Love finds her in her darkest hours…
Nora Leslie’s twenty-year existence revolved around one thing—survival. A split second decision under a hail of gunfire saves the lives of her students and alters her own forever.
When she wakes in the hospital, Nora finds herself a suspect in the worst tragedy to ever strike her small college town. Thrust into the spotlight as the villain, instead of the hero, she is in desperate need of allies
A chance meeting introduces her to Ryan Valore, a young law student searching to outrun the guilt of his past. With the world turned against her, Nora accepts his aid, and the help of his roommates, a group of guys with pasts as dark as her own. For them, Nora is everything they never believed they deserved.
Imagine you did something incredibly brave and then were accused of somehow perpetuating that something. Called a person of interest in the case.
That is what happened to Nora, all because at one point in her life the one who did the deed and died was her foster brother.
As a result while she is in the hospital recovering from the gunshot wound inflicted on her, she loses everything. Her job, her apartment, all her belongings and her reputation all of it gone in a blink of an eye.
Ryan is her lawyer’s intern. When he discovers her plight he approaches his roommates with a request for her to stay with them. Seok, Apollo, Cai and Matisse agreed although Seok seemed to have some reservations.
Here is the scene when they all meet. It is the first clue we get of what might come to be.
“This is Apollo Morris, Matisse Boudreau, and Cai Josephs.” Ryan pointed to each person.
The first guy, Apollo, was one of the biggest people Nora ever met. She hoped the chair was strong enough to hold him. When he stood, she bet he would tower over her by at least a foot. His shoulders were twice her width, but his smile was open and friendly. His white teeth stood out in his dark-skinned, handsome face. He had a dimple in one cheek, and dark framed glasses he pushed into place before letting one arm drop onto his lap. His other arm was propped on the table, giving her a view of his chest. His muscles stretched the seams of his t-shirt to the ripping point.
Matisse Boudreau, pale and somehow graceful, sat between Apollo and Cai. He had long everything: a long, aquiline nose, long, dark hair curling around his chin, and long legs clad in dark jeans and motorcycle boots. Taken in parts, he was not handsome, but put together, the pieces fit like a puzzle. He wasn’t classically handsome, but his appearance was arresting.
Her gaze finally came to rest on Cai, and she was blinded by gold: golden hair, golden skin, golden eyes. He was healthy and strong, like he drank milk and got plenty of sun. His hands were clasped in front of him, and she could see the muscles in his arms contract as if he was squeezing his hands together. He watched her curiously, but not in the same way Apollo did. Apollo seemed friendly, while Cai and Matisse were wary.
“Nice to meet you,” Apollo ventured, getting her attention.
“Thank you for letting me stay.” She smiled at him gratefully.
A door snicked shut behind her and she turned, hoping this was the last person she had to meet, because she needed to sit. Her muscles trembled, and she could feel a clammy sweat trickling along her spine.
“This is Seok Jheon, he owns this house.” She met the dark, serious gaze of the final roommate. She searched his face for some sort of emotion, some hint of what he felt at having an interloper in his home, but he gave nothing away.
“Hello,” he said to her, his voice slightly accented, the vowels and consonants rounded.
He was tall, but not quite as tall as Ryan. The bright morning sun highlighted hair dyed cherry- red. His style was… unique. He wore red skinny jeans, and a strategically torn t-shirt revealing bright splashes of color. He reminded her of a sunset, bright but hinting at something darker.
“Hello,” she answered, her voice slightly breathless as the pain got worse. “Thank you so much for letting me stay here.”
He nodded at her, as if saying, yes, I allow you to stay here, and I can disallow it at any time. Her stomach started to roil, body screaming at her if she didn’t rest soon, then it was going to punish her.
“I’m sorry,” she voiced to no one in particular. “I need to sit.”
Voicing the need made it happen, and her knees buckled. She heard a sound like every chair suddenly scraped against the floor, but Ryan reached her first. His arms scooped beneath her legs and he lifted her effortlessly against her chest.
“I’m taking Nora to her room.”
She risked a glance at the room and found each of the guys stood, ready to catch her.
Prosperina, Riley. Finding Honor(Kindle Locations 849-874).After Glows Publishing. Kindle edition.
What none of them really expected was to fall in love with her. Nora touches each of them in a different way. So now where she had no one, she has five men who will protect her.
But can they all be in a relationship together?
A truly great beginning to a series I know I will be following. Full of conflicting feelings, protective men, and a woman who’s strength is inspiring.
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Ripley Proserpina spends her days huddled near a fire in the frozen northern wilds of Vermont. She lives with her family, two magnificent cats, and one dog who aspires to cat-hood. She is the author of the Reverse Harem series, The Searchers, and “Missing Linc” from the paranormal series, The Aegeans in the horror romance anthology, Bloody Kisses.