Pacific Vista Ranch #5
April 21, 2021
The Wonder of You
One lifelong friendship. One snowy night. And one kiss that changes everything.
Renowned photographer Grant Michaels travels the world covering the international sports scene, but after a bitter divorce he returns home to Pacific Vista Ranch. Tired of life on the road, he wants stability and a fresh start.
Archivist librarian Olivia Hanlon spent the last decade stuck in her hometown. Now she has a chance at adventure: a dream job in Greece for one year.
Childhood best friends Grant and Olivia share a forever bond, always there for each other through thick and thin. When they get snowed in together at a snowboarding event, one steamy New Year’s Eve kiss quickly spirals into an explosive chemistry neither can deny. Except he’s ready to settle down just as she wants to spread her wings.
Will their friendship survive this newly discovered passion… or did they ruin the one relationship they each count on?
Kiss time. And the rest of the party receded and it was just him with Olivia. Alone again with the magnetic pull between them too powerful to resist. Yet, Grant couldn’t budge his feet, they were like iron boots nailed to the hardwood floors.
“Four! Three! Two! One!”
“Oh, damn it.” Olivia crossed the small space between them, wound her arms around his neck, and pressed her mouth to his. Grant’s paralysis ended when her soft lips and sweet breath touched him. He thrust his hands into her long, silky hair and slanted his mouth across hers, deepening the kiss. Their tongues swirled and stroked and his grip tightened on her head, holding her in place while he plundered her mouth.
Cheers erupted around them, dragging him back to the present. He lifted his head and stared into her eyes. Her pupils were huge, the blue irises almost overtaken. Both of them were panting, like they’d just hiked the backside of Mammoth Mountain.
Someone smacked him on the back. “Happy New Year!”
It was a stranger, but suddenly Grant realized how close they’d come to being discovered. It wasn’t like Olivia had given him a peck on the lips. They’d been devouring each other in the middle of the throng, oblivious to everyone else. To everything else.
And all he knew was right now, all he wanted was to spirit her back to the condo and spend the beginning of the new year exploring every inch of her perfect little body. All the reasons it was a bad idea didn’t seem so important in the moment. He needed to be inside her.
“Grant.” She whispered, but he couldn’t ignore the matching need in her voice.
Surrendering to impulse, he grabbed her hand and tugged her toward the coat check. She followed without a word. They were on the same page. He didn’t want to think past tonight. And all he wanted was Olivia.
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