Melanie Gordon has spent the past five years obsessing over her career to dull the pain of a devastating breakup and the loss of her father. Her effort pays off when she receives the promotion that could be her big break. Only it means returning to her hometown to face her past while leaving behind the man who could be her future.
Selfless (and insanely sexy) philanthropist, Raine Mason, is committed to his cause. But his passion for rescuing high-risk young males from the road to disaster is fueled by his own dark and tragic past.
When Raine is ready to take his casual friendship with Melanie to sizzling new heights, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is already booked. But a steamy night of passion leaves them both wanting more, even if Melanie is afraid to admit it. She reluctantly agrees to a long-distance relationship with no promises and no commitments.
Melanie and Raine peel back each other’s layers. She is finally ready to give her heart to him…but then she discovers startling news that causes her to question everything she knows about him. Worse, he is harboring a dark secret from his past that threatens to shatter any hope of a future for them unless he can convince her that their love is worth the risk.
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My finger trembles as I find his number and press Send.
“Gordon, I thought you forgot about me.” Raine intensifies the gritty, smoldering quality of his voice that lies dormant during the day. Outside the office his deep, throaty growl has the ability to make a woman squirm with a sudden need to cross her legs at the knees. Raine seems wholly aware of this, takes great delight in it.
“Don’t be silly. I just had a few things to handle first.” I press my back against the wall, trying to summon my courage and control my nerves. “How are you?”
“I’m good. You?” I can hear the smile in his voice.
I relax. “I’m great, actually. I got a promotion today. You’re talking to the brand-new Great Lakes regional talent acquisition manager for Jasper & Graevel Personnel Services.”
“Congratulations! Does that mean you’ll get some fancy-pants office on the top floor?”
“I am getting my own office, but it won’t be on the top floor. I’m moving back to Cleveland.”
“Yes, Ohio!” I laugh. “I grew up there. Remember?”
“I remember.” His voice trails. “That’s excellent news then, huh? It deserves a proper celebration. Going out with a few friends tonight?”
“I can’t reach my friends Debbie and Dawn, and everyone else was already at the office party.”
“Then let me take you out. Where’d you like to go?”
“Spinelli’s,” I say quickly. This is no time to be coy.
“A woman who knows what she wants. I like it.” Raine chuckles. “Spinelli’s sounds great. Pick you up in half an hour, unless you need more time.”
“No.” I twirl a strand of hair around my finger. “Half an hour is fine. I’ll see you then.”
I look in the mirror and glance at my ass—which apparently only looks superb in $200 jeans. I kick off my ballet flats and head for the closet. After five minutes of rummaging through stacks of clear plastic shoe boxes, I see the perfect pair of shoes—an unworn pair of open-toed sandals in a python print with a four-inch heel.
Jeans that look this good deserve equally impressive footwear. At least, that’s what I tell myself as I plop down on my bed and strap on the fuck-me pumps.
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