Delayed by Jessica Jayne

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SKU 978-0-3695-0820-1

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Dog Tired Brewery, 1

From negative six degrees to scorching…

As head of distribution for his (and his partners’) hobby turned multi-million dollar Orlando-based brewery business, Rex Bancroft travels all the time. No time for a relationship. Nor does he want one. Just one broken heart and now he plays the field and plays it often. But something about the brunette at the Grand Rapids airport ticket counter has him in a tailspin.

A trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan in February is nothing Florida born and bred Anna Montgomery expects. Career focused, the frigid business trip may assist Anna with the next rung up the corporate ladder, but she longs to get back to the warmer climate ASAP so she can feel her toes again.

Mother Nature has other plans. A snowstorm delays their flight, leaving them stranded in wintry Michigan. Will their time together ignite more than one night?


She smiled tightly at Anna. A few minutes later, the agent pushed the printed boarding pass and Anna’s ID across the counter. “Safe travels.”

Anna bit her lip. Safe travels. Ha! How about just “travels”?

She needed to be more optimistic. The flight wasn’t cancelled … yet.

Boarding ticket in hand, she’d head to the security line and then her gate, where she’d wait and flip through her Instagram feed until her plane arrived. Turning on her heels, she bumped face first into a wall of solid muscle. A clean, outdoorsy scent swathed her and immediately made her lightheaded. She stared for a moment at a tan quilted vest jacket lying unzipped over a hard chest, exposing planes of chiseled muscle under the navy-blue long sleeve t-shirt that read Dog Tired Brewery in white script. The picture of a dog lying on its side asleep with its tongue hanging out completed the logo—one she recognized, as they made her favorite seasonal stout.

She clutched his t-shirt, trying to keep her balance. His hard abs flexed under her hands. Heat radiated from him and warmed her frozen fingers, which had been numb for the last several hours.

Lifting her head, her breath caught when her gaze fell on an angular jaw, full lips, and beautiful green eyes. He gripped her arms firmly above the elbows to keep her from falling backward. His warmth seeped through the arms of her peacoat.

“Shit! Are you all right?” His deep, rich voice washed over her.

Heat rushed her cheeks and her body churned with a warmth she’d been missing ever since stepping off the plane in Michigan.

“Uh. Yeah! I… I’m fine.” Yikes. Her hands were plastered against his ripped abdomen. She let them slide down. It wasn’t just the impact of running into him that knocked her off balance. He was the most beautiful creature she’d laid eyes on.

“Are you sure?” The intensity of his stare almost melted her into a puddle at his feet. His eyes, irises flecked with gold, narrowed. “You hit me pretty hard.”

“Yes. I’m so sorry. Sorry for running into you.” She gained control over her wavering voice and unsteady legs.

He released her arms and stepped back.

“I should have been watching where I was going.”

His powerful gaze trailed down her without shame and a warmth followed as if he caressed her bare skin. Her cheeks had never been so on fire.

“No need to apologize.” He grinned. “I’d say it’s my lucky day.” His eyes twinkled.

This stranger was flirting with her.

She cleared her throat. It’s not that men didn’t flirt with her. They did. It was a hazard in her line of business. Insurance was a man’s world, for the most part. She shrugged off the flirtatious advances from the men she worked with. Mixing business with pleasure was a no-no. But this guy … she’d mix just about anything with him. If she were that kind of girl.

“If by lucky, you mean this flight is going to leave on time, then you’re fresh out of luck.” She frowned. “The plane is late coming in, and we’re already on a delay, which I fear will be infinite.” She pointed toward the windows that revealed grey clouds ready to burst with a trillion different snowflakes.

“Blasted!” The deep baritone of his voice sent her hormones into overdrive, but his choice of words made her think of Mike Meyers in an Austin Powers movie, and she couldn’t help but giggle. “What’s so funny?” Though he tried to look offended by her laughter, the smirk on his lips told her he was not.

“Nothing.” Bubbles of laughter still escaped her.

“Well, it seems like something is funny since you keep bursting out in fits of giggles, apparently at my expense.” He ran a hand through his dirty blonde, spiky hair, causing it to stand on end even more.

“Fit of giggles. I’m sorry.” She drew her lips into a thin line to prevent her laughter, but she wasn’t successful and a round of snickers erupted.

“Quit apologizing.” A breathtaking smile appeared, showing off beautiful, straight teeth with a slight gap between his two front teeth. “You must be Catholic or something.”

“Recovering Catholic, actually.” She laughed and gave up on tamping down her mirth. This guy made her smile. His voice. His quick wit. His looks. Good God—his looks. If she were going to be stuck in the airport for any length of time, she might have hit the jackpot.


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Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 24 ratings)
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why wait on fate
Written by Queen O on 31st Oct 2023

Anna is a buisness save marketing assistant who is trying everything she can to make her life better. Rex is a co owner of a brewary just trying to take things day my day until he sees anna at the airport. He must have her not knowing that shes everything he needs. Will the delayed flight be just what it takes or is there life to hectic for each other.

Rex and Anna
Written by Kwallywoman on 4th Jul 2023

Anna was working so hard to get up the corporate ladder. She didn't want to have to worry about money. Little did she know that a chance meeting with Rex in the Grand Rapids airport would make life different. This a good read. Also, very true to life.

Strangers in the Night!
Written by MelS on 4th Jul 2023

Rex and Anna are stuck in an airport by weather conditions. Once they get back home to Florida, they realize they only live 45 minutes away. Will Anna decide Rex or her upcoming promotion is more important? Very sweet intense book. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a short romance with some heat.

A Sweet Romance
Written by ljamison01 on 4th Jul 2023

Rex and Anna met at the airport in Michigan. Due to the weather they flight was delayed. They spent the night together and although Anna felt it was a one night stand Rex thought it could be the start of something good. For the next few months Rex and Anna commute back in forth between Orlando and Tampa plus all the additional travel Rex had for his job. Can these two ambitious career driven people find a way to have a healthy relationship with their demanding careers? This was such a great, sweet story. Loved the plot, loved the characters. It was a very quick page turning read.

Written by Nate on 4th Jul 2023

I enjoyed Rex and Anna’s book. It was an intriguing, quick read. And am voluntarily leaving my review.

Written by Stacii on 4th Jul 2023

Rex and Anna’s story has them meeting and having a mile high since stranded at the airport due to inclement weather. But they decide to have a long distance relationship. Will these two get their hea together a good drama filled emotional story

Great Book
Written by Danee on 4th Jul 2023

A wonderful story, a bit about opposites Rex and Anna are that of each other. When they meet at the airport where they are both stranded, the chemistry and attraction is so intense that after a while they decide to spend the night. After that, Rex wants to keep in touch and keep seeing each other, but because they live far apart, Anna thinks it has no chance of success. When things go wrong after a while and she misses out on a promotion, Rex is blamed. Will Anna be able to make up for her mistake of blaming Rex first? This was a great book to read.

Written by amy b on 4th Jul 2023

Rex & Anna These two meet at an airport when they get stranded. Things start to heat up. These two really hit it off and so much more happens between them.

Great Series Starter
Written by tburbr on 4th Jul 2023

This was a great start to a new series. The character work and story line were well written and kept me coming back for more. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Short Story
Written by Jeanne R on 4th Jul 2023

This is the first book I've read written by Jessica Jayne; I can’t wait to read more of her books. This is the first book in the Dog Tired Brewery Series; it is a stand-alone short story. The story is about Anna & Rex; they are stranded together at the airport. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

Written by Mary on 4th Jul 2023

"Delayed" is about Rex and Anna. She runs into him while stranded at an airport. They have strong and crazy chemistry and decide to share a night together. He has been burned before but cannot deny there is more with her. She on the other hand has doubts because they live to far apart. The is a really good story with some witty dialogue, steamy goodness and sweet touching moments. I love the characters!!!

Written by Kim W on 4th Jul 2023

Delayed by Jessica Jayne is a good, and enjoyable quick spicy sweet romance read. The story has a great entertaining story line, and the story is a well written read. The characters are great, well developed, and they have great crazy chemistry. This is Rex and Anna's story. This story is a very entertaining quick sweet romance read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Sweet romance!
Written by Kimmijane on 4th Jul 2023

This is a good story! I love how they met and how Rex pursued her. The story had a nice flow and good character development.

Really good!
Written by Ash J on 4th Jul 2023

I really enjoyed this read about a one-night stand that turns into something more. Rex was so nice, sweet, and forgiving for a reformed play boy. This was a steamy story with a really good plot line. I can't wait for more stories in this series.

Quick Read, Quick Heat
Written by creative.wilson on 4th Jul 2023

Delayed was about two strangers who meet in an airport during a weather delay and decide to have a tryst. They develop feelings for one another and a HEA is around the corner. This is a spicy book and was a very quick read. Since the timeline was so quick, it was a little hard to believe, but if you believe in love at first sight, this book is up your alley. I would recommend it to anyone who likes HEAs, some spice, and a book to read in one sitting.

Rex and Anna's love story
Written by INNCTX12 on 4th Jul 2023

Anna and Rex are stuck in Michigan because of a snow storm. So when they both agree to one night together he knows he can't let her go because he has stronger feeling then he's ever had for anyone. Can he convince her to give them a chance? Anna had her goals in life and find love wasn't one of them. But now that Rex has convinced her to give them a chance, and everything is falling apart will she see the good and fight for her goals and him? You will definitely cheer them on to forever.

a quick read but worth it
Written by Slvrdlphn on 4th Jul 2023

I don't know if I am just a fast reader or if the story was short but one thing I am sure of is that I enjoyed every moment I spent devouring the words of this story. Mother Nature intervenes and allows Rex and Anna the opportunity to connect and fall in love. I only wish these things happened more in real life.

Short and sweet start to the series
Written by mibookobsession on 4th Jul 2023

Just one broken heart had Rex Bancroft swear off relationships for good. He's perfected his technique to pick up his latest hookup and is standing in just the right place for the cute brunette to "accidentally" stumble into him at the airport. A winter storm has them both stranded in icy Michigan and a one night stand seems the perfect distraction. Warm blooded Floridian Anna Montgomery doesn't usually do flings, but there's something about this enigmatic stranger that draws her in. And after one night, she's not ready to let him go. I liked this short and sweet novella written about my home state. Grand Rapids has become beer city for its many indie breweries and I enjoyed reading about Rex being the distributor for his brewery he runs with his best friends. I look forward to the other books in the series.

Loved it!
Written by Love my books! on 4th Jul 2023

I loved everything about this story! The premise was fresh, the characters were developed and well written, and there was just the right amount of steam. Overall it was also well edited. I loved the secondary characters, and can't wait for the sister's book!

Great story
Written by poll on 9th Jun 2023

Short and spicy romance. Anna and Rex meet when their flight is delayed. The insta heat between them forces Anna to go against her moral code and give in to a possible dream of a one night stand. However, that one night becomes more! Great characters and setting. A wishful thinking read for every flight delay you suffer!

One Night too Forever
Written by Nikki R on 9th Jun 2023

Rex meets Anna when they are stranded at an airport. They have crazy chemistry and decide to spend the night together. Their connection is so passionate that Rex wants to continuing seeing each other. Anna has concerns because they live in different cities and they are busy with work. Anna likes to plan every aspect of her life. Rex convinced her that they can make a relationship work and it does. Anna is overlooked for a promotion and she blames Rex. She feel like he distracted her. After they communicate she realizes that she was wrong to blame Rex. Great book about bumping into your perfect person when you least expect it. Sometimes the best things in life are not planned.

Cute & easy read <3
Written by books.tings on 18th May 2023

4/5 stars!! Great novella! Super quick and easy to read with compelling characters and such an adorable meet cute. It's literally like reading my dreams of having an airport romance. Rex has had his heart closed off since his ex but as soon as he sees Anna while stranded in an airport due to the weather, something changes and he just has to know her. Anna is a very work-oriented person and strives on making plans but after getting to know each other, she can't help but wish for more. They're both so instantly captivated by each other, it's adorable and honestly I believe everyone deserves a Rex (he gives golden retriever energy). I will say though that I couldn't give it a 5 because Anna kind of got on my nerves a few times but I still enjoyed this. This is a first for me from this author and I highly recommend if you need a light and fluffy (level 2 spice) palette cleanser!! Thank you for this ARC, this is my honest review <3

Really good-quick read--Loved this one--Can&#039;t wait to see what is next in the series
Written by Andrea R on 18th May 2023

This is a great spicy read. It is a short & fast read and although short it delivered the story just like it was a regular novel length. It didn't leave alot to the imagination as the story evolved that is for sure--very good read--can't wait to see where the series goes next.

Written by JustMe83 on 18th May 2023

Very good! Loved their banter when they meet and that their jabbing. They instantly had amazing chemistry. I so wish she hadn't fought it for as long as she did but of course then there wouldn't have been a book, lol. Very good though!