1. Last person I kissed... My 8 year old son
2. Last time I said "I love you"... At bedtime, to all three of my boys.
3. Last celebrity crush... Jason Momoa....mmmmmmmm. Yummy!!!
4. Last chore I did... Laundry - it's a constant.
5. Last injury I sustained... Do the aches and pains of aging count?
6. Last reality show I watched... Survivor. It's the one and only reality show I watch.
7. Last time I cursed... In written word, daily. In real life, very rarely.
Kelsey Braden has lived her life obeying the rules, but now that she’s back in her hometown of Brookfield after having accepted her dream job, she wants more. Stuck in her protective shell and desperately wanting a way out, she finally decides to be spontaneous and acts on impulse.
Nick Jensen has lived a life full of challenges and pain. An intimidating loner, his history of mistakes and bad choices have alienated those once close to him. Now that he finds himself working for the wrong people, he struggles with his current assignment – betraying his former best friend.
When Kelsey finds out the hot stranger she's fallen for is not only working for a well-known gangster, but that his target is her brother, she vows to cut him from her life. Unfortunately, the powerful men Nick is involved with have discovered the connection Kelsey has with both Nick and her brother, and decide to use her as an insurance policy. Nick has to find a way to save his new love, protect her brother, and prevent Kelsey from hating him, all while battling demons of his own.
“Baby, first of all, you are no girl. You are a woman—a very beautiful, sexy woman. The fact that you don’t know that only adds to your appeal. I knew early on that you were more girl next door than you wanted me to know.” He lifted her chin with his finger when she attempted to look away. “But I also knew you were an adult and perfectly aware of what you were doing.”
She sat a little straighter and he saw her confidence return. “You wanna know what I think, Kelsey? I don’t think you need to decide between wallflower and sex kitten. I think the real you is somewhere in between. You just need to find her.”
“I’ve been thinking the same thing.”
“Okay. I’ve got an idea. Tell me something you’ve always wanted to do, but have never done.”
“I did it last night.” She smiled widely before nipping her bottom lip between her teeth.
He groaned and gave her a sneer. Damn, she’s sexy. Control yourself, Jensen. “Come on, there must be something you’ve always wanted to do.”
“Well, there is one thing… Oh, but I couldn’t.”
“What? Tell me, come on.” He was anxious to see her really cut loose. There was an incredible freedom that came from letting yourself go, and she’d only experienced a small part of it. He wanted to see her come to life.
“Okay, well, when we were growing up, my brothers always loved to play cops and robbers and use weapons—you know, typical boy stuff. But I was always terrified of guns. I swore one of them was going to shoot themselves or each other.”
“They had real guns?”
“No, BB guns.” She giggled. “Now they have real guns, but are trained in how to use them.”
“So you’ve never shot a gun?” he asked, trying to forget that she’d just told him she has two overly protective brothers who own guns.
“No, and I’ve always wondered what it would be like. I could never try it, though. I was always preaching to them the dangers. If they saw me with a gun…”
Nick jumped up off the couch and grabbed his coat from the nearby chair. “Let’s go, baby.”
“What? Where are we going?” She stood from the couch, but made no move towards the door.
“To the gun range. I’m gonna teach you how to shoot.”
“But, I can’t. What if someone sees me?”
“We won’t go to a range in Brookfield. I got a place in mind.” He stepped beside her and pulled her body against his. “We’ll take my bike out there. Go for a ride first. You like riding on my bike, don’t you?”
She smiled as he felt her body relax. “You know I do.”
He leant down and gently brushed his lips against hers. “Good. Now grab your things and let’s go.”