Author: SC Daiko
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 24, 2018
Daniel Collinsâ¦ hunky single dadâ¦ and my neighbor.
Arrogant, bad-mannered, and reclusive.
They call him the Brute.
I should stay away from himâ¦ except I canât.
Not when he reveals his brokenness,
and I glimpse the pain in his eyes.
Not when his touch unravels me,
and the heat between us could set the oceans alight.
But play with fire, and you will get burned.
A fragile heart can easily be broken again.
A new standalone contemporary romance from award-winning international bestselling author SC Daiko, a beautiful love story with plenty of heat and angst.
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My cottage backs onto woodland, and thereâs a path leading through it. Birdsong and the scent of blackberries fills the air. I let Toby off his leash and he immediately starts foraging for anything edibleâ¦ wild fruit being his favourite snack.
I leave him to it and stride on ahead, knowing heâll catch up in good time. Soon I come to a glade where the trees have been thinned out. Oh shit, standing in the middle of the clearing is Daniel. Heâs bare-chested and dressed in running shorts, doing stretching exercises braced against a fallen tree trunk.
I slow my footsteps, treading quietly on mouldy old leaves, and rake my gaze over him. His thick almost-black hair is dripping sweat; it falls down his face and the back of his solid neck. His beard is unkept and wild-looking. But itâs his powerful body that mesmerises me and I study the tats on his muscular arms, tempted to get closer for a better look. God, heâs beautiful, I suddenly realise. Beautiful but freaking scary at the same time.
I release a slow breath. Stop it, Cat. You shouldnât be looking at him that way. The man in front of you is a brute. You need to keep your distance from him.
Slowly, my heart pounding against my ribcage, I turn around and prepare to make my way back down the path. Except, Toby comes bounding up and starts to bark.
Daniel freezes on the spot. His eyes crash into mine, and if I was scared before now Iâm practically peeing myself. He straightens himself to his full height, still glaring at me, not saying a word.
Toby keeps barking, but heâs also wagging his tail. I grab hold of his collar and fasten the lead. âSorry to disturb you.â I bite at my lips. âWeâll get out of your way.â
He arches an eyebrow. âSo, you werenât following me?â
âOh, God, no. We were just going for a walk.â
Iâm still staring at his tats, trying to decipher the intricate patterns. He catches my gaze, and I feel my face burning up.
âGet on with your walk, then,â he says through gritted teeth. âLeave me alone.â
My fingernails dig into the palms of my hands. âNo need to be bad-mannered.â
He crosses his arms in front of his broad chest and lets out an edgy laugh.
âYou are a prick,â I spin around, âthe rudest man Iâve ever met.â
He laughs again and keeps laughing mockingly as I stride off down the pathway, Toby at my heel.
SC Daiko, aka Siobhan (pronounced Shivawn), is an award-winning, international bestselling contemporary romance author. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Italy with her husband and two cats.
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