Vivian Fitzpatrick is a big dreams girl stuck in a small town.
She likes her job, and she adores her friends, but there’s a tiny part of her that still wants adventure. Wants all the unfulfilled dreams to come true. She still wants to base jump and skydive and do everything her ex-boyfriend said she was too chicken-shit to do.
Which is probably how she ends up moonlighting for a phone sex line.
Matteo Soto is just trying to figure out how to live again.
A bomb in Iraq left half his unit dead, and Matteo broken. He puts on a good act--the rookie at RCPD, taking care of his dead best friend’s family. But it feels too much like going through the motions, too much like marking time.
He needs a reason to get up in the morning.
She needs to feel alive.
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He’s got Daisy with him when he approaches me in the park. I grin, reaching down to pet her because she’s not working right now and her eyes are so bright and happy that I can’t not.
“Thought you were gonna call me,” I say, fondling her ears and pointedly not looking at him.
“It’s such a pretty day,” he says, “Thought we could do this in person. Less miscommunication that way.”
I flick my hair out of my eyes and straighten, smirking at him. “What on earth could we possibly miscommunicate?”
He grins and lets his gaze skate over me. I didn’t dress up, just slid on some worn shorts and a tank top.
“You want me,” he says without missing a beat.
I arch an eyebrow. “I don’t want a relationship,” I say, point blank, because I don’t. I’ve spent too many years in a relationship and I’m not ready to go back to that. I’ve liked the freedom of not being tied to one person, to having my empty house and no one to judge me for leaving my books in a messy pile by the couch.
I want to fuck Matteo, have wanted that since he walked into my call room behind Miguel weeks ago, but I have no desire to put myself into another relationship.
He shifts closer, hands braced on my hips. His mouth is damn close to mine, hovering just a little as he says, “I didn’t say you did. I said you want me.”
“So...” He licks his lips, the flick of his tongue making me want to press forward into him, lick him open. “Sex. No strings, just friends, scratching an itch.”
I blink at him. I didn’t expect that. I expected an argument, a you deserve better than this and you want a relationship or this is unhealthy.
I make a face, dismissing Jax and my mother’s voice. “No strings?”
“No strings,” he says, his voice slick and smokey, full of promise.
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Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to.
And I don’t want to.
It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…
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In a small town, rumor is everything…
Life came easy to him.
Town playboy Aidric Jones has it all: money, women, a life without responsibility. Until his house burns down and a daughter he doesn't know lands on his doorstep. No one expects him to step up, to grow up, but he finds disappointment is different when someone is counting on him.
And everyone is whispering…
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks everyone knew Olivia Buckley was going to end up pregnant and stuck in River City with a deadbeat boyfriend. Now she’s a single mom working for her parent’s construction company, unable to escape a reputation she hates. She’s fighting like hell to make a life for herself and her son, to prove everyone wrong.
They’re two people with nothing in common except a falling down house, two angry kids, and a town full of rumors--but maybe that’s enough
They’ll give them something to talk about…
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Meet The Author: Nazarea Andrews
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.
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