Releasing December 31st, 2013
become lovers . . .
Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but
he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan
was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything.
He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life.
Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her
disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his
It can lead to disaster or . . .
When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet,
Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake.
Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later
stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends
vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it
again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?
Before she could get her feet in motion Jackson came
into the room with adorable little Izzy in his arms and a stunning, statuesque
blonde at his side.
Abby’s heart caved under a breath-stealing
Her eyes darted from Jackson to the child to . . . yes .
. . the mother.
Dressed in boot-cut jeans and a simple cotton tee, the
woman took casual cool to another level. She wore little makeup and her long
hair fell in loose waves around her shoulders. Her curves were made by God--not
a plastic surgeon--and she looked completely at ease in her
Beside her, Jackson, in his black t-shirt, jeans, and
finger-combed hair, accented her beauty with his masculine good looks. Between
them, Izzy, in her frilly summer frock with her golden curls tied up in a high
ponytail, looked like the perfect combination of her parents.
Together, the three of them resembled the perfect little
Young. Vibrant. Gorgeous.
At that moment Jackson glanced across the room and
caught her eye. His brows pulled together. His lips flattened into an unyielding
His silent message hit home.
She did not belong there.
No shit, Sherlock.
Before disaster roared into Armageddon and she did
something really crazy like cry, she estimated how far it was to the door. She
didn’t care how ridiculous she’d look if she made a run for it. She’d already
been Sweet’s hot topic of the week. There was only so much she could stand.
Seeing Jackson with the mother of his child took her over her
She took a step backward and plowed into a wall by the
name of Reno.
At that moment Jana clapped her hands together. “Can I
have all y’all’s attention?”
While everyone quieted, Reno leaned down and spoke into
Abby’s ear. “Looks like you’re just going to have to stay a while longer. Can’t
hardly bolt in the middle of Mom’s little speech.”
As she turned to tell Reno she intended to do just that,
she caught Jackson’s eye again. Brows pulled tight over those blue eyes, his
shoulders remained stiff--even when Izzy leaned her little golden head against
When Jana cleared her throat, Abby pulled her attention
back to the woman who’d seemingly conned her for the second time. As Jana spoke,
Abby controlled her disappointment and counted the seconds until she could
“I have so much to be grateful for today I feel like it
should be Thanksgiving,” Jana said. “I’m so happy to welcome Reno and Charli
back home. And if y’all haven’t noticed, my future daughter-in-law
is wearing an enormous diamond on her left hand.”
Everyone applauded. Charli obliged by flashing the ring
for all to see while smiling up at the man she obviously
“I made Reno and Charli promise they wouldn’t step foot
in one of those 24-hour wedding chapels in Vegas,” Jana continued. “If they want
tacky, we’ll give it to them right here in Sweet.” She grinned her happiness and
Chester Banks winked at Abby again and she averted her
gaze across the room.
Jackson was looking right back. If there had ever been a
moment in time where she felt more out of place, she couldn’t name it. Even the
moment she’d made the most heartfelt request of her husband and he’d laughed in
her face. Even the following day when she’d come home from her committee meeting
with the Junior League to discover the locks on her home had been changed and
the bombshell waiting for her on the front step.
The note taped to the top of the white box had been
I realize now that the objectives in what we wished
to achieve in this marriage are vastly diverse. Therefore I seek to revoke the
Inside this box are settlement papers and the keys to
a condominium I have purchased in your name. If you choose to contest this
petition for divorce, be aware that you will lose.
Please evacuate the premises at once. If you refuse I
have instructed the hired help to contact the
Abby shuddered at the memory. At the absolute
devastation and humiliation she’d felt when she’d reached down, picked up the
box, and walked back to her car.
What had she done that had been so
All she’d wanted was a baby.
A child to hold in her arms.
To have that love returned—a love she’d never receive
from the man who’d put a ring on her finger and pretended to the world to be a
loving and devoted husband. To him she’d never been more than an
employee—someone to host his parties, wear on his arm, and attend the charity
events that made him look like a man with a heart.
He hadn’t been.
She’d been nothing more than a paid
Mark Rich had discovered her working in the offices of
his newly acquired team. He’d found her pleasant and pliable—someone who could
be molded into what he needed to impress—or at least fit in—with the other
married members of his peers. She’d been educated, trained, and polished to be
Mrs. Mark Rich. But she had never been loved or valued.
About the Author:
was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes
her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as
working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only
one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about
relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one
finds in their own happily ever after.
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