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Unedited – Release – 18 March
“Can I help?” I asked in my best bored tone. It was number one in my defense list—pretend I’m not affected by the person I’m talking to, and act as if nothing worried me.
“Can we talk about us?”
“Why would we ever want to go back to what happened?” Please don’t make me talk about the most horrifying awful embarrassing moment of my entire life.
He seemed perplexed, then the confusion cleared. “Not about that, I mean I get you don’t want to remember my fuck up.” he ran a hand through his hair and whereas my pale hair would then stick up in tufts, his fell back into his perfect freaking layers.
I turned to the car and unlocked the door, because fuck up was right, but it wasn’t just on him—it was on both of us. Also, he needed to back away from me before I lost my head again.
“You’re leaving?” He sounded so disbelieving.
“What about talking to me?”
“Email me for an appointment.”
“This can’t wait. I need your help now.”
“Like you needed my help with Hannah?” I don’t know where that came from, probably from some dark part of my soul who hated to see a child struggle. He’d acted as if he didn’t care that his daughter had anything that might hold her back, and he’d shut me down quicker than the food safety executive closed a rat-infested kitchen. In his defense he’d actually gone and done what I suggested, and she’d got the help she needed, but that wasn’t the point right now.
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He only wanted to make the best home for his new daughter; he never meant to fall in love with the man who might steal her away.
Nick and his husband had always wanted a big family, but when cancer took Danny six years ago, Nick was left a single dad of three. He never considered his broken heart would heal enough to add to his family, but as soon as he meets Teegan he knows he wants to adopt the little girl. Born profoundly deaf, Teegan has been rejected twice already in the adoption process and hasn't found her forever home. Nick wants to be her hero—her dad—and create a world that is safe and happy for her. He knows he wants to make her life perfect—he doesn't know how to go about it or understand the best thing to do for his family, and he needs help. Enter Elliot, and Nick finds himself falling for the frustrating, sexy, inspiring, and caring teacher who can make things right.
Elliot is wary of helping the man who appears more interested in public opinion than the needs of his own family. But, learning that Nick, wealthy and entitled, is now adopting a deaf child, Elliot knows this is a step too far and strides into battle. As the child of deaf adults, Elliot knows he is the best person to advocate for little Teegan and, if needed, he is determined to intervene and halt the adoption. Nothing and no one will get in Elliot's way when it falls on him to protect Teegan.
This single dad story features a widower struggling to make things right, a teacher battling for a child's wellbeing, an adorable toddler, three loving siblings, a home with a view of the ocean, and families standing behind them both.More info →