First Choice, Second Chance
By Lynn Rae
Conscientious Emily Fontaine is on a mission to prove her marketing and public relations skills. When she volunteers to restore a historic statue, she isn’t prepared for her attraction to one of her fellow committee members.
Paul Ellison has stayed out of circulation since his wife’s death, but once he meets Emily, he can’t resist her quiet allure, despite the difference in their age.
When the statue which brought them together is vandalized, and both Paul’s daughter and sister strenuously object to their burgeoning relationship, Paul and Emily realize the sacrifices they’ll have to make for each other. Will Paul have a second chance at love?
Paul swiveled his chair and looked up at a young woman holding a bakery box. She was beautiful. Dark red hair curled around her ears and neck to curve across her shoulders, which were covered in a soft-looking sweater in a muted shade of green that clung to a torso Paul immediately stopped staring at. Her pale cheeks were highlighted with a pink blush, and she glanced at them with caution. It had probably sounded like a locker room when she’d arrived and now she was faced with a trio of graying men almost past their prime.
Paul lurched to his feet and ran right into the box she was holding, nearly knocking it out of her grasp. Her green eyes widened, and she grasped the edges of the container so tightly it began to fold in on itself. Paul reached out to steady it before the contents fell out.
Dave and Roger harrumphed, both with slightly abashed expressions on their faces.
“Sorry about the language,” Dave muttered.
Paul helped her lower the box to the table but said nothing. He just stood there and stared. The scent of warm cookies and flowers filled his nose and overwhelmed him.
“Are you here for the Spanish-American War Monument Restoration meeting?” she asked in a soft voice, glancing at him before she acknowledged the other two men.
“Yes. Yes, we are,” Roger spoke up and introduced all of them to her, and she shook the other two men’s hands before turning to Paul.
“Hello, I’m Emily Fontaine.”
He took her small hand in his and ignored how soft it felt. “Paul Ellison.”
“Nice to meet you,” Emily’s pink lips curved up, and she met his gaze for a few long heartbeats. She had amazing green eyes. “It’s nice to meet all of you.”
Lynn Rae bio:
Lynn Rae makes her home in land-locked central Ohio after time spent in the former Great Black Swamp, beside the Ohio River, and along the Miami and Erie Canal. With professional experience in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies, Lynn enjoys incorporating her quirky sense of humor and real-life adventures into her writing (except the naughty bits). She writes sci-fi, contemporary, and historical romances.