His Honor, Her FamilyPublished by Harlequin Heartwarming
by Tara Randel
Publication Date February 1, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contermporary
Written for: Adults
She could be The One
If he’ll let her in.
The rustic mountain town of Golden, Georgia, is the ideal place for crime scene investigator Deke Matthews to heal after a tragedy left him questioning everything. But there’s another reason he’s here, and moonlighting as an adventure guide provides the perfect cover. It doesn’t include falling for his boss. Attorney Grace Harper is back in Golden only long enough to save her family business. Just when Deke has found the woman to share his life with...
Deke fingered the ends of her hair, enjoying the soft silky strands sliding across his skin.
“So, is there a significant other in your life?” He had to ask. “Hiding out in Atlanta maybe?”
“Right. Between my family woes and my work hours, who has time to date?” She rested her head on his shoulder. “You?”
“No one serious.”
“What about that friend you talked about?”
His stomach jilted. Here was an opportunity to open up about what had happened, to ease his guilty conscience. Instead he went for easy. “Her name was Britt. We tried to date once, but were better off as friends. I actually introduced Britt to her future husband and they clicked in a way she and I never did.”
Truth be told, he’d been jealous and hurt, but as time went on, he realized Britt was right. He became buddies with her husband and he’d been adopted into the family as Uncle Deke after the birth of her sons. In a way, she still owned a tiny piece of his heart. Not in a romantic way, he’d come to realize, but part of a loving friendship he missed terribly. He’d never found anyone to fill that void, until now. In a short time, Grace had touched those empty places inside him.
He shifted, moving Grace so she faced him. Yeah, she did it for him. Her eyes glittered in the sliver of moonlight filtering through the leafy tree limbs. Her gaze met his and when he saw approval there, he didn’t hesitate. He leaned down. Covered her lips with a gentle brush. She inched forward, placing her delicate hands on his chest. His heart raced beneath her palms, so he kissed her again, this time with greater intention. She went soft against him, returning his kiss with an ardor of her own. He forgot why he was in Golden, the personal conversation they’d just shared here in the middle of the woods and why going this far was probably not a smart idea. All he was capable of recognizing was how Grace made his blood speed through his veins. She touched him in a way no one had ever done, how, he couldn’t begin to explain. She was so wrong for him, this attorney who defended criminals and took care of her family above all else, leaving no room for others in her life. Yet this kiss never felt more right.
He would have kept tasting her lips for hours if she hadn’t pulled away, her voice breathy when she said, “I, um, think we should head back.”
“Grace, I’m sorry if I stepped over the line.”
“It’s…” She waved her hand as if to brush the kiss away, but the gesture hit him like a punch to the gut.
“You work for me, Deke. And without Nathan, I can’t risk messing up and having you leave me shorthanded.”
Her words sobered him. Work. She was all about work.
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