Lion Dancing for Love, a Deerbourne Inn novella
His love died. Hers cheated. Can two broken hearts learn to trust again?
Licking her wounds after a bad relationship, San Diego accountant Caitlyn Summers travels to Willow Springs to help her friend gear up for the annual Maple Sugar Ball. She isn’t planning on staying long, but one encounter with the delicious Corey Duncan has her re-evaluating her plans.
Corey swore off love when his wife Annie died from breast cancer. Caitlyn is too young, too citified, and vibrates with a passion and energy that will upend the safe, comfortable rhythm of his life. Corey has to choose between playing it safe and taking a risk on love. Caitlyn needs to find the patience to let Corey lead. If not, the Maple Sugar Ball might end in a sticky mess, instead of a slow dance with the man who has captured her heart.
Will their fire burn hot enough to erase doubts and past hurts?
“You don’t have to be good at it. You have to be able to follow and count to three.”
She put her hands on her hips. It was his turn to raise a brow. “I can follow—if I choose to.”
He chuckled. “Such sass. Prove it.”
He held out his left hand, and she moved forward and placed her right inside it. He twined their fingers and pulled her into position. A heady combination of scents rose from her, vanilla and pheromones and something uniquely Caitlin. Her skin was slick against his. “Rest your head against my chest,” he murmured.
“I don’t recall that as an official position.”
“It’s the one I favor. Stand on my feet. That’s it.” He adjusted her arm, so she had a good hold around his neck and drew her even closer. “Step with your right foot first…back across, together. Forward, across, together. Back, across, together. Forward, across, together.”
Halfway through the song, he let her feet slip to the ground. At the end he kept a firm grip on her waist while he hit replay, then led her through a series of fast twirls, their bodies so close they were almost one. When the song ended, they collapsed in a heap against the wall. She was giggling.
“I get why it was considered scandalous when it was first introduced.”
He smiled and tipped her chin toward him with a finger. “It’s only scandalous if you do it properly.” He brushed his lips softly across hers, then claimed her mouth as she breathed into him.
Diving into the lives of these characters was a wonderful way to escape everyday life as I got caught up in their romance. Their back stories were interwoven in a believable way at just the right time (when I was dying to find out!) and the novel has a cast of warm, funny supporting characters that really added depth. A heartwarming, romantic read. I’ll be back for more from Laura Boon. – Michelle, Amazon, 5 stars
The main characters are great – I love a sassy heroine. So much better than some of the rollovers one can find in this genre. I look forward to Laura Boon’s next novel. – Sally, Amazon, 5 stars
The sex scenes were both hot and heartfelt, showing the healing process. I would definitely like to read more books by Ms. Boon. – AD, Amazon, 4 stars
I love a moving on after loss story so much and LION DANCING FOR LOVE hit all the emotional points for me that I look for in a well told, emotional romance in this trope. – Margaret Mary, Amazon
I love a good HEA, and I’ve got a sweet spot for a well-written romance steeped with a compelling, natural voice. This one leaves me going “ahhhh.” Well done! I highly recommend the read! – Jean, Amazon, 5 stars
The characters and plot were realistic, going through real issues that many readers would be able to relate to. I loved it. It is not a long book and I had no problem having it read in little over an hour – an hour well spent. – Amy, Amazon, 5 stars
Corey and Caitlin were well drawn, the details of their lives well-chosen and well researched. I loved seeing the other townspeople in Willow Springs come to life with vivid description and authentic dialogue in hands of this skilled author. This is a great addition to the Deerbourne Inn series. – Showmethelove, Amazon, 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed her tale of love after loss and second chances. – Tena, Amazon, 5 stars
[The story of] two people who had pretty much decided to stay single, two people who are loving and caring and when they find each other the sparks fly and they fall into each other’s arms in a sensual and loving journey to find a beautiful HEA, I do highly recommend this quick read that is sure to leave a smile. – Helen, GoodReads, 4 stars
Corey and Caitlin were well drawn, the details of their lives well-chosen and well researched. I loved seeing the other townspeople in Willow Springs come to life with vivid description and authentic dialogue in hands of this skilled author. This is a great addition to the Deerbourne Inn series. – Charlotte, GoodReads, 5 stars