Fiction Short Stories Books

Spite Club

First Rule of Spite Club: Don't fall for your fake boyfriend.

Here's what happened:

My boyfriend cheated on me with Nick Mason's girlfriend.

We're both angry. What better way to get revenge than to pretend to get together out of spite?

Nick is rude and rebellious and completely freaking gorgeous. He's not my type, and I'm not his. There's no way we would work outside of our little game of dirty sex and well kept secrets.

The problem is, he's an addiction. Or maybe a plague. The more time I spend with him, the more I risk my good-girl image and my carefully built life.

I might want what's bad for me. I might want Nick. And I might have to convince him - if I can survive him.

*This is a full-length standalone*

Valentine's Day at the Café at the End of the Pier

Searching for love? You'll find it at The Cafe at the End of the Pier...

*An exclusive free short story and the start of a heartwarming new series.*

When Jo's beloved grandparents ask for her help in running their little cafe at the end of the pier in Salthaven-on-Sea she jumps at the chance.

The cafe is a hub for many people: the single dad who brings his little boy in on a Saturday morning; the lady who sits alone and stares out to sea; the woman who pops in after her morning run.

Jo soon realises that each of her customers is looking for love - and she knows just the way to find it for them. She goes about setting each of them up on blind dates - each date is held in the cafe, with a special menu she has designed for the occasion.

But Jo has never found love herself. She always held her grandparents' marriage up as her ideal and she hasn't found anything close to that. But could it be that love is right under her nose...?

An exclusive free short story to celebrate the start of a feelgood new series from Kindle bestseller Helen Rolfe.

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Readers love The Cafe at the End of the Pier:

'Brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye' - Goodreads reviewer

'Heartwarming and made me smile... I can't wait to read more' - Goodreads reviewer

'A beautifully told little story...perfectly charming and totally yummy' - Amazon reviewer

'A lovely feelgood short story, I had a smile on my face all the way through' - Amazon reviewer

Valentine's Day at the Star and Sixpence (short story)

Fall in love at the Star and Sixpence this Valentine's Day....



Love is in the air as sisters Nessie and Sam prepare for Valentine's Day at their newly renovated pub, The Star and Sixpence. They have a star chef winging her way from London to cook a very special Valentine's Day dinner, for all the couples in the village.



But as sparks fly in the kitchen, will love bloom in The Star and Sixpence? A romantic short story, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey.



Praise for Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence:



'A fresh new voice, brings wit and warmth to this charming tale of two sisters' Rowan Coleman

'You'll fall in love with this fantastic new series from a new star of women's fiction, Holly Hepburn. Filled to the brim with captivating characters and fantastic storylines in a gorgeous setting, Snowdrops at The Star and Sixpenceis simply wonderful. I want to read more!' Miranda Dickinson

'The Star and Sixpence sparkles with fun, romance, mystery, and a hunky blacksmith. It's a real delight' Julie Cohen

'Like the dream pub landlady who always knows exactly what you want, Holly Hepburn has created the most delightful welcome to what promises to be a brilliant series, in the first Star and Sixpence. The sisters who inherit a tired local and must bring it back to life are warm and intriguing, the neighbours are (mostly!) friendly and the gossip is utterly addictive. I was very sad when it was time for last orders, and am already looking forward to the next round. Especially if a certain blacksmith happens to be at the bar...' Kate Harrison

'Warm, witty and utterly charming, Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter's day. It left me with the most wonderful happy glow' Cally Taylor

'Warm, witty and laced with intriguing secrets! I want to pull up a bar stool, order a large G&T and soak up all the gossip at the Star and Sixpence!' Cathy Bramley

'A super sparkling star of a story and I can't wait for part two' Alexandra Brown



Also out now: Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence. Coming soon and availabe to pre-order now: Summer at the Star and Sixpence.

The Apple Orchard: A heart-warming short story to curl up with

'Romantic and utterly heartwarming' Jenny Colgan on How To Find Love in a Bookshop

In the charming town of Peasebrook, there's a place for everyone. War vet Joe has made new friends and a new home for himself here, overlooking a beautiful apple orchard. But when tragedy strikes and Joe is left out in the cold, it will bring them all together in entirely unexpected ways . . .

The Apple Orchard is a truly feel-good short story about friendship and kindness and includes an extract of Veronica's upcoming novel The Forever House.

It's the perfect introduction to Veronica's stories - a very short sweet tale to enjoy with a cup of tea and a piece of cake!

Unknown Identity Box Set Books #1-3: Billionaire sweet & steamy Romance

USA Today Bestselling author, Lexy Timms, brings you the first 3 bks of the Unknown Identity Series in a box set!

But then, I saw love. Real, true love that could never be hidden.

Book 1 - Unknown

Life has changed radically for Leslie. Her husband has finally succumbed to his terminal cancer and it's time for her to have a change of scenery. Moving across the country and setting up shop, Leslie takes the months to rebuild her life and figure out what she wants in the future.

Pouring herself into her successful mystery books series she's written, she is a reclusive global sensation writing under a penname.

Leslie realizes that her life is missing the romance she so desperately craved and now she's on the hunt to live her life beyond her grief.

Sooner than she realizes, cupid comes calling in the form of a handsome actor who has no clue she's a successful author. However, he comes with his own personal set of baggage.

Is new love possible after you've laid true love to rest?

Book 2 - Unpublished

Things with Conrad didn't go as Leslie has planned and after running back to New York City, she's the most surprised person in the world to find him standing on her doorstep, asking for a chance to win her heart over.

Leslie doesn't know how to respond. But, Conrad's here, alive and wanting to love her.

Excited to show her new found beau the city she's come to love, Leslie realizes when Amber and Josie return, that she left out one minor detail about her life.

The more Conrad expresses his love for her, the more Leslie grows nervous about telling him who she really is.

Will Conrad being willing to accept who she really is when the truth comes out?

Book 3 - Unexposed

All secrets have a price, and Leslie is about to find out when hers is exposed.

Now one of the most popular authors on the planet, Leslie only wanted to find life after love. She never expected that her heart would fall for anyone again.

Sexy, handsome, and an extremely famous actor, Conrad has managed to capture her attention, along with the attention of a million paparazzi who want to snap pictures of the couple together.

Can they survive the world known, published, and exposed for everyone to see?

SERIES:

Unknown

Unpublished

Unexposed

Unsure

Unwritten

Worth the Risk: The Worth Series Book 1

Research is my passion.

And after my time in the city, I need the wilderness to settle my nerves.



But Park Ranger Caleb Hunt has something else in mind.

Settling my nerves is definitely not on his to-do list.



Tall, handsome and cocky as hell. He's everything I've ever wanted.

In my world.

In my bed.



But something in his past is holding him back.

One second he's hot as the surface of the sun.

The next, he's cold as the ice on a mountaintop.



I want to tame his heart, but he's wild as the wilderness he ranges.

But I'm willing to take a chance.

I just hope like hell he's worth the risk.



Every Good Girl Deserves a Bad Boy. ~Weston Parker

Three Men and a Maybe: (Free Romance Short Story)

A free short story...the perfect treat for yourself this Christmas'A joyful, funny, feel-good story, packed with showtunes, romance and a wonderfully warm cast' - Sunday Times Bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson on The Singalong Society for Singletons

It's the age-old saying. You wait all day for a bus, and then three come along at once. But proposals? That's just ridiculous. And yet, on New Year's Eve, as the countdown finishes and the whole pub erupts in celebrations, Cerys finds herself staring at her ex-fiance, Ricky. Who just so happens to be kneeling on the floor, ring in hand, asking her to marry him. Again.

And if that weren't enough, hot barman Angelo, and longtime friend Huw also decide to pop the question. At the exact same time.

Three men, two real contenders, but just one choice. What on earth will she do?

Three Treats to Tempt You Box Set: Books 1-3

By the author of the bestselling Three Wise Men box set (USA Today bestseller list November 2016.)

Treat yourself to an exotic holiday romance... or three.

Begin your romantic adventure with sexy photographer Kole Graham, the hero of Treat with Caution, the first in the Treats to Tempt You series of sexy romances.

Both Tasha and Kole are confident their attraction is only physical. Both are going to get into trouble. But who will win the bet on Midsummer night?

Then immerse yourself in a deeply passionate affair with gorgeous Dr. Joss Heaven in Treat Her Right.

Maisey does her best to resist the best-looking guy in the whole of New Zealand. But when the chocolate starts to melt on Joss's warm body, it seems only polite to offer to lick it off... And that's where the problems start.

Finish off your holiday fling with Stuart Casey, a passionate teacher with a dark secret.

Elle is more than happy to spend a few days showing gorgeous English teacher Stuart a few tricks of the trade to help him move on from his grief. But once she's let the tiger out of his cage, it proves impossible to get him back in. And the new and improved Stuart isn't letting her go without a fight.

These sexy romances are set in Doubtless Bay in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand. If you like chocolate, you'll love Treats to Tempt You!

It's not only the weather that's hot and sultry in these contemporary romances. Be warned.

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1: Treat with Caution (Tasha and Kole)

2: Treat her Right (Maisey and Joss)

3: A Rare Treat (Elle and Stuart)

4: Trick or Treat (Fox and Caitlin)

5: A Festive Treat (Skye and Owen)

5.5: No Way to Treat a Lady (Hayley and Jed - Taster)

6.5: A Taste of Things to Come (Tasha and Kole - Taster)

Caste-Off: The Year of Short Stories – February

Caste-Off is part of The Year of Short Stories and is one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh short story collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Jeffrey Archer's sixth collection of short stories, Caste-Off is an enthralling short read with unforgettable characters and a devastating twist.

Jamwal Rameshwar Singh, a hedonistic playboy prince, assumes he will never fall in love but this all changes when he meets Nisha Chowdhury. Their blossoming international relationship continues as she completes her degree at Stanford but even as their love grows, Jamwal knows that his family will oppose the match as Nisha is not of their caste. Will Jamwal choose love or will his family's wishes prevail?

Be sure to look out for more from The Year of Short Stories collection, including The Endgame and The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office.

A Kiss for Christmas: A Holiday Collection

Celebrate the holidays with this special festive romance bundle from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!

In UNWRAPPED... When a unlikely couple gets snowed in on the way to the wedding, a flirty game of truth-or-dare sends temperatures soaring.

In HOLIDAY KISSES... Writer Dash needs peace and quiet to finish his new script, but he wasn't betting on inn-keeper Ellie and the local Starbright festival to give him a jolt of holiday inspiration.

In UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS... Sophie has been dreaming of a magical winter holiday in New York City. Can a chance encounter with musician Austin bring her festive dreams to life?

PRAISE FOR MELODY:

"Melody Grace created fascinating characters that are simply I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E ! Her stories leave you with a big smile on your face and a heart bursting with love." - A Bookish Escape Blog

"Sexy and sweet: the perfect summer read!" - Corinne Michaels, New York Times bestselling author

"Heartwarming, swoony, and sexy as hell." - Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author

"Sizzling summer perfection! Melody Grace does it again." - Kendall Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

"Sizzling hot and super emotional - the perfect combo!" - NYT and USA Today bestselling Lauren Blakely

"A roller coaster ride of pure emotion... beautifully written." Blame it on the Rain Reviews

The Sweetbriar Cove Series:

#1 Meant to Be

#2 All for You

#3 The Only One

#4 I'm Yours

#5 Holiday Kisses

#6 No Ordinary Love

In the Eye of the Beholder: The Year of Short Stories

In the Eye of the Beholder is part of The Year of Short Stories and is one of several digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from Jeffrey Archer's fifth collection of short stories, Cat O' Nine Tales, comes In the Eye of the Beholder, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

Gian Lorenzo Venici and Paolo Castelli both excelled from their earliest days at school right through to the prime of their careers: Gian in academia and eventually as the most highly regarded art dealer in Italy; Paolo as a football star captain for Roma. After a career-finishing injury, Paolo announces his unlikely engagement to Angelina Porcelli - a lady 'only Rubens' would have found beautiful, and heiress to the largest pharmaceutical company in Italy. The pre-nup clearly stated that Paolo would get nothing were they to divorce - Gian can only conclude that Paolo's love for her is as genuine as Angelina's emerging love of great art. So when Angelina shows interest in the private collection of one of Gian's wealthy clients, he is more than happy to help negotiate . . .

Be sure to look out for more from The Year of Short Stories collection, including The Endgame and The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office.

A Very Country Christmas: A Free Christmas Short Story (The Tippermere Series)

A short Christmas story of three courses.

Love is in the air in Tippermere as Lottie dreams of a white Christmas with no trimmings - other than her hot and hunky eventer, Rory. But things are never quite that simple on the Tipping House Estate.

Festive fervour takes over and it isn't all seasonal peace and goodwill as expectations rise and it soon escalates from cosy dinner for two, to all the trimmings for ten!

With missing turkeys, loose horses, troublesome terriers and randy huntsmen, Lottie is hard pushed to find time for a kiss under the mistletoe, let alone find the opportunity to woo Rory with her sexy Santa costume.

But there is only one thing Lottie really wants for Christmas, and only one man can deliver it...

Enjoy your trip to Tippermere, and don't miss the novels in this series...

Stable Mates

Country Affairs

Too Many Coincidences: The Year of Short Stories – March

Too Many Coincidences is part of The Year of Short Stories and is one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from To Cut a Long Story Short, Jeffrey Archer's fourth collection of short stories, Too Many Coincidences is a gripping short read featuring Archer's trademark wit and memorable characters.

For Ruth Anderson continuing her whirlwind love affair with Max Bennett is made infinitely easier with the death of her husband. However, the perfect marriage she envisaged starts to disintegrate as Max becomes increasingly inattentive and reluctant to spend time with his new wife. Now, looking back, Ruth might have to consider whether their affair began with one coincidence too many . . .

Be sure to look out for more from The Year of Short Stories collection, including Caste-Off and The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office.

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Box-Set

Escape into the history of the Western American tales along with 10 stories about relationships that begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love? This is a guaranteed adventure beyond your wildest dreams. You're sure to get your memorized by this fantastic collection!

The complete collection includes:

- Be My Valentine

- Undying Love

- Second Chances

- The Unexpected Gift

- Know Me Before You

- Free Souls

- Our Love Retold

- In Too Deep

- Beyond Tomorrow

Press BUY and multiply your pleasure with this exciting collection!

Read this collection FREE as part of your Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime!

Taken by Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 7): Volume 15

**TAKEN BY LOVE is a USA TODAY BESTSELLER**TAKEN BY LOVE is the first of six Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. In TAKEN BY LOVE... Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again--but she's completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her--and the man she's never forgotten. Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he's finally ready to settle down--only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he's never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke's past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy's life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can't manage a future until he puts his past to rest.TAKEN BY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While TAKEN BY LOVE can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order. READ THE FULL LOVE IN BLOOM SERIES: Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. SNOW SISTERS BOOK 1: Sisters in Love BOOK 2: Sisters in Bloom BOOK 3: Sisters in White THE BRADENS (Weston, CO) BOOK 4: Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max) BOOK 5: Destined for Love (Rex & Jade) BOOK 6: Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley) BOOK 7: Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy) BOOK 8: Bursting with Love (Savan

Evidence Series Box Set Volume 1: Books 1-3

The first three books in the Evidence Series in one box set. Volume I includes two full-length (300 page) novels and one short (150-page) novel.

Concrete Evidence

A year ago she lost everything. Now she wants revenge...

Accused of stealing artifacts from a five-hundred-year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She's concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She's finally closing in on her goal when she's distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge.



But Lee Scott is no intern. He's looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect. He'll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her.

As Erica and Lee struggle to conceal their real agendas, the one thing they can't hide is the attraction that burns hot between them. When Erica's quest puts her life in jeopardy, Lee must choose between old loyalties and a woman he never expected to fall for.

Body of Evidence

And she thought facing a firing squad was bad...

When archaeologist Mara Garrett traveled to North Korea to retrieve the remains of GIs lost in combat, she never imagined she'd be arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. Her only hope is Curt Dominick, the powerful, ambitious, and infuriatingly sexy US attorney prosecuting her uncle, a former vice president of the United States.

What starts off as a rescue mission quickly morphs into a race across the Pacific. Someone is after Mara, and they'll risk everything to stop her from reaching Washington DC. With betrayal around every corner, Curt and Mara have little reason to trust each other and every reason to deny the sparks between them that blaze hotter than the Hawaiian sun. Still, desire clashes with loyalty when they discover a conspiracy that threatens not only their lives but the national security of the United States.

Withholding Evidence

Some secrets are worth dying for...

Military historian Trina Sorensen has a nearly impossible task before her: get recalcitrant but tempting former Navy SEAL Keith Hatcher to reveal what happened during a top secret Somalia op five years ago. Recent history isn't usually her forte, but the navy wants an historian's perspective and has given her the high security clearance to get the job done.

Keith isn't just refusing to tell Trina about the op, he's protecting a national secret that could destroy the lives of those he cares about the most. But not wanting to talk about a covert mission doesn't mean he isn't interested in spending time with the sexy historian, and the first time they kiss it's explosive.

When the past comes pounding on Keith's door, he'll do anything to keep Trina safe... Anything, that is, except tell her the secret that could get them both killed.

Altered Reality: Book #2 in the Alter Series

The world is changing. Alters - rare beings, blessed with incredible, supernatural abilities - are being hunted. Giant corporations, with unlimited resources and small armies at their disposal, want to capture them, exploit their gifts, and make billions in the process.

James Hyde hoped he had found peace at the alters' temple, deep in the Thai jungle. He was wrong. The temple's elders have made him into an assassin, dispatched to murder the businesspeople who are getting too close to uncovering their secrets. One evening, after returning from a mission, James witnesses a prophecy.

"Powerful," Yod rasped. "So... powerful. I see him. A boy. He stands upon a pile of bodies. A mountain of bodies. So much... death." Yod's eyes, now completely pale, were still fixed on the ceiling, but James felt that the old man spoke to him. "Find... him. You... must find him."

The boy in question - Samuel Barkley - possesses a level of power which the world has never seen before. James quickly finds himself in a race to reach Samuel, and be the first to harness his power; a race which will ultimately change the course of human history.

Altered Reality is the explosive sequel to The Alter. This globe-trotting, violent, supernatural thriller - packed with high-octane action and plot twists, tragedy and triumph - is certain to grab hold of your attention and never let go.

Darke Blood: You've never known true darkness

"There are more than shadows lurking in the darkness of those trees."

Blake Malone is in search of a new start and arrives in the remote forest town of Darke Heath. The memory of his past mysteriously becomes a blur as he discovers this place isn't what it seems.

Malone shares a romantic encounter with a woman named Caitlyn and she reveals herself to be a 'creature of the night'. He learns of her story which intertwines with the history of the 'Heath'. Together they must face the evil forces of vampirism and witchcraft that await them in the Darke forest.

But just who is Blake Malone? That's something even he must fight to discover. Because 'you've never known true darkness...'

Sunset Thunder

The Chronicles of Kerrigan Box Set, Books 1 - 6

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?



Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.



As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her 16th birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It's up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family's past and have a ray of hope for her future.

Once upon a Coffee: Meet Cute Romance, Book 4

A blind date and a case of mistaken identity just might lead to love...



After a long series of stinkers, when a respectful match from an online dating site asks to meet Avery Cahill in real life, she agrees. Invoking her favorite romantic comedy, they arrange to meet in a local coffee shop with a flower and a book.



Under a serious deadline to finish a group project for his MBA - solo - the only thing Dillon Lange wants is peace and quiet. When a beautiful stranger sits down in his booth at the coffee shop, he knows he ought to say something about not being who she thinks he is, but he can't resist her smile or her engaging conversation.



How long can he keep up the charade? And what will happen when her real date shows up?



A short story of approximately 7,500 words.



Q: What makes the Meet Cute Romance series special?



"Meet cute" is a term used to describe a situation in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time. Meet Cute Romance is a series of contemporary romantic shorts celebrating the possibilities of that first meeting.



Q: Who would dig these books?



Meet Cute Romances are designed to be a fast (but not too fast - these are full novelettes, not short stories of only a scene or two), lunchtime or coffee break read to give you a bright spot of romance in your day. If you're looking for a quick romantic pick me up, these short contemporary romances are sure to be right up your alley.



Q: What order should I read the books in?



These novelettes are each stand-alone and can be read in any order. Though there are a few recurring characters in some, so if you want to read in chronological order, they go like this:





Once upon a Snow Day

Once upon a New Year's Eve

Once upon an Heirloom

Once upon a Coffee

Once upon a Setup



Q: Are there crossovers with other series?



Yes! Two of my Meet Cutes tie in with my longer Southern romance series set in Wishful, Mississippi. Wishful is a collection of Southern romance novels honoring my Mississippi roots and exploring love in a small town. Once upon a Setup is a companion novelette to Be Careful, It's My Heart (book 2 in Wishful) and a prequel to Just for This Moment (book 4 in Wishful).

A Wedding in Cornwall & A Christmas in Cornwall

A Wedding in Cornwall: Julianne can't believe it's hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, beginning with a celebrity wedding! But it isn't exactly as she imagined. Her bride-to-be is a snob, the groom is immature, and the staff are scornful. Then there's the handsome, standoffish gardener. With secrets in his past and a scheming bridesmaid, can Julianne untangle her feelings while planning a perfect wedding?

A Christmas in Cornwall: It's Julianne's first Christmas in a Cornish village. Her job as an event planner couldn't be better, and her relationship with Matthew, the handsome horticulturist, continues to blossom...until an old flame appears. Planning a Christmas ball alongside a last-minute wedding brings its own challenges. And when she learns that Matthew's ex-employer in America has invited him back, she wonders what it could mean for their future together.