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Cover of romcom novella Second Fiddle by Meg Chronis

“Exactly how grateful would you be if I took care of your baboon problem?”

Intern Sophie James is one weekend and one glamorous African safari wedding away from becoming a permanent member of the Star Weddings team. All she needs to do is not mess up.

But booking a wedding string quartet that turns up minus a first violinist would definitely count as messing up. She could fill in herself; after all, she knows her way around a violin. Except a dream-destroying mistake a long time ago saw her pack away her instrument forever, and the thought of playing again is almost as harrowing as the thought of slinking back to her parents’ house after yet another career sunk in a sea of failure.

It’s a good thing then that Sophie finds herself in the right place at the right time to rescue the delectable—and heaven-sent—violinist Nate Holt from a baboon that’s holding him captive in his game lodge shower. Now she has all the leverage she needs to convince him to fill in at the wedding in the bush.

Which is problem solved. Or so Sophie thinks. Because it turns out that problems, like baboons, are seldom solitary. As Sophie rushes to put out one career-ending fire after another, there’s another fire sparking into life between her and Nate. But there’s something Nate isn’t telling her. Something Sophie really should have noticed, if she hadn’t been so wrapped up in her own insecurities.

Once she finds out the truth about him, will she turn and run, letting her painful past continue to dictate her life? Or will she take Nate’s hand and confront what happened all those years ago, so she can finally grab hold of a future she didn’t even know she wanted?

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