Sometimes people come into a person’s life and make their heart skip a beat.
Those people are called cops.
Well, one cop in particular.
A SWAT officer for the Kilgore Police Department, to be specific.
The first time Avery Flynn saw Derek Roberts, she was photographing him for the first annual Kilgore Police Department SWAT calendar. He was leaned back in his squad car, shirtless, and giving her a smile that was completely between them. A smile that hinted at what he wanted to do to her later.
When she scrounges up the courage to ask him out after the photoshoot, he laughs in her face.
Well, screw you, too, Mr. February.
Derek Roberts never really paid attention to the photographer.
She was a mousy girl who dressed like a twelve-year-old girl. Her tight leggings, extra baggy Star Trek t-shirt denoting her a Klingon captain, and her surprisingly clean Chucks didn’t leave much of an impression.
Now, the outfit that she was in weeks after he rebuffed her? Yeah, now that caught his attention.
Too bad that happens when he’s trying to save her from what’s sure to be death thanks to an unhinged native Texan who’s convinced she was the reason he lost his last chance at a million dollars.
When he tries to save her, she tells him she’d rather take a cattle prod to the forehead than go anywhere with him.
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Avery has endured so much in her life but rather than it crushing her it has made her stronger. She is picking up the pieces of her life and is struggling both in school and financially. When she is hired as the photographer for the calendar, she is drawn to Derek and believes that for once in her life she could actually have something good happen to her only for it to end in disappointment once again.
Derek is not only older than Avery but he is in a much different place both personally and professionally and he is not about to inspire the wrath of everyone in both their lives. When he finds out the secrets that Avery has been keeping all he wants to do is protect her not only from those conspiring against her but those trying to keep them apart.
Derek was exactly what Avery needed in her life and that was for someone to have her back and put her first and Avery’s strength and resilience will astound you and if anyone deserves a happy ever after it is her.
Lani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for all things romance.
You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.
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