Forgiving Flynn (Falling for You #2) Read Online A.M. Olenick

Categories Genre: Romance Tags Authors: Series: Falling for You Series by A.M. Olenick

Total pages in book: 47
Estimated words: 45262 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 226(@200wpm)___ 181(@250wpm)___ 151(@300wpm)

Have you ever had someone come into your life and they just feel so familiar to you? That’s exactly what happened to me. A handsome stranger walked into my town’s coffee shop and I instantly felt like I knew him. I don’t know how I didn’t put two and two together. But I messed up. And now I have to decide whether or not I can forgive him and move past his betrayal.


Chapter 1


North Shore is a small, picturesque lake town in Upstate New York. Located about thirty minutes from Syracuse, North Shore offers many amenities year round. In the summer, it’s a major tourist destination because of the lake activities and the many festivals the town has from May through September. It’s also just as busy in the fall because of fall foliage tours, pumpkin picking, the Halloween parade, and trick-or-treating.

In winter months, there is the yearly town-wide house decorating contest, tree lighting, Christmas parade, and the annual Christmas Festival that runs from mid-December until Christmas Eve. And then, every New Year’s Eve, there’s a huge blowout party at Town Hall. Spring tends to be quiet in North Shore, but there are still things to be done once the flowers begin to bloom.

My brother and I were born and raised in North Shore, and we attended just about every fair, festival, tree lighting, and parade while we were growing up. We were townies, and as we grew up, I couldn’t picture living anywhere else. It’s where my family and friends were. It’s where I landed my dream job. And it’s where I decided I would raise my family—if I was ever blessed with the chance to have one.

“So, are you looking forward to your date tomorrow night?” my best friend, Joy, asks me.

Oh, crap. That’s right.

“Uh, yes and no . . . ” I reply.

I’ve never been one for blind dates, but even I have to admit that my luck in the dating department is absolutely terrible. I’ve been single for quite a while now and was nervous when Joy suggested it, but what could a blind date hurt?

“Why yes, and why no?”

“I don’t know. I just feel very uncomfortable about the whole thing . . . not knowing the dude. But I know I need to live outside of my comfort zone a little, and you know him, so I’ll give it a go.”

“Good. You’re going to like Bryant, I think. He’s smart, nice, and handsome. I think it’ll go well.”

“I hope so.”

I might not necessarily be confident in the whole blind date thing, but Joy definitely has good taste in men. She landed Jason Williams years ago, and every woman in town was jealous, except for me. I was super excited for my bestie.

I glance out the coffee shop window and admire the town. My town. It’s been so freaking cold lately and today is no exception. Plus, there is snow everywhere. A recent storm dumped over twenty inches of snow on us in the span of two days. Daytime temperatures haven’t reached higher than maybe twenty degrees in well over a month. It’s been one of the coldest winters I can remember, and I should be miserable, but I’ve lived here for so long that I’m actually used to the cold and snow.

“What are your plans for today?” Joy asks.

“I was planning to go by the B&B for a little bit, then head home and relax. How about you?”

“I have to go shopping for last-minute Christmas presents. I was going to ask if you wanted to come with me, but I guess that would be a no. I should have known better,” Joy replies, rolling her eyes.

I can’t believe Christmas is next week. I’ve been somewhat of a workaholic since Mom and Dad gave me more responsibility at the B&B, and I’ve always worked the holidays, so being off this year feels super strange. I’m not sure I know how to enjoy a holiday off anymore. Joy has tried time and time again to get me to take a step back and enjoy life a little bit, but it’s easy to stay at work for extra hours when you don’t have anyone to go home to. Plus, Mom and Dad aren’t getting any younger. I’m sure they’re getting closer to wanting to retire and I want to make sure that they know the B&B will be in good hands. Amazing hands, actually.

“I would, but I want to stop by and make sure everything is all set for the Christmas Eve dinner.”

“Aren’t you on vacation?”

“Well, yes, but . . . ” I begin.

“But nothing. John knows the Christmas Eve dinner like the back of his hand. I mean, you trained him. I’m sure he can handle it.”

“Yes, I trained him, but this is the first year in a long time that I’m actually off for Christmas. I kind of hate it.”