His Redemption

By: A.F. Crowell

BOOK FOUR IN THE TORN SERIES


NEVER TRUST…


Since his parents’ deaths, a single person has kept billionaire Brody Davis afloat: his surrogate mother, Jane. He owes her big-time, and the last thing he wants is to alienate the one person who loves him unconditionally. But when her gorgeous niece needs a place to stay…sometimes lust, love and destiny run roughshod over good intentions.

…A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER

Emmery Lennox has a single focus in life, her career as a competitive equestrienne. But chasing that dream suddenly becomes a nightmare, and Emmery’s only refuge is the home of a devastatingly handsome and domineering man who challenges everything she believes about herself. In his arms, murder, mayhem and vicious drug cartels aren’t the biggest threat. Her body has betrayed her brain, and her heart is on the line. And yet, together, the future is brighter than it has ever been.








James and Chase,

I love you both beyond the stars, the sun and the moon.

555





ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Without my husband and boys, I would not have made it this far. They are my heart. The last year has been tough on all of us, but if you only remember one thing I’ve taught you this year, remember this: Hard work works. If you want something, you have to fight, hustle and give it your all. Never give up, because only you can make your dreams come true.

All of my Ride or Die girls! I love you guys. I would not be where I am without each and every one of you! I am beyond grateful.

My PA, Rosa and my PR/AC, Heather, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would be a disorganized, always late mess if it were not for both of you. Thank you for always being there to love me, support me and talk me down from the ledge.

There are few amazing authors who have taken me under their gracious wings and helped me beyond words of thanks. J.C. Valentine, Jordan Marie and Audrey Carlan, you ladies are truly a special group. #authorlovin’

My writing partner, K.M. Scott, your advice is wonderful, but your friendship is priceless. Thank you for being there to “jog” with me, push me to be better and to help me stay focused. I am incredibly blessed to count you as my friend.

Thank you to my readers. I know this story took a lot longer than I had planned. Thank you for being patient and sticking with me. I hope it was worth the wait.

LOVE NEVER FAILS.




HIS REDEMPTION





Chapter One

~Brody~

There weren’t many people I let get close. Not after the disastrous relationships I’d had over the years. I was cautious with my trust. But one person had always been there for me. She never judged me. She loved me unconditionally.

Jane.

Jane had been my mother’s best friend for as long as I could remember.

When my parents died in a plane crash more than ten years ago, Jane stepped up and took care of me. Which is why when she asked if her niece could stay with us for a few days, I said yes.

Anything for Jane.

***

Yesterday

Jane and I had just left the home of Leila, my ex, and her husband, Jaxon, to spend Christmas evening with my beautiful, eight-month-old daughter, Lillian, who was gurgling happily in the backseat.

Jane’s cell phone chirped. Glancing over, I saw her pull her phone out and reply to the message. Turning, she looked back at Lillian. “She’s so adorable. Those gorgeous red curls like her momma.”

Looking up in the rearview mirror, I couldn’t help but smile. “She is, without a doubt, the most beautiful thing I’ve ever set my eyes on.”

Jane’s phone chirped once more. With a heavy sigh, her shoulders fell. “I hate to ask, and I wouldn’t if it weren’t important, but would you have a problem with my niece coming to stay with us for a few days? She’s having some problems at work and has some time off for the holidays. Her father is out of the country on business and I don’t think she wants to be alone.”

“Absolutely. It’s your house, too.”

“Thank you, honey. I promise she won’t be in your hair.”

“No trouble. She’ll stay in one of the spare bedrooms. It’ll be nice to have someone else in the house, and I’m sure you’ll love the company. How long has it been since you last saw—wait, what’s her name?”

“Her name is Emmery. And it’s only been a month. When I went to Connecticut in November for Thanksgiving to see Richard, she stopped by for a few days. Before that, it had been several years,” Jane said, taking off her seatbelt as we pulled into the garage.

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