Three weeks ago, James Maxwell’s wife died in a car accident, but he hasn’t been able to tell his five-year old daughter the heartbreaking truth behind her mother’s death. Instead, he packs them up and leaves for a summer resort in upstate New York to spend a few peaceful weeks and to gradually break the news. But a spirited and outspoken maid at the resort has figured out his secret.
After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of her stepfather, Madison Smith has turned aimless and bitter toward the world—men, in particular. Her dead-end job at the local resort and her convenient girlfriend barely keep Madison from falling apart. When she meets James, however, she’s driven to protect his child from the darkness she sees inside him.
A forbidden kiss…
But Madison doesn’t expect to find that very darkness irresistible. Drowning in guilt and memories, neither does James expect to be drawn to the sharp-witted woman who has made his life miserable. When their tempers flare, a brutal kiss triggers a need that blurs the lines of hate and desire. As their lust spins out of control, they must decide if their attraction is worth fighting for or if love is the real enemy.
Author’s Note: This book is intended for mature audience. It has trigger elements: Abuse, self harm and death. 18+ ONLY. Despite having an HEA, this story doesn’t follow the usual or conventional rules. It’s rough, edgy and yes, difficult to read in places. The characters are broken and jagged and so is their descent in love. Please proceed with caution. Thank you!
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Meet the Characters
♣ Age: 27
♣ Dream occupation: Scientist.
♣ Actual occupation: Scientist (Yeah, some dreams do come true).
♣ If you meet him in person, he prefers to be called: James. Whatever you do, don’t call him a liar. Or if you do, do so at your own risk.
♣ Qualities he takes pride in: His work, annihilating a punching bag at the gym, cooking a decent breakfast for his five-year old daughter.
♣ Qualities he won’t tell you about because he doesn’t realize himself: His ability to never give up, sense of humor, coloring within the lines when his daughter demands it.
♣ Ideal life partner: He’d rather be alone because he doesn’t deserve love or so he thinks.
♣ Age: 21
♣ Dream occupation: Pot dealer.
♣ Actual occupation: Maid at the summer resort of Hedge Lake.
♣ If you meet her in person, she prefers to be called: A hater, medusa of the modern world.
♣ Qualities she takes pride in: Sarcasm, wit, can punch a guy if the situation calls for it.
♣ Qualities she won’t tell you about or rather forget about herself: Big heart, loyalty, great with kids, telling lame jokes and finger painting.
♣ Ideal life partner: A woman because she hates men.
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