A New Love (The Game of Love #2)
Approximate length: 43,000 words (a novella)
Warning: This story contains content which is intended for readers over the age of 18.
Renee was a confident twenty three year old woman. She spent the past six years helping her sister raise her nephew Lucas. Renee took her nephew shopping for the day so her sister could have some alone time. They were on their way home, when out of nowhere, Renee heard a loud crash and felt her body slam against the car door. She turned in her seat to see her nephew unconscious. Renee jumped out her car in a foggy daze as she ran around to pull his door open. When the door wouldn't open, she began yelling for help.
Dillon was a thirty five year old police officer. He was driving through the mall parking lot when he saw a young woman screaming and noticed the smashed in car. Dillon ran to the car and looked through the window. His heart dropped, and he felt the air leave his lungs as memories rushed through his mind. There was a little boy in the car, and he wasn't moving. It was the one thing Dillon didn't like about his job. Accidents involving children were hard for him. The sound of the woman yelling snapped him out of his head, and he hurried to help the boy.
The accident changed Renee's thoughts on life. She blamed herself for what happened to her nephew. Renee was sure she could have done something to avoid being hit.
When Dillon went to the hospital to check on the little boy, he could see that Renee was blaming herself. He assured her there was nothing she could have done to prevent what had happened. It tore at his insides that she was taking the blame. It was not her fault. The situation hit to close to home for him. He handed her his card and hurried on his way.
When Dillon offered to help Renee, she accepted it. Her family began changing, and she was lost. Her sister had found love and didn't need her help anymore. It was time for her to find a life of her own. She had no idea what she wanted to do. It was the first time she was living for herself and not for everyone else.
There was something about Renee that drew Dillon in. He wasn't sure what it was, but he knew he had to keep her at arms length. Dillon found himself wanting to help her and get to know her as a friend. He knew falling in love was not an option for him. After the mistake Dillon had made in the past, he didn't deserve love. He had come to terms with growing old alone. That was what he deserved.
When Renee realized that love and a family was what she wanted, how would Dillon React?
Could he look beyond the past and allow himself a future with happiness, or would he let her walk out of his life and stay alone forever?
A New Love is a complete, stand-alone novella.
A Love Rekindled (The Game of Love #1) is also available.