My heart nearly stopped beating as the realization of who I was talking to slammed into me like a kick to the chest. I was sure my heart dropped clear through the floor of my car and splatted on the pavement below.
“You need some help?”
I nodded, quickly looking away, and said, “Yeah. I think the engine crapped out on me.”
So many images flashed through my mind: the first time he spoke to me, the pained look on his face when he told me the secrets about his life that he couldn’t share with anyone else, our first kiss and the words he said to me after, the way my bedroom wall looked when my best friend told me why he’d disappeared from my life.
“Mind if I take a look?” he asked. My lips ached to touch his again, my fingers curled into my palm to keep from reaching for him, and it pissed me right off that I’d still have that reaction to him after everything. How could my body betray me so easily? How could my heart pump so wildly for him, even after he’d destroyed it?
“People say to appreciate the life you have because things can always be worse, but how can you do that when your life is the kind everyone else compares theirs to in order to make themselves feel better? I hoped and prayed so many times for as long as I can remember for things to be different, for my life to be different, but when it finally happened, and my life changed, I didn’t know if it was a blessing or a curse.”
Jet Flanagan grew up under the shadow of his father, a kingpin determined to bend Jet to his will by any means necessary. He’s been forced to distance himself from anyone he might care about to keep them safe and that includes high school sweetheart, Evie Adams. He did what he thought was right to protect her, but when she comes back into his life by chance almost a decade later and sets off a life-changing series of events, he’ll be forced to deal with the collision of the life he knows and the life he should’ve had.
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