Title: A Date for the Hunt
Series: Dating #4
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin & LP Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2020

 

Blurb
Allison Wood is single and not looking to
mingle. Unfortunately, her sister, Erin, doesn’t take no for an answer. As the
producer of a new reality TV show, that turns a traditional Easter egg hunt
into a dating show, Erin believes her sister would be a perfect contestant and
secures her a spot. 
 
Instead of cozying up
at home and biting the ears off a chocolate bunny, Allison finds herself in
Aruba hiding an egg while America watches. She could have been paired up with a
slew of other guys. But who does fate match her with? Sexy fireman Hudson
Bryant, who happens to be the same guy that made Allison’s high school years
miserable. 
 
Go on a dating show,
they said. It’ll be fun, they said. 
 
When viewers learn of
their history, the pair instantly become a fan favorite. Everyone is eager to
see how their story will unfold. For the good of the show, Allison agrees to
play nice with the former jock… for now. 
 
Can Hudson make
amends for the past and crack through Allison’s hard candy shell to her
cream-filled center? Or will her time with him leave a bitter, black jelly
bean taste in Allison’s mouth?
 
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Excerpt

Time is
running out. There’s a rock and cactus garden just at the edge of the courtyard
with Wanglo flowers intermingled throughout. Their bright yellow
petals are even shining in the waning sun. All the other women stayed
away from the garden. I guess for fear of getting pricked. I look at Makayla
and smile. She shakes her head and laughs. “Seriously? You’re going to make
some poor guy reach in with all those thorns?” 
 
“Hey,” I
say with a shrug, “someone has to do it. I’m curious to see which guy will go
for it.” 
 
I walk over
to the rock garden and carefully place my egg as far in between the cactus as I
can get. The viewers on TV are either going to love or hate me for that.
Honestly, I think it’s awesome. I look over at my sister and she gives me the
thumbs up. Maybe it’ll work to my advantage and none of the guys will be brave
enough to reach for it. 
 
The time
has come for us to leave the courtyard and wait in the meeting room while the
men are introduced and find our eggs. This is our chance to see them for the
first time. There will be TV monitors in the room for us to watch them. Makayla
grips onto my arm as we walk back into the resort. 
 
“I am so
nervous,” she says, shivering. 
 
So am I.
Once in the meeting room, we sit down in front of the monitors. All of the
people who were in the room before are no longer around. It’s just us and a
couple of people I recognize from my sister’s work. There’s a table in the
corner with drinks and snacks. I’m tempted to grab me something, but I
jump when one of the girls squeals so loud it makes my ears hurt.  
 
“Oh my God,
there they are!”
 
Makayla
squeezes my arm. “This is it.” 
 
The men
line up on the stage just like we did. My nerves have me nauseous and the last
thing I need is to throw up when I’m introduced to my bachelor. Taking a deep
breath, I let it out slow and stand. Makayla’s eyes go wide. “What are you
doing? Are you not going to watch?” 
 
I hold up a
hand. “I’ll be right back. I need a ginger ale and some crackers.” And
some peace and quiet
. The other women act as if they’ve never seen men
before. It’s not like they’re going to meet their soulmates. The chances of
that are slim to none. Slowly, I drink the ginger ale and let it settle in my
stomach along with the peanut butter crackers. I was too nervous to eat earlier
and now it’s biting me in the ass. 
 
When I make
it back to Makayla, all the men have been introduced. “You missed it,” she
says, shaking her head. “Now you’re not going to know who everyone is.” 
 
I laugh.
“I’m sure they’re all the same anyway.” 
 
She shakes
her head. “Sorry to disappoint you, but no. I’m not going to lie, there’s one
guy I hope finds my egg.” 
 
Sitting
down beside her, I focus on the screen. The guys are in the courtyard with the
cameras following them around. A couple of them have already found eggs and are
back on the stage. Most of the guys don’t even pay attention to the rock and
cactus garden. They walk by it without a single notice. 
 
I smile and
sit back in my chair. “Doesn’t look like anyone’s going to find mine. Maybe
that means I’ll be spending this vacation alone.” 
 
And just as
I say it, one of the cameras follows a guy who’s headed straight toward the
rock garden. I can’t see what the guy looks like, but then he faces the camera
and the breath whooshes out of my lungs. 
 
“Oh. My.
God.” 
 
Makayla gasps.
“What?” 
 
I can’t
take my focus off the guy on the TV, the one about to find my egg. It’s been so
long since I’ve seen him, but there’s no mistaking that grin of his and those
stark gray eyes. 
 
Makayla
squeezes my arm. “Allie, what’s wrong? Do you know him?” 
 
With a
heavy sigh, I look at him and huff. “Yep. I know him very well.” 
 
“And?” she
prods, nudging me with her elbow. 
 
“And he’s
an ass,” I reply, hating my life. “Just my damn luck.”

 

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Heidi McLaughlin
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times,
Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont
Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.
Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she
now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and
their three dogs.
In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for
reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty
novels, including the acclaimed Forever My Girl.
When writing isn’t occupying her time, you
can find her sitting courtside at either of her daughters’ basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever
My Girl
, has been adapted into
a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex
Roe and Jessica Rothe, and opened in theaters on January
19, 2018.
LP Dover
New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author L. P. Dover
 is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and
two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in
periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain
hikes, and has a passion for singing. Her youngest daughter, who she’s also
written a children’s book with, expects a concert each and every night before
bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels in several different genres,
including a children’s book with her youngest daughter, but her favorite to
write is romantic suspense. However, she has found a new passion in romantic
comedy, especially involving sexy golfers. Who knew the sport could be so dirty
and fun to write about.

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