Stay With Me
Release August 22, 2014
From national bestselling author Sharla Lovelace, comes another romantic and heartwarming novel set in the heart of Texas.
Ian was the wild boy every girl dreams of, a renegade who thrived on breaking the law and setting Savi’s body on fire. It was all fun and games and hot excitement, no strings attached, until the one day he got serious—and then disappeared without a trace.
Savi has spent the ten years since committing herself to her work, her daughter, and to not thinking about Ian—or love. Just when it’s possible she might have found the one man who can change her mind, Ian pulls into town, bringing with him all of the lust, danger, and excitement Savi remembers.
As Ian stirs up old feelings and draws Savi back into memories and passion she’s too weak to fight, he’s also digging up dirt on the man Savi is falling for, doing everything he can to prove that Duncan is not who he seems to be. And Savi, unsure whether she can trust either man, will be forced to decide between rekindling a love that never really burned out and building a new one that looks ready to catch fire.
Ian backed up two more steps, crossing his arms over his chest as he rested against my car door. His body conveyed “casual air” at first glance, but I felt the spring-loaded energy coming off him even from that distance, and saw the intensity in his eyes.
Like no time had passed.
And yet it had.
I stepped forward again and gestured to him to move away from my car door. He didn’t flinch or blink as I crossed personal space, just followed my eyes with his.
“I’m serious, Ian,” I said, steeling myself and looking flatly up into his eyes. “You owe me nothing.”
Up close the pull was stronger, but I refused to let it show. I lifted my chin before I could get weak.
“I may be here a while,” he said finally, his voice softer.
“So I heard.”
“We have to coexist,” he said. “I just don’t want to make you uncomfortable.”
I laughed out loud at that, making him look at me with amusement.
“And showing up here like this—you don’t find this uncomfortable?”
“No,” he said, a smile coming back into his eyes. “I find this normal.”
“Of course you do,” I said, forcing a smile on my face. “Look, we’re grown-ups here, right?”
A tug pulled at one corner of his lips, drawing my eyes there. Damn it. “That’s the rumor.”
“We can coexist just fine,” I said. “Now, I have a life to get to, if you don’t mind getting off my car.”
He looked behind him with a smirk. “Still backing in for a quicker getaway, I see.”
I felt the twitch in my shoulders. “From my own house?” I said. “Not really.”
“Old habits,” he whispered, leaning forward a few inches.
Goose bumps sprinkled over my skin, and my mouth went dry. I licked my lips and watched his eyes drop to catch it.
“It’s a busy street,” I managed to say. “Just easier than backing out.”
Ian nodded, not blinking. Then he pushed off the car, forcing me to take a step backward.
“For what it’s worth,” he said as he walked to a bike that made my heart speed up, not stopping, not looking back.
“He’s a lucky guy.”
I watched him straddle that thing in the dusky dark, turn over the throaty engine, and drive away before I slumped against my door.