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Fool me once… shame on me. Fool me twice?
Well, Katie has no plans to let that old saying play out in her love life. After being duped by a man who only used her to further his political agenda, Katie has no place in her life for love, for men. She can live with the broken heart, with knowing Nathan slept with her best friend. But when she’s accused of domestic terrorism, thanks to Nathan, she’s forced to accept the help of Homeland Security Agent Kaiden James. Once he gets her off the hook she’ll send him on his way and pick up the pieces of her broken life—no matter how kind, intelligent, or sinfully sexy he is.
When duty called him away from his cousin’s wedding to deal with a high profile case, Kaiden James could hardly believe his eyes. The last person he’d expected to see handcuffed to a table was the lovely nurse that had taken care of his gunshot wound last year. Memories of the sponge bath she’d given him had kept him awake more than a few nights since. Working with Katie will put his professionalism to the test.
Will Kaiden once again let duty come before love?
Clara peered out the door, squinting at him. “That you, Kaiden?” she called out.
“It’s me, Ma! You got your glasses on?”
“You know I hate those things, boy. Besides, don’t need glasses to see that monstrosity of a vehicle of yours. Didn’t know I raised a boy with such self-confidence issues.”
“Come on, Ma, you know I just like big trucks.”
“You know what they say about a man with a big truck… he’s compensating for other smaller things.”
Clara opened the door and stepped through, toting her favorite shot gun over her shoulder. “Come here, boy, and give your mother a hug.”
With a glance at Katie, Kaiden jogged over to his mother and grabbed her up in a bear hug, spinning her around before setting her back on the ground. Clara giggled like a little girl. “Just like your daddy, you really know how to sweep a girl off her feet!”
“Only you, Ma. I don’t seem to have that touch with the rest of the ladies.”
Clara looked past him at where Katie still stood. “Well, now, look what the cat dragged in. I can’t believe Kaiden found you again. I was pretty certain he was going to be pining after you for a lifetime. Dumb fool left the hospital without even getting your number!”
“What? I’m an old lady. We say what’s on our mind in case we lose our mind before we get another chance.”
Katie’s face reddened as she offered her hand to Clara. Clara chuckled but ignored the other woman’s outstretched hand, instead grabbing her up in a hug. “No one’s a stranger round here.”
Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys, two finicky cats and one old dog. When she is not at the baseball field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers.