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250 pages, Paperback
First published April 3, 2015
“I’m here now … For as long as you’ll let me, I’m here … I know I haven’t been someone you can count on … But I’d like to be.”
“I’ve missed you. My whole life I’ve missed you, Melanie.”
“Regret is a motherfucker, isn’t it?”
“Your father is going to be quite interested in this little tale. Does he know where you are right now?”
“None of your business, gramps,” the kid sneered.
Gale briefly wondered how long the prison sentence would be for throwing a sixteen-year-old walking hard-on down the stairs of his ex-wife’s house.
The truth was he was a better soldier than a husband or father, and he always had been. Hell, there was a reason why he worked so hard. He was good at the army. It wasn't a job to him. It was who he was. It was what he was good at. He knew how to lead soldiers, how to get their confidence up to be the first man in the stack.
He hadn't been a good enough man to hold on to her. And when he was honest with himself, everything he'd done over the last decade and a half had been to make himself a better man.
She wasn't sure where things were going but it was such a departure from the way things had been. A good one. Gale the man not Gale the memory of the boy he'd been. There was power in his hands now, confidence in his touch. A smoothness in the way he stroked her body that left her breathless and shaking and wanting more. So much more.