Welcome back to Holly Creek, where Jefferson Lee Davis and his bestie Clover Crofton are headed for deep trouble! Clover is the leader of the Holly Berries, the local young women’s group, and she takes her job very seriously. In this scene, Jefferson Lee has made a change for the upcoming Rose Festival without getting Clover’s approval. He’s taken his life in his hands!
Clover had a spot of white paint on her nose. If Jefferson twisted his head just right, it sort of started to look like a dolphin. Not that he planned on telling her. He valued his life, after all. And no one messed with Clover Crofton while she was working. The bookcase she was currently refinishing looked like a hunk of junk, but Jefferson had seen her work miracles on old furniture before.
“Quit holding your head like that,” Clover barked. “You’re going to get a crick in your neck and whine for a week.”
She waggled her paintbrush at him while she nagged, then went back to work. Her old T-shirt and yoga pants were paint spattered and grungy. The look was totally opposite of her normal button-downed and perfectly pressed attire. The woman had a way of making a sweater set and pearls look fresh and modern, but she terrified him more than anyone else in town. Including Mr. Hartman, and that was saying something.
He hadn’t figured out how to break the news that he’d single-handedly managed to rearrange the layout of town square for the upcoming Rose Festival. She might kill him, especially considering that her role as leader of the Holly Berries, the local women’s group, meant that she’d have to redo some of her work in preparation for the big event.
“So,” he began. He couldn’t quite work up the courage, so he stopped talking. He really shouldn’t interrupt her work. She didn’t need to know right this very minute, did she?
“You might as well just tell me what you did last night at the alderman’s meeting. I’m not an idiot.”
“I convinced them to move the stage,” he blurted out. “Don’t be mad.”
She carefully placed the paintbrush in the tray and turned to him with a glare. “Say that one more time.”
Jefferson sighed. “I didn’t like where the stage was, so I figured out a way to move it to a better spot. This way, the church won’t be blocked, and there’s more room in the grassy area of the square. It’s a win-win!”
She arched a brow. “The stage is always in the same spot, Jefferson Lee. Consistency is important. You know this.”
“I know, but seriously, we need more room. The Dogwood Festival was great, but I noticed that we were packed in there like sardines. The stage takes up a lot of room and people sort of naturally leave a wide space around it, especially when something’s going on. And not even when someone’s talking or there’s a band or whatever. Just in general. It creates a weird traffic flow. Come on, you know I’m right.”
She huffed. “I don’t know that. Tell me more.”
“Okay, so if it’s between the church and the mercantile—”
“Oh… that’s good. I see what you did there. Huh. Why didn’t I ever think of that?” Jefferson shrugged. “Okay, we’ll try it this time, but if I don’t like it, I’m giving you hell. And you won’t get another cobbler for a really long time.”
It seems Jefferson Lee survived this time. I’m not sure when he’ll be brave enough to try again. (Hint: It’s not very long!)
About the Book
Genre: Gay Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella, 70Pages
Published: April 1st, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: A.J. Corza
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781634772327
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781634770163
Holly Creek: Book Two
Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn’t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they’re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.
Available April 1, 2016
Review by Claire Potterton
More sweet and sexy.
This book is sweet and funny, and I still want to live in Holly Creek. The story has the same quirky cast of characters as the first book in the series, the same infuriatingly nosy, busybody townsfolk, and that wonderful relationship between Jefferson Lee and Zane. Throw into the mix a little miscommunication and misunderstanding, and this sweet, sexy tale has some great, laugh out loud moments.
This is a short story, with a slightly abrupt ending, but that ending provides the possibility of more to come. This reader is hoping so anyway!
Rating: 4 Stars
About the Author
Add two parts sass and one part sweet and you have Poppy Dennison to T—sweet tea that is. Raised by a gaggle of Southern women who love reading and have backbones of steel, Poppy was brought up to see the best in people but always speak her mind. Mix it all together, like Grandma’s famous cobbler, and you get a sassy, Southern lady with a quick wit and loads of charm, who will soften any blow with “Bless your heart.” Her books reflect her small town roots, are filled with all the comforts of home, and come with side dish of spicy, because that’s the way she likes it.
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