I am pleased to welcome Susan Mallery with her new book, Before Summer Ends by Susan Mallery. The book releases on Tuesday, April 27th. Now on tour with TLC Book Tours.
About Before Summer Ends:
A long, hot summer with her secret crush…
What could possibly go wrong?
Nissa Lang knows Desmond Stilling is out of her league. He’s a CEO, she’s a teacher. He’s gorgeous, she’s…not. So when her house-sitting gig falls through and Desmond offers her a place to stay for the summer, she vows not to reveal how she’s felt about him since their first—and only—kiss.
Desmond should’ve known better than to bring temptation into his house. He decided long ago that his best friend’s sister was too sweet, too good, for him. She deserves a guy who can give his heart. For her sake, he’s stayed away. But as her laughter breathes life into his lonely mansion, he’s not sure how long he’ll be able to resist.
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About the Author:
#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.
“The formal dining room,” Hilde said, pausing inside the doorway. “The table expands to seat twenty.” She glanced at him. “Mr. Desmond doesn’t have any dinner parties. Maybe while you’re here you could talk to him about that.”
A dinner party? Why would he want to do that?
Nissa glanced at him, her mouth curving into a smile. “I will happily talk to Mr. Desmond about a dinner party. Who should we invite? Ex-girlfriends?”
“Only if your ex-boyfriends come, too,” he told her.
“Hmm, I’m less excited about that.”
They followed Hilde into the large kitchen. She showed Nissa all the appliances and the pantry. Nissa seemed taken with the six-burner stove and the contents of the refrigerator, especially the cheese drawer.
“Does Mr. Desmond ever come in here?” she asked.
“He does,” Desmond told her. “I make my own breakfast every morning and if I’m eating at home, I eat in the kitchen.”
There was a very nice table by the window. Or he took his meal back to his office. He was by himself—it made no sense to go sit in the big dining room.
“You can cook?” She pressed a hand to her chest. “I’m genuinely impressed.”
He smiled at her. “Gee, thanks.”
They toured the rest of the downstairs. The family room and formal living room both had views of the Sound. Nissa stuck her head into his office, and gasped at the size of the laundry room. Upstairs, Hilde showed her the large, well-appointed media room. Nissa stared at the drawer full of remotes, then looked at the giant TV on the wall.
“I could never manage this,” she said, shaking her head. “It’s too much equipment.”
“You can never have too much equipment,” Desmond told her. “It’s easier than it looks. There’s a notebook with instructions in with the remotes.”
“Uh-huh. Good luck with that. I’ll just livestream on my tablet.”
Their last stop was her room. Hilde had prepared one of the suites, with a small living area attached to the bedroom. Both had a Sound view. His housekeeper had done a great job with everything. There were plenty of plush towels in the oversize bathroom and fresh flowers sat on the desk.
Nissa looked around. “This is really nice and much bigger than my condo.” She hugged Hilde. “You did far too much work for me, and I want you to know how much I appreciate all of it.” She turned to him. “You’re being really nice. Thank you.”
“Happy to help.”