Rhonda Lee Carver
She has trust issues, he’s wrapped up in his job…and together they define trouble.
Sheriff Hugh Jericho likes his job, but he doesn’t like messy and that describes Adira Miles. When she is sentenced to community service and she becomes his responsibility, things get messy.
Since walking away from her ex, Adira has been on the run—running from a past that haunts her. Up until now, she’s done a good job at sedating the demons, but the sexy Sheriff has a knack at finding each and every one of them. He offers her things she has never known—kindness and adoration. A future. What’s a girl to do but give in?
As the two become closer, each helping the other close doors to the past and open them to the future, Hugh comes to grips with his love for Adira. To keep her in Colton though, he must help her learn to trust him completely…and he must show her that she doesn’t need a man, she needs a champion.
Murder and mayhem threaten to unravel the small town and they’ll both face turmoil, in their hearts and in the community. But he’ll risk his own life to offer her peace…
Hugh Jericho is the new Sheriff in Colton and both him and the residents are getting used to the change. Hugh can’t handle things the way he and his brothers would anymore, he has to do it with tact or legal force.
One of the things he needs to do is clean up the corruption in this town. Hamilton Reed is a bully, albeit a rich one and he has people in his pocket around here. He has it in for the Jericho’s and always has.
When Adira finishes up her documentary on Hugh’s brother Urban, she gets an unexpected interview with Hamilton Reed. Unfortunately the man doesn’t understand the word no and Adira fights back. This results in her being sentenced to thirty days of community service.
Now that might not seem too terrible, but it means she has to shadow Hugh. The man she can’t seem to get out of her mind.
This is a favorite scene.
Attention back on Adira, she now had one leg stretched out in what looked like a yoga pose. The thought didn’t help the ache behind his zipper. In fact, he almost crushed his full paper cup. Throwing it away, he crossed his arms and counted to ten. “Can I help you find something, ma’am?” Although he needed to help himself by going into the restroom and splashing his face with cold water, maybe even dunk his head in a sink full of water, he stayed put. An ice-cold shower wouldn’t take away the nagging need burrowed in his gut that had manifested itself due to the pretty brunette who jumped up from the floor, a delicate shade of pink coloring her high cheekbones. He felt like someone had whacked him with a board as he hungrily lowered his gaze up and down her exquisite curves. His heart rate kicked up and his blood pressure would have made the doctor prescribe him a high dose of meds. Acknowledgment burst through his body like a blast of stifling air.
Her eyes looked amazingly blue in contrast with the bright yellow of her shirt. Her plump lips looked even more delectable covered in a pale lip gloss. He almost forgot that he had asked her a question until she answered.
“I lost an earring.” She brought her hand up to touch her ear lobe, which gave him an opportunity to move his attention along her smooth cheek, jaw, and neck. She was breathtaking, no doubt, and he was out of line. He was expected to abide by a higher set of rules and morals, and being sexually attracted to someone who broke the law wouldn’t be a good way to start his career as Sheriff.
“I’ll help you look. Two sets of eyes are better than one.”
“Thank you. It’s a cheapie, but it means something to me.” She turned back to scanning the floor and he had gone back to enjoying the view of her. He had to grit his teeth against the wave of desire. Her legs weren’t long considering she wasn’t very tall, but long enough to wrap around his ass and…
Shit! He was heading down a dead-end road. Maybe he should have come up with an excuse to stay out of the office today?
She swiveled on her heels. “No luck yet?”
“Finding the earring.” She smiled and his world lit up. “N-no luck yet.” Damn, if he wasn’t careful she’d catch on to his train of thought. That wouldn’t be good. In fact, she might try her fist out on his jaw too. Tearing his gaze off the beauty, he examined the floor. “What were you doing when you noticed you had lost it.”
She tapped her chin in thought and he noticed her slender fingers, short, clean nails, and a simple thin band on the fourth finger of her right hand. “Let’s see… I was bent over shelving books for Carol.”
‘Bent over’ never sounded better and his hands itched to grab her and draw her close.
Realizing he was about to embarrass himself, he pulled himself together. “Here, let’s use my flashlight.” He pulled the light from his belt and switched it on.
They both sunk to the floor searching. He had his head lowered giving his best effort on helping and didn’t realize how close he was to her. So, when he lifted his head and realized his face was within inches of her booty, he growled. She looked back at him, her cheeks turning a shade of pink he’d never seen before.
“Sorry,” he mumbled. Best if he searched the other side of the room.
The light reflected off something shiny along the wall and he picked up the tiny stud. “Found it.”
“You found it!” She came up so quickly, she hit her head on the water fountain.
“Oh, shit. You okay?”
She held her head. “I’ll live.”
“Let me look.” He dropped the earring in his front pocket and examined her forehead. He could see faint bruising at her hairline.
“I’ll grab ice,” Carol said.
Hugh helped Adira up and led her into his office. “Take a seat on the sofa.”
“This isn’t necessary. I barely bumped my head.”
“You’re under my care. I can’t have you getting hurt, not even a paper cut.”
Carol brought the ice and handed it over, then he sat down next to Adira.
“You must think I’m a klutz.” She looked up at him through thick lashes.
“I was just thinking I made you nervous. The uniform and gun can have that affect sometimes.” He laughed. Grabbing the earring from his pocket, he held it in his palm. Her smile could have won wars. She reached for the earring and their fingers brushed, causing an electrical jolt to shimmy up his arm and settle into his chest. The last time he’d been moved liked this by a woman had been… well, he couldn’t remember when, if ever. “You take the earring and I’ll hold the ice pack. Deal?”
Rhonda Carver. Hughs Chase (Kindle Locations 758-802).
A lot happens in this book, both within the community and with the growing attraction between Hugh and Adira. Some not so subtle pushes from Deputy Carol add to the intrigue.
A fun read with some intense moments, some laughs and plenty of heat.
5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!
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Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.
She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.
When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.
Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“