No one should live a life filled with regret. Once a successful
wedding photographer, Genevieve Fuller’s life changed the day her
ex-boyfriend wed someone else. Heartbroken for decades, she realizes too
late who she truly loved and makes one desperate call to Madame
Evangeline. She risks everything to right the wrongs of her past, which
she hopes will heal her broken heart. Can Gen alter the course of her
own future to include the Cinderella happy ending she should have had
the first time?
Genre: Time travel, contemporary, erotic romance, romantic comedy
Heat level: 4
Word count – 8800
Cover art by Mina Carter
A deep voice behind Ray said, “Hey, Gen.”
Matt. The next wave of emotion sent me reeling. I might
have drowned in that wave, but the sight of him riveted me. The best
man, taller than the groom by two inches. Slimmer by a few inches, too.
His hazel eyes sparkled, and angels might have sung as he aimed his
dazzling smile at me. I had to remind myself to breathe.
“Hey, you’re back.” Oh, witty greeting. Way to state the obvious.
Better than gushing how wonderful it was to see him, how much I’d
missed him and feared he’d never return. Now there he stood, hotter than
Bon Jovi, and me his rabid fan.
Something nagged at me; I’d meant to tell him…what? All I could
do was stand and stare more pathetic than a teenage girl high on her
first hormone rush. What the hell had come over me today?
Matt locked his gaze on me. “Good to see you.” A throw-away
phrase people tossed out to make conversation, but he said it with such
feeling, the emotions reverberated through me. My hand went to my
stomach, now performing Olympian gymnastics to rival Mary Lou Retton’s
“You, too. So good.” Wow, I couldn’t believe I said it out loud,
but I meant it. Matt had moved away a year earlier. When Ray broke up
with me, it had been a double tragedy. Matt and I were buds, though we
indulged in occasional flirtations. Harmless, mostly. Except for the
night we split a six pack waiting for Ray to show up, and we shared
something better—a kiss. One incredible, mind-blowing kiss, the kind
that starts off slow and builds to the intensity of a hurricane. It
turned my world upside down, but I begged him not to say a word to Ray.
Then Matt was gone, and soon after, Ray dropped the breakup bomb on me.
Ray grabbed his sleeve. “We need to get in place. It’s almost time.”
“Calm down,” Matt told him, shooting me a glance as they stepped
up on the altar. A worried look that said he wanted to be sure I was
It sent a tingle through my nerves, but the blare of the organ
playing the “Wedding March” erased it. Time to get to work, but I
couldn’t shake the euphoria since Matt arrived.
Taking a deep breath, I pointed my camera at the six guys lined
up, waiting for their pretty maids all in a row. Except Matt, who still
watched me with a gaze so focused, it seemed to reach right through the
telephoto lens. Without thinking, I clicked the shutter, a picture I’d
keep for myself. Not that I’d need it. Already, his image had seared
into my memory.
Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but
she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her
dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of
contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat
Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at
http://catemasters.blogspot.com, and in strange nooks and far-flung
corners of the web.
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Thanks to Decadent Publishing and Cate Masters for the opportunity to read and review this story. I choose to read this story after reading a story that blindsided me with some aspects and I was left with a nasty feelings and needed to head to DP since I know my heart won’t remain ripped out at the end of the story. This is the status that I posted after reading Cinderella Dreams: Cate Masters made me realize yet again why romance is my genre of choice. DecadentPub is my go to when I need a quick read or need to get over a "bad" experience with a book. #Readingisgoodforthesoul
I was part of the cover reveal in July an ever since I have wanted to read this story. I finally did and I loved it.
As with any of the 1NS series, it is tough to do a full review without giving anything away. So my review is simple:
What would YOU do if you could fix a mistake in your life? What about if it was 50 years in the future and you were given the option to live the life you wanted? Would you?
That’s what this story was. Taking that chance and seeing what could have been.