Title: Mismatched in Mayhem
Series: Whiskey Sisters #4
Author: L.E. Rico
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 13, 2020
Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, with its sweater-wearing cats and ultra-competitive trivia nights. Where love really does conquer all...if youâll let it.
Walker OâHalloran is finally ready to shed her âwild childâ persona. Bartending at her familyâs pub, babysitting her adorable niece and nephews, and getting her degree during the day. What she doesnât do is date--or even think about dating. Ever. Until he walks into her bar, looking like a former Mr. Quarterback of the Football Team and Student Council President all rolled into one. No, thank you.
Mason Stevens has a secretâand it prevents him from knowing if someone is truly interested in him, or just what he can do for them. Until he meets Walker. Sheâs the first person in ages who doesnât recognize him, and her grouchy attitude feels like the greatest challenge of his life. And heâs ready for it.
But the more time they spend together, the more heâs desperate to come cleanâitâs just never the right time. Until the paparazzi do it for himâ¦
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I head to the only place where I seem to be able to clear my head. The roof. At nearly two in the morning, the entirety of Main Street is dark and deserted. I sigh and close my eyes, hoping maybe Iâll doze off. And I doâ¦but then Iâm dreaming that someone is calling my name. It takes a few seconds to realize that it isnât a dream. Someone really is calling my name.
âWalker! Are you up there? Walker!â
Startled, I jump up and follow the sound to the edge of the roof overlooking the alley between our building and the one next door. Looking up at me is Mason Stevens.
âMason? What are you doing here?â
âI have to talk to you. Can you please come down here?â
I shake my head.
âUh-uh. No way. Go home, itâs late.â
âPlease! Just let me talk to you.â
âI am not coming down.â
âOkay, then let me come up and see you thereâ¦â
âDude! Youâre not listening to me. I donât want to talk to you. Thereâs nothing to say.â
âOf course there is! I have to explain about Cassandra. And I know what my mom said to you at the pub. Walker, thereâs so much I have to say to you. Please, donât make me do it from down here.â
Iâm about to turn around and go inside when he does something incredibly bizarre. He grabs the long drainpipe that runs down the side of the building. And he starts to climb.
âHey!â I holler down at him. âHey, stop that!â
âWalker OâHalloran, I love you!â heâs saying as he passes the first floor windows and starts on the second floor.
âMason! That thing is not going to support your weight. Stop! Please! Just go down before you kill yourself!â I hear myself getting louder and shriller. A light comes on across the street in an apartment over the newspaper office.
âNo. I wonât stop. Not until we get our H-E-A.â
âHappily ever afââ
I presume he was going to say âhappily ever afterâ right up until the moment that the brackets holding the pipe against the brick faÃ§ade break free and the pipe starts to bend backward, taking Mason with it.
âOh, shhhââ I hear him mutter just before I lose all sense of time and place.
Heâs falling. Heâs high enough up that heâll surely break his back, or his neck, or crack his skull open. Oh, sweet Jesus, he could die! He came here to see me and I wouldnât let him up. So he climbed the wallâ¦and now heâs going to die! Iâm going to kill someone else.
âMason!â I hear myself screech as he continues his backward descent, still clutching the pipe with his arms and legs.
Itâs all happening in slow motion and, for a brief second, heâs almost horizontal, like a pig hanging off a spit at a luau.
âMason!â I shriek again, running back and forth along the ledge of the building, my eyes scanning the roof around me for inspiration. But thereâs nothing. And itâs too late, anyway.
I can only watch in horror as he falls out of my reach. And out of my life.
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L.E. Rico didnât set out to be an author. In fact sheâs made a name for herself as a classical music radio hostâdoing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.