Date Published: May 1, 2017
Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.
Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.
How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?
“Opening the door, he enquired, “What are you doing here, and where is your sidekick?”
“Brody is waiting downstairs. Are you going to ask me in, mate? We need to talk.”
“I wasn’t talking about Brody. I was talking about Koko.”
“If you’re trying to cause a kerfuffle, it won’t work.”
“Don’t have a clue what the hell you just said, but if you say we need to talk and without Brody or Koko, I’m thinking I’m going to need a beer.”
Edward followed him in. “It means a skirmish or a fight. And you might want something a little stronger. I bloody well do.”
If Caden had been more like his old self, that comment might have raised his hackles. Instead, he numbly grabbed his bottle of Jack and two tumblers before heading to his couch. He poured a generous amount in each glass then handed one to Edward.
“What do I owe for the pleasure of your company? What’s in the envelope?”
“All in due time, Caden. I hope you worked today and don’t have a shift later, because that is a generous amount of liquor you poured.”
“I’m off for the next four days, thanks for asking, Mother.”
“A little testy today?”
“Edward, get to the damn point. I’m not really up for a boys’ night.”
Edward made a show of looking around the room. “Where’s your girlfriend?”
Caden took another large sip and let the alcohol burn its way down to his stomach before he wheezed out, “Moved out a while ago.”
“Sorry, I didn’t know. What happened?”
Caden stood, beyond annoyed with all the questions. “If you must know and if it will get you out of my home sooner, she left me after she found out that I’m still in love with Dakota. Happy now?”
Edward’s face broke into a huge smile. “Actually, you couldn’t have said anything else that would make me happier.”
Leaning down and getting into Edward’s face, he replied, “You’re seriously starting to piss me off. Do you have a death wish or something? You do remember your bodyguard is downstairs, right? Say what you have to say and get out.”
Not intimidated one bit, Edward calmly responded, “Do I really have to mop your floors with your arse before I prove to you that I can and will take care of myself? Besides, after I tell you why I came here, I think you’re going to want to kiss my arse and not kick it. Now sit the fuck down and hear me out.”
Taken aback by the conviction in Edward’s voice, Caden obediently sat, taking another huge gulp of his drink. “Start talking.”
“I need some assurances from you first. What I am about to show you is going to mess with your mind, and I want you to be prepared. You have to keep your temper in check and think things through before you go off half-cocked. This involves a lot of people who I care about. They are going to be hurt enough without you adding fuel to the fire. That being said, do I have your word that you will stay calm and think about everyone involved?”
“How can I honestly give you my word if I don’t know what it’s about or how I’ll react?”
About the Author
Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.