𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙚𝙛𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨.There is no light.I live in a hellish nightmare where violence is everything and love no longer exists.I’m left with no choice. I need to escape.So that’s what I do. I escape. I leave my abusive husband behind in the darkness and I run, far away from him.Taking a summer job as a housekeeper on a horse ranch in Northern Wyoming, I end up working for a man with a past even darker than my own.Elliot Cole is cold and distant, sexy and broody. He looks straight through me most days, and yet somehow I’ve never before felt more seen. He has secrets of his own – secrets that he keeps buried for a very good reason.Can two people who come from the darkness somehow find the light? Or will their future forever be overshadowed? Can they rewrite their pasts?Because the way I see it, you can never have what’s in front of you, until you let go of what’s behind you.𝘈𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘓𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘰 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘕/𝘈 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 18 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 +.
“Take a shower,” he says.I’m almost tempted to salute him. But I don’t, because a long, hot shower really does sound good.I nod and thank him politely and tell him I won’t be long.“I ordered pizza. It’ll be here in fifteen minutes.”Oh, god yes.If I thought a shower sounded tempting, pizza sounds even better.“Thank you. I’m starving. The cotton candy is the only thing I’ve eaten all day. You must be hungry too, thank you for waiting for –”“I’ve already eaten,” he says quickly. “You’ll be eating alone. I have some rules we need to discuss before tomorrow morning. I’m tired, so don’t be long. I’ll meet you in the kitchen.”Oh.Why am I so disappointed?“I won’t.”Elliot makes a kind of grunting sound and then walks away.Jesus Christ, this man.
Born and raised by the beach, Karen Crompton is an Australian author who writes YA/NA contemporary Romance novels. She spends most of her time writing, reading and dreaming up new swoon worthy heroes.
Hell Bent (#1 South Shore Beach Series) and Heaven Sent (#2 South Shore Beach Series) and standalone – The Winter Before – are all available now in Kindle Unlimited.
For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, check out Karen’s website.