Author: Jessa Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kate Jacobson took the first bus out of Madelia, Washington the day she graduated high school, and she hasn't looked back. With a blossoming medical career at a busy New York hospital, she has found her calling. But when her best friend is gunned down in front of her by a drug-addled patient, Kate turns back to her small town roots, looking for stability and a place to belong.
Logan McAllister has worked his entire adult life to make the people of Madelia see him as more than the kid from the wrong side of the train tracks. He's built a business with his own two hands, revitalizing the historic landmark homes in town to their former glories. He grew up with parents so completely infatuated with each other, he can't imagine wanting to jump into the suffocating arms of love himself. But when his high school crush Kate comes back to town, he can't help but fan the fires and reignite their old flame.
But not everyone is happy about her return . . .
When Kate's clinic is vandalized, the two set aside the differences stemming from their pasts and set out to find and stop the vandal. As they work to solve one problem, their undeniable feelings for one another present another problem that's even more dangerous-at least for her heart.
Kate can handle the crazy politics. What she can't handle is smart, sexy, reformed bad boy Logan, who keeps showing up on her doorstep, determined to kiss the living daylights out of her.
Logan was wrong for her when she was eighteen, is he even more wrong for her now?
Jessa Chase was born and raised in the Inland Northwest of Washington State. She works in healthcare and enjoys winding down from a busy day in clinic by writing about romance. Jessa lives with her one tiny human and two rambunctious rescue pups. They all enjoy going for hikes and exploring new terrain in their hometown.
Jessa is an avid reader and draws inspiration from what she reads, as well as from her hobby of people-watching in public spaces.
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“You know me, Helling. All vanity, all the time.”
He chuckled and approached her from behind. Theirs had been an easy intimacy, which had made the subtle shift from coworkers to friends as simple as breathing.
Helling tugged at Kate’s ponytail, releasing her curly brown locks from the hair tie and letting them fall free against her shoulders.
“You really are quite gorgeous, you know,” he said as he propped his chin on her shoulder. Kate blushed and could not maintain eye contact with him in the mirror.
“I’m really quite gullible, you mean,” Kate responded. “And so not your type.”
Helling faked a look of shock, but his boyish good looks could not maintain it for long. “Why, I never,” he responded, before giving in to another grin. “You are, however, exactly the type of wonderful, selfless, utterly magnificent type who would be willing to take on my Friday shift next week. That’s my type to a T.”
Kate laughed and turned around to face Jonathan. “What you mean is I’m the type who wouldn’t have anything better to do but work an extra shift, while you go out and have a ridiculous amount of fun at my expense.”
“I would never say it like that, but, yes.” Helling smiled again, poking Kate in the ribs until she agreed to take his shift. He wasn’t wrong in his assessment; Kate didn’t have any sort of social life to speak of and she very often volunteered to take other doctor’s shifts when they had pressing matters to attend to.
That didn’t mean she had to make it easy for her friend.
“What terribly important engagement would you be missing out on if I said no?”
“Would you believe a once-in-a-lifetime first date opportunity with potentially the love of my life?”
“I would, if you didn’t have one of those every other week.”
Helling narrowed his eyes at her in mock annoyance. “I’m serious this time. He just might be the future Mr. Helling. The bearer of my future children. My all. My everything.”
“How exactly are you planning on him bearing your future children?”
“Oh, well, I happen to know this girl, she’d be a perfect surrogate. She’s the most wonderful, selfless, utterly magnificent type of girl…”
Kate laughed heartily as she exited the physician’s lounge and headed back out to the pit, Jonathan still extoling her virtues and sucking up to her along the way.