Happy new book release to author Ainslie Paton! The fourth book in the Sidelined series released today. A story full of wedding fiascos and laugh-out-loud, sentimental moments.
Shotgun Wedding was another good addition to the Sidelined series from author Ainslie Paton.
Review copy received from the Author
About Shotgun Wedding by Ainslie Paton
Marry in Haste. Hell, Yeah
Warning: Do not read this book if you dislike weddings.
Reid wants a ring on Zarley’s finger, but Zarley doesn’t need a wedding to feel married to Reid. Owen is ready to start a family, but Cara isn’t sure she wants kids. Sarina is pregnant and proposed to Dev and he wants a wedding—by the weekend.
Venue, guest list, invitations, the dress, the suit, rings, vows, catering. It’s a lot to get done in a few days. What could possibly go wrong?
Only one thing is certain with this shotgun wedding, love is the trigger and hearts will take a direct hit of happiness.
For better, for worse, forever.
This is for readers who enjoy catching up with the HEAs of couples in the Sidelined series. All the stories in Sidelined can be read independently, in any order, except Shotgun Wedding, which is more fun if read after Offensive Behavior, Damaged Goods and Sold Short.
Shotgun Wedding includes a bonus Sidelined Origins story, Running Interference, about how Reid and Dev met Sarina and Owen.
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Excerpt from Shotgun Wedding.
Reid was on his knee before he recognized the movement for what it was.
She did. “Reid?”
“Marry me, Zarley.”
She gave a resigned sigh. “You had a scare and I’m mad with you for not telling me.”
“Marry me, Zarley.”
“It’s a formality and we don’t need it. And note to self. Don’t ask a woman to marry you when she’s mad with you.”
“You’re mad about me and I f****** need it.”
She came around the table and stood in front of him, hands jammed on her hips. “You already own me, body, heart and soul. I don’t need anything else from you but what we’ve got.” She took his chin in her hand. “What I know we’re going to have forever.”
“It’s not enough.” He intended that to come out with force, to match the way he jerked his face from her hands and got to his feet. They stood close, body-brushing distance.
Zarley was forced to tip her head back to look him in the eye. “If you die on me, last thing I’m going to care about is a fight over your money.”
“Since we agree on that, I don’t see what the problem with some paperwork is?”
She glanced away, a mischievous look on her face. “I guess I have to admit I want to keep my options open.”
Something inside him fishtailed and slid sideways. Merciless little witch. She was playing with him. He got in her face. It was a precursor to getting inside her shorts. “Your options closed out the moment you stood in the wings of that stage and let me see you. The moment you seduced me by being fearless on your pole. You sealed your fate when you punched out an a**hole in the alley and called me on being a drunk.”
She pushed his face away. “I thought you were a drug dealer.”
“And still you picked me up when I was down and put me to bed when everyone else would’ve left me to rot.” He said that while trailing a finger up her arm, from wrist to elbow, into the divot of muscle in her bicep and up to her shoulder. They both watched his hand.
“I did more than put you to bed,” she said, as he flattened his palm over her chest, thumb to the pulse jumping in her neck.
“Your choice in the matter of us was made when you went to your knees in my shower. When you took me to bed and showed me what to do with my body to make your body feel good.”
She leaned into his hand. “I rocked your world.” She did it every time she smiled at him. Every time he went to bed with her in his arms. She’d tilted his world on a whole new axis, made it revolve around her.
“It was game over for you when you drew up that list of all the ways we could pleasure each other and when you took me places I’d never have gone alone, made me a voyeur and a man who agreed to share you.”
“You don’t share.” Said with a wicked pout, a practice kiss; the shape her lips made when they were waiting for his.
He’d shared her that once in the park in Paris. “Not unless you make me.” And she could. She could make him do anything, even give up on this need to tie her to him legally.
She was right, it was a formality. It made his will a tidier document, less open to being f***** with if one of the charities he gave to decided they didn’t like a common law girlfriend taking the bulk of his assets.
“You scared I’ll leave you?”
“Nope.” Her one true failing was loving him stupid. And he knew what to look for. How to measure her touch and her kiss and her way of being with him against her own insecurity and ambition. He was never going to let those things come between them again.
She laughed, put her hand to his stomach where his temper still roiled. “Then what is this about?”
Dev and Sarina would marry. If Owen didn’t get a ring stuck on Cara’s finger before Sarina’s belly popped, Reid would be forced to concede he was wrong about the rightness of the two of them. He was never wrong.
“What’s the problem with a man wanting a woman to be his all the ways there are?”
“No problem.” Zarley edged closer so that all along their bodies, they grazed. “What’s the problem with a woman wanting to be a man’s partner without having that partnership defined in terms religions and lawyers find acceptable?”
Fuck, he wanted her. His spine was electric with it, his throat gone tight so his voice came out low when he said, “No problem,” in a way that made her shiver.
They stared at each other. If they touched, there’d be no more debate. If they touched there’d be instructions, hers; assurances, his. There’d be breathless grunts and inarticulate groans, a language all theirs when they came together in a clarifying rush of heat and tension and freedom.
“You win.” He put his hand to her face and sealed his lips over hers. She would always win, because she never asked anything of him he wouldn’t ultimately give.
Didn’t mean he’d stop wanting.
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