Melinda Charles was the woman I’d always wanted—the woman I finally got.
And the one I lost.
She walked away from me on our wedding day without an explanation.
I told myself I didn’t need her. She might have broken part of me when she left, but I’ve put myself back together, chased away her memory with my own fame and success. Today? I’m Pete Buchanan, NFL star and small-town hero.
Now that she’s back? Maybe the promise of a second chance could prove stronger than the pain of losing her.
I’ve always been tough. As the youngest attending Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Memorial Hermann, and the only female African American specialist in that role, I’ve always had more to prove than everyone else. I’ve always had to have a reserve of strength no one else needed.
But when fate brings me back to the only man I’ve ever loved, fifteen years after I left him at the altar, I’m not strong enough to leave him again.
I still love him.
But am I strong enough to convince him to take me back?