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Newly pinned Rainwater Detective, David Anderson is thrilled with his promotion, and it’s just as impressive to the ladies. Living a bachelor’s dream, the sun is shining in his little slice of heaven, and things can’t get much better. He should’ve known storm clouds would eventually roll in. They blew into town with the arrival of a blast from his past. The one-night-stand he never forgot. She’s in trouble and hiding a secret.
Amelia Hightower can’t think of anywhere else to go for help except the recently promoted Detective in Rainwater, Texas. She and her daughter, and the information she possesses that got her boss murdered in Dallas, will only be safe with him. She risks the chance he will turn his back on her as he had years earlier.
Years of resentment had her convinced that their night together meant nothing to the local playboy. Can they learn to forgive? Will David accept his new position as a daddy? Can Amelia trust him ever? Will love win this battle? Find out in I AM THE STORM!
Wow, Amelia really needs to lighten up a bit. Apparently she can’t get past David’s reputation of being a womanizer, even though she’s just sprung on him the fact they have a child. A four year old he knew nothing about, since he didn’t answer his phone, all those years ago.
Amelia has a bigger problem that she needs help with. Her boss the Dallas DA was shot down in front of her and now she fears for her safety and her daughter’s.
It’s going to take some convincing but David follows her back to Dallas and talks her into picking up Leah and taking them both to Rainwater.
This is a favorite scene when David meets his daughter.
“Leah, do you know what a daddy is?”
“I know Mia has one. It’s a tall man who kisses her mommy a lot.”
“Yes, they do sometimes, but mostly they love their daughters.”
“Amelia,” her mother snapped. “I don’t think she’ll understand.”
“I’m not lying to her now only to correct it later, Mom. It’s not like I’m giving her to him.”
She turned back to Leah. “Daddies love their daughters just like a mommy.” She raised her hand to David, who slowly knelt. “This is your daddy. His name is David, but you can call him whatever you feel comfortable with.”
David held out his hand. “Hi, Leah.”
She studied him closely, her dark brows pulled together, her face scrunched up in confusion. Tilting her head, she made her choice and placed her hand in his. “I want to call you Daddy.”
Okay, David never thought he’d say it or feel it, but he fell head over heels in love with his daughter in that instant. Nothing had ever been so perfect in his eyes. He fought back tears as she walked into his arms and hugged him lightly. Burying his face in her hair, he breathed in the sweet scent.
Amelia patted him on the back. “It’s sort of overwhelming, isn’t it?”
He nodded briefly as his arm came around Leah and enveloped her in the protection of his parental pride. Nothing this heady had ever happened to him and if he lived to be a hundred, he didn’t think it would again.
Too soon, Leah stepped back and peered into his eyes. It was like looking at a younger version of his mom.
She put her hand next to her mouth and whispered, “Grandma said we can have ice cream.” She leaned closer, slipping her mother a sideways glance. “Do you like ice cream?”
He grinned. “I love it.”
She squealed with delight and clapped her hands. “Me too.” Then she turned, opened the door and ran into the kitchen, her grandma right behind her and Beaver nipping at her heels.
“So,” Amelia asked, looking at him unsurely. “What do you think?”
“She is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen.” He turned to her. “She really looks like my mother.”
She cocked her head and a laugh escaped her. “Look in the mirror. She’s the spitting image of you.”
He smiled to himself, considering that. Moving into the kitchen, he noticed Leah was struggling to get into a chair at the table. His instincts told him to jump over and help her, but he hesitated, watching as she finally righted herself and sat up waiting for her treat. She smiled over at him then and pointed to the chair next to her. “You can sit there and we’ll eat ice cream together.”
“Sounds good.” He slid in the chair and folded his hands on the table, waiting.
Amelia joined them and Diane brought the ice cream over, scooping it into bowls for each of them. When she placed his bowl in front of him, he picked up his spoon, but Leah immediately put her hand out to stop him. “Wait,” she said. “You have to have sprinkles.”
“Oh, I guess that’s the best part.”
“Yes. They make the ice cream gooder.”
He couldn’t take his eyes off the magical being sitting next to him. Her long brown hair stopped at the middle of her back, hanging in ringlets. Her brown eyes were exactly like his, so was the smile. As he searched, he found little about Leah resembling Amelia.
She was all his. Even her little hands were exactly like his mother’s. Small, dainty, with her little finger much shorter than the rest.
“She looks a lot like your mom, doesn’t she?” Diane remarked.
“Yes,” he answered immediately. “More than I would’ve thought possible.”
Amelia put down her spoon and licked her lips. “That’s why she carries her name. It just seemed right.”
He glanced over at her, a lump in his throat. She’d done all the right things. Maybe not telling Leah she had a dad made for an uncomfortable start, maybe it didn’t, but it all worked out in the end. Leah appeared to be healthy, happy and well loved. Now, more than ever. “Thank you for that. It really touches my heart.” He chuckled. “I can’t wait for dad and Olivia to meet her. They are going to be so surprised.”
Amelia looked at him with concern. “I thought we were going stay to ourselves.” She gulped. “For our own protection.”
“We can do that, but it’s not healthy to lock Leah up and never let her leave the house. We have to be reasonable.”
She bit her lip. “But what if —”
“No need to discuss all this in front of her.”
Geri Foster. I Am the Storm: Storm Warning Series, Book 4 (Kindle Locations 802-838).
David has to convince Amelia that what he feels for her is different, that he is different. Amelia has to let go of her issues with his past all while they try to figure out how to take down the Garza gang.
I loved Amelia’s family especially her brother Lincoln, who wants Garcia for more than the threat to his sister. The town of Rainwater truly comes together when the stakes are high.
This is a very emotional, tense, and suspenseful book. Plenty of family support and lots of love with the perfect amount of heat.
I definitely have to go back and read the rest of this series.
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For as long as she can remember, Geri Foster has been a lover of reading and the written word. By the seventh grade she had worn out two library cards and had read every book in her age area of the library. After raising a family and saying good-bye to the corporate world, she tried her hand at writing.
To her surprise, she won a couple of contests, hooked up with a really great critique group and her writing career was well on its way. She spent several years studying her craft and developing her voice.
Action, intrigue, danger and sultry romance drew her like a magnet. That’s why she had no choice but to launch her published career with action-romance suspense. While she reads every genre under the sun, she’s always been drawn to guns, bombs and fighting men. Secrecy and suspense move her to write edgy stories about daring and honorable heroes who manage against all odds to end up with their one true love.
To keep the serious side of life at bay, Geri likes to write sexy short stories for her fans. In the Women of Courage series, Geri explores the deeper, darker nuances of life and relationships in small-town mid-century America.