Rest Thy Head
by Elaine Cantrell
Running away from a fiancé who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother.
Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course!
Jake’s head dropped as his face turned red. “You don’t understand. I make people uncomfortable, and that makes me uncomfortable. It’s better if I stick close to home.”
Peyton scowled at him. “Do you think you look like Frankenstein’s monster or something? You look fine.”
“Oh, right.” His voice roughened. “Think about how you reacted the first time you saw me. You didn’t think I looked so fine that day.”
Peyton remembered. “You aren’t being fair. Of course people notice your scars. Unless they’re blind they’d have to, but they’d get used to your appearance. I don’t even think about the scars now. Mostly, if you want the truth, you’re still pretty hot.”
Jake came to a stop and swung around to face her. “Look at me. Don’t tell me people can get used to this face.”
Peyton did look and found that he was wrong. Without stopping to think, she pressed a kiss against his lips. For one brief moment he held her against him and kissed her back, but he jerked away before she could deepen the kiss. And she would have. All she’d meant to do was reassure him, but that kiss had sizzled with passion and heat. She reached for his hand. “I told you, Jake; I don’t see your scars anymore. All I see is you.”
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.
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