From RITA® Award winner, M. MALONE, comes a steamy and suspenseful novel about second chances.
Kaylee Wilhelm is tired of always being a good, respectful southern belle. So when the man she loves leaves town after their steamy kiss, she's done. As a single mother with a demanding singing career, she has no time for pining after her former bodyguard.
When she's targeted by a stalker who seems to know her every move, Eli is the only one who can protect her. But his greatest task is keeping her from finding out about the dark desires that she would never understand.
He'll do anything for her... except show her who he really is.
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Tears welled up, but she squeezed her eyes closed, swallowing back the sudden flood of emotion. There was no time for nonsense or feeling sorry for herself.
"Why would someone do this, Eli?"
"I don't know, angel." He spoke in a hush, the words flowing over her in a soft puff of breath.
His features tightened, and for the second time in recent memory, she allowed herself to soak up the masculine presence that was Elliott Alexander: the smooth dark skin, the high cheekbones, the long straight blade of his nose, and the sinfully full lips. It was a harsh face, not quite as elegantly hewn as his brothers' faces, but one that she vastly preferred. It looked like safety.
It looked like strength.
"I'm okay now. I promise I won't freak out on you again." She stood reluctantly. As wonderful as it felt to be held in his arms, there was only so much she could take before she lost all sense of propriety and threw herself at him again. She already knew he wasn't interested. When you kissed a guy and he responded by leaving town, that was plenty clear enough.
"It's okay to be freaked out, Kay. As long as you know that I won't let anything happen to you."
When she turned, Eli was watching her with an inscrutable expression. Unsure what to make of his sudden change in demeanor, Kay pushed past him and pulled open the door to the linen closet in the hallway. Several towels fell out and hit her in the face.
"Don't worry about that now." Eli took the towels from her arms and shoved them in the closet. "We need to talk first."
"Everything. Clearly I missed something when I was digging into your life last year. It's time to rectify that."
"But nothing has changed. I don't do anything interesting. So what's there to talk about?"
Eli stopped and nailed her with an intense look. "I need to know who you've been with since last summer." He moved closer and Kay inhaled, immediately assaulted by his unique scent--warm and rich and disarming. She looked up at him, her senses swirling from the intoxicating blend of reactions that only Eli could cause.
"We need to talk about your lovers."