by Alicia Rae
Raelyn Jennings has survived the unthinkable. She’s been given a second chance to live, to breathe, to feel. Her ability to overcome such a traumatic hurdle has created armor around her heart. But beyond her shield is fear, a consuming deep one, of the unknown. Raelyn vows to herself that she’ll solely focus on the one constant in her life, her career as the CEO for a prestigious accounting firm.
Damien Heathman’s unrelenting determination has made him a powerful, respected man. He’s sexy and confident and utterly breathtaking. His dominance and strength is evident in every purposeful stride, every meaningful look, and every soft caress.
Raelyn has worked with Damien’s company, Heathman Enterprises, for many years, but they’ve never crossed paths—until now.
Damien’s presence fills a room. He steals Raelyn’s breath and sparks her broken heart back to life. Once Damien sets eyes on Raelyn, there is no turning back. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Not even the dark secrets hidden behind his tattoos will stand in his way.
The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is palpable.
Can Damien convince Raelyn that he is worth the risk? Or will Raelyn allow her past to control her future, feeling the chance of another heartache is too great to bear?
Holy hell, I thought as I gave Damien a shell-shocked expression. “What was that?” I breathed, struggling to make each word leave my mouth.
“A mindfuck into my past.” Damien’s chest deflated as he pulled me into his arms and nuzzled his nose into my neck.
I linked my arms around his center, pressed my cheek to his sternum, and tightly held him as silence descended over us. There were too many feelings running rampantly through my mind to process.
Minutes passed before he spoke in a broken voice, “I keep waiting for you to run away from me.” He constricted his arms, fiercely hugging me. “And I’m so fucking scared that you will. But I can’t say that I’ll blame you when you finally do.”
“You’re wrong,” I replied. It wasn’t until then when I realized I had been shaking.
“I hope so.” Damien released a long breath as he began to sway from left to right, taking me with him.
“What are you doing?” I asked with a soft smile as he continued to move us in a small circle.
“I believe I owe you a dance.” He guided me away from his body and twirled me under his arm before bringing me close again.
“But there’s no music out here,” I teased with a smile as he kissed my cheek.
“I don’t need music, Raelyn.” He pressed his lips to the top of my head. “I just need you.”
So, I let him lead me around the top of the balcony, beneath the stars, where it was just him and me and the evening sky. Even though it felt as if we had the weight of the world on our shoulders and everything was against us, he was all I needed, too.
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
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