by Iris Blobel
“Apologies, I didn’t mean to come on to you. It’s just that I’m not able to walk past a girl who’s upset. Never have been.”
“Does that happen often?” she asked as she turned back to him.
“Actually, no.” He choked back a snort. “Only with my little niece.”
A hesitant smile spread across her face. “How old is she?”
He raised an eyebrow. “My niece? Turned four just a few days ago.”
She stared at him wistfully as he waited for her next question. Yet, it never came. “I’m kind of getting cold here.” To emphasise his comment, he rubbed his arms with his hands. “Could I invite you for a coffee or tea?”
“No, but thank you for the offer. And thank you for caring.”
“Will you be here again tomorrow?”
Another one of her indecipherable sighs escaped her lips, and she shrugged slightly. “Not sure.”
Can their new love survive the return of his past?
With his first year as a pro footballer behind him, ruckman Tyson Gaspaldi meets Katie while on a holiday in a small coastal town. Everything about her intrigues him, and he wants nothing more than to spend some time with her. Once she finds out how he earns his money, though, she hesitates to take whatever it is between them any further.
Katie Cassidy is still overwhelmed by the recent loss of her sister, but a chance encounter with Tyson stirs emotions and a love for life inside her again. However, when Tyson’s ex-girlfriend blindsides both of them, all of Katie’s childhood demons return and she pushes him away.
Will they be able to deal with the ghosts of their pasts and move forward for a chance of a life together?