Enzo Rodriguez doesn’t take much seriously–unless it involves waves, boards, or good beer.
When too-hot-to-handle Jessica Mills strolls into his life, Enzo is willing to forego all of those things for every second he can spend with her.
But Jessica has a huge secret–and when it’s revealed, it not only crushes Enzo, but has the last person he wants to ask a favor of–his brother-in-law Adam–bailing him out of jail.
Enzo is convinced that the only way to mend his bruised ego and heart, is to pack his bags and leave the turbulent waters of Silver Strand…for good.
The place is neat as hell, all stainless steel countertops and light grey walls with pictures of pink iced cakes and purple flowered cupcakes in thick black frames. The couple of chairs set around don’t match in form, but they’ve all been painted the same high gloss black, and the wood floors are pickled a pale gray, like the walls. A few funky glass chandeliers hang here and there, adding to the light from the big picture windows out front. Not only can she cook: the girl clearly has a good eye. I have no doubt she’ll be leaving this tiny bakery behind and moving on up in no time.
“Jess?” I call again, aware of how vivid the bouquet is next to all the muted colors in the bakery. The petals look almost violent. Blood-red.
My heart starts to pound. I walk past the counter, calling her name, trying to beat back my panic and actually look around. It doesn’t seem like anything went down here. The old fashioned cash box is still in place on the counter. The displays are untouched, the glass case intact. There are no footprints in the flour that dusts the floor. I head back to the baking section, filled with industrial ovens and huge marble worktops.
I scan the floors, yank open the deep freezer and even the oven doors looking for…I don’t know what I’m looking for. I just know what I don’t want to find: Jess hurt, Jess upset…
About the Authors
She’s repped by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.Steph’s works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits and coming soon: Riptides & Drift.
Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.
She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren’t really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter’s incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.
She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).