It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.
When firefighter Nick saves Miri from a fire at the school where she teaches, their attraction is immediate and sizzling. The heat of their passion quickly consumes them, but Miri's fear of commitment threatens to cool their blistering romance before it really begins.Search Terms: novella-length, steamy romance, teacher, firefighter, contemporary romance, opposites attract
When Julia witnesses her friend’s murder and is betrayed by one of the marshals meant to protect her, she seeks out Justin Harbor, an old friend of the other marshal, who died protecting her. He’s reluctant to have her at his ranch, but he’ll do his best to keep her safe from the mobster searching for her—and from his personal demons. She’s determined to get closer to the stubborn ex-soldier and breaks through his walls, but he still maintains an emotional distance between them. When time runs out, and she’s taken, he’ll do anything and risk everything to get her back.
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