Thirty-something Sebastian Langston hires his sister’s best friend to become his fake girlfriend in an attempt to win back the ex-fiancée he lost to a billionaire.
The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Seaside Chapel Christian small town beach romance series, Step with Me is a romantic comedy gone wrong. It all begins in Sebastian’s mind and he stubbornly carries out his plan. Will it succeed?
*** Publisher’s Note: Updated on September 13, 2020, this novel is the expanded second edition of the book that was published on April 5, 2017. ***
The desperate jilted man…
Sebastian Langston cannot believe that his ex-fiancée would leave him again. They’ve broken up so many times that he doesn’t think much about it until he sees Talia with a billionaire. Now he wants her back.
The restaurateur cooks up an idea in which he hires a beautiful girl who can make Talia jealous. His sister tells him it’s a very bad idea, but Sebastian doesn’t listen. He figures that poor starving harpist Emmeline O’Hanlon needs money and is willing to help him reach his objectives.
“It’s past time for Talia to make the right decision. I don’t want to wait forever. I want a big wedding, a long honeymoon, and a house full of kids. What? Why can’t I nudge her in the right direction? Yeah, I know she’s already dumped me and moved on with whatshisname, but an ex can dream, can’t I?” — Sebastian Langston, owner of Saffron on Jekyll restaurant and Sage Café on St. Simon’s Island
The dreamy rent-a-girlfriend…
When her best friend’s older brother asks her if she wants a summer job, harpist Emmeline O’Hanlon has no idea what she is getting into. However, her van dies, her rent is due, and she is forced to take the job.
The short-term business agreement would only last one summer, or so Emmeline thinks. More than money for music school, she needs Sebastian’s funding to search for her long-lost brother. Sebastian is enlisting one of the top private investigators in the region to find Claude. In return, all she has to do is smile and make Talia jealous. How hard can it be?
“He says all I have to do is go out with him to be visible enough for her. He gets her back, I find my brother, and I go to grad school. A win-win. Yeah, he’s cute and has a kind heart. And she doesn’t deserve him. Oh, did I just say that?” — Emmeline O’Hanlon, harpist and music librarian of the Sea Islands Symphony Orchestra
The duet that can’t go wrong…
So it begins, this ill-advised scheme to drive his commitment-phobic ex-fiancée to the altar. Sebastian thinks his plan-on-a-whim would succeed because it has to. He will turn thirty-four next September and he wants to be a father by the following summer, preferably to a passel of Talia’s future children.
As they keep up the ruse, Emmeline’s ethereal harp starts to sound like siren songs that distract Sebastian from his goals. Pretty soon, he’s rowing away from his lane and begins to forget his original purpose for hiring her…
If you enjoy this novel, you might also enjoy the rest of the Seaside Chapel series and its sister series. As with all of Jan Thompson’s stories, each book comes with uplifting themes of encouragement for the journey of life. Happy reading!
SEASIDE CHAPEL (Christian Small Town Beach Romance)
- Book 1: Share with Me
- Book 2: Step with Me
- Book 3: Sing with Me