Meet Not

The bearded player with the lopsided smile is not falling for the girl with hearts in her eyes. He’s never settling down, but they can be friends. Even if he can’t resist stealing kisses every chance he gets.

I was perfectly happy to keep my budding feelings for River to myself until the ‘kiss’. Now, all I can think about is how good he smells and tastes. How it would feel to have his hands on my body.

Too bad convincing a player who doesn’t believe in love to take a chance on me is more difficult than succumbing to his charm and ending up in his bed. Oops.

I blame River. If he was merely a player, I could walk away. But every single time I’m ready to give up on him, he gives me a glimpse of that heart of gold he keeps hidden behind a steel-enforced wall topped with barbed wire and – bam! – butterflies explode in my stomach and cartoon hearts appear in my eyes.

Lucky for me, I have the entire town of Winter Falls on my side. The residents of this kooky small town think they’re the world’s answer to matchmaking. Match away, Winter Falls. Match away!

With their help, maybe I can convince River there’s more to us than friendship because this chemistry between us doesn’t lie.

This friends to lovers small town romantic comedy features an awkward woman who sprouts sexual innuendos on accident when she’s nervous, a player who thinks love exists for everyone in the world except him, a pair of sisters who don’t understand the word ‘privacy’, and a whole town of hippies convinced they’re the best matchmakers this side of the Mississippi.   

Meet Not is a standalone novel in the Winter Falls ~ Dempsey Sisters series. 

Absolutely brilliant… loved it!! This book is one of the best that I have read in quite a while. I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from start to finish, I just couldn’t put it down. Brilliant storyline, amazing characters and absolutely loved the HEA.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Crazy good! Love these Dempsey sisters! The storyline is full of humor and the quirkiness of a small town….highly recommend” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Such a beautifully written book….the story, the characters….all were kicka$$!! I am REALLY REALLY looking forward to read more from D.E. Haggerty. This was an amazing ride!!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“OMG my sides hurt from laughing so much. The gossip gals are a hoot. I want my own town just like this. This book is a must read and you will cry when you finish it too.”  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Read this all in one day. A 4-tissue read. All the feels!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Winter Falls never fails to entertainLove this crazy town this author has created. Love the characters and each of their stories and this book 2 of the Dempsey sisters doesn’t disappoint. All the kooky players are in rare form once again. They have a bumpy ride but it’s worth it. Loved this next chapter of Winter Falls.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love Winter Falls 🙂 The people, the festivities, the green approach, everything. I was looking forward to River and Elisabeth’s story, and it was everything I was hoping it would be.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I am loving this series. The banter … is awesome.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Loved this story and it’s a great addition to this series.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I need to apologize.” I may be an asshole, but I can apologize for my mistakes. 

Elizabeth’s nose wrinkles. “What for?” 

“I hurt your feelings.” 

“No, you didn’t,” she denies.  

She can deny it all she wants but her hurt was too obvious to miss. Besides, she’s my friend. I know when her feelings are injured. I maneuver her until her back is against the wall and I’m looming over her. 

“Bessie,” I plea.  

When she doesn’t respond, I frame her face with my hands. “Tell me what I did wrong.” 

“You didn’t do anything wrong,” she lies. 

“I don’t want you mad at me. You’re one of my best friends.” She flinches. “What’s wrong?” 

She blows out a sigh. “You don’t want me living in Winter Falls.” 

“It’s not that,” I claim but glance away to hide how I’m lying. 

“I hear a but at the end of your sentence.” 

I return my gaze to her and smile. “I can never fool you, can I, Bessie?” 

“I grew up with three sisters and a brother.” 

“I do want you to live here,” I half-lie. 

I’d love to have her nearby. No more driving a half-hour for movie night or to drop by and see her. But dropping by to see her is also the problem. I’m not good at resisting temptation. 

“Your wish may be granted.” 

“You’re not going to tell me more, are you?” 


I tuck one of her curls behind her ear. “You certain you don’t want to tell me?” 

She shoves at my shoulders, but I don’t budge. It’s cute how she thinks she can move me. I’ve five inches taller than her. Not to mention I’m not addicted to strawberry ice cream the way she is. 

“Don’t try your seduction tricks with me. I’m immune.” 

Crap. She had to say the word seduction, didn’t she? My gaze dips to her lips and her tongue peeks out to lick her bottom lip. I should be the one licking her lip. Not her. 

My head dips and her breath hitches. Her gaze falls to my lips and I decide screw it. Just this once I want to feel how soft her lips are and how they taste.  

I’m done hesitating. I crash my lips to hers. She sighs and I immediately take advantage by shoving my tongue into her mouth. Her sweet taste of strawberries hits my tongue and I groan before I begin to devour her. I cradle her face to allow me to feel her soft skin as I explore every crevice of her mouth. 

Her hands on my shoulders pull me near until my hard length hits her belly. I grind into her and she groans. Hell yeah. 

“Well, well, well, what do we have here?” 

At Cassandra’s question, I tear my mouth from Elizabeth’s. I stare down at her. I’m fucked. Plain and simple. One taste and I’m addicted. I was worried this would happen. 

“I need to… I should …” 

I give up trying to formulate a sensible sentence and rush off down the alley in the opposite direction of Elizabeth’s sister. 

I’ve ruined everything. 

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