Reserved and shy Jo Button is tired of being the talk of the town. Enough is enough. Time to put her plans in motion, but a mishap forces her to seek out veterinarian Ash Delaney—the one man she has always wanted.
Ex-Guardian Angel, Ashriel, isn't too happy when the reason for his de-haloed state shows up and requests his help. He has avoided Jo Button for ten years, and could quite happily go another ten without seeing her—until he realizes her battered reputation was his fault.
Can Ashriel save Jo, even if it means redemption is beyond his grasp, or will he lose his halo permanently along with the woman he's come to care for?
“Let go of my wrist.” Jo had trouble breathing properly with him so close. He made no move to release her, so she tugged her arm again. “Please, Delaney.”
He stared down at her, an odd expression on his face. The anger had given way to something softer, but also hotter. He studied her face as if he'd never seen her before, and Jo felt a tremor of panic shudder up her spine. Her breath stuttered in her chest, and she couldn't tear her gaze off him.
He released her, only to wrap his hands around her upper arms instead. “Don't call me Delaney. My name is Ash, or Ashriel.”
Jo's eyes almost popped from their sockets when he pressed her against the wall, dipped his head, and kissed her. She gasped against his mouth, the unexpected heat of his lips on hers throwing her emotions into turmoil. He drew back when she didn't respond, his hand cupped her cheek, his thumb stroking her face gently. Jo loved his touch, but it was all becoming too much. She stared at her feet.
“Don't,” she whispered. “I know people think I'd—”
“I'm not people.” He tipped her chin up, forcing her to meet his gaze. “And I know you're nothing like what they say.”
Jo looked away. “It won't matter.”
“It matters to me. I hate seeing you so sad.” He stepped back, studying her. “Have dinner with me.”