Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She lives in Southern California with her husband and children and a series of doomed houseplants, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in writing for children and young adults.
When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of the future, Max and Lila are faced with a life-altering decision: jeopardize their aspirations or risk losing love.
finger through each of my front belt loops, drawing me to him. My hands flew to
his shoulders to keep my balance. “I’ll let you show me how it’s done on one
condition,” he said, resting his hands on my waist. “Let’s call it what it is:
a second date. Because I don’t think you’re a kiss-on-the-first-date kind of
girl. And I’m most definitely going to kiss you.”