By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Sugar Beth Carey's get back to Parrish, Mississippi, and she's introduced her popularity for wreaking havoc together with her. She's broke, determined, and too proud to teach it, inspite of her outdated enemies lining up for an opportunity to get even. Her former girlfriends have their eyebrow pencils sharpened into deadly issues. Winnie Davis, her longtime rival, is absolutely armed with the cash, strength, and status that had as soon as been Sugar Beth's. yet worst of all is Colin Byrne, the fellow whose occupation Sugar Beth had destroyed -- and never precisely by accident. Now Colin's a recognized novelist dwelling in Sugar Beth's outdated mansion, and this contemporary day darkish prince is utilizing his writer's mind's eye to determine find out how to deliver the town's appealing former princess to her knees. yet regardless of her sassy mouth, feisty spirit, and hardheaded methods, Sugar Beth's now not the spoiled wealthy lady all of them keep in mind. No, now she's a girl to be reckoned with ... and an excellent substantial reckonin' is set to ensue, no longer least of thinking about one darkish prince who may -- simply could -- be puzzling over falling in love with the wickedest lady on the town. Ain't She candy? A humorous, heartwarming, oh-so-spicy tale of affection, friendship, and the potential of happily-ever-after.
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So far, she hadn’t had any luck. It was hard to find a home for a basset with a major personality disorder. The rain was coming down harder now, and if she hadn’t known where she was going, she might have passed the overgrown drive that lay on the other side of the tall, privacy hedge that formed the eastern boundary of Frenchman’s Bride. The gravel had washed away long ago, and the Volvo’s worn shocks protested the bumpy approach. The carriage house looked shabbier than she remembered, but its mossy, whitewashed brick, twin gables, and steeply pitched roof still gave it a certain storybook charm.
She alone hadn’t been a Seawillow. Ironic, since she was now their leader. Sugar Beth had come up with the idea for the Seawillows when she was eleven. She’d chosen the name from a dream she’d had, although none of them could remember what it was about. The Seawillows would be a private club, she’d announced, the funnest club ever, for the most popular girls in school, all chosen by her, of course. For the most part, she’d done a good job, and more than twenty years later, the Seawillows were still the funnest club in town.
She remembered how romantic the Seawillows used to think he was, but Sugar Beth had refused to have a crush on someone who so stubbornly resisted her flirtatious overtures. She needed to get to that apology again, and this time she had to do it right, but the derision in his inspection of her, combined with the desecration of her home, got in the way. “Maybe I did you a favor. A teacher’s salary could never have bought all this. ” The skeptical arch of that elegant eyebrow got her hackles up. “Gosh, I tried to.