An airport pet groomer meets her frequent flier crush in this captivating romance novella from the acclaimed author of How to Fail at Flirting
Ollie Wright loves the thrill of taking chances, like opening a pet grooming salon in an airport where every day is a little unpredictable. The one thing she won't risk is her heart, so catching glimpses of a cute stranger from afar is enough romantic entanglement for her.
Bennett Baker is a professional risk assessor by day while writing popular romance novels at night, except he finds himself facing writer's block. His life of carefully planned stability comes crashing down when he rescues a slippery pup in the airport and returns it to the enchanting pet groomer whose laugh inspires him to start writing again.
Their chance encounter and instant chemistry thrusts them into a whirlwind of airport dates at pretzel kiosks, stolen glances at empty gates, and late-night texts that leave them swooning. If the risk-adverse Bennett can take a chance on uncertainty and adventurous Ollie will break her own rule, their relationship might stop taxiing and actually take off.
A pet groomer and a risk assessor turned romance novelist take an apprehensive approach to love in this laugh-out-loud novella from Williams (The Fastest Way to Fall). Olivia Wright took a risk opening her pet grooming service in Atlanta's airport, catering to pet owners on layovers, but she's unwilling to take similar risks for love. Watching frequent flyer Bennett Baker from afar is all the romance Olivia's willing to indulge in for fear of being hurt. Then Pepper, a dog client, breaks loose in the middle of a bath and Bennett captures her, forcing Olivia to finally talk to him. Bennett's been struggling with writer's block, but meeting Olivia inspires him, and they come to a mutual agreement: whenever Bennett is in town, Olivia will act as Bennett's muse so he can complete his novel, and she'll get to practice dating without commitment. Of course, their whirlwind of romantic dates leads to real feelings, but the shaky foundation of their relationship, their conflicting work schedules, and Olivia's insecurities may threaten their romance before it can begin. With both heat and humor, this sweet rom-com uses its tentative heroine to ask what one should be willing to put on the line for love. Agent: Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.