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on August 25, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Twelve years ago, Jolene’s adoptive mother died. Twelve years ago, a man showed up at Jolene’s door and promised to take care of her. Twelve years ago, Jolene was happy.
Then it all changed…
Jolene Bergio has spent the last twelve years of her life asking one question… Why? Why was she left in the custody of a man who would sell her each and every night to the highest bidder? After a few years, she shut off, giving up hope that anyone would ever find her. Until her luck changed one night and she escaped.
Twelve years later, she finally feels something she hasn’t felt in a long time… Free.
Scared that her past will find her unexpectedly, she hides away in a rented beach house, trying to distance herself from everyone… Until Dr. Cameron Bowen enters her world and slowly tears down the walls that she has built up over the past twelve years of her captivity. Jolene begins to learn to love again.
And trust again.
But when a man from Jolene’s past emerges, will she be able to keep her identity hidden? When lies are told and hearts are broken, will the truth surface in time to bring Jolene back from the shadows that threaten to expose who she really is?
Heart of Light is a captivating story of love, strength, and survival.
This amazing story of survival, brings to light the horrible act of human trafficking. It is, at times, hard to read, but it is incredibly necessary to overcome. Jolene has escaped that horrible world, only to find herself in a different kind of hell. She finds temporary comfort in her new friends, and safety and freedom in the arms of a man who craves her touch. This patient, beautiful, encouraging man seeks to know more about Jolene, but for his safety and the safety of her new-found friends, she must keep quiet on who she really is and what she is running from. The man who wants so desperately to chase away her demons, is the same man she must stay clear from to keep him safe and unharmed. Multiple people are after Jolene. Some are after the truth, some are after her blood, and one is after her heart.
How does one survive something so incredibly horrible? How do you keep your heart intact and your soul alive when you have been numb for so many years? HEART OF LIGHT shows us what the strength of love can really do. Love can keep you going when you feel all is lost. Love can give you strength when your choices are taken away from you. Love can help you survive when your hope is slowly fading away. Love heals and love chases away the darkness.
What an impeccable, engrossing, thought-provoking read. HEART OF LIGHT is something everyone should experience. You don’t have to be a romance reader to enjoy this book. Everyone has been through some darkness in their lives. Everyone has felt pain, sorrow, and loss. Diving into this book will help you remember to never give up hope.
“Jolene,” Cam said softly. “If there’s anything you ever want to tell me, I’ll listen. Whatever you say will stay between us. No one will ever know.”
“No one can ever know,” she whispered.
Cam shook his head. “You can’t keep it all inside. That’s too big of a burden to bear. No one should go through it alone.”
A tear fell down her cheek as she processed his words. She knew they were true. She was fucked up beyond help, but she just couldn’t bring herself to share her past or her present with anyone. At that point, it would make it real. She wanted to pretend that none of it happened. That the last ten years of her life was a dream. That her current situation was just a nightmare that she had to suffer through to get to the next sunrise so she could see Cam’s smiling face. It was the only way she could survive.
“Don’t assume you know so much about me and what I’ve been through.”
Cam sighed, turning his car onto Duval Street. “I don’t know everything about you, but I’ll tell you what I’ve learned since I met you. You hate when people see you cry because you don’t want them to think that you’re broken but, at the same time, you wish someone would notice how beaten and defeated you really are.”
She opened her mouth to respond, wondering how, in just a few short months, he was able to peer into her soul with such accuracy.
“You hate when people don’t listen to what you have to say because it makes you think that your words aren’t as important as they are. But, at the same time, you don’t want anyone to hear the story that you tell with your eyes.”
She tore her gaze away from him, focusing on the brightly-colored hotels that zoomed by.
“You hate the idea of letting anyone see the real you, so you put on a front. That’s where your sarcasm and wit come into play. You use it to make sure that no one can see what’s under your hard exterior, the pain and agony that’s slowly torturing your soul. You hide it all inside and shoulder the burden alone, not wanting to pull anyone down with you. But you need to relieve some of the weight off your shoulders, Jolene, or you’ll get pulled down and I’ll never be able to get you back. And that thought breaks my fucking heart.”
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