Title: Unrelenting Feelings
Series: Pickleville Series
Author: April Kelley
Publisher: Extasy Books
Cover Artist: Carmen Waters
Length: 30,062 words
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Blurb: Robyn Heath has made a pretty good life for himself away from Pickleville. He loves his job as a paramedic, has a best friend who he adores who also happens to be his partner at work, and he even gets laid every once in a while. Life couldn’t be better. Until the man who broke his heart comes back into town.
"Jaron, you remember me talking about Mike," Robyn said.
"Of course. Glad you could come spend time with us and glad to finally meet you," Jaron said with a smile. "I'll be right back. Just have to make sure the old granny here makes it back down the path okay."
"Old granny. I can still whoop your butt." In the last few years, Gloria had taken a sudden decline in health. Robyn knew it was mostly due to some type of rare arthritis. She still managed to get around well enough and walked everywhere she went. She had said to Robyn that if she stayed still and stopped exercising, then she might as well just die. Robyn had to agree. Moving through her pain was probably the best thing for her to do.
Jaron took his mother's arm as he turned around and led her back the way she had just come with Mike.
"Yeah, I probably should have, but I really needed to get away. It's okay that we stay for a while, right?"
Mike eyed him then. "What's wrong? And don't tell me nothing. I'm your best friend. I can tell something is wrong."
Robyn leaned in. "Caden is here," Robyn whispered. Alexis wriggled around in his hip so he put her down. He watched was she toddled herself across the field and right into the middle of the game. Everyone stopped what they were doing the second she got out there. She walked right up to Neil and put her hands up. Alexis loved Neil more than anyone and stuck to him like glue whenever she was around him.
Neil picked her up and she stuck her thumb in her mouth and laid her head on Neil's shoulder, as he carried her across the field. He sat in the chair next to Owen, Alexis on his lap.
"I think she likes him more than she likes me and I'm her father," Mike said with a smirk. He grabbed Robyn's elbow. "Now, which one is he?"
"Tallest guy on the field. Blond. Looks a lot like Thor from that movie," Robyn had his back to the game now and he watched Mike's face as he spotted Caden.
"Damn, I'm straight and even I would hit that," Mike said.
Robyn slapped him on the arm. "So not helping."
"I can't believe you dated Thor, man. That's impressive. Shit, he's coming over," Mike whispered to him.
Caden came up behind Robyn and ran a hand up the span of his back. Robyn turned to him and glared, taking a step forward towards Mike so that he'd get away from Caden. If Caden touched him like that for too long Robyn's heart would cave in on itself. It would be trapped behind rubble forever.
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.
Winner’s Prize: E-copy of “Unrelenting Feelings”.