A raging fire consumes a Florida hotel room, leaving behind the charred remains of a mystery man and the key to a safe deposit box. What’s inside leads investigators to Julie Trueblood, a woman who is not what she seems, and a secret that only she can decipher.
Julie’s life has been devastated once before, and she has spent the last ten years trying to separate herself from history. The fire forces open the door to her past, bringing her face-to-face with her greatest fears, and her only hope for the future.
As the Navy investigator on the case, Hank Jared realizes he’s three steps behind the moment he walks in the door. While he works to unravel the truth behind his assignment, passion ignites between him and Julie. Will he choose the love of a woman he doesn’t completely trust, or the Navy career he has worked for his entire life?
I learned to love romance novels by picking up the ones my mother had already finished, stacked on her nightstand or on the bottom step of the stairs. So many authors spent their childhood with a spiral notebook in-hand, writing away, but I have no memories of writing fiction until I sat down at 39 to write my first novel. It’s been a tremendous experience and I can’t wait to do it again. I hope you enjoy my work.