Just a Heartbeat Away by Cara Bastone

Just a Heartbeat Away

Just a Heartbeat Away by Cara Bastone (Forever Yours #1)
English | 2020 | Romance | ePUB | 2.1 MB

Some people change your life. Others change your heart
Newly widowed dad Sebastian Dorner was unraveling at the edges—until his son’s teacher, Via DeRosa, threw him a lifeline. Now, two years later, they reconnect at Matty’s new school, and an inconvenient but unmistakable jolt of attraction crackles between them. But why does the first person to spark with Sebastian in years have to be a millennial? Is twentysomething Via really too young for him or does fortysomething Sebastian just feel too damn old?

A former foster kid, Via’s finally forged the stable life she’s always dreamed of—new job, steady income, no drama. The last thing she needs are rumors about her and a single dad at school. But why does she keep being drawn into his capable, worn-flannel orbit? And why does being around Sebastian, Matty and even their dog, Crabby, seem to spark so much want?

They’re trying to ignore the tension threatening their friendship. But sometimes what’ll heal you is just a touch—and a heartbeat—away…

“Oh right. Then you can, of course, call me Sebastian, Seb, whatever.” Brilliant, Sebastian, a real wordsmith. He balled up the napkin and tossed it, thanking God when it banked into a trashcan. At least he didn’t look like a complete doof. “Via’s a pretty name.”

“Short for Violetta.” She crossed her arms and smiled down at the dog who was once again hovering his butt above the ground, his tail thumping with the regularity of a windmill. “And who’s this?”

“This is Crabby.”

She chuckled, flashing slightly crooked teeth at him. “Matty named him?”

Sebastian nodded. “He put his foot down, said it was either Crabby or Sebastian. I think I chose wisely.”

That made her really laugh; her head tipped to one side, her hair dusting her shoulder. Had she been this pretty when Matty had been in her pre-K class? Her glossy, dark hair was shorter now. It was in a blunt cut just above her shoulders, still just as wavy, though. She wore a bit more makeup than she used to, making her look a touch older. Her dark eyes took up nearly half her face, and her small, slightly squished nose was just like he remembered. He hadn’t remembered that mouth, though. Small and plump, her lips were a lovely mauve against her golden skin.

“Sounds like Matty. How’s he doing? How’re both of you doing?”

For a second, that day in her classroom lanced through Sebastian and he fought the urge to visibly wince. The white-hot shame of being told he was neglecting his son had never quite subsided. No matter how good a father he was now. But he swallowed hard and pushed the feeling down. She hadn’t been judgmental then, and she didn’t seem judgmental now.

“We’re doing really well. Got our hands full with this guy.” He nodded down at Crabby. “And we moved a few months ago, so we’re still settling into the new place.”

“Where are you living now?”

“Still in Bensonhurst. I didn’t want him to have to change districts, so we found a spot not too far from our old place.”

“Oh!” Her eyes lit up. “I’m in Bensonhurst now, too. I actually just got a job at an elementary school there. Matty would be going into second grade already?”

“Good memory. Yeah. I can’t believe it, honestly. Second grade already. So, you’re not in pre-K anymore?” His phone buzzed in his pocket, another message from Cupcake, he was sure. It reminded him how much he didn’t want to do things that way. And here, right in front of him, was this pretty woman who’d helped him out of one of the darkest moments in his life. Plus, she was looking very cute in a summery dress and her perfect little sneakers.

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