You can find earlier excerpts from The Reunion here
“Aww, Pam, I’m sorry. Tell me what’s going on?”
“Well, he’s not really out of town on a business trip. He’s actually moved out for awhile. He said he’s just not sure he wants to be married to me anymore. Can you believe that? Shit, I can’t do this right now, Jen, I’ll be blubbering all over the place and I don’t want to lose it in front of anyone.”
“Oh, man, I’m sorry. Of course you don’t. We’ll talk about it in private later and drink a big old bottle of wine.”
“Yeah, well, I’m not sure wine is enough to do it this time. I’m afraid he’s serious about not coming back, he’s just waiting for the kids to be older before he does anything. And I need to find a way to support myself and get my own insurance.
“Anyway, want to stop in the Inn and see the renovation? I’ve been there a few times to look around and it’s pretty cool what they’re doing.”
“Okay, sure, I’d love to see what’s going on.” So Jen and Pam continued down the block, Pam discretely dabbing at her tear stained face until she’d cleaned up the smeared mascara and no one would be the wiser. They tried knocking on the door of the Fairview, but from the level of sound inside, no one would be able to hear them, so they just slowly opened the door and peeped in.
“Wow,” whispered Jen to her sister. “I had no idea this place was so big inside. I can’t remember the last time I would have been in here.”
“Isn’t it gorgeous? Just look at those floors! I love what they’re doing with the – oh, hi, guys, sorry, we’re busted, huh?”
Brian and Jim came out of the kitchen and Jim reached the radio first and turned the music down. “Hey, girls, what brings you by? Looking good this morning!”
“Wow, Jimmy Sawyer? What are you doing here?” Jen swooped in for a hug and Jim caught her up and twirled her around.
“Geez, Jen, you look great. Brian was just saying – “ He caught the murderous look Brian was giving him and put Jen gently down on her feet, smiling innocently the whole time. “Brian told me you were in town, staying at your mom and dad’s place with him.”
“Well, not exactly with him, Jim,” Jen winked. “He scared the hell out of me when I showed up and my dog ran off with his shorts. “Brian,” she said teasingly, “you never did tell me exactly how Jack got your boxers off you?”
Brian just laughed, as she knew he would. “Yeah, well, I was just getting out of the shower and I didn’t think I needed to lock the bathroom door, seeing as I was the only one staying there. Then this little dust mop of a dog comes barreling in, grabs my shorts off the floor and takes off like a bat out of hell. So, of course, I followed. That’s how I found out that Jen is staying at her mom and dad’s place this week, too.”
Jen and Brian both turned to Pam. “Well, sheez, I guess I forgot you were going to be there at the same time or I would have said something. But then Jen might have changed her mind about coming down and I didn’t want her to miss the reunion this weekend.”
Brian nodded, “Well, I can certainly understand that. I’m glad you made it out, Jen. What do you think? The lobby should be big enough for everybody, no?”
“Really? We’re having the reunion here? I just figured it would be in the gym at the high school.”
“Yeah, it just seemed like since we’re all grown up now, having it someplace a little nicer would be a good idea. We’ll have the floors done by tomorrow and I have the electrician and plumber coming then, so we’ll be able to use the kitchen and the restrooms down here for the party. The rest of the place is going to take me a little longer.”
Over here I’ll snuggle with you
If you move, I’ll have to, too
Stretched out without a care
Warm sunlight, we’re quite the pair
Always together we two!
In response to Mind and Life Matters Limerick Poetry Challenge, Homonym.
Picture from Pixabay. Isn’t that the cutest doggie face ever??
DISCLAIMER: I apologize for the language but I needed to share this…after I stopped laughing!
Meme from Facebook although my dog has worn one of those cones!
JP is my three-year-old grandson. He and his mom and dad and their English bulldog live with us while their new house is being built. One of the best things about having them here is spending time talking with him. It makes me hopeful for the next generation. He is so wise and so much fun!
JP: Nana, want to do puzzles with me?
Me: Sure, let’s sit at the table.
(He proceeds to put his 36-piece Jungle Book puzzle together with really no help from me. Proud nana moment here.)
Me: Wow, that was a great job!
JP: I love you, Nana.
Me: I love you, too, bugs.
JP: You are the best nana in the whole world. (Hugging me.)
Me: And you are the best grandson.
JP: Nana, I’m petting your hair like a dog.
The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the only book in the MacGregor series that I’ve read, so I didn’t know much about Malcolm Grant when I started the book. Apparently he’s gorgeous and sexy and has been the life of every drinking event and brothel and fight. Malcolm brings his younger brother, Cailean, to Harry Grey’s brothel, which Malcolm has visited many times before, so Cailean can lose his virginity (what a great big brother, huh?) All the girls are thrilled to see Malcolm, because apparently he’s not just a pretty face, 😉 but once he meets Harry’s sister, Emma, he finds he’s no longer interested in spending time with any of the other girls.
Emma, who’d been living in France, lost her sight as a child because of a fever that also claimed the lives of both of her parents. Her brother, Harry, who was only 15 and afraid of becoming sick himself, left little Emma to fend for herself – selfish, yes, but somewhat understandable. Luckily Emma was taken in by a healing woman and raised in a little cottage in the woods. Not only did she learn how to maneuver and fend for herself, she also learned many nursing and healing skills. Years later when Emma discovered where Harry was living, she was able to move in, though Harry is loath to have any of the patrons of his establishment see and become interested in her.
While the Grants are at the pub/brothel and it starts to storm, Emma rushes to bring her dog, Gascon, inside although her brother strictly forbids it. When Malcolm stands up for Emma during the disagreement, she finds herself enamored of this man that everyone is talking about and decides that he may not be as shallow as she had heard at first.
Rival clan members, the Winthers, arrive that night and start a brawl in the pub over the services of one of the girls. Malcolm and Cailean are both severely injured and Emma later works diligently to save both of them with only her sense of touch and a few of the other girls guiding her, using the herbal potions she had learned. She is truly a remarkable woman, compensating for her lack of sight with her other senses.
Malcolm awakens first and is mesmerized by Emma and what she can do even without her sight. He finds himself attracted to this beautiful, gentle soul, even though he’s always felt that marriage and bairns were not for him. Cailean’s recovery takes much longer and Harry knows that the Winthers will retaliate against him and the Grant brothers for what happened during that latest brawl, where one of the Winthers brothers was killed. He begs Malcolm and Cailean to allow word to spread that they both died in the brawl and pretend to be someone else until they are well enough to leave his establishment.
This is a beautifully written and sexy historic romance of how Emma helps Malcolm change, not only his feelings about love and marriage, but about what is important in life in general. With her he wants to be a different man, to be gentle and kind and learn how she sees things so differently. Emma begins to think that she might have love in her life after all. And Gascon’s role is wonderful, most likely the first seeing eye dog ever!