Title: Laguna Heights Laguna Beach #2 by Kaira Rouda
Release date: October 15, 2015
Published by: Real You Publishing
Annie and Hank have created a perfect life in Laguna Beach but when a dark secret is revealed, will their marriage survive?
In high school, Annie Johns was the calm, supportive sidekick to the rest of the tumultuous female stars of the hit reality TV show, Laguna Nights. Today, she’s living the happy life as a mom that she predicted on the show long ago. There’s only one problem: the secret from her past that haunts her most nights, a secret that if revealed could ruin everything she shares with her husband, Hank, the man who saved her from the heartache.
Laguna Heights can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novella. And if you enjoy Annie and Hank’s story, please consider reading the rest of the Laguna Beach series.
Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach Book 1), Madison and Josh
Laguna Heights (Laguna Beach Book 2), Annie and Hank
Laguna Lights (Laguna Beach Book 3), Laura and Paul
Laguna Sights (Laguna Beach Book 4), Jamie and Scott
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About the Author
I’m delighted to be able to say I’m a national bestselling author. My books have won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards.
The novels have been widely reviewed and featured in leading national magazines. I’m still working hard and building that career, learning from a wonderfully supportive reading and writing community. Speaking of support, I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful family. My husband and four amazing almost grown children are my biggest blessings. Oh, and my friends fill my life with joy. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit my website – and to peruse my books. I love talking to book clubs, in person or via Skype. If you’re interested, please let me know. For more, please visit my website KairaRouda.com
Hank’s family house in Laguna Beach was nothing short of spectacular. Located in the beautiful Woods Cove area just south of the village, the home was across the street from the ocean and had incredible views from almost every room.
To Annie, the best thing was the sound of the waves crashing, a sound she could hear even with the doors and windows closed. They had walked to the village for dinner, sharing a juicy steak and a huge baked potato at Hank’s favorite steakhouse. As they walked back along Coast Highway, Annie looked up to the hills above town and smiled, thinking about her parents.
“Let’s go meet my parents tomorrow, after paddle boarding,” Annie said. “They’ll love you.”
“That sounds great,” Hank said, his hand around her waist, pulling her closer. “I can’t wait.”
“You’re so wonderful,” Annie said as they walked up the steps to his house and Hank slid the key in the door. “I’d love to meet your parents, too. And your brothers, of course.”
“I’d love for you to meet them, too.” Hank said as he opened the door and escorted her into the foyer. “Here’s a family portrait from last summer,” Hank said, pointing out an eight by ten photo in a silver frame. Annie smiled. Both of Hank’s parents were redheads, and all three boys were varying shades of red, with Hank’s being the closest to blond and his twin brothers’ a bit more fiery.
“Handsome family,” Annie said. “And you’re the most handsome of the bunch.” She smiled as she said it, and turned from the picture to gaze upon the real thing standing right in front of her.
Hank turned toward Annie, lifting her chin up with his finger and kissed her gently. Annie’s heart raced at the touch as she leaned into him, deepening the kiss. Hank ran his hands down her back, holding on at her waist. Annie ached for his touch, but still worried about her reaction given what had happened with Chris. She broke the kiss, but wrapped her arms around Hank in a hug.
Stop it, she told herself. This is now. This is Hank, the man she’d already spent as much time with as she had with the crazy one.
“You can trust me Annie. I won’t hurt you,” Hank said, the words soft and reassuring in her ear.