“A top must read for 2022”
—Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author
Falling Embers, an all-new must read moving romance from Catherine Cowles, is available now!
I’ve loved Calder Cruz from the moment he taught me how to fly. Racing down a mountain and giving me the release I so desperately needed. My understanding. My safe space.
Hadley has fought for a life of her own ever since her sister’s kidnapping. When she was drowning in expectations and family pressures, Calder was always the one who understood her.
Until one night changed it all. From best friends to strangers in a single breath.
She’s like a fire that lives inside me. Even when I thought it was all burned out, there were still embers that lived in my bones.
Calder knows what it’s like to almost lose the people he loves most. He’ll never make that kind of mistake again. Working at the fire station and taking care of his daughters are the only things he needs.
All it takes is a single moment to make him realize how wrong he is. A split second of coming close to losing the woman he has always loved.
But as long-buried embers light anew, there are those who lurk in the shadows. And they’ll do whatever it takes to extinguish that flame for good…
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Heat flared to life in Hadley’s eyes, a mix of anger and frustration. She whipped her shirt over her head, leaving her in nothing but a pale pink lacy bra. I wasn’t blind. I knew that Hadley had curves, that she was beautiful, but the sight in front of me had my mouth going dry. I fought the urge to lean in closer.
“Cat got your tongue?”
I scowled at Hadley through the mirror. “Took me by surprise is all.”
I returned my focus to her back, cleaning each scrape meticulously. “Hold your shirt to your chest?”
“Too much boobage on display for you?”
I chuckled, the sound a little rougher than normal. “I need to unhook your bra. That might be too much boobage for you.”
Hadley rolled her eyes but held her t-shirt to her chest, keeping her bra in place. I unhooked the little tines, letting it fall open. I cleaned the rest of the gashes and moved for the antibiotic ointment. As gently as possible I spread it over the worst of her scrapes.
Hadley trembled slightly.
“Did that hurt?”
“No, I’m fine.”
But her breathing was more shallow than usual. Her gaze focused on the counter in front of her. Apparently I wasn’t the only one affected.
After what happened to her sister when they were children Hadley has felt stifled as her mother’s need to keep her safe is in a battle with her need to be free and she has never felt more alone. She doesn’t remember a time that she hasn’t loved Calder, her brother’s best friend, who used to be by her side as she handled these emotions by pushing her body to the limits when it comes to adventurous sports so when he withdrew from her it hurt even more.
One devastating moment was all it would take for Calder to realize that he would do whatever is necessary to keep his twin daughters as well as everyone he loved safe. He can’t bear to see those he cares about hurt but when it comes to Hadley, he is about to realize that the emotional hurt is much worse than the physical. As Calder decides to pursue Hadley, she is cautious as when it comes to those she cares about she feels that she will never enough. He is determined to show her that he will always be there when she needs him, and they are both about to find out that danger lurks where you least expect it.
The relationship between Calder and Hadley was swoony but her relationship with his daughters was heartwarming as well. The choice of the narrators was perfect as they brought the characters and their emotional, suspenseful and romantic story to life.
About Catherine Cowles
Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.
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