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Detective Matt Dixon had a scarred face earned in the line of duty and a scarred heart when his cheating fiance’ left him. Quiet and surly, he was determined to not let love in again. Until he met her…Lily Swanson. The first woman in a year that did not focus on his scar. Tempted to know her, he thought he had lost his chance when she disappeared into the night. When he and his partner are called to investigate a murder, he finds her again.
Lily doesn’t mind Matt’s scar. She’s hiding scars of her own and is determined to keep the handsome detective at arm’s length. A software engineer working in a medical company, she stumbles across what her murdered partner had discovered… and this time, she may be the next victim.
Will Lily be able to solve the clues to keep the murderer from striking again?
Can Matt save her before the murderer claims her as their next victim?
Can two scarred people be tempted to let love in?
Each book in this series is a stand-alone and can be read in any order. It is NOT a cliffhanger! This book contains characters also found in Love’s Taming and Love’s Trusting. It may be enjoyed more after reading Love’s Taming.
I love Matt, his insecurities brought on by women who only see his scarred face are heartbreaking. He doesn’t feel worthy of love. He’s meeting Shane and some of the guys from Alvarez Security for drinks when he helps out a lovely lady at the bar.
Lily is an introverted software engineer, in her spare time she’s more likely to curl up with a good book or movie than go out. It seems fate lends a hand when Lily is to meet some coworkers for a drink but they don’t make it and she’s waiting for another ride.
This is a favorite scene when these two meet.
Matt nodded to himself. Yep, the scar gets them every time. Glancing at his watch to see how much longer he needed to wait, his attention was caught by the movement at the other end of the bar.
There she was. Sitting alone looking lost, nursing her drink. Beautiful. Long, dark blonde curls down her back. A pixie face with dark brown eyes. And her clothes…in a room of scantily clad women she was dressed simply. Green blouse. Black slacks. Low-heeled boots. And yet, the whole package together was gorgeous.
And he wasn’t the only one noticing. Glancing around, he saw the predatory eyes of a number of men scoping her out. She’s sitting there looking like a lost lamb in a room full of wolves and doesn’t have a clue. Seeing two men start to walk over to the bar, he suddenly had the urge to intervene. To protect. To claim. Claim? Where the hell did that come from? Matt hadn’t wanted to claim a woman since…don’t go there.
Debating for only a second, he stood up and stalked over to the bar, sliding onto the stool as though it were his own. Turning to the beautiful woman, he smiled and said, “Sorry I’m late baby.”
Her eyes grew wide as she peered into his, her brow lifted in question.
The two men stopped in their advance toward her and retreated, scowling. She turned her head slightly to see them leave, releasing a sigh of relief.
“Didn’t mean to scare you but you looked like you could use a little help,” he explained.
She turned her face back to his, beaming her smile his way. “Well, I thought it was a horrible pick-up line but now that I know it was just pretended, thank you.”
Her smile pulled him in as he took the opportunity to gaze at her up close. She’s looking at my face but not focusing on the scar.
“Well, if you want a bad pick-up line, how’s this? I haven’t seen you here before.”
Ducking her head, she smiled. “I’m not big on the social scene, but I had a tough day at work, and I was supposed to meet a co-worker here tonight. But…she had to cancel, and I’ve called a friend to come pick me up. So I’m just killing a little bit of time until she can get here.”
He found himself wondering about her. Her bad day at work. Her friends. After going a year with little interest in forming any relationship, he felt drawn to her and wanted to keep her talking.
“So what do you do in this job that gives you bad days?”
She laughed. “Nothing very exciting for me to tell. I’m a software engineer.” She halted as she watched his expression. “Your eyes haven’t glazed over with boredom yet,” she joked. “As soon as I tell guys what I do, they usually either fall asleep or find someone else more exciting to talk to.”
“Then you haven’t been talking to the right men.”
Her eyes stared into his, seeing nothing but sincerity.
“Maybe you’re right,” she said softly.
He heard longing in her voice and a flash of sadness in her eyes, finding himself wanting to take away both and yet strangely glad that no one had taken them away before him.
“So what do you as a software engineer?”
“I work as a contractor. I go into different companies and design whatever software they need. Currently, I work at medical facility. I’m designing some new software for them.”
Laughing again, she responded, “Oh now you’re exaggerating! No one thinks what I do is interesting.” She smiled more gently and continued, “But it’s interesting to me. And…it’s…safe.”
“Yeah, I’m not much of a risk-taker, you know? I like using my mind and honestly – I like working in a quiet environment that doesn’t have a lot of people around. I get to go in and do my thing and then leave and go to another place. I don’t really like being around a lot of people.”
Silence settled between the two of them for a moment as they let the loud noise from the rest of the bar fill in the quietness.
“What about you?” she asked.
“What do you do?”
“Well,” Matt started, looking discomfited. “I guess you could say I’m the ultimate risk-taker.” Looking at her quizzical expression, he said, “I’m a detective.”
Her eyebrows shot up in surprise, then shaking her head she admitted, “I wouldn’t have guessed that, but now that you have said it, I think it fits.”
“Yeah. The desire to rescue, like you rescued me tonight. What kind of a detective are you?”
“Oh,” she said, her brow furrowing. “Other than what I’ve seen with police shows on TV, I don’t even know what vice detectives do.”
Smiling along with her, he said, “Probably what you’ve watched on TV is right. Drugs, prostitution, gambling…things like that.”
Leaning forward with her elbows on the bar, she placed her chin on her hands, staring at him with big, chocolate chocolate eyes. “You must be very brave. I can’t image going into work every day not knowing what’s going to happen,” she admitted. “I go to work knowing exactly what needs to be worked on. What problem needs to be solved. I write codes to solve the problems. And when I’m done, I move on.”
“I don’t know that I would call my job brave. It’s just what I do; it’s who I am.”
The silence once again settled between them, but this time neither heard the noise of the bar around. It was as though everyone else had drifted away, leaving only the two of them in the midst of their own little world.
Matt realized that for the first time in a long time he was having a conversation with a woman who wasn’t staring at his scar. Or maybe, more importantly, she wasn’t trying to avoid it either. And because of that, he wasn’t thinking of it either.
“So what favorite TV detective show do you watch?”
“Oh my, that’s embarrassing to even admit. But I do have to say that I like the reality show Cops.”
Leaning back on his stool smiling, he said, “Okay, I take back what I said earlier. That…is probably less realistic than some of the fictional shows on.”
“Yeah, well, you won’t find any shows, reality or not, about a software engineer. We’re just too nerdy for cameras.”
Deciding to find out more about her, he continued. “So if you don’t go out partying a lot, what do you do for fun?”
Rolling her eyes to the ceiling as though deep in thought, she admitted, “I’m really boring. I read a lot, take care of my rescue puppy…and oh, recently I’ve been learning how to run.”
“Learning how to run? Don’t you just put one foot in front of the other?” he joked.
Something flashed through her eyes, but before he could question it, it was gone.
She smiled once again, but it did not seem to reach her eyes this time. “Well, I guess I’m just clumsier than most.”
Wanting to make her comfortable again, he moved the topic to something else and quickly her warm eyes were staring into his once again. The conversation continued to flow between them as he relaxed. They laughed and talked about books, movies, places they had been and would like to visit.
Looking down at his beer, he realized that it was only half finished. And that felt good. Not staring at the evening through the bottom of a beer bottle. Looking back up at her, he caught her staring. Not at his scar. But once again into his eyes.
Seemingly embarrassed to have been caught staring, she looked at her watch, exclaiming that she needed to go catch her ride. Her eyes immediately went back to his, regret flashing through them.
“I’ll walk you out,” Matt said.
Jordan, Maryann. Love’s Tempting. The Love’s Series Book 2. Kindle Locations (127-187). Kindle Edition.
Finally a women who really sees him and he doesn’t get her number. Matt figures he’d never see her again until fate steps in.
A murder Lily discovers when she forgets her phone in her office. Unfortunately she didn’t realize it until really late, fortunately she had access, discovering her co-worker’s body was devastating.
Matt is able to finally get together with Lily since he’s vice not homicide. However it becomes apparent there is more going on than meets the eye and Lily is in danger.
A fast-paced, suspenseful and romantic read with kindle melting heat.
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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.
My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.
Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.
I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!
I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.
When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
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