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Blurb:A night of passion. A raging fire. A home destroyed.
The sun returned and Joey and Marti felt they had turned a corner in their relationship. Only when they turned that corner, they ran right into the insurance adjustor, Finn. She wasn't just any woman, though. She was the one woman Joey always believed he’d spend the rest of his life with, but they couldn’t make it work. Soon it was obvious that she didn’t just want to adjust the value of the house, but remind Joey of the value of their relationship, and adjust his attitude about the future.
Suddenly, Joey struggles to choose between two women…one who has never and would never hurt him and one that his heart can’t let go despite the hurt. He’s not the only one with a choice to make. Never again will Marti allow anyone to make her question her own worth.
A tempest brews. A man is torn. A woman refuses to wait.
The pain was real. His chest felt ready to explode. He had to find Marti. She could make it better. Even if she made him pay, made him grovel, it was better than staying with Finn. He drove as fast as he dared toward New Hope. It normally took half an hour, but he figured he could make it in twenty minutes tonight.
When he reached town, he drove directly to Marti’s house. Joey didn’t even have to pull in to see she wasn’t there. No van, no Marti. It only took him a moment to problem solve. She had to be at Hope House. After doing an illegal u-turn in the street, he drove like a man possessed. Just as he expected, her rental was in the parking lot. She and Keely must be having dinner together.
Parking the truck, he hopped out, locked it, and headed to the steps, holding his chest the whole time. The pain had grown even more intense. It had to be a heart attack. There was no way he would ever survive this. At least he would get to see her one more time before he died. Finally, he reached the front door and shoved it open. Then he stumbled in.
Keely and Marti had heard him from the kitchen and wandered out. They both wore alarmed looks on their faces when they saw him leaning against the wall in the dining room.
“It’s just me,” he managed through the pain.
“I see that.” Keely was the first to respond while wiping her hands on her apron.
Yet it was Marti who realized something was wrong. “Where do you hurt?” she asked, rushing toward him, her brow furrowed with concern.
“My heart.” Joey slumped where he stood.
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Previously, Nicole has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers. In 2010, she joined the Yahoo! Mother Board, became a Shine Parenting Guru, and has become an award winning dating and relationships expert for Shine. You can follow her blogs, The Dreamers Do Project or Made Simple Life. Most recently she has been working with Love Kissed Books, who published the New Hope Series.
For fun, she loves to spend quality time with her family, entertain, read, write, and travel, mostly involving beaches and centered around her travel goal of visiting every Margaritaville. Three down, ten to go!