Sweet Revenge by Jennifer Hanks

 

 

Title: Sweet Revenge
Series: Sinners MC #1
Author: Jennifer Hanks
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: November 7, 2019

Blurb
He shouldn’t want her.
Maggie O’Brien has the ability to destroy him and his plan for revenge on his club’s biggest threat. But he’s craved her almost as long as his retaliation, and nothing will stop him from getting everything he’s always wanted.
Not even the man he fears she really loves.
She doesn’t trust him.
Ryker Evans, a.k.a. Gunner, has the ability to change that with his kind words and soft touches. But she decided when she sacrificed herself to save another that she would never give someone the power to break her again and that kindness comes at a price. A price she is no longer willing to pay.
In a world filled with lies and secrets where freedom is fleeting, can they learn to love each other enough to survive? 
Or will the cost of revenge be too high?

My review:

I have a confession: I wasn’t excited about this book. As much as I love the Dimarco series and the Elite Securites books that this is spun off from, I generally dislike motorcycle club books. Spoiler alert: I should have known better.

These characters aren’t some random MC sprung on us. We know these characters. I don’t know what I was thinking! Of course Jennifer Hanks is going to write captivating characters that draw us in and won’t let go. Are these characters a little grittier than the Dimarcos? Sure, but they have lived very different lives.

We encountered Maggie on multiple occasions in the Dimarco books, but haven’t really gotten to know her before now. She has such a heartbreaking history, but she is a fighter and seeing her learn how to live instead of merely survive is spectacular. Gunner was new, at least I don’t remember him from previous books, but I enjoyed getting to know him too. These two are so good for each other.

Definitely read this book. Even if you are like me and don’t read MC books, give this one a shot. This isn’t the typical book of that genre – these are decent people who run an honest business and like motorcycles and the family they’ve built. And bonus points for Dimarco patriarch appearances – I love Jack so much and I’m 100% sure one of his hugs would make me cry.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

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Author Bio
Jennifer Hanks is the author of The Dimarco Series as well as The Elite Securities Series. Her stories are contemporary romance and romantic suspense, all with the underlying message of the power and strength in love. She’s also a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After. Her love of reading and books in general started at a very young age and has steadily grown into a love of writing as well. She admits to being addicted to all things romance and has no plans of quitting her habit. Jennifer lives in
Pennsylvania with her two children. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found with her kids at their various activities. Her house is frequently filled with any combination of her children’s friends, nieces, nephews and a variety of pets.

 

The Play Maker by LM Carr

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Playing football ruled every decision Julian MacIntyre ever made, including leaving his high school sweetheart behind to follow his dream. Sidelined by an injury on the field, he’s now making a huge comeback to the NFL as the league’s youngest head coach.

He wants it all. The glory, the job and the girl he walked away from years ago.

As one of the top sports reporters, Addison Hamilton has made a name for herself in a male-dominated industry. Proven to be a hard-nosed journalist, she asks the tough questions, but when given the opportunity to interview the man who broke her heart, is she willing to cross the lines of professionalism to get the answers she needs?

My review:

AJ had her heart broken by the love of her life. Now, she dates but doesn’t let anyone get too close. But then her job brings her ex back into her life. Julian has regretted his decision since he made it all those years ago and wants a second chance with her. But both are pretty famous people and second chances in the spotlight are hard to pull off.

This book is a lot. I didn’t love Addison but I could definitely empathize with her.  The speed at which she changed her mind about things made my  head spin. She was an emotional roller coaster. I just could not connect with her that  much. There are so many side plots and drama that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. But this wasn’t a ‘bad’ book. I didn’t dislike it, even though I wanted to shake Addison sometimes and yell at her to get her brain straight.

Content warning – this book does have descriptions of sexual assault, so if that is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this.

Rating: ♥♥♥

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At the knock, I grab the cash and open the door.

“Hi.”

My mouth drops open and my eyes grow wide. “Julian?” I stammer. “What are you doing here?”

“I wanted to see my girl.” He holds up the takeout bag. “I have food.”

I snatch the bag, then step into the hall, looking around. “Nope. Don’t see your girl anywhere.”

“Funny.” Julian places his hand on my abdomen and guides me back into the apartment, an amused look on his face.

Walking backward, I stop and turn from him when my feet feel the transition between hardwood and tile. I distance myself from him and hurry into the kitchen to gather dinnerware.

“Have you eaten?”

I get no response.

“Hello?!” I ask, glancing over my shoulder, catching him staring at my ass. “Take a picture. It’ll last longer.”

My comment jars him and he looks up at me, a smirk on his face. “I don’t need to take a picture.” He taps his temple. “I’ve got an image of that perfect ass right here.”

I snort. “Are you hungry? There’s more than enough for two.”

He nods, striding over to where I stand with two dishes in my hands.

“I am hungry, but not for food.”

Julian extends his arms and places them onto the countertop, caging me in. He leans toward my neck and inhales, making my eyes close. “You smell good.”

“I just showered,” I reply breathlessly, desperate to maintain my composure, quickly losing the battle.

His body flush against mine, his erection presses into my stomach as he dots the skin of my neck with soft kisses until he reaches the corner of my mouth.

“I love you,” he murmurs.

My body stiffens and eyes shoot open. I shake my head as I try to refute his words, but he covers my lips with his, staking his claim. I feel the flames ignite in the pit of my belly as he clutches my face, deepening the kiss. My lips part, welcoming his tongue into my mouth.

Kissing Julian is unlike anything else I’ve ever felt. I lose all sense of awareness as he continues his relentless, yet gentle pursuit to drown me in his affection. The feeling of his tongue tangling with mine adds fuel to the fire simmering in my core.

He lowers one hand to my waist, gripping it firmly to pull me even closer, causing my back to arch. Unable to stand on my weakened legs, I raise my arms and rest them on his shoulders. A loud crash suddenly stills our kiss.

“What was that?” I mumble against his mouth.

Pulling back, a grin appears. “The dishes…”

I raise my gaze from his eyes and notice my hands empty, the plates shattered on the floor. I smile. “It’s your fault. You can’t kiss me like that when I’m in the middle of something.” I lower my arms and walk to the closet, grabbing the broom. “You turn my brain to mush.”

“And what about your body?” he asks with raised eyebrows.

I quickly sweep up the pieces and place them into the trash, then put away the broom. “I think you already know the answer to that.”

 

 

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Living in Connecticut, L.M. is an educator by day and writer by night. She’s a lover of chocolate and Hallmark movies; they come a close second to her husband and three kids.

Her work is considered realistic and relatable Contemporary Romance with an element of suspense.

To date, nine titles have been released since 2015.

The Giving Trilogy follows a school teacher and a single father.

The Stones Duet (Casting Stones & Conquering Stones) details the journey of a war veteran and his search for unconditional love.

From A Distance, inspired by true events, is about unrequited love that is found in an unexpected place.

Love Lyrics & Lies tells the story of following your heart versus following your dream.

The Love Duet (Entitled & Entrusted) is about earning love and protecting it.

The Play Maker offers a second chance at love when a football player comes back for the girl he loves.

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Risking Everything Anthology + Giveaway

 

 

Title: Risking Everything

A Steamy Anthology of First Responders

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Blurb
Discover ten spicy stories about brave first responder men and women
from some of your favorite romance authors. All proceeds go to the Stephen
Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Romance on the Rig by Kara Liane: Finding love on and off the ambulance proves difficult for Air Force veteran Murf—until he meets Lana, a game-changer. Murf may be an EMT hero, but he’s only human. Mistakes happen in love, and a misunderstanding keeps them apart. It’s time to make things right and answer the call from the heart.
Reconstructed Heart by K.L. Montgomery: Trey Prince never expected to make a gruesome discovery at an accident scene only a few months into his new job with the
Collision Reconstruction Unit, and he never expected Trooper Jenna Labato to be the one who helped him pick up the pieces. No matter how badly Jenna wants to help him heal, Trey isn’t sure his heart or faith can ever be restored—not without something close to a miracle.
Walk the Line by Harlow Layne: Gage Walker never thought a call to a scene would
change his life forever until he met Claire Blake. Sparks fly, but when his fellow Brothers in Blue’s girlfriends are targeted, Gage wants nothing more than to protect her—even if that means he has to give her up.
Always Kind of Love by Amanda Siegrist: The last thing Ethan McCord wants to deal with is his old high school flame, even though his desire for her hasn’t diminished.
Battling the burning blazes and an arsonist bent on destruction is nothing compared to fighting the temptation to rekindle the love he always wanted.
Beautiful Persuasion by A.K. MacBride: Raelyn wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebound guy, but the moment Griffin opened his mouth, he drew her in with his sexy Irish accent and dark gaze. As one night of sizzling passion develops into something
more, she’s forced to choose between the man who sets her heart ablaze and the
only family she has left.
Going Down by Jody Kaye: Devastated by her parents’ divorce, Kat’s looking to
regain the stability she took for granted. Dash Newhouse is a drifter, paying his bills by skiing at a new mountain each season. Paired together on ski patrol, Dash reminds Kat that she can’t live life to the fullest while playing it safe. But when the snow melts, will he ride off with her heart?
Rescuing Ryan by Syd Ryan: Ryan is out of the frying pan and into the fire, working
the oldest profession of all time to finish her last year of nursing school. On the first day, she meets Chris, the sexy firefighter, as he is licking his wounds of rejection. For Chris, rescuing Ryan will be the hardest rescue of his life.
Perfect For Me by Alyne Hart: Firefighter Luke O’Conner and ex-model Grace Adams
shared all their firsts in a tiny cabin just outside Sugar Creek. Nine years later, Grace is back in town, and they find themselves waiting out a storm in that very same cabin. Fire burns between them as neither seems able to keep their lips or their hands to themselves.
Call of Fate by Kelsey Cheyenne: After surviving a school shooting, Aubrey Winters
became a dispatcher, dedicating her life to helping people. One fateful call and a meet-cute at a coffee shop leads Aubrey into the arms of English teacher Noah Burgess. Can their trauma be overcome when true love calls?
Loving Lindsey by Larissa Gail: Firefighter Gavin Thomas has no desire to settle down anytime soon. He’s having too much fun playing the field. That is until he meets
Officer Lindsey Allen, who’s moved to Oaktown to start over after a devastating loss. Can the blue-eyed beauty convince him to change his ways?

 

 

 

Keyed Up by Ellie Rice

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Welcome back to Ellie Rice’s Key West, kick up your feet with her latest, KEYED UP, the second installment in her popular romance series. Micah’s got no time for women until he meets infuriating and sexy Ang, while on vacation. Fans of the Manhattan series by V.Theia, Heritage Bay series by MA Foster and vacation romance will devour this insta-lust, hot read.


About Keyed Up:
 


I’m a smart-ass with a foul mouth and I don’t take any sh–stuff from anyone. I’ve been through some
things that not even my BFF knows about. So, I have only one thing I want from a man, and it isn’t his
bank account. Hell, it’s not even his personality. Appendages are all I need. That’s why I hate Micah. He
had to go being all NICE. But our time is short. Once we leave Key West, everything stops. It’s for the
best. It’s what we both want. 
Or is it?
 
I’ve got no time for women. They require too much attention and if I’m going to build one of the premier
bike shops in Manhattan, I can’t afford to waste time with dating. I have goals. That’s why I hate Ang.
She’s infuriating, sexy, and complicated. All the things I cannot deal with right now. While we’re in Key
West, I’ll indulge. Once we leave Key West, everything stops. That’s what I want. 
Right? 
 
 

My review:

 

I admit, at first I didn’t really like this book. The Ang and Micah we meet in the first couple chapters aren’t that great and I couldn’t really connect with either one. But I kept on, and I’m glad I did.

Ang is a smart-mouthed, sarcastic graphic designer. She is in Key West for her best friend’s wedding. Micah is a builder of custom motorcycles, busy opening a second location. He is a friend of the groom and also in the wedding. The two meet a day before everyone else arrives and sparks fly between them. Neither wants a relationship, however. Ang has serious baggage, and neither of them trust love.

As I already said, the first few chapters were hard to get into. Ang seemed so over the top. Micah was almost a caricature of a biker character. But as the book progressed, their characters did as well. They really grew on me.

This book isn’t a favorite, but it’s not bad either. It’s an easy read, good for a relaxing weekend. It does have a lot of humor.

Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2

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“Damn, Ang. This isn’t high school. I’m not asking you to be my girlfriend. I think that maybe we could have dinner together
sometimes. Maybe see a movie or something?”
She looks at me skeptically. “So, you’re not saying you want to go paddling up coochie creek?”
I nearly choke on my rice. “Do what, now?”
Ang huffs. “You know. Parting the pink sea, oscillating unmentionables, having a pants-off dance-off, playing pelvic pinochle,
putting ranch dressing in the hidden valley.”
That’s when I burst out laughing. “Oh, you mean releasing the Kraken, having a good rogering, rubbing the fun bits, shrimpin’
the barbie, putting the two ball in the middle pocket, dunking the dingus. Is that what you mean?”
She’s trying hard to contain her amusement but failing miserably. Her smile escapes. “Yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying.”
Leaning back, I study her for a moment then shrug. “I’m not saying we have to rule out assault with a friendly weapon or
aggressive cuddling, but rather enhancing crashing the custard truck with extracurricular activities.”
Ang nods. “So, dinner first, then parking the beef bus in tuna town? I might agree to that. Just don’t get all needy and clingy.
You’re not Ross, you know. You’re not my lobster.”
“You’re no Rachel yourself, firecracker. And we are definitely on a break.”
A strange look flits across her face. One I’ve not seen before. “So, we’re free to have gland-to-gland combat with other
people?”
“If you choose.  Know this, raincoats are required.”
“Of course,” she concedes.
Throwing a few bills on the table, I stand and offer her my hand. “Come on. I’ll take you home.”
She hesitates for a brief second before taking my hand. When we reach the door, I help her with her coat and take her home.
I’m pretty sure she was expecting me to put the moves on her after our dinner conversation, but I’m determined to prove to
her that I don’t only want to fuck her. I simply give her a light kiss on the top of her head and say goodbye. The look of shock
on her face is totally worth the severe case of blue balls that follows. Lying in my bed, all I can think of is her face. Her green
eyes that shine like emeralds. The light smattering of freckles that covers the bridge of her nose and apples of her cheeks.
Her auburn curls running wild even when she tries to tame them. 
Why did I tell her that we could fuck around? Who does that shit? I should physically kick my own ass for that stupid comment
if I could. I haven’t had sex with any one person in over six months, let alone multiple people. And I sure as shit don’t want her
screwing anyone else, but I didn’t want her to think I was being possessive or scare her away with thoughts of relationships. 
I’m a complete dumb-ass.
 
 


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The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

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About the book:

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.
She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that – just in time – saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point.
She knows she needs to find her father.
She’s missed so much that her friends have left her behind.
She’s felt so helpless for so long that she’s let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. And now she barely knows where to start on her own.

And then there’s Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn’t make it. And now she’s supposed to face all of this without him.

But her new heart is a bold heart.

She just needs to learn to listen to it . . .

My review:

This book is incredible.

Ailsa has lived her entire 28 years knowing she would die at any time. When she is matched with a donor heart, she starts learning how to really live. But it’s not as easy as she had expected. She and her mother have to maneuver through a drastically changed relationship. She meets new people, makes new friends, and even dates. She also gets a crash course in maturity and what being an adult actually means.

The characters in this book are all well written. I even felt sympathetic for the ‘villain” in the background of Ailsa’s life. Even if his actions are unforgivable, the author made me empathetic for why he did it. (He’s still 100% wrong though, just saying.)

This book also illustrates the importance of organ donation. I know, it’s impossibly hard to think about when you’re in the middle of a tragic situation, so do it now. Register to be a donor (I have, donating as many organs as possible, in case any of my family reads this) and talk to your family. Talk to your friends. Make your wishes known and find out what theirs are. Give real life people like Ailsa, and the way-too-many people out there on waiting lists a chance at life.

Anyway, back to the book. This was beautiful and touching and heartbreaking and heartwarming and full of hope. And lots and lots of real talk that gives good life lessons to anyone.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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5276201Stephanie Butland is a writer, who is thriving after breast cancer. (She used to say she was a survivor, but that was a bit lacking in joie de vivre.)
Although she’d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer has changed her life in many positive ways. Now she is happier, healthier, and more careful with her precious life and the precious people and things in it.

Her writing career began with her dance with cancer, and now she is  a novelist.

Aside from writing, she works as a speaker and trainer, and she works with charities to help raise awareness and money in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wart.

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Deadly Silence by OMJ Ryan

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About the book:

Some sins can never be forgiven.

DI Jane Phillips was a star detective driven by a relentless quest for justice. But then she stepped outside the law.

Now, demoted and suffering with PTSD, she finds herself facing the deadliest threat of her career — a serial killer who is preying on vulnerable women, murdering them in a shocking and bizarre ritual.

A master of deception, he selects his victims at random. Or so it seems. But as Phillips investigates, she begins to see a method in the killer’s madness. Perhaps these victims aren’t random at all…

As the pressure mounts, can Phillips find the link between these ritual murders before the killer strikes again — or will her dogged determination to solve the case bring his deadly silence to her door?

Deadly Silence is a gripping mystery thriller that will keep you up all night as it races towards its shocking conclusion. Perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Angela Marsons and Peter James.

My review:

While I enjoy this type of book very much, I admit to being critical of them. It’s hard to get the right balance between being blatantly obvious about “whodunit” and “wtf where did that even come from?” Deadly Silence, however, gets it exactly right. The book is set in Manchester, England. DI Phillips has recently been demoted after a disastrous ending to a previous case and her work arch rival has taken her old job. She and her team must work with him to catch a serial killer.

This book was so hard to put down. The pacing flowed easily, and every time I was convinced I had figured it out that would change. The red herrings are quite effective as I usually do’n’t fall for them. The only complaint I have about this book is that it reads like the second book in a series, not the first. The case that resulted in the demotion of DI Phillips is referred to frequently with little details, as if we are supposed to know what happened already. One character that apparently featured in that case is referred to in passing and then makes an appearance out of nowhere, and the conversation isn’t that enlightening on who he is exactly. I was actually going to look for the book that contained that case then realized this was the first book and we aren’t getting the rest of the story. However, it isn’t enough to take away enjoyment of the book overall.

If you enjoy mysteries or police procedurals like the ones by James Patterson or Patricia Cornwell, you will enjoy this one as well.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About the author:

For twenty years Owen Ryan worked in radio and entertainment across the UK and Australia, collaborating with household names, celebrities and music icons, accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards.

In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.

Hailing from Yorkshire, Owen has lived and worked in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Sydney and Melbourne, before settling in the north east of England with his wife Kim and son Vaughan.

This summer enjoy Deadly Secrets and dive deep into the entertaining world of UK radio, and dark underbelly of Manchester, experiencing the glamour and grime of this world-famous city in equal measure.

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The Line That Binds by Carolyn Laroche

 

Title: The Line That Binds
Author: Carolyn LaRoche
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: October 21, 2019

 

Blurb
Eleanor Hart loved the same man almost her entire life. When her husband Gary, a
Virginia Beach police officer, is killed in the line of duty, her whole world is torn apart. One minute she’s drinking margaritas with her girlfriends, and the next, she’s planning a funeral. Her two best friends, Vivian and Marietta, wrap their love and friendship around her while doing their best to support their husbands who were witnesses to the brutal murder of their friend and colleague. They fight to keep their marriages together amidst depression, guilt, grief, alcoholism, and PTSD. Through the enormity of the loss, they discover the true strength of their friendship. With plenty of hugs, tears, wine, and ice cream, the three friends navigate the complicated aftermath of Gary’s death. Together they can handle anything.
Friends by chance.
Sisters by choice.
Strengthened by The Line That Binds.

My review:

This book is SO very good. Warning: you will need tissues. I am not a crier, but several parts of this book really got to me. Eleanor, Vivian, and Mari are three best friends married to officers on the same police force. Eleanor and Vivian are a little older; Eleanor’s twin sons are in college and Vivian’s son is a senior in high school. Their husbands have also been best friends for years. Mari and her husband are younger but have gotten close to the other couples in the years since her husband joined the force. When Eleanor’s husband Gary is killed in the line of duty, Vivian and Mari have her. The friendship these ladies share is beautiful. The book is told from the points of view of all three women. All of them are affected by this, and Vivian and Mari also have to deal with their husbands dealing with the loss.

I really loved this book. It isn’t a light, fun read. It’s intense and emotional and so so filled with love. Grief isn’t pretty and people grieve differently, and this doesn’t shy away from any of it. But the end is full of hope.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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Vivian came
out of the walk-in closet holding a small wood box. “Hey, Ellie, I found
this on the shelf under his jeans.”
“What
is it? I don’t recognize it.”
Vivian
handed it to her. Eleanor set it on the dresser before flipping the top up.
Inside sat a miscellaneous collection of items. Eleanor picked up the photo off
the top of the pile. It was one of the two of them, Gary in uniform and Eleanor
pinning his badge to his chest. They both looked so young, so expectant and
happy for the future to come. She touched his face with her finger, wishing it
were really him. “This is at Gary’s academy graduation.”
“I’ve
never seen this one before.” Vivian took the photo and turned it over.
“Look, he wrote something on the back.”
She handed
the photo back to Eleanor. She turned it over and recognized Gary’s tight
script. He’d only written two words: My
love.
Eleanor
held the photo to her heart. “He never came across as a romantic man but
maybe he really was.”
“Judging
by the things he held onto, I’d say he was very romantic.” Marietta pushed
the box toward her. “Look.”
She did.
The next things she saw, the twins’ hospital bracelets from the day they were
born, brought moisture to her eyes. She thought she’d thrown those away. A
cocktail napkin from their favorite date night spot, a seashell painted with
the words St. Lucia from their honeymoon, the first pair of cufflinks she’d
ever given him. She’d found them at a tag sale. They weren’t worth anything but
the crystal blue stones had exactly matched the color of his eyes.
“I
can’t believe he kept all these things.” Eleanor wiped at her eyes and
sniffed.
“I
can,” Vivian said. “You were his whole world.”
“And
now he’s gone and this is what I am left with.” Eleanor pushed the box
away.
Marietta
reached in and pulled out a pink hair tie. “But, what if that is why he
saved all these things? So, that if something ever did happen to him, you’d
know the things that were important to him and how much he loved you.”
“Maybe.”
Eleanor took the hair tie from Marietta. “I used to wear that all the time
when the twins were babies. They liked to yank my hair so I kept it braided.
I’d wondered where it had gotten off to.”
“This
is your piece of Gary. He left it behind for you,” Vivian said.
She nodded,
her eyes filling with tears. “I had no idea he’d been doing this all these
years.”
“Do
you want to look at the rest of it?” Marietta asked. “We can leave
you alone for a few minutes.”
Eleanor
reached for a tissue on her nightstand and blew her nose. She shook her head.
“I can’t right now.” Eleanor closed the lid. “If I go through
the rest of this now, I’ll never get these clothes taken care of.”
“The
clothes can wait, Ellie,” Vivian said. “If you want them to.”
“No.
I’m not ready to look at it all now.” She picked up the box and walked
over to the night stand. Pulling out the drawer, she tucked the box inside and
closed the drawer again. She needed to look at the rest of the contents when
her heart wasn’t so fragile. Preferably alone so she could take the time to
cherish each item’s memory. 

 

Author Bio

Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband and their two sons. She’s been known to lug her laptop to the baseball fields and keeps a notebook by her bed to jot down the next big story idea in the wee hours of the night.

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