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Embers of Lust


Genre: Contemporary

Series: Red Willows, Book 5
Format: Ebook




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They can only deny their passion for so long.

Riya Hendrickson was just back from her around the world trip, relaxed and happy right up until she walked into her job and found the one man there who turned her world upside down; Firefighter Cameron Liaci. Being away gave her time to move on, or so she thought.

Cameron’s thought that Riya would be around when he got back to town had been a mistake. As he waited for her to return, he realizes he doesn’t ever want to let her go. It may have been a one-night stand between them but the heat is still there, he feels it and knows she does as well.

Will he find a way to coax the embers back into a full fledge flame?


Content below is not suitable if under 18.


Riya jogged from her car toward the back door of the diner.
Shit, my first day back and I’m almost late, because I was too damn comfortable in bed.
She’d just returned the day before from her vacation. A word that she swore was a misnomer because while it had been a blast, she now needed to recover from it. So now, a vacation was needed to recover from the very thing which was supposed to give you rest. She rolled her eyes at her brain’s train and hopped over the puddle in her way. The rain had momentarily stopped but she had no doubt, given the dark clouds floating around, that it would be in downpour status soon enough.
Jiggling the handle, she stepped through into the back and just as she closed the door behind her, the skies opened up once more.
Thank God, I’m inside now.
She yawned and smiled at the dishwasher, Martin.
“Hey, hon. Glad to see you back. We missed you around here.”
She shrugged out of her coat and patted him on the shoulder as she moved past. “Thanks, Martin. Missed you too.”
“Did you have fun?” he called out over the spray of water on the plates as he rinsed.
“I had a blast. Didn’t want to come back.” She threw him a smile and ducked around the corner to hang up her things. When she walked back out, she was tying on her apron and trying to get more in the mindset of taking orders instead of being a visitor in places. “How are things here?” She ran her gaze over him, noticing he looked a bit older than when she’d left. She loved everyone here and they were family to her. “How are you doing?”
“Had a bit of the flu for a while, so that’s why you are looking at me like I aged ten years. I’m fine, promise.”
“Holding you to that,” she said, blowing him a kiss. Pushing through the door, she waved at Todd, the owner and fry cook of the joint.
The relief on his face nearly made her laugh.
“Thank God,” he said when she neared him. “No more vacations for you.”
Riya smiled. “Missed me, huh?”
“That Molly is okay but she’s definitely not you. And your boyfriend was having a hard time without you. I’m positive he’s here today. Maybe you should take his food out to him and cheer him up.”
Riya didn’t even bat an eye. There was only one man who Todd called her boyfriend and that was octogenarian Emmett McGinty. With his tufts of white hair sprouting out at all angles, he reminded her a bit of just a crazy old loon, but she loved him. He never failed to make her smile and laugh.
“You know, you could just say you missed me, it would be okay.”
Todd narrowed his eyes at her and gestured for her to get moving. Chuckling, she stepped out into the diner and swept it with her gaze, locating Emmett in the back.
I missed you.”
With those three words, her world slowed. The entire thing. Her heartbeat grew loud in her ears while everything else faded. No matter where she went, or what she did, who she met in her life, this one voice had the power to render her into a pile of mush.
And the man who owned it…Cameron Liaci.
She didn’t have to turn to see him beside her. This man she felt all the way to the marrow of her bones. He’d ingrained himself into her, her skin, blood, everything. Especially, her mind.
She may not have had to look, but being the glutton for punishment she was, she did. Then her breathing grew difficult.


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