‘Tis the season… For unexpected love!
Officer Jonathan Maxwell is just as devoted to his job as he is to his two young daughters, leaving zero time for a social life. Until he meets Brooke Novak. The newly hired community center director is a single parent, too, and also part of his latest investigation. Jonathan needs Brooke’s help if he’s going to close his case by Thanksgiving…but she might be the biggest distraction from keeping his mind on his job.
This was the perfect place for that. All around were pumpkins of various shapes, colors and sizes. Even Izzy, who was speeding toward her teen years, showed more enthusiasm than usual.
“Hey, Dad, there’s a field of green pumpkins and those are all white. Ooh. I changed my mind.” Vanessa jumped up and down and pointed to a patch near the back. “I want one with lots of warts. Those are cool.”
She yanked his arm and dragged him that way, taking care to navigate around the crowds. He caught Izzy muttering something about him needing to buy tickets for the hayride, but she stayed on Vanessa’s heels. By the fence, a woman with her back to him had the same posture and figure as Brooke. Unlike the new director, this woman’s hair was loose and fell past her shoulders, a shiny curtain of dark brown that almost blended in with her burgundy belted coat.
“Daddy! This one!” Vanessa went over and thumped her hand on the biggest pumpkin, one that had a good weight and stood two feet tall. “Wouldn’t it look great on our front porch?”
“Um.” What was the word he was searching for? “No.”
“Officer Maxwell, is that you? I almost didn’t recognize you out of your uniform.” The woman was now facing him. It was Brooke, and her cheeks reddened. “That came out wrong.”
He smiled at the sudden unexpectedness of seeing her. “Just Jonathan. I insist.”
“Well, Just Jonathan, who can resist when you put it like that?”
Excerpted from The Single Dad’s Holiday Match by Tanya Agler, Copyright © 2021 by Tanya Agler. Published by Harlequin Heartwarming.
About the Author
Tanya Agler is a write-at-home mom, wife, and beagle and bunny wrangler who writes sweet contemporary category romance, three of which have been published by Harlequin Heartwarming. She moved often as a child, attending twelve different schools before attending the University of Georgia where she received degrees in journalism and law.
She lives in Georgia with her wonderful husband and her four kids (Kath, MJ, Cupcake, and Chunk). She often talks about her new rescue beagle, Linus, on Twitter and Facebook. One of her favorite things to do is to curl up with a glass of iced tea and a dessert while watching a classic movie (think all the way back to Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, snappy dialogue, and shoulder pads).
She loves visiting new parts of the country while attending writers’ conferences.
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