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Chill Out --  Jana Richards

Chill Out

Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?” Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.

Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead.

As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?

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reviews

Talented author Jana Richards, with her gift for creating snappy dialogue, honest, loveable characters―human and canine―has given us another winner. Do not miss Chill Out. You'll be as entranced as I was.
Wild Woman Authors blog

There is just the perfect amount of sexiness and so much sexual tension between Renata and Noah. Watching them negotiate their relationship is so satisfying. A Great read!!! 
Romantic Fanatic

This is only a short story but is packed with humour, friendship, love, snow & a dog!... If you are after a quick romantic story that is easy to read & enjoy then this is for you.
Ali, The Dragon Slayer

Jana Richards does a wonderful job of endearing both of her main characters to the reader by the way they interact with a lovable animal….If romantic comedy is one of your reading vices, you’ll love this book!
Notes from a Romantic’s Heart

This novella is a fun read and a great kick off to the Candy Hearts series from The Wild Rose Press! Both Noah and Renata are likeable and rootable, and totally deserving of their happy ending.
And there’s an awesome dog. The dog factor gets me every time  ;-)
Doreen Knows It All

If a wonderfully crafted romance about two people, and a very large dog, trapped by a snow storm gets your attention, you’ll love Chill Out. I not only fell in love with the hero, but with the dog Spike as well.
Kayden Claremont Blog

Jana Richards is masterful at showing us the complex emotions simmering behind the words and actions of her characters… A quick, satisfying read, I totally recommend this Valentine story to anyone needing a pick-me-up, or a reminder that love heals all.
Katie O’Sullivan Blog

excerpt

The bedroom door swung open and Renata stood in the opening wearing a short robe that revealed her lovely legs. A light floral fragrance drifted to his nose—he envisioned a field of flowers. Spike brushed past her and entered the room.

“Oh! I didn’t realize you were with Spike.”

“I’m sorry. When he gets a notion, he’s pretty hard to stop. I’ll get him out.”

“No, that’s okay. I don’t mind having him in my room. Besides, I doubt you could make him leave if he doesn’t want to.”

She was probably right. “You’re sure? He snores something awful. And did I mention the drool?”

She smiled. “Yes, I discovered the delights of sleeping with Spike last night. But I have to admit, I kind of like having the big lug around.”

“You’re sure you don’t mind?”

“I’m sure.” She took a step backward into her room, holding the door between them. “I should get some sleep.”

“Yeah.”

She hesitated, as if waiting for him to speak. For a moment he thought she was going to invite him into her room. But then she swallowed and lowered her gaze.

“Goodnight, Noah. Sleep well.”

“Goodnight.”

She quietly closed the door. Noah’s heart beat frantically as he stood outside. He wanted her in a way he hadn’t felt in a very long time, a deep primal urge, an overwhelming desire. Should he knock, ask to come in, ask to spend the night with her? Should he throw caution to the wind and let her know how he felt?
He raised his hand, ready to knock. What if he’d misread the way she’d responded to his kiss? Were his feelings for her simply a product of their isolation together? If she made love with him tonight, would she later regret it?

Fear slapped him in the gut. He couldn’t face another rejection. He let his hand drop to his side and walked to his room.