Title: Resisting Temptation (Men of Honor, #3)
Author: K.C. Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2014
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Cade Walker is like no man I’ve ever met before. He’s cynical, brooding, mysterious and, most of all, damaged. He’s a man who declares he’s broken, and one who detests the two very things I live for most: God and love. Yet, I’ve still fallen completely in love with him because I also see the good, something that no one else ever has. I see a man who is strong, silent, honorable and beautiful. He’s a man who is now scarred just as badly on the outside of his body as he is on the inside, all because of me. One who endured severe torture in order to save me from what would be the worst thing I will ever experience in my entire life. He is a man I call my dark angel, one who will have my heart until the end of time, even if I
can never have his.
At fifteen years old I lost the only person that ever mattered to me, and the day I lost my little sister in the most vile way was the exact moment I stopped living and only existed. That’s until ten years later, when I walked into an open field in Iraq to hear the most incredible voice I would ever hear in my life. One that rooted me to my spot, and ended up belonging to the most beautiful woman in the world. The only woman to ever make me feel something again, something that I thought was dead inside of me. And no matter how badly I wanted to keep her, I knew I couldn’t. Not with what I have lurking inside of me. It’s something I’ve always kept hidden. That is, until the day I unleashed it on the people who dared to hurt her. It was the one thing that gave me the strength to save us, but it was also the one thing that would remind me of why I could never have her.
Now two years later, the one girl I never thought I would ever see again, the one I have spent my days and nights craving like an addict, walks back into my life unexpectedly, giving us both the shock of our lives. And when the time comes that she needs me again, I no longer resist. Before I know it, I’m pulled into a life I thought I could never have, one that scares the shit out of me but it’s one I’m realizing I want. There is just one problem. One very big problem… She lives for the very thing I loathe, and the one thing that killed my sister… God.
♦ Resisting Temptation - Excerpt ♦
Smiling nervously, Faith leans into the mic. “Well, I am going to kill my cousin after this is done.” Everyone in the bar chuckles while Katelyn blows her a kiss. She looks over at the guy beside her. “I am not really sure what to sing.”
“Sing anything you want, sweetheart. Whatever your little heart desires.” His sweetheart remark makes me want to walk up there and punch him in the face.
I watch something pass over her face as she makes her decision. “All right. The song I am going to sing is probably different than what usually gets played here, but it is exactly what my heart is feeling at the moment. There is a story behind it but I will keep it short,” she pauses briefly and clears her throat. “Two years ago I went to Iraq on a mission trip with my church.” My heart stalls in my chest and I feel Sawyer tense next to me. “During my time there I was lucky enough to meet some of the most honorable, brave and courageous men of my life.” Her eyes make brief contact with mine and the emotion shining in her gaze hits me like a punch to the throat. “One of them happened to be an eight-year-old Iraqi boy, who I’m pretty sure loved music as much as me. One evening he came upon me playing my guitar and singing in an open field. He was so in awe over this song that, from that moment on, he met me every night and I taught him how to play it.”
Her smile slips and I watch her swallow thickly. “He was an amazing boy who stole my heart, and he is also a boy who died trying to save my life.” The way those words trail off with a sad whisper has pain ripping through my chest. Collective gasps are heard throughout the bar and I sense Jaxson and Sawyer both look at me, but I don’t acknowledge them. I can’t take my eyes off her.
“So the song I’m going to sing tonight is the song I taught him. It was his favorite… This is for you Aadil.” She leans over to the guy and tells him the song. He nods and does some adjusting of the mic for her. Then her fingers start flowing across the keys as she begins playing the melody of the song I remember them singing.
“Oh my god, I love this song,” Grace whispers, her emotion evident in her voice.
Faith’s voice is something I’ve never forgotten; it’s a voice that once you hear you could never forget. But as soon as the first words fall past her lips, and flow through that mic, nothing could have prepared me for hearing it again. It was completely heart stopping. Another unison of gasps sound across the room as everyone is blown away by the beauty of her voice.
I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
“Holy fuck! She’s incredible,” Evans blurts out in shock, voicing what I already knew.
“I know,” Katelyn responds softly with a proud smile.
“What is she doing here and not off in Hollywood?”
Both Katelyn and I end up answering at the same time: “She doesn’t think she would love it as much if she did it for a living.”
Katelyn’s head snaps to me and we make eye contact. Something briefly flashes in her eyes, I’m not sure what it was but it wasn’t a death look so I’ll take it.
Looking back at Faith, I notice something change in her tone and expression. You can always tell she sings from her heart, but this starts coming from her soul. You could see the exact moment memories of her and the kid started flowing through her mind.
Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew yaaaa
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Halleluuuujaaah
As she really lets her voice go, and shows everyone what she’s made of, we all know in this moment we’re experiencing a voice we will never forget and no other will ever measure up. Her head falls back and I watch pain wash over her face from her memories. It’s a pain that strikes me deep, and pulls my chest so fucking tight I can’t take in a breath. Tears begin streaming down her cheeks, but not once does she allow the beauty of her voice to crack or falter.
I chance a look at the crowd and see everyone completely awestruck. Almost every girl in the place has tears streaming down their faces as they witness the pain this beautiful woman has inside of her.
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♦ About K.C. Lynn ♦
K.C. Lynn lives in a small town in Western Canada. She’s married and is a stay at home mom of four: two girls and a set of twin boys. She coaches the local high school cheerleading team and also has her own rhinestone clothing business. Her love of romance books brought her to writing her first debut novel and she looks forward to writing many more. When she’s not writing, or spending time with her family, she’s reading and loves going to the movies.
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