Dear Romance Readers,
Get ready to catch up with Jason and Lezlie in Mended Hearts!
Jason Carr and Lezlie Sharpe have overcome devastating relationships, and now are on a journey to building a forever love… or so they think.
When social worker Lezlie Sharpe is accused of the unthinkable, instead of trusting in Jason’s love, she runs away. Realizing she has made a mistake and can’t live without him, she begs for his forgiveness. But, is it too late? Will Jason be able to get over Lezlie walking out on their love? Or will he be there to help her pick up the pieces?
“What’s wrong, babe?” Jason murmured on the other end of the line.
Lezlie inwardly groaned. “Is it that obvious?”
“It is. You’ve been very quiet and only giving me one word answers.”
Her mother’s impromptu visit had rattled her nerves a bit. Did her mother think she was incapable of detecting an honest, decent man? She didn’t bother to impress upon her mother how wonderful of a man, Jason was. Hopefully, one day she would see that Lezlie was the lucky one to have him in her life.
“I’m sorry, Jason.”
In the darkened room, Lezlie’s gaze wandered to the snow globe with the tiny cabin inside, setting on her dresser amongst perfume bottles. She’d purchased the trinket at the train station’s gift shop as a reminder of her time with Jason. Lezlie let out a soft sigh, wishing she was back at the cabin.
“You want to talk about it?”
Not really. “Sure.”
She couldn’t see Jason smiling on the other end of the line.
“That’s my girl.” He paused for a moment. “Are you in bed?” he murmured.
“Yes.” She had waited to call him after she had showered and put on her nightclothes.
“What color are your panties?”
Lezlie burst out laughing. And just like that, he had lifted her dark mood.
“You are nuts!”
“You didn’t answer me,” he murmured, his voice deep and sexy.
She let out a slow breath, hoping to ease the throbbing between her legs. “I’m not wearing any.”
Jason shifted on the sofa from the tightness in his briefs, causing Trooper’s head to pop up. The dog gazed at him and then, losing interest, he settled on the rug, closing his eyes.
“Good to know for future reference.”
She giggled. “Do you want to hear about my problem?”
“Oh, yeah I do. Okay, close your eyes.”
“Pretend you’re in front of the fireplace with me.”
Jason smiled from the whimsical sound of those two words.
“So do I baby. Now tell me what’s going on.”
With her eyes closed and relaxed, Lezlie told Jason about her mother’s visit, and how she had peeked at her phone when he called earlier, seeing their selfie. She went on to tell him that she wasn’t ready to tell her family and friends about them. “Not that I’m embarrassed about you or anything like that,” she quickly said. “I don’t want anyone second guessing what I’m feeling for you.”
Jason understood completely. When he returned from dropping Lezlie off, he hadn’t stepped foot out his truck before his mother and Anise were on his doorstep. Apparently on one of their snowmobile rides, the couple had gotten close enough to the main house to be seen through the large picture window in the dining room. He’d spent the next hour dodging their prying questions.
“Does it matter what anyone thinks?” He held his breath as he waited for her to respond.
“Absolutely not. But my parents went through a lot after what happened with Earl. They think I’m rushing into this relationship too fast.”
He didn’t say anything right away, which made her nervous.
“They think I’m going to hurt you.” It was more of a statement than a question. Admittedly, he couldn’t blame her folks for being so overprotective of their only child. He would have to prove to them that he loved their daughter. And when the time was right, he would make his intentions known that he wanted forever with Lezlie.
She let out a frustrated sigh. “Pretty much.”
“Don’t worry about it, babe. They’ll see what we have is for real.”
Smiling in her darkened bedroom, she yearned to be in his arms.
“They won’t have any other choice but to.”