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Released: April 2012
ISBN: 9781476462721
ASIN: B007WN3AJQ
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THE TROUBLE WITH PILOTS
Series: The Trouble Series, #2
Author: Kristi Ahlers
Length: Novelette
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $1.99

Wedding dress designer Sarah Harper's best friend is getting married and Sophie has been asked to design the dress. When she discovers it means getting on a plane for Paris, all her flying fears spring to life. But this is for her best friend, Hannah, and the notoriety of designing a dress for the bride of one of France's nobility is an opportunity Sarah can't pass up. Even if it means sitting beside an off-duty pilot. Sophie swore off pilots when she left her ex, but her seatmate's touch and spicy scent makes her forget all about the flight, and her promise. She blames the medication her doctor gave her and her naughty dreams on what happens just before landing. Could she be any more mortified?

Trey Chasen is finally taking some well-deserved time off and uses his friend's engagement as an excuse to see Paris. At first, Trey lamented the loss of another jet-setter to the arms of a good woman, but he soon feels something is missing in his own life. When he meets his seatmate on the flight to Paris, his interest is instantly sparked, yet not in a way he's used to. Using her fear of flying as an excuse to soothe her, he discovers he wants to get to know this pixie of a woman better. He just didn't expect it would be so soon, or during the flight.

When the two realize their destinations are the same, it's Hannah and Damien who set Sarah and Trey straight about the important things in life. Can Sarah put aside her trouble with pilots to find love? Trey likes is a challenge, and before Sarah returns to the States, he's going to make sure he proves to her that pilots aren't trouble but worth loving.

Excerpt

"You!"

"Oh, no," Sarah groaned as she clapped a hand to her eyes to hide the fact it really was Trey standing before her. She offered a weak smile. "Hullo again." After all, what more could she say?

"You two know each other?" Hannah looked back and forth between Sarah and Trey.

"You could say that." Trey got in his reply before Sarah could draw a breath to answer. "We met on the flight over. We sat beside each other." He offered a sly look from his narrowed eyes. "Isn't that right, princess?"

"Yes, he was…kind enough to keep me calm. It was my first flight and--"

"She has attitude about pilots. Despite that, I think we got along fairly well until the end of the flight."

Damien's curiosity peaked just then. Sarah saw his brow arch with curiosity. She glanced at Hannah whom she could also tell wanted the story.

Sarah felt her skin burn. She was one part mortified and one part interested in seeing just how Trey would act if the tables were turned. Since she'd only decided a few hours ago to be more daring and live life instead of hiding from it, she smiled and said, "Until you kissed me."

All gazes shot in her direction and she couldn't help but taunt him just a little bit.

He narrowed his eyes and held her gaze. She could easily become lost in his green eyes. The intimacy of their kiss replayed in her mind. She was suddenly overwhelmed with the need to feel his mouth against hers again.

Silence hung heavily in the room. Sarah felt herself moving toward Trey as if an invisible thread pulled her in his direction.

"You might find you kissed me."

What the reviewers are saying
Ms. Ahlers offers a feisty and believable character in Sarah, and also with her hero, Trey. Sadly, as far as Sarah is concerned he has one strike against him before he starts, simply because he's a pilot, so he's got a lot of work to do to convince Sarah to change her mind about him. The author takes the reader into Trey's mind and emotions with great skill, given the lack of story length she had to do it in. Although her timeline is tight, the author manages to stretch it to acceptable and believable lengths before the end of the read, which in this reader's view adds to the charm of the story. This short and delightful story is enough to pick up when `me' time is scarce and limited. It's . . . (a) `feel-good-tale' to consider dipping into if you have some spare time during a stressful day.
~ LASRomance Reviews

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The second novelette in The Troubles series, this story again is short but oh so satisfying and  passionate! Again, very nicely done, Ms. Ahlers! ~ Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews

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I knew I wasn't going to be disappointed with this story . . . the description of Paris made me want to hop on a plane A.S.A.P. A plane is where Trey and Sarah really get started . . . The interaction between Trey, a prefect gentleman and Sarah, a girl who's been hurt and doesn't trust easily, leaves you tingling all over every time these two get together. Trey's warmth and honesty is refreshing as he convinces Sarah he is the one for her. When you're looking for a feel good short story to pick you up, this story is the one to get. Kristi Ahlers is great at making you understand what these two feel. Even in a short story. Short, sweet and romantic. ~ Georgia Galatas, Amazon reader

 

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