Where I Belong (Pine Valley Book 2)By: Heather B. Moore
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Jane Morris makes a living by cleaning the houses of the wealthy residents of Pine Valley, and she tries hard not to judge their extravagant lifestyles. But when one of her clients goes through a devastating breakup with his fiancée, Jane finds herself in the middle of his emotional mess. She wants to help him, but Cameron Vance is a man she could easily lose her heart to. Jane agrees to be his date to the charity event of the year, organized by Cameron’s mother. But the magical night shows Jane that if she’s a Cinderella, then Cameron is definitely a candidate for Prince Charming.
“Wow, this is the set-up.”
“Are you kidding me, man?”
“You’re a lucky guy.”
“It’s about time.”
“She looks expensive.”
“I can’t believe you’re actually getting married.”
“Didn’t you just meet a couple of months ago?”
“Congratulations, my friend.”
Cameron Vance’s head hurt, but he smiled through the comments—the same comments over and over. He smiled, he laughed, he slapped backs, he accepted congratulations, he joked, and he held Crystal’s hand as they answered question after question. Granted, his answers were much less enthusiastic than hers. He didn’t necessarily like huge crowds at his newly renovated cabin in Pine Valley. But Crystal had insisted.
Engagement parties were wedding protocol, and she was all about protocol.
“Oh, there’s the guy that sold your condo,” Crystal cooed in Cameron’s ear. There were at least fifty people on the main floor of the cabin, and that plus the blaring music made it hard to carry a conversation.
Cameron turned to look toward the front door. Jeff Finch, the real estate agent, had arrived, and as he approached, one of Crystal’s friends drew her away to talk about the upcoming honeymoon to Vail, Colorado.
“Jeff, welcome,” Cameron said, shaking the man’s hand.
Jeff’s blue eyes focused on Cameron, and he smiled. “Congratulations. I didn’t even know you had a serious girlfriend when I last talked to you. The renovation is incredible, by the way.”
Cameron chuckled. It was August now, and he’d had a whole construction crew working around the clock so that he wouldn’t have to move twice when he got married. “Thanks for hooking me up with Grant Shelton,” he said. “He and his brother-in-law do great work.”
Jeff nodded. “I’m glad.” His gaze shifted to Crystal.
Cameron looked her way too. Even if no one knew her, it was obvious Crystal was the bride-to-be, since she took every chance she got to show off her three-carat diamond ring.
“Is that the lucky lady?” Jeff asked.
“Yeah, that’s Crystal,” Cameron said, seeing her as Jeff must see her. Blonde, blue-eyed, petite, and energetic. She talked a mile a minute when she was excited, and her favorite thing to do was make plans. Plans for the wedding, plans for the honeymoon, plans for their future.
“Is she from Pine Valley?”
“No,” Cameron said. “We met at a friend’s party a couple of months back.” He didn’t miss the surprise on Jeff’s face.
“A couple of months? And you’re getting married in September?”
Cameron swallowed. It had all gone so fast—a whirlwind, really. His mom had commented that Crystal must have had her dress and ring picked out the first week they started dating. And that was saying a lot from his mom, since she was the most organized and efficient woman he knew.
But Cameron had been quick to defend Crystal. When they met, she hadn’t known that he was from a wealthy family and ran two of his dad’s clothing manufacturing companies. She wasn’t a fortune hunter or anything. She had her own money.
“When it’s right, it’s right,” Cameron told Jeff with a laugh.
Jeff didn’t look convinced, but he smiled. “Well, congratulations. I hope the two of you will be happy.”