The Red Rock, Colorado Series
Harboring a secret she dared not share, Rose Phillips ended her relationship with Dr. Mike Mahoney two years ago. When a tragic accident places her under his professional care, she realizes her feelings for him are still very much alive. Torn between wanting to bare her soul and fearing he’ll reject her after he learns her secret, Rose struggles to resolve her dilemma.
Why Rose ended their relationship has always puzzled Mike. He’s never stopped loving her. Now that she’s back in his life, he wants more than anything to pick up where they left off. Rose appears receptive, but because of her actions trust is difficult. Dare he risk a second broken heart?
Page Count: 254
Word Count: 67733
Print ISBN: 1-60154-963-6
At last, they reached the ranch. Mike parked in front of the house and cut the engine. He turned and in a somber tone said, “I'm sorry if I said anything to upset you. I wanted you to enjoy yourself today.”
“I’m sorry I caved in like I did,” she said with a calmness that amazed her. “Getting out was a real treat. Thanks so much.”
“You’re welcome. I promise next time we get together—” He tilted his head. “What? You look really distressed now."
Maybe she hadn’t been as calm as she thought. She hesitated, and then said, "Mike, do you think there should be a next time?”
“Of course, I do.” He reached out and tipped up her chin, forcing her to meet his gaze. “I could say, ‘Doctor’s orders,’ but I hope we’ll get together again because you want to.”
The longing reflected in his eyes reached deep inside Rose. At that moment, she knew with all her heart and soul she wanted to be with him. They were so perfect together. Always had been—except for the one thing that kept them apart.
“You do want to come out with me again, don’t you, Rose?”
“I—yes, I do,” she whispered.
A slow, sexy smile tipped the corners of his lips. “I knew I was right on with that diagnosis.”
When he leaned closer, she didn’t move away. Softly, gently, his lips barely touched hers. And yet the effect, at first a shiver of delight and then a wave of pure desire, spread all the way down to her toes.
He deepened the kiss, rubbing his lips back and forth over hers.
She savored the touch of his warm fingers on her shoulder, the scent of his aftershave, the slight bristle of beard along his jaw. All so familiar and yet at the same time new and exciting.