I’m successful even without a man in my life #mfrwhooks

I’m continuing with a hook from the third and final book in the Passion Island trilogy, Triple Wedding.

Teegan has met Sterling, her roommate Mercedes’ brother who’ll be staying at her house for a while. That’s one of the book’s inciting incident. Now here’s the other. She’s learned that her oldest and youngest sisters will be getting married the same day — and she worry hits her.

“My sister Ember and I have always had this competition going, but there’s no way I can compete with her getting married and having a child. If I go to this double wedding –”

“If?” Mercy shook her head vehemently. “No, no, Tee, you have to go. If you don’t, you could drive Rayna away, and she’s the only sister who can stand you.”

Sterling tensed for an explosion. Harsh talk like that might get Mercy — and him — kicked out. He was used to living rough, so he’d be fine even sleeping under the stars, but he had to protect Mercy. He took a deep breath and stood, preparing to defend his sister long and loud.

But Teegan surprised him. Although her eyes were dulled by defeat, she rose with that glorious grace of hers and calmly walked to the wall of windows overlooking Greer Forest. She  folded her arms tightly over her chest. She said nothing.

After several seconds, Teegan went to Mercy’s chair and reached down to give her a hug.

“You’re right,” she said. “Of course you’re right. I have to go to the wedding — but with one condition. You have to agree to do the smoke art.”

“Gee, let me think,” Mercy said. “Should I accept the opportunity to perform at a high-profile wedding with, I’m sure, a correspondingly high fee?”

“Good. If you’re with me, I’ll have a better chance of keeping my happy face stapled in place.” Teegan gave a ladylike sigh as she nodded toward the wall of windows. “I just wish I could take this view with me so they could see that I’m successful, even if I don’t have a man in my life.”

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The Passion Island Trilogy

The final book in the trilogy, The Triple Wedding is available for pre-order in the 3-book collection of the entire trilogy. It will go live June 23, so get your copy now.

About Book three:

Teegan Dayle is a driven businesswoman whose company grows houses. When her three estranged sisters plan a triple wedding, she’s determined to show them her life is perfect — so she needs a gorgeous wedding date to wow them.

Sterling, her roommate’s brother, is a handsome loner. When Teegan asks him to be her fake date, he refuses — until he learns that amazing new creatures will be at the wedding. He’s determined to be the first to study them, even if it means pretending to love a woman he doesn’t get along with.

How far will they have to take the pretense?

All the way?

Booker is a naïve young Apprentice Cupid whose job is to make a match for Teegan — but not with Sterling. Can he break up matches as well as he makes them?

10 comments

  1. Teegan seems a bit defensive. But you’re definitely ramping up the conflict here.

    1. That’s a fair comment.

  2. She is really torn. Smoke art?

    1. I dreamed up this term because it sounds so neat . . . but then I had to actually figure out what it was.

  3. Love the snide remark about – should I accept the opportunity to perform at a high-profile wedding etc
    Tweeted.

    1. In other words, this is a choice with only one viable option.

  4. 3 sisters. 3 weddings. She’s going to have to do something huge to beat that competition! Loved the excerpt.
    JQ Rose

    1. She knows it, too, and that propels much of the action.

  5. Enjoyed the excerpt. Wow lots of weddings, how will she compete, or does she? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Right on — it’s kind of hard to compete with a triple wedding.

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