Needing a peaceful visit with her Fort Worth family for Christmas, Meg Bourland is shocked to discover someone is blackmailing her father. When he rebuffs her offer to help, the Atlanta SWAT team member enlists the help of her brother and his former LA police officer partner to uncover the truth. She fights her attraction for Scott and the immediate tug to her heart. But her life is in Atlanta, and his is in California.
Scott McClaine, medically retired, came to Fort Worth to recuperate from life-threatening bullet wounds he received saving the life of Meg’s brother. Hard enough to accept his new physical limitations, but in Scott’s mind they make him unacceptable for a strong Meg. Regardless, he commits himself to helping her stop the blackmailer. Working closely with her, a bond forms. Could she feel the same?
In the search for truth, Meg and Scott uncover pieces of the puzzle, which threaten to ruin her father’s career as mayor and destroy the family she holds dear. Will Meg and Scott find their way through the maze of family secrets? Will they find the strength to make the sacrifices required for real love before the blackmailer kills?
Scott half-carried Meg’s mother to a bench in the entryway. Fire burned in his side, and shot from the wound in his leg, but he wouldn’t let the pain defeat him. “Put your head down a moment, Ellie.”
“Call David and get him down here, please.” Meg knelt by her mother.
Scott used his cell, but kept one ear cocked to catch Meg’s words.
“I’m sure Dad’s fine. You’ll see he’s fallen asleep.” She met Scott’s gaze, hope reflected in her eyes.
“Want to try busting in the door with me or wait for David?” Scott asked. “I’m still not strong, but …” The admission of his weakness to this woman he admired made him more determined than ever to reclaim as much of his pre-shooting strength as he could. Regardless of what the doctors and the therapists predicted.
“I hate to be the cause of us hurting you more, but I’m afraid to wait.” She gulped in a shaky breath. “If you’re sure, let’s try.” They backed up, but before they launched an attack on the door, clumping noises jerked them both around.
“What’s going on?” David had un-tucked his shirt and taken off his tie.
“Oh, David. I’m glad you’re here,” Ellie’s fingers were white where she grasped the seat cushion.
“Door’s locked. Dad won’t answer.” Meg spit the words from her mouth.
David nodded. “Okay, give me space.” Her brother stepped back several paces then slammed his shoulder into the door. The second time, the splintering sound exploded in the quiet house.
He raced into the room. “Crap.”
Meg’s father sat slumped over his desk.
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Marsha R. West, a retired elementary school principal, is also a former school board member and theatre arts teacher. She writes “Romance, Suspense, Second Chances. Experience Required.” Her heroes and heroines, struggling with life and loss, are surprised when they discover second chances at love.
Marsha, who loves to travel, lives in Texas with her supportive lawyer husband. They’ve raised two daughters who’ve presented them with three delightful grandchildren.
Her first published book, VERMONT ESCAPE, was e-released by MuseItUp Publishing in the summer of 2013. The print version releases in June 2014 . TRUTH BE TOLD e-releases by MIU in May, 2014. She’s sold a third book to MIU. In SECOND CHANCES, the hero, Mike Riley, played a supporting role in VERMONT ESCAPE. SECOND CHANCES is the first of a planned series about four women who met when they were kids at summer camp. It’s scheduled for e-release in winter 2014/2015
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