Her Sister’s Boyfriend by Cindy Kirk — A New FREE Online Read
What happens when you fall for your sister’s high school sweetheart–and your sister’s memory stands in the way of your happily-ever-after? That’s the dilemma faced by the heroine in Cindy Kirk’s new online read, “Her Sister’s Boyfriend“. It’s our brand-new FREE weekly read at Harlequin.com, with a new chapter posted every Monday. Keep reading to learn more about the story, get started on an excerpt and continue reading here.
Lindsey Duggan can’t fathom recently returned hometown hero Zachary Taylor’s blatantly romantic interest in her. Yes, they forged a friendship after her sister Sarah—his high school sweetheart—died of leukemia, and yes, she’s always had more than a crush on him. But Lindsey knows she’ll always be the runner up to her sister. Not good enough for her family, and certainly not good enough for her sister’s boyfriend.
Zach understands everyone expected him and Sarah to marry, but in truth, it’s not what either of them wanted. And now, Zach has different plans—ones that involve Lindsey and happily-ever-after. To him, Lindsey’s not the second-best sister. If only he can convince her she’s number one in his heart.
Excerpt from “Her Sister’s Boyfriend”
When Zachary Taylor’s green eyes met hers across the crowd in Perfect Pizza, Lindsey Duggan felt like one of those fish her brother used to catch in Jackson Lake. Though she’d planned to hang back and silently watch as he reunited with former friends, she found herself reeled in by the smile of delight on his lips when he saw her walk through the door.
She could no more fight the pull than trout could resist her brother’s fancy lures. Lindsey wove through the tables filled with classmates from high school days and her traitorous heart swelled in her chest.
It was only natural, she told herself. A woman would have to be blind not to appreciate Zach’s charms.
At just over six feet with a trim muscular body, Zach retained the charisma and confidence he’d had when he led the Jackson Hole High football team to back-to-back state championships his junior and senior year, eight years ago. Though he’d been cute as a boy, maturity had added depth to his handsome face.
She wanted to run her fingers through his chestnut hair. And those emerald eyes that often saw too much looked strangely golden in the restaurant’s fluorescent lights.
Like most in the room he was dressed casually in jeans and a cotton shirt. The party his friends had organized was to celebrate his return to Jackson Hole to take over the coaching reins at the high school he’d once attended.
“Lindsey,” Hailey Randall squealed. “I’m glad you could make it.”
The pretty blonde had been a good friend of Lindsey’s sister, Sarah. In fact, Hailey and her high school boyfriend, Liam, had often double-dated with Sarah and Zach. Though no one had expected Liam and Hailey to last, back then everyone said Sarah and Zach would be together forever.
“How could I miss it?” Lindsey gave Hailey a quick hug. “Former football star returns and all that. I’m sure Sarah would have been happy to see him getting a chance to do what he loves.”
Some of the tension in the petite blonde’s shoulders seemed to ease. It was as if Lindsey mentioning her sister had opened a door, allowing Hailey to step through.
“I miss her so much.” Hailey’s smile turned wistful as her hand encompassed all the noise and confusion. “She loved parties.”
Lindsey nodded. Her sister had definitely been an extrovert.
Of the three children in their family, Sarah had gotten the best traits of both parents. Instead of her father’s red hair, Sarah had been a strawberry blonde. Instead of their mother’s non-descript green-blue eyes that Lindsey had garnered, Sarah’s eyes were big and blue. But it had always been her sister’s effervescent personality and joie de vivre that drew both men and women to her.
Everyone had loved Sarah. Including Zach.
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Continue reading “Her Sister’s Boyfriend” at Harlequin.com, and return each Monday for a new installment.
Don’t forget to check out Cindy Kirk’s next book from Harlequin Special Edition, The Husband List (May 2014).