Series: St. Fleur #6
Series: St. Fleur #6
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 8, 2019
The mob. A mole. Murder.
In a matter of seconds, Charlotte Mae’s life fell apart. Now her boyfriend’s lifeless eyes haunt her dreams, and she carries the blame for her father’s death.
When she’s forced to return to work in NOLA, it’s under the watchful eye of bodyguard and former Navy SEAL, Carter Fortier.
With the mob determined to tie up loose ends, Carter must make dangerous alliances and depend on his brothers-in-arms to have his back. But the danger Charlotte Mae poses to his heart is one complication he doesn’t account for.
Can two damaged hearts find love while fighting for their lives, or will the forces working to silence them succeed in ending more than just their budding romance?
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“Holy shit,” Lindsey muttered.
“Charlie,” Jaime Lynn whispered, and she turned to face her sister. “Well, ain’t that some shit?” Jaime Lynn chuckled.
Charlotte Mae cleared her throat. “What?”
Jaime Lynn nodded toward Carter. “When did that happen?”
“When did what happen?”
“You and Carter,” Jaime Lynn said, directing a “don’t try to bullshit me” expression at Charlotte Mae.
“There’s nothing between Carter and me,” she said and didn’t miss the twinge she felt under her breastbone at the words.
“Honey, something is definitely going on between you and Carter,” Sofia said softly.
“He’s just doing his job.” Charlotte Mae swallowed thickly past the bitter words.
“That man is not just doing his job,” Lindsey whispered.
Jaime Lynn looked over Charlotte Mae’s shoulder. “He hasn’t stopped watching you since the moment he came inside. And we won’t even mention the way he took care of you just now.”
Charlotte Mae shifted in her seat and clenched her teeth. “His job is to watch me. He’s trying to keep me safe because it’s his job.”
Jaime Lynn grabbed Charlotte Mae’s hand from the bar top and cocked her head to the side. She studied Charlotte Mae for a few moments then leaned in as close as she could with the bar separating them. “You know it’s okay, right? It’s going to happen eventually.”
“What are you talking about?” Charlotte Mae asked, annoyed to be having this conversation.
The women on each side of her sighed.
“Chase would want you to be happy,” Sofia whispered.
Charlotte Mae stiffened. “Nothing is happening!” She glared at her sister. “Can we drop it now, please?”
Jaime Lynn sighed, and sympathy flashed in her eyes. “Okay, honey, we’ll drop it.”
She mouthed a thank you and relaxed when Jaime Lynn turned the topic to Kayla, Jesse’s daughter. Charlotte Mae glanced at the group of men chatting and noted Carter’s brows pulled together. She offered him a small smile, and the crease on his forehead vanished. She hoped their voices hadn’t carried in the empty bar. Setting aside the worry, she returned her attention to her friends, happy to have them around.
Charlotte Mae enjoyed being with them and listening to the things she’d missed. Not that she’d gone to St. Fleur often, but when she did, she loved spending time with her sister and friends. They were good people.
She didn’t know why reminding them she was only a job for Carter had upset her so much. Nothing could come of their time together. He only saw her as a woman who’d gotten herself in an awful predicament. Plus, allowing any emotions for the sexy man to form felt like a betrayal to Chase. It wasn’t logical, she knew that. Chase was gone, and she was alive. But… shouldn’t she be grieving? How much time needed to pass before she “moved on”?
Would she ever live in a world where she didn’t feel guilty? Why couldn’t she have met Carter later? Each passing day included at least one fight between her mind and heart. It was exhausting.
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter's Surprise, Surviving Paris, Finding Love at the Falls..., and Kylie: Crossing Lines. She's a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn't writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.