The Lifeguard, the New Guy, & Frozen Custard
The Lifeguard, the New Guy, & Frozen Custard
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About the Book
Lifeguard Alivia Collins looks forward to another summer on the guard stand at the Serenity Landing Aquatic Center. Still smarting from the spectacular implosion of her last relationship, she knows she’s going to have to work to keep herself from falling hard for fellow guard, CJ Kenton. Not only is he cute, but she discovers he’s nothing like any other guy she’s ever known. Keeping her heart safe proves to be more difficult than she imagined when he continually shows her his tender, gentle side. Will he convince her it’s time to take another chance with love?
Previously titled The Lifeguards, the Swim Team, & Frozen Custard.
Julie “Grammy” Harders
Serenity Landing Aquatic Center (SLAC)
Serenity Landing Community Center (SLCC)
Serenity Landing Comedy Club
2 Cool 4 School
Andy’s Frozen Custard
Serenity Landing Equestrian Center
Grace Community Chapel
Alivia Collins is both a nanny and, during the summer, a lifeguard at the Serenity Landing Aquatic Center. She asks her boss, Josh Wilson, if it will be a problem for her to lifeguard again over the summer. He says it won’t be a problem, as long as she has one day off to watch the kids during Stephanie Wilson’s writer’s group meeting. Alivia, and Alyssa Wilson, explore Alyssa’s new Narnia-themed playroom.
She attends the annual meeting of SLAC employees. Adam and Hoppy give Alivia a hard time. Hoppy is getting ready to move to Kansas City, but needs to recertify as a guard. Heidi, the head of SLAC and Alivia’s friend, introduces Alivia to Clark “CJ” Kenton, a new guard who just moved to the area. Heidi assigns CJ and Adam to Alivia’s group.
After the meeting, CJ talks to Alivia, then Heidi, about being a coach for the Serenity Landing Clipper Ships swim team. Alivia leaves only to find CJ stuck on the side of a park drive. She takes him to the auto parts store, but has to take him with her to the Jamison Manor when Josh calls and needs Alivia to take Alyssa to gymnastics.
At gymnastics, Alivia slips on the bleachers and hurts her shin. CJ drives her and Alyssa back to Jamison Manor. Josh lets him know that CJ’s car has been taken to Yocum Automotive and Josh will pay to have it fixed since it was Josh’s fault CJ wasn’t able to work on it that evening. CJ takes Alivia to urgent care but gets a phone call that means he has to leave. Her leg isn’t broken, just severely bruised, but CJ hasn’t returned and Alivia doesn’t have his number.
A couple humiliating hours later, Alivia finally calls Hoppy who comes to pick her up and takes her back to the Jamison Manor.
The next day, Heidi and Hoppy come to see her. Mrs. Jamison, Josh’s former mother-in-law, makes sure Alivia has what she needs, including ice cream and a cushy seat in the media room. CJ stops by to apologize, but doesn’t go in to many details about where he was.
The next Friday, they all attend the annual swim team parent meeting. Alivia refuses help from CJ and tries to walk from the community center to the nearby aquatic center. CJ pulls up next to her and she finally accepts a ride. He drops her off and goes to get them a snack.
Alivia finishes her paperwork, and they sit next to the newly-filled pool with their Andy’s. CJ tells her about his convoluted family history and that he has custody of his two younger sisters – one his biological half-sister, and her biological half-sister he’s not technically related to.
He kisses her before they leave.
Two weeks later, the pool opens. Alivia, CJ, Cassie Harders, and CJ’s sisters, Morgan and Jade, go to Andy’s for a celebratory snack. The next week is swim team practice. Alivia notices CJ is good with the littler kids, including Jade.
That Saturday, Alivia goes to her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and tells CJ about her relationship with the groom. They skip the receiving line and head for the reception, but leave early when there’s no one there Alivia wants to talk to. They start for dinner but CJ is called home.
The next morning, Josh talks to CJ and offers him both a job and a place to live on his property. CJ thinks it’s charity and is annoyed with Alivia for putting him up to it, though Alivia doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Cassie invites Morgan to her Grammy’s house for Sunday lunch. Her father, Travis Harders, invites the rest of the group. Alivia, CJ, and both sisters join them, but CJ is distant the whole time.
Wednesday, Alivia finally sees CJ again. They end up on break together. She assures him she hadn’t told Josh much and the job offer is legitimate. As she goes off guard duty to supervise the evening guards, a woman passes out going down the slide. Alivia and CJ work together to get her stabilized and find out what’s going on. Paramedics take her away.
Alivia and CJ go back to the Jamison Manor and go for a walk to the smaller house Josh has offered CJ. They talk about wanting a relationship and want to see where it goes. He kisses her again as they stand on the balcony looking over Serenity Lake.