Your eyes meet mine, then retreat
Softness behind glass
Let me break your barriers
The poem on the blackboard enticed her to enter. Just like everyday…
Writer, Beth, visits the same café every afternoon, enjoying her latte and a chocolate truffle while scribbling in her notebook. The delicious treats keep her coming back day after day, not to mention the inspiration she finds there – Samuel. The barista is tall, dark and delicious, and his stare could melt chocolate from a hundred paces.
Since her divorce, Beth’s love life has been close to extinct, but the sight of Samuel, his dark, brooding good looks and amazing dragon tattoo, kick it into overdrive. A smouldering volcano waiting to erupt in flames of passion. But Beth knows it’s unlikely he’d go for her, an older woman, when he could have anyone.
Over the course of a week, the tension between them rises almost to boiling point. When Beth’s friend lets it slip that Beth fancies Samuel, in fact she has a mega crush on him, their customer/barista relationship is tested…but could it be more than one-sided? Is Samuel writing the blackboard poems especially for Beth? Could he be watching and wanting her too?
Note: Chocolate Truffle Kiss is a novelette of approximately 9500 words. This edition also contains an excerpt of Cassandra O'Leary's debut novel, Girl on a Plane.
Romance, humor, women's fiction, chick lit, romantic comedy, romance short stories, romance novella, cafe series, Melbourne, Australia
Cassandra O'Leary is a romance and women's fiction author, winner of the global We Heart New Talent contest, HarperCollins UK. Her debut novel, Girl on a Plane, was published in 2016 by Avon Books UK. Cassandra has indie published work including a Christmas novella, Heart Note, a top 50 bestseller in Holiday Romance and Humor Fiction over the 2017 holiday season!
"Cassandra O'Leary's writing is captivating." -- Readers' Favorite review of Girl on a Plane
"Wonderful, sweet short story" -- review of Tree Love (in Taste of Romance anthology)
"Cassandra O'Leary brings her characters to life in a small amount of pages. She is witty and clever." -- review of Heart Note
If your first love fell out of a tree. . . would you catch him?
Natalia Bianchi is a botanical artist, who finds herself accidentally working for the city's Parks Department in admin and also accidentally engaged to her boss. It's not what she had planned.
One day she checks on 'her' tree in the botanical gardens, and her first love, Dan "The Man" Mancini falls at her feet. Literally. Almost like it was meant to be. But that's what she thought ten years ago when they were friends at university.
Should Natalia shake up her entire safe, convenient life to climb Dan like a tree? Could this be her second chance at love that could last forever?
Romance short stories, humor fiction, second chance romance, romantic comedy, short story, women's fiction, Melbourne, Australia