Publication date: September 28th, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
He could be my savior…or my downfall…
I was living a lie.
No one knew who I really was. Letting someone in could’ve been devastating for my family.
For the most part, isolation wasn’t a hardship. It’s not like I was looking for love or any kind of serious relationship.
But then I met Logan.
I tried to keep my distance. He wouldn’t let me.
Logan is gentle, kind, and loving. Everything I never knew I needed in my life.
He’s also a cop—exactly the kind of man who’d never understand my truth.
So, while he shared his deepest, darkest secrets, I kept mine hidden.
Too bad I couldn’t keep my heart locked away, too.
Because now, I’m falling for a man who can never be mine. Not truly, anyway.
How can I ask him to be my future when I can’t even let him help me survive my present?
First Light, book three in the Haven Island series, is a lightly angsty, sometimes suspenseful, small town, military contemporary romance featuring a grumpy protective, over hero and the heroine who steals his heart. All of the books in the series are standalone contemporary romance novels and can be read in any order.
“Is there a problem?”
“No. It’s just work.” Logan stepped closer to the counter, and I flipped the phone over, screen down. “I’m sorry. I would invite you to have a drink or something, to thank you.”
“Hey, I understand. No problem. So, you work, in addition to the tutoring you do?” He leaned against the counter and crossed his corded and tanned arms.
Logan’s casual pose and his sexy smile didn’t convey interrogation. Getting to know someone required asking questions. I ran my fingers along my scalp, hating my brother for being right, because these little benign bits of information were what he didn’t want me sharing. But, then again, Logan was a good guy. He cut lethal sand burrs from my dog’s fur. Be smart with what you share.
“I do some contract work. Plus, I take on translation projects. Mostly for books.”
I sensed he wanted to ask more questions, and while I trusted him, I didn’t want to risk upsetting Erik. My brother had enough on his plate. He worried too much about me as it was. I stepped toward the front door, willing Logan forward.
“I understand you’ve got work to do, but I’d like to take a rain check on that drink. If you were serious.” I swung the door open, avoiding his gaze, hoping he didn’t perceive me as rude. “No pressure. I’m divorced, too. I get it. You’re not ready to date yet. But I seriously think you, me, and an old lady who lives on the marsh are the three single people on the island. And I don’t mean single like that means we need to get together. But… friends can be helpful when you’re coming out of the pain of a divorce. Trust me.”
“You’re a nice guy, but” I said it more to myself, but he shoved his hands in his pockets, and his shoulders sloped, lending a bashfulness to his stance. My insides twisted and pulsed as his hesitant eyes sought my direct gaze. He anticipated my no, but he faced it head on. I planned to politely decline, but instead, what came out was, “Sure, you’re on for the drink.”
Isabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.
When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside.
Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day. #mood.
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