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Romance
(Fic)
Name Your Price: A Sandy Shores Novella
by Shirley Holder Platt

A straight-laced woman betrayed, seeking solace. A man whose defense against a cruel world is to party like there's no tomorrow. Can these two lost souls find healing in one another's arms? "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

Joan wiggled her toes in the hot sand of her favorite beach wishing she could stay. She’d been coming to Sandy Shores for vacation since she was six. Her dad would load the whole family into the car and drive across country to get there as fast as he could. Sh...





Chapter 2

Joan stopped at the stairway. She steeled herself with a deep breath before reaching for the handrail and taking the first step up. She told herself that the first step is always the most difficult, but she hadn’t found it any easier when she’d gone anot...





Chapter 3

Gulls were laughing and the sun was in her eyes when she snorted herself awake from a dream about parachuting out of a World War II era plane. She sat up sharply. She had no idea where she was. A pelican sat on a railing a few feet from her, sunning its wings in the...





Chapter 4

Rover ran into the surf to retrieve the ragged tennis ball Price had thrown as he jogged down the beach toward the dunes. The dog shook the water off his coat and ran toward his owner. He nudged Price on the calf with his wet nose, wanting to keep playing. Price obl...





Chapter 5

Joan’s tongue was tied. She couldn’t think of a solitary comeback to his inuendo. She stopped to admire the imaginative window display at one of the cutest shell shops she’d ever seen. Its former life had obviously been a Victorian, one-story home....





Chapter 6

Price worried about Joan. He’d seen her go out to sunbathe, but had been distracted by a set of plans he was going over before construction began on his eighth rental. His plan was to own the twenty houses surrounding the one he lived in. He’d done the m...





Chapter 7

She stood stock still wondering what had just happened. She’d told herself she wasn’t interested in this man, but when he had leaned in close and she could feel heat radiating off his body, she lost all coherent thought. When his lips touched hers, he&rs...






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