My one and only goal has always been to make it to congress. I’ve got it all: the looks, the brains, the connections… Except I missed one glaring requirement: a wife.
The conservative voters of Kansas don’t trust an unmarried man. Which means I need a bride. Immediately.
The lovely Odette Hastings seems to fit the bill. She’s a wholesome small-town girl, and most importantly, in need of cash. I’ll give her the money to take care of her elderly parents, and she’ll be the political arm candy I need.
The only problem is Odette is a little too beautiful, a little too intelligent, and much too distracting. I have to keep my eye on the prize. Even when I’m starting to think there might be something I’d rather have more…
The ceremony feels like an out-of-body experience, partly because I’m nervous, and partly because I can’t believe I’m getting married to someone I hardly know. But what I do know is she’s lovely and kind. The fact that she is willing to marry me is a miracle. Yet here she is.
Before I know it, the pastor announces us as husband and wife. He looks at me with a wink and says that I may kiss my bride.
I freeze. I hadn’t thought about this part. How did I not think about this part?
I mean, of course I’ve thought about kissing her, but I usually pictured us at a campaign event or something. This feels far more intimate. I guess one might consider it to be a case of public affection, and that’s in the contract. Should I give her a peck on the cheek, a passionate kiss where I dip her back, or something in between? What would look more natural, more real?
I have to think fast. Not only is everyone is waiting, but Odette is watching my face in confusion.
Excerpted from A Love Unexpected by Leah Brunner, Copyright © 2021 by Leah Brunner. Published by Leah Brunner Publishing.
About the Author
Leah writes romance full of witty banter and lovable characters. She spends most of her time writing… and also petting her Maine Coon.
Her parents always told her she lived in her own little world and was oblivious to reality. The real world was simply too boring for Leah, writing is how she enjoys sharing her little world with others.
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