By Michelle Dare
Release Date: Oct 19, 2014
Caliana Crawford is smart, sexy and unemployed. After quitting her mediocre job, she finds herself in need of a break. She goes to the one place that holds her most precious memories, her cabin by the lake. Life hasn’t always been easy for Cali. She lost someone close to her, was betrayed by her lover, and now she only wants to escape reality. What she doesn’t plan on is her sexy neighbor, who has an agenda of his own.
Owen Matthews goes through the motions every day, but knows his life is missing one essential part – Cali. He has never forgotten about the summers he spent by the lake with the gorgeous brunette. When he sees she is back to stay, Owen knows he can’t let her slip through his fingers again. Others think he has it all with owning a multimillion dollar company, but what they don’t know is that he would give it all up to have her in his arms and his bed.
The road to happiness isn’t always easy. His brother returns to his life and brings with him an old flame who threatens to rip Cali and Owen apart. Will they find their salvation with one another or let the events of their past influence their future?
The sound of footsteps on the hardwood floor made Cali sit up. Looking toward the doorway, she saw Owen walk through. He walked to her in a few long steps. She stood on the couch and leapt into his arms, sobbing. He held her close, whispering calming words into her ear.
“How bad was it?” she mumbled into his chest.
“The back half of the cabin is gone. No one was there when the police arrived, but they did find something.”
Cali pulled back to look in his eyes. He eased her to the floor and they both sat on the couch. She noticed Adeline had left the room, giving some privacy.
“What did they find?”
“A broken picture frame was laying on the floor inside the cabin near the front door.”
“Why would that be significant?”
He took a deep breath and let it out. “The picture had a red X spray painted over it and the picture was of you. A picture I had taken during our last summer together.”
In a shaky voice, she said, “Me?”
“Yeah. And the worst part is I didn’t have the picture out in the open. I had it tucked away in the dresser, beneath clothing. Whoever it was that found it, put it by the front door on purpose.”
She started sobbing again. He was trying to soothe her the best he could. Gathering her in his arms, he brought her into his lap. She laid her cheek to his chest, her tears wetting his shirt.
“What have I ever done to make someone hate me so much? I don’t understand.”
“You didn’t do anything. The person could be after me, not you. They are just going after you by association. We’re not sure. But Cali, I would never let anything happen to you. Ever. I will protect you with my life and now Steven and Erik will do the same. You are safe with us.”
She nodded, not able to say a word. He held her for what felt like hours. She couldn’t move, only hold on to him and cry.
Michelle Dare is a Jersey girl living over the border in Pennsylvania. She started out as a reader, then became a book blogger. She loves the book community and thought to try her hand at writing. Her first book, My Salvation, is a contemporary romance.
She is a married mom with two wonderful children and a German Shepherd, who she considers her third child. She is a lover of books, music and movies. Her favorite band is Maroon 5 and has too many favorite movies to list. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre to read.