Release date: January 26, 2015
Poppy Reagan is a Type A personality who runs her professional life with the precision of a Swiss watch. After catching her latest boyfriend cheating, she decides it’s time to take her dating life as seriously as she does her business. She swears off the bad boys and strategically maps out a plan to find an honest, attractive man to become her life partner.
As she works her way through a summer of dates ranging from crazy to plain boring, she begins to wonder if her soulmate’s even on the same coast. Her foolish emotional spirit secretly yearns for the sexy Ohio dermatologist she met on a trip to Hawaii last year. The one who she insists is “just a friend,” because she refused to engage in a long-distance relationship.
Will her heart overrule her head and move this California girl to the Midwest?
by Ellen Butler
Ellen Butler Twitter style–author, mother, wife, shoe lover, chocoholic, fashion fan, sarcastic wit, autumn enthusiast, dancer, book worm, and good-time devotee.
An excerpt from Planning for Love:
Adam had five minutes before his first patient, which gave him just enough time to check his private email account and maybe clear out some of the spam. He logged in and scanned the subject lines. Delete. Delete. Delete. His mouse paused at an email from a woman. No, not just any woman, a magnificent woman with a smile that could light up Broadway, pearlescent skin that glowed in the moonlight, and the most glorious red hair he’d ever wrapped his hands around.
He’d happily played her rebound guy, and his vacation in Hawaii had turned into an unforgettable, passionate, fun-loving week. Afterward, he reluctantly returned to his life in Ohio. However, to his pleasure, Poppy started a fiery electronic flirtation. The attraction he’d felt during their trip in Hawaii was still in full gear, and he encouraged her to come out for a visit. But to his regret, only a few weeks after their tryst, Poppy began dating a new guy, a schmucky casting something-or-other. As her relationship with this guy grew more serious, Adam backed off and eventually turned his sights elsewhere. Their sexy flirtation tapered off and turned friendly.
With mixed emotions, he opened the email and skimmed its contents. He immediately saw through the sarcasm and humor and could tell she was hurting more than she admitted. His gut clenched at this asshole’s perfidy. Honestly, he had no idea what a good thing he had going with Poppy. From her initial emails, Adam had feared that Detestable Richard was a shady character. Maybe it was his prejudice against the Hollywood scene, or perhaps it was the fact her best friend warned her about this guy and she’d ignored it. Ultimately, Rich’s cheating didn’t come as a shock to Adam.
Oh, good Lord! Implants? What was she thinking? Implants would seriously mar her stunning, athletic figure. Her breasts, though small, fit her body to perfection, and they were so incredibly sensitive, he remembered with a smile. Implants could ruin those lovely, rosy nipples. I have to tell her to put a stop to that crackbrained idea.
His curiosity piqued, Adam clicked on the picture icon attached to the email. Patients in the neighboring exam rooms probably heard his uproarious laugh, and he tried to tone it down a notch. The photo showed a guy who looked like a half-plucked chicken-man, and he was pissed. Damn, that woman is creative. I hope to never get on her bad side.
The phone at his elbow rang. “Good morning, Georgia.”
“Morning to you, too, Dr. Patterson. Something funny?”
“Just a joke a friend sent to me.”
“Your first appointment has arrived.”
“Thank you. Have the nurse take him back and check the vitals. I’ll be with him in a minute.”
Adam typed a quick email back to Poppy. He hoped it would cheer her up. As he signed out of his Yahoo account, his mind began turning over ideas. Could he get Poppy back into his life on a more permanent basis and not be seen as the “rebound guy” this time around?
Adam pushed back against his chair and stretched his arms over head. It had been almost a month since he and Sarah had broken up. Sarah had given him an ultimatum to get engaged because her biological clock was ticking. He wanted to continue dating a few more months to expand their relationship and revisit the conversation at a later date. They fought, and Sarah refused to wait. A week after she dumped him, Adam heard she was dating a tax accountant.
Ouch, that hurt.
Now things might be looking up.
As Adam walked down the hall to his first patient, his mind worked on a plan to get his California honey on a plane out to Ohio to reignite their fiery flirtation.