Please forgive me here as my stop on this tour is an extract! I aim to read Jessica’s book as soon as I can though, hopefully the extract will whet your appetite. Before I share it, here is a little bit more about the book and the all important purchase link:
Never give up on a wish for a happy ever after…
How was your evening with your sugar daddy?’ Ruby asked the next morning as I called at her room with her medication.
‘Not good. I think I’ve been dumped.’‘How can you think you’ve been dumped. You either have or you haven’t.’I shrugged. ‘I don’t really understand what happened. He accused me of being high-maintenance and stormed out.’
She shook her head. ‘You don’t need him, darling. When I was your age, I had six suitors on the go. One for each day of the week and Sunday off—’
‘To repent your sins?’
Ruby laughed, her eyes twinkling with mischief. ‘Goodness, no! Sunday was for whomever had pleased me best during the week. I wanted to spend my day off pleasurably.’
‘Are you not finished your rounds yet, Carolyn?’ The She-Devil’s pitchy voice bore into me, wiping the smile from my face.
‘Nearly isn’t good enough. You should have finished ten minutes ago.’
‘It was my fault,’ Ruby said. ‘I had a funny turn. Callie had to help me out.’
The She-Devil’s eyes bore into me. ‘Is this true?’
I nodded and crossed my fingers behind my back. ‘Ruby went a bit dizzy.’
She turned to Ruby. ‘You’re fine now?’
‘Yes. Much better. Callie was amazing as always. She’s such a gem.’
I had to look away. The She-Devil would not have appreciated the compliment.
‘Yes, well, finish your rounds, Carolyn, then report to my office. One of the residents has only just advised us that they had an accident in the night. I’ll need you to strip their bed.’
I could imagine the grin on her face as she sashayed down the corridor towards her office, delighted that I had a soggy mattress to deal with. Or worse. I bet she’d been saving that task especially for me, as usual. Cow.
‘Thanks for defending me, Ruby,’ I said.
‘Any time. Couldn’t have you dumped and sacked in the space of twenty-four hours, could we?’
I smiled. ‘Will you be down for dominoes this afternoon?’
‘Of course. I need to beat that Iris Davies this week. I’m sure she’s cheating.’
‘She was the North Yorkshire Pub Dominoes Champion for a decade, Ruby.’
‘Yes. No doubt by cheating. I’m onto her.’ She pointed two fingers at her eyes, then flicked them away, then back again.
‘I’ll see you later.’ I laughed as I kicked the brake off the trolley and started to push it away.
‘Callie!’ she called. ‘If you really have parted company with your sugar daddy, you could always court my grandson, Rhys.’
I turned to face her. The cheeky grin on her face matched her playful tone. ‘Would this be the illusive grandson who never visits?
‘It might be.’
‘Are you sure he exists?’
She laughed as she tapped the side of her nose. ‘That’s for me to know and you to find out.’