One week until the release of Shattered! I can’t wait for you to read it and I truly hope you fall in love with Cassie and Ian as quickly as I did. Here is a little flashback for you…
Ian was bored. He was bored with his friends and bored with the mundane atmosphere at school. He wanted to get out in the field and work with the animals nobody wanted to handle. He graduated top in his class at vet school and was waiting to hear if he got the prestigious Equine internship at Michigan State University.
He walked through the woods and hoped nobody would notice that he skipped out on the graduation picnic. He loved taking time to explore the world around him and he kept waiting for inspiration.
Inspiration for what, he didn’t know.
“Leave me alone.”
Ian froze when he heard a voice. It was a woman and she was obviously angry.
“I don’t care what you thought. Not everyone goes out in the woods for sex. Did you even know that sometimes, people can exist a whole day without being assholes.”
Ian smiled at her sarcasm and then a male voice entered the conversation.
“I thought you liked me.”
“Well, since you have no respect for personal boundaries, I’d say you and I are just not happening. See you around.”
Ian waited for a minute and was worried for the woman. What if the guy didn’t leave? Should he go help?
“I think I know what you’re really saying,” the male voice said. “I think I know what you want.”
There was some commotion and Ian ran towards the noise. He saw a beautiful blonde girl pinning a man to the dirt, a knife pointed at his crotch.
“Okay! I’m sorry!” he said as he got up and ran off.
The girl put the knife back in her pocket and sighed as she brushed her hands on her jeans.
“Did you need something?” she asked as she turned to stare at Ian.
“Oh, um, I was coming to make sure you were okay. You know, to save you,” he stammered.
She fixed her ponytail and smiled.
“Thanks. I can take care of myself.”
He was blushing. He was actually blushing.
The woman looked at him.
“Are you okay? You look a little red.”
Ian ran his hand through his hair.
“Right, so can you leave? I was trying to have a minute alone.”
“That shouldn’t be a problem for you,” Ian said and shoved his hands in his pockets.
“You’re kind of a jerk. I’m sure being alone isn’t a problem for you.”
The woman was stumped.
“You don’t know me at all.”
“Sure I do. You’re sarcastic and you think well on your feet. You carry a knife and you know self-defense. You’re also rude to strangers.”
“No I’m not. That guy was pushy and he wanted more than I was willing to give.”
“I didn’t mean him. I meant me.”
“Oh,” she said and was quiet. “Sorry. I guess I’m used to looking out for myself.”
“Me too. I don’t like to be around a lot of people. I was looking for some time alone, too. I’ll find it somewhere else. Have a nice day.”
He turned to leave and she spoke.
“My name is Cassandra, but I go by Cassie. I just came back from my first tour overseas and I’m having some trouble getting back into the swing of things. I didn’t mean to be rude.”
“You’re in the Army?”
“Yeah. I’m a Private First Class.”
“Wow, that’s impressive. How long until you’re a Corporal?”
“You know Army ranks?” Cassie asked.
Ian went and sat down on the grass.
“Yeah. My dad was a Staff Sergeant.”
Cassie sat down next to him.
“He was a cop after he retired from the Army and was killed in the line of duty last year.”
“I’m sorry to hear that,” she said. “I didn’t catch your name.”
“I didn’t throw it,” he said and grinned. “Ian.”
“Nice to meet you Ian.”
“You too. I’ll leave you alone now,” he said as he stood up.
Cassie watched him walk away and decided to follow him.
There was just something about him.
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