Where the Heart Lies by Michelle Garren Flye - Fiction
All widowed Alicia Galloway has left of her war-hero husband are the flag that draped his coffin and his final wishes: to move to his hometown, take over the family bookstore and enjoy a simple, quiet life with their two small children. When she arrives, her husband's best friend makes that new life anything but simple. How can she be so drawn to Liam Addison?
Liam only intended to help Alicia get settled. But one unexpected kiss awakens his long-held forbidden feelings. Soon, the town busybodies swoop in to warn Alicia away from him. Because no matter the man he's become, he'll never live down his reputation as town troublemaker and wolfish womanizer.
No one wants the war hero's sweet widow and the supposedly former bad boy together. But the more everyone tries to keep them apart, the closer he and Alicia get. And the more determined Liam is to prove he's a changed man. Will it be enough to convince Alicia to let a new love in her life?
Ty lay his hand on her still flat belly. "It's the perfect place to raise children. Boys and girls. There's a pond for fishing and swimming. And the street is pretty quiet, so they can ride their bikes. The house is the perfect size--not too big. Just homey."
Alicia laughed and rolled over, and his hand slid across her belly to her hip. "You might be a little prejudiced considering it's your childhood home."
He pulled her closer, kissing her, and her body responded to him as she always did. She loved his long, lean form and the way he touched her with such confidence.
She drew away after a moment, unable to resist teasing him a little. "Are you sure it won't be a little, um, inhibiting for you?"
"What do you mean?" He looked at her, uncomprehending, his hands caressing the backs of her thighs now, causing little rivers of pleasure to run through her veins.
She smiled wickedly at him, using all her self-control to keep from letting him know how pleasant his touch was. All part of the game. "Well, you know, being in the same bedroom your parents were in when they--oh, you know..."
He laughed and rolled over on top of her, pressing her down into the mattress and kissing her firmly and thoroughly. His lips left hers and trailed over her jaw and down her collarbone as he cupped her breasts. She gasped at his touch on her sensitive nipples and felt his mouth curve. His lips returned to her neck and he nibbled her earlobe. "Baby, as long as you're there, I won't have any trouble being inhibited," he whispered.