Mika Jolie

Tattooed Hearts

Book Three of the Martha’s Way Series

Being someone’s first love is unforgettable. Being their last is immeasurable.

Claire Peters should be on top of the world. She owns the radio waves and has a budding movie career. But her heart longs to be rooted. Ten years ago, she fled Martha’s Vineyard to pursue her dream and to make something of herself. But there’s still a void.  After a decade of running, she returns to the island hoping to find her happiness with the man she’s loved all her life.

When a tragic event shatters Dr. Forrest Desvareaux’ well-balanced world, the Vineyard’s hometown good guy discovers everything in his life is based on lies. Angry and betrayed, he turns to Claire – the one woman who has indelibly marked him.

Is it possible to run back to the person who broke you? Forever linked, Forrest and Claire are an unending continuum. But she’s a wildflower and Forrest’s roots run deep on the Vineyard. Can they accept home is not a place but a feeling?

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They ambled through the streets, the ambience comfortable, relaxed. There was something very natural with them like this, arms linked and walking side by side on a date. As friends, her conscience interjected for the hundredth time.

Two friends having dinner. Nothing more.

Just because they were of the opposite sex and had crazy animal sex less recently meant nothing. They were friends. Longtime friends, who were once lovers. Briefly. That logical side of her brain pointed out. She had a shot at his heart and blew it. No need for the butterflies nesting in her stomach to start flapping their wings. No need to look forward to the goodnight kiss, and all the things that might come after.

Which meant there was no need for that beautiful, off the shoulder, ruffled chambray dress under her coat. Definitely no need for the lacy matching underwear or the ungodly amount of time she spent on her hair. A total waste of time.  She’d looked in the mirror at her sexed-up hair. A full-bodied mess that said take me—up against the counter, in the women’s bathroom, and again on the ride back to my place. Totally not a friend-zone hairdo. So she’d flattened the tangled curls into a wispy ponytail. Safe and pragmatic friend hair. Nothing sexy or super-starrish.

As for the four-inch, stunning, knee-length leather boots. Well, it was cold and at five-feet four inches tall, the additional height came in handy standing next to Forrest. At six feet three inches tall, he towered over her. The disparity in their height was almost laughable and sexy. Tall, rugged doctor-farmer next to her small, petite frame. The dapper gentleman whether in a tailored suit or in jeans, a shirt and leather jacket as he was now.

Yeah, definitely a turn-on for her in that I’m big and strong and I protect you kind of way.

She nestled a little closer, latching on to his muscular forearm as they walked off the harbor to their dining destination. Not that she needed his support. Aside from a few snow patches, the roads were manageable, and the restaurant was right across the street. But then his bicep flexed under the black leather jacket, and she couldn’t help but tighten her grip.

Friend zone. She was reminded for the hundredth and one time.

Right.

With an imaginary flick of her middle finger, she told her conscience to shut the fuck up and grabbed tighter onto Forrest’s arm on the chilly evening.

Meet the Characters »

Claire Yasō Peters

Age: 29

Occupation: Singer, Designer, Actress

Hobbies: Her hobbies are her occupations

Hometown: Currently resides in Los Angeles, California

Relationship Status: Single

Author’s Muse: Jourdan Dunn

Forrest Desvareaux

Age: 31

Occupation: Doctor

Hobbies: Surfing, Farming, Skiing, Football, Basketball.

Hometown: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Relationship Status: Single

Author’s Muse: David Gandy



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