Today’s another ‘hook’ from book 4 in the Alinta Bay series, which is set along the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
This week’s hook …
by Iris Blobel
Both, Lexie and her daughter, stared at him. “How?” Lexie asked with suspicion in her voice.
He nodded, knowing he should’ve explained himself more. “The kangaroo is dead, but she has a little joey still alive inside her pouch.” Their faces relaxed and something like sympathy took over. “It’d be a great help, if Zoe could sit at the front with a few blankets and hold on to the little fella until we get to your car.”
The girl’s eyes beamed and her head bobbed up and down in excitement while she unbuckled her seat belt at the same time. He hoped this favour would break the awkward silence between them all while driving to their car.
“Will that be okay?” he asked Lexie.
“Absolutely,” she replied with a smile.
He wasn’t able to move aside fast enough for Zoe to swap to the front. With a chuckle, he stepped to the back of the car, opened the boot, and retrieved a few blankets which he handed to Zoe. Then he returned to the joey and carefully took him out of the pouch before placing him into the blankets on the girl’s lap.
“Keep him nice and warm,” he explained. “Joeys need lots of warmth.” She bobbed her head eagerly again as she carefully wrapped the little animal into the blankets. “He’s so tiny. Will he be okay?”
She loves the feel of his skin beneath her hands …
Lexie Marshall packs up and moves 3,000 km east with her daughter Zoe, to forget and move on. Now, all that matters is her daughter and her new job. She tries hard to stay focussed, but the sexy and extremely kind park ranger, Jesse, is not making it easy. And when her husband shows up in the small coastal town creating chaos, all she can do is hang on and trust her new friends.
After his last girlfriend walked out on him, Jesse Parker is doing just fine on his own. Until his accidental meeting with single mother Lexie, when he rescues her and her daughter from getting lost in the forest. But when her past catches up with her, he is right in the middle of it all and it might ruin his career.
Will returning to her old life be the only chance to save his career?