Five years ago, Embry Jacobs ran…
She ran from a past that still hasn’t let her go, but her dream of becoming a lawyer is stronger than her fear of confronting that past. Embry’s sole focus is to get through law school—with the help of her best friend, Morgan—and make something of the broken girl she became. Not thinking about falling in love, being in a relationship or even entertaining the idea of romance, Embry is moving forward one day at a time.
Luke Brody is charming and sexy, and has a past of his own. He wants nothing more than to put his demons to rest and move on with his life. But, when Embry enters the picture, is he destined to repeat those same mistakes?
Blindsided by their instant attraction, neither Luke nor Embry are prepared for the feelings they’re developing. But will it all be for nothing?
Will they let their pasts destroy them, or will they risk everything to fight for their relationship when it all comes undone?
This can’t be happening. That thought ran on a constant loop through her head as she sat in the cold, uninviting classroom; the smell of antiseptic invading her nostrils. She sat on a hard, plastic chair, foot tapping furiously, and gripped her hands in her lap. The waiting was killing her. She studied the three people at the front of the room, heads bent together, whispering amongst themselves.
An older man with graying hair, combed over in a pathetic attempt to mask the thin spots on his balding head, sat in the middle and seemed to be leading the discussion. On his left, a younger woman with a severe blonde bob, adding harshness to her already angular face, shuffled through a stack of papers and nodded along with the conversation. On his right, another man, middle-aged and average in every way, from his medium build to his brown hair and brown bespectacled eyes, looked as if he were listening intently. He occasionally gave his input while sneaking small, quick glances at her, sympathy etched into his features.
She stared at her hands to avoid his gaze, but she could still feel it. She strained forward, trying to hear what they were saying. No luck. They were taking their sweet time, and all she wanted was to get it over with. Like a Band-Aid, it would hurt either way. Might as well make it quick. She’d been down that road once before. She’d had to pick up the pieces of her broken life and move on to start a new one. She couldn’t do it again, not after all of her hard work to get to this point. She couldn’t accept it, wouldn’t.
How had this happened? They’d been careful. Hadn’t they been careful? She swallowed the lump in her throat and tried in vain to think of something else.
The older gentleman cleared his throat, pulling her from her thoughts. “Miss Jacobs?”
She looked up at the three members of the university’s disciplinary committee, taking them all in one at a time. She straightened her back and lifted her chin, hoping the outward display of confidence would give her some semblance of the same feeling on the inside. That was all shot to hell as soon as she opened her mouth. “Y-yes, sir,” she answered, her voice trembling.
“Do you know why you’re here?” the average man asked, his eyes kind.
“No, sir,” she said, shaking her head. But she was pretty sure she had an idea.
“Let me tell you,” the older man interjected, opening the folder in front of him. He explained the purpose of the hearing and the university’s policies regarding disciplinary sanctions. She sat back, rubbing her palms on her pants and trying to calm down. As she listened to the words coming out of his mouth, she was hit with a rush of emotions so strong, it almost bowled her over in her chair.
Good. Bad. Happy. Sad. Betrayal. Rage. Shock. Relief. Relief? She fought to keep focused on the seriousness of the situation before her as a litany of memories assaulted her consciousness.
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R.E. Hunter is a native New Yorker and lives on Long Island with her husband and their monster kitty. She works as an attorney by day and writes whenever she can. As an avid reader and writer, she’s excited to be on this crazy journey publishing her debut novel, Undone, this November. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her somewhere near a beach. She loves traveling, road trips, concerts, photography and good wine.