Russell Walker’s life was spared when his truck veered off the road and flipped. When he wakes after surgery, he can only assume the medicines are making him see things, because the woman he loved—who broke his heart—is taking his vitals.
Chelsea Quinn has spent the past four years keeping clear of Russell Walker after she married another man and had a baby. Now she is thrust back into his life as his caretaker, and living with his family when her ex-husband is let out of prison.
Some heartbreaks are too severe to recover from, and Russell is fighting every feeling he has as not to get his heart broken again. But sometimes the pull of love is just too strong, especially when the lives of those you love are threatened, and someone is looking for revenge.
“I’m heading home. I just wanted to come back in and say that I’m glad you’re okay.”
“Come sit and talk. I really could use some non-Walker visit time.”
Chelsea looked at her watch. “I only have a few minutes.”
“I’ll take them.”
She bit down on her bottom lip and still gripped to the strap of the bag. “I probably shouldn’t have come in. You need to rest and…”
“I wanted to see you,” he said trying to adjust the slightest bit on the bed, but that only caused more pain. “It was a nice surprise to wake up to you this morning.”
“I shouldn’t have even started your vitals, I just didn’t want to cause problems with my supervisor.”
“You never came back.”
“I traded shifts. I thought it would be best.”
“So you don’t want to see me?”
She shifted the bag to her other shoulder and looked at her watch again. “Russ, I just want what’s best for you. I’m not that. Not even now. I don’t think me being your nurse would help you heal.”
“Yeah. Having a gorgeous nurse might ruin my day,” he felt the flame of his anger rise in his chest. “I’m surprised you bothered to stop on your way out. But I guess you’re in a hurry.”
“I am. I hope everything goes well for you. I know your family will be a great support for you.”
“I’m sure they will,” he reached for his bedside remote and turned on that damned TV he’d had enough of. “Guess I won’t be seeing you again, huh?”
“I’m going to rotate to another floor.”
“All the better.”
Chelsea looked at her watch one more time then stepped closer to the bed. “Russ, I wanted to apologize to you.”
He turned off the TV. “You wanted to apologize to me?”
“Yeah. For back when we were together and you were deployed. I’m sorry.”
The memory of it came back to him. The moment he’d seen her that morning, none of that had come to mind. In fact, he was fairly sure he’d told her he wanted to apologize. Well, he sure as hell wasn’t going to do it now.
About the Author:
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.
When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.