WHAT'S A SINGLE MOTHER TO DO WHEN HER YOUNG SON IS THE TARGET OF A CONSPIRACY...?He'd witnessed a heinous crime and now Kerri Nelson's young son insisted on testifying. Part of her was proud, but a bigger part wanted to wrap him in her arms and run. Then her nemesis--and one-time crush--Wade Sorenson stepped in and insisted on keeping them both safe. She had had no intention of relying on the man she blamed for shattering her family...until someone came after her little boy. Kerri soon found the safest place was in Wade's arms--which scared her more than any elusive criminal ever could. And made her realize how much she still had to lose.
From the book
Kerri Nelson never heard the glass she dropped shatter in the sink. As the series of explosions ripped through the quiet August afternoon, the dish towel slipped from her fingers, her heart catching in her chest.
Her mind raced through the possibilities--not of what had happened, but of where her son was. Where was Thomas? He'd taken his skateboard when he'd left an hour ago.
Where had he gone?
Fear danced along her spine, sending the small hairs at the back of her neck to attention.
Black smoke billowed into the crystal blue sky above the line of trees behind her home, and she sucked in a sharp breath. Close. Too close to home.
She hit the floor in an all-out sprint, slowing only long enough to yank open the kitchen door, focused on one thing only--Thomas.
As she raced through the woods and into the clearing, flames licked at all but one of the six huge houses in the area's newest development. Pine Ridge Estates.
Anxiety pooled deep inside her. Tom had a fixation with construction sites, always had, ever since his daddy had taken him to work and gotten him his own tiny hard hat as a toddler.
She'd forbidden him from coming anywhere near this site. Had he defied her? Could he have been playing inside one of the partially constructed homes when something went horribly wrong?
Her gaze landed on a township truck parked at the edge of the dirt road, yet she saw no one. An inspector probably. She sent up a silent prayer that whoever had driven that truck onto the site was far from where the fires originated.
Sirens wailed in the distance, drawing nearer. Kerri's fear morphed into panic as she scanned the construction site and the surrounding woods for any sign of her son.
Her heart twisted in her chest. "Thomas?" Her first attempt at calling her son's name was strangled, tight. "Thomas!" Her second wasn't much better.
The sound of his voice teased her through the smoke-filled air, but she couldn't locate the source. Couldn't see her son.
The blaring sirens were muffled beyond the pounding of her heart, the rush of her pulse in her ears. When her son emerged from behind a stand of trees, she saw him as if he were in slow motion, his face pale, but apparently without a scratch.
She ran as fast as her feet would carry her, gathering the nine-year-old who'd grown too old for hugs into her arms, hanging on for dear life. His arms locked around her waist and squeezed. When Kerri finally put enough space between them to tip his face to hers, she saw terror in his eyes.
"Are you hurt?"
He shook his head.
"Did you see what happened?"
Tom nodded. "Everything blew up. I'm sorry." Sorry? Surely he didn't have a thing to do with what had happened.
A horn blared and Kerri realized the emergency vehicles were crossing Red Lion Road, getting ready to turn into the dirt path that gave access to the new community. She linked her arm through her son's and rushed him back toward the trees.
"Quickly," she said, fear palpable in her voice. "Did anyone see you here?"
"No," he answered, and relief surged through her. They reached the cover of the woods just as a sea of vehicles and flashing lights careened onto the cul-desac, once lined with multimillion-dollar homes, now fringed by flames and smoke....
|Title:||Reluctant Witness||Publisher:||Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.|
|Edition:||Ebook , EPUB|
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