Skate Cute by Melissa J. Roche


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



Kriss heads home to her small prairie town with 98% of an astrophysics PhD, a load of memories she’d rather not think about, and a survival plan: skate and graduate. Her plan doesn’t include the attention of a familiar admirer from the nearby fire station, one with an impressive physique, a hidden singing talent, and a smile dazzling enough to sweep her off her skates. Before she knows it, she’s falling for him—hard.

Chase has settled into the rhythms of his small-town firefighter routine, but he remembers Kriss from high school: the starry-eyed skater girl on her way out the door of his life. Now she’s back, just as gorgeous as ever, spinning around the next-door rink without a care in the world. Or so he thinks, until Kriss is targeted with mysterious acts of vandalism designed to derail her dreams. Can he help Kriss find the courage to stand up under the attacks and trust herself to love again?

Excerpt Three:

Emmy started counting them off, but Kriss wasn’t listening. The song was starting. She took a sip of her water as casually as possible and watched Chase’s eyes close again as he drew in another steadying deep breath.

Then he opened his eyes and looked straight at her.

“‘Thought I had it all together…’”

She remembered to breathe. He wasn’t quite looking exactly straight at her, more like just above her head.

“‘Life was simple, like the weather…’”

The lyrics. He was reading the karaoke lyrics on the screen, which happened to be right over her head. Her cheeks burned with relief and embarrassment, but her heart was still pounding.

She took another sip from her water and tried to focus on her table’s conversation like she didn’t have a care in the world who was on that stage.

But… that voice. She had only heard it briefly before, but she was already certain she would never forget it all her life. Baritone, that was it. Solid baritone, rich and deep, but light enough to soar if it had to.

She heard it catch a little on a high note and glanced to the stage just in time to see Chase cringe and clear his throat with a quick cough before launching into the next verse. But then he recovered, fixing his attention on the screen like it was his lifeline and starting to pour into the song the confidence it wanted.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Melissa received her first pair of black-and-hot-pink inline skates in fourth grade, a couple of years before she swore her life to the study of the stars (in a fit of sci-fi inspired passion). Two decades later, she has acquired several larger pairs of skates and an astronomy PhD, both of which tend to slip out from under her at the most inopportune moments. She enjoys skating and singing at the neighborhood rink in her small town in Colorado, where she lives with her husband, two boys, and a cozy lap cat. Only one of which is allowed to read her writing over her shoulder.

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