Once Smitten, Twice Shy

Title: Once Smitten, Twice Shy - Book #2
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Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: January 1, 2008
Pages: 324
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Synopsis

Legend claims this antique Irish wedding veil can grant your heart’s deepest desire. But be careful what you wish for…

Wedding videographer Tish Gallagher is at the end of her rope. Her video business is about to go bust. She’s just spent her last buck on non-returnable (but oh so fabulous) shoes. And her most sustainable relationship is with a pint of Haagen-Dazs. So she makes a wish on the lucky wedding veil to get out of debt…and sees the man she never stopped loving, her ex-husband, secret service agent Shane Tremont. Sure, their chemistry was off-the-charts sizzling hot, but their clashes were legendary and no amount of longing will change that.

So when her dream job of recording the first daughter’s wedding appears out of the blue, Tish knows it’s her only shot to get out of the red. Just one teensy glitch: Shane is the groom. From the moment they see each other, she knows nothing’s changed—the same old black magic is still between them, just as irresistible and potent as ever. But he’s promised to another and Tish has been burned before. Will she always be…

Praise

“I absolutely loved reading ONCE SMITTEN, TWICE SHY, the second book in the Wedding Veil Wishes series. This book is definitely a treasure! Filled with laughter, romance, sensuality and a touch of magic, this off-the-wall romance will be a delight to readers of many genres. The strong, handsome hero and the feisty heroine will become favorites for many readers. I highly suggest that you put ONCE SMITTEN, TWICE SHY at the top of your ‘must read’ list. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.”
—Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com

“ONCE SMITTEN, TWICE SHY is an amazing, fast paced, contemporary romance. Tish and Shane are made for each other, you can’t help but cheer them on. Elysee appeared a little too innocent for me, but overall, the book is very entertaining. Lori Wilde brings together fun, romance, adventure, and a little magic. While this is my first Lori Wilde book, it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.”
4 1/2 stars—Gloria Gehres, The Romance Readers Connection

“Smart, funny, sexy; Lori Wilde has done it again. Tish and Shane are complex characters whose personalities are gradually revealed, they feel like close friends I wanted to take them under my wing and fix their hurts. The secondary cast adds the extra zip to make this story stand out from the crowd. Elysee is a naïve young woman whom I found endearing yet a little frustrating at times. Her love of being in love gave her a rosy outlook on life I could not easily relate to but she captured my heart anyway. Shane is a real wounded hero whom I fell a little in love with myself. He is kind and generous, strong and intelligent, and looking to be loved completely. His undying love for Tish and hers for him is poignant and will bring a few tears to the eyes. The emotions sizzle whenever they are in the same area, leaving no doubt these two lovers are meant to be together. With plenty of internal conflict, Lori Wilde leads readers on a merry adventure as the cast sets out to save a woman from harm, overcoming obstacles thrown in their paths. I thoroughly enjoyed Once Smitten, Twice Shy and look forward to the next installment of the Wedding Veil Wishes.”
4 1/2 STARS—SingleTitle.com Reviews

“I loved every moment I spent reading this story and will be on the look out for the first story, as well as the next.” Four Stars
—Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews

“This second installment in the Wedding Veil Wishes series has just a touch of magic. The first impression of the heroine is not very favorable, but as her character develops, she becomes sympathetic and likable. The hero is wonderful, and the secondary romance is fun to watch. Sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, this is a continuously entertaining story.”
4 Stars—Romantic Times

Excerpt

“We have to talk.”

“Now? You want to talk now? Two years ago I wanted to talk, but you clammed up. Now you want to talk?”

“Yes, now.”

“Where’s little Miss Sunshine?” Tish tossed her head, trying to stall, trying to identify her emotions and figure out exactly how she felt without letting it show on her face.

“Elysee went to tell the cook to set an extra plate for you,” he said.

“Aren’t you worried what she’s going to think when she catches us in here together?” Tish crossed her arms over her chest, both to stop her hands from trembling as well as putting up a barrier between them.

The room was claustrophobically small now with him in it. She’d forgotten just how masculine he was, with his big biceps and manly smelling cologne.

“She’s not going to catch us, because you’re going to go tell her that while you’re flattered by the offer, you just realized you have a scheduling conflict and can’t serve as her wedding videographer,” he said firmly.

“Don’t you mean ‘our’ wedding videographer?”

He looked startled. “What?”

“You said ‘her’ wedding videographer. You’re getting married too. Shouldn’t it be ‘our’ wedding videographer?”

“You’re changing the subject.”

“No, I’m not. I’m talking about your impending wedding.”

“You’re missing the point.”

“But not the irony.”

His eyes flared and her breath caught. She felt the old flutter in her chest. Divorced two years and with just one look he could still send her heart reeling.

But Shane had moved on with his life. He had someone else. A very nice someone else. Tish had absolutely no right to feel envious.

It sounded rational and well-thought out. Problem was her emotions weren’t having any of it. She was jealous and angry and hurt. She wanted to throw back her head and howl for everything she’d let slip through her fingers. No, no, she wanted to run right out and buy the most expensive pair of shoes she could find.

What? You expected he would pine over you forever?

No, no. Yes.

Honestly, secretly, she’d always held onto the hope that someday, someway they’d find their way back to each other. When they’d both achieved their dream jobs and worked through their personal issues. How naïve was that?

If growing up with her mother had taught her anything, it was that happily-ever-after was nothing but a romantic myth. So why did she want so badly to believe in it?

Tish’s eyes tracked over him. His shoulders were so broad they filled almost half of the wall behind him. Her gaze snagged on the scar running across his temple, unbidden fascination had her reaching up to touch it.

He grabbed her wrist before her fingers could graze his skin. “No,” he said sharply, “no.”

They stared into each other’s eyes, both of them breathing hard. Her heart slammed against her chest, pounding erratically.

Kiss me! She thought, crazily, wildly. As if a kiss would fix everything. She tossed her head and pursed her lips, mentally daring him to do it.

He looked hard into her eyes, as if assessing the depth of her soul. Their lungs moved in tandem, drawing in great hunks of ragged air. He stared with such raw hunger in his eyes she could swear she heard herself gasp. The look was naked, completely without guile, a mirror image of her heart.

He cupped her face with his left hand, tilted her chin up to look at him. This time she did gasp. The harsh sound echoed in the tiny room.

Was he going to kiss her?

She held her breath and waited. If she were to lay her palm against his chest would she feel the wild thunder crashing under her hand? She looked into his eyes and knew if she lived to be a hundred she’d never forget the starving look in his eyes at that moment.

He hungered for her.

Shane did not kiss her. In fact, he raised his head, let out his breath in quiet exhalation. Disappointment smashed down on her like a window pane shattering.

But his eyes blazed black as lump coal. Heated, sizzling, eating her up.

I can still make this man…burn, she thought and a powerful thrill rippled through her.

You could kiss him.

No. No way. Tish wasn’t going to be the one to step across that line. If he wanted her, he was going to have to be the one to come after her.