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Clear as Glass
by Lynn Kellan
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Poised to become her overbearing father's right-hand man, Jaye Davis is tired of being a faceless drone, writing software. She’d rather help real people - like the family who owns a struggling glassblowing factory in rural Pennsylvania. While she’s there, she might figure out how to squash the secrets gnawing at her.
Mitchell Blake and his father keep butting heads about expanding Blake Glassware, and now Mitch has to deal with his father's consultant, Jaye. She claims online marketing will boost sales, but Mitch insists broadening their product line will increase revenue. Arguing with this doe-eyed woman makes one thing perfectly clear: she has the power to shatter his safe, lonely life.
Jaye’s got four weeks to save his glassblowing factory, but he detests her marketing plan. She’s got no place to live, but he has an extra bedroom in his house. She’s got secrets, but living with a glassblower who can see right through her would be an enormous mistake … or would it?
Hot anger blasted out of her anguish, opening her throat with a sudden surge of adrenaline. “Is this how you reacted when your mother left? Did you stand on your almighty principles and condemn her, too? I bet you treated your fiancée the same way.” Jaye clamored out of the hot tub and landed on the deck. “Your self- righteousness is more dangerous than that bear.”
“My self-righteousness is justified.” He pointed a finger in her direction. “You lied. I didn’t.”
“Clearly, I owe you an apology. I’m sorry, Mitch. I didn’t tell you how much money I have.” Not caring that she stood barefoot in cold snow, she spread her arms wide. “Are you happy now? You’ve been looking for an excuse not to trust me, and you finally found it.”
He slapped his hands on the edge of the tub and stood. “Let me guess. You’re walking out in the middle of an argument. Again.”
“Bingo. Enjoy the solitude. Forgive me for not showing you my investment portfolio before our first kiss. Call me crazy, but I don’t like to financially undress until I get to know a guy.” She ripped her towel off the hook, leaving behind a clump of white thread wiggling in the cold air. “You did a great job of convicting me before you ever heard my testimony. If you ever get tired of blowing glass, you should become a prosecutor.”
His hands fisted against the tub’s plastic rim. “While we’re trading advice, let me do you a favor and state the obvious. You believe every man will break your heart because one man did.”
“Three men stepped on my heart, but who’s counting?” First her father, then David, and now Mitch. When would she find a man willing to drop his own agenda for a few moments to listen to her?
She crossed the deck toward the house, stormed inside, and locked herself in her room. Stripping out of her wet bathing suit, she dressed and grabbed her camera, laptop, and purse. Her clothes could wait until tomorrow … but she couldn’t wait another second to leave Mitch.
Praise for the Book
"I loved this story. The characters are so likable. [...] Reading this story helps you connect with all the positive feelings of love and sacrifice. I highly recommend this book!" ~ KLV
"Oh my gosh - I LOVED Jaye and Mitch's story so much! [...] The talent of the writer is obvious in the way she crafts her scenes, the layering, every single detail weaves together into one of the best stories I've read in a very long time. This is definitely a story I will revisit again and again." ~ Spaulds
"Lynn Kellan can write a beautiful story [...] This story was so well written and the journey these two individuals share will melt your heart and provide a happy ever after for even the most stubborn romantics. I can’t wait for Lynn Kellan’s next story." ~ DAE
"Another great novel by Lynn Kellan. Each of her books just keeps getting better and better. I love the detail she puts into her characters, into the scenes, and into the unexpected twists in the plot. I enjoy a relationship where the woman is strong yet quietly vulnerable, the man is the strong-silent type with great hidden depths to him, and two together can move through their individual and couple difficulties to eventually have a rewarding and loving relationship." ~ Elpel
About the Author
Lynn Kellan writes romance about strong men who have a weakness for smart women. She believes men and women aren't that different ... we both want to be with someone who will empty the dishwasher. When Lynn isn't writing, she likes to play tennis and golf, but not at the same time.
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