Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Title: Come and Get It
Series: Small Town Bachelor Romance #7
Author: Abby Knox
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Release Date: July 24, 2019


Seven years behind bars changed Paul down to his bones —
whether that is for better or worse is a matter of opinion. And there are
always plenty of opinions to go around in the small town where he was born and
raised. Only one constant remains with him on the day of his release: he's
going to pay a visit to the judge who sentenced him.

Despite her outward strength, small-town judge Drea mentally
prepares herself for the release of the one of the area’s nastiest bad boys.
He's threatening to pay her a visit, but she's one tough judge who's not scared
of anything -- least of all a muscled ex-con.

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Chapter 2


Drea “Are you sure you don’t want us to stay?” 

My younger sister Ever is sweet but overly concerned for my
safety. “I’m perfectly fine. Nobody is coming to hurt me. You can go.” 

She eyes me suspiciously and rubs her swollen tummy. “All
right, but I don’t feel good about this.” 

I smirk at her. “And what are you going to do if he does try
something? Threaten to give birth right here on the braided rug?” 

She cocks her head to the side. “Very funny. I just wish you
would agree to stay with Logan and me for a few days. Just to be on the safe
side. You are the judge who put him in prison for years, you know.” 

I cross my arms in front of my chest. “I’ve sentenced a lot
of criminals.” 

“But he’s the worst that Middleburg has ever seen!”

 I laugh. “Are you forgetting that cold case murder
that was just solved last year?”

 “OK, besides that. And that hasn’t even gone to trial
yet. This one did, and he’s a bad guy.” 

I could tell her she’s just being as small-minded as all the
old-timers who drink coffee at the bowling alley every morning, judging
everybody who ever did so much as jaywalk in this town. 

I should remind her that the man has paid his debt to
society and has the right to be free now. But something stops me. 

I can’t protest too much or she’ll figure it out. 

So I just have to play her off with my midwestern compulsion
to never be a burden. 

“While I relish the idea of a few sleepless nights in your
tiny house by the river with your very randy husband making you moan all night
long, it’s a hard pass.” 

Looking at Ever’s face, she’s not denying it. She still
bites her lip and blushes just thinking about her doting husband. A part of me
wishes for that feeling, that feeling of being looked after and fussed over by
the person who shares my bed and my life. Sometimes it hurts to watch Ever and
my brother-in-law Logan together. I’m jealous but I don’t show it. I’m the
stalwart big sister. The protector. 

I’m also the judge who has served as officiant for every
wedding in this town in recent years, and it’s starting to feel a little more
raw every time I’m asked to do it. But I don’t say no. I’m the sweet and
accommodating judge everybody wants for their wedding.

Ever tries every other angle to get me to leave with her,
but I’m staying put. 

I kiss her on the cheek before she leaves. “If it makes you
feel better, I’ll call for a patrol car to drive by sometime tonight. And I
promise I’ll call you if the boogeyman shows up, OK?” 

She pouts at me and I finally have to shut the door to
compel her to leave my front porch. And to think she used to be the wild one
who needed my protection as a child. 

When she’s gone, I draw myself a bath with lavender salts
and have a nice soak to relax my tired feet. After my bath, I pad around the
house, closing all the windows on this cool summer night, and draw all the
curtains shut. All except one: my bedroom window. 

I leave it wide open while I watch some TV on my laptop. Any
woman in her right mind, alone in a big, old isolated house in the country
would close up every last window and lock them before drifting off at night,
but I am not in my right mind. 

No, I’m ready to completely lose my mind and my whole self.
Just as soon as my partner in crime gets here.

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Author Bio

Abby Knox lives a dual life. Fantasy Abby would love to live
on a farm with goats, bees, chickens, donkeys and alpaca, making her own soap,
yarn, honey and cheese. Reality Abby has no desire to do actual farm work. So,
the ever-pragmatic Reality Abby keeps Fantasy Abby happy by putting her into
adorable little works of romantic fiction with her pretend hobbies. Both Abbies
hope you enjoy her sweet, sexy—sometimes a little over the top and
weird—storytelling. The real Abby lives in North Carolina with the ever-useful
tech-savvy Mr. Knox and their children. 

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