Ten years ago, Raquel dumped Scott for an abusive man. Too bad she didn’t understand that Scott loved her enough to marry her. She thought they were just good friends because Scott never made his feelings known and interpreted his lack of physical affection as a lack of romantic interest.
Now they meet again because of Raquel's troubling physical symptoms that come and go. When she finally sought medical attention, Scott was the last person she expected to see walk into her exam room. This time Raquel is a widow—emotionally fragile from years of abuse—and she needs a friend she can trust.
Scott never got over Raquel. He worries he will fall in love with her again. Her past rejection causes Scott to guard his heart as he helps her navigate the unwanted changes in her life. Over time he begins to trust her again as she fights discouragement over her diagnosis. Now Raquel has the unconditional love she has always longed for, but will it be enough?
From the corner of her eye she saw him make a fist. The sight of his tension made her breath catch. "I know you cared about me as a good friend should. You were always so kind to me and I hurt you. I regret that."
"Lot of good it did me," he muttered, his stare holding fast to something behind her.
She couldn't keep her chin from quivering. Biting the inside of her cheek, she attempted to hold back more tears. This appointment wasn't going well at all. The more she said, the angrier he seemed to get. A scowl from anyone these days reduced her to a puddle of sopping tears. She hated that, but couldn't seem to control her emotions.
Blinking, he swiped his hand over his face. "I have people waiting. Let's get back to the exam, okay?" He sighed. "I shouldn't have allowed my feelings to get involved."
Her throat swelled further and she could barely speak. His feelings? What did he mean? She covered her face with her hands and tried her best to regain control.
"Here," Scott muttered.
She glanced up. He handed her a tissue and their hands bumped.
"Thank you," she rasped, stretching the tissue as she blew her nose.
His voice softened. "You're welcome."
She sniffled, wiping her face and grabbing some fresh tissues.
"It might not seem like it, Rocky, but I forgave you a long time ago." He shifted his gaze to the wall. "Don't worry about it."
Her throat squeezed when he'd used his pet name for her. She didn't believe him, but held on to a shred of hope that he really would forgive her someday and they could be friends again. At least he said he'd forgiven her. It was a start.
"Can, um, we... talk later?" While staring at Scott, she wiped her nose.
He cleared his throat, something she remembered him doing whenever he got nervous. "First let's see if we can identify the cause of your symptoms so they can be treated. Can you please lift your hair?"
Scott removed a gadget from his pocket and turned on the light with the flick of his thumb. He slid his stool closer and leaned forward to check inside her ears for fluid. A shiver raced up her spine when his breath encountered her neck.
Posted by Unknown on 7th Feb 2013
"Sometimes we never get a second chance at the “one that got away”. But if you’re lucky enough to have it happen, you definitely want a man like Scott to be that guy; the perfect mix of strong, sexy and sweet. Raquel might not know it, but she truly is a stronger person than she gives herself credit for. With God’s plan for their life in play the story unfolds with many difficulties and such happiness, just like real life. This is a definite feel good read." Matilda - Coffee Time Romance and more
Posted by Unknown on 6th Feb 2013
"Ms. Michelle Sutton quickly became a favorite author of mine. This book just solidified my allegiance. Her characters are sharply written, with major pasts between them. They each had suffered much and each one had major pain to overcome. They were so believable -- it was so detailed it was as if I was watching the circumstances. The inspirational paths were well defined and in-depth. She also detailed the sensuality and the struggles the two of them faced to keep themselves pure." Brenda Talley - The Romance Studio