ENLIGHTENED
(Red Flags #2)

by Rebecca Espinoza

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Synopsis

After being humiliated and having her heart broken, Cara vowed to never let love cloud her better judgments again.  She knows the warning signs, she’s seen the red flags, and she’s now picking up the pieces and moving forward with her life.

Jason felt the effects of humiliation and heartbreak as well.  He’s realized the error of his ways and wants nothing more than to prove to Cara that he can be the man that she needs him to be.

Past secrets, family members, and new players threaten to keep the couple apart.  Will a newly enlightened Cara be able to wade through the murky waters and find happiness with Jason, or will her heart and the outside forces keep the two apart?

Excerpt

“This is too much.  It’s just too much to process right now.”  I muttered feeling flustered by the bombardment of a tangled web of deceit from all of the players in Jason’s life.

“I know it’s a bunch of bullshit, Cara, and you certainly don’t deserve it.  But you need to know that I want to be with you more than I want to take my next breath.”

I watched as tears filled his eyes.  Jason blinked, trying to keep them contained when one escaped and slowly rolled down his face.  The sight of tears falling from his eyes filled mine and I allowed my tears to fall as well.

He wiped my tears away with the pad of his thumb and asked, “Why are you crying?”

“Because you are.  Because there is so much hurt in your world that has found its way into mine, and I just don’t know where to go from here.”

He smiled and continued to stroke my face.

“I know I’m a very broken man, Cara.  But you make me feel whole.  Please, don’t give up on me?”

I looked into his sparkling brown eyes and shed a few more tears.  I wanted him — I wanted him bad — but I was also afraid of my world being torn to shreds by him again.  It hurt being with him and it hurt like hell being without him.  I felt like I was in the middle of a very cruel game of tug of war, and I wanted nothing more than to break free from all of it, but watching the pain soar through him hurt me just as much.  There was no doubt in my mind that he was being truthful, but fear paralyzed me, and kept me from jumping right back into his arms again.

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