by Diana Gardin
Reed Hopewell is a lot of things to a lot of people . . .
To his parents, he's the son who needs to get serious. To his friends, he's the player they all want to be. And to his fans, he's the hottest rocker in Charleston. But never has Reed been anyone's hero-until the night he finds Hope.
Hope Dawson can count the number of men she trusts on one hand. Definitely not the guys she goes out with or the stepfather who treats her like property. She'd be out of his house tomorrow if not for the need to protect her little sister. But when things at home go from bad to worse, Hope has to act fast-and Reed is the only person she can turn to . . .
As Sam walked away, Reed stepped closer to Hope, like an invisible string pulled him.
“Why what?” she asked, her voice shaking slightly.
“Why are you out here? What does that guy in there think about the fact that you’re outside with me right now?”
Her forehead wrinkled in confusion, which might have been the cutest thing he’d ever witnessed. He watched it in fascination as the wrinkles smoothed out and then appeared again as her thoughts whirred around her head.
“What guy? Why are you out here? You seemed upset when you left. Did I do something?”
Reed, still focused on the facets of her face, missed the question. “I’m sorry, what?”
“I mean…I know we didn’t get a chance to talk the other week, but I wanted to tell you…I appreciate what you did for me. You didn’t have to. You could have kept walking, and then…well, then Tyler probably would have hurt me.” She shook visibly. “So, uh…thank you, Reed.”
His name rolling off of her tongue like pure silk pulled him another involuntary step closer to her. Those hazel eyes held only a hint of green tonight, and they nearly sparkled in the lemony light of the streetlamp. Her lips pursed slightly as she watched him, and he could tell that although she was sincere, she hated the fact that she needed to be thanking him at all.
She was fierce, and he liked it. Oh, he liked that a hell of a lot.
And as he read all of that in her eyes, they suddenly softened, as if she knew what he saw there. And another step brought him closer still, until they were only inches apart.
Diana is the author of the YA novel COLORBLIND, and the NA Contemporary Romance novels OUT OF THE ASHES, SETTLING ASHES, AND WANTING FOREVER. All are available for purchase now. Diana is a Virginia girl living In South Carolina, and her beloved home in the South is the backdrop for all of her novels. She adores writing about Southern girls and boys finding their way in and out of love. She’s married to the love of her life, and they have two fabulous/crazy children under the age of five.
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