Title: Forever Hers
Series: The Fitzgerald Family (Book 5)
Author: E. B. Walters
Released Date: October 8, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic suspense, Sensual
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic suspense, Sensual
She wants her past hidden...
Amy Kincaid is running from her controlling ex-husband, who will stop at nothing to find her. With a new identity and a new job as a housekeeper, she just wants to be left alone to raise her daughter. Then Eddie Fitzgerald rolls into town and turns her world upside down.
He’s in the business of exposing the truth...
Eddie Fitzgerald, L.A.P.D.'s finest, lives for his job and nothing else, until he decides to take a break at the family summer home and is held at gunpoint by the most annoying, sassiest woman to ever cross his path. But something is off about Amy, and the more he learns about her, the more he’s convinced she’s a fugitive.
When her past catches up to her, Amy has no choice but to trust Eddie. Unfortunately, Eddie has demons of his own, and struggles with the decision to protect her or uphold the law.
The truth takes them down a deadly path, and only love can save them...
His eyes locked on her lips, the soft, intimate sighs hit him to the core and Eddie shifted in his seat as blood rushed to his groin. He tried to tune her out, which was impossible. Amy was not the kind of woman a man ignored. Everything about her stirred his senses.
That he couldn’t control the strong attraction he felt toward her irritated him. She wasn’t even his type. He dated tall women. The more quiet and reflective the better. Amy spoke her mind without thought and most of the things she said were outrageous. She was short, curvy with lush breasts and hips. Worse, her tank top emphasized her cleavage and every time she moved, it took all his will power not to stare at her chest.
In the kitchen, she’d mesmerized him as she hummed and danced, her tank top showing a thin line of soft, golden skin around her waist. Every time he looked at her skimpy cut-off jeans, fantasies zipped through his head. They hugged her ass and hips, and bared most of her smooth, tanned legs.
“No, thanks,” he said. “I’m a meat man. Give me steak, roasts and burgers and I’m good.”
She winced. “Every day?”
“With an occasional chicken thrown in.”
She let out a long-suffering sigh. “Fine, even though the thought of slabs of red meat…” She shuddered and pursed her lips, then added, “but if I want to mow the lawn, I will mow the lawn. You go ahead and beat your chest and pretend to be King Kong.”
“I’m not a Neanderthal. I just believe that you should go into a relationship knowing exactly what is expected of you, so you shoulder your share of responsibility. It makes everything run smoother.”
“What happened to spontaneity?”
“Leads to chaos.”
Her eyes narrowed, dark clouds adrift in their blue depth. Her lips parted as though she was about to speak then she snapped them shut. Silence followed. He ate while she chewed on her lower lip and studied him. He was tempted to say, “What?” but that would only encourage her to ask more personal questions and make him focus on her.
“Do we have a deal?” he asked instead.
“You must lead a very boring life.”
Once again, she was going off on a tangent. “My life has nothing to do with our present living arrangement. Do we have a deal?”
“That depends. How long is your vacation?”
An odd expression crossed Amy’s face. “Okay, we have a deal. However, I like to do things on the spur of the moment and would appreciate it if you don’t complain about it and walk around with a sour face.”
Eddie laughed, the sound of his voice surprising him. If she thought she could dictate how he reacted, she had another thing coming. Or maybe he’d be better off keeping to himself and eating his meals alone after she was done with hers.
He poured a liberal amount of syrup on his pancakes and started to eat. The tartness of the blueberries exploded in his mouth with each bite, adding to the sweet.
“These are really good,” he said.
“Try the bacon.” She picked one and slipped it between her lush lips and took a bite.
Ah hell! She also made eating sensual. Once again, Eddie fought the tightness in his pants. “No, thanks.”
“Only grilled, roasted or fried.”
She gave a derisive snort, but that unladylike sound and the glint in her eyes did it for him. She already thought his life was boring just because he wasn’t spontaneous. In his line of work, being spontaneous could get you killed. Only fools dove into situations without evaluating their odds of winning.
He wrapped his hand around her wrist and directed the piece of bacon she’d bitten to his mouth. He took a bite, his lips touching the tips of her fingers, and chewed, his gaze not leaving hers. His lips tingled and he licked them. Her cheeks grew red.
He went back to his breakfast. He was relieved when she served herself and focused on her food. But his relief was short-lived. His eyes were drawn to her mouth again. She closed her eyes as she chewed and hummed under her breath.
Once again, he redirected his thoughts and forced himself to finish his breakfast quickly, needing to put some space between them. He wasn’t looking for a holiday fling and he’d have to be an idiot to start something he couldn’t finish.
The buzz of his cell phone came to his rescue. He pulled it out and saw the number. His cousin. Eddie started to get up. “Excuse me. I must take this.”
Amy jumped up. “No. Stay. I need to check on Raelynn anyway. If you need more orange juice, there is a larger pitcher in the fridge.” She reached for her plate and glass.
“Thanks for breakfast, Amy.”
“No problem.” She disappeared inside the house.
Eddie brought the phone to his ear. “Chase?”
“Did you get lost in the woods or something?”
He was supposed to call his cousin as soon as he arrived. After facing a gun-wielding Amy, his thoughts had been elsewhere. “I got here all right.”
“So what does she look like?”
“The housekeeper? Is she as hot as Baron described her?”
“Baron is married,” Eddie snapped.
“Doesn’t mean he’s blind. They were out there last month and brought home pictures. Mom took particular interest in the housekeeper. She even flew out there a few weeks ago with her friends, Barbs and Sissy.”
Eddie was in the process of draining his orange juice and choked on it. His aunt, Chase and Baron’s mother, was the one who had suggested Eddie visit East Hope and help the local PD catch the burglar breaking into homes. She never mentioned Amy.
“What are you saying?” Eddie asked warily.
“I’m saying that Mom played you like a fine-tuned guitar, detective. The more she heard about the housekeeper and her little girl, the more she got that gleam in her eyes.”
Yeah, the same calculating gleam she’d worn for weeks as she plotted on bringing Baron and Kara together, then more recently, Faith and Ken.
“She must have decided that you and the housekeeper are her next project.”
“I have absolutely nothing in common with this woman.”
“Actually you do. A lot. Do you know what she does for a living?”
“That is for you to find out, detective.” Chase laughed. “Happy courting.”
“You’re an ass.” His cousin’s mocking laugh rang in Eddie’s ears even after he hung up.
What a fascinating story! Incapable of putting the book down, I was finished reading it in just over 24 hours! Eddie has been on my mind all day long! The author pulls you in and has you feeling the emotions of the characters in the story. The cover is beautiful, simple yet elegant, speaks volumes of Eddie and Amy's story. You would not believe how long I have been waiting on Eddie Fitzgerald's book!
Amy Kincaid is one of a kind, living a real life reality. Running from her ex, she must take up a new identity and leave town. Her ex of all people a twisted cop that seems to know her every move. Secret plans laid out lead Amy to the Fitzgerald cottage. A job opportunity given to her by a old friend of hers so now she's got her 5 year old daughter, Raelynn and she's house sitting for Baron Fitzgerald. :D
Low and behold Eddie of all people decides his loyalty is more important than his job and he gets in trouble. Needing time away from his happily married family members, he heads off to the Fitzgerald's cottage. Unknowingly he enters the cottage and ends up held at gun point by non other than Amy Kincaid. Eddie has sworn off women and never gets close, always choosing those that are career minded instead of seeking to settle down. His home life consists of a booty call every week to every two weeks. Never expecting to feel anything other than lust, he agrees to allow Amy to stay on the job continuing her house work for Baron.
One thing leading to another and yet Amy knows what kind of man Eddie is, she refuses to allow herself to feel. Eddie is not sure he can trust Amy and what she has told him of her past and also refuses to get any where near her. Both unable to control the heat building between them, but will their pasts keep them from coming together? Or will Eddie be able to see past Amy's haunted past? Will he allow her to even get close enough? I cannot wait to read Chase's story! He's such a charming flirt!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.
Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com
Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She is presently working on book 3, GRIMNIRS (Release date TBA). Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com
Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.