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After suffering a terrible loss Caroline closed herself off to any more heartache. Haunted by the memory of love lost, she wonders if her heart can ever heal or if she will be alone forever. When her grandmother passes away Caroline reluctantly travels to a nearby town to help her family settle the estate and encounters a charming and irresistibly sexy man from her past.
Following his brother’s untimely death Luke has made it a point to live in the here and now. But he’s never been able to forget the beautiful blonde he met years ago. When she reappears unexpectedly he makes it his mission to win her over. Convincing her she belongs with him won’t be an easy task, especially when she tries to deny their connection.
When their lives intersect in a wave of attraction, denial, and desperation, will the desire for love be enough to awaken their broken hearts, or will the guilt and grief of the past stand in the way of their budding future together?
“That’s my driveway you’re standing in,” said a deep southern drawl. I stepped back to see a man in a big black four door truck.
“Oh, gosh, I’m sorry,” I said, taking a more few steps back so he could turn in.
I was waiting for him to head further down the road when he stopped the truck in my path and got out. He was tall, well over six feet. His eyes were hidden by a pair of sun glasses, but I recognized him instantly.
“I’m just going to check the mail,” he said. “What’re you doing out here anyway?” As he opened the mailbox and reached in to retrieve his mail, I
noticed the way the muscles in his arms flexed.
“I was just out for a run,” I said waiting for him to recognize me.
He looked over at me and stopped abruptly, as if seeing me for the first time. He lifted the sunglasses off his face and stared at me wordlessly. His dark green eyes held me motionless. He walked a couple of steps towards me raising his hand to touch my cheek.
Sparks flew, and I inhaled sharply.
“Caroline,” he said hesitantly, and then dropped his hand, searching my eyes.
My skin was burning where he touched it, but I managed to nod slowly.
He didn’t say anything for a moment, almost as if he wasn’t sure what to do next.
“I heard about your grandmother. My condolences for your loss.”
“Thank you,” I said, looking down.
I felt a bead of sweat run between my breasts and suddenly realized how I must look.
“You are so damn beautiful.” He smiled brilliantly, and my God his lips looked kissable. I tried not to think about how they would feel on me, and realized I was staring at them. God, my hormones were raging! I quickly cleared my throat, and tried to steer the conversation in another direction.
“Since when do you have anything nice to say to me?”
“Caroline, come on. We were such good friends once. I know I didn’t treat you well for a long time, but I never stopped caring about you.”
“I don’t want to rehash the past Luke.”
“Caroline, I lost you and Mark in the same day, and it broke my heart. I wondered how you were, how you were coping. I thought about calling you a million times, but I never knew what to say. Since then, I’ve been trying to get my life back on track, live in the moment and not dwell on the things I can’t change, but you being here…… it’s like a second chance.”
I shook my head at him.
“I haven’t moved on Luke. I still miss Mark every day, and I haven’t forgotten how you treated me all those years.”
He looked at me sympathetically. “I apologized for all that already. And I miss him too, you know.”
“You used to stare at me like you couldn’t stop looking, and then you would barely speak more than a word to me when I tried to talk to you. You accosted me in hallways, kissed me, screamed at me, disappeared. That’s not something I can just forget, apology or not.”
His green eyes simmered as his eyes narrowed.
“How was I supposed to act when the one thing I wanted most wasn’t mine to have?”
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She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship–why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready–and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their
relationship to an inevitable turning point.
We meandered to the backyard, which was on the inter-coastal, champagne flutes in our hands. Although I knew it was a joke, I couldn’t help it. I kept admiring the ring on my finger, pretending it was really my engagement ring. I expected Eric or Jaye to fess up and admit to Eric’s family that our engagement was a joke, but they didn’t. They just kept letting Eric’s family think we were really engaged. Lois kept on beaming, tossing out questions about our engagement. She wanted details. Jaye ended up answering almost all of them for me. After all, if not for Jaye, this “engagement” would not be happening.
“So… when did this happen?” Lois asked.
“Tonight, Mom,” Jaye answered quickly. “Would you believe it happened right before we came over?”
“Really? Wow. Were you expecting it, Hilary?”
“No,” I honestly replied. “It came out of left field.”
“Oh, I love a surprise engagement,” Lois beamed.
“Yeah, it was a surprise all right. Hilary wasn’t the only one that was caught off guard,” Jaye clarified as I tried to keep a straight face.
“How did Marc propose? Did he get down on one knee? Irvin didn’t, and I was so disappointed.”
“Don’t feel bad, Mom, Marc didn’t get down on one knee either. But I think he did get weak in the knees.” Jaye added, “But you asked how he proposed. Let’s just say… I don’t think he planned for it.”
Lois smiled and took a delicate sip of her drink. I still had a stupid smile plastered on my face. I was having a blast. Well, I was until I glanced over and saw the pained look in Marc’s eyes, which was growing more noticeable with every additional comment out of Jaye’s mouth.
He was trying so hard to be a good sport. I could see it was getting increasingly difficult for him to let this charade continue. As he got agitated, so did I. In an instant, the joke stopped being funny. It was sad and hurtful. No matter how hard I pretended, Jaye’s proposal wasn’t real, nor was it going to
magically become so. Instead, it started to become crystal clear to me, while looking at Marc’s troubled face, that he had no intention of proposing to me now—or, I feared, ever. Would I be okay always just being his girlfriend?
It’s amazing how devastating disappointment can be, especially when it’s over something that you didn’t really expect to occur in the first place, if you are truly honest with yourself…
Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She is currently the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and lives on Long Island.
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Nacole Stayton is the Bestselling author of The Upside of Letting Go, as well as other new adult and contemporary romance titles, including A Graceful Mess, In the Lyrics and Savaged. She is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State where she spends her days working and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life, like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Vampire Diaries.
The twist of a knife shredded Niko Kincaid’s world all around him, leaving him with two choices—accept his fate and die, or fight to live.
He chose to fight, but the aftermath became a daily reminder, carved into his once flawless flesh.
Despite years of self-imposed solitude, Niko hungers for companionship and suffers from an aching loneliness that the darkness cannot satisfy. He temporarily soothes his pain with women, hired women, whose only purpose is to service him. Easy.
He didn’t expect a complication like Cambree Evans, but desperation corrupts even the most innocent.
When emotions blend with lust, will Cambree’s softness and ability to look past Niko’s flaws be the one thing that releases him from his own personal hell?
Will the monster in the dark prove that his savaged heart is worth saving?
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Books in this Anthology:
Sarah Robinson – Tainted Bodies (The Photographer Trilogy)
Alyson Raynes – Deception (The Fixer Series)
Kim Black – Discovered (The Cover Series)
Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark Series)
Chelle Bliss – Throttle Me (Men of Inked Series)
LP Dover – Meant for Me (Second Chances Standalone Series)
Aleatha Romig – Consequences (Consequences Series)
TK Leigh – A Beautiful Mess (Beautiful Mess Series)
Brooke Cumberland – The Intern (The Intern Serials)
Clarissa Wild – Fierce (Fierce Series)
Missy Johnson – Desire (Desire Series)
Roxy Sloane – Seduction (The Seduction Series)