Greetings and happy final day of February! I’m not a huge fan of this month for many reasons, and this year has especially been a doozy, but reading and writing romance is keeping me going. Speaking of, here’s the latest snippet from Love Unleashed!

Continuing from where we left off…

From a distance, he spotted balloons outside The Barkery and, as they neared the entrance, sidewalk chalk puppies welcomed them. She’d set out a basket with extra chalk for the kids to play with as well. By the time he made it to the door and yanked on the tennis ball-covered doorknob, everyone was inside, and Hannah was handing out “pupsicles,” which were “totally human food, I promise.”

The interior was a dog’s dream come true, or a dog’s breakfast, depending on your taste. Paw print accents on the tile floors, artwork featuring candid shots of canines and crayon-produced images that seemed to be the creations of Diana’s age bracket, a display counter containing a startling variety of dog treats. Oh, and, irony of ironies, a wall of leashes and other toys for sale.

Ensuring all the kids were taken care of, Hannah reached over their heads to pass the adults a “pupsicle” of their very own. Their eyes met as she transferred the treat to his outstretched hand. Five full seconds and a double take later, her jaw fell open.

***End of WWW post, but carry on to finish this sequence.***

He bit his lip hard to suppress the smile that threatened at her reaction. Hell, he was surprised her nose hadn’t been trained to sniff him out. But to be fair, this was probably the last place she’d ever expect him to be.

“Uh, okay, so, welcome, everyone! To The Barkery! I’m Hannah . . . Barker. That’s where The Barkery name came from, obviously.”

Twice now he’d caused this self-assured woman to become flustered. Maybe no one else had noticed the pinkness in her cheeks or the slight waver in her voice, but he had. She pulled it together fast, lest she reveal any sign of weakness, but he savored that moment of vulnerability and stored it away in the back of his mind.

Here’s the blurb:

Hannah Barker has it all. A booming business, a fabulous group of girlfriends, and a loving and devoted housemate…with floppy ears and a wet nose. She doesn’t have time for romance. Or so she says.

Kent Clarkson is a single father on a mission to keep his daughter safe. But when the blonde bombshell he’s been butting heads with all summer proposes opening a dog park, Kent—who’s been once bitten and more than twice shy—goes on the offensive. Soon, it’s all-out war.

The whole town knows the chemistry between Hannah and Kent is off the leash, but can these two set aside their differences long enough to fall in love?

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

Now, let’s all kick February to the curb and bring on March. Bring on spring! Bring on the extra sunshine, Pi Day, March Madness, and mud puddles! Enjoy, my friends, and I’ll see you next week! 🙂

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