Although I had planned to release the second Awakening Society book next, this one was more ready. It was rejected from an e-publisher because they weren’t sure their audience would want to read about a child abuse issue. And that’s fine. I chose a fantastic cover from Viola Estrella, had it edited and formatted, and here it is.

I have to say, I have worked on this book in one form or another for a couple of years, and my hero Matt has gone through a lot of changes over that time. I hope you love him as much as I do.

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When Gina stepped forward and wrapped her arms around him, resting her curly head against his chest, Matt was floored. And humbled. And shamed. She was beautiful, and sweet, and had more friends than he had nails in his garage, and she was wrapped around him like he meant something to her. For the briefest second he wrapped his arms around her and squeezed, then stepped back. Or tried to step back. With his feet already up against the bottom stair, he couldn’t get them untangled fast enough from hers. He felt his weight shift, and knew he wouldn’t be able to keep them upright. Swinging his right arm out to break their fall, he encountered the base post of the banister. Clenching fiercely, his muscles strained as he tried to keep them both vertical.

It was no use. Under their substantial combined weight, the post snapped.

Matt landed on the stairs hard, with Gina clutched to his chest. He didn’t even care that he had fallen. His foremost concern was for her, and her recent injury. So, even though he had stairs digging into his back, and a four inch by four inch post fell over and conked him on the head, he cradled Gina as protectively as he could.

Gina looked up at him in a daze, her left hand clutched in his t-shirt and her right held against her chest. Her eyes were wide with fright and her hair wild. Their legs had gotten tangled, and her right leg was over his lap. Looking down, it was easy enough to imagine another, more intimate situation, and in spite of the crazy circumstance, his body responded. Even as he tried to ignore the tempting picture she made, his dick hardened.

“Uh, wow,” she laughed. She tried to adjust her leg, and Matt knew the exact second she noticed his erection. All movement stopped, and a pink tinge colored her cheeks, but she looked up with a smile, which surprised him. “We, uh, need to quit meeting like this. Really.” She pressed a quick, hard kiss to his chin before she scrambled off his lap.

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Not for readers under 18. Contains strong language and adult sexual situations.

Matt Calvin has watched Gina Carruthers sway up and down the doctor’s office hallway once a month for four long years. It’s time to do something about this fascination he has with her. He knows he’s not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, and put himself out of his misery once and for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when fantasy crashes and burns into reality, Gina pays the price.

Gina doesn’t blame Matt for her injury, but she is appreciative when he steps into her crazy life to help out. Proximity fires the sudden attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy carpenter for this long. Tattooed and intimidating, he’s not the type she’s normally drawn to, but something about him tugs at her heartstrings.

When a dire situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held emotions. Though his heart aches, Matt walks away, both for Gina’s safety and his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him love can heal any heartache.

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