Trevor Watkins is the miracle of the hour; the survivor of an unassisted coma. But he awakes in a strange place, with few memories – including the smiling face of a woman with jade-green eyes he has a dreadful feeling he’s supposed to hate. Trapped in a living nightmare from which he believes there is no escape, he finds himself face-to-face with a betrayal he can’t help but forgive, and a secret he can’t hide from. Now, the jade-eyed beauty from his past can set him free, if he is willing to let her step into a world that could take her away from him forever.
“Memories” – Excerpt from SHADOW WALKER (Project Prometheus, Book #3) —
Senses he didn’t understand told Trevor Watkins that there was someone outside the door, even before it opened. He had no idea where the heightened sensations came from, but sight, sound, and smell were intensified to the point of overload. He smelled fear, deep and earthy, and the salty scent of grief. He could hear a heartbeat, loud and fast, and female. Whoever she was, the woman on the other side of that door had something to hide.
The door opened, the motion a badly needed distraction for his growing disquiet. He didn’t like the emotions and sensations whirling in his mind. He was edgy and out of place, unable to remember how he came to this place, or why he had these strange senses. He felt… well, hollow. That hollowness terrified him and comforted him at the same time. It told him he once had a life, full of friends and family. What scared him most was that all the people he should know were strangers to him. He agreed to see the psychiatrist only because he wanted – no, he needed – his past. He was lost without it.
One glimpse of the woman in the doorway, however, convinced him that desire, at least, was not confined to his past. Her warm, cinnamon scent filled his lungs, and his body responded with a primal force that nearly flattened him. His eyes roved over her and he decided this was the closest he’d ever been to perfection. She was tall – probably only an inch or so shorter than his own six-foot stature – with shapely legs that, beneath the starched hem of her uniform skirt, seemed to go on forever. Her skin was the flawless, lightly burnished tone of a deep tan; but why did he think she was that same shade all over?
As he studied her, his eyes narrowed. He picked up the scent of fear and guilt again, and heard the subtle alteration of her breathing. Then she shifted, and he became aware of her body, beneath that regulation uniform, all toned curves and supple lines. No woman he saw in the past year could carry off the pure white of a Naval uniform like this woman could. She had smooth, high-boned features, and full, lush lips that made him think of sultry whispers and sinful kisses. Her head was held proudly erect, the raven-wing hair coiled into a tight braid around her head. The image of his hands, tangled in dark, waist-length hair, assaulted Trevor and cranked his already-elevated temperature up another degree. Who was she? The flash of vulnerability, and confirmation of guilt, in her amazing jade-green eyes sent a chill of fear through Trevor. They obviously had a past, but for the life of him, he couldn’t recall what it was.
“Hello, Trevor,” she greeted him familiarly, confirming his fear. Her voice, even softened by pain and uncertainty, lanced through him in a way nothing since he awakened had.
He blinked at her, suddenly afraid to know who she was, or how they hurt each other. Maybe, he realized with a shiver of apprehension, not remembering the past was a good thing.
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