No Gentle Giant – A Small Town Romance Read Online Nicole Snow

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Total pages in book: 142
Estimated words: 142681 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 713(@200wpm)___ 571(@250wpm)___ 476(@300wpm)
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No Gentle Giant - A Small Town Romance

Author/Writer of Book/Novel:

Nicole Snow

Language:
English
ISBN/ ASIN:
B096N2PDKK
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow returns with a steamy and electrifying standalone romance thriller where one ginormous protector goes all-in to win Miss Unlucky.
You know the drill. Big hands, big feet, humongous— Yikes. We're not going there for the thousandth time. I've got small-town problems aplenty and zero time for Paxton “Alaska” Charter. Crushing on smokeshow men with caveman vibes can't end well.
Sure, he saved my little coffee shop from total ruin once. Yes, my ovaries melt watching single dad of the century with his little boy.
Of course, I'd sleep like a baby if I let him work his former SEAL hero magic on my mess. That's not why I'm freaking out.
Nobody told me how devastatingly kind Alaska can be. Or the fact that his stubborn heart's even more guarded than mine.
If he comes barreling into my life, it's certain doom. And it's all thrown to the wind the day his kiss claims me.
We have to say goodbye. Right now. Before it's too late. He can't keep sheltering my body, stealing my heart, and igniting my soul. I won't drag this gentle giant down my abyss of ugly secrets.
But Alaska has other plans—and they scare me. Because they all involve impossible happily ever afters, no matter the cost.
***Full-length small-town standalone romance heaven. The butterflies come in force when one large and in-charge single dad steps in to rescue the girl who abandoned all hope and forgot how to love.
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1

No Gold Rush Town (Felicity)

There’s one rule, and one rule only, that holds steady in my life.

When things are going too good, it’s got to be bad.

Some folks win the lottery. They find love, fortune, fame, whatever they’re after, and it comes to them nice and easy-peasy.

Like putting in a mail-order for happiness and getting it delivered right to their front door—a shiny golden lump of giddy perfection, all signed, sealed, and delivered.

But for me?

Nope. That gold’s always turned out false, ugly, and made for fools.

And I’d be a ginormous fool to believe my current run of good luck isn’t about to turn around and kick me in the face with a karmic force that could rival a bull.

So, maybe that’s why I don’t know what to do with the fact that business at my little café is just about jumping through the roof.

The steady stream of happy customers, from regulars to tourists, just keeps coming.

Solid revenues that keep me in the black instead of familiar crisis red.

It’s shaping up to be a nice little nest egg—no pun intended, when my place is actually called The Nest—left over from the run of winter snow bunnies.

Plus, my latest side venture. Roasting my own beans and selling them online at a premium markup is going pretty well. Even with the discount I give my friend Clarissa Regis to keep the new Chicago branch of her expanding Sweeter Things shops well supplied, co-branding as Sweeter Grind.

I should be overjoyed. Breaking out a birthday party kazoo. Toasting my fortune with a strong tropical drink that has a fun roller coaster for a straw.

With all the trouble I’ve had just keeping the lights on at The Nest...this is a freaking miracle, and I should be freaking out with joy.

Instead? I’m looking over my shoulder with bated breath.

Just waiting for that other shoe to drop like a thundering jackboot.

Sooner or later, it always does.

Trust me.

This won’t last.

I’ve kinda learned to enjoy the little moments I have before they’re torn away from me.

If living in the moment is a survival mechanism, then it’s serving me well. This temporary calm right here, right now, has me pretty content.

The soft lights illuminate the intimate little clusters of customers gathered around for a little chatting and a lot of coffee. The fragrant scents of their brews—from bitter dark to blond and sugary-sweet—fill the café from wall to wall.

Call me weird, but I can smell every last nuance of my drinks, and remember what touches created that exact smell.

That little sprinkle of nutmeg and the dash of vanilla in a foamy cappuccino.

The heavy cream making that latte a little smoother, a little richer, a little closer to heaven.

The precision needed to make a dark roast that strong and bold, not bitter and burned.

It’s the little things that make sure my customers enjoy their experience, and never forget the first sip that left them jonesing for more.

It doesn’t matter if the drinks are disposable, gone faster sometimes than the time it takes me to actually make them.

Everyone who comes to The Nest feels like coming home when they catch that aroma, that taste, that special vibe.

Which is why I’m squinting, working on getting the taste juuust right for Andrea Silverton’s whipped mint mocha freeze when the bell over the door jingles, announcing a new customer.

I can’t look up just yet, not until I pile the whipped cream on top in a perfect cone of frosted mint-coffee dream. I narrow my eyes and give it a finishing swirl before I come back to earth.

“Ta-da!” I say, pushing the coffee shake across the counter.

Andrea, Blake’s punky purple-haired daughter, grins at me.

I don’t see that Clark boy with her today. But I give it about ten minutes before he’s here to steal her off into a corner where they’ll sit with their heads together, giving each other moony looks—until Blake comes to drag her home, pick up his wife, and ever-so-reluctantly give Clark a ride, too.

He’ll warm up to the boyfriend eventually, right?

He’s got plenty of time to try, considering his wife, Peace, is in here almost every night, strumming her guitar and serenading a very thirsty crowd.

“Thanks, Feliss,” Andrea says, flashing me a peace sign and a wink, irreverent as always. “How much do I owe you?”

“On the house tonight,” I tease. “Your stepmom’s my best entertainment.”

Andrea grimaces, glancing over at where Peace Silverton perches on a stool, fingers plucking softly on the strings. Her voice rises in a soothing, hypnotic melody over the murmurs of the crowd. “Jeez, enough with the stepmom stuff. She’s my friend.”

“Okay, babe. I’ll stop reminding you what a dirty old man your dad is.”

“Felicity!” Andrea sputters, swiping up her drink and going red to her ears.

“That’s my name. Don’t wear it out.” I have mercy, though, especially since I have customers waiting. Laughing, I shoo her off and snag a towel to wipe down a few drops of condensation off the gleaming lacquered bar. “Go steal a seat before they’re all gone.”


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