My life never held a trace of hope.
Convicted at birth to serve a life sentence of injustice, I fought a battle for happiness that I couldn’t afford.
My world was full of hatred and danger at every turn; I was married to a criminal after all. There was a time when my heart was consumed with the love I felt for Harlan. But one brutal assault made me realize Harlan made my already painful life more difficult.
But there was no escaping him.
When I was offered the opportunity to become a confidential informant for the FBI, I voraciously agreed. It was my only way out of the destitute life that broke me down inside and out.
He would save me. Protect me from the affliction of which I suffered.
He made promises he couldn’t keep, and I believed his every word.
Trusting that his protection would be enough when it wasn’t.
Falling in love is supposed to be beautiful … uninhibited.
If I’ve learned anything in my short life, it’s that love is raw and reckless. Once your heart grows weak, love will deliver the final blow and leave you completely shattered.
Billionaire logistics magnate Grant Foster hasn’t been back to Lakeridge, North Carolina in over a dozen years. Not since his father’s funeral.
Now he’s back for another funeral – one for his old high-school friend, Wes Davenport.
Most people wouldn’t understand why Grant and Wes would be friends, but their high school Chess club became family until their teacher was murdered two weeks before graduation. That had broken something, and they all scattered far and wide – except for Wes, who’d stayed in Lakeridge.
Now Wes is dead and the Club is returning to bury their friend – and help figure out who killed him.
For Grant, coming home brings back a lot of memories and a lot of pain. All the money in the world can’t fix that, or the loneliness in his life. He’d let himself forget what family truly meant and being back with his Club brothers is a sharp reminder.
Will coming back heal what’s broken in him, or break him worse than before?
Makenna Gallagher’s life is anything but ordinary. After experiencing something traumatic her life changes and not for the better. When she meets the man that she is expected to marry she knows that keeping her secrets is only going to get harder.
When Dante Bianchi sees his wife-to-be, he’s surprised. She doesn’t look anything like the sweet and innocent fourteen year old who he had agreed to marry five years ago. He looks forward to making her his.
When their wedding ends in a gunfight, he’s surprised to see his wife handling a gun with ease and when he watches her kill a man he doesn’t know whether to be angry or turned on.
Every family has secrets, but Makenna is drowning in hers. Will she sink or swim when hers turn deadly?