A Desperate Man by Deanndra Hall
Appalachian STAR, #1
Release Date: March 14, 2023
Come Hell or high water, he’ll protect them all.
That’s what I’m doing. After losing so much, it’s time to rebuild and not look back to the life that tried to destroy me. Moving to Kentucky and building a home for rehabilitating prisoners after incarceration keeps me motivated and gives me purpose. But when I meet a courageous and strong woman on the run, I know that she needs more than just my help. And believe me, I’m going to give her the world.
I can’t live in fear and pain any longer. With an abusive ex-husband on my trail, I have to get away and start over. Rebuilding my life hundreds of miles away in Kentucky seems like the only answer to my prayers. I certainly didn’t know what I was wishing for. Meeting the rugged, determined, and handsome Patch makes me want so much more for my future. But when my past resurfaces and my life is on the line, it’s only Patch and his team of unlikely allies that I can truly count on. He’s my confidante, but is he desperate enough to save me once and for all?
Welcome to Iron Oak Farms and the home of the Appalachian STAR search and rescue team in the mountains of Mallie, Kentucky. It’s a place for new beginnings and second chances at life and love, with rugged, troubled men, characters you know and love from the Bluegrass Dynasty series and Susan Stoker’s Eagle Point Search and Rescue series, and plenty of steam.
“Go lie down. I’ll be there in just a minute.”
His eyebrows shoot up. “You’re coming in there with me?”
“Yes. I’m coming in there with you. I want to keep an eye on you. You’re exhausted.”
“I’ll be fine.”
I smirk just a little. “So you’re telling me you don’t want me in there?”
For the first time since he came in, he smiles back. It’s a tiny smile, but it’s still there. “I didn’t say that.”
“No funny business, mister. I just want to sleep in there beside you so I know you’re okay.”
He shoots me a weak, snide grin. “Awww, that’s sweet. You’re taking care of me.”
“I am. Now go!” I give him a little shove and he ambles slowly toward the bedroom.
Ten minutes later, he’s in bed under the covers and sound asleep. I’m right beside him, on top of the covers, watching his face as he sleeps. At some point, he wallows around until the patch rides up, so I take it and place it on the nightstand. It’s the first look I’ve gotten, and I’m guessing he’s going to be upset when he finds out, but it’s not at all like I thought. It’s not bad. It’s just an empty socket, his lids meeting in front of it. Nothing to see. My hand comes up of its own accord and I press it to his cheek, then listen to him sigh with the warmth of my touch.
And at that moment, I’m pretty sure my heart is his. I just hope he wants it.
Deanndra Hall is a working author living in the far western end of the beautiful Bluegrass State with her husband of over 35 years and small menagerie of weird little dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s editing. When she’s doing neither of those two things, she’s having dinner with friends, spending time with family, kayaking, eating chocolate, drinking beer or moonshine, or looking for something that she put in the wrong place and can’t seem to find (which is pretty much everything she owns).