She broke my heart and took away the only thing that mattered.
When I hightailed it out of town after high school graduation, I didn’t think there was anything that could bring me home again.
But I was wrong.
When the worst happens, it blows my world apart and sends me into free fall, forcing me to return to the one place—the one person—that holds all my heartache.
The guy I loved more than life itself. He doesn’t understand that in order to save him, I had to do the unthinkable—open my hand and let him go.
With no other choice but to attend the same university, all I want is to lay low and stay off his radar. We have one year left before graduation and he gets drafted to the pros. My hope is that after all this time, he’s moved on and will leave our relationship where it belongs—in the past.
Why wouldn’t he?
He’s all but exploded at the college level, just like I knew he would. When people talk Claremont football, they’re talking about Hunter Price.
And the girls?
Even when we were in high school, they trailed after him like lovesick puppies before falling at his feet.
Now there’s even more of them.
One disastrous run-in is all it takes to realize that he hasn’t forgiven or forgotten anything. He’s still bitter about the breakup.
Only now do I realize that if Hunter has his way, he’ll bring me to my knees, inflicting as much damage as he can.
And there’s nothing I can do but steel my heart and hope I’m able to withstand it.
If I’m smart, I’ll avoid her like the plague. Except…when have I ever been smart?
Sure…I’ll admit it, women have come and gone from my life since I was in high school. They’re nothing more than a warm body to sink into at the end of a long day. Even though I’m upfront about not being interested in a relationship, there are always a few persistent females who think they’ll be the one to change my mind.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t take long to disabuse them of that notion. Once they realize a couple hours of fun between the sheets is all I’m looking for, they get the hint and move on to greener pastures.
And you know what?
That’s exactly the way I like it. I’ve got enough on my plate with my new job as assistant coach for the Claremont Cougars and returning to college after a seven-year hiatus to finish up my degree.
A woman is the last thing I want.
I’m happy on my own.
For the most part.
All that changes when I run into a blonde bombshell in the guy’s locker room. Once I lay my hands on her, it takes every ounce of self-restraint to set her free instead of dragging her closer the way I want. But releasing her is exactly what I do a few seconds before my new boss walks through the door.
And introduces me to his daughter.
Did I mention she’s twenty?
Which makes her completely off-limits.