Shelter for Blythe
Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 11
Release Date June 19, 2018
Blythe Coopman never imagined she’d be homeless, but a series of events has landed her on San Antonio’s streets…hungry, tired, and scared. She clings to her most precious possession, a phone accidentally swiped from a local firefighter, who, instead of canceling the number, starts texting her. Soon, the man’s calls and texts are the highlight of her days, but she declines his frequent offers of help. Blythe refuses to be his burden—until a vicious attack takes the decision out of her hands.
When the woman he’s already begun to care for ends up in the ER, Sawyer “Squirrel” McClay is livid—and ashamed. He should have insisted she accept his help long ago. Now, he’s not taking no for an answer. While his friends rally round Blythe, Squirrel’s bond with her grows stronger by the day, until he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe, healthy, and happy…even as his own lifelong insecurities work against him.
But despite leaving the streets behind, Blythe and Sawyer discover old dangers still linger, threatening to end the couple’s new bliss before it’s barely begun.
** Shelter for Blythe is the 11th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
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Squirrel was on his knees at her side before she’d finished talking. He put one hand on her knee and the other on the side of her neck. “Nothing’s wrong. I swear. Sophie wants you here. I was just…” He took a deep breath before continuing, then laid it all on the line. “I’m attracted to you, Blythe. I know you’re hungry and I need to feed you. I can tell you’re in pain and that you need rest. But seeing you in my shirt, and your bare legs…it’s all I can do not to scoop you up and carry you to bed. That’s why I swore, because you’re almost impossible to resist, and the last thing you need right now is to have to fend off a horny male.”
She stared down at him in surprise. Her mouth open, eyes wide.
Squirrel moved his hand to the top of her head and ran it over her now clean short hair. He continued his gentle exploration, running his hand over her shoulder then down her arm. He took hold of both wrists gently and held them in her lap. “Can you forgive me for being a letch?”
She smiled then. A grin so big it completely lit up her face. Her gaze dropped and wandered down his body. Squirrel forced himself to remain still, to let her look her fill. He knew with the way he was kneeling next to her there was no way she’d be able to miss his erection, so he didn’t try to hide it.
It was obvious when she noticed how hard he was by her quick inhalation of breath, but she didn’t yank out of his grasp. He patiently waited until she was looking him in the eye once again. Her face had a deeper hue of pink from her blush—and it only made him want her all the more.
“I…I don’t know what to say.”
“You don’t have to say anything,” he reassured her. “You have nothing to worry about with me. You’re safe here. From me, from those assholes who tried to hurt you, and from anything that might try to bring you down. This is your safe haven. A place to regroup and jump-start your life. Got it?”
Blythe bit her lip and didn’t look reassured in the least. Squirrel sighed and moved to stand and give her some space.
He didn’t get far as her good hand shot out and grabbed his forearm.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve even thought about sex. It’s hard to think about that when you’re hungry, cold, and trying to find a safe place to close your eyes for an hour or so.”
Squirrel winced, but she continued.
“It’s weird for me to go from thinking I was going to be raped and murdered, to being surrounded by people who say they only want to help me. Even weirder to be sitting here in front of the man who has literally been my lifeline for months, and to realize that my libido picked a hell of a time to kick back in. I…I think I want you too, Squirrel. But I’m not ready.”
“Then we’ll wait. We’ll wait until you’re sure you want me, baby. There’s no rush. I’m an ass for even bringing it up. You’ve got enough on your plate right now.”
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About the Author:
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all-American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.
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