Title: It Was Always You
Author: S.L. Sterling
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2018
Fresh out of an abusive relationship, Tatum packs up and goes to live closer to her brother, and to make a fresh start. When Parker, the biggest regret of her life, comes back around, she’s immediately divided between giving their relationship another try and protecting her heart.
Parker hasn’t been able to get Tatum off his mind since the night he walked out of her life. Eight years of one night
stands and many sleepless nights, the pain of losing her has virtually faded. When he finds out she is moving to town all the emotions from the past come crashing back into his heart. Reluctant at first, he sets his sights on making it work out with the only woman he has ever loved.
Just when Tatum is settling into her new life and relationship her ex-boyfriend becomes obsessed with getting her back, threatening everything they hold dear. Will Tatum and Parker’s love be strong enough to get them through their worst battle yet or will their worlds come crashing down once again?
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While I stood waiting for our drinks, I couldn’t help looking over at Tatum. She was so cute in her sunflower sundress. It accentuated all the right places. She was still so attractive, and I couldn’t help but wonder what it would feel like to kiss those lips. I watched as she ran her hand through her hair, her soft blonde locks falling back into place. How I longed to run my hands through that hair.
“Sir? Sir, your coffees.”
I turned and took the coffees from the girl behind the counter. “Thanks.”
I sat down beside Tatum and held her coffee in front of her. Reaching to take it from me, her fingers touched mine, sending a warm feeling straight to my groin. “Hope you like it. It’s one of my favorites—a coconut iced coffee.”
I watched her mouth as she took a sip, her hazel eyes closing and opening with delight. I hoped one day I would be the one to make her light up like that.
“That’s really good. Thank you. It’s been a long while since I had an iced coffee. So fill me in on what’s gone on with you in the past eight years.”
“Not much. Just work really. Police work is a pretty lonely life—lots of overtime here. I became a training officer a couple of years after I was hired. After working uniform for a few years, I was transferred to the undercover unit. Of all people, Elliott was actually my first trainee in that unit, and now we are partners.”
She looked down at her mug, and I caught a hint of sadness in her eyes. “If it’s a lonely life, then I’m glad I didn’t join you,” she whispered, still looking down. “I take it your wife spends a lot of time alone then?” She looked up at me, and I saw the question dancing in her eyes.
My gaze traveled down her body, noticing the light bruising on both her biceps, and I frowned. Where had she gotten those from? Elliott was right, something definitely was going on, and she wasn’t talking. I wanted to ask but thought it best I didn’t.
“Actually, I never ended up getting married.”
“Well, then your girlfriend must hate being alone all the time.”
“No girlfriend either, Tatum,” I said, looking away. “After you, I felt it was easier to stay single. Less hurt that way.” With that admittance, I avoided her eyes.
I felt her hand on mine and looked up to see her watching me. She rubbed my hand and squeezed. “I’m sorry, Parker. I needed time. It was too much, too fast. Everything was changing. If I can be honest, sometimes I wonder if maybe I should have given us more time. Things might be different now.”
I could tell she meant every word. “What about you? Are you seeing anyone?”
About The Author
S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada with her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.
An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to publish your novel. This gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel It Was Always You was born.
When S.L. Sterling isn’t writing or plotting her next novel she can be found with a cup of coffee, a blanket and the newest romance novel on her e-reader. Her favorite authors include Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Alessandra Torre and Willow Winters.
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking and spending quality time with family and friends.