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Always in My Heart

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Always in My Heart

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The oldest of three adopted daughters, Callie Hart has always loved being the protector of the family. But now she is all grown up--with a young son of her own to protect. Callie can't wait to show...
The oldest of three adopted daughters, Callie Hart has always loved being the protector of the family. But now she is all grown up--with a young son of her own to protect. Callie can't wait to show...
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  • The oldest of three adopted daughters, Callie Hart has always loved being the protector of the family. But now she is all grown up--with a young son of her own to protect. Callie can't wait to show him off when she reunites with her two sisters in Ohio. But that also means coming face-to-face with the lover she left behind. Nigel Williams is even more irresistibly attractive than ever. But what will he do when he learns about the secret she kept hidden from him for ten years?

    Nigel has never forgiven Callie for fleeing Ohio--and the passion they shared. And when she shows up on his doorstep asking for forgiveness, the Cleveland cop is furious at her deception. But how can he deny the feelings Callie reawakens in him? Blindsided once again by the heat of desire, Nigel vows to fight for his future with the woman he has always loved.

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    Callie Hart was numb.

    As the airport limousine came to a stop, all she registered was the ominously dark sky and the large, steady drops of rain that had been falling since she had arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The rain mirrored the tears that had been falling from her eyes ever since she had heard the news.

    Her aunt was dead.

    The tragic news had been hard for her to bear. Auntie Jean had been more than simply an aunt to her. She had been a mother. Ever since the day twenty-three years ago when her own mother had dropped off her and her two sisters at their aunt's place and promised to be back, Auntie Jean had become their true mother.

    "Mom, I think we're here."

    At the sound of the voice, Callie glanced to her right. Kwame, her nine-year-old son, was looking at her with concern. His eyes were dry. He hadn't known his great-aunt well though he'd seen her a handful of times. Therefore he didn't have the chance to feel an emotional attachment to the truly amazing woman Callie had known and loved.

    Callie offered Kwame a brave smile, noting that the driver had already exited the car and had the trunk open. After booking their flight, Callie's next call had been to arrange for a private car service. The last thing she wanted was to get to the airport and have to wait on a regular taxi in her distressed state of mind.

    Now, Callie looked out at the church her aunt had attended for eons. Once, Callie had imagined being married in this church. Instead, she was here to say goodbye to someone she loved.

    Ten years. In ten long years, she hadn't been back to Cleveland, for which she suddenly felt enormous guilt.

    At the time, she had left for a reason that had seemed legitimate, and had stayed away all these years for the same reason. Now, in the wake of what had happened to her aunt--as well as her own brush with death days earlier--her reason suddenly seemed unsubstantial. She had lost years with her family. Time she was all too aware she would never get back.

    "Mom, is that a hearse?"

    At the question, Callie's eyes went forward. Indeed, the limo had parked behind the hearse.

    Callie swallowed hard, the sight making it clear that she wasn't in the middle of a nightmare.

    Callie was about to reach for the door handle with her good hand when it suddenly opened. "Ma'am," the driver said. He held an enormous black umbrella over the door to shield them from the rain.

    As Callie stepped out of the car, she saw her luggage on the sidewalk. It suddenly hit her that she couldn't head into the church with her suitcases. She would need them taken to the house.

    "Norman, right?" Callie said.

    "Yes, ma'am."

    "Is there any possible way you can wait for me?" Callie asked him. "I didn't think of it until now, but we're here for a funeral, and...if you can stick around, I'll make it worth your while." Pausing, Callie considered how much he was charging for the trip from the airport. "If you're willing to be my driver for the next few hours or so, I'll offer you five times what I'm already paying you."

    The man's blue eyes widened, indicating his surprised pleasure, before he resumed his business composure. "I'm happy to accept your offer. I'm yours for as long as you need me."

    "Excellent. If you wouldn't mind putting the luggage back into the trunk, that would be great."

    "Of course. Just let me get you both into the church."

    Norman walked with Callie and Kwame to the church's doors, making sure they got inside without getting soaked. It was late May,...

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  • Kayla Perrin has been writing since the age of thirteen. She is a USA TODAY and Essence bestselling author of dozens of mainstream and romance novels and has been recognized for her talent, including twice winning Romance Writers of America's Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year Award. She has also won the Career Achievement Award for multicultural romance from RT Book Reviews. Kayla lives with her daughter in Ontario, Canada. Visit her at www.KaylaPerrin.com.

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