A stand alone full length novel full of sexy, steamy intrigue.
“You moving?” he asked, lifting a notepad full of scribbles listing all my housing options in town. “How come you scratched out the Villa? I’m helping Luke get an apartment in there. Great place.”
I snatched it from his hands. “Yeah, gorgeous, but I want something a little more low-key.” And cheaper. “I’m not in a rush. I’ll find a place soon, I’m sure.” I grumbled the last bit, not wanting to discuss my lack of options.
“Considering you have more boxes packed then not, it looks like you’re ready to go sooner rather than later,” he said. “I can put in a word for you at the Villa.”
“Thanks but I’m good, really.” I grabbed my crossbody bag and slipped it over my head. “You ready?”
He began walking toward the front door, then stopped. “They have about half a dozen empty apartments over there. You sure you want to look elsewhere? They also have top-notch security, plus with Luke living there, he’ll look out for you. I could take you over to check it out.”
“Thanks, but it’s not for me,” I said sheepishly.
“Not for you?” His tone dropped in confusion. “It seems like it would be a perfect fit. They even have a fairly nice pool.”
“I can’t afford it!” I admitted, casting my eyes to the ground.
Caleb didn’t speak, and I refused to lift my head, feeling humiliated. “I…I just need to keep looking.”
“Hilary.” He lifted my chin. “My apologies. I just figured you’re paying a lot more here than you would over there, so it made sense—”
Our eyes connected. I pleaded with him to understand and he did, slowly releasing my face. “Rafe owns this building.”
I nodded, bowing my head again.
He kneaded the back of his neck. “Right. I forgot.”
“Look, we should get going. Parking can get crazy off Main Street.” I made my way to the door, turning back when I didn’t hear him following.
He stood in the center of my living room, hands balled at his sides, gazing around the room before walking toward me. “Let me help you get out of here. I’ll get you in the Villa—”
Shaking my head, I held up a hand. “I need to do this on my own.”
“I understand. You can pay me back.”
I moved toward him, grateful for the offer but aware just how wrong it would be to accept. “Thank you, but really, I can do it on my own.”
He appeared to concede after a few moments, walking to the door and holding it open for me.
“I’m not trying to own you, Hilary, and I have no intention of ever controlling you, but there’s nothing wrong with accepting help.”
“Would I…?” he questioned, brows puckered.
“Accept help if you were me?” I asked honestly, testing just how well I understood him already.
He appeared to think it over. “No, but then again, I’m a stubborn son of a bitch. You, on the other hand, are a gorgeous young woman who doesn’t need to struggle.”
“But I respect your decision,” he cut me off, wearing a genuine smile. “You’re gonna be all right, Honey Pie. But in case you ever need it, I’ve got your back.”
I smiled, grateful. “Thank you. Now how about I let you help by buying me a giant blue cotton candy?”
Caleb laughed, leading me to the elevator. “Cotton candy, huh?”
“Unless that’s too much for you,” I teased.
“Oh, Hilary.” The elevator door opened, and we stepped inside. “There’s nothing I can’t handle.”
Hilary Robinson gave up on fairy tales when she was still a little girl. Headstrong and stubborn, she refuses to depend on anyone except herself, living life her way: easy come, easy go. Faultless loyalty and unwavering confidence is what the world may see, but deep down she’s drowning in reckless behavior—with consequences she’s tired of running from.
A man of many talents, Caleb Townsend has always lived hard and with no regrets. He knows the game better than most but plays by his own rules, which include a calculated hand of poker that opens enticing new possibilities. With a promising business to build and estranged family members anticipating his failure, he has everything to lose and no time for distractions.
But it only takes a single conversation with the once-shy girl he remembers hanging around when they were kids to spark an undeniable attraction. With shameful secrets and old habits dying hard, they soon realize that if they don’t raise the stakes, one of them will be forced to fold their hand.
Some romances burn bright and fizzle fast, but this one’s nothing short of an…inferno.
This is a full length standalone novel that can be read before or after Inevitable.
✮ INFERNO BY ANGELA GRAHAM IS NOW LIVE!!! ✮
In 2012 she knew she found her calling in the world of fiction the moment she began pounding away at the keys for her first short story. With a baby on her shoulder, she wrote about a year before deciding to try her hand at a novel. It was the best decision she ever made and one that changed her life in ways she never imagined.
Together with S.E. Hall, she has released five novels and one short story together.
Angela resides in Northwest Arkansas with her three beautiful children and a rowdy dog.
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