Four years ago, Carlene Adams made a deadly mistake. A tragic accident derailed the future she'd hoped for, taking the life of the man she'd planned to spend forever with.
As a self-imposed penance for her solitary sin, she has given up on every dream she ever had.
When she meets Nick Johnson, the single kiss they share awakens desires she shoved aside for so long. But just as she begins to believe in a fresh start, she's forced to realize a horrible truth-one with the power to send her second chance crashing before it even takes off.
After Nick discovers that Carlene is responsible for someone's death, he disappears from her life.
Soon, rumors about Carlene's past cause her life to spin out of control, and she finds herself even further from her dreams.
Even though Carlene is good at hiding from the past, she can't move on without telling Nick the truth about the life he thinks she took.
Six years ago, Melisa Bergfeld's husband died.
Left with a life she no longer wants, she seeks salvation in a homeless shelter. For a while, that's more than enough.
But when a fire breaks out, in walks the man who will try to save her life.
Florian "Heat" Dane has left behind a trail of broken hearts in his wake. For all the girls he's used to fill the hole in his heart, there has been just one he could never forget-Melisa, his dead best friend's wife. Now that she's back in his life, he will do anything to recapture her heart.
Melisa still has feelings for Heat, but when he confesses his love for her, she fears her secrets from the past will destroy any hopes of a future together.
"Dori Lavelle writes romance with the sort of quiet precision that only those who have mastered the craft can achieve. Her books are quilts, unfolding slowly to find her protagonists happy, and while hot enough to warm you up on even the coldest of nights, the love kept between the pages is much like the love we find in real-life-mercurial, unhurried, and unbelievably satisfying."-Ashley Mackler-Paternostro, author of The Milestone Tapes
About the Author
Growing up, Dori read a lot, and when she wasn't happy with a particular ending, she wrote a different one, just for herself. Before long, she was writing stories when she should have been doing homework. The time has come for her to share the stories she cooks up in her head.