We begin with, MITCH, Book 1 in the series, by Author Nancy Fraser.
The only thing intruding on his idyllic life is the realization that the majority of his closest friends have married, and had children, which seriously impacts his Sunday football parties with the guys.
Haley Charles is the newly hired project manager at Pierce and McKenna, Architects, one of the city’s most prestigious firms. At twenty-eight, she’s the youngest member of the management team, and determined to make a good impression on the bosses.
When a rush request comes in from one of the firms most valued clients, Mitch has to cover for his honeymooning partner. With the majority of the staff already assigned to ongoing jobs, he finds himself working overtime with the new, and disturbingly attractive, project manager.
Will the late nights and a few shared kisses have him rethinking his bachelor status? Or, is he truly going to be ‘the last man standing’?
Palm Grove Country Club
San Diego, California
Mitchell Pierce pushed back the fancy, linen-draped chair and nudged himself to his feet. Casting a quick glance around the flower-strewn outdoor tent, he tapped his heavy class ring against the side of the champagne flute two or three times. All around him, conversation dwindled to a barely-discernible buzz.
“If I could get everyone’s attention, please,” he said loudly, effectively shutting down the last of the whispers. “For those I have not yet met, I’m Mitch. Today, I have the honor of serving as best man at the wedding of my good friend and business partner, Brad McKenna, and his beautiful bride, Jody Fields McKenna.”
“I’ve known Brad since childhood. First grade to be exact. The two of us caused quite a bit of mischief at McLaren Elementary. Which was likely the reason his parents pulled Brad out of PS112, and sent him to that fancy private school upstate. It didn’t matter though. We kept in touch, and then met up again our first year of college. Throughout the many, many years since, we’ve been inseparable. Or—at least we were—until Jody came along.”
The blushing bride shot him a mock glare, and then blew him a kiss, causing those closest to the head table to laugh.
Mindful of the crowd around him, Mitch cherry-picked a few of his favorite anecdotes about his and Brad’s adventures at UCLA, and during the first few years of their business partnership. In deference to Brad’s grandparents and parents, he made sure to sanitize a few of the more colorful stories.
Laughter—at his best friend’s expense—quickly became the highlight of Mitch’s entire day. It wasn’t that he disliked weddings. They were okay, he supposed. As long as they were someone else’s, and not his. Once another rash of snickers died down, Mitch began his closing remarks.
“I’d always considered Brad to be close to perfect. However, falling in love with Jody has made him an even better man. And, whether she realizes it or not, she’s also helped me win a rather sizable bet. One that Brad, Mike, Jason, Steve, and I made years ago.” Turning to face his best friend, Mitch added, “That’ll be five bucks and one pack of Transformer’s 1985 G1 Trading Cards each. Because you, Brad—and the three who fell before you—have made me ‘the last man standing’, and I intend to collect.”
She's also the granddaughter of a Methodist minister known for his fire-and-brimstone approach to his faith. Nancy has brought some of his spirit into her Christian romances. And, her own off-beat sense of humor to her clean & wholesome books.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
If you enjoyed this sneak peek at this wonderful new series, you can find all fourteen of our challenging couples on Kindle Unlimited.
While you out shopping for one of stubborn men, please remember to grab a copy of the companion cookbook, Game On Snacks, a collection of appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and sweet treats worthy of any tailgate party or Sunday armchair quarterback. All proceeds in the sale of Game On Snacks will be donated, on a quarterly basis, to The Wounded Warrior Project.
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Thank you so much for joining us today for the kick-off of the new series. Please come back again on Monday, August 8th, when we'll take a close look at Barrett, by Author Lucinda Race.