A Hate Like This (A Gamble on Love Mom-Com, #2) by Melanie Summers, Whitney Dineen released on the 8 in the Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance genre.
Single mother Moira Bishop hates when her family interferes in her love life. If life as a young widow isn’t hard enough, just add three boys, a slew of unruly pets, and ownership of Gamble Alaska’s only diner. The last thing she needs is a man to look after too.
Entertainment lawyer to the stars Ethan Caplan hates his clients. There’s only so much coddling and placating a man can do in a lifetime. He’s finally decided he’s had enough, so he escapes to the tiny no-horse town of Gamble to work on the novel he’s always wanted to write.
Positive that Alaska will be distraction-free, Ethan’s sure he can pen a bestselling legal novel. That is until he lays his eyes on Moira Bishop. Suddenly he finds himself having five meals a day at the diner, just so he can talk to her for a few minutes.
When Moira’s son wins tickets to the Galaxy Studio Theme Park in L.A., Ethan jumps at the chance to play host to the family. He’s sure he can win her over by showing her how glamorous life could be with him. With the help of his friends, he plans the date to end all dates, hoping one incredible night will change her mind about giving love a second chance.
Will Moira open her heart to Ethan? Will Ethan do what it takes to prove that he can be the man Moira and her boys need in their lives? Will little Colton be tall enough to ride the Galactic Mindbender?
Find out in the deliciously fun second installment in the Gamble on Love Momcom series.
“Am I too early?” I ask, noticing how flustered Moira seems. She’s dressed in an old T-shirt that nearly swallows her up and a pair of shorts that barely poke out from the hem of her shirt. Her hair is up in a ponytail, and she doesn’t have any makeup on, but somehow, she’s as appealing as a movie star on the red carpet.
“Not at all. It’s just been a hectic morning. Come on in,” she says, stepping aside to let me in.
Juno, their golden retriever, greets me like we’re long-lost friends. I crouch down to pet her. “Hey, girl, how have you been?” When Prisha and I stayed here last summer, Juno decided to honor me by sleeping on my bed.
She rubs her head against my thigh to let me know all is well in her doggie world. After a minute, Moira leads the way into the kitchen where the twins are gobbling up some waffles.
“Did you eat?” she asks.
“Yup, I’m all fueled up and ready to paint.”
“Digger and Harper stopped at the hardware store to get the paint mixed. They should be here in a few minutes,” she says. “Can I get you a cup of coffee?”
“Only if it’s already made.”
“It is.” She reaches into a cabinet for a mug. “Ash, Colt, you boys head outside and see if you can find your brother. I’ll do the dishes.”
The boys move so fast, I have to step aside to avoid being mowed down. Juno follows them. When the door slams behind them, Moira releases a ragged sigh while she pours my coffee. Handing it to me, she explains, “Wyatt is upset with me this morning.”
I don’t want to pry, so I say, “That’ll happen with kids.”
She opens the ancient burnished-yellow dishwasher and starts to load the dishes on the counter. Setting my coffee down, I get up and carry over the plates and cutlery that are littering the table.
“You don’t have to help,” she says.
“I thought that’s why I was here.”
She takes a glass from my hand. “Thank you.” Her fingertip brushes against my skin, warming me from head to heel. She startles like she’s just been on the receiving end of an electric shock and hurriedly turns her attention back to the dishes.
I’m almost one hundred percent certain, Moira Bishop is not immune to my charms. She makes me feel like a middle schooler in the throes of my first crush. Maybe I should just pass her a note. Do you like any boy in this room? Circle Yes or No.
The front door opens, and Ash sticks his head in. “Wyatt’s down at the creek. We’re going to race sticks for a while.”
“That’s fine. Just stay out of the water. There’s enough laundry to do this weekend as it is.”
He gives her a thumbs up before racing across the front lawn. Moira looks over at me. “What do you suppose the chances are that any of them come home dry?”
“Based on my recollection of being that age, I’m going to say five percent.”
“You must be an optimist,” she says wryly.
Moira scrubs the waffle maker while I wipe the counters and table. After a few minutes, the work is done. She takes a deep breath. “Thank you. Cleanup is much easier with a little help. I’ve been training the boys, but they seem to leave more messes than they start with.”
“Yeah well, boys are known for the messes they make.” Aiming to be charming, I offer my best innocent shrug.
She doesn’t seem to be buying it. Her eyes narrow like she’s staring at a particularly disgusting bug under a microscope as she says, “Don’t I know it?”
Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries — not always in that order.
Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.
She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.
Gold Medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2017.
Silver medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.
Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.
Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.
Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017
Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017
Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.
Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.
In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally – then she’ll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for ‘K’ Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn’t require makeup and/or nylons).
Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she’s not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something–more like just staying until they turn the lights off.
She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.
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