How do you start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all?
Althea refuses to allow herself to love again.
Imprisoned in grief at twenty-four after her husband’s sudden death, she’s
convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his
memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the
remaining pieces linking them together.
Griffen’s been running from his past.
Despite success as an author and investigative journalist, he’s been traveling
through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and
meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns
home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent
years trying to escape.
A chance encounter brings them together. Their instant desire for each other – and the
bond they discover between them – shocks them both.
Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s
charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with
him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time
is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow
never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea
throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.
Their perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them.
Will they risk it all on the chance of something great
together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?
“This is one helluva view.” She turned and smiled
at him shyly and she could see him swallow in response.
Damn, even his Adam’s apple is sexy.
He stalked toward her, his blue eyes
trained on her hazel ones, and she actually shivered. He just stood there in
front of her and she could barely breathe. Underneath all his playfulness there
was the hint of someone intense and only barely contained, and the combination
was driving her deliciously crazy.
Finally, he placed his hands on her
shoulders and she released a little gasp. He gently slid them down the bare
skin of her arms and she leaned her head back revealing her neck more fully to
him as her hair fell away from her. Griffen nuzzled his face in her neck so
that his masculine scent surrounded her, while his strong, warm hands rubbed
purposely up and down her arms causing her insides to ignite like a wildfire.
He gently kissed her neck, then teasingly bit her shoulder, and it was as
though an electric shock shot straight to her core and she could feel herself
becoming wet already.
“Althea, you’re incredible, you
know that?” he asked as he moved his hands to her waist and pushed more
fully against her, until his legs were snugly between her thighs and the cheeks
of her ass were pressed against the cold glass. It was a stark contrast to the
heat of his body and the intense warmth and wetness in her center. She imagined
that if she pulled away there would be a steamy imprint of her back and ass
against the glass and it made her feel beyond sexy.
They were already breathing heavily
when he whispered, “Looking at you against this glass, the city behind you
— now that is one helluva view,” he groaned against her ear, licking and
nibbling her earlobe until she had to lean her dizzy head back against the cool
glass for some relief.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chloe is a contemporary romance novelist and practicing attorney
living in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and their sweet puppy. She is a
native Washingtonian that graduated Duke University with a degree in English
and Chinese language. She met her husband at Duke and he brought her to
Pittsburgh over a decade ago, which she has loved ever since and made her
adopted hometown. She also attended University of Pittsburgh Law School where
she continued to be a book-loving nerd.
Chloe has always loved
writing and although she does do it professionally as a lawyer, she cherishes
the opportunity to craft her contemporary romances and share them with the
She is an avid romance
fan and wrote her debut novel Three Rivers in her spare time. She continues her
tireless legal style of research in her fiction work as well. For example, in
an effort to bring authenticity to Three River’s treatment of grief and loss,
she consulted with a psychologist and grief counselor during its preparation.
use-a-quart-of-conditioner-without-blinking amount of hair). It really only
works as a super short or really long. In high school I chopped it off in this
cute edgy pixie I loved! Then I spent a semester of my senior year in high
school in China and couldn’t get it cut right. It grew out like some sort of
bizarre mullet version of the three stooges hair. I have pretty exclusively
just done long hair ever since.
could speak more than just the basics I know.
dress up like the characters. I want to dress up as Miss Scarlet. She has the
best outfit and what woman doesn’t want to be a femme fatale for a night?
Tramp! Second place is The Thin Man.
list. I think some guests wanted to rebel against my tyrannical refual to abide
by wedding music protocol, but, damn, those are awful!
like him. He tells me he doesn’t see it. Good thing, mine is the opinion that
matters on that issue.
am beyond uncoordinated. My friends, family and husband lovingly refer to me as
at Duke. We had “big beer night” on Thursdays. It was great for tips but
terrible for pick up lines. One guy said to me 4 times: “I’ll have a beer . . .
and your number.” He would have asked more times I think, but he couldn’t
handle any more big beers after that.
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