New release from Cathryn Hein!
Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy
is out now
Read an excerpt below!
No girl forgets her first crush. The least he could do is remember it.
Chrissy James has only been home in small-town Levenham a few weeks when her teenage crush plays hero and saves her from an aggressive drunk. Seven years ago, Nick Burroughs was the school hottie while she was the overweight girl with braces, bad hair, and an unrequited obsession with the sports star every girl in school wanted. Her failed efforts to attract Nick’s attention still burn.
Chrissy sure has his attention now, but she’s older, smarter and focused on settling into her new dream job as wine marketer. No matter how sexy he’s grown, or how keen his interest, Nick will need to do a lot more than see off a drunk if he wants to win her over.
But Chrissy doesn’t count on the determination of a Burroughs boy in love. Nick will do anything to recapture Chrissy’s heart, even if it means acting the romantic fool and embarrassing himself in the process.
Will Nick’s efforts to make amends for the past backfire or will Chrissy’s career thwart everything? Grab this cute small-town romance and find out!
Excerpt from Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Hein
Nick is being teased by his brother’s girlfriend after he finds Chrissy waitressing at the restaurant where the Burroughs clan has gathered to celebrate his mum’s birthday.
‘So, who is she?’
‘Just a girl from school.’
‘Just a girl from school.’ Beth nodded to herself. ‘Why does she keep looking at you, then?’
Nick’s gaze shot up. Chrissy was moving around the corner of the table, topping up water glasses, her focus on everything but him.
‘I thought so.’ She contemplated Chrissy as she chewed. ‘She’s very pretty.’
Nick said nothing.
‘The question is, what are you going to do about it?’
Nick readjusted his thoughts on his brother’s girlfriend. She wasn’t bright and sunny at all. She was a dark-hearted witch.
A smile tilted her lips. ‘I thought the legend was that when you Burroughs boys spotted the girl of your dreams you just went for it. Danny did.’
His brother had too. The odds of Danny winning Beth’s heart had been remote, especially when he’d learned she was only in Levenham to help out in her grandfather’s saddlery over Christmas, but he’d won her love anyway. If his brother could do it, then Nick sure as shit could. Except unlike Nick and Chrissy, Danny and Beth had had no high school history messing things up.
‘Don’t think that’ll work,’ he said.
Nick contemplated the slice of steak he’d just cut and set down his fork. He searched nearby, checking whether Chrissy was within hearing distance, but she was across at his parents’ table, one hand behind her back as she expertly poured wine. Maybe Beth would be able to help.
‘Story is she had a big crush on me at school, did all this embarrassing stuff to get my attention and I never noticed.’
Beth glanced at Chrissy and then stared at Nick like he was the world’s biggest tool. ‘You’re joking, aren’t you?’
‘But …’ She glanced at Chrissy again and frowned. ‘How?’
Wasn’t that the million-dollar question. What could he say? That back then she was overweight and had braces and he was too shallow and up himself to bother looking deeper? Yeah, like that’d go down well.
Unable to help himself, Nick ran another appreciative look over her much-altered body. That skirt and top were seriously sexy. No panty line that he could see, which meant maybe …
Beth clicked her fingers in front of his face.
Nick grinned and picked up his fork. ‘Sorry.’
‘You were saying?’
He blinked. What had he been saying? Oh yeah. Nick took his time to chew and swallow before answering. ‘She was different back then.’
Lowering his chin, Nick fixed on his plate and mumbled something that sounded like, ‘Bit tubby.’
Beth cupped a hand around her ear and leaned close. ‘What was that? Did I just hear you say she was a bit—’
‘Shh!’ Nick shot a panicked look around the table. Nobody seemed to be listening in, but you could never be too sure with his nosy family. Beth was shaking her head. He sneered back. ‘Go on, say it. You’re dying to.’
‘Okay, I will. No wonder you’re single. You’re an idiot.’
‘Bit harsh.’ He cut into a crunchy green bean. ‘I’ve grown up since then.’
‘Hmm,’ said Beth.
Beth raised an eyebrow.
‘I have! Anyway, I’m going to make it up to her.’
‘Are you now. How?’
He took a sip of wine, watching Chrissy over the rim of his glass as she reached past a cousin to retrieve an empty bottle off the table. ‘No idea, but I’ll think of something.’
He was a Burroughs boy who just might have found his special forever girl. There was only one way ahead: he would win her over or humiliate himself in the process.
Humiliate … Now there was an idea. A bloody uncomfortable one, but maybe worth it.
Nick cast another look at Chrissy. Oh yeah, definitely worth it.