From the moment Chris Colthurst-Decker said “Don’t be afraid,” I had a family. I grew up safe and loved within their charmed circle, and for a while I had everything. My soulmate, my music career, and more fame than I could handle. I lost it all pursuing the wrong dreams. Hurting the people I loved most.
I’m starting from scratch in Portland. There’s a girl—a woman—next door. She studies me like a scientist solving a puzzle. Her too-quiet little boy reminds me of…me. Threatening to tug my heart completely out of its safe place. I’m not sure I’m ready for anyone to see that broken mess. I’m not yet the man I want to be.
When my husband lost his life, my kids lost both parents for a time. It’s time to find my way back to a new normal, to bring my family back from the darkness. I must—I haven’t heard the sweet cadence of my son’s voice for two years.
There’s something about “Mr. Few-Words” next door that intrigues me—and bothers me. This quiet man who has somehow made my little boy smile again. His deep, coffee-brown eyes could melt any woman into a puddle of goo, but there’s an edge hiding behind them. And if I ask the wrong questions, my wounded heart could bleed all over again.