What are some of the biggest risks you have taken? Not the little one like can I quickly speed up and miss the red light? Not wearing white after Labor Day. But a big risk...
One of the biggest risks I took was going back to college while working full time, being married and the mother of two young children. I spent money that I didn't have and a lot of extra time (taken away from my family) in order to keep my job. I also took a risk when I bought my home. I was looking for a place in the same school district that my children were in because they loved their school. So I had to give up some of my wishes on the home for one that fit the needs of the family.
Mindy McKinley's latest release LIFTING OFF is about a young woman who faces a risk... one that will change her life.
Clara Chase takes a big risk when she does a 180 in her life, moving away from being an influencer and going to work for her family's new charity. Not only that but she comes face to face with a guy who she'd walked away from... Could she risk her heart on him now that they were going to be working together?
A long-ago kiss neither can forget.
A risk neither can take.
Clara Chase is looking for something new. After a coveted career as a model and social media influencer, she is looking for something more. When her father hands the family’s charter jet company—SkyChase—over to her and her brothers, she can’t really see herself fitting in. That all changes when her brother Cam hands her the reigns of a new foundations. Filled with new purpose, Clara feels like her life is finally on track. Until her brother insists she share an office with the one man she never wanted to see again. The man who kissed her and disappeared for nine long years. The only man that had ever stolen her heart.
James Lagos wants to start over. Back in Chicago after catching his fiancé sleeping with his best pilot, he’s desperate for a reset. His best friend’s job offer to help set up SkyChase’s new helicopter division is just what he needs to distance himself from the mess he left in Texas. But he hadn’t counted on the one woman that could bring it all crashing down—Clara Chase—Cam’s little sister. He shouldn’t have kissed her all those years ago and he shouldn’t want her as bad as he does now, but he can’t seem to stop. All he can do is hope his life doesn’t fall apart all over again.
This steamy second chance romance will be your new favorite read as Clara and James struggle to find a way forward without breaking each other's heart.
“Everything okay? You’ve been very quiet tonight. Well, since I came back to Chicago actually.”
He could see her pretty blue eyes flash in his direction for just a moment before they returned to the street ahead of them. “I’ve been under a lot of stress with the foundation.”
It was probably true, but he had a suspicion based on the way her behavior changed whenever he was around that there was more to it. “I can imagine. It’s a big undertaking.”
“Bigger than I thought,” she said to the passenger side window.
“Everything you’ve ever touched has turned out amazing. This will too, I have no doubt.”
Her mouth turned up slightly at his compliment and he felt his heart kick.
“Thanks.” She finally aimed her words at him instead of the window. “I’ll be glad when I get a better grasp of how this all works. It’s been a steep learning curve.”
“If it helps, Cam has unending faith in you. He’s been raving about you nonstop.”
“Really?” Her face twisted with disbelief. “Cam complimented me?”
“Is that so hard to believe?”
“From the boy who called me Clareless my entire life, yes.”
Laughing, James shook his head. “I forgot about that. Man, those were the days, right?”
Their eyes caught just briefly, and the temperature of the truck seemed to raise by twenty degrees. Was she thinking about the kiss like he was? Would she let him try again? He was better at it now, and he’d like to prove it.
“They were.” Her eyes slid from his, and her fingers twisted in her shirt again.
Clara’s voice tapered into silence, and James couldn’t think of anything else to say for the remainder of the drive.
When he pulled up to her apartment building, she put her hand on the door and was about to run away from him when he reached out and caught her left hand in his. “Clara.”
She froze for a moment, and then turned to him slowly, eyes wide, her bottom lip caught between her teeth.
Her hand felt electric in his, as though she might have the power to stop his heart if she touched him. She watched him without blinking, waiting for him to say something, but he hadn’t stopped her because he wanted to say something.
LIFTING OFF is a story you won't want to miss.