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This was a new year. Wyatt was in third grade. It was time to be bold.
He grinned at Tabitha. “Hey.”
She didn’t seem to notice him, and Wyatt got the distinct impression it was Clay Powers’s cough under his breath that sounded distinctly like piglet that had her glancing up from her book. When she did, her brown eyes grew wide in shock.
Wyatt was fighting down the urge to punch Clay, so his voice was tense as he tilted his head to the bench. “Y’all don’t mind if I sit there, do ya?”
“Oh.” Tabitha looked at the bench between her and Clay, where her worn-out backpack rested. “’Suppose not.”
Clay brushed away his bangs that were so long they covered his eyes, and then gave her a look of horror. “No way.”
Wyatt arched a challenging eyebrow at Clay. “It speaks. Next it’ll get a haircut. Your hair’s as long as my sister’s, Powers.”
“Fuck you, piglet,” Clay said in slow, concise words. “Seat’s taken.”
Wyatt took a threatening step toward him.
“Here,” Tabitha said quickly as she grabbed her bag and threw it on the ground and then scooted up next to Clay, making room at the end of the bench. “Room right there.”
It wasn’t ideal, but it would work. He sat next to Tabitha, flashing her a smile. “So what’d you do for summer?”
Tabitha looked over at him uncertainly. “Nothing.”
“That’s cool.” Wyatt nodded, doing his level best to pretend Clay Powers didn’t exist, and he wasn’t seeing Tabitha practically crawling on top of him to keep her distance. “Well, I got my purple belt last month. The folks at the rec center say they ain’t never seen a guy as young as me get it. I reckon I’ll have my black belt before sixth grade.” He glanced back at her, looking for recognition on something he considered a big accomplishment. Tabitha just stared at him blankly, making Wyatt feel like he was speaking Japanese. “In karate,” he clarified. “Like Bruce Lee. I’ll be as good as him.”
“Oh.” Tabitha gave him a half smile of encouragement. “Great.”
Wyatt grinned, thinking he was doing an excellent job of impressing her. He was just about to tell her about peewee football season starting up when a shadow was cast over his good morning.
“You forgot your bag.” Jules made a point to drop his bag, causing his lunch box to make a reverberating clash when it hit the ground. “And it ain’t like you’re the only one to move up. I got my purple belt this summer too.”
“Yeah, after I got it,” Wyatt reminded her. “I was first.”
Jules huffed, looking unimpressed. “By an hour. Big deal.”
“Jules!” A group of girls squealed from other end of the bench. They jumped up, waving for her because everyone seemed to want to be Jules’s friend. “Come sit with us.”
“Hey, y’all.” Jules waved back, smiling enthusiastically as she left Wyatt without a backward glance.
Wyatt scratched at the back of his neck as Jules walked off. “I’m pretty sure our sensei goes easy on her ’cause she’s a girl.”
Wyatt turned back when he didn’t get a response, finding that Tabitha was reading again and Clay was casting him long, angry glares, making it obvious he was very unwelcome. Wyatt grabbed his backpack to cover the silence. His lunch box had opened when Jules dropped it, and he made quiet work of putting everything back in. He liked lunch. It was his favorite part of the school day.
He glanced up when he sensed Tabitha looking at him. He followed her line of sight, seeing that she was eyeing the cookies in his hand. Thinking quick, he offered them to her. “You want ’em?”
“Really?” Tabitha’s eyes widened. She turned to Clay, and the two of them had a strange sort of silent exchange, because his eyes were wide too. Then she turned back to Wyatt. “Ain’t ya gonna miss ’em?”
Wyatt shrugged. “Naw.”
“But I ain’t got anything to trade, and—”
Wyatt frowned when Clay cut her off by kicking her foot. He was just about to say something when Tabitha snatched the small stack of cookies wrapped in cellophane out of his hand.
“Thank you.” She held them close to her chest, sort of reminding Wyatt of the way Jules used to hold her baby dolls when she was younger.
Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.
Before life hurt him, Wyatt was a different person. Love had once blinded him to his upbringing and made him defiant against anyone who tried to separate him from the girl he loved. He easily broke laws to ensure her safety.
When she left it destroyed him.
Now she’s back.
Tabitha knows coming home is a mistake, but family obligation demands it. Of course she would run smack into the love of her life the day she returns.
Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. They deserve a second chance, both of them, but she can’t risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.
He broke the rules for her once, and now her haunted past threatens the man she loves–the man he’s become–again. If he learns everything she’s suffered, he’ll cross the lines to take revenge. Tabitha just can’t risk it. Not even for another taste of true love.
Kele Moon is fast becoming one of the hottest names in erotic romance. Known for her heart pounding sex scenes and character driven stories that leave the readers begging for more, she is often a favorite pick for bloggers and media outlets alike as a go to author for anyone looking for emotionally charged romances with an edge. A 2010 Bookie Award Nominee and 2011 RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee, Kele’s an Amazon Bestseller in her genres and is celebrated for pushing the envelope in the best ways possible. She adores the art of falling in love and enjoys finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. The only rule she believes in is that, in love, there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.
So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it, she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who has infinite patience for her airy ways. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children, who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts. . . They wouldn’t have it any other way.