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The bodies of three missing women are found in Lobster Cove. Sheriff Lynn Lawton has no leads, and not enough staff to handle the investigation. When help arrives in the form of FBI Special Agent Jake Mackenzie, more than Lynn's job is at stake.
Jake never understood what happened between himself and Lynn fifteen years ago. To him, it was more than a summer romance. He loved her deeply, but she let him go to pursue his dream career in law enforcement. Now he's returned to sell his family's vacation home and cut his ties to Lobster Cove for good.
Will Lynn be able to keep him from learning the secret she's hidden from an entire town, or will Jake unwittingly leave her and their love behind a second time?
Page Count: 134
Word Count: 31900
Her eyes stopped on a tall, dark-haired man striding through the crowd with a confidence she remembered all too well. Her heart stopped. When he got to the rope, he lifted it, then looked at her as he came her way. Her deputy tried to stop him. When the man held up an ID, Luther stepped back.
She took a ragged breath. Her fists clenched at her side as he headed straight at her.
He couldn’t be here. Not now. Not ever. He was part of her past. He’d made sure of that.
It took him a minute to get to her. She spent every second willing her heart to still, her anger to subside. His ID was still in his hand. He was working out of the New York office, but she didn’t want him to know she knew that. Or that she looked him up at odd hours of the night when she couldn’t sleep.
“How did you manage to get this case?” she asked when he came within hearing distance.
“Lucky, I guess.”
If her heart had hammered before it was nothing compared to what it was doing now. It thundered in her chest until she could barely take a breath.
Of all the people in the world, the one she never wanted to see again stood in front of her, a polite smile frozen on his lips, questions in his deep blue eyes. He was bigger than when she knew him. Except for the few lines around his eyes, fifteen-plus years looked good on him.
She took a long silent breath. Jake Mackenzie had broken her heart years ago. How would she get through this without him uncovering more than a killer?
She broke out in a cold sweat that had nothing to do with the corpse at her feet.
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