Black Creek Burning
by R. T. Wolfe
Brianna Chapman has learned to handle just about anything. Witnessing the murder of her parents had that effect. Knowing the unsolved arson had been meant for her is the one thing she can’t handle. Instead of dwelling, she stuffs her guilt soundly into her subconscious through diving into the teaching job she loves by day and the dirt of the landscaping business she owns by night. Her habit of remaining aloof to personal relationships is, well, working.
Will her guilt be as easy to keep buried if the killer comes back to finish the job?
In the midst of juggling a scorched yard, dead animals on her doorstep, and her vandalized car, the one thing she didn’t count on was the staggering Nathan Reed. A nationally renowned woodworking artist, Nathan and his two priceless nephews move into the run-down historical house behind her and over Black Creek. They have a canny way of maneuvering around her aloof demeanor and into her heart. Will they still want to be part of her life when they discover she is haunted by past memories and hunted by present dangers?
“When is the rest of your family coming?” she asked before she realized how that sounded.
“Rest of my family?” Nathan tilted his head toward the boys who were gleefully battling scar-faced monsters driving Corvettes and Camaros.
“You made reference to your wife.” Her eyes moved around thoughtfully. He said that, hadn’t he?
“I would not have made the reference, since there isn’t one. I’m divorced.”
“Yes, you did. You said your family was at your parents’ home when I came to bring your dog back to you.”
The two of them centered the table under her traditional, crystal chandelier.
“The boys were at my folks and they are my family. You know, you wouldn’t have to move your kitchen table if you had one for your dining room.”
“I told you, it was burned,” she said quickly.
“I guess I thought you were being sarcastic. How did it happen?”
“That’s a subject I don’t have time for.” She turned and started upstairs. “I need to change.”
She felt his fingers, rough and possessive, wrap around her arm. Gently, he turned her around. He held on carefully when she tried to pull away.
As she looked into the blue, he whispered, “I’m sorry. I know what it’s like to suddenly lose someone you love.”
Shaken, she felt exposed as she responded, “I never said I lost anyone.”
Nathan released her arm and lifted his hand near her face. He paused as she watched him before running the backs of his fingers down her cheek.
“True. I’m going to work on setting around your stack of folding chairs.”
As she moved up the stairs, she laid the palm of her hand where his fingers had touched her and swore she felt heat.
Brianna Chapman witnessed her parents home go up in flames and their lives taken, since that day Brianna has been a force to reckon with independent, determined, and never allowing someone to get to close. When she meets new neighbor Nathan Reed she is tempted to get to know him better but caught off guard by his ability to read her, not realizing they have both suffered losses and moved on.
Nathan never looked back when he came back home bringing his two nephews with him. The minute he meets Brianna he knows that it will be a rocky path getting her to trust him, but he feels she is worth the effort. When it looks like the arson who killed her parents real target is Brianna, he does everything in his power to protect her, but the stalker is determined not to make the same mistake twice of letting Brianna live.
Captivating story, I thought that Brianna was an intriguing character the way the story starts out you know she is a survivor. Nathan is so patient with Brianna, he instantly becomes a favorite book hero. Excellent read.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
R.T. Wolfe’s romantic suspense, Black Creek Burning, is the first in a series set in beautiful upstate New York. She enjoys creating diverse characters and twining them together in the midst of an intelligent mystery and a heart encompassing romance.
It’s not uncommon to find dark chocolate squares in R.T.’s candy dish, her Golden Retriever at her feet and a few caterpillars spinning their cocoons in their terrariums on her counters. R.T. loves her family, gardening, eagle-watching and can occasionally be found viewing a flyover of migrating whooping cranes.
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Review from 2010 EPIC Award Winning Author, Laurie Larsen:
“I thoroughly enjoyed RT Wolfe's masterful debut novel, Black Creek Burning. Written with confident expertise on a variety of topics such as landscaping and home remodeling, I got wrapped up in the engaging storytelling of this wonderful tale of love, danger and suspense. Along the way I completely fell in love with hero Nathan as he patiently transformed the heroine Brie from an icy self-proclaimed independent into a woman willing to accept the love of a strong man and a family in need of a mother. The details were delicious, the settings were masterfully painted, the mystery was a stumper and the romance was beautifully satisfying.
A top-rate romantic suspense from a talented promising new author. I hear rumors that this is the first book of a series, and I gleefully await the sequel.”
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