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She looked up to see Brody watching her. “Why don’t you want to be in any photos?” he asked.
What reasonable answer could she give that didn’t make her sound unstable or suspicious? Again, the almost truth seemed the best choice. “I don’t want to be in any photos with you that could go viral. I don’t want anyone to know where I am.”
“I wish you’d tell me why.”
His gaze pierced through her resolve. Her hands shook as set her glass on the table. “I want to be free of my past. I don’t want anyone to know where I am.”
“I’ve told you it’s nothing to worry about.”
“I know you’re lying.” His voice had softened, but not his scrutiny.
Her stomach dropped to the floor. “What?”
“You have secrets. Big ones. You didn’t misspeak just now about your father and the horses. You’re lying to me.”
She met his gaze. “You’re right.”
“Could you ever trust me enough to tell me what they are?”
“It’s not about trusting you.” Her words caught in her throat. “I just can’t talk about my past.”
“Are you in danger?”
“It’s complicated. But, I promise, your family isn’t in any jeopardy.” Were they, though? If they found her, would they hurt the people she’d grown so fond of in her time here? Had she made a mistake to come work for a family in their home, where boundaries were likely to become blurred? Boundaries were becoming blurrier by the minute.
“What brought you to us? What changed?” he asked.
“I want you to tell me.”
She looked down at the red wine in her glass. “If I could, you’d be the first person I’d tell. But I can’t.”
“Are you in trouble? Like with the law? Or is there someone after you? You can tell me anything. I won’t judge you.”
She shook her head. “It’s nothing like that. Something happened in my life that made starting over my only choice. There are certain things I can never talk about—my old life being one of them.”
“It doesn’t make any sense. If you’re not in danger, then why can’t you talk about it?”
“Please, Brody. Just let it go.”
He put his hands in the air, as if to surrender. “Fine.”
“I promise it’s nothing that can hurt you or your family.”
Brody Mullen is the best quarterback in the AFL, and his Super Bowl win only confirms what he’s suspected his entire career: romantic entanglements are bad for his game. No women. No sex. No problems. But after hiring a beautiful nurse to care for his mother, his resolve begins to weaken.
The small coastal town of Cliffside Bay, California seems like the perfect place to start over for Kara Eaton. Shielded by her new identity from the Witness Protection Program, she takes a job as a nurse and commits to never speaking of her past, lest she risk losing her life. The only problem? Falling for the handsome football player who hires her.
The first installment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you want to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door.
The Cliffside Bay Series will include multiple volumes of sweet romance, all of which may be read and enjoyed as standalones!
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Like most of her characters, Tess Thompson hails from a small town and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.
She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids and five cats. Pray for her.
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