Author: Jodie Larson
Cover Design: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae
fortune, traveling to different cities across the country…I’m living the dream.
As the drummer for the Lightning Strikes, it’s my job to hook you in and keep
you coming back for more. It’s my craft, my calling, what I’m a master at.
Even with all that, I’m still just a normal guy who wants to eat at food
trucks and lounge on the couch, playing video games until I can’t see straight.
Everything was perfect.
At least I thought it was, until a blonde bombshell walked into my life
and made me question everything I thought I knew. I want her. I need her. Only,
she’s afraid of the spotlight, afraid of what it’ll do to her and the ones she
loves. The wall around her heart is keeping me out, but I know before long I
will break down her barriers. She needs to know that there is more to us than
what she sees, that this chemistry between us is our downbeat to forever. All
the guys in the band have their happily ever after. Maybe it’s time for
yeah? Who doesn’t?”
“I said music.”
me guess.” I tap my lips. “Not ska since you’re obviously not a native
“You don’t strike me as the rap-type either.”
Alternative, to be exact. Lots of old school mixed with new.”
buttons, he places it on the table between us. Low piano notes fill the space;
a sad beat following. Then, a gravely male voice spills out. You can feel the
power of the lyrics as he sings with passion and conviction.
of “Zombie”, one of their songs, but it’s incredible,” he says, tapping the
beat onto his thigh. “He had asked for the lead singer to perform on the cover,
but she died before that could happen.”
give a band than performing one of their songs.”
form of flattery”? Paxton even sings a few of the words; barely audible but
loud enough that I can hear his voice. And man, he can sing.
myself in new territory. I’ve always enjoyed music, but not like this. Paxton,
on the other hand, has a real passion. It’s obvious in his movements, the way
he closes his eyes during the powerful parts of the song. I listen to fill the
void. He listens to fill his soul.
annoying bell chimes, bringing me back to reality.
It was nice to formally meet you again.”
have a rule about going out with customers?”
don’t have any rules about dating except one. I just…don’t.
know I’m persistent, right?”
gentleman at the counter. Dressed in a business suit with perfectly coiffed
hair, I’m guessing executive. A far cry from the man still staring at me
surreptitiously over his book.
it reminds me of Craig and his MBA friends. Perfectly polished and needing to
was stupid to begin with, considering he’s the exact opposite of Craig.
focus on what I’m supposed to be doing.
I could get your number instead.”
I can grab the macchiato for you. Small, medium, or large?”
attention to his well-cut torso. “Are you sure it’s not on the menu?”
go. I’m so caught into my head that I don’t notice the turned-up corner of the
mat. Time slows almost to a stop as I have an out-of-body experience. The cup
tumbles through the air. The light brown liquid streams out as the black lid
flies off. Then, in either a case of irony or karma, Mr. Suit gets covered in
the sticky sweet liquid.
against his now soaked jacket. “I have a business meeting in a half hour.”
not trying to be glib, but I have a horrible habit of laughing in uncomfortable
situations. Funerals, when people fall or injure themselves…all of it sends me
into a fit of giggles. And I really do feel horrible about ruining this poor
man’s suit, but after his actions, I can’t say I’m too sorry about it.
open and practically slamming it behind him.
release the giggles.
didn’t know how to take no for an answer.”
distance, leaving only the counter separating us. “You’ll see.”
out the door.
him. The thought thrills me more than it should.
wife and mother to four beautiful girls, making their home in northern
Minnesota along the shore of Lake Superior. When she isn’t running around
to various activities or working her regular job, you can find her sitting in
her favorite spot reading her new favorite book or camped out somewhere quiet
trying to write her next manuscript. She’s addicted to reading (just ask her
kids or husband) and loves talking books even more so with her friends. She’s
also a lover of all things romance and happily ever after’s, whether in movies
or in books, as shown in her extensive collection of both.