Author: Annabella Michaels
Cover Artist: Designs by Morningstar
Publication Date: May 30, 2019
Length: 169 pages
Two Shattered Hearts
Brody Murphy feels as if he’s lost everything when his best friend and partner, Paul, dies in the line of duty. Partners on the force for years, Paul Donovan was all Brody had. Paul accepted Brody as he was—standoffish from a childhood in the foster system, bisexual in a police force that wasn’t entirely welcoming, Brody is now adrift. Wracked by survivor’s guilt and grief, Brody devotes what’s left of his heart to help Paul’s widow and her children. And when his partner’s oldest child returns home a grown man, Brody is torn between what he thinks he should do and what his heart wants.
Grief Binds Them
Cooper Donovan is in his senior year of college when the unthinkable happens. His father dies, and Cooper returns home to be with his family, and help his mother with his little sisters. So many things were left unsaid between Cooper and his father, a fact that weighs heavily on his heart. College helped Cooper learn more about who he was and what he wanted from life, and with Brody Murphy comes unexpected feelings and complications.
Hope Leads Them Home
Brody and Cooper forge a connection that leaves Brody conflicted, Cooper determined, and both men wounded by their shared grief. While Brody struggles with why he lived, and Paul died—he had no one and nothing, and Paul had everything to live for, Cooper sees a man who deserves love and happiness under the grief. Tension rises when Brody and Cooper can’t deny what’s happening between them. Both men are picking up the pieces of their previous lives and putting together a new future, one where hope and love heals, and home is in each other’s arms.
“I’ve heard you talk about Anthony a lot. Were you ever…did you and he…you know what? Never mind. Just forget I even asked that; it’s none of my business.” Avoiding my shocked gaze, Brody picked up one of the pans and began scrubbing it furiously.
The thought of me and Anthony ever being together was laughable, but I wasn’t sure what to think about his question. Maybe he was simply being curious. We were friends after all, and we’d talked about a lot of personal things. Although, we’d never broached the topic of each other’s love lives; mostly because I couldn’t stand the thought of him being with anyone else.
But if he was just being curious then why had he changed his mind, and why was he acting like he was afraid to look at me? Unless…was Brody jealous? Did the thought of me being with someone else bother him as much as it bothered me?
“Anthony and I have only ever been friends, but would it matter to you if he and I had been together?” I asked quietly.
Brody opened his mouth, like he wanted to say something, but then he shut it and sighed, his shoulders slumping in defeat. My heart soared as the look in his eyes answered my question. Yes, it would matter. It would matter very much. With my pulse racing wildly, I closed the short distance between us. Brody stood still, watching me cautiously through narrowed eyes.
He was taller than me, and I had to push up on my tiptoes in order to reach him. Our eyes were open, staring at each other as I leaned in to him slowly, carefully. The first brush of our lips together was like a lightning bolt, and I gasped as electricity coursed through my veins. Brody groaned, a deep guttural vibration that traveled up through his chest. My tongue slid along his lips, begging him for entry. I wanted to weep when he opened, and I got my first taste of him.
I am married to my high school sweetheart who let's face it, is a saint for putting up with me all of these years. Together we have been blessed with the chance to raise two amazing human beings and so far we haven't screwed it up; I'll let you know for sure later. I am a business owner and spend more time laughing than actually working most days. I love watching movies, cooking, going to the beach and spending time with my family and best friends. I am an obsessive reader who is a complete sucker for a good love story, but loves to feel a broad range of emotions throughout a book. I think real life is hard enough and so my books offer twists and turns, but always with a happy ending.
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