Her Unexpected Detour by Kyra Jacobs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication: September 14th, 2015 by Entangled Publishing
Sometimes it's not the destination, but the detour...
Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he's hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do...
Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that's been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won't risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So...how exactly did he end up in Kayla's bed last night?
But sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home...
Hello everyone! I’m romance author Kyra Jacobs here to share with you a bit about my latest release, HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR (Entangled Bliss, September 2015).
While my first two novels were both set in my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, this story primarily takes place a few short hours north in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The Checkerberry Inn is a fictional bed-and-breakfast based loosely on one I stayed at years ago. It was a grand old colonial, with a broad porch that just begged you sit back and curl up with a good book while watching the day go by. And with it being out in the country, well, peace and quiet was an added bonus.
There is one scene, though, that somehow managed to look into my future rather than my past. While Kayla Daniels does stay at the Checkerberry Inn her first night in
, she’s too stubborn to return there the second night after a tow truck arrives and deems her car undriveable. Instead, she ends up sleeping on the lumpy couch at her brother’s auto shop. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as glamorous as the inn and involves an uninvited miniature “pet” named Mickey. Mount Pleasant
Sure, I’ve been around mice before, but never quite like that. Karma caught up with me this summer, though, as the cabin our family vacationed at had a pesky (and not the least bit shy) rodent of its very own. And wouldn’t you know, it ran into the building’s lone bathroom ahead of me late one night, just like the one in the story did to Kayla.
*pauses to let shivers subside*
Needless to say, I have a whole new appreciation for what I did to poor Kayla in that scene! Lol Makes me a little more wary about what I throw at Miles in book two of the series. ;-)
All right, enough of my ramblings. Instead, how about I share the blurb for HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR and a fun excerpt of Kayla describing her mouse adventures over the phone with her younger brother? Thanks everyone for swinging by to visit, and for sharing in my release week excitement!
“So, was Jacober camped out on your doorstep, waiting for you to come home so he could beg you to come back?”
“I wouldn’t know, I haven’t been there yet.”
There was a short pause. “What?”
“I never made it home, all right? When Jimmy and I got to the Impala, he said no way could I drive it. Something about front subframe damage. All I saw was a slightly crumpled bumper.” She scowled out across the shop floor at her battered car. Stupid ice storm.
“So what’d he do?”
“Towed the car to the only shop in town that wasn’t jam-packed with wrecks from the night before.”
“Which one was that?”
Tommy chuckled. “Well, at least you know you’ll get a fair price. I’ll take a look at it as soon as I’m back. In fact, I can swing by and pick you up on my way. You did find someplace to stay last night, didn’t you?”
“Sure did. Though, I gotta tell ya—this couch you and Rex picked up? Yeah, not as comfy as it looks.”
“Please tell me you’re joking, Kay.”
“What? It’s not so bad, once you get used to the smell of oil and stuff.”
He cursed under his breath. “You’re nuts, you know that? Staying there with the heat turned down. Hell, I think Rex even said something about a mouse last week.”
“Oh yeah, definitely one running around. Mickey and I got acquainted last night.” A little too well, actually. The shop’s tiny bathroom definitely wasn’t big enough for the two of them. Made it harder to fall asleep, too, not knowing where the furry little beast had scurried off to after her introductory shrieks. “But hey, I survived. And when it got chilly in here I bumped up the thermostat a tad. Hope you don’t mind.”
“Mind? No, what I mind is that my sister was stuck sleeping on our shitty couch last night. Why didn’t you just go back to the Check—?”
“The couch was fine,” she lied. “But if you feel that bad about it, you can make it up to me by getting back and fixing my car so I can be on my way. Honestly, I like
Mount Pleasant and all, but the thought of being home and in my own bed has never sounded better.”
Even if Brent isn’t in it waiting for me. Though that would make it a whole lot more fun to come home to…
Kayla gave herself another mental slap.
“We’re about an hour out yet, but I’ll drop Heather off at her place and then head straight to the shop. But, Kay, I can’t promise anything without seeing the Impala.”
Panic seeped into Kayla’s chest. She couldn’t stay in
Mount Pleasant another day. There was cleaning to do at home. Shopping to be done, redemption to be gained. “No promises? But you’re the world’s best mechanic.”
“Yeah, well, the world’s best mechanic doesn’t exactly have spare Impala subframe parts laying around his shop.”
She swallowed hard. “Can’t you just…buy them from one of the other shops in town?”
“No idea if anyone else has them, or has them and hasn’t already committed them to their own jobs. Look, sit tight and we’ll get something figured out, okay?”
In a fog of disappointment, Kayla thanked her brother, hung up, and tried to ignore the sinking feeling that it may be a while before she’d see
Indiana again. A long while. She hoped like crazy that wouldn’t be the case. Because the sooner she could get back, the sooner she could stop lying to her father about being stuck here. Or why she’d skipped town in the first place…
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