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The last thing Louisville corporate attorney Becca Ellis expects to find when she makes an emergency trip home is her sister's body hanging naked in her bedroom. The sheriff says its suicide, but Becca knows better--and what’s all this about Elizabeth willing the famly home and its contents to the new church in town?
When Mac Holt left the army to care for his dying mother, he never expected to see Becca Ellis again. He’d betrayed her fourteen years ago, and knew it. But when no one else will help her find out what happened to her sister, and someone tries to kill Becca, too, Mac feels he owes it to her to step in and keep her safe for as long as she’s in Sedgefield—whether Becca wants him around or not.
Will they discover the truth about Elizabeth’s killer, the past, and their feelings for each other before time runs out?
(228 pages) Spicy
“Hello, Becca.” He kept his hands stuffed in his pockets, knowing she’d rebuff even the friendliest handshake. “I’m sorry about your sister.”
Fury leapt into her eyes. “Don’t tell me you believe that crap about her committing suicide.”
“No. Elizabeth wouldn’t have killed herself. Even if she’d been down lately, she wouldn’t have done that to me.”
“Not everything’s about you, Beck.” His voice gentled. “But I think you’re wrong.” He’d seen too many men struggle through the stages of grief in the Army. Denial was normal.
“Elizabeth would never have left me all alone, without even a note to say goodbye. You knew her, you lived here. Did you think she was suicidal?”
“What I think doesn’t matter. The coroner ruled her death a suicide. There’s nothing you can do.” Although he’d wondered, himself, when he’d heard. Elizabeth hadn’t seemed the type to kill herself, but who knew what secrets people hid behind their smiles?
“I can find her killer. I will. I owe it to Elizabeth.” Her voice broke. “I owe her everything.”
Regret stabbed at his heart. He wanted to take her in his arms and comfort her, but she’d not only reject any sympathy, she’d turn that rage boiling inside her on him. And he’d deserve it.
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