From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott comes the gut-wrenching story of a love that transcends all odds—and transforms the deepest pain into the brightest hope.
Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms.
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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.
So this book starts in an absolutely heartbreaking way. I wasn't sure what direction this was going but it started off really sad. At first I wasn't so sure about Preston or Harmony. I felt like they got together really fast all things considered...but then the story developed, as did the characters. Harmony has been through so much more than someone should have at her age. She's been put through the wringer more than anyone should be. Preston, at first, just seems like a lost soul. He's in a relationship that isn't doing much for him, yet he sticks around out of habit. I actually questioned his character in the beginning of the book. At times, it felt like there was too much emphasis put on how horrible Harmony's parents were and how bitchy Sherry was to Preston. I think the author could have focussed more on Preston and Harmony in that regards. That all being said, the more everything developed, the more I could see that, really, truly, Preston and Harmony helped each other heal and move on in their own way. Their bittersweet story somewhat makes up for the mass amounts of angst and drama that the cast of supporting characters brings to the table.
“Hey, Harmony! How is it going?”
Spinning around, I plastered a fake smile on my face. I was so exhausted. Even attempting to act happy was a feat in itself.
Mitchel walked up and his smile faded the moment he looked into my eyes. “Hey, Mitchel. Is um . . . is Preston working today?”
Mitchel’s face tightened as he looked at me. “Are you okay, Harmony?”
My eyes stung with the threat of tears. Nothing had been okay since three weeks ago when Preston walked out of my condo after holding me all night long. Or the look on his face when he saw me with my boss at that restaurant.
“I just need to talk to—” my voice cracked and I hated how vulnerable I was feeling. So tired. I’m just so tired.
Closing my eyes, I let his voice penetrate my body before opening them again and seeing him.
Mitchel stepped out of the way and Preston stood there in front of me. Pressing my lips together tightly, I fought like hell not to be attracted to him. His brown hair was a mess and I could guess why. He couldn’t keep his damn hands out of his hair. His eyes looked so tired and sad. It was as if I was looking into a mirror.
Without saying a word, I walked up to him and threw myself into his body. Preston’s arms quickly wrapped me up and I felt like I could breathe for the first time in weeks.
“Baby, what’s wrong?”
My body sagged as he held me up. Hearing him call me baby was more than I could take. I wasn’t sure how long I could keep fighting the intense pull Preston had on me.
“Preston,” I sobbed into his chest.
Pulling back, Preston placed his hands on the sides of my face and brushed his thumbs across my cheeks. “Harmony, what happened?” Preston’s chest was heaving and my heart felt full knowing he was so concerned about me.
“I . . . need . . . you. This is crazy . . . but I need—” My voice cracked and I buried my face into his chest as I said, “Preston, please take me home.
Not two seconds later I was in his arms as he carried me to his car. Setting me down, I dropped my head back against his seat. I didn’t dare look at him for fear I would spill my heart out about my feelings for him.
Hot breath touched my neck as I sucked in a breath of air. “Harmony, I need to grab my stuff. I’ll be right back, baby.”
Nodding, I tried to memorize the sound of my name coming off his lips.
About the Author
Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.
To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.