Love Found (A Pinetree Romance, #1.5) | Chapter One

June 20, 2018

Love Found (A Pinetree Romance, #1.5)

 

Truth: marriage isn't easy!

After a whirlwind romance, Aaron and Nina, are about to discover how much they still have to learn about one another.

The honeymoon is over...

This is where the happily-ever-after begins...​

Chapter One

 

Two weeks before Valentine’s Day

 

~ Aaron ~

 

“Sunshine, I’m home,” I call out happily stepping through the door and shutting it behind me. I hear the frantic sound of Russell’s nails hitting the wood floor as he races across our small apartment to greet me.

 

In the past, before Nina, he would have been laying in front of the door, waiting for my return. But my dog fell in love with my woman just as fast and hard, as I did. Now we both happily follow her around. Wanting nothing more than to be wherever she is.

 

“Hey buddy.” Russell rubs his body against my legs, and reaching down I pat him asking, “Were you a good boy for Mommy today?”

 

His answer is to sit at my feet – as close as possible – lookup at me with his big round eyes and paw at my leg. Our daily ritual.

 

“Let me get my coat off, and then I’ll get you a treat.” I place my bag on the floor and just as I’m beginning to take off my jacket, I hear the pounding of feet coming down the hall towards me.

 

“You’re home,” Nina calls out excitedly bounding up to me. She’s wearing a pair of tights – or leggings, I can never remember the difference - and my old ratty college sweatshirt. The socks she’s wearing cause her to slip on the hardwood floor and slam bodily into me. She should be wearing the no-slip socks I bought her. I catch her and wrap my arms around her – steadying her.

 

This woman – my wife – is the most satisfying armful I’ve ever had.

 

Looping her arms around my neck, she kisses me like she hasn’t seen me in days – not the few hours I had gone into work.

 

Last spring I accepted the job here in Pinetree, Vermont helping to establish and then to manage Royal’s Pub & Brewery, a joint venture between two brothers David and Franklin Royal.

 

At the time Nina and I had just started dating and were living down in Boston. Our first date was last Valentine’s Day, when I bid on her at a charity date auction. Since then we have been inseparable. I wouldn’t – couldn’t – leave town without her. So, on a cold and windy Cape Cod beach in the beginning of September we were married. Things may have happened quickly, but when you find the perfect woman you just know – you know?

 

Pulling out of the kiss, I nuzzle her face and neck making her shriek, giggle and attempt to pull away. “Your nose is cold!”

 

“I know. It’s cold outside,” I chuckle, before kissing the soft skin behind her ear. “You’re warming me up.”

 

“Aaron.” She finally pushes me away with a mock scowl on her face.

 

Leaning in, I give her a final kiss before reluctantly letting her go.

 

Being married to Nina – to my Sunshine – for the past five months has been the happiest time in my life. Just knowing that whatever happens during the day when I walk through the door I am greeted by her smile, her warmth. And every night I get to hold her in my arms. The sex is fucking amazing too.

 

“You’re home early,” she states, moving down the short hallway and into the tiny kitchen.

 

“It’s starting to really come down out there.” Hanging up my jacket and grabbing my bag from the floor, Russell and I follow her.

 

“How much snow are we supposed to get?”

 

“Only a couple of inches,” I answer dropping the bag onto the counter, before coming up behind her where she’s putting grounds into the coffee maker. Wrapping an arm around her waist and moving her soft curls aside, I kiss her neck. “Franklin’s gone all week and David had left for the day already. So I figured I’d avoid the snow and work from home.”

 

“This doesn’t feel like work,” she giggles, pushing her ass backwards into my crotch.

 

My cock twitches and my pants suddenly feel tighter, fuck.

 

Two can play at that game. I give her a light smack just to hear her moan, “Aaron”.