Book Title: Love Beneath the Stars: A Matchmaker Wedding Novella
Author: Claerie Kavanaugh
Publisher: Half Caff Press
Cover Artist: Lauren Dombrowski
Release Date: April 26, 2023
Genres: Contemporary F/F Romance
Tropes: Age gap, celebrity, matchmaker, wedding
Themes: Coming out, forgiveness
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: 30 000 words
It is a standalone story in the Entertaining Love series.
After years of searching, a job gone wrong finally led Hollywood's most famous matchmaker Eve to her soulmate in up-and-coming starlet Jemma Mason. For a year, they had pictured their perfect destination Valentine's Day wedding. But when Jemma's family arrives from Montana, they quickly learn perfection is hard to come by.
Jemma's conservative brother has always been distant, but when he meets his sister's fiancée, who is seven years her senior, he worries she’s moving way too fast and refuses to come to the wedding, let alone keep his promise to walk her down the aisle. Can love really conquer all, or are there some wounds that simply run too deep to be buried?
Eve and Jemma's Wedding Novella. Sequel to LOVE AMONG THE STARS in the standalone sapphic celebrity romance series ENTERTAINING LOVE.
When I turn to face Eve, she's sitting more fully upright, concern etched across her beautiful features. "What's wrong?"
"Apparently, a storm is coming," Despondence drips from my words as I sink, onto the edge of the bed. "They want us to stay inside."
Eve climbs out of the covers and wraps her arms around me. "We'll be alright, Jemma. We're together, and that's all that matters."
Her confidence is contagious, and I can't help but smile. "You always know how to make me feel better, don't you?"
"Of course." She grins, kissing my cheek. "Now, let's make the most of this unexpected day indoors."
We spend the morning lounging in bed, sipping coffee and flipping through the cable channels on the TV. But as the wind outside picks up, so does our restlessness.
"Let's play a game," Eve suggests, sitting up and stretching her toned arms above her head.
"What kind of game?" I ask, intrigued.
She smirks devilishly. "Strip poker."
My stomach flips at the thought of being naked in front of her, but I can't deny the thrill that pulses through me. "You're on."
We grab a deck of cards from the nightstand and settle in on the plush carpet, the sound of the wind howling outside echoing in my ears. As the game progresses, clothing is discarded, and as Eve tosses her shirt onto the pile, I can't help but let my eyes roam over her gorgeous curves and her smooth golden skin. A flush spreads across my cheeks as I drink her in
Eve smirks, arching an eyebrow. "Enjoying the view?"
I swallow hard, my mouth suddenly dry. "Very much so," I reply, a slightly wanton rasp dancing at the edges of my words.
She crawls over to me on all fours, her eyes locked onto mine. "Why don't you come a little closer?" I oblige, leaning in towards her, my heart pounding. She presses her body against mine, her skin hot against my own. My breath hitches as she trails her fingers down my spine, sending shivers through my body. I tangle my fingers in her hair, pulling her lips to mine. The kiss is electric, fire burning through my veins. I break away, gasping for air.
About the Author. . .
Claerie Kavanaugh has spent most of her life telling stories, but she never imagined herself writing romance. In fact, she used to think it should only be reserved for Hallmark movies. It wasn't until college, when she discovered fanfiction, that she learned what romance was truly about: not just fluffy relationships and happily-ever-afters, but human connection, the desire to push one another to be better, and create hope that somewhere, somehow, everyone has someone.
When she's not writing, she loves to travel and explore new cultures, helping other authors polish their works as a freelance editor, and singing while doing so. Broadway musicals are her soul-food, something her mother and sister know well. She constantly blasts the newest soundtrack through the halls of their Missouri home, much to the chagrin of her very sassy and spoiled cat.
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