After a devastating loss, Anna Johnston has finally gotten the pieces of her life to fit back together and has created a comfortable pattern for her and her son, Roman. Trying to protect both of their hearts, Anna has given up on dating accepting that she will never completely heal from losing Roman’s father.
Noah Evans just got out of a relationship based on lies and isn’t looking for anything permanent. New to town, he and his friend and business partner are focused on finishing their new remodel and making money. One boys’ night out introduces him to Anna and all of that changes. Noah wants something real; a place to call home.
He might be pushy, but Noah is determined to get what he wants. Just as Anna and Noah start to come together, someone from the past comes back to cause trouble.
Can Noah convince Anna to take a chance on him and break free from the pain of her memories? Will Anna look past what she cannot change to see a future that includes Noah?
**Due to graphic sex scenes 18+ please
“I’m real glad I met you tonight, Anna. I’m looking forward to our date Tuesday night. I normally work late on the last day of demo so I can take my time and make sure everything that needs attention gets it. But knowing I’ll see you, well, that’s plenty of incentive to cut out early.” His words took me by complete surprise. The double meaning dripped from them. I know I had not given any signals that this was a date. Hell, he knew about Roman! Why didn’t that drive him off like every other man? I do not have the time or desire to worry about a man, no matter how good it felt when he touched me.
I stared down at my shoes, afraid that if I looked him in the eye I would change my mind, “I had a nice time tonight, Noah, but I’m sorry if you thought Tuesday was a date. I don’t do that, date I mean. I don’t have time. There’s the store, not to mention, Roman? There’s too much going on to add a man into my life.” Why was I rambling? I don’t trip over my words; I make things plain and simple. I make the rules, and rule number one is no dating.
“Anna,” My head popped up, and I locked eyes with him, “it’s a date. I am attracted to the woman I met tonight. I want to get to know her and see how this goes. We’re going to have a good time and eat some first-rate food. You can tell yourself it’s not a date all you want, if that makes you feel better, but it’s a date. I get where you’re coming from, you’ve got a lot going on, but I’m stubborn when I want something.” His words should have upset me. I should tell him to forget about dinner, and Christine and Craig could just go out, but none of that happened. Nope, I just stood there, with my jaw hanging open as he brushed his lips against my cheek and whispered against my skin, “See you soon.” I was still standing there, staring at the door a full minute after he was out of sight.
Rachel Caid lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She is a self-proclaimed coffee addict with no plans on recovery and an avid reader of all types of romance. Her day job is very black and white, so she enjoys being able to lose herself in the colorful world on novels; whether it’s reading or writing them.
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