AUTHOR SIOBHAN SMILE
A divorced, small town, hardware store owner, and the man most people considered a gentleman that was me. A slip up in my strict routine would send the town gossips into a frenzy. Yet I'd grown up in that town and everyone knew everyone. No secrets were safe, but I carried one that would send my world into chaos if I let it. I was falling for a town transplant and one of my best friends, Sugar. He was everything I wasn't, spontaneous, fun, and knew exactly who he was. What would he see in a boring man like me?
I was that fat, nonbinary person who hadn't known the inside of the closet in my life. With a mom like mine I was taught to never live with regrets, but I had a massive one. I fell in love with my straight and gentlemanly best friend. Grey was everything I wasn't. He was clueless but our shared friend group wasn't, how long could they stay silent in a town as small as ours?
MAMA DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR THIS
He had one rule. Sometimes rules were meant to be broken.
My life changed on the first day of school. Maybe I was having a midlife crisis, but that was too easy an explanation. I never crossed the line of dating of mother of one of the students in my school. That was a complication I didn't need. What happens when the relationship doesn't work out? My brain was telling me I needed to keep my distance, but every time I ran into Sari Hampton something inside me screamed she was mine. There was no way I was going to be able to resist the pretty single mom.
I may write romance for a living, but I was just faking it. At thirty-nine I was not having any success in finding my happily ever ever. There was one thing in life I could control, I wanted a family. I'd grown up in foster care and after several years of fostering children like me. Giving them a place they felt safe whether they were with me a week or more. That was until Reggie arrived and I knew he was my son. Yet, the first day at his new school, I met Principal Drake Pike. He was too perfect—too nice. We could be friends and that's it, but how long could I remain strong and keep a safe distance between him and my heart.