Thumbing through life’s photo album in her mind, Shayna suddenly snapped back to the present when she caught the wistful expression on Frank’s face, watching her—watch him. She quickly breathed in, erasing the nostalgic smile that had snuck on her lips. Someone else had also noticed her musings. She felt Sean’s hand glide around her waist, tucking her possessively against his hard body as they stood listening to a conversation between Danielle and one of her cousins.
“So, how’s your little restaurant doing, Parker? Any more problems with the health department?” Frank said loudly and crisply, while holding Shayna’s worried stare and then landing his cold, hard eyes on Sean.
Time stopped, leaving the sizzle of the bug zapper as the only noise audible above the heavy silence.
Sean’s hand caressed Shayna’s waist and then slid down to her hip, drawing lazy circles. Shayna swallowed hard. Frank’s eyes skipped to the purposeful, subtle movements along her body. It was clear he recognized the point Sean was making—Frank’s loss, Sean’s gain. Frank’s face shaded red and he released Natalie, sitting upright in the chaise, feet positioned over one side as if ready to pounce.
“Are you asking as one business man to another? Or as someone who knows it was a set-up?” Sean asked calmly, his tone and demeanor demonstrating the leisure of someone with the upper hand. Shayna heard whispers and throats clearing around her, while Scott moved closer to get a front row seat for the spectacle.
Frank’s eyes narrowed. “Are you accusing me of something, Parker?” Sean stared at him indifferently. “You think I had something to do with that?” Frank laughed aloud as he stood and inched closer to Sean. The good humor ceased immediately and his expression tightened. He leaned in menacingly. “Don’t flatter yourself that a man like me has time to pay any attention to someone like you,” he warned through clenched teeth.
Sean smiled confidently, unimpressed and undeterred. “Yeah, I’m sure you are busy. Busy watching the properties on Fairview and Lakeland get snatched out from under you.” Frank’s eyes widened. “And with your loans being called, I am sure you don’t have time for someone like me—anymore.”
Frank huffed and took a step back, with a confused look. Shayna felt Danielle’s arm thread through hers.
“Hot damn, Shay. I like the new guy more all the time,” Scott baited Frank, with his arms crossed and a gleam in his hazel eyes.
Shayna told him to shut up with the flare of her stormy gray eyes and tightly set lips.
Sean answered the question visible on Frank’s face. “News travels. Even in a city the size of Mt. Pleasant.” He paused intentionally. “I guess we both know people.” A hint of a threat lay hidden in the nuanced meaning.
Shayna Chastain’s marriage crashed and burned. She walked away, bruised, but not broken, without so much as a glance over her shoulder at her philandering husband. Oh, his betrayal stung, but Shayna has experienced loss before. She knows it comes for you when you least expect it.
Now feeling a bit past her prime and wanting a new direction in life, Shayna reawakens the woman she remembers being before marrying Frank Chastain. She wants a different life from the one she’s been living. However, she doesn’t have much support from her family and friends who think she’s made a regrettable decision.
Frank Chastain, Mt. Pleasant’s steely real estate mogul, begrudgingly signed the dissolution papers Shayna forced on him. He never wanted to divorce the love of his life. Always believed they could work it out.She’ll be back. He’s sure of it.
Sean Parker owns an Italian restaurant that has become Shayna’s oasis, giving her respite from the swirling storm around her. Their attraction is instant, but the fallout will last a lifetime. Sean’s smooth, handsome exterior hides an unsavory past that he walked away from years ago and has no intention of revisiting, or discussing.Now more than ever, he needs that to be true. Events have conspired in his life that could blow open the secret he’s been hiding. He needs Shayna to help him seal it shut, but it may already be too late.
Even the one's you've known most of your life...If it’s really in the past, is it even anyone’s business? Sean sees no point in being an open book. What matters is right now. And right now, there’s no way in hell he’s going to lose the only woman he’s ever loved. The only woman he can’t live without. But life doesn’t always let us keep our secrets. And these secrets are about to explode to the surface with far-reaching, deadly consequences.
How well do you know the people you love?