BLURB“I could see it in his eyes—he wanted to be the prince who rode up on his horse and saved the day. But I was no princess, and my Prince Charming had come and gone. I couldn’t survive losing another to dragon’s fire. Or to my own poisonous touch.”
Reeling from a traumatic and heart-shattering loss, Scarlett Rossi escapes back to her hometown, a place that never changes, though nothing about her is the same. The new Scar is fierce. Untouchable. Resolved to bury the twisted nightmares of that horrible night… the night when everything was stolen from her… the night that divided her life into two: before him, and after.
When do-gooder Vance Holloway makes it his personal mission to cheer up the new girl at work, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Scarlett’s tough shell doesn’t fool him. He knows deep down, that sweet, innocent smile still exists, and he’ll stop at nothing to prove it. Patience, persistence, and a little ice cream pay off. Slowly they become friends. Then best friends. Then more. Only one problem: he was never supposed to fall in love.
So begins an explosive tryst of pull and resistance, between one worthy white knight, and the damsel who doesn’t want to be saved. Scarlett won’t survive another heartbreak, but can their friendship survive a compromise?
If Vance is so determined to break down these walls, he’ll have to learn—just as she did—that when it comes to things like trust and love, there are always consequences.
Because the last man that she loved swore to protect her, then paid with his life. And took with him a piece of her soul.
Now Scarlett must decide if true strength means guarding her heart, or surrendering to it once more. One final secret remains: what really happened the night she swore she’d never love another man, and whose hands are stained with his blood?
A powerful journey of romance, mystery, and redemption. This is a standalone and full-length novel.
By day just call her Pepper Potts: pencil skirt rockin’ executive assistant to a top leader at a Fortune 100 company. By night she goes by Riley Jean: writer, reader, dreamer. Riley is blessed with a husband who makes her laugh every single day. She enjoys early evening walks with their pooch, Delilah, and finds beauty in music and books. Inspired by her own love story, she holds her debut novel, “Use Somebody,” very close to her heart.
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Mama always told me to be like a swan on the water. They glided along the surface, graceful and poised, while down below they were kicking along and propelling at full speed. Regardless of what was brewing underneath, she said it was important to never let the world see that side of me.
This was one of those situations where I was struggling to be like the swan.