by Bernadette Marie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Published:August 4, 2016
Russell Walker’s life was spared when his truck veered off the road and flipped. When he wakes after surgery, he can only assume the medicines are making him see things, because the woman he loved—who broke his heart—is taking his vitals.
Chelsea Quinn has spent the past four years keeping clear of Russell Walker after she married another man and had a baby. Now she is thrust back into his life as his caretaker, and living with his family when her ex-husband is let out of prison.
Some heartbreaks are too severe to recover from, and Russell is fighting every feeling he has as not to get his heart broken again. But sometimes the pull of love is just too strong, especially when the lives of those you love are threatened, and someone is looking for revenge.
“He’s the S.O.B. Chelsea married.” His jaw tightened uncomfortably and his leg tensed so that the pain ripped through him. “Why the hell bring him up?”
Phillip rubbed his chin. “He’s out on parole.”
Russell fisted his right hand as anger surged through him. “Parole? He didn’t hurt her did he?”
Phillip rubbed the back of his neck. “He was in jail for robbery and kidnapping.”
“That didn’t answer my question, did it?”
“Russ, I’d better let you calm down before they kick me out of here.”
“You’d better answer me damn it,” his voice rose.
Phillip took a deep breath. “He has a record of domestic violence. She has a restraining order against him.”
Russell’s vision began to blur. She didn’t mention that and he was pissed that she’d been in his presence for days without telling him. But then again, who’d want to brag that their husband was a felon?
“A restraining order? That means he’s hurt her and my guess is more than once. She’s too trusting a person to have slapped that on him for just getting a little rough.”
Phillip checked his watch. “I need to be getting back to…”
“You can’t keep coming in here and dropping questions and walking out.” He tried to sit up and managed minimally. “What the hell did he do to her to cause her to restrain him?”
Phillip bit down on his bottom lip. “He hit her when she told him she’d filed for divorce and he took off with their son. They were missing for two days.”
Russell eased back and he fought the anger boiling inside of him that mixed with the sheer sadness that fought to surface in tears that stung at his eyes. “Son?”
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.
When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.