Publication date: September 29th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Thriller
Lies, secrets and truth untold. How can the future be different?
When Amy escaped the prison cell she’d been trapped in for years she had no idea how hard it would be to live again. Six months after the guy who kept her hostage died she is still looking for a way to break free from the shadow of fear that keeps haunting her.
Guilt hurts, and it’s left Rich lost. He is drinking in a bar with his friends when he sees a girl who prods him out of the listlessness he’s been trapped by since he turned himself around from a bad guy to good man. She’s beautiful, but she’s hesitant and nervous. It’s attractive, though. She’s sweet. But he doesn’t know what her awkwardness and her fleeting smiles hide, and when she asks if he’s a good guy, he isn’t sure what to say. He didn’t used to be.
Fate plays some cruel games…
“I don’t know if a guy should take sweet as a compliment!”
She threw me another smile. “See what I mean. Sweet!”
She didn’t go into the middle of the dancers, or too near her friends, but stopped on the edge and then instantly put her arms up on my shoulders, like kids did when they were about fourteen. I guess she was about three inches off my height in her heels. She leaned to my ear, her body close. “Where do you live?”
“A small town not far outside of Portland.”
“Is that where you grew up?”
“Yeah, and you?”
“I live in Portland, with my dad. On the outskirts.”
Her pelvis swayed inches away from mine. My palms settled on her hips.
“So where do you be a mechanic?”
“Is that why you came here tonight? Did you come from work?”
“No, Billy, my cousin’s friend, him and his girl live in Portland. Jason and Rachel came into town for a night out with them. I just tagged along.”
“To tell you the truth…” My lips brushed against her ear, and her hair tickled my cheek. “I got into a bit of trouble six months back, in with the wrong crowd. Since I got away from it, I’ve been hanging out with Jason and Rach. He keeps me on the straight and narrow.”
She leaned back, looking into my eyes. “I take it back, you’re not sweet. You’re gold dust. A guy who tells the truth.”
“Have you been hooking up with douchebags?”
“Sort of… I don’t have a lot of faith, or confidence in guys. In fact I’m a little scared right now…” And she was, ‘cause her voice shook, and although her arms were up on my shoulders, they just balanced there, she wasn’t holding on to me and she was stiff—not relaxed, just trying to act relaxed. “But I don’t want to be scared forever, so I’m taking a chance on you. You’re my first dare to myself.”
I’d also guess the cocktail she’d finished off had made her a little drunk, and a little braver; there was a glaze over her eyes.
“Well, I’ll make a promise to you then—you’ll only get honesty from me, and if I’m going to be a douche, I’ll warn you first.”
She laughed. But when she stopped laughing, her eyes stayed hooked on mine, and her smile fell slightly. That look… It was a long time since I’d seen that look. The look that said, I like the look of you. It twisted something hard and elemental in my gut, and then I leaned in and kissed her. She opened her lips and let my tongue slip into her mouth as my hands slid to her ass. I’d have pulled her closer but her stiffness implied she felt better with there being some distance between us.
Her fingers were cold and shaking again as they settled at the back of my neck, while her tongue danced around mine. Yeah, she seemed a bit drunk.
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,’The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, as well as a Kindle overall Top 25, bestselling author. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots. ‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’ Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.