It’s time for a standalone novella! This book’s about a newly married couple who’ve been together all through college, share all the same experiences and the same friends. Little early for a rut, but they’re in a bit of a shakeup. Nikki’s going back to college so she has her old summer job again, working at the Admiral Ocean Resort. Ethan works opposite hours usually, and they’re just not finding that couple’s time they used to. But things are great, no love lost, and there sure is a lot of understanding. Enough understanding that on a Saturday they could spend together, Nikki’s got to go out with her cousin for a birthday party. No big deal. Ethan’s going to hang with all his old college athlete buddies, anyway. They’d go out to the beach but the weather’s shit, so they’re just going to hang around the apartment. “Hey, Nikki, you’re welcome to hang out with the old gang, if you’re up for it . . .”
It’s been a long summer and Nikki’s hardly got to spend time with her loving husband, Ethan. She’s been working opposite shifts from Ethan—she’s waitressing at the same ocean resort she got herself through college in, and he’s starting at his post-grad career. They barely see each other.
Both of them are pent up and looking for release, but here it’s another Saturday night and even when Nikki gets off shift, she’s got this birthday thing with her cousin she has to go to. Maybe they’ll see each other tomorrow (that’s been the summer’s motto).
And, heck, even if she weren’t going out with Sheila and the other girls, Ethan’s got his buddies over, anyway. Dawson, Brody, and Jace, his three constant companions, college athletes he used to play lacrosse with.
She’s more at home with his group of friends. Part of their gang. The lure to stay and hang with Ethan and his buddies is strong, but Sheila needs her.
It’s going to take something very special to make her stay . . .