You first met Chad Rogers and Chloe Atwood in Florida Heat, now you get to read their story.
Old family ties broken, childhood pain healed and true love revealed—one step at a time.
One phone call sends Chad Rogers back to the one place he’s been avoiding—home. Being at his mother’s side after she is shot, he faces the younger brother who tormented him during childhood and his ex-lover, Chloe Atwood.
Chloe Atwood is engaged to a family friend. Chad Rogers steps back into her world, spinning it off its axis. She sees him in a new light this time around, leaving her to question if they can have a future together.
Yanking her hands free, she backed away. “You love me? How can you say this when I’m engaged to marry another man?” Her throat closed off. Breathing became difficult. She blinked rapidly several times.
“That’s why I’m telling you now. I don’t want to leave without you knowing that I made a mistake. That I love you. That I want another chance with you. With us.” Slowly he approached her. “I haven’t been with another woman since you. Coming here was the hardest thing for me and yet the best thing. I realized how much I’ve missed you, loved you and needed you in my life.”
“Kiss me.” She ordered before thinking rationally.
“Kiss me. I need you to kiss me.” She stood before him. With gentle hands he touched her jaw, then slid them to the back of her head. Tender lips touched hers briefly. He’d barely finished with the kiss before he came back for another. The kiss was filled with desire. Passion. His hands wrapped around her waist. One hand held her tight while the other slid up her back. Her body warmed with his touch.
They held each other in a tight embrace. As the kiss deepened, her passion rose as his taut length throbbed against her leg. The warmth between her legs grew to a burning need and pulsated with want.
This couldn’t happen. Chloe broke away. “I can’t do this,” her voice rasped between heavy breaths.
“You want me, just as much as I want you. Tell him the engagement’s off.”
“And what then? I’m not moving to Florida. I know you won’t move here.” She wasn’t going down that road again. No games. Andrew was stable. He was here for her when Chad wasn’t.
“What if I did move here?” He regained the ever so slight space she’d put between them.
“I’m not holding my breath. I won’t break off my engagement.” Gathering the skirt fabric, she turned and stalked through the corridor for the ballroom foyer.
“Chloe,” his voice rose. “If I promised you I’d move home, would you break off your engagement and give me another chance?”
She stopped. “I don’t know.” She stood, staring at the floral carpet. Would she end it all for a man who once couldn’t be at her side? Would she end it all to be with a man who made her feel alive?
His arms wrapped around her waist. A heavy breath whispered below her ear. “Say yes, and I’ll call Trent tonight and tell him I quit. Say yes, and I’ll move for you. Say yes, and make me the happiest man alive.”
Chloe lifted her head. Andrew stood rigid at the end of the corridor in front of the ballroom.
About the Author
Born and raised in Minnesota, Jody has remained close to home living with her husband of twenty plus years, three children and a cat named Holly. Growing up, she enjoyed reading V.C. Andrews’ the Dollanganger series, starting with Flowers in the Attic, S.E. Hinton, and Stephen King to name a few. Today her tastes run across the board in fiction and non-fiction, in all genres.
She has traveled throughout the United States, to the Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico. Between watching her son’s soccer games, maintaining one of the many scrapbook albums, gardening and being the COO of the Vitek household, she writes contemporary romances.
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