Thrilled with the release of The Daddy Spell, I was happy to visit Echo Falls again and begin a second Applegate family story. This one revolves around Meg Applegate and police officer Bret Cara. Also, loving Echo Falls like I do, I wanted this book to reveal the close-knit community of Echo Falls, to introduce some of its town members and problems. I hope I succeeded in making Echo Falls seem real.
In The Sweetheart Dance, Echo Falls high school teacher Meg Applegate aches to belong to police officer Bret Cara body and soul, but he maintains a hands-off policy. She is wife material and violates his no relationship philosophy based on years with combative parents. When a practical joker spikes Meg’s drinks at the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance, Bret comes to her rescue – and inhibitions down she astounds him with a hot, sensual kiss.
Assisting the police department in tracking teen felons, Meg takes the opportunity to snag the handsome cop’s attention and they launch an affair based on Bret’s ‘no strings’ rules. But each searing encounter conflicts with her beliefs and dreams. She cannot maintain their bargain forever, but despite making love he seems no closer to giving her what she needs. Desperate to keep her word, Meg walks away, forcing Bret to confront his past and a future without her. Will Bret walk away or deliver his heart?
The Wild Rose Press released The Sweetheart Dance, Book 2 of my Echo Falls series, on Friday, February 13th.