Author: Nicole Blanchard
Series: First to Fight #2
Publisher: Bolero Books LLC
Release Date: January 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
More Info: Goodreads
I thought it was forever.
I knew it would be hard. Deployments, danger, separation. I thought distance would be our biggest obstacle.
And I would rather he hate me than learn the truth.
But my lies were about to be aired for all to see. Because the past I tried so hard to forget is back and there was only one way I could survive.
I had to fight back.
Despite the risks I was drawn to him. More than anything I wanted a second chance, but I knew when he learned what happened to me nothing would stop him from trying to seek revenge.
by Nicole Blanchard
First to Fight #2
Publication Date: January 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance,
“No, you’re right.” I swallow thickly. “We should put it behind us. Start over with a fresh slate.”
Jack smiles easily, the corners of his lips tipping up to reveal the killer dimple that I love so much. “Good,” he says. “That’s real good.”
“Right, good.” I try to return the smile, but I’m afraid it’s more of a weird facial tic than anything resembling an expression of grace and poise.
Chatter from the party catches my attention and I look back towards the gathering. “I’d better get back, then. I’m sure Livvie is going to need help with…something.”
“Yeah, I better get back, too. I appreciate this, Sof.” Then he does something that completely devastates my resolve to agree to his fresh slate proposal. He leans forward, puts a hand under my jaw, and brushes a kiss as soft as butterfly wings across the crest of my cheek. My hands come up to clasp at his biceps because if I didn’t I’d simply melt to a puddle at his feet. He pauses there for an eternity and there is magic in it. Magic that transports me back to a thousand other kisses like this. Magic that undoes every door I’d closed in my heart, blocking the feelings I’d had for him once upon a time.
We stay like that for a few beats past the line of propriety. I feel his fingers twitch on my jaw, like he wants to move, but can’t seem to make himself do it. In spite of everything, I find myself arching my neck to him automatically.
His swift inhalation breaks the moment and I catch myself. Shit.
I thought it was a weekend from hell, until he showed me a little piece of heaven.
Spending the weekend at a four-star resort was supposed to be a getaway from my hectic life. Sure, I was still technically working, but at least I could enjoy the sand and surf while I was at it.
That was until a run of bad weather threatened both my vacation and my job.
My last hope was a surly boat captain named Gabriel Rossi who looked like an angel. If only he didn’t have the temperament of a devil.
When the storm leaves us stranded until morning, it could only mean disaster…or desire.
I thought it was just one night with my brother’s best friend.
The boy I had dreamt about since he gave me my first kiss, under the lights of the Ferris wheel.
I knew he was about to leave for a year – no chance for a future.
But our one night together would create memories for a lifetime.
Our paths crossed again, but I had lied, and he was no longer the man he once was. He was warring against demons. Against the silence that was threatening to swallow him. And I had kept a secret from him, one he would never forgive me for.
But my secret was about to be ripped open. Displayed for the world on national news. And I had only one way to repair the damage.
I had to trust the man I lied to.
The man I never got the chance to make a life with.
The only man who could save what we had created together.