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When Alexander Sullivan returned to his hometown of Cedar Falls, Louisiana after a seven-year absence, he had no idea his heart would still react to her. Julia Whitmore was his closest friend when they were children, but things were different, and she was now off-limits to him. Still, it is the forbidden fruit that is often the sweetest and most desired, but a taste will cost them dearly.
After a brief love affair, Alexander’s obligations to his family tear him away from Julia, leaving her broken beyond repair and her reputation in ruins. With time against her, she must resort to scandal and deceit to secure a husband before it’s too late.
Is Eric Dalton as ignorant as Julia believes, or is he hiding his own dark secrets and motives?
Instantly, Julia’s face burned red with embarrassment. Slowly, she lifted her eyes from the ground and met his sapphire blue gaze.
Her breaths quickened, her heart fluttered, and her knees threatened to crumble under the weight of his stare.
All of her self-control came cascading down at the sight of his wide, dimpled smile. Oh, how she missed that smile.
Tears began to sting the inner corners of her eyes. She tried to fight them back but failed. The warm liquid dripped down her cheeks, and onto her lips as Alexander’s steps brought him closer to her.
His heart was in an uproar. It hammered against the wall of his chest with wild anticipation to have his arms around her.
He saw no one else in that moment.
No one else mattered.
Alexander took longer more vigorous steps to close the distance that would finally bring him face to face with Julia.READ MORE
Upon reaching her, he wrapped his arms around her, pulled her close to his chest and kissed the top of her head before lifting her to the sky.
“You cannot possibly know how much I’ve missed you,” he confessed in a velvet whisper as he brought her back down, and into his arms again. The feel of her so close brought life and blood back into his limbs, which until this moment felt numb and useless. He took a deep breath as his cheek rested against her golden curls and welcomed the jasmine scent that filled him and awakened his soul. He could not believe the gorgeous woman before him was the same frail creature he left behind. She had filled out in all the right places and had become even more beautiful than he remembered.
“You are absolutely breathtaking,” he said as his forehead touched hers gently.
Julia blushed and cleared her throat in an attempt to silence her rapidly increasing pulse. He stole her words, her very breath and her heart all in a moment’s time. She wanted to forget the painful past without him, the hole in her heart that he carved with his seven-year silence. But she promised herself she would never forgive him.COLLAPSE
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