The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love.
When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling’s life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father’s lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel’s case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left.
Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can’t forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won’t hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can’t trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?
This book is something different. It has new faces, although
it’s set in Jacobsville and Comanche Wells, with cameos by old friends. The
heroine is the daughter of a multimillionaire. The hero is her father’s head of
security for his home and racehorses.
But her life of privilege is not what it seems. A tragic
decision leads to what seems the end of her dream of love. Her employment as a
new assistant district attorney in Jacobsville is the beginning of a murder
investigation in which she, her younger sister and their former head of
security—now with the San Antonio FBI office—are entwined. The end of this book
is the beginning of her sister’s story, which takes place in Wyoming. I loved
doing this story. I hope you will enjoy reading it.
This book is dedicated to our nephew. He leaves behind his wife,
Heather, his sister, Kathy, his mother, Kathleen, and two great kids, Austin
and Tyler. The boys and I play video games together on Xbox One.
As always, thank you for your
kindness over the long years, and your friendship.I am your biggest fan.
Lots of love,
Paul Fiore was Italian. He also had a Greek grandmother. It
accounted for his olive complexion and thick, jet-black hair and large brown
eyes. He was handsome, too, tall and broad-shouldered, muscular without making
a point of it. He walked like a panther, light on his feet, and he had a quick
mind. He’d been in law enforcement most of his life until he took the job with
the Grayling Corporation. He’d wanted to get as far away from federal work—and
New Jersey—as he could. Jacobsville, Texas, came close to his ideal place.
He was fond of the girls, Merrie and Sari, and he took charge of
the house when Mr. Grayling was out of the country. He could handle any
problem that came up. His main responsibility was to keep the girls safe, but
he also kept a close watch on the property, especially the very expensive Thoroughbreds
Grayling raised for sale.
The housekeeper, Mandy Swilling, was fond of him. She was always
baking him the cinnamon cookies he liked so
much, and tucking little surprises into his truck when he had to be away
“You’ve got me ruined,” he accused her one morning. “I’ll be so
spoiled that I’ll never be able to get along in the world if I ever get fired
“Mr. Darwin will never fire you,” Mandy said confidently. “You
keep your mouth shut and you don’t ask questions.”
His eyes narrowed. “Odd reason to keep a man on, isn’t it?”
“Not around here,” she said heavily.
He stared at her, his dark eyes twinkling. “You know where all
the bodies are buried, huh? That why you still have work?”
She didn’t laugh, as he’d expected her to. She just glanced at
him and winced. “Don’t even joke about things like that, Mr. Paul.”
He groaned at her form of addressing him.
“Now, now,” she said. “I’ve always called the boss Mr. Darwin,
just like I call the foreman Mr. Edward. It’s a way of speaking that Southern
folk are raised with. You, being a Yankee…” She stopped and grinned. “Sorry. I
meant to say, you, being a northerner, wouldn’t know about that.”
“I guess so.”
“You still sound like a person born up North.”
He shrugged and grinned back at her. “We are what we are.”
“I suppose so.”
About Diana Palmer
The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.