This short story is now available in a longer, more developed novelette for those who sign up for my newsletter. I’ll leave the first few paragraphs here to give you an idea.

It was originally written at reader request, as a thank you to those of you who loved Damien and Jasmine in A Wish Upon Jasmine and wanted to see more of them and their first encounter.


Note that as an author, I really intend this as an extra, to be read after A Wish Upon Jasmine for those of you who want just a little more. (In fact, I’m kind of biting my nails about whether I should make it available at all.) There are good narrative reasons that their first meeting is a memory in the book and not the starting scene. BUT…obviously you are a free citizen. 🙂 Here’s the start…


She sprayed the wish of a scent at the door in retreat, slipping away from the noisy crowd of the gorgeous and glamorous. Cold had kept the terrace empty, and Jess nestled close to one of the patio heaters, looking down at the lights of New York. The wind kept blowing the heater’s warmth away, a harsh reminder of the world that waited for her the second she abandoned this party.

Stupid party. She didn’t know why she’d ever talked herself into believing her friends. Just get out more. Go! Try to meet someone!

Yeah, right. At a perfume launch party? What an idiot she was. She didn’t work that way, in gloss and glitter. She needed quiet. She needed time.

And she was all out of time.

I’m going to be so alone.

Jess closed her eyes. Weight sank from her shoulders to her forearms, heavy against the railing. She looked up, craning her neck for any sign of a star, and slipped her hand into her purse, bringing out the wishing scent she had made that day.

Her thumb rubbed the crystal bottle rhythmically as she brought it to her nose. Bitter almonds for Christmas, the scent of every happy family; vanilla like a mother somewhere baking cookies; jasmine for her father, the star-shaped flower he loved so much he had named her for it. She rubbed the bottle wistfully but couldn’t spot a real star to make a wish on.

Of course not. Whatever star had shone at her birth had turned into a black hole two years ago and was now sucking the last bit of light out of her world. She thrust the bottle back into her pocket.


A man moved into the open glass doors. She braced. Yet another gorgeous guy. In fact, he had to be one of the handsomest men she had ever seen—black-haired, a hard beauty to his face, perfection carved out of stone. Tall and lean and oh-so-elegant, he stopped short at the sight of her already out on the terrace.

The rest of this story is now available for download as part of the 30-page novelette NIGHT WISH for newsletter subscribers. I hope you enjoy!

Copyright Laura Florand, 2015.

  • Pat Fordyce

    Amazing, and perfect! So glad to read this first meeting! Thanks……..

    October 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm
  • The loveliest wishes are those which come true when we least expect them. This was a marvelous scene and warmed my heart as much as Damien’s tux warmed Jess:) Merci Laura for always writing scenes that combine emotions and sensuality in the most beautiful ways.

    October 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm
  • Thank you so much, Laura. That was delicious. Loved the darkness in his “I’m a moneyman.” Now I want to read the book all over agin.

    October 23, 2015 at 1:29 am
  • Debbie

    You write the most beautiful scenes. I can picture every small nuance perfectly. Please keep writing about the Rosiers.

    October 23, 2015 at 2:02 am
  • Sharlene Wegner

    This was a very special first meeting! I love that neither knew who the other was, and that they connected so well.

    October 23, 2015 at 2:33 am
  • Chris

    Lovely… but leaves you wanting more…

    October 23, 2015 at 3:30 am
  • I was there in the scene from the beginning to the end, love your series! and now, I wonder if it is the Damien I remember or not – and yes, of course, we do want the “suite”!

    October 23, 2015 at 5:22 am
  • Mercy and Dale

    Ness and Damien are really special. This vignette captures their magic. Fleshing out th scene instead of leaving us with their charged memories of it was very risky. (Prequels generally disappoint, but not this!) Thank you for this lovely gift.

    October 23, 2015 at 11:15 am
    • I was anxious about sharing it! For exactly the reasons you said. The sad truth is one should not always share everything one has written. 🙂 But I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

      October 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Mercy and Dale

    Spellcheck did us in. That was supposed to be Jess not Ness. We never imagined a romance between a monster and a panther.

    October 23, 2015 at 11:20 am
    • Although that would be quite a story. 🙂

      October 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Mary O'Keefe Kellogg

    The other posters have expessed my sentments, too! Thank you, Laura, for an excellent scene that will have me reading “A Wish Upon Jasmine” again -very soon.
    And thank you, ladies, for your posts!

    October 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  • I’m so glad you all are enjoying this one! Thank you so much for posting to let me know. That makes me really happy. It’s always very motivational to write more when you all take the time to let me know you are enjoying the stories.

    October 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm
  • Mitzi Knight

    I loved it! I have loved all your books, and this was no exception. Waiting for your next book is like being a little kid watching the cookies bake in the oven, you know you have to wait, but you are impatient for them to finish so you can have one. Then when you finally get one you want to gobble it all up, but you force yourself to go slow and draw out the experience. I am feeling like this little kid now impatiently watching the oven ( my email). Thank you for the little nibble to tide me over.

    October 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm
    • Thank you, Mitzi! 🙂 That makes it worth writing!

      October 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm
  • Jamie Glennie

    It is such a pleasant surprise to get a shot story from you. I was correcting 50 science tests and decided to check my e-mail and this short story made my day, Thank-you!

    October 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Jamie Glennie

    I really enjoy the unexpected short stories you send. I was in the middle of correcting 50 science tests and decided to check m e-mail. What a pleasant surprise. Thank-you! You made my day. Will you write any more short stories about Jaime and Dom or about any of the characters from those stories? I miss them!

    October 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm
    • Let’s see, for Jaime and Dom, they show up a lot in two other novels:
      ALL FOR YOU is about Célie, Dom’s chef chocolatière, so you see a lot of them in that book.
      SUN-KISSED is set at their wedding and is about Jaime’s father, so they’re in that one a lot.
      And there’s a short story, “Castles in the Sand”, that currently gets sent out free to those who sign up for my newsletter, that is about Dom and Jaime leading up to their wedding. Dom gets up his courage! I’ll have to make that one available on my website, too, at some point, but I’m not sure when.

      You may have read some or all of those, but if not, those are the ones so far. I have so many stories I want to write about so many characters at this point, that I’m not sure if or when there will be another one that features them. It just really depends on how inspiration strikes. The next one I’m likely to share is about Patrick and Sarah, but I’m not quite ready to send that one out yet.

      I hope the science test grading goes by as painlessly as possible! 50, yikes. 🙂 Grading papers=my least favorite part of teaching.

      October 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm
  • Lovely……can almost “taste” the stars in Jess’ heart.
    Now I must go find the next book. I’ve read some of the “chocolate” books (from the library) and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Don’t remember the character’s names, but loved the chef background. But it’s been a while, maybe time to read them all again.

    You have an absolutely delicious story telling manner. Thank you.

    October 27, 2015 at 7:10 am
  • Kathy blush

    Thank you… just Thank You.

    November 11, 2015 at 11:55 pm
  • charlene

    I am trying to download free story Be Careful What you wish for

    November 15, 2018 at 1:15 am

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