Keep his eyes on the skies…despite one sexy distraction!
skies…despite one sexy distraction!
undo. For Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Mark Sampson, it was the
agonizing decision that cost him a teammate—and his faith in himself. But an
unbelievably sexy blonde on a secluded beach may help him forget…if only for a
boy, did she get one! How was she to know the brooding stranger who rocked her
world was the pilot who’d left her brother to die? And now they’re on the same
mission. She should hate him. But she can’t fight the storm of desire
threatening to pull them under…
Then, without warning, the wind blew itself out for a long moment, the warm air seeming to hold its breath. They paused beside an overhang and the rushing ocean nipped at the jagged beach below.
Cassie looked out at the sea. “I want to know what happened to my brother,” she murmured quietly.
“Everything is in the report,” Mark forced himself to say, moved by her words.
Not everything, whispered a voice inside, one he smothered. He wouldn’t listen to it. Relive it. Much too dangerous.
“But I don’t know.” She turned and her anguished eyes met his.
“There’s nothing more I can share,” he said curtly and ignored the scalding regret that flared in his gut when her mouth trembled. Her face was an accusation.
“Of course not,” she said, her voice cracking. “That’s all it is with you guys. Files. Records. Procedures. But what about people?” She jabbed a finger into his chest “What about Jeff?”
“Jeff was a brave man. The best rescue swimmer I ever had the honor to work with.”
They were the truest words he’d ever spoken but not the whole truth. Not even close.
“Yet you left him to die.” Her mouth thinned.
Words slammed against the lump in his throat. Collided with one another, forming a pile that made it hard to breathe.
He couldn’t go any further in this conversation or he’d risk falling back down the black hole that’d kept him out of the cockpit. He’d worked hard to fly again and needed to be in control…in command.
“Your quarters are over there.” He pointed at the bungalows a few yards away and pinned his gaze on a distant spot over her shoulder.
After a moment, she made a strangled noise and stomped away, leaving him alone in the dark.
He watched until she slipped inside her room. Cassie’s desperate words returned to him on the wind.
Yet you left him to die.
He had left Jeff to die.
And he’d never forgive himself. He didn’t deserve anything, but he needed the absolution the rigorous work in the days ahead could give him.
And he’d do everything in his power to make sure none of those days included Cassie.
spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult
contemporary books writes red-hot novels for Harlequin Blaze and small-town
romances for Harlequin Heartwarming. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After,
Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile.
national writing conferences and interacting with other writers. She has a
Master of Fine Arts in English and has continued to learn and grow
professionally through her work with YA co-author, fellow romance author,
friend and sister-in-law, Joanne Rock.
in three different books at a time, all in different genres. She also loves
cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking, Christmas (no need to
specify—she loves every bit of it), and having the Adirondack Park wilderness
as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who
keep her life interesting and complete..