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“This is the most exquisite story I ever read. I felt the throb of emotions so deep it was like a vein.” ~ Booksprout reviewer
She’ll do anything to save her life’s work… Even tangle with the billionaire who broke her heart.
Addiction ravaged my body, battered my soul, and took my friend’s life.
But I survived. Now I help others do the same.
My struggling charity has lost its funding. I’ll do anything to save it.
Even tangle with a billionaire playboy—the man who stole my heart and ripped it to pieces.
This time I’m older, wiser. Immune to a man’s charms.
But Riley Jaxx is no ordinary man.
His soulful eyes and sensual caress claim my heart once more.
Trusting again is a hell of a risk—one more crack and I’m bound to break.
This steamy billionaire romance features a hot alpha male and an emotionally guarded woman who will need to risk it all for a second chance with her first love.
Guaranteed happy-ever-after ending.
“What happened, Ry? Back then you were plain old Riley Jackson. When did you become Ryley—with a y—Jaxx?” She wasn’t referring only to the name tweak, and by the flicker in his eyes she could tell that he knew it.
“Money happened, Kallie. Lots of it. Do you remember that gaming program I was working on back in high school? The one everyone thought was a waste of time?”
She nodded and a sudden chuckle escaped at the flash of memory. Ry hunched over the big old desktop computer in the corner of his bedroom, working on indecipherable code. His whooping and fist-pumping when something in that mess onscreen went the way he wanted. “We did think that,” she admitted.
Ryley grinned too, as if he was reliving the same memory. “I found a buyer in the United States and it all took off so quickly…” He shrugged. “I don’t think any of you really knew the extent to which I succeeded, Kallie. Not until later, anyway, when the company listed on the stock exchange and everything went public. It was a whole new world, an existence I’d never dreamed of. I suddenly had the money, and the resources, to design whatever software I could dream up. The PR team hated the fact that I was a fresh-faced student straight out of high school and they wanted to make me sound older, so Ryley Jaxx was born. Good old Riley Jackson disappeared forever.”
Kallie frowned at the hint of bitterness that colored his words. How could anyone be bitter, if they’d actually managed to achieve their dream? “Presumably you’re still the same person on the inside, Ry. I mean, don’t you remember how we used to talk about changing the world, one step at a time? Don’t you remember how much we wanted to make a difference?”
Ryley turned to stare toward one of the rounded windows lining the far wall, as if he couldn’t bear to look at her or anything in the room for one moment more. “I did change the world, love, only not in the way you mean. My latest game is the number one bestselling online choice for fifteen to twenty-five year olds. In the world.”
“That’s not what I meant.”
Silence stretched between them, and as she stared at that rigid back, Kallie felt the welling up of emotion like a hard lump in her chest. It suddenly hurt to breathe.
“I’m sorry, Ryley. For being so rude to you today. For…well, yeah, mainly for that.” That was the first lie she’d ever said to him. She was sorry for so much more than that. For making you feel like your achievements are less than they really are. For reminding you that even successful dreams usually come at a price. For bringing up the past when we both know it can never be revisited.