A Give & Take Novella
DESIRE THAT CAN'T BE DENIED
Rachael DeSalvo is haunted by the past. She's come home to her beloved Turtle Tear Island, where she looks forward to happy days and bliss-filled nights in the arms of Merrick Rocha. But when she finds a trunk full of old photo albums and handwritten notes, Rachael soon realizes that the island has not given up all its secrets . . .
For long before Rachael and Merrick made Turtle Tear Resort their home, this historic island was a haven for sensual, forbidden affairs. As Rachael and Merrick work to restore the grand hotel to its former glory, they will be caught in the perfect maelstrom of conflict and desire.
Since the beginning, the renovation of Turtle Tear meant more to Rachel than just a job. It was more than a gift – a gift from the only man she has ever loved, Merrick Rocha. The history, the legendary love story and the tropical beauty all seem to call to her. So when she pays a visit to the Weston Plantation and finds old news clippings about the ghost of Ingrid Weston, she is moved more than she ever thought she would be.
Ingrid Weston died at the Plantation but is said to be buried on her beloved Turtle Tear and every attempt at restoring the Plantation has been riddled with stories of her haunting. Mysterious messages of “Take me back to Turtle Tear” have been written on windows and objects have moved on their own. Rachel knows that somehow she can help Ingrid find her way back to Turtle Tear. What she doesn’t know is that it will cause to do things that she never though she would including hurting the one that she loves the most, Merrick.
“The tears come and I let them. I deserve them and won’t hold them back. I want to stand here with you in this beautiful place we built together and vow to love you forever, but I don’t know if that will ever happen now.”
"I turn to look at you and let my eyes wander the side of your face, your wide lips and prominent nose, the line of your brow over your intense, expressive dark eyes. I want to marry you. I want us. I don't want to be apart.
You turn your head and face me, and I see it instantly, the same want and longing I feel. Without a word, you take my hand and bring it up to your lips, brushing a kiss over my knuckles.
I love you so much it hurts. Please don't make me leave you."