Nov 5 2012 1:30pm
After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.
Holly learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, Adam is the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.
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Holly held her breath for Adam’s answer, but he ignored the question and headed toward the far end of the loft, and the tall dresser standing there.
“You’re right about the weather going to hell,” he said. “It’s all over the news.”
“Which is why we need to find my dad quickly,” she said.
He shook his head. “There’s no we.”
Disappointment rolled over her like a wave. So he wasn’t going to help. “Okay,” she said, having no idea why she was surprised. “I’ll go alone. It’s not like it’s the first time someone’s walked away when I needed them.”
The silence was weighted, and she bit her tongue. She hadn’t meant to go there, but apparently she was holding on to some resentment. A lot of resentment. Who knew? Unable to take it back, she strode to the door and, dammit, fumbled with the handle. Before she could get it open, Adam’s hand settled on the wood above her head, holding it closed.
He had long fingers, and more than one scar on them. His forearm was corded with sinew and felt too close. Intimate. She closed her eyes and took in the scent of masculine soap and warm, male skin. He wasn’t touching her in any way, but she felt him surrounding her just the same. And the bigger problem? Her body remembered his. Remembered . . . and ached. She thunked her head to the door, desperately searching for balance—which wasn’t going to happen, not with him so close.
“I didn’t say I wouldn’t do it,” he said.
Processing his words, she turned and flattened herself against the wood, staring up at him, relief filling her hot and bright, so that for a moment she couldn’t breathe. “You’re going to help me?”
“Yes,” he said. “But I go alone.” His eyes were shadowed, his mouth tight and grim.
And she realized something else that she’d missed when she’d first soaked up the sight of him, dazzled by his perfection.
He seemed utterly and completely exhausted.
And, she realized in horror when he turned away from her and headed back to his dresser, injured. At the sight of his back, she gasped. “Adam.”
Copyright © 2012 by Jill Shalvis
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