This week’s selection comes from the next installment in the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series – August Awakening.
“Being afraid and living in fear are two different things.”
Her soft hand in his, he carried it to the collar of his shirt then slid her fingers under the fabric. The second her fingertips grazed the ugly raised scar on his shoulder, her lips parted. He held his breath, every nerve ending in his body screaming her name when she caressed the gnarled skin. Moths circled the porch light she’d left burning. Even the frantic fluttering of their wings wasn’t enough to stir the thick air. His toes braced against the stair riser, he exhaled a bit of his trepidation and attempted a reassuring smile.
“Afraid is a temporary thing, but fear never goes away.”
The only things Jennifer Clyburn admits being addicted to are Caramello bars, shoe sales, and diet cherry Cokes from the Sonic. But there is one advantage to being ordered to attend alcohol awareness classes—she gets to spend a good hour each week ogling local bad boy, Alex Stephenson.
Once the crowned prince of St. Blaise, Alex grew up spoiled rotten and cocky as hell. The world was his oyster up until the day everything spun out of control. The red Corvette he got for his eighteenth birthday was a total loss. So was the sixteen-year-old girl in his passenger seat.
Ten years later, scarred and broken, Alex is back in St. Blaise leading the local recovery meetings and hoping to spare someone the guilt and grief he’ll carry with him the rest of his life.
Jenny Clyburn seems to be the kind of good-time girl he used to love, but he’s smart enough to recognize the demons that drive her. Her smart mouth is temptation incarnate, and her docile nature a siren song. Unable to resist, Alex takes it upon himself to teach her the best ways to master her impulses and surrender to that which she can’t control.
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