This weekend I binged fixer-upper shows... This Old House, Beach front Bargain Hunters, Love it or List it. The shows are great for days when I'm stuck inside. I get to visit another person's home and even sometimes tear it down. I get to shop on their dime and while I may not get to choose their bedroom color, I can comment on whether or not I like it.
Honestly, there is something about those shows. Maybe it's the nesting part of my life... but I love having a chance to "play" with someone else's dollar. I see what they have (choose between these houses, or paint colors) and I'm able to steal some wonderful ideas for my own home.
Author Julie Navickas takes readers along for the fixer-upper ride with Tess Browning and Ryan Prescott as they work on a fixer-upper home and a fixer-upper relationship. Tess has been the bad girl, the one who just wanted a good time.... to one who finds that she is willing to let her heart get involved. Best of all, her arc is complete with some examination of her previous choices and why they might not have been deceptive, they still can be hurtful and not quite the person she really is.
I love how Julie Navickas weaves such a compelling story for readers. There's emotion and there's fun. The characters are deep and must examine the choices they make but there's always a happy ending guaranteed. TRUSTING LOVE is available now in Ebook, Paperback and Hardcover. There's a format for everyone. And you won't want to miss reading Ms. Navickas' previous award winning series where Tess gets her bad reputation!!
What does a s’more, a tent, and a campfire have in common? For Ryan Prescott, it’s a typical weekend camping trip. But for Tess Browning… it’s a recipe for the truth.
Tess Browning earned the nickname Little Vixen for a reason. And she has no incentive to play by the rules anymore. Because why bother? All it ever did was trap her in a loveless marriage. Tossing faithfulness out the window, the only thing she is committed to now is her new code: keeping it fun, flirty, and deliciously sultry.
That is, until Ryan Prescott walks in and charms his way into her heart with a leather tool belt strapped around his waist. He’s sexy, smart, and as emotionally damaged as they come. And Ryan seemingly wants nothing more than to have Tess pick up the pieces of his broken heart.
But there’s one thing he doesn’t know about her.
When the details of Ryan’s past heartache come to light, Tess digs her hot pink heels into the ground and will stop at nothing to hide her past indiscretions from the man who stole her heart. Because if there’s one thing Ryan won’t tolerate—it’s dishonesty.
Will Tess manage to keep the truth hidden? Or, will the secrets of a lifetime shatter her one true chance at love?
Best-selling and award-winning author Julie Navickas brings back fan favorite, Tess Browning for her own shot at love. Readers of the Trading Heartbeats trilogy will recognize the flawed heroine but may not recognize the woman she’s become. After all, no one is above redemption. Fans of Lynn Painter’s Mr. Wrong Number and Katie Cotugno’s Birds of California will find a swoon-worthy and engaging romance in TRUSTING LOVE.
“Come camping with me,” he blurted. “This weekend.”
Tess immediately shook her head and widened her eyes. “You have no idea how far down camping is on the list of things I enjoy.”
His burst of laughter soothed her soul, despite the confusion clouding her brain.
“I know, I know. You’re an indoor girl,” he said and tugged the rubber band free from her ponytail.
Her blonde hair tumbled wildly around her shoulders. A single curl fell, tickling her cheek and framing her face.
Looping it around his index finger, Ryan leaned in and touched the tip of his nose to hers.
“And you’re definitely not an indoor girl.” Tess rolled her eyes and giggled before pulling away. “I remember.”
“I’m not. But I’m hoping you’re willing to step outside of your comfort zone one more time.”
“Ugh, again?” She wrinkled her nose.
“Yeah!” Ryan tickled her side. “I mean, you’re ready to sell the Register and swap careers. That’s nothing compared to a tiny weekend of camping.”
Tess turned to cup his chin and dragged her fingers along his sexy and scruffy five o’clock shadow. “Tell that to my allergies.”
He sighed but smiled. “I know it’s a big ask. It’s just… it’s an important weekend for my family.”
Her stomach plummeted. Wait. “Er, family—”
“I promise, it’ll be fun though!” he interrupted. “We’ll hike, swim, fish.”
With a snort, Tess rolled her eyes. “Those are all fully outdoor activities, sir.”
“Well, would you consider a tent indoors?” he whispered before pressing a kiss on her forehead.
Ryan closed his eyes and brought his lips back to hers, teasing her body with desire. “On?” he asked.
The roar in her ears amplified, blurring her vision with the passion fueled moment. Tess eyed him; the man beside her responsible for tipping her sad world upside down.
I’m ready for happiness. I’m ready for you.
“Just what you plan on doing to me inside that tent,” she choked out as her chest tightened.
The growing carnal groan in his throat fueled her body, consuming her heart with the aching need for everything Ryan Prescott offered.
“Oh, I have some ideas, Ms. Browning.”
Then I’ll pitch that tent myself.