It’s been five years since Adrian “Bolt” Hall was given a second chance at life and he’s made the most of it. The anger and bitterness of his youth? Vanished. The drama and heartache of the past? Gone. Together with his gorgeous wife, Melody, he has created a loving home and surrounded himself with loyal friends. And just when Adrian thinks life can’t get any better, his former band, Lightning, is offered an opportunity to make a comeback.
There’s only one thing missing from this idyllic life, and it’s something Melody desperately wants again. A child. But, no matter how many times Adrian makes love to her, his wife can’t seem to get pregnant.
With his virility called into question, Adrian’s perfect world begins to crumble. A tragic death reopens old wounds from his childhood. The band’s search for a new drummer leads them to an excellent candidate—one with a very close connection to the man who raped Melody. Long held secrets are revealed, that not only break the hearts of his loved ones but even put his best friend’s life at risk. And when Melody begins receiving mysterious threats…it’s all Adrian can do to keep it together.
With each new challenge, Adrian’s resolve to remain the good man he has become is tested. He struggles with the temptation to slip back into his old ways of jealousy, mistrust, and anger…the old ways that destroyed his band, took his children from him, and nearly ended his relationship with Melody.
Can Adrian and Melody keep it together…or are they destined to be haunted by the ghosts of the past?
“Hey, Kat, you busy?”
Keith “Kat” Williams turned his attention from the papers on his desk to his best friend, Adrian “Bolt” Hall, who was standing in the doorway of their office. Bolt had been in the studio all morning working, mixing music for a local singer, while he’d been taking care of some record keeping.
“Going over last month’s receipts. What’s up?”
A wide grin crept across Bolt’s face, and his blue eyes lit up. “Melody called. She’s on her way. Can you give us half an hour of privacy?”
Kat leaned back in his chair and grinned back. “Thirty minutes? Is that all?”
“Well, we are trying to run a place of business.”
“Which is why you’re about to have sex with your wife here?”
“Just taking care of my business.”
Kat glanced at the clock, stood, and stretched. “Lunchtime anyway. My guitar lesson isn’t until three, so I’m good.”
“She’ll be here in about fifteen minutes.” Frowning, Bolt sat down on the edge of his desk and mindlessly flipped through his own stack of paperwork.
Sensing trouble, Kat closely studied his friend. He and Bolt had met as sophomores in high school. Shortly after that fateful meeting, Bolt had become the lead singer of a band Kat put together with their other friends, Doug “Dagger” Meyers, John “Buzzy” Thomas, and Anthony “Ringo” Barber. Not long after high school ended, Lightning had become famous. The five of them had performed for audiences all over the world.
It was also in high school where Bolt had met Melody. Kat had been there every step of the way as Bolt had fallen in love with the beautiful, voluptuous blonde. The couple had weathered some rough times through the years, and he’d had a front row seat to all the drama. So, he knew when something was bothering his best friend.
Bolt slammed a file down on his desk. “It’s this whole schedule thing. If it’s not the right time, I can’t touch her. And you know me, I always want to touch her. I’m getting tired of waiting for the right moment.”
Kat shrugged. “She’s determined to get pregnant. Just roll with it.”
Bolt grumbled and turned away.
“Why do I sense you’re not thrilled by the prospect of having a baby?”
Bolt sank down into his chair and placed his platinum blond head into his hands.
“Out with it,” Kat prodded, walking over to Bolt’s desk.
Bolt raised his head. “Not a word to Melody.”
Kat nudged his shoulder. “You know I wouldn’t.”
“I’d love to have another baby, but it’s been five years since we got back together. I don’t think it’s going to happen again.”
A wave of sorrow crashed into Kat as he remembered the tragedies that had caused his friend to flee his marriage and go into hiding for three years. During the band’s last tour, their backup singer, Tempest Fallon, had been determined to break up Bolt’s marriage. While she hadn’t succeeded, she had caused the death of both Bolt’s five-year-old daughter, Adrianna, and his unborn son. In the midst of those horrific losses, Ringo, the band’s drummer, had committed suicide. It had been a turbulent time and Bolt, feeling tremendous guilt, had left Melody, hoping she’d have a better life without him. While Melody had gone on to finish medical school, her personal life stayed stagnant as she kept hoping for Bolt’s return. But Bolt hadn’t come back. Only a news article announcing that she was filing for an annulment had flushed him out of hiding. It had also sent Bolt into a downward spiral of despair. One that almost cost him his life. Luckily, a chance encounter at the couple’s honeymoon destination in Jamaica had reunited them.
That was five years ago. Melody was a successful doctor, working in pediatrics at River View Hospital. Recently, she’d opened a clinic for low-income patients, naming it after her parents who were killed in a car accident. Meanwhile, he and Bolt ran the music store he’d opened back in 1990. In addition to selling instruments and sheet music, Lightning Music also offered guitar and piano lessons. Buzzy gave lessons when he wasn’t running around the country working as a studio musician. Dagger taught there as well, although most of his time was now devoted to his psychology practice. He worked at Melody’s clinic and at his mother’s practice as well. They had added a recording studio a few years back, and he and Bolt helped to produce music for local musicians.
Kat had always envied Bolt and Melody’s relationship. Their love was deep with a tenacity that had survived the most painful heartache. For the last five years, their relationship seemed to be even more solid. The drama and fighting that had marred their earlier years had vanished. So, the last thing Kat wanted to see was any sort of strife between his friends.
“You think Tempest might have damaged her?” Kat grimaced as he remembered the day Tempest had attacked Melody, knocking her to the ground, kicking her until she’d lost the baby she’d been carrying.
Bolt shook his head. “The doctors say she’s fine.”
Maybe Bolt’s the problem. Kat knew not to even bring it up. His friend’s ego was enormous when it came to sex. No way am I touching that one.
“Then it’s just a matter of timing,” he reassured.
“I hate seeing her hurt. And every month when she gets her period, she’s devastated.”
“What do you want to do?”
“I want her to stop obsessing over it. If it happens fine. If not, I’m okay with that. We even talked about adoption and started filling out some paperwork.”
“You need to talk to her.”
“I know, but she wants this so much.”
“You know I’m here if you need me.” Kat grabbed his wallet from his desk drawer. “Want me to pick you up something to eat? I’m sure you’ll work up an appetite.”