About the book:Love is a risk. If you lose it all, would you dare to risk it twice?
Hannah Rogers is lost: cynical, insecure, and withdrawn. Skeletons forged through a bad breakup that should have been a marriage proposal. Now four years later, Hannah follows her dead-end job to the big city where her only hope is to survive the next eight months as her flirtatious boss’s personal assistant. The last thing her predictable life needs is to collide with the boy responsible for breaking her heart, or the twist of fate that sends a sexy new neighbor to awaken feelings she’s long since put to bed.
Alex Sorrento doesn’t have any room in his life for another pet project. He’s already put aside his career and his personal dreams to follow his half-sister Mackenzie to the big city. Lost in the guilt over the events that nearly took her life, he feels he owes her that much. When Mackenzie befriends the new girl on the third floor, Alex finds himself defenseless against the sizzling chemistry between them and the sadness in her eyes. Can he protect Hannah from her ex without losing his heart?
In this turbulent journey about self-discovery, forgiveness, and love, some second chances aren’t worth taking, but others have their own rewards.
Excerpt from Starting From LostShe leapt off the top step, the finish line in sight, and lunged for her door. Her fleeting feeling of being victorious was quickly stifled as she felt strong arms encircle her waist. What little air she’d hung onto was knocked from her lungs as she collided against a hard, warm body.
Alex had turned so it was his back that hit her door, and hers safely cushioned against him. His arms locked more firmly around her waist as he held her against him. She could feel his rapid heartbeat, maybe not an athlete after all, she mused, and carefree laughter —her own — filled the silent hallway. Closing her eyes on it, she let her head fall back to rest against his shoulder, and tried to catch her breath.
“I win,” he whispered, his lips all but against her neck. The sudden warmth that spread through her had nothing to do with the enthusiastic run and everything to do with the hard male she was molded to. Everything tingled, and she tried to turn her face towards his, but caught the sound of the front door opening and closing.
“Mackenzie,” she said, and tried to wiggle out of his embrace.
She ceased her futile attempts as the door parallel to them opened. Unaware that Alex’s light hold had tightened to keep her from falling, she stared at her neighbor for the first time. Her mouth opened, shut, and opened again, but her voice wouldn’t work. Maybe she was dreaming, or unconscious, the tiny panicked voice in her head tried to grasp some kind of logic. Was it screaming she heard? Was she screaming?
“Hannah?” The familiar voice found a way through the rushing in her ears, and it cut straight to her heart.
Jake! Oh, no.
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