Brogan MacFarlane, a former Marine, filled his days with hard work at the family bar and his nights running along the shore to rid himself of the war memories he would rather forget. But there was one thing in town that provided a distraction…the pretty cop with the haunted eyes.
Ginny Spencer loved the small, shore town and her job, as long as she could keep people at arm’s length. Former Army Military Police, she carried her own battle scars deep inside and that was just where she planned on keeping them. If only the surly bartender with the Irish blue eyes did not make her long for more.
When reports of a Peeping Tom in town escalate to a man accosting women, Ginny and the Baytown police work to find the culprit, but for her, it opens wounds she would rather forget. Brogan, seeing her pain, steps in, no longer willing to sit on the sidelines. And in doing so, allows her to soothe his nightmares as well.
When two scarred souls come together, their love allows them to find the peace they’ve been seeking.
****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned – for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues…again be warned!!*****
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A knock on the front door had Brogan cursing under his breath, hoping whoever was there would leave. Another knock killed that hope. Sliding away from Ginny’s sleeping body and out of bed, he walked quietly to the door, throwing it open and observing Grant and Jillian on the porch.
“Yeah, I’ve got her and she’s fine.”
Snorting, Grant said, “Hell, man, we didn’t even ask anything.” Wrapping his arm around Jillian, “Glad she’s with you.”
Stepping out on the porch, he pulled the door shut behind him. “She had shit she needed to get out and I’m damn glad I was the one there.”
“She means something to you.” Grant did not ask but, rather, stated the obvious.
Nodding, Brogan replied with a simple, “Yeah.” Then, as an afterthought, he added, “Normally, I wouldn’t say shit, but since she’s one of your partners, I’ll let you know that she’s fine. Like all of us, got some stuff to deal with, but she’s good…and I’m going to make sure she stays that way.” Focusing intently on Jillian, he said, “It’d be good if she had some female support too. I’ll have a word with Katelyn. She doesn’t need anyone fussing, but I think it’s been awhile since she’s had girlfriends. Y’all might’ve driven me bat-shit crazy when I was a kid, but I know you’ll take care of her too.”
As Grant tucked Jillian in closer to his side, she said, “No problem, Brogan. We all really like her and we’ll be there for her.”
Nodding, he finished up, “Now, if there ain’t anything else, I’d like to get back to her. She’s sleeping right now and from what she says, that doesn’t come easily. I want to be there when she wakes up.” With a head jerk, he turned and walked back through his front door, missing the huge grin Grant and Jillian shared between themselves.
Blinking, Ginny tried to discern where she was. Her body was wrapped in warmth, a heavy weight across her legs. Her hand lay on a broad chest and as she lifted her head, she was greeted by a pair of sparkling, blue eyes. Blinking a few more times to bring everything into focus, a hand reached up and pushed messy tendrils out of her face before cupping her jaw.
“Brogan,” she breathed, just before their conversation slammed back into her.
Feeling her tense, his deep voice rumbled, “Oh, no. You’re not going back there. No shame…not with me. No guilt…not with me. And, sure as hell, no regret…not with me. You gave it all to me and I’m gonna help you carry it, honey.”
Unsure of his meaning, she hesitated slightly in silent question.
“I wasn’t kidding when I said you were the strongest person I know. What you endured…what you fought for. You’re fuckin’ amazing. You’re getting counseling and are right back in a career helping others when you could have said fuck it to everyone. And,” he added leaning so close his breath whispered across her face, “you are not in this alone. Not anymore.”
“I’ve carried it alone for a really long time—”
“I get that, but no more. You’ve got me and I’ll help you move to a place where it won’t hurt so much, if you’ll let me.”
Reaching up, she settled her palm against his face, the beard stubble rough underneath her fingers as she moved her thumb over his cheek. The worry creases in her face eased and a small smile curved her lips. “I’ll let you,” she whispered, realizing for the first time in years she did not feel alone.
He kissed her, cupping her cheek, moving his lips over hers, relishing the taste and texture of the petal softness. The desire to claim was strong. The desire to protect screamed at him. The desire to right all the wrongs she had suffered claimed him as they let words slip away, the only sound was the little moans from her lips and the deep growl in his chest.
About the author:
As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.
My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.
- Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
- Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
- Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
- Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
- My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.
I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!
I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.
When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
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