Erika Garrett is the heroine in Debra's Family Secrets.
Erika's childhood was not a happy one. Her mother passed away when she was just a toddler, and her father went on to marry a succession of women who had no time or interest in being step-mothers. When she meets Kevin Garrett in college, she falls in love with his family as much as with him. After his tragic death in a car accident, she remains close to his family, which has become a surrogate for the one she never had growing up. She vows they'll never know he was cheating on her before he died. Why add to their hurt?
Enter Chase Stewart. Chase used to be married to Erika's sister-in-law and is persona non-grata in the family, who blame him for the divorce. Which makes it really awkward when he takes on a remodeling project for Erika and an immediate attraction springs up between the two.
Erika is stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. She doesn't want to hurt her family, but she can't deny her feelings for Chase either. They begin a secret affair. Erika knows she can't have any more than that with Chase, but, tired of playing it safe and always being the good girl, she decides to indulge herself for once in her life.
But, as we all know, secrets have a way of getting out...
This was the elevator pitch for the story:
A young play-by-the-rules widow falls for her commitment shy ex brother-in-law and discovers breaking those rules can be exhilarating, until getting caught threatens to cost her the only family she's ever known.
And here's the official blurb:
Even after the death of her husband, Erika Garrett is still close to his family. She vows they'll never discover he was cheating on her. She's content with her play-by-the-rules life until Chase Stewart re-enters her life.
Chase is divorced from Erika's sister-in-law and wants nothing to do with her family or they with him. If it weren't for shared custody of his precious four-year old twins, he wouldn't be a part of their lives at all.
He has no desire to marry again, so the only thing he can offer Erika is a secret summer fling. But when the secret is uncovered, can either of them ever face the family again?
Until next time,
From The Wild Rose Press