Chapter 1

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A/N: Dear readers, Lisa's story is finally here! **I'm so excited** :D This book is a stand-alone, and book 2 in the New Beginnings Series. Hope you enjoy it! ❤


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I ignore the bell ringing as I gulp another shot of tequila. The burning sensation in my throat, both familiar and comforting, is able to fill the little void in my heart and to silence the voice in my mind telling me how stupid I am for thinking I would ever find love in the comfort of Greg's arms. Or any other man, for the matter.

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What is it that my mom always says? Men will always find a way to break your heart, intentionally or not. And damn, isn't she right? I scoff as I suck on a lemon wedge.

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Jeez, can't they see we're closed?

"We're closed!" I groan, my head spinning so hard I'm afraid I might throw up if I move. I knew better than indulging in tequila after a workday, but God knows I really needed it after the day I had today.

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Jesus H. Christ! I stand up and take a deep breath before walking down the stairs that lead to Sweet Spot, the coffee shop I proudly turned into the cutest bakery in town.

As I look around, I still can't believe how much my life has changed in the last couple of years. If you had told me I'd leave my boring but steady office job to become a baker, I'd laugh so hard at your face you'd think I'm a hyena. Have you realized how they always seem to be laughing?

Yeah, I'm definitely drunk.

Anyway, thanks to the best friend in the world and her amazing husband's and mom's support, I finally got to do something I've always loved but was never brave enough to get, and the best part: I'm living just five minutes away from my favorite couple.

Yeah, I desperately needed to start over and make some sense of my life, so being near them and far from the mistakes I made was the best thing I've ever done.

Now, if only my heart got the memo once and for all...

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"Okay! Okay!" I hurry to the entrance of the shop.

"Dude, where is the fire?" I open the door and ask myself how drunk I really am. Why is there a hot guy knocking on my door?

"Oh! Thank God! Please tell me you guys still have some triple chocolate cupcakes? I'll double pay you for a dozen of them!" Hot guy says, and I can't help but give him a once over.

He's the opposite of what I've ever found attractive in a man, yet something in his amber eyes draws me to him the moment our gazes meet. He has a carefree aura with his five o'clock shadow and longish dirty blond hair tied up in one of those fashionable man-buns.

He's wearing a pair of black leather converse, washed jeans, and a black button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. His broad shoulders and muscular chest and arms tell me he clearly works out, and something in his posture exudes confidence and virility.

It takes me a moment to process my feelings. It's been quite some time since I last felt any sort of interest in men, and it throws me off for a second. What is wrong with me today? Yeah, he might be attractive, but he's still a guy at the end of the day.

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