LONER by Harloe Rae
Release date: June 11th
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“Everyone deserves a chance to be rescued.”
That’s the mantra I’m repeating when a well-equipped biker pulls over to save me. One glance at the scowl Crawford Doxe is wearing proves he isn’t impressed with the task. My efforts to change his mind deflate faster than the shredded tire at our feet. But disgruntled or not, my so-called hero still agrees to fix my flat.
I don’t expect to see Crawford again, but he’s suddenly very visible in our small town. Avoiding him would be my preference. That’s not how this story goes. For whatever reason, my daughter finds an ally in the broody mechanic. Denying her is something I do my best to avoid. I can only hope Crawford’s shine wears off before he tarnishes what little trust still exists.
As if the odds are ever on my side.
Commitments are a foreign concept to him. He doesn’t make any promises to try. That should’ve been enough for me to steer clear. It most certainly isn’t.
What follows can only be described as a disastrous clash of epic proportions.
But one indisputable fact remains. That lone soul has no plans of opening his heart.
“I almost forgot,” Keegan quips. “I’m mad at you.”
“Why? What the hell did I do?”
She crosses her arms, giving me a generous visual of ample cleavage. “What didn’t you do?”
That’s fair. My list of crimes is quite long from the few instances we’ve previously clashed. But there’s no sense giving her all of that ammunition. “Tell me why you’re pissed.”
Another stab to my chest. “You’re turning my daughter against me. All she wants to do is visit your garage. I can’t get a moment’s peace.”
“Really? Huh. That’s cute.” The ice around my heart chips ever so slightly. I rub at the sting.
“Sure is, except we”—she motions between us—“don’t get along.”
“Maybe we can change that.”
She huffs out an indignant exhale. “I was willing to be nice. You weren’t.”
There’s no way I can argue that. I lift my cap, adjusting it to rest higher. Keegan should see how fucking serious I am. “I don’t want to fight.”
“Oh? Since when?”
I move forward, towering into her personal space. “Now.”
Her breath hitches. Yeah, she’s with me. “You’re very chatty all of a sudden.”
I scowl. “Talking isn’t my issue. It’s the people I don’t like.”
“Yet you stomped into a packed bar without issue.”
“Fuck that. There are plenty of problems with this situation. You don’t happen to be one of them.”
An easy grin softens her features. “Wow, that’s almost nice.”
I glare at the brick wall behind her. “Don’t get used to it.”
About the Author
Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 bestselling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.
Harloe is a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.
Harloe is the author of the Reclusive series, Watch Me Follow, and #BitterSweetHeat series, Ask Me Why, Breaker, Keeper, and Loner. These titles are available on Amazon.
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