Loving me won’t keep you warm at night when I’m dead…
When my dad died fighting a barn fire it taught me two very important lessons. One, I wanted to be a hero and a fireman just like him. And two, don’t let anyone get close to you, because losing you will destroy them.
It’s not easy pushing away the woman I’ve loved all my life. But I do it to protect her at all costs. I’d rather die alone than leave Sarra behind with nothing but memories.
I’ve loved Todd Montgomery my whole life. Everyone always assumed, me included, that we’d grow up, get married and fill the town with another pack of Montgomery kids.
Unfortunately, he had other plans.
As the youngest fire chief the state has ever had, he takes more pride in his job than in his personal life. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that we’ll only ever be friends. Best friends.
But sometimes I get a glimpse of something more from him. Just enough to keep me waiting. Just enough ‘what if’ to send me to my knees in prayer every night that he will wake up and realize that I’m the only woman who is willing to risk it all to be loved by him.
I will live by the code of conduct—but rules are meant to be broken.
Lars Ivanov is a speed junkie, so stepping in to guard a famous race car driver should be a breeze. As a bonus, Lars arrives in time to rescue a beautiful French-American press agent from a bullet too. Guarding Lillian with his body is the easy part, but discovering who is out for her blood is another story. Personally, he thinks someone is just trying to shut the irritating woman up…though it would be a pity to destroy such beauty.
Lillian Delphine is only trying to do her job. But someone is out for the blood of the famous racer she represents, and she’s in the line of fire. Now she’s got a big, grumpy-looking bodyguard claiming he’s trying to keep her safe. What he means is ordering her around. While he’s great at impersonating an impenetrable stone wall, she only sees an overbearing brute. But he does have very nice eyes. Occasionally he makes her laugh. And he’s good at using that muscular body for more than blocking bullets.
Who knew that shutting Lillian up is as easy as kissing her? However, Lars can’t stop there, and she’s got too much French blood not to respond with all the passion in Paris. But things are growing too complicated for a man who saves lives for a living, and if Lillian could ditch the muscle man blocking her every move, she would gladly take her chances with the men who want her dead. He’s infuriating, self-important and… Oh who is she kidding? The real dangers lie in losing her heart.
He said I couldn’t do it, but he was wrong. An old professor at UCLA promised me that I would make nothing of myself, so I made sure I did. To the tune of billions. Finding love is the trouble. Until her. Unfortunately, she’s his daughter. His daughter is mine, she’s letting me all the way in.