Diamonds and Dirt Roads by Erin Nicholas Exclusive Excerpt

Erin Nicholas

Diamonds and Dirt Roads

Billionaire in Blue Jeans, Book 1

Release Date January 26, 2018

A pretend relationship…within a pretend relationship.

Attorney Evan Stone knows every crazy stipulation in billionaire Rudy Carmichael’s will. After all, he wrote it. And he’s determined to make sure each one is fully met by Rudy’s triplet daughters. Even if that means dating the workaholic CEO, Ava. Or pretending to at least. And even if it means resisting the so-right-for-him-she’s-totally-wrong party girl, Cori.

Cori’s only got three things on her to do list from her dad:

• Move to Bliss, Kansas.

• Run his pie shop with her sisters for a year.

• No dating. For six months.

But stepping in for her sister when it’s clear that Ava and Evan aren’t fooling anyone with their “romance” isn’t really dating. And falling for her sister’s pretend boyfriend while pretending to be her sister…well, that’s ridiculous. No matter how real things feel whenever she and Evan are together.

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Is it just me or is this the most awkward date in the history of dating?” Cori asked.

“She definitely looks tense,” Brynn agreed.

“And he looks annoyed,” Cori said.

“He’s smiling,” Brynn pointed out.

Yeah, he was. But it wasn’t real. Maybe no one else in the restaurant could tell, but Cori knew that Evan was forcing it. He’d given Ava a few genuine ones too throughout their dinner. But this one was definitely fake.

“Well, you can’t really blame the guy, can you?”

Cori looked up as Noah pulled out one of the empty chairs at their table and dropped into it.

“Hey,” Brynn said, with a big grin, “what are you doing here?”

Cori wondered if Noah realized how unusual that grin was for Brynn.

“I’m here for the show, same as everyone else,” he said, reaching for a roll from the basket in the middle of their table. He pulled off a chunk and put it in his mouth.

“The show?” Cori asked.

“Evan’s first date with Ava, of course.”

Cori frowned and glanced around. “Everyone is here for that?”

He nodded as he chewed. He gestured around the room with the rest of the roll. “Ninety percent of these people are from Bliss,” he said. “And the other ten percent know Evan and all about Ava.”

“And she’s super interesting?” Cori asked.

“Well, she and Evan are super interesting,” Noah said, reaching for a cherry tomato from Brynn’s salad. Did he know that Brynn didn’t like tomatoes? “Ava is very different from Evan’s usual.”

Ugh. Evan’s usual. For some reason that made her stomach hurt. Because he had a lot of usual and because his usual women who were probably a lot like Cori. Him being with someone not like Cori was interesting to everyone. Great. Ironic that the woman so interestingly unlike Cori looked exactly like her.

“Well, he doesn’t look like he’s having a good time,” she couldn’t help but point out.

“There are two things going on over there,” Noah said, dipping the remainder of his roll in the house Italian dressing on Brynn’s salad.

Cori would be amused by how comfortable the two of them were together—if she wasn’t so unamused by her other sister and the man she was clearly uncomfortable with.

“What two things?” Brynn asked.

“One,” Noah said, “Evan has never been out with a woman he couldn’t charm before.”

“You don’t think he can charm Ava?” Cori asked.

“Can anyone truly charm Ava?” Noah asked.

About the Author:

I’ve been reading romance since my mom first let me into her book cupboard when I was about fourteen. LaVyrle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Debbie Macomber… they took my ‘happily ever after’ ideas from animated princesses to real people in the real world.

I’ve been writing romance almost as long. Many a family car trip was spent with my head bent over a spiral notebook in the back seat. I’ll confess that my very first attempts at fiction were fantasy and paranormals, influenced by my father’s love of the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the original Alice in Wonderland. If Harry Potter had been around, I’m sure he would have been on the bedtime story shelf as well.

But it wasn’t long until I started writing about true love and that’s where I’ve been ever since.

I’m so thrilled to be able to share these stories with you! I hope that they make you smile, sigh, maybe even choke up a little. Most of all, I hope that they help you believe in magical things like first kisses, the spark of passion, and the power of true love.

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