To escape an abusive boyfriend, trauma nurse Vanessa flees to her late grandmother’s cottage a hundred miles away. With new friends and a new job at a rural medical center, she struggles to overcome her PTSD and her distrust of men.
Building contractor Blake lives with crushing guilt. Scarred inside and out, he doesn't trust himself anymore. After the loss of his wife, he buried himself in work, avoiding friends and family and keeping his emotions buttoned up tight.
When they meet, Vanessa feels not pity, but empathy, on seeing Blake’s burn-scarred face. Fascinated by the moody carpenter, she wants to learn more about him. And what better way than to have him work on updating the house she’d inherited from her grandmother.
This cautious beginning blossoms as they reveal their inner fears and desires to each other. Can they let go of the past and find a future together?
But her former boyfriend wants her back and will stop at nothing to find her. In this deadly cat and mouse game, lives are at stake. And time is running out.
About the author
Rose has been an avid reader all her life and pursued that obsession into the publishing business, where she worked in both production and editorial for books and magazines. When her son went off to college, she decided to fulfill another dream and went to culinary school, thinking she would write a cookbook but loving the cooking so much she became a caterer. But her love for books is ever present, and she finally decided it was time to reconnect with her own creative muse and write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. She hopes her readers enjoy them as well.
Rose is now an award-winning author. She had the Best Book of the Year 2015 from the BDSM Writers Con; was a finalist in the Passionate Plume Contest Best BDSM Book 2018 from Passionate Ink, a division of Romance Writers of America; and was a finalist in the Beverley Awards for Best Erotic Romance from Colorado Romance Writers.
After her first husband died, Cris Anson poured all her grief and angst into a journal. One day, to help her cope with the unthinkable, she decided to harness those volatile emotions to create scenarios where a heroine, against all obstacles, finds a happy ending. Joining the Romance Writers of America set her on her path to serious writing, a goal which her second husband wholeheartedly supported.
Fourteen years of writing and determination finally led, in 2005, to her first published romance, Dance of the Seven Veils. With the demise of Ellora's Cave, her basket fell and all fifteen of her books were crushed. Now, after several years of personal and medical setbacks, she's rescuing her stories from oblivion and venturing into self-publishing all her works.
When not reading, writing, or researching, Cris enjoys gardening, walking, playing the piano, Scrabble, crossword puzzles, oddball jokes, and dark chocolate. She's been known to burst into song at odd moments and yes, she can carry a tune. After a lifetime in the business world, she stops and smells the flowers at every opportunity. In fact, many of those flowers are in her own yard.