release of Last True Hero by Diana Gardin, with excerpt, teasers and a great
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fought for his country. Now he’ll fight for her.
has been through hell. He’s left combat behind, yet the memories that refuse to
fade are proving just as dangerous. Ordered to take R&R, he joins his buddy
for beaches, beers, and babes—if that can’t cure him, nothing will. But when he
meets Berkeley, a woman who affects him like no one else, a new kind of battle
begins . . .
life has been planned since birth. The right school, the right boyfriend—and
now that she’s graduated—the right marriage. But after years of being right,
Berkley is ready to be a little wrong. And Dare Conners has wrong written
all over him. The sexy soldier has a body built for sin and secrets he won’t
share. What starts as a fling quickly grows into something more. But summer
can’t last forever, and when the truth comes out, both Berkeley and Dare could
be in for quite a fall.
more. I stare at him for another second, then replace his tags under his shirt.
My fingers linger on the skin at the top of his chest. “I’m sorry.”
wash over us once again.
of the corner of my eye after a few minutes. I want to know. I want to know the
answers to all of the questions lurking behind those beautiful eyes of his. And
so I know it’s time for me to go.
his hands clasped behind his head. “Berkeley.”
somehow know I have trouble continuing to speak when he says my name? Does he know?
beer,” I say, sitting up.
welcome. Are you leaving me so soon?”
down, and I keep my hands firmly in my lap so that I don’t brush a finger
across his full bottom lip.
thunder rolls around us, and I glance up at the sky. A storm is obviously on
its way. When I look back at Dare, his gaze hasn’t moved from mine.
his head before I’ve even begun my letting-him-down-easy speech. Does he read
my mind, too?
really great night…”
stills me. It stills my thoughts and it stalls my words. I’m helpless with his
hand on me.
says softly. “Don’t give me your ‘let-him-down-easy’ speech. Let’s pretend
we’ve moved past that, okay? You don’t want to do this again, then tell me the
real reason. I don’t do bullshit.”
but there’s a burning in the spot now that wasn’t there before.
to find my voice, and Dare waits patiently while another rumble of thunder
rolls over our heads.
attracted to you, Dare. But I’m not available to date right now. I’ll probably
never be available to date. It’s…complicated.”
boyfriend.” He says it like a fact, not a question.
boyfriend.” It would have been the easy way out. I could have just let him
believe that, but I find myself unable to lie to this sharp, sexy, honest man.
expression unreadable. He rubs his rib again, and I allow my eyes to travel to
that spot. He notices, and stops rubbing. When he speaks again, his voice
hasn’t changed. It’s still soft, and still like a rough edge of a stone left
out in the wind.
that into me.”
searching for reasons. “Some things just aren’t going to work out.”
marry me, Berkeley. I didn’t even ask you out on a second date yet.”
and he quickly regroups. “I was going to. Shit, of course I was going to. But,
if you don’t want to hang out again, I guess I have to accept that.”
opens, and we leap out of our chairs and sprint for the house.
it, we’re soaked. We run around to the driveway, where Dare’s truck is parked,
and he helps me in and buckles me up while the rain pelts him.
makes it to the driver’s seat, he’s laughing. He runs his hands through his
sopping wet hair, and I realize mine must look like a wet dog. Groaning, I pull
out my hair tie and shake my mess of curls out around my shoulders.
realize it was supposed to rain tonight.” He scrubs his face with his hands,
and then turns to face me. “I’m—”
looks at me, and my suspicions are confirmed. I’m definitely the hottest mess
he’s ever seen. My hair is flopping everywhere, and I’m sure the small amount
of makeup I had on my face now looks like I’m starring in The Walking Dead.
matter. I just told him I couldn’t see him again. Who the hell cares what I
at me is causing my new pets, my butterflies, to take furious flight and my
heartbeat to speed up at an alarming pace.
and brushes that stupid strand of hair out of my eyes. The one my mother can’t
says. “I might as well tell you, seeing as how I won’t get the chance again.”
an invisible trail along my cheek, pausing at the hollow beneath my eye. “And
these. I fall into these every single time they’re focused on me. It scares the
shit out of me. And nothing scares me, Berkeley.”
I’ve lost it somewhere between his finger tracing a path on my face and the
beautiful words he’s speaking. About me.
trajectory, trailing down until he reaches my lips. Which are probably
trembling. “Do you know how long I’ve been looking at these? All fucking night.
All night tonight, and every other time I’ve been in your vicinity.”
lips then, and he uses his thumb to part them. Hot lava flows from my core into
my every extremity until I feel like I must be catching fire. He’s setting me
aflame. His touch, his words, those eyes on me. I can’t contain the desire that
wells up inside me.
back up from my lips. “Berkeley.”
going to kiss me, you’d better do it now. You might not get another chance.”
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About Diana Gardin
Diana Gardin was born and raised combing the coasts of Southeastern Virginia. She is now a happy resident of South Carolina as she married into an enormous Carolina-rooted family. She loves the beach, and even more than that she loves to read while sitting on the beach.
While writing was always a passion of Diana’s, she enrolled in college to become an elementary-school teacher. After eight years of teaching in both Virginia and South Carolina, she decided to stay at home with her first child. This decision is what opened her eyes to the fact that she still very much loved to write, and her first novel was written.