Author Ann Marie Walker brings you a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that'll warm your heart for Singles Day (the true anti-Valentine's Day!) and every day after!
Single and proud of it! Oh, oops…
As a Certified Professional Organizer, everything in Paige Parker's world is as it should be. Perfect apartment, perfect office, perfect life. And now, the perfect vacation planned to celebrate Singles Day. After all, what's better than celebrating her pride in being single? Because who needs a man anyway? They have zero taste in quality television, leave the toilet seat up, and sleep with your best friend. No thanks. Her life is fine just the way it is.
As the owner of a now-dormant bed & breakfast, single dad Lucas Croft finally has some peace and quiet. It's only him and his five-year-old daughter, which is just the way he likes it. Because who needs a woman anyway? They nag you to clean up your stuff, want the toilet seat put down, and expect the dishes to be done the same day the meal is cooked. No thanks. His life is fine just the way it is.
But when Paige books a room that Lucas' well-intentioned sister listed without his knowledge, their two worlds collide. If they can survive the week together, they just might discover exactly what they've both been missing.
"Adorable, romantic, funny, and sexy!"—Kirkus Reviews for Black Tie Optional
Walker (Save the Date) delivers a touching contemporary romance about finding the courage to love again after heartbreak. Workaholic Paige Parker has been single ever since finding her fianc in bed with her boss three years earlier. Paige happily devotes herself to her career as a professional organizer and claims to have no desire for a relationship. To prove it to her bestie, Paige heads to the Copper Lantern Inn to privately celebrate Singles Day, February 15. But the run-down inn is nothing like the "barefoot paradise" described in the advertisement, and the "hot-as-hell" innkeeper, Lucas Croft, is anything but welcoming. After their disastrous first encounter, a disappointed Paige decides to return home to Chicago, but a storm makes leaving impossible. Stranded, Paige forms an uneasy truce with widower Lucas and their growing attraction to one another soon becomes impossible to deny. Walker effortlessly creates sexual tension without the sex, and adds heart to the story through Lucas's tender relationships with his sister and four-year-old daughter. The dynamic between Paige and her friend, meanwhile, adds plenty of comic moments. The result is a sparkling, heartfelt rom-com. \n