#SnippetSunday: His Small Town Princess, Part 4

CarolBurnside_HisSmallTownPrincess800Welcome to Snippet Sunday again, where writers share 8 to 10 sentences from a current WIP (work in progress) or past work.

My sentences are the 4th installment from His Small Town Princess, a work in progress and the 3rd novel in my Sweetwater Springs series. These books are sensual contemporary romance full of Southern, small town USA charm and are both humorous and emotional.

To read the previous installments, they are #1: HERE and #2: HERE and #3: HERE In this scene for #SnippetSunday, J.T and Cass were doing some heavy flirting in the greenhouse/plant nursery one morning when her phone signaled an incoming text. J.T. picks up her phone, sees the text is from “Randy,” then looks at her as if asking permission to read it. She shrugs, and now, here’s more of the story:

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“He says he’s looking forward to your date tonight and will pick you up at six thirty.”

What God-awful timing.

“I’ll cancel,” she said while reaching for her phone, but J.T. held it out of her reach, his jaw jutting forward.

“Don’t ever toy with me again, Cass.”

“But, I—”

“No excuses!” he ground out through clenched teeth while taking a step back. “I get that you’re spoiled and may be used to having a string of men, but I don’t operate like that. I don’t date or have casual sex, because I’ve got kids and a mortgage and a business to run. Playing sex games isn’t even on my radar, so let’s keep things all business between us. Save your kisses and flirting for Randy, who probably lives up to his name.”

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J.T. Baxter is having a very bad year. As if adjusting to widower status and caring for two sons, weren’t enough, he has a landscaping business to keep afloat with a loan coming due. The last thing he needs is the town princess waltzing into his life with a business proposal he can’t afford to refuse.

Cassandra Bing feels adrift after her father’s death, a nasty broken engagement and enduring a job she loathes. She’s searching for her niche, something that would’ve made her dad proud and will bring her fulfillment. But gardening is a hot, dirty business, and soon she’s wishing she’d made a different sort of proposition to the sexy dad.

As an affair escalates between J.T. and Cass, tensions grow in a house where secrets fester. Can her presence begin to heal the Baxter household, or will their tender feelings become a casualty of the impending emotional storm?

SSSeries covers_SM_CBurnsideA Small Town Princess will be released later this year. However, the first two books in the series are available in e-book and print. Click HERE for info, excerpts, reviews and buy links.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed my snippet! Click the Sunday Snippet link above to enjoy more snippets by other authors.


About Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn

Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of "Sizzling romance with heart and humor." She almost always has a glass of sweet tea within arm's reach.
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14 Responses to #SnippetSunday: His Small Town Princess, Part 4

  1. Gem says:

    I like this guy so much. The dialogue in this scene rings true. Great job!

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  2. EE Giorgi says:

    Oh no, he’s really upset now. Will she go for the other guy or will she try to get him back?

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  3. Sounds like she deserved a tongue lashing for her behavior. Now what will she do?

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  4. Sarah W says:

    Bad timing, indeed . . . This is gonna take some fixing! 🙂

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  5. siobhanmuir says:

    Oh dear, that can’t be good. Great snippet, Carol. 🙂

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  6. elainecsc2013 says:

    Oh, he’s judging her rather harshly, but he is having a bad year.

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  7. sandrajones says:

    I especially loved the play on the name “Randy.” 🙂

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  8. P.T. Wyant says:

    I love J.T. I hope he makes her work to prove herself and doesn’t give her a second chance, “just because.”

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