me as he kissed me gently, like he hadn’t a care in the world except getting to know how well we went together. I was surprised to learn that we went together very, very well.
About the Author
When not writing, Peggy can be found spending time at home with her husband, her teen son and four little girls. She loves reading, writing, soap making, aromatherapy, gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse and downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles.
As if being a wife and homeschooling mom of five doesn’t keep her busy enough, Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has six published books, including The Time Warper Series and State of Decay. Peggy’s dream is to own a small homestead where she can raise some chickens along with her five kids, tend to a large garden and one day take her dream vacation’s to Ireland, Greece and Scotland.
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