Book 1 in the All I Want Series.
I see the good in everyone. My heart bleeds for the people who get a bad rap and no shot at redemption. Being a defense lawyer in a small town is not easy--especially when I am defending the criminals they loathe. And then, wouldn't you know it. I attract the attention of the hottest cop in the entire town. He's smart, rugged, and completely irresistible.
But there's one problem...
Luke Hudson is running for sheriff. And he would be a damn good sheriff. This man never backs down. He sees the law in black and white--right or wrong. I see all the shades of gray in between. Now, with the election looming and our relationship heating up, everything implodes.
Luke's given a choice: it's either me or his dream job.
And all I want is for him to choose me.
+ Excerpt +
Luke Hudson leaned against his patrol car, which was parked in front of my Corolla. His head was bent over a little black book as he scribbled something. I had a moment of panic when I saw him rip off the paper and tuck it under my windshield wipers. I glanced around for a parking sign to see if I had parked there for too long. I jogged the last few steps to Luke and placed my hand on his arm. Feeling a little spark of electricity, I pulled my hand back in surprise. Something intense flared in his eyes as he turned his attention to me.
“Sorry, am I not supposed to park here?” I asked, nervously licking my suddenly dry lips.
“It’s only four-hour parking,” Luke answered, tipping his head toward the parking sign in front of his vehicle.
I cringed when I saw the sign. “I’m sorry, I didn’t even see that. I don’t use the car much, either.” Everything in Chestertown was within walking distance.
“There’s a lot behind the courthouse you can use for extended parking if you want,” Luke offered, helpfully pointing in the direction of lawyers’ row. Next to the courthouse, there was a line of one-story attached buildings, housing one law firm after another. At the end of the street, I could see a parking lot.
“Okay, thanks.” I pulled the parking ticket off of my window. I knew there was nothing I could say to get out of the ticket now that he had written it. I didn’t read it because Luke stared down at me with eyes piercing right through me. His presence was overwhelming.
Luke looked over at the inn. “Are you staying here?”
“Yes, just temporarily,” I answered.
“Do you need some help to find a place?”
“Oh, no, Ashley from work referred me to Samantha. She has an apartment over the bakery,” I explained, pointing in the direction of the bakery and suddenly feeling stupid. Surely he knew there was an available apartment above the bakery. It was a small town, after all.
“Okay, good. Let me know if you need any help with anything since you’re new to town.” He placed a hand on my shoulder and turned to go. His brief touch caused an involuntary shiver through my body.
I was used to doing things for myself and not relying on anyone, but I liked his concern. Luke was already walking toward his vehicle and pulling open the door when I called after him, “Thank you for the offer, though.” I gave him a small smile.
He nodded and his lips twitched with the beginning of a smile. He nodded at the paper I still clutched in my hands. “Don’t forget to take care of that.” Then he got into his car and pulled out into the street. I watched him go and then glanced down at the paper, which I had forgotten about until he mentioned it. I opened the folded paper, which looked like a parking ticket on the back, but instead of my information written out on the front of the ticket, there was a hand-drawn picture.
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