GENRE: contemporary romance 18+
One thing I knew: I wasn’t that woman anymore. I wouldn’t be her anymore.
My heart was racing at the thought of being separated from Matthew by only the door, and I watched as it opened, knowing he stood mere feet away. I drew in a deep breath to calm my frantic nerves and steady my racing heart. It was the moment my eyes would see him again, and the same moment I knew all involuntary muscle movements would cease.
As Matthew stepped in and around the door, his alluring eyes captured me. The feeling was nothing new. I’d been imprisoned by his gaze before. And locked in it again, I watched as he drifted to me, the indisputable chemistry between us palpable and absolute. His mesmerizing eyes had hypnotized my burning soul, completely bewitching me.
“Hello, Jessica,” he murmured, pointing to an open area of the bed. “Mind if I sit?”
I gave a slight shake of my head, having difficulty forming the simple word “no,” and watched as he made himself comfortable facing me. His crisp charcoal-colored trousers bunched as he scooted on the bed. My sight roamed along his classic plum-colored dress shirt and stopped searching once I focused on his face.
“Wait!” I called out, depositing the flowers back on the floor, threw my bag into the loft, and jogged to him. “What do I do? When are you coming back?”
“Follow the clues.” He stepped forward and caressed my cheek, grinning from ear to ear.
“Yes, about the clues,” I said, taking his hands in mine.
“You’ll figure it out.” He smiled with a mischievous sparkle in his eyes and turned again to walk away.
“You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?” I called to his back just before he entered the elevator.
“More than you know, birthday girl.” He winked and his tall form disappeared behind the closing elevator doors.
He certainly was a bad boy, leaving me helpless and annoyed, desperately trying to discern his impossible hints.
Follow the clues. Pfffft!
Jessica and Matthew’s captivating love story comes to an epic conclusion in the final installment of J.M. Maurer’s Emerging From Darkness trilogy that began with the novels Seeking Love and Seeking Redemption.
An incurable romantic with a penchant for dark chocolate and red wine, no matter what trials or tortures her characters face, love will always prevail . . . because, after all, what's better than a happily-ever-after?
When not writing, you can find her spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, or attempting most any sport. She resides in Chicago with her husband and son.