WRITTEN IN THE SAND Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23213992-written-in-the-sand
Justyn knows not to get attached to tourist girls breezing through town for only a season.
Maggie wants to cherish her last few months of summer freedom. So what if she has to keep a tiny secret to make sure everyone around her stays happy?
Reid doesn’t have time for romance. His new business must succeed, no matter the cost.
This summer everything is about to change. All those carefully laid plans might shift faster than the tides. When these four start spending time together, the island nights get hotter than the sun-drenched days. Trying to stay untangled and unattached is easier said than done when the one thing you want is standing right in front of you.
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The girls hopped on the deck and followed the notes of Margaritaville as if the Fin Notes were the Pied Piper singing on the Beaufort waterfront.
Justyn shoved his hands in his pockets while he and Reid watched the pair bounce into the dancing crowd, laughing and shaking their bodies with the music. “Man, what are we doing with these girls?”
“I don’t know. Just thought it would be fun to bring them out. We needed a little break from the business.” Reid’s eyes followed Maggie’s every shake and shimmy. “Come on. Let’s have some fun. Don’t you think Blair’s cute?”
“Cute isn’t the word I would use to describe her. More like trouble.” Recklessly, he chugged the rest of his Long Island ice tea. How did Reid convince him to take these two ding-batters out anyway? If he wanted to ask a girl out, he knew how to ask a girl out. He didn’t need Reid and Shirley trying to set him up all the damn time.
Reid laughed. “Whatever you want to call her, let’s go. We can’t leave them up there dancing like that. The trawlers will pounce on them any second.”
“All right. All right.”
Justyn hoisted himself up onto the dock, and begrudgingly followed Reid’s lead to the growing crowd gathered outside of the town’s favorite party spot. If sneaking suspicions were right, he had a feeling this was going to be more trouble than it was worth.
The song slowed as soon as he and Reid were within five feet of the girls. He glared at the Fin Notes, suddenly suspicious that they were a part of the great island love-match conspiracy.
He watched as Reid roped Maggie in his arm and ushered her to the side of the dance floor that was less crowded. That left Blair.
Her eyes sank into his and she bit her bottom lip. Why was she making this so difficult?
“Did you come up here to dance with me?” She stepped closer, her chin tilted up.
He tried not to look in her eyes. Before the Fin Notes launched into the chorus Blair was wrapped around him, her cheek resting against his chest. This was all more than what he bargained for. It had to be the strong drinks that had her nestled against him.
He let his hand glide down her back until it palmed the curve along the small of her back. She felt ke velvet under his rough hands. He felt his chest tugging to take a deep breath. What in the hell was happening?
“This is nice,” Blair murmured.
He nodded, not wanting to confirm the words out loud. Instead, he reached for her hair and closed his eyes as his fingers coiled along the strands. This was dangerous.
The song ended and he backed up too quickly, knocking Blair off balance.
“Whoa.” He snaked an arm around her waist to steady her. “I told you those Long Island ice teas are no joke.”
She giggled and looked at him. Those blue eyes stopped him in his tracks.
“I’m getting you home.” He ushered her along the boardwalk while searching for Reid and Maggie.
“So you do want to take me home?” she purred.
“Reid, get your ass over here. We need to get them back.” Justyn motioned to Blair, who was happier than he had seen her since they had met. The drink must have had a way of softening her. Maybe it was the drinks or maybe she was starting to have fun with him. He wasn’t sure.
“Already?” Reid looked disappointed. “Yes, now.” Justyn hauled Blair down the boardwalk and lifted her into the skiff. “Is she ok?” Maggie rushed to the dock. “G, I’m totally fine.” Blair giggled. He sat her in the seat next to him so he could keep an eye on her. The last thing he wanted was for her to tip overboard. He kept one hand firmly planted on her hip.
“Shove us off, Reid,” he directed, checking the slip behind them for boat traffic. Reid tossed the lines in the boat, and then hopped aboard before they took off for the sound. Justyn shook his head and cranked the engine.
This was exactly the kind of trouble he didn’t want.
T.A. Foster is Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.
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Mary-Kathryn Craft spent her childhood summers vacationing on Harkers Island, North Carolina. There she fell in love with the Cape Lookout beaches and learned about the power of a good story from the island old-timers. With degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina, she now works in public relations in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, daughter, and shiba inu.
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Written in the Sand is more than fifteen years in the making. Tucked away in boxes and buried deep on hard drives, pieces of Maggie and Blair’s story sat untouched for years before the authors rediscovered the work in progress. They knew it was time to revisit the island and give Maggie, Blair, Justyn, and Reid a summer to remember.