A larger-than-life firefighter inspires a career-driven woman to live in the moment—and trust in the power of love—in this flirty, emotional novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Harmony.
Finn Ward has two passions: being a firefighter and being single. Although his parents are constantly nagging him to settle down, Finn just wants to enjoy himself while he’s young. Then, at a union meeting, he meets a gorgeous lawyer with a dazzling smile—and suddenly, settling down doesn’t sound so bad.
Rory Adams is fresh out of law school and looking to make a name for herself at her mother’s firm. She doesn’t have time for silly games anymore. But when she catches the eye of a dashing fireman who makes her body tingle from across the room, something instantly ignites between them. The only problem? Her father is Finn’s boss.
Their relationship turns both of their lives upside-down. Rory tames Finn’s wild ways, while he shows her that life can’t be all work and no play. But it’ll take some serious determination to keep their love secret—and real courage to admit the truth.
Finn leaned back and took me in as he balanced the chair on two legs. “Tell me more about yourself.”
“Tell me something that would surprise me.”
I dabbed the corners of my mouth, then placed my napkin on the table and lifted my eyes in thought. “Something that would surprise you?”
I wasn’t sure why in the hell I said it . . . but it slipped out before I could stop it. “I haven’t had sex in five years.”
Finn did something with his body that caused the chair to go back farther, and before I knew it, he was on the ground.
I jumped up, ran over to him, and kneeled down. “Oh my gosh . . . are you okay?”
He looked up at me with a look of sheer panic. He opened his mouth to say something, then snapped it shut.
“Oh my! What happened?” the young worker cried out as she ran up and kneeled beside us.
“He um, he fell back. I think he’s okay. Maybe just in shock.”
Yeah, totally in shock. From you telling him you haven’t had sex in forever and a day. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
Finn shook his head and sat up. “I need a moment, ladies.”
We both stood and took a few steps back.
The girl leaned over and whispered, “Why is he in shock?”
I cringed. “I might have said something he wasn’t prepared for.”
“Oh,” she whispered, and looked directly at me. “You told him you loved him?”
“What? No! I told him I hadn’t had sex in a while.”
I cringed internally. For the love of all things good. I did it again.
Her mouth dropped open.
“Oh God. I did it again.”
She nodded. “Yeah, ya did.” Turning back to Finn, who was still sitting on the ground and was now mumbling to himself, she stated, “Poor guy.”
“Why him the poor guy? What about me?”
She took me by the arm and led me away. “Now you’ve put pressure on him to perform good.”
My lips pressed together. “You think?”
She pinched her brows. “Oh yeah. It’s probably like being with a virgin all over again. Guys freak out about stuff like that.”
“I’m not a virgin!” I practically shouted. Finn moaned, and I slapped my hand over my mouth before dropping it and giving the young woman a dumbfounded look. “Why are we even talking about this?”
She shrugged. “I don’t know. You brought it up.”
I let out a huff and walked back over to Finn. “For Pete’s sake, stand up already.”
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.
Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.