Book three of the Scars Series by the amazing Lynley Wayne is here!
At the age of fifteen, Seth Dempsey gave his heart to Cameron Reyes. Three years later, Cam shattered it when he walked away. When Cam blows back into Seth’s life years later, Seth knows he will do whatever it takes to ensure Cam doesn’t slip away again. Even if it means going up against a corrupt DEA agent and a drug cartel.
Cameron Reyes was born on the wrong side of the tracks. He fell in love with Seth, but knew the only way to keep him safe was to leave, no matter how much it hurt. Eleven years later, when his life implodes, he knows the only person he can trust is the boy whose heart he broke all those years ago.
While they fight to stay one step ahead of everyone and clear Cam’s name, can they learn to work together in order to face down the demons of the past and find the happily ever after they have dreamed of?
“So, it’s Mr. Dempsey, now.”
Seth jumped at the voice next to him. His eyes shot open and he turned in his seat, ready to defend himself.
“It can’t be.” He didn’t realize he had spoken the words out loud until that same voice responded.
“It is.” There was a pause. “How you been, Seth?”
His initial reaction was to grab him and hug him and never let him go. Then the pain, the anger, the betrayal, pushed through the shock and he did what he should have done all those years ago. He pulled back his fist and punched Cameron Reyes right in the mouth.
Then he stood, looming over him. “You son of a bitch.”
Cam shook his head and worked his jaw side to side. “I deserved that,” he said in his matter of fact way.
“You’re damn right you did.” Seth moved away, only to come back two steps later. “You deserve a hell of a lot more than that.”
“You gonna hit me again?” It pissed Seth off even more because Cam didn’t seem to care about his answer one way or another.
“I might,” Seth growled, before taking a seat on the couch opposite of where Cam sat.
The years had been good to Cam and Seth hated himself for noticing. The roundness his face had had at eighteen was gone. In its place were all hard lines and sharp angles. The black T-shirt he was wearing stretched tight over his arms and chest, showing more definition than he used to have.
“What are you doing here, Cam? And how in the hell did you get on my plane?”
The sight of the little half smirk, half smile of Cam’s caused a pain he hadn’t expected. It was as if someone had ripped open a wound that had never fully healed.
“It’s good to see you, Seth.” He glanced around the plane. “You’ve done well for yourself. I always knew you would.”
Gritting his teeth, Seth narrowed his eyes. “Answer the question, Cameron.”
Cam’s brow quirked at the use of his full name. “Which one?”
“What are you doing here?”
Turning away, Cam stared out the window. “I had nowhere else to go.”
“So you… what? Decide after eleven years, hey, I know, why don’t I go track down my high school boyfriend, the guy whose heart I ripped out and then stomped on? I bet he would love to help me.”
Seth ran his hand over his shaved head, doing his best not to lose his temper. “Then what, exactly?”
When Cam turned and zeroed in on him with those chocolate brown eyes of his, Seth felt his next cheap shot stick in his throat. Never, in all the years he had known Cam, had Seth ever seen him look so…lost.
“I know you have a million questions and I know you’re angry and I’m probably the absolute last person you ever wanted to see again, but I need you to do something first.”
Resigned, Seth leaned back with a sigh. “What?”
“Tell your pilot to change course. We can’t go to Indiana.”
He sat up. “How the hell do you know that’s where I’m headed?”
“I’ll add it to the list of things I need to explain. Right now, I need you to do this. It’s a matter of life or death.” He paused. “My life or death.”
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Lynley Wayne is the pen name of a thirty-something female living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When not writing, she can usually be found reading and thinking up creative ways to avoid housework. She is married to a very understanding man who doesn’t complain when she spends hours in front of the computer, or talks for hours about whatever story she’s working on, or asks random off the wall questions. He also keeps her fed on those occasions when her muse has taken over and she loses days at a time. Yeah, basically he’s vying for sainthood.
Lynley strongly believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness, no matter how it may differ from the norm. She writes characters she wants to read and hopes others like reading about them as much as she enjoyed writing them.
It is her hope that one day society will be able to look past the labels and see the person behind them. That they will realize we are all the same. Until that time comes, she will continue telling stories of a love others may believe is wrong, but she thinks is nothing short of beautiful.
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