Pregnant shopkeeper Jillian Wilson prepares for single parenthood until high-risk security specialist Derrick Harris, the baby’s father, is caught in an explosion that changes everything.
Confused, Derrick returns to the States with amnesia. Jillian believes she has it all a husband, a baby, a perfect life, to bad that her dreams hang on Derrick’s faulty memory and a lie.
“Look, Derek…” She shut the door. “I don’t need you checking up on me. I’m fine. If Jason received my message, he knows too.”
His glare examined her with hard intensity. “He didn’t get it. I did.”
Even though his jaw was set in a rigid line, he appeared calm. Yet she sensed intense emotions churning just beneath the surface of his cool exterior.
She shook her head, unable to determine the cause. “But he’s been worried. Why didn’t you give him the message?”
“Jason is already involved with someone.” Suspicion darkened Derek’s eyes. His whole manner reflected restrained anger, a kettle ready to boil over. His gaze burned.
“I know. He and Kelly have been dating for awhile now.”
“If you know, then why the hell are you sleeping with him? You barely let me kiss you good night when we were dating.” He stepped forward, glaring into her face. The lid of his temper lifted, the steam scalded her skin.
“What?” Caught off guard by his accusation and his closeness, Jillian gapped in disbelief. Was he nuts? Did he really think she was having sex with his brother?
Her eyes widened. Now it made sense. My message.
Derek must think—Oh my!
In his normal overprotective fashion, he rushed in to squelch the opposition.
How absurd—her with Jason. She couldn’t stop the giggles that bubbled up in her chest. She edged past him with an unladylike snort of laughter.
He grabbed her arm and spun her around. “I’m glad you think this is funny, but I don’t. I know you’ve always had a thing for Jason, but he’s taken.” The angry set of his mouth reflected how seriously he viewed the matter, and his stern glare nailed her with disgust. “I won’t let you ruin his happiness.”
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