When August Ends Excerpt Reveal by Penelope Ward

EXCERPT REVEAL

 

WHEN AUGUST ENDS

A Standalone Contemporary Romance Novel

 

New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal

Bestselling Author Penelope Ward

 

Release date: 2/25/2019

 

EXCERPT:

Noah stood up and walked off the porch to put his cigar out on the cement. When he returned, he remained standing across from me. I was reminded of just how tall he was as he towered over me. A breeze blew his scenta mix of cigar and colognein my direction. The same smell saturated the shirt I was wearing. I couldve breathed it in all night. His nearness was doing things to my body I hadnt ever felt.

Noah looked around. You mentioned some stuff around here needs to be repaired. What specifically?

I blew out a breath. Even thinking about it was exhausting. So much. Id have to make a list.

Why dont you do that? Make a list. Im pretty good with my hands. Ill see if theres anything I can help with while Im here.

Hed lost me at pretty good with my hands. My imagination was running wild. Shit. I imagined those hands doing a lot of thingsmostly to me.

I cant let you do that.

Youd be stupid not to take me up on it. I came for a change of pace, but the truth is, too much quiet isnt good. I like to keep busy.

Biting my bottom lip, I shook my head. I dont know…”

Make the list,he insisted.

Noah was right. It would be dumb not to take him up on his offer. It wasnt like there was anyone else knocking down our door to help.

I tilted my head. What would be in it for you?

His expression turned dark. People dont always have to have ulterior motives.

Suddenly feeling bold, I said, I thought maybe you would want me to go out with you in exchange.

Did you hear that? It was a record screeching.

I admit, that was ballsy, but being around him brought out my flirtatious side. Maybe his cologne and cigar smoke were going to my head.

Youre joking, right?

Okay. I shouldnt have asked.

Actually, I—”

Im practically old enough to be your father.

Really? Thats how he saw me? I knew he was older than mebut he didnt seem that old. No way. Id pegged him as early thirties, though I truly had no idea how old he was.

I shook my head. No, youre not. Thats a lie. An older brother, maybe. How old are you?

Instead of answering, he took two steps forward. Let me make something clear.

Okay…”

I was not insinuating anything by offering to help. And I will not be asking you out, propositioning you, or going anywhere near you, for that matter. We clear on that?

Okay, then.

I swallowed. Disappointment washed over me as I cleared my throat. Yes.

Good.He made his way toward the door, turning around one last time. Youd better go. It was nice chatting. Get me the list tomorrow.

He disappeared into the house, leaving me on the porch to wallow in his lingering smell and feeling like a complete and utter idiot.

 

 

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Synopsis:

 

What do you do when a sexy, older man moves into your familys summer rental?

 

Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourselfover and over. Things didnt exactly get off on the right foot with Noah Cavallari. Our first encounter was embarrassing, to say the least.

 

But despite that, I found myself waking up every day with a newfound energy. Nothing exciting ever happened on the lakenot until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. Hed booked it for the entire summerand I was still trying to figure out why.

 

When my mother became ill, I inherited the responsibility of making sure our guests were well taken care of. I should have been in college. Instead, I was living my best lifeas a maid.

 

Dark, handsome, and mysterious, everything about Noah screamed forbidden.

 

I knew he was just passing through town for the summer.

 

I knew he was probably too old for me.

 

Yet, I was drawn to him.

 

Not to mention, he tried to save my life when he mistakenly thought I was drowning.

 

I wanted him and made no secret of it.

 

His own attempts to warn me away soon gave way to late-night moonlight chats by the lake. We were slowly easing into a friendship that was gearing up to explode into something I might not recover from.

 

Because hes leaving at the end of the summer.

 

And I have no idea what Ill do when August ends.

 

 

 

 

BIO:

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

 

With over one-point-five million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

 

 

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