Rivers Edge Book 4
By Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Nate Stevens loves three things: Work, Family, Women. In that order. Having absolutely no desire to follow in three of his siblings’ footsteps by settling down, Nate lives for his work as a firefighter. That’s why his chance meeting with Lia leaves him unsettled like never before. There’s just something about the beautifully shy and reserved woman that he can’t walk away from. Run. Hide. Keep moving. That’s exactly what Lia Walker has done for the last nine months. Escaping from her past, Lia continues to move from place to place before finding herself in the small town of Rivers Edge, Missouri. Following a chance encounter with her new boss’ brother, Nate, which leaves Lia feeling confused and vulnerable for the first time in months, Lia has to make a decision: to run or to stay. When pasts are finally exposed, Nate and Lia find themselves at a crossroads. Nate will do anything to protect Lia from her past, but the question remains: Will Lia let him? When Lia’s past finally catches up with her, will running be the only way to protect the ones they love most in this world?
Nate Stevens is a self proclaimed life long bachelor. In his mind, his career as a firefighter doesn’t leave him any other choice. He will not leave a woman a widow or children fatherless. He has loved before and it broke him, he won’t let that happen again. He dates but nothing serious, and nothing where is his heart is involved. Until a close encounter with a piece of kitchen equipment to his head….
“And it was the face I would always associate with the day my heart was broken beyond repair. The day my dream died along the riverbank with a dozen red roses.”
Lia Walker has had a rough go of life. She was born to a teen mother, left with her callous grandfather, and entered an abusive relationship in college. She has been on the run for months now. Determined to never let her past catch up with her, she doesn’t allow herself to settle down and make roots anywhere. Until one Nate Stevens sneaks up on her at the bakery she works at in Rivers Edge.
“Freedom. Safety. Roots. That’s what I want.”
Can Nate overcome his previous heart break and learn to love and trust again? Can he find someone strong enough to handle his career and love him with all she has for as long as they have together? Can Lia learn that she deserves the love of a good man? Can she have her freedom, safety, and roots while having love as well?
This book was amazing! I have read all the books in this series but I think Nate’s book struck a little closer to home for me. I loved his protectiveness and his strong will to never give up. I loved watching Lia work through the process of surviving after an abusive relationship. Her thought process was so true to life. Amazing job Lacey!!
The smell of bacon and coffee wakes me from the best night of sleep I’ve ever had. Muscles I didn’t even know existed are screaming their protest as I stretch against the cool sheets. The other side of the mattress where Nate slept mere hours ago is vacant, but the smells coming from the kitchen tell me he isn’t too far away.
My mind fills with memories of Nate waking me up in the very early morning. He was gentle as he worshiped my body, bringing me to orgasm no less than twice that time, too. My body is singing as I climb out of bed and reach for a shirt. Nate’s shirt from last night is thrown on the end of the bed along with all of the clothes we were both wearing yesterday, so I slide the big shirt over my head and walk into the hall to the bathroom. The shirt still smells deliciously like Nate. It’s all musky and rich with just a hint of sweat. I can’t help but run my nose along the cotton material as I inhale deeply yet again.
After using the bathroom and brushing my teeth, I head out to the kitchen to see what kind of deliciousness Nate has cooked up. My stomach growls loudly as I turn the corner and stop dead in my tracks. The sight before me is so damn sexy that I can’t even laugh at how comical it is.
Nate stands at my stove, frying bacon, and wearing nothing but my white apron. And I mean nothing but my apron. The ties are wrapped around his lean waist and tied around his amazing lower back. Muscles move and strain as he works the tongs, flipping the bacon.
Nate’s back is a-freaking-mazing! There is no other word to describe it. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. I had no clue that definition and muscles like that existed. The tribal designed tattoo spread across his shoulder blades is dark with hard lines and looks so astounding stretched across his taut muscles.
But the muscles of his ass are what hold my attention right now. I wish I had a quarter because I’m pretty sure I could bounce it off his rear and get some serious air. Below his butt are the most well-defined, muscled thighs and calves I’ve ever seen. They scream power as he stands there in front of my stove.
I will never be able to wear that apron again. The mental image I will carry with me for the rest of my life of Nate wearing it this morning is something I will never, ever forget. It’ll be one of the happiest memories I will cherish as I continue to move from place to place, searching for the life I know is out there. One that makes me feel safe and sound. One that is so very close to how I feel with Nate.
He moves towards the skillet, grabs the spatula, and flips what appears to be French toast. I have died and gone to heaven. I don’t know when it happened, but there is no way this is actually happening in real life.
“Hey,” he says with a huge grin and sparkling eyes, breaking me from the trance of my private thoughts.
“Huh?” I ask, wondering how long he’s been talking to me and I’ve been staring at his bare ass.
“Enjoying the view?” he asks with another hint of laughter.
“I never thought my apron would look so good,” I reply with pinked cheeks.
“Well, bacon grease isn’t something you want splattering in this region,” he says waving a hand at his white apron covered package. A package that is thickening and saluting me before my lust-filled eyes.
“Breakfast first, beautiful,” Nate says with a smirk, drawing my gaze back up to his handsome face.
“Are you sure?” I ask, walking towards him and stopping right in front of him. I run my hands up his bare chest and along his well-defined shoulders.
Nate clears his throat before replying, “Yes. You need food.” He leans forward and kisses me square on the lips. “And energy for what’s going to happen as soon as I take my shirt back,” he says with a wink.
Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight. Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014. It spent several weeks in the top 100 in contemporary romance on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers for e-books. Fight Me, book 2 in the Rivers Edge series, released December 2014 and was followed by Expect Me, Rivers Edge book 3 in February 2015 and Promise Me: A Novella in April 2015. All were Amazon Best Sellers in contemporary romance.