Release Date: May 18, 2012
Genre: YA Romance/Thriller
Synopsis: What do you do when you've always dreamed of a hero; your knight in shining armour, only to find when he arrives he isn't a hero at all?
... He's a killer.
Ronnie Rose is trying to cope with the loss of her father; now it looks like she might lose everything else that's dear to her too. Huge debts threaten to destroy her family, her childhood home and her future. Only one person cuts through her pain. Kalen Smith has just moved to town. He's trouble and everyone knows it. He and his mysterious friends keep to themselves and the town likes it that way. But when Kalen mourns at her dad's funeral, Ronnie wants to know why and her investigation plunges her into a dangerous world of murky government secrets, with deadly consequences. Ronnie knows she should walk away from Kalen before it's too late. Problem is, she's falling for him...
Can we choose who we fall in love with?
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First Light Excerpt 1
Why are you here?’ I asked with exasperation.
‘You don’t speak much, do you?’
Sometimes what? ‘How did you find me?’
‘I’m good at finding people.’
‘Okay then, why did you find me?’
‘Why here?’ he asked suddenly.
I followed his gaze out of the small window. ‘My dad used to come here,’ I said before I could think. I clutched my stomach as a sharp pain rushed through me at the memory. ‘He thought we didn’t know, but sometimes late at night he would sneak out of the house, not coming back until dawn. I followed him once. I don’t know why he liked it here, but I suppose it just gave him some time away from us. I didn’t consider it much, but it must have been hard having to bring up two girls by himself,’ I reflected sadly, ‘Rachel doesn’t know, please don’t tell her.’
‘I don’t know your sister.’
I couldn’t see his face, but I thought his voice sounded kinder somehow. I stared at him while his back was turned. Without his hat, I could see his hair was dark blond, cut short with no particular style. He was dressed entirely in black, like before. Timeless clothes. He didn’t dress like anyone our age – or anyone older for that matter. He definitely had his own style. I tried to put my finger on it. Practical? Still, the fitted sweater clung closely to muscles hiding beneath; I doubted there was much he wouldn’t look good in.
He turned around and I averted my eyes.
‘You need to get home,’ he said. ‘Being alone in the woods is no place for a young girl. You of all people should know that.’
‘Why me of all people? And who are you anyway? You haven’t told me anything I want to know, but you expect me to leave here with you. Are you mental?’ I was serious about the last part: he definitely had me questioning his sanity.
His face broke into a wide grin. I hadn’t seen him smile and the transformation was startling. He had without a doubt, the best smile I’d ever seen. Bright and disarming with deep-set dimples piercing each cheek, it lit up his face and I was forced to look away to catch my breath.
‘I do expect you to leave here with me. I’ll make you if I have to.’ His smile continued with an arrogance I wanted to hate, yet found myself blushing at.
‘Tell me how you knew my dad,’ I insisted.
He seemed to think it over and then with a measured tone said, ‘You told me you have responsibilities at home – your sister, your niece? I don’t think you’ll stay here long, Red. If you insist, I’ll stay with you, to make sure you’re safe.’
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