Throughout June and July, check out the hashtag #RomanticIdea to discover great books and romantic ideas for summer by the experts-romance authors.
~~Hiding in Plain Sight~~
by Angela Evans
Kierra Centerand was once vivacious and outgoing, that all changed the night her stepfather killed her family in an explosion that authorities wrote off as an accident. Now, ten years later Kierra has returned to the small town of Briarview to find answers, confront her demons, and see if she can finally move on with her life. Not much has changed, Briarview is still the quaint, charming, small town Kierra left behind. Only now her high school boyfriend is the sheriff, and her stepfather is somewhere in the town, hiding in plain sight.
When Bryan Donaldson sees Kierra again for the first time he is surprised, she’s no longer the fun blonde he remembers, but rather she’s shy, prone to panic attacks, and hiding from the world. When Kierra’s stepfather starts making threats, Bryan is determined to keep her safe in his arms, and in his bed, for life.
Kierra’s chest suddenly felt too tight to take a breath. She desperately wanted to tell him to stop talking, to run away. She wished she had never come to town, and that she was anywhere but here listening to Bryan’s calm, soothing voice.
“I can also tell you the thing that’s going to be the hardest to hear. The explosion was ruled an accident. It appears that they only did a cursory investigation, but there was no reason to suspect foul play. It was ruled an accidental gas leak. Most importantly, in that investigation they didn’t find a fourth body in the house. The only victims of that explosion were your grandparents, and your mother.”
Somewhere in the distance a bird chirped and parents cheered at the Peewee football game. Kierra heard it all as though it were a million miles away. She couldn’t breathe. She couldn’t think.
Her stepfather was alive somewhere.
No one believed her ten years ago, no one was going to believe her now, but she knew for certain that somehow he was responsible for the explosion that killed her family.
And he was still out there somewhere.
My #RomanticIdea for the summer:
Top 10 ways to keep the romance alive
- Never stop dating your partner
- Remember the little things
- Love notes are always appreciated
- Hold hands
- Always kiss goodnight
- Always kiss good morning
- Pick your battles-in any argument think “Do I want to be right, or do I want to end the argument”. There’s only one right choice.
- Give gifts for “no reason”
- Give your partner compliments when they least expect them
- Put your phone down and have a conversation at least once a day, every single day.
Thanks to Angela for stopping by this week! Catch up with her at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.