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Sneak Peek Monday: Deadly Secrets by Leeann Burke (romantic suspense)

DEADLY SECRETS COVERToday’s sneak peek is the romantic suspense novel Deadly Secrets by Leeann Burke (a.k.a. LeeAnn Lessard – your publisher at Lachesis Publishing :) And it’s one of our .99 cent deals! You can get it here. Lachesis Publishing donates a portion of the sales of Deadly Secrets are donated to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and Leeann donates her royalties of the sales to Deadly Secrets to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Philippe Lafrance is a well known reclusive writer whose life is suddenly thrown upside down when the grandfather he never knew existed, dies. He investigates the reason and learns that his family has kept secrets from him. Deep, ugly secrets. Worse, a killer is murdering the men in his family. He discovers that his father, then his grandfather, were murdered by someone desperate to keep secrets buried.

Bereft, Roxanne St-Clair is left to manage a restaurant when the only person who ever mattered to her, her foster parent and mentor, is murdered. She puts her life on hold to find his killer and bring him to justice.

Thrown together by circumstance and a mutual goal, Philippe and Roxanne fight their attraction and team up to find the killer, bring him to justice and unearth the truth. To stay alive, they must keep one step ahead of the assassin in order to prevent him from killing his next target, Philippe.

Will they succeed in bringing to justice this killer before Philippe becomes his next victim? Will they be able to deal with the truth behind the deadly secrets?

EXCERPT:

A cold September breeze whipped at the fallen leaves near where she stood in front of the mahogany coffin. Roxanne St-Clair‘s curly long strands of hair were blown into her eyes. Unconsciously, she tucked them behind her ear as she glanced over at the lone man standing across the coffin from her. She turned her attention back to Father Joe, who was completing prayers for the final farewell of George Lafrance.

From his dark well-cut suit to his cold green eyes, this stranger, who resembled George, had to be the estranged grandson, Philippe Lafrance. The grandson no one knew existed until a few days ago.

Father Joe closed his bible and lowered his head in silent prayer. Roxanne took this moment to caress George‘s mahogany coffin in her own final private farewell. She would forever be grateful and indebted to the compassionate man.

Ten years ago, he‘d given her a chance at a better life when he took her in, becoming her last foster parent, her only family.

Father Joe straightened and cleared his throat. “Before we leave, I wish to take this opportunity, on behalf of George‘s family, to invite everyone back to Rock Heaven, and toast George one last time.” He gave a curt nod to the stranger, then to Roxanne.

People nodded, mumbled and began to scatter. Roxanne accepted the odd condolence but from the corner of her eye she watched Philippe linger by his grandfather‘s coffin. It looked as if he were saying his own farewell.

He raised his head, and their eyes connected for a fleeting moment. Was it sadness she saw in their depths? Quickly, he masked his angry jade eyes with aloofness. He acknowledged her with a curt nod, turned around and left without a backward glance.

Her best friend, Vanessa, leaned towards her. “You know Roxanne, in all the years I‘ve known George, I never heard him mention a word about a grandson. He talked about losing his son to a heart attack and his wife to breast cancer, but not a word about a grandson. It‘s kind of weird, don‘t you think?”

Against her own better judgment, Roxanne wondered as well.

The grandson had inherited George‘s build, from his broad shoulders and trim waist to chiseled face. The only difference was, George never made her heart flutter with a fleeting eye contact; his grandson did. She tore her gaze from Philippe‘s retreating back and turned her attention back to Vanessa. “He must have had his reasons.”

As if reading Roxanne‘s mind, Vanessa acknowledged her. “He does resemble George, don‘t you think?”

“I bet that‘s the only thing he has in common with George.” Roxanne couldn‘t help but stare at Philippe crossing between the cemetery gates. He reached a blue Toyota, unlocked the driver‘s door and slipped in.

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Destiny’s Journey by Cheri Kay Clifton (historical western romance)

FinalDestiny'sJourney#9(large)copyFRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FIND is the historical western romance DESTINY’S JOURNEY: Book 2, Wheels of Destiny Trilogy by CHERI KAY CLIFTON.

Family deception, a dangerous mission and a long lost love . . .

WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

kindle: www.amazon.com/Destinys-Journey-Wheels-Destiny-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J7426H0

barnes and noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/destinys-journey-cheri-kay-clifton/1118965029?ean=2940149540655

amazon (paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Destinys-Journey-Wheels-Destiny-Trilogy/dp/0692212795

SYNOPSIS:
Family deception kept Jennifer O’Malley from marrying her first love ten years ago, West Point officer, Glen Herrington. Now a Civil War widow, she leaves war-torn Richmond, determined to find her destiny. She makes the long journey west in search of Glen, only to discover he is a notorious outlaw with a price on his head.

At the end of the war, Glen Herrington musters out of the U.S. Cavalry and hires on to Wells, Fargo & Company stagecoach line as an undercover agent. When Jennifer confronts him locked in a jail cell, the embers of a love too long denied burn deep inside them both, yet Glen is honor bound not to reveal his true identity.

As life-long secrets and life-threatening dangers abound, Glen and Jennifer fight to reclaim their destiny in each other’s arms.

CONNECT WITH CHERI KAY CLIFTON ONLINE:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CheriKayClifton
Web Site: www.CheriKayClifton.com

ABOUT CHERI KAY:
I loved researching the history of my hometown, Kearney, Nebraska, known as the gateway to the Oregon Trail.

My passion for those brave pioneers and Native Americans and my fascination in our American History led me to write Trail To Destiny and Destiny’s Journey.

I have served as past president of a local chapter of The Romance Writers of America.

I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart, have one son and reside in Florida and North Carolina.

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Secrets of a Mayan Moon by Paty Jager (romantic suspense)

MAYAN MOON 1TUESDAY’S REVOLVING BOOK is the romantic suspense SECRETS OF A MAYAN MOON by PATY JAGER.

An Isabelle Mumphrey Adventure (Book 1)

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SYNOPSIS
What happens when a brilliant anthropologist is lured to the jungle to be used as a human sacrifice?

Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions.

DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.

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REVIEWS:
“Love the main characters in this book, and how the author developed them and revealed their secrets as the story progressed.”  amazon review

“This book has mystery, romance and fast paced action.”  amazon review

“Paty Jager blends the sultry feel of the jungle with the excitement of ancient discovery then throws in a little mystery along with a thrilling romance and the results are nothing short of amazing.”~ romancejunkies.com

AUTHOR BIO:
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Paty writes historical and contemporary westerns along with historical paranormal romance and action/adventure/romantic suspense.

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Destiny’s Journey by Cheri Kay Clifton (historical western romance)

FinalDestiny'sJourney#9(large)copyFRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FIND is the historical western romance DESTINY’S JOURNEY: Book 2, Wheels of Destiny Trilogy by CHERI KAY CLIFTON.

Family deception, a dangerous mission and a long lost love . . .

WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

kindle: www.amazon.com/Destinys-Journey-Wheels-Destiny-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J7426H0

barnes and noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/destinys-journey-cheri-kay-clifton/1118965029?ean=2940149540655

amazon (paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Destinys-Journey-Wheels-Destiny-Trilogy/dp/0692212795

SYNOPSIS:
Family deception kept Jennifer O’Malley from marrying her first love ten years ago, West Point officer, Glen Herrington. Now a Civil War widow, she leaves war-torn Richmond, determined to find her destiny. She makes the long journey west in search of Glen, only to discover he is a notorious outlaw with a price on his head.

At the end of the war, Glen Herrington musters out of the U.S. Cavalry and hires on to Wells, Fargo & Company stagecoach line as an undercover agent. When Jennifer confronts him locked in a jail cell, the embers of a love too long denied burn deep inside them both, yet Glen is honor bound not to reveal his true identity.

As life-long secrets and life-threatening dangers abound, Glen and Jennifer fight to reclaim their destiny in each other’s arms.

CONNECT WITH CHERI KAY CLIFTON ONLINE:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CheriKayClifton
Web Site: www.CheriKayClifton.com

ABOUT CHERI KAY:
I loved researching the history of my hometown, Kearney, Nebraska, known as the gateway to the Oregon Trail.

My passion for those brave pioneers and Native Americans and my fascination in our American History led me to write Trail To Destiny and Destiny’s Journey.

I have served as past president of a local chapter of The Romance Writers of America.

I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart, have one son and reside in Florida and North Carolina.

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Sneak Peek Monday: Her Kind of Man by Elaine Cantrell (new adult contemporary romance)

her-kind-of-man-500x724Today’s Sneak Peek is the new adult contemporary romance Her Kind of Man by Elaine Cantrell.

What it’s about:

Is it possible she’s finally found her kind of man?

Ross Williams has been in love with Kara Cochrane since they were kids, so when Kara’s fiancé Brandon Miles cheats on her with Kara’s own sister, and calls off their wedding—Ross steps in to rescue the damsel in distress.

A heartbroken Kara just wants to get on with her life and hunky Ross provides her with a definite distraction—that is until she starts falling for him. Big time.

But a devastating family secret threatens to destroy everything that Kara holds dear—including her relationship with Ross.

EXCERPT:

Katie grabbed her arm. “Come on. We’re getting to the bottom of this.”

Kara dragged her feet as Katie towed her across the parking lot. “Katie, maybe . . .”

“What’s wrong with you?” Katie glared over her shoulder. “Hurry up!”

Kelly and Brandon were still wrapped around each other when Katie and Kara reached them.

“Kelly! ” Katie exclaimed. “What do you think you’re doing?”

Kelly jerked away from Brandon so fast she stumbled and had to grab his arm to keep her balance. Even in the parking lot’s dim light, Kara saw her sister’s face had gone scarlet as had Brandon’s.

Kara didn’t say anything. She couldn’t.

Kelly flinched as Brandon took her hand and squeezed it. “I’m sorry, Kara. We never meant for you to find out this way.”

“What were you going to do?” Katie demanded with a wave of her hand. “Leave her at the altar?”

“No,” Kelly replied. Her eyes glittered like two burning blue coals. “We planned to tell her tomorrow night. That way she’d have the weekend off to … to … to get used to things.”

Brandon looked Kara directly in the face for the first time. “I’m sorry, Kara. You have to know I never meant to hurt you, but I can’t marry you if I’m in love with your sister.”

Kara didn’t bother to answer. She didn’t know what to say anyway. How do you act, what do you do, when you catch the man you love kissing your sister? Her sister! Oh, how could she? This betrayal by one of her nearest and dearest cut to the bone.

She gritted her teeth to hold back her tears and hurled Brandon’s beautiful ring toward him and Kelly. He tried to catch it, but he missed, and the ring landed at his feet.

“Let’s go, Katie,” she said. She spun on her heel and stomped away with her head held high.

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Trail to Destiny by Cheri Kay Clifton (historical western romance)

FinalTrailtoDestiny#5(large)copyFRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FIND is the western historical romance TRAIL TO DESTINY: Book 1, Wheels of Destiny Trilogy by CHERI KAY CLIFTON.

Destiny brought them together. Love would help them find the truth to his past . . .

WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

AMAZON KINDLE www.amazon.com/Trail-Destiny-Wheels-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0052O4N8E

BARNES AND NOBLE: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trail-to-destiny-cheri-kay-clifton/1009071005?ean=2940011405280

AMAZON PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Trail-Destiny-Wheels-1/dp/0692201181

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Laura Westbrook expected to face her share of challenges crossing the continent on a wagon train. But when she saves the life of the courageous white warrior, Grey Wolf, she finds the pathways between pride and prejudice, love and loyalty far more difficult to travel.

Having buried deep within him the horrific memory of his family’s massacre at the hands of a rogue band of Pawnee, young David thrives under the care and tutelage of his rescuer, Cheyenne Chief Black Arrow. Trained to become the proud warrior named Grey Wolf, he finds his life changed again by the beautiful and strong-willed Laura, who encourages him to reclaim his forsaken heritage and face the secrets of his haunted past.

From the rugged Nebraska plains to a Cheyenne village, from an army fort to a small town in California, destiny leads Laura and Grey Wolf on a trail of passion and danger that culminates in an astounding revelation.

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://youtu.be/YnrlOIc4YbI

CONNECT WITH CHERI KAY CLIFTON ONLINE:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CheriKayClifton
Web Site: www.CheriKayClifton.com

ABOUT CHERI KAY:
I loved researching the history of my hometown, Kearney, Nebraska, known as the gateway to the Oregon Trail.

My passion for those brave pioneers and Native Americans and my fascination in our American History led me to write Trail To Destiny and Destiny’s Journey.

I have served as past president of a local chapter of The Romance Writers of America.

I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart, have one son and reside in Florida and North Carolina.

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Why do romance novels get such a bum rap?

WEB PIX PURPLE BOOK copyA few years back I made a documentary called “Who’s Afraid of Happy Endings?” It was broadcast on BRAVO! Canada as well as other broadcasters around the globe. Because I had always been a reader of romance novels, I had a particular view of the genre. I didn’t see it as worthless or silly drivel. To me, romance novels were, and are, special. Yes. Special. Why? Because what they offer is hope. Hope that two people can find something fulfilling and meaningful in a relationship. Isn’t that what we all strive for in our own relationships?  Of course.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, 1997, (c) Sony

AS GOOD AS IT GETS, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, 1997, (c) Sony

Romance novels tell us that when two people fall in love it won’t be perfect. Stuff always happens, but in the end, we can get through it because we have each other. Remember that great line in the romantic comedy, As Good As It Gets? Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt, “You make me want to be a better man.” That’s what romance novels do. This is why we love romantic movies so much. We get that same feeling from those films that we do when we read a romance novel.

Recently, New Republic Magazine published an article by William Giraldi that was very critical of 50 Shades of Grey, and romance novels in general.  Then Bobbi Dumas of Kirkus Reviews wrote a great rebuttal. It’s so easy to be dismissive of romance writers and readers. And yet, romance books consistently outsell every other genre and have for decades. The romance industry is the most successful publishing entity there is, and yet it gets little to no respect from the media. Women of all ages and all backgrounds read romance. And what draws us to these books is that the heroines have power. They are empowered in these stories. And to millions of women around the world – that is a very positive message.

At the end of the day readers of romance novels and genre fiction in general all have one thing in common: we love a good story. And more importantly we love the heroes and heroines who live those stories in the pages of those books that we love to read.

If you’re interested in some wonderful romances check out our Lachesis Publishing web site.

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good romance and a happy ending.

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Dreams of Perfection by Rebecca Heflin (contemporary romance)

DreamsofPerfection2_850TUESDAY’S REVOLVING BOOK is the contemporary romance DREAMS OF PERFECTION by REBECCA HEFLIN.

BUY IT ON AMAZON: PRICE: $2.99
http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Perfection-Come-True-ebook/dp/B00K5YVRWQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399482224&sr=1-1

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpl963_MmuQ&feature=youtu.be

SYNOPSIS:

What if perfection isn’t truly perfect?

Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.rebeccaheflin.com/wordpress/excerpt-dreams-of-perfection/

AUTHOR BIO:

Rebecca Heflin has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was 15 years old and her older sister snuck her a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ “Shanna.” Heflin writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance under her pen name, which she adopted from her maternal great-great-grandmother. When she’s not passionately pursuing her dream, Heflin is busy with her day job as a practicing attorney. She and her husband live in Gainesville, Fla.

CONNECT WITH REBECCA ONLINE:

Website: http://www.rebeccaheflin.com/wordpress/in-progress/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaHeflinBooks

Twitter: @RebeccaHeflin

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What’s a Keeper? (books you love)

Do you have “keepers”? Those books you’ve read over and over again, so much so, that the covers are dog-eared or falling off? Ahem, some of us still read paper backs and hard covers.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.31.42 AMI have “keepers”, my “go-to” books for when I need a quick pick-me-up. I know the books inside out because I’ve read them so many times, so I just go to my favourite scenes. Some of my keepers are: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, Duchess by Night by Eloisa James, Bet Me by Jenny Crusie and of course – the entire Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn.

Here’s a scene from one of my “keeper” Scottish medieval romances, Ransom, by Julie Garwood. (1999) The hero, Brodick is a highlander and the heroine, Gillian is a proper English lady. In this scene they have just been married and she’s asking him about his home:

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.32.04 AMHe was humbled by her faith and love. “Now that I’m married, I’ll have to make some changes,” he remarked.

“Such as?”

“You’ll probably want a home.”

“You don’t have a home now?”

“No.”

“Where do you sleep?” she asked, trying not to sound appalled.

“On the ground. I much prefer it to a soft bed.”

“But what do you do when it rains?”

“I get wet.”

The first time I read that scene, I burst out laughing. Brodick and Gillian have such a vibrant chemistry, with lots of humour. I still laugh when I read it. Even after fifteen years, the hero and heroine of Ransom are still alive and well and their story is still as funny and sweet as it was when I first read it. That’s why I go back to those scenes. Because they still evoke that “happy place” feeling I got the first time I read the book. In fact, now it’s like the warm glow you feel when visiting an old friend. And that’s what “keepers” are. Wonderful old friends, that never let you down. They are always there to make you smile.

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Sneak Peek Monday: Give Me Shelter by Alexis D. Craig (romantic suspense)

Give Me Shelter COVERToday’s Sneak Peek is from the romantic suspense novel Give Me Shelter by Alexis D. Craig.

What it’s About:

Inspector Eli Miller’s unspoken feelings for his partner, Bex, color his whole life. When his past comes calling, will it be the push he needs to seek a future with her?

Inspector Rebecca ‘Bex’ Mulcahy has lived long enough to know that love is a street con at best, and a dangerous distraction at worst. Any feelings she has for her partner Eli definitely fall into the latter category. Will her dedication to her job keep her from finding a possible future with Eli?

Their latest case is protecting Violet Burrell, a young woman with scars on her soul stretching back to birth, who inadvertently witnesses a shockingly brutal murder at the hands of a sadist. Violet is determined to testify in court. Her strength and courage impress Eli and Bex, who will protect her at all costs.

But it is Violet’s beauty and spirit that entrances Junior Inspector Atticus Randall. Atticus is also assigned to protect Violet, and while he knows he should ignore his growing feelings for her, he just can’t stop himself from falling for the brave beauty.

Life in the Las Vegas branch of Witness Protection has never been more tangled. When the emotional landmines start a chain reaction, everyone in the blast radius is going to need a little shelter.

EXCERPT:

The knock at his front door effectively cut his ruminations short as it caught his attention. Leaving his glass on the table, he opened it only after checking the peep hole and seeing a familiar face. “Hey, you okay?”

Bex gave an exhausted nod, barely moving her head. “Yeah.” When she didn’t follow up with anything further, he took in the droop in her shoulders and the slightly sallow complexion that she got when she was well and truly tired, and stepped aside without comment. “Smells good in here.” She paused stepping over the threshold. “Am I interrupting?”

The fact that she even bothered to ask him told him exactly how tired she was. “Nah, just relaxing with some Thai take away. You are always welcome to join me.” Her smile in reply was all the thanks he needed as he led her to the couch and detoured to the kitchen to get her a beer and an additional fork.

She was already popping a chicken curry puff in her mouth as she opened the first box of pad seuw. “I love Siam Kitchen.”

He watched her as she ate, finding her infinitely more interesting than the movie as he snuck a fork in here and there. The silence between them was comfortable, though he found it curious that she still wore her gun as she snuggled into his comfy couch. “You just get done?”

Bex nodded and her red hair fell from her shoulder like a curtain between them. “Just endless paperwork and little things with this damn family, and then I took Vi home and helped her get a little more settled, a few more groceries, stuff like that.” She set the empty paper box on the coffee table in front of them and heaved a soul-deep sigh.

Getting a new witness, especially a new entrant to Witness Protection always had a special set of trials, at least at the beginning of the acquaintance. It took a bit to settle into a comfortable rhythm of regular contact, attorney meetings, and court dates. Once established, it was a lot smoother for all involved and less stressful, barring the unforeseen.

“Good for you.” He nodded while sipping his drink, eyes never leaving her. “She’s a tough kid. You’d think she’d be a hard case but . . .”

“She’s not.” It left her lips as a barely audible whisper accompanied by an almost imperceptible shake of her head. “You don’t start out a hard case.” She grabbed her beer from the table before shifting on the couch to face him. “Life wears on you, relentlessly. You can let it grind you all the way down, or you fight back. She fought back.” Her beer bottle was raised in silent toast with an ironic smile.

Feeling incredibly dense for not understanding sooner, the answer to his internal question from earlier today presented itself. “You see yourself in her, don’t you?” It wasn’t a question he asked lightly or without some knowledge of how difficult her own childhood had been with an unrepentantly alcoholic mother and a wide array of potential fathers.

Her shrug was one he recognized instantly as her dismissal of his question. She pulled it out whenever he got too close to an especially raw emotional spot. She didn’t have many, but he’d managed to find more than one on occasion. “She’ll be fine.”

Not sure to which ‘she’ Bex referred, he simply agreed. “I have no doubt.” He wanted to reach out, touch her, but he’d known her long enough to be able to sense when she was at her ragged edge, and the contact, as much as he may have wanted it, would not have been beneficial to her in that moment.

Tipping her bottle of beer up to drain it, she set it on the table next to the pad seuw carcass. “So what was with you today? You looked like you’d seen a ghost.”

Speaking of emotional sore spots, he shrugged and stood, taking their trash to the kitchen. “May I get you another one?” he called from behind the open stainless steel fridge door. She may have been his best friend, but this was not something he discussed with anyone, ever, and talking about it with Bex would make it especially poignant given that he desperately wanted what was not possible between them.

If he told her about his memories of Zoe, his wishes for something different than the loneliness he lived with, and most importantly his desire for her, and she wasn’t on board, it would be awkward and horrible. They were both established here and in the Marshal Service, and it would put an undue strain on both their jobs and their personal lives. He simply wasn’t willing to sacrifice his friendship on the altar of chance.

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