Kaleidoscope of Hopes
High hopes mean big disappointments.
Nadia has learned that lesson the hard way. Single, struggling to make ends meet, and hurt by the past, the last thing she needs is another complication. When her new boss – a handsome, secretive widower with a child – moves in next door, their worlds collide. Sweet hopes bloom again, but both of them are burdened by tragic secrets. Should she give love a second chance?
After a moment’s silence, he asked, “What kind of demons do you have to battle?”
Nadia's fingers stopped fidgeting and tightened their grip on the bracelet. Was she ready to share this with him? What if he turned into one of the demons in the end?
“Betrayal. Disappointment. Missed chances. Loneliness. Lack of ambition. Naïveté. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
“Would you mind if I broke one of my own rules?”
What was she supposed to answer to that? Scrambling in her mind for something that wouldn’t put her in the line of fire, but that she could also live with, she settled on, “I don’t think it is up to me to judge if you go against self-set rules."
Did she imagine it, or was that the inkling of an admiring smile scurrying across his face?
“What if it involves you?"
His gaze was more intense than ever.
She could feel her throat going dry. Why the devil couldn’t this man just get it over with, and spare her all this dread?
“I…I don’t understand, sir.”
Lucas was not who she had thought, and would never be who she wanted him to be. Period. That was her strategy for getting over him and on with life.
But when did strategies ever do a woman in love any good?
Now with him here, her carefully laid plans scampered off through the backdoor like dogs let loose, and she was left with the memories of her hurt and the vestiges of her longing for him.