Help me welcome today’s author, Jeanette Grey.
She’s the author of WHEN IT’S RIGHT.
I wrote this exclusive sneak peek at the characters from my new novella, When It’s Right, just for The Book Nympho’s Mistletoe Madness event. The events in this snippet take place just prior to the beginning of the story, and give you a chance to meet my hero and heroine, Nate and Cassie, and to find out exactly what Cassie has decided on for her New Year’s Resolution this year.
I hope you enjoy!
The sound of footsteps in the hall had Cassie looking up from the pile of exams she was grading. The footfalls paused, and keys jangled just outside her door. Sitting up straighter, she combed her fingers through her hair, but it wasn’t any use. She was already in her pajamas, all her makeup long scrubbed off. Anyway, it wasn’t as if Nate hadn’t seen her like this before.
Something in her chest squeezed at the thought, and she closed her eyes. He’d seen her in far worse and far better, and none of it had ever made a difference in how he looked at her.
As the key turned in the lock, she opened her eyes again and pointed them at her work, making herself look as busy as possible before he walked in. “You could at least knock, you know,” she called.
“Where’s the fun in that?” Nate shut the door behind himself, shoving his keys into the pocket of his coat before shrugging it off.
She’d been psyching herself up to put on a cheerful face for him, but he turned the full power of that megawatt smile of his on her, and she didn’t have to fake anything. Except maybe a bit of reluctance about letting him convince her to goof off for a bit. Holding back her grin, she shook her head and pointed at the stack of papers in her lap. “I have to get through this pile before tomorrow.”
“No, you have to have a drink and listen to what this idiot at work did to me today before CSI comes on, so. You know. Priorities.”
He turned and headed to the kitchen, and her gaze drifted down to his ass as he stooped to grab a couple beers out of her fridge.
“Cassie? Did you hear me?”
She jerked her eyes up and blinked a couple times. “Sorry. What?”
He launched back into whatever story he’d been starting to tell her while she’d been distracted by the view, and she heaved a sigh. She put her papers aside and accepted the bottle when he handed it to her.
He looked so right on her couch—still in his work clothes, but with his tie loosened and the top two buttons of his shirt undone. He looked so right in her life.
For the longest time now, he’d been the center of her life. Her best friend. The guy she turned to whenever she needed company or cheering up or a shoulder to lean on. The one who came to her for much the same.
He’d been the object of her pointless, pointless crush.
Behind him, the lights on her little tree twinkled. Christmas was coming on soon, and after that New Year’s, and her heart gave a little anticipatory pang. She wasn’t quite ready to let go of him yet. Wasn’t ready for the distance she was going have to put between them if she had any hope of seeing her New Year’s resolution through.
Because this was the year she was going to move on. The year she’d break this habit that was eating her alive. The year she’d finally get over her best friend.
All she needed was to figure out how.
When It’s Right
by Jeanette Grey
He’s the last resolution she intends to break.
Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year’s Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.
Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate’s invitation. Little does he know, she’s made resolutions of her own—resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect “last hurrah”, she packs her bag.
The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won’t start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie’s rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.
Warning: Contains two best friends, a secret crush, and a road trip that leads to tow trucks, unexpected hotel-room sharing, epiphanies, sex, and more.
About Jeanette Grey
Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing. In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).