By Bernadette Marie
September 1, 2016
Russell Walker’s life was spared when his truck veered off the road and flipped. When he wakes after surgery, he can only assume the medicines are making him see things, because the woman he loved—who broke his heart—is taking his vitals.
Chelsea Quinn has spent the past four years keeping clear of Russell Walker after she married another man and had a baby. Now she is thrust back into his life as his caretaker, and living with his family when her ex-husband is let out of prison.
Some heartbreaks are too severe to recover from, and Russell is fighting every feeling he has as not to get his heart broken again. But sometimes the pull of love is just too strong, especially when the lives of those you love are threatened, and someone is looking for revenge.
Every time they touched his IV it made him sick. They said anesthesia would do that to a person although he was distinctly under the impression that when they gave you anesthesia it was so you wouldn’t feel anything. Why the hell did he still hurt so much and why was he throwing up?
He lurched again just as the door to his room opened and Phillip Smythe walked in.
“Bad timing, man,” he said as he laid back against his pillows.
“Food isn’t that bad here,” Phillip joked.
“I hate this. I freaking hate it,” he said taking the wet rag the nurse had brought him and wiping his mouth. “The only good thing in my day was my nurse. Well one of them.”
Phillip smiled as he pulled a chair closer to the bed and sat down. “Chelsea?”
“How’d you know that?”
“I talked to her. Her car died. I jumped it.”
Russell squeezed his eyes shut. “She knows how to do that. I taught her.”
“Sure, but she was in a hurry,” he said. “That’s what friends are for, right?”
Russell set his bucket on the bed table and rested back. “She didn’t seem to want to be friends with me,” he admitted. “She transferred to another floor just so she didn’t have to be in here.”
“I don’t think she knew what to do when you told her you loved her.”
Russell winced. “I did say that, didn’t I?”
“She said you did.”
He looked at the IV bag to his side. “Truth serum pumped right into my veins huh?”
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.
When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.
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