Harsh

Debra Doxer

Each day dies with night, and every dream fades in the morning. 

That’s what Vincent Rossi knows. His life has been one tough break after another. Even when good things happen, they get destroyed because that’s how the universe works. It gives and it takes, but it mostly takes.

No matter how terrible today is, there’s always the promise of tomorrow.

That’s what Annalise Cantana knows. She’s experienced tragedy and triumph in her life. The tragedy happened to her. It was beyond her control. The triumph is her spirit, which, despite the odds, remains unbroken.

When this cynical man is hired to protect the woman who refuses to dwell on the negative, their lives become intertwined. Like opposing forces, Vincent and Annalise repel and attract until he is unable to resist the light she brings to each day. She thaws the ice in his veins and makes him smile. She cares about him in a way he doesn’t deserve.

But hidden beneath the closeness building between them lies a secret that could extinguish that light forever. It would devastate Annalise if she found out, and would unravel the hope Vincent finally dares to embrace.

In the end, he must make an impossible choice: hold tight to the first glimmer of happiness in his life, or forsake it all to save her and watch another dream turn to dust.
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Secrets... They weigh you down. I've kept a secret all my life. It's my
mother's secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that
only we possess. She's gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn't
enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the
secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she'd kept. She
never told me I have an older brother. And now he's here, eager to be my
guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live
with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most
situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end.
That's why I'm determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to
seem aloof while I'm quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas...


His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren't
resisting. I don't fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their
good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile.
I know it's because I'm denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he's
near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens
to unhinge my resolve. Soon he's trying to break through the walls that past
hurts have built.

But I'm not what I appear to be, and it wouldn't be
fair to get involved with him. At least that's what I tell myself. Until a
terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It's a secret
that links us together and ties us to an evil history I never could have
imagined.
She kept everyone from harm, except
herself…

Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a
secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She
discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever.
But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her.
She had to leave and break both their hearts.

Now she’s back in
California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no
relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a
miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too
high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she
finds redemption.

She saved him. Then she left him…

She
came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him
reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him.
Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it?


Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her,
she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so
are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to
save the world, and he just wants to save her.

With more secrets to
uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices for each
other. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear
them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her
back on everything she believes in to save him again?
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Publisher
Debra Doxer
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Published on
Sep 4, 2018
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Pages
280
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
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