What’s more important to a soldier- his love of his country, or his love of a woman?
In the summer of 1990, Rachel Weber spent a week down on the Florida coast, soaking up the sun’s rays while she waited for her life to begin. It was there that she met Dean Sherman, a handsome, muscular soldier with crystal blue eyes. The two spent a week together full of champagne kisses that only ended when Operation Desert Storm forced Dean to choose between his duty and his love. He chose duty.
Twenty years later, Rachel figured it was just summer love, but she never forgot those eyes. As personal assistant to powerful billionaire Jack Saunders, she never expected Dean to walk into her office after being hired as Jack’s personal bodyguard. Even though she had spent the last two decades trying to forget Dean, she found herself falling for him once again.
When fate forced both Rachel and Dean to choose yet again between love and duty, Rachel had to decide between the man she had always loved and the family that had become her life. She knew she couldn’t have both, but she knew she wouldn’t be happy with just one. Would she choose love, or be forever haunted by the memory of those Champagne Kisses?
This thrilling romance novel brings the cast of the bestselling novels Saltwater Kisses and Rainwater Kisses back for an epic and timeless love story.
I was shocked. “You’re going to war? Why didn’t you tell me?” I asked.
“Because this is a vacation. Because I didn’t want to think about it. Because I thought that you wouldn’t want to hang out with me if you thought of me as a trained killer instead of as a pretty face.” He smiled, but it was an empty smile.
I laughed. “Don’t be ridiculous. I never thought of you as a pretty face,” I said. I started to laugh at my own joke, but I couldn’t. Instead, I began to bawl openly, leaning into his shoulder. I didn’t want him to go anywhere, and I certainly didn’t want him to go to war.
Dean let me cry, stroking my hair gently. The fire began to go out in front of us, having consumed all the fuel that had been put into it. My heart felt the same way. In one week, I had known such intense highs that my heart had burned like a star, and now that it was starved of fuel, I felt it being extinguished.
I moved my head from Dean’s shoulder. He tried to hide it as he wiped a tear away, but I knew. I looked at him. The dying light of the fire was just enough for me to see those crystal clear blue eyes. “Make love to me, Dean. Make love to me like this is the last night we’ll ever spend together…”
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