I can’t believe it’s June already! Even more shocking? It’s the one year anniversary for Rafe and Juliet, the hero and heroine in my debut novel EVERY DEEP DESIRE! So this month I’m helping Rafe celebrate their First Anniversary here on the blog with a surprise party!

Rafe Montfort ~ “I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was released from prison and returned home to the Isle of Grace. I’d been gone for eight long years, and Juliet had divorced me for good reason. But after a long, hard fight, and with the help of my buddies (I’m looking at you Nate Walker, Pete White Horse, Calum Prioleau, and Detective Garza!), we we able to take down my enemies and win back my wife.

Actually, I think it was more about her forgiving me than my winning her back. Either way, we remarried and now it’s our first anniversary. So, again with the help of my buddies, I’ve decided to surprise her with a party at Boudreaux’s. Boudreaux’s is the restaurant deep in the marshy forest, along the river, on the Isle of Grace. It’s where we had our first and second wedding receptions and it’s so isolated and private, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never find it.

Since it’s a private party for us and those we love, it’s a perfect spot. It has an outdoor kitchen and dance floor, a Cajun band, and local food, both grown and caught. All beneath a canopy of ancient oaks draped with Spanish moss and tiny white lights. I’ve invited our friends and family: Kells Torridan’s men (all ex-Green Berets), Calum and Garza, my father and brother, and our neighbors (except for the Marigny brothers since they’re probably poaching on Juliet’s land).

I picked up Juliet at work in downtown Savannah, with flowers, and drove her out here. As soon as I opened the car door, everyone cheered. Juliet was so surprised, she started to cry. But Calum saved the day when he appeared with the cocktail he’d made just for her: Firefly Raspberry Lemonade. A combination of raspberry lemonade and locally-made sweet tea vodka.

I could’ve planned a private celebration for us, but since our new life together would never have happened without our friends and family, I felt it fitting that we enjoy this day together. And from Juliet’s laughter coming from the dance floor, I know I made the right choice. Now I’m drinking with my buddies, watching my wife dance with her girlfriends, and I couldn’t be happier. The very fact that I’m here and not still in prison is a miracle. A miracle I want to celebrate with everyone I love.”

Firefly Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail

The Firefly distillery in Charleston SC makes the best sweet tea vodka I've ever had. All of their ingredients are grown on their farm on Wadmalaw Island. The ingredients are that fresh!

Course Drinks
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 110 kcal


  • 2 ounces Firefly Sweet Tea flavored Vodka
  • 2 ounces Raspberry Lemonade
  • 1 lemon slice for garnish
  • 1 sprig Mint leaves for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker 1/2 filled with ice, mix the vodka and lemonade and shake well. Strain the cocktail into a glass and garnish with a lemon slice and mint sprig.

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