One Funeral by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion
The stakes climb higher in this second book in the No Weddings Series for Hannah Martin, a woman restrained by her past, and Cade Michaelson, the man who could help set her free.
I’m drawn to Cade as he charms his way into more of my life and offers me something I truly haven’t ever had: a friend. Yet his humor, patience, and drop-dead sexiness take my breath away, and I know my heart is at risk. I want to move forward but am terrified I can’t.
Cade seems to have it together from his own devastating heartache. His subtle actions, however, suggest a different story. And even though he says he wants more, I wonder if he’s able to trust in our developing relationship.
As we navigate through our tangled feelings, we vow to take it slow. Yet no matter how careful we try to be, things between us intensify—and there’s nothing we can do, or want to do, to stop it.
But the biggest question remains: Is chemistry enough to move beyond the past and toward a future together?
*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Scorching (explicit) scenes.
Fire extinguisher highly recommended.
*** The No Weddings Series Release Dates ***
No Weddings ~ Sep 8th
One Funeral ~ Sep 29th
Two Bar Mitzvahs ~ Oct 20th
Three Christmases ~ Nov 17th
Kiki and Hannah visit Cade at Loading Zone…
Music pounded into the air with a low bass vibration that rattled my bones. A barrage of scents hit my nose, from sweet perfumes and the sharp bite of alcohol to the musk of sweat. And at just after 10:00 p.m., the party was only revving up for the night.
As we wound our way through the dancing crowd, I let Kiki lead the way. When I glanced over to the bar area where Cade had worked before, I caught sight of him. He moved in a blur of motion, filling drinks, nodding to customers, loading trays when waitresses placed them on their designated section of counter on the far end.
Kiki tugged me down, shouting. “It’s packed early. Wonder if Darren’s here yet.”
I turned my head, shouting back at her ear. “Who’s Darren?”
“Their sex on a stick DJ.” She put her hand on her chest, closed her eyes, and opened her mouth as if she was moaning at the thought of him.
I laughed, my gaze flicking back to Cade. No other man did it for me like he did. His dark features were chiseled into focus while he worked. A black T-shirt stretched over flexing biceps and shoulders. I couldn’t see behind the bar, but I imagined dark-rinse jeans hugging his narrow hips and a tight ass I had often wanted to sink my teeth into.
“Hellooo…” Kiki waved her hand in front of my face. “Earth to Hannah. Want a drink?” She tilted her head toward where I’d been staring.
I blinked hard, wondering what my expression must’ve looked like while I’d imagined Cade’s ass.
“Oh, for fuck’s sake. Let’s go say ‘hi’ before you end up moping around like a puppy dog.” She grabbed my arm, pulling me through the crowd toward Cade’s bar.
I laughed and let her lead me away.
We were practically on top of the bar by the time Cade glanced in our direction, his gaze locking onto mine. His expression froze for an instant, but then his face lit up with a broad smile.
I grinned, my heart jumping that he was happy with our unexpected arrival.
“Maestro! Kiki!” His gaze flicked between me and his sister. “What’re you doing here?”
“Girls’ night!” Kiki shouted. “Hook us up, bro. Whatcha got that you can serve us on the house?”
He gave her a stern look. “The family special: two drinks apiece, not a drop more.”
“Works for me.” She shrugged. “I figure I can get Darren to buy me another. We’ll have to find Hannah a sugar daddy for the night.” Kiki gave him a loaded smirk, only he had no idea she knew. Not yet.
Cade’s eyes darkened as he slid his gaze toward me. I shook my head, pointing at her.
His expression softened a fraction. “Okay. I know you like your drinks strong, Kiki. How about our new house margarita? You’ll like this, being such an organic naturalist. It’s made with fresh lime juice and agave nectar.”
Her eyes brightened. “Ooo, that does sound good. Is it blended?”
He scoffed. “No. And I’m not blending it. What a horrendous thing to do to a margarita. Rocks. Salt. Only way to drink it.”
Kiki rubbed her hands together. “Sounds fabulous.” She turned around, propping her elbows onto the bar, hips bouncing back and forth to a new song that came on as she scanned the crowd on the dance floor.
Cade leaned over the bar to me, lowering his head down. I did the same, meeting him in the middle, like we were conspiring together.
“How ’bout I give you a personal special?”
I smirked, knowing his naughty MO. “Oh, what’s that?”
His gaze intensified. “A screaming orgasm.”
I swallowed hard, tension flaring between us. “Sounds amazing. I’ll take two, please.”
“Oh, I wouldn’t let you stop at two. I’d push you to three or four.”
I gasped, a sudden ache flashing between my thighs.
He took a deep breath, pulling back. “But for now, you’ll have to settle for swallowing what I can shoot into this tiny shot glass.”
Thank you for reading and sharing this romantic excerpt. We hope you read and enjoy the rest of this portion of Cade and Hannah’s story in One Funeral.
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Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes One Funeral stand out in the crowd?
A: One Funeral (and the entire No Weddings series) is unique in it’s balance of witty banter and the conflict struggle. And where No Weddings was all in Cade’s point of view, One Funeral picks up the continuing story in Hannah’s.
The story is funny, intelligent, sensual, and heartwarming, straddling the line between contemporary romance, coming of age, and romantic comedy.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from One Funeral?
A: My favorite quote from One Funeral is:
“You’re the best thing I ever waited for.”
About Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion
Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.
A few factoids about the writing team…
Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.
Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.
Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure.
Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking.
Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit their blog at www.talktotheshoe.com, website at www.katbastion.com, and their Twitter accounts at https://twitter.com/KatBastion and https://twitter.com/StoneBastion for more information.