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ISBN Print: 978-1-5092-1396-2
ISBN Digital: 978-1-5092-1397-9
Page Count: 238
Word Count: 69692
Betrayal to Bliss Book 2
Jill Pierce's life has never been easy. Then she discovers the father of her newborn daughter is not only married but dead. Jill’s not sure how she and her baby will survive until his parents make her an offer she can’t refuse--relocate to Cincinnati so they can help her. When Johnny, the baby’s sexy-as-sin paternal uncle arrives to help her move, Jill knows her life could quickly become the perfect talk show episode.
When Johnny Browning is forced to move his dead brother’s mistress home, he’s floored by an instant attraction to the sassy young cocktail waitress. Unfortunately, denying his desire proves impossible, and after a month of frustration, denial gives way to a confession that he wants more than friendship. Despite his sincere interest, Jill is determined not to get involved with him. His only hope is to convince her he’s nothing like his brother. His plan is simple--show her love like she’s never known before.
Johnny’s intentions are clear while Jill is determined to make better life choices. But if she’s not careful, he just might make the choice for her and build a life with someone else.
Hope after heartbreak, love after loss, and a future she never dreamed possible…
“If you don’t feel anything for me then just say it. If you do, stop wasting our time and let nature takes its course. What’s it going to be, Jill?”
“I want you. I want there to be an us, but it’s not the right thing. You’ve got to know that. I’m your brother’s ex, the woman he cheated with. That’s messed up, Johnny. It’ll never be okay for us to be together.”
His eyes and face lower to look at the asphalt. He shakes his head, and I’m wondering what he’ll say next. He doesn’t speak; he swiftly moves into my space and cups my jaw with his large hands as tenderly as possible. Then he kisses me. It’s deep, it’s hard, and it’s full of meaning. Unfortunately, the meaning is goodbye. He separates from me and backs away.
“I think you’re wrong, Jill, but if you don’t want me, I won’t beg. Just know that what we have between us doesn’t come along very often, and you’re throwing away something special. Goodbye, Jill.”
He stops and waits, but never turns around. His hands are fisted in irritation, and his shoulders are tense. I don’t know what to say so I stand there, freezing my butt off in the parking lot, wishing I were someone different, someone who deserves Johnny Browning and would be free to love him without issue. He tires of waiting for me to speak, so he gets in his truck and drives away, taking my heart with him.
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