Homemade Hijinks by Debra Kayn
Can a house make unlikely demands…and be the savior for unsuspecting lovers?
After being dragged around the world since birth by her parents, quirky hairstylist Shannon Johansson has sworn to plant her business…and her butt…in Seaport, California. Risking the loss of the love of her life, she settles in a defective Smart House.
A bulldog in the courtroom, Alex Yager has to convince Shannon he still loves her. Nine months apart has proven his success is nothing without her to share it with. When Shannon’s pain of a Smart House locks them in during his New Year’s visit, he seizes the opportunity to win back his girl once and for all. No matter what it takes.
Alex is back and playing hardball like the attorney he is, and Shannon’s tired of fighting. Can she give in to her love for Alex? He’s hoping he can get them out of the crazy house and propose before the town rings in the new year.
CONTENT WARNING: Old flames, a smartass smart house and NO dog. Hot reunion. There’s more than one way to ‘ring’ in a new year.
A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance
- ISBN: 9781616504670
- Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Length: 24,000 words
- Ebook Page Count: 80
- Publication Date: April 1, 2013
- Available Formats: pdf, epub, mobi
Copyright 2013, Debra Kayn
All rights reserved, Lyrical Press, Inc.
In the glint of light, her face lit up with an angelic glow. His breath, shallow and harsh, sounded loud to his own ears. He’d never met another woman who took his breath away the way she did. The high cheekbones, the heart-shaped lips and her enormous eyes stopped other men in the street. He’d seen it happen many times, but she stayed oblivious to her effect on others.
“Here you go. You light the candles, and I’ll go back and hunt up all the remote controls for Domo.” She set out three large candles in front of him. “Don’t worry about letting them burn. I have tons more.”
“Why do you have so many?” He lit the first one and watched the flame grow.
“Aroma therapy. There’s one for every emotion you want to bring out. In a few minutes, we’ll be stress free and calmer.” She ducked behind the counter. “And, I use them when I take a bubble bath.”
“Oh?” His hand shook.
She popped back in sight. “Yes. Why?”
Apparently, he didn’t know everything about her. They’d shared a shower before, but never a bath. Shannon in bubbles. Shannon wet. Shannon lounging on her back. He cleared his throat. He couldn’t allow himself to go there yet.
“No reason. I just pictured you more a shower person.” He stood, uncomfortable sitting down when all his thoughts headed south. “Do you need any help?”
“Nope. Hang on.” She hurried out of the kitchen and returned quickly. “I found all six controls in the other room. Although, I don’t know how this is going to help us if Domo is shut down.”
“He’s not. If he’s controlling the lights, he’s still there.” He glanced at her. “Not that I think he’s real.”
She stared at the candle flame. He went back to holding the control toward the light and reading the buttons.
“I don’t either,” she whispered.
He glanced at her. “You don’t either, what?”
“I don’t think Domo is real.” She lifted her chin. “You always made fun of me for talking to him, but I know he’s a computer.”
He set the control down and walked around the table. He hooked his thumb under her chin and tilted her head. “I teased you, not because of your conversations with him, but because I enjoyed making you angry enough that you’d stop talking to him, and pay attention to me.”
The skin between her brows pinched together. She owned his heart, and had no idea how he craved her attention. How much he needed her.
“That doesn’t make any sense.” She moved away from him. “Are you saying I neglected you when we were together?”
“Nope, not at all. Teasing you was a hidden talent of mine.” He swung his arms. “Making you smile again after ticking you off was a lot more fun.”
She smiled and glanced away.
“You remember, don’t you?” He sat across from her. “The night we attended the concert…”
“You teased me until I dumped my soda over your head.” She rubbed her lips together and blushed.
He grinned. It was the first night they’d made love. He thought he’d died. “Best night of my life.”
“Mine, too,” she whispered.
He dropped the control and reached for her hand. “It doesn’t have to end, babe.”
Shannon opened her mouth, seemed to change her mind, and pulled her hand away. “We need to see if the remotes work.”
“That can wait.”
“No.” She pushed half of the controls toward him. “We can’t stay locked in here together.”