A second chance is the best Christmas gift of all. Out of money and out of options, Skylar Davis returns to Christmas, Colorado, seeking the comfort of her best friends. With the small mountain town all decked out for the holidays, there's no place Skylar would rather be . . . until she comes face-to-face with one of her biggest mistakes: the town's gorgeous mayor. Ethan O'Connor likes his life drama-free and predictable. Then Skye blows back into town, as impulsive and passionate as ever. He's never been able to forget their time together, but she's exactly the kind of distraction he can't afford right now. With snow in the air and the magic of the season all around them, will a Christmas miracle bring them back together at last? Contains the bonus short story "Christmas With an Angel."
Release date: September 25, 2018
Print pages: 400
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It Happened at Christmas
Seven months ago, she’d had those glasses ripped right off her face, and her life had become stomach-churningly horrible. Six weeks ago, it went from horrible to downright scary. Which was why she was hiding out in the small town of Christmas, Colorado. Well, that and she only had a couple hundred pennies to her name.
Another reason for choosing Christmas, she had free room and board courtesy of her best friend Madison McBride—although she had a feeling that wasn’t going to last much longer. The fact her best friend was married to a big, hot sheriff didn’t hurt, either. At least Skye had protection if Scary Guy discovered where she was. But right now, the person she needed to avoid was her best friend.
Skye cast a nervous glance behind her, releasing a relieved breath when she didn’t spot a familiar face among the crowd. In the middle of a wave of people heading down Main Street, she bent her knees and bowed her head in an effort to make herself less visible. Granted, it was a little hard to be inconspicuous wearing a Sugar Plum Cake Fairy costume. And somehow she’d wound up in the middle of a group of tourists from Japan. Up ahead, she spotted a couple of men taller than she was and started toward them.
One of the tourists snagged her arm. “Picture.” He smiled, holding up his camera.
Two more men held up their cameras. “You. Picture.”
“At the park. Okay?” Skye smiled, pointing to where the Fourth of July festivities were being held. They’d draw less attention there, and if she spotted Maddie, Skye could duck behind a tree. She went to walk away and caught a glimpse of a tall, broad-shouldered man in a light gray suit, the sun glinting off his tawny blond hair as he held court on the sidewalk with a statuesque brunette at his side.
Skye’s smile froze on her face, a drawn-out no echoing in her head. She’d overheard someone say that Republican senatorial candidate Ethan O’Connor had another speaking engagement and was heading out of town. If she’d known he was sticking around, she would’ve hidden out at the bakery. She’d been humiliated enough for one day, thank you very much.
Her gaze shot to the pastel-painted shops across the street to her left. Seriously? she thought, at the sight of the beautiful blonde wearing a floral sundress standing beneath the purple-and-white-striped awning of the Sugar Plum Bakery. It was her best friend, Maddie McBride.
And one more example of how dramatically Skye’s luck had changed.
Since bemoaning the situation wasn’t going to save her further humiliation and neither was standing there, Skye did the only thing she could think of and dropped to her knees. Forcing a smile for the worried faces looking down at her, she said, “I lost my wand,” surreptitiously tucking the aforementioned item beneath her dress.
“Excuse me. Pardon me. Lost wand,” she explained, duckwalking through the crowd as fast as the position allowed.
“I’ll help you find it, Sugar Plum Cake Fairy,” offered a little girl, her dark curly hair caught up in red, white, and blue ribbons.
“Me too,” volunteered a little boy, a miniature American flag clutched in his small hand.
Before long, Skye had a line of children waddling after her. She was like a mother duck with her ducklings following behind. They looked so darn cute that she would’ve had an aw moment if she didn’t feel like throwing up. She’d been feeling that way a lot lately.
Her day so far wasn’t helping matters. Because she hadn’t contributed to the Jack-and-Grace fund, Maddie no doubt suspected that Skye, who’d once had more money than God, was now as poor as Jesus. And then there was Ethan O’Connor, the man she’d had a one-night stand with—and Skylar Davis did not do one-night stands—who was in town looking even more breath-stealingly gorgeous than she remembered. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the first time she saw Claudia Stevens, the bane of her teenage existence, she was in Christmas on Ethan’s arm instead of in Texas where she belonged.
Skye’s father, William Davis, referenced Claudia—an old family friend—in every one of his it’s-time-to-grow-up lectures. “Why can’t you be more like Claudia?” was his constant refrain as he compared the other woman’s many accomplishments to Skye’s nonexistent ones.
With the reminder of just how crappy her day had been, Skye was more determined than ever to avoid all three of them and crouched lower. As she made her way to the front of the crowd, beads of perspiration rolled into her eyes, blurring her vision. She went to rub the drops away with the hand that held the wand. Oops. “Look at that,” she said, turning to the children. “It’s my magic wand. Silly me, I should’ve wished for it sooner.”
She winced at the crestfallen expressions on their cute little faces because she’d found her wand without their help. In an effort to counter their disappointment, Skye raised it, nodding at the sparkly sugar plum on the end. “You know what, my wand just told me it didn’t find me because of my wishes, it was because of all of yours. Yay, you guys.” She clapped her hands, relieved when they joined in.
“That makes us your fairy helpers, doesn’t it?” said the first of her volunteers.
“Yes, it does.” Skye smiled, looking through a sea of legs to get her bearings. A few more yards and she’d be on the path to the park. She felt like clapping her hands again. “I have to go now. Thanks for all your help.”
“Can we have tiaras like yours?” asked a little girl, her blue eyes hopeful behind her pink-framed glasses.
Skye fingered the jeweled crown with the tiny cupcakes glued to each point. She’d love to give the tiara away. When Grace, her friend and boss, had first broached the idea of Skye being the Sugar Plum Cake Fairy, she’d jumped at the chance. But that was when she thought it was a paid position. When she found out it wasn’t, she kind of thought it was cool that she’d be the face of the Sugar Plum Cake Fairy in the book. It wasn’t until they fitted her with the costume, and she realized they meant for her to wear it in public, that she wanted to say, No way, no how. But she couldn’t. Even though Grace didn’t have the money in her budget to hire Skye, she’d given her a job at the bakery. So Skye had no choice but to accept the role as the bakery’s mascot to repay Grace for her kindness.
Today was Skye’s debut as the Sugar Plum Cake Fairy. And as her newfound bad luck would have it, she’d been in costume when she saw Ethan for the first time in three months and Claudia for the first time in ten years. Ethan had restrained his laughter. Claudia, not so much. And the woman was bound and determined to get a picture of Skye looking like an idiot to post on social media.
“I wish I could, sweetie, but there’s only one tiara like this in the whole, wide world.” At the little girl’s disappointed look, Skye did a quick head count. She got paid next week, so she should be good. “But because you’re my special helpers, you all get a free cupcake from the bakery this week. You just tell them the Sugar Plum Cake Fairy sent you.”
“Yay.” The little girl bounced up and down, and her friends joined in.
Oh, gosh, they’re getting kind of loud. Afraid they were going to draw unwanted attention, Skye put a finger to her lips. “Shush, we don’t want anyone else to know. It’s our secret. Okay?”
They nodded, and Skye went to stand up. Several of the children threw their arms around her. “We love you, Sugar Plum Cake Fairy.”
“Aw, I love you guys, too.” Maybe this job wasn’t so bad after all. She’d always enjoyed spending time with kids. Some people told her it was because she still thought she was one. She didn’t know what the big deal was. In her opinion, the world would be a better place if more adults kept their inner child alive, holding on to that natural curiosity, the ability to appreciate the simple things in life and have fun. She supposed that was easy for her to say. She’d never had to work for a living or worry about paying bills or putting a roof over her head or clothes on her back.
She sighed. Not until now she hadn’t.
Skye waved good-bye and speed-walked to the path.
Maddie’s stepdaughter, Lily, ran toward Skye, her chestnut-colored ponytail bouncing, and caught her by the hand. “Auntie Skye, I’ve been looking all over for you. Mommy wants to talk to you.”
Skye couldn’t help but smile. She loved that Maddie’s stepdaughters called her Auntie. In a way, it was true. Since she was an only child, Skye thought of her best friends, Maddie and Vivi, as her sisters. But she wasn’t quite ready to face her sister just yet. Skye needed time to put a positive spin on her situation.
Her gaze darted to the park, and she spotted the bright blue port-a-potty in the distance. “Tell Mommy I’ll catch up with her in a bit. I have to go.” She nodded in the direction of the portable outdoor toilet.
Lily frowned. “Mommy’s at the bakery. It’s closer.”
Too bad Lily was as smart as she was adorable. Skye shot a look at the crowd working its way up the street and caught sight of the tourists. “Right, but I promised some people I’d take a picture with them. I won’t be long.”
Skye waved and headed down the path. To her left, a man shouted out for Ethan. Please, let it be another Ethan. She glanced in the direction he’d called from. Sure enough, there was the man himself entering the park with Claudia on his arm. Skye took off at a run. By the time she reached the port-a-potty, she was out of breath.
This hiding-out crap is exhausting.
A big, burly man with a full beard stepped out of the port-a-potty and gave her an apologetic shrug.
How bad could it be? Skye thought, stepping inside. She slapped a hand to her mouth and nose. It smelled like someone had died in there. Several someones, and a long time ago. She whipped around, about to get out, when she heard, “Is that Kendall?”
Skye ducked inside, slammed the door, and locked it. There was only one person who called her by her legal name, and that was Claudia. Skye had started using her middle name when she left Texas. The one her mother had chosen. It was Skye’s way of thumbing her nose at her father’s attempt to change her into the daughter he wanted her to be. Someone William Davis, the former governor of Texas and right-wing Republican, could be proud of.
Someone like Claudia.
Breathe, Skye told herself in hopes of calming her jackrabbiting pulse. For goodness’ sake, you idiot, don’t breathe! She lifted the hem of her dress and pressed it to her face, gagging into the silky fabric. The claustrophobic space was closing in around her, and the temperature felt twenty degrees hotter than outside. Holding her breath, she fanned herself with her dress. When the lack of oxygen began to make her dizzy, she once again buried her nose in the purple fabric and released it.
Okay, relax. Think of walking through the forest in winter, the snow crunching underfoot, your breath a crystallized cloud. Yes, she almost cheered; it was working. The room felt cooler, the space less confining. But the smell… she retched, automatically leaning toward the black hole. She jerked back when she realized what she was doing. Hurry up, think of… think of something that smells amazing, something you want to… Do not think of that!
She couldn’t help it. Once the images started, she couldn’t make them stop. The memory of that night with Ethan played out in her mind. Oh, but he had smelled amazing, and all that lean, sculpted muscle, his large… arms, his arms! Voices coming in her direction snapped her back to the here and now.
Good, that was good.
“Claudia said she saw her going in there, Madison.”
Bad. Very bad.
That was Ethan’s voice. Ethan’s incredible, swoon-worthy voice. She scowled as the thought popped into her head. The sewage must be poisoning her brain, she decided, pinching her nose and breathing through her mouth. The man was a right-wing, judgmental conservative who was as critical of Skye’s lifestyle as her father was.
Oh no, now she could taste it. She made small, retching sounds as the cupcakes she’d eaten earlier curdled in her stomach.
“Skye, are you in there?” Maddie asked, tapping on the door. “Skye?” She tapped again.
If Skye stayed quiet, maybe they’d leave. She moved away from the door, which put her closer… She started gagging, and stumbled backward, bouncing off the wall.
“Skye, Lily said she saw you running over here. Are you okay? Do you need help?”
“I’m fine. I’ll be out in a minute. You can go…” She gagged again before she got back to the bakery out.
“You don’t sound fine, and we’re not going anywhere until we know you’re all right,” Ethan said, his voice whiskey smooth and deep.
“I am. It’s the door.” She rattled it for effect. “It’s stuck, and I can’t get out. So if you could go and get someone… if all of you could go and get someone, that’d be great. Thanks.” And when they did, she’d escape to the woods. The sweat trickling down her chest and back had turned the sparkly purple fabric to shrink-wrap, while the humidity had turned her long, wavy hair into a frizz ball. There was no way she was going to face Mr. and Ms. Perfect looking like something the dog had dragged in and shaken a couple of times before he did.
“Okay, I’ll try and get it to open,” she heard Ethan say.
“No, that’s not a good idea.” The door handle moved, and a metallic scraping sound came from the other side. “What are you doing?”
“Picking the lock.”
“You can’t pick locks,” she blurted in desperation, swiping her arm across her damp forehead. “You’re a lawyer, and you’re running for political office.”
“Appreciate the concern for my reputation, cupcake. But it’s a port-a-potty, and I’m rescuing a damsel in distress.” She heard the amusement in his voice.
“I don’t need rescuing. Go away.” She stupidly took a deep breath to calm herself and started retching again. She sounded like she was horking up a hairball. Covering her mouth and nose with both hands, she turned away, hoping to muffle the noise.
“Hang in there, sweetheart. Just a little bit… There, got it.”
Her eyes widened, and she whipped her head around, reaching for the handle just as it turned. She dug her heels in the damp floorboard, holding on to the handle with both hands.
“Huh, the lock released, how come…” He pulled on the door, a sliver of light entering the space.
They played a silent game of tug-of-war; she leaned back, he inched her forward, she leaned back, he inched her forward. Then, with one last yank from his side, she went flying out the door. Landing hard on her hands and knees at his feet, her tiara askew, Skye threw up on Ethan’s Italian leather shoes.
* * *
The last thing Ethan expected was for Skylar Davis to come flying out of the port-a-potty and land on her hands and knees at his feet. Considering how any interaction he’d ever had with her ended in some kind of drama, he shouldn’t have been surprised.
Moving his shoes out of the line of fire, he crouched beside her and gathered the thick mass of sweat-dampened butterscotch curls in his hand, holding them back from her face. It reminded him of that night a few months ago when he’d had those long locks wrapped around his fist. Unlike now, she’d been making soft, sexy sounds in her throat, her incredible body moving in a sensual rhythm beneath his.
Caught up in the memories, it took Ethan a minute to realize Skye was looking at him from under her ridiculously long lashes. “Sorry, I—” She nudged her chin at his shoes before being overcome by a dry heave.
He grimaced. “Don’t worry about it.” At a loss as how to help her, he went to rub her back, but the lilac wings attached to the sparkly purple fabric got in the way, and rubbing any lower would only get him in trouble. Eight hours after she’d rocked his world that night in April, she’d made it clear she didn’t want him to touch her again. Oh yeah, he had enough experience with a ticked-off Skylar Davis to know better and dropped his hand to his side.
Behind him, Claudia Stevens, his campaign manager, choked out, “Oh, my God, I’ve never smelled anything that bad. I think I’m going to throw up.”
Skye’s cheeks went from pasty white to hot pink. “It wasn’t me. There was a man…” She sighed, pushing herself upright. “It’s a port-a-potty. What do you expect?”
Given the squinty-eyed look Skye aimed at Claudia, Ethan figured he could do both women a favor. He’d seen Skye’s face when Claudia had recognized her at the ceremony earlier today. Added to his campaign manager’s comments, it was obvious the two women had a history. In Skye’s case, it didn’t appear to be a happy one. Then again, she hadn’t been happy to see him, either. Too bad—he didn’t plan on going anywhere until he knew she was all right.
He turned to Claudia, who stood a few feet away in a conservative red dress with a handkerchief pressed to her nose. “Why don’t you head to the booth? I’ll be there shortly.”
Her glossy red lips pursed as she looked from Skye to the port-a-potty. “All right, but you’re scheduled to take part in the hamburger-eating contest in fifteen minutes.”
As a weak groan escaped from Skye, Ethan stood up and offered her a hand. “Might help to settle your stomach if we move away from here.”
“There’s your mother.” Claudia waved. “Over here, Liz.”
Skye groaned louder this time, her gaze shooting to the trees. “Don’t even think about it,” Ethan said, helping her to her feet. “You’re too weak to make a run for it.”
“I wasn’t going to make a run for it,” she scoffed, tugging her hand from his, but he didn’t miss the way her eyes darted from his mother back to the woodland path.
Raising a skeptical brow as he grabbed his bottle of water from the trampled grass, he moved her upwind of the port-a-potty. She rolled her eyes at him, but he wasn’t buying it. His mother, Liz O’Connor, and Skye weren’t exactly on speaking terms. Three months ago, Liz had threatened to have her arrested.
Ethan offered Skye his bottled water. She gave him an as-if look. “I’ll take some gum if you have any.”
He should’ve known better. In their brief time together, Skye, an environmental activist, had lectured him about the damage bottled water did to the environment and the amount of chemicals contained in the plastic. Handing her a stick of gum, he said to Claudia, “Do me a favor and cut my mother off at the pass. I need to speak to Skye for a sec… in private.”
“Skye? Oh right, I keep forgetting that you changed your name, Kendall. Don’t be long, Ethan. We don’t want to keep people waiting. Kendall, come find me later. We have lots to catch up on, and I have to get a picture of you in your adorable costume.”
He heard Skye mutter “Not if I can help it” under her breath before she forced a smile and said, “Sure.”
Claudia bent down to tug her red-spiked heel from the grass, then gingerly made her way down the incline to meet his mother.
“So,” Ethan said, returning his attention to Skye, “how do you know Claudia?”
Head bowed, she yanked on the low-cut bodice. He imagined the effort was intended to keep her full breasts from practically falling out of her dress. Other than distracting him, it wasn’t working. With one last frustrated tug, she blew out a breath and looked up at him. “Our fathers are friends. Richard helped get my dad elected. How did you end up with Claudia as your campaign manager?”
“Richard and my dad were both aides in the Ford White House. They stayed in touch. He advised my parents on their breeding stock, sold them a couple of horses. When my mother told him I was running for the state senate, he suggested I hire Claudia.”
“Yeah, it is.” He shoved his hands in his pants pockets and asked her the question that had been bugging him since he’d discovered who she was. “How come you never told me your dad was William Davis or that your real name is Kendall?”
She gave him a bewildered look. “Why would I?”
“Oh, I don’t know, Skye. Maybe because we spent the night together.”
“I…” she began, then frowned. “You’re serious.” She shrugged. “We slept together, Ethan. It’s not like we had a relationship.”
She was right, of course. But that didn’t stop the slow burn building in his gut. Because the thing was, she had rocked his world that night. He moved closer, leaning into her. “Yeah, well, when I’m deep inside a woman and shouting her name, I’d like to know it’s the right one.”
“Quid pro quo, Ethan. It would’ve been nice to know before we made love that you thought I was some flighty, spoiled rich girl who needed to grow up, and that the causes I supported were nothing more than a joke to you. For that matter, everything I believe in, everything I feel strongly about, you—”
It was kind of hard to take her seriously when she was standing in front of him wearing wings, her cupcake crown sliding onto her forehead. He reached out to straighten it while fighting back a grin. “That’s not what I said. You didn’t give me a chance to explain before—”
Her eyes widened, and she pushed his hand away, shoving the crown back on her head. “You’re doing it again. You think I’m a—”
At the sound of someone approaching, Ethan looked up to see his mother marching toward him with Claudia in tow. “Uh, Skye,” he went to interrupt her, but she was off on a tangent and didn’t stop to take a breath.
“You know what? I don’t care. What happened between us was a mistake, and one I have no intention of repeating. I will never sleep with you again, Ethan O’Connor.”
Because Skye’s voice got increasingly louder the more agitated she became, his mother heard her and shot him an accusatory stare. Claudia shot him a disbelieving one. And Skye, who’d just then realized she had an audience, looked like she wanted to turn him into a toad.
“Mom, you remember Skye, Madison’s best friend?” He gave Liz a warning look, one he hoped she wouldn’t ignore.
“Ms. Davis.” His mother directed a tight nod at Skye and looped her arm through his. “Darling, they’re waiting for you to start the hamburger-eating contest.”
“Hi, Mrs. O’Connor,” Skye said politely. “I have to get going, too. Cake Fairy duties, you know. Have fun eating all those cows… I mean burgers.” She started to walk away, then turned and took the bottle of water from his hand. “We can’t have the senator-to-be looking less than his best, now can we?” Before he realized what she was up to, Skye unscrewed the cap and doused his shoes with water.
Ethan raised his eyes from his now-clean but soaked shoes. With a withering smile, Skye handed him the empty bottle. “When you get tired of killing poor, defenseless animals to adorn your feet, let me know. Target has a great deal on pleather ones.”
Her mouth hanging open, his mother stared after Skye. “I can’t believe she just did that. What is wrong with that girl?” She pinched his arm. “And what is wrong with you? I can’t believe you slept—”
“I’m thirty-six years old, Mom, who I… spend time with is none of your business.” He watched Skye, wings flapping, flounce toward Madison, who was jogging up the path with a man in a blue uniform shirt.
“It most certainly is my business. You’re running for state senate. Being involved with a woman like Skylar Davis would destroy your chances.”
“We’re not involved. But I think you’re being overly dramatic.” And he’d had about all the drama he could take for one day.
Claudia looped her arm through his. “I’m happy to hear that, Ethan, because Liz is right. She’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare. Well, the manager of a Republican candidate’s worst nightmare, at least,” Claudia said with a laugh, then tilted her head to study him. “I’m surprised you were involved with her. You two have nothing in common.”
Ethan was only half-listening to Claudia. He was too busy watching a group of kids swarm Skye. They wrapped their arms around her legs and waist, tugging on her hands. She laughed, playfully spinning in a circle as they hung off her.
“Ethan O’Connor, get that smile off your face and stop looking at that girl,” his mother snapped. “You’re like a dog in heat.”
“Nice, Mom, real nice,” he said, as they headed in the direction of the sign-up booth. Both women clung to his arms as if they didn’t trust him not to go chasing after Skye with his tongue hanging out and his tail wagging.
A distinct possibility.
Because from the first time he’d laid eyes on Skylar Davis, he’d wanted her with an intensity that nearly knocked him on his ass. And once he got her in his bed, he didn’t want to let her go. But he was smart enough to realize that both Claudia and his mother were right. Any involvement with Skylar Davis would kill his chances in the election.
She was a bleeding-heart liberal who believed in same-sex marriage and gun control and could turn a simple difference of opinion into a reason for all-out war. And there was nothing Ethan wanted more than to win a seat in the state senate. He’d made a promise to his father, and he planned to keep it.
Her cheeks heating with embarrassment, Skye stomped away. The least Ethan could’ve done was warn her his mother was within earshot. Liz O’Connor had looked at her like she was the lowest of the low, a sleazy ho. Admittedly the costume Skye wore pushed her B-cup boobs into the C-cup vicinity, but she was so not a ho.
Skye didn’t know why she let Liz O’Connor’s opinion of her bother her, anyway. A few months ago, she’d threatened to have Skye arrested after Skye had accidentally dumped champagne on Ethan’s head. Okay, so maybe she’d done it on purpose—but really, talk about an overprotective mama bear. Skye never would’ve taken Ethan for a mama’s boy, but obviously he was.
Too bad he was also one of the most drool-worthy men she’d ever met. And not only was he off-the-charts gorgeous, he knew how to put his strong, athletic body and talented hands to good use. He’d given Skye one of the most incredible, unforgettable nights of her life. And despite being in the middle of throwing up, when his hand brushed her neck as he caught up her hair, she felt a heated tremor course through her body at the memory of what those clever fingers could do, of how gentle, considerate, and kind he could be.
If she hadn’t been tossing her cupcakes, she might have thrown herself into his arms and let him kiss away all her worries and fears. And that would’ve been just one more mistake to add to the mile-high pile she’d made in the last several months. She didn’t need another straitlaced, uptight conservative telling her how to live her life. She got enough of that from her father, thank you very much.
Maybe it was a good thing Liz O’Connor hated her after all. She’d do everything in her power to keep Ethan away from Skye. Granted, Skye had probably achieved the same results all on her own when she’d drowned his Italian leather shoes.
She groaned at the sight of her best friend coming up the path with the port-a-potty man. Skye didn’t need this right now. When several of her fairy helpers darted with excited squeals past Maddie to converge on Skye, she sent her thanks to the universe. A little boy clung to her leg, two girls to her waist, while two other boys grabbed her by each hand.
“Hi, guys,” Skye laughed, her earlier embarrassment and temper dissipating.
For Maddie’s benefit, she forced herself to laugh louder, twirling in circles with the kids hanging off her in a bid to get further away from her best friend.
It didn’t work. “Hey, kids, I have to steal the Sugar Plum Cake Fairy from you,” Maddie said, stopping Skye mid-twirl.
From the determined look on her best friend’s face, Skye realized the jig was well and truly up. It was probably for the best. Maybe her stress levels would diminish once she confessed to Maddie. Keeping her financial predicament from her best friend had bothered Skye. Especially since she’d already told Grace. But her other secret, the Scary Guy secret, she couldn’t bring herself to share. Because while losing her trust fund wasn’t entirely her fault, what happened with Scary Guy pretty much was.
Maddie took her by the arm, leading her unto the path. “You’re green and”—she picked up a lock of Skye’s hair—“what’s this?”
“You don’t want to know,” Skye said. Lately, Maddie’s stomach had been as queasy as Skye’s. Only her friend’s queasiness had nothing to do with stress and port-a-potties and one obnoxiously gorgeous man. Maddie was pregnant.
Her best friend grimaced, dropped Skye’s hair, and put a hand to her mouth. “Did you…?” She nodded in the direction of the port-a-potty.
“Mmm-hmm, right there in front of Ethan and Claudia. Actually, right on Ethan’s shoes.” Skye forced a laugh, her cheeks warming at the memory. She perked herself up with the thought that her day could only get better. It sure
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