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Arlene Bowers is as tough as nails. She has survived a less than perfect marriage, managing to move past it to run her own diner. Her abrasive exterior has always been a way for her to hide behind the darkness and pain that she has endured, but a recent, violent attack and several disturbing phone calls have that tight hold on her emotions wavering.

Seb Griffin showed up in Cedar Tree eight months ago and was hired on at Arlene's Diner as a cook. An ex-con with secrets of his own, Seb walks a fine line. Since he began working at the diner, he's developed feelings for his fierce, stubborn boss, and the need to keep his distance from her, to protect her, is a daily struggle.

When it appears that Arlene's past has come back, rearing its ugly head while her defenses are low, Seb steps up and claims responsibility for Arlene, praying that he can keep her safe from whatever is coming her way.

**Due to content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.**

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    Humor, Steam and Intrigue

    Favorite Quotes: “I can’t believe my parts are still working after all these years. I thought for sure I had dry rot.” “I know I’ve been had, but I have to admit, it makes me feel better. Still, I’d rather swallow my own tongue than admit that any time soon.” “I have to admit, the little nickname Spot is making me a little tingly. I guess it should make me feel like a dog, but it only makes me feel special.” “You are a rock, and you might slide or threaten to be washed away, but wherever you’d end up, you would still be a rock. And I’m hold on so you’ll get far, and I won’t allow you to fall apart.” “Do you realize how unique it is to find what we have? With our backgrounds, both of our @# up histories? We were a hundred to one odds. Who could have imagined that you and I would hit it off, let alone fall in love. I won’t want perfection… you don’t want perfection, we both want real and this as real as it gets. Wrinkles, blemishes, nose hair and hang-ups… All of it.” “Help? You asked for help? Pigs must be flying.” My Review: Still blissing with this over forty character series and Freya Barker’s style – she has wicked good skillz. Lots of feels in all directions with this volume. Ms. Barker has definitely mastered the art of writing sensual scenes as she had me gasping and clutching wildly about for libation, as I could not take my eyes off my beloved kindle even to spare a quick glance up for the location of my glass. The humor, dialogue and bickering had me barking and snorting – I love ladies that can call each other a “cantankerous cow” or lovingly argue and state “Kiss my @,” only to receive a reply such as “Clean it up and I’ll consider it.” Arlene’s story is considerable more angsty and intense than the first book, although just as well written and even more intriguing and steamy – yeah baby. I have a new BBF and his name is Seb. Swoon. More!


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