We love meeting new authors, especially when we get the chance to help spread the word about their debut novel. Last year we “met” Drew Elyse when she released DISSONANCE and we instantly fell in love with her writing style. Logan and Charlotte are angsty and adorable and we couldn’t be more excited to share the below Valentine’s Day bonus scene with all of you! Enjoy. ❤
My cell phone vibrating beneath my pillow woke me. It was 8 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday, but I dragged myself out of bed. Charlotte usually woke around nine, and I had plenty to do before she did. I rolled from the bed carefully, making sure I didn’t disturb her. Once I made it free, I went to the closet and fished out the first little surprise I had hidden in there. I laid it on my side of the bed, right in front of the pillows, where she would find it when she woke.
After a quick shower, I ran through the apartment, unearthing my other gifts from their hiding places. Most of them had been stashed in Charlotte’s old room, since she had finally moved her things into mine. When I had them all – with the exception of the necklace I was saving for later – situated on the dining room table, I looked at the time. I rushed down to the lobby, reaching the front door just as I saw the delivery truck pull up. The driver came up with the huge bouquet of pink and red roses I’d ordered. They had been arranged by the same woman I had purchased Charlotte’s orchid from months ago. Since then, she had been my exclusive source of flowers for my girl.
“You Logan?” the guy asked. He looked a little rough, and I almost felt bad about the fact that I had begged Julia, the florist, to get these delivered to me so early. Almost, but not quite, since I was paying this guy, her nephew, a damn good bonus for the time. Still, it was worth every penny.
“That’s me,” I said, signing for the flowers. He gave a tired sort of grunt, then went back to his truck.
Back upstairs a few minutes later, I set the vase of blooms on the table with the other gifts, rearranging them one last time. Then, I got to work on breakfast. With any luck, I would have it finished by the time Char woke.
* * *
When I woke, I immediately noticed that Logan wasn’t beside me. For a minute, I bemoaned the loss of his arms around me. That was until I opened my eyes. There, lying where Logan’s head should have been, was a classic white teddy bear with a red heart between its hands that read “Be My Valentine.” I laughed at the gift, realizing that it was probably just the beginning of what Logan had planned.
I climbed from bed, sleepily making my way to the bathroom to freshen up. As I walked back through the room to go find Logan, I saw the bear sitting there, smiling at me. On a whim, I picked him up, marveling at how soft he was, and brought him along.
Logan was in the kitchen, whistling to himself while he moved around by the stove.
“Morning,” I greeted him.
He turned, smiling that breathtaking smile of his at me, and then came right to me. He wrapped me in his arms and placed a kiss to my lips. “Good morning, angel.”
I shrugged my arms up a bit where they were wrapped around my new friend. “Thank you for my bear.”
“Baby, that’s just the beginning,” he answered mischievously. “You’re just in time, breakfast is ready. Go have a seat, and I’ll bring it to you.”
As soon as I turned in that direction, I was floored. How had I missed that?
The table had turned into something out of a Hallmark advertisement. What must have been three dozen roses in shades of red and pink sat in a red glass vase adorned with a white bow. Beside it was what might be the largest heart-shaped box of chocolates I had ever seen. On the other side of the vase was another teddy bear exactly like the one I was holding, this one red with a white heart that read “Happy Valentine’s Day.” In front of it all was a red box filled with a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries, a glass dish full of conversation hearts, and an envelope with my name on it.
“Holy crap,” I muttered to myself.
Logan came up beside where I still stood, plates in each hand. “Sit down, babe,” he insisted.
When I did, he placed a plate in front of me. It had a full breakfast spread of fruit, bacon, and – because apparently the theme of the day was over-the-top – a small stack of heart-shaped pancakes. Logan set down his own plate, then returned to the kitchen to grab two champagne flutes filled with mimosas. He put one in front of me, stealing a kiss as he did so.
“Happy Valentine’s Day,” he said and then sat beside me.
“You’re going gift crazy again,” I told him.
He chuckled. “It’s our first Valentine’s, and the first either of us has ever celebrated. I’m going all out, and you can’t stop me. This is just the beginning. We’ve still got dinner tonight.”
Feeling touched, if not a bit overwhelmed, I moved to sit in his lap. He gladly opened his arms to me. I gave him a kiss, and said, “I love you, baby. Happy Valentine’s Day.”
Logan and Charlotte exchange Valentine’s!
Don’t miss the companion novel:
Harmony (Dissonance #2)
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