Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.
Quickly wiping at my eyes I stood up and turned around, tripping slightly on one of the high heels I’d grudgingly worn. I was expecting one of the aides; instead I fell into Jake’s arms. The last person in the world I would have ever wanted to see me in such a weak moment.
Tall, striking Jake Simmon. He dropped his cane, letting it clatter to the ground, and steadied me with both hands. I stared into his brown eyes and found that my throat had gone dry. How many times had I fantasized as a teenager of being this close to him? Far too many.
His face looked sharper and the white scar under his right eye gave him a roguish air. Standing so close to him made it hard to ignore the way his suit jacket fit tightly across his chest and how tight the muscles of his arms were under my fingers.
As he studied my face, my heart hammered. I shouldn’t like being around Jake. That was a dead-end road that I had roped off years ago, but being around him was always a shock to my senses.
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Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories.
Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.
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