Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
He never thought he’d see her again!
After being reported missing, presumed dead, globe-hopping photojournalist Mitch Simmons never thought he’d see his estranged wife, Zoe, again. Yet here he is back in their coastal Florida town, where Zoe is mayor. Turns out she isn’t the only one he left behind.
Discovering he has a baby son awakens thrilling new emotions in Mitch. And there are his still-powerful feelings for the high school sweetheart he vowed to love and honor forever. Thankfully, they’ll have the chance to find the love that was always there…
As they stood, a memory jolted Zoe. “I won’t let you fall.”
Mitch’s head jerked in her direction. “That’s what I used to tell you.”
When they were younger, Zoe refused to get on a skateboard. She’d fallen off once, scrapped her knee pretty badly and wouldn’t try again. But Mitch had hounded her, insisting she’d be fine. Finally giving in, she’d gingerly pushed the board with Mitch by her side. When she got enough nerve to pick up speed, he was running with her, ready to catch her if she wavered and fell. He’d been like that back then, pushing her beyond her boundaries, sure she could balance on the board like a pro. But when their marriage wavered and fell apart, neither had been able to pick up the pieces.
They’d taken a few steps when Mitch stopped.
“This is the place we shared our first kiss.”
Her stomach fluttered. He was right.
With the life-altering events of the past week and watching Mitch’s near-meltdown just a short while ago, Zoe had forgotten. How could she have failed to recall such a momentous event?
“It was junior year.” Mitch grinned at her. “We’d been flirting and I was determined to make us a couple. When I suggested it here, you got all teary, said yes and then I kissed you.”
Okay, if she were truthful, maybe she didn’t want to remember that night. The sweet memory brought a pinch of pain in the vicinity of her heart.
“That was a long time ago.”
“Doesn’t make it any less memorable.”
She didn’t want to talk about the good times, because that would ultimately lead to a discussion of the bad times. Of wondering how they could have let such a young, fragile love grow and bloom, then not tend it and watch it wither and fade. Yeah, she couldn’t go there.
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January 27th: Grand Finale
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