Book Three: Independence Falls
January 20, 2015
~ Synopsis ~
He was nobody’s hero until he landed in the wrong bed …
Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed …
Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can’t touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.
But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he’s the hero Lena needs night and day … forever.
~ Excerpt ~
“Sometimes we surprise ourselves,” she said. And prove we’re not who we thought we were.
Hope blossomed. Maybe she had it in her too. Maybe she’d prove to the people who’d written her off as broken that she could glue the pieces back together.
“Yeah, I guess we do.” His brown eyes studied her, brooding and intense. His jaw tightened, his gaze dropping to her lips. His fingers gripped the steering wheel as if he had to hold on to something to keep from reaching for her.
Desire—spurred by the knowledge that this man didn’t expect any more than she could give—took over. She opened the passenger side door, but didn’t move to get out. As soon as Hero jumped down, she closed it and turned back to Chad.
She focused on his lips, unable to look away. If she kissed him, that empty feeling might return. Right now, she felt a rush of emotions when she was with Chad. He put her at ease and made her laugh.
She raised one hand, pressing a finger to his lips. Moving her hand to his cheek, she leaned forward until her mouth hovered close to his. She wanted this kiss even if tomorrow she freaked out at the thought of touching her lips to his. Even if it left her wishing she could run and hide, or that horrible numb feeling she’d endured for so many months returned and she shunned everyone again, she wanted to take the leap.
Closing her eyes, she brushed her lips over his—a soft touch, nothing more. But this kiss—it didn’t feel meaningless. Her heart raced, but it wasn’t headed for panic central. The blood flowing through her didn’t freeze. Just the opposite. Every part of her burned with desire for more.
She kissed him again, opening her mouth to his, deepening the connection. And he didn’t back down. His lips moved over hers, vying for control, letting her feel his desire, his need—it was potent and demanding, a perfect match for the wild lust pulsing through her.
Maybe they could take this further, making love here, in his truck …
Uncertainty rose up, and she felt her breathing change. The panic she’d fought at the pizza place had receded, but it hadn’t disappeared. She could feel it waiting on the sidelines.
Chad drew back, breaking the kiss as if he understood that they’d reached an imaginary tipping point. Staring into her eyes, his lips curved into his devilish smile.
“Why don’t you head in, Lena?”
“You’re not coming?”
He let out a short, rough laugh. “No, beautiful. Not tonight. But I left your present on your nightstand in case you want to.”
I don’t want the toy. I want you. But her mind knew better. Tonight wasn’t the night to push her boundaries. Not when she was inching her way toward normal.
“I’ve had enough excitement for one night,” he added. “I’ll keep the headlights on so you can get inside. And I’ll see you at the house in the morning.”
She nodded as she opened the door and climbed down from his truck.
She glanced over her shoulder, her dog pressing against her side the minute her feet touched the ground.
“Dream of me.”
~ Review by Denise ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
This was a recommended book to me since they knew I went for books that have military in them. It opens with Lena the lead female character and her story is the basis for this one. As in that I mean what happened to her and make-up of personality with the road she is on now. Now that she is no longer a active member in the military her adjustment is still on going. She also has a constant companion who is gorgeous and the only one at this time she can tolerate at her side-Hero, the four legged kind. Thanks to her friend she is now in Independence Falls trying to get back what was stolen from her in her own time, in a way that works for her.
This is also a turn around for me to read because I am usually reading about this as in the guy’s viewpoint or that the guy is the one usually presented that this happens to. When my cousin was going through this in the early 80’s it was still hush hush but now more and more being revealed and more help so they are not lost or forgotten. Lena suffers from PTSD severely but thanks to how the author has formed this character will not let it be the victor in this battle she is in now. Here she is offered a place for as long as she needs but thanks to a mix-up while sleeping she is awaken by the town’s charmer-Chad. Having met him earlier they are not exactly strangers though. This will be the door opened into the start of some unconventional paths of healing for her and a challenge of a different kind for him.
Once I got caught up in the scheme of things and the interaction between these two I was pretty much a goner being lassoed along as the pages turned. Chad is exposed for being a better man than most really see being with Lena who makes great strides herself. They bring out the best in each other by simply loving and being with each other. Love heals all things as demonstrated in here quite clearly. She will find more and more of the pieces she was searching for while he gives more than he has ever given before and when faced with a hair raising situation near the end (mine still kinda sticking up) things will never be the same again. When I finally reached the end of this journey I slumped back in my chair with satisfactory grin. Refreshing perspective filled with heat doesn’t get much better than this. I give this 5 books.
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Other Books By Sara Jane Stone
No touching allowed …
After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She’s set her sights on her brother’s best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew’s live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn’t stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.
Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?
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Falling for his rivals’ little sister could cost him everything …
For Liam Trulane, failure is not an option. He is determined to win a place in Katie Summers’ life before she leaves Independence Falls for good. But first, he needs to make amends for the last time they got down and dirty.
His professional success hinges on striking a deal to buy Katie’s family business. And after Liam’s relationship with their Katie went south years ago, the Summers brothers are more enemy than friend. If both parties agree to set the past aside, they can reach an understanding. But when Katie welcomes him back into her bed, Liam risks everything to make her his.
After Liam betrayed her trust, Katie Summers will do anything to keep him from walking away with the family business. She decides to seduce him, knowing that when her brothers find out, they will back off from the deal. And she’ll finally have her revenge. But when her plan spirals out of control, Katie learns that payback may come at too high a price …
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~ Author Bio ~
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at http://www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.
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