I am so excited to bring you The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske. This is the first book in her new Smokejumper Series and I have not only an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT for you but also an AMAZING GIVEAWAY!
Title: The Two-Date Rule
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Entangled (Amara)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): February 25, 2020
Length (Print & Ebook): 89,000 words | 362 pages
Genre: contemporary romance / romantic comedy
Tropes: Afraid to commit
Willa Frank has one simple rule: never go on a date with anyone more than twice. Now that her business is providing the stability she’s always needed, she can’t afford distractions. Her two-date rule will protect her just fine...until she meets smokejumper Grady Billman.
After one date—one amazing, unforgettable date—Grady isn’t ready to call it quits, despite his own no-attachments policy, and he’s found a sneaky way around both their rules.
Throwing gutter balls with pitchers of beer? Not a real date. Everyone knows bowling doesn’t count.
Watching a band play at a local show? They just happen to have the same great taste in music. Definitely not a date.
Hiking? Nope. How can exercise be considered a date?
With every "non-date" Grady suggests, his reasoning gets more ridiculous, and Willa must admit she’s having fun playing along. But when their time together costs Willa two critical clients, it's clear she needs to focus on the only thing that matters—her future. And really, he should do the same.
But what is she supposed to do with a future that looks gray without Grady in it?
From Tawna Fenske:
The Two-Date Rule is all about finding the sweet spot between planning for the future and living in the moment.
Grady grabbed the napkin and wiped his fingers one at a time. “Would you really have been into it if I’d suggested lounging in pajamas at your place for a first date?”
Willa chewed her bite of pizza and looked thoughtful. “Maybe. It would have given Stevie a chance to check you out and make sure you’re not an ax murderer.”
Hearing his name, the spotted white greyhound mix heaved himself off the dog bed beside the window and lumbered over to them. The dog looked like a cross between a giraffe and a lean polar bear, and Willa held out a piece of Canadian bacon for him.
“Good boy.” Stevie bumped the edge of the coffee table with his shoulder and snuffled at the arm of the couch before locating the scrap she held out to him. He gobbled it down, then nosed Grady in search of more.
“It must be tough having a blind dog.” Grady patted Stevie’s rump as the pup’s cloudy eyes fixed sightlessly on the pizza box. His sniffer worked just fine.
“He can see some shapes and light, I think,” she said. “The vet says his vision is probably like if you took a pair of sunglasses and smeared the lenses with a thick coat of Vaseline.”
Grady reached out to scratch behind the dog’s ears. “He gets around pretty well, considering.”
“He’s learned to trust me.” Willa reached out to scratch the dog’s other ear, earning a groan of pleasure from Stevie. “I have a special short leash that makes it easier to go on walks, and he knows I’m not going to run him into any trees or telephone poles.”
“Smart dog.” Grady was only just getting to know Willa, and he could already tell she was one of the most trustworthy people he’d met.
“The three-legged cat, on the other hand,” Willa continued, “has been a challenge. The litter box thing took ages to figure out. And the deaf cat has her own set of issues.”
Grady snorted. “You have a deaf cat and a three-legged cat?”
She nodded around another bite of pizza. “Earmuff and Wheelbarrow,” she said. “Barrow for short. They’re around here somewhere.”
He shook his head in amazement as he grabbed another slice of pizza “That’s impressive,” he said. “So you’re a rescuer.”
Willa shrugged. “They’re the animals who needed homes the most,” she said. “I happen to have a home.”
Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com. To learn more about all of Tawna’s books, visit www.tawnafenske.com
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Exclusive Giveaway -
The giveaway is open to all entrants who are 18+ The reader may choose two titles that they wish to receive from The Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedy series. You can find a detailed list on Tawna’s website (link below).