Ethan had no idea why Lawson Edwards was so guarded or why she looked like she was running. But he knew about running away from something: like a preacher father who didn't want to take no for an answer. Ever since he'd gotten out of the Marines, he'd drifted. But when Lawson comes into town for a temporary stay, he knows she's in trouble. His warrior instincts kick in and all he wants to do is shelter her. But this damsel in distress has to stop putting up walls and running long enough to see that Ethan and Suttontowne are her haven...and maybe something permanent if she could be brave enough to stand and fight.
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Lawson Edwards has been running for so long, she can’t remember what it’s like to have a normal life. Destitute, living in her car, this former stripper hits Suttontowne and lands a job as a waitress at Outlaws. It’s only temporary until she gets enough cash to run again. Staying in one place too long wasn’t safe. But when Ethan Fairchild finds her after she faints from hunger, she just can’t shake him. He’s solid and strong, caring and protective. But Lawson cannot and will not involve him in her problems. There can be no happily ever after for her in his arms.
Ethan Fairchild ran off after a nasty fight with his preacher father who wanted Ethan to follow in his footsteps. It wasn’t what he wanted and the expectations for Ethan’s future were too much. Ethan joined the Marines and after his discharge returned back to his father and Suttontowne. Now he’s busy partnering with Chase Sutton on his Bait and Tackle business and still bartending for Outlaws. When he finds Lawson on the ground outside of Outlaw’s, he helps her and his sixth sense tells him that she’s in trouble. It isn’t until he sees the bruises on her, learns of her current destitute circumstances that he realizes what kind of trouble. He wants to help her, but his heart has different plans when it tumbles for her. Will she trust him and make a stand—with him or flee and break his heart?