About DEEP IN THE HEART (January 8th)
She’s mending guitars and her life. He’s trying to forget the war with music. Will one broken instrument make their love a smash hit?
Jenna Olsen isn’t sure she’ll ever escape her terrible choices in love. Becoming a skilled guitar craftsperson helped with the anxiety, but she dreams of the day when she can trust someone again. When an up-and-coming country star asks for a custom guitar in an impossible time-frame, Jenna falls for the challenge… and the man.
Camden Grace loves his music and adores his fans. His passions help him cope with the physical wounds he sustained in Iraq, but he remains haunted by his fractured family history. After his latest angry outburst leaves an expensive guitar shattered, he doesn’t expect to find a strong-willed woman whose struggle echoes his own.
As the instrument and their feelings start to come together, an old would-be flame attempts to sabotage their relationship with increasingly aggressive behavior. Will a jealous rival kill more than their careers or will Jenna and Camden rise above the rage to heal their hearts forever?
Deep in the Heart is a new adult contemporary romance with a melody of music. If you like sizzling chemistry, raw emotions, and wounded heroes, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s compelling novel.
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“Can you do me a favor?”
The officer looked up, waiting.
“That bat’s awful important to Jenna. Seeing as how tonight went down, I understand why. Bet you do, too.” I paused, waiting for him to nod in understanding. “So, I’d appreciate you giving that back to her. She’ll sleep better knowing that boy’s being held on the charges and her bat’s next to her bed.”
The officer studied me for a long minute. Probably trying to decide if I was involved with Jenna as more than a client. I kept my easy smile in place.
“I have a sixteen-year-old daughter. She carries pepper spray and a Taser. Can’t ever be too safe.”
I patted the crisp blue uniform at his shoulder. “Glad we agree.”
“I’m a big fan, Mr. Grace. Wish we hadn’t met like this, though.” His eyes skittered toward the door, narrowing at the corners. Judging Jenna— incorrectly, I’d wager.
Yep, I’d be smart to leave the lady alone. My years of bad behavior, my needs, and my idiosyncrasies, hell even my fame rubbed onto her.
Jenna already struggled with a past and some unresolved issues.
I unfolded my arm and reached into my pocket, digging out another Werther’s. I popped it into my mouth. The warm caramel flavor helped, slowed my spinning mind. But not as much as Jenna. For whatever reason, she eased the vicious aches and roils of my brain.
Jenna raised her head and met my eyes across the room. One beat turned to three, five, twenty and we stared at each other.
And with each breath, we both relaxed. With each breath, our focus narrowed down to the most important person in the room: each other.
I wanted this woman. Couldn’t explain why or how she affected me so, especially when no other woman ever had.
About Alexa Padgett
With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.
Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.
She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and walk-loving Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.