Release Date: May 13, 2014
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Scarlet Leigh Johnson hasn’t had the easiest life, it’s been full of heartbreak and abandonment issues. So when she’s accepted to her dream school in her hometown of Savannah Georgia she’s ecstatic. Only one thing steps in her way. Community Service. She lost her temper just a little bit and now has to pay her dues. Her plan now, just get through this and never look back. Go to SCAD and make her dreams come true. That is until the biggest, cockiest, smartass she’s ever met crosses her path. She doesn’t want to deal with another pre-Madonna rich boy. But behind all of his smartass quips she’s sees the pain he’s hiding in his eyes.
Ryder Grayton Abbott is a Cotton heir and all about having a good time. Until one nights good time lands him community service. His plan is to muscle through it and get it over with. Just a few weeks building a house and he could go back to working on his farm and having a playboy lifestyle. Women he loves women, he just doesn’t trust them. They all want something from him. That is until he meets Scarlet. She wants nothing from him except maybe to kick his ass if he talks to her. He can see the fear that lies deep in her eyes. He wants her he can’t explain it, maybe it’s just a self-challenge, since he’s pretty sure she hates him. He knows she doesn’t trust him and he’s pretty sure he doesn’t blame her.
Meet two people that have a bundle of insecurities and need each other more than they realize.
This is the first book in the spin-off series from the Amazon Bestselling Temptation Series.
Chelly’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3<3
“She could love you for the rest of your life or break you in half if she had to. A true Southern Belle.”
Scarlet Johnson has worked her butt off to graduate early and attend SCAD on a scholarship, but now she may lose it all since she’s landed herself in jail – all thanks to her losing her cool after finding her boyfriend, Dustin, in a very disturbing situation. Thankfully the judge goes easy on her and is letting her off the hook after doing some community service. Now everyone thinks she’s the “crazy ex”, and she doesn’t deserve to be one being punished, but she can’t tell anyone the truth about what really happened with Dustin.
Ryder Abbott is a party boy, rich heir to the family cotton business, and H-O-T – and he knows it, cocky bastard. After finding himself in some trouble after a night of drinking, he’s lucky to get off with just community service, but he’s still not happy. But this time, daddy’s not getting him out of it, it’s time for Ryder to learn a lesson.
When Ryder sees Scarlet at the Habitat for Humanity house they’ll be working on, he is immediately attracted to her, but she shuts him down just as fast. She’s not dealing with another spoiled, rich kid, she’s learned her lesson with that. This only makes Ryder more determined – at first just to get her in his bed, but it doesn’t take long for her to work her way into his heart. Scarlet tries to resist, but it’s hard when Ryder keeps popping up everywhere and helping her out of bad situations. She likes him, but her past with Dustin has filled her head with insecurities about dating guys “outside of her social class”. Both of them have a sadness in their eyes from their pasts – can they help heal each other and make each other truly happy? When danger threatens Scarlet, Ryder will stop at nothing to save her.
I fell in love with the characters in this story, especially Nana Pearl! Being from the south, I could relate to so much of this story (especially the language), and I loved that I was familiar with a lot of the places. Secrets Behind Those Eyes is a great, quick read, and a feel good story with just enough drama thrown in to keep in interesting. I love how Scarlet makes Ryder want to be a better guy, and I can’t wait to see where life takes them. Although I am very curious about Gable and Ivie…looking forward to their story next!
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Not long after the guys go outside Anna and Gabby show up. Daria pulls them over to the kitchen window to look at Ryder. Anna pipes up. “Ooh he’s hot.”
Daria laughs. “You should have saw him when he came to the door. He was like half unsure of his self, half pissed off. It was sexy. But I think when Cade’s big ass answered the door he about pissed his pants.”
I laugh. “Well we had a little issue and I didn’t think to let him know I’d left town, plus all the stuff with my phone he couldn’t get a hold of me. He panicked a little and called Gable to find me.”
Gabby laughs. “Oh so he went all caveman on your ass.”
I laugh. “I guess so. But he did admit to sitting in the barn and getting drunk with my calf. Even though it’s not my calf it’s his I just named him.”
“So how did you guys meet?” Anna asks.
“During community service.”
Anna laughs. “Oh yeah the ex’s car. I have to say you might be Cade’s little sister and not mine but I was very proud of you that day. It was like something Gabby would’ve done.”
“Anyway. He hit on me I shot him down. Like shot him down bad. He kept kind of stalking me until I said yes to a date. He took me on an awesome first date and I guess according to him now we are boyfriend and girlfriend.”
They all laugh and Daria speaks up. “Caveman style. Honey go ahead and figure you are going to marry that man. Only two people who love each other can act that crazy to one another and that guy is over the moon for you.”
About the Author
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S.M. Donaldson is a wife and mother based on the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle. She’s funny, sarcastic and has been known to have a potty mouth. She’s worked in many different fields in her life but, she has always dreamed of writing short stories and books. She recently penned her first series of novels Sam’s Choice and Sam’s Fight for Freedom. She is currently working on The Temptation Series.
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