12 years ago Kip Turner let the girl of his dreams go to pursue his dream of playing hockey.
Kip and Mandy were opposites in high school. He was popular and good looking. She was unathletic and shy. Despite their differences they fall in love. A year after high school, Kip is drafted into the NHL. He’s going to a play across the country. Mandy is pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher and she refuses to go with him while insisting that Kip follow his own dream. Kip goes to follow his dream and they break off their relationship. 12 years later … They come into contact again. Mandy is a single mother and Kip has been playing hockey. But fate has moved them to neighboring Albertan cities. Could they renew their old relationship and have a successful end? Or is Mandy going to let him go all over again?
She pulled back to look at him. And the shock set in. She was hugging him. She touched him as they stood in her kitchen, dressed in her robe and little else.
His scent wrapped around her, as his arms did. He looked at her with compassion on his face, with genuine warmth in his eyes. She wanted to burrow into him. She let her head rest on his chest, resting in his gentle strength. “You’re welcome.” The words rumbled through his chest.
She hadn’t expected to lean on someone so easily. She was used to relying on herself. She rarely asked her friends for assistance, never wanting to be a burden. She hadn’t asked him for anything and now he’d given her this gift. To him it was probably a small gift, but to her it was the world for this week. She wouldn’t keep it longer than a week, even if she couldn’t get her car fixed.
She sighed a little too deeply, and he pulled her closer. She realized how nice his body felt against hers. They fit together perfectly. At least it felt that way. She had to move before she got too comfortable, before she wished for things she couldn’t have.
“My coffee is getting cold,” she said, to disengage herself. He let her go slowly, and as she moved back, not meeting his gaze, she noticed she was chilled without his body heat. She grabbed the cappuccino as a lifeline. “Kip, this is amazing.”
“I came here prepared to argue with you for this.”
She smiled. She should be arguing. Maybe it was the early morning, or his unexpected arrival. She didn’t know. “I know. I would. I don’t know. Do you have to go back today? To Calgary?”
He shook his head. “I don’t have practice until tomorrow. At ten.”
“Will you stick around and come back for supper? As a thank you.” Only a thank you. Not because she didn’t want him to go. Liar, liar, the little voice in her head sang.
He nodded. “I’d love to.”
Her smile widened. “I wish I could take the day off, so you didn’t have to hang out alone here.” It would be wonderful to hang with him all day.
He moved fast as lightning to stand beside her. He took the cup from her hands and pulled her close again. “I’ll come back on a weekend.” His face came closer. Mandy’s breath caught in her throat, as she tilted her head back to look at him. “We can hang out, when I have some time off.”
She let out a little groan, her lips parted. And he kissed her. It wasn’t the brush from last night. This was firm pressure, hesitant at the same time, ready to back off if she pushed him away.
She didn’t back or push away. She pressed into him, kissing him back, opening for him. His tongue slipped into her mouth, like molten lava, hot liquid. It melted her. His arms wrapped around her to hold her up.
It felt like the first time and last time, all over. It was amazing, seductive, and warm. It held promises and hopes. She tried to get closer, as the kiss turned from sweet and hesitant, to possessive and heated. Time apart hadn’t dulled any of their attraction, that was certain. She rubbed her hips against him, when she heard a worried “Mom?” from the other side of the room.
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Asrai’s notes on writing Second Chance Romance:
Second Chance Romance wasn’t the first book I planned. I planned another novel for NaNoWriMo 2006, where the conflict centered around an Oiler’s fan falling for a Flames player. The night before NaNo started, the idea of a “We’ve been in love for ten years” floated through my head. And I wrote that book instead, which turned into Second Chance Romance, which turned into the first thing I’d ever written which I didn’t hate.
I considered about sending to agents and editors. But I wanted to keep control of my story. So I published the story on a blog. I found a placed that paid me $50 to post it. (My first writing money). And shortly after that Amazon opened up KDP then Smashwords. And the rest is history.
I didn’t have any money when I first published it, and it was B-A-D. I don’t know if any of you were around, but it was horrible. I am still shocked ANYONE read the thing and didn’t immediately return it. But I made some money, hired and editor and a cover artist.
I receive many emails from you all letting me know that you love Kip and Mandy as much as I do. They are my core original couple, they are the cornerstone of the series.