New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter shines in this Original Heartbreakers tale, featuring a man haunted by memories and the vulnerable girl he will do anything to protect.
Tortured by a violent past, ex-con Jase Hollister is looking to start over in a small town. The rugged bachelor suffering from PTSD longs for peace and quiet, always keeping his women at a distance—and his heart encased in stone.
Brook Lynn Dillon is a down on her luck waitress determined to avoid the man every woman in town wants—including her sister. The last thing she needs is his kind of trouble. But his every glance makes her burn…and her resistance is melting fast.
The two agree to a one-time fling, not expecting to be forever branded. Now, no matter how hard they try, they can't keep their hands off each other. But when a secret from Jase's past comes to light, they'll have to face a cold, hard truth: it's more than Jase's freedom on the line, it's their hearts.
"Showalter writes fun, sexy characters you fall in love with!" —Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author
This hefty contemporary southern romance, opening the Original Heartbreakers series, is anything but sweet and innocent, with two troubled souls coming together in a clash that is as fiercely erotic as it is tempestuous. Brook Lynn Dillon meets ex-con Jase Hollister the night she comes storming into his home to roust her sister from his bed, but this potentially trite opening does not descend into cheap drama, and as Brook Lynn's attraction to Jase heats up, his history with her sister is handled maturely by all parties. With lots of explicit sex and almost excessive alpha male possessiveness as well as a touch of the ridiculous, this book falls squarely into the "guilty pleasure" category.