Title: Secrets In Our Scars
Author: Rebecca Trogner
Publication Date: February 7th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
On a sweltering summer day, Daisy Aldridge knocks on the wrong door. Yanked inside. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. Years ago she suffered an assault. Alone and afraid, she kept it hidden and dealt with the emotional aftermath in her own way.
But this time she’s not alone. She’s helped by a man who seems vaguely familiar. Roy Blackwood is massive, muscled, powerful, and controlled. She tells herself she wants nothing to do with him.
Roy sees through her resistance. He wants her. Needs her. He promises to find the identity of her birth parents and unveil the person who leaves her anonymous gifts. And most important of all, earn the love and trust of Daisy Aldridge..
A standalone, full-length romance.
We’ve turned onto my long driveway and hit the peak of the small hill, my home’s chimney in sight.
“You expecting company?” Vincent asks.
My heart skips, but I’m not as tall as Vincent, so it takes me a few strides more to reach a point where I see a black Suburban parked next to Vincent’s car. The door opens. Mr. Lethal steps out.
“Is that Roy?” Vincent tosses his arm over my shoulder. “Baby girl’s got herself a dangerous man.”
I swallow hard, my throat dry. Roy’s walking toward us dressed in fatigue pants, black boots, and a khaki-colored shirt. His hair, longer than before, skirts the top of his shoulders. A full beard covers the lower half of his face. When he’s within a few strides of us, I see his eyes are weary like he hasn’t slept in days.
“Miss Aldridge.” He stops and waits for us to reach him.
So this is soldier Roy. He looks like the picture I found on the Internet, except he’s not holding a gun to his chest.
“Roy,” I croak. “You’re here.” In a suit, his body was intimidating. Now, with his biceps bulging against the thin fabric, he looks like the personification of a warrior. I catch his quick glance over to Vincent. “Vincent Stuart, this is Roy Blackwood.”
“Call me Roy.” He holds out his hand. “Nice to meet you.” I notice he uses his left hand—though I know he’s right-handed—so Vincent does the same and removes his arm from my shoulder.
The contrast couldn’t be sharper between the two men, Vincent tall and thin and wearing purple shorts, Roy a mountain of a man decked out in military fatigues.
“Right.” Vincent is the first to move. “I need to get home and take a shower.” He stops at his car. “Unless you need me to stay?” He’s making sure I’m okay before he bolts.
I shake my head. “Thanks for the run. I’ll call you tomorrow.”
“You better.” He folds his body into the driver’s seat and creeps along my gravel driveway.
Roy’s fingers lightly touch my palm as he takes my hand and walks me to the house. “I called first. I didn’t mean to intrude.”
I’d forgotten how much I love his hands, their warmth and size. How would they feel on other parts of my body? “What?” Oh, he thinks he’s intruding. “You aren’t.” In my excitement, I start babbling. “I missed you and hoped I’d see you again. And now you’re here. With a beard.” I go to touch it and yank my hand back. “It looks good. I like it. And your muscles. Wow!”
I need a muzzle, a goddamned muzzle to keep from embarrassing myself.
His eyes crinkle at the corners. “It’s good to see you too.”
It pains me to let go of his hand, but I do to open the screen door.
Rebecca Trogner started writing her first novel after watching True Blood. Of course it was about vampires and thus The Last Keepers Daughter was born. The next, The Last Guardian Rises, continued the series. Her latest book, Secrets In Our Scars, is a contemporary romance and a lot spicier. She's working on her fourth book with the help of her rescued animal pets.