Today I’d like to share an excerpt from Danielle Thorne’s newest release, Valentine Gold. I will be reviewing this novella next month, but know from experience that her books are enjoyable, so you might want to pick up a copy to snuggle up with now.
Valentine Gold: Sweet Romance
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
A Second Chance Clean & Wholesome Romance with Small Town Charm
Her chances of finding a Valentine are about as good as striking gold, but an old cabin, a new neighbor, and the mountain of Good Hope just might shift the odds.
When Natalie Boyd inherits an old cabin in the north Georgia mountains, she thinks it could be the answer to all of her problems. She’s ready to start over after a heart-breaking divorce, and the cabin on the banks of a river once mined for gold is the perfect hideaway for her new, reclusive life.
No sooner does she settle in, and Natalie realizes that living in the shadow of Good Hope Mountain isn’t what she expected. Her new neighbor, Jonathan Wilby, has plans for his property as soon as winter’s over, and that means noise, traffic, and people. To make things worse, he’s drop-dead gorgeous and could charm the skin off a snake.
Natalie braces herself to do battle over the land and to resist Wilby’s charms, but her healing heart, an incredible discovery, and unexpected friendships along the way bring a gold mine of change she never expected – and just in time for Valentine’s Day
Natalie leaned back on her arms, her body relieved to be at rest. She felt relaxed in a way that she hadn’t felt in months. She sensed Jonathan’s hand over hers and glanced down to see their fingers touch. Her heart thrummed with the rhythm of the falls. This was good. This felt right. It was beautiful.
She sneaked a peek at him and studied his profile. He was seriously one of the kindest and most unselfish men she’d ever met; and he wasn’t caught up with things or even himself— his clothes, his looks… She thought of his clunkety truck. Or his car. She chuckled.
“What?” He’d turned to study her back.
She felt her cold cheeks warm. Looking into his eyes while he was studying her always made her a little breathless. Natalie smiled, unable to keep the admiration out of it. She didn’t even try. “I like you,” she admitted. “I’ve never met a mountain man who actually cleaned up nice on Sundays.”
He chuckled. Then surprising her in a sudden move, slid over beside her until they were touching side by side. She looked away, her heart picking up a beat faster than the falls that made the same thumping vibrations in her bones.
“I like you, too.” It was almost a whisper, but he’d said it loud enough to make sure that she heard it.
She bit her lip and forced herself to meet his serious gaze. His brown eyes simply melted her. He moved closer until their faces were inches away, and the melty feeling turned to fire in her belly. She blinked. Her fingers tingled. How could she possibly be feeling these emotions again? Would they be real this time?