Release Date: July 18, 2018
Cover Design: Kari March
She’s ready for love. He has a powerful secret. Could a family betrayal keep them apart forever?
When a full-blown scandal tears Elle Grayson’s family apart, she escapes to a summer on the beach with her best friend…and her friend’s sexy older brother. They knew each other as kids, but can she persuade James to forget the gawky teen of the past to see her for who she is today?
The moment James Campbell sees the beauty Elle has become he wishes he was back home. He does his best to keep his distance knowing that a relationship could bring his dangerous secret to the surface. But when he can’t resist, he loses himself in a forbidden romance that could doom them both.
As their chemistry reaches a boiling point, the truth about their families bubbles to the surface. Will the sins of their parents ruin Elle and James last chance at true love?
What the fuck is wrong with me? Aside from actually assaulting her, it would have been impossible for me to handle that worse than I did.
I got too comfortable, let my guard down. We were having a good conversation, the kind I might have with a friend, and yeah, that led to the dangerous thoughts that always come up around her…I wish she was older, I wish things were different. She was playing with this chain around her neck, the charm falling again and again to that warm cleft between her breasts. And every time it fell, I pictured the same thing—my nose buried there, the smell of her soap heightened by the damp heat of her skin.
But I was good. I was responsible. I shut each of those thoughts down, again and again, hopeful that things could just be normal with her if I did it enough.
And then out of nowhere she was in my lap, and I was hard enough to break nails, my mind so consumed with all the ways I could take advantage of the situation that I could barely form words.
I go for a long run, but I don’t come back feeling calm, or resolved, the way I have before. I feel fucked, because if I stay here I’m going to mess up. At this point it’s almost inevitable. There’s a reason recovering alcoholics avoid bars and gambling addicts avoid Vegas. Same reason I need to be somewhere Elle is not.
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About the Author
Elizabeth O’Roark is a former medical writer who lives in Washington, DC with her three children. She is an avid runner when able to escape the aforementioned children.
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