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Burn For You

His past has destroyed him. But can it also heal him?

Up in the air, fighting fires from the cockpit of his helicopter, no one sees the scars that ribbon Evan Alexanders body…and run clear down to his soul. When a massive fire breaks out and threatens Wallaby Ridge the country’s media swoop in, all eyes are on him. Dodging every reporter is easy—except for one. A woman from his past who knows the reason he’s hiding in the small town.

Jenna McGrath can’t believe the quiet, withdrawn man fighting to save Wallaby Ridge is the same arrogant, cocky pilot she fell in love with six years ago. A cruel betrayal caused Jenna to remove herself from Evan’s world, but she’s never been able to erase him from her memories.

Their long-suppressed attraction reignites, but the walls Evan has built around himself are high. And while Jenna easily overlooks the scars on his body, she begins to wonder if molten desire is enough to melt the emotional scars binding his heart.

This isn’t a long read, but man is it a great one. There aren’t many authors that can grab your heart as hard in these few words as well as Lexxie has.” – FIVE STARS, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

 

*** A Note From Lexxie: The Australian outback is always hot, but the desire to be found in the Outback Skies series is hotter. There’s insta-love, angst, danger, laughs and lots of getting-it-on. Are you ready to visit Down Under?***

 

Books in the Outback Skies series

Book 1 – Bound By You

Book 2 – Breathless For You

Book 3 – Burn For You

Book 4 – Bare For You

Book 5Better With You

Book 6Blindsided By You

Excerpt

Copyright © 2015 Lexxie Couper. All rights reserved 

No way. Jenna’s stride, normally utterly confident, purposeful and commanding, betrayed her. She stumbled, her four-inch Manolo Blahniks scraping over the gritty concrete, her mic slipping from her loosening grip. Reflexes contracted her fingers around the microphone before it could fall to the ground. Her cameraman, Theo Theodopolis, snared her upper arm before she herself could tumble in that direction. “Gotcha, boss,” he muttered, laughter in his voice. She tried to shoot him a grateful smile over her shoulder, tried to show her appreciation for his quick action, but she couldn’t seem to drag her stare from the man in the baseball cap and battered bomber jacket standing near the helicopter. There was no way it could be who she thought it was. No way. For starters, the Evan Alexander she knew five years ago would never hide under a baseball cap.

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Evan Alexander only ever stood tall and arrogant, smile smugly charming, oozing sexy-as-sin cockiness and surety. That Evan, the one her best friend had married—correction, so-called best friend—had married would never wear his collar up hiding half his face. Evan Alexander knew he was too good-looking to deny the world his countenance. Evan Alexander preened when the world looked at him. Evan Alexander would not, repeat, would not turn his back on a reporter making their way towards him like the man in the bomber jacket was doing now. Which meant the man Wallaby Ridge was hailing a hero couldn’t be Evan Alexander, right? Right? So what’s with the punch-to-the-tummy sensation then, Jenna? The same punch-to-the-tummy sensation you always got every time your eyes connected with Evan’s back when you still hung out with him and Tracey? Drawing in a slow breath, she straightened her spine and continued towards the man so very obviously ignoring her approach. There was no way it could be Evan. No way. It was a freaky trick of light, is all. A snatching glimpse of eyes similar to Evan’s. Hell, what with the way the man was wearing his baseball cap so low over his face, and with the cocked-up bomber jacket collar, she was lucky to have seen his eyes at all, especially in the darkness of the evening. Where were all the streetlights in the Outback? Surely the helipad should have some kind of illumination? How did they see anything out here at night with so little electric light? By the gazillion stars overhead? “Miss.” She flicked the tall man standing beside the one ignoring her a look. He smirked at her, an unreadable expression on his face. Jenna swallowed, casting her gaze over him from eyes to boots and back to eyes again. Charlie Baynard, Wallaby Ridge’s Senior Constable. A ripple of apprehension shot up her back. She’d spoken to him only a few moments ago, trying to track down the hero of Wallaby Ridge. He’d been intimidating then, shielding a small group of firefighters just in from the massive blaze from a frenzied gaggle of print-media reporters desperate to get a story. “Senior Constable.” She licked her lips, her belly tight. Why, she had no idea. There was no reason for it. The man with his back to her wasn’t Evan. She indicated towards that broad back with her head, gripping her mic tighter. “Is this who I’m after?” Charlie Baynard nodded. The shoulders of the man refusing to look at her stiffened. “It is,” Charlie said. “But I don’t think he’s in the mood for talking. And I wouldn’t call him a hero if I were you.” Jenna frowned. “But he is. Everyone is talking about the helicopter pilot who risked his life to save the team on the north line of the fire. Even his own captain says they’d all be dead if he hadn’t…” Huffing into her fringe, she tore her focus from the smirking police officer and reached out to tap on the other man’s shoulder. What was she doing wasting time with Baynard? “Excuse me, I’m Jenna McGrath from Chanel Eight News. I’m wondering if you’d permit me a few moments to talk about what you did out there?” The man half turned his head, enough to grant her a glimpse of what little profile the low baseball cap peak and high collar allowed. “I just did my job,” a deep voice, scratchy and husky from smoke, no doubt, declared. “There’s no story here.” The tension in Jenna’s stomach fluttered. Her throat thickened. In amongst all that scratchy timbre was a voice she recognized, one that had stayed with her long after she and Tracey had parted ways. One that visited her often in her dreams and when her hands took care of the yearning in her body. She stared at the glimpse of a profile. At the downcast eyes refusing to look at her. “Evan?” His name slipped from her lips, doubt and confusion tripping over the syllables. The broad shoulders encased in beaten leather stiffened. She saw his eyes squeeze shut. Saw his head dip a fraction, as if weighed down by a fatal sense of acceptance. And then the man every member of the media here in Wallaby Ridge wanted to talk to turned and faced her fully. Fixed her with eyes as piercing as they’d ever been despite the dark shadow thrown over his face by the peak of his baseball cape, and Jenna forgot how to breathe. “Hi, Jenna.” A lump lodged itself in her throat. Got stuck there, fast and tight. She caught sight of white twisted flesh beneath his left eye, over his cheek. Saw a hint of the same on what little of his jaw and the side of his neck was visible behind the cocked collar of the bomber jacket. Are they…are they scars? The shocked thought ran through her head at the very second she realized just how long she’d been staring.

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