When my husband walked out on me over a year ago, it devastated me. When the divorce papers came, it killed me. When we had to sell our house, it broke me.
But then he moved in with his new flavor of the month and told our daughter his new woman wasn’t into children. That pissed me off.
Now Riley feels abandoned, and I can’t make it better; no matter how hard I try. I’m desperate to help her adjust to the loss of a male figure in her life. The companion program that matches adults up with children who have loneliness and abandonment issues is my last hope.
The counselors tell me he’s doing community service hours, and I ask to sit in on his meetings with Riley. The minute I see him astride the matte black Harley, I know neither my nor Riley’s life will ever be the same again.
Community Service. Two words I should be thankful for, but I’m not. I resent the hours it’s away from building my business. The two previous kids I'd been paired up with didn’t work out because their mothers were more interested in getting in my bed. This next match with a little girl is my last hope. Unless this kid works out, I’m destined to serve time.
When they push her into the room wearing pink converse with a black dress, her crazy curls barely held back by the barrette in her hair, and studious glasses on her face, I can tell she’s scared - of new people, of change, of being pushed aside. Something inside of me breaks, and I want this girl to feel wanted again.
What I’m unprepared for is meeting her mom. The second our hands touch, there are fireworks, bright lights, and a picture of the future I could one day have. The future I’ve never allowed myself to wish for.
Community service becomes more than a chore, more than time I resent for being taken away from me. In the months that follow, I realize they’re just like me: they’ve been abandoned, left behind by the world, forgotten by those who should love them.
Thanks to the one last hope in both our lives - we found the light in the darkness we’d been searching for.
TRICK: Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ twenty-nine year old Hadley & Patrick (aka Trick).
Hadley is a single mother working a full time job whilst raising her six year old daughter Riley who has lost all trust in all male figures due to the fact that since the separation of her parents her father hasn’t wanted to have anything to do with her which has resulted in her having separation anxiety making her withdrawn from adults especially men.
Hadley’s last resort is to place Riley into the companion program that matches adults up with children who have loneliness and abandonment issues which is where Trick comes into the equation.
I want him to break through her shell, like I haven’t been able to. I’ll help him as long as he takes interest because I truly believe he’s my last hope. If he can’t bring her back to me, I’m at a loss; I have no more ideas on what to do.
Trick Tennyson is a gorgeous reformed bad boy just trying to get his life back on track and to pay his dues to society by doing either community service hours or jail time. Slowly he's made steps in his life both personally and professionally to make himself a better person, in order to do that, he’s decided to take part in ‘The Companion Program’ hoping that he can be matched up with a child he can help, which is where Riley figures into the equation.
Hadley’s one hope out of Trick working with her daughter is that he can get through to her and make her see that not all men leave.
I hope Trick realizes what he's getting himself into with a single mum and an opinionated little girl.
One thing Trick didn't factor on was the fast impact these two had on his heart, as soon as he saw the little girl walk into the room a little piece of his heart was claimed by her, the first innocent touch between Hadley and himself sent a jolt through his whole system, from that moment on he was a goner.
A slow burn romance that will melt your heart and feed your soul, a beautifully written unique heart felt story about finding love in the most unexpected person, trust, healing, and second chances.
* Teasers used are off the authors facebook page *