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A MAN AROUND THE HOUSE
BY TR FISCHER
A mountain of problems and painful memories have Tara Jones in their grip. The moment she graduates, she plans to escape her small town and make a fresh start. On the way to her nursing final, Tara watches in horror as a car crashes in front of her. The driver is the same man who bribed her for a haircut a few days before. The one she can’t stop thinking about.
Bo Michaels is not looking for female entanglements. He’s too busy chasing a real estate deal he believes will catapult his career. After totaling his car, Bo wakes up in the hospital with a metal contraption holding his leg together. No walking, no weight-bearing, no nothing—for six weeks. Estranged from his family and having no close friends, Bo turns to Tara for help.
Tara reluctantly agrees to care for Bo in her home. The money she’ll make might enable her to pay off a debt to a frightening man who won’t leave her alone. Neither the nurse nor her patient anticipate the lightning that strikes their hearts. Just as a fragile bond develops between them, the town and shadows from the past threaten to destroy it.
A MAN AROUND THE HOUSE
BY TR FISCHER
Bo watched Tara leave. Shoulders slumped, hands in her pockets. Her entire demeanor had changed when the other guy showed up. Bo jogged to his car. He caught up with her around the corner and lowered his window. “Tara. Let me give you a lift.”
She stopped. Seemed to consider. “It’s just a few blocks.”
He opened the passenger door. She sighed, came over and climbed in. “Thanks.”
“Turn left two blocks down.”
“You okay?” Bo glanced over.
Tara released a long breath. “No.”
Bo waited for more.
“Turn right. Go one more block. It’s the one on the corner with a turret and a white picket fence.”
He parked in front, cut the engine. “What’s going on?” He wanted to touch her, but the set of her jaw held him back. That and the way she’d reacted to the guy at the diner. It was like she’d become a different person. The sparkle he’d witnessed all afternoon had vanished.
Tara stared out the windshield. “Trust me, you don’t want in. My life is like customer service at Wal-Mart the day after Christmas when nothing works out. I appreciate the ride.” She felt along the door for the handle, making a frustrated noise in her throat when she didn’t find it.
Bo reached across and opened the door for her. Tara moved to get out. He couldn’t leave her this way. “You sure you don’t want to talk?” He put a hand on her arm.
“I have stuff to do. Have a good drive home.” She pasted on a lame smile. “Thanks, again.”
Bo watched Tara enter the gate and move up the walk, the weight of the world on her slender shoulders.
TR Fischer grew up in and around Boulder, Colorado. After moving to California and sampling life in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, she and her husband returned to the Denver area. That didn’t satisfy, so the city dwellers took up raising buffalo in the Colorado Rockies, along with their four rambunctious children. Each day is an adventure, on and off the page.
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