Author: Melissa Schroeder
Publisher: Harmless Publishing
Released: October 18, 2016
Series: The Fitzpatricks #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Aeden Fitzpatrick rushed out of the train and through the milling crowd. Too many damned people at the airport. It figures she would leave the weekend everyone else decided they needed to go on one final fling with summer. Worse, he was running late because he had gone to the wrong f’ing airport. Now, he had a one-way ticket to Boston he didn’t need.
His phone vibrated. When he saw his sister’s face on the screen, he wanted to growl.
“Where are you?” Kaitlin asked.
There was a pause. Of course there was. She was either going to start crying or barfing. He wasn’t sure which one, but that is all she had been doing since she found out she was pregnant.
“You’re supposed to be here to say goodbye to the Santinis.”
Dammit. He forgot he was supposed to be at a brunch with her new in-laws.
“Is Wendy there?” he asked hoping the woman in question had changed her mind.
“No. She’s waiting at the gate.”
Dammit. Life never did go right when it came to that woman. Couldn’t she be late once and miss her flight? At least she could have been standing in security.
“Listen, I’ll be there as soon as I can.”
Before she could say anything, he turned off his phone. He scanned the departures and found her flight. He had less than 25 minutes to make it to her.
He jogged past families and irritated businessmen as he hurried down the long hallways. Aeden was out of breath by the time he made it to the end of terminal. He scanned the throngs of people and his heart started to sink. Anger and disappointment weighed heavy on his shoulders. Dammit, he couldn’t have missed her. Then, a flash of a blonde ponytail caught his attention and the heaviness on his soul dissolved.
She was third in line. His family had always said he was loud, so he shouted her name. She turned in his direction and her mouth hung open. He didn’t wait. He strode forward and people seemed to get out of his way.
Still, she didn’t move. It was if she were glued to the floor. When he reached her, he took her bag, and set it down on the ground.
“Aeden, what the hell are you doing here?” she asked.
It figured she would ask him in that tone. It was if she thought he had lost his mind. And he had. It was the only explanation he could come up with.
“What am I doing here?”
Did their night together mean nothing to her?
He couldn’t really answer her another way. There was only one action that would get her attention. Aeden cupped her face, and slammed his mouth down on hers. He had the pleasure of watching her eyes flutter shut before he shut his own. When he pulled back, his world had tilted.
“That. That is what I’m doing here.”
When she opened her eyes, tears shimmered in her blue gaze. “Aeden…”
He shook his head. “No, don’t say anything. You have to go. I have to stay. We’ll just call this, to be continued.”
She chuckled, albeit a watery one. “Okay.” She brushed her fingers over his cheek. “Be careful.”
He nodded. “You too.”
Then, he stepped back and watched her go through the gate. She gave him one last look over her shoulder, then she stepped through the door.
He felt as if the center of his world had just been sucked out of him. The idea that he had no way of seeing her every day, or even talking to her was almost too much for him to accept. A month ago he would have scoffed at anyone who thought he would miss the woman. Now, he couldn’t even think of what to do now that she was leaving.
Even knowing he should leave so he could avoid questions from his family. Aeden just could not seem to make himself leave. He stood by the window and waited until he saw the plane back out then make its way to the runway.
It was going to be a long six months.
A woman who gets under his skin.
Aeden Fitzpatrick has been annoyed by his sister’s best friend for as long as he could remember. She is snooty and a know it all, and he just doesn’t like her that much. Of course, it doesn’t keep him from fantasizing about her, or getting irrationally angry because she dates so many men. That all changes the night of his sister’s wedding. One night and he is hooked. But Wendy has obligations so he will just have to wait.
She never expected love.
Wendy has always assumed she would never fall in love. She had made sure to date the kind of men who knew the score. Her childhood had proven to her that she was unloveable and she refused to take that from a man. Aeden changes all of that in one long, amazing night. Now, six months later, she’s not sure what will happen, but she knows she’s in love.
A fan obsessed.
Wendy returns to find out she is a local celebrity but she could care less. All she wants is to return to work and figure out what is going on with Aeden. Their courtship isn’t without it’s bumps in the road. Their chemistry in bed doesn’t help deal with their conflicting personalities. But when an obsessed fan starts to stalk Wendy, Aeden realizes that he doesn’t want to live without her in his life. When the stalking turns sinister, the lovers must fight for everything they hold dear…including their lives.
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