My guest author today is Haley Whitehall, who is here to talk about the 2nd book in her Midnight Romance series, out now from Liquid Silver Books:
I know most romance readers love alpha males. I love my alpha males, too. Not all women can be wooed the same way—sometimes a woman needs a lighter touch and a softer approach. George is an alpha male who rescues Allison from a burning house. Woo-hoo manly hero! If I was trapped in a burning house I think I’d fall in love with the sexy firefighter who carried me to safety. Okay, enough about me, back to George. He isn’t a firefighter. He works as a roustabout loading and unloading steamboats. While along the waterfront he sees a house on fire and runs toward it to see if he can help. As soon as he sees Allison he instantly wants to protect and take care of her.
Unfortunately due to the abuse in her past Allison is wary of men. George is patient and tries his best to understand her. She wants to takes things slowly and he agrees. He submits to her needs as a show of how much he loves her.
It isn’t easy for him to let her take the lead, but the sacrifice was an easy choice for him to make. Love endures all things, and in Midnight Heat George and Allison’s burgeoning relationship is constantly tested.
Can George win Allison over? Or will her troubled past find a way to keep them apart?
Living in St. Louis, Missouri is a nightmare for Allison. It is 1868, but for her slavery never ended. After enduring years of abuse, she reaches her breaking point. She sees a fiery death as her only escape. She did not expect to live through the night, but George came to her rescue and changed her plans. Now she has a chance to fulfill her dream of falling in love and having a normal relationship with a handsome black man. But will he accept her with her baggage and the dark secrets from her past?
At eighteen, George is ready to make his own way in the world. He leaves his brother’s farm and gets a job as a roustabout. Working on the Mississippi River gives him the freedom he craves. Going ashore one night he sees a shack along the waterfront on fire. He never expected to find a beautiful colored woman trapped inside. Protective instincts kicking in, he instantly wants to be her man and take care of her.
Will he be able to gain her trust and love or will the memories of Allison’s painful past burn their relationship to cinders before it has begun?
The acrid smoke seared her nostrils. Now billowing across the room she could barely see. Her eyes burned. Her throat burned. Her chest burned.
She closed her eyes and prayed for freedom.
The windowpane broke. A large shadow lumbered over the broken glass. Was this the grim reaper?
“Anyone here?” a male voice called.
Allison tried to respond but all she could do was cough. The man stepped quickly across the hot wood floor, carefully making his way to her. He held a wet rag to his mouth.
He glanced at the chain on her ankle then over at her jailor lying still on the floor. “Where is the key?”
Allison blinked at the young black man towering over her. “Around his neck,” she said in a raspy voice.
The man retrieved the key and Mr. Grier didn’t stir. This stranger unlocked the leg iron, picked her up into his arms, and carried her out of the cabin.
Stunned, Allison struggled to comprehend what was happening. Strong arms cradled her. She rested her head against his rippled chest. Only the cotton shirt he wore kept her from feeling his skin. Her stomach fluttered with a combination of fear and delight. She felt safe for the first time since she was a little girl. She closed her eyes as it dawned on her how dangerous that safe feeling was. She shouldn’t feel safe. After all, she didn’t know him. She couldn’t trust him.
She wanted to tell him to put her down and leave her here, but her mouth couldn’t form the words. It took all of her strength just to breathe.
She wasn’t worth saving. Still, this man was rescuing her, being a hero.
Her head ached and she closed her eyes. This had to be a dream, a hallucination. This stranger seemed to come out of nowhere, but this wasn’t the type of freedom she had been expecting. Or even wanting.
God obviously had other plans for her. Would she learn to like them better?
Buy Midnight Heat:
Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/midnight-heat-p868.php
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical fiction and historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy. Visit Haley’s website at http://haleywhitehall.com.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Haley-Whitehall/e/B0078EO6CE/