Jase had a life, a job he loved, a fiancée, a future. Until the one thing, he believed he could always win against took the one thing he loved, and he couldn’t do a thing to save her. One fire and Jase’s life had gone up in smoke.
Jase’s life now hangs out of balance. He doesn’t know how to live without the one person he grew up with. He doesn’t want to live without her. He doesn’t want to face another day on his own.
His life spirals out of control and he doesn’t want help. He doesn’t want to live with this guilt he has hanging over his head every day. His control has slipped and he doesn’t know how to get it back. But his friend and colleague, Mark, steps up and takes the brunt of Jase’s anger and frustration. He pushes him to face his demons.
Only time will tell if Jase will return as a firefighter, or whether he will be forever lost in the dark abyss that is now his life.
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And I realized that probably put both of us at a disadvantage. No doubt he had women throwing themselves at him any time he walked off a stage or into a room. Wanting a taste of fame or maybe a name to drop, salivating over this boy simply for who he was. It didn’t help he had to be the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen. But this was different. The staggering need I felt to know him more. Not the boy pinned to Pinterest boards labeling him a sexy, tattooed bad boy. Not the boy splashed across the tabloids with their speculations and judgement. The real man. This man made up of flesh and bone. The man who rushed into an alley in the middle of the night to defend a complete stranger. The man who’d tenderly rocked me in his arms while I’d felt the controlled rage radiating from his body. The one who now stood in my doorway, spinning my mind with how he could both lookso powerful and vulnerable. My insides shook, and I took a step back and widened my door. “Would you like to come in?”A smile crept to his mouth that would be my complete undoing, this tug of full, soft lips framed by his beard. He tilted his head to the side. “You’re awful brave to be inviting a complete stranger into your house.”I lifted my chin and met his gaze. “A complete stranger who put his life on the line. A stranger who stood between me and a gun. You could have died, and I very well might have if it wasn’t for you. Trust comes in a lot of forms, and I’m pretty sure you’ve already earned mine.”
Putting up a front and wearing my steely exterior like a wall of armor is
something that I’ve perfected.
I’ve had to become this way. Everyone that I’ve ever met has treated me like
dirt and thrown me to the side like a piece of trash. So what’s the point in
making an effort just for me to get hurt?
There isn’t… and that’s exactly why I am the way that I am. Protect myself
first… always. My past has taught me that much.
The very people that were meant to love me unconditionally turned their backs
on me when I needed them the most. With their lifestyle and the company they
kept, I shouldn’t have expected anything less.
But… I never expected him to turn his back on me. The one person who made me
feel safe. The only one who ever really cared.
I’ve moved across the country to get as far away as I can… from all of them…
but deep down I know that they aren’t finished with me yet. I know it’s just a
matter of time before they finally catch up to me, and when they do, I just
hope I can make it out alive.
“‘Rookie? She’ll be an expert when I’m done teaching her.” –Dex Moore
Smart guys make the best lovers. We’re curious and want to learn as much as possible, especially when it comes to women. Women are the most fascinating and complicated species on the planet, right? So when we meet a lady who piques our interest, it drives our curiosity to soaring heights. We want to study her. Figure her out.
Lucky SOB that I am, I’ve built a career on this very thing. As a founding partner of Checkmate Inc., a company that’s grown into a multimillion-dollar business, I’m a quasi-celebrity. It’s a role I never expected, and out of all three Checkmate partners I’ve somehow been labeled the jet-setting playboy.
I don’t mind the smokescreen. I can’t commit to a serious relationship while I trot around the globe to oversee our expansion, a venture that could bankrupt Checkmate if I don’t keep my eye on the prize. Besides, the only woman I’d like to study, figure out, and unlock her ear-splitting cry of ecstasy is the one woman I can’t have. And since she’s one of my closest friends and my business partner’s sister, a jet-setting playboy image is the perfect facade to hide my true feelings.
Release date: February 20, 2017
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A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus.
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